The Beautycounter Products Changing our Skincare Routine
A Beautycounter+ Spa Set Review by a co-founder of la-trelle.com
By Jess Lambi
When it comes to skincare, there’s a serious satisfaction that comes with using natural skincare products that have real results. The Beautycounter+ Spa Sets include a medley of products that work together to give your skin a specific boost, whether it’s brightening, plumping, or balancing. Get the low-down on each below and see which one you need in your life!
#1 - The Brightening and Vitamin C Set has a fresh clementine scent that is so refreshing. Skin brightness is improved after just one use of the mask, which makes it perfect for a quick complexion pick-me-up. Not to mention the mist and oil, which give your skin an instant brightening boost!
#2 - The Plumping Collection products give your skin a noticeable smoothness and plump finish. This set was my favorite because my complexion was the most noticeably different after one use of the products! Who knew ten minutes would make my skin look so much healthier. This set smells like garden flowers, which is perfect for the matching freshness that it gives your skin.
#3 - The Clearing Collection is #chargoals for dirty skin that needs a balancing, deep clean. Charcoal refreshes clogged pores and evens out a dull complexion. For sensitive skin, use once a week to keep your skin clean and refined.
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The Five Best Dry Shampoos, Ranked by A Dry Shampoo Addict
By Kira MacLean
Whether you’re looking to spruce up your hair after a blowout or trying to combat 3-days worth of hot yoga-induced oily roots, lemme just say, guuuurl, I got you. My name’s Kira and I’ve been using dry shampoo on the daily for the past 4 years. This isn’t because I have ridiculously greasy locks or work out every day (although I definitely use dry shampoo to combat those situations), but rather because I’ve found dry shampoo to be an essential tool in my hair styling arsenal. I typically use dry shampoo after blow drying my hair to add a bit of extra volume, texture, and subtle fragrance, but have compiled a list of my favorite tried-and-tested dry shampoos to suit whatever hair needs you can come up with.
#1 BEST ALL-AROUND ALLY
This is my go-to for any and all hair snafus. Whether I’m running out to drinks after a quick workout or trying to add a bit of volume to my next-day blowout, the Detox Dry Shampoo does the trick. While Dry Bar also has different shades for brunettes and blondes, which can lend extra coverage, I’ve found their regular dry shampoo offers the best of all worlds—no dark marks on my clothing or skin if I run my hands through my hair; a light, clean scent that kills any other odors (smoke, city ephemera, etc.); and a medium-weight powder that soaks up any and all oil while leaving your hair perfectly fresh.
#2 BEST DAILY BLOWOUT ENHANCER
Amika’s dry shampoo is my current favorite, the holy grail for women like me who blow dry their hair on the daily and need a little boost to keep their hair looking fly. (Disclaimer: I know you’re not supposed to dry your hair every day but as someone who is hair-obsessed I find myself feeling a million times better when I blow out my hair~) I spray this dry shampoo at my roots and it does exactly what it says—I get a little perk up that results in touchably soft, lightly volumized tresses. I’ve also gotten the most compliments on Perk Up’s sea buckthorn scent, which smells lightly citrusy and woody and altogether ah-mazing.
#3 BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Not Your Mother’s does a lot of things right, and their dry shampoo is no exception. This was the OG dry shampoo for me, purchased at a time when I needed a quick, cheap, reliable solution for day-to-day grime. Clean Freak relies on a heavier powder to do the heavy lifting, and truly lives up to its name as a shampoo by cleaning your hair without having to take a shower. This dry shampoo is always my recommendation for those who rely on dry shampoo to absorb a good amount of oil or those who seldomly use dry shampoo and want an inexpensive option to have on hand. Either way you’re golden, girlie!
#4 BEST FINE HAIR FINESSER
While I don’t fall into the category of fine hair by any means, I’ve had many a girlfriend ask me to help them pick out a dry shampoo to boost their limp locks. Klorane’s Oat Milk formula is the overwhelming crowd favorite for my fine-haired friends, who credit the combination of rice and corn starches to adding much needed volume and oil absorption without weighing their strands down. While this dry shampoo doesn’t quite have the clean scent of the others, some actually prefer the light, oaty fragrance as it doesn’t compete with other perfumes.
#5 BEST HEAVY DUTY HELPER
Living Proof prides themselves on their commitment to using science to create better products, and seem to extend that same commitment to you, meaning that you may have to experiment to get that perfect hair day they tout. Their formulation boasts a unique patented molecule that absorbs oil while smoothing your hair, ultimately adding polish and strength to tired tresses. While this sounds awesome in theory, and will absolutely transform a legitimately greasy mane into a date-worthy blowout, it only works if you have a lot of oil, especially beyond your roots. Because my own hair rarely gets to this point, it ended up weighing down my clean-ish hair, leaving it flatter than when I started. However, I’d recommend this to gals with noticeably oily strands, as I think this dry shampoo can change your life.
I hope you enjoyed this dry shampoo run-down! Let me know it this info has helped all of you boss babes out there trying to find the right dry shampoo to look fly on the go!
Kira MacLean the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Kiraamaa.com, a curated travel, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle
Bergamot: Discovering the Essential Oil Jackpot
By Athena Desai
Finding a new essential oil to add to your beauty regimen is like finding a new bestie. And when I had a chance encounter with bergamot this winter, I quickly discovered I’d hit the jackpot. Bergamot has so many amazing attributes and benefits, it’s hard to know where to start. But let’s focus on its healing properties for our sometimes-needy-but-always-beloved skin.
Bergamot oil comes from a kind of citrus fruit that’s a cross between an orange and a lemon. As you’ll find with other citrus essential oils, it smells amazing, and it makes your skin extremely photosensitive. I say that upfront because I think you’ll be really excited about using it, and you should know to leave at least 12 hours between using it and any exposure to the sun.
And here are the top reasons why you’ll be stoked to have bergamot in your life:
1) It evens out skin tone. It does this by making sure skin pigments are evenly distributed – which goes hand in hand with its ability to fade and heal scars. This is very useful if you’ve had intense acne, but even if you haven’t, tone tends to decrease with age and it’s one of the reasons why we tend to wear makeup such as foundation or BB cream. The more you can address tone through natural means, the happier your skin will be and the better it will look with little to no makeup. Huge bonus.
2) It is antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial. It can heal acne wounds as discussed above but it can also heal things like eczema, ulcers, cracked skin, and itching. One nice way to combine these superpowers with bergamot’s tone-evening benefit is to make a simple DIY toner.
3) It is very calming. Bergamot reduces stress, relieves anxiety, and brings on calm and joy. All of this is amazing news for your skin, which is vulnerable to stress just like any of your other organs. You can reap this benefit through your skin or through a diffuser, and it’s not to be underestimated as a bonus.
And that’s just the beginning! If you want to learn more about bergamot’s myriad uses, here are some good sources online. You’ll see how sensible and fun it is to keep essential oils as your friends and companions.
Athena Desai is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in Cambridge, MA. She does facial rejuvenation acupuncture and gives consults on how diet, lifestyle changes and essential oils can illuminate your skin. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.