How to choose the best shampoo method for your hair type

How to choose the best shampoo method for your hair type: what you need to know about dry shampoo, cleansing conditioner, and more!

There are so many options for cleansing your hair these days—shampoo! Dry shampoo! Cleansing conditioner!—that it’s kind of hard to know what product to buy. Then there are the constant updates on sites like Pinterest about famous celebrities’ favorite hair-care routines or bloggers ditching shampoo entirely. Put it all together and the process of figuring out the best shampoo method for your hair can seem pretty daunting!

The truth is, there’s no one best way to wash your hair. There are so many factors to consider, from hair length to scalp type to whether you color and even how often you work out. If you read popular magazines or blogs about hair care you’ll find lots of great tips on how to mix and match products for your specific hair type, and you’ll probably want to do some experimenting to find what works best for you. This post isn’t going to be a comprehensive rundown of twenty different situations simply because, to be honest, I can’t speak from experience for a lot of different hair types. For example, I have never used peroxide bleach and I don’t have ethnic hair, so I can’t give the most detailed advice for those ladies!

What I do want to cover in this post is some general guidance on choosing the best shampoo method for your hair, and talk about the routine I’ve settled on for my own hair after years and years of experimenting. Believe it or not, you can use the wrong shampoo and conditioner or use the right ones in the wrong way, and it will make a huge difference in the look and feel of your hair. I’m going to break down four different types of shampoos and conditioners, how to use them for best results, and what you should consider for your hair type and daily routine. Then I’ll talk about my current routine and the best shampoo method for my hair! Read More

November 2016 Birchbox

Can you believe November is already halfway over? I sure can’t. I’m trying to get ready for the holidays and it seems like time is just speeding away from me!

In the spirit of holiday prep, the theme of the November 2016 Birchbox was supposed to be “extra, just-because details that make all the difference”. Unfortunately, I felt kind of “meh” about this box. Some of the samples were great, but some just fell short for me. Read on for mini reviews of each sample!

Take a peek inside my November 2016 Birchbox!

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Benefit Brow GIVEAWAY ($150+ of products!)

Giveaway time! One lucky reader will win $150+ of Benefit brow products from their new brow collection.

Late this summer, Benefit Cosmetics emailed me to say that I’d won an Instagram giveaway and I could expect a package of Benefit brow products in the mail. I honestly forgot all about it for a month or so until one day a heavy little box appeared on my doorstep, brimming with products from their new brow line! I was pretty blown away because I wasn’t expecting so many products, and to boot, they sent duplicates of everything.

I’ve been testing the products and loving ’em, but I don’t go through brow pencils that fast (I’m genetically blessed in that department, apparently). I kind of wasn’t sure what to do with all the extra products. And then it kind of dawned on me—why not give them away? Share the love, right?!

Entry is simple: just leave your e-mail address in the Rafflecopter widget for a free entry! If you want extra entries, you can follow on my social media channels, share this post, or leave a comment. The giveaway is open internationally through November 27. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

While these Benefit brow products come from Benefit Cosmetics, the company is in no way affiliated with this giveaway. Please read the full giveaway terms and conditions on the bottom of the Rafflecopter widget. I reserve the right to discard any fraudulent entries, so please do not waste your time and mine by submitting entries if you haven’t completed them. It’s not fair to the other entrants and it’s just bad karma for you. Thanks for entering!

October 2016 Birchbox: so many cruelty-free goodies!

I know I’m a little late posting this, but I had to share my October 2016 Birchbox! Birchbox is definitely one of those services that has good and bad months, but this month I felt like they really delivered a great box! All of the samples were cruelty-free (yeah!) and there was only one item that got a “meh” from me. Read on for details on my box!

October 2016 Birchbox: so many cruelty-free goodies, from brands like Tata Harper, Oribe and Hustle Butter!

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My October 2016 Julep box: ‘Dark and Stormy Nights’

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I haven’t ordered a Julep Maven box in what seems like forever. I haven’t really been doing my nails much lately and I’ve been trying to save cash, but I was really digging the October options and had some Jules saved up to splurge, so I got a sweet little box to treat myself! The theme this month was “Dark and Stormy Nights” and here’s everything that was included:

Julep Dark and Stormy Nights box

Katya (Classic With a Twist)—deep acai berry creme. She’s similar to some other Julep polishes that I already own but I just love vampy almost-black polishes and if I decide not to open her she’d be perfect for giving away. I’m really a sucker for these shades.

Ebony (It Girl)—graphite holographic. This polish is soooooo pretty in the bottle and equally mesmerizing on nails.

Jean (Classic With a Twist)—black cherry creme. Such a vampy twist on classic red nails. It makes me think of a classic horror heroine and definitely fits with the “dark and stormy nights” theme!

Desiree (It Girl)—high-gloss holographic top coat. This was a bonus polish included in all boxes this month and since I adore holos, I can’t wait to play with her.

Fifi (It Girl)—tea time pink creme. This was the October mystery polish. It’s not necessarily something I would have picked for myself but it’s very soft and pretty and a nice pedicure color to offset black or charcoal on my fingertips (or vice versa—I like contrast between my mani and pedi).

Colton (It Girl)—black iris creme. This looks very, very similar to Katya, but I think it’s a shade darker and cooler. Up close you can see that it’s purple, not black.

Silver nail studs and skull print nail stickers (not pictured here, but you can see them on my Insta)—I haven’t played a lot with nail art so I got these add-ons to try out. Wish me luck with the studs!

If you’re curious about Julep, here’s how it works: each month you receive a box of $40+ worth of nail polish and beauty treats for $24.99 ($19.99 if you prepay for a three-month subscription, or $16.66 for a six-month plan). You can opt for a curated box or swap out options and add on exclusively priced extras. Not feeling the monthly options? Skip that month altogether. If you’re interested in becoming a Maven, you can currently get a free twelve-piece polish set when you start a new monthly subscription. And if you’re an existing Maven, don’t forget that you can get $10 off your order of $25 or more with the code “OCT10” now through November 30!

Are you a Julep Maven? Did you post your Dark and Stormy Nights box on your blog or social? If so leave me a link in the comments so I can check it out!