Outstanding Origins

I have been struggling to find the perfect foundation for years now.  I have oily skin and have tried drug store brands, expensive department store brands and everything in between.  Well I think I finally found the perfect “in between” brand – Origins.  I love that all their products are free of parabens, phthalates propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA and animal ingredients.  Plus, the best part is you can get the foundation for only $21!  Think about it – you wear makeup everyday, you and your skin deserve the best!

Wen – Where have you been?

My co-worker and cousin introduced me to Wen Shampoo recently.  I was initially hesitant because of the steep price and the fact that it does not lather.  I feel like I only know I completely covered my hair if I can feel the lather and see the suds – so not true.  I have only used Wen for a week, but I already know I will never go back to traditional shampoo.  My hair feels clean and full of body, which is typically hard for my hair type: flat and greasy.  Here is what they say online:

A 5-in-1 formula, this one product takes the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. It cleanses hair thoroughly but without lathering and all the harsh ingredients that may be found in ordinary shampoos—it is designed so it won’t strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils. Your hair is left with sheen, moisture, manageability and better color retention.

Seriously, it is the truth.  Exactly what they say is the truth.  I am using the Almond Mint, but they have various scents based on the type of hair you have and what you are looking for.  Check out www.wenhaircare.com for more information.  Just don’t look at the guy who created the hair care line – he is kinda creepy.

Marvelous Makeover Tool

I get daily emails from Real Simple (Which I would highly recommend for everyone!  They are so great!)  Yesterday’s email was about their new Makeover Tool.  I have tried several other tools in the past, but this one is spot on!  It takes a little bit to find a good photo and create the settings, but once you do that, the possibilities are endless!  The Makeover Tool helps you try new hairstyles, makeup colors, and hair colors.  Would you buy a car before test driving it?  No.  So why not test drive your new look before making that expensive salon appointment.  Plus, it is fun!  I spent a good hour yesterday exploring numerous possibilities.  I haven’t found a perfect option yet, but I always have been one to avoid change.  Check it out at http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/makeover/index.html?xid=weeklynews-07-14-2010.

Favorite Eyeshadow

My new favorite eye shadow is Mac Mineralizing Eyeshadow Duo “Engaging”.  I found it at Albertville Outlet Mall in the cosmetic store, so it was definitely cheaper than the retail price.  The colors are great – you can wear them everyday or jazz it up at night by putting it on thicker.  It looks a little pink in the picture, but that doesn’t show up on my olive skin.  It might if you have more pink tones.  I have gotten numerous compliments about how the shadow makes my eyes pop.  I couldn’t ask for anything nicer!  Try it out.  Definitely worth the investment – especially since I use it every day!