Three of my Favorite Things

I have to get dressed every day. I don’t just mean put on clothes or take a shower. I mean get dressed. We have a professional dress code policy at our office, which means every morning I have to get up and do the whole hair and make up thing. It can be hassle, and it definitely gets old, but recently I discovered three products that I think are awesome and make it a little easier to pull off a professional appearance on a daily basis.

favorite thingsI have super fine, medium to thin hair. If I just wash and go with no product my hair feels like baby hair. Right now if you don’t have this type of hair you are thinking, “that sounds awesome.” Um… no. Let me assure you it isn’t. Super fine hair is almost impossible to style, and when you do try to do something with it just lays flat against your head, which looks horrible. I have to be super careful about what products I put in my hair because anything that weights it down will just make the flatness problem worse.

Let me introduce you to Redken Body Full shampoo and conditioner. It works wonders for flat, fine hair. Now, most hair stylists will tell you that shampoo doesn’t make that big of a difference. Those stylists? All have nice, thick, not fine hair. Shampoo and conditioner definitely makes a difference. And this stuff? Is like a miracle for my hair. I love it. It smells good. It cleans good. And most of all it doesn’t weigh down my hair.

I normally buy this product at the salon inside our JCPenny, but I’ve also seen it in the salon at Wal-Mart. I’m sure you can find a salon in your area that sales it. But please, buy it from a salon. I made the mistake of ordering form Amazon and I did NOT get the real stuff. Major bummer.

Favorite thingsThe next thing my hair needs is a really good root lifter, and let me tell you, I’ve tried TONS of them. So far the one that works best for my is Aquage Uplifting Foam. I squirt it directly on the roots of my hair (it kind of looks like mousse) and then squish it in all over my head. Then I blow dry my hair upside down and flat iron it. Amazing. It gives me enough lift (most days) to last through the entire day. Of course the longer my hair gets the more it pulls down, but mostly this stuff works like magic. I’ve never had any product give me the lift that this one does. Plus it doesn’t make my hair frizzy. A lot of the volumizing products I’ve used seem to create a lot of frizz. Not this one.

I do order this product from Amazon. I can’t find it locally (it is always sold out), and I’ve gotten the real deal every time I’ve ordered it. If you can find it at a local salon then I would suggest going that route. (Clicking on the photo will take you to an affiliate link.)

favorite thingsI’ve recently decided to change all of my makeup to new brands, which is a long story that I don’t really want to get into. I’ve always been a fan of department store quality cosmetics. My mom started me out in high school on Merle Norman and I just feel that the quality of higher end cosmetics is better. If the other brands work for you I think that’s great. I just haven’t had a lot of luck. One of the first things I wanted to do was find a new foundation/primer. Jodi recommended the Smashbox Camera Ready primer and I love it. It is really light and looks great. Plus it has 35SPF sunblock. I wear it with a powder foundation (which I will be changing soon) and I love it. I think the coverage is just right. It also lasts really well throughout the day.

I purchase this product at Sephora, but you can also purchase it online or find a store in your area.

What are your favorite products that help you get out the door in the morning? Also, I’m looking for a new mascara, which one is your favorite?

This was not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


    • says

      I saw Smashbox has this powder that won some kind of award that is supposed to reduce the signs of aging. I want to try that. I don’t have any wrinkles (yet), but I can tell the skin around my eyes is getting looser.

  1. says

    That shampoo is the BEST ever. I got some for Christmas a couple of years ago and I rationed it out like it was pure platinum.

    My favorite all time mascara is Lancome Immencils which they stopped making(in the 1980s and I’m still bitter). The second is Definicils which is available at Sephora for slightly less than in the department store. However… Loreal is Lancome’s drugstore brand. Loreal Volumizing Mascara is just about as good and costs about a third as much.

    I need to seriously get my look together. I thought it would be easier than it has been.
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    • says

      Someone else recommended that Loreal Volumizing too and I tried it, but I’m just not crazy about it. I used to wear a Clinque one that I really liked, but I don’t remember what it was called.

  2. says

    Part of the fun of moving to another continent: finding products that work for you when you have hardly any preconceived notions about the brands. It has been very interesting and sometimes disappointing, like the 8 different deodorants/antiperspirants I tried since coming here. I finally had to give up and have our first visitors bring me enough of my old stand by from home to last until we come back. I am dreaming of the day I can walk into Target and know exactly what I want to buy instead of staring blankly at the personal care products in the aisles having no idea what to get.

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    I’ve been using Lash Love mascara from Mary Kay for the last six months or so. I was never particular about mascara, mainly because it seemed it didn’t do anything for my lashes. But this mascara does! It makes a difference.

    I also have fine hair. I use Big Sexy Hair spray mousse to get a little lift and volume. I read Megan @FriedOkra’s post about hair care and implemented some of her suggestions. I used to shampoo every day. Now I shampoo every other or even every 3 days. I still rinse and condition every day, but I feel like my hair has a healthier look and is less flat. I bought a different hairbrush too. Funny how such a small thing can make a difference.

    Thanks for sharing your tips!
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      I have to shampoo every day. One because I use so much product in my hair and two because my hair is really oily. I’ve tried the Big Sexy Hair and I like the Aquage better. But I do like the Big Sexy Hair hairspray.

  4. says

    I don’t have favorite products. I try all kinds of things and magazine ads draw me in so I think I’m always getting something different.

    I picked up the SELF magazine yesterday and they have a ton of product recommendations this month.
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  5. says

    I could live at Sephora.


    I mean, have mail delivered there and everything. It’s one of my most favorite places on earth.

  6. says

    I have frizzy out to there hair so your hair products probably wouldn’t match up to me.

    The foundation, though, hmmm. They just opened a Sephora at “our” shopping center and TweenStar and I can’t wait to get there. I will have to look for it.

    I don’t know if I have a favorite product. I am not easily swayed by ads, but if someone writes a blog post or tweets or facebooks something I am all over it!
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    • says

      I’m like you. I’m not at all swayed by ads, curious sometimes, but not swayed. But if someone I trust recommends a product then I’m all over that.

  7. R's Mom says

    Thanks for the recommendations! I also have fine hair, so I know the angst with finding good product…I definitely want to check out the shampoo and root lifter. The only products I’ve found recently that work are Bumble & Bumble, which are EXPENSIVE, so I would be thrilled to find an alternative. As for the Smashbox, I love it! I switched to their foundation/primer a few years ago, and it is definitely worth the cost!

  8. says

    Cool! Good info!!

    I am wondering – since you are my go-to for makeup advice – about the powder foundation. I have always wanted to try it, but I recently bought some and I’m not in love with it. But I’m not sure if it’s because of the powder foundation (it’s that minerals kind) or if it’s because of my aging skin. My skin just isn’t the same as it was 10 years ago, KWIM? What are your thoughts on that? (the makeup, not my skin, LOL)

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      I’ve tried the mineral makeup and I don’t like it either. I don’t feel like it provides enough coverage, even with a primer, for me. I use a powder foundation that’s a little thicker than that. It is made my BeautiControl. I like it, but I just don’t want to deal with BC anymore. I’m hoping I can find something similar.