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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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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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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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Monthly empties: August 2015

By on September 4, 2015
Products used up during the month of August
Products used up during the month of August

This month was an exercise in finishing up a lot of bottles that have been sitting in my bathroom for too long. I was able to empty out a whole handful of moisturizers, plus some other skincare and haircare. It feels good to be able to toss redundancies in my collection, since I’m always needing to be very space conscious! I’ll walk through each product I finished and let you know what I think.

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Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner

By on July 10, 2015
Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner ($8.99/ea)
Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner ($8.99/ea)

When I was looking for a new shampoo and conditioner I ended up grabbing for something that was natural, affordable, and available on Amazon. The Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner from Desert Essence are marketed as a fairly “normal” pairing, meaning that they aren’t incredibly hydrating or clarifying, and are meant to work for people who need something balanced, shine-infusing, and gentle.

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Using henna powder as a hair dye, and a comparison to LUSH Caca Rouge

By on June 4, 2015
Henna powder
Henna powder

Since this past fall, I have been using henna in my hair in the form of Lush’s pre-mixed Caca Rouge and have really enjoyed the results. When I was in Morocco this spring I decided to buy some pure henna powder to take back with me and experiment with, and I recently dipped in for the first time. This required me to mix up some kind of recipe, and so I wanted to share what I did, what the results were, and how it compares to my previous experience with Caca Rouge.

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Monthly Empties: April 2015

By on May 1, 2015
Products used up during the month of April
Products used up during the month of April

Throughout April, I used up a lot of skincare products that had been lingering around in my collection for a while, and there are a few additional items that aren’t pictured above. Highlights this month include the Pixi Glow Tonic, Clarins Shaping Facial Lift serum, a Nature Republic Ampoule, and a couple of treatments from Andalou Naturals.

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Some purchases from the past few weeks

By on April 13, 2015
Stocking up on some basics
Stocking up on some basics

So, technically, I’m not really supposed to be shopping. I’m trying to take a break after traveling and moving. Still, I’ve been picking up some items here and there and have a little bundle of new stuff I can share, and including makeup, skincare, nail polish, hair care, and bath products – a little bit of everything.

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Goodies from Marrakech

By on April 2, 2015
Morocco
Some products and photos from recent travels

While in Spain and Portugal, we debated whether we had the time to also visit Morocco. It was tempting because it was so close by, but we knew we didn’t have the time to see a whole lot. We ended up hopping over and spending 3 days in Marrakech, and although we definitely are interested in seeing other parts of Morocco in the future, we ended up feeling like we had enough time to do Marrakech justice!

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Sephora and LUSH goodies!

By on February 5, 2015
Recent purchases from Sephora and LUSH
Recent purchases from Sephora and LUSH

I had some fun recently at Sephora and LUSH and wanted to share the new stuff I’m trying out. I had a couple of products I wanted to return to Sephora and I took the opportunity to pick out a few more fun things, and I had a few necessities I wanted to pick out from Lush. I can talk about my first impressions and share a few swatches, as well.

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