Living Ray Review: L’Oreal Paris Ever-Pure Hair Sheet Mask

I recently have been seeing a lot of hype around the L’Oreal Paris Hair Care Ever-Pure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Masks. Whewwww, that was a mouthful!

Because of all the hype, the bloggers, and the reviews – I thought I would give it a try.

Before I get into the details about my experience with this product, I wanted to explain how my hair was prior to trying the sheet mask.

I live in Utah so the weather is very dry. I often find that my scalp is dry or that I have dandruff. Lovely… I know. I trim my hair about every 3-4 months so I like to say it is pretty healthy. I have my beloved split ends because I curl my hair pretty much every day, except for all the weekends, when I throw it up in a messy bun or braids.

So now that you know the background of my long, luscious locks, let’s talk about the sheet masks!

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First you jump in the shower, shampoo your hair and rinse. I took the sheet mask in the shower with me, but I’m sure you could just wash your hair and apply it without fully jumping into the shower.

Next, I opened up the package and took out the mask. To me, it was more of a plastic shower cap than it was a mask, but you place it on your head like a hat. The package advises you to twist your hair up and place on top of your head before applying the mask. This was the hardest part for me. Twisting my hair and trying to place the cap on at the same time was a challenge. I had to hold my hair with one hand and try to place the cap on with the other. Once I applied the cap, I pulled the sticker cover and secured the sticker to the cap to make sure it was closed tightly. Then I massaged. The hardest part of the whole application for me was getting all of my hair into the mask.

The mask has all the conditioning products inside, so you gently massage the mask on your head. The mask only needs to be on for 5 minutes. It sounded like I was crunching around a potato chip bag on top of my head.

After 5 minutes, you take off the mask and rinse out all of the goodness.

CAUTION: When you rinse your hair, your shower will become VERY slippery! When I rinsed the product from my hair, it felt like my shower was coated in conditioner! I almost slipped twice!!

The mask made my hair feel amazing. Very soft and refreshed. I also assume that I didn’t rinse all of the product out thoroughly because my scalp felt a little greasy at the top. I gave it another rinse and it seemed to be better! My fault! My hair was easy to comb through and felt soft and smooth for the next couple of days.

Would I ever use this product again? Definitely! I will probably consider using one of these once a month to give my hair the little refresher that it needs!

L’Oreal Paris also created the EverPure Sulfate Free Moisture Shampoo that I am going to try! I will post a review about it soon!

Please leave a comment and tell me about your own experience with the Sheet Masks or the Moisture Shampoo if you have tried it before!

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Living Ray Review: Frank Body Coffee Scrub

 I’m just going to jump right into this one.

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You may have seen all the ongoing social media hype surrounding Frank Body.

Girls and guys of all shapes and sizes taking photos with ground coffee bits all over their bodies and faces, and their bathroom too!

I literally have no other words to describe this body scrub other than, to me, it’s fantastic! I have tried lots of other scrubs in the past, but #letsbefrank (see what I did there?), this one is by far my absolute favorite.

Frank Body offers their original coffee scrub, coconut coffee scrub, peppermint coffee scrub and cacao coffee scrub. ALL OF WHICH ARE AMAZING. I have tried them all. This scrub helps me with my cellulite, stretch marks, breakouts, scars, etc. You name it, I use it for it! Frank also offers lip scrubs, moisturizes, lip tints and more! I’ve only used their body scrubs thus far, but I am sure their other products are just as fantastic!

If you, too, suffer from the items above, this might be worth a try!

“I believe no pants are the best pants and that every day is another opportunity to talk dirty.”

This product is natural, vegan and cruelty free. The blend of coffee, oils, and vitamins leave my skin feeling smooth, glowing and nourished every time I use it. I like to use it 1-2 times per week.

“ Unlike your ex, I’m non-toxic. I use natural and naturally derived ingredients. ”

What really makes Frank Body stand out to me is their particular way of marketing. Its unique, sexy, and fun! From the hashtags #LetsBFrank & #thefrankeffect to the clever quotes they have throughout their website, I think you too will fall in love with this product.

“I’m natural, naughty and ready to make you
as soft as a pug in a rug.”

Full disclosure: This product really does get dirty! My shower walls will turn into a complete mess when I use the scrub. But it does leave your bathroom with a wonderful coffee aroma that I enjoy!

“Getting dirty has never felt so good.”

I have recommended Frank to my closest friends and family, so I thought it was only right that I tell you all about it as well!

So is all the hype about Frank Body true? That it truly helps with all the annoying things that go hand in hand with the human body? See for yourself! Check out #thefrankeffect to see real results from others that have used this product. But I think the only true way to know if it works is to try it yourself!

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In The Nude

I don’t know about you all, but I love being in the nude. And I’m not just talking about in my home.

TOTALLY KIDDING!…. Sort of.

But in all seriousness, I am referring to nude or neutral lips. I wanted to write a post about some of my favorite neutral lipsticks. It was really tough for me to find a good, nude lip color. Some of them went so terribly with my skin color that I ended up looking like a freakish ghost. I have a lighter brown/medium skin tone with that orange-ish undertone, so some of my personal favorites may or may not work for you. But don’t give up! Go to your local Ulta or Sephora and try on all the colors! I promise it’s super fun!  THAT IS WHAT TESTERS ARE FOR, PEOPLE! Try before you buy!

If you are on the hunt for a great Nude and like me, are having troubles finding a great neutral color for your lips, some of these might be just what you are looking for!

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HUDA BEAUTY Liquid Matte Minis Au Naturels Nude Edition: $33

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SEPHORA FAVORITES Give Me Some Nude Lip: $28

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Such an amazing set! This neutral set comes with a bunch of options so you can try different brands and find your own personal favorite. This is a great choice if you are unsure of your likes/dislikes. It goes with lip paint, gloss, lipstick and liquid lipstick. As I always like to say, find what YOU love!

 

 

TARTE Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint- Naughty Nudes: $20

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Now with any lipstick, my first words of advice are: Don’t let the color from the bottle scare you! Some might look darker, brighter, lighter, or bolder than they actually are. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY. Paint a nice line on your forearm or your wrist to see how the color looks on your skin.

When I first saw this one, it looked extremely dark brown to me. But after I tried it on, it ended up being a nice, neutral warm brown and I was in love.

 

 

 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick: $14

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KAT VON D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick : $19

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URBAN DECAY Vice Lipstick: $19

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Body Hair Care

I am fortunate enough to have a head full of long, luscious locks of hair, which I will talk more about in a future post! I am also unfortunate enough to have hairy underarms, hairy legs, and hairy other places – like all other humans do.

With that being said, I wanted to talk about my body hair care routines! You can wax, shave, tweeze, laser hair removal, etc etc. but I decided to share a few of my personal favorites!

ME. I like to shave. Yes, shaving sucks but there is nothing better than freshly shaved legs and arms after you shower! And yes, I shave my arms. I have tattoos and didn’t spend the hundreds of dollars that I did for them to be covered in hair! I absolutely HATE shaving my underarms, however. They never feel smooth and the hair grows back too fast!  For my underarms, I love to use my epilator! I will talk more about the epilator I use below!

Would I love to do laser hair removal? YES! But it is quite costly and doesn’t currently fit in my budget.

I am not a fan of NAIR. No offense, NAIR. It works, but it just stinks and doesn’t work well with my skin, personally. And I don’t like the do-it-yourself wax strips either. I don’t have enough courage to pull it myself. Ouch! I can barely rip off a bandaid or those black facial peels that make me cry.

Waxing by a professional is great, however! I love getting a wax. I get a wax every month. You have to make sure you grow the hair out beforehand so that the wax has something to grab onto. I like to get my eyebrows waxed and get a Brazilian done every month (that’s for your girly parts, for those of you who don’t know what that is). The pain can be a little unbearable for some, but I have seen a huge change in my hair throughout time. There is less and less of it every time I go.

The only thing I tweeze is my eyebrows. I’ll pluck a hair or two if they are throwing off the shape of my brow.

Here are my favorite products to use!

 

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And NO, it’s not just for a “coochy”. Men can use this stuff too! You can buy this shaving cream from the Pure Romance website also, but I buy a lot of other things from Amazon, so it’s a little more convenient for me. I am a big fan of this stuff though! It smells great and you can even use this as a hair conditioner!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gillette Daisy Classic Disposable Razors

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Braun Silk-épil 9 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator

This is my favorite thing! This little thing has tiny tweezers that rotate and pull out the Capturehairs. I use the epilator on my armpits and only have to do it once per month, if that! You can use this for other parts of your body if you wanted to but I personally don’t! It leaves my underarms super smooth. It’s also great because you can use it wet or dry, so you could use it in the bath or shower if you wanted to! FULL DISCLOSURE: This does hurt a little. At least it did for me, the first time I used it. Just a word of caution to others. Maybe I’m just a baby and it won’t hurt you as bad as it did me.

 

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Tweezers

These are my absolute favorite tweezers. If you are looking for a good pair, this might be Capturethem! They are slanted at the bottom and I can tweeze some of my finest hairs with them! Since I have used these, I have never wanted to try another pair. They even come in pink!

 

 

 

 

 

All in all- shaving, waxing, tweezing and the epilator are my go-to’s. As you can tell, I have been through a lot of trial and error to find the products I love. Don’t be afraid to try different things to find out what works best for your own body! Don’t use or do something just because everyone else is doing it. Make sure you find products that YOU love!

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Love Your Lips

Let’s talk about lips!

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I am constantly throwing on Carmex or some other form of chapstick or lip moisturizer throughout the day! If I am not drinking enough water, I can tell, because my lips will become super chapped.

I wanted to share 6 of my favorite lip products ranging from lip polish/scrubs, lipsticks, to chap stick.

 

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Carmex

This is an everyday go-to for me. You will find one of these in my purse, in my office, next to my bed, and even in my car. Carmex always has been and will always be an everyday favorite of mine.

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I LOVE this lip polish! It smells great and makes my lips feel even better!  It helps moisturize my lips and get rid of the dead skin!

 

 

FRESH Sugar Lip Polish

Another great Sugar Lip Polish! I like to use lip polish to scrub off any dead skin                priorCapture to applying lipstick. This product is also free of any parabens which is a major plus!

 

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Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick

Matte Lipsticks are my favorite. I am not really a fan of lip glosses. These Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks are the best! I have purchased a lot of the colors offered in this collection and can throw them on any day of the week. You will love them! You can also find mini collections including 4 colors of these here. I purchased a few of those mini collections also!

 

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Pur-lisse Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango Butter & Shea Butter

This lip nourisher is another one I use on the daily. It feels like butter when I put it on. I like to throw this one on before I put on any lipstick or just wear it by myself.

 

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ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Liquid Lipstick

Another one of my favorite liquid lipstick brands is Anastasia Beverly Hills. BUT I love the entire line of this brand in general. I buy a lot of the Anastasia Beverly Hills products and have never hated any of them. This Liquid Lipstick comes in 39 different colors and all of them are amazing!!!

 

What are your favorite lip products? Leave a comment and let me know! And don’t forget to love your lips!

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Everyday Skin Care

Let’s talk about skin care, people!

It’s so important to take care of your skin! I wanted to talk a little bit about the skin care products I personally use and love.

I’ve tried a lot of them! My face isn’t too oily. I would say, because I live in Utah, my skin is more dry than anything. Lotion is my best friend! I don’t have a lot of acne but I do get the occasional  breakouts during “shark week”. I’ve been to dermatologists and tried a handful of products referred by friends, but nothing seemed to work the way I wanted it to!

I finally visited Elase. Elase offers so many different products and services that I love! Their Hydrafacials are amazing! I would highly recommend locating a similar spa near you and partaking in their services!

At Elase, I did a skin test where they showed me the nitty gritty of my face and all I could say was WOW. Who knew my skin looked the way it did that up close and personal!

They set me up on a Skin Care line called Skin Cueticals and I am in love! Ever since I started using them, I have seen such an improvement in my skin! Make sure to give these a try if you are currently on the hunt for skin care products or make sure you don’t give up until you find the perfect one for your skin!

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1. Gentle Cleanser

This facial cleanser has helped me clear up and soothe my dry/combination skin. If you are looking for a great cleanser, this might be it for you! I was my face morning and night. I always make it a point to wash my face before I go to sleep, no matter how tired I am!
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2. Conditioning Toner

If you do not currently own a toner, get one! This is a great investment and a little bit goes a long ways. I use this toner two times a day- in the morning before I get ready for the day and at night before I go to sleep.
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3. Antioxidant

DON’T PANIC!! I know, I know. The price of this bad boy is a little alarming! I get it. You are probably thinking- Is it made of magical unicorn water and gold?! I wish! But, it is worth every penny. At least it was to me… This serum diminishes the appearance of fine lines and also helps with discoloration. I apply it in the morning after my cleanser and toner.
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3. Moisturizer

Another great product to invest in… Moisturizer! Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! I can’t say that enough! I like this one because I live in Utah and it gets very dry here. They have other products you can find that fit your own skin type- combination, oily, sensitive. This provides the perfect amount to my skin of hydration to my skin.
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4. Facial Sunscreen

This brand is not a Skin Cueticals brand, but it is a brand that I enjoy. The sun can be one of the most harmful elements to our skin if we are not taking care of it. It’s like a double edged sword. I love the sunshine so much and try to get outside as much as I can during warmer weather months, but it can provide visible signs of aging. With that being said, use sunscreen! I like this one because it hydrates my skin while also protecting it from the harmful rays! I can throw it on before I put my makeup on or where by itself.

 

 

My Daily Makeup Products

If you read my post about microblading, then you know I am not the most savvy makeup person out there.

I like to keep my makeup simple.

Sometimes I will glam it up with some lipstick, but I don’t usually wear eye shadow and I only wear eyeliner once in a while.

I thought I would share my daily makeup products with you all. If you have any favorites, I would love to hear about them. Leave me a comment below and let me know what your personal favorites are!

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1. Primer

This primer helps me fill in my pores and wrinkles. It has a silky smooth texture and makes my skin feel fresh and great! I have uneven skin tone and it helps my makeup look more flawless.

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2. Foundation

This foundation comes in so many colors and is so easy for me to use on the go! Unlike liquid foundations, this comes in a stick form so I can apply it on the go! It comes with a built-in Touch-Up Blender that I also love!
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3. Concealer

Even with a full nights rest, I still manage to have dark circles under my eyes. I have tried lots of different concealers but I have really enjoyed this one. It is long lasting and provides full coverage. The best part about this concealer is that a little goes a long ways! You don’t have to use a lot to get the coverage you need.
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4. Foundation

I enjoy a good highlighter as much as the next girl! I have some favorite highlighter kits, like the Limited Edition Morphe x Bretman Babe in Paradise Highlighter Palette, but when I am on the go I like to have a quick grab! This liquid glow highlighter blends into my skin really well and provides a pretty sheen.
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5. Eyelashes/Mascara

Most days, you will find me with a pair of Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes on. I like to have a natural feel to my face. But when I am too lazy to throw on lashes, I like to use a little Better Than Sex Mascara from TOO FACED. The brush curls my natural lashes really well and I only need a couple of coats to get my desired look.
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6. Blush

I, for ever, love this blush. It comes in a bunch of different colors. Some of my favorites to use are – Coral, Peachy Pink, and Rosy Plum.  This blush blends into my skin really well applies smooth to my other products. I will wear it with my daily routine makeup, or by itself for a little touch of color if I decide to go bare.
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7. Setting Spray

When I have applied all my products, I like to finish it up with a few sprays of Setting Spray. The All Nighter Setting Spray from Urban Decay is supposed to keep your makeup looking fresh for up to 16 hours! Shake it up and apply it to your face in an “X” and “T” formation! It’s so easy, anyone could use this!