Back to Business

Today I went back to my full schedule of working out and cleaning.  Thanks to that I missed my daily noon news but ah who cares. The first 3-5 minutes of working out was tough but after about 13 I was really feeling it. I got to put in my 40 minutes and I feel good. Been eating pretty clean and I’ve been throwing things out daily. My family was like “you’re throwing that out too” about every 2 items I’d toss and I was like “you gotta do it at some point.” Some of the items only of mild sentimental value too. I’ve decided to keep photos of friends and family and throw out my fashion clippings I’ve kept. I probably kept them to find cheaper versions of what they wore but my taste has changed through the years. So has my body. I’m hoping I can get 1hour to 2 hours of total workout time in per day–I feel inspired right now.

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Review: BECCA x Chrissy Teigen body & hair oil

One of the awesome stores I do business hooked me up with a glass bottle sample of the Becca x Chrissy Teigen shimmering oil and I was super excited to write about it. Initially I thought it would be darker and give me a more sunkissed look but…sadly it is more clear with hints of glitter/shimmer but it smells pretty. I’m guessing its kinda floral and a bit tropical. Its not quite coconut-y like most shimmering body oils smell. I do think its moisturizing and if I had the extra money lying around I would still get a bottle because I just love Chrissy and I wouldn’t have to wear perfume with this oil on.

If I were to rate this its a 8/10 because I wanted more color payoff the whole sunkissed look. I’m very interested in the other items she put out too. Looks really pretty.

Review: OUAI scalp & body scrub

I was thinking how I’d start this review because I just can’t express how much I love this scalp and body scrub. As you know I had previously purchased the R+co crown but had no idea if I was to put it on my dry or wet scalp which I now realize is…most likely on wet scalp. What I like about Jen’s products is the fact that she will give you tips it said wet scalp so I was immediately like good–easy. The scrub was a lot of product in it, smells really beautiful, feels gritty enough but not rough on your scalp I believe it somewhat foams once its on and it feels so good. I probably used too much but my scalp/hair did not get oily I finished it with some OUAI conditioner and some of that OUAI rose oil(thank you Sephora sale)

I’m pretty sure its $38 for 8.8oz but I’ll have to edit it if I’m wrong and this would be perfect for someone who uses dry shampoo, likes to co-wash(which I plan to do more after October)or really anyone with dry hair because my hair was so silky yet healthy after one use! FANTASTIC PRODUCT 10/10.

Long Overdue Colder Weather.

Gotta love this weather. Some people would say I was nuts if they went out and saw all this rain we have and how its 50some degrees but I can’t get enough. I had a stay-cation went sunscreen free and just fixed myself some garlic toast. This free time got me thinking about what I didn’t write for products and I was like maybe the Kora organics noni glow oil. If I did, I forgot if I didn’t here’s what I think about the oil:

-it smells very natural almost bad but I noticed products with rosehip oil never smells the best but works wonders

-has sea buckthorn in it and if there’s any wonderful ingredient I swear by for hair and skin it’s all things sea buckthorn but once again it doesn’t smell as wonderful as you want(and im ok with it)

-you need very little to feel moisturized and the fact you can use it day and night is wonderful(atleast I did but I saw best results at night because the following morning my skin was smoother and glowing)

I bought some new cleansing oils because I have a hard time finding the Burt’s bees one anymore and If Im going to order DHC I might as well pay a tad more and get something really good like Boscia(which I bought)and the Seaberry cleansing oil. I’ve been a big fan of the seaberry oil from fresh for years. My mother was like “please stop putting whatever that is on your face” I was like “mother my skin hasn’t looked this good in years.” However I live in her house and I gave it up….but the cleansing oil smells much better and I was like I can get away with this. After 3 months of using the it cosmetics confidence in a cleanser I decided I needed a change and am officially using mostly the Kate Somerville exfolikate foaming cleanser day and night. I love how it smells and that I don’t feel tight after rinsing it off.

Just ran out of my mini jar of La Mer moisturizer and I’m thinking as much as I loved it, it is pricey. The tiny one was $85 and I feel like I’m better off purchasing an oil now that we’re getting closer to cooler months(not quite but soon enough)in the meantime I will keep using the it cosmetics secret sauce because it’s awesome(so awesome that I have less than 1/2 of the jar left!)My upcoming wishlist–either the kora organics noni glow oil OR something from the kypris line. Anything with seaberry or rosehip oil!

FB Messaging=New Texting?

My friend and I who now use facebook messaging as a mini-texting session talked about a lot of things mistakes we’ve made in the past, poor choice in men skincare…and I told her there are so many things I’d do over like my horrible choice of haircuts.  I have awful school photos. I was telling her how a mutual “acquaintance” we knew was always like “she was the popular one she can do no wrong men like her” about me and I was like you remember how awful of a haircut I had and how bad my skin was and how I was 25 pounds heavier than the average girl from our school. I get confused when people say things like that its like a reversed compliment. I wasn’t smart enough to be a nerd nor was I thin or cool enough to be popular. We talked about how glad we were that we weren’t the “in crowd” because those people were mean whether it was the jocks or the cheerleaders. I was thinking about how mean the one girl in my class was and then I saw her dad on a segment on a big tv channel…news channel. I was like eek. You know that scene from Juno where Ellen Page says something like the cool guys always like the weird girls. I find out some guy a very popular jock was peeping into my page like 50 times through some tracker and Im like and you didn’t say HI. weird.

I sometimes get into that mood where I want to cut all my hair off but I know its not going to work its the texture of my hair, my really round face(I would have to literally be gaunt to go shorter)and the volume of my hair. I’ve decided to just grow it long and take it from there. I always wanted Vanessa Carlton hair anyway. We’ll see.

Anyone know if the OleHenriksen 3-in-1 is good. By the time I finished my sale purchases, I was tapped out so I wasn’t able to get it but it was also sold out online–I’m convinced its great. If you know and have information on the product, I’m all ears!

Sephora sale, here’s what I bought.

  • Hello fab triple protection skin tint
  • Youth to the people kale + spinach green tea hyaluronic acid superfood air whip moisture cream
  • OUAI repair conditioner
  • OUAI rose hair & body oil
  • Josie Maran argan daily moisturizer spf47
  • fresh seaberry skin nutrition cleansing oil

I haven’t spent the kinda money I spent at Sephora in years honestly I had a harder time reaching the rouge status simply because I went to other stores BUT I truly enjoyed seeing some of the new brands and items they have started carrying. I gotta admit I was bummed that the umbra tinte was already sold out at the store but the other items from drunk elephant had me so excited. I was telling my friend how excited I am to try the F.A.B. skin tint–once I’m done with umbra tinte I’m using the skin tint. I’m trying to do things the right way where I finish a product and use it up or wait until I get that skin tolerance issue which was the case with my go-to dermalogica smoothing cream. In place of it, I’m using the it cosmetics secret sauce (which I was using along with the smoothing cream)and the La Mer moisturizing soft cream. Im stoked about the Josie Maran moisturizer because that’s definitely my daytime favorite and it’ll cut my routine time and I’ll probably slap on some RMS master mixer around my eyes nose and as a lip product topper and run out the door.

Empties: August 2018

 

  • bio oil
  • it cosmetics your skin but better cc+ bronzer
  • ” cc+ illumination “medium
  • Living proof. restore shampoo 2oz.
  • it’s a 10 miracle deep conditioner plus keratin
  • Burt’s bees cleansing oil
  • Living proof. restore conditioner 8oz
  • tarte shape tape contour concealer
  • Dr. Hauschka Melissa day cream
  • Rahua classic shampoo 2oz

Sampled: hair ritual by Sisley revitalizing smoothing shampoo, verb sea shampoo+ conditioner, Kora organics noni glow face oil

Great Way to End August.

August has been pretty decent. An old friend, my best friend from the early 90s is back. The one I joked about who knows modern lingo. I’m terrible with new words and slangs. I love her filling me in she cracks me up while she does it. We ended up on chat for 5 or 6 hours which really isn’t my cup of tea but it was so fun I lost track of time. Great to hear how happy she is because she is a wonderful person through and through. We’ve been talking on a daily and its been so much fun.

I’ve kinda stepped up my eating better and taking better care of myself but really cutting back more, adding more good stuff. At one point I was too lazy to prepare my food like I used to and it showed. My skin was breaking out sometimes I would get allergic reactions from food dye or preservatives or whatever is in quick food but sometimes it tastes good and you’re like screw it–bad idea. I’m not a fan of the term you are what you eat but you could eat the best you can. I started stocking up on yogurt, nuts, tofu, and eggs…and believe it or not oil free banana chips! New to my daily rituals adding fish oil gummies and the OGX brand vitamin e shampoo(which is really,really good so I’m getting more before they discontinue it you just never know)I think I might even purchase the conditioner…!

Is everyone else prepared for the Sephora VIB sale–Im keeping my fingers crossed I get my hands on at least 3 items I have on my mind. I’m going in to the store serious mode-reading glass in tow. My family was like why so serious I was like “I have a budget and I’m going in only once I have no reason to keep going back.” More on that visit soon–and empties!

 

 

Brand Spotlight: Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte + D-Bronzi Anti Pollution Sunshine Drops.

I might have previously written about the brand but at the time knew of and tried the serum type items/oils and today I’m here to write about 2 of the other items that I tried (and loved)!

*Umbra Tinte physical daily defense protection spf 30

This sunscreen is 20% zinc oxide which is my favorite type of sunscreen but in most cases you get that really pale white film over your face, right? I’ve tried different tinted sunscreens and so far my favorites were the mdsolarsciences one and this one. My best friend says the cotz?brand I believe is another great one. I haven’t tried that one but she loved it. Back to the product..here’s some of the key points to the product.

-ingredients include things like sunflower sprout extract, aloe leaf extract, grape juice extract to name a few

-smells decent it doesn’t have the strong zinc scent I got from previous strong sunscreens

-shade is darker than most tinted sunscreens which I LOVE I can actually just do a one-and done kinda thing I didn’t use concealer so that was a win

-it is heavier and somewhat oily if you have oily skin it might not be for you but for someone dry/sensitive/combo everything–but oily it works.


Now onto the D-Bronzi anti pollution sunshine drops

I really like this stuff. As I noted in my profile, I am a huge bronzer enthusiast I love all forms of it but I do prefer cream-gel type bronzers the best because I can mix them into moisturizers and cc creams. With wonderful ingredients like cocoa extract, platinum peptides it does not irritate my skin. I don’t even need a drop to mix into my cc cream to get the sun kissed look I desire. This one is by far my favorite D. E. item aside from the Framboos(sorry if I spelled that one wrong but its definitely the pink screw lid one and you use that one at night improves acne scars and dark spots)

 

Review: Dr. Hauschka rose nurturing body cream

I’m still continuing my journey to smoother arms and its working like a charm. The salicylic acid, grapefruit and other items in the Neutrogena body wash remove the old skin without being tough and all I do is pat it dry and immediately add cream/lotion. I like lotions with beeswax, honey because they seem to work the best for my red bumps(which are almost non-present at this point)that I hated looking at or touching.

This cream has a more natural herbal scent. Its rather strong so I’d say if that’s not something you like it may not be your thing but the ingredients are fantastic and it’s just as good or if not better than my favorite body cream. I was worried when I saw that it was less rich in texture because it was real thin and almost watery than the term “cream” I don’t even use as much so its great. It does NOT smell like their rose face creams atleast to me it smells way more “potent” I think that best describes it. For over 4 oz you pay $36 I think which is really decent because they make great natural products. If you already love Dr. Hauschka products you may want to try this! I recommend it!