Saturday, April 30, 2011

Walmart Haul

I really wanted to do a haul video on this because I had a lot to say about each item, but my jaw is still way too sore from the wisdom tooth surgery to be able to talk unless I really need to, so in lieu of a video, I decided to do a detailed blog post.  All of the items were purchased at Walmart, and I tried to give you estimated prices, but remember that prices vary by location.

#1: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner (Under $3.00)
I have used this in the past and loved it.  However, recently I had purchased the Burt's Bees Hair Repair Shea & Grapefruit Deep Conditioner instead, which runs around $8.  I was trying to be more cruelty-free but I have to be honest.  The Burt's Bees conditioner SUCKED and Aussie is way cheaper and way better.  Until I find something more affordable that's cruelty-free, I'll stick to using the Aussie.  It works really well, is affordable, and smells great!

#2: Aveeno Nourish & Style Soft Hold Gel-Creme (Regularly around $7, I bought on clearance for $2!!)
Well for only $2, why not try it?!?  As summer approaches, I'm finding my usual curly styles have more trouble holding up to the heat and humidity so I wanted to try out some products that would help me out.  I recently tried a spray gel from Garnier Fruictis but it's totally hard and crunchy... not sexy words to describe hair.  I wanted something more soft hold and flexible and the price was totally right for something to try.  You may want to check out your Walmart and see if they have this on clearance too.  Smells very yummy to me and holds without being sticky or hard.  I'm hoping I might even be able to use it to scrunch my (rather straight) hair into some beachy waves.

#3: TIGI Rockaholic Fun Times Flexible Hairspray (Regularly around $20, I bought on clearance for $2!!)
Another product at a price I can't pass up!  I go through lots of flexible hold hairspray so I would have probably bought any brand at that price but when it's usually so expensive, I would like to see what the fuss is all about.  And I would NEVER pay $20 for hairspray just to see if it's worth the money because even if it was the BEST hairspray ever, I can't see myself spending that much on such a basic product.

#4: It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product (Around $30 at the Walmart Salon for the 10 oz. bottle)
Now this is a product I will spend an absurd amount of money on.  I SWEAR by this product!  (No, I am not sponsored by this or ANY company.)  It does 10 great things for your hair, including acting as a heat protectant and leave in conditioner.  It has helped my hair to not get split ends anymore and it's really one of the only products that I use everyday and can't live without.  It keeps my hair manageable, frizz free and soft.  All around great product and you use very little of it.  I bought the largest bottle because I do go through a fair amount and the larger the size you buy, the more you get for your money.  If you are interested in trying it, it is sold in many Ulta stores and also at the Hair Cuttery.  FYI: It's WAY cheaper to buy it at the Hair Cuttery and also, if you get your hair cut there, you can ask them to use it on you and try it out for free!

#5: Morton Coarse Sea Salt (Around $2)
I've really been wanting to acheive those natural looking beachy waves but it has been a total pain with my straight hair.  This time of year I always long to be one of those wavy-haired maidens who can just toss some product in and scrunch and look amazing.  But alas, my hair is straight and looks like a mess when I try that.  But as I was surfing YouTube while propped on the couch all week recovering from surgery, I saw several straight haired girls who said they get the same look by using "surf spray", which is really just salt water spray.  So then I started searching for DIY videos on how to make salt water spray.  Apparently it isn't too hard.  It seemed you could use epsom salts or sea salt.  Our kitchen was running low on sea salt anyway, so I picked this up to give the recipe a try.  I think this is the video I plan to use.  (By the way, you should check out TheSecretLifeofaBioNerd's channel!  She is awesome!!)  Hopefully the styling results will be good!!

#6: Purple 8 oz. Spray Bottle (around $1)
This is really just to put the salt spray in.  I chose purple because it's my favorite color!

#7: Olay 2-in-1 Daily Facial Cleansing Cloths for Combo/Oily Skin (Around $6 or $7)
This is something that my favorite beauty guru, emilynoel83 raves about all the time and I have meant to try for almost a year now.  Since my face is still really bruised and sensitive, I thought no time like the present to try these gentle makeup removing cloths.  These Daily Facials just need to be wetted and they claim to foam and wash away all of your makeup.  Right now I use makeup remover wipes (premoistened wipes) that you have to kind of scrub your face with to get the makeup off.  Right now my face is too sensitive for that kind of pressure.  I'm really hoping these work as well as Emily has raved that they do, but she's never let me down before!

#8: Almay Intense I-Color Liquid Eyeliner in Raisin Quartz, for Green Eyes (Under $7)
I have the same eyeliners in the shades Black Pearl and Brown Topaz and I love them! They are shimmery and soft looking for liquid liner but are super easy to apply and great quality!  I thought the shade for green eyes would look really nice on me and would be really different from anything else I have.  I have tons of shades of black, brown, gray, and white but nothing to really play up my own eye color.  Upon swatching, I think I'm in love.

Have you picked up any fun new items lately??  I'm thinking I need to go back on my makeup diet... this beauty addict needs a self-intervention!

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