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?

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!

Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale Recommendations (Fall VIB Sale)

Best items to buy with the discount!

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The Sephora sale is back starting tomorrow for Rouge members! I’m actually not Rouge this year – thumbs up for not spending $1k in the past year, but I am sadly missing the 20% discount. As a VIB member, I get 15% off starting next Thursday, August 30th. Beauty Insiders get 10% starting next week as well. To shop online, use discount codes: YESROUGE, YESVIB, and YESINSIDER.

Here are some of my very favorite products that are worth a haul. I’ve repurchased most of these, including the Caudalie Sorbet, Drunk Elephant Bars, Bite Lip Mask, Josie Maran Body Butter, and Comptoir Sud Pacifique Perfume several times. Others are recent discoveries that have achieved HG status already, like the Isle of Paradise Drops and Herbivore Prism.

In the general, the sale is a great time to pick up high-end brands that are rarely discounted, like Pat McGrath and Tom Ford, and well as fragrances and discovery kits, so you can try more for even less. I’ll pop a wishlist on my Instagram Stories next week, but here are some tried and true recommendations:

Herbivore Botanicals Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion – This is my new favorite exfoliating serum. It has a pretty watery consistency that layers well with other skincare products. I only use this at night and happily wake up the next morning to soft, glowing skin. Full review coming soon, but I highly recommend this.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet – A wonderful hydrating lotion with clean ingredients. This feels lightweight, helps with redness, and is cruelty-free, vegan, and oil-free. It also smells lovely and the packaging is cute.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil – Another glow-making product! This is a hydrating and anti-aging overnight oil that replaces moisturizer and serum for me. It has retinol for plumping the skin, helping with wrinkles, and smoothing pores. I also love the blue tansy and chamomile ingredients for soothing redness.

Drunk Elephant Baby Pekee Bar and Juju Bar Travel Duo – These are so convenient for travel since they’re smaller and don’t count as a liquid. Even though they’re little, these last about six months or longer, so they’re definitely worth the price. The Pekee bar is amazing for gently removing makeup while Juju lightly exfoliates, making it a great morning or post-workout cleanser.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter – The unscented version is actually my favorite because it smells like whipped cream! This is my favorite body butter ever. It’s so hydrating without being heavy; the whipped formula is definitely light and luxurious. Since you can get a great body butter at Ulta for less than $10, I only splurge on this during the sale. It lasts a few months thankfully.

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops – I use the Light version of these drops mixed into body lotion before I go to bed. I wake up a shade or two darker with even coverage and no orange tones. I never thought I’d be into self-tanning (it always seemed so time-consuming and hard to get it to look natural), but this has completely changed my mind. Full review here and routine details here!

Ciate London The Pretty Eyeshadow Palette – Out of all of my eyeshadows, this is my ultimate go-to. I use it every. single. day. You can create a very natural-looking matte eye, everyday shimmer look, or add drama for a night out. While it’s a neutral palette, the pop of orange, purple, and gold make it pretty versatile. It’s relatively affordable too and great for travel.

BareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer  – This is another item I use in my daily routine because it couldn’t be faster to apply and it looks so natural. I lightly sweep this along the perimeter of my face in a 3 shape. The Medium shade is perfect for me, even when I’m much more fair, so you may want to swatch this one in store. The texture/finish reminds me of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders; there’s a tiny bit of shimmer that adds a nice, healthy-looking glow with absolutely no detectable glitter particles.

Bite Agave Lip Mask – One of the most moisturizing lip balm products I’ve ever tried. It has a thicker consistency that melts onto the lips for a comfortable, plush feeling; this helps it last for a good few hours on the lips. The finish has some shine, but it’s not terribly glossy. Smashed is my favorite shade, but I’ve tried the clear and Champagne versions too. I really want to try the newer Maple and Lavender shades!

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray – Amazing if you have dry or damaged hair! I love a lightweight leave-in that takes care of frizz, protects from UV, and adds a good dose of moisture; this spray does it all while smelling nice. I definitely want to explore more from this brand – they’re pretty clean and cruelty-free too.

Verb Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner – Another great fix for dry hair. This duo helped so much with my curls without being heavy. It also smells great, but it isn’t overbearing. I’m currently using the Ghost Line (reviewed here!) which I’m loving and may be better for my newly short hair. Either way, I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from this brand and it’s already affordable thankfully.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Coco – This is my favorite warm and sweet scent. It’s not too close to baked goods, but it definitely has some nostalgic vibes in my opinion. Vanilla is my classic winter scent, but the coconut in this adds a tropical vibe that is fun for warm-weather vacations too. Perfume is rarely on sale, so this is a great time to treat yourself or pick up gifts.

There are so many products and brands from Sephora that I love (Tata Harper, Hourglass, and First Aid Beauty to name a few), so I couldn’t include everything, but these products popped into my head right away and are so good I HAD to include them. What are your Sephora Favorites?? Anything new you’re picking up during the sale?

Verb Review and Updated Haircare Routine

An affordable and luxurious line

Verb has quickly become my favorite haircare line. I love their scents, simple packaging, and effective products. Plus they’re all $16, cruelty-free, and sulfate-free! You can actually receive 16% anything from Verb through my link if you’d like!

Their Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner were my go-to shower choices for the past year, and I wanted to try another one of their lines when I ran out last month. I decided on the Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner which cleanse and smooth weightlessly. My hair is pretty fine, so it’s easily dragged down (which can make my curls fall flat). It’s also quite dry; the Hydrating line did a great job addressing that, but it’s good to rotate every once in a while.

I’m really enjoying Ghost so far! The Shampoo lathers into a really fluffy and soft wash that easily rinses out. It doesn’t feel stripped or straw-like afterward either. The Conditioner is hydrating without being heavy. I leave it in for about five minutes before rinsing and it makes my hair feels really soft. They both smell great, but it’s not too perfume-y or strong. I think my hair could use a bit more moisture/taming, which is easily solved with my styling products.

For some added frizz-fighting and UV protection, I’ll spray the Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil Primer from roots to ends. It’s also lightweight and smells nice, plus it adds that extra boost of hydration to my dry hair. Lastly, I lock it all in with the Verb Curl Cream. This really helps define my waves into looser ringlets while adding hold that’s not crunchy at all. I haven’t found a curl gel or cream that works as well and has allowed me to wear my hair down so much more often! I would highly recommend this product if you have waves or curls.

I love how quick and easy these few steps are. I only wash my hair about three times a week, so I’ll add in dry shampoo and other styling products throughout the week to help keep my hair feeling this clean and smooth.

Verb has so many interesting products and since it’s an affordable brand (especially for Sephora), I feel like I can explore without too much risk. Plus, I’ve liked everything I’ve tried so far! Their Sea line, Dry Shampoo, and Volume Spray are definitely on my wishlist.

Have you ever used Verb? What’s your favorite haircare product?