Betsey Johnson Faux Pearl Collar Dress.

I’m in love with this Betsey Johnson Faux Pearl Collar Dress (available here, here, and here). I paired it with my sparkly J.Crew Gemma Flats and voila I had an outfit for work. I usually wear brights in the Spring and Summer, but it was a cloudy and rainy day, so this dress seemed to fit my mood. I would say this dress runs small in the bust because I got it in a size 6 and it surprisingly fits me fine in the chest/torso area. I’m usually swimming up top in a size 6 dress, so it was nice to have a dress that fits me perfectly all over! Don’t judge me on my hair/makeup. I woke up way too late on this day and had to get ready FAST. Story of my life.

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I was inspired by PLL with this purchase! Mandi Line is my favorite costume designer and I’m so sad she’s no longer styling the ladies on Pretty Little Liars. If only I could get the shoes below too. So cool.

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My favorite dry shampoo and conditioner.

I’ve sampled a lot of dry shampoos over the years and have yet to find one I love.  That’s until I came across Living Proof  Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. This dry shampoo doesn’t leave white flakes on the scalp, doesn’t itch, and gets the job done.  Simply follow the instructions on the bottle and your day old hair grease is gone! I would highly recommend this and it’s also great for people with all hair colors.  After I use the dry shampoo, I spray Pureology’s Dry Conditioner from the nape of the neck area of my hair to the ends and then brush it out to soften the hair. Sometimes day old hair can get dry or hard on the ends, so this is nice to soften the rest of your precious locks. FullSizeRender (2)

Hair care loves with Kevin Murphy.

The last time I posted about my favorite haircare products was over a year ago, so I decided it was time for an updated post.  My hairdresser introduced me to Kevin Murphy haircare products this year at the salon. My hair is not very thin or thick, but I have a lot of it and it puffs up and frizzes easily. These products help tame the frizz and make styling easier.

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Kevin Murphy Shampoo Hydrate Me Wash.  This shampoo works up a good lather and smells nice. It helps hydrate and smooth the hair, in addition to working well with my color treated hair. After I shampoo, I use the Kevin Murphy Conditioner Hydrate Me Rinse.   I work it into the bottom half of my wet hair avoiding the roots. I clip my hair back with a claw while the conditioner soaks in for 1-5 minutes and then rinse it out. After I get out of the shower, I leave my hair in a turbie twist for a bit until I comb my hair with a wide toothed comb and apply a small amount of the Kevin Murphy Smooth Again anti-frizz treatment.  I use this product from the nape of the neck area to the ends. I then comb it out again before following the rest of my haircare routine.  I really like these products because they seem to help tame my mane, make it softer, and easier to style. I would definitely recommend these products to people who have frizz to tame. I wouldn’t recommend it to someone with really fine hair.  Have any of you tried Kevin Murphy haircare products?

 

My Favorite Cleansing Oil.

My favorite cleansing oil is the Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser. I don’t exactly love the price of it and don’t have many oil cleansers to compare it against, but a bottle of this stuff will last me almost an entire year. Before trying this product, I was experimenting at home with removing makeup with Organic Coconut Oil. While I love the idea of that, it was aggravating my blepharitis and sensitive eyes. I noticed that coconut oil around the eye area can cause a feeling of cloudiness in my eyes.

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Back to discussing the Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser.  The Tata website says you can use this in the AM & PM.  I tend to use it at night to remove my makeup as a first step cleanser.  I’ll put a pump or two of the oil into my hands, rub it in between my fingers and then gently massage it into the dry skin of my face using a circular motion for a few seconds. Then I’ll lightly wet my hands and start massaging my wet hands onto my face to create more of a lather out of the oil for another 30 seconds or so with some gentle tapping on the face too. This is when I’ll start to very gently mix the oil/water mixture over my eyes and use a cotton ball to remove the makeup from my eye area and a cotton pad , facecloth, or muslin cloth for the face. If any eye makeup is too stubborn to come off, then I’ll apply a drop of oil directly to the eyelash area and massage it gently.  I continue to remove any excess with cotton balls. I’ll then rinse my face with warm water. After finishing this, I sometimes second cleanse with another cleanser. Ones I’ve used in conjunction with this oil so far are Cetaphil , Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser, Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser, Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser, or REN Cleansing Water. Sometimes I skip the second cleanse all together. It honestly just depends how dry my skin is feeling and if I feel like my pores need a little extra deep cleaning or not. I feel like this cleansing oil removes makeup so much better than cold cream, makeup removing wipes, and other face washes. It’s gentle and makes makeup removal so effortless. Since this stuff is like liquid gold quality, I wouldn’t suggest traveling with it in fear of the beautiful glass bottle breaking.  I tend to lean towards using it when I want to remove makeup as fast as possible.  For instance, after a night of drinks or if my skin is feeling extra dry when I’ve been wearing my makeup from early morning to late in evening.   I usually use the REN products on a more daily basis that I mentioned in this post because it is more soothing for my facial redness. If I didn’t suffer from facial redness so much, I’d probably use this Tata Oil Cleanser on a more regular basis.

Have any of you tried an oil cleanser before and do you recommend any other ones for me to try?