Weekend Body Care Routine

Lately I’ve been so exhausted that when I get home, I only have enough energy to focus on me. Trying to re-implement six months plus of backend work on a website takes a while. Especially during the holiday season, and even more so when you have a very full work schedule.

I have a pretty extensive skincare (and body care) routine during the work week as it is, but whenever I get the chance I revel in a good whole body treatment over the weekend. There’s something nice about taking a step back from the frenzy and treating yourself.

While I hardly use physical exfoliants on my face, I live for a good coffee or sugar scrub for the rest of my body. There’s just something incredibly gratifying about the smell and grit of them attacking those scaly dry patches that plague me during winter.

One of the scrubs thatI’ve really been enjoying lately has been Scrub Love’s Mint Temptation Scrub*. Not only is it packed with skin loving oils – it smells exactly like Thin Mints. When I feel super extravagant, I’ll wait until I’ve applied a deep conditioner or hair mask in shower and turn off the water (got to conserve that water for California’s perpetual drought).

I’ll work a palmful into each leg and then awkwardly sit in the empty tub for a few minutes while I read a book (or rather, look at Instagram) to let the oils in the scrub work some magic on my skin post exfoliation. The peppermint and tea tree oils provide a nice little tingle and the argan oil feels super moisturizing. I try to hold out as long as I can until turning the water back on to rinse off.

While the oil in the scrub help, I still layer a bit more hydration post shower. I like to mix equal parts body oil and whatever lotion I have on hand and slather it on before throwing on some leggings to make sure it all absorbs. Sometimes I’ll finish off the treatment with a facial while binge watching some Netflix, though regardless it’s nice just to tune out and recharge.

What body care routines do you all like to indulge in?

Shop this post: Scrub Love’s Mint Temptation Scrub*, SheaMoisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Replenish & Rejuvenate Bath Body & Massage Oil.

♡Em

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*Product was gifted to me in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts are my own and not influenced by the company.

PSA: The Importance Of Backing Up Your Content

You would think it is the unspoken rule in blogging, to always keep an up-to-date backup of your content – whether it’s your blog posts, CSS edits, or even just Instagram snaps. Especially before and after doing something, like say, updating your site, right? It’s not especially hard to do, with all of the cloud syncing functionality available.

You would think.

I’m one of those last minute bloggers. I usually write my post directly in WordPress and nine times out of ten it goes live immediately (or is backdated 10 minutes because I missed my self-imposed deadline).

I’ll admit, life has been pretty hectic the past few months. I’ve changed jobs, got engaged, got married, lost 20 pounds, and that’s just to name a few. So when I finally decided to come back from my blogging hiatus, the site had been long overdue for a few software updates.

“Oh, that shouldn’t take too long. I’ll start that while I finish up a few of my half-written posts in my drafts…”

Famous last words thoughts.

My site crashed, it wouldn’t even load the backend of the WordPress dashboard. I had to log into my web host and restore from a previous backup. Oh, and that backup was from March.

Six months worth of code edits, content that was still bringing in traffic despite my not having updated with any new recent posts, and plugin configurations. I was pretty disappointed in myself. I had no other copies of my posts saved on my local hard drive. While they were tiny edits over a timespan of months – to try and rectify it during a few free hours ramping up to the holidays was another thing entirely.

I’ll do my best to keep updating regularly (and backing up these updates) in the next coming weeks, but you may not see me updating as much as I did pre-hiatus. I am fairly good at updating my Instagram though, so if you’re more inclined to daily updates you can find me over at OuiEmmy.

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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