It is so nice to feel the sunshine and see green outside! I am ready for summer but we are still having the occasional snowfall & the temperature fluctuates wildly in our neck of the woods. It is still winter coat season but we are getting there. Before the fresh fruits, new summer dresses, cute shoes (instead of giant snow boots,) and summer time favorites arrive, I thought I would do a recap of my favorite items from this spring:
- While I am not typically much of a snacker, I did stumble upon the perfect snack. Lightweight, delicious, healthy, and fun: Freeze Dried Tangerines. I got the Crispy Greens tangerine 6 pack from Trig’s grocery store for around $10. The only ingredient is tangerines, and each packet is equal to one cup of tangerine. This is a light snack, not a meal replacement or a protein boost, but it is wonderfully tart and delicious!
- I am a huge fan of using oil to cleanse & moisturize the face. I typically use coconut oil to remove my makeup and I moisturize with my homemade whipped shea butter. I have been seeing a lot of hype surrounding facial cleansing oils so I picked up the Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil (around $6 in drugstores.) I love this stuff! It has a gorgeous fruity scent, it is never irritating, and it removes all of my makeup (eyes included) while leaving my skin soft and moisturized. You apply the oil to dry hands and massage onto a dry face, then add water to remove impurities & makeup. The cleansing oils pull out surface impurities without clogging your pores and they are rinsed away, leaving the skin clean, soft and hydrated.
- After cutting and coloring my hair blonde recently I experienced a small amount of damage/breakage. Bleach is never easy on hair. I trimmed my ends (as a brunette going blonde you will sacrifice length!) but with the new haircut my natural wave can be more of a curl these days. My hair was dry, frizzy and unmanageable. It is especially “lovely” first thing in the morning with the increased curliness! I tried out lots of natural treatments (almond oil, olive oil, mayo, etc…) but nothing will beat the results I have achieved with the L’anza Keratin Healing Oil. This stuff beats out every other leave-in treatment I have ever tried (Chi, BioSilk, Organix Coconut Milk Oil, conditioning sprays, Nexxus Calming Smoothing Creme.) I never feel this oil in my hair–it is extremely lightweight. Other oils quickly weigh down my hair, make it crispy or greasy. After reviving my hair, giving it life, bounce, and shine, I can style it without any extra weight. The oil meets it’s claim of boosting strength and elasticity & it provides thermal protection up to 500 degrees F. My hair feels baby soft, manageable, and it looks healthy & shiny when I apply it to damp or dry hair. I paid $10.55 for 1.7 oz. on Amazon. This oil is “only sold in salons” but from the amazing results I got, I do not believe I purchased a fake online. The scent is faint and does not linger. Even my boyfriend loves it on his non-processed hair.
- I do not wear makeup everyday which means I need to replace my foundation and mascara even if they are lightly used. Mascara keeps for 3 months once opened and foundation can keep for up to a year. Unfortunately foundation can begin to oxidize, separate and lose its quality sooner than that. Foundation used to be a no-brainer for me until my skin became increasingly dry rather than super oily. I was a huge fan of the Revlon Colorstay foundation (strong scent and all) because of its medium, even, long-lasting coverage & its strong mattifying effect. I recently picked up the new formulation (new to me) of Colorstay in the Normal/Dry Skin formula. I also grabbed the Colorstay Whipped for comparison. Neither are too matte for my face. The main difference is the consistency (whipped vs. liquid) but I do find the whipped to be a tiny bit more hydrating. I am a fan of both versions: medium, even coverage that lasts all day. Both are around $10 at drugstores.
I was also in the market for some new mascara. I ended up trying the L’Oreal Miss Manga Voluminous Black Angel (around $8 in drugstores.) This mascara gives some serious volume to my lashes. I like how dark the mascara is, I do not have any flaking or transferring issues, and it removes easily. This stuff gives mega volume!!
This is just a small sprinkling of what I have been enjoying lately. Spring makes me anxious for summer, especially once seasonal (spring) allergies hit. I plan on keeping stocked up on tea, and some good essential oils. Spring allergies are no fun but a few whiffs of peppermint oil will clear out congestion & ease headache pain without any medicine. Happy Spring-time!!!