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.
Hey friends! I’m Chelsie and I blog over at Life with Rosie. I’m really excited to be on Evi’s blog today while she celebrates the birth of her sweet baby this week! Today I’m sharing my all time favorite 5 Holy Grail hair products!
Ever since my hair grew back after my chemotherapy treatments, I have been obsessed with taking care of it the best I can. I never gave my hair a second thought until it all fell out and now I never want to take my hair for granted! My hair texture and color changed when it grew back in, so it’s been a challenge to find products that keep my hair lightweight and healthy without weighing it down and making it overly greasy. Here are my top five, can’t live without, holy grail hair products: Miracle 7 Silk Leave-in Mist-This stuff is life-changing. I spray this all over my hair after I get out of the shower and let it work its magic! It detangles, adds shine, protects, adds moisture and reduces frizz all in one spray without weighing my hair down. Most leave-in conditioners make my hair heavy and greasy, but this one makes my hair extra soft and light! My favorite part of it is the detangle aspect; my hair gets really knotty and this makes brushing through it effortless! Big Sexy Hair Root Pump-Want to get tons of volume without teasing your hair like crazy? This will solve all your problems. I’m down with a good tease once a month, but I hate how bad it is for my hair. When I need some serious volume, this Root Pump is my immediate go to. It comes out in mousse form and goes on your roots when you hair is still damp. Blow your hair out upside down and you will have serious volume all day long. I constantly get asked how I tease my hair when I blow it out with this stuff. I can’t say enough good things about it. Kenra Dry Shampoo– This is by far the best dry shampoo I have ever used. It gets all the oil out, leaves my hair looking clean and full of volume and the white brushes out easily. It also smells nice! Rusk Texture Finishing Spray – There isn’t an exact way to describe this stuff. It’s like hair spray, but it’s not. It’s like a volume spray, but it’s not. It’s awesome. I use this to finish my look, no matter what style I’m rocking. It gives a good hold and adds texture and volume without making your hair look shiny, greasy or stiff. Also, it smells AMAZING. Dustin tells me it’s his favorite perfume scent that I wear. Little does he know it’s my hairspray! Tony&Guy Shine Gloss Serum – I got this in a birchbox a few months ago and I love love love it. It reduces frizz while smoothing down hair and adding shine. Warning:A little goes a LONG way and this is meant to be used on your ends; so if you use too much and put it on your roots, it will make your hair greasy. If you use a tiny amount and use it on your ends, your hair will still feel light and look smooth and shiny! I use these products every day and love the results I get. Taking care of my hair and investing in nice products for it helps me show my body appreciation for all the great things it has done for me! I’ll never take having hair for granted again! Have you tried any of these products? What are your favorite hair products? I’m always looking for new ones to try! Leave a comment or give me a shoutout on twitter, instagram or facebook!
Hello Eyeliner and Erasers readers! I’m Joy and I blog over at For the Love of Tuna. When you visit my blog (because I hope you do), check out the About section to learn why my blog has such a unique name…
Evi is obviously very busy, you know, becoming a MOM (woohoo!) and graciously invited a few of us to take over her space a little. Thanks Evi, it’s always fun to hone in to another audience!
Today, I’m sharing my beauty routine… and bravely photographed myself sans makeup! I am a makeup wearer, but not nearly to the extent of most. Honestly, I didn’t even start wearing foundation until my junior year of college. My routine is very minimal and one that I would encourage women to try if they are currently “non-make-up-wearers.” As you see each step, keep in mind, each of those steps takes only seconds. In total, this is about a 5 minute routine. Plus, you only get faster, the more you do it!
I prefer my makeup to look fresh and natural. I work from home, but I need to be ready to run errands, meet someone for lunch, or work from a coffee shop. If you think my face looks stellar in that picture above, you should know… it wasn’t touched up or edited AT ALL. Obviously I added the words, but I didn’t even touch the contrast or brightness. Just in front of a window in natural light! Don’t be fooled though, I do have blemishes (maybe you can see the zit on my chin!) and dark circles under my eyes, but my routine just accents my features and hides those blemishes. Plus, all the products I use you can buy at Target or a drugstore! Now, without further ado, here is my barely-there makeup routine in pictures and a little GIF:
- Moisturize with CeraVe PM. You can get the AM or other versions if you like, but my skin particularly likes the PM. Only in the last couple of years did I realize the importance of moisturizing after washing your face. I discovered that my acne was partially caused by my skin being dried out! Silly me.
- Prime with Rimmel London Fix & Perfect 002. Simply gives you a smooth, clean slate. It’s very light and feels so great on your skin. Just a tiny amount to coat your face.
- Foundation & Concealer are both by Neutrogena. Foundation is Healthy Skin 20 Natural Ivory and the concealer is Healthy Skin 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes 05 Fair. I use a makeup sponge to apply my foundation, past my jaw, onto my neck so it blends with the rest of my skin tone. Then I use my ring finger to dab the concealer all around my eyes – under and above by the bridge of my nose and on the eyelids.
- Pressed Powder also by Neutrogena. It’s called Healthy Skin Pressed Powder 20 Light. I use just enough to get an even coat over my foundation and concealer to lock in place.
- Eyelid Primer (sheer) by Elf. Okay, Elf might be super cheap, but this primer is amazing. My eyeshadow never EVER creases! I love it. Just smear each eyelid and blend it in.
- Eyeshadow by Almay, Bold Nudes 412. Put the darkest color on the crease but away from the inner eye, the medium color on the majority of your eyelid (below the dark), and the lightest color near the inner eye, above the darkest, and just under your brows. I love this set of colors because they are very natural, but give a wonderful interest to otherwise nude eyes.
- Eyeliner by Maybelline New York – Unstoppable in Onyx. Draw it in all the way across the upper lashes (try to get into the lash line) and halfway across the bottom, tapering thinner towards the middle of the lower. Then I use the foam pad of an old eyeliner to blend it just enough that you don’t see the rough edges and it looks smooth.
- Mascara also by Maybelline New York – Define-A-Lash Very Black (Waterproof). I prefer waterproof because my lashes are shorter and other mascaras tend to wear out on me. Don’t forget to curl them! I curl before and after application… like I said, short lashes!
- Bronzer by Neutrogena – Healthy Skin Blends 30 Sunkissed. I use a basic face brush to “contour” it from my temples, under my cheekbones, and just onto the apples.
- Finishing Spray & Lip Balm. I use Elf’s makeup Mist & Set. It might be totally worthless and do nothing, but I feel refreshed after spritzing it on! For lip balm, I use my beloved Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil.
I decided not to link each of these items because you can buy them anywhere and at varying prices. All the brushes I use are Elf as well, and have really treated me well. Plus, so inexpensive to replace. Anyway – I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please stop over to For the Love of Tuna and follow my House Buying Journey or read a few posts on marriage… grab a cup of coffee and stay a while 🙂 Cheers!
Hi guys! I am Emily, a beauty/lifestyle blogger over on Flowers in Emily’s Hair. I am a cosmetologist in NY, and my blog is all about my crazy beauty and style finds and a little bit of my day to day rambles. Since Evi is getting to have so much fun getting ready to welcome a new baby (So jealous, but, I think my dog is enough for me), I get to come have fun with all of you guys! I’m starting to do a series on my blog all about different braids and how to do them. For the first post, I’m going to be teaching you all about Dutch Fishtail braids! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to see how to do the rest 🙂
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!