DIY Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

Do It Yourself

The winter is sucking the moisture out of my entire body. My hair, skin and lips are showing the evidence of the loss of moisture. My body has been soaking in lotions since I first began noticing my skin. As my chapstick began to work shorter and shorter amounts of time I thought I should seek out other options to keeping my lips soft and hydrated! Exfoilating was my next line of defense according to my research. Why not try a Do It Yourself method?

I felt like I had tried everything. Chapstick is everywhere I go. I keep it in my purse, at work, my makeup bag, and on my nightstand. I even tried carmex and drinking more water; to no avail. Then, came the research. Exfoliating isn’t my first go to when my lips are dry. I never thought it would help hydration. But, I was dead wrong. I knew it made my skin feel soft. However, I didn’t know why. I now know that when you exfoliate the top layer of your skin is removed. Once, you have removed that layer of skin your body can absorb the moisturizer into the skin. If you’re removing that top layer your skin will stay hydrated longer!

In my research, I found several different recipes on how to make your own lip scrub. Did you know that whats put on your skin is absorbs into your bloodstream? When thinking about that DIY lip scrub was the only was to go. I love to try out at home remedies for things such as this. I thought I’d give this a go!

Do It Yourself
DIY Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

The recipe I found:

1 Tablespoon White Sugar
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Honey

Honey:

Honey is full of nutrients that nourish, cleanse and hydrate the skin. It is said that honey is one of the oldest known wound dressings and burns. Raw Honey is phenomenal topically because of its antioxidants, enzymes, and antibacterial properties. It is extremely moisturizing and soothing.

Sugar:

Brown Sugar is also has the ability to fight bacteria that may be present on the skin. It helps to keep your skin vivacious and healthy. It helps to improve sun damage and supports anti-aging skin. It deposits moisture into your skin. Brown sugar helps keep moisture in the skin longer. The sugar particles are smaller to prevent damage from exfoliating. Often, exfoiliants can leave tiny cuts on your lips and skin causing more damage in the long run. The grains of sugar are smaller and gentler. Sugar for face and lip scrubs are ideal for sensitive skin.

Brown Sugar scrubs have been surfacing on the internet long before the creation of pinterest. I’ve seen millions of different recipes and uses for Brown Sugar. As it turns out there are a lot of benefits that come with using it as an exfoiliant. This taste combo is one of them.

It’s our natural reaction to lick our lips. Even if we know that what’s on our lips tastes bad we will still lick them to get it off. I have exfoliated my lips and thought I got all the product off and it still taste of the chemicals in the exfoliater. Once, I had exfoliated my lips I wiped off the remaining product. Hints of the honey and sugar were left on my lips. I wasn’t even mad.

Mixing and Application:

1 Tablespoon White Sugar
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Honey

Do It Yourself
DIY Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

This made A LOT of exfoliater! I’d recommend cutting down the recipe to Teaspoons, maybe even less. You use so little of the product. I had a lot go to waste.

It’s as simple as mixing the items together! I poured the sugar into the honey and mixed it together. Mix until there is not more dry sugar and honey begins to create a paste like substance. Ready to Use!

Do It Yourself
DIY Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

I wet my lips and dipped out a small amount of the exfoliant. I rubbed gently onto my lips until the sugar seem to disappear. I wiped away what was left rinsed my lips and applied once more the exact same way. The second time I let the mix sit on my lips for about 30 seconds after I had massaged it into my lips. Then, I rinsed away the product. I applied chapstick to my lips to allow a bit more moisture. My lips are so chapped and dry right now, y’all! I was desperate.


Two days after the initial application my lips are still feeling pretty soft. I haven’t had to apply chapstick as often as normal. My normal nightly routine includes putting chapstick on my lips before bed. I still applied chapstick each night before falling asleep. I can tell a drastic difference in my lips since the first time I did this. It is safe to exfoliate your lips about twice a week. Once a week should keep your lips soft in normal weather conditions. Right now this winter is killing me. I’ll be doing this twice a week until I can tell the winter air has stopped sucking away the moisture.

XO, Lynlee *

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10 Products Under $10.00

Makeup Products

Makeup Products a tricky thing, ya know? It’s hard for me sometimes to spend money on makeup. Even if it is “cheap” makeup, sometimes I think I am not spending $XX.XX on that! What if I don’t like that!? Then again, depending on my mood, other times I’m like heck yeah! $XX.XX! That’s a great deal. I do love trying new makeup. I love seeing how it lasts on my face and how it wears. I’ve compiled you guys a list of 10 Products under $10.00. This is an entire face of makeup for $50(ish)!!


10 Makeup Products Under $10.00!

1. Primer:
Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime – $7.19

10 under $10Application

You all know Nivea Post Shave Balm is my ride or die, tried and true makeup primer. It does all I need it to and more. BUT, for you all, I tried something new. I’ve actually been eyeing this primer for a while. I have watched several youtube beauty gals try the Master Conceal and loved it.  No one seems to be trying the primer. I love it. It feels so smooth on the skin and has a bit of a silicone feel. In my experience, silicone primers hold my foundation on the best when my face is extra oily.  The Blur + Illuminate (the pink) has 30 SPF in it. Don’t make me explain how important sunscreen for your face is!

Why Should I use a Primer?

Primer is very important. It preps your skin and smooths smooths out your skin. Many foundations have moisturizers in them to help keep your skin hydrated throughout the whole day. Also, sunscreen in a huge plus. This specific primer has sunscreen in it to protect your skin from damage. We often don’t think about our skin getting damaged from the sun if we’re not spending lots of time in the sun but driving, walking outside, even being by a window can expose you to sun damage. Primer also keeps your foundation on, helps make your foundation apply easier, and prevents separation on your skin. It takes no extra time. okay, like 4 seconds.
Application: Apply first. Small amount on tips of fingers apply all over face. Proceed with makeup routine.

2. Foundation:
Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation– $4.99

10 under $10I have tried lots of foundations because I rarely buy the same one twice unless I LOVE it. This foundation though… I have repurchased and repurchased. It is a little thick on the skin. It doesn’t feel thick; it’s very comfortable to wear. It’s definitely full coverage too. I like to feel like I don’t really have makeup on! This foundation does that for me.

My face it’s normal to dry. This specific foundation doesn’t make my skin look dry. It keeps a dewy look. Let me explain since the title of the foundation is Stay Matte.. it doesn’t get oily/ super shiny looking. It is a healthy, hydrated look. If you don’t like the dewy finish, simply setting your foundation with powder will mattify the finish. The Stay Matte Foundation doesn’t have sunscreen in it but, with the Master Prime we applied previously we are getting SPF from that. This foundation is under $5.00. In my opinion, your not going to find a better foundation for the price.

Why Should I use Foundation:

Depending on the amount of coverage you feel like you need, foundation will cover your blemishes and even out your skin color. If you’re like me my cheeks have a lot of redness, foundation covers, corrects, and “fades” out that redness to give me a neutral base to contour, apply bronzer and blushes without accentuating my redness.  Honestly, I don’t love thick foundation. I like thin, medium coverage foundation. UNLESS, my face is breaking out, my under eyes are dark, or I’m wearing a bold look. I’m often a BB Cream Gal. Lately, I have been using this foundation and I do L-O-V-E it. Even though it goes against everything I like.

Application
: Use a damp beauty sponge. It seems to make this foundation less dense. Starting in my T – Zone I blend out toward my hairline and jawline. If you don’t get full coverage in your T-Zone its not serious because you go over that with concealer.
Note: If your eye shadow has a lot of fall out I would wait to apply foundation until after you have done your shadow. If you do choose to skip this step place it in after you have primed your eyes and applied your shadow. once that is complete, start with your foundation and work through the products for your face. Come back at the end to line your eyes and apply mascara.

3. Concealer:
Maybelline New York Super Stay Better Skin Concealer + Corrector – $7.82

10 under $10

I really prefer certain concealers. You could say I’m a makeup snob. I like the coverage, consistency, and longevity of many of the luxury concealers I have used. 1. they don’t fit in the under $10. 2. This concealer is pretty killer. The consistency of this concealer is very wearable. It’s not too thick but offers GREAT coverage. The wear factor is very nice and comfortable. It doesn’t sit uncomfortably on my skin. This concealer feels very moisturizing under my eyes and doesn’t separate between my brows. Whether I bake my under eyes or just set them, this concealer still feels so nice on! It also works fabulously as a shadow primer.

Why should I use Concealer:

Concealer is something I’ll use sometimes instead of using Foundation all over my face. If I’m rushing and don’t want to put on a full face of makeup concealer is a great grab and go. It brightens your under eyes. Concealer will also hide dark circles and even out coloring. If you choose a shade slightly lighter than your foundation you can use it to accentuate your nose, chin and under eyes.

Application: I always use a damp beauty sponge to blend out my concealer. It helps with blendability and uniformity of your makeup even though your foundation and concealer are different colors. I apply to my undereyes, the bridge of my nose, between my eyebrows, and my chin. Simply blend out into my foundation. I use concealer to prime my eyes as well. Instead of using a shadow primer, concealer is a great primer to use. If you don’t prime your eyes.. you should try it.

4. Shadow: Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette – $8.98

10 under $10
After you have primed your eyelids, start with this shadow. This is a great nude palette. It blends nicely without looking muddy (too blended and looking all the same color) With a primer you can really make the colors of this palette stand out. I think I primer is almost undebatable when using drugstore shadows. If you see your shadow creasing in your eyes or not lasting al day, primer is needed. I use this palette fairly regularly. It has plenty of shadow colors and finish options. I find that a lot of palettes I look at at the drug store have all shimmers. Not everyone (or every age, I’m sorry) can wear shimmers. It is good to have some matte shades to balance out a look. This palette has all those options.

Why Should I use Eyeshadow:

Eyeshadow carves out your eyes and accentuates your eye shape while adding color and pop to your makeup look.

5. Blush: Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush – Mellow Wine– $2.93

10 under $10

This Line of blushes (for the price) is to die for. I love these shades. I first tried out mellow wine. It’s a light bronze coral. This is pretty complimentary of my skin color. There are 5 different shades. I see myself getting them all before its all said and done. The 2017 blush trend is very bold and exaggerated. ( very 80s ) There are a few that I have my eye on Like this one and this one and yes, even this one. I love a bold cheek with barely there eyes. In my opinion these blushes are buildable. A little goes a long way. The first time I used the Mellow Wine shade I was a little heavy handed. These blushes are smooth and highly pigmented. They last all day and don’t move on my face.

Why Should I use Blush:

Blush adds color to your face that would naturally be there from the rosiness of your cheeks. It gives life to your makeup and brightens up your face. Too much blush could make you look like you’re living in the 80s but, 2017 bold blush is making a comeback!

6. Bronzer: e.l.f. Bronzer Palette – $6.00

10 under $10

There’s a lot of Bronzers I love. I chose this one for the longevity of the product, obviously the price and then one more reason. I use more than 10 products on my face but I wanted you to have all your needs (only 10 and all under $10.00) This palette in particular is multpurpose. There’s a wonderful array of shades in this SIX DOLLAR palette. The powder is smooth. It’s not gritty or patchy. There’s also 2 shimmers and 2 mattes. This doesn’t move on my face and it does the job. I love the shimmer bronzers because they kind of double as a bronzing highlight.

Why should I use Bronzer:

Your foundation and concealer has completely removed all of your color. Therefore, your face looks “flat” by using bronzer you’re adding natural color and life to your face. Bronzer helps carve out your face and give you a more 3D look. It helps give your face shape. Adding a bronzing highlight will bring a little attention to those areas such as your cheek bones.

Application:
I apply the bronzer (lightly) to directly under my cheek bones below my blush. You can always add more bronzer but you don’t want to look too bronzed. if you contour instead of bronze… heres a good palette for under $10.00..
I use my contour color in the same place as I would my bronzer but also on the sides of my nose and in my hairline.

7. Lip Color: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lipstick – $4.28
10 under $10

I have had this specific color ( Cherry Bomb ) for a while. It’s even been bought it multiple times. I love the Mega Last Lipstick. It’s a super matte, long lasting lipstick. It doesn’t bleed or stain my lips like some drug store brands I’ve used and this lipstick doesn’t stain my lips. It is slightly drying so I always moisturize my lips before using it and put on chapstick before I apply it. I love it however, you kind of have to work with applying it when you’ve had it a while because the formula drags a bit on the lips. Right after purchase, its glorious and applies great!

Why Should I use Lipstick:

Lipstick helps frame out your face in a sense. It finishes out the look. Lipstick makes you feel pretty.

8. Brows: Wet n Wild Color Icon Brow Pencil – $4.61 ($1.99)

10 under $10

Oh, eyebrows. For a long while I avoided the trend. I didn’t want to be on the bandwagon. Then, I jumped on it and I jumped on it with full force. I love this brow pencil. I like that its a true pencil and must be sharpened. This brow pencil gives you the best of both worlds. You can make your brows feathery toward the middle and fill them in nicely as the pencil begins to dull. This specific formula isn’t waxy. It goes on super smooth and doesn’t drag or get patchy. I bought it for $1.99 at walmart but on their website it says its $4.61. weird.

Why should I fill in my eyebrows:

This is a subject I’m dying to speak about. I think I’ll even post about it. Eyebrows, like I said about lipstick, really does complete your look. It frames out your face and gives you more definition to your face. It gives you a nice transition into your forehead. Also, in photographs your makeup looks completed with your eyebrows filled in.

9. Liner: CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Self-Sharpening Eye Pencil – $4.94

10 Products under $10

I have used this liner for a long, long time. Although, it is about $5.00 if you love lash blast mascara you can get them together fairly frequently. I love this eyeliner because it glides on smoothly and smudges out nicely. It doesn’t irritate my eyes if I apply it to my water line. It lasts nicely and I can make it look blended and smoked out instead of harsh and dark. This is great for your lower lash line. If you want a more sharp distinct liner for your upper lash line this isn’t the liner for that.

Why should I use Eyeliner:

Using liner is tricky. Eyeliner can and should open up and define your eyes. I say IT’s tricky because if too much is used your actually working against yourself by making your eye looked more closed and less defined. You are going for a defined look not black holes. 🙂 I like a blended out look without a defined line on the lower lash line. On my upper lash line I want dramatic, sharp liner.

: I apply from outer corner to about halfway to my inner corner and blend out with the tip. I apply in my water line to define my eyes and make more of a statement.

10. Mascara: Maybelline New York Great Lash BIG Washable Mascara – $4.44

10 Products under $10

This is a mascara I find myself going back to often. I love L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black for dramatic bold lashes. But this is great to just toss in your purse and give you natural looking lashes. I love this mascara because it makes my lashes longer without making them super clumpy. That means no spider lashes here. It’s great to lift your lashes and open up your eyes. It comes off so easily but stays on all day without flaking.
These are all products close to my heart. Saving money is a perk, always! It’s even better if you’re saving money and the products are worth it! I think it’s a great feeling when you can find a cheap product that does the work of the higher product! It’s not always doable and rarely reasonable to spend between $20-$50 on one makeup item much less have a whole collection of high end makeup. I can justify spending money on makeup sometimes and other times I want the cheaper option. Some say you get what you pay for and I agree with that to some extent but with these products you’re getting more than you pay for! Let me know if you try these product out or what your favorites are under $10!

XO, Lynlee

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White After Labor Day

Labor Day

When in doubt, Pinterest, right? Right. I wanted to find a cute outfit with my white skinnies. I needed to seek a bit of inspiration. No white after Labor Day was proving to be a mental block for me. I mean, there are a few rules even the most daring in fashion are cautious to break. I.e. Navy and Black, white after labor day.. But, for some reason, it intrigued me and I wanted a go at it! I did a little pinterest inspiration search. I saw several pins that were wearing white white in the winter; They’re breaking the rule. That being said, I too must break the rule!

White after Labor Day

While I was putting this outfit together, I wanted to be cautious of one thing in particular. Since white after labor day is against the fashion rules. White is most often a summer color, I didn’t want my outfit to be to “Summery”. As I get more comfortable in the white pant movement I’ll become more adventurous! But, for now, I decided on a cozy look for this chilly day.

Sweater

I decided on this sweater from JC Penney. JC Penney is great for simple good quality basics that are cheap. You know I love a good deal! This sweater was a choice pick for me because it doesn’t have a band at the bottom of it. I find bands cause sweaters to be kind of poofy if they ride up. Sometimes I want a band at the bottom; sometimes I don’t.  This sweater hangs nicely on the body. I like the fact that it’s long enough to cover my booty if I want to wear it with leggings.It’s also spit on the sides so its not tight around my legs.

My Sweater | One Like Mine | Another Similar One

“Pro” Tip: (I’m a self proclaimed pro.) JC Penney & Old Navy have my heart when it comes to lightweight, comfy Sweaters. I love basics because you have versatility. I was able to dress up this sweater with just fine details! It could just as easily be dressed down. Trade these jeans for leggings and my cheetah booties for flat boots.

Pants

My sister is the white pants QUEEN, y’all! Everything that she picks up she says oh this would be cute with white pants. Okay, Little Sister. I’m normally not a white pants gal. The very first time I wore these pants I sat in chocolate! You can imagine what that looked like. I’m like a child, really. I just grin and bare it; and be extremely cautious! I love these white jeans! They are so comfy. They have just enough stretched that I haven’t torn any of the holes more. There’s enough spandex I can move and breathe, most importantly. Plus, in the wise words of my sister, they go with everything. Distressed denim really fits my personality more than clean, perfect white pants. I just love these, okay?

| A Personal FaveWhite Distressed Denim |

Details.

A lot of styling an outfit comes together in the details. You can have the most simple outfit but if you add some details you have miraculous transformed your entire outfit! I love a statement necklace and a scarf together. I just wore a simple infinity scarf and bold necklace. Even if you can’t always see the necklace sometimes you can and its always there. It’s a tiny bit of extra that can make a simple outfit cute! Come on, its barely even any effort. Changing the necklace into something less bold easily changes up the entire outfit and makes it more relaxed!

Necklaces:  Forever 21 | Walmart | Walmart | Walmart |

Scarf: Target | Tote: Target

Breaking fashion barriers can be scary but also so liberating! Breaking the “rules” and trying to things it’s a great way to get out of the box. I love styling things a new way and giving new twists to common items in my closet. Looking at my closet in a new light helps push me to be more creative and look for things in a different light!! I hope you give something new a try and look at this from a different light!

XO, Lynlee

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Wet N Wild Liquid Lipstick Review

Liquid Lipstick

Wet N Wild Mega Last Liquid Lipstick has been all the rage on the internet for a few months now. I first heard about their new products through one of my favorite youtubers, Kathleen Lights. She was testing out their foundation in that specific video. I did a little research and found Wet N Wild had launched several new products. Honestly, I’ll try anything Kathleen Lights recommends. The Wet N Wild Products struck me because they’re cheap and several other youtubers gave them high recommendations. I love Liquid Lipsticks so I have been searching for these products everywhere!

Why I love Liquid Lipsticks:

I have been STALKING Walgreens since I found out about these liquid lipsticks. If you haven’t tried out liquid lipsticks, you should. I am too lazy to continuously reline and apply lipstick over and over throughout the day. The longevity of Liquid Lipsticks is what keeps me coming back for more! I don’t have to be too cautious when I eat or drink. They don’t bleed around my lips. I love a matte lip. I know glosses are coming back in style, that and everything else from the 90s. I’m still on the matte lip train. Matte lips so beautiful with a bold eye! Even when I wear a simple makeup look I still love a matte lip.

Liquid Lipstick
Wet N Wild MegaLast Liquid Lipstick
Describe:

The formula so nice! It’s super easy to apply. The consistency is thin so it doesn’t pull or drag when you’re applying. It applies like a lip gloss but dries down to a matte finish. The MegaLast Liquid Lipsticks give very vivid color. They’re nicely pigmented and offer great coverage! It doesn’t dry down completely but it’s not tacky enough to be uncomfortable.

Why I love Wet N Wild Liquid Lipstick:
Easy to Get:

The reason Wet N’ Wild’s new lip crazy grabbed my attention is because I can grab them at the drugstore. They don’t have to be ordered or waited on like my other favorite liquid lippy. I eagerly await anything ordered online. That’s the downfall of online shopping. I love being able to buy something and immediately be able to put it to use. Wet N Wild Mega Last, I can do that! If I need a certain color to make a look great I don’t have to settle for another less great lip formula to complete my look. I can just stop in the drugstore and grab the color I need.

Price:

The price IS unbeatable! I purchased these at Walgreens for $3.99. I’ve never seen a liquid lipstick cheaper then that! They are phenomenal for the price. You know I love a good deal. These are the epitome of a great deal. For the price, you won’t get anything better.

Longevity:
Liquid Lipstick
Wet N Wild MegaLast Catsuit Matte Lipstick

I did a little test. One day at the salon I swatched the lipsticks on my hand. I washed 3 heads of hair and washed my hands several times. By 6:00 that night they were still on my hand as if I had just applied them. These liquid lipsticks even lasted through a shower. I didn’t scrub them to try to get them off, nonetheless the stayed.

Wearability:

They felt very nice on my lips. They weren’t uncomfortable to wear like some liquid lipsticks I have tried. Liquid Lipsticks are not known for their moisturizing abilities. This lipstick is no different. I didn’t feel as though my lips were dry like the Sahara Desert but they weren’t feeling like they’d just been exfoliated and had a moisture treatment. Mega Last didn’t cause my lips to dry or flake nor did they feel dry or flaky once I removed them after wearing them.

Shades:

I purchases four shades. The colors I grabbed went from one extreme to the other. Initially, I was looking for a good nude lip but there were too many choices. The color choices they offer is wide range. I believe there are 13 shades. Wet N Wild provides such great options. There are colors available for the makeup girls who error on the side of caution or the girls who pick lip color with reckless abandonment. I love them all. It was really hard for me to pick.

My Picks:

I couldn’t pass up Video Vixen; A deep burgundy that is so fun in the winter months. This color makes any look more dramatic. I love dark lip colors. I couldn’t say no! Berry Recognize was a great balance of “dark” meets bright. It’s not too bright for my taste but still has a darker twist on your typical berry lip colors. Coral Corruption may, shockingly, be my favorite. It’s such a bright fun color. I tend to stray away from bright colors for some reason. This color on is so beautiful and lively. Last, but not least, Nudie Patootie. What I was actually searching for. A true nude lip color is hard to find. I love this color. Nudes are so good for everyday. Wet N Wild killed it on this nude lip! I’m dying over all these colors.

Wet N Wild has made a heavy comeback. They’ve mastered the art of Liquid Lipsticks! Of all their new products I’ve tried this is one of my favorites. I’m reviewing their other products to do a review soon. Stay Tuned for that! Try them out and let me know what you think! Which are your favorites!?

XO, Lynlee*

Disclaimer: I am not a model. 😉

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8 Hair Products I can’t Live Without

Hair Routine

To Wash or not to Wash..? Question I’m asking myself on. a. daily. basis. My hair routine is always compiled of Hair Products I (currently) can’t live without. These products give me great style while helping me maintain the health of my hair. We put so much heat and stress on our hair, products can protect or help mend damage we have caused. Hair as a rule of thumb is something I’m passionate about. I have invested lots of time and money into the passion I have been calling my career for almost 7 years now. Being a hairstylist I have the ability to try new products as soon as they come available. My routine changes often but rarely very drastically. 

My hair:

Color : Dark Brown- Mostly my natural Color
Texture : Medium / Wavy
Density : Normal
Length : Medium
Primary Hair Concern : Lack  of Shine. Breakage. Manageability. Style Hold.
Preferred Style : Loose, Messy, Undone Waves

Some things I know that you should know too.


1. What works for me won’t work for everyone.
2. Your hair texture and density can drastically change the products I’d choose for you.
3. Your hair products can be determined by the style you’re rocking

Here’s my Hair Routine

 
Shampoo & Conditioner :

Biolage R.A.W. Recover Shampoo & Conditioner

Shampoo & ConditionerOn a normal week, I wash my hair every 2 – 3 days. Since I go a few days in between my ends can get a little bit dry. I recently switched to this shampoo and conditioner. I love this combo. R.A.W. stands for Real. Authentic. Wholesome. It is Matrix’s new organic line. According to Matrix this shampoo and conditioner restores shine to stressed, sensitized hair using ingredients like yucca, goji berry, coriander oil and kaolin clay. Giving you 3 times stronger hair. It contains no sulfates, silicones, paragons, or artificial colorants. Which means its safe for your color and your blow outs! I have not been disappointed. You never know what you’re getting into trying out new products but, this I love! It’s light weight and smells good. Even after a rough blow dry my hair is still feeling smooth and has a lot of shine!

Leave in Conditioner :

Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multitasking Treatment

Miracle TreatmentI use a leave in conditioner every time I wash my hair. This one is a current favorite. There are 20 benefits to using this product including boosts shine, smoothes the cuticle, helps prevent breakage from brushing, adds moisture, helps prevent heat damage along with many others! I was actually given this product to try out. Since I have been using this product, I have bought it to use at the salon. I use it for all my clients. I have even repurchased it several times. It’s great for post chemical services or for every day use. I love it because it makes my hair a little silkier and a lot less tangly as I blow dry and tame the mess. The Miracle Creator has a heat protectant in it, so thats one less product I have to worry about and it protects against sun damage as well! It smooths your cuticle for smoother sleeker looks and added shine. It prevents heat damage and breakage.

How To Apply
I apply this first before using any other products because I want this to absorb into my hair without the barrier of other products preventing it from doing its job. I flip my head over and focus on applying this to my ends. Then, work this product up into the mid lengths of my hair. 

 Styling Products :

Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

Living ProofI believe prior to every blow dry you need some kind of cream styling product. It helps add slip and softness to your hair. A cream product is going to keep your hair style longer and give it more of a touchable softness that a mousse won’t be able to achieve. I go between the 5-in-1 Styling Treatment, Bed Head Small Talk, and Paul Mitchell Quick Slip. For myself right now I have been using the 5-in-1. I love it because it gives me softness and shine and still holds my style whether I want curly, messy or straight and sleek. It reduces breakage and I don’t feel like I have to choose do I want healthy hair or do I want styled hair because I get the best of both worlds.

How to Apply
I put a small (Chocolate chip) Size amount in my palm. I focus on my ends and the front of my hair, first because this is where our hair sees its most damage. After I apply to my ends I work my way up the mid lengths of my hair.

Matrix Style Link Mineral Airy Builder Dry Texture Foam

Airy BuilderI love a lightweight mousse. I love this lightweight mousse. This mousse was also given to me to try out and I have fallen in love with it. My hair is easily weighed down by products because I want to use them all every day. I love this mousse because it lives up to its name being ary. It doesn’t leave a product feel in my hair. It’s great for curls or straight hair. The Airy Builder is not sticky or tacky and always feels clean. It’s also buildable so, you can dry your hair and add a little more for extra texture! You can also apply this product on dry hair.

How to Apply:
I dispense a dollop about the size of the dip of my palm. The amount used depends on the length of your hair. I always apply less and go back and apply more if I need a little bit more. Once I apply these products I use a wet brush or paddle brush to detangle and disperse the products throughout my hair.

IGK Beach Club Texture Spray

Beach Club
This is a great texturizing spray for me. My hair is extremely soft and due to much TLC it is fairly healthy. I need the texture and roughness for my curled style. I use this everyday. It gives great separation and messiness. It’s in an aerosol can so it never leaves my hair feeling wet and tacky. It gives great texture without the drying elements of Salt spray. Also, it smells DELISH and the packaging sold me! 

How to Apply:
After I curl my hair I on the ends of my curls while fluffing them. Once I have fluffed my hair I spray once more for good measure. The messier the better.

Intern

IGK Intern Flexible Hairspray

With the combination of the previously stated products I don’t generally use hairspray unless the weather requires. I have recently be reaching for IGK Intern Flexible Hairspray when I feel I need a little extra hold. This is an extremely light weight hairspray that still allows movement in my hair. It smells nice and if I have to touch up my curls it doesn’t get crunchy on me. It leaves me with a shiny finish which I love


IGK Jet Lag Dry Shampoo 

Jet Lag

LOVE. L O V E. LOVE. This dry shampoo. I can say I have tried hundreds of dollars worth of dry shampoos.I’ve used Paul Mitchell’s Dry Wash, Redken Pillow Proof , Matrix Total Results Miracle Extender, Matrix Style Link Playback Dry Shampoo. I’ve tried Not Your Mother’s, Garner Fructis, Batiste, Rockaholic, Dove, Kenra, Verb, Big Sexy, Pureology, Alterna, AG Hair, I have tried a ton! Let me tell you, this dry shampoo makes my hair feel the softest and soaks up day 3 (or 5) oily mess like its day 2! I love it! It soaks up the oil quickly and doesn’t leave a residue. It adds great texture to my hair without making it feel dirtier than it already is. I can usually go 3-4 days without washing my hair. This does the work like a champ!

How to Apply: See 3 Reasons I love IGK Jet Lag Dry Shampoo


Like I said before.. my hair routine is always compiled of products I cannot live without. Although, this list changes frequently I always have a must do check list that my products have to complete. I love trying new things and seeing what I like about this product and what I like better about products I have previously tried! What are some of your Must Haves for your hair routine?

XO,
Lynlee*

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My 5 Minute Morning

5 Minute Mornings

You know those mornings that go so smoothly? You get up, take the dog out and enjoy the crisp morning air. Then, you watch your show on tv while you sip your coffee. Proceed to get ready. No? Me neither.. Mine usually go like this..”5 more minutes” as I hit the snooze button, again. It’s past time to wash your hair. There’s remnants of yesterday’s makeup left over on my face. I’ve gotta take the dog out and shower. The jeans I planned on wearing are dirty. 5 Minute Morning..

5 Products I reach for on a 5 Minute Morning..

IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo5 Minute Mornings

I can’t speak highly enough for this stuff. I’ve actually posted about it before (Twice). As a matter of fact you’re probably sick of hearing about it. Being dark headed it is very common for dry shampoo to discolor my hair or not make it look clean. This dry shampoo cures both of those problems! It doesn’t leave my hair with a residue AND it makes my hair look and feel clean!

**You can actually pick this up from me at YaYa’s Salon and Boutique!


Equate Beauty Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes


5 Minute MorningsWhen yesterday’s makeup is smeared down your face because you’re a girl and things happen.. These makeup remover wipes are fantastic to remove all that left over makeup. Even on days that I’m not in a rush I like to wipe off my makeup with these before washing my face. At walmart you can buy them in different sizes. The link I shared comes with 125 wipes total but they’re packaged in separate packs. I hate my makeup wipes not holding their moisture. Although, buying them in the box is a bit more expensive I feel I get 100% use out of each wipe. When I purchased the bigger packages I end up having to use more than one wipe to remove all my makeup because they dry out. A Smaller package is so much more travel friendly as well.


NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand

5 Minute Mornings

Holy Moly. This would be a #youtubemademebuyit for sure! I can’t say I hate it! Actually, I love it! I use this when I’m in a hurry because I bought a shade too dark for my under eyes so I use this as a foundation of sorts. I apply this under my eyes and in my T-Zone when I’m in a rush and buff out with a damp beauty sponge. It covers all my blemishes and discoloration and it lasts all day! And If I really needed that 5 more minutes of sleep this takes care of my dark circles too.

L’Oreal Voluminous Primer

 AND L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara

5 Minute Mornings

This is one of those things your mom used so you just used it by default. This (among many things) is also one of those things that should be filed under Mother knows best.. This primer and mascara combo is to die for. I could go on and on. It dries quickly, removal is easy, and it makes my eyelashes look glorious. The mascara alone is pretty great as far as volume and length go but add the primer and you’re in for a real treat.


I may not look my best on those 5 minute mornings but with the products I’m not look my worst! What are your 5 minute mornings you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to try them out!

XO,
Lynlee*

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 3 Reasons I love Jet Lag- Invisible Dry Shampoo

Jet Lag- Dry Shampoo

How many of us have searched and searched for the perfect (long lasting) dry shampoo. I have searched high and low. Drugstore and High end. All to settle on something that just works. Nothing I ever found I was just set on. I didn’t ever think oh, I could never live without this! I was trying any and every style of drive shampoo, every brand. Nothing and then.. Jet Lag. How appropriate is that name?

According to the Bottle:


“You want your hair to stand out, not your styling products, and this truly invisible, revolutionary formula blends into hair without leaving a trace of residue. Designed to boost volume and body while leaving tousled, touchable texture, Jet Lag leaves you runway ready, no matter how many time zones your cross”

Application: Apply to roots to soak up excess oil and revive your style or spray from mid length to ends to texturize. Private Jet Sold Separately.


According to IGK
 and Sephora

A dry shampoo designed to boost volume and body while leaving tousled, touchable texture.

Key Ingredients-
Volcanic Ash- Contains exfoliating properties to cleanse and purify
Ginger Root Extract- Softens and Adds shine to hair

Modern Without Compromise
Modern formulations offer high performance without compromise:
Conditioning and color safe
UV and heat protection
Gluten free
Formulated without mineral oil
Vegetarian and cruelty free

What else you need to know:

This product provides a cooling sensation to the scalp and slight volume to the roots when applied. After applying, lightly massage scalp with fingers to maximize cleansing and soothing effects. It contains the IGK Los Angeles scent: a refreshingly bright arrangement of bergamont, lemon zest, mimosa, heliotrope, and black amber. Formulated without mineral oil, petroleum, and gluten, it is vegan, cruelty-free, and color safe with UV protection.

According to Lynlee-

IGK Jet Lag - Dry ShampooI have tried a million different dry shampoos. The list is lonnng. Off the top of my head I can think of Paul Mitchell Express Dry Waterless Shampoo, Herbal Essence, Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, Batiste Dry Shampoo, Not your Mothers, Verb Dry Shampoo, Matrix Style Link Mineral Playback Dry Shampoo, and Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender. Just to name a few. I have really liked (and repurchased) many of those dry shampoos but none of them compare to Jet Lag. Plus, IGK KILLS it on their packaging and scents. 

H O N E S T  O P I N I O N :

At first I thought I had wasted my money. It looked like I was spraying nothing into my hair. (Invisible, Lynlee.) I thought, “this is crap. Add another Dry Shampoo to the list of ones I don’t like.” Then, I went on about getting ready. As I let the dry shampoo absorb the oils in my hair my opinion was QUICKLY shifted! I could now go on and on about why I love Jet Lag.. here’s 3 (+ Bonus) Reasons I love Jet Lag.


1. 
It didn’t give me a grey-ish residue. As a matter of fact, I have no residue at all! With dark hair not having any product residue is a big one for me! After dry shampoo is soaked up your oils most dry shampoos will lighten up where you sprayed it and not be SO apparent. With many dry shampoos I have to use a Shine Brush to attempt to break down the visibility of the product. Jet Lag didn’t ever give me any residue! It just did its job without the evidence! That’s a huge selling point for me! 

2. My hair feels clean! Sometimes with dry shampoo you don’t get that clean hair feeling. There’s a difference in Shampooed and Conditioned Clean and “dry shampoo clean.” I understand that. I want my hair to not look oily but also not feel that way. This dry shampoo makes my hair feel SO, SO (day two hair) clean! Not only does my hair feel clean my scalp feels clean too! I think people’s scalp not feeling is part of the reason they can’t jump on the Dry Shampoo bandwagon.

3. It gives me texture and volume. I get with texture comes hair not feeling clean. Well, with this I get both! I don’t have to pick which I want. Do I want clean hair or do I want texture? Why does it have to be one or the other? This dry shampoo allows you to have the best of both worlds. And I am OKAY with that!

BONUS: Its Safe! It’s paraben and sulfate free. Therefore, it’s not going to strip your color or fade it. It also protects against UV Rays! The sun will drastically fade your color but no worries. Jet Lag is protecting against all that! Your Blow outs are safe too! AND IGK is Cruelty Free. So, your color is safe, your blow out is safe, and the animals are safe!

How I apply Dry Shampoo:

1. Shine Brush– I use a Shine Brush to brush the oils down my hair. Our hair needs those natural oils. A Shine brush has bore bristle and “intelliflex” bristles too. The bore bristles pull the oils down my hair and the Intelliflex Bistles untangle my bed head!

2. Apply Dry Shampoo– I spray the dry Shampoo into my hair all over the top of my head. Let it absorb.

3. Massage Into Scalp- After the oils have been absorbed, sometimes (depending on how dirty my hair is) I’ll take that trusty shine brush and comb the dry shampoo through my hair. That way all my dirty hair is getting some love.

4. Style- Most of the time I’m a curly headed girl. With the texture from my dry shampoo I can very easily curl a few strand literally a couple sections and out the door I go!

I would say on a weekly basis I find myself reaching for my dry shampoo 3-4 times a week. I love the texture and body this dry shampoo gives me. Even today, I styled my clean hair with this dry shampoo. It’s my ride or die, if you will! What are you favorite dry shampoos? What are some things you have experienced when using dry shampoos?

XO, Lynlee

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Nivea Post Shave Balm or Nivea Makeup Primer

Post Shave Balm // Makeup Primer

Per Kylie Jenner (and a lot of other people apparently) Nivea Post Shave Balm is the best primer for your makeup. So, I’ll give it a try, I thought. You may be thinking, aftershave? If Kylie Jenner says it’s worth it then, who am I to deny my skin that luxury? I wouldn’t say my skin is sensitive but I often choose things for sensitive skin just to be safe. In my mind it helps with breakouts.. maybe it does.. maybe it doesn’t.. Long Story short. Everyone is using this as a makeup primer and I’m late to the Nivea party apparently. Here’s what I discovered.

Nivea Post Shave Balm
According to the Pros ( I.e. Nivea.com )

“Extra gentle formula specifically developed for men with sensitive skin..”

 – Helps protect skin from shaving irritations
– Improve skin’s condition over time
– Formulated with no drying alcohol
– Lightly fragranced

Contains: vitamin E. camomile. witch hazel.


So, I did a little research for you..

Vitamin E is a glorified antioxidant. It’s a nutrient for your skin.Nivea Post Shave Balm
It blocks free radicals from your skin too. It helps slow the development of
wrinkles and keeps your skin looking young. It can be used on wrinkles, cuticles, brown spots, dry skin and lips. (My mom has beautiful skin. She takes a vitamin E capsule regularly.)

Chamomile is claimed to be one of the best skin care herbs. It’s used to help treat eczema and chicken pox. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal. It’s said to neutralize skin irritations too.

Witch Hazel helps reduce inflammation and irritation caused by acne or blemishes. You can use it to help fade bruises and puffy eyes. It refreshes skin and helps skin retain moisture.
It’s used to treat things such as eczema, psoriasis, razor burn, and sunburn.


According to Lynlee

I used it on my face, my neck, and my arms. TBH: Kind of an impulse purchase because I saw that Kylie Jenner used it. The winter has done some things to my skin. It’s never oily but it is by no means dry! I have been using this since the summer and honestly, I loved it all through the summer. Since Winter has my skin 100 kinds of dried out, I have been using it twice a day! I apply it when I first get out of the shower let sit until slightly tacky (not completely dry) then, apply my makeup. 

Shaved my legs. (I mean it IS post shave balm, right?) I applied to my freshly shaved, slightly dry legs. I have a problem with my legs staying moisturizer. My skin seems to just soak up whatever I put on them and still end up looking dry. This kept my legs smooth and hydrated all day. So, I put the shave balm on my legs, arms, face, and neck. 

Thoughts as a moisturizer: 

Being fresh out of a shower and applying this to clean skin made me love it even more. It didn’t feel sticky on my legs. They felt smooth and soft. My skin looked moisturized and smooth. My foundation applied smoothly and consistently. 

Thoughts as a makeup primer:

I tried a different foundation today to see if it was just luck or if it really was as great as it seemed. I used Bare Minerals liquid foundation. I haven’t been truly impressed with that foundation so I thought maybe it’s my primer. It wasn’t totally the primer but the shave balm worked again. My makeup didn’t have the same smoothness as other foundations I’ve tested it with but overall at the end of the day I was still pretty impressed by the primer. It’s dry in Arkansas winter and so is my skin.. My foundation still looks smooth after a 12 hour day. That you cannot complain about, people!  *tells everyone how great this stuff is* My boyfriend uses it. My dad uses it. My sister and my mom use it too! 


Nivea Post Shave Balm- According to Lynlee*

I carry this balm with me everywhere. As soon as the weather started to dry out, my skin did too! I started noticing dry patches around my nose and on my forehead. I have started using it even more now than I did in the summer. I find the moisturizer in it very effective. If you’ve tried several primers and aren’t sold on any or if you don’t find primer necessary.. I encourage you to try it. I have used Mac Prep and Prime for my shadow and foundation most consistently. I do love them but for a price. I have tried bare minerals prime time and prime time corrective color and originalsmashbox photo finish as well as many over the counter primers as well. If you’re trying to save money or maybe you aren’t. Maybe you want a multi use product.. For $5 you aren’t going to find something more effective and impressive.. That’s according to Lynlee.

What are some of your favorite primers you’ve tried? Why do you love them?

Xo,

Lynlee.

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My New Year’s Resolution (AKA Journey 2017)

2017 Journey & Resolution

Welcome to According to Lynlee.
Officially Welcoming you to my Blog!

My first post! I cannot believe it’s finally time to start posting! About October, I decided to set out on planning and researching how to create and run a successful blog. Since October I have planned, written, edited, and researched countless hours to make this blog something I enjoy writing and something all of you enjoy reading! I plan on taking this on and going at it full force! Blogging is so much more work than anyone even realizes. I am so excited to start blogging. I’m not really a New Year’s Resolution kind of gal. Here’s to the blog!


Goals

First and foremost, I hope to be relatable. I have said since the thought of starting a blog even entered my mind that I wanted to be someone everyone can relate to. I want to connect with the mothers who have little time to get ready. I want to connect with working girl in her 20s. I want to connect to the girl on a budget. I want you to know I am like you.

Hair: 

I am a hairdresser, first. I hope to educate you. From product usage to styling techniques. I hope you can come to this blog to find advice and learn from me. I plan to do product reviews, tutorials, needs, and answer questions that I get asked regularly while I’m behind the chair.

Fashion:

You can dress cute and at a reasonable price. I dress on a budget. I want to keep things budget friendly and reasonable. I have read blog posts and one outfit costs in the upper thousands of dollars. I don’t know about you but, thats completely unattainable for me! I have clothes that are worn and reworn over and over. I hope to show you fashion that not only inspires you but, challenges you to try new things.

Makeup: 

Not my strongest suit. Through this blog I hope to teach you simple makeup hacks, colors that are great for you, reviews and quick makeup. Like I said, I want to make this relatable. When you see my posts I want you to think Oh, I can do that!


I am a working girl who is trying to balance a personal life and a career. I understand it is not always (or ever) possible to spend an hour on your makeup and an hour on your hair. I don’t make time to spend that kind of time on myself and I don’t have children. I hope to make your mornings and get ready easier for you. I hope you’re able to come here for inspiration and ideas. I look forward to growing through this process!

XO, Lynee*

Disclaimer: I’m new to this. Please bare with me as I learn and grow through this process. There’s a huge learning curve here. Thank you for your patience.

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