Top 10 New Hair Care Lines

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There’s been a lot of hair care hitting my doorstep lately. Some brands I’ve heard of before and some I’ve never even seen a blip of. Since they’ve been arriving in 2016 I’ve been giving them all a go… and so has my husband, son and daughter. Because it’s go all or go home when it comes to hair care 😉 Below I’ve picked out a few of my (our) favorites from what’s shown up and discussed why they’re awesome to make up this weeks Top 10 Tuesday – New Hair Care Lines.

1 // The largest collection of products I have to share in this list are from Matrix. This first group is from the StyleLink Collection which is their award-winning styling line. A couple are missing from the photo because my husband stole them… basically his holy grail hair styling product of choice was from Redken and they broke his heart and discontinued it. Around that time all of this stuff from Matrix showed up and he fell in love with the Over Achiever 3-in-1 ($18.00 // ULTA Beauty) and the Shape Switcher($18.00 // ULTA Beauty). He likes to have all-day hold but not have his hair look overly crunchy because then he says his hair looks like it’s thinning =| High maintenance.

My personal faves from StyleLink are the Smooth Setter Smoothing Cream($18.00 // ULTA Beauty) and Height Riser Volumizing Powder ($18.00 // ULTA Beauty). The Smoothing Cream really helps keep my frizz at bay without weighing it down in all the wrong places. Height Riser sucks up the excessive oil in my crown and gives an excellent hold all day.

2 // In keeping with the Matrix love we need to talk about the best smelling line of hair care in all of the land – Oil Wonders Volume Rose. Yes, you just saw “Oil” and “Volume” in the same title. I was a big skeptic because I wrestle with a very oily scalp, yet my favorite product from this line ended up being the Oil Wonders Volume Rose Plumping Mousse ($20.00 // ULTA Beauty). It kept frizz down and added volume… all without making my hair look oily. By days end my style still looked good, though it didn’t last into the next day like with Height Riser. When I’m looking for a sleeker style and the overall appearance of thick hair this one is my choice.

3 // You didn’t think I’d let Matrix swing on by without talking about dry shampoo did you? A lot of dry shampoos cross my path (since I basically need to inhale it to survive my oily headed life) but the Miracle Extender ($16.00 // ULTA Beauty) has me at another level. Super fab second day hair without the residue AND it smells TDF. YAAASSSS.

4 // StriVectin does hair care?! OF COURSE! Their Color Care Line($22.00-$29.00 // ULTA Beauty) is fabulous for not only keeping your dye job in check but will give you the qualities of strength, vibrancy, easy to manage… all those things youthful, untreated hair has. My hair feels shiny and soft even when I’m due for a touch-up at the salon. There are several other collections within the line, so if Color Care isn’t up your alley make sure to check the others out.

5 // If you’re looking to remove impurities pick yourself up some AveenoPure Renewal Shampoo & Conditioner($5.99 // Target). They use natural seaweed extract to refresh and make hair more manageable without over-stripping.

6 // For vitamin-infused, professional hair care you’ll want to look intoMitch Stone Shampoo & Conditioner($36.00 set // Mitch Stone). The line contains VComps which is a “proprietary blend of carefully-curated vitamins, minerals and oils, swirled together in a lush papaya base”. I loved how this worked well for both myself and my daughter (who has dry hair).

7 // When I think about a “pin-up” I’m immediately jealous. Killer bod, gorgeous skin, the best red lipstick and THE BEST HAIR. Beauty and Pinupsis a line I’ve never heard of but I was more than willing to give them a test run because of my pin-up obsession as well as the gorgeous packaging. There is a lot to choose from but my favorite item is the Sway Blow Out Styling Primer($26.00 // Beauty and Pin Ups). It cuts down on drying time while also cutting down on frizz. My daughter, with her dry hair, loves the Flaunt Silkening Shampoo and the Luxe Leave-In Spray On Revitalizing Conditioner.

8 // My holy grail for extending the look of my highlights in between touch-ups (as you know) is the John FriedaSheer Blonde line ($3.59 // ULTA Beauty). This extends the look of highlights for me so that I’m only going every other month rather than every month.

9 // Speaking of extending things you know that the Redken Pillow Proof($20.00 // ULTA Beauty) holds an extra special place in my heart. I use this frequently for getting an extra day out of my style and absorbing oils. I also need to give a major shout out to Braid Aid($25.00 // ULTA Beauty) because it’s literally the only way I can style my daughters hair and Beach Envy Volume Wave Aid ($20.00 // ULTA Beauty) for being my beach wavy hair drug of choice this coming Summer.

10 // Did you really think I’d let a Top 10 go by without mentioning the brand that started my entire frizz free lifestyle? Living Proofholds many faves of mine, most notably the no frizz line. Now they have a No Frizz Nourishing Oil($20.00 // Sephora). An OIL, you say? For this oily head? YES. Because I keep it only from the nape of the neck to the ends. It’s best for coarse hair, so a very little will do ya if you’re just trying to combat weather related frizzies.

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Transition Your Skincare from Winter to Spring

Skincare. Whether you’re 15 or 85, we all need it. In this post I’m telling you about all of the latest skincare products I’ve been playing with and if they’ll be good in the Spring, Winter or even year round! I do have a lot to talk about, so bear with me. They ALL serve a purpose!

Aveeno. I have a ton of Aveeno products that I love! I’m a blogger ambassador for the brand so I get the opportunity to try out most of their items continuously. A few of my favorites are pictured below: Daily Moisturizing Lotion, Moisturizing Body Wash, Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer and (of course) Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes. Aveeno products are fabulous if your skin is sensitive. It’s one of the few brands that use a light fragrance in some of the products and I can actually use without getting itchy. I use these products year round. Pick it up at your local drugstore!

Murad. This is another brand I’m obsessed with. If I didn’t have their Clarifying Cleanser and Clarifying Wipes in bulk I’d be having an anxiety attack right now. In this post I want to let you in on a few other products from the brand that I’m currently loving (but mostly you’ve seen them around on the blog before):

The Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture($72.00 // ULTA Beauty) has been wonderful for nighttime moisturizing. It’s not heavy but it gets the job done… I know this because when I wake up my skin doesn’t feel tight. It’s pricey but you get a lot of product (a little goes a very long way) and in terms of skincare I’ll pay for what works well, particularly if it works just as well (if not better) as a product that costs twice as much.

The Hydrating Toner($28.00 // ULTA Beauty) is something I like to spritz lightly on my face. Because it’s hydrating I give a little extra to my cheeks, which tend to be more dry in the Winter. I switch out this toner for the Clarifying Toner in the Spring/Summer when I don’t need as much hydration.

If you’re oily the Oil-Control Mattifier($39.50 // ULTA Beauty) is something to get on your list ASAP. It’s not a primer, but a product you use before your primer to keep the oiliest parts of your face (like the t-zone) shine-free for a bit longer.

The Advanced Active Radiance Serum($90.00 // ULTA Beauty). I tend to reach for this one more in the Spring and Summer but every once in awhile I do use it in the colder months. This serum contains vitamin C and is fabulous for brightening a dull complexion and it’s lightweight.

The Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips($24.00 // ULTA Beauty) is going to give your lips a more youthful appearance and stave off any sort of wrinkling. I am a freak for never having lip wrinkles so I use this constantly. It’s also a fabulous way to prep your lips for a matte lipstick. It smooths them out so the lipstick won’t feel or look as drying.

The latest product I’m trying from Murad is the Eye Lift Firming Treatment($68.00 // Murad). This treatment comes in the bottle but also includes eye pads to apply the product to your under-eye area. Apply a few pumps to the pad and press under the eye. After 10-15 minutes remove and you’ll see instant improvement. If you continually use this 2-3 a week you’ll see even more improvement even after the first week. For the price the results are impressive!

I use these year round unless noted! You can pick up Murad Skincare at ULTA Beauty.

PIXI Beauty has a treat for your skin – Skintreats! Glowtion Day Dew($22.00 // Target) is a great brightening lotion for day, Glow Mud Mask ($22.00 // Target) helps to absorb oil and fight breakouts and Glow Mud Cleanser ($18.00 // Target) is gentle but contains 5% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and avocado oil for a smoother complexion. The Hydrating Milky Mist($15.00 // Target) isn’t part of the Skintreats line but is still a fabulous addition for those of us that love to have hyaluronic acid in all aspects of our skincare. Use this to prep the skin before moisturizing and applying makeup. Pick up Pixi Skincare at Target!

Elizabeth Arden. The SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster($65.00 // Nordstrom) is non-greasy and perfect for day-time if you need to give your skin a boost while the FLAWLESS FUTURE Powered by Ceramide™ Caplet Serum($60.00 // Nordstrom) works great for evening skin tone and reducing the early signs of wrinkles. This are great for any season!

Yes to Coconut. Yes this is from the same company as Yes to Carrots and Yes to Cucumbers… all the Yes to! Each Yes to line focuses on a specific target issue. Let’s face it, though. Coconut fixes all the things. The items I tried out (below) are the Ultra Hydrating Overnight Eye Balm($15.99 // ULTA Beauty), the Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser($9.99 // ULTA Beauty) and the Ultra Hydrating Facial Mask($15.99 // ULTA Beauty). They ALL smell amazing feel incredible on the skin. Of the three, the Eye Balm is my favorite because when dryness happens wrinkles happen. Also my eyes tend to water and get dry at the outer corner and this balm has prevented it from happening this Winter. For me, these items are great for use in the Winter, but if you’re pretty dry year round, you’ll want them year round! I’m looking to pick up the cleaning wipes, hand cream and eczema relief spray to see how that works for my daughter and I. You can find Yes to products at Target and ULTA Beauty.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa!. Fellow Beauty Blogger Shannon from A Girl’s Gotta Spa! has several skincare items for your body! All of the items smell amazing and make your skin feel great – PLUS I’m happy to report the lotion (shown) that I’ve been using doesn’t make me itch. Perfect all year round! Items are priced from $22.00-$32.00 when purchased separately (or you can buy a set for $76.00 and save a few bucks) and if you sign up for her newsletter you can save 15%! Shop here.

LATHER. This is a fabulous, cruelty free brand that offers everything you need for body, hair, face, aromatherapy and more. I particularly love to use the soaps in any season, but I do like to change up the fragrances. Shop LATHER here.

The Body Shop. I remember even back in high school I loved going in to The Body Shop. Recently I’ve fallen in love with their Hemp Hand Protector($20.00 // The Body Shop). It’s ultra-moisturizing and has been fabulous this Winter for keeping my hands from getting too dry. Right now they’re offering Hemp Hand Protector in limited edition packaging where $2.20 of each sale of the cream will go directly into The Body Shop Foundation, which is “helping to increase awareness around the negative changes happening to our planet and to create positive change”.

Pacifica. I really haven’t met a makeup wipe I haven’t liked and I’d been dying to try out the Pacifica Coco Pure Makeup Removing Wipes($6.99 // Target). Like with most other makeup removing wipes I own I use these year round as the first step in makeup removal before washing my face at night or when I need to remove arm swatches.

Neutrogena. If you’ve read my blog for awhile you know that one of my favorite hand creams all year long for several years now has been the Neutraogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream ($3.97 // Target). Super affordable, super kick butt and keeping my hands feeling nice. It doesn’t absorb quickly but I like to use it at night with gloves while I watch TV. While there is an un-noticable (to me) scent there is also an unscented version available.

AcnEase. This is a brand/product I’ve reviewed years ago and am now currently doing a four-post series on. The series is sponsored, but this mention is not. They have no idea I’m even putting them in this round-up. This is an herbal supplement to combat the evils of acne from the inside. It worked fabulously for me before and it’s working well for me again one month into the new regime. My first post is here and my second post will be coming soon! I’m not a doctor, so consult yours before trying anything new. Buy AcnEase here.

IT Cosmetics. Finally, skincare products from one of my favorite brands! Confidence in a Cream($48.00 // ULTA Beauty) is effective, lightweight and moisturizing. It’s fabulous in the winter and I still think it’ll work well for me in the Summer because it doesn’t sit on the skin. My full review can be found here.

Derma E. The Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50 // ULTA Beauty) is an excellent choice if you’re hopping on that charcoal trend. It’s a mask that helps draw out impurities and gently exfoliate. I’ve read that if you have dry skin this might be irritating for you (it is meant for normal-to-oily skin types), so make sure you start out slowly (once a week).

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a Beauty Lover

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Beauty lovers are the easiest to shop for. It’s almost as though the options are limitless! This week, for Makeup Wars, we’re giving some recommendations on stocking stuffers. Below you’ll find Stocking Stuffer Ideas for a Beauty Lover – and there’s sure to be something that you know they’ll love 😉

Holiday Lips:

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick* (find it at ULTA Beauty). The shade shown below is called Sofia in Love and was made for Sofia Vergara to wear on her wedding day to Joe Manganiello! That basically means it’s the perfect red – there are many other reds to choose from so be sure to check out Red Siren, Red Revenge or Red Rogue!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick (find it at Macy’s). You’ve heard the hype and it’s real. It’s the lip color that won’t quit so it’s the perfect gift! I’m wearing Heathers in this photo and I was SO impressed with how well it lasted through a Christmas party full of eats and drinks.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick (find it at ULTA Beauty). If you’re looking to save money these are the next best thing to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks. The color selection is decent and you have a lot more neutral options than with ABH. I’d recommend buying them online, though… my stores are always sold out of the best colors!!

LUSH Santa Baby (find it at LUSH). My fave lip tint is now in a tube! Seasonally appropriate and it smells, tastes and looks amazing. Buy buy buy!

Hooked on Hair:

Redken* (find it at ULTA Beauty). Three products I’ve been using and loving from Redken are the Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender, Express Primer and Diamond Oil. It’s been a whole other level of hair care for me. The oil is the only one I’ve tried that doesn’t seem to travel up my strands and into the crown of my head making it even more oily. It stays where you put it and to me that’s a miracle. If the giftee enjoys hair care, they need this trio.

For the Brow Obsessed:

Salon Perfect* (find it at Walmart). Have they whined about how they want to try awesome brow gels and powders but they’re so expensive? Hook them up with the Salon Perfect ones at Walmart. Same thing, a third of the cost!

Always Doe-Eyed:

Salon Perfect Lashes* (find it at Walmart). If lashes are worn then you can never ever own enough. I know for my cousin if I handed her a stocking full of false lashes she’d love me forever. The Salon Perfect lashes are available at Walmart and look really good on.

Nudestix* (find it at Sephora). The Nudestix line is full of perfect multi-taskers. Travel-friendly and easy to use you’ll find items that work well on lips, eyes, cheeks and brows! So, if you’re not sure what they’d like this line will cover every single base with minimal product purchasing.

Gaga for Gadgets:

Real Techniques* (find it at ULTA Beauty). If they’re into brushes you need to get them some of the Bold Metals line from Real Techniques. They’re so pretty and the metal handles make them seasonally perfect.

Salon Perfect* (find it at Walmart). Affordable beauty gadgets abound! Who else not only has lashes and brow products but also a handy tool for helping you apply those lashes?! Get on it.

Because They Love Skin Care:

AVEENO* (find it at Target). There is some skin sensitivity up in this house and we are good with Aveeno. If the person you’re stuffing a stocking for is picky about what they can put on their body this line is an excellent choice. There are wonderful items available for the body and also the face.

Murad* (find it at ULTA Beauty). I put a lot of Murad on my face and have recently become very obsessed with the benefits of Vitamin C. They have a lot of products to suit any skin issues (or non-issues) but if your recipient hasn’t checked out the “C” line you must introduce them!

Lather* (find it at lather.com). If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen this one already – but it smells so good it’s landing here too so no one misses out! Lather has 4 options of stocking stuffers that smell amazing. It’s a candle/soap duo that you can get in Lavender, Lemongrass, Vanilla and Cranberry Orange.

Manicure Addicted:

OPI* (find it at ULTA Beauty). OPI has released some gorgeous nail polish sets lately full of fun ways to jazz up core colors. You can also currently find their new Starlight collection in stores now!

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens (find it at Target). I’m not the greatest at nail art but I love to use these pens when I want to doodle a bit on my nails. If your person loves nail art these will be an excellent way for them to customize their looks.

Sinful Colors Nail Polish* (find it at Walgreens). For budget friendly nail polish options Sinful Polish gives you a ton of colors, both neutral and loud. Because they’re so reasonably priced it’s an easy add on to a gift or even easier to fill up an entire stocking with!

Pretty Perfect Nail Polish* (find it at prettyperfect.com). I talked about this brand last year – you can pick a polish and put ANY name you want on it. Everyone likes to see their name on things 😉 Ask someone to marry you with one… there are endless options!

If You’re On a Budget:

ELF* (find it at Target). I originally posted these items on my Instagram but they’re perfect for this post as well because they’re the best at being budget friendly! Basically anything you choose will work so pick what works best for the recipient. There are also some amazing holiday kits out!

Hard Candy* (find it at Walmart). If your recipient loves to bring the fun and flash then Hard Candy is the budget friendly beauty pick for them! Beautiful picks are available for holiday including palettes, kits, lip gloss and even a Disco Lip Gloss ball!

PIXI Beauty* (find it at Target). PIXI has a fabulous collection of core items as well as holiday picks. You’ll find everything you need in this section from holiday sets to lip balms to liners to shadows… anything you can think of!

Pick from the list and mix it up or stock them up on their must-haves (if they love lashes they can never have enough)!

What does the beauty lover in your life want in their stocking this year? Check out what the other Makeup Wars bloggers are recommending by clicking the icons below!

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Taking the #AveenoDailyChallenge for Healthy Skin Month

It’s my birthdayyyyy! =D

Sometimes you just have to shout that 😉 This month, in addition to it being my birthday month (because who doesn’t celebrate their birthday all month?!) it’s also National Healthy Skin Month! In honor of that AVEENO is inviting everyone to take the #AveenoDailyChallenge!

All you have to do join in is:

(1) ACCEPT. Show you’re joining us by posting a picture of the AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion using the hashtag #AveenoDailyChallenge. When used together this duo provide 2x the nourishment to get your skin looking all kinds of healthy and beautiful. Every.Day.

(2) USE IT. Use the duo every day for three weeks and share your experience! You can also share your other favorite pairings (peanut butter & jelly, anyone?!).

^^^ Pretty simple! I can’t wait to see what you guys share!

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Things I Repurchase at the Drugstore

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On my last vacation I got the opportunity to take a hard look at things that I’ve been using lately from the drugstore. As I packed I realized this is the same stuff I always revert to when I need to buy something to replenish what I’ve used. The items photographed here were all received as press samples, however I’ve purchased them myself in the past – some for years.

Aveeno. Did you know Aveeno was the first skincare brand from the drugstore that didn’t make my skin freak out when I touched it? This goes all the way back to when beauty blogs weren’t even a thing and most people didn’t even review their drugstore product purchases online. Before I knew about any other products that would work for me (drugstore and beyond) Aveeno made it possible for me to use body wash and have a bubble bath. There isn’t one thing in their line that my skin can’t handle and I love ’em for it! Some of my faves are pictured below, but seriously buy all the things.

Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Removing Towelettes($6.99 // Target) are a step up from the regular Neutrogena Makeup Removing Towelettes I’ve use in the past. What I love about these is that they remove all of my makeup on light days and don’t leave behind any kind of residue. On heavy makeup days I begin with these before I use my cleanser.

Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid($7.99 // Target) is new to me this year. 9 times out of 10 I’ve bought a Secret Deodorant in the past but this particular one caught my eye because of the words “stress response”. I stress and would like a response in my pits, please. I’ve been loving this one over the Summer because I don’t end up with any underarm staining and it keeps odors in check.

Dove Beauty Bar ($5.19 for 4 // Target). Usually when I use a soap over a body wash I have to use Safeguard, which is an anti-bacterial soap, so my skin doesn’t get angry. Dove Beauty Bar is another one that I can reach for to feel extra moisturized while keeping my skin on the happy side.

London SOHO Products. I say products in general because I buy as many as possible when they hit Walgreens. I went especially ham on the Frozen display. Beauty and the Beast is another of my favorite Disney movies and they hit the mark when creating the line. I’m in love with this SOHO Disney Belle Wristlet (which my daughter promptly stole) and Belle Enchanted Eyes Brush Set($12.99 // Walgreens). Another good buy is the set of SOHO Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges ($12.99 // Walgreens). You get three of them and while they’re not quite as fabulous as the original beautyblender they do get the job done and the finished result is lovely.

Gillette Venus SwirlRazor ($9.99 // Target). Before I started to wax (recently) and still on the places that don’t get waxed my razor of choice is the Gillette Venus Swirl. It gets all the hairs without the cuts and irritation. One of the best I’ve come across in the drugstores.

göt2b guardian angel gloss finish ($4.29 // Target). On the never-ending hunt for a protectant for your hair to use before you flat iron? End it now because the guardian angel is a love. It keeps hair looking sleek, healthy and even helps with the frizz.

Band-Aid® Heal Blister Bandages ($3.69 // Target). In a moment of pure genius (those can be few and far between when you have kids – but that’s a story for another time) I brought the Band-Aids. A lot of Band-Aids. And not the ones that my son needed when he slid into second =\ These ones saved the moms from blisters while walking from field to field for these all day baseball tournaments we’ve had all month long.

What’s your must have non-makeup drugstore product?

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SPF Products I’ve Been Loving This Summer (some may surprise you!)

SPF is more than just the lotion you see popping up in abundance the minute Valentine’s Day ends. Here are a few SPF products (non-makeup) that I’ve been playing around with this Summer and have been loving!

Coppertone has got a plethora of SPF… 9 out of 10 times it’s probably the very first drugstore SPF brand that you’ll think of. Some of my personal faves are the Clearly Sheer*($6.99 // Target) because it’s light and doesn’t make me break out and lotion wise I love the Kids Tear Free*($8.99 // Target) because it has no fragrance, oils or dyes and with my daughters sensitive skin I need to be careful about what we use in terms of a lotion.

I also like a few spray SPF items from Coppertone. Before you get all Judgey McJudgerson about spray SPF I mainly use the Ultra Guard*($9.99 // Target) on myself because it’s quick and I can pop it in the Cabana Boy Spray Applicator (see below) to easily get at my back. The Coppertone Water Babies Lotion Spray($7.99 // Target) is pediatrician recommended and I keep it on hand because my kids go to a day camp where they ask that you send your child with SPF so they can reapply throughout the day. The counselors aren’t allowed to rub a lotion on your child (obv) so they tell you spray only unless your kid is older and can do it themselves. Mine are too lazy about SPF still to bother with a lotion. Spray it is. This particular spray is one that I purchased at Walmart and it came in a pack with a face stick so that they aren’t spraying at their faces, which you shouldn’t be doing anyway.

Cabana Boy Spray Applicator* ($9.99 // My Cabana Boy). I reviewed this last year but it’s still one of my fave Summer things. You can’t always have someone around to apply spray lotion to your back and maybe you just don’t want some random touching you (who would?!). This is great for getting the hard to reach places when you’re alone and heading out into the sun.

It’s clearly no secret I’m obsessed with Aveeno products and have been for a long time. This brand was one of the first I found, even before starting my blog 6 years ago, that didn’t make my skin itch. Back then the internet was around, but blogs weren’t what they are now so to find something that worked for you without having any type of expert to lean on was a big deal. They’ve got moisturizers available specifically for the face like the Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen*($7.99 // Target) and also other skin friendly SPF’s in the Protect + Hydrate Line*($7.99 // Target) as well as in the Positively Radiant Line*($11.59 // Target). I love these because they’re light and my skin never takes issue with ANY of them.

Can I get an AMEN for theMurad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield*($65.00 // Sephora). I don’t know if you can tell from the pic, but it’s already half gone (which actually isn’t that bad – I’ve used it several times a week since April). It saved my makeup wearing butt while I was sweating in Las Vegas and saved my face from burning while we walked around. Couple that with the Murad Essential-C Day Moisture*($60.00 // Sephora) for extra SPF and skin repair and you have yourself a major Summer winner! These are the priciest items you’ll find on this list and I’d absolutely repurchase them over and over.

Kiehl’smakes fabulous skin care all around so when you couple an amazing brand with sun protection there are sure to be some fabulous picks. A couple of items I’m loving from them lately are the Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+* ($38.00 // Nordstrom), the Activated Sun ProtectorTM Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Water-Light Lotion for Face and Body* ($25.00 // Nordstrom) and the Clearly Corrective™ Dark Circle Perfector with SPF 30* ($38.00 // Nordstrom). This trio protects as well as provides the extra benefits of skincare.

SPF for your hair?! TBH I’d never heard of it until I saw the new items from Sun Bum! I love to use the Sun Bum Beach Formula Shampoo* ($17.99 // ULTA Beauty) to cleanse the oils out of my hair and then use the 3-in-1 Leave In* ($14.99 // ULTA Beauty) before I head out the door. When I want a beach look I skip conditioner and go right for the Sea Spray* ($14.99 // ULTA Beauty) for lazy waves or I pack it in my beach bag to look halfway decent after pool hour. I’ve also been digging the Sun Bum Zinc Oxide* ($10.00 // Nordstrom) because it’s clear and has Aloe & Vitamin E. I use this as extra protection for the places on my body that burn the easiest like my chest and shoulders, though this is also good for the face.

For those of you that have scars (and let’s be honest most of us have at least one) know that there’s a scar cream out there to protect scars as well as reduce their appearance. Mederma Scar Cream + SPF 30* ($20.99 // Walgreens) is clinically shown to improve the appearance of scars while the included SPF will help prevent sunburn on your scars. Might as well kill two birds with one stone!

What is your favorite non-makeup SPF item? I’d love to discover some more new ones!

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10 Dry Shampoo Brands to Check Out

Dry shampoo. Why are there so many?! Why you do this to me, beauty brands?! Not all dry shampoos are created equal and with so many different hair types out there not all of them are going to be a fit for you. Here are a few of my personal faves as well as a few of my friends faves. Hopefully it’ll help you out in your seemingly endless search for the perfect dry shampoo (I’ve been there!).

Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo ($8.99 // ULTA Beauty)*. Aveeno Pure Renewal has a great, light fragrance to it and works well for mild to moderate oily hair. This is also a nice one to add volume. Note that this isn’t a clear formula so you’ll need to rub it in just a bit to help it absorb. Sulfate-free.

Schwarzkopf styliste ULTÎME Dry Shampoo ($6.97 // Walmart)*. This is awesome for those heavy oil days to soak up every bit and last that way for the day. I found that this one provides great volume and texture, so it works very well for when you want to absorb the oil but also wear your hair up in a style.

Rusk Deepshine Color Care Invisible Dry Shampoo ($12.50 // drugstore.com)*. I’m a lover of the texturizing spray so it’s only natural I’d love the dry shampoo also! This is great for absorbing oil and styling. Bonus: it’s invisible and talc-free!

Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo ($23.47 // Amazon)*. While this one is one of the pricier dry shampoos it’s one of the best I’ve personally tried. I probably only need to spray half as much as I usually would on a less expensive dry shampoo and I still get the same results. I do with for the price it was an invisible spray, BUT I let that slide because it works so well.

aussie Total Miracle Collection 7N1 Dry Shampoo ($3.47 // Walmart)*. What is 7N1? 7 benefits in every spray: a 1st day clean look, a boost of freshness, lightweight fullness, color protection, a refreshed feel, a matte finish, and an Aussome scent <— truth. Great price and great results.

Dove Dry Shampoo ($3.94 // Walmart)*. If you have a heavy oil day this one probably won’t be for you. BUT, if you’re looking for just a quick touch-up to your roots while keeping your hair looking clean then this is a good/inexpensive way to go. I love the scent, too!

Biotera Dry Shampoo ($6.50 // Sally Beauty)*. There are several different types of dry shampoo from Biotera including Scalp Refresh, Color Care and Invisible. This is nice because if you’re looking for one to help with color refresh then you get Color Care… is you want the Cooling Mint get the Scalp Refresh, or just go with the regular Invisible Dry Shampoo, which is usually what I grab because I’m simplistic like that (FYI I have color treated hair and don’t necessarily need to use the Color Care. Regular Invisible works just fine!).

Klorane Dry Shampoo ($17.45 // Amazon)*. This is another one with options! Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is awesome for all hair types while the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle works best with oilier hair. There are also tinted versions available. Klorane is a bit more expensive, but again it’s one that you don’t need to use as much with and the Nettle really works well at keeping the oil at bay for a long period of time. They’re also both free of silicones, parabens, sulfates and sodium chloride.

Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo ($5.99 // ULTA Beauty). This is another that is great if you just need a bit of sprucing up. It’s a light and gentle dry shampoo to give a nice refresh.

Christophe Dry Shampoo ($16.99 // Christophe)*. I reviewed this awhile ago and to this day it’s still one of my top picks. It’ll tame the oil, give the volume and not leave any sort of residue behind. It has a buddy called Dry Conditioner also, and it’s pretty sweet 😉 Read another review here.

Also not pictured.. I love Batiste ($7.99 // ULTA Beauty)! I actually ran out =( but that is an awesome one for my oily top, frizz bottom hair type!

What dry shampoo is your favorite? LMK in the comments below and also please share your hair type (just in case someone with a similar hair type is on the look out)!

*Products marked with a * by the name were received as press samples. Any others were purchased with my own funds. I work with Aveeno as a brand ambassador. This post also contains some affiliate links.

AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Sheer Hydration Lotion Photos + Review

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In this house it’s not easy to find a lotion that works for everyone. I have sensitive skin that likes to react at random, my son’s skin gets intensely dry in patches (though not as much as when he was even younger than he is now) and my daughter’s skin is the most sensitive of all, sometimes even requiring a prescription ointment. One of the best lines of defense I’ve found through the years is keeping a lotion on hand that doesn’t cause any of our skin to react. It seems like when we keep the body hydrated (inside and out) flare-ups happen less often. The less I have to put a medicated ointment on my child’s skin, the better. One of the very best brands I’ve found at the drugstore for lotions is AVEENO.

The latest addition to AVEENO’s line-up of moisturizers is the AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Sheer Hydration Lotion. This lotion goes on feather-light and is naturally hydrating because it’s formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS Colloidal Oatmeal (which contains five vital nutrients found in healthy skin: proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, polysaccharides and lipids). For 24 hours your skin feels soft, hydrated and replenished. Because it’s a sheer lotion it absorbs in seconds without sacrificing any of the benefits allowing your skin to look and remain healthy.

Still not sure?Take the tissue test! Apply one pump of the AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Sheer Hydration Lotion and rub it into the skin for 15 seconds. Press the tissue on your hand and snap your fingers to feel the end result!

What’s your favorite product from AVEENO?

AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Sheer Hydration Lotion is available now at food, drug and mass merchandisers nationwide for an SRP of $6.99 (12oz bottle) & $9.57 (18oz bottle). Dermatologist recommended, non-comedeogenic, fragrance-free and non-greasy.

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7 Beauty Products to Help You Survive Summer

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It’s only Spring but the temperature change has been so drastic (I’m talking negative temperatures one week up to 80 the next) that it’s got me thinking about Summer. Why? Because that swift switch to hot made me sweat glow. New beauty products launch every year so here are a few old favorites that I love to use in the Summer as well as some new products I’m dying to try.

  1. Sephora Collection The Art of Braid Hair Kit($18.00 // Sephora). I love a good braid. It’s perfect for keeping hair out of the eyes while you’re swimming and it’s a bit fancier than a pony tail for keeping your hair off of your neck. My daughter also loves a good braid, but not because she’s trying to be me. She’s trying to be Elsa. Regardless, this kit has all the things for the perfect braid and teaches you how to do it. It’s at the top of my list to buy this Summer!
  2. Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes($6.47 // Walmart). Not all makeup removal wipes are created equal and I’ve found these ones from Aveeno to be one of the best for removing as much makeup as possible. Or sand dirt that inevitably will get all over you.
  3. Pür Minerals Pout Pen($20.00 // Kohl’s). Hot lips are where it’s at and you’re going to want one that’ll stick around awhile. The Pout Pens are vibrant and leave a stain plus they have a balm on the other side to keep it comfortable and fresh.
  4. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara($24.00 // Macy’s). While this mascara isn’t marked as “waterproof” it is deemed “water-resistant” and let me tell you. I wore this one day where I bawled my freaking eyes out. Hard. You know when all was said and done DH said to me “wow your makeup still looks really good”. I haven’t tried it in a pool, but I plan to this Summer. Never leave me, Benefit Roller Lash.
  5. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+($38.00 // ULTA Beauty). Not only does this have awesome coverage it doesn’t feel heavy at all and even if I “glow” a bit my skin still stays flawless all day. Bonus: SPF 50+ (though you do still need to wear your sunscreen underneath… better to be over-prepared!).
  6. The Entire Sonia Kashuk Sahara Sunset Collection(Pricing Varies). Normally I wouldn’t mention a limited edition collection in a round-up such as this, but omg you guys… maybe my heart skipped two beats when I saw this line. All the things are major must-haves for me this Summer. If I could only pick two things it’d for sure be the Sahara Sunset Eye Shadow Palette – Desert Escape($19.99 // Target) and the Sonia Kashuk Sahara Sunset Highlighter – Arabian Dreams ($19.99 // Target). Please live in my life you beautiful collection.
  7. Essie Turquoise & Caicos Nail Polish ($8.50 // Walgreens). This is a widespread Summer favorite nail polish – bright and fun… the Summer blue of ocean love!

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What are your favorite beauty items for surviving the Summer heat?

*This post is sponsored by Shop at Home. All recommendations & opinions are my own.

Top 10 Spring Break Beauty Essentials

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Spring Break. Some good times are had on Spring Break. In college I went to Cancun with my sorority sisters and while we had some interesting adventures (like being on MTV!) we definitely over-packed our beauty items. In an effort to help you pack a bit lighter I’ve put together a list of ten essentials that every Spring Break-er needs to have in their bags.

Eyeshadows. A palette that will easily take you from day to night is best and will definitely save space because it’s the only one you’ll need to bring. One of my faves is the NYX Makeup Suede Color Palette($11.99 // ULTA Beauty). It’s got the easy, warm shimmery hues for day but also has a variety of deeper jewel-toned shades so you can mix it up at night.

Bronzer. Even if you slather yourself in SPF a bit of color is likely going to happen. Enhance it with a beautiful bronzer that adds glow like the IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer($34.00 // ULTA Beauty). Since it’s got several shades happening you can make it as deep or light as you need.

Blush. You’ll need the pigment, you’ll need the staying power. ColourPop Super Shock Cheek($8.00 // ColourPop) is where it’s at. I have 5 of the shades (shown here) and out of those Holiday would be my pick to take in my bag.

Mascara. I don’t know about you, but I loathe waterproof mascara. It doesn’t do for me what regular mascara does. For Spring Break, I’d totally splurge on getting eyelash extensions for beach/pool time. For the extra evening oomph add a coat of either Milani Total Lash Cover ($5.49 // CVS) or Benefit Roller Lash($24.00 // Sephora).

Brows. I’m seriously lacking in the brow department, so I could never not take brow products on Spring Break. My favorite is the IT Cosmetics Your Brows But Better Brow Power Skinny Pencil aka YBBB($24.00 // Ulta) . For something even more ridiculously budge proof try the IT Cosmetics Build-a-Brow ($24.00 // Ulta). My top brow products are listed here.

Lip Balm. You really don’t need to go heavy on the lips while on Spring Break. For the most part your at the beach and in the evening it’s not like you’re going anywhere fancy. Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm($8.00 // Target) gives the right amount of color, awesome moisture and is easy to reapply.

Ridiculously Bright Nail Polish. And by bright I mean NEON. Luckily with Summer just around the corner there are options. One of my favorite bright collections I have here now is the Electric Nights Collection from China Glaze($7.50 // ULTA Beauty) – stay tuned for full collection swatches.

Beach Spray. Matted and weird, straight out of the pool should never be a thing. No one has the pretty hair we see when movie stars get out of the pool. Get at your hair with a beachy wave spray. My faves are Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray($27.00 // Sephora) and Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray($8.99 // ULTA Beauty).

Makeup Wipes. Vacation is time for lazy.. and also when you get back from all of your shenanigans you’ll still want to remove that makeup. Keep makeup wipes on hand.. because – lazy girls best friend. One of my current favorites are the Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes($6.99 // ULTA Beauty) because they’re gentle but remove everything. They even work at removing my eye makeup without leaving behind that gross film on my contacts. Oh, and soy extract for moisture. Winning. All the things.

It should go without saying that you DO need some items with SPF, particularly for day. My faves for this are Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen($10.99 // ULTA Beauty) which comes in SPF 30-70 and is sweat-proof and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes; and Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm($7.50 // Sephora). I have these in every room in the house, every pocket, every car… love.

What beauty items are packed in your bag for Spring Break? See what the other bloggers have on their lists by clicking the icons below!!

*Items marked with an * are press samples sent by a representative for the brand. I’m also an Aveeno Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links.