July 2014 Empties

Another month has come and gone, and other than last week’s Baby Lips slip, I’m chugging right along with my shopping ban. My shower is starting to look rather empty, which is not something I’ve been able to say in a long, long time. Here’s what I used up during the month of July:
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Oscar Blandi Balsamo di Jasmine Smoothing Conditioner: If you like the smell of jasmine, which I definitely do, there are few conditioners on earth that smell as amazing as this one. It also leaves hair shiny and soft, and really helps keep frizz at bay. My husband also really liked using it as a shaving cream – it’s apparently very easy on the skin!

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths: Since I just wrote about these, I won’t go into much detail here. Suffice it to say that they work well and did not last long!

Clarins Water Purify One-Step Cleanser: This is another quick and easy cleanser – just pour some on a cotton pad and swipe it across your face. I’ve returned to this refreshing waterless cleanser again and again over the years. It can be a little drying, so I’d recommend it to those with oily skin, or as a summertime cleanser for those with normal or combination skin.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner: This is a decent conditioner that smells like vacation. I often use this conditioner as a shaving cream.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB: I’ve written about this BB cream before. It’s my spring/summer favorite. It contains SPF 30, covers blemishes and withstands high heat and humidity. The tint is not quite light enough for my basically translucent skin during the winter months, which is the only reason I don’t use it year-round!

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips: This teeny .1 ounce tube of balm was my surprise favorite this month. This itty bitty tube lasted me months of daily use. Not only that, but a tiny dab on my lips every night kept my lips soft and supple. I’ve found that other thick lip balms can make the skin around my mouth break out, but that hasn’t been a problem at all with this one. A new favorite, for sure!

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Happy Hair

It seems I’ve been writing about hair a lot lately, probably because with the changing of seasons comes a necessary change in hair care. Plus, I’ve been experimenting with new products a lot lately, and while some have been pleasantly surprising (I’m still loving Aussome Volume 2-in-1 shampoo), it really is hard to find a new hair product that really noticeably makes a difference in your hair.

So this week I must share a story about my mom’s hair. She, like most women, has an ongoing battle with her hair. The hair issues most of us face (frizz, flatness, unruly bits) is exacerbated in her case by the fact that she has very curly hair, hair that appears to become curlier by the day. On the plus side, she can pull of the cool slightly disheveled look with ease. On the negative side, sometimes she simply does not have any control over her mane.

Recently we were talking beauty (she indulges me by letting me tell her about my latest revelations and product picks and I try to help her solve her hair- and makeup-related problems) and she told me that her hair made her feel old. She said it felt dry, and she didn’t know how to fix it.  Now, we have different hair types, and I am no expert on outrageously curly hair, but I was not about to let my lovely mother go around feeling old and unhappy. So, after listing off several of the products I have given her to try over the years, only to be met with a resounding “it doesn’t work,” I remembered the shampoo and conditioner that was sitting in my shower, largely untouched.

I instructed her to try the duo, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner. My sister had passed the bottles to me due to their coconut scent (which I love). I used the stuff a few times but found the conditioner to be too heavy for me, making my hair limp and flat. But it was VERY moisturizing, and I figured it was worth a shot.

Apparently she did too. A few days later we met for lunch. Mid-conversation I stopped, put down my sandwich, and looked at her hair.

“Your hair looks great today,” I told her.

She agreed, and told me she’d used the Hello Hydration a couple of times and that it was really starting to make a difference. I reached out and felt her hair – touchably soft! The duo had really moisturized, and relaxed her curls enough to make her hair look soft and pretty, not old or unruly.

Ah, happy hair.