Review: AG hair care rosehip balm

I always wanted to try something from AG hair care. I love all things rosehip and I found this and I bought it. Here are my thoughts:

-it doesn’t have any strong scent. I will say I did smell some mint-like scent once I applied it.

-once I blow dried it my hair was less of a dry sad tangled mess.

-I prefer it over my rose+apricot cream from John Masters?! WHAAAT. I said it.

Right now I’m washing with Oribe repair and restore shampoo, conditioning with Ouai repair(I ran out of bumble and bumble hairdresser’s invisible oil conditioner more on that in the November empties)and I use a natural cream-y item and blow dry because its cold now. Air drying is tough when its cold.

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Its Thanksgiving-and I’m Thankful.

I must say I had an interesting late October and mid November. I can’t figure out how November is almost over but there were some bumps along the road. I had a very bad November and I had to sit down and remember all of the horrible things that happened then I thought to myself, why would I look back and get angry when Thanksgiving is around the corner? I have great friends, a mentor I email who responds with great advice(for free thanks Brandon)and my mother isn’t dying of cancer. What we thought was cancer was not cancer!

It was 2 years ago this month that I was almost homeless being tormented by the same person who always pretended to have the best interest in me yet would say horrible things in person or to other people about me. She would invite me to places while she would text away and smirk. It was very unhealthy and my father would be like “see the good in people” and I did. If I let this person hurt me for 18 years I tried, dad. So my dad and I were always people that never agreed on things but when I was stranded, homeless and he was the only one with computer access and the ability to book me a hotel he did. That is the kind of father I am blessed with. I couldn’t be upset I have a roof over my head and food on the table-and these awesome Ugg slippers I bought at Ross for less. So today I want to give thanks to everyone that has helped me and loved me though the thick and thin and for the readers that brighten my week! Happy Thanksgiving!

p.s.

I washed with Juice beauty cleanser and I used a pumpkin enzyme mask and finished my look with Juice beauty cc cream. The cc cream makes my skin look so smooth and dewy that I don’t want to take it off.

Brand Spotlight: Juice Beauty

Years ago I tried a sample from the Juice Beauty line and I absolutely loved it. I can’t remember if it was a lip balm or a cream but it was amazing. I’ve wanted to get my hands on the Goop brand skincare but the price is steep if I want to purchase 2 or more and I needed something simple but great and remembered reading Goop was made with Juice Beauty? Sorry if I’m wrong but I thought why don’t I get Juice Beauty stuff I need a new cleanser and a backup item when my suntegrity is gone. I bought the stem cellular cc cream in warm glow and the 2-in-1 cleanser.

Here’s what I thought of the cc cream: the color couldn’t be more perfect. I wouldn’t consider myself fair but not dark either so I’m an odd place I would say I’m like a medium…kind of…I like the more yellow toned items I use colors that identify with cool or warm depending on the brand. I use light in suntegrity and medium in it cosmetics. So that gives you the idea of my skin color. The scent is a very natural scent to me it smells like salsa sauce?in all the good way. It smells like a mixture of lime and spices? hot pepper and lime-ish. No skin irritation and the longer I wear it the better it seems to look. Its not full coverage but between the sunscreen and tint I’m completely sold.

The 2-in-1 cleanser has a light fruit like scent its not watery or heavy its just right its easy to put on and rinse off, no tight feeling and my skin looks smoother every time I use it. I loved it so much I will see if I can purchase another tube! the travel tube is fantastic not to mention its only $10.

Finishing Powders by Becca

I wanted to make sure to use both powders I bought in order to write reviews on them so here are the two Becca cosmetics powders I bought: the soft light blurring powder and the shimmering skin perfector pressed in lilac geode.

Becca’s soft light blurring powder is in this elegant simple icecube looking screw jar packaging it comes nicely sealed and one thing I learned with loose powders is don’t peel off the full seal. Its a bad idea you’ll end up with product oozing out onto the upper lid so that is my main advice because you only need a dime size or so. I used it with and without product underneath and because my skin needs more help being that my skin is dry and I don’t have perfect skin to begin with…I use a cc cream or a foundation let it sink in then brush a dime size little by little over my face. I personally thought the more time passed it looked dewy and amazing.

Onto the Becca shimmering skin perfector pressed in lilac geode. The compact is so cool. The outer part has the usual Becca engraving in the round part but the corner areas that surround it is lilac. Once you open the product you are immediately drawn the pinky-lilac shade which I find universal. This is another product I think you shouldn’t overdo because you will end up too shiny and it will bulk up on your skin so brush it lightly in a circular motion or from your nose area. I think its perfect for the winter and I love carrying it in my bag because its so pretty. Don’t know why I didn’t try the pressed powders until now really.

I also bought the under eye brightener which I plan to write about once I use it more.

New Love: Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

I’m currently using dermalogica skin smoothing cream as a daily night cream. It doesn’t smell as great as the Dr. Hasuchka stuff but I do love how great my skin is looking right now. I’m saving the blue cocoon for flare ups, colder upcoming months.

I’m really growing to love Dermalogica. Its a bit on the higher side for price but if you find what works for you its really good. So far the precleanse, the cleansing gel, microfoliant, and the smoothing cream are my favorite of the brand for dry sensitive skin. As a teen I was told I was dry combination but I’m dry sensitive here. I still occasionally lean toward the dry/combo day creams though!

 

Review: It’s a 10-miracle moisture shampoo

I’ve owned the shampoo for some time now but I never really gave it enough use to see whether it was great or not. Here are my thoughts:

-it smells good its fresh and almost citrus-y

-it doesn’t lather because its sulfate free but its not too thick

-it rinses out nice

-works really well with other brands I mix and match it with

Here’s one thing I know for a fact about moisturizing shampoos now, don’t use a lot. Its moisturizing for a reason so don’t overdo it. I’ve been there and done that. Even with this shampoo I’ll use a dime size at a time.

So if I were to rate it its a 9/10. Its almost perfect. Its not the Alterna caviar moisture shampoo but its close and less pricey. Love the pump it comes in too.

What’s in My Makeup Bag.

I just recently finally bought one of those disposable but also reusable zip-glide like printed bags in bulk from TJMAXX. My friends always tease me over the fact that I own like 14 nice makeup bags yet use a clear storage bag. Here’s the thing, clear bags are the best to find something quick. Up until a couple days ago, I was still using the clear storage bag but the new decorated zip bag is quite lovely. Here’s what I keep in it

-Lucas Papaw

-clarins instant light lip oil mint

-eyedrops

-benefit rollerlash in brown

-burberry bronzer

-it cosmetics cc+ illumination “medium”

 

Great Colors, Great Quality: Jin Soon.

I love nail polish. I love nail polish so much that I would hoard them. I’d generally purchase the YSL ones or the Chanel ones up until late 2012 or so that’s when I started trying the drugstore ones and other brands. Chanel, YSL and Tom Ford polishes got way too out of reach pricewise but I’m willing to pay under 25 for a bottle…but that’s only if its great polish. That’s where Jin Soon comes in. The first shade I ever owned from the brand was a gold top coat like polish called Gala if I’m not wrong. Then I bought mica a crazy shimmery dark charcoal-ish color which was great for autumn but I wore both colors all year long. I loved putting Gala on top of green OPI polishes. Then I found the soubrette shade…it was love at first paint. LOL. It was so unique it was not burgundy it was pearly but dark not quite purple…just perfect. I call it my good luck polish and I wear it a lot. My current favorite that I added to my collection is cantata. The cantata polish is so elegant its perfect for day or night all year round its a pearlescent gray. I’m using this shade for my upcoming dental appointment! I always try to get my hands on epidote but its always sold out! Wishlist!

Out with the old, in with the new

I saved up for quite some time and I finally went all out and bought the body cream I had wanted for some time, some nice holiday cards for friends/family, I’m buying new sweaters, nail polishes, and I’m getting ready to buy that product I dreamed of for so long-i’ll talk about it once I get it. I’m so glad I cut corners to save. I went to sales every chance I had and I saved and tucked away cash like a squirrel hiding nuts. hahaha.

Just to make my belated birthday better, Brandon sends me a package that contained my favorite Australian creams! He made my November. I can tell November is going to be way better than October!

I Didn’t Buy Anything at the Sephora Sale?

I think this might actually be the first year I did not purchase anything from Sephora during their autumn sale. It was the one thing I looked forward to every November. I’d always spend more than I need on crazy cool giftsets and honestly a part of me wanted to purchase a couple things from my favorite hair and skin lines but…then the reality of receiving my Sephora package smashed or looking ran over came to me and I took that sigh and said I cant afford waiting for days for them to pack it(its been an ongoing issue since last year I think)and for me to get the package just to find items smashed or opened and oozing(another incident)and I was like you know what…not this year. I was sad but I am ok with it. I am content with paying full price. I don’t even need all the samples.

I will miss you Sephora but until you change your box to something more sturdy minus the logo so obvious that someone purposely smashes it…I will have to take my business elsewhere. I do miss your birthday month gifts though.