December’s Beauty Round Up

Beauty, Lifestyle

December is a busy month for pretty much everyone. In between shopping for presents and staying on top of work, you have to squeeze in the holiday parties, cookie making, card sending (My family card picture is below), and more.

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It’s easy to let our self-care fall aside during this time, and while this can manifest itself in many ways, for me, it usually looks like letting the little things fall to the side. I suddenly forget to take my vitamins, and it’s harder to wash my face at night, when I’m already tired because it’s dark at 6pm. What drives me crazy is that I know better. I know taking care of myself is even more important in the winter months, even when it comes to your skin. So this December, while I concentrated on drinking water and remembering to take my vitamins, I also focused my efforts on pampering my skin, keeping it healthy and hydrated.

If there’s one thing I need to learn more about (there are a lot of things) it’s oils. But this December I got the chance to try one when I received an order full of family Christmas gifts from Sephora. With the order, I received a Youth to the People Maqui and Açaí Prickly Pear Gigi Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil sample. Youth to the People’s website claims that the oil’s ingredients help fight free radicals, revive dull skin, hydrate, and soften lines.

I tried it and I did end up loving it. It did make my skin feel more hydrated than usual, and every time I use it I definitely notice my skin looking a little brighter immediately after application. Will I buy it once my sample runs out? Maybe, but I’ll probably want to try some other brightening oils first to see which one I like best (this one will be some pretty tough competition).

My brightening run didn’t end with oil. I also used a brightening face mask in December.

I got the Lapcos Pearl mask from my Allure Beauty Box during its partnership with Anthropologie. Lapcos, a Korean beauty brand, has many different sheet masks in its metallic collection. The Pearl mask is said to brighten skin and revitalize dark spots. Once again, I did see immediately changes after using the mask, and I love when my face glows so I was pretty happy with this mask. Also, Korean beauty is really big right now so it was fun to get to try the brand.

Finally, my last product to round out this roundup is the Patchology FlashPatch Eye Gels.

My eyes are the bane of my skincare routine. For some reason, I didn’t start using masks specifically for my eyes until about a year ago. Now I’m eager to experiment with any eye mask I can get my hands on. This one did not disappoint. I’m obsessed. This is a product I’m planning on purchasing in the near future. It felt so nice on my eyes, calming and cooling. Also, I love how the little mask gels are a bit sparkly (not the gel that gets on you, just the mask). These eye gels are supposed to revitalize eyes hours after they are removed. They have caffeine to get rid of puffiness and the rest of the ingredients help moisturize the eye area, encourage collagen production, and brighten the eye area. All-in-all, I love them. You might even be able to call them my current obsession.

Ok, well that’s my current beauty round up for December, the products that are keeping me refreshed and moisturized. Do you have any winter go-to’s? If so, let me know! I’m always looking for new products to try.

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3 Hair Products That Changed My Life

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Hey all, a lot of people seemed to really enjoy my makeup post so today I decided to write about three hair products that have seriously changed my life.

I have curly hair, but not that cute curly hair that some people have. No, I have annoying curls with at least three different curl patterns. My top layer of hair is wavy at best. Then, underneath, I have a mixture of spiral curls and zig-zag curls (forget the technical terms).

For years, I dealt with frizzy, uncontrollable hair. As I got older, some of my hair problems worked themselves out, but I still wasn’t comfortable wearing my hair down naturally, and it takes forever to straighten or “curl.” Finally, in college, I realized lots of girls wore their natural hair down and it looked great regardless of the texture. So I started doing my research.

1. Bumble and Bumbles Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

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The first thing I was introduced to was Bumble and Bumbles Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil. I first learned about this product through one of my favorite writer’s blog. Admittedly, it’s expensive and I originally had a hard to purchasing it, but I realized it was an investment and I took the plunge. Let me tell you, it was worth it! It’s lasted me years (I’m still on my first bottle of it), it smells great, and it works great at decreasing frizz and increasing shine. If you’re not ready to take the plunge, there are lots of other affordable options as well. I also use Garnier’s Triple Nutrition Marvelous Oil.

 

2. OGX’s Coconut Curls Shampoo and Conditioner

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After I did some reading, I realized that some ingredients were better for my hair and some were worse. I started reading up on shampoos that were recommended for my hair, and I happened across OGX’s Quenching Coconut Curls Shampoo and Conditioner. Coming from a family with a ton of girls, paying $7.99 for a small bottle of shampoo seemed pretty steep, but I realized that it works great and by myself, it actually lasts for awhile. It also made brushing my hair so much easier and my curls came through so well after I used it.

 

3. Not Your Mother’s Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Curl Defining Combing Cream

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So my mom brought this product home for my little sister. She has rocking curls, but needs products for them too. I also happen to love mango so when I saw that on the bottle, I knew I had to try it out. And I did, and I loved it. Not Your Mother’s Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower and Mango Butter comes in at a smooth $8.99 and it’s worth every penny. Oh my gosh, my curls looked so great the first time that I used this that I went out and bought my own bottle of it.

Ok, so these are three hair products that changed my life and made me love my natural curls. After using these products, my hair looks pretty down. I don’t worry about frizz or weird multi-level curls. Got any go-to hair products? Any suggestions? Let me know!

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