Category Archives: Hair Care

Mastey- Say Yes to Eco-Friendly Hair Care

As a beauty blogger, I have been dying to try using more eco-friendly products on my face, skin, and hair. Let’s be honest- I am not getting any younger, and I will try anything that doesn’t have harsh chemicals or additives that will aid in the aging process! Mastey has a whole line of eco-friendly hair care products, and I had the chance to try out their Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner.

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I have fast growing hair, and before I know it, it reaches halfway down my back. Having a good shampoo and conditioner is very important to me. Mastey’s hair products are 100% vegan, rich in antioxidants, and are formulated with argan oil and olive oil. Best of all, they contain no ammonia, sodium chloride, parabens, synthetic dyes, and no PPD (more information on the negative effects of PPD is here).

I LOVED the pearlescent shine the shampoo had when I squeezed it into my hand.

Behold the shimmery beauty:

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Although the shampoo was nice, I really fell in love with the conditioner. You know when you go to the salon, and they use shampoos and conditioners that smell way better than anything you can ever buy in the store, and you’re like “what is this heavenly scent and why can’t I find it anywhere?” That is Mastey’s Color Protecting Conditioner. True story.

Interested in giving your over treated locks a break? Head over to www.mastey.com, and check out their whole line of haircare products. I will definitely be passing this on to my health conscious vegan friends!

Have you tried Mastey shampoo and conditioner before?

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Time to Become a Sun Bum

Warm weather has arrived, and if you’re anything like me, sun, sand, and beaches are in your future! Sun Bum has a whole beauty line geared toward the dog days of summer, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them.

First up- Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray ($14.99 at Ulta)

Sun Bum

What’s not to love about sea spray in a squirt bottle? While protecting hair from the elements, it gives hair extra body, waves, and texture for that “I just spent the day at the beach” look. When it comes to my hair, I am not always fond of a matte-finish, because it can tend to look a bit “witchy” due to the length. This Beach Formula Sea Spray definitely has a matte-finish hold, but I liked how it brought out my highlights and didn’t make my hair look too scraggly.

I sprayed it on towel-dried hair and gave it a good scrunch or two before letting it air dry. The spray itself was lightweight and created the strand separation and definition it claimed it would. I absolutely loved how purposely messy my beach waves looked, and I think they looked even better after sleeping on them.Sun Bum Sun Bum

In addition to the Sea Spray, I scored a few of Sun Bum’s Sunscreen Lip Balms ($3.99) in Mango, Coconut, and my personal fave Key Lime. Not only are they SPF 30, but they also contain aloe and vitamin E- a perfect combination to keep lips protected during sunny days. I have one stashed in each purse!

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Check out more Sun Bum products at trustthebum.com or head to Ulta.com to experience them for yourself!

Have you tried out Sun Bum products before?

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june empties

June Empties 2015

This is titled “June Empties,” but I took these photos in May … so do with that what you will. Just like in my last empties post, most of these are hair and skin care products. Apparently I haven’t been smothering my face in enough makeup this year. Woopsies.

Anywho, let’s take a gander of the products I’ve used up since March and discuss whether or not I’ll be repurchasing.

june empties

Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner – Dove has been my favorite drugstore shampoo/conditioner for a while now. It leaves my hair feeling healthy and shiny smooth. It never weighs down my tresses while still keeping them soft and luxurious. Repurchase? Already did.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash – Aveeno is my go-to brand for body lotion. It seriously rocks my world, and now so does their body wash. It’s super affordable and leaves you feeling oh-so-touchable. Repurchase? Already did.

Meg 21 Moisturizing Toner – I loved that this toner contained Witch Hazel. Something about the smell and the way it feels on my skin is just lovely. Plus, I could feel this toner fighting any spots that would creep up on my skin. I didn’t repurchase yet cause I had another toner to use up, and that makes me sad.  Repurchase? When I run out of my other toner.

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil – This stuff is my jam. I have been using it since March of 2014. It’s ultra moisturizing and I just love the scent. It’s perfect to apply before bed but also light enough on your skin for morning too. Moral of the story – I use it ALL. THE. TIME.  Repurchase? Already did.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – I mean, what could I say about this that hasn’t already been said? It’s my staple concealer – perfect for any and all events/makeup needs and doesn’t cake in my under-eye lines.  Repurchase? Already did.

Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water – This cleansing water is an amazing dupe for Bioderma. I use it every night before washing my face, and it is a boss at removing all my makeup. Yes, even eye makeup. It goes with me everywhere … even to the airport bathroom when I obsessively remove makeup before my flights.  Repurchase? Already did.

What goodies have you used up lately?

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My Spring Skin Care Regimen: Introducing Karelèn Products

I like to think of myself as a bit of a lotion connoisseur, so when I heard about the new brand, Karelèn, and their line of body butters, hand and body lotions, and dry oils, it was like I’d died and gone to heaven. Actually, my first thought was, “What is a dry oil and why haven’t I tried one yet?!”

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Receiving my goodies in the mail was much like opening my presents on Christmas morning. There was a lot of oohing and aahing. The body butters, lotions, and dry oils come in 13 fragrances, each with their own unique healing nutrients such as Vitamin E to neutralize free radicals, avocado rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and olive oil to promote cell growth.

I am a sucker for good packaging, and I loved the little pump on my Vivacious Vitamin E Hand & Body Crème. Not only did it make my skin feel silky smooth, it had a light and fresh fragrance that is perfect on these warmer sunny days.

…And can we talk about the dry oils? I love the idea of oils, but usually they are pretty messy and can leave stains on sheets and clothing. The two oils I’ve been using (Luscious Coconut and Olive All Over) go on like an oil, but rub in matte. They also smell divine- I have a small obsession with anything coconut! I was a little skeptical when the bottle said it was fast-drying, easily absorbed, and non-greasy, but the description was spot on. My only wish for these bottles is that they had spray nozzles to create a mist, rather than droplets of oil. Kind of like the old Australian Gold tanning oil sprays I used to use when I was a clueless sun worshipping high schooler.

Below you can see how matte the oil is after I rubbed it into my hand. No sun glare here!

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Karelèn also has a whole line of hair products called Curly Twirls. Although the weather has not become quite humid enough yet for me to wear my hair wavy, I have sprayed their Frizz Blitz Spritz with Argan Oil on my frizzies to smooth them down. I can’t wait to use the Curly Twirls Custard when it gets a little warmer. Both of these smell fantastic! On the left my frizzies are out in full force, and on the right they have been tamed by the Frizz Blitz Spritz. Nice and smooth and definitely not greasy looking!

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The amazing thing about Karelèn products are that they are made in the U.S.A and are crafted with the earth’s finest essential oils. They contain no glycols, parabens, mineral oils, or petrolatum, and best of all are cruelty free. And for $8 each, they are a steal. If you want to check out their whole line, head over to their website at http://karelen.com.

Have you tried Dry Oils yet? Tell us in the comments below!

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Schwarzkopf’s New Dry Shampoo Leaves Hair Voluminous and Clean

Hey beauties! I’m pretty sure I am one of the last girls on the planet to jump on the dry shampoo bandwagon. I know our very own Kristin Bassett has her go-to product, and many of my friends swear by it. So when I had the opportunity to test out Schwarzkopf Styliste Ultime Biotin+ Volume & Texture Luxe Fresh Dry Shampoo, I was thrilled!

Schwarzkopf Dry Shampoo

I have to admit, it is a rare day that I don’t shampoo my hair. Sometimes I’ll get into weekend mode and go a little longer without my shower, but I cannot stand the feel of unwashed hair. Maybe because I have A LOT of it. It took everything in my power to leave my hair dirty for this experiment.

The Schwarzkopf products are specifically designed to leave your hair feeling weightless while adding volume and giving roots a boost. The great thing about the dry shampoo is it can be used on clean hair to add a little texture and volume. Score!

A few things I noticed after spraying my roots from about 8 inches away:

  • The air felt cold and refreshing
  • It had a whitish color (like powder) that needed to be rubbed in
  • The scent was fantastic!

My only suggestion while using this dry shampoo would be not to spray it directly on your part, as it does tend to begin as a powdery tint. Also, it does need to be worked in pretty well to assure it has even coverage. Although it left my hair looking more matte than shiny, it did give it volume and felt MUCH cleaner. See for yourself:

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schwarzkopf dry shampoo

Schwarkopf has a whole styliste ULTÎME Biotin+ Volume & Texture Collection, and for the price ($6.97 each), you can’t go wrong.

Are you ready to jump on the dry shampoo bandwagon?!

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March Empties

March Empties 2015

I have actually never done an empties post before, so I figured it was about time. It works out nicely because I recently used up the last of a bunch of different beauty items. You’ll notice that this is mostly hair and skin care products because I run through them much quicker than makeup and perfume.

I’ll give you a quick run down of my thoughts on each product and whether I plan to repurchase or not. And with that, let’s get into my March empties.

March Empties

March Empties

March Empties

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser – This is not only an amazing drugstore concealer, but an amazing concealer despite the price. I would gladly pay twice or three times the price for this concealer. It covers dark circles fully and seamlessly. You can’t even tell you’re wearing makeup. It’s one of my two go-to concealers, and I make sure to always have one in my makeup stash. Repurchase? Already did

L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara – This is bay far my new favorite mascara. I like it more than most of my designer mascaras right now and would gladly pay department store prices for this amazing drugstore find. It lengthens and defines my lashes and scores me loads of compliments whenever I wear it. Repurchase? Already did

Skin Authority Resurfacing Accelerator – I don’t go to sleep without using this amazing gel. I was beyond devastated when my boyfriend said he had used the last pump because I hadn’t planned in advance and had to go a few days without before my new bottle arrived. It turns over my skin cells, keeping my face bright and smooth. Repurchase? Already did

Rituals Hammam Hot Scrub – This is the most amazing store-bought scrub I’ve ever used. The only scrub that comes close to rivaling it is my homemade sugar scrub. It was a lifesaver this Winter when the harsh weather took a tool on my poor skin. Repurchase? Eventually once I use up my other scrubs.

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap – This is the only face cleanser I use, and I have been for years now. It does the job without being too harsh on my skin … all while being super affordable. I don’t feel the need to even try out other cleansers for the time being. Repurchase? Already did

Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo – This dry shampoo is MY JAM. I use it almost every day, regardless of if I just washed my hair or if I haven’t washed it in days. I refuse to use anything else because this works so well for me and is less than $10. Repurchase? Already did

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo –  I am neutral on this shampoo. It does a fine enough job, but I’m not dying to replace it. I’m weirdly un-loyal to any specific shampoo and conditioners, so I’ll just check out which brand is on sale next time I go to CVS. Repurchase? Maybe

Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner – Same reaction as to the Hello Hydration Shampoo. Repurchase? Maybe

I don’t think I’ll run through products quickly enough to do a monthly empties post, but I’ll save all my bottles and do another one when I’ve got a decent amount of products to talk about.

What beauty products have you used up recently?

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2014 beauty favorites

2014 Beauty Favorites

2014 was a good year for my personally, professionally and when it comes to beauty. I tried a lot of new products that I like, some that I hated and a few that I loved. It’s those items that I loved that I wanted to share with you here today. My 2014 beauty favorites. So peruse them below and give them a try is you’re so inclined. Happy New Year, beauties!

Hair:

2014 beauty favorites

Remington Wand | Simon & Tom hair serum | DermOrganic leave-in treatment | Not Your Mother’s Dry ShampooKérastase Mousse Bouffante

Skin:

2014 beauty favorites

GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud | Clinique face soap | Nuxe mask | Fresh face oil | Skin Authority Resurfacing Accelerator | Skin Authority cleansing brush

Makeup:

2014 beauty favorites

beautyblender | Smashbox primer | Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadow | TooFaced bronzer | TooFaced palette | NARS blush | MAC paint pot | Benefit mascara | NARS concealer | Lumene CC cream | MAC lipstick and lipliner | Stila eyeliner | NARS eyeliner | Anastasia brow wiz

What were your 2014 beauty favorites?

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Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

It’s scientifically proven that I can’t turn down the chance to test out new hair-related goodies. Whether it’s a new shampoo or a new hair tool, I just need to get my greedy little hands on it. So of course, I couldn’t say “No” to the change to test out the Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand.

My hair is naturally curly, but I’m an insane person, so I blow dry it straight and then physically curl it myself on a regular basis. Like I said, I’m insane.  And while I love my Sultra, it can be hard to get a loose wave rather than a more defined curl with that specific tool, so I was looking forward to trying a new brand and barrel shape.

With my excitement came a bit of nervous curiosity. Would the oval barrel make my hair look kinky? Would a more affordable brand work as well as my Sultra? Side note: I’m a marketer’s dream – I assume that the more expensive an item, the better it is. So with excited jitters in my belly, I heated up the wand and started wanding my little heart out.

Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

I’ll jump to the chase here – I was more than pleasantly surprised with the end result. I was able to achieve a loose wave by keeping the wand on a lower heat (around 320 degrees) or a more defined curl by turning up the heat (around 360 degrees). And while the waves/curls did fall a bit more throughout the day than when I use my Sultra, they were still intact and just as lovely at the end of the day. They even held up through a good night’s sleep!

For $29.99, this bad boy is a steal. So if you’re in the market for a curling wand (or even if you aren’t), you should scoot your caboose to Target and snag one for yourself.  And with that, I’ll leave you with some product features and gratuitous pictures of myself:

  • Oval Waving Wand with Silk Ceramic Technology
  • 410⁰F Digital salon high heat
  • Digital Displays/Controls for precise temperature control
  • Includes heat resistant glove for safe and easy styling
  • 30 second heat up and 60 minute auto shut off
  • 4 year warranty

Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

Remington T|Studio Pink Silk Oval Wand

Have you ever tried a curling wand before?

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her: Hair Styling Guru

Holidays, hair, happiness. Three “h” words that obviously go hand-in-hand. During the holidays, you have to do your hair all fancy-like and that brings about happiness to you and everyone who comes in contact with your hair. Obviously.

And if you (or anyone else on your gift list this year) loves hair care, hair styling, etc. as much as I do, I’ve got you covered. Grab them one of the goodies from the hair gift guide below then grab two for yourself!

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Dry Shampoo | Tangle Teezer | Curling Wand | Flat Iron | Waving Wand

What hair goodies will you be gifting this holiday season?

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WEN

Condition and Cleanse with WEN

I know it sounds ridiculous to say, but I love my hair and I equally love hair care products. Anything that will add a little extra volume, extra shine and extra style is my best friend. I had heard amazing things about WEN products, but had never gotten around to giving them a try. So when WEN reached out about their new Fall Tuscan Pear line, I immediately jumped on the opportunity.

If there is anything I love as much as hair-related things, it’s Fall. Combine Fall and hair and you have one happy beauty blogger! As soon as the  Fall Tuscan Pear Cleansing Conditioner arrived on my doorstep, I hopped into the shower and lathered up.

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In addition to never having tried WEN, I had also never tried a cleansing conditioner. The concept confused me. Is it a shampoo? Is it a conditioner? Is it a magic potion? The thought of not using both shampoo AND conditioner in the shower threw me off. I assumed that cleansing conditioners would leave my hair greasy and heavy. But you know what happens when you make assumptions …

The first thing I noticed was the scent. It is absolutely delicious and perfect for fall. I wish all of my hair care products had the same scent. Then next thing I noticed was the amount of product I was supposed to use. According to the instructions, my long hair would require 24-32 PUMPS. Considering I normally use just a dollop of shampoo and a dollop of conditioner, this amount seemed insane. After some trial and error, I found out I could skate by with fewer than 24 pumps (22ish to be exact).

Much to my surprise, my hair was neither greasy nor heavy after using the cleansing conditioner. My hair was left with loads of moisture and shine. To be completely transparent, it wasn’t quite as voluminous as normal, but it’s something only I, the owner of the hair, would notice.

Since my hair is naturally thicker with a lot of it’s own natural moisture, I’ve decided against using this as my regular shampoo/conditioner. I use it a couple times a week or any time my hair is feeling a little fried. And at $40 a bottle, I like the idea of getting the most out of the product. However, if you have more dry hair, this could be used on a regular basis.

Have you ever tried out WEN products or another cleansing conditioner?

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