Friday Faves: Best of 2014 Edition

I always love seeing people’s resolutions, etc this time of year, but I also wanted to share my favorite things of 2014 a la Oprahhhhhh…

Best of 2014

Books: The Power of Habit#Girlboss
Makeup: NYX concealer** (budget buy)// Chanel Vitalumier Aqua Foundation + LM Tinted Moisturizer (this combo is the bees knees)
Beauty Products: Mario Badescu Glycolic Cleanser & Kiehl’s Everything [I just can’t pic a fav]
Products: Keurig (a Costco impulse buy that I don’t regret at all) // Dollar Shave Club (#genius)// iphone 6 // Beats by Dre (i had the smaller ones and got these for Christmas. They are amaze for cardio…don’t slip and don’t fall out like ear buds)
Clothes: Gap Sports Bra & Nike Frees (#fancy i know)
Food/Drink: Kombucha [cannot get enough] & Kirkland egg whites. Why am I sooo weird?

**it took me a sec to fall in love with this. After seeing it a bunch on MM&L, I was determined to make it work…turns out the key is making sure your eye area is super moisturized when covering dark circles! Otherwise it goes a bit dry**

Tell me your absolute faves of the last year!

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The Great Dry Shampoo Debate

Last week I was digging through my drawer of hair products, and I realized I had an insane number of dry shampoos in there. I have a tendency to pick up the small bottles for traveling or my gym bag (or just to try out), so I thought I would share my favs as well as the ones that aren’t worth picking up.

Dry Shampoo

 

Tresseme: Let’s just start with the worst. This was the first dry shampoo I ever tried (a few years ago) and I wasn’t impressed. My hair just felt grungy after using. Well fast forward a few years, and I kept seeing this pop up on beauty blogs, so thought maybe they had changed the formula. Nope. Still grungy. Not worth the buy. It does smell nice though.

Suave: Best value for sure. Only about $2 I think, and works really well. Smells decent. After it dries, it really rubs out evenly. No complaints.

Bumble and Bumble: Much higher price point than the rest, but I love it. I like that it’s a powder instead of aerosol (my hubby complains when I spray a ton, and I’m basically in a dry shampoo cloud. #lol… so husband’s fav for sure). I also like that it’s volumizing. Since it is more pricy, I use sparingly. Mostly for date nights, or if I’m actually going some place other than the gym or nannying or school. Also has a really nice scent.

SG: I saw this in a magazine around Christmas time, so I bought it the next time I was at Ulta….such a great consumer 😉 anyway, I’ve only bought the ‘clear’ version- it’s available in brown I believe, but I love it. It really is volumizing, while still being effective at dry shampoo-ing. Win-win. I plan on picking up the full size bottle. When I run out of some of these. haha.

Pssssst: Nothing special about this one. I think it does about the same job as the suave, but not as cheap. It is nice it comes in a travel size though. Smells nice.

My dry shampoo tips:

  • I like to use dry shampoo at night before bed (if I’m not planning on working out the next morning). I feel like it really absorbs well over night, and you don’t have to use as much (or any) the next day.
  • part hair in multiple places when spraying. Especially if doing a pony tail or pulling hair back in some way. It’s awkward to have hair to appear clean on top, but greasy on the sides, if pulled all the way back (ew). Also, this helps with adding volume.
  • For post-workout, sometimes I blow dry my roots, and then spray dry shampoo if I don’t have time for a full shower. Sounds gross but it works. Obviously, don’t do this every time you workout. Dry shampoo does not equal bathing 😉

SO tell me your favorite dry shampoo tricks and/or products!

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Tried it/Loved it- Beauty Buys

This isn’t my usual type of post [I’m by no means a beauty blogger], but I always love hearing about other ladies’ tried and true products. I thought I’d share a few of mine today…

triedandtrue-beautyproducts

 

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser: a great everyday cleanser. Works perfect with the clarisonic. Doesn’t dry out or leave skin skin feeling tight. I loved it in the winter too, when my skin is extra dry.
Clarisonic Mia: I’ve had this baby for a few years now and I use it a few times a week. I can always tell if I go too long without it. My skin loves it!
Glycolic Face Wash: I could tell a difference after one use. No joke. Use a few times a week for anti-aging/ exfoliation. Only $15 at Ulta.
Kiehls Skin Rescuer: I have a bit of redness, and my skin is kind of sensitive. This is a great moisturizer for keeping everything calm.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: I’ve talked about this before, but it’s definitely a must have. Light coverage that can be worn alone, or with concealer and a bit of powder for a more perfected look.

What are your beauty must-haves?

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Two Ingredient Face Scrub

The move went smoothly and I’m trying to get back into a routine….just waiting for the internet to be hooked up on Friday 😉 In the mean time, I thought I’d share a quick and easy scrub my face has been loving. Just coconut oil and baking soda. Easy Peasy. Leaves my skin feeling so smooth and hydrated!

 

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Happy Thursday!

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