2.23.2017

Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam Review

Y'all know I am all about the newest beauty gadget or technology--did you see my post on what's new in the beauty world? The product I'm sharing today was on that list!

Celeb hair stylist, Jen Atkin, released her hair care line Ouai last year. It's been mentioned a few times on here. But her Dry Shampoo Foam is what recently caught my attention. Dry? Foam? What? After some testing, I'm here to share what I think.


Where to get it?
Sephora

How much?
$28

Which hair type is it good for?
✔ Straight
✔ Wavy
✔ Curly

What it is:
A waterless cleansing foam to remove oil and product buildup from dry hair.

Key benefits:
- Refreshes hair between washes
- Gently cleanses
- Detangles strands

If you want to know more…
This quick-drying, waterless cleansing foam removes oil, product excess, and buildup. Perfect for second, third, or fourth day hair, it leaves strands feeling cleansed, conditioned, and ready to be re-styled as desired.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

What else you need to know:
Cruelty-free

How to use it:

Use a pingpong sized amount of foam. The foam itself is waterless and more like shaving cream than a mousse. 


Apply to roots and throughout the hair. This will look crazy (see pic above) but it will work.

Rub in the foam throughout hair to disperse it, kind of like you are washing your hair with shampoo. It takes just a minute or so. Let hair dry--this was only in the areas where I put a little too much. It gives some volume once it dries.

My thoughts: the scent is very strong. I smelled it all day. This is a love or hate it scent. I didn't mind it but I was told by others they didn't like the scent. I did apply it throughout my hair, so maybe that's why I could really smell it.



I felt that it really did work, but for my hair type, I didn't really like it. I think if you had oily hair or fine hair it would work better. But for me, I love the idea but will stay with my dry shampoo, sans foam. 3 out of 5 stars

Would you try this dry shampoo foam?

Extra Elle:
I got to be a guest of Pure Taqueria Roswell and celebrated National Margarita Day. Had an excellent night of fun and amazing food.

Physician's Formula featured me (say that three times fast) on their Instagram for National Lash Day!

2.21.2017

10 NEW Beauty Products You Need To Try (Before Anyone Else)

Hey y'all! Is this thing on? I'm back after some traveling and sickness and I'm so excited to be here!

I hope you had a good weekend--maybe yours was a long weekend?

I had the day off and it was much-needed.

I'm finally feeling better and ready to talk about my passion: all things beauty.

But not just anything beauty...I'm talking 10 of the newest releases that are on my radar that I think you'll want to try too.


This skin-perfector in a bottle goes on sheer and takes your skin's appearance to another level. Just lovely. $38, Sephora





More color correcting products! I love First Aid Beauty's skincare so I'm excited to delve into their new line of makeup. Forget multiple steps of color correcting (green for redness anyone?), attack it all easily with this swirly cushion compact. Plus, it has superfruit extracts (that sounds fancy!) y'all. $36



Cutex BB Nail Concealer

I have the worst nails. I always have. I do go polish-free and sometimes I have plans to treat them. This gives me no excuse. It has polymer which helps with peeling and silk powder for smoothing the nail's surface. Plus, it's slightly tinted. And you can find it at the drugstore, like I will be this weekend. $6.99, drugstores

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask

No, this doesn't come out until March, but I'm too excited to not share it. Plus, you'll SO be in on the latest stuff. Yes, you read that correctly. It's a DRY sheet mask. What? Leave it on for 15 min and massage for 30 seconds for amazing skin. It can be reused 3 times for hydrated, bright, and smooth skin. I'm way too excited to try this. $22



Olay Duo: Dual-Sided Body Cleanser

This one has me really intrigued! It's like a solid cleanser sponge, with one side that's smooth and one that's exfoliating. Just add water and the sponge shrinks after after a month of use. $9.99, drugstores




This grabbed my attention (and my money) the second I read about it. Created by celeb hairstylist Jen Atkin, this is completely changing the game when it comes dry shampoo. It's a foam that you massage into your roots and it disappears. Sounds crazy, right? I'll share my review of it this week if you're interested! $28, Sephora



Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer


I haven't tried this one yet, but it apparently is applied while you're post-shower. Don't rinse it off but you can dry yourelf off. I can't wait to get this and see. I love Jergen's products already, so I'm excited.


Mine broke, so I'm kind of throwing a side eye to that, but the product itself is amazing. It's like a filter in a tube that blurs away pores and fine lines. It's oil and silicone-free, too, so no breakouts! $36



Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray

This detangles, serves as a heat protectant and ADDS VOLUME. Silky hair, here I come. This sounds perfect for cooler temps when my hair is frizzy and blah.


L’OrĂ©al Paris Extraordinary Clay 
Pre-Shampoo Mask


I don't have oily roots, so I won't be able to test this out (maybe the summer) so I thought those who have oily hair would like to try this. Massage in your scalp and leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing out. Have you tried this? $6.99, drugstores

Which of these would you try?

2.15.2017

DIY Lancome Blush La Rose (4 Methods)

Hey y'all! I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day. My social media was just flooded with love--it was a nice change from the usual negativity I see lately.



I loved seeing all of the roses, and speaking of roses, remember a few weeks ago when I shared my review of the Lancome La Rose Blush? See the original post here. I talked about making my own and a few of you suggested that I do it, so welcome to today's post!

Since the original Lancome La Rose is $60 and sold out in most places, I had to make a comparable diy version. And it is SO easy.

You'll need--

artificial rose
blush, shadow, or highlight
round box
optional: pink paint for box, rose gold marker for edge
glue gun
brush
rubbing alcohol


Choose your rose. I wanted one that closely resembled the original Lancome rose in color. Make sure the rose is clean and free from dust. I used a blast from a keyboard air cleaner for mine.

Remove stem and all leaves.

TIP: Make sure the rose fits in the small box.


Choose your color. I have an eyeshadow from Maybelline in Seashell that is pretty much a dupe. But for those not into highlight, you can choose an eyeshadow or blush.

TIP: If using blush/shadow, make sure the shade matches the rose in color as well.

METHOD 1: Just dip the clean rose into a blush/highlight/shadow and swirl around to coat the top. Just to apply to face, use a brush.


METHOD 2: Add a little rubbing alcohol or makeup setting spray (not the dewy kind) to a small bowl and scrape into it your shade. You should have more color than alcohol.  Mix well. I used the blush for this demonstration because it photographed better.

Using a small brush, paint the top of the rose petals with your mixture and allow to dry. I used a different rose for this one, since it was blush, so you could tell the difference.

Paint box pink if desired. The rim on the original Lancome is rose gold, so you can use a paint marker for the edge to mimic it.

Hot glue the rose to the bottom of the box. Use a brush to apply product to face. Keep the lid on when not in use.

METHOD 3: Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. Spray the rose gently and then brush pigment on top. Allow to dry.

METHOD 4: Mix makeup setting spray with the pigment and spray on rose.

Other things I tried but didn't like as much: vegetable glycerin with color (too heavy/greasy), coconut oil with pigment (too thick, no matter how I did it), painting just individual petals (like those in the background of my pics) and rubbing them on my face (kinda silly, but a good idea for travel but there's paper blush/highlight already).






I'm wearing the blush and the highlight. It is very natural-looking on the skin.


I found Maybelline Seashell to be a pretty good dupe. On the first finger is the Lancome and on my middle finger is the Maybelline.

And here they are side by side, with the Lancome on the bottom. Pretty similar!

What do you think of this DIY?


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