Beauty Reviewed: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for Brown to Dark Hair

Klorane Dry Shampoo

My hair is curly most of the time, which means that I have to wash it each day or I generally look like a hot mess with crazy bed head. Really the only time I don’t wash my hair on the daily are on PJ day (aka Sunday) or whenever I have a blowout. I rarely take the time to get a blowout but I’ve gotten two since having my son because life is so much easier with straight hair that I can brush and not wash daily!

Dry shampoo is my best friend whenever my hair is straight, so I was excited to receive Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for Brown to Dark Hair in my April Ipsy Bag. I have really wanted to try a dry shampoo for dark hair but it didn’t seem like a wise purchase considering how infrequently I typically use dry shampoo. Yay for subscription boxes sending useful/wanted products!

I went to Drybar this weekend for a blowout and have been using my deluxe sample of Klorane Dry Shampoo ever since and my quick verdict is thus: I love it!

The product does a great job of refreshing my hair and it has a fantastically mild scent.  Typically dry shampoo is white when you spray it on and it can be difficult to get it all to blend into darker hair. This Klorane formula, however, is darker and blends right into my hair, although it is light enough that I can still see where it has gone to ensure that I brush it in well. I’m going on day 4 of this blowout and my hair still looks and smells great!

This dry shampoo does not contain sulfates, parabens, silicones or sodium chloride.

I know this sample will last me a while, but I would definitely purchase Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for Brown to Dark Hair ($19.50) again!

Trend Alert: Backpacks

These grown up backpacks are a fabulous trend. I for one carry my whole life in my purse and it gets so heavy (the struggle is real, folks). To be able to have a work appropriate bag, but without the weight is a must have for me!

mangoI’m in love with this faux leather backpack from Mango! The sand color, pictured, is lovely, but check out the ice grey. If that doesn’t scream spring then I don’t know what does! Oh, and did I mention it’s only $69.99? I’ve spent more on a handbag. Score.

This flap backpack from Banana Republic is gorgeous.

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Although the sand color is pictured, it looks like only black is available. Black is classic. I’d totally be fine with that.

If you don’t believe me about this trend, then check out Rank and Style. They list  the 10 best backpacks of the season. Can I have them all, please?! I will warn you, the ones we showed you are much cheaper options. But definitely check these out- they are fabulous!

These backpacks are so convenient. And totally not 90s or what we were used to as kids. I like to call them the grown up version. They look good on everyone!

Are you on board with the backpack trend?

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Clinique Bonus Time! Get a Free 7-Piece Gift with $27 Purchase

Clinique Bonus

It’s Clinique Bonus Time right now, which means that A. It’s one of the best beauty times of the year and B. you can get a FREE 7-piece gift with any $27 Clinique purchase!

Clinique Bonus: Glow or Glam

This year you have your choice of two different looks: Glow or Glam. Be sure to place the color combo you want in your cart as the Clinique Bonus does NOT ship automatically.

ALL Clinique Bonus gifts will come with the following products:

  • Long Last Lipstick (color dependent on choice of Glam or Glow combo)
  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
  • New Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream
  • Lash Doubling Mascara
  • Colour Compact for Eyes & Cheeks (color dependent on choice of Glam or Glow combo)
  • Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream
  • Exclusive Cosmetics Bag
  • Clinique Happy Mini

This is a pretty awesome freebie! It is so awesome, in fact, that it tends to sell out within days. Be sure to grab your Clinique Bonus ASAP if you’re interested!

Clinique Chubby Stick

If you haven’t yet tried them, Megan and I both love the Clinique Chubby Stick ($17) and highly recommend them! (Check out Megan’s Clinique Chubby Stick review.) I personally am not a big fan of lip color because I find that most products make my mouth feel sticky and I never remember to reapply so I just end up looking silly, but the Chubby Stick Balm is the one lip product that I absolutely love. It doesn’t feel any heavier than regular chap stick and the color is great. This is one lip product I absolutely recommend, especially if you’re like me and generally not a fan of lip color.

Click here to check out Clinique!

Mommy Needs Wine: Mother’s Day Gifts for Wine Lovers

I don’t think anyone would ever consider me a lush. I rarely drink (and I don’t drink beer at all) and I can only recall being inebriated twice in my life. That said, since having a baby I have really come to enjoy the occasional glass. After being “on” all day, it’s nice to put my feet up at the end of the day and relax with a glass of wine.

I know I’m far from the first mom to relax in such a manner, so in honor of Mother’s Day being right around the corner I thought I would gather a few Mother’s Day gift ideas for wine lovers. I only included one actual bottle of wine because everyone has their own personal preferences. Instead, I focused on wine novelties she is sure to love. And yes, I absolutely intend on sharing this list with my husband. I NEED those wine lollipops!

Wine-Themed Mother's Day Gifts

 

1. Club W Subscription – $39 per month for 3 bottles + $6 shipping

After reading Cheryl’s Club W review I knew that I had to sign up. Our first box already arrived and my husband and I loved reading the information cards about the wine and this weekend we are going to make one of the suggested recipes that comes with each bottle. They make recommendations based on the recipients taste profile, but the recipient gets final say in choosing the 3 bottles they receive each month. Club W is truly a fun way to try out new bottles of tasty and quality wine for less!

2. Wine Jelly Candy – $10.95 at Natural Candy Store

Like great wine, great candy takes time. Each handmade batch of these wine jelly confections is made with real wine and takes several weeks from start to finish. Our assortment box features Cabernet Sauvignon, White Merlot and White Zinfandel.

3. Oversized Extra Large Wine Glass (holds a whole bottle) – $11.99 at Amazon

You never know when this might be necessary.

4. Essie Bordeaux Nail Polish – $8.50 at Beauty.com

Wine-colored nail polish for the ultimate bordeaux fan.

5. Spiced Wine Jelly – $7 at Potlicker Kitchen

Warm spices like cinnamon and clove make this feel like the Holidays in a jar.  Pair this with soft buttery cheeses.  Use this flavor over baked brie, thumbprint cookies, or on toast.

6. There’s a Chance this is Wine Mug – $12 from Two Crafty Seesters (Etsy)

There’s always a chance, right?

7. Mosketto Semi Sweet White

If you can find it, this is my favorite wine of the moment. Keep in mind that I prefer my wine SWEET and this fits the bill perfectly. It’s easy to drink, perfect for a hot summer day, and costs less than $8 per bottle.

8. Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream – $7.95 per pint

With flavors like Cherry Merlot, Strawberry Sparkling, Chocolate Cabernet and more, you’re sure to find a flavor that will delight! Pints are $7.95 each but there is a minimum purchase of four pints per order.

9. Wine and Netflix Tee – $27.95 at Thug Life Shirts

Digitally printed on American Apparel’s athletic tri-blend t-shirt. Available in women’s sizes S-XL or unisex sizes XS-XXL.

10. Wine Wipes – $8.84 at Amazon

Keep wine off your teeth and lips with these ingenious wipes!

11. Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist – $11.30 at Amazon

Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. With wonderful recipes included, from Bacon-Wrapped Dates to Mango Chicken Curry to Blueberry Crisp, readers will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread & Wine.

12. QUIN + Union Wine Company Pinot Noir Lollipops – $6 at QUIN

Wine lollipops? Sold!

13. Rewined Candles – $28 at West Elm

A treat for wine lovers. Handcrafted in Charleston, South Carolina, these Rewined Candles evoke your favorite vintage with their subtle wine-inspired appearance and aroma. To create them, all-natural soy wax is hand poured into vessels made of repurposed wine bottles.

 

What I Received in My April Beauty Box 5

I was excited to open my April box from Beauty Box 5 and see that there was only one brand included that I had previously tried. I honestly love when that happens because that, to me, is the point of these subscription boxes. They’re an easy and affordable way to find new and hopefully favorite brands!

Here’s what I received in my April Beauty Box 5:

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First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser – I’m the biggest naysayer of subscription boxes including foil packets in the boxes and calling them a “sample,” but this may be the one and only time I’m going to say that I’m happy to receive a foil packet. I am currently having a love affair with the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream that I received in my January PopSugar Must Have Box and so I’m excited to be able to try out another product from this line. Truthfully, I want to buy ALL of the First Aid Beauty products but that seems foolish so for the time being I’ll try them however I can. (That being said, I completely understand if some of you received this box and weren’t impressed with the three foil packets of face cleanser!)

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Incoco Nail Polish Applique – Full Size Product ($8.99) – I was a frequent user of nail polish appliqués when they were first released but I haven’t used any lately. I think it might be time to fix that! I really like this set from Incoco, which are covered in little roses and polka dots. They look perfect for summer!

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Grab a Fab Alexis Bittar Jewelry Discount from Gilt City

Alexis Bittar Discount

I have talked about my love of Alexis Bittar jewelry quite a bit in the past, so you’ll understand why I am so excited about this new offer from Gilt City where you can choose one of three Alexis Bittar discounts!

The options:

  • $89 for $150 worth of credit
  • $179 for $300 worth of credit
  • $299 for $500 worth of credit

The only exceptions to these offers are fine and antique jewelry, otherwise the sky is the limit! You can even use one of these discount vouchers to purchase jewelry that’s on sale! The voucher is valid through May 31, 2015.

Click here to grab the Alexis Bittar discount from Gilt City!

Beauty Reviewed: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Beauty Reviewed: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I wasn’t a fan of the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara I reviewed last week, so I thought I should go into my mascara archive (aka the drawer full of mascara that I’ve received from various subscription boxes) to try to find one that I loved.

I decided to start with a mascara that I’ve been very interested in, and have no idea how I managed to hold off trying until now: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23).

I don’t know if it’s the name or because many really think this mascara is the end all be all, but it seems to have an almost cult-like following. People seem to love this mascara!

This mascara’s brush is designed in an hour-glass shape, which is supposed to help cover lashes in one coat, creating full and defined lashes. I love the brush shape and the long nylon bristles. I might even say this is one of the best mascara brushes I have encountered because it really did a great job of coating all lashes.

I like this mascara quite a bit when applying only one coat, which is what I did for the image above. With one coat my lashes look natural but like they’re on steroids. In other words, my lashes look long, have more volume than usual and are quite defined. The mascara brush even did a great job of separating my lashes. My lashes truly look fantastic in person! More than one coat of mascara, however, and my lashes became clump-city. I am definitely not a fan of this look.

As for how the mascara held up, I would find specks of product under my eyes throughout the day but nowhere near as much as other mascaras and not enough that would deter me from wearing it.

Removing the mascara was easy using the Pacifica Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes that I’m so fond of at the moment. A fairly light swipe and the mascara was gone!

As a one-coat mascara option I would highly recommend Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. For multiple coats though I would warn that it fully depends on how you want your lashes to look. You’ll achieve mega volume and length but you may also have very clumpy lashes that look fake. That’s not a look that I personally like, so when I use this mascara going forward I will stop with one coat.

Not ready to pay full price? Try Better Than Sex Mascara in one of these trial kits:


 

Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings Collection – $20

Receive a deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara, Deluxe Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, Deluxe Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer, and Deluxe Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer.

 

 


Sephora Lash Stash – $25

Includes deluxe samples of – Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara, Lancôme Paris Hypnôse Drama Mascara, Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Blinc Inc. Amplified Mascara

 

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