Defying Expectations

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Pantene Pro- V Age Defy 3 Peice Starter Kit, $9.97

So this product seemed to be calling to me from the shelves of drugstores and pages of magazines lately because it totally purports to fix a lot of the problems I’m having with my hair as of late. But I have a bunch of shampoo and conditioners living in my bathroom and I’m loyal to my Phylia de’ M stuff, but that later is just so prohibitively expensive, I needed options, I love options. Read More

Like Herbal Essences but for Cats

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Four Paws Magic Coat Tearless Shampoo for Cats & Kittens with Protein & Lanolin $7.47

I love to try weird beauty things, especially if they will save me money. Despite appearances and my love of beauty products, I do like saving money. Anyway. My cat, one of them, gets very stressed if I am stressed or if anyone else in the house is. And when he gets sympathy stress, he well, he gets sick, and by sick I mean stomach issues (no details necessary) and then he needs a bath.

 I promise this eventually ends up on a beauty issue. Read More

Love & Toast

Love & Toast Daily Shampoo with White Tea & Mint

$9.99

More Info HERE

I was really in need of new shampoo after I dyed my hair that was safe to use daily but would not weigh my hair down. I have about three in rotation right now, but none seemed to be getting the job done, blame it on the switch in the weather, but my hair has been anything but awesome recently.

Enter Love & Toast Shampoo. Packaged in a cute square container with a pump and the most adorable label I was instantly in love. I love the scent of mint, and I feel like I get a lot of the gunk out of my hair with this stuff. It’s nothing particularly special but its a great standby basic daily shampoo, that agrees with my colored hair, and looks adorable in your shower. I like it the most because it’s a daily shampoo that’s formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, mineral oil, propylene glycol, retinol, sulfates, or synthetic color, which is hard to find.

Basically, we all need a daily shampoo thats no frills and gets the job done. This daily shampoo fits the bill, but  honestly, that bottle design  is perfection and I really love the pump dispenser.

*Above image used without permission from HERE

It might as well be winter, dry skin hits early, and other tales.

Weleda Calendula Line

$12.50 to $16.50

More info HERE

One of my favorite sources for products is the aisle in the drug store devoted to babies. Not only because these products are generally cheaper but because they are typically more gentle, super moisturizing and have the cleanest scents.

Enter Weleda baby products.

This line is amazing and has the most relaxing, calming, soft scent ever. I use the Calendula Oil, Calendula Diaper Care and Calendula Shampoo/Body Wash. Each product has that irresistible light scent and all of them soften really well without leaving a residue behind.

The Oil, is amazing. I don’t really use body lotion because its really just an extra step that I am not willing to do, especially not in the winter because my bathroom is SO cold. Enter oils. I slather these on at the end of my shower, and I don’t have to moisturize when I get out. The soft, clean scent lingers, but does not compete with whatever perfume I am wearing that day. I have only used this oil during the warmer months, so I can’t vouch for its its moisturizing properties during the winter, but during the summer at least, I was never left greasy or sticky, just perfectly moisturized.

The stand out of this bunch though is the Diaper Care. OMG. This is the most perfect hand cream ever. Whenever I complain about my cuticles being ragged or dry, it is because I am not using this.  Diaper Care, is super thick, almost like frosting. While it does not sink in immediately, the greasy hands aspect goes away quicker than most other really thick hand creams.  Diaper Care also has that scent I can’t get enough of, making this the most perfect hand cream for colder weather.

If having Diaper Care in your bag is not something you can get down with, then you can do what I do and put it into a travel jar. I like the travel jars from Whole Foods, they sell them in the Beauty section. They are a dark indigo blue and super sleek. I use these for everything, from face cleanser to toner, which I put in their blue mini spray bottles. Not only do you not have to carry around the Diaper Care tube, but the jar is much smaller than the tube and it is way more user friendly.

The Shampoo/Body Wash is also super moisturizing. But its really not a product that stands out as a body wash. The best part is that its great for travel when you want to carry less stuff, because the Body Wash is also a Shampoo. As a shampoo I like it more, it moisturizing enough without weighing my baby fine hair down and I don’t have to use conditioner.  I also use this a lot when I am at home and I am feeling lazy and know I am just going to let my hair air dry, its a nice balance and generally less work on my part.

If for no other reason, the scent of these products is pretty much perfection and enough of a reason to try them out, but if I had to pick just one, it would  be the Diaper Care.

*Above image used without permission from HERE

Channel your inner hippie

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, Baby Mild Liquid Soap

$16.99

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Oh, Dr. Bronner’s, how I’ve been using your forever. I never totally bought into it, that was until I tried the baby version. Read More

Big News


Lush Big Shampoo, $24.00

More info HERE

Not gonna lie. I was really skeptical about this product. I mean honestly, have you seen it. It looks like oatmeal or tapioca pudding. It has salt and natural oils in it and it just looks like something you are not supposed to put in your hair.

Regardless, this product turned my hair into normal hair. The state of my hair prior to using this was, well simply a huge mess. I used a deep conditioner that I really should have known better to use. It was too oily  for my fine hair and even after two blow-dries my hair looked looked like I had not showered for days. It was really bad.

I had a generous sample of this for about 6 months just taunting me in my cabinet. I finally decided to use it. I was really skeptical, so I used it on a night where I had to do nothing.

I used it. It was weird at first, definitely something to get used to, as it is texture was thick, clumpy and odd. But the results were astonishing. My hair had honestly not looked this good in months. It was amazing.

My hair has taking a beating with poor eating habits (sorry Mom!) and stress. This resulted in lack of shine, flyaway’s from hair breakage, hair loss, lack of volume basically a product marketers dream  (I have tried everything trying to bring my hair back). After a rather sloppy blow dry, my hair was bouncy, full and shiny. Seriously bouncy, a word I have never used in a serious way to describe my hair, but for real, it was bouncy.  The flyways were almost non-existent as was my frizz. I could not stop smelling and touching my hair. It just does something magic and the weird texture is something you have to just get over.

Overall the gist is you basically get awesome results with just one product. On the other hand, the awesome results might have been deep to my deep condition the day before (in case your wondering, it was with Wen).

Update: This product contains sodium lauryl sulfates, so  I won’t be purchasing the full size product of  this which is really sad because it truly is a super awesome product.

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