Hask Deep Conditioner Review

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Let’s talk about my favorite hair products ever!

When I started dying my hair, it became dry and brittle. Every time I washed my hair, it just got tangled and ended up in a huge knot. Can’t tell you how many times I had to rip out a knot in the shower!

So in my quest to find a solution to my damaged hair, I found the most wonderful hair product in the world – Hask Deep Conditioners!

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Monday Mornings

This is me on Monday mornings. No makeup. Messy hair. Eating cereal out of a Tupperware container. This is the epitome of a Monday morning.

As I get dressed for class and eventually put on some eyeliner and concealer, all I can think about is how I would have NEVER posted a picture sans makeup like this a few years ago.

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Lush Ultrabland Cleanser Review

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It’s product review time! The last (and first) time I went to Lush, I asked for some products that would help clear up my skin and solve the whole oily skin problem. Maggie, the lovely lady who helped me, recommended Ultrabland. She said she used it regularly as a makeup remover and cleanser, and when she tested it on the back of my hand, I was all about it. But I wasn’t ready to drop some big bucks, so I asked for a sample instead.

Recently, I grew some balls and tried it for the first time… and I did not like it at all.

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Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask Review

You know how some people say that Asians have the best skin? Well I must not be one of those Asians. Being totally honest here, I’ve struggled with acne since the fifth grade. And it wasn’t the “oh no, I woke up with a pimple” type of acne; it was the “my face looks like the surface of the moon” type of acne.

Aside from acne, oily skin runs in my family, so just imagine how many oil blotting sheets we have to go through. The oily skin is probably my biggest pet peeve just because I can’t take any good picture without my face blinding someone. So I have embarked on a journey to save my skin, and this is the first product I’ve tried: Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask!

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The description for this product says that it’s supposed to draw out impurities and oil without overdrying skin, so I figured it was worth a shot. The first thing I did was wash and dry my face, then it was application time!

The actual mask is hella smooth and spreads easily, BUT it starts to dry super fast. I would suggest squeezing a lot out on your hands and working fast to smooth it over your face (but it may get messy so proceed with caution).

Note: I also read in a review that you should shake up the tube to mix together the contents before you start. If you don’t, you’ll just be squeezing out water when you open it.

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The directions tell you to wait ten minutes, so that’s what I did. Kind of. It was more like seven minutes. I hated the feeling of not being able to move my face, hence the not-so-happy face in the second picture. Then I took a towel and rubbed off the flaky parts of the mask.

Now here is where I really want you to pay attention. It is going to be a dust storm up in your bathroom. Seriously. Rubbing off the mask sends millions of tiny particles all over the place, and it’ll get in your nose and eyes if you’re not careful. Plus, the directions say use tissues, but I don’t think tissues will hold up against the rugged edges of the mask. The next time I use this mask, I will probably use a damp towel to rub it off, then I’ll wash off the excess mask off my skin.

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So the results. After rinsing and drying, my face was super dry. Like the driest I’ve ever seen my skin. But there was absolutely no shine at all, which was great! The next thing I noticed was how smooth my skin felt. Rubbing off the mask was kind of like exfoliating my skin, so I was pleasantly surprised to feel like I had rubbed off a layer of dead skin.

Since the mask did dry up my skin, I immediately applied moisturizer, but after a couple of hours, I could tell there was less shine. After a couple of days, I am also noticing less shine. So I think this product did exactly what it was supposed to do, but I’m just not in love with the dryness immediately after washing it off my face. But it’s definitely worth it because I’m definitely liking this less shiny face!

My Favorite Estée Lauder Products from Christmas

I’m cheap as hell, and that’s a fact. So when I get gifts like this, I cry tears of happiness because now I can have fancy beauty products and 12 Chipotle burritos.

It’s hard to even fathom the thought of having Estée Lauder products in my possession. But my parents splurged and got me an Estée Lauder makeup set this Christmas, and these two miracle workers were included in the set.

This serum is probably the most amazing thing I own. It’s supposed to fight wrinkles, and even though I’m only 21, I’ve got some tiny wrinkles around my eyes and mouth. I don’t know how it works, but my face has been feeling softer and looking firmer after I’ve used it. I’m hoping that it’ll help me age more gracefully.

I use this as a moisturizer after I use the serum at night, and it goes on so smooth. It kind of does the same thing as the serum but with just more moisturizing qualities. It helps smooth out my skin and keeps it tighter and brighter.

Now the only reason I don’t recommend anyone getting this is because of the price tag. It’s freaking awful, and I would so much rather spend my money on food. But hey, that’s just me. If price wasn’t a factor, I would 100% buy these two items because they really make a difference in the way my skin looks and feels. Even though I’m 21, this shit makes me feel like I’m 16 (minus all the pimples).

How to Shimmer, Shine and Sparkle for New Year’s

Woohoo, it’s almost 2016! What’s everyone’s new year’s plans? If you’re headed to a party for New Year’s Eve, make sure you get all glammed up for the occasion. Here are some ways you can add some sparkle to your outfit and give everyone something to talk about!

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2. Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadows1424977-main-hero-300

3. Forever 21’s Rhinestone Statement Necklace00181250-024. Essie’s Set in Stone Nail Polishluxeffects_set_in_stones

5. Express’ Sequin Caminew_1707_F11

6. Express’ Silver Glitter Sleek Heeled Sandalexpress-shiny-silver-silver-glitter-sleek-heeled-sandal-product-0-713587848-normal

5 Holiday Must-Haves

Winter – my least favorite season. I always say I was born in the South for a reason, and that reason is that I hate the cold. Since winter in inevitable, here are some of my favorite things to make this holiday season a little cozier.

1. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizerproduct_revitalizing_moisturizerAvoid looking like a ghost this season and stay golden during winter with Jergens Natural Glow. It’ll give you some color without making you look like you stepped out of the tanning salon. It’s a great alternative to tanning beds and spray tans, so I would highly suggest this to everyone who is looking to get a nice glow without damaging their skin.

2. Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipsticks

touch20of20spice-cs20mattes-packKylie Jenner may not be the best role model, but you have got to admit that her make up is always on point. If you’re not looking to spend a fortune on lipsticks, head to your local drug store and pick up a tube from Maybelline’s Color Sensational Matte line. I have four already, and my favorite is Touch of Spice. It’s a great color for all of your fancy holiday parties.

3. Estee Lauder’s Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme51h4xcix7kl-_ac_ul320_sr290320_Alright, now I didn’t actually buy this because it’s hella expensive, but I can’t imagine my life without it. It has definitely improved my skin. I use it at night, and when I wake up in the morning, my skin feels softer and looks brighter. This product will come in handy after those long nights out.

4. Yankee Candles1199601If you plan on spending most of you time in the comfort of your own home during winter break, make sure your house smells wonderful with Yankee Candles. They have a ton of great scents for the holiday season, so take your pick because you can’t go wrong.

5. Yaktrak’s Cabin Sockspdsp1-21770373p275wWhile you’re at home, there’s no easier way to get comfy than to slip on some soft socks. My favorite socks are these cabin socks that are so warm and cushiony, and they just make you feel like you should be sitting around a fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. These also make great last minute gifts because no one is going to say no to these socks.