AMIKA Polished Perfection Straightening Brush

I’ve had a Chi straightener, since my pubescent self could not longer stand to see my hair in the year. My hair is pretty much all over the place. It’s curly near the scalp, wavy throughout, and randomly straight. I have lots of volume and secretly pray that one day my hair will thin out and become magically straight. But for a few years, I have tried to go au natural and let my hair air dry. That hasn’t always been the greatest idea, especially when I’m trying to look like a professional.

But last year, I heard so much about the Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush. For a while I wasn’t too sure about the price, but being able to brush my hair while straightening it, is like a dream come true.  So I look the leap (before my New Years resolution, of course!)

 

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So here I am, occasionally using this brush and you know what? I really like it. I do need to go over certain spots to tame down the waves, but it cuts back on having to switch between brushing and trying to straighten. I also haven’t burned myself, so that’s really nice.

Would I recommend it? Yeah. I think it’s great. It’s good for traveling and cuts down on my hair care time.

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What We’re Crushin On

Just because we’re on a spending freeze, doesn’t mean we’re not slowly bookmarking our next purchases. Here are some products that we’re currently crushing on.

Eye Palette: ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

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  • The colors are pretty romantic, but also versatile for every day use. Plus, rose gold seems to dominating and has no plans on stopping.

Skin Serum: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

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  • For the price of The Ordinary, it’s hard to decide on just one solution. The Salicylic Acid is great to clearing out blemishes and making skin look great.

Skin Care: DRUNK ELEPHANT The Littles

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  • It’s pretty expensive for such an array of small products, but since this is usually the price of one product, might as well get to try all of them out.

Lips: FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

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  • Rihanna has been killing it and it’s know wonder that her beauty line is just as fantastic.

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Glossier Glow Up

I love Glossier. The products are smart, conscious, and exactly what I need. The business is run and created by marvelous women, who are amazing idols and girl bosses.

So I thought I would put this post together to show the products that I have, love, and why I love them.

 

Scent: Glossier You

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I only had a sample size, but I can tell you that this is one of the next things that I want to purchase. The scent is unique to everyone that wears it. The scent works with your skin to release a scent that’s essentially you. It’s musty, warm, and sweet and I can’t get enough.

Eyes: Lidstar in Cub

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I chose Cub because I love a good rose gold beauty product. Plus, since I have lighter skin, it’s such a nice shade without being too obnoxious. There are currently 6 shades and all of them are gorgeous. I suggest trying them out because they last all day.

Skin: Balm Dotcom

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Balm Dotcom is the holy grail. It’s an amazing balm (I prefer original and coconut) that can be used for pretty much anything. I use this on my lips to hydrate and moisturize, nails to soften and hydrate, and skin to hydrate and help protect blemishes from getting worse. There are a few other flavors and it’s the perfect size to throw in your purse and just go.

Skin: Solution

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My skin hasn’t been great lately. I have a few things that I can blame, but I can only think of one thing to thank: solution. I love to use this solution before bed. After applying it all over, I wait till it’s dried. Once the solution is dried, I apply moisturizer over it. I generally use this every day when my skin is REALLY out of control and then every so often when my skin isn’t that bad.

Skin: Wowder

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I don’t really use foundation. I use the occasional concealer, but that’s really it. So when Wowder came out, I was really interested. It’s a soft powder (mines in Light/Medium) that offers all day coverage. Just a small amount of powder seems to settle my skin. It’s very natural and absorbs oil, so my face looks matte.

Skin: Super Pure

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Before I got Solution, I decided to try out this Super Pure. I reviewed all three that are available, but I narrowed it down to Super Pure. I figured any way to help my skin, is great for me. Like the Solution, I like to apply this before bed, wait for it to dry, and then apply moisturizer over it. I think it’s great for traveling compared to the Solution, just because it’s smaller. I like it and I’ll keep using it.

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Sephora Splurge

So it’s been a few months and I have gone against my New Year Resolution. In a moment of weakness, I couldn’t just sign out of Sephora without putting a few things in my cart. Luckily, I did put some thought into these purchases and I’m excited for them to arrive…my bank account feels the opposite way.

So here’s what I strategically picked out.

MILK MAKEUP Cooling Water and Sunshine Oil Set

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Milk Makeup has never led me astray. I love the blur stick, the lips colors, and the mascara. So I’ve been eyeing up the cooling stick for a while. I decided to buy the Cooling Water and Sunshine Oil set, because it feels like a necessary accessory for the summer. I could see myself using these products daily. Also, they’re the travel size version, which mean that if I don’t love them, then it’s not a complete loss.

OUAI Sun of a Beach Ombre Spray

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I will say that I was drawn to this product, because I need a natural way to lighten my hair this summer. In the past, I have used the John Freida Blonde Spray. I had a great experience, but I haven’t used it in a while. I decided to try out Ouai because it seems more natural and a great product for my hair this summer. I hope it works out with my hair and keeps it looking natural and not fake.

GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

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So I’ve been toying with buying this for a while. For the longest time, this product was sold out. I’ve read so many great reviews, but honestly, I have so many face products already. I decided to buy the travel size version, because it was cheaper and because I just gave in to my curiosity. I can’t wait to see what it does for my skin and if it does smell like watermelon.

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What’s In My Shower?

Showering shouldn’t be a chore, it should be a relaxing and cleansing (literally) experience. That’s why I like to keep certain products in my shower that leave me feeling clean, exfoliated, and ready to take on the world.

So, what’s in my shower?

Shampoo and Conditioner: Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner

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  • The shampoo and conditioner are for hydrating and leaving color treated hair looking fresh and new. Both products smell AMAZING. A little pricey and I will admit that I did buy them on a wim after getting my latest haircut.

pH Bonder: REDKEN pH-Bonder

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  • I also bought this on a wim after my latest hair cut.  The treatment should be left in wet hair for 10 minutes. I was advised to leave it in as long as I could. So before bed, I wet my hair, apply a decent size amount and throw up my hair to sleep in. I can’t really tell if it has helped with breakage, but with the price I paid, I’m willing to finish out the tube.

Shower Gel: Bath & Body Works “At The Beach” Shower Gel

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  • Received this as a gift. It’s a light shower gel with a lovely scent. Nothing too spectacular about it, but it’s a nice gift to give and receive.

Acne Body Wash: Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash Pink Grapefruit

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  • Occasionally I’ll get a few shoulder and chest breakouts. Instead of dousing my body in acne treatments, I started incorporating an acne wash into my shower routine. The Pink Grapefruit wash includes exfoliating beads, which help clear up skin and prevent further breakouts.

Deep Conditioning Mask: Kristin Ess Strand Strengthening Reconstructive Moisture Mask

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  • Sometimes hair needs a little TLC. This is a great product to use while shaving in the shower. It can be kept on for a few minutes, so this is great after hair has been shampooed. What’s great about Kristin Ess products are that they’re affordable, easy to use, and made for the modern woman. This is just one of many products from her hair line that I own.

Body Scrub: Bath & Body Works “At The Beach” Sand and Sea Salt Scrub

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  • Also received this as a gift. It’s super gritty but extremely hydrating. I like to rub this over my arms and legs. Leaves skin feeling soft and smelling great.

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Current Favs of the Week

It’s been a HOT MINUTE, but we’re back and we’re keeping some late New Year resolutions. Our biggest resolution: using up all those sample and products that we’ve been accumulating. Not only is it great to try out some products but we also are freeing up some space in our cabinets. It’s a WIN WIN.

So here are a few products that we’ve been using this week.

Hair: Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Tint

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Feelings: Love this product idea and color. Much cheaper than getting this done in a salon (we have first hand experience). Works best on blonde hair. Washes out in the shower.

Like It or Leave It: At this moment, willing to leave it and come back to it once the blonde in my hair is naturally lightened by the sun. The color didn’t hold as well as it should, but then again I’ll let my hair lighten. Also spraying it while using a mirror could be beneficial.

Where to Buy: All things Kristin Ess are at Target

Skin: Bath and Body Works “At The Beach” 24-Hour Moisture Ultra Shea Body Cream

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Feelings: Perfect scent for summer. It’s not too heavy or oily. Use this after I get out of the shower and before I go to bed. A huge thing this year is to focus on keeping our skin healthy, and this is helping.

Like It or Leave It: Like It. Received this as a birthday gift along with a matching body wash. Both are great. Compact size is great for travel and it’s a scent that I’ll be wearing till the tube is empty.

Where to Buy: Bath and Body Works

Face: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

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Feelings: I get iffy using new products on my sensitive skin. However, a lot of this goes a long way. It leaves skin feeling hydrated and smooth; not oily or greasy.

Like It or Leave It: Like it and look forward to using this throughout the summer. This may be great to use after a light sunburn to restore the hydration that the skin needs.

Where to Buy: Ulta Beauty

Eyes: Origins GinZing Brightening Mascara 

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Feelings: A good, long lasting mascara. It does seem to brighten up the eyes. So if you’re on the go, it’s great to just swipe on without any other products.

Like It or Leave It: For now, let’s leave it. It’s a great mascara, but I’m a sucker for Benefit Bad Gal Lash.

Where to Buy: Origins

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Sunless Tanners for the Summer

I wish I could spend all summer lying out on the beach and soaking in a healthy amount of Vitamin D that I so desperately need. But since I have bills and loans to pay, I’ll spend most of my time indoors in front of a computer. So for those who are just like me, here are some great sunless tanners that will give you that summer glow without that wicked sunburn and here’s a great article from Marie Claire with some products of their own.

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