College Student Winter Makeup and Skincare Must Haves

I was compensated for this shop by Collective Bias, Inc. on behalf of Neutrogena for this #NewNeutrogena campaign #AD #Collectivebias. All opinions are mine alone.

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Winters in Minnesota are brutal, and since I am also trying to stay on a budget with my tuition due any day, I headed to Target to pick up some new and more winter appropriate skin care products to add to my beauty routine. The products I picked up were conveniently located on the end cap in the beauty/skincare section, which made them super easy to find. Gotta love Target!

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Of course the number one step when it comes to fighting dry skin is hydration. I’ve been drinking a lot of water, but this winter it just wasn’t enough. So I picked up a Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Eye to give my skin the extra oomph.

I always start my beauty routine with moisturizer. And I apply eye gel first. Is that weird? What do you apply first: facial moisturizer or eye moisturizer?

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I am in front of my computer a lot now that my semester has started and my eyes get tired and puffy, especially if I stay up late studying, so a good eye moisturizer is a must. Sometimes I even carry it with me to the U and reapply throughout the day. That’s been working really well for me, you should try it too. And don’t forget to apply your eye gel using pinkie or ring finger, they are the weakest fingers and won’t pull on the skin as much as the other ones.

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I also prefer a facial moisturizer that is a gel, as opposed to the cream. I think my skin absorbs the gel better, and I like the light texture and the cooling effect. The fast absorbency also helps my foundation application.

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Lately, I have been going for the single eye shadow look. I love mixing and blending colors, but when I have a bus to catch, I can’t afford that. So a great solution is to just apply one color all over the lid. And this is what I am doing here.

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Mascara comes next and I am using Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara here (Neutrogena has great cosmetic products in general in my opinion). My eyes have recently become sensitive, and this mascara has been a life saver. I had to throw away some of my other mascaras, because I couldn’t use them anymore. Also in the winter my eyes usually water, especially when I leave the house and the cold winter wind blows in my face. I noticed that this mascara, even though it’s not waterproof doesn’t run as much as the other ones. It’s also really helpful when I am rubbing my eyes. As bad of a habit as it is, sometimes I do it automatically, without realizing what’s going on. In situations like this it’s great to have a mascara that doesn’t smudge easily.

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And finally I touch up with some blush. I like to accentuate my cheekbones, and this Neutrogena blush is wonderful. I prefer blushes that are made of several different colors. That way the blend is more natural and flattering.

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So here you have it, my winter skincare/fast makeup routine with a couple helpful tips along the way. I’d love to hear about your winter skincare and makeup routine! Leave a comment sharing how you do it in the winter.

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Beauty Brunch: Collagen Factor

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Having been obsessed with serums and anti-aging products for the past year or so, I started researching collagen and it’s benefits. 

Collagen is a type of fibrous protein arranged in a triple helix pattern and found extensively throughout the bodies of people and animals. It supports skin, internal organs, muscles, bone, joints, and cartilage. There are at least 16 types of collagen that occur naturally in the body, with the most abundant form in the human body being known as type 1 collagen. Collagen works in tandem with elastin to give skin its texture, structure, ability to stretch, and appearance. Sun damage (extrinsic aging) and chronologic aging (intrinsic aging) causes collagen in the skin to deteriorate (Sources Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, December 2013, ePublication; PLoS One, August 2013, eCollection; and Molecular Cell Biology, 4th Edition, W.H. Freeman, 2000) – Paulaschoice.com

Meehan Formulations has a small, but effective collagen line, called Collagen Factor, which helps restore skins elasticity, and slow down anti-aging process caused by sun, environment, and chemicals.

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I was lucky to try Collagen Serum and Finishing Moisturizer. And here is what I thought.

Collagen serum 

A lightweight serum formulated to stimulate the growth of collagen and greatly reduce the signs of aging that occurs from diminished elasticity. The tinted version contains pine bark and vitamin C which add a little sun kissed glow to your skin!

The product came in 1 oz amber glass bottle with a dropper. Are you thinking what I am thinking? How very vintage! I love using the dropper. It makes me feel like I work in an apothecary. The serum itself goes on smoothly, but leaves my skin feeling wet, so I let it dry for about a minute before applying the moisturizer. The product doesn’t really have any smell, and that’s definitely a plus. I normally use about 5-10 drops, and measure them off separately for the different parts of my face, mainly forehead and cheeks. Having spent the majority of my summer outdoors, this is the product I want to keep around for as long as I can to prevent/slow down sun damage.

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Finishing Moisturizer

A light moisturizer, inclusive of the serum, designed to stimulate the growth of collagen and greatly reduce the signs of aging that occurs from diminished elasticity.  Moisturizer base is a non allergenic foundation moisturizer that supports all skin types, including sensitive skin. 

The moisturizer has a pinkish tint to it. I am so used to white colored products, that I was a little surprised by that. As you can see in the picture, the moisturizer comes out from the pump and holds it shape. If it can do it to my skin in the long run, I am in 110%! Once again the product has no obvious smell. It goes on very smoothly, absorbs quickly, but leaves my skin feeling a little sticky, until I apply my regular foundation, or simply touch up with a finishing powder.

What’s with all the anti-aging products, Zhenya?

You may be wondering, why I have been so obsessed with anti-aging products. There are two reasons. No woman wants to look older than she really is. If I can slow down the appearance of wrinkles without Botox, using only the skincare products, I will take full advantage of that. I am going back to college to get another bachelor’s degree, and want to put my best face forward.

Have a great Sunday! How do you take care of your skin?

Disclosure: These products have been provided by Meehan Formulations. All opinions are my own. 

Aren’t You a Doll Face?

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I have started using a new skincare brand called Doll Face about a week and a half ago, and wanted to share some info, and definitely my opinion with you.

A little history first, Doll Face was born in the shadow of the famed Hollywood sign by a team of visionary beauty “creationists” who have crafted a naturally potent, clean skincare brand with modern ethos inspired by the glamour and style of retro Hollywood.

Doll Face combines the best of science and nature, with super-effective blends of power-packed active ingredients that effectively cleanse, hydrate, perfect, refine and brighten the skin.

Some of the Doll Face clever ingredient are: Buriti Fruit Oil, Super Berry Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Berry, Willow Bark Extract, etc.

All of the products are never formulated with paragons, mineral oil, PABA, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Paraffin, DEA, Triclosan, Petrolatum, animal-derived ingredients or harmful dyes.

I got to try Intensive Age Defend cream, and a Balancing Tonic. Let’s talk about those.

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The Intensive Age Defense Cream helps visibly reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, is suitable for all skin types, and comes in a beautifully packaged 2 oz packaging. Retails for $58.

This is a gel-cream, and it was a little hard to get used to it at first, since I haven’t used one in a while. I definitely like it though, because I feel like with this product a little goes a long way! And I love that. I have tried using it twice a day, but so far I like it as my night treatment the best, because as you may have guessed it, it doesn’t contain SPF. I also noticed that it doesn’t mix well with other products, and by mixing, I mean layering. Or when worn by itself (on my day off, when I am not wearing makeup), it often gathers up and peels off of my skin. I am going to experiment more with what I use it with, but so far, I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars.

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Balancing tonic purifies pores and brightens dull skin, it’s suitable for normal-to-oily skin and comes in an 8 oz packaging. Retails for $24.

This product, in my opinion is suitable for even combination skin, and that’s what I have. I am definitely noticing my skin brighten after I use it, though sometimes I end up using extra powder to cover up the shine, as it starts looking too oily for my liking. The product smells great, and the packaging is definitely appealing. I really enjoy having it in my bathroom. I am a huge fan of toners and such, so this product fits right in! I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars. 

Overall my experience with Doll Face was nothing but pleasant. There were no breakouts, no allergic reactions. Just a new addition to my skincare routine! (Aren’t those the best?)

Have you ever tried Doll Face? What do you think? What kind of skin care products do you use in your daily routine?

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Perlier Royal Elixir Facial Serum

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Once again thanks to my membership at iFabbo, I was able to get my hands on an amazing product – Perlier Royal Elixir Facial Serum. I am very familiar with Perlier, this is the third product I’ve tried by them, and every single time it’s a home run.

This innovative, anti-aging serum (and I am all about anti-aging!) incorporates fresh Royal Jelly from African bees known to stimulate collagen production and provide vital nutrients and anti-oxidant properties to the skin. Additionally, all the water has been replaced by extremely pure distillate that has moisturizing and toning properties.

The serum comes in this beautifully designed 1.6 oz tube. There is a good amount of product in the tube, the word “generous” definitely comes to mind. But it is a $99 product! It definitely falls into more expensive category than a lot of other anti-aging serums on the market.

I use this product twice a day, morning and night, it leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturized, it also appears more radiant, due to the illuminating particles that are contained in the product.

The downsize – I use about 3 pumps to cover my face and neck, and I am worried that this product will only last me about 6 weeks. I have a hard time parting with my favorites.

Would I ever buy this for myself? Yes, but not at the moment, since I am doing Project Use Up this year! Ask me again in a few months 😉

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Благодаря онлайн магазину для блоггеров – iFabbo, мне посчастливилось попробовать омолаживающую сыворотку для лица от Perlier. Я знакома с этим брендом, и каждый раз, когда я пробую их продукцию, я в полном восторге.

Итак, эта новая, инновационная сыворотка содержит маточное желе Африканских пчел, которое стимулирует выработку коллагена, обеспечивает кожу питательными веществами, и обладает анти-оксидантными свойствами. Вместо воды в состав этой сыворотки входит дистиллят, обладающий, в свою очередь, увлажняющими и тонизирующими свойствами.

Продукт продается в баночке с помпой (очень красиво выполнен дизайн) размером в 50 мл. Для сыворотки это очень большой, на мой взгляд, обьем. Но и стоит он $99 без налога и пересылки.

Наношу я эту сыворотку два раза в день – утром и вечером, и кожа сразу чувствует себя увлажненной и разглаженной. В этом продукте также содержатся освещающие частицы, которые придают коже сияние.

К сожалению, мне нужно три нажатия помпы, чтобы покрыть все лицо и шею, и, мне кажется, что этой сыворотки хватить всего лишь на 6-8 недель.

Купила бы я его сама за свои деньги? Скорее всего не сейчас, спросите меня через пару месяцев.

 

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster Review

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Knowing me, you probably have already figured out that I can’t live without serums and different types of skin boosters. Anything that helps me improve my skin, is a must-have, must-try or at least a must-see. So when I received Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster from iFabbo, I was more than excited to try it out. Plus I was running out of the serum I’ve been using, and this one became a perfect substitute.

So what is Dermalogica skin hydrating booster? It’s a super hydrating fluid that intensely moisturizes thirsty skin as it smoothes and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. It’s water-based and non-greasy, plus contains Hyaluronic Acid, which holds 1000 times its weight in water for powerful hydration.

Other key ingredients include Panthenol, Glycolipids, and Algae Extract to help skin repair and restore moisture balance. There are no artificial colors and fragrances in Dermalogica products.

To use, I simply squeeze a little bit of product on my hand, and work into my skin. I only use it at night, before bed, and put my favorite night time moisturizer on top. You can mix this Skin Hydrating Booster with your favorite moisturizer to use during the day. But I always feel like my skin rests and restores at night. If I notice it becoming dry throughout the day, I will definitely start using this product in the AM as well.

The product is expensive, $56 for 1 oz. Though almost all high end serums with Hyaluronic Acid are in that price range, and that’s not surprising, because the product really works. After only a couple of times using it, I noticed my skin feeling softer, glowing, and firm. I am in absolute awe with this serum and what Dermalogica did once again – created another wonderful product to help us fight aging.

Pros:

– Perfect for my T-zoned skin and, from the other reviews I read, oily skin.

– Absorbs quickly.

– Hydrates and moisturizes.

– Doesn’t cause breakouts on my type of skin.

– Perfect addition to my night time beauty routine.

– Amazing ingredients.

Cons:

– Expensive! Ouch!

– Value/Money ratio seems too low. I have a feeling I am going to go through this 1 oz container of product in less than a month.

In the end of the day I love this stuff and the wonderful things it does for my skin. Have you tried the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster? What did you think? What serums (if any) do you use?

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Personal Microderm Device – My experience

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It’s been 3 weeks since I started using a Personal Microderm Device. I remember when I first heard about it after one of the seasons of The Bachelor ended (yes, back in the day I used to watch that show), and thought to myself – Wow! That’s a neat product. I am so excited to actually own it and share my thoughts and experience with you. And as you may have guessed, this is a sponsored post, but I wouldn’t be sharing it, if I didn’t think you’d find this review useful, and as always – all opinions are my own!

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So what is PMD Personal Microderm device?

“PMD is an amazing device that helps women uncover their most vibrant, radiant complexion through an easy series of treatments. It replicates the treatment given by professionals by using the same Aluminum Oxide crystals on the patented spinning discs. The hand-held tool uses vacuum action to gently pull skin towards the disc for optimum exfoliation. Once it removes the dead skin cells and reveals a clear, healthy complexion, your skin is able to absorb products much more effectively. It works will all skin types and unclogs pores, smooths, evens tone, reduces blemishes and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” 

How do you use it?

This is a very helpful video that talks about the device. It covers everything from plugging it in, to cleaning it, to avoiding the eye area. It talks about the do’s and don’ts and helps you find your way to a clear complexion.

How do I use it?

I use my device once a week, usually on Saturday night, before bed. I like using my device at night, because it allows me not to worry whether I am wearing enough sunscreen or not. Plus I use a thicker, richer cream at night time, and I want that to absorb quickly.
The first time I used the device was a little funny and awkward, it almost felt like I was vacuuming my face. But I got the hang of it soon enough. And no, it doesn’t hurt at all!
I am still on my white training disk and am loving it. I will probably replace it after one more treatment and switch to the green one.
I have only tried PMD Personal Microderm Device on my face, with an exception of testing it out on my arm. I am kind of nervous and excited to try it on my elbows or heels.

Have I noticed any results?

Absolutely! I noticed that my skin is a lot smoother, especially on my cheeks (that’s always been my problem area). My acne scars heal faster, and if I pop a pimple (let’s be honest here! Who doesn’t do that?) it goes away faster too.
I am paying special attention to my nose when I treat my skin, I am really hoping it will help with black heads!

Skincare with PMD

As interesting as it’s going to sound, PMD offers a 3 step skin care system along with the device. Having worked in cosmetics, I am a huge fan of a 3 step system. So that definitely earned them some points with me!

Special Offer 

Not only am I sharing my experience and review with you today, but I am also excited to share this discount code! It’s good through the end of May and will help you save on your own PMD Personal Microderm Device. Just enter pmdbeauty25 at checkout!

I am definitely planning on using my device for a couple more weeks, and then taking a break. I want to make sure I do what’s best for my skin. I will probably cut back on the microdermabrasion during the summer, since I spend a lot of time outside.

Overall the device is easy to use, it’s effective and extremely helpful. I can see it becoming an important part of my weekly skincare routine. 

Have you ever gotten a microdermabrasion? What about a PMD Device? Do tell!

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Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review

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I have recently come across Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream, and thought to myself – why don’t I give it a try? I’ve been loving BB Creams on my face, surely body cream would work just as well. And I was right.

The Jergens BB Body Cream is available for all light and medium-deep skin tones, has a sheer, quick-drying formula and promises results after one use, as well as in 5 days and on. It instantly hydrates and illuminates, and in 5 days: evens, firms, and corrects. 

The product comes in a 7.5 oz/220 ml tube packaging. It’s very easy to apply, and use. I personally prefer to put it on right after the shower, due to it’s moisturizing feature. I love how it makes my skin look illuminated and even. And I can’t NOT mention the pleasant scent.

I’ve been battling dry skin over the winter, and was pleasantly surprised to notice that redness and unevenness is almost gone after applying this product.

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Now I’ve been using it for almost two weeks, and noticed positive changes in my skin. It feels and looks smoother, more even and illuminated. Try it! Your body will never BB the same!

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Can you tell which arm doesn’t have the BB Cream on?

What skin lotion/cream are you using now? To learn more about Jergens BB Bodu Cream follow hashtag – #BBGoesBody

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jergens BB Body Cream through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jergens BB Body Cream, all opinions are my own

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Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex Review

Today’s post is about another Hydroxatone product that surprised me in a good way. It’s their AM/PM anti-wrinkle complex (#AntiWrinkleSPF)  suitable for day and night use. It’s supposed to make you look and feel younger. Yes, I am 27 and am planning on staying Forever 21 😉

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Once again the sample came in a nice large size, 1 oz. I love the packaging and the little extra cover between the jar and the lid is a nice classy bonus!

The product contains:

Hyaluronic Acid – incredible ability to retain moisture in the skin which results in increased smoothness, softness and decrease of facial wrinkles.

Matrixyl3000 – Helps skin to promote natural levels of collagen, hyaluronic acid and fibronectin.

Argireline – Anti-aging peptide specifically designed to provide fast results.

SPF 15 – to help protect the skin against the sun’s harmful rays!

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My first concern though was why did they make this 2 in 1 product, instead of making 2 separate ones. They would’ve made more sales this way if you ask me (at least that’s how Clinique worked).

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those people who is afraid to put SPF containing moisturizer on at night, but I do cringe a little.

You will smell the sunscreen when applying the product. Nothing wrong with that.

The moisturizer itself does the job quiet well. My skin is a little picky though and unfortunately this doesn’t layer well with their BB. Or I have to wait and let the moisturizer sit for 10 minutes or so.

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I do like the texture, the fact that it absorbs quickly and of course that the company itself is in New Jersey 😉

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Once again though, it is pricey, but you might be able to catch it on HauteLook.com or other flash sale sites!

So there you have it! A great moisturizer out there for you to try.

Have a great night,
Z

My Easy Summer Go-To Makeup Routine

Yes, I do realize summer is almost over, but I felt compelled sharing this with you, because I realize that there are maybe some, who don’t even use makeup, and maybe it will inspire you!

As you know, I’ve been using a BB Cream instead of a foundation, and am planning on doing so through the fall (depending on how my skin acts, because that can be unpredictable). More about my new favorite BB here!

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Then I apply brow pencil. I used to be a huge advocate for using eye shadow as a brow filler, but have lately shifted away from it! Why bother finding the right color (it’s hard to do even in the professional lines) in the eye shadow, if they make so many pencils and the choice is definitely easier there!

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I also comb through my brows with a brush afterwards. Now some people choose to do it beforehand, but I really don’t have that much brows going on, so that’s how I do it.

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Remember that eyebrows are a frame for the face, and well… because of this too…

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Next I move on to mascara. I am currently using Rimmel’s Lash Accelerator, and do highly recommend it, if you are going after length as opposed to volume!

 

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Then I top it all with a powder. I just bought a new Covergirl Professional loose powder. We’ll see what it’s about. In the picture I am using pressed powder by Faberlic (which by now has broken into many many pieces and is a pain in my know what to apply! Hence the Covergirl)

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One of my new favorite products is the Dandelion blush by Benefit! I will stand by it no matter what! Try it too, you’ll love this blush. And it is one of the few product exceptions when I am not using my own brush to apply it, but the one that it came with!

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And finally I add a little lipstick. I have a Long Last Lipstick from Clinique in All Heart, and even though it’s a gorgeous color, I think it’s too dark for the summer, so I simply dab it and spread it out with my finger.

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And that’s it! This is how I do my makeup these days! And trust me it takes way less time, than it took me to write this post 😉

Xx,

Zhenya

{Bare Love Hair} Luxury Hair Fuel Review

Hair is every woman’s pride and joy! And today I’m going to share with you one of my newly discovered secrets. A product by Bare Love Hair – Luxury Hair Fuel.

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Luxury Hair Fuel is hair and scalp treatment that is supposed to help rid hair of dullness and dryness and if used on the scalp, it prevents flaking and dryness.
There are two different ways you can use this product:
– applying it to towel dry hair prior to styling,
– massaging it into the scalp prior to shampooing.
And all you need is one pump!
Since my hair has been rather dry this summer, due to spending a lot of time outside in the sun, I thought this was a perfect product for me to try!
Surprisingly, one pump is enough, and two is too much! Trust me, you don’t want to overdo it, even if you have long hair, you’ll end up with greasy locks and that never looks attractive.
The good:
– it’s an all-natural blend of skin-compatible oils,
– it moisturizers and adds shine,
– smells beautifully,
– helps control frizz and defines hair’s natural curl
– it’s made with a unique OlioLove Technology that is exclusive to the brand.
The bad:
– it’s pricey $28 for 1 oz,
– the pump spits at you when you are trying to get the product out and squirts all over the place, which leads to product waste,
– your hair will look greasy if you do two or more pumps.

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Stay tuned for more “hair” posts to come!

Xx,

Z

Disclosure: This was a complimentary product sent by Lotus Leaf Communications, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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