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 🙂
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!
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.
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.
Who doesn’t love getting something fun in the mail every month? Something filled with treats that could have been picked out by your best friend.That is EXACTLY what Birchbox is.
So let’s jump into the pros and cons of Birchbox, but I have a feeling that one of the lists will be longer than the other… 😉
1. Um, can you say MONTHLY?!
Birchbox arrives every single month. It is great. I never quite know when it is going to arrive (I don’t bother tracking it), but when it arrives, it makes my day. It’s small enough that it fits into my mailbox, but large enough to cover all of the bills that I want to forget about. haha
2. Extremely affordable
The women’s box is $10 per month. Over the course of a year, you spend $120 if you go month-to-month. Usually, if you purchase a year up front you can receive a free box; however, if you enter code “BBSUBYEAR” at checkout this month, you get two boxes free! Deal much?
I get makeup and skin products; sure, that is to be expected. I also get monthly health products. I have received granola bars and vitamins, as well. Birchbox is clearly looking out for me. Maybe a health item per month will level out all of the Diet Cokes I may or may not consume during a given month…or not. haha
4. Tailored to you
When you sign up, you enter your preferences. They base what you receive in the boxes based off of your preferences. You enter what type of beauty “personality” you prefer, skin type, and style preferences.
5. Excellent customer service
They didn’t send out my box on time a month ago. To be honest, I didn’t notice, but it didn’t matter. I got my box along with an email saying that they were sending a little something extra as a “sorry.” Well, lo and behold, two different boxes came that month. I didn’t have to say a thing. I am impressed with Birchbox’s customer service.
6. Rewards & Discounts
Birchbox provides rewards to its users for writing reviews on specific products, and purchases. You can use your reward points to buy full size products.
7. Easy to buy full size
Birchbox groups the monthly products together for easy buying. They offer all of the included box items on their site. They even offer deals on items included in the monthly boxes.
1. Little bottles EVERYWHERE
Now, I did mention that I love everything I get from Birchbox. The issue is that I can’t move through all of the products fast enough, resulting in tiny bottles everywhere. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve discovered tons of great new products without having to try full size, but the trade off is a ton of little bottles. Otherwise, I can’t think of any other cons. Birchbox provides great products accompanied with a low price.
I’m a fan of liquid eyeliner. I, like many women, have experimented with eyeliner for many years. First, I started with a pencil. I lined all the way around my eyes on the ledges. This subsequently made my eyes look smaller. I moved on to gel liner. I found that gel liner tends to get in my eye and float on my contact. Gross, but true. Then my dear sisters introduced me to the liquid liner pen.
Here is the issue. My sisters swear on Stila’s liquid liner–that is what I’ve been using for the last two years; however, several other liners are serious contenders. I disliked Maybelline’s liquid liner. I bought it when I left my Stila liner at home, while vacationing. It rubbed off too easily and didn’t have a deep black like I prefer. In February I received a Cynthia Rowley liner in my Birchbox. It was love at first use.
It really does contend with Stila’s eyeliner.
Here are the pros and cons of each.
- Richest color
- Stays puts
Stila Not So Much Love
- Less control compared to Cynthia Rowley
- Thin lines take more work
Cynthia Rowley Love
- Total control of the eyeliner
- Stays put
Cynthia Rowley Not So Much Love
- Not as rich as Stila’s eyeliner
*A note about each of the eyeliners, when I went to remove the eyeliner, Cynthia Rowley removes MUCH easier. Now for many, this is a good thing. However, I just prefer a liner that is really hard to come off. If you’re crier, Cynthia Rowley probably isn’t for you. Yet, if you hate how you can never get your eyeliner off, then go with Cynthia Rowley.
So there you have it. Which one do you prefer? Stila or Cynthia Rowley? Comment below!