Beauty

Who else is OBSESSED with Amazon? I had to share my most recent Amazon favorites and finds – from stainless steel straws to salon profession curling irons. 

Tell me what your Amazon favorites are by leaving me a comment on the video!

xo 

Lynn

Thanks to genetics, I have mild scalp psoriasis (among a few other skin issues), which is BEYOND frustrating to deal with. Unfortunately there is no cure , but there are ways to manage these issues. Let me say that dry scalp is a little different than having psoriasis or eczema…it’s more mild and usually flares up due to weather changes. But the other two are usually ongoing, but can really flare up at times.

I have tried a million potions, creams, shampoos, conditioners, and prescriptions and unfortunately not a whole lot has worked for me. My scalp psoriasis is like a nagging little bitch that just will not go away! If you suffer from any of these issues, you have probably tried it all too.

While I haven’t cured myself, I have discovered a few ways to keep my scalp psoriasis in check over the last 6 months or so. Yes, it took me 20 freaking YEARS to figure this out!

USE COCONUT OIL

For years, my mom would bathe my scalp in baby oil to make those pesky, disgusting flakes go away. A few years ago, my dermatologist told me that baby oil is actually very drying for people who have scalp psoriasis and that coconut oil would work a lot better. I have been using coconut oil on my scalp ever since, and it truly works. What kind? Make sure it’s unrefined coconut oil – Costco sells a huge tub of this stuff for $20! Make sure that you store it in a cool, dry place. 

Keep in mind that a little goes a very long way. take a teaspoon amount and then from there, take a very small amount, rub it between your fingers, and apply directly to the scalp. Try to avoid getting too much of the oil in your hair. Because it will be a fucking nightmare to wash out! If you’re short on time, leave it on as long as you can, or even better, sleep with the oil on your scalp and then wash your hair in the morning. Not only will your scalp feel amazing, but your hair will also be silky smooth. I recommend doing this at least once a month, or more if you have the time.

EXFOLIATING SHAMPOO

Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo is AH-MAZING! I cannot tell you how many shampoos I’ve gone through. All natural shampoos, homemade shampoos, prescription shampoos, dry scalp shampoos…99% of them do not work for me. As an aside: if you can avoid it, do not use a steroid shampoo (AKA a prescription). While these work, the risks are so not worth it. 

I bought the Briogeo shampoo a few months ago, thinking it was not going to work. Well, it has consistently worked for me and I can’t sign its praises enough. Never have I used a shampoo with exfoliating beads before! The ingredients are pretty cool: charcoal, peppermint, tea tree oil, and coconut oil..among others. I love that when I wash my hair, dryness doesn’t appear 10 minutes after washing (that was a consistent theme for me for years and years). 

Not only does it smell so good, it feels good too! Your scalp and hair will feel so clean, but not stripped.

WASH AT LEAST EVERY OTHER DAY

This one is kind of sad, for me at least. If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you might know that I used to go a VERY LONG TIME without washing my hair…and for awhile, it was okay because my hair was so dry. 

Honestly, I hate(d) the itchy feeling and started washing my hair every other day, and now my hair is accustomed to that pattern. If I go any longer, my hair gets so greasy and extra itchy. It’s just gross. The lazy girl in me hates this, but I also love it because nothing beats feeling clean and fresh. 

LIMIT HEAT STYLING

99% of the time, I let my hair air dry, and then I will use a flat iron or a curling iron. The point is to avoid direct heat on the scalp (blow drying). 

Do you deal with any of these issues? What has helped you?

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have you guys heard about the glass skin trend that has taken over Korea and is now sweeping the US? I LOVE IT. Glass skin describes flawless, poreless looking skin that is the antithesis of caked-on makeup. I tried the trend out and I just love it because skin is in…and this is a look that is very similar to my everyday makeup. 

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Disclaimer: Some of these products are vegan AND cruelty free, but today I am focusing on the cruelty free component of cosmetics. 

What is the difference? VEGAN beauty products are free of any animal products, and CRUELTY FREE means that nothing was tested on animals. 

I am not shocked by how many brands support cruel practices…why? Because in order to sell beauty products in China, you must test on animals…which means more money for a lot of these brands. A LOT MORE. So it’s extra heartwarming to find brands that are not only cruelty free, but not as greedy. 

The biggest bummer for me was saying goodbye to MAC and NARS products. I still have and use their products from awhile back because I’m not just going to waste makeup. I will use it up, and then be done with it. 

Here are some benefits of buying cruelty free beauty products, via Cruelty Free Kitty:

1. ANIMAL TESTING IS CRUELER THAN YOU THINK.

The animals used in experiments are not only confined to small cages and inhumane conditions, but they’re also subjected to tests that are beyond cruel. They’re tortured, maimed, blinded, and even killed. They live a life of suffering and know nothing but fear. You can learn more here.

2. TECHNOLOGY BROUGHT BETTER ALTERNATIVES TO ANIMAL TESTING.

Some companies try to tell us that animal testing serves a purpose: tests are being performed on animals to make sure that ingredients and products are safe enough for humans. The truth is there are alternatives to animal testing for ingredient safety. For example, many companies choose to use in vitro testing, which has many advantages over animal testing. There are also cultured cell tissues as well as computer models.

3. ANIMAL TESTING FOR COSMETICS IS SIMPLY UNNECESSARY.

To formulate their products, companies can choose from a list of over 7,000 ingredients that are already proven to be safe. This just proves that they don’t need to test more ingredients on animals. The only companies that choose to test more ingredients on animals do so because they want to come up with new, innovative ingredients to increase their profits.

4. LABORARY ANIMALS ARE ANIMALS TOO.

According to the law, laboratory animals form a special category of animals and aren’t protected from animal abuse and cruelty. This view is completely unethical and nonsensical. We protect pets from abuse, but laboratory bunnies, mice, dogs, cats, and other animals don’t have the same rights. Lab animals are animals too and should be protected from cruel treatment.

5. CATS AND DOGS ARE BEING USED IN ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS.

This wasn’t a typo. Cats and dogs are commonly used in medical animal experiments. Based on statistics from 2013, 67,772 dogs and 24,221 cats were used in animal testing in the United States alone that year. In terms of dog breeds, a shockingly large number of Beagles are used, because of their docile nature. These animals are treated like laboratory animals and are deprived of the basic rights we allow our pets.

6. YOU CAN VOTE WITH YOUR MONEY.

By supporting cruelty-free companies instead of the ones who choose to test on animals, you’re sending the whole industry a message in the only language they speak: money. They know that they won’t be getting your business unless they stop testing on animals. If enough consumers boycott companies that test on animals, we can truly make a change and influence more companies to go cruelty-free.

Read more HERE.

Vegan products in particular can get a bad rap because they are known for being crunchy, perhaps not as potent or luxurious…which is really sad. However there are so many amazing vegan and cruelty free brands that are just as luxe, strong, and beautiful as those that are not. These are my die-hard go-to brands for cruelty free products:

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia Beverly Hills was one of the first badass makeup brands that I started to use as I made the transition away from purchasing products tested on animals. My absolute must-haves from ABH are the Brow Wiz liner (the most natural looking brow pencil out there) and the contour stick. I use both every single day that I wear makeup. 

2. Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury has become a favorite of mine over the last couple of years. Every time I try a new product from CT, I am BLOWN AWAY. Literally. This has never happened for me with any other beauty line, ever. I am seriously obsessed with every single item available. My most recent purchase was the Flawless Filter. And OMG, you guys, get it now. You won’t regret it. It gives you that Instagram filter without the filter! YASSS! I have never seen a blurring product like it before. The lipsticks are also TDF. I own 3 colors so far – my favorites being Pillow Talk and Kim K.

3. Ouai

If there’s one line of hair care products that has it all, it’s Ouai. THEY SMELL SO GOOD! The hairspray pictured above smells like Hawaii. It’s just bliss. 

4. Cover FX

Cover FX has been around for awhile, and I am a fan of their face products. Their blushes and foundations are AH-MAZING. My favorite product from Cover FX is the Custom Enhancing Drops in Moonlight, which is a liquid highlight which goes a very long way. Sometimes I’ll mix it in with my foundation for an all over glow (you only need the tiniest drop), and during the summer I love to mix it with lotion for a healthy looking GLOW. 

5. Le Labo

This is the first fragrance I’ve found that is cruelty free. Hallelujah! If you haven’t given the Le Labo line a whirl, you have to. Please try their scents. I promise you won’t be disappointed. My favorite fragrance is Santal 33 (I’m obsessed), and the Santal 26 candle is the best candle I have ever smelled. This coming from a candle lady. 

6. Herbivore Botanicals

Not only is their packing totally Instagram worthy, their products are so good. And so different too. My favorite is the Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist – I spray it on morning and night before applying my serums and creams. It smells so good, and it gives your skin a boost of hydration. 

7. 100 Percent Pure

Everything about this brand is incredible. Love that they are based in my neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area too. 100 Percent Pure uses fruit pigments to color their products – how freaking cool is that? The quality of their makeup is SO GOOD. Their eyeshadows are buttery, matte liptstick is the perfect consistency, and my favorite, the liquid liner is black. I mean really black. And it took a lot of scrubbing to remove it. It’s that good. 

So there ya have it. Please tell me if you use any cruelty free/vegan brands that you’re loving!

xo, Lynn

PINK HAIR. It’s something I have dreamed about since I was probably 5 years old. And then when my Spice Girls obsession started around age 10, I NEEDED to have those dip-dyed locks that Baby Spice had. Do you remember?! So I dyed the ends of my hair purple. Pretty sure I looked more grunge than cutes-y Baby Spice. Oh well. I never played around with color like I did then again, until I saw this bottle of Kristin Ess’ Rose Gold Spray. It’s temporary and $12. SOLD. 

The spray color is a temporary tint that you can spray on wet or dry hair, then rinse out and dry.  According to Kristin Ess, “I’m always looking for ways to play with pastel tones in the hair. This is the first ever in-shower watercolor that creates a temporary tone when sprayed on wet hair and then rinsed out. The intensity is up to you. When you spray it on damp, towel-dried hair it will soak up more color and last longer. If you spray it on wet hair it will give you a more subtle tone and will rinse out faster. The pink tone is most visible on pre-lightened/highlighted or blonde hair and washes out in 1-3 shampoos depending on the porosity of your hair.”

My experience: I washed my hair just with shampoo and water, then towel dried my hair. I strategically sprayed the tint over my balyaged pieces as I knew that the color would not pick up on my natural, medium brown hair. PSA: this will NOT work on brunettes. I would consider my hair to be BRONDE as I have several lightened blayaged pieces. I focused on spraying the color at the mid shaft to the ends of my hair, and rubbed it in. I realized that it wasn’t bold enough for me the first time, so I washed and conditioned as the instructions say to do, and then I repeated the process. The second time, I focused on applying the color to the front pieces of my lightened hair and I VERY lightly rinsed it so that the color stayed pretty bold. Worked like a charm! 

Ok, so what are the pros and cons?

Pros:  

+ It is temporary, so there’s really no going wrong.  It’s incredibly easy to apply and there’s little room for error. This isn’t like taking a bottle of black hair dye as a blonde and permanently making your hair one color. It truly does wash out completely after 3 washes, in my experience.

+ It smells so good.  The spray is light and floral, love it.

+ Living out your childhood dream of being a badass!

Cons:

+ Sorry brunettes, but this won’t work for you unless you have pre-lightened pieces in your hair.

+ It is MESSY. I recommend applying it in the shower. The floor of my shower was HOT PINK and it looked like I murdered a peep. But it was easy to clean. Just be prepared!

The outcome:

Have you tried this spray? Would you try it? Let me know in the comments!

xo, Lynn

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