Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Favorites in My Everyday Beauty Routine

As you guys know I'm very simple when it comes to products. I don't typically change up the core of what I use and I tend to follow the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" rule. And when I dealt with hormonal, problematic skin after weaning Charlie I was so scared to try anything new for fear of making my skin worse! I still use the same things on my face, but recently I've tried a couple new items I wanted to share with all of you:

First, while traveling recently I came across the best-smelling products in the world. Have you ever heard of Barr-Co.? We were in the shop Old Faithful in Vancouver and my friends were over in the corner sniffing away at some perfume. I took one whiff and was hooked. I can't even describe the smell, but it's very fresh and clean, almost soap-like but not quite. It's a blend of milk, oatmeal, vanilla and vetivier that is out of this world! While standing there dying over how insane it smelled, my friend Christina swooped in and bought it for me as a belated birthday gift. So sweet, right?! In the short time I've had a bottle at home, it's become my everyday scent. Hank doesn't even like perfume but loves this. I also picked up the hand cream while in Canada and have been using it nonstop. It's not greasy at all and lasts and lasts. I love this brand and I can't wait to try more of their products.

I've used Biolage shampoo and conditioner for a long time, but last year Living Proof sent me some samples of their Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner. I've always been someone who gravitated towards volumizing/body-building formulas because I dislike when my straight hair looks super flat, but I sometimes feel like they're way too drying. I was hesitant to try the PhD line because it wasn't what I would typically use, but I read that it would provide smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength, and polish. I thought that seemed pretty crazy because in my experience if something was smoothing it would most certainly flatten my hair, but I gave it a whirl. I ended up LOVING it, and have been buying it ever since. A little does go a long way- it really does do all of the things it promises and my hair has been really happy with it. And as an added bonus these products are also free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates.

This lip gloss was a gift from a friend and I have had it on everyday since she gave it to me. It's from the California brand Poppy and Someday, a line that creates products from all-natural, all-organic ingredients. The list on the back of the jar says it's made from: Coriander essential oil, Alkanet root, beet root, cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and beeswax. That's it! Great, right? It looks dark but gives just a tiny pop of color. I really love it and I bet you will too! Plus at $10 you can't beat the price either.

And finally, I mentioned this product in my last "What's in my Makeup Bag" post, but I wanted to feature it on its own because it's just that good! After months of use hasn't made my sensitive skin break out and I've really come to love it. Benefit's Fake Up, friends! This is a must-get. It's a highlighter/concealer that I use under my eyes and up above my brow bone and it delivers a great moisturizing, dewey glow, which is how I like my skin to look. It's described as being a hydrating, crease-control concealer and it definitely does that. I wear the "light" shade, and to apply I just draw a line right under my eyes then blend. Super quick and easy.

Enjoy! Let me know if you end up trying any of these.



  1. Love this! I was hoping you would tell us about the eyelash extensions that you use. I've been wanting to but not sure what brand is good. Also scurred to apply it myself since most glues say for professional use only!

  2. I've been wanting to try the PHD shampoo for awhile. It's a bit on the pricer end, but everyone I know says it is worth it! Also, I've been loving Benefit's line of concealers! They work magic.

    1. I also was worried because it was pricier, but I swear- best hair ever! You'll love it.

  3. LOVE the Living Proof hair products. No doubt they do what they say!

  4. Ohhh I'll have to check out that shampoo and conditioner!

  5. Long, long time reader here! I rarely comment, but thought I would mention an app called "think dirty." It tells you what's in all of your beauty/household cleaning products, and it really opened my eyes to what was going on with my skin. I feel your pain on the hormonal acne problems, but switching over to the completely natural side (not the fake "all natural" Aveeno), I have really seen a difference. I've been using S.W. Basics and love it. Just thought I would share in case you want to take a look, or simply look into it yourself. There's also a book out by the owner of S.W. Basics called Skin Cleanse that's supposed to be amazing and I am currently waiting for. Okay, I'm rambling, but I'm just trying to spread the word! Thanks for your posts! :)