Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts


Top Tips For Dry Frizzy Hair

Hair habits can make one fall victim to an increased amount of bad hair days. Although I have cut down heat styling to virtually never doing it, I still brush my hair wet, dye my hair, and wear it up to work all the time. I started noticing that my little bit of trimming wasn't doing the job when it came to split ends, so I had a friend trim as much as she thought would be necessary to make it look healthy again. She ended up cutting around an inch and a half of my hair and you could instantly tell the difference in my hair. I could run my fingers through my hair, matter of fact, I could glide my fingers through my hair and not hit a single knot. My hair looked lighter in color and so so so much smoother than it had in a while.

I needed to make the decision to treat my hair better, it was dry and that resulted in split-ends and damage. I went on a hunt to look for my next big find in a budget that wouldn't make my wallet deflate.

Here are the 4 tried and true products I found that gave me some seriously coveted after hair!

1 & 2

Argan Oil From Morocco Repairing Shampoo&Conditioner  (find it here for $5.99)

So first and foremost I wanted to point out that this particular duo is both sulfate and paraben free! Huge plus for anyone who loves their hair. Upon using this shampoo and conditioner the first thing I noticed was it's nice fresh citrus smell. Like I have said before I am a very smell-oriented person (yes I have made that a word) so finding products that have a pleasant smell to them makes my heart smile. At first when applying and rinsing out the shampoo I felt like it was going to cause some major dryness to my hair, but after the conditioner was applied, that fear was crushed by the newfound smoothness I felt to my hair. You know you have found a good conditioner when you can feel how soft your hair is even before you hop out of the shower. Another thing I really liked about these products was the fact that they did not weigh my hair down, I have such thin hair that I have always been a conditioner before shampoo kind of girl but found that with this product I could lather it on shampoo first and not look like a greasy mop by the end of the day. 


Loreal Total Repair 5 (find it here for $5.99)

Deep conditioning galore! This stuff is FREAKIN amazing for the price you pay. This is definitely a more bang for your buck item and I am so glad I stumbled across this. This Damage-erasing balm is like the holy grail of hair products, can you tell I love it yet? Basically you apply this to your hair after shampooing and let it sit for about five minutes and then rinse out. Your hair will come out looking the smoothest it has been in years and the smell of this stuff is amazing as well. I could literally tell how thirsty my hair was for some much needed moisture care. My hair has never looked better!


 Garnier Sleek&Shine Moroccan Sleek Treatment (find it here for $4.99)

To really finish off strong with your hair use this awesome hair serum to manage any left over frizz and dryness. Just apply a dime size amount and concentrate on the ends of your hair and smoothing any leftover product over the rest of your locks. This gives my hair a shine and managebility that I had struggled to find before. My hair remains smooth and tangle free all throughout the day! 
After using all these products my hair has never felt so hydrated and happy, and best of all, everything is under 10 bucks! Hello good hair days ahead!


Lancome Teint Miracle SPF 15 Review

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you may have come to find that I am a serious budget buyer when it comes to all things beauty. I get a sense of satisfaction out of knowing that I can buy something of less cost for the same quality many people get out of a product that is three times the price. 

Recently I have been having a horrendous breakout that can only be best described as painful and monstrous looking. My self-esteem took a huge hit knowing that even with makeup, I still found myself looking very uneven and gross looking. Through K's assurances about how beautiful I was regardless and how it really wasn't that bad, I still felt so bad about myself. I had to take steps to get my skin back to a manageable state, but was at a loss of what to do when I have literally almost tried everything under the sun.

I have been on a prescription face cream called tretinol, This cream is so so so harsh on my skin. The jist of it is that this cream is supposed to cause your skin cells to rapidly turn over and basically is a chemical peel, bringing pimples to flourishion faster and healing old breakouts sooner. The problem is that most people go through a purge state, so I was fully prepared to deal with a period of horrible skin but it just didn't get any better for months. 

So what did I do? 

I lessened the frequency of use, made a minor tweak and opted for a more natural face lotion, and started taking a gentler approach to my skincare. Maybe just maybe, less was more and as I suspected my skin started to look more radiant, healthy and happy within a matter of days. 

I ended up talking to my mom about the issues and frustrations I was having with my skin when she told me about a foundation she had been using that really made her skin feel great and she had experienced no breakouts on. It was a Lancome brand foundation and she told me it would be 45 dollars. Holy bejesus, I had never spent more than 10 dollars on a foundation and cringed at the thought that anyone would spend that kind of money on a foundation. Luckily my mom told me she would "sponsor" my purchase. Which is good because I don't see myself buying something of that price in this lifetime and living to see another day.

Lancome Teint Miracle SPF 15 $47 (find it here)

When I went to Ulta I got color matched which really is probably the best thing I could have done, if I am going to spend $47 dollars on something it better match my skin perfectly. The sales associate tried two different shades that were embarrassingly pale for someone who lives in the sunshine state and came to the conclusion that I indeed was fair skinned (nicer way of saying ghostly white) she also explained to me that this product does change color once it oxydates so a shade may look a smidgen too light on your skin but throughout your day will become a tone closer to your own. 

I went home and promptly proceeded to apply this foundation all over my face. The thing about this foundation is less is more, and it is light to medium coverage so some areas did need a bit of building coverage. Still overall I was very surprised by how little it took to take my face from blah to beautifully flush coverage. This foundation is totally weightless and I felt like I was wearing nothing at all, it wasn't too matte nor too dewy either for my liking. At no point throughout the day did my skin feel or look cakey which is a huge plus for someone who already has self esteem issues when it comes to the condition of their face. Overall I felt very light and fresh. Another plus with this product is that it had SPF in it to protect and shield your skin. I also felt as though my skin felt better after washing this off and wearing it for a day. I got a ton of compliments on how radiant my skin looked throughout the day and the scent of this product is really amazing.

Overall I would definitely recommend this as a splurge product and as much as I hate to say it, sometimes it is truly better to dish out the extra money and buy something way out of your comfort zone.


Studio 35 Beauty Toning Shampoo Review

Ahh the moments when you dye your hair at home and wonder if the finished product will come out completely amazing or if you hair will leave you wondering why your roots came out looking a different color than the rest of your hair, even if you followed the directions down to the T. Well my hair came out leaving more to be desired. My roots had a brassy tint to them as I expected they would, seeing as how I hadn't dyed my hair in a good 5 or 6 months. 

Off to the Walgreens I went to look for something to remedy my hair probs. I stumbled across two different toning shampoos, I guess Walgreens wasn't the place to go if you were looking for a extensive selection of hair products. I found a Clairol brand at 11 dollars and then this "compare to Clairol" Studio 35 Beauty one for 6.99. My inner cheapskate couldn't imagine spending a whole 4 dollars more on the name brand one so I went with the studio 35 one. I tried to look up reviews for this particular product and to my suprise I found none! Zero! Zip! Nada! Yet this particular one was the only one left on the shelf. 

 On my way out I saw a package deal for two of these for 8 dollars and thought to myself what a great day this was turning out to be. Not only was this "hopefully" going to solve all my brassiness issues but I just practically got two for the price of one!

I couldn't even find a description on this product online but I figured it was pretty self explanatory.

How did I like it?

The directions tell you to lather the product in your hair and then rinse out, for extra brightening, lather again and leave on for 3 to 5 minutes. Being the kind of blonde crazy person I am, I have been letting the product sit in my hair for 3-5 minutes every day for the past 4 days. I figure if your going to write a review, you need to dive in full force. 
The first time I used it, I definitely noticed a lightening of sorts. second and third use remained pretty much the same. After the fourth time I noticed that it added more life to my color and it didn't look so dull. I still had a little brassiness on my roots but not nearly as much as I did at the beginning of my experiment. I feel like the product is a little drying but it might also have something to do with me showering and washing my hair everyday after bleaching my hair. The dryness has been remedied with my awesome Argan Hair Oil!

Overall I would suggest this to the budgeted buyer. It's not something I would go out of my way to buy but if the options were limited, I wouldn't mind reaching for this product again. I will always be on the search for something newer and better. The quest goes on!


Lumene Day&Night Value Pack Review

Why yes, this is another Lumene post.
 I feel like at this rate I would make a great spokesperson for the brand!

I have had an ongoing struggle with eczema since I was a child and the skin condition still loves to show it's presence by giving me dry skin on my face. There is nothing worse than stinging, flaking, and itching of the skin! It is the worst around my eyes (see my post on Lumene 360 Eye Cream Here) and seems to pop up around my mouth and nose. It's embarrassing, I'm not going to lie. There is nothing worse than having adult acne and to top it all off red irritated skin. I feel like these  are all problems I should have been done with by now ugh.

None the less I needed a nighttime moisturizer that was heavy enough to give me the moisture I need for my skin to renew at night. I had been using my daytime moisturizer along with some Vaseline around the dryer parts of my skin, which don't get me wrong, worked quite well but the lotion itself was not providing enough moisturization. Besides I couldn't really lather on Vaseline all over my face either because 
a. I hate the feeling of greasy skin
 b. I doubt that would do much good for my acne problems 
Luckily when I went to my local CVS I found this amazing deal on a day&night moisturizer from Lumene, I was stoked. Something that would have regularly cost easily over 30 bucks, I got for the nice price of $19.99. That is the thing I love about stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Ulta. All these stores have a sale going on for beauty related items fairly often and products can usually be found in a nice price range that won't make your wallet and you weep tears of brokedom. 

(Is it just me, or do I have a man hand?)

Description of the day and night cream:

Day Cream:A fresh and moisturizing formula combines antioxidants from Arctic cloudberry and vitamin C, which is highly effective due to the encapsulation technology. SPF 15 medium protection UVA & UVB. 

Night Cream:Sleeping cream is more than a regular night cream. It helps your skin recover while you sleep and restores its natural balance. Packed with antioxidants to help brighten, nourish and vitalize tired and dull skin.
This intensively moisturizing overnight treatment contains hyaluronic acid to bind and retain water within the skin for optimal hydration, in order to diminish the signs of fatigue and reduce the look of fine lines. Protects the skin against the signs of aging.

 So the real question is, did it step up to the challenge?

With the night cream, I was feeling pessimistic about this one. My skin was dry and for the first few days it felt like it was making no difference and just making my skin feel greasy. As I mentioned above this is an issue for me and I hate the feeling of laying my head down onto my pillow and feeling like my moisturizer is just hovering on my face rather than being soaked in. But within the few days following I started to notice that my dry skin was letting up and the redness was fading. Now it took me about a week to realize (I kid you not) that with this product in specific, less is more. I had felt like I really needed to lather this in to get the results I desired but soon realized I could apply way less and still get the moisture I needed. 

Now the day cream was the same, less is more people. These are not the kind of moisturizers you want to slather your face with! This one I was thoroughly surprised with as I put the SPF15 to work on a beach day. I did not apply any additional sunscreen to my face after applying this and actually walked away after 6 hours of tanning with a unburnt face. It shielded my face from the sun while giving me the moisture TLC I needed for my face.

I would definitely recommend both of these products and with a price of 19.99 it was a steal. I have had both products for about a month and a half now and still have over half the product left. This is definitely more bang for you buck! 


Renewing Argan Oil For A Great Hair Day

Love me some hair products! I finally after months of being broke (the struggle is real) got to restock on some of my necessities. I was out of a lot of small everyday things and had been neglecting key parts like my hair, due to this. I had been looking for a hair serum of sorts to bring a little life back into my dry ends that had been suffering over the harshest summer months. I ran out of my leave in conditioner about a month ago and had been using a small amount of conditioner just on my ends as a substitute. It wasn't half bad for a quick replacement, but did weigh down my thin hair if I wasn't sparing when applying. 

I found this argan oil of morocco penetrating oil at a local Publix.
I had used renewing argan oil of morocco before but I had bought it in a spray form. I was interested to see if there was any visible difference between the two plus it was only 8 dollars so it was right in the price range I was trying to keep it in. 

The description for the oil as found on
This rare formula has a centuries-old history of providing natural vitamin E and antioxidants while renewing your hair's cell structure, sealing in shine, and creating lush softness. A precious blend of Moroccan argan oil which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while strengthening. Derived from the southwest region of Morocco, argan oil protects from styling heat and UV damage while creating soft, seductive, silky perfection.

As far as descriptions went it sounded pretty darn near identical to the spray oil that I had bought previously, nonetheless I was willing to give it a whirl!

Now I am not going to lie I didn't see a huge difference after applying the penetrating oil versus the spray. The only true difference is that I felt as though my hair had a much better chance of soaking in more product therefor my hair felt softer to the touch. After applying this to damp hair, my brush literally glided through my hair, whereas normally it would snag on about 20 different knots on the way down to my ends. I love the way my hair feels after using this product and it looks so healthy! Gotta say these Moroccan oil guys are on to something with their products!

This is a find for someone who is not trying to break their bank while keeping those bad hair days at bay because no ones got time for that!



Lumene Bright Now 360 Eye Treatment Review

Have I mentioned how much I love Lumene products? I might be somewhat partial to anything that comes from Finland but there is something about Lumene products that make my skin and I so happy with the way they make me feel. 

 I had recently started to develop a bit of exzema around my eyes (that pain is the single worst pain of dry skin in my opinion) to the point where my skin was literally cracking. I obviously couldn't use any of my regular deep moisturizing lotions due to the irritation they would cause my eyes, trust me I naively tried and ended up with watery stinging eyes. It sucked. I went to my local CVS with the intention of showing my mother where to find Lumene products when I stumbled across this guy,

(Find it here!) 

Description found on
This lightweight treatment targets all signs of aging for brighter looking eyes. It visibly diminishes dark circles and reduces puffiness and wrinkles. Designed to lift and restore the firmness of upper eyelid against sagging.
Our unique, patented Cloudberry Stem Cell extract in synergy with Beautifeye™ technology is designed to be a global 360° eye contour solution for all skincare challenges around the eyes. The delicate eye regains its suppleness and brightness.

I couldn't resist the urge and just had to get it! Now it wasn't the cheapest of products but I wouldn't go to say that it was super expensive either. To me this was a splurge however, most of the time I tend to not venture beyond the 12 dollar mark unless it is gifted.

First impression: Boy does this sting! But what else could have been expected when you apply something to cracked skin, the feeling luckily quickly subsided. I noticed my skin immediately soaked all of the product and within a few hours my eyes were already looking less red and irritated. I decided to use this 3 times a day instead of twice due to the excessive dryness I was experiencing as well. 

The next day I noticed how much brighter and awake my eyes looked, I looked like I had gotten a full nights sleep when in reality, I had only slept about 5 hours the night before, this was awesome!

 Within a week my eyes had returned mostly to their natural state and I had noticed a serious improvement when it came to the skin around my eyes. There was still lingering dryness, which always takes quite some time to get rid of once it gets bad to the point that it had. Otherwise I feel like it transformed me into a generally happier looking person, it is amazing what a little eye cream can do for the soul and mind!
 I would definitely recommend the splurge to everyone who neglects their eyes from time to time!

If your dry skin is getting out of control, layer a bit of vaseline or lip balm (weird I know) on dry areas and it will give you non stinging relief and speed up the process of healing!


Epielle Facial Essence Cucumber Mask

I am a bit of a face mask fanatic, I love the feeling I get after using one (most of the time anyway) and love finding new and affordable masks that work for me. I recently stumbled across a brand name Epielle that K's mom had picked up at big lots. 

I personally never shop at big lots and I think it is largely due to the stigma I got the one time I did go. It was a very run down store with  no air conditioning and just overall a very sad looking place with little to no selection of items. Due to this I never went back or sought out another big lots in my area. K's mom however had been hyping Big lots for quite some time (apparently they have name brand products for way cheaper than other stores) and then proceeded to offer me this face mask she had gotten there when she saw that my skin had started to look angry again.

I had my reservations of course. This was a brand I had never heard of or read about, it was also a sheet mask which I had researched before but never really had the urge to try one out. But I decided to put my judgments aside and give it a whirl, what was the worst that could happen? My skin had taken a turn for the worse with the increasing humidity and heat that is Florida, I was desperate.

Description of product as found on the back of the package:
Epielle Cucumber Facial essence mask contains cucumber and essential botanical extract to leave your skin refreshed and  purified. Your skin will soak up the concentrated extracts in the pure natural cotton mask to brighten your face after every treatment.

After showering the other night I decided it would be the perfect time to give this a try. My skin was clean, prepped, and ready to go. I had read reviews on the mask earlier on in the day (cause I wouldn't be me if I hadn't) and had read for the most part very positive reviews, not that there was many to go off of. The only complaint was that the mask had a tendency of falling off and that it was overly saturated in the extracts. Neither of these issues bothered me one bit when I put the mask on, I decided to lay down on my back to avoid the slipping problem and thought that the mask was just the right amount of saturated. Plus this gave me a good reason to lay in bed and relax for 30 minutes.

The directions said to smooth it over my face to ensure good skin contact and to leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes, but I found that giving it an extra ten minutes made all the difference and gave it more time to dry on my face. Immediately after removing it my skin felt so light and fresh. The dullness had faded and my skin looked bright. It felt so smooth to the touch and overall just better. I was very happy with the results and noticed that even the morning after my skin looked way better in comparison to what it had looked like before. 

These masks are only 4 dollars I think for a pack of 6-8 so it is a great bargain and won't hurt your wallet too much when you just want to indulge in a little self care. I would definitely recommend this to everyone and it seems to work well with all skin types. I can't wait to dry a different one next and maybe, just maybe, this girl will become a big lots shopper.


Renewing + Argan Oil Of Morocco Conditioner

It seems like the ends to my hair are always dry, frail and frizzy. No amount of trims will change this and moisturizing products are always needed. Now that Summer has full blown started (as if it hasn't been hot for the past 2 months!) it seems as though my ends are getting more damaged. The sun dries out my hair, the pool dries out my hair, there are so many new drying factors that come with a new season, that is why I am always on a mission to find moisturizing products to keep my hair looking happy and healthy.

Quite a few things have worked in the past (like it's a ten hair mask) but I always like to widen my horizons when it comes to new products. 

If you settle for just one, how do you know there is nothing better out there?

I had stumbled across renewing+argan oil of Morocco conditioner and just had to give it a try. Not only was the beautifully blue bottle eye catching and fun but I have always like the ideas of using oils in my hair. There is something blissfully pleasing when you see your dry ends go from blah to hey hey hey look at them now!

Description of the conditioner online:

This rare formula has a centuries-old history of providing natural vitamin E and antioxidants while renewing your hair's cell structure, sealing in shine, and creating lush softness. A precious blend of Moroccan argan oil which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while strengthening. Derived from the southwest region of Morocco, argan oil protects from styling heat and UV damage while creating soft, seductive, silky perfection.

Immediately after using it just one time I noticed how after air drying and sleeping, I still woke up with smooth ends! This is by far the hardest state to achieve unless I wear my hair up or have product in it, so right of the bat I was impressed. After using it regularly I started to notice that my hair did indeed feel "stronger", There was less breakage while showering and with brushing after. My hair did indeed look renewed and healthy, it was more manageable on a daily basis and the conditioner didn't weigh my hair down at all. I do also use the condition before shampoo technique due to it keeping my hair looking less greasy for longer (I am a thin haired girl so it doesn't take much.) Overall I think this should be an item that every girl with dry hair or even girls who just need a hair pick me up keeps in their shower. Most definitely a must have for a bargain!


Adapalene Gel 0.1% Review!

A subject I don't shy away from is my skin. 

I have written numerous posts on products on my quest to clear skin, I have been plagued by adult acne for four years now and it is the worst. It truly does take a toll on one's self esteem and it is so discouraging when you try your very hardest and nothing changes. I have come across many products that have helped me keep it under control (like this Cetaphil cleanser) and have become the poster child for how one should take care of their skin. 

I wash my face twice a day, every day. I try to eat clean and certainly never touch my face. I wash my sheets at the very least once a week and have been trying quite a few home remedies lately (post to come soon!) I had even been working out almost every day!

So why am I still dealing with acne? 

Good question, the answer is unknown to me too, but I have found something that could change the game for me. I had gone to a dermatologist a while back to discuss different options that wouldn't be too harsh on my skin or body (like steroids or other harsh medicines). I was willing to try something new but I was not willing to put my body through hell and back. They prescribed me an oral medicine and a topical gel. I never ended up taking the oral medicine because I had read horrible reviews on them and common side effects were less than ideal.

The topical Cream was called Adapalene, also goes by the name Differin. I was a little worried about this stuff, questions like would my skin remain looking good after I stop using this or will I forever depend on this? Would my sensitive skin suffer horribly from this? But these were all questions I had to look past if I ever wanted to attain good skin.

I started using it and noticed within a few days my skin was becoming red, flaky, and irritated. I was also getting more new pimples than I had before. This caused a serious blow to my self esteem, I had just started a new job and I looked like a 13 year old going through puberty. I felt like everyone I was working with was only seeing my skin. Of course this is ridiculous, I'm sure some of them noticed but I am also sure that they are capable of holding conversations without only thinking about how disgusting my skin looked.

I almost stopped using it all together after the first few days due to these issues, but of course I decided to go on handy dandy google and look up some reviews. To my surprise it had awesome ratings more so than any other drug I had ever looked up. As I was reading the reviews, I started to notice that my initial symptoms were shared by many. See this topical gel will make your skin worse before it gets better, people were referring to it as the "skin purge", but they said these were symptoms that would subside in a matter of weeks. I decided it was worth it to stick with it for a little longer, it couldn't get much worse than this.

After a week or so I noticed the first signs of improvement. My skin was starting to look and feel less dry and more like my normal skin, the acne on my face was beginning to subside, and new pimples were becoming fewer and further between, healing much sooner than before. I was able to start wearing less foundation and even K started to compliment me on my newly clearer skin. That was probably the biggest compliment of them all, if K noticed a difference that means it had to be a bigger change than I thought. I was beginning my route to clearer skin and more confidence, this was awesome.

Now sitting on my couch, sipping my coffee, I am feeling a pimple start to form on my chin. I am not worried and remain hopeful that it won't become a bigger problem with the gel.

If any of you have been having trouble with skin problems, I would highly suggest going to see a dermatologist! If not for acne you should go anyway for a skin check, skin cancer is so real and so common!
So this might not be the end of my skin struggles but it is a very promising beginning to something newer and better.


Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme Review

I always end up putting off dyeing my hair like 3 more months than I had originally planned. It just gets to the point where I think to myself, maybe I can deal with my roots showing a week or two more, which then turns into me not caring for many more weeks. I have naturally blond hair that has varied from platinum blond to a dirty blond throughout my life, so it's not like my roots ever look that drastic when they grow out.

 I would however probably never go back to my original hair color. 

Anyway I realized that it was indeed time to dye my hair again. The problem however was that the last time I had dyed my hair at home, my hair had been fried. I try to take good care of my hair, god knows I do. I have witnessed too many people ruin their precious locks for vanity and I was not about to join that crowd. I did some research online (because what else could you possibly trust more) and saw that garnier nutrisse was all across the board people's fav go-to dye when it came to gentle hair dye. I had usually always gone the loreal route because it's a brand I know and trust, but with a price tag of 6.99 for garnier, I had to try it.

 The product description that you can find here:
 Garnier Nutrisse is the only permanent haircolor creme that nourishes with grape seed and avocado oil. The nourishing color creme enriched with fruit oil concentrate, penetrates deep into hair fibers to nourish and condition your hair so it takes color better and holds it longer, root-to-tip. Garnier Nutrisse delivers rich, long-lasting color with 100% gray coverage.

Now I was a bit skeptic as to how gentle this would actually be on my hair, at the end of the day I am still using chemicals to essentially bleach my hair. Nonetheless I stayed optimistic to the end.

The prep was the same as it is for any other at home box color. You pretend to be a scientist and mix all your ingredients together and shake well, simple enough. It should also be noted that this should be applied to unwashed hair for best results, trust me.

 The actual application was simple and easy as well, although it is said to be a non-drip formula, it still dripped. This could have just been how not concerned I was with being careful! Anyway I spread this onto my roots first, making sure to get the back of my head well too, I am so scared that I won't get even coverage back there since I can't see there and all, so this is where most of the product ends up being applied.

After the roots are done, you will need to find something relatively entertaining to do for 25 min and then come back and use the rest on your ends. Only keep it on for 5 minutes, your total process should only take 30 min, and then rinse. Rinse like you have never rinsed before. You will also find a handy avocado oil conditioner that you should lather your hair with and let it sit for two min.

And Voila! 

I loved the results I got! My hair didn't seem fried or dehydrated at all, on the contrary it looked shiny and bouncy. The color came out perfect and not an ounce of brassiness was to be found, it's always such a hit or miss when it comes to these things.  I would definitely recommend this!


What I Am Loving Right Now

For those of you who don't know, Ulta has an awesome rewards program. Not only do you gain points for every dollar you spend, you get awesome deals and coupons, and a birthday gift every year! I recently had a birthday and was eager to find out what my gift this year would be, I had gotten a free eyeliner last year but waited too long to go redeem it ): So on the morning of my birthday, I checked my email as I do every morning and saw that I had received a free 3.4oz spray and play volumizing hairspray! (by the way, these offers usually expire after a month, make sure you don't forget to redeem it in time!)

3.4oz may not seem like a lot, but for a girl who actually puts the effort in when it comes to her hair maybe, I don't know, once or twice a month, this will last a good amount of time. I set out to go to Ulta birthday gift coupon in hand and another $3.50 off a purchase of 15 dollars or more. I had needed face wash pretty badly since the day of the move and had not gotten around to it until then! I went for my tried and true Cetaphil cleanser and went to go pick up the hairspray. 

I searched probably like 30min before I realized that the product was not on the shelf, just to figure out that they keep it behind the counter. In the bin. That says birthday in really big letters. So a word to the wise, just go straight to the counter when redeeming birthday gifts and freebies offered.

Next stop was Publix, I had a gift card with 8 dollars left on it and decided I would go put it to good use and get myself some mascara. I was going to go for my regular but figured since it was practically "free," I would try something different. Being the anxious decision maker I am, it took me a solid 40min just to pick out a mascara. One does not simply pick one to her liking and head to the cash register, one will read 100000 reviews on all different products. I ended up with a covergirl mascara. I was originally planning on buying more, but after standing there for so long, I was pretty much done.

So how was it?

Sexy Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray-

Uhhhh loved it! I tried this on my first day of my new job. As with any other job you are trying to make a great first impression on your first day. So obvs it had to be a good hair day for me. I sprayed my hair lightly with this and was throughly impressed with how great my hair still looked with this product in it. It looked like I had actual volume to my hair and though it didn't feel stiff, it felt and proved to make my hair stay put all day!

Covergirl Lashblast Volume Mascara-

This mascara is great. After the first layer, it gave my eyes a totally different look. They looked bigger and my lashes looked longer and plentier! It does not flake throughout the day and there was no clumps to be seen even after layering it. I would definitely suggest this to anyone looking to add serious volume to your lashes.

Ahh, the bliss of new products and though it wasn't a huge beauty haul, sometimes it is better to just get the basics!


Review for Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-in Conditioner

Do you ever get that dry static hair that just decides to cling to everything each morning? Making your morning routine more and more frustrating, wondering what you have done to offend the hair gods for them to wish this upon your hair. I had been dealing with this problem for quite sometime, it just wasn't making sense to me how living in such a humid climate like Florida, could cause my hair to be so dry and angry.

A little background info on how I treat my hair:
  • I rarely, if ever use heat tools on my hair. Even when I blow dry my hair, I do so on a cold setting.
  • I recently invested in a brush that will cause less damage on wet hair if I brush it.
  • I use serums from time to time to try to give my hair some extra moisture
  • Other than that I use a handful of products like hairspray, dryshampoo sometimes, and gel to tame my flyaways.

So in the grand scheme of things, one would think that I have very well taken care of hair. The only damage I cause on purpose is when I dye it, even so I only do it once every 5-6months. Yet my hair had turned into a static frizz ball that could not be contained. I had two options, I could either use some kind of deep moisturizing mask on my hair or I could opt for a leave in treatment. 

I set out to publix with my new found hope to tame my hair. As I was browsing some hair products (which can be surprisingly overwhelming sometimes btw) I narrowed down my search to aussie products. I am after all a girl on a budget, I did not venture into this thinking I would spend more than a few bucks, I just couldn't afford it at that time. Luckily all aussie products are low cost for a realatively if not surprisingly good quality. I ended up picking aussie's hair insurance leave-in conditioner.

So how was it?

After showering I generously spritzed this in my hair, concentrating on mostly on my ends. I sprayed a little at the top of my head which always makes me nervous, with such thin hair it does not take a lot of product to go from tame to greasy looking.
After giving it a quick cold air blow dry and a quick brushing, I saw that my hair looked more lively. It was shiny, it looked healthy and moisturized, and last but not least, no static! Nor was the top of my head feeling weighed down or looking greasy, this was awesome! For 5 dollars I got my hair completely tamed! Even when my hair is dry, I like to spritz some of this in my hair just to give it that revitalized look to it.
Truly through and through this product did exactly what I wanted it to. I feel like even once summer truly starts here in Florida and the humidity starts up that I will still be able to use this with my hair, it is so lightweight. I will definitely be adding this to my hair arsenal!


Dry Skin Isn't Just For Winter

Growing up with eczema was the worst. All throughout my childhood my most prominent memories would be being lotioned up to look like a "snowman" and then getting dressed, absolutely squirming with discomfort because of the clothes sticking to my lotion covered body.  I knew it was something I needed to do to keep the painful rashes and scabs from forming on my body, but once the eczema calmed down, I lost sight of caring about moisturizing my skin.

Now throughout the years I have had a few flare ups but it has never gotten to the point it did when I was younger. I went through my teenage years thinking I had conquered my dry skin problems. Now being older I realize there was plenty of times my skin could have used a little TLC. My skin still gets very sensitive especially around my eyes and nose, my arms still get tender to the touch as does the rest of my skin. I have become so much more aware that I cannot just stop caring for my skin when it isn't flaring up, it has to be a continuous process! 

Same goes for all skincare, you cannot just abuse your skin when it is feeling great, it is all about maintaining. So what do I use to keep my body moisturized and happy?

First Things First...

HYDRATE!- Your body needs to stay hydrated if you want to keep your skin looking glowing and healthy. no water = dull skin. Not to mention the multiple other benefits of water, better digestion and energy!

Suave Advanced Therapy- This has been a tried and true lotion for me, I have been using it for probably about 4 years and it has worked great. It really soothes my dry skin and it starts healing your skin relatively fast, also it does not feel greasy forever which is a huge plus for my lotion skin hating self!

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion-  My new favorite lotion! I started using this a few months back and was so very pleasantly surprised! First things first, the smell of this lotion is nothing special but for some reason it provides me with a special kind of nostalgia that makes me feel calm. Another thing is that this never makes me feel greasy and is super light, it never feels heavy going on and feels like it's not even there 5 minutes after application. Healing happens fast and there is no unpleasant stinging effect when applied onto dry skin. Definitely would suggest this to anyone that has dry skin!

Dial Marula Oil Bodywash-  Now Dial is not my favorite soap at all, quite frankly I hate it all together due to personal associations lol. But this bodywash works miracles, I truly feel like it restores moisture to my skin. On the flipside it can leave me feeling a little soapy even after rinsing off, I guess it leaves a sort of residue behind.

Olay Ultra Moisturize Bodywash-  Another safe bet, tried and true. This bodywash leaves me feeling clean and fresh, never leaving behind a residue.  My skin never feels tight or irritated after using this and it is quite the bargain too, usually around 5 to 6 bucks. 

All the products listed above are attainable on a budget and all very low priced. Bargain shopping for eczema at it's finest folks!  


Que Bella Pore Minimizing Mask Review

A while back I did a post on Que Bella face masks that I had recently purchased (find it here!) and realized I had yet to try the pore minimizing mask that I had! Oh how you forget about things that are deep in the depths of some random odd boxes you chose to never sort through! After coming home one day from work, exhausted and cranky, I decided it was definitely time for a face mask and a little pampering. My skin always acts up by the end of the work week, as much as I try to take care of my skin everyday, I do tend to neglect it through diet, water consumption, and sleep. 

What can I say, no one is perfect!

All of the sudden I remembered this face mask that I had never tried and went on quite the mini-adventure to go find it. Eventually after 5-10 minutes of rummaging through boxes I came across it and slathered it all over my face. 

Description of the product as found online on Que Bella's Website:   
"The Que Bella Pore Minimizing Mask can be used as a full facial mask or targeted T-Zone treatment. Enriched with Rosemary and Cottonseed oil’s antioxidant qualities, this works alongside the cleansing and clarifying properties of Nettle extract to soothe sensitive skin, while the Camphor Extracts boosts the circulatory system. Iris Extract, Vitamin A and Zinc Salt soothe and rebalance your skin, leaving a refreshed, smooth sensation."

I got the same tingling (almost burning sensation) that I had gotten from the dead sea mud mask, but it was more mild. I realized it was tingling excessively in spots that my skin probably had the most dirt and dead skin cells, which quite frankly I was cool with. I love to feel the face mask at work! After rinsing it off I noticed that a few stubborn pimples had almost totally dissipated and redness had overall gone down a lot. My skin had a sort of glow to it after washing off the dull skin that had reflected my long week! My skin felt smooth and looked so happy.

In Conclusion: I would totally suggest Que Bella masks to anyone and everyone looking for a skin pick me up! It is affordable, efficient, and it is the perfect ending to a rough week!


L'Oreal Everpure Blonde Brass Banisher

So you may or may not know that I have dyed my hair blonde. Not that my hair wasn't already blonde to begin with, but I  guess I just like to be as blonde as I was back when I was a little girl! The problem that I find myself running into is, if I wait too long between dye sessions (like say 6 months!), I find that my hair almost always comes out with a brassy tint to it in spots where it had a chance to become darker over time. 

I have tried many purple shampoos in the past, at least that is what I refer to them as, so it was decided that I would buy some to save me some heartache with my hair. I looked up brands online and found a John Freida one with nothing but positive reviews! This would be the one I was going to get! I hopped in the car and set out to le target.

Now the struggle is all too real...

When you find something online and then find that they do not have it in stock at the store. That was exactly the case when I got to the hair product aisles in target, so it was a matter of if I would take a loss and drive back home, or if I would settle for another brand.

 I settled.

I got L'Oreal Everpure Blonde Brass Banisher shampoo and conditioner. I read a few online reviews on the product and answers were mixed. I still decided to take the leap and go ahead and take the shampoo and conditioner home.

Description For The Product: Keep that pure, lustrous blonde color. L'Oréal Paris introduces EverPure Blonde. Their Phyto-Chrome technology neutralizes deeply nourishes dry, over-processed hair and brings back your 1st day color in only 1 use. This is the 1st sulfate-free color and care system to reverse unwanted brassy tones and dryness. EverPure Blonde contains vivid botanicals and gentle pigments to optically neutralize tonal shifts, safeguarding color purity. No harsh dyes. Sulfate-free.

Overall the products were alright to say the most. After the first 3 initial uses, I did notice a slight difference in the level of brassiness in my hair and it did lighten it up, but just a smidgen. I have used purple shampoos before and gotten my hair color to a very cool light color and with this product I will not hold my breath for results to equal those experiences. If nothing else it got half the job done and I wouldn't say that I am disappointed overall. It was well priced and left me feeling better about my hair but I definitely do understand the mixed reviews.

Conclusion: For a girl on a budget with moderate expectations, this is the product for you. I would not go out of my way to suggest this to a friend, but I wouldn't advise against it either. I am sure every experience is different :)


Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Shine Control Face Cream

We all know the bittersweet feeling of scraping out the last bit of product at the bottom of it's container. On one hand we know it is time to say a sad goodbye to a product we (hopefully) loved and cherished for its time spent at our beauty station, but on the other hand this opens up opportunities to meet new and possibly better products that are just waiting to be grabbed off the shelf! Am I the only one who gets weirdly emotional about this? Just kidding!

But on a realer note I did run out of my last fav face cream (find the post here!) and it was time to find yet another contender! I had been thinking about a product called lumene for quite some time now and reminisced how great it used to make my skin feel back in the day when I bought it in Finland. I looked it up and saw that you can find it rather easily at stores like: CVS, Walgreens, and Ulta. 

So the thing with Lumene creams are that they are a little pricey. The garnier face cream I had the last time only cost 7 bucks I think, this one was 20! It hurt a little but I decided to move on with my purchase anyway. This is for science! 

First the description on the Lumene website for the product:

A fresh and moisturizing formula combines antioxidants from Wild Arctic Cloudberry and Vitamin C, which is highly effective due to a special encapsulation technology. The technology enables the Vitamin C to be released steadily and deeper into the skin making the benefits of Vitamin C even more effective on your skin. In combination the Cloudberry and Vitamin C make your skin look radiant and bright. They also protect it against harmful external effects, such as sunlight, that causes premature aging. This Vitamin C Cream is a perfect addition to a brightening daily regimen.
My Thoughts: having used this for about a week now I would like to say that I am very impressed! I love the way it makes my skin look and feel, also I like that my foundation goes on very smoothly after applying this and waiting about 5 min. It does an excellent job at controlling shine with areas like my T zone and nose. It makes my skin look happier, healthier and most of all doesn't seem to be causing any more acne or havoc on my face. The one thing I will say is that it does not work well for severely dry skin! I had a bit of eczema pop up around my eyes and I found that this product does sting a lot when applied to the area. Probably my guess would be because of the fragrance in the product. Other than that I might have to become a habitual buyer of Lumene skincare products!!!


Cheap Hair Finds For The Budgeted Girl

I sometimes truly wonder how people are able to afford buying new products every single day/week to write a post about. Some of these girls are buying 40 dollar lipsticks just cause or maybe they just have huge stockpiles? Who knows! Well guys, that is not me, I have a budget. When I buy things I look for two things, quality and cost. I just simply cannot see myself spending half my rent on products I use on myself.

So today I will be giving you guys a deeper look into what hair products I found on a dime at Ulta!

Let's get started.

Renewing argan oil of morocco weightless healing dry oil- 

What the description is:This exotic precious blend of Moroccan argan oil spray instantly infuses hair with an allover veil of shine, heals and mends split ends, gives color and highlights a multifaceted glow and prevents static flyaways. This exotic precious blend of Moroccan argan oil weightless healing oil spray, instantly heals split ends, creating soft frizz-free perfection while protecting your hair from harmful styling heat and UV damage as it gives a smooth, glossy, shine.
  • Restores moisture
  • Weightless glossing mist instantly hydrates dry, parched hair
  • Helps heal split ends
  • Infused with argan oil to add allover veil of glossy shine

So the reason I picked out this particular product is because I had tried it once before. I am notorious for testing other people's products while at their house. K's mom had this on her sink and I spritzed some in my hair just to try it out. It instantly added shine to my hair which in turn made all the different shades of blonde in my hair become very prominent. After buying this I did some deeper trials and applied some on the ends of my hair after showering because at times my hair seems to lose all it's moisture there. After my hair dried it was as good as new. It looked healthy, moisturized and happy and at the end of the day a good hair day is all that matters right?

Find the shampoo here and the conditioner here for $3

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner- 
 So this shampoo/conditioner is supposed to make your hair gradually become lighter while nourishing your hair. Now I would say it does lighten my hair which is nice because this will extend the period of time between hair dyeing. Now the nourishing part I feel a little iffy about. The shampoo works well but I feel like with the conditioner I have to mix in my regular conditioner  to feel like I moisturized my hair properly. When I used just this conditioner, I noticed that after drying my hair, I had some problems with static. So overall I would still suggest it just make sure to add some different conditioner into the mix if you are prone to staticy hair!

So all in all with my $3.50 coupon off a ten dollar purchase or more, I got all this for around 10 dollars, how baller is that? Us women should stick together and share our cheap finds, so if you've found a great product on a dime, let a girl know!


What My Face Is Lovin Right Now

So for Christmas K took me on a shopping trip to Ulta (he knows me so well!) and I was on a mission to find some new facial products. As a quick fun fact, did you know your only supposed to keep your foundation for a year? Want to know another fun fact? Because I used BB cream pretty religiously on a day to day basis I somehow neglected to notice that the foundation I was using whenever I wanted a fuller coverage was indeed, 4 years old.

Anyways, my acne prone skin has been an issue over the years. I'm not saying it couldn't be worse because my case is pretty mild compared to most but still even the smallest of imperfections can make a woman feel much less confident. I figured I could use some new foundation to better work with this issue as well.

So here is what I found!

(covergirl clean pressed powder, Neutrogena skin clearing oil-free makeup and ecotools bamboo foundation brush)

So what did I think of these products?

Covergirl clean pressed powder: I love it, I got it in a slightly darker shade than normal thinking I would catch a tan after my recent move to Florida (of course it got chillier so that never happened) So my only complaint of this would be that it is too dark for my skin. It gives great coverage and last all day long, finally I don't feel like I look shiny half way through my day. All around a very nice powder.

Neutrogena skin clearing oil-free makeup: Love love love! I had read reviews on this product and I will join in when they say it works great for acne prone skin. This particular one actually treats your acne as your wearing it so no more worrying about messing up my skin more than I already am! I can put this foundation on my face and not worry about it and this gives great coverage. Some reviews said that it moved around throughout the day but I noticed if you dab it on instead of rubbing it into your skin it will stay put all day long.

Which brings me to...

Ecotools bamboo foundation brush: I have wanted a foundation brush for quite some time now but being broke and trying to save money, I hadn't gotten one until now. This one was only like 6-8 dollars so no it is not too bad. I personally love this brush, again I read other reviews saying it makes your foundation streaky when applying but the trick is to dab it into your skin and I promise you will be happy with the end result. I would definitely recommend this to everyone!

My 2016 is off to a great start, I hope you all have had as good of a year so far. I feel big things coming in 2016 and truly feel that this could be one for the books!