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Dry Shampoo Comparison

Hi guys! Liz here! There aren’t many beauty products that I can say have changed my life. But dry shampoo is one that definitely makes the list.

Once you become a mom, you are just kidding yourself if you think you will have time to wash and style your hair every day. If you are a mom that is actually able to do this, then you really are a supermom!! For me, I can make time 2 days a week to wash and style my hair- please don’t judge!

I luckily have thick and wavy hair that doesn’t get too oily. But my secret to making it the 3 days in between washes, is dry shampoo!

I tested the below products over the course of 3 days to see what the pros and cons are of each, and which is my new favorite! Commission links are provided to check out the products for yourself!

How to use dry shampoo: It is very simple to apply dry shampoo. I typically use it in the morning on dry hair before I do any other styling. I first bend at the waist and tip my head over and apply some of the shampoo at the base hairline and at the hairline behind my ears (where I get more oily). I use by finger tips and rub the shampoo in- almost like when you are rubbing true shampoo into your scalp. I flip my head back up and then apply it to the roots on the top of my head. I do this by lifting sections of my hair and applying some shampoo on the scalp. I make sure I don’t put any in the section of my hair where my part shows since I don’t want any shampoo to be seen. I then use my fingers tips again to rub in the shampoo all over my scalp. Then I style as normal using my flat iron, curling iron/wand etc.  You can also re-apply it if you need a pick me up later in the day or if you are re-styling your hair again at night before going out.

Product #1- Verb Dry Shampoo

  • White fine powder with a very light scent
  • Very easy to use applicator- Pointed to allow for precise placement and controls how much product is released so you don’t overuse the powder
  • Very easy to blend into your scalp so the powder is not noticeable
  • Increases volume, doesn’t weight down the hair, and no residual product left on the hair
  • Scalp feels great after applying- soaks up the oil and scalp feels refreshed and not itchy
  • Bottle lasts a long time- have used for a couple of months and am only halfway through the bottle
  • Great price- very affordable compared to most dry shampoo products on the market

Here are before and after pictures using the Verb product. You can see the difference in the volume, especially at the roots.

Left: Before Right: After

Product #2 – Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

  • This item is a spray with a translucent powder. It was the only spray I tested. I was nervous as I had only used powders before. But I ended up loving it!
  • Easy to apply. Pointed the nozzle to the section of scalp I wanted to apply to and pressed down. Was easy to control the amount of product by doing short sprays.
  • For a few seconds your scalp will feel wet. But that does not last and does not ruin your hair texture or styling. It felt very cooling and soaked in well.
  • Increases volume, doesn’t weight down the hair, and no residual product left on the hair
  • Scalp felt great after applying- soaks up the oil and scalp feels refreshed and not wet. I wasn’t sure if I would love the spray since I was nervous of the product being wet at first. But it dries fast and feels great on the scalp and hair!
  • Similar to the powders, it is very easy to blend into your scalp using your fingertips.
  • Only cons are:
    • I’m not sure how long the bottle will last. I’ve used for a few months and it feels more empty than the powder bottles I have after using for the same amount of time
    • Higher price than the other options I tried. Love the product, but not sure if it’s worth the extra cost.

Here are before and after pictures using the Oribe product.

Left: Before Right: After

Product #3 – Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder

  • White fine powder with a light scent
  • This product was a little more difficult to apply vs the Verb. It was more difficult to control how much product is released. I still applied directly on the scalp but lightly shook the bottle vs squeezing it so only a small amount of product was released. Then if I needed more, I would repeat that step.
  • Very easy to blend into your scalp so the powder is not noticeable
  • Increases volume, doesn’t weight down the hair. Is a little more coarser on the hair compared to the Verb product above.
  • Soaks up all the oil and the scalp feel refreshed
  • Middle of the road price point. Expecting bottle to last awhile like the Verb powder has.
  • Only con is that this product added more texture and coarseness to my hair that is already thick and coarse. It may be better suited for hair that is thinner and softer since it would provide the right amount of volume and texture.

Here are before and after pictures using the Bumble and Bumble product. This is the product with the most obvious change in volume, especially by the roots!

Left: Before Right: After

So now that I’ve gone through all the details, I can reveal my new favorite dry shampoo…..

And the winner is……VERB! For me, this product was the overall winner. It worked great on my hair and left both my scalp and hair feeling refreshed and clean. The price is very affordable! And you don’t have to use much of the product, so I think it will last a long time.

I hope you find this product review helpful!! I highly recommend trying a dry shampoo. It’s been a lifesaver for me.

xo Liz

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Spring Break Style

Easter and Passover are almost here. So in the Northeast that means it will be spring break time! Last year we were lucky enough to spend spring break in Florida with family. But this year we will be on a staycation! But that doesn’t mean I can’t dream about flying somewhere warm, preferably near a beach. I put together my fake packing list. And if you are heading on vacation, hopefully it will give you some outfit inspiration!

All J.Crew items are 40% off. Use code REFRESH

All Gap items are 45% off. Use code CYBER

All J.Crew Factory items are 40%-60% off. Prices as marked on the website.

(Commission Links)
From Left to Right:
Snake print sandals / White skinny denim / Straw clutch / Striped embroidered blouse
Navy ruffle one-shoulder swimsuit / Pineapple cover up / Straw hat / Striped beach fleece
Denim shorts / Rose gold sandals / Floral one-piece swimsuit / Navy crochet clutch
White eyelet sleeve tee / White denim shorts / Dobby striped shirt / Tassel key chain / Navy espadrille wedges

Here are some daytime looks for sightseeing, going out to eat, or just relaxing with a good book and drink!

(Commission Links)
Navy tee and denim shorts are 40% off- use code REFRESH
Snake print sandals 15% -25% off – use code BEESKNEES
From Left to Right:
Straw hat / Slub cotton v-neck tee / Denim shorts / Snake print sandals
Tassel key chain / Navy eyelet sleeve tee / White denim shorts / Rose gold sandals

Going out to dinner or just need a cute outfit change? Can’t go wrong with a fun top and white denim!

(Commission Links)
White denim shorts are 40% off- use code REFRESH
Dobby striped shirt 45% off – use code CYBER
Snake print sandals 15% – 25% off – use code BEESKNEES
From left to right:
Navy espadrille / Striped embroidered blouse/ / White skinny denim/ Navy crochet clutch / Dobby striped shirt / Straw clutch / White denim shorts / Snake print sandals

You will look so stylish by the pool or at the beach in these looks from Target or J.Crew. Since having 2 kids, I’m not very confident in a bikini. Plus, I have to be able to run around after them and I need to make sure my swimsuit will stay in place! These styles do the job but still make me feel young and trendy.

Safe travels!

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GAME CHANGER

Ok Ladies! I was just introduced to this product last week and it immediately became my favorite new skincare item!! I know I just posted about my skincare regimen last week, but there needs to be a amendment!!! If you suffer from under eye bags and dark circles, like me, this is the game changer!! Dr. Brandt’s No More Baggage.

I have to tell you upon the first time I used this the bags under my eyes were literally gone!! You use a very small amount (the size of 1/2 a pea), rub between your fingers to warm up and dab it under the eye. You will feel the skin tightening up. That feeling does not stay, but the results do.

You use it after you apply your eye cream or moisturizer. You can also reapply as needed later in the day, I have not had to do that.

Click here if you would like to give this a try!! GAME CHANGER!!! (this is the best deal as of today)

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Skincare Regimen

Hi Colleen here!

I have always been a skincare junkie. Always trying new and different products since I was in my 20’s. Now that I am in my 40’s (ok, full disclosure, I am 47), I find It even more important to really find the products that work for my concerns. My biggest concerns are to fight the fine lines that are trying so hard to show themselves and trying to keep my skin moisturized. Oh, and then trying to not look soooooo tired all the time!

I have recently come full circle with my daily skincare products. The main product line I am using now I first used in my 20’s when I started to really take care of my skin. (BTW, you are never too young or too old to start taking care of your skin).

So, here are the products I am using currently in my fight against aging! The Philosophy brand is my go to. I love how my skin looks and feels after, as well as the scents they use. The scents make you feel like you are in a spa!

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My Step 1: Cleanse with Purity by Philosophy

IThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is step-1-1-1.jpg If said that I wash my face every night, that would not be the truth, but I do most nights. There are those nights I am way too tired to do much of anything let alone go through my skin care route….

Purity is a very gentle cleanser with an amazing scent. You use a very small amount and with a drop of water message all over your face and neck. It will not foam up, but will melt away the make up (as they say). Then rinse.

Here is the link to the 32 oz bottle I use, it literally lasts at least 6 months! This is the best deal I could find on this size as of today.

My Step 2: Apply Serum with When Hope Is Not Enough by Philosophy (I swear that’s the name). The tag line I love “May we grow beautiful as we grow wise”

All of these products have these inspirational quotes that help you get your mornings going.

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This serum is a bit heavier than another have used but it leaves your skin feeling so smooth. They recommend you use 4-5 drops, but I find you only need 3 drops and apply all over your face and neck. It is so important to treat your neck, especially as we get older, within every step of your routine.

This step tends to be a bit of a slurge but here is the best deal I could find on the 4 oz bottle and the 1oz bottle. Honestly, as long as you use a really good moisturizer you can probably skip this step.

My Step 3: apply Moisturizer with Renewed Hope In A Jar

“Live with optimism, renew with hope”

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I only use a very small amount with this as well (see pic above) and apply all over face and neck. This moisturizer is not greasy in any way, simply absorbs right into the skin. Your skin will look refreshed, rosy, and youthful, I swear. I love love this stuff!

Currently best deal on 4 oz jar and 2 oz jar. Please note that the 4 oz jar will last about 6 months.

My Step 4: Finally apply Eye Cream with Dew It All by Farmacy

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SUPER important for me! This is where I am seeing those pesky lines the most! This product was introduced to me through the FabFitFun box (will show you all in an up coming blog) for fall. I love it. Not greasy and just absorbs right into the skin. Again, just a small amount and dab around your eyes, all around. Don’t not rub, just dab.

It is a small jar at only 0.5 oz but you use so little that it last a few months.  Best deal here!

Items I use only once a week:

1st: Renewed Hope In A Jar Peeling Mousse

This product is recommended to use 2-3 times per week, but I only use it once per week. After you cleanse, you squeeze out the product the size of a quarter and message all over face and neck. Please avoid your eyes! It will start to roll off all the dead skin cells and cleans out your pours. This is amazing or gross (see pic). Continue this process for about 1 minute and then rinse. You skin will be refreshed and ready to receive moisturizer. This is my favorite step of the week!

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The 2.5 oz tube is linked here. You will be amazed by what comes off your face!

2nd: Blaq Eye Mask

Though these look and feel slimy they are AMAZING! I use them as needed when I have major dark circles and puffiness around my eyes. You put them on each eye for about 10-15 minutes. Remove. And rinse. I use them in the morning, but you can use them whenever you need it.

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The pack of 5 sets is linked here!

Like I have said before, what works me may not work for you. Plus you may only want to try one of the steps, which is totally fine. Everyone is different and has different needs for their skin. But what I do know is that it is very important to do something to care for your skin and it is never too early. Plus it’s fun to try all the different products out there!

Oh!  Let me introduce you to my amateur photographer!  Both makeup free!!

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Good luck!!

I may get a commission for purchases or clicks made through links in this post. Please note that all the opinions and suggestions are my own and not in any way influenced.

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#TargetFindFriday: Planting Edition

As I was on my weekly stroll through Target I was inspired by all the outdoor furniture, accessories, and gardening tools!! One of my favorite hobbies this time of year is planting in my garden. I love planning out the annuals I will be planting and where they will go. I also sweat out the pressure of hoping that my perennials didn’t die and will pop up again this year!

I also love getting my kids involved and making this a family activity! Even my tween son enjoys working in this with me, at least he did as of last year…..( he probably would never admit it)

A great way to get the kids interested in the gardening process is to start them working on these grow kits early and then once they start growing they can plant them in the ground.

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Face Planter (in store)

Strawberry patch (in store)

Grow Kits: Lady Bug / Hedgehog / Butterfly

Click here to all the grows kits offered.

When they go to plant their new seedlings they will need these adorable tools.

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Garden Gloves : Flowers / Fox / Bugs / Unicorn

Sun Hats: Unicorn / Flowers / Fox / Bugs

Garden Tools: Unicorn / Flowers / Fox /Bugs

Watering Cans: Flowers / Unicorn / Fox / Bugs

Next they can decorate the garden with these stepping stones, garden signs, and statues that they can paint!

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Click here to see all they have to offer!  There are so many great projects!

Important note: All the items above make great Easter basket fillers!!

I also found these great new garden tools for me!

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I love the Smith and Hawken line click here to check it all out!

Oh! One more thing! The planters below are so pretty and though they are made of plastic they look like pottery. So super lightweight! I will be picking these up to decorate my front porch!

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Click here to see all the Smith and Hawken Planters

Happy planting!!

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Target Find Friday- Kids Edition: Rain Coats, Rain Boots, and Storage Bins

During my weekly run to target, I found some exciting stuff for the kids for #targetfindfriday. 

First up are some great deals on rain gear.  Even though it doesn’t seem like it, the snow will end soon. That means Spring, and the rain it brings, are right around the corner.  I’ll be picking up the kiddos new rain jackets and boots so they can make the most of it.  Click below to shop:

Shop rain coats

Shop rain boots

And before the weather turns and you want to spend all your time outside, finish up any projects to get organized. Pillowfort storage is perfect to organize all the kid’s stuff and it’s on sale!  Click here to shop the whole Pillowfort collection. My goal is to finish organizing the kid’s closets and play room and I’m loving these robe detail bins for my girl and grey felt ones for my boy. 

Have a great weekend!

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Target Find Friday: Adorable Door Mats

Welcome to March!! I was so excited last week when I saw that my Tulips are starting to grow!! The first sign of Spring! This makes me want to start planning the flowers I will be planting in my garden and what I will do about decorating my front porch!

Now that winter is coming to an end it is time to get rid of the old door mat that I loved at the beginning of the season but now looks like it has been through some tough times….. and freshen it up with a new one. Target has an adorable selection starting at $12.99. See below the 4 that I need to chose from!

Home Sweet Home / Welcome / All Over Floral / Braided

See the whole collection by clicking here.

I am also loving how so many of you ladies are layering your door mats over larger rugs. Well, Target does not disappoint on that either and has a great selection of throw rugs to use. See what was able to whip up in the store this past weekend!

Black & White Rug
Blue Rug

I would love to hear which are your favorites!!! Leave a comment to let me know!

Colleen