I cannot believe its already Friday! The days seem to be flying by quicker and quicker. But I am nooooot complaining! We are celebrating making it through another work week with a round up of our 5 favorite beauty products. All products listed are under $30 and can be found at your local drug store and/or Sephora.
1- Loreal Volumous Lash Paradise Mascasra / Shop it here
I am constantly switching up my mascara- I actually don’t think I have ever bought the one same one twice- any other product junkies??? This mascara from L’Oreal is by far my most favorite drug store mascara I have tried yet. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t pick this one out originally just because it was pink (ha!) But after using it, I think I finally found a winner! It’s a dupe of the Better-Than-Sex mascara by Too Faced (shop it here) but having used both, I think the dupe works just as well and is less than 1/3 of the designer price ($7 vs $23) #Steal! I prefer to splurge on beauty items like foundation, bronzer, a good moisturizer and cleanser and then experiment with different drug store options for mascara, blush, lipsticks, eye shadows, etc.
2-Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder / Shop it here
My latest hair product obsession is this Bumble & Bumble volumizing powder. I have such thin hair (thanks to years of wearing clip in extensions #whydididothat) and am always seeking out products to help bring some life back into my hair. I have found powder volumizers seem to work better for my hair type than arasol sprays. To use, section of pieces of hair (I typically concentrate more on the crown of my head) and shake a little powder onto the scalp, then rub it in. The heat helps activate the volumizing properties and also helps absorb any oil that you may have (no shame in my third-day-no-wash-hair game:)).
3-Bed Head Rockaholic Dry Shampoo / Shop it here
I love using these two products together- esp for those days when one dry shampoo just isn’t enough! Bedhead Rockaholic is my favorite drugstore option for dry shampoo. It is a bit heavier than the other options and also gives my hair the texture needed for styling. It is also colorless so I can spray away on my dark locks:) I spray it on my roots and then blow out my hair with a round brush to set it in.
4- Milani Lip Stain / Shop it here
This lip stain by Milani brings lasting wear to a whole other level! It seriously does not come off! It drys with a matte-like finish so I typically layer it with either a gloss or even just chap stick! This brand can be found at most drug stores (CVS, Walgreens) and is under $10! The color pictured above is called “Precious” and I also have “adorable” which makes the perfect nude color!
5- Castor Oil Hair Mask / Shop it here
Remember when I said I have theee thinnest hair? Well, black castor oil helps stimulate hair growth, thickness, and shine and also hydrates your scalp (especially important as it starts to cool off outside!). I read about the benefits of castor oil from another blogger we follow and ever since then I have been bathing in it. Okay, not literally but I religiously do this hair mask at least 2X a week. There are so many different brands of black castor oil out there, just be sure to get 100% pure black castor oil (versus buying a prepackaged treatment). I found this one at Target. To use, combine black castor oil with a little bit of coconut oil (this combo helps make the consistency more runny as the castor oil is very thick). The rub onto your scalp and message your head for about 5 minutes (this is believed to help stimulate hair growth). Do not pull the oil through your hair to the ends; keep it just on the roots and directly on the ends of your hair if your wish (or you will end up being a grease ball for a few days:)) Pull hair back with a rubber band and let it sit anywhere from 1-3 hours then wash as normal. Be careful not to rest your head on any furniture or bedding because it will stain. This is such an easy DIY hair mask and I promise your hair will thank you! 🙂
Hope you guys enjoyed our first Friday Five round up! Do you all want to see more beauty related posts? What are your favorite beauty products? Let us know in the comments below! Have a great weekend!