Build Up Busters

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I wash my hair once a week, on Sundays, for Jesus. If I have to wash it twice a week, there best be a good reason. My hair is VERY thick so that helps me get away with only washing it once a week, but I do need a little extra help with dry shampoo. I also like to use dry shampoo for volume. My personal favorite is the Batiste Beautiful Brunette because it works and doesn’t leave a white cast.

However, by the end of the week of using lots of dry shampoo, there is product build up on my scalp. I don’t like how that feels and I like to start the week with a clean, build up free scalp.

I rely on these two products for a good, clean scalp. They both really clean, but don’t strip or leave my hair feeling dry. In fact, it’s just the opposite!


LOREAL EVER FRESH MICRO-EXFOLIATING SCRUB

Claims–Removes impurities, flakes, and build up from dirt and excess oils :: promotes a healthy scalp

Price–$5 at Wal Mart :: $5 on Amazon :: $9.99 at lorealparisusa.com

Pros–Affordable :: sulfate free :: makes hair SO soft :: love the exfoliation/scrub it gives my scalp

Cons–Not cruelty free :: not easy to access/locate/purchase

Final Thoughts–This product leaves my hair SO freaking soft. My hair and scalp feel clean and refreshed, but not stripped and dry. I highly recommend using this if you use a lot of products in your hair.



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NEUTROGENA ANTI-RESIDUE SHAMPOO

Claims–Remove 90% of residue caused by shampoos, conditioners, and styling products :: non-irritating :: cleans your hair and instantly rinses away residue

Price for 6 oz— $5.29 at Target :: $5.28 on Amazon :: $5.28 at Wal Mart :: $6.49 at Walgreens
Price for 12 oz–$8.79 at Target :: $8.78 on Amazon :: $8.78 at Wal Mart :: $11.59 at Walgreens

Pros–Affordable :: easily accessible :: doesn’t strip the hair or dry it out :: only use once a week so it lasts a while :: WORKS

Cons–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts–I have repurchased this SO many times. I let it run out once and I really missed it and my hair did too. If you are a dry shampoo user like me or use a lot of product, you need this.


How I use these products

  1. Wet my hair and apply the LOreal Scrub–I really work this in till I can feel the exfoliating beads on my scalp. I usually leave it in a few minutes while I wash my face or exfoliate my body.
  2. I rinse the scrub out and apply the Neutrogena Shampoo.

I don’t use conditioner all over my hair, especially not near my roots. However, after using the Neutrogena, sometimes I use a hair mask on my ends. If I don’t use a hair mask, I will spray a leave in conditioner.

 

Trash Talk II

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I’ve shared empties posts a few times before, but if you’re new to empties, here’s the skinny–these are products that I completely used up. I give mini reviews and tell whether or not I would repurchase. It’s a good way to sort the good from the bad and see what’s worth buying and what you can skip.

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MAKEUP

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SKINCARE

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MISC

  • Up & Up Cotton Rounds
    • Necessity for me
    • Repurchased
  • Large Cotton Balls
    • I prefer cotton rounds, but somehow ended up with these
    • Would not repurchase, prefer the rounds
  • Leopard Print Q-Tips
    • Wish I could find the leopard print aging, but I haven’t seen any since I bought these
    • Repurchased plain boring ones
  • Daylogic Solid Brush Cleaner
    • My favorite affordable brush soap
    • I can only find it at Rite Aid and their stores are closing
    • Would/will repurchase when/if I can find it
  • Rubbing Alcohol
    • Use this to clean my brushes, helps break down product that is caked and built up in the bristles
    • Repurchased
  • Japonesque Solid Brush Cleanser
    • Loved this, worked really well
    • Would repurchase
  • Dial White Tea Hand Soap
    • Love the scent and it’s cheap
    • Repurchased
  • Contact Solution
    • I always buy the store brand. I think they all work the same.
    • Repurchased
  • Crest 3D White Toothpaste
    • Always buy some kind of Crest whitening toothpaste
    • Repurchased

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NAILS

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HAIR/SHOWER 

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SAMPLES

  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders
    • I know so many people RAVE about these powders, but I found them to be too glittery
    • Would not purchase
  • Sephora Collection Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Cream
    • Did the job, but didn’t knock my socks off
    • Would not purchase
  • GlamGlow Dream Duo Overnight Transforming Treatment
    • I’m going to assume that this a product you have to repeatedly before you notice a difference
    • Expensive
    • Would not purchase because of price
  • Beauty County Rejuvenating Day Cream
    • Really liked this–hydrating, but not too heavy or emollient
    • Expensive AF
    • Would not purchase because of price
    • I really want to try more Beauty Counter products but it’s all so dang pricey
  • Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil
    • Awesome makeup remover
    • Similar, more affordable products that do the same thing
    • Would not purchase because of price
  • belif Aqua Bomb
    • This moisturizer is very similar to my beloved Neutrogena Hydro Boost. Obvi, the Neutrogena is my favorite and is so much cheaper
    • I like this, but prefer my Neutrogena
    • Would not purchase because of price

 

You can read other Empties posts here, here, and here.

Best of Beauty 2018

I thought about making this a week long thing but I’m too lazy for that and I prefer a one stop shop so here goes!

Also, if it’s a product I’ve reviewed, I’ll link to the review.


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PRIMERS
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Physicians Formula Bright Boost Oil Elixir
elf Prep & Blur Stick
Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner (review)

CONCEALERS
BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Concealer in White
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer (review)

FOUNDATION
Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage (review)
LA Girl Pro Matte (review)
NYX Mineral Stick (review)
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Breathable (review)
Revlon ColorStay Full Cover (review)
Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define (review)
Too Faced Born This Way (review)
Ulta Moisturizing Stick (review)
Estee Lauder Double Wear (review)
Mary Kay Mineral (review)


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POWDERS
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pore Pressed 
Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder (review)
Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Ghost
J. Cat Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain
Rimmel Stay Matte Loose Powder

HIGHLIGHTERS
elf x Heart Defensor Coffee ‘n Cream
Physicians Formula Butter in Pearl
Ofra Pillow Talk
Maybelline x Nikki Tutorials Master Chrome
Colour Pop Luster Dust in Strobe Globe

BLUSHES
LOreal Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush
Milani Rose Blush Trio

BRONZER
Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze Bronzer in Fair to Light

CONTOUR
Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Fawn

SETTING SPRAYS
Too Faced Hangover Rx
Colour Pop All Star
Essence Keep It Perfect! Makeup Fixing Spray
Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray


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EYES & BROWS
Anastasia Beverly Hill Single Shadows
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadow in Marie Antoinette
Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liquid Liner in Deep Brown
Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retract
Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Pencil in Soft Brown
Almay Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde
Tarte Busy Gal Brows Tinted Brow Gel
LOreal Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara
MAC Dazzle Shadow Liquid in Every Day Is Sunshine

TOOLS
ecotools Perfecting Cushion Sponge
Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge
Japonesque High Density Foundation Brush
Real Techniques Brush Crush Volume I Brushes
Morphe M439
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MASCARA
Catrice Glam & Doll (review)
–Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Fiber Mascara (review)
Revlon Volumazing (review)
Maybelline Total Temptation (review)
Lancome Monsieur Big (review)
Stila HUGE Extreme Lash (review coming soon!)
CoverGirl Total Tease (review)
Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer (review)


lips

–Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow & Arrow
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Lip Color in Melon Pop
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks
Victoria Secret Velvet Matte
–Victoria Secret Velvet Matte Sheer
Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Lipstick #44
Kopari Lip Love
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick shade 91 Seduisante
Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Posie K
Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Posie K
LOreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick


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CLEANSERS
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub
Bare Minerals Skin Polishing Grains (major game changing product for me. I found them at TJ Maxx for $5.99 and I will never be without this.)
Neutrogena Acne Proofing Daily Scrub
Shea Moisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Cleansing Balm
–Neutrogena Hydro Boost Micellar Water (not available in the US yet, but I bought from this website. It’s sold out right now)
Garnier Micellar Foaming Cleanser
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelee Milk Cleanser (not available in the US yet)

EYE CREAM, TONERS, & SERUMS 
It Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream
Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal
BareMinerals Age Defense & Renew Serum (found at TJ Maxx for $12!)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Express Hydrating Spray (this is too thick to use as a spray, so I put a little on a cotton pad and use it as a toner)
Aveeno MaxGlow Infusion Drops (another game changer)

MOISTURIZERS, MASKS, & TOOLS
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50
GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment
Origins Ginzing Energy Boost Gel Moisturizer
elf Pore Refining Peel Off Mask
elf Massaging Facial Cleanser
–Jade Roller (I got mine at TJ Maxx for less than $10)


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HAIR
Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo
Biolage ColorLast Shampoo & Conditioner
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
LOreal Hair Sheet Mask

BODY
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hand Gel Cream
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Body Gel Cream
Tree Hut Moisturizing Shave Oil
Tree Hut Shave Prep Sugar Scrub
Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter


354635347 hours later, we’re at the end.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far and in general.

I’d love to know your stand out products so leave them in the comments!

P.S. I’ve already been buying and trying and testing products to report on in 2019.

June Favorites

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Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette + Essence All I Need
I don’t wear eye shadow very often, but once I saw Jade share this Charlotte Tilbury cream shadow, I had to have it. I am in love with the shade! Since it’s a pretty penny, I want to be sure and use it and get my moneys worth. You could wear it alone, but I always put a powder shadow over a cream. $35 cream with a $2 powder, it’s called balance, friends.

Chanel Rouge Allure 91 Seduisante Lipstick
I went to NYC the last weekend in May for my BFFs wedding. I decided to pick this up at the airport to commemorate my trip. I love the idea of a memory being tied to a certain lipstick. For the past few years, I’ve bought myself a high end/luxury lipstick for my birthday. Each time I reach for that shade, I remember my birthday and different events from that year. Now, every time I reach for this GORGEOUS Chanel shade, I’ll remember my best friend’s wedding.

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Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
I got a sample of this at Target and fell in love with the scent. I don’t like the feeling of lotion because so many are so greasy and just sit on my skin rather than sink in. Fortunately, this one doesn’t do that. It absorbs quickly, hydrates, doesn’t leave a greasy feeling, and it smells so. dang. good.

Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life
I got this in my Target Beauty Box in May and even though I haven’t used it up yet, I already bought a back up. There was a gift set on sale that came with the scrub and the body butter and I couldn’t resist.

LOreal Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair & Protect Balm + Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo
I only wash my hair once a week, usually on Sunday. I don’t use dry shampoo till about Thursday and if I have weekend plans, I will wash it on Friday or Saturday. I always get asked how I only wash my hair once a week. I’m very lucky and my hair just doesn’t get oily easily. The other trick is the aforementioned combo. I use this conditioning mask and leave it on about 20 minutes. I rinse it out and then use the Neutrogena shampoo. The mask/balm hydrates my hair and makes it soft and shiny and the Neutrogena gets any residue left behind from the mask and other hair products. Another bonus, they’re both at the drugstore and super affordable.

LOreal EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask

Claims
Shower steam allows formula to melt onto hair for shiny locks without weighing-down the hair

Price
–$3.97 @ Wal Mart
–$3.99 @ Target
–$4.49 @ Ulta

Options
–2: Intense repair (pink) and deep moisture (teal)

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Fun!
–Only need 5 min
–Innovative
–Mess free
–Sulfate, paraben, and dye free
–Vegan

Cons
–None

Final Verdict
This mask left my hair so soft and silky! You only have to leave it on for 5 minutes while most other deep conditioning masks have to stay on around 20 minutes. I like that you have your hair out of the way while you do other things i.e. wash your face, shave, etc. I love and recommend this and I would definitely buy it again.

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Best of Beauty 2017: Skincare, Hair, & Nails

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