There is nothing I enjoy more than a good magazine and a great face mask to help me wind down after a long day. Some people love a glass of wine, a good meal or even some exercise - I just want to pamper my skin and read beauty news. To each their own I suppose. But what I love even more than a regular mask, is a peel off mask - eek! So fun! And one that detoxifies and removes dirt and debris from my pores - double fun!! I am new to the First Aid Beauty brand (check out their whole range here), and was excited when they sent over some products for me to test drive. Naturally I can't resist anything that will help me keep my hormonal and acne prone skin clear, so I jumped on trying the Skin Rescue Purifying Mask first. Yes my pores were clean after, yes my skin was smoother and softer post masking, but the kicker for this was how easy it was to remove. No pulling or irritation when I went to take it off, and it's great at dealing with my stubborn t-zone shine. If it's already performing this well in the winter, I suspect it will become a summer staple. Boom! I'm a skincare psychic.
Because I spend so much of my clothing budget on work-place friendly attire, I often forget about my off time/weekend wear. Pajama pants are not acceptable outside of my apartment door, no matter how tired I may be. So I have made an effort over the past few months to pick up pieces here and there that can be thrown together to make a fun casual outfit, but is still ridiculously comfortable. In other words, a fun sweater, distressed skinny jeans and the most comfortable boots imaginable. I repurpose this sweater and boots for work all the time, so in my mind I'm driving down the cost per wear which makes the budget-er/fiscally responsible me (she is in there surprisingly) very happy. And yes, these Rag & Bone Newbury boots are as comfortable as everyone says. I thought it was a myth but frankly they are so lightweight, it's like walking on air. A total splurge but worth every penny. Just call me the enabler. Sorry I'm not sorry.
Skincare is my jam. Makeup is my jam. Hair products - meh. I never get too excited about hair products probably because I don't do too much with my hair other than blow it out. Now mind you, I do a fierce blow out but that's because I have finally learned how to deal with my naturally curly hair after all these years. Since I have such a minimal hair routine, I want products that work well with my oily scalp yet still give me that squeaky clean hair feel that I love. After a few months of using each, these three products have all but eradicated every other product in my shower currently. I still throw in a daily shampoo/conditioner here and there, but since I only wash my hair 3-4x/wk, these are taking up most of my hair washing time.
1. Neutrogena Shampoo Anti-Residue Formula - This is actually the one product that is not new to my regimen and has been a staple for years, however I had forgotten about it and only rediscovered it 2 months ago. I was perusing the aisles looking to satiate my beauty fix (I love a good drugstore raid), and there is was sitting there like a long lost friend. This shampoo takes squeaky clean to a whole new level - and my hair always looks it shiniest and freshest after a dose of this once a week.
2. John Frieda Full Repair Hydrate + Rescue Deep Conditioner - The problem with hair masques is that they ALWAYS weigh my hair down, making it feel heavy and limp. I always try them with such high hopes, only to have it shattered post blow dry when I am forced to put my hair into a pony tail. This was the exact opposite. My hair felt soft, nourished, hydrated and super duper bouncy - exactly the way I want it to feel and look. Again used once a week just on the ends is all I need for optimal results.
3. Julien Farel Anti-Aging Haircare Vitamin Restore (c/o) - Scalp treatments are a whole new world to me as I have always just focused on the hair itself, but I have to say it makes perfect sense. I have seen so many come out over the past few years, and what is more essential than ensuring a healthy scalp to have healthy hair? Duh. This is my first scalp treatment I have tried and it's made me feel like I have been missing out all this time. It is a tad more unique than other products I have used because it is applied to dry hair along the hair line, smoothing the product through the hair and then emulsifying with water. (Here is a great tutorial video on how to apply) Designed to regenerate and revitalize the hair, I use it once/wk in place of any shampoo and conditioner and have found my hair to be stronger with less breakage with an overall healthier look.