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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A Year in Review // Where is the Love?


When I initially sat down to write this post, my intentions were to reflect on my personal life this year and how the copious amount of change in my life has molded me in such a short period of time. However, something has been on my mind for a while that needs to be addressed in regards to this past year.

2016 has been quite the year for me and, based on the countless memes and social posts I’ve seen, I’m not the only one that’s looking forward to a new year. With the endless amount of change that’s occurred, it’s easy to feel a little lost; this is the second time where I feel like I’m losing sight of where I’m going in life and what’s going on. Even more so, it seems like the whole world has lost sight of what matters most in life. More often than not, negative news pours in — death, disaster, the seemingly never-ending war, hate, violence, the list goes on and on.  When does it end?

A few years ago, the Black Eyed Peas released the song “Where is the Love?” Seven years later, this song still remains extremely valid in regards to current events.

“People killin’, people dyin’, children hurt and you hear them cryin’. Can you practice what you preach? Or would you turn the other cheek? Father, father, father help us; send some guidance from above. ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’ where is the love?”

I challenge you to listen to the words of the song, and think about what you can do in your personal life to help make the world a better place. Even if it’s the smallest act of kindness, it could mean the world to someone.

Merry [belated] Christmas and God bless.

-K.

 

Date Night Destinations: Coach Insignia

Date Night Destinations: Coach Insignia

If you follow me on Instagram  or Twitter, you’ll know that Friday night Ryan and I celebrated our two year anniversary before he travels off to Europe for the next couple years at Detroit’s premiere restaurant, Coach Insignia located in the heart of downtown Detroit on the 72nd floor of the Renaissance Center.

Dressed in black and ready to hit the town, Ry and I were greeted with breath-taking views of Detroit and Windsor, Canada, phenomenal food, and an absolutely scrumptious dessert! If you’re in the area I highly recommend checking it out for yourself!

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What’s your favorite date night destination? Comment below and Ryan and I will check it out when we’re in your city!

-K

**2017 UPDATE: Coach Insignia is no longer in business. Another restaurant is to be taking it’s place some time in 2018.