Your beauty routine should change from season-to-season. Reality is that many do not change things up due to getting stuck in a routine. Having a baby threw my hair and skin through a loop, and having the season change simultaneously really did a number. I have been focusing on improving my hair and skin game. Below are what I found this last month and a half to be the best spring skin & hair products.
There is a lot of hype around Urban Decay’s Naked line. If you are a female who wears make up chances are you have heard of some kind of UD Naked product. While I do wear eyeshadow, I didn’t feel the need to splurge on the full sized palettes quite yet. I wanted to see how I felt about the Basics first and then grow my collection from there. Long story short–I fell in love with a palette.
I am excited to start writing about my favorite products for each month. I honestly love products, and I love sharing what I find. For this last month, I developed a major adoration for Boots No7 Serum, Equate Original Clean Facial Towelettes (yes, from WALMART), and Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. Onto my January beauty product favorites with reviews & tips!
The Pantone Color of the Year 2015 is Marsala! Personally, I’ve been loving the wine hues lately, and I could not be more stoked to see that it will be the color of the year. It is described as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red” on the Pantone website. It’ll be awesome to see it pop up in the beauty and fashion industries, but it will be even better as it is incorporated into everyday use.
Here are a few ways you can start using Marsala now.
I have gnarly combination skin. I go through phases of bad acne and dryness. The winter makes this worse every year. Over time I have gotten better at combatting my skin’s drama. Thus, I present to you five skin products that I firmly believe to be the greatest moisturizers to cure your winter dryness woes.
The Mushy Stuff
Life has been different lately. Many days I am focused on just making it through. I am constantly tired (growing a baby is HARD work), and this poor blog of mine has suffered because of it. Nevertheless, all of you have kept coming back. Some of you have started to pin old posts. Others have messaged me and suggested posts in hopes that I will write with a new idea in hand. Posts around these parts have been sparse, but you stick with me anyway. While I view this blog as a creative outlet for myself, it helps having many friends and followers to cheer me on to keep going–to keep expressing myself when otherwise I’m feeling a bit hollow and like I need a nap and BBQ chips simultaneously. I want to say thank you. Thank you for being kind and forgiving. Thank you for pushing me to be a better writer and less of a flake. Thus, I give you my first reader appreciation giveaway.
For this giveaway I am not looking for new followers, because HEY you already are following, and I want to say thank you to YOU. All that you have to do to enter is comment below sharing what your favorite post is that I’ve ever posted. It can be anything. I blog about all kinds of randomness, so you can pick whatever suits you best. I’m giving away a spa night set (AKA my Friday night routine).
|1. Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar (purifies and smoothes) || 2. Vasanti Detox Purifying Facial Cleanser || Living proof shampoo & conditioner || 3. Honest Hydrating Shea Butter Cleansing Bar (in lavender) || 4. La Natura Superfruit Pomegranate Vegan Body Butter || 5. Level Naturals Bath Bomb |
I will select a winner from the comments. When you comment make sure you use an email that I can use to reach you. I’ll close this giveaway Monday morning at 9 PM.
Thanks for being rad.
With back to school just around the corner, a huge portion of the population is about to get kicked into overdrive. Mom will be soon be back on the grind–making lunches, being a bus driver, cleaning, running errands, cooking, trying to not forget carpool duty, making work calls in between it all, and heaven forbid trying to look presentable in between all of this. If you are a student or a working student like me, then you know the pressure of looking semi-presentable even though you stayed up till 3:30 AM trying to finish “one last homework assignment.”
We are all about to get busy, my friends. and not like Sean Paul circa 2002 (I would be lying if I didn’t say I’m totally jammin’ to it now, mon’). Stepping up your back to school game can often feel like a shock to the system and usually by week 2 you will likely start feeling extra tired and tap that snooze button a few too many times. If that is the case, then it is likely your hair is what will suffer. Enter the first world miracle that is dry shampoo. Dry shampoo had its first wave of popularity in the 70s. With dry shampoo’s recent comeback, nearly every hair company touts of its own dry shampoo product.
Dry shampoo is about more than making your hair clean. It is extremely helpful when you volumeless hair (raises hand). It doesn’t matter if you thick or thin hair we all go through two of the same hair lamentations:
- Dirty/greasy/sweaty (that shiz happens–don’t pretend you’re above it)
Dry shampoo can help with one of this issues or even both. Over time I rounded up my favorite dry shampoo products and made a little cheat sheet.
Psssst! Dry Shampoo
I bought this when I was in a pinch traveling, and I love it. Psssst! ($5.99) is definitely for “dirty” hair. It does give volume, but it is made to absorb grease. It sprays on really white. Spray it on 6-8 inches away, leave it for minimum 4 minutes, then brush it out. I usually do my makeup while I’m waiting for the spray to absorb. Once you brush it out, the “white” should go away, and you should be left with gorgeous clean-looking, volumized hair!
Paul Mitchell Dry Wash
I bought this on accident thinking I was getting the hairspray in this line (it is my all time fave). This ended up being a happy accident because I love this dry shampoo. It has clean smell to it without being overpowering. It dries very quickly and absorbs faster than any other dry shampoo I’ve ever tried. Paul Mitchell has great products that I generally trust (I love their Awapuhi line), so it’s of no surprise that I like their dry shampoo ($23.) I usually leave this on my roots for about 2 minutes max. This is great when you are on the go or doing a touch up.
Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray
This product sprays on clear, so if you worry about being able to brush all of the white out then this is the dry shampoo for you. This spray is definitely more for volumizing rather than “cleaning.” It absorbs some oil, but it isn’t for dirty hair. Sometimes when I shower before I go to bed my hair doesn’t totally feel perfectly clean where my head was resting on the pillow, and my hair looks extra flat in the mornings. This is the perfect volumizing dry shampoo. When I use this, I flip my head upside down and spray as I layer my hair with my fingers (lift and spray sections one at a time). Oscar Blandi’s dry shampoo ($11) is perfect for moments when you don’t have access to a mirror and don’t know if you’ll be able to get the traces of powder out of your hair.
Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo
I tried Suave’s dry shampoo first per recommendation of my friend and cosmetologist (mentioned in this post). It is cheap–think $3 cheap. In my humble opinion this stuff is the best when you need to absorb oil and add volume. I use it on those days that I sleep in way too late. It’s also great when you’ve curled your hair and perhaps you put on a bit too much product, and you don’t want to compromise your do.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
This is the latest dry shampoo that I’ve found, and I adore it. For $7, Batiste is totally worth the purchase. I rank it up there with Suave. This is also great for genuinely dirty hair. I’ve used it when I’ve hit the gym and didn’t have time to shower before the next activity (gross but true). It absorbs next to everything. This is an extremely white product. I recommend spraying it while you are not wearing your outfit for the day. At the very least, throw on a robe.
Tips and Tricks
- Dry shampoo is meant to be sprayed on roots not on the body of your hair. You’ll have a nightmare on your hands if you spray it all over your hair.
- Like I mentioned before, don’t wear your #ootd while spraying on your dry shampoo unless it’s an “invisible” spray like Ocar Blandi’s.
- Let the dry shampoo “set” before brushing it out. Most dry shampoos need a few minutes to soak into your roots.
- Spray dry shampoo 4 to 6 inches away from your head. If you spray it on a concentrated area, you’ll have a big white nasty mess to deal with. The idea is to mist it onto your roots–not soak them.
So there you have it!
Sunless tanning isn’t for suckers. Sunless tanning offers glow without the risk of skin cancer; however, you do risk looking orange–or resembling an oompa loompa (circa 1971, not 2005). Let’s be real–being orange makes you open to ridicule.
Snookie, Lindsey Lohan, Nicki Minaj, and plenty of beauty/bodybuilding pageant participants showed up on my Google Image Search when I typed in “oompa loompa.” TRUE STORY. Make it a life goal to not show up as an” oompa loompa” in Google Images, people. You’ll be grateful. Meanwhile, follow these steps to start down the path of tan, while avoiding the “oompa loompa” orange.
Scrub or scrubbing mitt, moisturizer, Vaseline, gloves, tanning mitt, wipes, tan eraser (lemon, sugar, baking soda), self-tan liquid/mousse/moisturizer of choice
Shave & Exfoliate (I recommend doing this the morning that you plan to apply the tanner)
Moisturize the dry spots–especially your elbows, knees, feet, & hands
Apply Vaseline to your hairline and eyebrows–this will prevent tanner getting places you don’t want it
Put on a latex glove and tanning mitt. I use both because the tanner still can go through the mitt. The mitt is best for sprays. I spray the liquid onto the mitt then apply.
I apply the self tanner in a circular motion. This prevents streaking. Start on your legs, arms, chest, and stomach. If you can have some apply it to your back–that is best. The back is tricky. You may want to try a back lotion applicator if you don’t have a roomie/bestie/bf/hubby to help you out–or if you simply are uncomfortable with someone else applying it.
Apply the self tanner to your hands and feet. This is tricky. Lightly brush over your hands and feet, don’t rub the self tanner in for this step. You don’t need to apply in circular motion for this step.
Clean up! Sometimes it is best to move quickly and just use a wipe, but if the orange isn’t budging keep this in mind: no one is a pro when it comes to doing self tans. You’ll mess up and it is OKAY. Michelle Phan presented a great tutorial on fixing streaks and it seriously works. Mix lemon juice, sugar (1/4 c), and baking soda (1/4 c) in a small bowl. You can rub this mixture on your hands too if they need it.
Let it dry. Some self tanners dry faster than others, but you should really try to not crawl into bed or put on clothes. I try to go an hour without putting anything on…freedom much? For many self tanners, including my favorite (Fake Bake), you need to rinse it off either the next morning or after it is done “developing.” If you’re impatient, I recommend Fake Bake 60 Minute Tan. Some solutions come with a mitt. Fake Bake Flawless does as linked above.
Apply lotion. You need to moisturize to keep the tan…well, ON. This locks in the tan and makes it last longer. Now, you’re done.
- Be careful when applying tanner to your face. Like your hands/feet lightly brush over your face. However, I highly recommend this face self tanner. I put it on under my makeup and LOVE it.
- You can speed up drying time with a hair dryer.
- Don’t fall for the cocoa self tanner that is on Pinterest. It will wipe right off and won’t last.
- Shave at least 12-24 hours beforehand.
- Make tanning part of your nightly routine.
In honor of National Pink Day, I want to talk about my favorite shades of pink lipstick. Pink lipstick is a makeup bag staple. Let’s be real, you can be wearing nothing but mascara and lipstick and look fantastic. Trust me. My husband constantly reminds me that I don’t need as much makeup as I wear, so on the days where I need to keep it minimal, I rock pink lipstick and mascara and call it good.
Considering that pink is my favorite color, I have three shades of pink that I am dedicated to wearing. So let’s go through this: in the swatch on my hand from the left to right I have Revlon Just Bitten Lip Balm Stain in Smitten ($5-6 at any Walmart or Walgreens), Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre in Pink Champagne (Macy’s or any Estee Lauder counter $25), and Covergirl Lip Perfection in Enchantress ($5.99 at Target).
What is your favorite shade? Do you wear lipstick very often?
In the summer the sun unleashes all of its natural havoc upon my lips. They get dry and gross to the point where even lipstick can’t hide the disastrous area on my face–in fact it only accentuates it.
In order for any man or woman to avoid the sun’s havoc, he or she must take proper care of aforementioned lips. Personally, I use products to help me out with this endeavor.
|| 1. Smith’s Rose Bud Salve | This is perfect for everyday use. I always keep this in my bag. As a salve, you can put it on extra dry spots, including your elbows and knees. It’s only $7! Totally worth the purchase. Plus, it lasts FOREVER. It is available here. ||
||2. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment | This is great for everyday use or for a night out. It adds the perfect amount of color, while adding moisture and providing sun protection (SPF 15). I own in three out of the seven different colors! Purchase it here or here for $22.||
||3. Sun Bum Lip Balm | If you haven’t heard of Sun Bum, you are missing out. This California local favorite provides the best protection for your lips, while not looking like a fool and smelling like zinc. They have it in a bunch of different flavors, but my favorite is Coconut ($3.99). Get it here or here.||
||4. Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub| Okay, so this is a little pricey for a lip scrub if you ask me. You could probably make sugar lip scrub yourself using sugar, essential oils, and coconut oil, but I digress… This product is great for the lazy girl who needs something quick and effective. In my opinion this is the best lip scrub available. This gets ALL of the dead skin off and makes your lips feel silky smooth. It’s perfect for before a date, if you catch my drift. 😉 It smells great and gets the job done! Buy it here or here ($22).||
There you have it. Check out these products. Your lips will thank you greatly.