Beauty Buy: Orofluido Hair Elixir

Orofluido

Do you have favorite hair products you can’t live without? I certainly do. I’d like to think my haircare routine is pretty simple: a trusty shampoo, conditioner, some volumizing mousse when I’m styling my hair, some hairspray to set everything….and this Orofluido hair elixir.

With my fine/thin and extremely straight hair I really don’t deal with the problem of frizz. I DO deal with the problem of products weighing my hair down and making it look greasy though! I am always careful when it comes to products, and a lot of time I have to shy away from all those wonderful oils everyone raves about for their hair because it simply makes mine look like a weighed down, greasy mess!

Luckily, I found Orofluido. This elixir is a combination of Argan oil, linseed oil, and cyperus oil, which must be some sort of magic combination, because it leaves my hair looking absolutely beautiful, smooth, and shiny…without being greasy. Apparently the Argan oil strengthens hair, the linseed oil seals and smooths the hair cuticles, and the cyperus oil protects against free radicals while also creating softness and volume.

Orofluido

The process of applying my Orofluido is simple: I pour a pea sized drop into my hand and smooth it into the ends of my hair when it is still damp after I shower. I try to focus mostly on the ends of my hair and then work my way up if necessary. You don’t need much Orofluido to see a difference: with the very first use I found myself running my hands through my hair after I dried it…noticing how much softer it felt (and how shiny it looked too)!

I used to be able to pick up a bottle of Orofluido at ULTA, but it looks like it is no longer carried there! It just so happens that I’ve spotted some at T.J. Maxx recently by chance. However, if you’re searching for a bottle for yourself, make sure you check out Amazon!

What are your favorite beauty products for your hair?

Beauty Find: Radha Argan Oil


Radha Argan Oil

Chances are you’ve heard about argan oil over the past year or so. I know it has been popping up in beauty products everywhere, and with good reason. It is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree, which grows in Morocco. It has become popular in beauty products because it is moisturizing and nourishing.

The fact that you can use argan oil for more than one beauty situation is definitely one of the reasons I enjoy it. I was lucky enough to receive a sample of Radha’s cold pressed Argan Oil to try out for myself, and I’ve been quite happy so far!

So – what do you use argan oil for? First, you can use it as a hair treatment. Some people like to smooth a few drops of oil on their hair before drying it, but if you have fine or thin hair like I do, I suggest using it as a pre-wash treatment only, since it would weigh my hair down too much. But it goes beyond use on your hair. Have you thought about using it as a cuticle treatment? I have been experiencing dry cuticles recently…which leads to hangnails…and I am never a fan of that. I’ve been in the habit of dabbing a few drops of Radha Argan Oil on my cuticles before my at-home manicures and pedicures each week, and it really does the trick!

I really like the dropper style applicator that came with the Radha Argan Oil as well. I am notorious for pouring out too much product when the spout is large, but the dropper allows me to get just the right amount. Whew! It’s the little things that count, my friends. One other note: the argan oil is unscented, which is a great feature. Sometimes you just want things to be subtle!

Radha Argan Oil and Coconut Oil

I also picked up a bottle of Rahda’s Fractionated Coconut Oil. I am a regular user of coconut oil in my cooking, have used it in homemade sugar scrubs, and have been hearing about all of the other fabulous beauty uses for it. I love that you can use it as-is as a moisturizer, or even add a few drops of other essential oils to it to create a fantastic scent. A few drops in the bathtub…heavenly! If you want to purchase some of Radha’s products yourself, you can find them on Amazon!

Do you use argan oil or coconut oil in your beauty routine? What are your favorite ways to utilize it?

***I was provided with a sample of Radha Argan Oil and Coconut Oil for review, but opinions are my own.***

My 5 Minute Face Routine

5 minute face makeup products

Do you have a 5 minute face routine to get you put together and out of the house in a snap?

Admittedly, I didn’t have one for the longest time. The process of putting on makeup could be a long and drawn out process. I sometimes chalk this up to being in my early/mid-twenties, or maybe it was just because I didn’t have the right products in my arsenal at the time. Whatever the true reason may be, I now have a set of makeup products that I can apply in a snap for a quick 5 minute face.

5 minute face makeup

So: what are the products?

To start: Urban Decay’s Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion – $31. It gives my skin a matte finish and is not heavy at all. I apply a pea sized amount to my face before applying foundation, but you could also just mix a bit of it with moisturizer and apply if you don’t wish to wear foundation.

Next: foundation. I currently opt for L’Oreal’s Magic Nude Liquid Powder. It usually costs me around $11 at Target – if you check coupons in your newspaper there is usually a $2 off coupon circulating once a month that you can pick up. This foundation is incredibly thin: almost watery in consistency. For me this is perfect, as I typically am looking for a light coverage just to give myself an even skin tone. However, you can build thicker coverage with it if desired.

The third step: finishing powder. I currently use NYX Studio Finishing Powder in Translucent – $9.99. I am a big fan of loose powder applied with a fluffy powder brush to set everything in place. I used to use a tinted loose powder, but learned that in Florida with our humid weather, the color was more likely to “melt” off my face throughout the day. The translucent powder doesn’t do that since it’s clear! Again, it is something that allows me a natural look and doesn’t feel like I have a lot of makeup caked onto my face.

Finally – setting spray! I am obsessed with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – $30. This little mister bottle is magic, I tell you! This amazing product sets your makeup in place and keeps it there without allowing it to settle into lines. I’ve been hooked on it for a few years now: just a quick little mist to set everything into place and I’m good to go!

So: there you have it! A few quick products that give me a 5 minute face. To be honest, 5 minutes might be on the generous side of timing, as I can probably apply the entire set in 2 or 3. If I have an extra minute or two on my hands, I swipe on a few brushes of mascara onto my lashes and fill in my eyebrows with powder and an angled brush (my personal favorite: Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Duo Brow Powder – $23. It has a lighter and a darker hue, so you can use the lighter color for daytime, darker for night).

Which products do you use for your 5 minute face routine?

Julep Nail Polish – Sawyer

It’s been a little while since I purchased a nail polish. To be honest, I think my collection built itself up quite a bit and I just needed a bit of a break. I was going strong with my summer nail colors for quite some time, but now that we are firmly in the middle of November, I feel as though it is time to break out some of the darker nail polishes. When I saw the new offerings for my Julep Maven account for November, I knew that the Julep nail polish in Sawyer had to be mine (as well as Joanne, the other polish included in the set!

Julep Nail Polish - Sawyer and Joanne

Sawyer is a metallic chrome polish with a copper hue. I like that the copper is quite subtle; it reads a bit more brown with hints of copper throughout. I even think there are hints of purple involved. The color looked fabulous on both my hands and toes.

Julep Nail Polish - Sawyer

I have to say I was impressed with the long lasting wear of this particular shade. I painted my nails with a base coat, two coats of Sawyer, and a top coat. It lasted more than a week before any signs of wear began to appear. I actually ended up opting to remove it myself before any chips happened just because I wanted to switch it up and wear a new shade of nail polish. I also happened to get quite a few compliments/inquiries on what shade/brand of polish I was wearing, so I always take that as a positive. I can’t wait to wear this shade again. I think I’ll be seeing a lot of it on my hands throughout this winter season.

In case you aren’t familiar with Julep Maven, it is a monthly subscription program for nail polish, and more recently they added beauty products as well. Each month features a new collection of polishes, and you can select the style that fits you best. This November, my subscription box contained these two nail polishes, as well as a volumizing mascara. You’re allowed to skip a month (or as many as you like) and you won’t be charged, so that is always a plus!

Have you transitioned to fall and winter colors for your nail polish? Any favorite colors/brands?