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Tresemme Beauty Full Volume Reverse System

Good morning!  How was your weekend?  I didn’t get up to much – it rained buckets here, which was the excuse I needed to spend my Saturday and Sunday reading and watching the Olympics.  Hopefully the recent humidity will break as the rain stops – I got out of my car at work on Thursday to the air pressing in on me and a million cicadas buzzing in the tall trees that surround our campus, and it sort of felt like the apocalypse was coming.  Or maybe I just wished it was so that I wouldn’t have to work.

Anyway, today I’m sharing a quick review of the Tresemme Beauty Full Volume Reverse System shampoo and conditioner.  The goal of reverse washing, or using conditioner on your hair before shampoo, is to increase volume while still keeping strands healthy and smooth.  There are other, more expensive systems on the market, but Tresemme’s is the only drugstore version I know of.

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Favorite Sea Salt Sprays + A Hair Trick

Today’s post includes reviews of my favorite sea salt sprays, as well as a trick for making scrunched curls or waves turn out great every time!

Happy Thursday!  I hope everyone’s surviving the heat.  They keep it nice and frigid in our office, so I’ve been managing my wardrobe for the fifty-degree temperature difference between my desk and the other side of the door I set ten feet from.

Anyway, boring complaint over.  Do you guys ever use sea salt sprays?  I wear my hair wavy more often in this kind of humidity since the effort to straighten it often goes to waste.  In the past I always held my waves with some kind of gel, but I’ve been spritzing on sea salt spray lately instead.  I love the more natural look it offers.

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The Five Products I Can’t Live Without

Hello, hello!  How was your weekend?  Mine was full of various errands and a little soccer (literally a little, because my team in a tournament at work lost our first two games in a double-elimination setup.  But I did “forget” to put sunscreen on my face, so I at least got some color).

Today, since I mostly review newer beauty/skincare/hair products on the blog, I thought it would be fun to share the ones I’ve used for years and keep returning to even as others come and go.  Also, I have spent a lot of time hunched over my monitor at work like a gremlin as of late, and nothing particularly unique came to mind for this post.

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Dry Shampoo Review #2

Good morning!  What are you guys up to this weekend?  I’m going to watch March Madness with some co-workers at the Mellow Mushroom this afternoon, then Adam comes in for the weekend tonight.  It’s 8:30 a.m. and I’m already thinking about driving through the McDonald’s between the airport terminal and the freeway for a Shamrock Shake after I pick him up.

I reviewed four dry shampoos back in November but didn’t land on one I really loved.  So, after burning through every bottle in just a few months, I decided to try again.  This time I tested dry shampoos by Kardashian Beauty, Living Proof, and Elizabeth and James.  The first one I picked up at random as I wandered aimlessly through the aisles of Target; the others had lots of positive reviews online.

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Kardashian Beauty Take 2 Dry Shampoo | Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo | Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo

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December Birchbox Review

Happy Tuesday!  Here’s what I thought of the products in my December Birchbox.

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amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo | $22

This dry shampoo easily passed my “one day test” — it lets me go one extra day without washing my hair.  The scent, which I’d describe as fruity and musty at the same time, was too strong at first but dissipated right away.  Rice starch acts as the main oil-absorbing ingredient, which I’ve found usually works well.  Rating: Keep

Coastal Scents styleEYES Eyeshadow Pallete in formalEYES | $12

This sample included two shadows, one light pink and one dark.  I wouldn’t buy this because a) pink eyeshadow brings out any redness in my eyes, causing me to resemble a pig, and b) the product wasn’t very pigmented.  I had to dip my brush into the palette several times to get it to show up.  Rating: Toss

Harvey Prince Sea Salt Texturizing Mist | $24

I loved this spray and can see myself using it all next summer.  In the past I’ve always used a gel to define my curls because I couldn’t find a strong enough spray, but this one did the trick without leaving my hair sticky or crunchy.  It does exactly what it promises 🙂  Rating: Buy Full-Size

The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew Highlighting Cream | $18

This is a nice, oil-free highlighter to put on under your foundation.  It didn’t irritate my skin at all and provided just the right amount of sparkle.  I learned that it is pretty concentrated, so apply lightly on the bridge of your nose to avoid looking like sparkly Rudolph.  Rating: Keep

COOLA Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face | $32

I’m sure this is nice, but as you may know, I don’t really need to spend $32 on a moisturizer.  I also haven’t seen the sun through the thick, grey clouds in Ohio for days.  Please don’t tell me that clouds actually give the most dangerous sunburns or whatever.  At this point in the year, the days are so short that all of my sunlight hours are spent inside at work.  Rating: Toss


Dry Shampoo Review

I use dry shampoo more and more as the weather gets colder.  I work out less — the idea of leaving my apartment in shorts and crossing my gym’s huge, barren parking lot disgusts me more and more as the temperature drops — and therefore need to take fewer showers.  So, read on for reviews of four dry shampoos I recently tried.


Two of these were bargains at Target, and the other two I picked up at Sephora.  From left to right…

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo for Brunettes, $22

I had actually been using this Drybar dry shampoo for a while, and to be honest, it was the reason for this post: I don’t love it and wanted to find a better go-to option.  I can eek out an extra day without a shower, but my hair feels gunky and is difficult to style even when I spray this on sparingly.  It does offer a good dose of color if you want to touch up your roots, but the downside to that is it stained a couple of my white tops.  I’d wear my hair up and use a clarifying shampoo the next time you shower if you try this product.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Batiste Hint of Color – Dark and Deep Brown Dry Shampoo, $6

I tried this dry shampoo from Batiste after a yoga class last week in which I didn’t put forth my full, sweaty effort.  The color is a lighter brown than the Drybar Detox; I wouldn’t recommend it for root touch-ups if your hair is of a darker shade.  However, it did a much better job of absorbing oil — my hair felt clean and refreshed for the rest of the day.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Sally Hershberger 24K Supreme Stylist Voluminous Dry Shampoo, $32

I’d been wanting to try something from Sally Hershberger’s 24K line for a while.  And I definitely liked this product — it added nice volume and texture to my hair without leaving powdery streaks, and it had a pleasant vanilla scent that wasn’t cloying.  However, if you’re primarily looking to extend a blowout, this dry shampoo may not be the right choice.  It just doesn’t absorb enough oil.  This is a $32 bottle of hairspray.  But it is a really nice hairspray.

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Pantene Pro-V Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo, $5.99

Last but not least is the Pantene Pro-V Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo.  As it turns out, the drugstore brands absorbed oil the best — this one was comparable to the Batiste in that respect.  It’s not made for brunettes, but I was able to massage the product into my hair easily.  The only potential downside is that I read some reviews complaining that the aerosol can clogged after a couple of uses.

IMG_0006I liked the Batiste dry shampoo the most out of these four, but I’m still looking for something that eliminates the need to try anything else ever.  I’ve read great things about this one by Elizabeth and James, so it’s next on my list.