Cheap Thrills

Hello loyal readers, my apologies for the gap between posts! I’ve been a very busy girl, having just moved into a new house! After lots of planning, weeks of packing, and days of moving, I am sore, exhausted, and sublimely happy to be moved in.

That being said, let’s get down to beauty. I am always on the lookout for great beauty products at every price range. And this time of year, when the Holidays are creeping up on us, I find myself both drawn to the holiday beauty displays (there are so many!) and overwhelmed with guilt if I purchase something for myself. After all, I’m supposed to be doing my holiday shopping! So this week I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite cheapies, so you, too, can buy yourself a little pretty, without a lot of cash (or guilt).

Aquaphor Healing Ointment: This miracle cure-all is as good as everyone says it is. Especially in colder winter months, I keep a tube in my purse, one in my desk, and one on my nightstand. It’s super moisturizing and protective. I use it on chapped lips, dry elbows, and my sore nose after a cold. My boyfriend puts it on his face to avoid windburn before cold weather outdoor activities. It’s a wonder-product, and you can get a two pack of the mini tubes for around five or six bucks. Worth it.

Suave Tropical Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner: Ringing in at about two dollars and fifty cents a bottle, Suave Tropical Coconut Shampoo and Tropical Coconut Conditioner both smell amazing. Imagine the way your hair would smell if you were on a tropical getaway and smothered yourself in sun tan lotion and tropical perfumes, while sipping exotic beverages out of a coconut shell. That is how good this shampoo smells. As an added bonus, it makes hair super soft without becoming greasy.

Wet N Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow: For a whopping one dollar and ninety-nine cents, go buy yourself one (or several) of these creamy eyeshadow crayons. They glide on easily, look gorgeous on, and wash or wipe off easy too. My favorite shade is Pixie, and shimmery beige.

Want Softer Hair?

I guess the answer to the title question would probably be, who doesn’t? Every girl wants to feel pretty and certain things add up to feeling prettier – smoother skin, brighter eyes, and, naturally, softer hair.

In addition to eating pretty, there are a few additional things you can do to make your hair more touchable. Many soft hair solutions involve getting a little dirty, or at least letting your hair get dirty. Hair models are known to go days or sometimes weeks without shampooing, because the scalp’s natural oils are great moisturizers and help keep hair healthy. So, as yucky as some might find this advice, skipping a day or two between washes, even if only occasionally, can help you take advantage of those natural moisturizers. Also, not washing often leads to not styling, and giving your hair a break from your hair dryer/curling iron/straightening iron is an added, healthy-hair bonus.

Regular brushing can also help stimulate some of that oil production and help distribute those moisturizers along your strands. But if skipping a shampoo or increasing oil production just isn’t your thing, there are some things you can do in the shower.

Never underestimate the power of conditioner. In addition to your daily slather, using a weekly deep conditioner can really help your hair stay soft. Even if you don’t have a special treatment, leaving your regular conditioner on for a few minutes before rinsing is an easy way to give your locks some TLC.

And if you’re just looking for a miracle shampoo that will magically transform your hair from frazzled to unbelievably soft, I’ve got some good news for you. Pantene’s new Solutions line of products offers a Frizzy to Smooth shampoo and conditioner that are simply amazing. They smell great, and have honestly made my hair ridiculously soft.

Rather obnoxiously, I’ve gone around asking friends and family members to touch my hair, and they all agree that it is unusually soft.

Not bad for a bottle of drugstore shampoo.

Body and Bounce

The title of this post might lead you to believe that it is about excercise and sports bras and things of that nature, but it’s about hair. More precisely, it’s about my hair, and the wonderful thing that started happening to it since I started using Living Proof’s new Full Thickening Cream.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have very thick hair, so it may seem odd that I’d be drawn to a thickening cream. But don’t let its name fool you – this product doesn’t give you more hair. What it does is give you longer lasting body and oomph.

I was drawn to the product after reading several articles about it claiming that it could make hair full and voluminous. It also claimed to be touchable and non-crunchy. Long lasting hair greatness without the crunch? How could I resist.

It turns out, the rumors were true. The smarties behind the Living Proof  line (MIT professor Dr. Bob Langer is one of its founders) created the product to make strands of thin hair stick together, mimicking thicker hair. But it also helps those of us with thick manes that fall flat, because it keeps your style from failing.

The first time I used Full Thickening Cream, my hair had volume at the roots, and that volume lasted even after sleeping on it. The fact that it made my hair shiny and incredibly soft didn’t hurt either.

It’s official. I’m hooked.