January 13, 2016

Product Review: Banila Co. Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser

My cousin recently came back from Korea, the motherland of beauty and skin care products, and brought back some goodies for me to try! One of the things she brought back for me is this much talked about Clean It Zero Cleansing Sherbet by Banila Co. I was immediately intrigued by the name and gave it a try right away! 

So what's a "sherbet cleanser"? I'm going to be honest, I was a little unsure in the beginning as well. The sherbet cleanser looks and feels a lot like a cleansing balm (think Clinique's much hyped about and constantly sold out version), but with the effectiveness of a cleansing oil.

It has a light fruity scent, but the ingredients (see below) show that no additional fragrance was added.

As a heavy eyeliner kinda gal, I've always opted for cleansing oils because of their amazing ability to dissolve even my extremely water proof eyeliner (Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner). I was skeptical if this Banila Co. Clean It Zero would do the same for me, but it did! A few gentle touches with the cleansing balm and it removed 100% of my heavy duty eye makeup just with ease.

My skin was left feeling clean, hydrated and supple. Not a bad way to end the night!

The box also came with a little card detailing the instructions in different languages (including English) along with illustrations.

Since this balm is travel friendly, it does not need to go into your little quart size baggie of liquids- leaving precious space for other items. The plastic body (frosted to look like glass) of the jar will hardly add weight to your toiletry bag too!

As an added bonus, the packaging comes with a little scooping spoon that fits right over the plastic top piece. No more digging my fingers into the jar and getting the product stuck under my nails!! Why every jarred skin care product doesn't come with a spoon that fits in the lid baffles me-- yea, I'm talking to both of you Chanel and Clinique!

Overall, I found that the Banila Co. Clean It Zero has quickly became a staple in my skincare regime. It's cost efficient (only about $15 on Amazon) and a one step cleansing solution even for made up girls like me!

In case you're interested, here's the ingredient list:

Mineral Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Water, Rubus Suavissimus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Lead Extract, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Angelica Polymorpha Sinesnsis Root Extract, Papaya Fruit Extract, Acerora Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, BHT, Butylparaben, Acid Red 18, CI 15985, Spicei

December 08, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015
While I love receiving gifts, I have to say that it's gifting that makes the holiday season for me. There's nothing quite as satisfying as picking out the perfect present and watching that person open it in delight!

Here are some of my top picks for gifts this year.

Lorna Jane Insulated Lunch Bag $39
While I'm a Luluaddict for sure, this cute little insulated lunch bag from Lorna Jane is giving me life! I love how it's fashioned like a regular paper bag to give an old school vibe. Perfect for a girl on the go or even a teenage girly girl.

Dogeared Three Wishes Necklace $52
I'm a huge fan of dainty jewelry and this Dogeared necklace is a great choice for a holiday gift! I love that the design has a specific meaning of three wishes. A great gift for women of all ages.

Kate Spade "Glitter is my favorite color" iPhone case $40
Need I say more? This Kate Spade iPhone case is pink & sparkly. Definitely my stamp of approval over and over!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Be Spotted The Voyager Bag $28
One can never have too many cosmetic bags! This pink spotted one from the Sephora Collection is a perfect gift for someone who has a case of the travel bug.

Tatcha Holiday Set $88
Auspiciously priced at $88, this Tatcha Holiday Set is a great deal and a great gift! As you remembered, my love for Tatcha products started here. Since then, I've used it on and off, but it's still one of the best skincare line I've tried.

S'well Rose Gold Water Bottle  $42
The S'well Bottle is definitely one of my favorite discoveries... EVER! Coupled with their latest Rose Gold edition, you've got a winner!

What are some of your favorite gifts for this holiday season?

April 27, 2015

Confessions of a Bottle Blonde

Everyone knows that blondes have more fun, but what they don't tell you about is the amount of maintenance required to keep up with those golden locks. A few months ago, I decided to trade in my pink hair for a blonde ombré and I quickly learned the two cardinal rules of being a bottled blonde:

1. Thou shall not let your blonde hair turn brassy.
2. Thou shall go to great lengths to keep your deep fried hair hydrated.

Easy enough right? Absolutely not! I'm not saying that I have it all under control, but I've picked up a few tricks (and products) that I'd love to share.

Here's a photo of my lovely goldie locks to start things off!

#1 Thou Shall Not Let Your Blonde Hair Turn Brassy

How the heck do you do that? Let me just say, I had a complete freak out after my hair started turn orange a couple weeks into my new do. After some research, I picked up some purple shampoo to aid my brassy hair. From the ones that I've tried, Phyto's Phytargent Shampoo is my favorite. The purple was the most pigmented (see photo below) and my hair seriously brightened and lightened after one wash. The cost is a little steep, but since I only need to use it on part of my hair, I mix it into my regular shampoo for daily use to help justify the cost.

2. Thou shall go to great lengths to keep your deep fried hair hydrated

Unfortunately for me, cardinal rule #2 is much harder than #1. I've struggled my whole life to keep my lion's mane looking healthy. Since I have naturally wavy hair, it tends to look more fried than it is and the blonde is not forgiving at all. Fortunately, I've come across a few products that I'm absolutely loving right now!

The Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde line is simply amazing. It's super hydrating and also helps brighten my blond hair, although I wouldn't use it without the purple shampoo. I use Forever Blonde Shampoo, Forever Blonde Conditioner and Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair.

On top of using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, I've also started to use hair masks. The Hello Hair Hydrating Mask from Hello Hair is my favorite. Aside from the cute packaging, the product smells simply divine and it leaves my hair feeling silky smooth.  I got the 100g size and I've been able to use it 4 times on my super thick shoulder length hair. 

That's pretty much it for my tips on being a blonde! What are some of your hair secrets for keeping your locks on point?