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?

Gift Guide: Beauty ($85 and under)

Gift Guide: Beauty

It was so hard to narrow down items for this gift guide! There are so many amazing beauty products and brands out there (Glossier, Colourpop, Besame, Sunday Riley, Drunk Elephant, Ilia, RMS beauty, and on and on…), but I stuck to items from the more mainstream brands that can easily be found at Ulta or Nordstrom because we’re only 9 days away from Christmas now! These are gift-worthy items I personally use and love or would really like to receive.

  1. Tarte Blush Bazaar Palette ($44) – These blushes are really pigmented, blendable, and long-lasting. I think this palette makes a great gift, especially with the cute packaging and tons of colors.
  2. Lorac Ocean Sunset Palette ($42) – I love the mix of shadows in this palette. It’s an unexpected gift that you can get a variety of looks out of and it comes with a mini primer. Lorac eyeshadows are soft, buttery, and pigmented as well.
  3. L’occitane Almond Gift Set ($52) – This is a bit of a splurge for bodycare, but I think it’s worth it because the products are so luxurious and you get minis for travel. The Shower Oil helps soften skin while the Milk Concentrate is really moisturizing and they both smell amazing.
  4. Chantecaille Save the Rainforest Palette ($85) – I love the philanthropic aspect and the amazing gorilla print on these eyeshadows. The color combo is stunning as well. This is one I haven’t tried but would love to receive.
  5. Deborah Lippmann Color On Glass Set ($24) – The colors in this trio are so pretty and I think nail polish makes a nice gift for someone you may not know well enough to choose eyeshadows or lipsticks for.
  6. Bare Minerals Mini Lipsticks ($26) – The Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks are one of my absolute favorite formulas. They feel smooth on the lips, are moisturizing, but pretty long wearing, and smell nice. This kit is great because it has a mix of the neutral and statement colors at an affordable price.
  7. Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics ($27) – This is one of my most used eyeshadow palettes and is a great deal at Ulta right now. The matte colors are beautiful for every day wear and you have some deeper shades for liner or going out. There’s also one shimmery shade that’s perfect for the lid. I highly recommend it!
  8. A custom gift set! This one features some great haircare items and this adorable Velvet Bow Hair Tie ($18). The Living Proof No Frizz Oil ($20) is amazing for hydration and taming dry hair. The mini size will last for several months as well. I also love this R + Co Shine Cream ($27) which I use on wet hair to define curls. The packaging definitely makes it gift worthy.

There are a dozen more items I wanted to add and now my personal wishlist has gotten longer! What’s on your beauty wishlist or gift guide?