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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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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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Seven Fun Swimsuits

Growing up in the Midwest, I never put much consideration into swimsuit shopping.  I’d get one each summer at Target when I was younger and at Victoria’s Secret later on, not even thinking to look elsewhere.  Trying on swimsuits after a Michigan winter in which I consumed infinite Flipz white fudge pretzels while studying for midterms just didn’t seem like fun, I guess.

While the idea for this post came during my commute last week when when I somehow forgot I will not, in fact, be getting the summer off (and haven’t for three years), I put it together anyway for some inspiration to shop around a little more this season.  Here are seven fun suits I came across!

Column 1: Red, White, & BlueWrap Bikini | Indian Summer

Column 2: Monokini | Rashguard

Column 3:  Gingham |  Ballerina

I first saw the cream, pink, and black Ballerina one-piece on Cup of Jo and had to share it here – I might buy it for swimming laps this summer.  Would you wear any of these?  Where do you usually buy swimwear (help me out! 🙂 )?







Layers for Spring

Happy (almost) Easter!  Are you celebrating this weekend?  I’m driving to my parents’ house in Michigan tomorrow, then we’re getting together with some family for lunch on Sunday.  No church for us, just an excuse to eat chocolate.

I decided recently that I needed some new spring clothes (I’ve decided this several times as the weather has warmed up) and also that I have way too many plain cardigans taking up space in my closet, so I spent some time browsing online for new sweaters and light jackets.  Check out my favorites below – you can throw them on with jeans, a t-shirt, and a cool pair of shoes and call it a day!

Midi Rain Parka | Coat with Contrast Collar | Sweater Coat

Poncho | Drape Front Jacket | Cape

Collarless Coat | Quilted Vest | Long Vest

Have a great weekend 🙂

Linking up with Erin and Katie as always!

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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Three New Skincare Products

If I’ve learned anything in my almost three years in the workforce, it’s that even if you don’t think you enjoy online shopping, you can learn to like it by spending many of your waking hours sitting in front of a computer.  Choosing an afternoon snack from the rainbow of Girl Scout cookie boxes that pop up in the office at this time of year and opening a package can be a great afternoon pick-me-up, especially if you don’t remember what you ordered.

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I’ve read about several new skincare products and ingredients lately, so I made them the focus of my last online shopping trip.  I tried a rosewater hydrating spray, a coffee-based lip scrub and balm, and a face wash made with baking soda.  Here’s what I thought… Continue reading

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