People…meet my new best friend! I’ve always struggled with frizzy hair and have tried (and reviewed) about a zillion products, and much like I have a go-to moisturizer, I now have a go-to hair product. Garnier Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment is a must when I get out of the shower. I was worried that an oil would make my hair greasy and gross looking, but I’m so happy with the way my hair looks when I use this. The smell is great, it makes my hair soft and frizz-free, and it has a healthy shine to it that I rarely ever see. I’ve been recommending this product left and right, and I hope you can grab a bottle if you have unruly hair – it’s quite inexpensive! I was looking through the reviews and one gal says she even uses some mixed in with her conditioner when she showers – you can bet I’m trying that idea out right away!
A few months back, a friend told me she has recently joined the site Hautelook, where she could get designer looks for less. I visited the website that day – and joined immediately! I am a big fan of online shopping – especially in our winter where it’s tough for me to even leave the house – and to get designer clothes and shoes for much, much cheaper…well, I was a happy camper! I have since ordered multiple items from the website, had timely shipping, and didn’t have any surprises when it came to my merchandise. I have not yet had to return anything (which is good!) or else I would give feedback on that aspect. If you enjoy the finer things in life but don’t like to part with your cash, I recommend checking out this website! Be sure to look ahead and see which designers are coming up – because the hottest items can get sold out fast!
I’m a big fan of tinted moisturizer, and recently I tried the one from Stila, a newer brand for me. There is SPF 15 in it which is great, and it provided a sheer coverage that gave me that extra tint so I don’t have to use so much bronzer. Overall I really like the product, but I’ve found in the winter it can severely dry out my skin. Some people think I’m crazy to use a tinted moisturizer in the winter, but I think why not? Lately I’ve been going with BB Creams such as the one from Maybelline, and found a lot of success in them. I might visit Stila again in the summer though!
I have been buying my makeup lately from Ulta. It’s a giant store, they have good prices, and they have a reward program, which I love. I also get a coupon from them every month in the mail, so why not? On one of my last trips there they were having a buy one get one half off sale for Ulta beauty products. I grabbed a mascara and eyeliner, and decided to check them out.
The verdict? I like the eyeliner more, but it’s not up to par with the usual Maybelline that I try on. It wears off too quickly, and if I’m going out I have to put it in my clutch so I can reapply it after a few hours. The mascara I really wasn’t a fan of. I have since stopped using it, because I don’t notice anything. No length, no volume, nada. So I don’t think I’ll be picking up the Ulta brand anymore, even if they are having a great sale!
I have always had pretty good luck with Garnier Fructis products, and I recently purchased their Color Shield Conditioner. I usually dye my hair darker in the winter time, but with my upcoming wedding and dress fittings I wanted my hair color to be the same as what it will be on the big day, so I’ve kept my locks pretty light throughout the last few months. I have actually never used a shampoo or conditioner made to help keep your color, and I thought now would be a good time to try one out. And I LOVE this stuff! It smells great, my blonde is still blonde after multiply washes, and it helps put a shine in there too. I would definitely recommend this for those of you who color your hair, and I will also be picking up their leave-in conditioning treatment as well!
I recently finished up my Bare Minerals face powder, and set off to the makeup store (my trusty Ulta) on the hunt. I started a chat with a salesgirl and explained my needs for a new powder. She led me to Pur Minerals, a brand I had not yet heard of. I took a look at the 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation, and decided to give it a chance. I really have the salesgirl to thank- as she was pretty convincing- and I’m glad. I love this stuff! The foundation is lightweight, makes my skin look instantly better, and even has a SPF-15, which I really try to look for in my face makeup. I also did a shade darker so it gives me a little color when I’m pale in the winter – no tanning beds here! The coverage stays on all day, and I never have to worry about sticking it in my bag when I go out at night. I found a winner!
It was the lovely Sara Palacios that first turned my eye on BB Cream, something I actually had not heard of yet at the time. While on a makeup run, I saw Maybelline was having a buy one/get one half off sale, so I grabbed my trusty eyeliner pencil and then saw this nice looking BB Cream next to it. I thought why not – and have not looked back since! This has become a new staple in my makeup bag. Maybelline is one of my favorite cosmetic carries, from their lip gloss to mascara, so I was more than willing to give a new product a try on their line. The BB cream is an “8-in-1 skin perfector” including evening your skin tone, brightening your skin, and hiding imperfections. It did all that for me and I instantly noticed a difference once I applied it. I also like that it is super light weight. I have another moisturizer/cream that feels heavy and I have all but thrown that one away after buying this. I also bought a shade darker so I use it as a bit of a self-tanner as well and I love the results. A new favorite!
Rating: 5 stars
After having my first baby in May, my hair has definitely gone through quite a transformation. The days of lush and full locks are long gone and now I have frail and thin hair. I know I know, all of these things are typical after pregnancy, but I still wasn’t prepared and I had the HARDEST time when my hair started to fall out. And boy, did it ever. When I couldn’t take it any longer, I went online and looked up products and read countless reviews. I tried a few products here and there but nothing really seemed to help. That is, until I had a friend recommend Moroccan Oil and I gave it a whirl. This stuff literally changed my life. I feel like it restored the shine and softness and helped strengthen every strand. A miracle worker to the fullest, I highly recommend this product. Now, be careful though because you only need a tiny drop or else you will look like you haven’t showered in days. Other than that, it will heal your hair and restore life back into your roots. I will continue to use this product every day.
Since I’m one to always need a burst in the morning, when I was on the hunt recently for new face products I had to try Clean and Clear Morning Burst. A special that was going on prompted me to buy the cleanser and get the facial scrub for half off – excellent! I’m happy to report that I enjoy both products. They both have caffeine, lemon and papaya , smell great, and seem to work for me. The cleanser is obviously softer on my skin than the scrub, but both make my skin feel soft and clean after use. I also bought the skin brightening line, and I have to say that I truly believe they do that. I’m very impressed with both these products, and know I will definitely purchase the cleanser again, if not the facial scrub as well. I will buy more from the Clean and Clear line!
As someone who stopped using tanning beds years ago, I often see quite a pale face staring back at me in the mirror. I have no problem getting spray tans, but those can pricey and let’s be serious – cold! A girlfriend started using Jergens Natural Glow lotion, and I could really see a difference. I bought a bottle for myself, and was able to cut down on the amount of spray tans I was getting. I had one issue though – my body looked nice and bronzed, my face was still ghost white. I purchased the lotion that is specifically for the face as well, and I love it! I don’t use it every day, but when I think I need a little boost or know I have weekend plans, I’ll use it in the morning during that week and have a nice glow! I have great results with both the body lotion and the face lotion, though I will recommend to wash your hands good after use, or else you’ll start to see coloration on your palms! Also, the face lotion can come out a little thick, so small amounts work best or else it almost feels like a mask.