Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Fix For Dry Scalp

For years I've struggled with extremely dry scalp. I've tried medicated shampoos and conditioners, specialty products; basically anything and everything on the shelves for dry scalp. While some of the products have helped a little, I (still) haven't been able to find a shampoo and conditioner that works for curing my dry scalp. A few months back I bought moroccan oil and have been using it as a shine and strengthener on my hair. A couple nights ago after I got out of the shower I thought I would try massaging it into my scalp in addition to putting it in my hair and it did the trick! I was afraid it would leave the top of my head greasy but it didn't at all. If you're searching for something to help dry, itchy scalp you have to try this! While I don't have a shampoo/conditioner that works for my problem, moroccan oil will work for now and it also smells so good!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A New Start, A New Blog

As some have you may have noticed, my work out calendar on the right side of my blog has been empty for a couple months. I religiously updated it every day with my workouts but after a certain number of views, it became "locked" for a few weeks, then released and I could then continue to update it. Since the calendar only allowed for sporatic updates on my workouts, I just started a new blog completely dedicated to diet and fitness. It will solely track my progress; what I eat and what I do for excercise.
Visit my new blog

Friday, March 26, 2010

Drugstore Beauty Products I Love

Most of the beauty products I use are "high end" but I have found several drugstore products that work fabulously for me. Below are my favorite items that I re-purchase time and time again...
I use Aquaphor every single day during the winter or any time my skin is dry. No other facial moisturizer has worked as well to hydrate my skin in extremely dry areas. Now, I do not use this all over my face because it is VERY heavy and thick. I only use it on my forehead between my eyebrows and close to my hairline (these areas are EXTREMELY dry on my face). Also, I never put it on in the morning. It takes hours to absorb since it's so heavy, so after I wash my face at night I slather it on and my skin is hydrated and not dry in the morning.
I know I've blogged about Tresemme's Heat Protectant before but it's seriously a miracle worker. My hair loves me for using it because I use heat on my hair almost every day.
If you follow me on Twitter you might know that I tried facial wax for the first time a few weeks ago. I don't know why I didn't try this sooner. My mustache was out of control (IMO)--no, it wasn't a full-on 'stache but it definitely glistened in the sun when I caught myself in the rear view mirror while in my car. I love that the Sally Hansen stripless wax doesn't hurt horribly. I was terrified of using it but coming from a wuss--no pain! I just bought another jar for round 2 of mustache removal.
Love, love Revlon's lip glosses. I own three of them and I've never found another drugstore lipgloss I like more than Revlon's. I just recently bought the lilac color (pictured on the right end) and it is GORGEOUS. If any of you have tried MAC's cremesheen gloss in the lavendar color, it's similar but has more of a color payoff.
I usually do my own nails (can't say the same for my toes--I can't give myself a pedicure to save my life!) and Sally Hansen's Double Duty clear polish is amazing. It's SO shiny, and my nail polish stays on for 5+ days which never happened before I started using Double Duty. I've used OPI and various other topcoat polishes and none have compared.
Too often I am way too lazy to wash my face at the end of the day so I keep these in my night stand drawer. They have probably prevented numerous breakouts and do the job well at removing all traces of makeup.

What are your favorite drugstore beauty items? I'm always looking for new goodies to try!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Clarisonic Mia: A Review

First of all-I am so sorry my posts have been so sparse!! I'm currently in the thick of finals, being sick and having visitors from out of town. Bear with me; everything will be back to normal next week.
On to the review...
I bought the Clarisonic Mia at Sephora 2 months ago and have been using it every other day. For the most part, I LOVE it. I bought the Mia because it's smaller, travel friendly, and cheaper than the regular Clarisonic. The biggest difference I've seen with my skin is smaller pores. When I get out of the shower (yes, you can bring it into the shower with you!) my skin is glowing. In addition to smaller pores, my skin feels SO clean and smooth after using the Mia. I've also noticed that makeup stays on longer than usual. In addition to my makeup having more staying power, moisturizer has the same effect. I'd heard this before I bought the Clarisonic and was so glad that it was true (for me). I have one complaint and that is it's difficult to cleanse small areas such as under the eyes and nose. When I do use it on my nose, it tickles like crazy. For me, the price ($150) was WELL worth it, the Clarisonic Mia has become an absolute must in my beauty routine and I bought the pink one; part of your purchase goes to breast cancer research. I want to hear your experiences with the Clarisonic if you have one, or let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Beauty Trend: Pastel Hair

In addition to candy colored dresses, pastel hair color has become quite the trend this spring. I first saw the trend worn on Kelly Osbourne (I know she wasn't the first one to rock it), but now I see it all over! I'm kind of intrigued by it as I love pastels, but I probably won't be carrying this trend out.
Here are a couple websites that carry pastel colored extensions:

Would you add pastel color(s) to your hair? I would love to see pictures if any of you decide to do it!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Avant Garde-Madrid Fashion Week

Last week on the runway in Madrid, Isabel Mastache's penis trouser definitely got the most attention for being the most odd piece. I was immediately reminded of Lady Gaga when I saw these pictures...maybe the male version? Anyway, I think these pants are AMAZING and hilarious so I had to share.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Recent Purchases Part II

J Crew "Rainy Day" Flats in Neon Pink
Ella Moss "Antoinette" Top-Shopbop
Marc by Marc Jacobs Mirrored Heart clutch-Marc by Marc Jacobs in San Francisco
Jonathan Adler Malibu Barbie Candle-Jonathan Adler store in San Francisco
Twelfth St. By Cynthia Vincent Faux Bra Slip Dress-Shopbop
Lulu's "Chilltown" Dress in Coral
Rory Beca Monte Carlo Wrap Dress-Shopbop
Kate Spade Pink Earrings-Bloomingdales