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!!