Sally’s Clearance Sale

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So, I walked into Sally’s to pick up my usual cholesterol deep conditioning treatment and walked out with all of this! However, it didn’t break the bank whatsoever. If you haven’t checked out your local Sally’s Beauty or been on their site, you should. Now. Okay, after you read this post, but they’re having a massive clearance sale and they have so much stuff that’s an additional 50% off. That’s right…a discount on a discount.

Hell yes.

I read somewhere that the Ion sun protecting sprays are being discontinued, so I picked up two. I have black hair, but black hair can also become sun damaged in the summer because it draws in so much light. I ended up getting all that’s pictured for $9 and some change and I got a cute little free makeup bag that had a tiny shampoo and conditioner set and a teasing comb. For those that don’t know, Ion is a 100% vegan and cruelty free hair brand. I also saw giant things of shampoo and conditioner for $4 by Ion. Seriously, those suckers would last for months.

I freakin’ love after holiday deals. Hot damn.

Now you can go run to your closest Sally’s.

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First Impression: Hair Products

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My first impression post this week is some hair products I have been testing out from an Ulta sale. I am not very into hair products per say, mostly because I have 2 kids and I have to pick between glorious hair and doing my makeup (makeup wins, obviously). However, I do like to take care of my hair since it’s very long and black.
Ulta had a sale a few weeks back where a hair product each day, and I waited until a specific day to get everything pictured. I waited for the day when the Healthy Sexy Hair leave-in conditioner was $7.99 because it’s normally $18, and I have actually tried that product once before. I loved it. It made my hair feel very soft and healthy after showering, and it made brushing it out way easier. I have very thick and naturally curly hair, so combing through it can be a nightmare at times. I will say that if you have thin or very straight hair this product may weigh your hair down a bit. It weighs mine down, but in a good way for my hair type. I want my hair to lay a bit flatter, especially if I plan on straightening it. The smell of this product is also phenomenal. I don’t know if I could ever bring myself to pay full price for this product, which is why I bought it on sale and got way too excited when I saw it was only $7.99 at Ulta.
The Psssst! products were also on sale at Ulta for BOGO free, so I decided to try the dry shampoo since I had seen a few other bloggers say it was amazing. I have to say, it’s a pretty decent dry shampoo. Very light scent, doesn’t leave a ridiculous amount of residue on my roots. I hate when dry shampoos leave a ton of residue behind, it makes my scalp feel weird and itchy. The point of dry shampoo is to refresh hair between washes, not weigh it down and make me feel gross. This dry shampoo doesn’t though. It retails at about $8 alone, and I do feel it is worth that. It works better than some of the cheaper brands I have tried, and better than a few higher end dry shampoos I have tried as well.
I went out on a limb and decided to try the clarify and shine scalp treatment even though I didn’t have high hopes. This product claims to “melt” product buildup out of your hair before showering to rejuvenate your scalp and give it shine. I do use a lot of dry shampoo and hair spray in my hair between washes, so I figured this might be worth a shot. This product definitely exceeded my expectations! I sprayed and massaged it into my scalp and let it sit for 3 mins before showering. My hair seriously felt so soft the next day and had a healthy shine to it. I would recommend this product to anyone that uses a lot of products in their hair. I guess our scalps just need a bit of treatment at times to get all of that product buildup out. I am so happy that this was not a flop like I expected, and I will for sure be re-buying this product in the future once I run out.

What are some of your favorite hair products?
Now that my hair is longer (middle of my back) I need some things to keep it healthy and strong.

September Empties

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Wanna go through my trash with me? I promise some of the things are pretty cool! I will start from the top left corner and make my way to the bottom.

Cover FX acne clarifying primer- I received this deluxe sample in an ipsy bag I don’t even know how long ago. I kinda kept putting off trying it because I assumed since it has salicylic acid in it that it would dry my face out. I was so wrong. This stuff was amazing, and I did see a difference in my face in terms of breakouts! I squeezed the life out of that thing. I wish the full sized product wasn’t so expensive :/

Tone soothing body wash- this was a sample I got in the mail and I used it just to try it and throw it away. I was pleasantly surprised at how fresh it smells. I like fresh body wash smells with no fruity scents, and this one does not have a fruity scent.

Natural Style deep conditioning treatment- This sample came in my beauty box 5 last month with another hair treatment, and I am probably going to end up buying the full sized product. I love the way this made my hair feel super soft the next day without weighing it down or making it look greasy.

Barefoot exfoliating scrub- another product I got in a subscription box of some sort. I wasn’t too impressed with this exfoliating scrub. It smells nice and fresh, but it’s not very exfoliating? Just feels like a body wash with beads.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask- this is actually my second time using this mask and I LOVE it. Seriously, next time you’re at The Body Shop or Ulta pick one up. They are tingly and fresh feeling, but don’t leave your face feeling dry and dehydrated. I have noticed a difference in my skin the next day if I use this mask at the beginning of a breakout.

Dove Oxygen Moisture shampoo and conditioner- more samples! I’ve been pretty bored lately since one of our cars bit the dust (rest in pieces, junk car) so I have been trying everything I’ve been meaning to try. These came in a walmart beauty box that a friend recommended to me, and I actually like it. Dove isn’t normally a brand I reach for, but the smell of these was nice and left my hair feeling fresh and soft.

Vitabath body wash- I got this in a beauty box 5 box a few months back, and looking back I remember why I put off trying it. It’s cherry scented. Maybe it would be nice for others, but I hate the smell of fruity body washes. Other than the awful (to me) scent it felt like your typical everyday body wash. Nothing special about it.

Aussie Moist Shampoo and 3 min miracle deep conditioner- This is actually a normal everyday product for me. I love the scent of Aussie products and even more so I love how they make my hair feel. I use the 3 min miracle deep conditioner instead of the moist conditioner because I only wash my hair once per week, twice max. So, that little thing lasts me on average a month (I have super thick and long hair) and the shampoo on average lasts me 2-3 months. This is a staple for me though and I would recommend it to anyone with frizzy, curly hair.

Lady speed stick deodorant- also another staple for me. I have about 1 million as back ups in this since I coupon and got a ton for free. I love it. It’s not overly scented and keeps me dry, even when I am cleaning or running errands.

Ulta warm vanilla sugar body scrub- another product that I tore the top off of so I could squeeze the life out of it. I love this stuff. It’s a body scrub that foams. That’s right, it foams up. It’s an actual scrub so it does exfoliate the skin and smells like vanilla. This was always my go to scrub if I was having a bad day and just wanted to feel soft and pretty during a hot shower. I may cut the top off and try to get the rest out…
cheap girl problems.

Burt’s Bees sensitive skin makeup remover wipes- yet another staple in my routine. These are the only wipes that remove my makeup without burning my skin or breaking me out. I received a ton of coupons for this product just so I could stock up on them. My love for them is that real.

Frank’s all natural body scrub- I saved this one for last since it will probably be the one thing I talk about the most. This was a new product for me, and I tried it simply because so many bloggers were raving about it. I wanted to see what the hype was about and also see if it was any different from homemade coffee scrubs. Yes, it is so different from homemade coffee scrubs. The product itself arrives in an envelope that you just open and use. It’s not dry, but it’s not wet. It smells amazing! Mostly like coffee, but there’s a faint orange smell to it as well. I usually shampooed and rinsed my hair and then turned the shower off and scrubbed this in and waited for 10 mins. It made my skin feel so soft! I am seriously so impressed with this product, and I can’t wait to purchase another pack of it. It lasted me about a month at using it 2 times per week, which is how long it says it will last on the website. Definitely worth the $15 if you’re looking for a product to pamper yourself with sometimes. We all deserve to feel pampered.
Warning: There are a lot of sexual innuendos on the packaging (I love them, personally) and this stuff does easily get into your hair and is a bitch to clean out of your shower. The first time I used it I thought someone had crapped on my shower curtain. Still worth it.