Empties Segment: hair products

“Not to spoil this post, but I liked most of these products
so f*#! the wallet, am I right?”


Let’s jump right into this empties post. Because obviously, if you’ve read my intro above, you already know a lot of these were hits for me. This means we are coming a long way as far as products that actually work. Or, I am incredibly weak and give into the packaging and scents of them. Jk jk I’ve listed the five products below that I have finished and some refreshing opinions and feedback on them. I hope you enjoy and maybe find some new products that tickle your fancy.

  1. Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde conditionerretails for $19.00
    This stuff is freaking amazing. I love it. It’s as far as I’ll go into “high end” hair care. Seeing as it is almost $20 does seem steep when you compare it to Pantene or TRESemme, but I cannot get away from this now that I have given it a shot. My hairdresser recommended this and the shampoo to me, and I have since repurchased both.I personally like that it feels a little more luxe on my color-treated hair, but without an incredibly high price tag. And gurl, it’ll last you! I purchased my first bottle of conditioner last June and I’m just now writing about it running out… granted, I like to incorporate conditioning masks/treatments so I am not using this constantly but, like, still. This bitty will last you awhile.
    Would I repurchase? Again and again. 
  2. Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde shampooretails for $18.00
    I have all of the same feelings for this shampoo as I do for the conditioner. Love the set, love them together. It’s a win/win for me. The shampoo surprisingly lasted the same amount of time as the conditioner, so I vouch that this is well worth your hard-earned DOLLAS HONEY.
    Would I repurchase? Yes ma’am. 
  3. Marc Anthony Deep Repair Aloe Vera Jasmine conditioning treatmenta single treatment retails for $2.99
    Okay so this conditioning treatment is nothing to call home about. I feel very much so that it lays on top of my hair and doesn’t truly nourish it. Could be my hair type, but it is not soaking up this product, leaving me with hair that does not feel conditioned. Which, is kind of the opposite effect I’d like to be left with after using a conditioning treatment. If you’re looking to spend $2.99 for a WORTHY conditioning treatment, check out the Matrix Total Results Multi-tasking Hair Mask for $5.00 (you can get two uses out of this). It is so damn good and will give you the instant results you are looking for: fresh, healthy, undamaged hair.
    Would I repurchase? I think it’s pretty obvious lmao – NAH.

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  4. Beauty Pin-ups Fearless Hair Rescue treatment16 oz retails for $25.99 or 6 oz retails for $19.99
    This one pains me. BECAUSE I AM OBSESSED, and because it’s not all that affordable. I squeezed every last ounce out of this baby – and it was just a sample I received in Ipsy. An incredible one, at that. I freaking loved this stuff. Completely opposite of the Marc Anthony hair treatment, this completely absorbed into my hair and left me with the instant results I was in search of. Honestly tho, if you’re in love with this product and don’t want to spend $26 on a hair treatment, look at the difference in price for an extra 10 oz. of this stuff – completely worth it.
    Will I repurchase? That’s a hard question, but truly, I think I might. At the very least, it’s going on a birthday wish list. I’m a firm believer that you gotta invest in what works for you. 
  5. Batiste dry shampoo in Blush scent13.46 oz. size (large) retails for $7.99-$9.99 at Marshalls/TJ Maxx depending on when you go
    Hands down the best bargain when buying this dry shampoo (even tho it is already considered “drugstore price”) is TJ Maxx or Marshall’s. Idk whether they get certain scents in bulk but I can pretty much count on stocking up anytime I go to the Marshall’s in center city, Philadelphia, and I feel like that’s saying something considering there are a shit ton of people buying them out of house and home.But this product, tho, is the cat’s pajamas. I will continue to buy this over and over again. It does SUCH an incredible job at masking the oils produced in your hair after going a few days without washing it. The blush scent isn’t particularly my favorite, but it fades enough to where I don’t notice it throughout the day. This product gives such a refresh to my hair/look and allows me to wash my hair fewer and further in between, allowing it to be as healthy as possible without the constant stripping of its natural oils when I wash it.
    Will I repurchase? Already have!


Soooo 4/5 repurchases?! That’s a pretty successful empties review if I do say so myself. However, not so successful on the wallet. Gotta get back to earning those Ulta points so I can cash in on some of these as a T R E A T. Anyways, thanks for hanging out and reading up on these hair products! What are your thoughts? Have you tried them as well? Let me know in the comments below.

Xoxo,
KS

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Magical Makeup Monday: March IPSY Review

“Depending on how you look at this bag, the glass if half full vs half empty.”

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Hey friends! This month’s bag had a decent variety of products inside. We have some makeup and some skincare, as well as a hair conditioning treatment! If you’re interested in learning what Ipsy is all about, I’ve linked their website here.

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Full size retails for $79.00.

I’m going to start with my favorite product, and this may come as no surprise: the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator. This is the most gentle exfoliant I have ever used. EVER. It actually comes out as a cream, but has the tiniest “gritty” feeling (for lack of better wording). The grainy-ness of this product is so gentle and it feels amazing when applied to the face. Once I rinsed this off, my skin felt squeaky clean and instantly softer as if I had moisturized at the same time!

I know the full-size is incredibly pricey, but I may be considering it should it prove its worth in the long run.

My second favorite product was the deep repair hair conditioning treatment by Marc Anthony. This treatment contains aloe, jasmine, and sea kelp to help detangle and strengthen your hair throughout a 3-7 minute time span. I’ve used this twice and haven’t necessarily noticed a huge improvement, but you can’t beat the scent. This leaves my hair smelling fresh and easy to run my brush through.

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A sample packet retails for $2.99.

Next on the list is the Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Vibin. I have mixed feelings about this product. It could just be the shade, but I’m not sure. The color isn’t my favorite, it’s a deep red with brownish hints to it. It seemed to apply just a tad streaky, and took a couple swipes to become opaque. I will say this: it doesn’t budge. You will need a certified liquid lip remover to get this off.
This retails for $20.00.

Next is the mPrincess pressed eyeshadow in the shade Chestnut. Gotta be honest here, I’m typically underwhelmed with this brand. Furthermore, I could carry on with Ipsy bags without this brand. I just don’t feel they offer anything better than their competition. I am never overly impressed or feel the urge to reach for their shadows. Personally, I feel that they lack pigment and blendability.
This retails for $15.45.

Lastly is the Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush. This brand is low-key and doesn’t disappoint! I have loved every brush I’ve received of theirs from Ipsy and will continue to use them. Since this one is a longer brush, it’s a little more “flimsy” so I have to work it a little for blending in the crease. Overall, solid brand with dependable brushes.

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This retails for $12.00.

So that’s this month’s Ipsy bag! Have you found anything worth purchasing later on? Did you receive any of the same products I did? Please share your thoughts in the comments below! I’m always interested to see what others thought/received.

Don’t forget to review and rate your Ipsy products as a way to earn points towards choosing a FREE BONUS item in your next bag!

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