Verb Volume Shampoo and Conditioner (vs Ghost and Hydrate)

Comparing three great lines

You probably already know how much I love Verb if you’ve read my blog before or follow me on Instagram. I like everything I’ve tried so far and always look forward to testing out different lines within the brand. The Verb girls kindly sent over the Volume Shampoo and Conditioner and I’ve been using them for a couple weeks now.

I have fine, wavy hair that is easily weighed down, so I’m usually lacking volume. However, my hair is really dry and my waves turn into frizz without a little hydration. A few months ago I cut off over eight inches, so my hair falls to my collarbones now.

Overall the Volume Shampoo and Conditioner have really impressed me! They actually give my hair lift and thickness without creating tons of knots or taking away the healthy shine. I can definitely see a difference when I use this duo, especially around my crown where my hair can look quite flat. Thankfully, the shampoo cleanses well without stripping and the conditioner doesn’t leave any buildup behind. Most volumizing products haven’t worked for me; they either create so much texture that my hair looks messy and tangled or they don’t do anything at all. Verb’s Volume Shampoo and Conditioner are really effective, so I would highly recommend trying them if you’re looking for extra bounce.

So how does it compare to the other Verb duos? I’ve been using the Ghost line since I chopped my hair and it makes my strands look shiny and feel soft too. It is still my favorite line since my hair is so dry; it needs the balance between weightless moisture and bounce. When my hair was down to the middle of my back and a bit damaged due to the length, the Hydrate line was my very favorite. It’s so plush and moisturizing. The Hydrate Mask really replenished my hair and helped with frizz. I reviewed it along with the Ghost line here. I’ll definitely be using the Volume line once a week when I want some extra lift!

I love that all of the Verb Shampoos are sulfate-free and their Conditioners don’t weigh my hair down. The whole line is cruelty-free and each item is only $16 as well! If you’d like 16% off your order, you can shop with my friend link!

What’s in My Bag: Winter Beauty Edition

Essentials I’m toting around

I’m newly obsessed with Invisibobble. It’s such a simple, yet useful product! These hair ties don’t pull my hair out or give me headaches, but I find they hold on well (even through a tough cardio workout!). I also think they’re super cute.

The Caudalie Beauty Elixir* was one of the first facial mists I tried years ago and the scent is so nostalgic to me. It’s like a fresh, natural scent with a hint of fruitiness – very spa-like. I seriously love everything I’ve tried from the brand, and this one stays in my purse to hydrate my skin and refresh my makeup throughout the day. It is a glass bottle, so I’m careful with it. Thankfully this Charles and Keith Olive Crossbody has lots of snug spaces so it won’t break.

We were also gifted these beautiful pearl Scentbird travel sprays* at the Octoly Glitzmas party. I love how the nozzle twists down so I don’t have to worry about getting perfume all over my bag. I received Philosophy Amazing Grace; it’s subtle and pretty with tiny hints of floral, powder, and musk. It’s not my classic winter scent, but I really like being able to try out something new for a change without committing to a full size bottle! I’m definitely interested in their subscription!

Last, but certainly not least, this SkinRx Lab MadeCera Lip Balm is my new go-to for work or running around the city since it’s hydrating, low maintenance, and a gorgeous shade. I have Velvet Cherry* which their sweet team sent over; it’s the perfect subtle tint that darkens my natural lip tone but is still sheer, so you don’t have to worry about being too precise or getting it on your teeth. One application lasts a few hours too, which is great for a tinted balm.

What have you been carrying around lately? Have you ever tried Scentbird or a fragrance subscription?

Current Wishlist: Fashion and Beauty

A girl can dream, right?

I’ve been on a very low-buy for the past month (and plan on keeping it that way through all of December!), so I could focus my spending on others! I really love trying to find the perfect gift for my family and friends, and I happened across a few things I’d also love in the process of shopping too. I sometimes like to document these items to come back to in a month or two and see if I’m still drooling over them!

Asos Design Pleated Midi Skirt – orange, satin, pleats. Enough said?

Patchology FlashPatch Illuminating Eye Gels – these feel so luxurious and I’m not always super consistent with eye care, but these 5 minute masks couldn’t be easier.

Kendra Scott Sophee Drop Earrings in Silver – I received these in a Rocksbox a few months back and seriously regret not buying them then! They go with tons of different options, are large, yet dainty, and I’m trying to incorporate more silver into my jewelry wardrobe since my engagement ring is platinum.

Tory Burch Greer Mini Bag – fun for the holidays or just to jazz up a plain jeans and t-shirt outfit. I love the petite size and buckle detail.

Vapour Organic Beauty Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss – I basically want this yummy-smelling gloss in every shade, but I love Tickle and Flirt especially. Vapour is my favorite clean make-up brand too.

Voluspa Birthday Cake Macaron Candle – these candles make such great gifts and I love this sweet scent. The throw is impressive and the jars are quite beautiful.

Mejuri Moon Necklace – a beautiful, dainty piece that can worn every day but isn’t boring. I love the subtle sparkle and think it would layer well with other necklaces I already own.

Slip SlipSilk Pillowcase – I’ve read so many great things about these dreamy pillowcases and I do “suffer” from face creases since I’m a side/stomach sleeper. They’re quite a splurge that I don’t think I’d ever buy for myself.

Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Temptation Eyeshadow Palette – another item I can’t justify buying (since I have so many shadow palettes). It’s absolutely stunning though and I actually think it would be quite versatile.

Ohii Gummy Gloss in Rose Quartz – such a gorgeous shade and I’m really into gloss lately. I’ve read that this works well on the lids too for that editorial, glassy look. I really want to try Urban Outfitters’ new beauty line!

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady – this is a really wearable pink and I love a good lip balm. Everything from Ilia looks so pretty!

Pieces Space Dye Sweater – I’m loving funkier sweaters lately and I don’t think I own anything in this color. The pointelle knit and mock neck are nice details too.

Heartloom Astrid Sweater – a fun color combo; I’m clearly into reds and pinks lately, and mock necks.

French Connection Sofia Colorblock Sweater – another mock neck… I’m always cold. I like the dramatic sleeves and neutral colors on this one.

New Look Satin Tux Trousers – I’d actually love this whole suit, but of the two, I think I’d wear the pants more. They seem fun for the holidays or paired with a graphic tee.

Pulling this list together helps me narrow down my wishlist and find trends in what I’m loving – there’s clearly satin and pink/red themes here! Anything you’ve been wishing for lately?

 

Kosas and Briogeo Soho Pop-Up

Another shopping outing!

Anastasia and I finally stopped by the Kosas and Briogeo pop-up down in Soho. It’s such a pretty store with a relaxed vibe; we happily browsed and swatched products from the two lines for about 30 minutes.

It’s open until December 31st at 85 Mercer if you’d like to stop by!

Isn’t this a cool display for the Weightless Lip Color Lipsticks? I love the rainbow of colors and lip swatches. Each shade also had a description noting if it was cool or warm-toned and what color family it belonged to.

Here are swatches of my favorite shades: (from left to right) Rosewater, Stardust, Royal, and Darkroom. The first two have a bit of a glossy finish, while the darker shades looked more matte. They glide on beautifully and are nicely pigmented. This holiday trio is a great deal and has two of these shades!

Aren’t these cheek duos pretty? I love that Kosas makes each shade in cream and powder versions, so you can pick the formula you prefer. My favorite was a cool toned pink and champagne highlight called Longitude 0. The packaging is sturdy and compact too, so these would be perfect for travel.

The powders feel smooth and they’re pigmented, but they blend nicely. Some of the colors may look bright, but they have a soft finish on the skin. The creams are easily buildable and looked more dewy in swatches. The cream highlighters were more natural looking than the powders in my opinion; if you want more of that blinding look, go for the powder.

This is the Briogeo wall with so many products I’d love to try! I’m eyeing the scrub and dry shampoo especially. This cute gift set would make a great stock stuffer too!

I really like the few items I’ve tried from Briogeo so far, including their Curl Charisma Shampoo and Rosarco Milk Leave-in Conditioning Spray (quick review here!). I love that Briogeo is a clean haircare line and that their products smell great while actively improving my hair.

Have you tried anything from Briogeo or Kosas?? What would you recommend?

Erno Laszlo Holiday Party! And My Favorite Products

Celebrating the season and great skin!

Anastasia and I went to the Erno Laszlo Holiday Party last night and had such a fun time, so I wanted to share a few photos! They had delicious signature cocktails, a palm reader and chocolate divination (more on that below!), and this fun photo booth with gigantic balloons.

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Photo credit: Kristen Chilstrom

It was so fun to meet the team and other bloggers at their office. Everyone was so friendly! Anastasia and I also got our palms read, which we’d never done before. It was really interesting and not awkward or corny, even though I’m a bit of a skeptic.

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Photo credit: Kristen Chilstrom

We also had a chocolate reading; I’d never even heard of this, but you pick a chocolate from a huge box of options and it’s supposed to reflect your personality. It was a fun experience since it was so different – and it was pretty spot on too!

Aren’t these products so beautiful? My favorites are the Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleeping Mask and Hydra-Therapy Boost Serum. The mask has this lovely bouncy texture that feels so plush on the skin. It hydrates beautifully overnight without being sticky or getting all over my pillow. You only need a pea-sized dollop too, so a little bit goes a long way.

The serum is great because it provides lightweight hydration. It helps smooth the skin as well, but it doesn’t leave a thick layer behind. This plays well with other products too, so I always use it in the morning as sort of a hydrating primer.

The Erno Laszlo team so kindly gave us a wonderful gift bag, so I’m really excited to try some more of their products!

The decor in the office was really chic too – just like Erno Laszlo packaging! Everything is black and white with some pink accents, like gorgeous velvet chairs. I loved this gallery wall with all kinds of inspirational product shots.

 

I was taking lots of little videos and boomerangs for my Instagram and forgot to take more still shots… So here are a couple peeks into the holidays displays and a lovely candy bar they had set up. The cozy fireplace and cute lights added to the festive theme, and I’m definitely feeling the holiday spirit now!

I can’t thank the team enough for inviting us! We had such a lovely time!