John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Sea Spray

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This was by far my favorite beach waves hair spray that I’ve ever tried and used.  Why this product was discontinued I will never know or understand :(

This spray had the most amazing smell.  I remember anytime I used it people around me would constantly ask me what I was wearing that smelled so good.  It didn’t just smell good – it worked!

This product gave me beautiful beachy hair without feeling gross, dirty and like there was a pound of product build up on my hair.  It also added shine to it and didn’t dull out my hair (like the bumble and bumble surf spray does to me).

Oh how I wish this would return…..I would buy it in bulk!

 

Pros:

  • Smells amazing
  • Gives hair beachy waves
  • Adds shine
  • Doesn’t dry out hair
  • Doesn’t weigh down hair

Cons:

  • Discontinued
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Bumble and Bumble Gentle Shampoo

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This is probably one of the first products that I ever bought from Bumble and Bumble.  This one was suggested to me when I was on the hunt for a new shampoo.  I like a shampoo that isn’t harsh but still leaves my hair feeling very fresh and clean (who doesn’t want that feeling?).

This product is specifically designed to add shine to hair and is geared towards those with color treated hair in need of moisture.

I purchased this 8 oz. bottle for $24.00.  This was another one of those buys where I was really hoping for the amount of money I was spending that I liked the product.  I was told that this shampoo was “gentle” enough to be used on a daily basis with0ut wreaking havoc on hair.  I only wash my hair every other day so I figured even better!

I was concerned that because this shampoo is a gentle shampoo that it maybe wouldn’t give my hair a good deep clean like a clarifying shampoo or other line of shampoo would do.  I was pleasantly surprised though because it actually gave my hair a very good clean!

I really like that this product is lightweight and after washing my hair with it, it’s left feeling fresh and clean.  It has a creamy lathery consistency and I find that it doesn’t really have a prominent scent.  The scent that it does have is very mild yet pleasant.

Even with its gentle name, this shampoo gets the job done and I would feel safe washing my hair with it daily.

 

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Leaves hair feeling really clean and healthy
  • Moisturizes
  • Adds shine
  • A little goes a long way

Cons:

  • A little pricier

Sephora Collection Instant Airbrush Foundation

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This was my first time using any type of spray on airbrush foundation for my face.  I love the results but I don’t love the process of applying it.

This comes with a dial twist top that allows you to pick between three different shades…to me this was somewhat complicated because there wasn’t a clear indicator of which one you picked….all had the little arrows pointing forward.  Anyways, you are supposed to hold and spray your face from 10 inches away, which I did.

The coverage is great!  It concealed any blemishes and imperfections and evened out my skin tone completely.  It’s also very buildable and you can give yourself extra coverage if needed.  The finish definitely looked flawless and airbrushed.  (Better than I expected it to look!)  It also leaves a dewy finish so if you want a matte finish you’re going to need to apply a finishing powder or some kind of mattifying powder.  It feels very lightweight and not at all heavy or thick and greasy.  It also sets and dries very quickly as well.  I’ve had it on for a couple of hours now and so far it’s holding up great!

Now the downside….it’s MESSY!  Being that you are spraying this on, you have a pretty good hold on where you are spraying it, but, since it is a spray, there’s always going to be a little extra that goes elsewhere unfortunately.  I would suggest wearing a shower cap over your hair when applying this.  Just pulling it back isn’t going to do the job because your going to end up with this spray on your roots and hairline.  Also, I would suggest doing this with either an old shirt on or wrap a towel or some kind of salon cape around your shoulders when applying it.  I had an old hoody on when I applied it and ended up with a nice mist of foundation over the shoulder areas from where the extra mist fell.  You really need to be careful when spraying it because if you’re not careful you will end up with tinted walls and countertops or carpeting.  Because of the messy factor, I would not use this product for any touch ups on the go because when you’re in a hurry, who has time to go through all these steps to prevent the product from getting all over themselves and their surroundings?

Overall, I will continue to use this product but only when I have the time to apply it at my house when i’m not in a rush and I will never use it for touchups on the go unless by some miracle I find a way to keep it from ending up on other areas aside from just my face.

 

Pros:

  • Applies quickly
  • Excellent coverage
  • Buildable coverage
  • Provides a flawless and airbrushed finished look
  • Lightweight
  • Long lasting

Cons:

  • Messy
  • Not great for touchups on the go

Make Up Forever Mist & Fix

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This was another product I purchased from the Sephora chic week sale!  I never really use any type of setting spray for my makeup but figured I would give the smaller size a try.

I’ve used this a couple of times so far and like it.

I like to use this midway through the day when I feel like my makeup starts to wear off or when I have somewhere to be and don’t have time to actually touch up my makeup.  It sets your makeup, therefore, you aren’t going to end up with a dewy/glowy appearance (that’s not the point of this product so if you are looking for something that does that….this isn’t it).  It definitely prolongs the life of my makeup and seems to lock it in place so I don’t have to worry about reapplying it when I don’t have time.

I have also used it in a desperate attempt to wake myself up in the middle of the day at work when I was feeling extra tired by spraying it smack in front of my face hoping to give myself a little jolt….do not do this…do not.  It will wake you up and leave you with a nice oily, greasy splotch wherever you sprayed it on your face.  This product is designed to be sprayed inches from your face…not from an inch away.

I purchased the small 0.84 oz. ($12.00) bottle but there is also a larger 4.22 oz. ($29.00) bottle available as well.  I will stick to buying the smaller one, not because I don’t like the product but because the smaller one fits in my makeup bag or purse perfectly without being too big and getting in the way.

 

Pros:

  • Sets makeup quickly
  • Prolongs life of makeup
  • Great for when you’re in a rush

Cons:

  • Can leave an oily, greasy look IF you spray it too close to your face

 

Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation

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Average Price: $36.00

I normally never use liquid foundations and generally just stick with powder/mineral foundations.  I have a wedding coming up that I am in and was on the search for a foundation that won’t budge over the course of the day or night.  After reading a lot of reviews, I picked this one from Make Up Forever.  Most of the reviews were great, all praising this products staying power, etc.

This product is supposed to be waterproof which was important for me because the weddings location is in a place that is often hot and humid, so I don’t want to take any chances of having my makeup “melt” off throughout the course of the day when the weather heats up.  It also boasts to control oil and shine and offers complete coverage with a powdery finish.

I decided to try this product out on a regular day to see how it held up.  I applied primer prior to applying this (Smashbox).  This foundation applied smoothly and easily.  I had a couple of small reddish blemishes that I wanted covered and after reading the reviews on this product, I figured it would get the job done.  I have to say, I was slightly let down.  It didn’t cover these blemishes in their entirely, as I had hoped it would.  Don’t get me wrong, it covered them to an extent, but not completely.  The reviews also made it seem like I wasn’t going to need to pair this product up with concealer, but that was not the case.  Pairing this up with concealer helped to conceal the blemishes but I was just hoping that this product alone would get the job done.  It does settle with a powdery matte finish.

I wore this over the course of a work day and by mid-afternoon, it was starting to wear off a little (especially around the blemishes).  This was also a let down because I wasn’t even in a hot and humid climate and the foundation started to wear off during the course of an  8 hour workday.  It did however control my face from having any oil or shine which I definitely liked.  (Great for those that suffer from T-Zone oils!)

I’m still going to give this a try on the wedding day but it definitely isn’t holding up to the extent of “greatness” I thought it would.  For day to day makeup, I’m sticking to my normal bare minerals foundation because I think it lasts about the same length and also controls oil and shine (and I think it covers blemishes better).  So on the day of the wedding, I will apply a light dusting of bare minerals over top the Make Up Forever foundation just for added security and staying power.

 

Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Applies smoothly and evenly
  • Controls oil and shine

Cons:

  • Doesn’t cover blemishes entirely
  • Wears off over the course of the day

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

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This is my favorite BB Cream that I’ve used so far.

I like a little bit of a heavier coverage and this provides that.  I used Too Faced BB Cream prior to this one and I liked this one a lot more.  I feel like it lasts most of the day but I definitely think it starts to wear off mid afternoon.  (Not completely but I notice less coverage.)

For someone who prefers wearing less makeup and a very natural look you could easily getting away with wearing just this.

Pros:

  • SPF 35 – sun protection
  • Medium coverage
  • Natural looking
  • Hides blemishes and imperfections

Cons:

  • Wears off mid day