Beauty Purchase Failures

I normally talk about beauty and makeup purchases that I love, but today I thought I would talk about a couple I didn’t love.  My makeup and beauty purchase fails!  We all have them.  Something that everyone is raving about, the latest and greatest makeup and beauty thing you have to have and you buy it and… just doesn’t work for you.  Here are my makeup failures for the last few weeks.

Bad Gal Bang

First up is Bad Gal Bang Volumizing Mascara from Benefit.  Every blogger on earth is loving this mascara but me.  It did give me amazing volume and it was non-irritating to my eyes, but by the end of the day I had smudges under my eyes, which for me is a deal killer on mascara.

They’re Real

Previously, I was using Benefit’s They’re Real mascara and I much prefer it to Bad Gal Bang.  Not as volumizing, but I’ve never had smudging from it.  Both do take a minute to dry, so keep that in mind if you are trying them out.

I love that Benefit has mini versions of their products, so you can try them out before committing to the full price option.  That’s what I tried with Bad Gal Bang and I was glad I hadn’t bought the regular size.

The best thing about this makeup purchase fail was I bought it at Ulta and they took it back no problem even after use.

My second fail is unfortunately also from Benefit.  (I swear I love Benefit normally, I just did not like these two new products).  I was super sad about this one, because I had been eagerly waiting to try it out because I loved the original so, so much.

Pearl Primer

I’m talking about the Pearl Primer from Benefit.  I really expected to love this one because it was supposed to give a brightening, radiant finish to your skin prior to adding foundation.  I couldn’t exactly pinpoint what I didn’t like about it.  It was something about the texture I think.  It just didn’t feel as smooth to me as the original.


The original I am referring to is The Porefessional by Benefit.  I swear by this one, it is so smoothing and I love using it alone or before my foundation.  I really think it smooths out any fine lines and just gives a beautiful base for your foundation.  I didn’t get that same smooth feeling with the Pearl.  Bummer.   I highly recommend The Porefessional for a primer.

Again, I bought the mini version and was able to return it to Ulta with my receipt.

Next Day Hair

My next beauty purchase fail is for your hair.  I had watched a you tube video of a famous hairstylist using this product to create that messy, undone look to a Lob.  Exactly the look I am always trying for with my hair.  I actually found it at my hairdresser, though the link above will take you to it on Amazon (which is cheaper than what I paid).

Here’s my verdict on it, first, it has a really strong smell.  Like a smell so strong my husband asked me what the heck it was when I used it.  And it stuck with me all day.  Second, I just didn’t feel like it did anything special.  I didn’t notice any of the texturizing benefits I thought it was going to give me.  I personally feel like I get better texture from dry shampoo.  It sort of acted like a hairspray/volumizer, maybe?  I just didn’t get it.  Now, I believe every person’s hair behaves differently with products.  What works for me, may not work for you and vice versa.  The results I witnessed on the you tube demo were amazing, so maybe I am just not using it right?

I am currently trying another hair product that is pretty amazing, but it’s too soon to say I love it. (I am pretty stingy with my product love-it has to earn it!)  So far it’s been pretty great, but we shall see.

Let me know if you like hearing about my product purchase fails just like you do the ones I love and I will keep sharing.  And I’d love to hear about your product loves and fails in the comments!



Best Dry Shampoos

I know a ton of you are dry shampoo addicts like I am, but there are still some of you who don’t get it.  Why do I use it?  For one thing, I spend a decent amount of money on my hair color and the less I wash it, the better my color holds.  It saves my hair from blow drying too. My hair is overall healthier since I stopped washing it every day.  Secondly, I like to sleep.  To be honest, sleeping in longer is probably my biggest motivator in using dry shampoo.  I still shower daily, I just don’t wash my hair.  I’m lazy, not disgusting!

Thirdly, sometimes, it’s just too much to do my hair from start to finish.  I am sure that sounds ridiculous to some of you, but sometimes I am just not in the mood to start the process of styling my hair from wet head to finished product. I just don’t always have that much time, especially in the morning.  I wasn’t blessed with the kind of hair that can air dry or even just get blown dry and be presentable, so it’s the whole she bang every time.   And lastly, I like my hair better with some texture to it.  There’s no frizz, it holds curl better, its smoother if I want to straighten it, just overall easier to style on day two or three, than day one.

I don’t know about you, but I love using dry shampoo!  Prior to it becoming available everywhere, I used baby powder and I have to say, I didn’t love the smell.  It’s great on a baby, but not so much in your hair.  Plus it was super messy and ended up everywhere.

Fast forward to the era of dry shampoo, I’ve used a ton of different brands and now feel I’ve narrowed it down to the best of the best.  Without further ado, here are the best dry shampoos!

Best Dry Shampoos

Buy Batiste Dry Shampoo Here

I mentioned this one as a fave product before, Batiste Dry Shampoo.  It’s easily applied, available everywhere (Amazon, Ulta).  Comes in many different scents and has special versions for brunettes and blondes.  I like the tropical and the original clean and classic scents, but over Christmas, I bought a trio of travel mini’s that are all different scents, so I might end up with a new fave.

How do I use it? I shake the bottle, spray a couple squirts into my part and underneath my layers  and let sit while I do my makeup.  I usually come back to it after I apply my foundation and brush it through a bit (depending on how I am styling my hair that day) and hit it with the blow dryer and a round brush.  It honestly looks like I had a blow out after.  Then, I style as usual.  If I am in a huge hurry to run out the door, I spritz my part and sides and underneath, fluff a bit and head out.  Super easy to use, smells good.  Can’t go wrong with this one.


Best Dry ShampoosBuy Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Here

I went from using baby powder to Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo originally.  I still love it and use it off and on.  It’s a powder formula with a narrow tip on the bottle, which allows you to flip through your layers and squirt the powder on your roots.  You then need to massage it lightly into your scalp.  It immediately makes your hair get a ton of texture and I think it is best used on pretty dirty hair.  I usually recommend this stuff to people who work out and don’t want to wash their hair in between.  It’s more absorbing than Batiste due to its consistency.  You can buy Oscar Blandi at Sephora or Amazon.

It has an okay smell, not offensive, not my fave, but definitely better than baby shampoo.  It’s super easy to transport in your travel bag or purse.  I would think it might be hard to use if you had dark hair, but since I don’t have dark hair, I can’t confirm.  It does help with dark roots though by lightening them a bit, which is a plus over Batiste. One huge pro is that while small, the bottle lasts forever!  A solid choice if you prefer a powder consistency in your dry shampoo.

Best Dry Shampoos

Buy Dry Bar’s Extend Your Blowout Kit Here

Tons of people love the scent of Dry Bar’s dry shampoo.  I personally do not and found it a bit overwhelming to use in the morning.  It was super strong to me at least.  If the scent doesn’t bother you, it works pretty much the same as Batiste, it’s just more expensive.  I used it the same way I did Batiste as described above.  I don’t usually recommend this one, but I know many people who swear by it.

When I bought my Dry Bar shampoo, it came with a sample of their Detox Dry Conditioner (see kit above).  I honestly thought dry conditioner seemed like a gimmick and wasn’t even going to try it, but I did and loved it!

If you are a regular dry shampoo user, you will know what I am saying, when I say sometimes, if you dry shampoo several days in a row, your hair tends to feel a bit tangled and weirdly textured.  Spray some of this Detox Dry Conditioner on your ends and it is gone.  It is amazing how it completely changes your texture.  It helped me detangle and smoothed out my ends and overall I loved how my hair felt.  I’m still using my sample and am debating whether I would buy it again.  I don’t use it often for one.  If I had longer hair, it would be a resounding YES, but since mine is mid-length, I can’t really make a strong case for needing it.   Would definitely recommend for those with long hair!   also recommend buying a Dry Bar Kit, like I have shown above, to try out a couple of their products since they are more expensive.  You can find Dry Bar products at Sephora or Amazon.

Do you agree with my picks for Best Dry Shampoo? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!





Favorite Beauty Products of 2015

Like I did last year, I took inventory of the beauty products I went back to again and again in 2015.  These are all beauty products I’ve used and loved making them my favorite beauty products of 2015!

First up is Batiste Dry Shampoo.  I’ve been a faithful user of another dry shampoo brand until I used Batiste.  It really is the easiest to use and gives your hair a ton of second day volume.  I love that they always have travel sized versions too.  So easy to throw in your luggage and touch up your hair on a trip.

Favorite Beauty Products of 2015

Batiste Dry Shampoo

I’ve been using various Boots No 7 products over the years, but I just started using this one in 2015.  The Boots No 7 Instant Illusion Wrinkle Filler does just what it says.  It fills in fine lines and smooths them.  I use it on my “11s” between my eyebrows and then apply my regular moisturizer before my foundation.  It definitely makes the area appear smoother.

Favorite Beauty Products of 2015

Boots No 7 Instand Illusion Wrinkle Filler

Again, something I discovered in 2015, is Bobbi Brown’s Blondie Pink lipstick.  It’s one of those perfect it’s your lips but better shades.  I started using it during the summer, but I still love it now.  I get asked about this color all the time. There’s a slightly darker version called Brownie Pink that I plan to pick up soon.

Favorite Beauty Products of 2015

Bobbi Brown Blondie Pink

If you are a makeup junkie, I’m sure you have heard of Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat Radiant Touch concealer highlighting product.  I would love to try it, but the $42 price tag prevents me!  I have, however, found the poor man’s version!

Maybelline’s New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer is a great dupe at less than a fourth of the price (usually well under $10).  It covers dark circles or redness well and also works well as a highlighter.  While I haven’t tried the YSL version, this version does what I am looking for just fine.

Favorite Beauty Products of 2015Dream Lumi Touch Highlighter

I know it’s a 2014 repeat, but I have to include It’s a 10 again this year.  I use this product every single time I comb out my wet hair.  I absolutely swear by it and recommend it to everybody!  If you aren’t using it, start! Seriously.  Especially if you have very easily tangled hair like I do.  It’s great for kids with long tangley hair too.

Favorite Beauty Products of 2015

It’s a 10

Have you tried any of these products?  Would they be in list of favorite beauty products of 2015? I’d love to hear your choices in the comments!

Clean Your Curling Iron

Something about the New Year always makes me want to start deep cleaning things I typically ignore.  Is it because I notice them more when the decorations are gone?  Is it having a little extra time off during the holidays? Who knows? But today, I took a look at my curling iron and decided it was too gross to continue using!  I cleaned mine in less than 10 minutes and I’m going to show you how to clean your curling iron too!

Clean Your Curling Iron

If your curling iron is anything like mine, it endures a ton of abuse.  I regularly spray product on my hair while using it and the results are not pretty!  There was a build up of old product and hair spray on the barrel, as well as, the handle.  Gross!

Clean Your Curling Iron

I gathered up some supplies I had on hand to start my clean up.  All you need is some rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth.  I used a white wash cloth, but I think you could use pretty much any clean cloth.

Wet your clean cloth with some rubbing alcohol and start cleaning your curling iron.  The gunk comes off very easily.  I had some burnt on stuff around the edge of the barrel and I had to scratch it off with my fingernail through the cloth, but the majority of the gunk just wiped off.  It took less than 10 minutes to clean the entire thing.

Clean Your Curling Iron

This curling iron is ancient and I now have a squeaky clean, brand new looking curling iron!  I didn’t realize how gross it was until I really, really looked at it!  I think it is one of those items you don’t notice on an everyday basis because you use it so often, it’s always there.  It’s just not something you think about until it doesn’t work!

Drugstore vs Salon Shampoo

Drugstore vs Salon Shampoo via

Back in August, I did my first drugstore vs salon shampoo comparison.  You can read about it here. In that comparison, I used a blonde brightening shampoo and conditioner from a salon.  It probably wasn’t a completely fair comparison between it and my every day drugstore favorite.  The brightening duo isn’t meant to be used everyday and by design doesn’t suds greatly.

I decided to set up another experiment with a more everyday type salon example.  I decided to use TIGI’s Bed Head Urban Anti-dote Recovery Shampoo & Conditioner Damage Level 2.  I picked it because it is a moisturizing product and I heat style my hair pretty much everyday.

Tigi Bed Head Urban Anti+dotes Recovery Shampoo Damage Level 2, 25.36-Ounce

I used the Bed Head for my last couple hair washings and I love the smell.  It’s a fruity smell and pretty amazing.  The shampoo lathers really well, which you know from my last review is important to me.  It’s the little things!

Tigi Bed Head Urban Anti+dotes Recovery Conditioner Damage Level 2, 25.36-Ounce

The conditioner wasn’t a wow for me, it wasn’t a complete no, I would use it again, but it wasn’t super-duper amazing or anything.  I like to use the matched sets of shampoos and conditioners or else I miiiiight not buy it again, but it’s ok.

How did my hair look and behave after using it you ask? I liked the result, my hair was soft and manageable.  Easy to style and I felt like my hair was moisturized, which is important since I have heavily color processed hair.  I don’t ever want my hair to get damaged or dried out.

Drugstore vs Salon Shampoo

How does it compare to by beloved Suave Humectant Shampoo and Conditioner?  Surprisingly, I would use either brand.  It stacked up well to my drugstore favorite.  I finally felt like I found something that better moisturized my hair.  I know I said I didn’t love the Bed Head conditioner, but I really liked them as a duo. I think that the shampoo makes up for my being less than wowed by the conditioner.  Plus, who knows what good the conditioner is doing and I’m just not realizing it.

All in all, I would say Bed Head Urban Anti-dote Recovery is a thumbs up.  Have you tried it? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Drugstore vs Salon Shampoo


Drugstore vs Salon ShampooAre you a Drugstore or Salon Shampoo user?  I have always been a drugstore user and I actually use a pretty cheap drugstore brand.  I am a big believer in Salon products to get the look you want when styling, but have just never found a Salon shampoo that made that big of a difference for me to make the price okay.

Drugstore v Salon Shampoo

Suave Professionals Shampoo, Humectant Moisture 28 oz

I have always loved Suave’s Professional’s line and the Humectant Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner is my fave.  It smells amazing and my hair feels well moisturized after use and it runs about $3. You can find it on Amazon, Target, Walmart, etc.  Frequently, Target has the shampoo and conditioner packaged together for about $5.

Drugstore v Salon Shampoo

Suave Professionals Conditioner, Humectant Moisture, 28 Fl Oz

I heavily color process my hair and if I am not careful, it could turn into straw.  Well, I don’t know that for a fact, but I do know that hotel shampoo causes it to look like a lion’s mane, so same thing!

I recently had a hard time finding my beloved Humectant in stock, which made me switch to a Salon Shampoo as a temporary fill in.  I was curious as to what it would do differently to my hair.  I tried Sexy Hair Blonde Bombshell Shampoo and Conditioner.  I’ll be honest, I picked it cause it was on sale 2 for something at Ulta.  I didn’t put a lot of research into which one I was going to try.

Drugstore v Salon Shampoo

Sexy Hair Blonde Sulfate-Free Bombshell Shampoo, 10.1 Ounce

Overall, I like it.  I’m not sure I like it $7 more than my Suave though.  Here’s my take on it.  The shampoo smells a little odd, not bad, not good, just odd.  It doesn’t suds very much, which is by design, but since I typically waaaay overuse shampoo and like a ton of suds, it’s hard for me to adjust.

Just a warning, this shampoo is Violet to keep your blonde hair from becoming brassy, if you’ve never used a colored shampoo, that can be shocking.

Drugstore v Salon Shampoo

Sexy Hair Blond Bombshell Blonde Sulfate Free Daily Conditioner, 10.1 Ounce

The conditioner is a little bit hard to get out of the bottle and it goes on kind of dry.  I’m not explaining that well, but other conditioners tend to make your hair feel silky while you are in the shower, this one doesn’t.  It almost feels rough on my hair.   Smell is pretty nondescript.

That being said, I do think my hair is easier to style with this Salon shampoo and conditioner combo.  It seems to be easier to curl too.  Overall, I think my hair looks better after using it.

Would I buy it again?  That’s a tough one for me, I can’t see myself spending that much, especially due to all the other Salon products I currently buy.  If money is no object, yes, but I would probably try a few other brands.

Do you use Salon shampoos and conditioners? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Summer Trends

It happens every summer trends seem to take off all of a sudden, after simmering all winter and spring.  Suddenly everyone seems to be sporting the latest trend.  Is it because people go on vacation and see trends from different parts of the country and bring them home? Is it because people have more time on their hands to read magazines, surf the web?  It’s just weird how things you see here and there, suddenly are EVERYWHERE seemingly overnight.

I rounded up a couple trends I’ve seen all summer.  First up is the half top-knot.  I have to say, I am not a huge fan.  I don’t think it’s terribly flattering to the majority of people and it looks like you forgot to take your hair down after washing your face most of the time.  That being said, there are a few people, with a TON of hair, that it looks okay on.  I get the concept, it is nice to have your hair partially up and off your face, but still have it down during the hottest days, but I still think it is super messy looking.  Here’s some examples of both types.

Harpers Bazaar Top Knot


Sienna Miller Top Knot

Paparazzi shot of Sienna Miller

top knot


The Gray Hair trend has been sneaking up on us for awhile.  Again, it’s not my fave look, but there are some people who can carry it well.  In general, gray hair ages a person so much that this trend tends to work best on very young people, think 25  and under.  Ranging from pewter to silver, I’ve also seen it blended with pastel colors too. It’s not a trend I would ever try, but I am also not under 25.

Grey Hair Bun


I’m not sure why the brightly colored hair trend exploded this summer, again, it’s been lingering around for quite some time. It could be because celebrities really embraced the look the last few months.  If I had a different type of job, I could get behind this trend, but alas, I work in a very traditional business and it wouldn’t fly.  I am ok with sporting a bright wig every once in a while though!

Aqua Hair


Love this aqua color!  Makes me think of a mermaid!

Bright Pink Hair


A huge summer trend in 2015 has been the crop top for all.  Not wanting to be limited by size, women everywhere were sporting crops this summer.  I remember crop tops being popular in the late 80’s, so I think I will leave this trend for the younger crowd too!

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Summer Trend Roundup


What trends have you spotted this summer?  Have you tried any of these? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!