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new: herbal essences naked smooth + soft and clean + refresh.

{newest additions to the herbal essences naked fam}
this january two new varieties joined the herbal essences naked line (made up of paraben free haircare).   naked is already not only my favorite of the herbal essences lines, but my favorite maker of mass market shampoos + conditioners.  my main qualm with cheaper washes and conditioners is usually the build-up.  the various scents of naked that i've tried have all been effective at cleaning and hydrating, with no residue left behind.

the line now includes a clean + refresh shampoo and conditioner with a white strawberry and mint scent, and a smooth + soft shampoo and conditioner which smells of almond and mint. both scents are subtle and fresh.  the smooth + soft is on heavy rotation in my shower right now.  in addition to being paraben free it's also low residue and dye free.  most importantly, it works - cleans and hydrates.  it pairs well with the aveeno gentle scent nourishing coconut body wash (reviewed here). gourmand scents in the shower start the day right.

SRP $4.99 per bottle.


valentine's day wishlist, $20 and under.

{get gifted}

  1.  mario badescu rose hip mask - purifying and hydrating, plus it's soft pink with a delicate floral fragrance.  $20.
  2. covergirl trunaked roses - a range of shadows, en rose.  SRP $11.49 (!). 
  3. lush unicorn horn bubble bar - because magic.  $7.95.
  4. dove pink beauty bar - a subtle and moisturizing nod to the holiday.  SRP $3.79 for 2 bars.
  5. vosges volupte caramel hearts - i'm not a white chocolate girl, but when it's filled with caramel and dusted with fleur de sel, i can make an exception.  $15.
  6. tocca violette candelina - because roses and violet are a natural match. $20.


where to buy korean sheet masques.

{a girl has options}

lately my whole instagram TL is wearing korean sheet masques.  east asian beauty has become wildly popular for it's unusual ingredients (snail or placenta, anyone?), efficacy, and wonderfully adorable packaging. many of my blogger friends swear by weekly applications, and i will often get a text if anyone is travelling to asia to check if there is anything i want picked up.  until recently taking up valuable real estate space in the suitcases of friends and acquaintances was the only way i knew to purchase these coveted masques.  then two weeks ago i learned about beauteque.

beauteque makes it very easy to buy and try a range of korean and east asian skincare and cosmetic products stateside.  they sell individually packaged masques starting at $1.80.  at those rates, i prefer to mix and match a cart full of treats.  however, they also offer a very appealing monthly subscription service, which includes 6-11 products.

to explore their huge range of one-of-a-kind products and learn more about their subscription options click here.

{the start of my collection from beauteque, the tomato mask keeps it real, m'kay?}


review: aveeno skin relief gentle scent nourishing coconut body wash + lotion.

{clean as a coconut}

whenever i'm asked what body care i recommend for dry, sensitive or eczema-prone skin the answer is always aveeno.  it's gentle, effective, and free of heavy colors and scents that can be irritating.  it can then also end up seeming a little boring.

the gentle scent line introduces mild, non-irritating scents that make good body care a little more fun.  it's the right combination of effective (hydrating, cleansing, non-irritating), and gratifying.   both the body wash and the lotion are available in nourishing coconut or soothing oat and chamomile.  i use nourishing coconut and it is the perfect amount of coconut - enough to remind me of the tropics, not so much that i feel like i'm inside an almond joy.  plus it's nice to have a body care fragrance option that's not floral or fruity or vanilla-y.

on shelves now.


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