4 Must Try Hair Products

4 Must Try Hair Products

It wasn’t until recently that I started trying to take better care of my hair. For years I straightened my hair daily which left me with severe split ends and dried out hair. It’s only been a couple of years since I stopped using my straightener to torture my hair and begin blow drying it out with a round bristle brush to achieve the straight look I desired. Even still I wasn’t taking any measures to protect my hair against all the heat damage I was putting it through. I started trying several different products to try to keep my healthy as possible while still being able to style my hair as I had been. Today I will be sharing with you 4 must try hair products that I have tested and added to my hair routine.

The Southern Magnolia is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com

4 Must Try Hair Products

The first product I will be discussing today is a budget friendly heat protectant. I tried the Tresemme Heat Tamer and instantly became a fan. I have tried other heat protectant products in the past such as the CHI Heat protectant serum and was disappointed that it left a greasy residue on the ends of my hair. This product leaves no residue and is supposed to protect up to 450 degrees F. Since using this product, I do feel as though I do not see as much damage from blow drying my hair as I used to. Between the very affordable price and overall performance of this heat protectant, I highly recommend adding this to your hair routine if you are looking for ways to improve your hair health and are not already using a heat protectant.

4 Must Try Hair Products

Another item I added to my hair routine in an effort to improve the health of my hair was a Wet Brush. Our hair tends to be most vulnerable when its wet. I am guilty of brushing and pulling at tangles which usually leads to breaking or pulling out several strands of hair. This is where the Wet Brush comes in handy. It makes getting tangles out super easy and painless. It has super flexible soft bristles that ensure it doesn’t break or pull out your hair when brushing through tangled hair. It can be used on both wet and dry hair. While some brushes can break the bank, this one cost less than ten dollars.

4 Must Try Hair Products

The next product I will be sharing is It’s A 10’s Miracle Deep Conditioner with Keratin. I am a huge fan of It’s a 10’s products and this one does not disappoint. I only use this one a couple of times a week and use a different conditioner on the other days. This conditioner adds shine back to your hair and helps to detangle you hair as well. It also works to strengthen your hair and prevent against split ends. While some of It’s a 10’s products can be on the pricier side, this deep conditioner is less than fifteen dollars and a small bottle goes a long ways.

4 Must Try Hair Products

The last product that I have added into my hair routine is a volumizer. I tend to have thicker and heavier hair so the longer it gets the heavier it is and tends to fall flat at the root. I had tried multiple products with little result until I tried Kenra’s Root Lifting Spray. This product was a total game changer for me. It gave me the volume I needed without leaving a greasy residue behind that I had experienced with other products. It’s a foam that you spray onto your roots and massage in to your scalp. It is also very reasonably priced and really lasts a long time.

4 Must Try Hair Products

I would love to hear what hair products you swear by and what products you use to take care of your hair.

 

Shop This Post:

 

 

Continue Reading

Four Kiehls Products You Must Try

Four Kiehls Products You Must Try

If you are unfamiliar with the Kiehl’s brand, I will be sharing four of their products that you must give a try. I only recently started using Kiehl’s products and instantly became obsessed. My husband has been a long time fan of Kiehl’s products and he is incredibly picky about what type of products he will use(They have tons of items specifically for men). While we were shopping in Nashville a couple of months ago, we walked past a Kiehl’s store and he asked me to go in and pick out a few different products. Since I’ve heard him rave about their face wash for several years I figured why not. The challenge was narrowing down what products I wanted to get as they have so many options. After spending quite some time looking at all the different products they had in store, I finally decided on four to give a try. Below I will discuss each of the products I purchased and what my overall thoughts are on them after using them for a couple of months.

Four Kiehls Products You Must Try

I ended up purchasing the Crème De Corps, the Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser, the Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic, and the Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque.

Four Kiehl's Products You Must Try

  1. Crème De CorpsI had heard a lot of good things about this body lotion and wanted to give it a try. I have tried several lotions in the past but none that I really think works better than another. However, after trying this lotion I would definitely say that it is far superior to other lotions I have tried in the past. It moisturizes the skin without leaving that greasy feeling that some lotions leave behind. It also does a much better job moisturizing my skin than other products I have used. I noticed a difference after just one use. It left my skin feeling very soft. It is especially good for those people that are sensitive to fragrances because this lotion does not have a strong smell.                                                                             Four Kiehls Products You Must Try
  2. Blue Herbal Gel CleanserI have a face wash that I have used for years and that I have been very pleased with so I was reluctant to give another one a try. After using it, I am definitely glad I gave it a chance. It leaves your face feeling so refreshed. It’s an oil-free cleanser which is a plus. It also contains salicylic acid, which aids in getting rid of blemishes. It also does not dry out my skin as I have experienced with other cleansers. I highly recommend this product if you are in the market for a new face wash.Four Kiehls Products You Must Try
  3. Rare Earth Pore Refining TonicI had personally never tried a toner prior to trying the rare earth pore refining toner so I don’t have much to compare it to. I liked the idea of it helping to control surface oil and that it helps to refine your pores. You need to shake the toner prior to applying as the ingredients tend to separate. Overall I really like the product. It  produces more of a matte look and works well under make-up. I do feel that it helps reduce shine/oil throughout the day as well.Four KIehls Products You Must Try
  4. Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance MasqueThis is by far my favorite Kiehls purchase. I am a huge fan of face masks but this one beats them all. I was drawn to this mask because it contains turmeric, which I have recently added into several of my recipes as you may have read here or here. It also contains cranberry seeds that are excellent exfoliates as well. This mask leaves your skin glowing. The overall appearance of my skin is always improved after this mask. It is easy to apply and remove, and you only need to leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes. Your skin is left feeling so smooth and soft after removing the mask. It also has a very light scent that is pleasant without being overwhelming. I cannot recommend this mask enough.

I would love to hear what your favorite Kiehl’s products are and which you would recommend I try next.

 

 

 

Continue Reading

3 Favorite L’Oreal Beauty Products

L’Oréal is one of those beauty brands that I trust. I have used a ton of L’Oreal products over the years and I always come back to them. Today I will be discussing 3 of my favorite L’Oreal beauty products. I will be reviewing the L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask, the L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Eye Defense Cream, and the L’Oreal Voluminous Base Mascara Primer.

lorealproducts2 lorealproducts3

L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask– I had been searching for a clay mask for a while. I use the derma e 2-in-1 Purifying Mask but wanted to find a clay mask without the exfoliant component. L’Oreal recently just released 3 Pure-Clay Masks; one that detoxifies and brightens, one that exfoliates and refines, and the third to purify and mattify. I decided to try the Purify and Mattify Clay Mask as I already use an exfoliant mask. This particular mask combines 3 different clays with eucalyptus that works to unclog pores and reduce shine. You simply apply a layer to your skin and leave on for 10-15minutes. When finished you simply remove with water. It is easy to remove and did not dry out my skin. It left my skin looking and feeling refreshed.

lorealproducts5

L’Oréal Paris Dermo-Expertise Eye Defense Cream– While I’m still in my twenties, its never to early to start taking measures to prevent signs of aging. Darks circles and bags under the eyes are not only a sign of aging but can also be a result of lack of sleep or stress. I definitely struggle to get a full night’s sleep on a regular basis so I wanted to find an eye cream to help fight off the dark circles and puffiness that often accompanies a lack of sleep. There are lots of eye creams available and most come with a pretty hefty price tag. I decided to try the L’oreal  Eye Defense Cream because it’s a brand that I trust and the price was reasonable. I have been using this eye cream at night for a couple of weeks and feel that I can already tell a difference. This cream contains caffeine which helps to reduce puffiness while hydrating the skin surrounding the eye. If you wear contacts like me, it is important to make sure the creams and lotions you wear are safe for contact wearers. That was another deciding factor when I picked up this eye cream.

lorealproducts7 lorealproducts8

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Primer Mascara- The last product I will be discussing is the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Primer Mascara. I had seen several reviews on this product about how much a difference it made in their lashes so I decided to give it a try. Layer it on your lashes before your mascara and you will be amazing at the difference it makes. I have been layering it under the Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara and feel that it helps separate my lashes as well as make them look longer and thicker. I also like the price of the L’Oréal primer compared to that of some of the other leading brands.

Shop these products below:

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Four Favorite Beauty Products

Today I will be discussing four of my current favorite beauty products. I’ll start by talking about a new to me product, the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. These wipes are perfect for cleaning your face when you are in a hurry. I love to throw them in my gym bag and use them when I’m finished with my workout before running errands. They leave you face feeling clean and refreshed. These wipes contain no harsh chemicals and remove waterproof mascara. I have also used the Simple Exfoliating Facial Wipes and love how smooth they leave you face feeling.

4favebeautyproducts5The next product I will be discussing is probably my favorite. It is such a lifesaver, especially if you tend to have oily hair like me. I have tried several different types of dry shampoo but the Batiste Dry Shampoo is by far the best. Washing your hair too often can actually strip your hair of its natural oils and proteins, which causes your hair to dry out faster. I have fairly oily hair so until I had tried dry shampoo, washing my hair daily was my only option to keep my hair looking fresh and clean. The Batiste Dry shampoo helps to stretch the time I can go in between washes and therefore protecting my hair from too much washing.4favebeautyproducts6The next two products I’m going to talk about are facial scrubs. I try to do a scrub or mask at least once a week. One of the facial scrubs that I like is the Derma E Purfying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask. It combines both a mask and a scrub. After cleaning your face you simply apply the cream generously, covering your entire face in a thick layer. Let the cream sit for about 10 minutes or until you can see that the mask is completely dry. Once the mask is dry, wet your hands and begin to massage the scrub in a circular motion. It will begin to exfoliate your pores and leave your skin feeling incredibly smooth.

4favebeautyproducts3The last product I will be discussing today is the Pacifica Glow Baby Youthful Face Scrub. One of the things I like the most about this product is that it is free from parabens, petroleum, and phthalates. It is also cruelty-free. You simply apply the scrub to your damp face and massage in a circular motion. It leaves your skin looking radiant and feeling smooth.

4favebeautyproducts4What are some of your favorite beauty products? I’d love to hear recommendations for other products to try.

4favebeautyproducts

 

Continue Reading

Current Make-Up Routine

I am such a creature of habit when it comes to beauty products. I always hate to branch out from what I’m familiar with. The thought of spending tons of money on products I may or may not like after I get home stresses me out. In the past I have typically stuck to drug store make up and never really invested much money or time into my beauty routine. I figured that if I didn’t spend much money on the products I was buying that I wouldn’t feel as bad if I didn’t like it. It wasn’t until recently that I really started to invest more money into my beauty products and I have to say that it definitely has made a difference. There are still some drugstore products that I like and will still probably continue to buy and use but I do think some things are important to invest in to get better quality products.

makeuproutine1Today I will be sharing my current make-up routine and explaining which products I love and believe are worth the investment. If you are anything like me, it helps to hear other people’s reviews of different products to decide if its worth to take the plunge in buying that product you’ve been eyeing.

makeuproutine2

Pur 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Make-up (Light Tan):I am obsessed with this foundation and highly recommend it for those that prefer a powdered foundation. This product acts as a foundation, concealer, powder, and sun protectant (spf15). It is incredibly light weight but also provides plenty of coverage. My biggest complaint about other powdered foundations I have tried in the past was lack of coverage. You simply apply more of this product for more coverage depending on your preference but it does not feel heavy at all. I find that the Pur Cosmetics Chisel Brush is the best brush for applying this product.

makeuproutine3makeuproutine4

Becca Luminous Blush (Snapdragon)- In the past I typically used a Covergirl blush and never really strayed. This Becca luminous blush has me hooked though. It comes in about 6 different shades so there is one for all skin tones. This blush provides just the right amount of color to the cheekbones without looking over done. I tend to prefer powder blushes to liquid or stick options, and while I don’t typically layer different blush products this one is supposed to layer great.

 

makeuproutine5

 

Pur Au Naturel Glowing Days and Smoldering Nights Eye Shadow Palette: It has only been recently that I have makeuproutine6started wearing eye shadow. I really had no clue what I was doing when it came to eye shadow so I simply steered clear of it. The thing I like the most about this palette is that it has an option for day wear as well as an option for night. I feel this palette works great with my brown eyes but could also compliment green eyes as well. For my everyday wear, I use the brown shade from the glowing days collection on the crease of my eye lid and then use the lightest shade (True) from my crease to my brow. I then blend the two together. I then use that same light shade on my lid and mix with the Radiant shade from the smoldering nights section. This adds just enough shimmer to be noticed but not come off as too much.

 

makeuproutine7

Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner: This is one of my drugstore products that I just can’t quit. I have used this eyeliner for years and absolutely love it. I use the shade Black Brown. The reason that this eyeliner is my favorite is because it is the one eyeliner I have used that does not smudge or fade throughout the day. I have a bad habit of rubbing my eyes and forgetting I have make-up on them. This is the only eyeliner I have found that can hold up against my bad habit.

makeuproutine8

Pur Big Look Mascara: I used to only wear mascara for special occasions, such as weddings. I already have fairly thick and long eyelashes so I just never really felt it necessary. I tried this certain mascara because it is infused with argan oil and is supposed to help nourish you lashes and lengthen them as well. I find that mascara tends to have such a detrimental effect on my eyelashes, cause my lashes to fall out or break when removing the mascara. This mascara also has a wand that was developed to help prevent clumping. I am sort of on the fence with this product. I do like the way it makes my lashes appear even thicker and longer but I have noticed that the wand is not clump resistant as I would like.

makeuproutine9

Pur Lip Gloss Stick (Honey Pie): There are so many options when it comes to lip products that it can be overwhelming. I went with a neautral colored lip gloss stick and love it. The natural color makes it easy to pair with anything and looks great for day or night. The gloss stick makes the application easy and keeps it mess free.

 

I would love to hear what some of your make up favorites are and what brands you swear by and can’t live without. Any mascara recommendations? What are some of your favorite brush brands to use?

Continue Reading

Sunless Tanners- Comparing Two Budget Friendly Options

 

As I have gotten older, taking better care of my skin has become more of a priority. I’m sure I have done plenty of damage between laying out in the sun for hours with no sunscreen and laying in the tanning bed in years past. I no longer lay in the tanning bed and I always apply sunscreen when I am out in the sun. I am probably overly cautious when it comes to the sun now. I try to stay more covered up, wear sunglasses (another thing I used to not do), and I literally reapply a layer of sunscreen every hour (obsessive much). I want to keep my skin looking young as well as do everything I can to limit my chances of getting skin cancer.

While I try to stay out of the sun as much as possible, I still want to have nice tan skin. There are lots of sunless tanner options out there and it can be difficult to know which to try. I was unsure of how I would like sunless tanners so I opted to try some of the more affordable options first. Today I will be comparing the pros and cons of my experience with two of the budget friendly brands. I will look at two varieties of the Jergens sunless tanners and two varieties of the L’oreal sunless tanners.

sunlesstanner8

Jergens:

Affordable Sunless Tanner Review

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (Medium to Tan): This was the first sunless tanner I tried. Overall I wasAffordable Sunless Tanner Review pleased with the product. It definitely worked to give me tanner skin over a period of 5-7 days. You do have to be careful around creases such as your elbows, knees, and ankles. I always apply a moisturizing lotion to these areas before applying the self tanner to help prevent any discoloration. You also want to make sure to wash your hands after applying so that it does not stain your hands. It does have a slight sunscreen-like odor but is not that bothersome. I really recommend this product if you want a gradual tan but if you are looking to get color fast, I think there are better options.

 

Affordable Sunless Tanner ReviewJergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow (Medium to Tan): I first tried this product when I was a couple of days out from attending a wedding and wanted to have some color. I didn’t have 5-7 days to use the above option and needed something that could provide that color in a lot quicker time. The product gives a noticeable difference in color after only a couple of uses. You can achieve a darker color with this product than with the Daily Moisturizer discussed above. I prefer this option over the daily moisturizer. Again you have to be careful around creases and make sure to wash your hands after applying. The smell with this product is the same as the daily moisturizer. I have heard some fairer skinned users claim that they felt it made them turn orange. I tend to have more of an  olive skin tone and did not feel that I appeared orange. They offer different options based on your skin tone and I always use the Medium to Tan option. I tend to use this product in conjunction with the Daily moisturizer. I will utilize the 3 Days to Glow lotion until I achieve my desired level of tan and then I use the Daily moisturizer as kind of a maintenance tan for several days. I only reapply the 3 Days to Glow lotion after I start to see the tan fading some.

L’Oréal:

Affordable Sunless Tanner Review

L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion (Medium Natural Tan): I had heard good things about the L’Oreal sunless tannerAffordable Sunless Tanner Review line and decided to give it a try. For me, this product took 4-5 days to see a noticeable difference in color but it does produce a nice color tan. I felt that it comes out more bronze than the Jergens products. Once again with this product you want to make sure you are careful around any creases and that you wash your hands after applying. While I liked the color I achieved with this product, I didn’t like the glitter that is in the product and leaves your skin shimmering like a disco ball. The glitter tends to stay on your skin until you shower again. I felt that the glitter is very noticeable. I also had more trouble with streaking with this lotion than I did either of the Jergen’s options (that could just be operator error though). Once again, the product does achieve a beautiful tan but I would pass on this product simply because of the glitter residue it leaves on your skin.

Affordable Sunless Tanner ReviewL’Oréal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes (Medium Natural Tan): I have to say these are by far my favorite self-tanning product that I have tried. Mainly because of the ease of application compared to the lotions. With the lotions I feel that it is hard to sometimes know if you have evenly covered every area but that is not an issue with the towelette. The towelettes produce just as good a color tan as any of the lotions. I noticed a significant change in my skin color after 3-4 days. I still recommend being careful around creases and making sure you wash your hands after application. I usually only use the towelettes for 5 days and then only use again as I start to see the tan fading. There is no residual smell with the towelletes unlike the lotions. If you are looking to try one affordable sunless tanner option, I would highly recommend starting with this one.

What are some of y’alls favorite sunless tanners? Budget friendly options? More expensive brands?

 

Continue Reading