Hair Care

Function of Beauty customized shampoo and conditioner

By on March 31, 2017
Function of Beauty customized shampoo and conditioner ($36 for an 8 oz. duo)

I’ve been using customized shampoo and conditioner from Function of Beauty, and I’m very impressed with them. I was drawn to something like this and open to making a special online order because I’d recently had a bad run with several other products and it had been quite a while since I’d used a shampoo set that actually worked well for me. I also hadn’t heard of this brand until I saw a sponsored ad on Facebook, and I was immediately curious about them.

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Bath & Body | Hair Care | Makeup

More shopping: Sephora, MAC, and Whole Foods bath & body

By on March 3, 2017
Recent buys from Sephora, MAC, and Whole Foods

I’ve been buying some more stuff. A few basics, a few replacements of similar products I’m running out of, and a few nice-to-haves. I’ve been trying a couple of products for a couple of weeks now but most of it is brand new and I’m just starting to try out the different bits. I have some cleansing products and makeup from Sephora, lip colors from MAC, and some natural bath and body from Whole Foods.

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Hair Care

The Henna Guys hair dye in Medium Brown

By on October 27, 2016
The Henna Guys hair dye ($12.95 for 100 g)
The Henna Guys hair dye ($12.95 for 100 g)

I’ve been using henna to dye my hair for a couple of years now to achieve red hair and great gray hair coverage. For the first time, I recently tried something a little different – a henna and indigo blend for a medium brown shade. Fooling around with indigo is something I intended to get into from the first time I used henna, but it turned out that I really liked the red for a long time and found the idea of experimenting with recipes and proportions of two dyes to be more effort than I wanted to put in. So for this change in routine, I decided to try a Medium Brown henna and indigo blend from The Henna Guys, which is available on their website as well as Amazon.

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Empties: February-March 2016

By on April 2, 2016
Products used up during February and March
Products used up during February and March

I’ve gotten out of the swing of reviewing empty products every month, and have been thinking it might make more sense to chat about them every two months or so. The upside of that is that there’s just a wider variety of stuff to talk about, though it also means there’s more to cover in a single post, as well. That means I’ll try to be quick as I give an overview of each product and determine whether it was worth the purchase!

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Bath & Body | Hair Care | Skincare

Raunsborg products available in the US + complete travel kit

By on March 29, 2016
Raunsborg travel set available at A Bit of Denmark ($69.95)
Raunsborg complete travel set available at A Bit of Denmark ($69.95)

I’m said very positive things about the Danish brand Raunsborg in the past, and I’m really excited to be able to say that their products are now available in the US through the website A Bit of Denmark. The site carries a bunch of skin, body, and fragrance products from the brand, and also has a collection of travel sizes available both individually and as a complete set.

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Bath & Body | Hair Care | Makeup | Skincare

The big post-holiday empties: makeup, skincare, hair, and body

By on January 23, 2016
Empty products from the last few months
Empty products from the last few months

As the fall got into full swing and I got married, traveled, and then later as the holidays set in, I let my monthly empties reviews get away from me. At this point, instead of just a January empties I have several months’ worth of finished products to talk about. It makes for a full bag of trash, but this post won’t take years to get through. It does mean that there’s a fairly wide variety of products to chat about, though!

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Ten (or so) standout beauty products of 2015

By on January 1, 2016
Standout products from 2015
Standout products from 2015

Over the past year, I did a lot of traveling, moved across the country, and got married, which sometimes got in the way of trying lots of new products. After quitting birth control last fall, I also spent much of the year struggling with new hormonal acne woes, which at times kept me from feeling super motivated when it came to certain kinds of experimentation. However, as I was going through all of the products I tried over the last year I was surprised at how easy it was to identify a bunch of standout products that made a big impact on me and became staples in my collection.

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Hair Care

Review + Giveaway! Maple Holistics Natural Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

By on October 30, 2015
Maple Holistics Natural Argan Oil Shampoo ($12.97) and Conditioner ($7.89)
Maple Holistics Natural Argan Oil Shampoo ($12.97) and Conditioner ($7.89)

I have some more awesome haircare that’s gentle and affordable to share with you (I’m on a bit of a roll with these kinds of things, lately). I’ve been trying the Maple Holistics Natural Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner, which are cruelty-free and contain fun things like argan oil, jojoba oil, keratin, and green tea. I’m really enjoying them and as a bonus, I’m able to give away a shampoo and conditioner to one of y’all!

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Hair Care

Giovanni 2Chic Ultra-Sleek shampoo and conditioner

By on September 14, 2015
Giovanni 2Chic Ultra-Sleek shampoo and conditioner ($8.99/ea for 8.5 oz.)
Giovanni 2Chic Ultra-Sleek shampoo and conditioner ($8.99/ea for 8.5 oz.)

Back when I originally purchased the Giovanni 2Chic Ultra-Volume shampoo and conditioner, it took me a moment to figure out whether I wanted the shine or volume formulations. My hair is normal-ish but fine, and so sometimes smoothing and shine-infusing products can weigh it down. After loving the volume products as much as I did, though, I was very interested in revisiting the Ultra-Sleek line, which features Brazilian phyto-keratin and Moroccan argan oil.

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