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Dry Shampoo. The best and the worst.

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Lets be real for a minute… who has perfect hair everyday? If you say you do, I’m sorry but you are lying and we can’t be friends.

I try to shampoo and condition my locks every-other day but even that, some people thinks is too often. When I have those days where I barely have enough time to shower and get out the door without washing my hair, I can pull off the extra day with a rude amount of dry shampoo.

Below are a few dry shampoos that I have been loving and a few that I have been hating recently. My boyfriend and I will be spending the Christmas vacation in Mexico sipping cervezas in the pool bar so I am on the prowl for the best travel sized items right now – let me know if you have any suggestions or products I should try!

cake dry shampooI have had an unhealthy obsession with Cakebeauty products lately and when I saw The All Powderful launch, I was like a kid in a candy store. They have 3 different tinted dry shampoo powders in the line – light, medium and dark. I purchased both the light and the medium and for my blonde, the light was too light but the medium was a great match. They are super lightweight but leave you with the right amount to texture. (TIP: I actually switch up to the light shade when my roots start to peak through and it lightens them for a smoother look) And, Cake doesn’t disappoint with scent as usual. These have a smell somewhere between lemon and vanilla. I purchased mine at Shoppers Drug Mart for $18.00 and they are the same price at Cake directly. Lastly, they are a win because they are also 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Perfect hair Day (PhD) Dry ShampooBefore I gave The All Powderful a whirl, my go-to for the longest time was Living Proof’s Perfect hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo. Although on the pricey side for an aerosol, this product creates wonders! Most aerosol dry shampoos aren’t technically shampoos since they do nothing to physically clean your hair. The Perfect day Hair (PhD) Dry Shampoo is different because it tackles the 3 dimensions of clean hair – how it looks, how it feels and how it smells. Oil and sweat are soaked up quickly, there is a time release fragrance that will keep during the whole day. Honestly, this dry shampoo is a staple for me – I just wish it wasn’t an aerosol. You can order these right from the Living Proof website or at Sephora. Typically a 1.8oz will cost $16.00 and $29.00 for a 4oz.

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Usually, I am a big fan of TRESemmeproducts but this was a huge let down for me. The Fresh Start Dry Shampoo does actually have a pleasant citrus smell but sadly, that is the only positive. I found it to leave a gross chalky film and white residue on my hair. You can pick this up almost every drugstore or grocery store for under $10.00 but I would save your money and pass on this one. TRESemme does have a really great heat protector though that I simply adore. If you are looking to test out the brand I would refer you to the Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray which does not leave a film behind, smells nice and still under $10.00

naked dry shampooThis next one is a little tricky to review for you. The product itself isn’t horrible but the packaging is. I was able to use the Naked Dry Shampoo by Herbal Essences maybe 3 times before it simply stopped working. I thought maybe it was a defective bottle so my next trip to the drug store I picked up another bottle because I was liking the product. Same result. The dispenser clogged so easily and so quickly. I attempted to run it under hot water, poke it with a safety pin, shaking it like there was no tomorrow and even tried taking it apart. A combination of all these things did work but only for another use and then it clogged again. I didn’t have the patience for this and ended up chucking it in the trash. If you want to try this one out for yourself, you can pick it up at most drug stores for about $5.99 but I would pass on this item and try out their Set Me Up Moose instead! That, is a product I can get behind!

And, I will let you in on a little secret if you don’t already know… if you are in a jam and don’t have any dry shampoos on hand and no time to stop for some… baby powder! I did this for years as a teen before using an actual dry shampoo!

Have any good tips or secrets to share? I would love to hear them!

XOXO. B.

Beauty

Show your lips some love.

When you think of exfoliating, you may only think of your body and your face. What some don’t always think of, is their lips.

Your lips do a ton for you on a daily basis and it’s super important to take time and thank them once in a while. Our lips have a thinner layer of skin than the rest of our body and they lose moisture easily. Sure, lip balms are handy and can provide relief when chapped but exfoliating with a lip scrub will help maintain moisture and that perfect pout.

If you are a DIY diva, below are some really great scrubs that you can whip up quickly using basic ingredients you may have in your pantry. If shop-til-you-drop is more your calling, below are some really great scrubs I have personally put through the test and love.

Almond & Mint Lip Scrub

Brown sugar gently removes dry skin while the sweet almond oil hydrates. This scrub is super effective and will surely get you through the day without reaching for lip balm. Plus, you can be extra cute and add a bit of butcher’s twine and a chic tag for a perfect gift for friends.

What you will need: brown sugar mint

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon sweet almond oil

1 drop peppermint essential oil

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

In a medium size bowl, mix brown sugar and sweet almond oil until fully combined. Stir in the honey until sugar mixture is fully coated and add in the drop of peppermint oil. Spoon out a dime size amount and rub gentry on your lips for about 15-20 seconds. Rinse off with warm water and  washcloth. Store in a cool dry place until next use.

Honey & Cinnamon Lip Scrub

Cinnamon is no longer just for making French toast. You can use this naturally-stimulating ingredient in your lip scrub for a natural plumping sensation and seriously soft lips.

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2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 tablespoon raw honey

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder

  In a medium size bowl, mix all ingredients together until fully combined. Apply a small amount directly to lips with fingertips and gently slough off dry, dead skin cells. Rinse with warm water.

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As if we needed more coffee in our lives… just kidding, we do!

What you will need:

1 teaspoon honey

  1 teaspoon olive oil

  2 teaspoons coffee grounds

Using a medium sized bowl, mix everything together until it forms a paste-like texture. Using your finger tips, rub onto your lips in a circular motion for 20-25 second. Rinse with hot water.

Hanalei Sugar Lip Scrubscrub

So far I have only been able to find a travel size of this little guy but it is $20.00 worth of some seriously good ingredients. Made with real Maui sugar crystals, pure kukui nut oil (packed with vital fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E that naturally soothe) and Shea butter. If you have a nut allergy – this is NOT your lip scrub. I purchased mine from Urban Outfitters but they have since sold out. You can order it directly from the Hanalei website or Amazon.

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Three things you can’t go wrong with having – 1. Anything from Lush. 2. Anything bubblegum flavored. 3. Anything edible. If you need more reason to try really any of the Lush lip scrubs – they are also vegan and instead of removing after applying the scrub, you are supposed to just lick it away. All Lush lip scrubs are $10.95 for a 25g jar.

Show your lips some loving and they will thank you. Do you have a homemade scrub that you use? Let me know and I’d love to test it out.

XOXO.

B.

Beauty

Sugar isn’t always sweet but it’s always worth it.

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Does anyone actually get butterflies and warm fuzzy thoughts when thinking about hair removal? I certainly don’t but I do get warm fuzzy thoughts when thinking about an alternative to dripping hot wax on my body.

A few years ago, I had plans to go for dinner with a friend after work but there was one stop we needed to make on the way. She had a sugaring appointment. A what? I had never heard of sugaring at the time and the only thing I could think to compare it to was a painful waxing experience.

I have to admit, I was all over the internet in a matter of seconds to find out more about sugaring and within the hour I called to make an appointment at the same time as my friends so I could give this a try. Sitting in the studio I remember being super nervous about the amount of pain I was about to endure and cursing myself for doing this. Continue reading “Sugar isn’t always sweet but it’s always worth it.”