Hask Mint Almond Oil Haircare

One of the hardest things for me to write about is haircare. I am extremely picky on what I use on my dehydrated, wavy, color-treated hair. I also only wash my hair about once a week, so it takes a little longer to formulate a solid opinion. Unlike a foundation that I can wear 7 days in a row, haircare isn’t as visible either, further adding to the time it takes to properly evaluate a given product. Does my hair feel too stripped post-wash? Does it take less or more time to blow dry? Does it make my scalp more oily than normal? Not to mention a myriad of other questions. I’m sure you gals (and guys) with like high-maintenance-manes feel me.

Best Sulfate Free Thickening Shampoo Conditioner Haircare

That being said, once I make my mind up on a particular hair product, it’s made. Which is exactly how I feel about the Mint Almond Oil range that Hask was kind enough to send me (spoiler = it’s damn good).

Inside that cute little canvas bag was their Thickening Shampoo, Thickening Conditioner, and Thickening Spray. Which I was pretty excited to try. Since getting my Brazilian Blowout, my hair does seem a little less voluminous (I may or may not be in the market for some nice extensions for a little more oomph).

First things first: the range is free of sulfates and parabens! While the parabens don’t bother me as much, sulfates are pretty much a deal breaker for my already damaged hair. The only thing is sometimes sulfate free shampoo does not always make me feel like it was able to remove the residue that builds up from using the massive amounts of dry shampoo that I go through in a week. I’m happy to report that not only is this gentle on your hair, but it does indeed make it feel clean. The mint also includes a nice tingly feeling that really adds to the whole experience.

Next up was the conditioner. It had the same wonderful minty scent as the shampoo and did a great job at adding just the right amount of hydration. The combination left my hair feeling soft, not weighed down, and smooth.

I’ll admit, I went a little spritz happy the first time trying out the Thickening Spray. So it took a little longer to blow dry and felt a bit tacky. Second time’s the charm though. While my hair didn’t become 70’s super model big, the range did deliver a realistic increase in volume. The hair around my crown was easier to style and looked a little more full. Overall, I’m probably a bigger fan of the shampoo + conditioner, but that might be due to user error on the spray part.

Shop this post: Learn more about the Hask Mint Almond Oil range.

What do you guys look for in haircare? Have you tried any that promise thicker hair/more volume?

♡Em

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February Birchbox

I kind of adore the actual Birchbox box this month. The design is just as cute as what was included in the box. Which was a great combination of products that I wouldn’t normally choose for myself.

Whish Cleansing Oil Birchbox Arrow Boost PH Lip Balm Color Club Nail Polish When I was watching the reveal of which samples you could choose from, I was not too excited until they came back with Whish Revitalizing Cleansing Oil as an option. I LOVE me a good cleansing oil. I’d say it’s much more of a gel consistency that turns into an oil, but it does a great job at taking off the days makeup as a first cleanser. If using it as a primary cleanser, it does leave a film since it’s a bit heavier. If this bothers you, I’d recommend using a muslin (or regular wash) cloth to rinse it off with. It is pretty potent fragrance wise since it is mostly olive fruit oil, rose hip oil, and coconut oil. That being said, I love the smell and am not sensitive to scents in general.

I don’t like using the Obliphica Seaberry Serum on wet hair as it takes a bit too long to absorb. However, I love running a few pumps of this serum through the ends of my hair before bed. By morning, it has soaked in making my ends much more hydrated without looking greasy or *too* shiny.

Not Soap, Radio Body Wash in Liquid Freud (when you need to turn up the volume on your inner voice of reason). I like this mostly for the name. The scent is also quite nice, but pretty subtle. It did leave my skin feeling pretty tight though, which I did not expect as it doesn’t have sulfates or phthalates in the formula.

I’m very picky when it comes to lip balms that are pH sensitive. Most of the time the color is just a little too pink and warm for the rest of my makeup. Surprisingly not so with Birchbox’s new brand ARROW  and their BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm. It’s more subtle than I’m used to and feels lightweight by hydrating. Doesn’t do too much for moisture long term though, so don’t throw out your Carmex just yet.

Well, it’s safe to say the Color Club That’s My Jam, was not my jam. It was a pretty color, but it just didn’t necessarily impress me more than any other run of the mill polish. Sorry I don’t have more to say about it, my experience with it overall was just average.

What did you ladies (and dudes) get in your Birchbox this month?

Shop this post: Whish Revitalizing Cleansing Oil, Obliphica Seaberry Serum, Not Soap, Radio Body WashARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm, and Color Club That’s My Jam.

♡Em

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Belated January Favorites

With less than two weeks left of February, I figured it was finally time to schedule and put up my January favorites. I’ve introduced so many new products into my stash the past few weeks, it has been so hard to pare it down to 5ish or so products that are manageable enough for a Favorites post.

Aesop Parsley Seed Face Mask Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Meg 21 gentle cleanser you dont need water to use

Cue the “Bloggers Made Me Buy It” tag, the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque most definitely has been a recent favorite. Honestly, I probably should have just given it it’s own post since I can go on and on about how much I adore it. Since it’s a bit on the spendy side, I use it sparingly and targeted. After double cleansing, I’ll slather it on my t-zone and chin and listen to a podcast or two before washing off. For a clay based mask (masque), it’s not overly drying, probably due to the fact that it is packed with aloe and rosehip oil. I especially love it during those trying times of hormonal breakouts. Like right now. (Also does anyone else put on products while they’re writing about them as a refresher?)

Even though I have other eyeshadow sticks, they usually tend to be a novelty amongst my makeup drawer. Used once or twice and then ultimately pushed to the back in favor of my powder options. Not the case with the LOC Shadow Stick, Impress Me and On Point have officially made a home in my tote-able makeup bag (IE the one I carry with me everywhere). I can apply these before work and they will not budge until I wash my face at night. Just throwing it out there, that is up to a 14+ hour time span.

I know it, you know it, I’m a total mascara snob. I like natural comb bristles, super duper volumizing, preferably not waterproof, with a non-wet formula. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black has all of these. Plus it rings in under $10. It’s also incredibly buildable and doesn’t flake off throughout the day.

Best fash wash cleanser to take camping

A few months ago I posted about a number of skincare products from Meg 21, the Moisturizing Cleanser* has retained a firm placement in my skincare routine. While it’s not something I do often, you can also use this cleanser without water and just wipe off with a tissue. If that doesn’t tout how gentle it is, I don’t know what will. When I’m using it as a single cleanser in the morning, I apply it to dry skin in circular motions before washing it off with lukewarm water.

Generation Beauty by Ipsy

You shouldn’t be surprised to see that finally getting to go to Generation Beauty made it on this past month’s list. It was so much fun and  You can read my short recap of the weekend here, the Tl;Dr: great value for what you pay and you meet the nicest people.

What have you all been loving the past few weeks, Anything I need to check out?

Shop this post: Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing MasqueLOC Eyeliner SticksL’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, Meg 21 Moisturizing Cleanser, and Generation Beauty.

♡Em

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Generation Beauty 2016 Recap

To sum up Generation Beauty, it was a bit like the Disneyland of makeup, during the holidays. It was a crazy few days. I have to admit, I was a little impressed by the equal amounts of incredible kindness as well as fights that almost broke out…  For those of you that aren’t in the know, Generation Beauty is an event put on by Ipsy to connect content creators, their audience, and brands.

Ipsy Generation Beauty

Since starting Gen Beauty, Ipsy has expanded to have a couple different events in different cities throughout the year. This was my first chance getting to go to one. I had an absolute blast.

While tickets are a bit on the spendy side as an attendee ($150), it is more than worth it if you are a makeup addict like myself. Not only do you get the curated Saturday + Sunday bags from Ipsy, you also get the chance to redeem free swag from brands depending on what activities they have planned, as well as a pretty good discount on product if you choose to buy.

I did partially work the event, but since I had already purchased my own ticket, I only had to help out set up and tear down.

Is Going To Gen Beauty Worth It

It was so fun getting to connect with other bloggers and makeup enthusiasts! Not to mention that I might have literally rolled around in all of the swag I got at the end of the weekend while throwing some of it up in the air. I wish I could say I was joking. I might have made a spreadsheet itemizing the value of everything, and it was way more than worth it.

Have you guys been to a Gen Beauty event before? What did you think?

♡Em

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