I could talk about beauty products all day long, guys. Seriously. I am a product junkie. My husband tells me all of the time. I don’t know what it is about it…I love trying new items that are recommended and that I find actually work! I’m linking some of my favorite ’empties’ below. I use every drop of these products!
Schmidt’s Deodorant Stick, Bergamot + Lime – I’m all about natural products, especially ones that get applied near sensitive areas. Look no further than this deodorant. I’m so happy I made the switch. It’s natural, smells great and best of all, is good for your skin and body. This is not an antiperspirant so be aware that you will still perspire, but it definitely blocks any odor. Price point – $8.96
Pureology Strength Cure Best Blonde Miracle Filler Hair Treatment – ok, ok…so I know Pureology products are a bit of a splurge BUT, they work. I’ve been using their shampoo and conditioner since 2013 and just last year came across this product. Being blonde can sometimes mean that your hair takes a bit of a beating with bleach, but with this product, it restores and protects the hair and leaves your hair manageable while wet and soft when dry. Worth the splurge. Price Point – $28
Tarte Stay Spray – in a nutshell, this stuff is the equivalent of hair spray…for your face. : ) The Tarte Stay Spray is quite amazing – I see a difference in the way my makeup holds up when I use it vs when I don’t. One warning though – this spray has a strong watermelon scent…so, if you’re not keen to that smell, this product may not be for you. If that’s not a deal-breaker, then I highly suggest checking this stuff out. Bonus – Tarte is having really good sales these days…check out their website for the latest deals! Price point – $25
Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex – alright, soooo…this item is a splurge item. Well, at least for me it is. With a price point of $160 for 1 fl oz, this treatment cream really packs a punch by helping support the skin’s natural production of Vitamins C and E while correcting existing damage and defending your skin for the future. I saw a noticeable difference in my skin’s overall evenness and feel within the 3 weeks of using this product. You get what you pay for with this – a great product that really works. Price point – $160
Kate Blanc Cold-Pressed Organic Castor Oil, 2oz – so you’re probably wondering why I am writing about castor oil…I’ll sum it up for you – terrible eyebrow trends of the early 2000’s. Sigh. If only I could go back and slap the tweezers out of my hand! Wishful thinking. Since I can’t turn back time, I started looking into natural products that encourage and support hair growth. I found this oil on Amazon and decided to give it a try. It comes with a dropper and applicators for both the eyebrows and eyelashes. Yes, I even put this stuff on my eye lashes for extra strength. I’ll admit my eyebrows haven’t fully grown back and probably never will, but I have noticed a difference in the texture of my eyelashes and eyebrows and after a few weeks of using this oil, have noticed some new hair growth on my eyebrows. Overall, a night-time staple for me. Price point – $9.99
Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment – ahhhh my favorite, favorite, favorite product these days. Let me just say that when I first started using this back in April, I wasn’t sure if I believed the hype about retinols/retinoids (for context, a retinol or retinoid works by prompting surface skin cells to turn over and die rapidly, making way for new cell growth underneath. It also boosts the amount of collagen your body makes to plump out the skin cutting down on fine lines and wrinkles). Sounds amazing, right? An important thing to remember about all retinols/retinoids is that it takes time for your skin to adjust to this new quick cell turnover. By time I mean weeks…even months depending on the strength of the retinol. Initially, my face burned, peeled and overall, looked terribly red! I kept going though, and started to adjust my routine by combining 1/2 retinol and 1/2 moisturizer and applying together. That helped to tone down the irritation and within two months, my skin started to adjust and look and feel better than it had in a very long time. These days, I apply the retinol after washing my face and applying toner. I apply the retinol and then finish with a thin layer of moisturizer on top. I love this product through and through. Price point – $58
Batiste Dry Shampoo, Original Fragrance – I’ve tried a lot of dry shampoos…I mean a lot – Living Proof, Amika, Dry Bar, Bumble and Bumble, to name a few. Those products were great and all, but I kept going through the bottles really quick and as we all know, the names I mentioned above are a bit on the pricey side. I only wash my hair 2x a week, max (no judgment please…I have two young kids and a full-time job!), so I needed something with a better price point. Then, I tried the Batiste brand in the original scent. I loved it. The product works, absorbs extra oil and for me, smells fresh and doesn’t give me a flaky scalp. Price point – $12.99 for a pack of 3