2/15/18

OGX & L'Oreal: New Drugstore Hair Products (Review)

I'm pretty boring when it comes to hair care. I own a straightener and a curling iron, but to be perfectly honest, I can't remember the last time I used either. I'm a huge product junkie - that's definitely no secret, but when it comes to hair care, I can't really be bothered. I don't like products that make my hair feel greasier (especially when I've just washed it - this honestly drives me crazy), or weighed down, and I'm pretty picky about what I like for my hair.

I have fairly long hair that's on the thicker side, and definitely frizzy. It's wavy when it wants to be, but more straight on my left side for some reason. Drying it takes forever and honestly exhausts me (in warmer months I often let it air dry - which makes it wavier). My scalp is pretty sensitive and I've learned that avoiding sulfates helps the problem massively (I've recently discovered an AMAZING shampoo & conditioner duo, which you'll hear about in my February favorites!), so I'm paying more attention to labels and what goes into a product before trying it. As much as I'm not opposed to higher end hair care, I'm always in search of a good deal so when I saw a few new goodies at the drug store, I picked them up to give them a try.




I picked up two new items from OGX which just released a ton of new products. I mean, there was an overwhelming amount of newness and I was really, really intrigued by a lot of it... but tried my best to keep it simple, so I only picked up two new items: a dry shampoo and a heat protectant.

I also came across these hair sheet masks from L'Oreal. They're in their sulfate-free range which is what really drew me in.


2/7/18

Ten Favorite Dairy-Free & Vegan Products.

So I've been dairy-free for awhile now. Right before Christmas, I decided to give up dairy to see if it would help how I had been feeling. I am a huge cheese lover and used to have ice cream way too often. Unfortunately, what I enjoy eating, and what my body enjoys, seem to be two very different things. I found that when I eliminated dairy from my diet, I started feeling much better (NOT perfect by any means, but better). I saw an improvement in the stomach issues I've been struggling with. I also think that it may have helped the frequency/intensity of my migraines and headaches, and that I may have shed a few pounds in the process. I honestly don't know if its done anything for my skin as my skin has just been cranky lately in general.



While it hasn't been perfect or easy to eliminate dairy (trust me, I still crave things like a cheeseburger, or a grilled cheese), thanks to all the alternatives out there, it also hasn't been half bad. I've decided to compile a list of some of the things I've discovered in this process because I think that having options definitely helps. If you're looking to eliminate dairy, for whatever reason, I hope that this list helps you to find some yummy non-dairy alternatives! Everything on this list is also vegan friendly!!


1/31/18

January Favorites 2018

Why hello there! It's the new year and here we are already a month in, which means it's time for my monthly favorites! I always love putting these kinds of posts together because I enjoy trying new things, rediscovering old things, and I really, really, really, like sharing my opinions! ;) It's been a bit quiet around here as I've started a new semester of grad school and the time that I have to dedicate to the blog has become a bit overrun by other work, but I'm still here! At the very least, there's always a favorite post in the works!





I feel like if I had to pick any word to describe my favorites for this month, it would have to be: winter. The winter weather has certainly been taking a toll on my skin and I've been on the hunt for hydration helpers. I feel like over the past year or so, my skin has changed a bit in general and has become far drier than its ever been before. I still have oily spots (hello eyelids!), but overall, there's definitely more dryness than I've ever experienced. It's especially noticeable (at least to me), in my cheeks. This month I've discovered two products that have actually been making quite a difference in my dry skin.


1/8/18

Friends: A Completely Unsolicited and Vaguley Thorough Review of the Entire Series



Despite being a huge lover of sitcoms, there's quite a few that I like, but haven't watched in their entirety, or in order. Friends ran from 1994 to 2004 and despite enjoying it whenever I caught it, I never saw the entire series (in my defense, we didn't always have TV...), and I definitely didn't catch it in order. So I decided to finally right that wrong and during my break between semesters, I've been working on watching every episode from start to finish.

Since you didn't ask, I've decided to compile some of my thoughts on the show as I progress through it. Watching ten years of a show is quite a commitment and I had to talk about it somewhere...







Friends is a time capsule for the 90s. Although the show bridges decades, going from the 90s to the 2000s, it's early 2000s so it still carries that 90s charm through to the end for the most part. The 90s were my jam so it shouldn't come as any surprise that I enjoyed reliving it through this show. Things were simpler in so many ways and there's an appeal to that. In general, I love the style both in terms of decor and fashion way better - I feel like with a few exceptions, there was a theme of comfort, and I'm all about that. But beyond clothing, the fact that they weren't connected to smart phones or the internet 24/7 really stands out (actually this is something absent from ALL of my favorite sitcoms...). There were times where technology certainly would have helped (I was amused by the simple fact that they had to call to get a plane ticket), but it's absence also allowed for more conversation and just a general simplicity that I really appreciated. I'm sure our current political climate doesn't help at all in terms of making me yearn for a quieter time... #sarcasm

1/5/18

Flower Beauty Flower Pots Powder Blush: First Impressions



 Flower Beauty is nothing new, and I'm sure most of you have heard of it. But since it's (so far) only been available in Walmart and online, I don't know if it's as well-known as it potentially could be. Flower Beauty comes from the creative mind of Drew Barrymore. I don't know about you, but I think she's the perfect person to have a makeup line - She always looks gorgeous -without looking overly made up. It seems that her general vibe makeup wise is fairly natural, so that's a positive in my book because generally speaking, I go for the more natural makeup look (don't get me wrong, sometimes I'm down for something a bit more intense...).