i'm kind of obsessed with buxom lip polish

At one point in time I thought that Chanel Glossimers were the only lip glosses in the world worth spending over $20 on. Then one day I picked up a Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish because I was in dire need of a nude for the evening and happened to be by a Sephora and a store associate told me they were her favorite. So I bought one, applied it, the skies parted, my lips looked amazing, birds sang....

So that may be a teeny bit overly dramatic, but I was extremely impressed by the formulation of Buxom's lip polish as well as their color range (not that it matters much to me - I buy a wide variety of nudes, almost exclusively). The best part is, they are only around $19! FREE! These have amazing staying power and one tube, which is 0.14oz, lasts me about 3 months; that is with a minimum of twice daily applications. Minimum as in if I were sick in bed and only was able to feebly lift arm twice to apply lip gloss. Realistically, let's say probably more like five times a day. 

Pictured here is one of their makeup sets that was offered last Christmas, so sorry, but I don't think it is available any longer. They have sets often though that offer the chance to try several colors for a little bit of a discount, as well as another product such as an eye liner or mascara. I usually start with a set that carries smaller sizes of products when trying a new brand. I believe right now Buxom has one available called the Passport Collection that has a gloss, mascara, shadow and blush in a travel case that's a great deal. Google it. 

I went ahead and swatched the gloss because even though Laura isn't available it is a very close dupe for Buxom'x Big Healthy lip cream in Berry Blast (available at Sephora dot com). Although I usually stick with varying shades of nude, I have worn this all summer and feel like it is the perfect pop of color when wearing just foundation, bronzer and a little mascara. The Lip Tarnish swatched on the bottom is an almost exact match for one also available at Sephora called Candy Pink. I use the Lip Tarnish as a liner, fill in my lips and then go over it with the Lip Polish. 

In fact, I think I will go do that right now! 

dove intensive repair daily treatment conditioner

Summer can wreak some serious damage on hair, between the pool, sun and all of the elements that you come in contact with being outdoors. There are many ways to protect your hair such as wearing a hat and trying to stay out of chlorine, but sometimes damage is inevitable. It seems like no matter how great I am feeling about my hair in April, come July I am watching it break off as I brush it no matter what I do to try and keep it healthy. 

I have been using Dove's Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner now for about two weeks and can really feel a difference in my hair! Many people use to only trust salon brands of shampoo and conditioner; however, many companies have proved that you can get a quality product from your drugstore. I definitely think that this is one of them. 

Dove Intensive Conditioner has a dual-action formula that contains patented micro moisture serum to deeply penetrate the hair and fiber actives that seal damaged cuticles and repair hair. I have especially damaged hair due to my bi-monthly tendency to dye my hair either white-blond or almost black, so I need something that is thick and nourishing for my hair - especially on the days that I am straightening it since I blow it out first and then use a flat iron. I have been using my normal shampoo and then putting the Dove Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner on and leaving it on while I shave (for about 2 minutes). My hair immediately feels so much softer when I rinse this product out, not to mention the fact that it smells amazing! 

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