Beauty Essentials + Product Reviews

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of trying out new beauty products, but there are some items that I cannot give up. All of my below beauty essentials are affordable prices, and can be found at your local drugstore. Please know that this is not a sponsored post, and all my opinions are my own. I would not recommend any products that I would not use myself.

The Essentials

TRESemme Tres Two Hairspray (level 4) // I have been using this hairspray since high school and still swear by it. It works just as well as the high-end hairsprays that cost $20 a can, but at an affordable price (only about $4).

TRESemme Heat Tamer // I started using this product in college when I realized just how much damage my straightener and curling iron did to my hair because I wasn’t using a heat protectant. This product has made a world of difference on my hair – it is much more silky smooth even after applying heat.

Dove Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo // This is by far the best dry shampoo I’ve used and it smells AMAZING! I’ve tried a number of other dry shampoos, but this I’m also a big fan of Dove’s new coconut scent, perfect for summer!

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner // This shampoo and conditioner makes my hair feel silky smooth, not to mention it smells heavenly!

Invisibobbles Hair Ties // These do not damage your hair. Before I purchased them, I read that they don’t crease your hair, but I found that to be false. When I’m at work, there are times where I’ll throw my hair up on the top of my head to focus. I’d take the hair tie out an hour or so later, and I would still have the crease. Nevertheless, I love that these hair ties don’t snap nor damage your hair. 10/10 would recommend for those of you who have thicker hair. 

Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water for Waterproof Makeup // I hopped on the micellar water bandwagon about a year ago, and was not disappointed. Check out my previous post about how I incorporated micellar water into my skin care routine.

Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm // This stuff is as good as my prescription ointment for half the price! My only complaint is that it is a bit oily so I only put it on at night after I shower, right before I go to bed; however, I’ve never had a problem with it staining my sheets or anything, which is a plus. By morning, my skin feels soft without much itchiness throughout the day.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm // Another classic high school staple of mine that I do not leave the house without to this day. Living in Michigan where the weather is constantly changing, I am no stranger to dry, cracked lips. Let me tell you – this product has worked miracles for me! The company also focuses on what is good for both their customers and the environment; not only is it made of natural ingredients, but the packaging is eco-friendly.

PRODUCT REVIEWS

It’s been a while since I’ve done a product review so let’s recap: I rate all products I try on a five star scale. This review in particular is also not sponsored; I purchased these products myself, and am giving you guys my honest opinion.

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream // This stuff has been EVERYWHERE lately, so you know I just HAD to get my hands on it! Honestly, I was a bit skeptical at first – I don’t venture out of my usual body lotions because of my eczema and skin sensitivities; however, I have found a new favorite “anytime” lotion. Not only does it smell incredible, but my skin has never been more soft and smooth. I will admit, I’m not totally trading in my eczema creams because flair ups still occur, and this lotion isn’t meant to clear up eczema, but I will absolutely be purchasing the big tub once I run out. I give this product 4 out of 5 stars. Note: this is the only item on this list that you cannot purchase from a drug store. I bought mine from Sephora.

OGX Refresh & Revitalize + Argan Oil of Morocco Dry Shampoo // I rate this product a 2.5. While the product smells absolutely amazing, I felt as though I had to use a significant amount of it in order to not my hair look so greasy after just one day, and I still had to put my hair up to make it look half decent. I was pretty disappointed in the product as a whole.

OGX Smoothing + Shea Sleek Smooth Style Spray // This is meant to be for thermal protection and to speed blow dry time. I give this product a 2 out of 5 stars because it didn’t speed up my drying time. While it did provide thermal protection, it made my hair super wet, and more difficult to straighten. Additionally, I wasn’t a big fan of the scent, but that is just personal preference. 

What are the beauty products you can’t live without?

-K.

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Glossier Product Review

A few months ago, I gave into the hype, decided to try out the beauty brand Glossier and promised to review it on my blog. Well, July has come and gone, and I’ve decided that it’s about time for me to share my experience with the brand. Since I only knew about the products from several fellow bloggers I follow, I reached out to Twitter to see what everyone’s favorite products were before trying some for myself.

The brand is hypoallergenic and cruelty free – two of the main qualities I look for in beauty products. I took the leap and purchased the Phase 1 Set containing the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturizer, and your choice of Balm Dotcom, as well as Rosewater Spray.  Here is my experience with each product:

Milky Jelly Cleanser // In a previous post, I shared my nightly skin care routine, and, while I’m not straying away from my normal routine, it’s nice to use a more gentle cleanser every now and again. As its name suggests, the cleanser has a jelly-like consistency that leaves your skin feeling fresh, and doesn’t dry it out. I prefer to use this on days when my skin feels dried out since it’s not filled with harsh chemicals.

Priming Moisturizer // This has become an integral part of my morning routine! It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth, and helps shrink your pores for an all-over even surface. I don’t love to wear a ton of makeup every day, but when I do, I actually find that it helps secure my makeup for a full day of coverage.

Balm Dotcom // Since July is my birthday month, I decided to go with Birthday Balm DotCom, and was not disappointed. I do have a particular loyalty to Burt’s Bees Original chapstick, but this balm is universal and provides hydration not only to your lips, but also to extra dry areas just as cuticles (I even applied mine to my elbows which tend to become extra dry. I have my eye on the mint and rose versions of this product for my future orders!

Rosewater Spray // Okay, so I’m going to be super honest when I say I never understood the fad of rosewater spray… and I still don’t. I mainly bought this product because of the hype, but upon using it, I don’t really see the difference besides the fact that it smells good. Granted, I could totally be using it wrong, and I do not carry it to work with me for the “midday pick-me-up” that it’s said to be great for. I’ve mostly been using it as a makeup setting spray right before I head out for work in the morning. Again, I could totally be using it wrong so if you’re a rosewater fanatic, PLEASE tell me what I’m doing wrong!

Needless to say, I was very happy with Glossier. Not only did their products work well, but they shipped fairly quickly which is always a plus! Next, I intend on trying out Boy Brow, Cloud Paint, and their newest product, Wowder.

Have you tried any Glossier products that I have yet to? Comment below, I’d love to get your opinion!

-K.