L’occitane Repairing Shampoo + Conditioner

I suffer from dry, coarse thick hair. Its been an issue since late November. I’m really on a lookout for a shampoo more than anything and I found my product in the L’occitane repairing shampoo! Lucky for me while on travel in Japan I made a couple purchases at a L’occitane shop. One of the employees there was like you should try this sample and I was like ooh hair stuff sure. I saved it at the time since my hair was in much better condition. Now its dry coarse my scalp also dry. This shampoo covered every issue its very velvety to the touch clear and everything I’d want in a shampoo minus the fact that if you’re sensitive there is SLS and its smells quite natural almost medicinal herbal. I was asked today about what products I use on my hair! I was like humble brag ” sample from L’occitane” the shampoo and conditioner rinse out nice I finished my look with some oribe star glow wax just a small amount scrunched it to bring out my waves.

Maybelline master kajal

I am seriously a huge fan of kajal eyeliner. They have great selections from the bigger brands out at the fancier cosmetic stores. I saw a nice color from Laura Mercier but I decided I’d give Maybelline a try. I’ve used Maybelline mascara since I was a teen so I knew of the brand. I bought midnight brown first its a dark brown which really works for any hair color or eyecolor its not as bold as black. I just found out there is a navy night color which reminds me of a darker version of the L’oreal mascara I already use daily so I got that and it is so good. I switch between the two on and off but if I want to seem more simple navy night kajal and L’oreal blue voluminous and I look like I tried hard and people compliment me like crazy. In terms of eye makeup, I may never pay over $15 for any products anymore unless L’oreal marks up the mascara because I love the mascara so much. If they discontinue blue I’ll be bummed because its a staple of mine.

Neutrogena extra gentle eye makeup remover pads

My mom is now a new convert to Neutrogena and she tells me there is an eye makeup removing pad out now I was all ears. I have the hooded lid issue and sometimes when I try to look good I’ll do a smoky or winged liner look and it takes something heavy duty that doesn’t come off. My choice of eyeliner being waterproof or something kajal(which is another drugstore find I plan to write about here next)

She bought the round jar last week and its been such a blessing. I was a big fan of the Clinique take the day off eye makeup remover but the price was steadily going up and it was hard on my eyes when i’d accidentally drip some into the corners of my eyes. So this mess proof not too thin reversible eye makeup remover for sensitive skin was exactly what I was searching for. The pads are thicker than most cotton pads and lets say you got most of your eye makeup off but need more off flip the pad over and wipe the remainder on the opposite side

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

I’d almost file this under drugstore find but in my case I found this deodorant I’ve been lusting after at Target! I read about the deodorant through beauty editors and it was high on my list to try. I try to go as natural as I can. I can honestly tell you some of the natural stuff does NOT work. I’ve tried different brands and as much as I love my Malin+Goetz I need something more convenient and affordable especially during the hot summer months.

I ended up purchasing the bergamot and lime one the green one and it smells just as it says. The brand carries different variety of scents.  Floral like rose and I believe there is a sandalwood type one too..which is my next choice.  I paid about 7-10bucks for the item and I couldn’t say enough about this lovely natural deodorant. I’m definitely purchasing another one when I use it up.

RMS Beauty Signature Set Mod Collection

I had seen the set a while back and I knew from the moment I saw the two choices that my preference was the mod collection. I finally bought it and I am so glad I did. It is incredible. If someone as dry and sensitive as me needs a pick me up and doesn’t want to clutter her makeup bag the signature set is “the item”

So heres what I know is in there (all in smaller size than the original put into a flat palette) the living luminizer, master mixer, the skin and lip balm I think that’s what that’s called in cocoa and possibly a nice coral orange lip to cheek item…that’s the one I wanted to try all this time! Taking it with me on travel for sure!

 

Drugstore Find: Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water

I bought the Garnier cleansing water(red lid) a couple weeks ago and I started using it this past week and I really like it. Dont get me wrong I still love my KGD spa water but its pricey and since I have to go through the nightmare of ordering and waiting for both the Bioderma and KGD I can just go to a drugstore spend less than $10 and grab a 13.5 oz bottle of this! I love cleansing waters on lazy days. I’ll soak 2 cottons with it because sometimes one cotton can’t take off all my tinted sunscreen! No reactions to the product and if im not wrong (dont quote me on this)I paid under 7 bucks for the Garnier cleansing water! Its fabulous!

Tragic

I still can’t believe the whole UK incident. My good friend had just relocated there and it had me worried. Not just that but she works in the medical field so that whole hacking thing was there then this I always wonder how she is but I don’t want to bug her because she just moved there like a couple months ago. I think its times like these when people can stand together be strong and be one. I wish them the best and I feel very bad for Ariana. Love her music and If I could’ve afforded tickets I wanted to go to one of her shows myself.

 

Switching Up Routines

I used to start my day with either the eve lom morning cleanser or a cleansing water if not a cleanser with vitamin c in it. Right now after reading the one interview with Charlotte Gainsbourg I instantly had to have the evian water spray. She was talking about how she spritzes it on her face in the morning then wipes her face with cotton or something. Just really simple but cool so I started doing that in the mornings and I was still dry and I added a new non-alcohol toner the Mario Badescu aloe one. I am so happy with the MB aloe toner I had to write about it. that’s step 2 in the morning and then I finish off with a nice cream like Dr. Hauschka or Dermalogica.

Nights I will start my removing process with either burt’s bees or the sample of Erno Laszlo Phelityl oil. To my surprise they both smell similar like a more lovely version of J&J products. Very soft and almost powdery. Then I’ll wash my face with a white tea cleanser tone with MB aloe toner and slap on some dermalogica.

My makeup routine has changed too. I’m on my very last bit of the it cosmetics your skin but better cc cream (which I plan to repurchase)and I just recently bought a bottle of the Chanel vitalumiere aqua foundation. It has a strong scent to it but the thinness is nice to blend with my regular tinted sunscreens. I mix the two and then I tap on some tarte shape tape in medium and finish my look with some by terry cream blush. lip products I switch around but I feel like my summer products are going to be between 3 items: the Charlotte Tilbury light wonder in #4, the Chanel vitalumiere aqua, and the it cosmetics cc cream but I’m leaning towards the new illuminating one to cut me some slack of blending items. Oh I want the Charlotte Gainsbourg + Nars skin shimmering thingy. don’t know the official name but I want it….im still shocked she chopped off her locks.

mid May 2017 empties

-Smith’s rose and mandarin salve

-Neutrogena makeup remover cleansing towlettes

-caudalie beauty elixir

-Laura Mercier illuminating tinted moisturizer “natural radiance”

-Evian facial spray 1.7oz

-Tracie Martyn toner

samples of: kiehls pure vitality skin renewing cream, dermalogica daily microfoliant, becca topaz shimmering skin perfector

honestly my favorite of all these were the becca topaz shimmering skin perfector and the daily microfoliant.

 

Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector

My cousin, a die hard fan of Clarins had told me repeatedly to purchase their lip products. In her car was a melted down version of their blue and white (I think) tube of lip balm. I was like “aren’t you going to toss this its all melted down” she was like “no no no leave my clarins lip balm in there that’s for emergencies” and I was like “got it–”

I came across this article about Taylor Hill the supermodel recommending the blue tube lip balm my cousin adored. I debated between that lip balm and this cool slick tinted tube called instant light. I went online checked color swatches and decided on #6. I can’t say enough about how much I like it. Its moisturizing, its compact it comes with a soft applicator and to me smells like caramel. I could go on and on about how much I love the Clarins instant light. Now I understand my cousins obsession with Clarins. I like to joke with my friends and family and when I talk about something I love I go “just take my money!” This was one of those items. LOVE IT