Indianapolis, IN, USA
03 January 2019



Hello, lovelies!

How have you been? It's been a hot minute since my last post. Actually, now that I think about it, it hasn't been that long when you consider I post every blue moon.

Sad, but that's the truth.

In any case, I hope you're doing well! And if you're not, I hope you'll be well soon. <3

Let's get straight to the point since you came here for a review on dear Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA ++++.

BACK STORY

I spent a good part of this year searching for a POC (person of colour) friendly sunscreen without much success. Believe me, I combed through blog articles of multiple sunscreens that claimed that x sunscreen was THE HOLY GRAIL for POC only to be left disappointed.

The proof is in the collection of drugstore to high end sunscreens on my teeny bathroom counter.

Sighs.

It's not easy looking for sunscreen when you're a POC. On top of looking for one that agrees with your skin, you have to find one that doesn't make you look like ash was dumped on you.

Deeply sighs.

So when I opened the email from Wishtrend a few months ago and filled out the survey for a product that promised it wouldn't leave white cast, I was skeptical.

It didn't help that it's from an Asian skincare brand either. If I couldn't find a sunscreen from American skincare brands, then how on earth do you expect me to find one from Asian skincare brands? Especially since a lot of them are for whitening the complexion or are for lighter complexions?

Multiple deep sighs.

But I took a leap of faith with Wishtrend. They haven't sent me a product that my skin didn't like, so it's unlikely it would start now!

The Product

Packaging

The shipping was fast, although there were a few hiccups since my apartment complex no longer informs the residents when there's a package waiting for them -- but aside from that, I got it within the week of filling out the survey. It came tightly wrapped in bubble wrap so no damage was done to it!

Unboxing it was a dream, since Klairs' packaging is so simple and beautiful. It comes in the standard glossy white box with a holographic image of the product on the front. On the rest of the box, you have Korean and English translations of what the product does and how to use it.

What I love about this product packaging wise, is that the tube comes to a tip and that fits into a raised circular surface in the cap. This allows for the product to stay fresh


Description

Description taken from Wishtrend.com.

The Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++ is an everyday sun protector for sensitive skin. As is it water-based, it holds a gel-type texture to give a soft weightless and light finish. Also with its high SPF and PA level, it completely guards the skin against UVA, UVB without leaving any greasiness or white cast.
Volume: 80mlAll skin types
Containing ingredients that helps to brighten, hydrate, and protect:
  • Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil (aka Sea Buckthorn Oil), in Korean cosmetic, the ingredient is listed as 'Vitamin Tree Oil' and it helps to supply the skin with moisture.
  • Tocopherol is an antioxidant that fights against free radicals found in the skin.
  • Panthenol, beta-glucan, and allantoin soothes, relieves skin irritations.
  • Niacinamide is a skin brightening agent and helps to brighten the overall skin tone.

Let's revisit Sea Buckthorn Oil. I learned a little bit more about this powerful and potent ingredient from articles on Into the Gloss and the US National Library of Medicine. According to them, this little berry's oil is full of carotenoids; vitamins A, C, and E; and omega 3, 6, 7, and 9 oils. All of these ingredients help with aging, moisture retention, collagen production, and healing skin damage and scarring.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butylene Glycol, Dibutyl Adipate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Silica, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Panthenol, Beta-Glucan, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil


Here's a link to the CosDNA page with a full rundown of the ingredients that I uploaded: http://www.cosdna.com/eng/cosmetic_3076402350.html.

Note that there are essential oils, but they're non-irritating. Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil gives the sunscreen an orange-citrus scent while Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil and Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil help retain skin moisture.

Review

Going off of the last section, I didn't notice a scent when I first applied this product, however I read that other reviewers have. I swear, that's the only thing I was looking for in other people's reviews! I didn't notice any scent, so I wanted to know if anyone else did or if it was just me. I guess it all depends on the wearer's nose.

Aside from that, I am madly in love with this sunscreen! Like I said earlier, I've gone through a few sunscreens since this spring/summer, and this is the only one that works for me. It doesn't leave me with white cast, doesn't leave me greasy, and is nourishing and hydrating for my skin.

Okay, let me clarify the greasy part. I have combination skin, so it can't be helped that my T-zone will get oily after wearing this or any non-mattifying sunscreen. It doesn't bother me, but it does bother my mum who prefers the matte look. To get rid of the shine (or dewy look, depending on who's looking), I always keep a pack of blotting sheets in my bag. Sometimes I'll use my setting powder if I pack it -- which isn't often. Usually that's when I'm travelling and have my makeup bag on me.

The texture is amazing and sinks into my skin without any problems. With other sunscreens, I notice that I'm sticky for quite some time after application, but with this sunscreen, I don't notice any stickiness after a couple of minutes!

And as for white cast? I love that there isn't any! Oh my gosh, YAS THERE IS NO WHITE CAST! None when you apply it, none when it sets in. Absolutely no white cast.

And on top of all of this, I haven't broken out since I started using it back in September.

Yes, I've been testing it out for that long.

(Again, I'm sorry, Team Wishtrend!)

Not once did I break out because of this product. Usually it's because of poor diet, lack of sleep, hormones, or some combination of all or two of those. (I may have forgotten to wash my face in the evening more than a couple of times -- okay frequently. You caught me.) Anyway, I can say for sure, without a shadow of a doubt, that this product did not break me out.

All in all, because this is the only sunscreen that has won my seal of approval this past year, it definitely deserves a solid rating of

5/5

because it has little to no scent, the wealth of nourishing ingredients, amazing texture, zero white cast, and no breakouts!

YouTube

And, hey, definitely check out my video down below! I swatch the product on my face and include a few other points that aren't included in this post.



I hope you guys enjoyed reading and/or watching! I'd love to know if any of you have tried this, and if you have, what are your thoughts? OR are you going to try it? I'd love to know either way!

I hope you guys have a great one! If it's not a great one, make it a great one, and I'll talk to you in the next one!

Love,
SamiJoie



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Indianapolis, IN, USA
02 November 2018


So what do you do when you're given a $25 Sephora Gift Card? I've seen the memes where people wonder why there are even $25 Sephora gift cards because one item tends to be about that much. There's also this one that makes me chuckle:




via me.me


But it's true: when you're a makeup/skincare junkie such as myself, it's hard to stay within a $25 budget when you shop at Sephora. Fortunately there are options -- some of which I compiled into this list since your girl got a $25 gift card for graduation! (Thanks, Sarah and Whitney! 💕)


NOTE, I didn't stick within that $25 budget when I created the list and you'll see that. A majority of the items can be covered with a $25 gift card but you'll have to come up with the difference. At least 13 of the items fit on a $25 gift card and, possibly, toe the line a little bit. (I'm looking at those $24 items!)

Let's dive in, shall we? Starting with makeup!


Makeup
Lips
1. Sephora Rouge Lipstick in Reckless 69 ($7)
Of all the lip options, this is the only one that I chose a shade for. I don't know why that is, but it is what it is. This shade looks like it could be a MLBB (my lips but better) shade that's a bit darker and vampier than my lip colour. It is fall, so 'tis the season for dark and vampy looks!

2. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip ($24)
I've tried a mini sample of their lipstick thanks to the June birthday gift as well as their lip masks and love them! So, naturally, I have to try the liquid lip especially since I'm still on the hunt for a good formula for my dry lips. According to the reviews on Sephora's website, this product sounds promising since moisturizing monoi butter and coconut oil are included in the ingredients list.

3. YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain ($37)
Like Bite Beauty, I've also tried a product from YSL (albeit a full sized and not sample). Because of this exposure, I definitely want to try some of their other lines!

4. Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro ($38)
I don't know what to say about this since I haven't encountered it in store, but I would love to try it out!

5. Giorgio Armani Beauty Ecstasy Lacquer ($38)

The description says it's non-sticky and non-drying -- I'm in! Also, is anyone else over super drying matte lippies? 


Eyes
6. Kat von D Tattoo Liner ($20)

The ever popular eyeliner is on this list because, lo and behold, I have not added it to my eyeliner arsenal. Yet. I've played with it in store and like it, but I haven't bought it -- yet!

7. Kaja Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio ($21)

CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW CUTE THIS IS?! And compact? I love how the shadows are stacked so it's easy to grab and go. I'd like to try all of them, but if I were to pick one bento I'd go with either Orange Blossom or Toasted Caramel. (The one pictured is Rose Water.)


8. Stila All That Shimmers & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set ($25)
Another popular product I've heard about.I haven't gotten into glitter, but I can see myself using these as highlighters! What can I say? I love a good highlighter. 

9. Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette ($27)
I always see these in store and tell myself I'm going to get one. The colours are vibrant and eye catching, and the palette itself is the perfect size for travel! The Mauve palette looks right up my alley with the berry/wine shades that I gravitate towards.

10. Urban Decay Naked Palette ($27) NO LONGER BEING SOLD as of 02 November 2018
RIP -- even though it's still being sold? I get it. It's no longer apart of the all-star lineup but it will be in our hearts! I need to replace my beat up palette with a new one...and get it for nostalgia.



Skincare
11. Boscia Tsubaki Jelly Ball Cleanser ($20)
DOES. THIS. NOT. LOOK. LIKE. THE COOLEST. CLEANSER. EVER?! There's also a charcoal version of this soap for anyone who wants to tackle oily skin.

12. Too Cool For School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack ($20)
I love sleeping packs! They always leave my skin bouncy, hydrated, and glowy -- the picture of perfect health even though I might have some skin concerns like hyperpigmentation. This would be the perfect mask for fall since it is pumpkin season! 

13. Belif The True Cream Moisturising Bomb Deco ($22)

I'm a lover of Belif products! They always leave my skin moisturised -- especially the skin under my eye whenever I use their eye bomb! I definitely recommend checking out this K-beauty line.

14. Drunk Elephant Rise & Glow Duo ($23)
I love vitamin C products because I've noticed they help brighten my hyperpigmentation, so I'm sure this will be a hit with me! I'm curious about the B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum since it claims to quench and illuminate the skin. I like that you can use both together, too.

15. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Banish Acne Kit ($24)
I've been curious about First Aid Beauty for a while. The name makes me think that the products provide quick results, so I wonder if this acne kit would be the holy grail for my skin? (Side note, I'm wary of acne products nowadays...)

16. Tatcha Pore-Perfecting Moisturizer Cleanser Duo ($25)
Yes, yes, and yes! I love Tatcha. I've only used samples, but that rice enzyme wash is no joke with how gentle and purifying it is, so I'm sure the Deep Cleanse gel cleanser will be the same! I have yet to try their moisturizers, but I have no doubt that it will do what it promises.

17.  Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks ($25)
Have you SEEN my eye bags? They're so heavy that I have to check them in every time I fly (which isn't often). My dark circles are so dark that I'm passable for a panda. Honestly. I wish I was joking. So what better way to get rid of that heavy baggage than with a gold foil eye mask? Sounds so luxe and the perfect way to unwind at the end of the week or before an event -- or just to feel yourself?

18. Herbivore True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo ($29)
I LOVE THE BLUE TANSY FACE MASK, so I'm glad that there's a budget friendly size of it that comes with another product that complements it! I would love to try the oil since it's getting cooler out and using oils help keep prevent my face from drying out.

19. Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser ($34)
I don't think I've watched a K-skincare guru who hasn't raved about this product or brand. I love that it has one of my favourite ingredients, AHA, in it!

20. Herbivore Blue Tansy ($48)
I wasn't joking when I said I love this mask. Unfortunately I am out of it at the moment, so I can't wait to get my hands on another one! It's a wonderful mask that clears up my skin and makes it smoother.



Fragrance
21. Commodity Style Guide Fragrance Discovery Kit ($24)
If you're hunting for a new fragrance, I definitely recommend picking up one of these discovery kits. It doesn't necessarily have to be form Commodity (I listed it since I enjoy this line!!) 

22. Commodity Rollerball in Gold ($26)
"Stay gold, Ponyboy." With this scent you will stay gold! It's a sweet and heavy scent that's layerable. The more you put on, the more of a dominating presence you'll have in any room you walk in -- in a good way. It's the scent that draws people to you and you're beautiful personality.


23. Elizabeth & James Rollerball in Bourbon ($28)
THIS, THIS scent is my absolute favourite scent since I discovered it a few years ago when choosing a fall/winter scent at Sephora. It's a smoky, buttery vanilla that instantly makes you feel warm and cozy. I'm not great at describing fragrances so just know that this is the one I always grab when it's fall/winter!

UPDATE: GUYS, ONLY THE PERFUME IS BEING SOLD. It's $85. BRB I'm gonna go cry in a corner. (You could probably buy the rollerball elsewhere though!)


Hair
24. Living Proof Dry Shampoo ($23)
I'm on the hunt for a high end dry shampoo! I tested this out in store when my hair was uncontrollably oily (haha, yes, I walked into a Sephora with lard hair), and walked out with normal, defatted hair! It was a beautiful and sweet-smelling transformation that lasted me well into the morning of the next day. (I went in the evening.)


Tools
25. Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($20)
I have notoriously straight hair -- even my eyelashes are straight! I have been through a few eyelash curlers that don't seem to grab onto my lashes right or crimp my lashes into a 90 degree angle, so I'm on the hunt for a good one. After reading reviews, maybe this one will be THE ONE? Especially since it's by Shiseido, so it should be for Asian eyes.


Honourable Mention
26. Kaja Beauty ($14 - 24)
This is a Korean beauty brand that was launched by Sephora. It has adorable, on the go packaging that's reminiscent of cutesy packaging Korean beauty products usually have while having a minimalistic feel. Aside from the eyeshadow trio, I'd definitely love to try out the blush!


So, what do you guys think? I know a few of the items will require you pay out of pocket, but there are others on here that won't require you to do so along with many more options that I did not include in this list! 

That being said, what would you buy if you got got a $25 Sephora gift card? I know what I'm getting! Actually, I already bought it, so keep your eyes peeled for my next post!


Love ya much!
SJ




Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All images were taken from Sephora except for the Elizabeth and James Bourbon photo. I found that on LiveRove.com, to which I am not affiliated.


Indianapolis, IN, USA
19 September 2018


So guess who got her first Colourpop package? And guess who ended up talking about the Wish app?

That's right: I did.

I know how awesome of a brand Colourpop is, but I'm the type of person who likes to try out makeup in person before purchasing. But, after I got an email from the founder with a coupon code, I decided to suck it up and purchase some items! I specifically wanted to try out the No Filter Concealer to see if it'll work great for me since Cori raves about it.

Unfortunately I got the wrong shade for whenever I want to do a natural concealer look -- as in no highlight and all about hiding the fact I haven't slept in ages and probably have been crying myself to sleep the past couple of nights.

Or have I?

Either way, I have blemishes I want to cover up and not just around the eye area.

If you're my MAC shade, NC37 (I'm a bit on the lighter side that I can pull of NC35), I wouldn't go with Colourpop's No Filter Concealer in Medium 28 for natural looks. It's good for highlighting though!

Watch the video below or on Youtube to see the rest of the products I got! I definitely hit up the clearance section -- especially the products that they were pulling from the site just so I could keep my bank account happy. And if you already watched it, what were your favourite products from the video? What products did you buy from Colourpop recently? I'd like to know!! Just hit me up in the comments below.

And, yes, I am currently sitting on my computer looking for a different shade of the concealer to try out. Wish me luck that I'll find my shade! That's definitely a downside to buying makeup online: you just don't know if you've found the right shade.



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07 July 2018


Neutrogena Acne Proofing Gel Cleanser and Facial Scrub | SamiJoie
Hey, hey!

I'm so happy I got to work with @neutrogena on this post!

Why?

This was my go-to brand when I dealt with painfully embarrassing acne in high school. It was accessible, cheap, and effective -- it's an ACE brand because it lived up to its promises.

And this line that they recently came out with is NO EXCEPTION.

It was honestly, in my opinion, fate that I got to work with Neutrogena to promote and try out this line, because I was having difficulty with my skin since the season charged. The summer humidity hasn't been kind to my skin. My face has gotten oilier, and I've been having little breakouts here and there.

Neutrogena Acne Proofing Gel Cleanser and Facial Scrub | SamiJoie

Fun.

And then the #AcneProofing gel and scrub showed up in the mail!

My inner skincare-holic screamed when she saw this. This could be the answer to her skin prayers!

Why I didn't purchase it in the first place is because I've been playing it safe with my face by using products I already had that I knew would do their thing but with some time. From prior experience, I know that salicylic acid can be super drying, hence I stopped using it for a while after high school. But after using it for the past few weeks, I think it's safe to say that I can use it in the summer with sunscreen, of course!

Ingredients

Acne Proofing Gel Cleanser

Active Ingredient
Salicylic Acid (2%) 

Inactive Ingredients
Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Sodium Hydrolyzed Potato Starch Dodecenylsuccinate, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Panthenol, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Disodium EDTA, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Benzalkonium Chloride

Acne Proofing Daily Scrub

Active Ingredient
Salicyclic Acid (2%)

Inactive Ingredient
Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sorbitol, Cellulose, Sodium Hydrolyzed Potato Starch Dodecenylsuccinate, Acrylates Crosspolymer-4, Panthenol, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Microcrystalline Wax, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Benzalkonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Talc, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 30


Packaging

Neutrogena Acne Proofing Gel Cleanser and Facial Scrub | SamiJoie

The gel cleanser comes in a bottle with a pump (which I love) while the scrub comes in a tube with a flip cap. It's plain and simple, making it easy to use the products!

Thoughts

Let’s start off with the scent: The scent reminds me of anything that’s bamboo scented. It’s just fresh and clean smelling. (Wow, SJ, that’s really descriptive…) I don’t know, really, but I do know that I like the scent because it isn’t overpowering.

As a whole, I found the products to be effective. I tested them out for a good three weeks, borderline four by the time this post goes up, and I can say that it has helped me get my acne under control. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been shying away from products where the headlining star is salicylic acid because I know how dry it makes my skin. With this product, it’s a different story since the people at Neutrogena made sure that this would have a gentle yet effective formula. They made sure that this wouldn’t further irritate a damaged skin barrier, therefore preventing your skin from having any more problems than it already has and letting it heal while treating it! (For further insight, I suggest checking out Liah Yoo on YouTube. She does a splendid job discussing the problems of having a damaged skin barrier and how to recover.)

Post wash, I noticed my face felt a little dry, pretty much normal if I had normal skin and a little taut (I use this loosely because I know what it’s like to have dry skin post face wash). It didn’t bother me since I would go in with the rest of my skincare routine and my face would be back to my normal.

The texture of the gel cleanser is as it says; it’s a gel. The scrub is gentle and not abrasive on the skin. I feel like the beads are larger than other scrubs than I’ve tried, so there isn’t as much but it still allows for gentle exfoliation. Don’t quote me on this, it’s just what I’ve noticed! Let me know if I’m wrong or not, I’d like to know, because I haven’t used a physical exfoliator in a while.

For me, however, I wish there were more beads. I like that it’s easy on the skin, but maybe it could use a little more to make it seem like I’m actually exfoliating my skin. I dunno -- maybe I’m just a sadist when it comes to physical exfoliation? Maybe I can actually hear those dead skin cells screaming when they’re being sloughed off?

(Sami, they’re dead -- what the heck?)

All in all, I’m going to give this duo a 
4.5/5 stars
Because I like the packaging, scent, and found them to be effective. I mean, I’ve been using them for the past almost
month, so I should know by now if they’re worth it or not.

And, honey (snaps fingers in the air), I can tell you that they’re worth it. Sure, I got one or two massive zits during the time I used these, but those were on the days when I didn’t wash with them in the evening or just washed my face in general at the end of the day. 

If you’re interested in trying these out for yourself, you can buy them at any drugstore or supermarket for under $10 a piece! At this point, they’re seriously worth the money. 
If you’ve tried either or both of these out already, what did you think? Lemme know in the comments! Also, mention your skin type so that people in your tribe can read and/or share their experience with these products!

-- s.j.

FTC: I was sent these products by BrandBacker and Neutrogena in exchange for my honest opinions.


10 June 2018


Yep, you read that title correctly: My pup Dex is the one doing the reviewing this time!

Okay, so he can't type, but you can tell when your baby doesn't like something based on their reaction to a product, right? 

Right.

With that established, let's get to today's review of Pet Magasin's Pet Travel Carrier.


What is it?

As the title says, it's a pet traveler for both cats and dogs (not together, of course) that is airline approved. It has soft padding (including the strap), plenty of ventilation and a sturdy bottom with feet. I love the blue and black design of it, and the fact that it's collapsible so you can store it easily when it's not in use. The back part of the carrier has a pocket so you can store anything little like your pet's favorite treats, toy, or wipes if anything happens while you're traveling. And, if anything does happen on the inside or even the outside, the carrier is made of waterproof material making it easy to clean. Finally, there's a short leash inside to prevent your fur baby from escaping.

Dimensions

17.2 x 10 x 11 inches & 2.2 pounds


Pet Magasin Pet Travel Carrier undone

Velcro straps to close and flatten the Pet Magasin carrier

Close-up of the interior of the Pet Magasin Carrier with short leash

Nifty little pocket at the back of the Pet Magasin Carrier!



Thoughts

I love how sturdy this carrier felt! I haven't had a need for a pet carrier for Dex, but if ever I need one, it'll have to live up to this standard. Every bit of this carrier was made with love, from the feet on the bottom to the short leash inside, and the waterproof material! Sadly, the carrier is too small for Dexter. If only it were 2-3 inches longer! I still give it 5/5 bones because it's a quality product, though.





Where to get it

You can purchase this product from Amazon here for $23.97 USD in either the blue that's show or in orange! 


What's your favorite pet carrier for when you're travelling? 


s.j.


FTC: I was sent this product via Brandbacker in exchange for my honest thoughts. I am not gaining any revenue from the product! If there was any revenue generated from any products I feature, though, just know that all of it goes back to creating content for this blog. xoxo SamiJoie
26 April 2018

A rare photo of SJ gleefully jumping (the shutter speed was slow enough to capture this)

You might be wondering why I'm bouncing around in this picture. It's because, when this was taken, that was my fourth day hair! And, yes, I still had waves from Sunday night's Asian Student Union's Heritage Celebration Dinner featuring the Youtube famous Wesley Chan as the keynote speaker!

(Let's be real here: I'm probably bouncing because I still can't believe that I met someone that I never thought I would since WHO COMES TO INDIANA IN THE FIRST PLACE? And because I've watched Wong Fu since I started my channel back in middle school and look up to them.)

So why is this such a big deal?

(The hair. Why is the hair such a big deal?)

To all of my fellow ladies and gents who have straight hair, we all know or are familiar with how greasy our hair gets within a day or less after washing. Some of us end up looking like Snape within a few hours, and that's not flattering at all no matter how good of a man he was.

Oh, Snape... If only you knew about dry shampoo...
We've sought help from Google for remedies. Many of the posts told us to cut back on washing our hair multiple times a week or to switch to the no-poo shampoo method. Eeek. Been there, done that in my hormonal teenage years! That was not fun or comfortable or fashionable or... (list goes on).

Cutting back on shampooing my hair felt like I had greasier hair after a week, so I quit the routine despite being told that it takes weeks before my scalp would learn how to produce a normal amount of oil by itself. I couldn't wait, and I'm sure many of you felt the same. So then I tried the no-poo shampoo method using apple cider vinegar. It was the oddest feeling knowing that I was willingly pouring this pungent liquid on my scalp to cleanse it and restore its pH. (I still shudder knowing how disgusting I smelled post shower.) To keep it short, the results were the same as cutting back on shampooing and I quit early on in the trial.

Fast forward a few years past high school and into university. Yes, it took me this long to figure out how to work with my hair, but it took me a couple of months ago to finally get it to the point we're at now.

Anyway, I learned that if I curl my hair with second day hair, I can go another day without greasy hair. Why is this? It's because curly hair doesn't get greasy as fast as straight hair since the curls keep oil towards the roots. This means that hair oil won't travel as quickly through your hair when you have a little wave or curl in it.

After figuring this out, I started curling my hair more often so that I could make it to third day hair. But then this presented another problem: heat damage. I didn't like how rough my hair was becoming, so I learned how to do heatless curls. The problem was, though, it sometimes took more effort than it was worth with my silky hair that everyone around me tells me they envy.

Please don't envy it. It is a pain in the arse to deal with when you want to braid it or put it into buns.

In the end, at least early in my undergrad (say sophomore year?), I learned that I could curl my day two hair and have decent hair on day three by using dry shampoo. Doing this would typically carry me throughout the third day but wouldn't last to see a fourth day.

SJ circa 2014 with greasy second day hair. Wow, my brows were thin.
I began to wonder if it was my hair being resilient to the dry shampoo or if I wasn't using the right one. And so began my journey through homemade and drugstore brand dry shampoos (because when you're in college, it's unrealistic to be dropping money on dry shampoo instead of your books). Baby powder or a mixture of cocoa and cornstarch worked for a bit, but I didn't want to smell like either of those all the time. Then I found Batiste and settled with it, but I didn't enjoy it because it made my hair clumpy and unnatural looking; it worked for the time being.

It wasn't until a couple of months ago, last year, when one of Tati's videos was recommended to me. I watched it when I was getting ready for school, and in the video she went on and on about Hask's dry shampoo. Which one, I don't remember, but she talked about it enough to leave an impression on me.

So the next day I grabbed a bottle at Walgreens.

Hask Chia Seed Dry Shampoo
I may have bought this one because it looked pretty...
And, honestly, I've never looked back. I can't wait to purchase another bottle (or is it can?) for when I finish mine. I love that it has a fine mist that disperses the product evenly. The scent, chia seed, is light and far from being overpowering. It's fresh without smelling like the typical cotton fresh, if you know what I mean. It's just a wonderful product that's made without any parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial colors; just all around pure goodness that refreshes your hair when you don't feel like washing or have a grease problem because your hair is so freaking straight.

Hask Chia Seed Dry Shampoo Ingredients List
Ingredients List on the back of the bottle
I learned that if I curl my second day hair, and spray my third day hair with this the next morning, my hair can go up to day four or even five without needing to be washed. Does it give me volume like the name, Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo, suggests? That's debatable, but it does the job at keeping the oil at bay.

Now, you may be asking, "But, SamiJoie, what about straight hair? Does it work for your straight hair?"

The answer to that is, "Yes, yes, it does. It does the exact same for my straight hair as it does for my curly."

Color me impressed. 😍

Did you know that the charcoal version of this dry shampoo has Allure's seal of approval? I think that's the next one I'll try when I finish with the chia seed.

Have you tried any Hask dry shampoos? What are your thoughts? Have you tried any of their other products? If you want to read about another product I tried from them, check out these posts:

The Smell of Kalahari Melons in Georgia | Hask Beauty Shampoo Review, First Wash
Days 2 and 3 with Hask's Kalahari Melon Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Oil | Review


-s.j.







Indianapolis, IN, USA
17 April 2018

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I am so excited to share this lippy with you since it doesn't seem to get a lot of hits online. I did a quick search to see if there were any swatches for this particular shade when I was grocery shopping, and it seemed pretty non-existent. So, here it is, a swatch of Flower Beauty's Poppy Pout Matte Lipstick.

Flower Beauty Petal Pout lipstick tube
Sleek and pretty packaging. The tube is unique. 

Appearance

Let me start this off by saying that I love the packaging of this lippy. It's sleek and pretty in its rose gold tube and white base. Very #aestheticgoals, no? Also, the shape of the tube adds to its sleek appeal: it's a half moon so it will lie flat against any surface. No more rolling away!

Ingredients

Octyldodecanol, Kaolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Lanolate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ozokerite, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mica, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacryladipate-2, Microcrystalline Wax, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetyl Alcohol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate
Ingredients list found on Ulta.com.

There are only two ingredients with a mild safety index based off of the CosDNA analysis, and surprisingly, the antioxidant is at the bottom of the list!

Description & Thoughts

The description on Walmart says that the lipstick is made with a long wearing, hydrating and nourishing formula that applies smoothly with an intense color payoff in one swipe. The colour payoff is evident. If you watch my video below, you'll notice that I needed one swipe to do the job. (Although, I did go in multiple times to clean it up and make my lips look even.) Another benefit of this lipstick is that it is full of antioxidants that protect the lips, which I also think lends to the hydrating/nourishing properties. Unfortunately for me, my lips are so dry that this didn't work for me in the sense that I think they intended.
Flower Beauty Petal Pout in Poppy hand swatch
Poppy Pout swatch on the back of my hand.
It's a lovely matte red lipstick with blue undertones. For me, it sat comfortably on the lips for about half an hour before it dried out and settled into the lines of my lips. I'll have to try this out with lip balm underneath as well as record a day test for both conditions!

Flower Beauty Petal Pout in Poppy lip swatch
Poppy Pout lip swatch
Have you tried this line of lipsticks from Flower Beauty? What were your thoughts? Also, what's your favourite colour from this line? Considering I got this for $3 instead of $6 at Walmart, I'm leaning towards buying another one! 😅 However, I might go to Ulta since they have a larger range of colours.



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