We were out for brunch, a typical start to our Sunday, when I decided to pop into Sephora! I have heard wonderful things about Clinique’s new line of matte lipstick with a built-in primer. I will admit that I keep things pretty typical and natural with my makeup and I don’t tend to shy away from the norm. I saw this color, Blushing Pop, and knew that it was just soft enough to add to my everyday makeup routine.
As I continue to tell my readers over and over again, it is so important to me to use beauty products that are light, airy, and oil free! Outside of my daily beauty routine, I don’t spend much time pampering myself with as many spa facials and masks as I would like. I tend to keep my beauty regimen pretty simple, making sure I wash my face every morning and every night and do my best to wear lots of moisturizer too.
When I was introduced to evian® Facial Spray I was excited for the chance to use a lightweight moisturizer that has as few ingredients as it gets, water and minerals. Yes, you read that right, and yes, I know evian® is most famous for their French Alps drinking water, but they are stepping up their game with this mineral water facial spray. I use the spray every morning or night after I get out of the shower to help set in the moisture, so you could say it has become my #AnytimeSpa. It has improved the redness in my skin and has balanced out the oily vs. dry skin battle that I am going through right now, as we transition from season to season.
I have always been a huge fan of all bareMinerals products. I first started using their products two years ago during Christmas time. As someone who has struggled with an oily face, large pores, and acne for most of my teen and adult life, I finally found a natural makeup line that improved my skin.
For the past two years I have been using this foundation which has done wonders for my skin and always gave me a luminous finish! I was smitten to find a foundation that I could wear that actually improved my skin, covered my imperfections, while not causing more breakouts. I am sure this has so much to do with the entire line of bareMinerals makeup remaining completely natural and organic!
With fall quickly approaching in San Francisco, I decided to step-up my beauty regimen and shy away from the dewy summer-glow look, and try for a more matte look for fall. I recently purchased the new matte foundation in Fairly Medium and it comes in the form of a loose powder just like the original foundation.
I feel pretty lucky when it comes to my hair. I was blessed with natural red hair, which I thought was a curse, more than a blessing as a child, but with each year, I learn to embrace it more and more. My hair tends to be pretty manageable and believe me, I am thankful that I don’t have to spend 45 minutes fixing it every morning.
With all of that being said, my hair has gotten much more wavy and frizzy since moving to the San Francisco area. I’m assuming that living 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean hasn’t helped my cause, with the constant fog and increase in moisture.
I was so thankful for the opportunity to try a Keratin Smoothing Treatment to make my hair silky smooth and help tame all my loose hairs and frizz. It was my first time visiting Halo Blow Dry Bars and my goodness was it such a wonderful experience! Upon arriving at Halo, I was greeted with smiles and offered a glass of champagne – it doesn’t get better than that!
The space was gorgeous and open, and I was lucky to be one of the first customers of the day, so I was able to snap a few pictures of the salon before it got too crazy. I immediately fell in love with the hair dryers that hang from the ceiling, both practical and stylish!
Here are a few more snapshots that show off the amazing decor and space that is Halo!
Blanca was my stylist and she took great care of me! She explained that this particular treatment should make my hair feel very smooth and conditioned, but might not necessarily solve my natural waves. She began by shampooing my hair with a special shampoo that made my hair feel squeaky clean, due to the fact that it opens your hair follicles to prep your hair to absorb as much moisture as possible during the treatment.
After she was done shampooing my hair, she started to lather the thick Keratin Treatmentconditioning cream onto my hair in layers until I ended up like this:
I entertained myself with reading a few magazines and relaxing for 20-30 minutes until it was time to start the final step.
Time passed quickly and before I knew it, it was time to blow dry my hair with one of those super awesome blow dryers hanging from the ceiling! As Blanca blow dried my hair, she would also go over my hair strands in layers with a flat iron to seal in the Keratin Treatment as the final step.
And now for the results which absolutely blew my mind…and Blanca’s! She said that no one’s hair has ever turned out to feel and look like mine as soon as the process was complete, so this was wonderful news!
And just like that my hair has never felt softer or healthier. I was blown away by the instant results, so I couldn’t wait to see what the next 72 hours had in store! The instructions were to avoid getting my hair wet in any way for the next 72 hours, in order to let the process fully develop and take hold in my hair.
72 hours later (and same shirt for consistency) my hair felt and looked even better! This is my hair 45 minutes after I got out of the shower and having only brushed it – no blow dryer, flat iron, serum, creams, NADA! It was completely dry, silky smooth, and straight within 30 minutes of me stepping foot out of the shower – AMAZING!
I couldn’t be happier that my hair is now naturally straight, silky, smooth, and looks healthier than it has in years. Thank you Halo Blow Dry Bars for sponsoring this post and allowing me to truly fall in love with my hair all over again!
Have you ever had a Keratin Smoothing Treatment or are you now thinking of going for it? I would love to hear your thoughts and stories about the treatment!
For the past month I have added in some new products to my daily skincare regime. I was given a few as samples and I can tell you that I am so hooked on all four of these beauty products and as soon as my samples run out, I will be buying each of them! I have very oily skin and tend to have acne on my t-zone and chin. I have used Cetaphil Oil-Free Foam Cleanser for the past year and I have absolutely fallen in love with the way it makes my face feel and clears up my breakouts. Now, I tend to switch between that facial cleanser and my new SkinMedica Facial Cleanser.
I use the SkinMedica Facial Cleanser every other day and it makes my usually oily face feel refreshed and moisturized without any tightness, flakiness, or over-drying. I have the small sample size (1oz) and I have been using mine about every other day, twice a day, for over one month.
Every other night before bed, I also use SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser and AHA/BHA Cream. This feels like a mini micro-dermabrasion in a bottle. I know I am only in my mid-twenties with very few fine lines or wrinkles but this duo has made my skin so much brighter, tighter, and truly more radiant!
Now, to share about my favorite of the four new products, the SkinCeuticals B5 Hydrating Gel! This is by far my very favorite skincare product I have ever used to date. As I have said before, because of my skins natural oily state, I tend to be acne prone and every moisturizer (even if it states oil-free or for oily skin types) has always made my skin more greasy and oily, until now. I had never thought about how a gel substance would soak into my skin, but with two to three drops of this B5 Hydrating Gel, my skin is completely moisturized and never gets oily or greasy throughout the day or night.
I know these products tend to be on the more expensive side, so I would suggest clicking the links above and bookmarking the page and setting a sale alert on ShopStyle. You can also find the facial cleanser and B5 gel cheap on Amazon here and here.
I hope that if you suffer from oily skin or acne like I do, that you will give one of these four products a try, so you can feel so much happier with what you see in the mirror each day!