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There's A Perfect Fit: L'Oreal Hydra Genius Skin Care Review

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There's A Perfect Fit: L'Oreal Hydra Genius Skin Care Review

I feel like sometimes choosing the correct skincare is a guessing game. Which we need to keep doing over and over, since skin changes throughout the year. Will this moisturizer be too heavy for my combination skin? Will this lotion help my dry skin? There are plenty of products out there that might have the right active ingredients that you're looking for, but they aren't quite right for your skin type.

L'Oreal is trying to at least make moisturizers a bit easier with their new Hydra Genius line. There are 3 versions, all formulated very similarly in terms of active ingredients, but they are labelled with your skin type. Have oily skin? Here's the lighter weight version for normal to oily skin. On the drier side, or really dry side? You can chose between the cream or lighter gel lotion, depending upon how dry you feel your skin is at that time.

The main ingredient of these moisturizers is Glycerin, with a lot of added in Hyaluronic Acid (quick refresher, this isn't really an acid, instead it is a large molecule that your skin already makes, it sits on the surface of the skin and holds a lot of moisture in your skin. It can hold up to 1000x its own weight in water!), both are hydrating but don't feel heavy on the skin. Looking at the full ingredient lists (which L'Oreal has on their site) reveals that they also have aloe for soothing as well as dimethicone, a silicone that helps to smooth the skin, holding in moisture longer.

The texture of the moisturizer is very interesting. It's somewhere between a lotion and a gel, melting quickly upon contact with warm skin. It feels good when I rub it into my skin, and it absorbs fully within a minute or so. I've been using the normal/oily skin version, and I've found that it is just the right amount of moisture for my combination skin. It's also perfect for under makeup, likely due to the dimethicone, as it makes my skin appear smoother. I haven't tried out the dry skin versions, but the lotion is more likely to be a good match for my skin than the cream, so I'll probably hold on to it for a dry skin day.

You can find Hydra Genius at Amazon, or ULTA

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Mixing it Up: Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

This post is sponsored by Curél®, a KAO Worldwide brand, but all opinions are my own.

Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Recently I shared my battle with dryness and keeping my skin hydrated. When my skin is well moisturized, I just feel more comfortable. My skin feels softer and feels smoother when I have been moisturizing it regularly.

Curel® Hydra Therapy actually makes the whole moisturizing process much easier for me! You step out of the shower, apply Curel® Hydra Therapy directly to your wet skin, and the water helps the moisturizer to absorb into your skin, rather than creating a layer on the surface of your skin. Just gently rub in the moisturizer and pat your skin dry. My skin felt super soft and the moisturizer doesn't feel like a heavy layer on your skin.

I have to admit, I was pretty worried about applying my lotion to wet skin at first. Would it sink in to my skin easily? Would the lotion hydrate my skin enough? Won't I just be rubbing all of the lotion off with my towel? How does this work?

It turns out, there was no reason to worry. The lotion feels like a normal lightweight lotion. I pat myself dry right after application, and can go about my day!

After using Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer, my skin felt so soft. And hydrated. It didn't feel heavy like I had just put on a ton of lotion, which I loved! I hate feeling like I've just slathered my legs up with grease. This product should be used on a daily basis for the best results! I swear my legs felt softer and more hydrated.

This lotion is going to be a stock item in my shower for now on! What do you think, could you use a lotion on wet skin?

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This post is sponsored by Curél®, a KAO Worldwide brand, but all opinions are my own.

The Best Drugstore Hair Products

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The Best Drugstore Hair Products

I'm a hair product junkie. You name it, I want to try it. I have high end, luxury, salon only, and drugstore hair products stashed all over my bathroom! I'm constantly trying new products, new ways to style my hair, I can't do the same thing more than 1-2 times.

All of this (and a bunch of sponsored posts, truthfully), mean that I've tried a lot of drugstore hair products. Today for Makeup Wars we're showcasing our favorites, and I have to admit, my list is rather... long. And difficult to shorten. I just went through my bathroom and the "hair" bin in my office and pulled out my favorites that were from the drugstore! I couldn't not share some of them (and really, these are the ones I really like, I left plenty of stuff in the bin!) Oh well, I'm sharing it all!

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioning Treatment

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioning Treatment
Buy at Target, or Amazon

I've written about this product for years. I talk about it with friends. I don't even know how many bottles I've bought over the years, and since it's only $3, this is something that is always in my shower. I love that I don't really need, to plan ahead to use this product. If my hair feels a little lackluster, I just swap this out for my regular conditioner.

There are different 3 Minute Miracles, so you can get the treatment you need for your hair. Moist, Shine and Strong are the versions I use most often, here's a recent post about Aussie 3 Minute Miracle in Strong.

Best Tresemme Hair Products

TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
Shampoo at Amazon
Conditioner at Amazon

TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse
Buy it from Amazon, or Target

TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Finish Hair Spray
Buy it from Amazon

All of the Beauty-Full products were featured in my easy volumized blow out tutorial. I love all of them, and the only reason that cream isn't shown here as well is because I'm currently out.

Yes, this really is conditioning and then shampooing. The result is hair that is soft and bouncy, not at all weighed down! I love that it comes in HUGE bottles too, such a deal! The mousse has some hold and doesn't feel sticky, and the hair spray is flexible hold that doesn't feel sticky and is touchable.

TRESemmé Expert Selection Heat Protection Spray, Keratin Smooth
Buy it from Amazon

The final product is a great heat protectant. It smooths my hair, adds some shine, and is super lightweight.

Best Herbal Essences Hair Products

Biorenew Golden Moringa Oil Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner
Buy Shampoo at Amazon
Buy Conditioner at Amazon

This duo is meant for dry, damaged hair and that definitely describes the issues that I have been having with my hair recently! It claims to work over a few weeks to help "bring your hair back to life", but I do think just a few uses and my hair was looking better. The first use actually did a great job of just smoothing frizz and dryness but without weighing down my hair. And it smells great.

Biorenew White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint Dry Shampoo
Get it at Amazon

I just got this dry shampoo, and I'm obsessed! Expect a full post on just this dry shampoo soon! It does a great job of soaking up oils, it does add a lot of volume, and it doesn't look powdery at all on my hair. But the best part really is the smell! Hands down, this is the best dry shampoo ever. Ever. I have no idea what Mosa Mint is, but to me this dry shampoo has some peach scent, more like a sophisticated white peach. I love that!

Best Suave Hair Products

Moroccan Infusion Shampoo & Conditioner
Buy Shampoo at Amazon
Buy Conditioner at Amazon

You can read more about this duo in my post here, but this duo does a good job of smoothing and not weighing down your hair.

Pantene Booster Spray

Full and Strong Powerful Body Booster Spray
Buy it at Amazon

So, technically this is a spray gel, but not really. It offers a bit of hold, makes my hair shiny, and helps my hair stay more voluminous.

Clairol Root Touch Up

Clairol Root Touch Up
Buy it at Walmart, Amazon, or ULTA

I'm not a home hair color girl. Nope. I want someone else to do that for me. But my hair grows really fast, and if it's been more than 3-4 weeks since I had my color done, I have some roots (I only have a few greys, but since my hair is a strange light brown I color it darker). If I have a hard time fitting in a trip to the salon, or I have a special event, I use one of these kits. I was really nervous the first time I used the kit, but it's super easy, and there's just enough color for me to go all along my hair line and do most of the crown on my head. I leave it in 10 minutes, then shampoo it out in the shower. And it really does match my professional color! You can read my full Root Touch Up review here.

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Some of these products were featured previously as the result of sponsored posts. I honestly can't remember which ones. But, I know some were. I just went through my bathroom and the "hair" bin in my office and pulled out my favorites that were from the drugstore!

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Beauty Reads

Pammy Blogs Beauty has a new everyday Facial SPF with Retinol. Find out what Pammy is loving from CeraVe!

This week Amber from daydreaming beauty is sharing her thoughts on an affordable skin care line for acne. Have a look at some products from ZAPZYT, and why this is a great brand for someone with occasional problem pimples.

Have you joined the monochromatic makeup trend yet? See how Shipra of Taneja's Bride wears the ColourPop Nectar Collection.

Mermaid obsessed? Phyrra is too! Check out the
Best Mermaid Makeup you can get your hands on!

A day without a mask is like a day without great looking skin. Beauty Info Zone shares two favorites from Miss Spa that are sensational.

Prime Beauty is already addicted to the new FarmHouse Fresh Organics Body Collection! Sumptuous scents, organic certified, and whimsical packaging what's not to love?

Blushing Noir says the latest Nordstrom exclusive shades from the NARS Pop Goes the Easel Collection will have you drooling! No one can say no to more blushes, especially when they're this pretty!

It is no secret that Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has a serious penchant for nude lipsticks, and she wants to share her most beloved shades from several of her favorite luxury brands!

Christa from Perilously Pale has share her Top 10 Peachy Coral Blushes for Spring!

15 Minute Beauty is usually trying to pare down her beauty routine, but she discovered a facial cleanser she loves so much that she's added another step to her nightly skin care routine!

Allison of Never Say Die Beauty demystifies two subscription services so you can see what you can get for $10.

Something New: Dove's Shower Foam

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Dove Shower Foam Review

Have you run into the displays of this Dove Body Wash yet? They're at a lot of my local big box and drugstores suddenly. It's a bottle of body wash, but it foams when you pump it out. As much as I've been told and read that the lather doesn't matter when you're trying to get clean, I really love a great lather.

The bottle looks small, but it actually contains over 250 pumps of product. I use about 3-4 pumps for an entire shower, so a bottle will last for a long time. It comes out very foamy, with a nice light scent. I use 1 pump per leg, and 1-2 pumps for my body and arms. It definitely gets me clean, but it doesn't feel like it strips my skin of moisture. Instead, I'm just clean and my skin is soft.

Amazon, Walgreen's, or Target
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