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Favorite Products

Every now and then you have to re-evaluate your arsenal of products to see what is working and what isn’t. And there is always that pesky seasonal change that can throw your skin for a loop.

Nioxin – Are there any other fine-haired girls out there? I feel like I am alone in blogland with all of your thick beautiful locks. When I went to see my hair girl last month, I expressed my frustrations of having no style to my hair, bumps on my head, and over all limp baby fine hair that is impossible to work with. She suggested I try Nioxin for all of my concerns. I read mixed reviews online but felt I had nothing to lose. Except more hair. So off to the store I went. I am loving this stuff! It has a minty smell, makes my scalp tingle a little, but really leaves my hair feeling clean and soft. So soft! It’s been about three weeks and I do feel I have a little more body to my hair. I will report back again in a month or two because it is supposed to help with growth as well. Time will tell!

Neutrogena Acne Wash – You guys, sometimes I feel like I am in high school all over again. Except not, because my skin was amazing back then. I guess that bitch Karma decided to show up after all. What’s a girl to do? I have been using this in the shower in the mornings and it has helped clear up some of the horrible break out I had going on. I can’t use it more than once a day, or it dries out my skin something awful.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Butter – Dry itchy skin is a bitch in the winter. Yes, even down south! This stuff is the only thing that saves me. I slather this all over in the morning after my shower and I am good to go all day. The scent is light and it never tries to over power my perfumes, which I like. I also have the hand/nail cream in this and love it too! I keep it at the sink after I wash my hands or dishes.

Batiste – We all love dry shampoo, am I right? I have used Suave and Not Your Mother’s in the past…but Batiste is where it’s at! The finish is just amazing for this one. And it smells amazing too! I pick mine up at TJ Maxx for $5.99. I have the thinnest of hair (see above) and this lasts all day with no touch ups needed. If that doesn’t sell you, nothing will!

Coach Wristlet – I was so excited when I got my iPhone 6 Plus that I didn’t even think about the fact that it will not fit in my cell phone holder of my Michael Kors wallet. #firstworldproblems am I right? When we were shopping at Christmas, I stumbled upon this little beauty at the outlets and it holds my phone, lip gloss, all my cards and my keys. Boom! They had it in black, red and the purple that I got. I just love the pop of color.

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What are some new favorites of yours?

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  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph January 15, 2015 at 8:49 am

    I have about 50 Vitamin E body butters in my house at all times. In all seriousness, I’m never below a full three and one open for four. It’s the shit.

    I love minty smelling shampoos. I’m glad you found one that works for you!

  • Reply kathy@ realtalk January 15, 2015 at 9:08 am

    argan oil, my new long and tall mascara, marc jacobs liquid liner!

    body shop has this amazing scented oil called Satsuma…it’s one of my favorites!

  • Reply kristen January 15, 2015 at 9:15 am

    i might have to try that Nioxin – you’ll have to let me know how it goes. and seriously there is no way your hair is thinner or finer than mine lol. fine hair girls unite!
    i love Batiste! i rarely use it though because i don’t think i quite have the hang of dry shampoo. maybe i need to keep trying. but anyway, when i do use it, it doesnt leave my hair greasy like the tresemme one i tried. it doesn’t make my hair look freshly washed either, but whatever.

  • Reply Laura January 15, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Yay!! I’m glad that shampoo stuff worked out for you, since I know you were worried about it with the reviews and what not. And I’m going to TJMaxx asap for some new dry shampoo — I’m always on the lookout for some that doesn’t suck!

  • Reply Jenn @ Business, Life & Design January 15, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Fine hair here! No body to it whatsoever. Mostly I like it, but sometimes I get tired of always being able to see my ears. Then I try a few different products and brush it upside down for a while until I give up again. Will be very interested to hear the results of your Nioxin experiment.

    I love the designs on the dry shampoo! I realize that’s not the point, but graphic designer – got distracted by bright colors.

  • Reply Heather @ My Little HEA January 15, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I’ve never tried Body Butter and while I don’t have thin hair I have friends that do so I will be mentioning that to them. I am always looking for a good dry shampoo and love pillow proof but it’s so expensive I need to try the batiste.

  • Reply Kateri Von Steal January 15, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Oh my goodness your coach wristlet! LOVE IT IN PURPLE! I think I might need one of those. For when we go out, when I’m only carrying a few things. Otherwise, I just use my penguin love purse – – I say this because it has penguins and hearts all over it. #toomuchinformation #italkthewayiwrite

    And – my hair is getting more fine as I get older, and I started using the L’Oreal, Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. I really do see and feel a difference in my hair! I also got their damage repair balm. Which I use once every 3 weeks or so – That also seems to help.

    Who doesn’t love Dry Shampoo?

    You wrote about Vitamin E cream, and then my hands instantly felt itchy. I had to go through my desk drawer to find my E cream. HAHAHAHAHA!

    My hubby got the Nuetrogena body wash – and while it works great on his face, it totally made his body break out. Isn’t that WEIRD? We usually buy a soap from a local artisan. Olive Oil Soaps are the best for problematic skin. And my face has ALWAYS been problematic. I have cosmetic acne, which comes from certain brands of makeup irritating my skin. UGH.

  • Reply Julia January 15, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I want to try the Batiste dry shampoo! I think I will need to get the one for brunettes because my hair is pretty dark and I have heard regular dry shampoo can look flaky on darker hair? I didn’t know you could get it at TJ Maxx! I looked for it at Target the other day and all I could find was Suave and the Not Your Mother’s, I wasn’t sure about those.

  • Reply Kerry January 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I have at least three of the body butters, so good. They keep my skin so smooth and soft.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says January 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I have a thick mess of hair. My daughter has fine hair so this is good information.

    I’m currently obsessed with Black Cherry Merlot hand lotion from Bath and Body, my Too Faced Natural palette, and I’m in the market for a wristlet that fits my phone. I bought a case/wallet thing and I liked it at first. Now I don’t. Definitely #firstworldproblems

  • Reply Biana Perez January 15, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    You just reminded me that I need to get some more vitamin e butter from body shop – its the best!! I’ve never tried batiste but always heard amazing things!!

  • Reply Joey January 15, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Seriously swooning over the wristlet!! And girl you know I love my batiste!! Now that shampoo–I’ve been losing a buttload of hair lately–I wonder if it would help with that!!

  • Reply alyssa January 15, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    With you on the Batiste, that stuff is amazing. About the breakouts — forgive me if this is TMI, but I want to share in case it’s helpful. I had clear skin in high school, and only ever had the occasional hormonal zit, and that was the case up until right about this time last year. That’s when I noticed a ton of breakouts, all the time, and always cystic — OW. There were always at least 3 on my face, usually clustered, and usually more than 3. Nothing I used or did would stop them from coming of even get rid of them any faster. It finally dawned on me that it could be related to my birth control, even though I’ve been on the pill for YEARS and have never had such side effects.

    I did some googling and found out that my former pill had been discontinued and my pharmacy just quietly switched me to the new pill that was “more or less” exactly the same, meaning the major ingredients were… but those small ones? Wreaked havoc on my skin and hormones. I just switched to a different pill less than two months ago and my skin cleared RIGHT up. Seriously — the only issues I have now are the few scars that year of cystic acne left behind.

    I don’t know if you’re on the pill or anything like that but it sounds like this could be a hormonal situation like mine was, so I would definitely take a look or do some googling about what kinds of hormone interactions you might be having. It’s SO frustrating to deal with this kind of skin issue in our mid/late-twenties, especially when nothing seems to help! Anyway sorry about the novel but I wanted to share!

  • Reply Joy January 15, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Confession… I’ve never tried dry shampoo…

  • Reply Kay R. January 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Ive actually used dioxin before and it does work for thinnish issues 🙂

  • Reply Wendy@BlushandBarbells January 15, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I love love love the $5.99 products at TJ Maxx! I get my cleanser and scrub there.

  • Reply ellesees January 16, 2015 at 7:35 am

    love batiste! i have tried so many of their different ones. love the ones for brunette hair. they hide grays too i’ve found.

  • Reply Duckie January 18, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Every time I go to Kmart (which is the only big-box store here on Guam) I usually get a new beauty/facial product to try out. So far I’m loving the Olay Fresh Effects line. It’s great for acne without being too harsh.

  • Reply Amanda January 18, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Pete uses Nioxin religiously. I’ve thought about stealing some… my hair is super fine, too! Keep me posted on how it works for a female head. 🙂
    I neeeeed that wristlet!

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