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agadir_smh.jpgI have long, thick, wavy hair. That’s the dream, right? Except I forgot to mention one other adjective: frizzy. Enter Agadir’s Argan Oil Hair Treatment.

During my latest hair appointment at Maude, my stylist Claire used a dime-sized amount of the product on my tresses after towel-drying my hair and I immediately thought, “Of course, talk up the $26 hair oil and then try to sell it to me as I walk out the door.” But she didn’t have to try at all because I was happy to pick up a small bottle and an even smaller TSA-approved travel tube of the stuff after what it did to my hair. It tamed my hair, but left it feeling natural and not at all product-y.
 
Added bonus: it works brilliantly as a finishing serum.
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There are some brands, like Mario Badescu, that seem to make products we instantly love. Their Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater is one of those never-fail-us products that we can’t imagine starting the day without. 

The MB description mentions it can be used for just about anything:

“Simply formulated with fragrant Herbal Extracts and Rosewater for a pleasant, pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. Spray your day and night creams for a boost of hydration or use it to set make-up or spray on dry hair throughout the day. Safe for all skin types. Gentle, non-irritating.”

We’ve always turned to rosewater-infused products for a soothing effect on our skin. They’re perfect for dry situations (especially when traveling on a plane, or in the colder months). But our absolute favorite use for this Facial Spray is as a finishing touch over a freshly made-up face. Thanks to that specific tip from a professional makeup artist, we never walk out of the house without it! 

It sets your makeup perfectly, helping it look fresh, non-powdery and youthfully dewy. It smells faintly of roses, which is nice, and the cool mist in the morning is a nice little pick-me-up! For just $7, it’s absolutely a must-have in your beauty product collection. $7, mariobadescu.com
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There’s almost nothing more annoying in the beauty world than the following scenario: You spent the past 20 minutes perfectly manicuring your nails and toes. Base coat, two coats of color, top coat, dry. Just when you think your nails have fully dried, you go about your business, only to smudge your freshly painted nails on the first thing you touch. ::insert aggravated grunting, scoffing and the occasional profanity here:: 

Thanks to Essie’s Quick-E drying drops, you can say a perfect-nail goodbye to not-dry-enough nails. Even with our fast drying top coat, we have to wait about 10 or 15 minutes to feel remotely secure enough to handle anything. One or two drops of Essie’s oily drops to top off our at-home manicure (a minute after you put on your top coat) is all you need to get you going in just a few minutes. Place the oil drop at the line of your cuticle and let the oil drip all the way down your nail. Though the product mentions you’re good to go in seconds, we’d wait about 2-3 minutes before moving forward. 

It’ll definitely be one of those products that you just can’t live without! $14.95, ulta.com
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Ever felt silk between your fingers? Well, we hadn’t either, until we washed our locks with Dove’s Advanced Care Intense Damage Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner. We were originally hesitant to try it, because, no matter how dry our hair feels sometimes, we wouldn’t necessarily consider it damaged enough to need “intensive repair.” But it smelled nice - clean - and we’ve always had good experiences with Dove products, so we gave it a whirl. 

After one wash, and about 2 minutes of conditioning, our hair felt light, clean, but nourished. The comb effortlessly made its way through our wet tresses. We purposely did not put any hair serum in our hair, or blow dry it, because we wanted to see how our hair felt air dried and sans serum. 

Well, we couldn’t believe our fingers when our hair dried a little later. In the past, our hair only felt this soft after the salon. If we can get silky, shiny, light, airy hair with just a drugstore shampoo and conditioner, why spend over $20 a bottle on our favorite salon brands? Not sure, but what we know is, we have a new favorite go-to shampoo and conditioner! $4.75, drugstore.com


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Ever since we discovered the Jo Malone brand about five years back, it’s held the crown for our favorite line of fragrance. The reason for this firm stance when there are so many options out there? That’s easy. The Jo Malone brand is unique. There are few fragrances like the ones produced by the unabashedly English company. And perhaps what we love the most, is that they are total purists - they stick to what they know, and that, dear readers, is scent. Glorious, different scents that make you feel like you’re in on a wonderful secret shared by few. 

So it should come as no surprise that the release of their new collection - the Tea Fragrance Blends - thrills us to no end. There are five scents in total (we got to sample four), and we were very much surprised (though we’re not sure why) with the complex, yet delightful fragrances in each 1 fl. oz (30 mL), limited edition glass bottle. 

Here are our thoughts on each fragrance we tried:

Assam & Grapefruit Cologne - this one is by far our favorite scent. It’s crisp, fresh and fruity, with a slight underlying warmth and spice. It has just the right amount of citrus notes, but isn’t too bright that you smell like a cup of grapefruit juice. This could easily be our go-to, everyday cologne.

Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne - we thought we knew what this one was going to be like, but we were totally wrong in all the best ways. Honestly, we don’t really get the cucumber, but we don’t love this any less. Definitely more complex and heady than the Assam & Grapefruit, sweet, yet spicy with a hint of fruitiness. The kind of scent that you can’t help but keep sniffing because you are determined to figure out what it reminds you of. 

Fresh Mint Leaf Cologne - there is no mistaking that this is a mint-packed scent. It gets you right at the get go, and develops into an herbier note the more it settles in. It feels cool on the skin, awakens our senses, and makes us envision running through an English countryside in the middle of spring. It’s the perfect scent to spritz on after a cool shower, and feel…well, like “ahhhhhhhhhhh” (really, only a spa-like sound can fully describe this smell.) 

Sweet Milk Cologne - we were a little nervous to give this one a go, as it sounded like it could be sickeningly sweet, but it wasn’t (especially when you layer it with the Grapefruit cologne, to bring in some freshness.) The almond in this fragrance is very present which we grew to love the more we wore it. 

Sweet Lemon Cologne - we did not get to sample this scent, but Jo Malone says the following: “Mirroring the custom of adding a slice of freshly-cut lemon or a sprinkle of sugar to a cup of just-brewed tea, Sweet Lemon is given a fruity twist with pineapple, peach and fresh green cypress.” Sounds yum to us!

$55 for 1 fl. oz., nordstrom.com


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