Hey guys! I’m currently writing to you all while nestled up in a little cafe in Budapest and I couldn’t love it more if I tried. This city is charming to say the least and I’m in no hurry to leave. I’ve got Chris to my left, a raspberry smoothie and Americano to my right, copious amounts of sunshine on my skin and some good tunes in my ears. Life is good.
So I wanted to do a quick little roundup of the six beauty products I’ve been absolutely loving as of late – truly worth sharing, and you all know how I love to spread the wealth when I’ve come across a good find. So lets get started, shall we?
Origins GinZing Eye Brightening Cream
This brightening eye cream has become one of my favorite ways to wake up in the morning. I usually leave it in my fridge, so that when I apply it first thing in the morning after brushing my teeth, it’s nice and cold and rids my eyes of any dark circles and puffing. There are so many of these products on the market (I’ve tried what feels like all of them) and this is by far the only one that’s given me good results. I let it sit for about 30 minutes before I do anything else, but you can certainly continue on with your routine if you’ve got to get out the door.
St Tropez Express Self Tanner + In Shower Lotion
After Budapest we’re heading to Croatia for Yacht Week, so I knew I needed a good glow for the trip. I had been getting airbrush tans for quite a while, but I wanted to have control over how tan I was and of course wanted a way to maintain the tan since I’m going to be abroad for about two weeks. I did some research and came across St. Tropez, and initially loved that A) it’s express, so no waiting 8 hours before you can shower. B) There’s a mitt, which I was a little weirded out about at first, and then came to find that it gives beautiful, overall even coverage. You simply rinse it out with some soap and water when you’re done, and the major bonus is that you don’t have to worry about having orange palms ;) Ladies, can I get an amen? The gradual maintain in shower lotion smells super lovely (so does the tan, if you can believe it!) but does require you standing in the shower for 3 minutes before you can rinse it off. Dance party, anyone?
Moroccoan Oil Dry Shampoo
Truthfully I’ve never been a fan of dry shampoo. It always left my hair feeling weighed down and sticky, rather than fresh and well.. clean. But desperate to find one that worked for me, I picked up Moroccan Oil’s brand and can’t tell you how hooked I am. This is by far one of my favorite scents of life (I also use their hair oil), and I’m able to use it for a couple of days in a row before washing my hair.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
The ultimate blemish corrector. I still get pesky breakouts here and there, and while it does leave a pink residue on your face ;) it works like none other – and FAST. I also really love the smell (think tea tree oil) and really appreciate how long this product lasts since it’s got a little bit of a hefty price tag for how small the bottle is, so don’t let that turn you off. For application, a little goes a long way with a q-tip.
Olaplex Hair Perfector
If I was doing this in order (1 being the product I love the most) this would for sure be numero uno. My hair has never looked or felt better after using Olaplex. My mom introduced me to this about 8 months go and I now use it religiously (meaning every 2 weeks or so – but for those of you who color your hair regularly, I would use it once a week as it suggests) Super easy to apply, and you should leave it on as long as possible for the best results. So all it requires is getting your hair wet in the shower, skipping the shampoo/conditioner, and lathering on a thick amount to towel dry hair. I usually throw it up in a high bun or a braid to keep it out of my face, and sleep with it to really let it soak in. Nothing more gratifying than the morning shower and feeling the silkiest hair, ever.
Tria At Home Laser Hair Removal
The biggest price tag of them all, but it’s all about perspective here. I hate body hair, so I’ve gotten the laser treatments done at my dermatologist in the past. Guess what? This little gadget does the EXACT same thing, but for 1/4 the cost (6 treatments at a dermatologist is around $1200, where this little baby costs $450) After my shower, about 3 times a week I’ll sit down and watch some TV while using the Tria wherever my target areas are. You can adjust the intensity level, but I’ll tell you that I do the highest level every time. It really isn’t that bad – the only discomfort is that the metal tip can get pretty hot, so just take a little breather and wait for it to cool down. After about a minute, its good to go again. I spend probably 30 minutes total. I can tell you for certain that it works! :)3