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loreal-eversleek-humidity-defying-leave-in-creme.jpgI have baby fine, straight hair. Some of you may drool with jealousy at this seemingly easy hair type but I assure you, the grass is not always greener. When my hair is stick straight it looks so piecey and odd that I feel a little like Taylor Momsen, not something I strive for. So I like it to have a little bit of a natural bounce to it — to achieve this I use the L’Oreal EverSleek Humidity Defying Leave-In Creme. First of all it helps my hair from getting too much bounce from the humid summers we have where I live. Second of all it is so light and airy that it does not weigh down my poor baby fine hair. I use it every time I wash my hair and I’m never sorry I did. Plus the line is free of sulfates and doesn’t seem to have any harsh effects on my highlighted hair.

You can buy L’Oreal EverSleek Humidity Defying Leave-In Creme for $8.99 at walgreens.com.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TRESemmé. All opinions are 100% mine.

Whether you woke up late today or just want to extend your sleek blow dry an extra day, dry shampoo is your ticket to making hair look fresh and clean in seconds. Dry shampoo has long been a must-have in our beauty arsenal, so we were excited to test out the new TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo.

tresemme-dry-shampoo.jpgWhat first struck me about the shampoo is that it’s available in 4 different formulas based on your specific hair type — something completely unique to the dry shampoo market. The four formulas are:

Strengthening Dry Shampoo: The formula, with B12 vitamins and keratin, helps strengthen hair and leaves it full of healthy body.

Volumizing Dry Shampoo: The formula, with mineral clay and citrus, removes oil while injecting hair with salon-gorgeous volume.

Smoothing Dry Shampoo: The formula, with Vitamin H & Silk Proteins, refreshes your straight style by removing excess oil, impurities and odor to ensure your smooth look lasts.

Moisturizing Waterless Foam Shampoo: The formula, with Witch Hazel, Citrus, and Aloe Vera, refreshes your hair by removing excess oil, impurities and odor while moisturizing hair.

Included with the shampoo were some helpful tips on how to get the best results from Dry Shampoos:

  • Do shake vigorously before use and in between spray bursts for best results.
  • Do lift sections of dry hair and spray lightly at roots
  • Do spray in short bursts, holding 8-12 inches from head
  • Don’t spray it like hair spray (all over and continuously)
  • Do leave in for 1-2 minutes.
  • Do use fingertips or a brush to distribute product evenly

Following the instructions, I sprayed at the roots, targeting areas that seemed especially oily. Like most other dry shampoos I’ve used, the spray coated my hair with a whitish powder. I instantly noticed the clean, fresh scent which comes from citrus extracts infused into the product. After 2 minutes, I used my fingers to distribute the shampoo until the whitish powder was no longer visible.

True to TRESemmé’s promise, my hair looked instantly refreshed (and smelled great!) without water. I was pleased to see that my brunette hair didn’t have the tell-tale ashy look that a lot of other dry shampoos can leave. In addition to looking clean and non-greasy, my hair felt a bit fuller and thicker than it does when it’s freshly washed. 12 hours later, my hair still looks and smells clean.

Want to learn more? TRESemmé has teamed up with YouTube blogger Elle to create a tutorial to teach people how to use TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo properly. Check out her Top Hair Products for School video, she’s even giving away a $500 Gift Card to Target!


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I don’t worry about fine lines and wrinkles — and it’s not because I’m too young for such things! For one thing worrying causes fine lines and wrinkles so that would be counterproductive, and for another I know Say Yes To Blueberries has me covered. Their Brightening Facial Towelettes are my go to when I feel my skin needs a pick-me-up, quick cleanse, or just a refresher. I keep a pack at my desk, one in my gym bag and one at home to ensure I’m never without my secret weapon.

Swipe the soft cloth across your face and let the pre-moistened towelette do it’s job, they do a great job at removing makeup or sweat and grime and leave skin feeling refreshed and moisturized.

Say Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes are available for $7.99 at ulta.com.
Drugstore-Beauty-Products-Image.jpgWe love a luxury beauty product as much as the next girl … but once in awhile, we just like to save a little dough. Luckily, there are tons of amazing drugstore beauty products out there, all retailing for under $10! Check out some of our tried and true favorites.

Pond’s Cold Cream
If we could only use one cleanser for the rest of our lives, this would be it. It’s rich, it’s thick, it’s lush … and it removes EVERY. SINGLE. STITCH. OF. MAKEUP. Seriously, it even removes theater pancake base and layer upon layer of mascara!
$3.82 at drugstore.com

Vaseline Aloe Fresh Protecting Body Lotion
Soothe any sunburn with this aloe-infused lotion. It even has SPF 15 to protect against harmful UV rays!
$5.59 at drugstore.com

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
Give your lashes super, amazing drama with this mascara. One coat and they’ll instantly go from drab to fab.
$4.99 at drugstore.com

Skintimate Signature Scents Raspberry Rain Moisturizing Shave Gel
Not only does this shave gel smell fantastic, but it helps your razor to glide easily over your skin and shave every single hair down to the quick!
$3.29 at drugstore.com

Biore Steam Activated Cleanser with SteamActiv Beads
This cleanser is activated by steam (hence the name) and deep cleans the skin while you’re in the shower. So cool!
$7.99 at drugstore.com
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Finding a mascara that checks off everything on your laundry-list of lash must-haves isn’t always an easy feat, especially at a price point that doesn’t make you cringe. Sure, Lancome mascaras never disappoint, but they also deliver a whopper of a price tag to your wallet. I like to save the award-winning “look at me” lashes for those extra special nights out, especially from a pen-sized container bordering on $30. With that said, L’Oreal’s new Double Extend Eye Illuminator mascara is fantastic and fun - even for festive outings - for everyday lashes. 

My biggest mascara must-have is lengthening, as my lashes are much shorter than I’d want them to be, and this product definitely delivers. It doesn’t clump, and gives enough volume to satisfy that need, as well. I always have a huge problem with smudged, raccoon eyes with non-waterproof varieties, and I did not have that concern with this mascara. 

The most notable part of this product is surely the “eye illuminator” part. Available in four shades, the mascara is supposed to bring out your eye color, and my chocolate brown eyes definitely shined a little brighter with the help of the golden specks in the Black Copper hue. Though glittery lashes might be a little much for the office, I loved it for date night or glam dinners out with the gals. 

Overall, for around $10, it’s a great everyday drugstore buy with some oomph and pizazz! $10.95, drugstore.com 

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