Sunday, November 20, 2016

drybar Review Round Up

So, I am a bit obsessed with drybar. From my first trip to the repeat visits with my bestie, it's a blast to relax a bit and have amazing hair. Of course, I had to throw in a new product or two with each visit. Or trip to Sephora. It's my new go to brand for all things hair. The packaging, the scent, the texture is all perfect. I thought I'd share the products I've tried and link to any full-fledged reviews.

Sake Bomb Shampoo & Conditioner are repeat purchases for me. They are my favourite hydrating shampoo and conditioner combo. I might have to try the other drybar shampoos/conditioners to branch out a bit.

I used the Blonde Ale Brightening Cream during my time with a blonde ombre. Looking at the pictures, I kind of want to go back...

I think of The Chaser as a leave-in/styling cream hybrid. You can use it on dry hair, but I tend to use it on slightly damp hair. It keeps your hair smooth and sealed for any style.

For the full-on leave-in conditioner experience, Mr. Incredible is the product for you. It's a rich conditioner that sprays on quite finely and evenly for its thick texture.

When I don't feel like doing much to my hair, I reach for the Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray. I naturally have waves to my hair, so this just makes my messy bed hair look a bit more intentional. I love that it doesn't leave my hair crunchy or dry feeling like other sea salt sprays can.

Sparkling Soda Shine Mist is a spray-on shine serum that never leaves your hair looking greasy. The perfect finishing touch.

I have used both Triple Sec and Detox as dry shampoos. Triple Sec is more of a hybrid style refresher, dry shampoo and Detox is a heavy duty oil & shine destroyer. I would recommend either if you are looking for a new dry shampoo.

I want to try some more of their tools-I love my little Lemon Drop brush. I also want to pick up some more of their heat protecting products.

Let me know if you have any drybar recs in the comments!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fall Camping

In early October, we did another long weekend camping in the Catskills. I know I am a bit late sharing these pics, but I wanted to still post them to have all these memories in one place. Check out my summer camping trip here.  The changing leaves started much earlier in the hills of the Catskills than in the city. It was also so much colder-which I was not prepared for at all.

We had some lovely autumnal walks and kept the fire going constantly. We played board games, drank pumpkin ale, and cooked up a ton of food. We love taking our breaks from the city and exploring more of upstate NY.

Rainbow!

Luckily, we still have a couple more weeks (hopefully!) of fall in the city before winter comes. Trying to soak it all in as it's my favourite season. 


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Zoya Urban Grunge

I have been rocking Zoya's Urban Grunge collection since the start of fall, but now that the holiday season is upon us, I needed to get this post out stat, so you could pick up a few shades as well. I know these sparkly shades are going to be amazing for winter and new year looks. I mentioned in my September favourites that I feel like this collection was perfect for me, so it was tough to not just order the whole collection. Here are the six shades I opted for (see I did good-I only ordered half ;p)

August (Blue toned Gray Creme)
Noah (Nude Creme)
Troy (Metallic Gun Metal)
Alicia (Silver Holo with Champagne shift)
Merida (Deep Evergreen Scattered Holo)
Finley (Deep Royal Purple Scattered Holo)

Did you order any polishes from Urban Grunge? Which are your favourites?

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Birchbox | October 2016

I am loving this month's Birchbox. Now that it finally arrived-I have been having such bad shipping luck recently. This month's theme is reviving and restoring. Something I definitely look for in my beauty products.

Box Breakdown
Air Repair Super Hydrating Eye Cream
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara
Tocca Crema da Mano in Cleopatra
R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

This box was perfect for me! I couldn't wait to try everything. I love a good mask, and this one by Tata Harper is perfect for giving your skin a fresh start. Follow that up with the Air Repair Eye Cream which is super hydrating for the colder, windier weather. Another fall/winter weather must have is hand cream. I love the size of this one from Tocca, and the scent is amazing. The Marcelle Curl Mascara gives your lashes a dose of volume, length, and curl. No need to choose. Finally, I received another R+Co product, and of course, I love it. Can't go wrong with a good dry shampoo. 
What did you get in this month's BB? What did you pick for November's box?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Beauty Favourites | September 2016

Happy October! It's been awhile since I've done a favourites. I feel like I have been using the same products all summer. Well, now I have a few new items in the mix and thought I'd share. I even made a video! Filming and editing are so hard-I think I'm slowly getting better at it? I'd love to share more through YouTube, so let's hope the learning curve gets a little easier over time.



Burt's Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm
Zoya August, Troy, & Alicia from the Urban Grunge collection
Wet n Wild Contour Palette in Dulce de Leche
Muji Sonic Diffuser Love & Energy Blends
Urban Decay Naked Smoky
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Body Wash

What were your favourites this month?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Birchbox | September 2016

This month's Birchbox is all about multi-tasking products to help get you through your to-do list this fall. Now that I am a little late on posting this, I can give a little review on the things I've tried.

This little can of Avene Thermal Spring Water is going straight to the gym bag. I don't think I would have ever purchased spring water mist for myself, but I got to say it's pretty refreshing.

I had no idea what type of product the R+Co Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner was. At first, I thought it was like a dry shampoo-but conditioner. Then, I thought it was a mousse-like leave-in conditioner. Finally, I realized it is used just as a regular conditioner! Good thing I didn't put it on dry hair...Glad I figured out what it was for as it's a new favourite. It's a mousse consistency that you apply in the shower and rinse out. My hair recently has felt a bit oily and flat at the roots, and this is the perfect product to condition your hair but give it volume. It gives my hair a just tousled look.

I never ended up trying Bioderma Sensible H20 during it's peak hype in what 2012? I probably should have as I used up this little sample. I used it as a toner/remove the last bit of make-up step and loved how gentle it was.

Highlighting products are something I'll never get tired of. I do prefer the more natural ones-but it still has to glow. I have been using the Milk Makeup Highlighter non-stop since opening up this BB. Love the consistency and effect.

Okay, I didn't give this LOC Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil in Cherry Bomb. I feel like I keep getting different shades of these, but I'm not much of a glossy lip girl.

What did you get in this month's BB?





Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Andalou Naturals Illuminating Toner and Luminous Eye Serum

I can't walk out of a Whole Foods without beauty products. And plants. I ran out of a couple of my skincare staples, toner and eye cream, and decided to try out the brightening range from Andalou Naturals, the Illuminating Toner and Luminous Eye Serum. I have tried many things from the line and am currently using a coconut water day cream from them as well. I wasn't expecting any results, just maintaining status quo; however, I am really finding my skin to be so much more bright and healthy looking. This summer, I was hard on my skin between beach days and long hours in front of a computer. The clementine scent is so nice after a long day of either extreme outdoors or indoors.

Do you purchase beauty products at Whole Foods?