Living Proof Style Lab

I have a love hate relationship with my hair. It’s wavy, on the thicker end of the spectrum, and sometimes hard to manage. I’ve always said that if I ever won the lottery I would use my winnings and hire someone to do my hair for me every day! Unfortunately I have not won the lottery, but luckily Living Proof Style Lab has put together a suite of hair products that are helping me achieve my best hair, and I’ve put together a quick review to help you get #yourbesthair!

Influenster sent me a test pack of 4 Style Lab  products that I couldn’t wait to try! First up was Blowout by Living Proof which has been a lifesaver for those long days in the office. A few spritz on washed, damp hair and I’ve noticed my blowout lasting me a whole lot longer before falling flat. Like I mentioned, I have thicker hair so it’s heavy, and inevitably it’s going to lose the volume by the end of the day, but ugh when I’m freshly done blowing out my hair it looks like I should live in Texas! My only complaint is that if you spritz too much, it acts like a hairspray and hairspray and damp hair do not mix! Speaking of hairspray, I have zero complaints about the Flex Shaping Hairspray by Living Proof. Smells great, really is flexible, and perfect for keeping my fly aways, away. I will 100% be purchasing the fullsize version of this as soon as I’m running low! My go to is usually just hairspray, and honestly it’ll probably stay like that, but for the times I’m feeling fancy, the T.B.D. Multi-Tasking Styler is a great product that isn’t too heavy. I hate when styling products leave a greasy or sticky feeling to my hair which I didn’t experience, however, at the end of the night (after probably touching my hair too much) it started to clump and look a little piecey. I’m more likely to grab the Prime Style Extender than the T.B.D because like the Blowout spray, you apply when your hair is damp and given that I have wavy hair, it really helps my hair look wavy and not frizzy if I’m air-drying. If I’m styling with a curling wand or flat iron, it helped keep my curl or wave looking fresh for a lot longer than if no product is used! Have you tried any of the Living Proof Style Lab Products? I’m excited to continue exploring the collection and don’t worry, I’ll report back if there are any winners!

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I received these products complimentary for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Girls Night In

Girls Night In

TGIF!! J has been traveling a little the last couple of weeks and as much as I miss him, I have to admit, sometimes it’s nice to have a night to yourself to put on your face mask with no judgement, slip into something more comfortable than work clothes, and light your favorite candle before settling into a night of trashy tv with a {large} glass of wine! And in case you didn’t know, it is Rosé season so to celebrate why don’t you just pour yourself two big glasses! 😉 (I love this Rosé & this Sparkling Rosé! Both are under $15)

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite girls night in things… A cute little PJ set (love this one too), Diptyque candles, lip scrubs that you’ll want to eat, and Sephora’s eye and face masks. I plan to this Pearl eye mask this weekend so I’ll report back what I think about it!

What are your favorite things to do on your night in?

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Finesse

I  have always been about the high low mix. My wardrobe, accessories, and beauty products including my choice of Shampoo and Conditioners. I’m pretty lucky that I have fairly easy hair to manage since it isn’t super dry, it isn’t thin or crazy curly. I have medium length, medium to heavy weight, wavy hair. If I let my hair air dry then it’s wavy. If I blow dry it, it will stay straight. If I curl it, it holds curls pretty darn well. BUT, it’s important to me that I’m treating my hair just as well as I’m treating my skin, because hair is one of those things that if you neglect it long enough, it will rebel!

Back in the October 2016 Allure issue, Kendall Jenner shared that she uses Finesse and got the tip from Kim Kardashian who had been using Finesse for years! Now, I’m no big Kardashian superfan but you can’t deny that those girls have their beauty routine nailed down. Beautiful makeup, flawless looking skin, and always shiny locks. I couldn’t believe it… millionaires who would have NO problem shoving out $50 a bottle were opting for a Shampoo and Conditioner that were under five bucks. Since Finesse was definitely working for them, I had to see if Finesse was going to work on my hair too. So I opted to try out the Finesse ® Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner to help combat the harsh winter’s impact. Just three to five washes later I could see a difference! My hair felt lighter, softer, and my split ends weren’t showing up as fast! When I was blowdrying my hair I had less frizz and flyaways, not to mention the price was making my wallet (and husband) happy! I’m sure I’ll continue to “try” new Shampoos and Conditioners out throughout my life, but in the meantime I’m loving that I’ve found my new go-to! (Plus, Finesse is showing up in significantly more stores this year — including over 3,400 Walmart stores, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and more priced around $1.99 – $3.99!) So morale of the story is… give Finesse ® Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner a shot! Your hair will thank you!

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Winter Product Review

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IGK Hair Care Products have hit the shelves at Sephora and I could not wait to try these puppies out! Now I am not that great with my hair. I actually hate having to do my hair so when there’s products that will allow me to take some short cuts to manage, I’m going to try them out! So here you go…

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Smoke & Mirrors ($29) A conditioning cleansing oil that is great for dry scalps and hair. I usually don’t use a cleansing oil unless I’m putting my hair up in a bun or letting it air dry on the weekends and although this product worked great for norishing, it also left a heavy feeling that made my hair look flat and left a tad bit of residue. I used after towel drying and then blew out my hair which helped reduce the residue feeling but I’m still more keen on using when I’m not blowing out my locks!

Rich Kid ($27) I. Am. In. Love. I have naturally wavy hair already so this might work different for other people, but I have used this serum on my towel dried and fully dried hair and love the result that I get both times!  It’s an oil-infused gel that helps create undone hair look while keeping your hair hydrated. Also, I can’t go on without mentioning that you will want to smell your hair all day. Love it!

Beach Club ($29) Ok… you’re welcome for saving you from spending money on a plane ticket, hotel on the beach, and a new swimsuit. THIS is such a good texturizing spray that delivers a salty-hair, windswept look in seconds without the heaviness, stickiness, or drying that so many of these sprays come with. What’s great about this spray too is that you can apply to damp hair, twist sections, and air dry for soft separation and a beach wave texture or you can spray through your dry hair if you like piecey fullness and sexy style. Gives great volume if you’re trying to tease your hair too!!

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I used to be a Hoola by Benefit fan through and through until last Christmas when my adorable little sister gifted me this travel sized duo. The mascara I liked but the Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer ($30) in chocolate, I loved! Believe it or not I still have a little bit left of my mini sized bronzer, but I was ready to graduate to the big girl size bronzer! I find it to be perfect for a quick swipe over your cheeks for every day wear or for sculpting and contouring for those fancy date nights out. The color lasts all day and it isn’t too orange or too brown- a good medium sunkissed bronze.

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I had been dying to try the new MakeUp Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation ($43) but as always, had to wait until I was close enough out of my foundation to justify buying a new product. I ordered the Cover Stick Foundation in shade 117 = Y225. It’s a little light on my skin but another week into winter it’ll be perfect. It’s full coverage but not heavy. I’ve tried it on it’s own, and mixing with my liquid foundation and both work just fine for my skin type.  I definitely recommend wearing a moisturizing primer before applying- I love this one.  I’m a fan & will re-buy since I love the coverage and you don’t have to touch up throughout the day- unless you want to!

I purchased the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil ($24) in Medium Brown because my little brush end of my Anastasia pencil keeps breaking off! (It’s in my makeup bag, with the cap on, so I am baffled at how this keeps happening!!) It’s not my favorite. It’s fine. I like the angled edge but it also sometimes made brush strokes thicker than I wanted. Verdict: I’m going to keep testing my luck with the Anastasia brow pencil unless someone has another one they recommend me trying!

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Let me know if you have some go-tos… I’d love to try some new products!

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