12.29.2015

Lots of Love for Davines Melu Shampoo + Conditioner


Last time I went to get my hair done, my hairdresser was telling me about how much she loved a particular shampoo and conditioner and was kind enough to send me home with two sample containers for me to try. After using my samples one time, I texted her to say I was stopping in to pick up the full-size containers of each ASAP.

The aforementioned products are Davines Melu Shampoo ($25) and Conditioner ($29). The Melu line is geared towards long and damaged hair, and although length-wise, my hair doesn't really fit the bill, ever since I started coloring it earlier this year, my locks have been begging for products to nourish them.

The shampoo does a great job of cleansing my hair, without stripping and drying out my roots. The star of the duo, however, is the conditioner. It's housed in a container with a flip top, rather than a bottle, because of its incredibly thick consistency. It has the texture of a balm more than a traditional conditioner, and I tend to apply a quarter-sized amount to the bottom half of my hair, where it needs the most help. Despite its heavy consistency, it washes out completely and doesn't weigh down my grease-prone hair. And although not specifically formulated for color-treated hair, I find that I can safely use the Melu duo without experiencing any stripping of color.

If you've followed me for a long time, you'll know that I'm generally a drugstore hair care kinda girl, with the exception of a few styling products. However, after a few bad experiences with some drugstore products stripping my color, I was ready for a change. With the Davines Melu pair being one of my first high-end shampoo and conditioner purchases, I can safely say that yes, sometimes you really do get what you pay for, and these are certainly worth their price tags.


12.26.2015

A Fun Skincare Pick-Me-Up: Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

I have an arsenal of masks that excel at providing hydration, purification and exfoliation, but when I read about the Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask, the promise of something new and different piqued my interest.

The Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recover Mask ($69) is aimed at perking up tired, dull and lackluster skin, and although the effects are subtle, I find it to be a fun skincare pick-me-up, especially after a long day or in preparation for a big event. It feels unlike anything I've tried before. It goes on light and clear, initially, but it immediately starts to foam up and bubble intensely (not tingling...it actually kinda tickles more than anything). After a few minutes, once the bubbles have subsided and the mask goes back to its original, clear state, it's ready to be rinsed off. It leaves the skin feeling softly hydrated, revitalized and invigorated, managing to do so in the quickest, gentlest way possible. 

The mask is more of a nice-to-have than a true must-have, but I'm always impressed when brands think outside the box and release products that are different and interesting. Well done, Dr. Brandt. Well done.



Disclosure: This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. I am not affiliated with the company, nor am I getting paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are based solely on my own experience with the product.

12.22.2015

BECCA Ombre Rouge Palette

I'll be the first to admit I have an eyeshadow problem...more specifically, an eyeshadow palette problem. The problem is I can't stop myself from wanting more of them. Anyway, thanks to my Sephora VIB Rouge coupon, my main beauty purchase this month was the BECCA Ombre Rouge Palette. #noregrets
BECCA's original release was the Ombre Nudes Palette, which I was indifferent about, after swatching it a few times. When they released the Ombre Rouge Palette, however, the purple tones and the warm brown made this color palette more up my street. I've been looking to add more matte eyeshadows to my collection (my current favorite formula is Burberry's), because I've found a lot of other formulas apply a bit patchy on me, despite swatching smoothly. 

BECCA Ombre Rouge Palette ($40) appears to be a mostly matte palette, although the second and third shades from the left are more of soft satin finishes than true mattes. Compared to the Ombre Nudes Palette, this one has more rosy and purple-toned nudes. In general, I find the shades apply darker on the skin than they appear in the palette.
Wearing the middle shade on the lid and the warm brown shade (second from the right) blended through the crease
The key with this palette is to not judge it based on how it looks in the pan or how it swatches on the skin. Both are somewhat boring and underwhelming, in my opinion. Once worn on the lids, however, these shadows come to life. The satin finish shades are beautiful. I love wearing either one as an all-over lid shade. The three other matte shades apply smoothly and never appear patchy or chalky in the slightest. These shadows blend beautifully and really adhere to lid, making the lasting power fantastic.

In terms of a multi-tasking, staple workhorse neutral palette that truly performs, this is it. All the shades mix and match together so well that it makes eyeshadow combinations a breeze to figure out in the morning when I'm basically doing my makeup half asleep.


12.20.2015

3 Winter Body Care Must-Haves


Even though the winters are pretty mild in southern California, I can always sense a change in my skin when the temperatures start to drop a bit. In the warmer months, when I'm feeling lazy, I can tend to get away with not moisturizing my body everyday, and my skin wouldn't necessarily know the difference. In the winter, however, if I skimp on the moisturizer one night, my skin is uncomfortably itchy, dry and ashy the next day. These are three body care products I've been relying on to amp up the hydration level:

::1:: Acure Ultra-Hydrating Body Wash
I've tried a few Acure products here and there in the past, without strong feelings one way or the other, but their collection of body washes caught my eye one day while I was at Sprouts. This ultra-hydrating one contains ingredients like organic virgin coconut oil, organic argan oil and organic pumpkin. It's luxuriously creamy and has a yummy sweet coconut scent. It's moisturizing without leaving a greasy film or residue on the skin.

::2:: Shea Moisture Olive & Green Tea Bath, Body & Massage Oil with Avocado
I picked this one up after hearing someone mention it was nice for shaving...and I wholeheartedly agree. Not only does it give a smooth shave, but it leaves my skin feeling extra hydrated and supple all day. There are several different scents to choose from, and I like that the scent lingers on the skin for hours on end.

::3:: Trader Joe's Pumpkin Body Butter
Trader Joe's Body Butter is quite possibly the best body moisturizer I've tried at this price point. It's incredibly thick and creamy, and it provides a hefty dose of hydration and locks in the moisture all day. I prefer using it before bed, because it takes some time to sink into the skin. It also smells delicious; I only wish the fragrance would stick around a bit longer. At only $5 a pot, though, you really can't go wrong.


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