Dove Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo Review

Hello, my loves!


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

Soap & Glory – Clean On Me – Scrub Of Your Life – Review

Hello, my darlings,

I have been using Soap and Glory products since I saw the products at Target about a year or so ago. I feel like I have tested so many of their products since then and I have loved (almost) all of them. Today, I’m going to be touching on two products which I have been using over the last month or so and have come to a conclusion about how I feel about them.

Okay, so the first product I’ll be talking about is Clean On Me, which is a body wash which has the consistency of a lotion. The first thing I noticed was this body wash comes with a ton of product. It contains 16.2 FL OZ which for the price (around $12) is a wonderful deal in my opinion. The bottle suggests that you turn off the shower before use so it doesn’t go straight down the drain but I simply put this on a loofa or washcloth and it lathers up quite nicely and you do not need much product to make it lather. The smell of this product is their famous “pink” smell, which to me is very hard to describe, it’s almost like a cologne yet it is feminine and floral. One thing I love about Soap & Glory products is the fact that you can smell the fragrance on your body long after you have showered and it holds true with this shower gel as well. I feel like this product also, because of it being a lotion consistency, does provide extra moisture to the skin and that is one of the claims on the bottle. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a new body wash, and I will repurchase.

For The Scrub Of Your Life, I feel like I have finally found the perfect exfoliator and I am not just saying this because I love Soap and Glory. The scrub of your life is not a deep exfoliator, it is more of an everyday type of product you can use in the shower in your routine. This scrub is more of a combination of a scrub and a body wash. The Scrub of Your Life has soft beads in it that lather up with the gel and provide a light textured gradient against the skin that actually helps with dry skin and even (I believe) has helped (in combination with other products) with my stretch marks. I love this, and I am glad I have found something I can use every day that also doesn’t need too much product to work and it comes with 6.7 FL OZ so it’s quite a bit! The smell is almost identical to the Clean On Me and I like pairing the two together to keep the scent going — and spraying some of their “Pink” body spray.  I will most definitely repurchase this.

Walgreens carries Soap and Glory now and almost always has their products on buy two get one free so if you are looking for a good deal, you can always go there to purchase.

Let me know in the comments if you have tried any Soap and Glory products and if so, what your favorites are! I’m always looking for new ones.

If you are interested, I can do a “What I keep in my shower” post, or even a video maybe? ❤

Hope you’re all having a great day,


E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Line; Review


 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,


My Choices for Fall Perfumes


Happy Sunday, darlings!

If you couldn’t tell, Fall is my favorite season. It has the perfect weather, foods, and activities that certainly make it easy to love. Another reason I adore fall is that it means that richer and sweeter scents are on the market. In this post, I will talk about four of my favorite fall time perfumes or body sprays that I have been using this season so far.

Zum Mist: with Frankincense & Myrrh.  I am a huge fan of essential oils so when I saw this at Target I had to grab it. I am very fond of the smell of Frankincense and together with Myrrh, it is exactly as it is described: dreamy and woodsy. It is a scent which will last almost all day, and can also be used as a room spray. This scent is difficult to describe because it is purely two essential oils mixed together but I urge you to smell this one if you see it in store.

Viktor & Rolf: Flower Bomb. Now, this is a perfume, which makes it a lot more fragrant and has a longer lasting power. Flower bomb is a warm floral scent is how I would personally describe it. According to their website, it is described as a feminine, fresh, floral. I love this for the fall because it is so heavy and continues to last throughout the day but it is not potent or nauseating as some can be.

Bath&Body: Salted Caramel Apricot. Salted caramel apricot is the epitome of fall scents. This is a warm, fuzzy, sweet scent which reminds me of fall treats baking in the oven. If they do not have this seasonal scent next year I will be super disappointed because this particular fragrance has made me feel warm and cozy every time I put it on. The smell is exactly what it sounds like, warm caramel with an apricot underlying scent. Run to Bath & Body,  you won’t regret it!

Calvin Klein: CK2. CK2 is a different type of fragrance. The best way I can describe it is peppery yet fresh. It is a gender neutral fragrance which I totally believe is true. I honestly think it leans more on the masculine side of fragrance but that may just be because of my other personal choices in fragrance. According to the website, this is a fresh, warm, and electric type of fragrance. This fragrance will definitely get you compliments! It is very unique and I am glad it is part of my collection.

It was truly hard to pick my favorite fall time scents but these were the few I have been reaching for lately!

Leave a comment and tell me your favorite fall fragrance! I’d love that!


DIY: At Home Skincare

You don’t know this about me but I almost started my own Etsy shop for skincare. I honestly took a good month out of my life and dedicated some time to producing products which were not only useful but also sustainable. Unfortunately, it was a lot more difficult than I anticipated and I had to stop my venture in starting a natural skincare shop on my own, but I learned a lot about skincare in that short period of time and I wanted to share a few DIY products you can make at home.

So, first off – exfoliating is an amazing thing and the right exfoliator can truly make your skin feel fresh and soft in a matter of minutes. My favorite exfoliator is two ingredients:

  1. Sea Salt
  2. Olive Oil

This is the perfect combination to provide smooth, silky skin.

A toner is another excellent way to remove impurities and balance skin. I found that mixing two simple ingredients made the best toner I’ve ever used!

  1. Witch Hazel
  2. Tea Tree Oil
  3. Essential Oil Of Your Choice [for topical use, optional]

This product made my skin feel so clean and refreshed, and I urge you to try it. You could also put this in a spray bottle and use it as a setting spray.

For a mask, you really want something hydrating as well as something that will depuff and I found one that truly does both of those things, and this one only has three lovely, natural ingredients.

  1. Raw Honey
  2. Olive Oil
  3. Coffee Grounds

Honestly, this mask made my skin feel lovely and works well for any type of skin.

These three are wonderful and natural DIYs with ingredients you most likely already have.

I do not have exact measurements for these recipes because at the time I was using them I was simply experimenting and did not determine specific amounts needed. What I can suggest is putting even amounts of each product in, and that should do the trick!

I really hope you try these out and if you want more recipes that worked for me, leave me a comment because I actually have many others I can share as well!

  • Julie

The No-Makeup-Makeup-Look

Hello, my loves! Happy Saturday!

In accordance with the weekend, I thought I’d discuss my typical makeup look that I wear during the weekend (and some of the week). I try to be a more minimalistic beauty person, I tend to go for more simple makeup looks that are natural and can be worn on an everyday basis. However, there are still times when I do a full face of makeup! So, the look I’m going to talk about today is basically when I want to wear makeup but not look like I am wearing any — or at least not much.

I have four products which make up my no-makeup look.

Base: BB Cream, which stands for BEAUTY BALM, and is known to have more skin benefits, but typically less coverage, these often have an SPF in the formula. I’ve used several different BB creams, and a few of my favorites are the Rimmel Radiance BB Cream, Tarte BB Cream, and Maybelline Dream BB. Another great product for these days is a skin tint, which is basically a small amount of coverage that evens out your natural skin tone. I recommend Rimmel’s Skin Tint or Glossier skin tint.

Blush: I typically do not like to use a powder blush on these days but rather use a cream formula, or even a creamy lipstick to bring color back into my face. My favorite cream blush is from Wet & Wild, which is their Photofocus blush range, they come in a stick form, and all their colors are absolutely wonderful and easy to apply and inexpensive! I’d also recommend the Glossier Cloud Paints which come in the colors Dusk, Beam, Puff, and Haze which are all natural, buildable colors which look like you were born with glow and color.

Brows: Brows are such an important part of your daily makeup routine whether it is a full face of makeup or just a few key items. Brows frame your face and can make you look a lot more youthful if done correctly, so make sure the items you use on your brows works with what you need them to do. Personally, I only need one item for my brows because they are definitely more on the full side but I like to fill in some sparse areas so I use a wax brow pencil by ELF. I highly recommend looking at ELF brow products because they are so inexpensive and have the ability to transform your brows and they last for months!

Balm: On days when I wear less makeup I really don’t see the need to wear a bold lip or even a lipstick at all. Instead, I choose a lip balm, and my favorite is the cherry chapstick. I honestly cannot get enough of the feeling of a nice balm on my lips, and the cherry chapstick also provides a bit of color to my lips. If you need something a little richer, try something like a vaseline or even a gloss can sometimes provide extra hydration.

Obviously, this look can be modified depending on the season or whatever your preferences are, so have fun with it!

There’s a quote by Rosie Huntington Whitely which I really enjoy and it says “makeup is meant to enhance, not hide” and I strongly believe in this when it comes to my own makeup.

Have a lovely day,