After going on a beauty product buying hiatus for the better part of 2 years I finally realized a few months ago that I had gotten myself into a bit of a beauty rut. I wore the same makeup and had used the same hair products for years and I felt that I didn’t look quite as fresh faced as I used to. Motherhood and getting older certainly had something to do with it, but I finally decided to try a few new products with the hope of finding a few winners.
Have any of you switched from normal shampoo to sulfate-free shampoo? A favorite blogger/instagrammer of mine switched to Lavett&Chin light hair wash and I decided to give it a shot. Well, I normally buy drug store shampoo so $40 for a tiny bottle was a massive splurge…and turns out I HATED it. My scalp got dandruff and my roots got oily…a really awful-looking combo and I think sulfate-free shampoo is not for me. I read that if you work out a lot and need to wash your hair more often it may not be good for you, and I think that must be my case. For those of you who have switched, did this happen to you and did your scalp adjust? I hate feeling like I threw money down the drain, but I just switched back to good ole Pantene Pro-V and my hair feels great.
In addition to changing shampoo, I also added Alterna Caviar CC Cream to my haircare routine. I love it! I put it in my damp hair after a shower and then let my hair air dry. My hair has never been smoother and it smells really really good! Sometimes once it’s dry I’ll put a little extra on the ends too.
For Christmas I received a 6 month Birchbox subscription and I really enjoyed receiving samples of new products. My favorites so far have been this fruit peel, this face cleanser, and this dry shampoo. I didn’t keep up the subscription but it was fun to have new products delivered each month!
When I was pregnant last time I got melasma on my forehead and on my upper lip (you’ve probably noticed it if you watch my Instagram Stories). I still have it since I couldn’t use anything strong while nursing and then I got pregnant again right before I weaned Jack. Does anyone have any good recommendations for this? I have a feeling I’m going to have it until I’m finished breastfeeding this next baby and then I can finally treat it. I’d love to know what you all use though. I’ve been using this 100% organic facial oil by Boots Botanics at night and I think the rosehip in it has helped brighten my skin and make my spots fade a bit. I’ve also been sprinkling turbo booster C powder by philosophy into my daily moisturizer and I think it has helped as well. The bottle is tiny and it’s fairly expensive but it lasts forever. This ultimate miracle worker night cream was a splurge but I’ve really liked how lightweight and effective it is.
I have a few more posts lined up sharing my current (quick!) beauty routine, as well as a review of a new line (Glossier) that I decided to give a shot a few months ago. Stay tuned!