Updates to my Shower Routine and Haircare

New bodycare and styling products

I’ve been using this Oribe Hydration and Anti-pollution Booster* for a few months now and I thought I had already raved about it here! Birchbox kindly sent it my way to create some content for their Instagram and I think it’s such a smart product; I use serum daily on my face and even sometimes on my body, so why not treat my hair the same?

This one has a thin, watery texture that’s packed with Hyaluronic acid to hydrate dry hair. I use about whole dropper of product as the first thing I apply to my hair once I’ve towel-dried it. I focus the serum around my crown where I get a lot of frizz and run it through my ends. I love how soft and moisturized this makes my hair feel. As with all Oribe products, it smells very luxurious and wonderful too! This is a pricey item, but I still have half the bottle left and I would easily spend more on a facial serum, so I think it’s worth the investment in my experience.

On day two or three hair, I’ve been using the Ghost Oil* from Verb to add back some moisture and perk up my strands after sleeping on them and flattening my waves. It truly is weightless and helps tame flyaways while adding shine. The texture is definitely thicker like a traditional oil, but it spreads nicely and is easy to rinse off my hands. I also like the minimal packaging and it smells great, like the rest of the Ghost line (reviewed the shampoo and conditioner here!). I had previously been using the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil and like Ghost a bit better!

I’ve been testing their Dry Shampoo* too, which is a loose powder version. I like this smaller bottle for travel and it has a nice tapered nozzle for adding the powder directly to your roots. I tend to squeeze out too much on accident unfortunately, so I’m still trying to figure out the proper technique. As such, it requires a bit more working in than a traditional spray version, but it definitely adds volume! It gives my hair the perfect amount of grit and texture, which I really enjoy. By the way, you can always get 16% off Verb if you’d like to shop with me!

Lastly, my sweet friend Jessica sent me these beautiful body products from Soak + Unwind, a vegan and cruelty-free line. I love their minimal, chic packaging and pretty two-tone formulas. I can’t believe how affordable these are as well; I’ll definitely be restocking when I’m out!

The Whipped Sugar Scrub (left) has the perfect gritty texture that isn’t too harsh. It’s perfect to use before shaving. Sweet Dreams, to me, smells like lavender mixed with a tiny bit of candy (in a totally non-nauseating way), but it has a beautiful depth to it too. This is my new favorite body scrub!

I also love the scent of this Whipped Soap in Fall Vibes (right) which is basically the total opposite. It’s warmer, a bit spicy, and a bit fruity. It makes me feel cozy and is definitely reminiscent of apple picking in Autumn. The texture on this one is softer and a tad slippery, which creates a little lather.

These lovely products have shaken up my routine in the best way and I just had to share them all! What have you been loving lately?

Birchbox Sale! Last Summer Friyays 25% off Discount

An even better deal than the Sephora Sale!

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Birchbox is having their last Summer Friyay sale with 25% off everything on this page! That’s a pretty great deal for cosmetics – even better than the 20% Sephora Rouge sale. And anyone can use the code SUMMER25 to get the discount! I’ve rounded up my favorites and best recommendations below.

MAKEUP:

  • Benefit Bad Gal Bang! Bigger, Badder, Volumizing Mascara – $18 after discount. This is one of my favorite mascaras because it adds volume and separation without getting spidery or smudging.
  • Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil – $19.50 after discount. Super plush glossy oils in a bunch of pretty tints. The Raspberry is my favorite because it smells so yummy!
  • Coola Tinted Mineral Liplux SPF 30 in Tan Lines – $13.50 after discount. I love a lip balm with SPF and these are reef safe too. Tan Lines is a pretty coral-y nude.
  • Love of Color Liquid Shimmer Shadow in Stardust – $7.50 after discount. Such a steal for this long-wearing cream shadow that catches light beautifully.
  • Milk Makeup Holographic Stick in Stardust – $21 after discount. I just purchased this from the Sephora sale… This is a way better deal! Gorgeous on lips, eyes, and cheeks in duo-chrome pink with purple iridescence.

SKINCARE:

  • NuFace Prep-n-Glow Cloths – $15 after discount. These are perfect for travel since they remove makeup and lightly exfoliate in one step. No need to rinse!
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment – $78.75 after discount. One of two chemical exfoliants that I adore. It smooths and plumps almost immediately and removes dead skin cells and brightens overnight.
  • Too Cool for School Egg Mellow Cream 5-in-1 Firming Moisturizer – $27 after discount. The ultimate multi-tasker, this rich cream acts as an anti-aging serum, moisturizer, eye cream, neck cream, and overnight mask. I’m usually skeptical of x-in-one products, but this one is the best I’ve tried.

HAIR:

  • Davines This is a Sea Salt Spray – $21 after discount. A non-drying sea salt spray that perks up my waves and smells delicious. I spray it in damp hair and air dry.
  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo – $15.75 after discount. My favorite dry shampoo ever! Removes all oil without any residue and adds a little volume too.
  • Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray – $31.50 after discount. Another beachy, texture spray, but this one leaves more of a shiny finish when dusted onto dry hair. Still so expensive, but way better than $42.
  • R + Co. High Dive Moisture and Shine Creme – $21.75 after discount. The perfect lightweight cream to add a dose of hydration to my ends or help tame flyaways.

BODY:

  • Sumbody Salt Scrub – $14.21 after discount. This Milky Rich scent is so decadent and feels luxurious. The scrub isn’t too abrasive, but if definitely gets the job done.
  • Juara Candlenut Body Creme – $26.25 after discount. This rich body butter is perfect for after shaving or all-over moisturizing. It also smells delicious – clearly a theme with the scents today.

OTHER:

  • Swell 17 oz. Bottle – $26.25 after discount. These are the best portable bottles I’ve ever tried. They keep drinks cold for 24 hours (really!) and look great while doing it. A desk and gym necessity for me.

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Here’s my little wishlist too:

  • W3ll People Natural Contour and Highlight Duo – $18.74 after discount. I already love the highlighter in this duo for a natural glow. I’d like to try a cream contour/bronzer (this looks a bit warmer) and this would be great for travel.
  • Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks – $18.75 after discount. I’ve been eyeing this brand since they launched and am trying to step up my eye care game. Plus these just look fun.
  • Georgette Klinger Coconut Facial Mist – $6.75 after discount. Such an affordable facial mist from a clean brand that’s on my wishlist. The coconut and green tea combo sounds lovely, plus there’s aloe and grape extract for even more hydration.

Have you tried any of these products already? What are you snagging from the sale?

Birchbox August Unboxing and Mini Reviews

Monthly unboxing and review

It has been the busiest summer! I can’t believe we’re 2/3 through August already… Does everyone say that? Summer usually flies by for me, but it’s pretty relaxing.  Between traveling more than usual, having friends and family visit, building a bunch of new furniture for the apartment, getting ready to transition into an exciting new role, and working on a new fitness schedule, I’m feeling pretty stretched. All good things thankfully, but I have to say I’m looking forward to things settling down a touch this fall.

Anyway, here’s my August Birchbox! I chose the curated box this month because I knew I would use every single product. I was really excited to see Amika in this month’s edit as I love their hair-care products; I’ve also never tried a dry shampoo foam and was pretty intrigued. The Phantom Hydrating Dry Shampoo Foam is fun to use, effective at removing oil, and actually adds volume to my strands as well. I dispense about a golf-ball size puff, flip my hair down, and massage it into my roots. It feels almost wet, but it doesn’t leave any residue or dampness behind and (as with all Amika products) smells lovely.

The other hair-care item I received is Oribe’s Featherbalm Weightless Styler. I was definitely looking forward to trying this because Oribe products are so luxurious; their Apres Beach Spray is one of my favorites. This balm provides light hold, nourishes, and protects against UV rays and heat. I think it did a surprisingly great job moisturizing as my hair was nowhere near as frizzy as usual, but I could use a bit more hold for my curls.

For skincare, I have yet to try this Borghese Advanced Fango Active Mud Mask because my skin is currently a bit dry and mud masks tend to dehydrate my skin. It’s a decently sized sample though – I think I will be able to get about three uses from this jar – which makes it perfect for travel. I’m heading to Mexico in a couple months and the humidity there might contribute some oiliness/clogged pores that this mask would be perfect for.

I received two makeup products this month, a cute Kabuki Brush from Birchbox and a Cheek Blush from Doucce. The brush is really soft and would be great for travel since it’s so small. It smelled a tiny bit like vinegar at first, but I washed it before using and that disappeared thankfully. The size and shape of this brush makes it great for setting powder or even bronzer. This RSVP blush is such a pretty, subtle shade of pink. The powder itself is very soft and blendable too. However, I don’t love the packaging as it’s meant to go in a Doucce case or z-palette (neither of which I own).

Box Breakdown

  • Dry Shampoo Foam: .75 oz = $3.54
  • Hair Balm: .5 oz = $6.18
  • Mud Mask: .5 oz = $8.8 (this same mini sells for $12 on the Borghese website, but this is the value of actually product based on the full size)
  • Kabuki Brush: full size = $5
  • Pink Blush: .12 oz = $12 (That’s with the packaging, so I’m docking $2)

For $10, I received $33.50 worth of product. I love the Amika Dry Shampoo Foam and was happy to try another Oribe product. I also received a full size brush and got to try two new-to-me brands.

What did you receive this month? Do you like choosing the Curated box or being surprised? If you’re interested in Birchbox, you can sign up with my link!