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My Experience Using Monat Hair Products

If you haven’t heard of Monat hair products, you’re not alone.  I just learned about the brand.  It’s a direct sales line of hair care products.  But not just any hair care products.  Cruelty-free and naturally-based hair care products.

Monat also goes out of its way to ensure the ingredients in its products are safe for family members of all ages and all hair types.  Stick around and read about the experience I had using Monat hair products on my fine, highlighted hair!

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The Skincare Product I Use to Start and End My Day

It’s no secret that I’m a skincare girl.  I really enjoy testing out new products and ingredients!  And anyone who knows me personally knows that I am kind of a clean freak.  Well,  I’m no different when it comes to my skin!  (I’m also one of those people who washes her hair every single day.)  Right now, the skincare product I use to start and end my day is Peter Thomas Roth #WaterDrench Cloud Cream Cleanser.

The Skincare Product I Use to Start and End My Day- Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser

The Formula

So at first, I thought this cleanser had the word “cloud” in its name because it feels so soft while I am applying it.  But, no.  Get this.  It contains pure water vapor drawn from the clouds!  How’s that for hydration?! read more


Control Oil with GÖTZ Bad Ischl Oxygen Revitalizing Lotion

It’s getting to be that time of year again… Sweaty heat waves and out of control oily skin.  Whether you’re taking trips to the beach, hiking, hitting the pool, or exercising, summer and sunscreen are about to attack your pores, causing greasy and irritated skin.  Ugh.  Time to stock up on the matte powders and blotting sheets!   However, after reading this skincare review, your summer skin may be able to change its ways, because you can control oil with GÖTZ Bad Ischl Oxygen Revitalizing Lotion.  And if you have combination/oily skin all year round, well, you better keep reading! read more


Review: Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner (I Got Kendall Jenner’s Look!)

I’ve always been a fan of Kendall Jenner.  I love her hair, I admire her style, and I think she just exudes the perfect level of confidence.  So when I found out that she swears by Finesse products, of course I had to try them!  If Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner could help me inch my hair closer to Kendall Jenner’s on the awesome hair spectrum, it’s 100 percent worth it to me!

This shampoo and conditioner duo arrived at my doorstep at the perfect time:  at the end of a harsh winter and when I hadn’t had my hair trimmed in over 3 months (and still haven’t!).  My hair was in need of some serious TLC after flapping around in the frigid wind!  Read on to learn how my hair fared after I used Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner and to see how I styled it like Kendall!  Let me know how I did in the comments! read more


Review: Essie Gel Couture Polish

As soon as Essie Gel Couture Polish hit the store shelves, I was eager to try it, but I was still in my salon-going routine.  I love that salon gel polish dries almost instantly, reducing opportunities for smudges or dings!  Who doesn’t love being able to buckle their seatbelt without worrying about ruining a nail??

Aside from that, there are some things I do not like about salon gel manicures:  They never seem to last the full two weeks, and I cannot easily remove the polish myself!  While my salon gel manicures did a pretty good job of withstanding my continuous household chores, mom-related duties, and hand-washing, I wanted the freedom to remove the polish myself when I got sick of it.  But since it is so tedious to remove, I always found myself back in the salon, perpetuating the cycle.  Well, I finally worked up the nerve to ditch the salon and dive back into DIY with Essie Gel Couture! read more


A fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog written by Jackie Mikkelson, Instinctively en Vogue is a source of inspiration for busy girls, especially moms like her, who want to be chic while staying comfortable. #stayCHIComfy

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