Sorry for the long absence – current favorite products

Hi Beauties,

As it’s been now three months (I think) since I last posted, I figured it’s time to get back into trying to post at least once a month if I can swing that!!

It’s been an very overwhelming and extremely busy past three months and I’ll explain why. Three months ago this next week, my second decided to make an early entrace into this world at 6 weeks early! He was born a mere 4 hours after my water broke on January 31st, 2017. He’s done nothing but surpass everyone’s expectations for him and he is thriving despite having been 6 weeks early and with his spina bifida.

Alright, anyway, life’s been hectic to say the least, but I’m hoping things are starting to calm down. In the meantime, I thought I’d list some of my current favorite products as I’ve done a lot of shifting in my makeup/hair routine recently including chopping off my waist length hair into an a-line mix of a bob/lob (long bob). I think I want to start up my youtube channel again, but we’ll see if that’s too ambitious for right now!

Okay, let’s start with hair!

With the shorter hair I’m finding I only need to conditioner it mmmaybe once a week. I need to get another bottle of co-wash, but for now I’m liking L’Oreal’s new clay shampoo.

L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo

I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I feel like it’s actually cleaning my hair. I haven’t noticed any build up yet, but I’ve also been (when I use conditioner) putting conditioner first then shampooing. This seems to help my hair actually get clean without stripping good oils. I find the scent refreshing and while I’m not entirely sure the “clay” is actually doing anything, I like to think that it is.

In trying to figure out my new styling needs with my new haircut, I accidentally stumbled upon what I’m using right now. Ironically it’s a product I’ve NEVER liked before with my longer hair and yet it’s the absolutely best product I’ve found so far with my shorter hair.

MOUSSE

I never liked how mousse would dry in my hair when it was to my waist. I liked cream/gels, but one of the things I specifically asked my hair stylist to do was give me as many layers as she could. I wanted, no CRAVED volume. I also knew that as soon as postpartum hair loss struck, I wanted a hair style I could get the absolute most volume I could. One day I decided to pull out my Garnier Fructis mousse and just give it a whirl. Holy cow, I got INCREDIBLE volume and my hair was SO soft. Check out the picture above, that was freshly washed and volumized hair.

Garnier Fructis Style Curl Construct Creation Mousse

The the last hair product I’ve been using this past week especially is a dry texturizing spray. I had found one by Garnier Fructis called Texture Tease last year at some point but with longer hair it was not a good product for my hair. I must have used enough of it last year because it only lasted a week! When trying to find the spray to replace my now empty bottle, I discovered that it appears to be yet another product that I’ve snatched up that is now discontinued! I then turned to the shelves of Target’s beauty section and stumbled upon a dry texturizing spray that I think is my new favorite product.

Umberto Dry Texture Spray 

I spritzed some of this on my hair after I got home this afternoon, and oh my goodness, instant revival of volume and without any crunchiness! I think I’m going to be reaching for this spray a lot.

Okay! Moving on to face products!

With having two kids now, one being an almost three month old who requires more doctors appointments than my first has had in his 3 years of life, my makeup routine has had to become very minimal. Honestly, all I’m doing right now most days is applying a BB cream after I put toner and moisturizer on my face after showering in the mornings, a little bit of eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, and mascara, and that’s my beauty routine.

Let’s start from the skin out –

Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner 

I’ve started using Witch Hazel two times a day and I’m really pleased with how my skin is starting to look! Especially with my body still full of pregnancy hormones and everything still settling after my little one’s intense arrival, my skin has been a bit unhappy with me. I don’t mind the slightly alcoholic smell of this witch hazel, it goes away as soon as it dries which is about 2 seconds. I just apply it with a cottonball around around my face, neck, and chest.

Olay Fresh Effects Long Live Moisture Satin Finish Lotion

I used to use this lotion several years ago but I didn’t really know how to take care of my face so it didn’t work all that great. However, I started using it again and I really love it. It’s silky but doesn’t dry oily. I don’t break out from it and one bottle lasts for months.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream – Light/Medium 

OMG, this stuff is amazing! I put this on after the lotion above and break one of my makeup rules; I apply it with my hands! I found this works best for this cream because the heat of my hands helps the cream blend into my skin a lot smoother than if I used a sponge or brush. Also, it’s quicker. I apply the witch hazel, moisturizer, and the bb cream in all less than 3 minutes.

But, when I want to do a fuller face of makeup, I found another new favorite –

NYX BB Cream in Natural 

I ran out of my Rimmel bb cream and decided to try something a little different for my minimal makeup routine. I haven’t always liked NYX products, but have been very pleased with this cream. It blends almost matte once it warms up to my skin. And it goes on really smoothly with or without primer under it. Ha, yet another makeup rule of mine I’ve broken recently! I’ll tell you what, having two kids really makes you figure out how quickly you can do something in as little steps as possible!

So those are my current favorite products! Thanks for sticking around during my absence. Life’s been really hard and busy and intense lately, but I haven’t dropped makeup as it’s become a significant self-care thing for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to start posting with a little more regularity soon!

 

Product Review – Devera Naturals

Hi Beauties!

Life’s been crazy as usual, but I wanted to share with you two products I was sent to review! They’re from Devera Naturals, and I’ll have to say I’m pretty pleased with them. You can read their story here, but I love that their products are based off of old family Swiss recipes! I don’t know about you, but that adds a little more intrigue and respect for a product when I know there’s a family backstory.

The two products I have been using are the Snow Flower Creme ($43.00) and the Miracle Eyes eye cream ($37.00). I haven’t noticed much of a scent from the Miracle Eyes, but I love the fresh botanical scent from the Snow Flower Creme. I’ve been using the Snow Flower Creme for just over a week now, and I feel like my face in general feels a lot less “inflamed.” Thanks to pregnancy hormones, my skin is in a constant flux and with help from the Snow Flower Creme (and an addition of lavender and eucalyptus oils on the side), my face isn’t as red and my forehead and around my nose especially feels tighter and smoother. I haven’t used the Miracle Eyes as much, just using it when my eyes feel like I’ve been awake for three days. However, when I have used the eye cream, it feels refreshing and brightens my eyes within minutes of applying it!

So how about some pros and cons?

Pros:

  • I really enjoy the scent and the consistency of the Snow Flower Creme
  • I love that the ingredients are natural ingredients!
  • My face feels refreshed and brightened after using it
  • in regards to the Miracle Eyes cream, you only need a little bit, but I feel like my eyes are refreshed and don’t look as tired after applying it
  • I love that both containers for each creams are small but you don’t need much product so I can see them lasting for a good while!
  • I feel like the prices are worth the quality of these products!

Cons:

  • I am assuming it is because the bottles were so cold when I got them, but I’ve had a little bit of trouble with the pump for the Snow Flower Creme (not really a con, but the creme is thicker so maybe it’s just harder to get out of the bottle?)
  • the Miracle Eyes cream sometimes stings a little bit especially if I just cleaned makeup off my face, but the stinging feeling goes away within a few seconds
  • The prices for these product may be more than someone would want to spend (see above though! I do think the cost is worth it!)

Other than those thoughts, I really don’t have much else to add! I really appreciate Devera Naturals sending me products to try and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who’s looking for a new (natural) face cream! I know I’m going to pumping every last drop from the Snow Flower Creme myself!

 

Welcoming 2017 & Goals

Hi Beauties!

Welcome to 2017! It feels weird that it’s January. 2016 was a rough year for me, but it also felt like the year flew by! Lashes & Rouge has been around for almost a year and a half now, and I’m trying to decide where I want to take the blog in the coming year. I know I have to step back because of baby #2 coming at the end of next month, but how much I’ll be stepping back is still up in the air. I haven’t stopped wearing makeup, haha, I don’t think I could now, but my focus can’t be so narrowed in on this blog.

So, what are some of the things I do want to do?

  • I want to post at least twice a month, and I have a lot of ideas, it’s merely going to be a matter of finding time and energy to put posts up.
  • I’m going to split posts up between three categories (at least for now); Fashion, Makeup/Hair, and Reviews.

I’m still trying to find my niche with being a beauty blogger, and because of that, I’m hesitant to really stick with only one or two things! I recently picked up this planner and I want to try planning out my blogging schedule instead of just doing it whenever I have a few minutes. I’ll also be using this planner to keep track of baby #2’s drs appointments and surgeries and such too because yeah, lots of information going to be coming my way soon!

I left the company I was with last September and since then have been experimenting a lot with skin care and face care. So hopefully I can get my reviews of my new favorites with skin care routines up soon! Being halfway through the third trimester means I’m struggling to keep up with day to day things, never mind about blogging with any consistency!

I hope the first week of this new year has been good for you already, and thank you for following along as I shift and adjust this blog!

NEW Foundation Primer Review/Tutorial

Hi babes! Well I know that in the past I have talked about how much I dislike foundation primers, but I just recently found one that I believe is the HOLY GRAIL of all primers. It’s the L’oreal Lumi Primer. I am IN LOVE with this product! So watch the video below to get a full review and also my everyday foundation tutorial.

I hope you all find this helpful! Have a great night! Bye x x

Freebie Wednesday!!!! 

Hi beautiful babes! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day. If you like Free things then today I have a great opportunity for you to get a container of Nutriva Coconut Oil that’s FULL SIZE!!! All you have to pay is $1.95 shipping. And not only do you get the oil, you also get a free month trial on the Thrive Market website and 15% off your next purchase. I love this brand of coconut oil and I use it for cooking and sugar scrubs. 

All of the products sold at thrive market are at wholesale price. So you save a bunch of money. And all of their products are organic. So check it out and share it with your friends! And if you want to sign up for 25% off your next order click here

I hope you enjoyed this freebie post! Have a great day everyone! 

Caleigh’s “I Take It Back” – Updated Product Reviews

When I received my August Glam Bag from Ipsy, it contained two products I wasn’t thrilled to get. One was a product from Juice Beauty, the other a small thing of nail polish from Aila. I don’t usually wear nail polish. Things like my hands looking like a Jackson Pollock painting and not liking bright colors on my nails, keep me from enjoying nail polish. However, I decided to give this nail polish a chance. Lo and behold, I found I could finally paint my nails all by myself and they looked good! And I actually loved the color! Double bonus! Besides, I got a kick out of the nail polish color being called “Mister Pookies.”

The second product I found I actually do like is a product from Juice Beauty called Cleansing Milk. I can only describe the scent as a spicy smell. It isn’t sweet, but smells “organic.”

Enjoy the video! and don’t forget to try something before you give up on it!

Our Favorite Skin Care Routines

Hey all,

We wanted to share with you our favorite skin care products. Feel free to watch the video and leave comments or suggestions!

Cleansers 

RileyOlay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub  – It’s really good for sensitive skin. I have used other products, but they have all made me break out. This particular scrub has never made me have a break out.

CaleighManuka Honey – I’ve been using honey on my face for several years now, and it’s helped a lot with calming breakouts. This honey in particular is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant.

Exfoliates

RileyHomemade Sugar Scrub – see my post from yesterday with instructions on how to make it! I use Young Living Essential Oils in this scrub and it helps keep my face free of acne. Here’s the link to their website: Youngliving.com and my distributor number is 1862627.  I would love to help you get into essential oils if you’re interested! Leave a comment if you’re interested, and I’d be happy to help you out. If you buy the oils through me, you can get a good discount.

CaleighSt. Ives Even & Bright Citrus Scrub – I only exfoliate my face maybe once a week. Because I can keep my face so moisturized now, I don’t always need a scrub.

Moisturizers

RileyNeutrogena Oil Free Sensitive Skin Moisturizer – this is best oil free moisturizer I’ve found. It keeps my skin soft and moisturized without irritating my sensitive skin.

Caleigh Sibu Beauty Nourishing Facial Cream (DAY) – I am personally a big fan of sea buckthorn seed oil. I discovered it a few years ago, and have been using the oil on my face since. This facial cream has the oil in it, and it leaves my face feeling refreshed and lightly moisturized for during the day.

Age-defying Night Cream by Nerium International (NIGHT) – I recently joined this company and have completely fallen in love with the night cream. It clears up any acne I might have, tightens pores, reduces redness, reduces fine lines and wrinkles as well. I’d love to talk with anyone who is interested in their products! I am so excited to see my skin be transformed. Feel free to check out my website and email me with any questions: Nerium.com

Thanks for watching our video! Check out our Pick The Topics page and help us decide on next week’s topics!