As I’ve mentioned in other posts, my hair tends to be more on the dry side and totally frizzy if left untreated. So, needless to say, I was on the hunt for a hydrating hair mask to bring more moisture and life into my hair. I’ve been using Pantene Pro-V Moisturizing Hydrater for just that purpose for about two years now, and I absolutely love it. Best of all, it only costs about $4 a bottle.
As they say, variety is the spice of life, so I like to keep several different beauty products on hand and switch it up occasionally. I have been a powder foundation fan for quite some time but I recently found a new foundation to add to my rotation: L’Oreal’s Magic Souffle Foundation.
While I love getting dolled up, I’m a total sucker for beauty shortcuts – a cute up-do to cut down on primp time, a tinted moisturizer to get bronzed and moisturized in one step, a quick highlight shadow under your eyebrows to give them better shape when you’re due for a wax. So on days when I just don’t have the time or energy to do my hair, I let it be curly.
Skin exfoliating is pretty much my favorite thing ever. I didn't think I even needed to do it until my college roommate let me borrow her scrub. My skin was smoother than ever before and when I used my moisturizer, my face looked healthier than it had in a long time. Ever since then, I've been using St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub because it's incredible and costs only about $4.
Feb 27, 2012
Okay, so this may sound like a weird pick for a beauty product column but I 100% swear by Vaseline. For years I’ve been using it for everything to keep my skin and lips moisturized. Especially for lips. I literally put it on every morning and every night before bed, and even before heading out for the night, and haven’t had to worry about chapped lips all winter.
Feb 13, 2012
Come summer time, the heat does a real number on a gal’s hair and, even though it’ll be months before we need to worry about it, I have to share my ultimate hair styling product, straight out of the drug store. Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk is a godsend for anyone with hair that seems to bounce back to being curly the second you step out the door (like myself).
Feb 6, 2012
Although my favorite makeup has always been mascara, a good lip gloss can be the perfect addition to complete your look, especially for a night out. Swiping on some gloss right before heading out instantly makes you look completed and put together. I tend to keep it simple on my lips and go for sheen rather than pigment in a balm or gloss.
This budget beauty find is by far one of my biggest obsessions: Revlon ColorStay Blemish Concealer. Besides the fact that it's just $8 at drugstores, it is an extremely handy tool for getting ready. It comes in a tube with an easy-to-apply brush, which I use after my foundation to cover up breakout areas or any unnevenness.
Besides drinking lots of water and washing your face regularly, everyone could use a good moisturizer. After dabbling with different drug store and luxury brand moisturizers, I found Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer.
The single most important part of applying makeup, to me, is a pump of volume to your lashes before stepping out the door. So, needless to say, I’ve been through countless tubes of mascara in attempts to find the best brand. While I can say you’ll probably get big results from an expensive cosmetics store brand, one of my favorites is actually from the drugstore.
The whole experience has made me want to continue with a vegan diet, but I’ve definitely had my doubts. Even as I hit my stride and it got easier toward the end, I still get tempted to just get a slice of pizza or chicken teriyaki for a quick dinner, but I try to remember that more often than not, this is what I want and after learning about the ethical reasons of veganism, that food just wouldn’t taste as good anyway.
This week I finally feel like I made some progress. I’m getting more used to not eating certain things and preparing easy vegan replacements. I know it seems pretty much like common sense but it has been endlessly helpful to have vegan-friendly snacks always on hand.
So far, this hasn’t really gotten any easier - I have made some minor mistakes. Like when my sweet tooth craving hit during homecoming and I (drunkenly) ran to Dunkin Donuts for a chocolate glazed donut, but I’d say that’s been my worst slip up yet.