Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dry shampoo? What in the name is that?

I had heard of the dry shampoo product for a long, long while now, however just last month is when I finally caved to buy a can of the stuff.

I had no idea what it was or how it was applied. I was shocked when my hair stylist sprayed it on my roots and it came out with a hairspray-like consistency. I'd assumed it was literally what it sounds like..shampoo, liquid shampoo, that you massage into your scalp and is supposed to sink in or evaporate or dry up or something. Yeah, I had no clue!

After trying it out at the salon, I thought, what the heck, I'll buy a can and try this.

I. Am. In. Love.

The product I am using is Bed Head by TIGI, and although it is the first and only dry shampoo I have tried, I love it! It smells incredible and gets the job done. I have sort-of oily hair, and my hair is rather dark, so it shows even more so if it is oily, but this product sucks that stuff up and works its magic to give me a refreshed look. I have been washing my hair only every other day now for a couple years, and this is perfect for those days I don't feel like putting my hair up or in a braid (although that's pretty much every day, so what am I saying).

Guys, this is a great product, and I recommend it. The scent is sort of sweet and very summery; quite delicious, almost like candy! It's on sale on Amazon (I paid the full price, eugh) so I suggest you snatch it before it's gone (or before you pay that full, darn expensive price)!

Photo from here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Favorites This Month

I have a modest post regarding favorites this month, as I do not wish to list off every single thing I have been loving; that being said, here we go!

Favorite products:
I am in love with Lush's products, what can I say? And this lip scrub is divine. It works like a charm.
This facial sunscreen works wonderfully and does wonders for my skin. It smells pretty nice, goes on smoothly, and definitely helps drier skin which, if you are like me, is needed.

Favorite snacks:

I always think it's pretty bizarre when beauty gurus share their favorite food and drinks, but I figured I'd have a go at it. I am in love with the V8 "Spicy Hot" brand. It isn't too spicy for my sensitive taste buds, and at 30 calories, plus a good serving of vegetables, you can't beat this tiny little guy!

I drink these up like soda, I swear. These are absolutely delicious, and they're full of protein and vitamins which help give me that boost when I don't normally get it during the day. They're fantastic in the morning and for lunch, and they really fill you up! They come in many other flavors, including chocolate and strawberry...highly recommended!

Favorite Shows, Books, and Accessories:

I have been obsessed with "Roommates," a new Korean reality show akin to "Big Brother," here in the U.S. It's hilarious, and the actors, actresses, musicians, and athletes are adorable! They're all so loveable, and they don't stir up drama like our American show does. They're all so polite! I love it. I'm on episode seven, and I have about six more episodes until I'm caught up. At about 2 hours long each episode, it has been difficult with my internship and being busy, to really catch up. Here's to more lovely episodes!


I am currently reading a historical non-fiction book, Rufus Wilmot Griswold, which is a biographical account of the infamous literary executor who destroyed Edgar Poe's reputation after Poe's death. Rufus has caught my fancy, so it is really rather interesting and keeps me anticipating the next chapter. Pretty good, pretty good. The purse is a vintage Coach bag my grandmother gave me, which was honestly incredibly sweet of her. I love the color, and I think it will be perfect for Fall. In fact, I am loving all of the colors in the above photo. They make me crave Fall and Halloween! Yikes!

What were some of your favorites this past month? Comment below, or write up a post and link it to me!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My Nightly Routine

I have made quite the nightly routine for myself before bed. I am both shocked and delighted to say I have kept to it for the most part, therefore I'd like to share it with you all!

can see, I have my routine laid out. There's a makeup bag that I keep my medication, tissues, toothbrush and toothpaste, a thermometer, throat spray, as well as various other little things like hair ties and bobby pins in. This is especially nice for traveling, and as I've been interning this summer, I have taken it with me. It's great, and I love the bag! I also have my facial wipes, floss, chapstick, lotion, little chocolates, and an eyemask. Now, all that being said..let's begin!

I first like to take my medication (after having changed into my pjs, of course), as well as vitamins and other things like such. I then floss, because that medication can be pretty gritty for my teeth (I crush my medication rather than swallow it).

As you can see, I use pretty much any generic brand the dentist gives me. This happens to be Johnson&Johnson, mint flavored floss. I really only started getting in the habit of flossing (it's such a pain!), so I've been going through all of my hoarded flosses-ha ha!

Afterwards, I brush my teeth. I have a couple different toothpastes...One toothpaste was prescribed to me by the dentist because my other toothpaste, the one below, does not have enough fluoride in it. As I just said, below is my other toothpaste.

I love Colgate Optic White toothpaste. It has whitened my teeth beyond belief, and it doesn't taste that bad. I highly recommend it. My only issue is that it dries my lips out pretty badly..which takes me to my next step in the nightly routine: applying chapstick and cleaning my face.

I have been using Burt's Bees chapstick for a few years now, and I am in love with their line! The chapstick I'm currently using is mango flavored. When I saw the company sold other, facial beauty products, I was delighted and immediately took to this kind. The white tea extract facial wipes are what I swear by, because they are so easy to use and do not bother my face. I don't even wash my face at night, only use the wipes to take my makeup off. They're magical! They're also very gentle for sensitive skin, which I certainly have, and the smell is to die for. They also come in cotton, however I have only used the white tea wipes. At $6.00 or so for one pack of 30 wipes, it can be pretty expensive once you add it all up, however they are definitely worth the spend, in my opinion.

After taking my makeup off, taking my medication, brushing my teeth, and applying chapstick, I apply lotion to my hands and sometimes to my legs and feet.

I am currently using Bath and Body Works' "Sun Ripened Raspberries," which, yes, is from their retired line. They sometimes bring the scent back for a limited time, so I recommend snatching a bottle of their body wash or lotion when this scent and the chance comes around. I recommend B&B's products because they are perfect for sensitive skin and smell delicious. What is also great is that, I am allergic to almonds, which are a major ingredient in most beauty products because it makes the product softer on skin, however B&B offers two versions of their lotions--one with almond, one without. Perfect!

After doing all of the above, I settle in to either read (I am currently reading Kenneth Silverman's biography about Edgar Allan Poe) or watch my latest Korean drama. Despite what the picture shows below (which is Boys Over Flowers), I am actually watching Heirs, and am already on episode thirteen after having just started the show three days ago. I am addicted!

I like to curl up with a cup of tea, this time in my Poe mug. I have been addicted to the sleepytime Jasmine and Lemon tea. I sometimes will snack on food, which constitutes as being either blueberries or chocolate or ice cream. (I'm so healthy, right?) I then will call my man and talk until bedtime.

And that is my nightly routine! I hope you enjoyed, and I would please love for you guys to comment below what your nightly routine is!

 Ha ha!
(All pictures edited with the Iphone/Android app "Snapeee")