Hello, friends! It is a busy time of year for many people – school is ending, there are graduations and birthdays, and the warmer weather is always a reason to celebrate! But in all this hustle and bustle, it’s important to remember to find time to care for yourself, too. I am a firm believer in making time to pamper yourself, even if it’s only a few minutes each day or a couple hours each week, we need this time to ourselves to relax and renew.
It’s so easy these days to get caught up in all of our daily tasks, or in constantly checking our phones or tablets to keep up with facebook, twitter, or our blogs. Which is why I decided to share with you some of my latest favorite beauty products that I use to pamper myself or as an inexpensive treat!
1. Coconut oil – the obvious first on my list – is my latest obsession.
I am sure you have all been hearing about the many glorious uses of coconut oil for your diet, hair, skin, lips – everything! I will admit that I was skeptical at first, but after seeing countless pins on Pinterest and doing a little research, I decided to give it a try. I bought a large jar at a local health foods store and decided to keep a smaller portion in this jar which I keep in my bathroom and use for my hair and skin (because, frankly, it just grossed me out to think of using the same jar for cooking and hair/body, right?!).
My favorite use for coconut oil has got to be as a hair treatment, which I usually do once a week or every other week. I start by taking a small amount in my hands and rubbing them together until the oil is melted (it’s solid at room temp. but it’s melting point is somewhere in the 70’s F, I think). Next, I massage it into my hair from roots to tips, making sure my hair is thoroughly coated. Then I simply pin my hair back (to keep from getting oil all over the place) and leave it in for 30 minutes to an hour – depending on how much time I have – and then wash it out in the shower with shampoo. I usually have to shampoo twice to make sure all the oil is rinsed from my hair, but after my shower, my hair is magnificent! Yes, I said magnificent, because it is; it is amazingly soft and light and thick and healthy! In fact, my hair has never been healthier – if you haven’t tried coconut oil yet, try it!
2. My next favorite beauty product that I have been absolutely in love with is American Eagle’s Bohemian perfume.
I actually discovered this perfume several months ago when I was on the hunt for a new scent. It has top notes of citrus and floral middle notes that make it bright and fresh, but also a slight musk in the base notes that add depth and warmth – it smells amazing! In fact, the first little roll-on bottle I purchased, I used up in less than a month – I have never gone through a perfume so quickly in my life! I have since purchased a full size bottle of the perfume and, just recently, another roll-on for traveling and just because I love it that much! Plus, the bottle is so pretty, right?? ;)
3. The last product on my list of recent favorites is the cherry flavored Baby Lips lip balm by Maybelline.
This was actually a gift from a friend who decided she didn’t like the cherry shade on her skin tone so she passed it on to me, but I am now in love with it! I am not much of a fan of lipstick – I just don’t like how it looks on my lips – but I always, always carry chapstick on me and I usually have several lip balms floating around in my purse. Baby Lips is easily my newest favorite! I like to layer it over my Burt’s Bees chapstick (which I never go anywhere without) to add a hint of color and a bit of gloss, but it works just as well on its own. I like the cherry flavor (which helps tone down the heavy mint of my Burt’s Bees) and I love that I can put a little on for a subtle hint of pinkish red or layer on a lot more if I want the red to really show!
So there you have it, my favorite beauty products that I have pretty much been devouring lately. I love how pampered I feel – and how amazing my hair looks and feels – after doing a coconut oil hair treatment and the Bohemian perfume and Baby Lips lip balm are everyday treats that make me feel – and smell! – like a million bucks (for a lot less money)! What new products have you been really into lately??
Thanks for reading :)