Best Drugstore Find for Curly Hair
One of my favourite things of the Allure Best of Beauty Awards is when a drugstore product wins a category! It makes me try a new product that I would have never considered. I’ve been fighting frizzy hair and thinking about what expensive shampoo & conditioner I needed to buy to tackle my messy hair. I have thin, curly / wavy hair. I rarely have time to style my hair. 99% of the time I let my hair air dry. Most days my hair ends up in a messy bun because somehow that looks less messy than the frizziness of my curls. I bought MOROCCANOIL - Curl Defining Cream
Nov. 15, 2020
Sephora Holiday Sale Haul
This is 35! My husband recently joked “is the fact that you’re turning 35 the reason why you got so into skincare recently?”. The truth is probably yes. The Sephora Holiday Sale lined up perfectly with my 35th birthday this week, so I bought myself some new products to try. Happy Birthday to me 🥳 Here’s what I got & why & first impressions: Sephora Birthday Gift Milk MAKEUP - Lip + Cheek Shade Werk. I used this product today and loved it! I will add it to my minimal daily make-up routine. Can be easily thrown into your purse. Adds a pop of colour to my cheeks & lips. I like that it’s matte. Living proof. - 5-in-1 Styling Treatment from Rewards Bazar. Looking to test how this product compares to MOROCCANOIL - Curl Defining Cream that I have been using recently. 99% of the time I add some product to damp hair and let it air dry. SEPHORA COLLECTION - Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer I purchased this as a dupe to the Nars Concealer. It retails for $18 vs. $39 for Nars. It went on very smooth. I loved the feel. But it was lighter coverage than I was hoping. I felt like I could still see my dark circles under the concealer. Im looking forward to introducing an acid into my routine. I bought The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HAbecause it was less than $10, so it let’s me try something new in my routine without a huge investment. I also got Kate Somerville - Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatmentfrom the Rewards Bazar. I will try the products separately and see which product I prefer. You can look forward to a comparison post in the future :) Similarly, I’ve been reading a lot about Vitamin C and really wanted to add a Vit C serum to my AM routine. I was debating a couple different products, but the prices were $80+ and I found the reviews really mixed. So, I decided to start with The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%it was less than $10 and includes Alpha Arbutin, which is great for hyperpigmentation. I will let you know what I think! Next, I picked up GLAMGLOW - Youthmud Glow Stimulating & Exfoliating Treatment Mask from the Rewards Bazar. Tingled a lot the first couple minutes. It did leave my skin looking very smooth & clean. But, it’s $99 for 3.5oz! So, I won’t be running out to purchase. Finally, I decided buy the hyped LANEIGE - LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask Lips are one of the areas I’ve neglected. I’ve started to notice my lips aren’t as full and losing their colour. I was hesitant to spend $26 on a lip mask, but Im happy that it’s a good size jar that will last a while. Love the little applicator brush. It feels very luxurious applying it. I like the consistency. Not as thick as I was expecting. I like the berry scent. Dare I say after two nights of using it my lips feel more hydrated, plumper and even younger!
BEST HAIR STYLING PRODUCTS: MOROCCANOIL CRUL DEFINING CREAM
I have very typical soft hair. In the past, I could maintain my hair for a short time after styling. Particularly for curly/wavy hair. Generally speaking, it may take others a year to straighten, but my hair is so soft that it will straighten in a few months. This makes me very distressed. What if it makes curls last? Let our style look good forever, which is the effect we have been pursuing. MOROCCANOIL - Curl Defining Cream $14 This is a product in a small package. It is a gift that I give after purchasing other products. But I found it to be surprisingly useful. Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream separates, defines, and conditions to bring out the best in naturally curly hair. In addition to increasing bounce and movement, the nourishing argan oil-infused formula combats frizz and imparts shine for curls that look and feel silky smooth. Through soft, touchable grip, it provides lasting curling effect. One of the most popular products in the Moroccanoil Curl Collection, this all-in-one solution replaces the need for excessive curl products. Fragranced with the signature Moroccanoil scent, an exotic blend of spicy amber aromas and sweet floral notes. After washing and drying your hair, wet your hair with one or two pumps. Evenly distributed. This can separate and define curly hair while nourishing it. The texture of the product is white emulsion, with good smell and rich fruit flavor. At the same time, these smells are so durable that you can even use them instead of perfumes. Not too much, just a little, massage with the palm of your hand, and spread it to your hair. If you want to pursue a fluffy effect, you can blow your hair after using it. After using this small package, I will definitely buy it again.
I’ve come to discover over the years that one of the most underrated hair styling products is hairspray. I think that people are intimidated by it or they think you only use it for special occasions (when you curl your hair or put it up in an up-do). However, hairspray is a great everyday product that most people can benefit from in their styling routine. The first step is finding the right hairspray! My new personal favorite is O&M’s Original Queenie Firm Hold Hairspray. The number one reason why it’s my new fav is that its clean beauty product which can be hard to find in an aerosol hairspray. This product is cruelty-free, PETA approved, and formulated without gluten, triclosan, MIT, and propylene glycol. It also has Sephora’s “Clean at Sephora” seal of approval. Queenie contains Australian native active lilly pilly which helps control oil in the hair leaving it looking shiny and clean as well as extending the style. Although the name says firm hold, I still find the formula flexible, not sticky. My favorite way to use this hairspray is to spray your hands with a little Queenie and then gently smooth all the frizzy hairs along your part, I then take my hands and use the rest to smooth and define my ends. After that I give my hair an all over spritz because this hairspray smells AMAZING and holds my curls or straightening all day!
My Secret Weapon!
Lots of my clients only use Bobby pins to hold their style because they’re unsure how to use a hair pin. Since hair pins are straight, often people are afraid that they will fall right out of their hair. If this is a concern, all you have to do is bend one leg and it will catch the hair and stay in place! Give hair pins a try- they are awesome for adding texture or just for a little bit of extra hold!
SUMMER WAVES I’VE BEEN LOVING FOR PARTIES✨
My hair is straight and lays flat on my head so for nights out I love to add some texture to it with waves/curls. A new curling wand I have been loving is the CONAIR - Double Ceramic Triple Barrel Waver It creates effortless waves in as little as 15 minutes. How to: To start, I prep my hair with MOROCCANOIL - Moroccanoil Treatment to add some shine and tame down fly-always, and CHI - 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray to protect from heat damage. Next, I work in 1-2 inch sections starting from the back to the front until all the hair is complete. As you can see, I start from the top of the hair piece and work my way down the hair. I hold the wand for about 5 seconds over each section. Lastly, I add drybar - Triple Sec 3-in-1 Finishing Spray Blanc Scent for some extra texture and volume. Have you tried a 3-barrel curling wand yet? I would love to try a wand with larger barrels.
CHI-44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray
My go to hair tutorial- beachy waves look
My absolute favorite go - to beachy waves look for the perfect night out.. I have think and naturally straight-ish hair it can be a little wavy and straight ( I know strange right ? Haha ) My hair tutorial on how I do my hair when I go out or have a date night with my husband! I love beach waves it’s such a natural and classy look and it’s so fun to do and I love the volume it adds to my hair.. I love using my hair care products before I put heat on my hair I like to use TRESemmé - Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum because it helps with frizzy hair and my hair can get pretty frizzy after drying and my baby hairs love to stick up so it’s great for the perfect slick to pull down my hair ..... it’s not a heat protectant oil it’s more for a sleek shine and helps with frizz and fly ways it’s great for a flawless and sleek finish to your hair, great for styling it has Marula oil and smells amazing ... you can apply it to wet or dry hair of your choice :) but for heat protectant spay I love to use the TRESemmé - Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave In Spray helps to protect heat for damaging your hair and I used it while my hair is damp
TRESemmé-Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum
DIY HAIR DETANGLER😱🚿
How do you normally detangle your hair? Aloe vera 🌱It is a natural conditioner that will help you repair damaged and frizzy hair 🙆🏻♀️ Distilled water 💦: Is free of toxins and bacteria, that will help us removing the chemicals like fluoride and chlorine that damage our delicate hair and scalp so adding it to this recipe will help us to balance quickly our hair ph level. 🍏cider vinegar: Smooths your strands laying the cuticles down 😯which helps the hair to separate a lot easier than it would if the cuticles were up👌🏻you will see how amazing this ingredient is 😱and for those worried about the smell, once the hair dries out the smell goes away! it is incredible 💃🏻 Almond Oil: It has vitamin E that is rich in antioxidants ✨so it will give your hair a healthy shine✨ that forms a layer that protects the hair from external harmful factors like pollution, chemicals, heat, dust, etc🙌🏻 PD: You can preserve a good quality aloe vera gel for 10 to 15 days in the room and your recipe will last much longer with distilled water :). Use it everytime you need to detangle your hair 😊
✨ Thick Hairstyles - Second Day Hair ✨
I have thick hair that easily gets frizzy, especially second day hair (or third, or fourth, depends how long I don’t wash it for lol). I typically only wash my hair every 2-4 days (depending on the type of activity I do that day, like exercise or go get groceries or just work on schoolwork). To allow my hair to last longer, I’ll usually use these hairstyles and products so that I can deal with the frizz. I love doing half-up hairstyles anytime I wash my hair, but especially when my hair starts to get frizzy! I hate when my hair gets all over my face. I usually do either a simple ponytail that’s holds the top half of my hair. I also like doing a ponytail with a braid, but that can be a little more difficult because you can’t see the back of your head as well or make sure the braid is straight and doesn’t start going to the side lol. After I finish the braid, I kind of tug/pull it apart so that it looks thicker. Another options is to just throw it into a messy bun on the back of your head! I like to use a spray leave-in conditioner to help nourish my hair and hairspray to lock them. This hairstyle also looks really cute with a headband to keep flyaways out of your face. . dpHUE - Apple Cider Vinegar Leave-in Hair Therapy Key Ingredients: Apple Cider Vinegar (restores healthy pH to smooth the hair surface and seal the cuticle, quickly absorbs into hair to provide weightless conditioning), Argan Oil, Macademia Oil, Dandelion Extract and Aloe Vera (moisturize, condition, and add shine without weighing hair down). Scent: Apple Cider Vinegar Consistency/Texture: Lightweight Spray Price: $30 for 6.5 oz / 192 mL Experience: This has a very strong scent, but it does dissipate quickly. I haven’t noticed much in terms of conditioning or frizz control, but it’s a decent product. It has a minimal amount, but I don’t think I’d purchase the full size unless it was on sale. It doesn’t weigh down my hair or make it look greasy, which was why I gave it 3 stars. Other than that, it doesn’t deliver much and the scent is not something I enjoy. It’s an average leave-in product, I’ll use it up but probably wouldn’t recommend or repurchase it (unless it’s half off or more). . REDKEN - Triple Take 32 Extreme High-Hold Hairspray Scent: Strong hairspray smell Consistency/Texture: Can leave behind a crunchy feel on the hair Price: $12 for 4 oz / 115 g OR $24 for 9 oz / 255 g Experience: It says it gives root lift and volume, but I haven’t used it for that purpose. I usually just use it to set a hairstyle into place and it works great for that! It can leave behind a stiff and crunchy feeling in the hair if you use too much, but it gives a great hold. I can use this in the morning and expect my hairstyle to last the whole day and not droop or get any flyaways or frizz. The nozzle is nice and gives a fine mist that is easy to control. It doesn’t leave my hair dry or make it knotty when I try to brush it out.
dpHUE-Apple Cider Vinegar Leave-in Hair Therapy
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