Beauty Edition: Five things I tried and loved in September

My hair and skin have been through hell and back for the past year or more. With lack of sleep, stress, and being too busy to give them some tender loving, I’m left with thinning, dry, brittle hair and dry, rough, dull skin. After what seemed like the most extended year of my life, and we’re only in September, I have committed and am making an effort to start taking care of my hair and skin.

It’s the Hair + Skin Edition of Five things I tried and loved. I fell in love with these products, and I will repurchase them. Here’s why.

HAIR

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Verb Moringa + Jojoba Treatment Oil

As I mentioned, my hair was thinning, dry and brittle. I knew my hair needed some TLC and a hair treatment would be the way to go. I opted for an oil treatment because I believe in Oiling my hair (future post) and because my oily hair loves oil.

I love that this oil did not require a long commitment, i.e., keeping it in my hair for days. It’s a pre-wash treatment; therefore, it can be applied to the hair half an hour before washing. I started using it 2X weekly by massaging it into my scalp and on the ends of my hair before bed and washing it out the following afternoon. 

I would purchase again because:

The results were almost immediate: hydrated hair that looked and felt healthy – after my 3rd use. 

I saw a reduction in breakage very quickly. 

This oil is a multi-use product (can be used on skin and cuticles) . This is very comforting because I love double-duty products. 

It’s silicone-free, fragrance-free, free of parabens and formaldehyde, and it’s 100% natural.

It’s affordable at $18.00

I am not a massive fan of Jojoba oil, however, I love the combinations of both oils together, and both of them have excellent healing properties.

 

Courtesy of Sephora

Briogeo Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massage

I adore a fabulous scalp massage – it feels amazing and it’s so great for circulation. This massager is simply wonderful. I love using it to stimulate my scalp while I shampoo but it was a nice addition to my nightly routine a massage that’s both relaxing and soothing. 

I would purchase again or/and continue to use because:

Affordability: it’s $18.00.

It supports a healthy scalp and hair by promoting circulation.

You get to control the intensity of the massage.

It can be used wet or dry.

Courtesy of Sephore

Verb Ghost Weightless Hair Oil

I’m a curly hair gal and sometimes even with the best treatments I end up looking like a puffball. Many styling sprays and oils tend to weigh down my already oily hair and I become a grease ball. I first tried the ghost oil as a sample and loved it. It was extra loving to my fine, oily hair and didn’t weigh it down.

I would purchase again because:

It’s affordable: $18.00

It tames my flyaways when I’m wearing my hair straight and smooth my frizz on my curly girl days.

Can be used on dry or damp hair

Hydrates my hair and I feel it makes it stronger.

SKIN

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Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream

This is an oldie but goodie. I have purchased this before but I haven’t in a long time. I loved it before and I still do now. Eye creams are probably one of my biggest investments and most researched because it is for the most delicate skin on my body and so close to my eyes. I also love the way my under eye feels and looks after a good eye cream is applied. I always layer two eye creams and finish with oil because it just works for me and my fragile eye area feels so pampered. The key is to only layer at night, start with the one that has more of a watery consistency, then apply the cream and finish with oil. 

This eye cream makes eyes look bright and awake. I also saw a noticeable brightness with consistent use. 

I would purchase again because:

Although it’s priced at $40.00 a little goes a long way.

It works with or without makeup.

I can use a heavier application as an eye mask at night whenever my eyes need a little extra TLC.

My under eyes feel hydrated.

 

Courtesy of Amazon

Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector

I believe one of the best things I did for my skin this year is rediscovering Vitamin C – it has been the single most thing that has transformed my skin in the shortest amount of time.

Picking a vitamin C that worked well with my oily sensitive skin now is another story for another post. I must say that it took a bit of trial and error but I found a few of them I love and will keep on rotation. I may do an end-of-year roundup in December of the best ones I found.

This product helped my dull skin in a matter of days. I love that it wasn’t harsh on my sensitive skin. The consistency does not leave a greasy film and it doesn’t leave my oily skin shiny. My skin was noticeably brighter, felt softer, and looked fabulous in days.

I use it only in my AM routine and it partners nicely with Sunscreen (wear your sunscreen).

I would purchase again because:

It’s unscented — huge win (several of the vitamin C serum had a smell I didn’t like).

Affordability: Less than $30.00.

Does what a Vitamin C serum should do, brighten skin and leave skin younger looking.

Hyaluronic Acid is an active ingredient which helps with hydration.

My skin is radiant and visibly brighter.

Comment below and share some of your favorite skincare and haircare finds that you love and would purchase again.

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