Haircare Favorites – Styling Routine

Sharing an easy routine

I’ve been narrowing down my haircare products to find a routine that works for my fine, wavy hair. This one is pretty simple and only requires three products after the shower. Then I have my two favorite dry styling products from Living Proof when my hair needs a refresh or some hold.

After shampoo and conditioner (I’m currently using this line which smells amazing but doesn’t weigh my hair down), I wrap my hair in a cotton t-shirt for ten minutes. It’s pretty long, so this helps cut down on the time it takes to air dry my hair.

Then, while it’s damp, I spray this Bumble and Bumble Curl Primer all over. I love how it adds hydration without being heavy; my hair is pretty dry, so I even use it at my roots and it doesn’t make them greasy at all. It also smells great! I sadly just finished my bottle after taking this shot, so I’m using the Ouai Leave in Conditioner. It works well, but the scent is really strong.

Then I spray the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray from my ears down. It helps give a little more definition to my waves. It also has aloe vera so it’s not too drying (but I always need a leave in beforehand). Another favorite is the Davines This is a Sea Salt Spray which smells divine and works beautifully.

Lastly, I add a tiny amount of this Curl Keeper Gel for a little hold. You have to be careful not to use too much or it can get crunchy. This keeps my waves intact and helps cut down on frizz.

Since I only wash my hair three times a week, I need dry shampoo in the meantime. This Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo is the best I’ve tried. It’s so effective at removing oil and shakes out easily. The scent isn’t too strong but it smells great in my opinion. I’ve also liked the Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo and Hask Chia Seed Dry Shampoo. The latter is so affordable, but it does leave a little build-up.

Lastly, if I’m going to curl my hair with a wand, I use the Not Your Mother’s Beat the Heat Shield Spray first (totally forgot to shoot…). After I’m done, I’ll spray this Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray from my ears down. It’s never crunchy, which I love, and I can easily run my hands through my hair afterward. Living Proof products have really impressed me – I don’t think there’s a single one that didn’t work for me!

Those are my styling staples and quick routine – it literally takes two minutes to apply the three products and then I finish air drying. What are your favorite haircare brands?? Anything I should try for dry, wavy hair?

Brand Spotlight: L’occitane En Provence

Featuring a French favorite

I wanted to start a new series featuring some of my favorite brands with an overview or quick reviews of the products I’ve been loving. It’s the perfect time to begin with L’Occitane since they’re having their 20% Friends and Family Sale this week (by the way this totally isn’t sponsored – I just love the line!).

When I lived in Chicago, I walked past a L’Occitane store nearly every day and often popped in for the scents alone; everything they make smells delicious or beautiful. I actually put a piece of the Verbena soap in my jewelry box, so I can smell it more often. It’s such a refreshing, pretty fragrance that’s perfect for spring.

Since being back in NYC, I don’t come across their stores as often, so I’m really glad they reminded me of their products with this cute gift set. I’ve loved the Shower Oil for years – it’s plush and foams up, but it’s also super moisturizing. I hadn’t tried the classic Shea scent before though and I really like it so far.

Surprisingly, I haven’t really explored their skincare, besides an eye cream a while back, so I was excited to try this face cream. It’s the Immortelle Precious Cream – pretty serious name, huh? I love the texture of this – it feels rich without being greasy. It has a somewhat floral scent, so just be careful if you’re sensitive to fragrance.

I usually have one of their Shea Butter Hand Creams in each of my bags and on my nightstand too. They’re really moisturizing without leaving a gross residue behind. This one is in the Cherry Blossom scent, but I absolutely love the Zesty Lime one that comes out during this time of year. It’s fresh and citrusy and perfect for some warmer weather! The bright green tube is also easy to spot in your bag.

My very favorite line has to be the Almond – these products smell so warm and comforting and make my skin really soft. I’ve had the Shower Oil, Milk Concentrate, and tiny Exfoliating Soap from a gift set last Christmas. This is the most luxurious line in my opinion and totally worth the price because the products last quite a while and the scent lingers on your skin all day.

Now I’m craving the Almond line and I definitely want to try more of their skincare. Have you ever tried L’Occitane? What’s your favorite body care brand?

March Favorites!

There were several products I was loving this month, from a hydrating lip and cheek tint to a Trader Joe’s must have. Here is my first favorites video! Let me know what you think!

Here’s the cliffnotes version in case you don’t want to hear me chat about makeup and then get really excited about food for the last 3 minutes:

What were you loving this month? Do you have any Trader Joe’s favorites I should try??

Beauty Haul! Space NK Sample Sale, L’occitane

Haul and experience

Anastasia and I have been picking the worst days to shop lately… we headed to the Space NK Sample Sale this morning and froze while waiting outside for two hours. The things we do for makeup! The doors opened at nine and we arrived at ten, so I knew we would have to wait a bit, but I really wasn’t expecting such a long line!

I had been hoping to pick up some Tata Harper and Sunday Riley skincare (two of my favorites!), or maybe a Diptyque candle, but nearly everything was sold out. Some customers were walking around with three overflowing baskets which was depressing.

There were tons of Malin & Goetz, Lipstick Queen, Kevyn Aucoin, and By Terry products left though and I heard they’re restocking on Thursday. I managed to find a few exciting things thankfully, in the form of these three lip products:

Here are two of the Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipsticks in Float and Moment. The former is a gorgeous sheer nude while the latter is a pretty berry-ish red. They both have this fine turquoise shimmer running through them which reflects light like a dream and looks surprisingly natural on the lips. I’ve been wearing Float all day and love the look, although it’s definitely not a long wear lipstick. These originally sold for $24, so $5 is an amazing deal. Lipstick Queen discontinued them from their e-commerce site, but you can still find them at QVC.

The top swatch is a Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss in Papavier. It looks patchy on my hand, but it’s evenly sheer and glossy on the lips. It also feels comfortable, almost like a plush lip balm. There were several shades to choose from and Space NK still sells them for $30, so again this is a great deal.

Anastasia (the sweetest) also brought me this body butter which smells like delicious baked goods. It has shea butter, cocoa butter, cinnamon, and marshmallows in it. I love the scent and texture, which feels rich but sunk in quickly. I’m going to have to see where I can find this in the States!

Lastly, I popped by L’occitane to check out their adorable Easter Eggs. I had also received an email for this free gift box. I love their Verbena body products and Almond Shower Oil, so I’m really excited to try these versions and a face cream. I also enjoyed opening this cutely wrapped box. Such a treat!

That’s it for this haul! I’m on a low-buy because I’m trying to finish some of the products I currently have open and my birthday is in a month. This was definitely fun though.

What have you hauled recently? And would you wait two hours for the Space NK Sale??

Weekend Wear: Happy Spring! (ootd)

Excited for warmer weather

The temperature reached 50* twice this week and it feels like Spring is finally right around the corner. I can’t wait to start wearing sandals, short sleeves, and skirts! It’s still a little chilly for this outfit, so I also was wearing a jacket and scarf, but I wanted to show off this adorable top! I love the mint green shade, tiered bottom, and ruffled sleeves. Here are some similar options.

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I’m not sure how well you will be able to see them, but I’m wearing these fun threader earrings my mom gave me. I think these are the perfect mix between dainty and statement earrings. They catch the light nicely and have a pretty movement to them as I walk around. This pair is really similar, but you can find these at BaubleBar and Nordstrom as well.

I’m also loving these jeans from Loft – I have the lightest wash and love the split hem detail. These fit like a dream and are super comfortable. The petite length perfectly grazes my ankle as well. I generally wear darker wash skinnies, so this lighter option is perfect for transitioning into spring and summer.

How do you feel about this mint color? What spring outfits are you looking forward to wearing?