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Purple Shampoo for Bottle Blondes


purple shampoo HASK drugstorePurple shampoos are amazing for preventing and treating brassy hair when you go from dark hair to blonde hair.  The undertones of dark hair are red/orange.  This “brassy” look is generally not the most flattering.  So, many of us wash our hair with purple shampoos and conditioners.  However, after using a purple shampoo for a few weeks, I noticed that my hair still feels dry and coarse.  This is the case with many purple shampoos (including the name brand ones!).  They only treat brassiness without hydrating plus they contain hash chemicals such as sulfate that can lead to further drying of your fried hair.

Honestly, if my hair gets any drier then it’ll just be straight straw.

The Purple Shampoo Dilemma

Now, it seems like you have to pick between having brassy hair or dry hair.  But I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to choose because HASK came out with the perfect solution!

Blue shampoo for blonde hair that is made with hair-nourishing oils!  My hair has been dry and brittle ever since I bleached it.  Like Jenna Marbles said, “It feels like Doritos.”

Unlike many shampoos out there, HASK does not have any parabens or sulfates in their products.  When a shampoo and conditioner contains sulfate it can lead to further drying and damaging of color-treated hair and normal hair.  And HASK blond care shampoo and conditioner contains Argan to help nourish and hydrate your damaged hair!

I love the ingredients in HASK products and I love that I now have a shampoo that treats brassiness without trying out my hair!  Plus, HASK is super affordable.

And if your hair is in need of serious hydration then you have to dry the HASK hair masks because they smell amazing and make your hair feel soft and look shiny.  Trust me, after a treatment, you’ll feel like you’re in a hair commercial.  So feel free to let yourself do a little sexy hair dance.

Did I mention you can pick HASK up at Walgreens and Ulta?  Points and discounts?  Sign me up!

**Disclaimer: I received the HASK shampoo, conditioner, and treatment mask free for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.**

Teeth Whitening for Coffee Stains

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I started using teeth whitening strips in high school.  My five AP classes led to many all-nighters and a never-ending need for caffeine.  I drank so many cups of coffee and tea that I’m pretty sure my body was 90% coffee.  From sophomore to senior year, I think my teeth got three shades more yellow.(GROSS!) I knew I had to do something.  So, I begged my mom to go to Costco and get the big pack of Crest 3D teeth whitening strips.

I was so excited and thought that it’ll be a one application miracle.  However, my results were less than stellar.  On first application, the teeth whitening strips did absolutely nothing.  I felt the gel kind of foam up but that’s pretty much it.  Plus, the gel tasted super bitter when I accidentally ran my tongue against the back of my teeth.  It took about five applications over the course of three weeks to see any result at all.  It barely removed any yellow stains.  I had to use a whole box before I saw a significant difference in my teeth.

Price Comparison: Crest 3D vs. Smile Brilliant

A box of Crest 3D Whitestrips with 12 treatments costs $28.49 (on sale!) at Target.  At the regular price, the whitestrips can cost upwards of $40.

A customized Smile Brilliant set costs $159 for 27 applications.  After you have your custom tray made, 27 applications the 9 syringe pack only costs $69.

The Right Teeth Whitening Strips for You!

I’ve been a loyal user of Crest whitestrips for 6 years now and I thought that all teeth whitening strips would probably be the same. But when I tried out Smile Brilliant.  I knew I was wrong.  Just look at my before and after photos.

My teeth are stained from my three cups of coffee a day (especially around my bottom teeth). Just looking at them makes me cringe!

After one application of Smile Brilliant, I’m sold.  My front teeth looks so pearly white in this photo!  I definitely need to try another treatment to get rid of the stains on the bottom row but you can actually see a difference.

With Smile Brilliant, you get a quality product that works!  You won’t be wasting precious time and money on whitening strips that take multiple treatments to see results.

Plus, Smile Brilliant gives you custom trays that are made from impressions of your own teeth rather than slapping minty band-aids over your teeth (which is essentially what Crest 3D Whitestrips are).  The trays fit perfectly over your teeth and don’t slide around like the whitestrips.  The gel is also unscented and has no taste to it which is much better than the bitter taste of Crest Whitestrips.

The whitening gel of both Crest Whitestrips and Smile Brilliant kind of bubble up and adhere to your teeth.  Crest Whitestrip has a slight tingling sensation but the Smile Brilliant whitening gel definitely has a mild tingling sensation.  If I had to compare the sensation on a scale (1 as nothing and 10 as painful) Crest is 2 and Smile Brilliant is 4-5.

My teeth feel more sensitive after the Smile Brilliant treatment but my teeth are a whole lot whiter too.  Overall, I would recommend trying out Smile Brilliant because the awesome customer service and customized products helps you get the treatment that’s perfect for you!  Your smile is uniquely yours so give your teeth a customized treatment.

Smile Brilliant: My First Impressions

When you get the box, it looks a little intimidating with all the various syringes, little clay pots, and mailing info BUT the people at Smile Brilliant definitely made it easy.  This teeth whitening treatment is a no-brainer! They have step by step instructions accompanied with helpful photos.  The directions are easy to follow and I got my custom whitening trays in the mail just a week after I mailed off my impressions!

After I applied the whitening gel to my trays, I placed them on my teeth and removed the excess gel with a cotton swab.  Within minutes, I felt a tingling sensation that’s similar to a deep cleansing mask.  The tingling feeling stayed for another 15 minutes and disappeared around the 30 minute mark.  The tingling sensation is similar to a super minty toothpaste or mouthwash.

I kept my whitening trays in for 45 minutes and the tingling sensation intensified a bit towards the 35 minute mark.  Once I removed my trays, I brushed my teeth, cleaned the trays, and applied the desensitizing gel for a full 20 minutes.  The desensitizing gel feels amazing after your whitening treatment.  It’s kind of like the namaste portion of yoga.  You’ve done the work, so it’s time to relax.  Put on a sheet mask and give your skin a treat too!  You deserve it.  It’s been a long week right? (Don’t worry if it’s only Monday, you’re still recovering from last week)

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If you’re not sold already, check out these other testimonials:

SMILE BRILLIANT’S VEGAN AND CRUELTY-FREE GEL INGREDIENTS: https://www.smilebrilliant.com/articles/teeth-whitening-gel-ingredients#julietlylillyrose
10 FACTS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TEETH WHITENING: https://www.smilebrilliant.com/teeth-whitening-facts#julietlylillyrose

**Disclaimer: I received the Smile Brilliant Set free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

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Double Cleansing with Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleanser + Why you should do it


double cleansingDouble Cleansing has saved my skin.  It’s been two years since I started double cleansing.  I used to wash my face every morning and night with a “deep clean” cleanser but my face never felt clean.  Sometimes my skin felt tight and stripped of moisture.  However, it still didn’t feel clean and my toner pad definitely confirmed my thoughts because I could see my cotton pad soaked in toner turning a very unappealing shade of beige.

BUT I have found the solution in double cleansing.

Double Cleansing

The first step involves an oil cleanser.  This step is super important even if you have oily skin.  The oil breaks down your makeup and really emulsifies everything.  Plus, it leaves your skin feeling super smooth.

Lately, I’ve been loving the Farmacy Green Clean cleansing balm.  It’s gentle and effective.  Farmacy Beauty products have great ingredients including: sunflower oil and papaya extract for radiant skin.

After you cleanse with an oil, use a gentle milky cleanser to really clean all the dirt and gunk your pores accumulated throughout the day.

Why You Should Do It

Yes, it’s an extra step.  BUT it’s well worth it because you get truly clean skin.  When your skin is clean, your pores are less clogged and reduced in size.  Plus, your skincare actually works better because it can absorb in to your skin rather than sitting on top of all the left over residue from a long day out.

Double cleansing breaks down makeup, oil, and dirt so your skin can look and feel clean.  Plus, the ingredients in Farmacy’s cleansing balm helps clean, nourish, and heal the skin.  It’s also important to follow up your oil cleansing with a gentle milky cleanser to wash away any excess oil and give your skin a deeper clean.  The oil breaks down everything on the surface while the milky cleanser keeps the pores clean without stripping your skin.

If you want to give the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Melting Cleanser a try, take 20% off your purchase with this code: Green81 (offer valid till October 31, 2017)

**Disclaimer: I received the Farmacy Cleanser free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

No makeup makeup look for Acne-prone skin + The Perfect Products that Won’t Break You Out

No makeup makeup look is the perfect way to brighten and tone your skin while still letting it breathe.  When you pile on heavy foundation and powders, your skin suffers because your pores are clogged with products.  Skin needs to breathe in order for it to heal.  So for everyday makeup, keep it natural.  Your skin and your time will thank you because it honestly takes forever to go full-glam anyway.

The Products for a No makeup makeup look

First step in any no makeup makeup look is to prime the face. My favorite primer is the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.  I ‘ve used this primer for years now and it’s never broken me out.  If you’re looking for a similar primer then the Too Faced Primed and Poreless primer is also amazing.

After priming my face, I love using the Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Makeup.  It has light coverage that evens out the redness in my skin which is the key to the no makeup makeup look. You want your skin to be more even toned and still look like skin.

For more coverage, I apply the matching concealer on my blemishes.  Even though it doesn’t completely cover them up, I like that the concealer does not emphasize the dryness and contains salicylic acid to treat my blemishes.

Next, I powder with Neutrogena skin-clearing powder that blends into my skin for a satin finish.  This powder, unlike many powders I have tried in the past, does not cling to dry spots (even when I use the white high-coverage side!)

After powdering, I’ll fill in my brows and contour my nose with a light contour powder from Too Cool For School Art Class by Rodin.  This gives my face a natural definition.  Using the same contour powder, I use a fluffy brush to add dimension to my eyes by blending the contour shade in to my crease.  Then I’ll apply a light dusting of Tarte Amazonion Clay blush on my cheeks for a natural flush.  If you’re looking for another blush that gives you a natural flush then I would recommend the Stila Watercolor blushes.  They’re beautiful and blend in to the skin like a dream!  (Just remember to apply this before powdering your face.)

To finish off the look, I apply the NYX butter lip gloss in Tiramisu and a light coating of the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.

The products mentioned (if you want the list)

  • SmashBox Photo-finish Primer
  • Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Foundation, concealer, and powder
  • Too Cool For School Art Class by Rodin Contour powder
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush
  • Stila Watercolor blushes
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Review of Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Makeup

no makeup makeup look

I have dry acne-prone skin and for years, I’ve suffered from cystic acne breakouts.  Normally, skin-clearing makeup clings on to dry patches or dries out my skin.  However, the Neutrogena Skin-clearing makeup has blended beautifully in to my skin and has not irritated my skin.  This first photo is me without any makeup on.

no makeup makeup look

This next photo is with a layer of foundation.

no makeup makeup look

These are my blemishes with only foundation and no concealer.

no makeup makeup look

Then this next photo shows the light coverage from the concealer.  As you can see it gives a tiny bit more coverage and decreases the redness.

no makeup makeup look

This last photo is after powdering.

The formula is light and non-irritating. The foundation and concealer provides light coverage that evens out redness but will not cover blemishes or hyper-pigmentation completely. I also love that the powder comes with a dual-sided sponge that is high coverage (white) and low coverage (orange) side.

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Overall, the Neutrogena skin-clearing line has a satin finish and gives the skin a natural coverage that is perfect for everyday makeup.

For me, I would love to see a Neutrogena skin-clearing line that uses benzoyl peroxide because the salicylic acid is not clearing up my skin. But I am in love with the Neutrogena rapid clear acne gel.  It’s totally saving my skin!

Have you tried these products before?  Comment down below!

**Disclaimer: I received these products free for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.**

Skin Changes + Why It happens and My Old Favorites and Recent Hate Its!

skin changes products The Body Shop DermaE Neutrogena GlamGlow

Skin changes, real or myth?  Is it possible for your skin to change and your product favorites and holy grails to become hate its?  Yes!

Skin changes happen because your skin can get used to products and they can lose effectiveness over the years.  Since I just finished all my bottles of foundation, I thought this would be the perfect time to put this post together.  (Yes, I resisted the urge to buy more until I finished all the ones I had.  It was quite the feat LOL.  But I did it.  And I am on the hunt for another foundation.)

So, I revisited some old favorites and it turns out that they no longer look the same one me…

It’s so sad.  I comprised a list of my old favorites to recent hate its.

Why your skin changes?

Like your body, if you keep doing the same routine it no longer will be as effective as when you first started.  Your skin changes because it gets used to the products you’re using.  So your once holy grail skincare/ makeup products can soon become a “this kind of sucks” product.

How my skin has changed?

I used to be really oily.  My skin type was oily, but now my skin type is combination oily and dry.  Yup, dry patches on my jawline, mouth and eye areas.  And oily only on the T-zone.  My skin is a walking juxtaposition.

Makeup That No Longer Works

Since I’ve noticed my skin changes, I have found that quite a few of my old favorites just don’t look right on my now dry skin.  It blends weird, looks patchy, and clings to dry patches.

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation – this used to blend beautifully in to my skin and give me great coverage. But this foundation now clings to dry patches and looks like a mask on my face.
  • Ulta double duty 2 in 1 foundation- A great dupe for the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation, but now it looks cakey on my skin. And when I recently tested it out, this foundation actually made my skin feel itchy.
  • Benefit Hello Oxygen Powder foundation- When I had oily skin, this kept my skin looking matte and gave me decent coverage.  But now it looks like cake-face and clings to dry patches.  This foundation no longer blends into my skin instead it just sits on top of the skin.
  • Rimmel London wake me up concealer- I used to use the medium shade as a contour, but I recently found that the concealer breaks me out.  This concealer is sill great under the eyes, but I can’t use this concealer anywhere else on my face or I’ll get a nice patch of tiny little bumps.
  • Cover FX blemish treatment concealer- This is great for treating acne spots but it emphasizes the dry patches all around the blemish which draws way too much attention towards my breakout.
  • Almay Blemish concealer- Also great for covering oily skin and acne but the formula is way too dry for me now.
  • Physician’s Formula- I used to use this everyday in high school.  It never breaks me out, but when I picked it up again at CVS I found that the powder sits on top of the skin, looks dry and cakey, and sticks to dry patches.

Skincare That No Longer Works

Skin changes also affect my skincare routine.  When I continued using a lot of these products with my skin changes I noticed more dry patches and redness from my face all the way down my neck.

  • The Body Shop Tea tree Mattifying toner- This is way too drying.  My skin actually turned red because it was so dry.  I had patches of skin flaking off my cheeks and forehead.  I looked like I was going through a chemical peel.
  • The Body Shop revitalizing night cream- I think my skin has also become more sensitive to oils and scents because this moisturizer actually breaks me out now! This is so sad because it left my skin so soft and smooth.
  • Peter Thomas Roth sulfur treatment- I used to love anything that has sulfur in it.  But this mask does nothing for my breakouts.  It only dries out my skin and leaves it feeling tight and stripped of all moisture.
  • Kate Somerville sulfur treatment- My old holy grail breakout treatments!  I can’t tell you how many of these I went through.  But my skin got used to it and it doesn’t heal my blemishes like it used to.
  • Neutrogena spot treatment- My go-to treatment to prevent breakouts.  This cream is now less effective.  I used to apply this once a day and it was enough but now I need to apply twice a day for it to keep breakouts at bay.

Products that still work

  • Bourjois healthy mix foundation and concealer- This gel consistency glides over dry patches and gives me a light coverage that evens out my skin-tone without irritating my skin.
  • Rimmel London Wake me up foundation- A great light formula that still blends beautifully in to my skin for a dewey finish.
  • PUR cosmetics hydrafluid- My skin always looks fresh and dewey with this foundation.  It’s wonderful and doesn’t break down throughout the day.  But if you don’t like the dewey look, don’t forget to set it with powder!  The coverage is light to light medium.  The only down-side to this foundation is the color selection.  It comes in only five shades and none of them are the right color.  So, I mix the light and medium shades together to get my perfect shade.  (I’m NC 20 and NARS Fiji for color reference.)
  • Bobbie Brown Skin Foundation- My skin looks like skin with this foundation.  The coverage is light to medium and I love that it comes in so many shades!
  • NYX HD powder- I’m still in love with it.  It’s super affordable and makes my skin look poreless.
  • Hourglass Ambient lighting powder in diffused light- This powder doesn’t emphasize texture or cling to dry spots.  Plus, it gives my skin such a healthy glow!
  • GlamGlow Supermud Clearing mask- This mask draws out all the gunk and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft.  I generally have a few more spots after using this mask but it clears up very quickly.  This mask is great if you want to purge your skin of all the junk that gets stuck in it.
  • Tony Moly sheet masks- I love how soft my skin is after using these masks.  The tea tree mask is still my favorite go-to mask when I’m breaking out.
  • DermaE purifying cleanser- skin changes can be difficult and I am super glad that I can still use this cleanser because it cleans my skin without leaving it tight and stripped of moisture.
  • DermaE purifying mask- I use this mask once a week and my GlamGlow mask every 2 weeks to keep my skin clean!
  • Soap and Glory Peaches and Cream Cleansing Milk- I love how gentle this cleanser is and it removes any leftover makeup residue I have left from my makeup wipes.
  • Neutrogena Rapid clear (10% benzoyl peroxide)- It’s a little drying and I must use a good moisturizer, but no more breakouts!
  • CosRX Pimple patches- Lifesavers!  I have cystic acne and these patches suck all the pus out without leaving a nasty scar.  Plus, I don’t pick at my acne anymore because I have patches on them.