I’ve taken an inadvertent break from the blog but wanted to mention a handful of things I’ve landed on and have been really enjoying. The truth is that while I still buy stuff occasionally, I’m not doing it with the same hunger and frequency as I have in the past. That means I’m sitting with each product over a longer and more consistent period of time, and really trying to use things up before moving on. Here are about 10 skincare, makeup, and hair care products I’ve had great luck with and are very fond of right now.
I have some new stuff I’m trying out thanks to an Ulta 21 Days of Beauty special, the recent Sephora sale, and another shopping trip to Too Cool for School. Of the products I ended up with, maybe half of them were things I’d been really tossing around the digital cart for a while and half were more impulsive purchases. I just read that sentence back and it’s not right, the majority of these things were pretty impulsive. And it was fun to shop.
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.
For 2014 I’ve started keeping track of the products I use up each month, and throughout April I finished a mix of skincare, cosmetics, and hair care. We’ve moved and are on the road traveling for a bit, so I no longer have my little marble table to photograph products on – this time the view comes from the floor of my completely empty apartment!
I’ve only started trying out Alterna products in the last few months, and these three products have all been ones that I’ve received in beauty subscription boxes. So, today I thought we’d chat about ’em. I’ve been trying out the Alterna Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Leave-In Hair Perfector, the Alterna Bamboo 48-Hour Sustainable Volume Spray, and the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo.
Thanks to December’s Sample Society subscription box, I’ve had a chance to try out the Oscar Blandi Hair Lift, which is a really lovely volumizing mousse. It boasts ingredients like sodium hyaluronate for strengthening hair with moisture, a plumping polymer complex for thickness and style memory, and anti-static agents for eliminating flyaways. I’ve been using a quick spray of the mousse at the roots of my hair before blow drying, and I want to tell you a bit about it because it really is a fabulous product.
I was introduced to the Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It powder by my hair stylist. Especially since she gave me a new look a little while back, she’s been using it on me whenever I visit the salon, and I finally went ahead and purchased it for myself because I enjoy the effect it gives. I’ve been using it daily ever since and have some photos to show you what it’s capable of!
This “dry oil” from L’Oreal was something that I purchased in the past month or two when I had an Ulta coupon. I sort of reached for it on a whim because I have straight hair prone to flyaways and dry ends but don’t like that heavier oils like the popular Moroccan argan oils can seriously weigh my hair down. I also try to look for products that have a chance at actually improving the health of my hair, not just the appearance. The L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Multi-Restorative Dry Oil claims that it repairs damage and has a lightweight texture, so it sounded like something worth trying.
I had a haircut booked for this afternoon and knew I was ready for a new direction. Though, the trouble was that I really didn’t know what direction. I’m not sentimental about loosing substantial chunks of hair and I’m generally am quite comfortable putting my trust in my hair stylists. Since this past summer, I’ve been seeing one who I really like and trust very much. So, my plan, though vague, was to pretty much just ask her what she thought we could do. After briefly discussing cutting off various amounts of overall length, she offered up the suggestion of cutting one side really short. How short? Let’s bring out the clippers short! Oh, and let’s chop one side of your bangs short, too :).
I’ve always thought my hair was a pretty even blend of my parents’ two different hair textures: my dad has smooth, straight strands while my mom has course waves. Thus, my hair falls pretty straight but also has a few stubborn, uneven waves and loads of flyaway hairs. It’s not quite one nor the other. I’m in the habit of blow drying it most days, but I’ve generally struggled to find styling products that I can rely on to help my hair behave day after day while not weighing it down or leaving it feeling gunky. My goal is to have softer, smoother hair and to tame flyaways, and I’ve recently locked in on a combination of products that I really, really like.