I’m not crazy, but I’ll admit that I’m definitely a bit of a nut sometimes. You know when you have a beauty product that just smells so good so you give it a little taste? No? Okay, well then I definitely didn’t do that with LUSH’s Oatifix Fresh Face Mask. Nope, totally didn’t try to eat it.
IT SMELLS LIKE HEAVEN OF COURSE I TRIED IT.
Don’t judge me.
Fresh Face Masks are meant for almost immediate use, but you can pop them in the fridge until they expire. Nothing feels better than an ice-cold face mask. Except sex. Maybe that feels better. What do I know?
Oatifix is made with bananas, oats, vanilla, and almonds. It smells like what I imagine Jack Johnson was singing about in Banana Pancakes, which I’ve never had but that’s how I feel about it.
I normally go for masks that suck all the gross stuff out of my skin, but it’s winter and I feel like I’m living on a glacier with how dry my face has been. I needed something to add moisture and reduce redness. Oatifix did the trick! I’ve used it almost every day for a week, and it’s definitely helping my face stay nice and hydrated.
Oh hey, it’s been a while again. And I’ll repeat: my blog, my rules. Life is busy, you guys. I work a lot and on weekends, I’m pretty much so into my brunch and Bloody Marys that I don’t have time for anything except nursing a hangover (which you can see on YouTube. SHAMELESS PLUG NOT SORRY!).
Living in New York means a lot of things: I can get bagels whenever I want, I can yell at people on the street for running into me, I can basically do whatever I want whenever I want. Except there’s this thing called being a broke ass 20-something that interferes with mostly everything. The real world really puts a damper on life.
So being on a budget means I don’t get my hair done here because what used to cost me like $40 (thanks Amber my lovely stylist!) in Atlanta now costs over $100, which is an absolute OUTRAGE. For those who know me, I’m notorious for dying my hair when I get bored. I do it all the time but never get a dye job at a salon because it costs too much, and I play with color too frequently. But I loathe box dyes from the drug store. It’s terrible.
Well my mom (HI MOM) found eSalon, tried it out, and became obsessed! She begged me to reach out to them, which I happily did. eSalon is an amazing brand that’s basically a hair dye subscription. You go through the color selection process and determine how frequently you want to freshen up your color. It’s like $20 bucks and it shows up right to your door! You can do the whole thing naked!
Here is how much I love it:
Essentially, eSalon is the absolute hands down best hair dye I’ve ever used in my life. Seriously, no fucking joke. My hair looks a-mah-zing if I do say so myself!
DO NOT BUY BOX DYE ANYMORE, DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200. I’m not joking.
Tell me if you’ve tried eSalon, I would love to hear what you thought!
This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by eSalon. Financial compensation was not received for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Okay, these actually work 100% of the time, but I can’t resist a perfect opportunity to quote Anchorman so I did it and it’s my blog and you can’t tell me what to do.
Since I got samples from Lavanila back in November, I’ve been just totally obsessed. I use their baby wash as a brush cleanser, I swear by their sunscreen, and I am utterly blown away by their fragrances.
Fragrances are hit or miss for me. I’m really picky about scents because I don’t like anything too floral or sweet. And like look at our options with shit like Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend that makes you smell like a rabid teen fangirl. All of Britney Spears’ fragrances are Eau de Crushed Childhood Dreams. Even reputable brands like Juicy put out scents that make you smell like a baby prostitute.
Needless to say, I don’t really hit the perfume market because I don’t like choking to death while trying to breathe regularly. And I’m often allergic to perfumes, which is exactly why Lavanila happened in the first place. It’s the only brand that lists their fragrance ingredients, and it’s all natural. What’s better? They actually last all day long (like your mom-I’m sorry, that was uncalled for. Actually, no it wasn’t it was too easy. That’s what she said. GOD OK I’LL STOP!)
I’ve sampled all of the scents, but I’m in love with Vanilla Passion Fruit and their newest, Vanilla Blackberry.
Vanilla Passion Fruit is a sultry, slightly spicy scent with hints of sandalwood and vanilla. This is quite a sexy fragrance, probably recommended for use at night or on an OkCupid date. But I’m like YOLO (yeah we’re still using it UGH) and wear it during the day because I think it’s fun to see people get turned on while I’m pressed up against them in a packed subway car.
My god, Vanilla Blackberry is one of the greatest things I’ve had the pleasure of smelling. I would easily bathe in this. It’s not overly sweet and has a unique musky quality to it that is to die for. I’ve never been one to have a “signature scent” but I think this could be it. This is the only fragrance that I’ve had the urge to eat or drink I guess. You should not do this however. And you should definitely not lick it off your wrist when you spray it on. Fragrances are for smelling, not tasting…
What’s your signature scent? Have you tried Lavanila? Tell me everything in the comments you sexy fiend.
On Friday I mentioned that I went to a very special breakfast sponsored by Lavanila Laboratories. I spent some time with a group of wonderful ladies and met with Lavanila founder, Daniela Raynor. She is so passionate about this brand, which in turn makes us bloggers passionate about it too. I’ve tried several Lavanila products and have never been disappointed. I’ll be going through a few of their products for you over the next few weeks so stay tuned.
I haven’t cleaned my brushes in a while. I usually do it once a week, but I’ve been slacking and it’s gross. I’m a big proponent of using baby shampoo as a brush cleanser because it’s less expensive and leaves your brushes super soft and clean. I received Lavanila’s The Healthy Baby Wash in a gift bag and since I don’t have a baby, I knew I had to try it out on my brushes!
The Healthy Baby Wash retails for $16 for 7 oz., which is a pretty good deal. You’re easily paying $15-20 for “real” brush cleansers that come in 3 oz. bottles and are packed with chemicals. I usually use Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo ($4) but this wash is the best thing I’ve ever used for my brushes. It’s a foam wash so it’s light and fluffy, and it’s 100% natural and a certified organic product. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to clean my brushes that I put all over my face with something harmful.
For deep cleansing, fill a glass with warm water and cleanser and let brushes soak for five minutes, then rinse.
Treat the beauty lover in your life to some fabulous gifts this holiday season!