Monday, February 28, 2011

it truly "Does It All"

I've tried for years. I have tried to find a cheaper version of this hairspray, but I just cannot find something that I love as much as Bumble & Bumble's Does It All Spray. It's magic in a bottle.

Growing up the only thing I liked about hair spray, was the way it reminded me of my grandma's bathroom. (She used Shaper Hairspray and to this day I love the smell because I picture myself sitting on the bathroom counter as my grandma was getting ready) But I never used hairspray myself because it made my hair feel gross and sticky.

In high school, I started using Bumble & Bumble's hair spray whenever I would curl my hair because it didn't feel sticky, held my curls, and smelled fabulous. Now I use it as a finishing spray almost everyday, and it's light enough to not weigh my hair down, but strong enough to do the job. Every other hair spray that I have tried, makes my hair feel "crunchy" and I like to be able mess with or change my hair during the day, and using regular hair spray wouldn't let me.

So if you have a hair spray that you love - please let me know! I'm always willing to try something new, it just has big shoes to fill in the department.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday's Cheap Thrill

Maybe I got this habit from my cousin Lauren, but I cannot go to bed without taking a bath. It's become a nightly ritual that some people make fun of, but I can't stand the feeling of going to bed dirty. I've spent quite a bit of money of bubble baths in the past, but with my new resolution to save money, I set out to find a less expensive one that I like. I like the Johnson's Baby BedTime Bath, but I found one that I like even better. My favorite scent is gardenia, (I get that from my grandma) and I found Bodycology's white gardenia shower gel & foaming bath at Target. I think it was $3.99 and it smells fabulous.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sonicare for your face

I have used a Sonicare toothbrush for about 6 years, and wouldn't dream about going back to a regular toothbrush. In fact, the couple times I've used a plain toothbrush I don't think it cleans as well. I have now become this way about cleaning my face. I talked about the Clarisonic Brush awhile ago, but only because of the pink color. That following Christmas, I received one and oh my goodness, it is amazing. Not to toot my own horn, but I receive compliments on my skin pretty often, and when they ask what I do, all I say is SPF everyday, and my Clarisonic Brush. I've had a handful of friends buy one since then, and all of them can say they see an improvement in their skin. This brush uses Sonicare technology and it takes about a minute to clean your whole face. I am naturally blessed in the fact that I've never had REALLY problematic skin, but I would have my regular breakouts. I cannot remember the last time I had a blemish on my face, and I attribute it all to this brush.
I know it's not a cheap investment at $195, but it is something you will use for years, and once you start using it, you won't want to go back.

Anyone else out there have one and love it too??
and something completely unrelated -  Mr. Charlie got a new haircut and is feeling quite dapper. (when I got him, he looked like he had been cut with a weed wacker, so he is a work in progress right now)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday's Cheap Thrill

Today, I"m going to let PW (the Pioneer Woman) tell you about a product that has been in my possession for quite some time. (and I'm not embarrassed about it)


Link to PW's blog post

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Eyes on Kappa

I admit - I miss college. My brother has always told me I was an idiot for finishing in 4 years and not stretching it longer. I now agree with him. So any chance I get to pretend like I'm back at Baylor, I take.

This past weekend I went to Waco with Katie and Mallory, two of my old roomies from college for Kappa initiation. Mallory's little sister was getting initiated, so we went to surprise her sister. We arrived in Waco in time to go to a late dinner, and had the full intention of pretending like we were back in college and go out afterwards. However, that did not happen. After dinner, we were extremely tired, so we drove around Baylor and laughed at all of the old memories we remembered, then went back to the hotel since we could barely keep our eyes open.

We had been joking all night about how old we felt, and Mallory started to complain about her non-existent wrinkles around her eyes. So that led to the discussion about skincare and how we are now taking much better care of our skin since college. I then asked them whether or not they used an eye cream, and both said they don't, and haven't found one they like since their eyes tend to be sensitive. I introduced them to the only eye cream I have found that does not make my eyes burn, and genuinely makes my eyes feel moisturized. It's Clinique All About Eyes - Rich.

I'm normally not a huge Clinique fan, but I have tried so many eye creams, and this is the only I have found that works really well. I am on my 3rd bottle of this stuff, and haven't gone a day without it in over a year.

If you have sensitive eyes, this eye cream is really great. It lasts for a long time, and it's only $29, which isn't too bad for a decent eye cream.

I guess it's a clear sign that we are getting older when our conversations now consist of skincare and age prevention, but with these girls, every conversation is hysterical, no matter what the topic.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday's Cheap Thrill

Today's cheap thrill is my favorite hand soap. Kind of random, I know. Many of you know the Mrs. Meyer's brand of cleaning products, and probably have used their hand soap in either the lavender scent in your bathroom or lemon verbena scent in the kitchen. Well I have a different scent that I love. It's their honeysuckle hand soap. I love the smell of honeysuckle, and this soap smells really clean, and it doesn't dry out your hands. (which can be a problem in these winter months) It's only $3.99, and I found it at Target. (I have yet to see this scent anywhere else) I just hope they come out with other things in this scent soon!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ruthie Hart's Wedding

On Saturday I had the privilege of doing Ruthie Fanning's (now Hart) makeup for her big day. Ruthie is the younger sister of my dear friend Cori, who got married just a year and a half ago. I've known their family for years, and it was a blast getting to hang out with them all weekend!

Ruthie wanted dramatic, sexy eyes, and she was more than pleased! She is a BEAUTIFUL girl so it wasn't hard to make her look glamorous for her big day!

Here are a few pictures from getting ready, to the wedding itself.

Thanks Ruthie for letting me be apart of your special day!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thursday's Cheap Thrill

It is no secret that I highlight my hair. I've been doing it since 8th grade, and have no plans to stop. BUT - this has wrecked havoc on my hair and continues to make it extremely dry. For years my hair dresser would tell me that I need to be using a deep conditioning treatment. The first one I got was Bumble & Bumble's DEEEP conditioner, and of course it was amazing. However, I went through it so quickly that I had a hard time justifying buying it again, so my hair went back to feeling like straw.

I finally was sick of my dry hair this summer (all of the direct sun from laying out was not helping my hair too much either) so I decided to do some research for a new deep conditioning treatment. And I am happy to report that I found a great one, AND it's at your grocery store. Loreal EverPure Moisture Deep Restorative Masque does the trick.

My hair dresser even told me that my hair is in better shape! I know my hair would be much healthier if I wouldn't basically put bleach on it every 8 weeks, but this at least helps to lessen the damage. :)