Current hair favorites: Summer 2016

I’ve been trying a few new hair care products over the past few months and thought I’d do a quick round-up of the ones I’ve been loving.



DP Hue Cool Blonde Shampoo. I’ve been doing the whole bayalage thing since last year and this shampoo has been helping to keep the brassyness at bay. Asian hair tends to pull warmer tones when it’s dyed lighter, so it can get that undesirable orange look weeks after being color treated. I use this once a week to combat that and get me to my next appointment. I’ve also been using the DPHUE Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner (yes I’m cheating on Wen), but I’m no totally in love with them.

Oribe Dry Texturing Spray. To be totally honest, I can’t remember if I talked about this yet. Sorry if this is redundant, but I didn’t want to skip it because I loved it enough to buy another bottle. And this stuff ain’t cheap ($40 to be exact). It adds some extra volume and texture (obviously) to my hair when it’s kind of falling flat. And it smells really good too.

Oribe Apres Beach Wave & Shine Spray. I got this when I picked up my second bottle of the above. I wanted to try something that I could quickly spray into wet hair when I don’t have time to blow dry. I love this because it doesn’t leave my hair feeling dry and crunchy after I use it like some other salt sprays. And it also smells amazing.

Ouai Hair Oil. My hair is perpetually dry at the ends and all the buzz around the brand created by the Kardashians’ hair stylist got to me. So far, I really like it. I use it after blow drying to smooth out the ends of my hair for some added shine. Or I’ll run it through my hair before air drying. This also smells nice and floral, I think like honeysuckle or baby’s breath.

Dr. PAWPAW It Does it All 7-in-1 Hair Treatment Styler. This is another gem I found at Urban Outfitters and it’s a real winner. It’s uses include detangler, leave-in conditioner, split-end reducer, and heat protectant, among others. I spray this in after showering as a leave-in and detangler and my hair has never felt so soft. It’s amazing. And it smells tropical like mangoes and coconuts (if you haven’t noticed yet I’m not very good at pinpointing scents). I will definitely be buying more of this when I run out.

Wet Brush. This baby is even better than the Tangle Teaser. It actually beats it, hands down. The only time I really brush my hair is after I shower and this makes getting through all the tangles so much quicker and less painful. So glad I gave this a try!

So that concludes all my recent hair care loves, if you’ve tried anything I mentioned, let me know how it worked for you!

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Hourglass Seamless Finish Vanish Foundation Review

I saw a review for the Hourglass Seamless Finish Vanish Foundation on Beautezine and bought it the second it hit the shelves at my local Sephora. She made it sound pretty amazing, so much so that I stalked it until it popped up as available in-store. I didn’t want to chance ordering the wrong shade online-with foundation I just prefer to see it in person. I wasn’t planning on doing this review, as I wasn’t  anticipating blogging again, so I don’t have fresh out of the box product pictures. But you know I’ve used it enough to give a thorough opinion on it.

Packaging. Love it. It’s sleek and functional, a retractable, triangular tube that makes it easy to apply product to your face. The shiny surface can get smudgy, but it can be wiped clean, unlike the rubbery surface of say, a Nars blush. Rating: 5/5

Swatched:

Performance. This is supposed to be a long-wear (12 hours), full coverage, waterproof foundation. The formula glides onto the skin easily when you swipe it onto your face. I’ve used a brush and the beauty blender to apply this and I prefer the latter. It just seems to help move the foundation around more easily than a brush and makes it meld into the skin more naturally. I’ve worn it with and without primer and I think the application is better with the primer. It can cling to dry patches so make sure to moisturize well before use. I’d say it has a satin finish and looks more natural on the skin. It’s also probably the best shade match I’ve ever had in a foundation-I got Sand which is for light to medium skin with a golden undertone.  It’s not as long wearing as the Estée Lauder Double Wear,  so I wouldn’t wear it on a long haul day or if I’m going to be out in the summer heat and humidity. It starts to breakdown around my nose before 8 hours, but I do have an oily T-zone. It looks awesome everywhere else. It would probably last the full 12 hours on someone with normal to dry skin. Rating:4/5

Price. This retails for $46 USD which is super pricey considering you only get 0.25 oz of product. I get that this is a cream foundation and they say that a little goes a long way, but I feel like to get a really good full coverage you’re going to end up using more and you’ll run through it really quickly. If it came in double or triple the amount I think it would be more worth the price. Rating: 4/5

Overall rating: 4.3/5

I would actually buy this foundation again because it applies easily and it looks so natural that I can get away with just slapping it on without even having to bronze or apply blush. With the Double Wear or pretty much any other foundation I’ve tried, it’s obvious that I’m wearing foundation and I need to add warmth and dimension to my face with other products. With this it really is just like “my skin but better”.

If you’ve given this a try yet, let me know if it’s love or hate.

Summer Beauty Favorites 2016

Hey all, long time no blog. I haven’t posted in a minute and have been going back and forth about what I want to do with this blog. I haven’t had time to devote to it in the past few months and once fall hits, I’m going to be in the same time crunch again. But, I’ve been trying some products that I can’t help but share because I think they’re so good!

 

1. Maybelline Master Contour Stick in Medium. I’ve tried a few drugstore cream contour products and this one has me impressed! It’s comes in 3 shades and I feel like they all are a good tone for a contour. I tried another one of the NYX contour products that looks like a double-ended concealer, but the contour shade is a bit to warm. This has both the contour and highlight melded together on a pointed stick, which at this point doesn’t bother me. I have to be a little extra careful to position the product carefully before swiping it on, but as it works it’s way down with continued use I wonder if this will be more difficult. It applies smoothly and blends very easily, no patchiness here. The highlight side is just okay, I much prefer the Nars Creamy Concealer in Custard. I still have a little bit of my Burberry Contour Pen (it lasted much longer than I expected!), but I won’t be repurchasing now that I’ve found this.

2. Holika Holika Magic Pole Mascara 2X. I have a new obsession with Asian mascaras. I had tried the Fairy Drops one in the past, but it smudged like crazy on me. These recent ones are so much better, there is no smudging and they remove easily with water. They don’t hold a curl quite as well as a waterproof formula, but they give my lashes enough length and volume after a couple of coats that I can’t complain. The formula of this one has fibers that give that added length and the wand is plastic with a spikey ball at the end. I got this one from Urban Outfitters but it’s no longer available on their site. I did see them on Amazon though. I just picked up another Asian brand I found at Ulta, hopefully it’s just as good.

3. Elta MD UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen. My skin had been going insane a couple of months ago, thankfully after a trip to the derm it’s been a million times better. I’d thought that maybe the new sunscreen I’d been trying was the culprit (it wasn’t) so I decided to try this dermatologist tested, hypoallergic one. I love it! I easily absorbs and doesn’t leave a white cast. It has a lotion consistency, but doesn’t feel heavy. The treatments I’ve been using have been drying on my skin, so I find that this also give me a little extra moisturization.

4. MAC Fix+. I’m waaaaay late to the party with this product, but so far so good! It’s a nice setting spray and I like that it sprays a fine, even mist on the skin. I still think the UD All-Nighter works best in terms of longevity, but this still does the job.

5. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation. I’ve always heard good things about this foundation, but the brand never really appealed to me. It’s always seemed too stuffy and old school to me. But after watching and reading many good reviews I decided to give it a try. The MUFE HD Foundation I’d been using looks great in photos and in the short term, but in the summer heat and for longer days it just doesn’t last. It gives good medium to full coverage and keeps my T-zone from getting too shiny as the day goes on. It also lasts pretty much all day, except around my nose which tends to be my problem area. I use the shade 3W1, it’s a little too light for me right now, but it’s a good match in the colder months.

6. Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. Another cult beauty product I’ve wanted to try since ‘baking’ became a thing, but couldn’t justify buying cause let’s face it-I don’t need more setting powder. But then I ran into the travel size while in the impulse buy area (aka line) at Sephora and all of a sudden it wasn’t such a bad idea anymore. Plus, I actually like the small size because I never get through loose powders fast enough. This is probably the best one I’ve tried, it keeps my makeup looking good all day with the exception of my nose area because of how oily it can get. I typically find loose powders to be kind of a pain to use, but I find myself reaching for this one quite often.

So those are all the new (to me) things I’m loving lately. Hope everyone has been having a great summer so far! If you have any summer faves to share, you know what to do!