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Review | Herbal Essences Conditioning Mousse

11 Mar

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Herbal Essence has definitely made a treasure amongst the drugstore hair products. The mousse comes out heavier and thicker than most mousses that I have tried, so remember that a little goes a long way! As soon as I put this stuff in my hair it felt like it had been through a really good deep conditioning treatment. It did not take longer to dry, did not leave any grease, and my hair was shiny and defrizzed after my blow dry.  I find myself touching it throughout the day because it is so soft. And don’t get me started on THE SMELL!!! There’s coconut in there and it smells so tropical in a non-overwhelming way. I’m excited to use it again. The only concern is that the bottle is on the skinnier side compared to others such as Tresseme’s mousse.

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The Beauty Scenario Tag

18 May

1. You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high end and one drugstore, which do you keep?

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Honestly though, I think the CoverGirl one is better!


2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?

I would NEVER tell them! I’d ignore it completely. I wouldn’t want to embarrass them or come off with an entitlement stigma for “correcting” them.


3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful?

If I’m not feeling myself, I’d go with a lipstick that matched my feeling. My pinks and purple lipsticks make me feel happy, but if I’m feeling dark, why not go dark?! Otherwise I wouldn’t wear makeup at all and stay home.

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4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently?

I was actually pretty good at my makeup in my teenage years. With my preteens, I’d have myself put eyeliner on more than just the outer half of my eye….#whatwasIthinking 

For my hair, I’d definitely not have my side bangs so short and choppy. It looks like I did it myself. Which I did. I think I started to realize it around age 15.

I have worse pictures of my hair somewhere, but this overall look is just……

I have worse pictures of my hair somewhere, but this overall look is just……like who thought bubble dresses was a good idea?!

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut, but they hear wrong and give you a pixi cut. Do you a) Smile, say thank you, leave and call your mum hysterical b) Cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) Complain to the manager and demand a refund.

All the above! I wouldn’t want to leave that place without being at least satisfied with what I got. If I’m reduced to tears they better make it better, be it an improved style or complimentary extensions.


6. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which ‘do it all’ palette do you pack in your makeup bag?

Is “city break” like a vacation? I don’t really have a ‘do it all’ palette, but in regards to eyes, probably the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. The darker eyeshadows could be used as eyeliner. Then I would just need my foundation, concealer, blush and mascara!

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7. Your house has been robbed, don’t worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the product you really hope is safe?

What kind of robber is that?! I’d probably wish my Bare Minerals powders were safe because all together they can be pricey!

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8. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs

In real life, I’d never loan out makeup because that is how you get pink eye or acne. But since we’re playing this ridiculous scenario game, I’d point out to them the condition that it is in. If they were a good friend, they’d offer to repurchase it. If they don’t say anything, I’d just never loan them my stuff ever again!

April Beauty Favorites

5 May

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Victoria’s Secret Sexy Paradise Body Mist (Limited Edition)- So I actually had to take my own picture of this one because it’s not available online, but all the other scents in the collection are still for sale online…I hope there wasn’t a recall… But anyways, this smell literally makes me feel like I’m on a sexy tropical island. It’s fruitier than I usually wear, but it has some sexy scent in it that makes it smell more mature. Look at me trying to explain a scent… I remember I was stuck between “Paradise” and “Island” because they smelled so similar. “Island”‘s scent note list is star fruit, jasmine petals, and white amber. So I’m assuming “Paradise” has a lot of those same notes in it 🙂

*SIDE NOTE* I do not know for certain if “Paradise” got replaced with the scent “Breeze,” but when I was in the store, “Breeze” was not there and I see that the bottle colors are the exact same, so if anyone knows if these are the same scents, let me know. “Breeze’s” scent note list is Mango, orange flower and frangipani flower which also might be what my “Paradise” smells like…how confusing! 

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Color Palette Hair Mascara in Pink- I got this product from Sephora about a year ago and it is still the same as when I purchased it! I had purple streaks in my hair when I was in college. I missed them, but due to my workplace I was unable to recolor my hair that crazy. I found this hair mascara in Sephora, but it was $25. I decided to test it out before I bought it, When I put it on my brown hair, it shows up super well! It looks obviously fake until it dries, and then it looks awesome. I think it looks even better the next day after sleeping on it! Anyways, this is an April fave because I just recently have been trying it on my eyelashes! First I put on regular black mascara, then after it dries, I apply this. It could be applied lightly for a speckled pink and black look, or have many layers as full-on pink lashes. Fun!!

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Anastasia Brow Wiz- I love love love this eyebrow pencil! It’s super thin so that each stroke looks like a natural hair. I love how much easier it is to fill in my spotty brows. Side note: it took me about a week to discover that it actually came with a brush on the other end. This makes it so worth the investment!

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Rainbow Honey Nail Polish in “Midnight Fountain”-  This nail polish came in my April Ipsy bag. The zoomed in picture above isn’t mine, but tit gives a better idea of how the polish looks. I put this nail polish on my toes and it instantly made me feel happy. It reminds me of mermaids and it’s perfect for Dodger season! #bleedblue

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Bath & Body Works’ “Beautiful Day” Body Lotion- I’ve strayed from the B&BW body lotion over the past few years. Partly this is because I haven’t found it as nourishing as other lotions (that are also cheaper) such as the Vaseline brand. I won a few travel sized-lotions from Deya’s bridal shower last weekend and decided to give them another go. I’ve got to say, they must have stepped up their game because my typically thirsty skin seems pretty quenched. I haven’t tried the other scents yet, but I like “Beautiful Day.” It’s fruity and I usually wouldn’t pick it up if I were shopping myself, but I’ve got to admit it makes me feel pretty cheery. I’d say this travel-sized bottle is like a nice little trip to Disneyland to put on every once in a while- no one wants to be at DIsneyland every day, no matter how cheery it is!

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Sephora Collection’s “Flirting Game” Shimmer Eyeshadow- I picked this up when I was at Sephora because the color intrigued me. It’s a shimmery taupey pink. I love how you could put on one coat for a sheer hint of color, or layer it on to be a mauvey pink. Truly a shade I’ve never had before.

DIY Hair Mask

14 Jan

I blow dry my hair every night. I can’t help it! It’s too cold to let it air dry, and I don’t sleep as well when I go to bed with wet hair. I also can’t even think about skipping a hair wash because it makes me feel dirty and gross.  This causes my hair to be really dry. Guess what? I have tons of DIY hair mask recipes! This one is my favorite currently.

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STEP 1: Mash up bananas! My hair is medium/long and pretty thick. I use 2 bananas. I think the best consistency is when it’s ripe, but not brown.

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STEP 2: BEER!! That’s right, mix in about half a bottle/can of beer. I haven’t found a difference between ales, lagers, darkness, lightness, etc. Good news, you have half a beer you can drink while you’re letting your hair sit! Beer actually is really moisturizing for your hair.

That’s it! Just let your hair sit for about 15-20 mins and it’ll feel super silky when you wash it! Sometimes I add in a little coconut oil too.

XO,

Emma

 

 

 

 

Conditioner Tips

28 Oct

Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years with conditioner. It really helps your hair!

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1. Condition the ends of your hair before you shampoo! This will provide a protecting layer so that they won’t dry out. (It’s really the hair closest to your scalp- hate that word- that needs to be shampooed).

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2. Put your conditioner in while you shave your legs and wash/ exfoliate your face. This helps keep it in longer to get more nourishment in and saves time while multitasking!

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3. Who has time to deep condition their hair every week?! I started my own little trick of putting it in my hair, and throwing it in a bun before I go to the gym. Then when you get home and shower, your hair is magically silky! Just make sure that you don’t have soaking, dripping hair when you put it in or else it’ll all run down your face when you work out and sweat. Tip: I only dampen the bottom half of my hair and brush the conditioner through with my fingers. You don’t really need to saturate your hair with it if you do it regularly!

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4. Have you noticed in fine print on your shave gel that it could contain cancer-causing chemicals?? Being the hypochondriac that I am, I was freaked out! Guess what? Conditioner is not only safe, but better for your legs! I started shaving with conditioner and my legs feel even softer than with the gel! If you’re looking for other shaving alternatives, coconut oil works just as well as conditioner too 😉

This Tip Will Save Your Hair!!!

13 Sep

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We all have a hair shower routine- shampoo, then conditioner.

Guess what?! We’ve been doing it wrong! Here’s a great tip that I’ve noticed results from.

STEP 1: Apply conditioner to the ends of your hair. DO NOT RINSE. This will protect the ends of your hair (that don’t need to be shampooed anyways) from being dried out from the shampoo.

STEP 2: Shampoo your hair and rinse as usual.

STEP 3: Condition your hair and rinse as usual. I don’t know about you guys, but I like to shave and wash my face while the conditioner sits, and then rinse it out.

I noticed that when I apply conditioner to the ends of my hair before shampooing, that eventually they started to look less dry and haven’t noticed any new split ends. I have not been straightening my hair lately which can also create split ends, so I’m sure that is helping too.

I think that this new procedure can definitely help your hair rather than hurt it, especially if you use thermal protectant products when you use heated tools on your hair as well!!

Stay Fab,

E

In’s & Out’s

10 Sep

IN’S

  • I took the CBEST. The day after I found out that I didn’t have to. At least it’s over and it can only help me!
  • Not biting my nails! Woohoo! Nothing like some cute nail polish to bribe myself 😉
  • Crocheting/Knitting. I’m in the mood to make things again. I usually take a break when the weather is warm, but I smell the fall breeze coming!
  • Beachy hair. I haven’t used a hair straightener in 2 weeks. I can definitely tell the difference in my hair. I want to straighten it soon, but I’m so lazy these days- especially with work.
  • Good books. I was reading a really boring one. Then I put it down and picked up a big page-turner. Nothing like a good book to help you escape your stressful life!
  • Healthy kitties! Ever since I started giving Milo Vaseline daily, he hasn’t been throwing up! For those of you who don’t know, Milo is allergic to everything, including hairball goop. Apparently Vaseline is an alternative!
  • Working out! I went 3 times this week! Yay.
  • Boyfriends who bring you breakfast while you’re still sleeping on Sunday mornings 🙂
  • My new Harry Potter bracelet! I will post when I get it!

OUT’s

  • Well I realized that the main reason why getting your masters is a big deal is because it’s so darn hard to apply! I’ve applied for the wrong program and taken an unnecessary  test already…They really need to have informational meetings or PowerPoints!
  • Not seeing my mom nearly as often as I’d like. It’s been 2 weeks. 😦
  • This wound I have created inside my lip/cheek. It’s very deep and it stings when I drink or eat anything. Ugh I’m so abusive.