Dove Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo Review

Hello, my loves!

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I have been experiencing some extra oily hair due to a shampoo I’ve been using (which I will most likely stop using) but I decided I wanted a new dry shampoo. I’ve struggled with some dry shampoos due to the fact that I have black hair and the product is white, or just simply for the fact that it doesn’t work. I ended up picking up a new one, by Dove and I am just going to do a little review so you can get an idea of how well it works for someone who has been experiencing oily/product built up hair.

I’ve never used a Dove dry shampoo before, so  I honestly didn’t know what to expect and I haven’t heard much on whether it is a quality dry shampoo but out of desperation of finding a better dry shampoo I picked up the Volumizing and Fullness formula. This comes with a lot of product for the price in my opinion, with 5 FLOZ, and I only paid around five dollars for it.

The first thing I noticed about it was the intoxicating smell, it literally smells like fresh flowers mixed with a rainforest. I’d probably use it for the smell alone! I applied the product in the traditional way you apply dry shampoo and it absorbed the excess oil from my hair within a second, without leaving a white residue behind. Sometimes with dry shampoos, they act for a little while but then the volume is usually flat five minutes later but with this one, it was able to maintain volume and add my life to my curls (shocking, I know).

The interesting thing about this product is it says it does not contain water, and I’m wondering if the other dry shampoos on the market contain water, therefore resulting in flat, and lifeless, as well as eventually, oily hair.

I’m going to say this was a wonderful surprise and I will most definitely be repurchasing this product when I run out. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to add volume back into their hair on a no-wash day.

I will be posting regularly this week, and I’m excited about my next few posts – also let me know if you’ve tried any of Dove’s dry shampoos or which dry shampoo works best for you! ❤

  • Julie

E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Line; Review

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 I took a trip to Target to see if they had the E.L.F. new active line but they, unfortunately, did not have it available at my store. Instead, I purchased a few products from the Beautifully Bare line. I picked up five items which I thought would create a simple and wearable look. This line, to me, is meant to be used on the “no-makeup-makeup” days. I just talked about that in one of my posts, so scroll down a bit and you will find that. I really appreciate E.L.F. trying to remind us we don’t need to apply so much makeup that we are unrecognizable and it’s okay to just enhance our natural beauty.

First, I applied the Foundation Serum in the shade “Fair/Light” which was a wonderful match for my skin tone and this was definitely more of a serum foundation than anything because the consistency was very thin and had more of a watery consistency. As far as coverage goes, I’d say it was medium coverage which for me is perfect on a day where I’m not wearing much makeup, seeing as my skin has hyperpigmentation. I really enjoyed this foundation and I feel like it will last me a long time because of the amount of coverage you get for very little product, and I applied this using a buffing brush. The result of this is a beautiful, natural looking finish and I really enjoyed it. 5/5 for me. 

After that, I applied the Lightweight Concealer in”Light/Medium”, which was definitely the wrong shade for me. This shade was a low more yellow-toned than the foundation and simply did not mix very well with my base of the foundation. The texture is definitely creamy but provides more of a matte coverage in my opinion than a dewy one, which means you have to work quite quickly with the concealer to make sure it is blended in properly. As far as application, I honestly recommend your finger or a damp beauty sponge to bring back a little of the creaminess after applied. It was hard to rate this but overall, I’d give it a 4/5 mostly due to the fact that it was the wrong shade for me and because it dried down quite quickly and matte.

Next, it wasn’t a necessary step I suppose but I wanted to test out the Sheer Tint Finishing Powder in “Fair/Light”. This was a huge pan of powder, and I definitely did not need very much of this to achieve matte skin. I honestly like dewier or natural skin but sometimes a powder is a must especially for long wear makeup days. This powder does exactly what it says it will though because it seemed to minimize my pores and provide light coverage. I think this powder would look nice on bare skin as well as over foundation on a day you just want something on your face that will control oil and give you a bit of color. 5/5. 

Onto blush, I used the Blush in Rose Royalty. I absolutely adored this product, to be quite honest with you. I think it is a perfectly pigmented, soft, creamy blush which every girl should own. I am one of those people that blush just doesn’t seem to show up on but it is my favorite beauty item, but this blush absolutely showed up and it looked like I was blushing naturally. I always wish I was one of those girls who looked like she was out in the English countryside, walking her dog on a chilly morning who came home with a rosy flush and this is exactly what look this blush can give you. My suggestion is to apply with your fingers and make it as natural looking as possible. 5/5+5(hehe).

Lastly, I picked up the Liptint in Sheer Berry. I’m not going to lie, I had no idea how to take the cap off but when I did, I was pleasantly surprised with the applicator. It was one of the squeeze-tip applicators they use on the First Aid Beauty lip treatment. This color is gorgeous, it is so natural and basically a “my-lips-but-better” shade. I really enjoyed that this stained my lips the color it was applied as well as moisturized my lips so they don’t feel dry when it does dry down. 5/5

Overall, this is a great line in my opinion. The products are of such high quality and do not cost much at all, everything in this line is $8 or less. If you are interested in shopping for E.L.F. I have an affiliate link on my page, and I truly do stand by their products and have for years.

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Have a wonderful evening my dears,

Julie

My current cruelty-free beauty/haircare products [drugstore and highend]

Hello, darlings –

I would love to say that I use all cruelty-free beauty products but with the selection of products being so slim I cannot say I completely use cruelty-free products, however, I am working towards it and I also would encourage you to do the same!

So, my first and foremost favorite brand is wet n wild, which is a drugstore brand that has many cruelty-free and some vegan options. My favorite product from them is definitely their photo focus foundation ($6). It is a great choice if you are looking for a new foundation that will last all day. I also really like their liquid lipsticks which are the catsuit liquid lipsticks ($4.99), my favorite shade right now is coral corruption! They also have amazing bronzers which could literally last you a year ($3.99).

Another amazing brand from the drugstore which is cruelty-free is ELF. ELF has an inexpensive range of high-quality products and I absolutely adore them! Their matte lip pencils come in a variety of colors and will dry down to a perfect stain ($3). I love their foundation for acne-prone skin which is such a high coverage foundation and is so well priced ($6)! I could go on and on about their blush and bronzer palettes and many other items  – even their mascara! This is most definitely a brand you will want to seek out next time you are at Target or shopping online.

Other brands I like from the drugstore are NYX and Physician’s formula! Nyx lip products are amazing and Physician’s formula bronzers and highlighters are very nice as well!

As far as high-end brands go, Tarte is my all time favorite high-end brand that is also cruelty-free. I have gone through many products of theirs, but my all time favorite is definitely their amazonian clay blushes ($29). These blushes last all day and are so soft and pigmented, and come in beautiful colors to compliment every skin tone. Tarte’s eyeshadows are also one of my favorite formulas, they are not cakey or powdery and give off similar pigmentation to the blushes. My favorite palette is the In Bloom palette ($46).

Another high-end brand that at least claims to be cruelty-free is Too Faced cosmetics. Their cute packaging is always something that I love and of course, their products are also just as high quality as their packaging. My favorite all time product of theirs is the Better than sex mascara ($20). If I had to choose one mascara to use for the rest of time it would be that mascara. I also really like their eyeshadow palettes as well, they have creamy, soft eyeshadows which are also nicely pigmented. My favorite palette from them is the original chocolate bar palette ($49), the palette is so versatile and can create almost any look. I also recently purchased the unicorn tears lipstick($22) and I won’t lie, it’s fabulous!

Obviously, I also love Urban Decay and Kat Von D.

As far as hair care products go, I’ve recently been using a few Pureology products which are cruelty-free and vegan but rather on the pricey side. Moroccan oil is also a brand favorite of mine which is cruelty-free but also very expensive. I wish more drugstore brands for haircare were cruelty-free but I haven’t run into many yet.

I hope this gives you some shopping inspiration or even just a “hmmm…” moment about whether your products are not tested on animals. Please feel free to comment on your favorite c/f products! I am so interested in hearing them!

  • Julie

Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation Review [cruelty free]

Hello, my dears!

So, today I thought I would do a review of the Wet N Wild Photofocus foundation[retails for $6]. I am choosing to review this product because I have now used two shades of this foundation, have applied it many different ways and feel like I can give an honest review.

Alright, so to start off I will say I have combination skin. I have oily skin and dry skin present on different areas of my face and I do believe this foundation would work for either dry or oily skin. To me, this foundation has a natural finish but it leans on the side of matte and definitely controls oil. The coverage is about medium coverage but can be built up to almost full coverage if that coverage is desired. The applicator for this product is in spatula form and it is an excellent way to make sure too much product does not get wasted. I’ve also noticed you do not need a lot of this product to get even coverage, which is a plus!

The color selection for this range of foundation is pretty good, even though I think it depends on what store you visit. I personally am in the shade “Nude Ivory” and it is almost perfect for my skin, but in my opinion, this product oxidizes and can easily become too dark if you don’t take this into consideration.

As far as application goes, honestly I enjoy the application with a sponge or a stippling brush. There are many other brushes I have used though, and they all seem to apply wonderfully.

The foundation also lasts for a good 8 hours without showing much difference, and in my opinion, it does not need to be set.  This foundation also sets very quickly.

There is no flashback either! Hence the name!

I chose this foundation not only because it is inexpensive but also because it is cruelty-free and vegan. I strongly believe that if a company can price their products this low and make the quality as high as it is, we need to ask ourselves why other companies won’t.

Overall,  I ADORE this foundation, with all the aspects mentioned above being taken into consideration. It is perfect for me and I will continue to use it.

4.9/5.0 [the smell does kind of smell like paint]