New Wash Hair Story Review

My hair story is one that could be described as a love hate relationship. I love my natural blonde color, but I hate thin and unmanageable it is. I was born with bright yellow hair that fell in ringlets around my head. As I got older it became slightly wavy, long and very thick. Now, thanks to an unfortunate run with birth control, my hair is thin and oily. I can’t go more than two days without washing it, and it feels like my hair refuses to grow. I’m afraid I’ll be stuck with shoulder length hair the rest of my life.

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As much as I love playing with eyeshadow and bright lipsticks, some days I just don’t have time for that or don’t feel like being bothered. For my everyday makeup I’ve been enjoying a more fresh faced, semi-natural look. I say semi-natural because honestly, the second you slap on some foundation or other makeup, your face is no longer natural. I’m currently using two prescription, topical acne medications that are very drying. Because of this, the primers and foundations I’ve been using are very hydrating and lean more towards the dewy side than the matte side of things.

Starting off with just some e.l.f. hydrating primer
I’ve used my Rimmel Lasting foundation foundation in Light Ivory here
Brows are done! I used the e.l.f. eyebrow kit and Rimmel clear eyebrow gel
I used the Wet n’ Wild Photofocus eyeshadow primer before using the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea liquid eyeliner. I’ve tightlined my eyes with the Marc Jacobs gel liner
Fun fact: I experience double vision when looking in certain directions. This causes applying eyeliner to my left eye extremely difficult.
Then we apply the concealer! I’ve applied Rimmel Match Perfection concealer under my eyes and the Collection concealer in Fair on the rest of my face.
I’ve set my undereye concealer with the Winky Lux diamond powder and then used the e.l.f. HD powder in Soft Luminance on the rest of my face.
I used my Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara for some voluminous lashes!
Here I’ve applied bronzer (Essence Sun Club) blush (Milani) and highlight (NYX Bright Idea)

 

The look is finished! I used an Ulta matte lipstick in Pink Punch with a bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipgloss on top. I set everything with the NYX Dewy Finish setting spray.

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Let me know what you think of this look in the comments below.

Audrey Knizek

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for the next product that will make my hair look it’s best with as little effort as possible from my end. Hair products can be incredibly expensive, and you can easily spend $100 or more after buying only a few items. While it can take some effort, there are good and affordable products at the drugstore that will make your hair look beautiful. A little about my hair before I share my favorite products: I have thin, shoulder length hair that gets oily after one day. I wash it everyday or every other day depending on how gross it looks. I also use heat on my hair a lot, as curling my hair makes it look thicker and like there’s more of it.

L'Oreal hair care drugstore

These two are a new find, and wow am I grateful I stumbled upon this shampoo and conditioner combo. What drew me to these products was the fact that they’re made specifically for hair that’s oily at the roots and dry at the ends. I’ve never seen shampoo and conditioner that’s geared toward my exact hair type like these two are! Normally the day after washing my hair my roots are so oily and flat that it physically feels gross. I’ve always envied women who can go days without washing their hair, and after using this system I feel like I’m one of those women now! My second day hair is manageable, lightweight, and non-greasy. It also smells incredible thanks to pleasant fragrance that the shampoo and conditioner have.

Tresemme hair care drugstore

I like to use the sea salt spray and smoothing serum on dry hair after I’ve styled it. I find sea salt spray works best when I spray it into my hands, rub it around, and then run my hands through my already curled hair. It creates a perfectly messy look and those beach waves that are incredibly popular right now. This salt spray from Tresemmé doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it feel sticky, which are two major problems I find with a lot of sea salt sprays. The smoothing serum from Tresemmé eliminates frizz and makes my hair smooth and shiny!

Drugstore Hair Care

The Pantene hairspray is the first drugstore hairspray I’ve used that feel high end. It’s alcohol so it won’t dry out your hair, in fact it manages to make my hair feel softer! It has flexible hold, meaning I can spray it on my curls, brush my hair out, and the hairspray will still work all day to hold my curls how I want them. The one flaw I have found with this product is that the nozzle gets clogged with hairspray quite often.

The Not Your Mother’s texture spray works double duty, acting as a texture spray as well as a hairspray. If you want a tousled, messy look, curl your hair and then spray your hair with this product! The curls will stay all day and they’ll be perfectly messy. I also like using this texture spray on second day hair before I throw it up in a messy bun. It gives my hair some grip and hold.

A product I haven’t heard talked about a lot it is the dry shampoo from Herbal Essences. The dry shampoo is paraben free and made with natural tapioca to absorb oil and leave your hair looking clean and fresh. A lot of dry shampoos I’ve used in the past leave my hair feeling heavy and dirtier than before I had used the product. This is the first one I’ve tried that actually does something and improves the look and feel of my hair. That alone is enough reason to keep buying it!

What hair products do you love using? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Audrey Knizek

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I was going through all of my various products recently and realized that I had a lot of empties hanging around. I wanted to write this post up so that I could get rid of them and make space for new products to try out! On that note, let’s get into what I thought about all of these products!

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I was not a fan of the Batiste dry shampoo, and this was actually my second bottle of it. I have very thin, fine hair (it’s slowly getting thicker and back to the way it used to be when I was 15!), and this just seemed to make it worse. I would apply this at night, like I had seen so many beauty blogs suggest doing for us thin haired girls, and when I woke up in the morning my hair was awful. It felt heavy and piecey, and almost like it moved in one giant mass. It was not light weight, nor did it have that volume and bounce that’s so desired. I’ve since moved on the the Herbal Essences dry shampoo and I like it a lot more.

I’ve just about finished up the Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo, although there is still a bit left in the can. I don’t think I’ll be finishing it though. This product pretty much felt the same in my hair as the Batiste one did, all while leaving a lovely white residue. Nice.

The got 2b waving spray was just okay. I think the mist is too heavy, so you just end up with crunchy bits of salt in your hair, which is not a cute look. This is the first salt spray I had ever purchased, and it actually deterred me from buying another one for a while because I didn’t like how my hair looked after using it. I thought that was the look all salt sprays would give my hair. However, I have since purchased the Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray and I’ve had much better luck with it.

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I used up three Simple products recently, none of which I have repurchased. However! That doesn’t mean I hated them, I just really like trying new things. I’ll probably go back to each one of these at some point in my life.

The micellar water is lovely. It left my skin feeling so clean and soft without being harsh on my face. I used this in the morning as a gentler way of refreshing my skin after sleeping all night. At $10, this is a bit more expensive than some other micellar waters, and that’s what made me try something else in the end. On a college graduates budget I have to be picky about what I spend my money on!

I can’t even count how many bottles of the Simple moisturizer I’ve gone through. It’s a very light formula that still feels very nourishing on the skin. I didn’t pick up a new bottle of this only because I wanted a moisturizer with SPF in it for the summer, and when I went shopping I couldn’t find the Simples SPF moisturizer. I’ll definitely purchase this again come Autumn.

The Simple toner was really nice as well. I think it did a great job at evening out my skin tone, as I have quite red cheeks most of the time. However, towards the end of this bottle my skin started to break out a lot, so I went searching for something that was a little more aggressive towards acne and oily skin. If you’re looking for a gentle toner, however, I would definitely give this a go.

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I recently featured the St. Ives Even & Bright face wash in a favorites post, so I won’t go on about it for too long. I will say though, I have already purchased and started using another bottle. It really does even out my skin tone and help with my acne. You really have to spend time washing this stuff off though, as I’ve found that the exfoliants tend to stick to my skin really well. Sometimes I’ll dry my face and find that there are still some sandy feeling bits on my skin.

Lastly, the elf makeup mist & set setting spray was featured in an elf favorites post a few months ago. Since then, however, I’ve fallen out of love with it. It does what it’s meant to do, which is keep my skin matte, but it’s simply an okay product. The mist is quite heavy (as my mom pointed out and made me realize once she tried it) and takes a bit to dry. This was the first setting spray I had tried so I didn’t have anything else to compare it to. Since using this up I’ve purchased the NYX setting spray and have been really enjoying it. The elf spray is only $6, though, so it’s worth a try for that little amount of money.

Thanks for reading!

XoXo,

Audrey.