June Favorites: Beauty & Hair

It has been hot, hot, HOT!

#ClimateChangeIsReal

Honestly, I have completely switched up my beauty routine for this crazy weather lately. I normally do up my moisturizing for the heat, but my skin has been oilier than in past summers. Also, I honestly have not been wanting to feel so much product on my face, that I temporarily stopped trying too many products hitting the market for summer. This past month, my skin and makeup routine, in particular, have placed a focus on natural ingredients (as natural as I can get at ULTA), quick application, and hydration.

I was attempting to grow my hair for the entire month so that when I get my (now overdue!) cut, it looks extra fresh, layered, and low-maintenance. So I began to treat my color-treated hair better and going mostly heat-less with my styling, as well as not drying it out by washing it so much. It’s looked this this for most of June!

Batiste Dry Shampoo in “Original”: This is one of my all-time favorite dry shampoos; affordable, fresh, effective. More scents and colors available.

AVEDA Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Cream: I bought this at my favorite hair salon in Yakima (Studio 16) after a session with my stylist, Bree a while back. I have naturally wavy, but frizzy, hair and I hadn’t had an anti-frizz serum in my routine for a while. I am so glad that I began to use this last month because I have finally gotten my locks under control! I use about a quarter-sized amount in my hair post-shower and let it air dry. Once dry, I do not even need to brush it before I can run my fingers straight through my hair. No trouble at all. This makes my hair really bouncy and shiny as well. Treat yourself to this!

P.S. I have also eliminated blow drying my hair for the summer. 

AVEDA Be Curly Curl Enhancer: This is another one of those products that I hadn’t used in a while because I learned how to style my lob and wanted to curl it with my flat iron every day.

*eyeroll.

This product is a little heavier than the serum and with a cleaner, more citrus-concentrated scent. I use this if I am going out and do not want to fuss with my hair. I scrunch a bit of this into my hair and maybe braid a few pieces. Once I’ve been out more a little while, I can undo them and it’s like I styled my hair with a wand. If the frizz taming serum did not grab your attention, get yourself this curl enhancer and thank me later.

 

 

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen: This is a no-brainer. A good SPF strength in an easy-to-use spray bottle.

Suave Smoothing Body Lotion: Cocoa butter & shea are exactly what my dry skin has been craving! The scent is not heavy whatsoever, rather it’s a bit calming. The application is so smooth because it’s like my skin absorbs the product as soon as I start to rub it in. It’s the one classic must-have body lotion that I did not know I needed in my life. This was gifted to me by Suave & Influenster, but this review represents my own thoughts and opinions. You can’t treat yourself to more of a steal than $2!

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser: I love, love this treatment! If you have not already tried the Tea Tree range from The Body Shop,  you and your skin are severely missing out. Although this treatment does indicate that it can be used as a setting layer or primer before your foundation (there are better primers out there, tbh), using it as a gel to mattify my face in this humid and hot weather has worked wonders for me! It’s also a plus that my pores looks 3x as small when I apply it.

SunBum Sunscreen Lip Balm w/ SPF 30 in “Pomegranate”: Honestly, I had never understood the importance of taking care of my lips during the hot summer months. This lip balm goes on so smoothly and it smells fantastic!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in “Black Satin Finish”: I don’t wear too heavy of eye looks anymore, but this little sample that I received is all that I have been needed, although I do plan to purchase the full-size once I run out of this. Here’s why. This liner is like the gel pencils that we used in middle school to heart our “i”s…only luxurious because it is Marc Jacobs. It is a dark black, but not too harsh. It has an amazing glide and it’s waterproof, so no problem when I start to sweat a bit in the afternoon.

Hand Painted Make-Up from Costa Rica by JJCaprices: I purchased this item from my friend, Jen, and her online global accessories boutique, JJCaprices, about two years ago. This little bag is not only sturdy and well-made, it fits all of my must-have summer products, and adds the perfect amount of summer to even jeans and a white t-shirt. It’s also naturally dyed and washable. This Toucan design is SOLD OUT, but you definitely have a great deal of options. 🙂

What have you been loving this month? Leave me your comments and recommendations below!

XOXO,

M

March Favorites: Beauty 

I am trying something a little bit different with the monthly favorites posts, so let me know if you guys like this categorized style instead of just having all of my current favorites in one big post!  Also, if you have not checked out my post on the products I loved in March, check that out here.

Fragrance: If you guys have followed me for a while, then you will remember from my old blog (moment of silence, please) La Vita Di Moda that I was gifted the Chance Eau Tendre by Chanel fragrance two Christmases ago and it has been my favorite ever since. I typically gravitate towards the fruitier scents (Prada Candy is as sweet as I will wear), but this one is “decidedly young” with its notes of white musk, jasmine, and grapefruit.

Buy here.

Hair: I am so excited to share this hair oil with you because I was SO impressed with it. I do color and heat style my hair, so when a product really enhances the color, shine, and makes it soft and bouncy, you better believe I will tell you all about it. This product was sent to me via Influenster, but these opinions and this review are my own! Pictured above, this little bottle of Madam C.J. Walker’s Scent & Shine Brassica Seed Oil is fantastic for all types of hair and is literally the best alternative to a silicone-based hair product because it doesn’t give you that gross product build-up weighing down your hair. PLUS–it has notes of spun sugar and red velvet cream. I don’t think any hair product I have ever tried leaves my hair smelling so good! I have been adding a few drops to the ends of my hair and then running my fingers through my strands AFTER I flat-iron or curl my hair. I will be repurchasing this one.

Try it for yourself here.

Lips: There are three stand-out products in this category. First off, I know I am not the only person out there with dry lips carrying over from the winter. No matter how hydrated I try to stay throughout the day, my lips were constantly chapped. When I received this e.l.f. product in the same box as the hair oil, I was really hesitant to even try an exfoliating lip product. The exfoliator label totally intimidated me! I am so glad I did. This minty product is grainy, but not too harsh on the lips. I give my lips two or three applications, rub together, then wipe off with a warm cloth. This has left my dry lips refreshed, moisturized, smooth, and prepped for my actual lip color application. Can we all agree that a lipstick over chapped and flaky lips is NOT a good look? Ok, good.

The second product I definitely splurged on. $25 for a lip balm seemed so ridiculous to me, but holy moly–it was worth every penny because it is a full-blown lip treatment. I have been a devoted fan of the Fresh skin care line, so I trusted the brand already. However, I had never tried these balms that are a cult favorite in the beauty community. This lip balm is one of 13 different shades and scents, and smells and feels like butter on the lips. I really only ever needed one application on my lips, but if you try this for yourself, you will find yourself giving your lips a few swipes! This is its full description: “Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 moisturizes, protects, and smooths the lips with real sugar—a natural humectant—delivering delectable and dependable moisture. A blend of nourishing oils, including meadow foam and black currant oils, maintain hydration levels and supple, healthy-looking lips while grape seed oil, rich in antioxidants, and vitamins C and E provide protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals. The formula provides essential, year-round protection from damaging UV rays, and the tinted treatments also offer sheer coverage or build-able color.”

The third product in the lip category was a matte liquid lipstick from Stila. I use my Kat Von D liquid lipstick in “Lolita” so much that I’ve repurchased it 3x in less than a year (it IS that good), but I found a competitor this last month. I haven’t really delved into the Stila line, so this was a really pleasant introduction to their range. It’s in the color Patina and it’s a really pretty, yet dusty and light mauve-rosy liquid lipstick with a matte finish. It smells great and the application is not fussy at all. I may have used it so much that I was scraping the sides with the brush trying to get all of it out.

1. E.L.F Cosmetics Lip Exfoliator in MINT MANIAC

2. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment w/SPF 15

3. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Patina”

If you have made it this far into the post–you are my favorite person on the planet and we should meet for coffee!

I had heard and read such hype about this new (ish?) concealer by Nars that I knew I had to try it out for myself. It’s called the Soft Matte Concealer and it has worked wonders for me in covering dark circles (thanks late nights), discoloration, and some acne scars that I have. I’m so loyal to my creamy concealer from the same range, but this one is higher coverage and has yet to crease for me. A+. P.S. I wear the shade “custard”.

Buy it here.

FINALLY-if you are looking to try out a new brow product, the Benefit Goof-Proof Brow Pencil in Shade 2 has an angled waxy pencil that has left my brows in the best shape! I have the Easy Shape and Fill Mini (I wanted to try it out first), but I will definitely be buying the full-size version! You can define and fill your brows with this little guy, AND it stays on all day. At $12, it’s a major steal.

Buy it here.

What have been your favorite beauty products lately? Have you tried any of these already? Leave your comments below because I am–obv–always trying out new things. Anyone up for a fashion-related March Favorites post??

XOXO,

M

March Favorites: Skin Care

Can you believe it’s the end of March?! It’s basically April, which is two months away from June, so in reality-it’s basically summertime.
Optimism aside, I wanted to share all of the beauty products that I have been using for the past month with you guys. There are a few that have been on the market for quite some time, but are new to me.  Confession: some of these are so dang good that they have found a permanent place in my beauty routine. Also remember, that what may work for my skin may not work for you or give you the same results.

FTC Disclaimer: Everything was purchased by me, unless otherwise specified. 

Skin Care

The Body Shop | Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner.:

I use this toner right after a warm shower when my pores are nice and open. It is incredibly refreshing to the skin and really works to get any extra makeup off the face. I’ve noticed that over time it has helped improve the evenness of my skin and has helped control the discoloration and redness I sometimes get.

Ganier SkinActive Micellar Water Cleanser & Makeup Remover

Win It: 1 of 10 Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water Duos:

I was incredibly skeptical of the Micellar water hype. I was very hesitant to leave my go-to-skin routine of makeup wipes and cleanser. This.has.changed.the.game. So Micellar water is basically a liquid in which little particles called micelles act like magnets and attach themselves to dirt, makeup, etc. So, when you rub that cotton pad with this water on your skin and wipe away, you are taking all the mascara, blush, shadow, etc. with it. My combination-type skin has been so happy with this and I have even noticed an increase in its brightness!

OLEHENRIKSEN Truth On The Glow Cleansing Cloths

After getting out of my comfort zone and trying the Micellar water, I figured I would mix it up with my makeup removing wipes, as well. I love, LOVE, my Neutrogena makeup removing towelettes, but these are coming in as a very close second-favorite! I was already a fan of the OLEHENRIKSEN brand because they make up their products without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates and just feel richly on the skin. These wipes though (“cloths” sounds fancier, doesn’t it?) give your makeup removing routine an upgrade. In addition to the wonderful citrus scent, the quilted cloth gives your skin a “day at the spa” feel because of the jojoba seed oil.

 Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream

@freshbeauty #Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream #review #bbloggers #malebloggers #skincare:

I have always been a firm believer that it is never too late to start an anti-aging product to your skincare routine. However, I have been more mindful after turning 25 as well as more aware to new anti-again products that enter the market. I love eye creams and I had purchased this one before, but I didn’t care enough at the time to apply it to a routine and use it consistently. I obviously did not see any results the first time. I wanted to give it another try because I really enjoy other products from the Fresh line and I am glad that I did. This formula is incredibly lightweight and gives the skin around the eye area an incredibly refreshing and cooling sensation. It includes a combination the brand calls, Super 7 Complex, “which is specifically designed to minimize and prevent early visible signs of aging, enhance radiance and provide antioxidant protection, further boosted with protective star fruit extract.” Works for me. Only downside? If you apply a little too much, you will find that the product balls up when you wipe away the next morning.

I hope you enjoyed this and found it helpful in your search of products to add into your routine. Look out for my favorites this month in both beauty and fashion.

XOXO,

Melissa