L’Oreal Paris Hydra Genius + How to Score Some Freebies

I’m going to start off by saying I didn’t know L’oreal had offers on their page where you can get free samples of products. But now that I know that I’m going to start checking back every so often to see if anything new is up there. I actually found that out by going on this site called womanfreebies.com and I signed up to recieve a bunch of freebies that I will be writing reviews on for you guys. So maybe you can learn more about certain products or try them for yourself. So far I have recieved 2 of the freebies that I have signed up for and I believe I have 2 more on the way.

I never really had a good track record with L’oreal products but I have been trying to find a new moisturizer so I thought why not try it. Getting a free sample wouldn’t hurt, cause that meant I didn’t waste my money on the product if I didn’t end up liking it. It took about 2 weeks to come in and it was in a very cute little envelope type thing which I pretty much tore open so I didn’t get a chance to take a picture for you guys. But this is what it looked like when I pulled it out of that.

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I didn’t realize that if I pulled that top part off I’d be opening the free sample completely but it was alright cause I wanted to try it right away so that way I can have it on my face for a little bit before I wrote this.

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I could not get the lighting right on this picture, which I apologize for. But as you see I tried the normal/oily skin moisturizer and when I say this stuff is amazing, I mean it. I want to try the rest of this line cause of how good it made my skin feel. It doesn’t look oily, it doesn’t feel oily. My skin looks normal. This may be my new moisturizer that I use for a little.

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This is how much I used, I know the whole a little goes a long way. But whatever was left I just rubbed it in my neck and the back of my hand. I hope you guys decide to try this out, it’s a really good product. Although it may be the only thing I like from l’oreal so far, I am going to look more into their skin care products and hopefully find more that I like. Don’t forget to check out womanfreebies.com to get some awesome free stuff. I’ll write a review on the other sample I got soon. But on Friday I’m going to be posting a D.I.Y that I hope you guys like.

E.L.F. Hydrating Gel Mask

I’ve been wanting to try e.l.f.’s line of skin care for a little while now and I’m excited to tell you guys that I finally tried one and as always I’m in love with it. I find myself saying e.l.f. products are one of the if not the best products for me to use.

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First off the packaging both the box and the actual product itself is so cute. I really like the very light color vibe going on.

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This actually feels really nice on my face and makes it feel very soft afterwards. All you do is unscrew the cap and you’ll see a little white piece that you just peel off and it can easily be put back on after you put it on. Unless you have something to apply the face mask on, it’s alright to use your hands.

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The mask itself is white, but it goes on clear. You keep it on for about 10-15 mins and you can wipe some of it off with a wash cloth and rub the rest into your skin. Or you can just wash it off completely. You’re skin will feel so nice and very soft afterwards not to mention very hydrated. You can use this mask daily or 3 times a week, I like it so much it just be what I use daily.

I am looking forward to trying many more skin care products that e.l.f. has to offer, the next one I want to try is the hydrating bubble one or the beauty shield magnetic mask. Or pretty much all of them. This is one of the first face masks that I have seen on the shelves at the stores, so hopefully more start popping up and I can get my hands on them.

Tiny Natural Shark Tooth Wire Wrapped Ring

Guys I’m so excited to share this ring with you guys. Usually I’m not a huge jewelry fan but when it features things that  I absolutely love in a very cute way I’m all for it.

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I bought this ring off a lovely girl named Amanda Rose who owns an etsy shop called Bohemian’s Closet . Everything is completely handmade by herself only. I think it’s crazy how talented she is and how much stuff she makes and sells. She loves to make sure that all of her customers are completely 110 % happy with their purchases and she definitely did not disappoint.

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This handmade wire wrapped piece of jewelry is to die for! I’m encouraging you guys to really check out her store on etsy there is so many other things that you guys may like, I know I’ll be buying more from her.

This post is in no way sponsored by her, I just asked for permission to use her site name and to talk about her jewelry on my blog and she was so sweet about it. So if you enjoy handmade bohemian jewelry please go check her out! Once again her site is called Bohemian’s Closet.

 

What’s In My Makeup Bag *August 2017*

Today I wanted to show you guys what is in my makeup bag, it changes a lot so what’s in there now might not be in there next time. Some products are in there all the time cause I absolutely refuse to let them go cause I think that they are just that good.

First off I’m going to start with the bag itself. I got this when I went to ‘ Future Now ‘ which was a Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas tour from last year.

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I thought this was super cute and it all of my products into it. Not to mention if you wanted you could use it just as a clutch, but I opted to use it as my makeup bag and it hasn’t let me down since.

Next up I’m going to move on to the brushes that I have in my bag.

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These were actually cheap and came in a pouch full of brushes and whatever other tool you can think of. This is actually the Contour set and I’m in love with them. They work so well for my level of applying makeup which is still on the beginner side.

Which leads me to what contouring set I use. I’m still learning how to contour so I don’t do it that often, unless I have time to sit there and watch a youtube tutorial beforehand. But when I do this is what I always use.

Anytime I talk about my favorite drugstore makeup products you will most definitely hear e.l.f. come out of my mouth before anything else. I don’t know what it is but I’ve used it ever since I started wearing makeup and I don’t think I’ll ever stop. It’s affordable and not to mention the products are almost always amazing. This won’t be the last time you see e.l.f. in this post either.

I guess I probably should have mentioned what foundation I use, usually it is e.l.f. but the last time I went to go get more foundation they didn’t have the shade that I needed so I just switched to Covergirl until I run out than I’ll be right back to using my e.l.f. foundation.

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Don’t be discouraged my beauty blender is actually tan in color but I do still need to get a new one. Even though I barely use it the way it is, I pretty much just use it to apply the foundation so that way I don’t have to use my hands. I’ll usually use my foundation brush to do the rest.

Moving on to the eyes.

Like I said earlier it wasn’t going to be the last time you see e.l.f. in this blog post.  I either use my NYC jet black eyeliner or my e.l.f. waterproof liquid eyeliner. My eyelash curler is also from e.l.f. partnered with the volume plumping mascara also from e.l.f.

I don’t really use that much eyeshadow but when I do it’s usually from the Sephora + Pantone Universe eyeshadow palette that I had for quite a while now, which I do plan on getting more into my eyeshadow game soon. Cause I love the looks that you can create with it.

Now my lips are a different story, I have such a hard time finding a lip shade that I actually think looks good on me. Sometimes I find a bold color that I like but I don’t like the way the lipgloss/lipstick felt. But I included the two lipglosses that I find myself using way more than the rest.

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Once again e.l.f. is featured here too. I’m pretty sure if I had the chance and if the drugstores around here actually carried every single e.l.f. product there is I would own the whole collection and more. I also have the hard candy all glossed up hydrating lip stain, which makes my lips feel really soft.

Last but not least I have a concealer.

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There you have it. That is all what is currently in my make up bag. I actually really enjoyed writing this and taking pictures of what is featured in my bag. Feel free to share what is in yours down in the comments below, I would love to hear about them.

Top 5 Book Quotes From The Stories I Read This Week

As most of you may know I finished 2 books this week. One a story that I have been on and off with another one I just picked up from the library. So I decided to share with you guys my favorite quotes from both of the books.

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I’m starting a new book, not surprisingly it’s another Sarah Dessen book so when I finish it I will share my top 5 quotes from it. Or I’ll read another book after it and just put 2 books in one. It all depends on which quotes I get from the books and actually take something from, cause I don’t want to share the usual quotes you always see in the books if I don’t take at least something tiny from the quote itself. I made these edit sort things on picmonkey.com . I hope you guys enjoyed this and I’ll have a new post up on Wednesday.

 

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

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At first I was not a fan of this book, I was trying to figure out why everyone was telling me that if I liked certain books that I would love this one as well. Than Chapter 11 happened, and while I’m quite not finished with the book ( I still have a few more chapters to go) I’m in love. It’s no secret that 9 times out of 10 when a book deals with topics people rarely talk about besides when something actually does happen that I enjoy it. I started this book a year ago and kept setting it down to read a different one, but something told me that I need to give this book another go.

The first line of a book is something that catches your eye and it’s supposed to set the mood on how you’re going to be feeling about everything else when it comes to the book. I didn’t know why this book was different at first though. The opening line caught my caught but as the story went on I just got bored. Maybe it was because it was just a little back story and leading up to the actual good parts. I don’t know what it was but when Chapter 11 hit I just kept on reading and reading. I didn’t want to put the book down. I still don’t. But sadly things get in the way and I have no choice but to put it down.

I guess I should start by saying that Craig is a realist in a way even though he doesn’t really know how to deal with certain things. It’s just that the way he says things or the way the author expresses Craig’s feelings on paper. There is something about a lot of these characters, you find yourself in them one way or another and it’s the most amazing feeling in the world. Sometimes you find inner strength through characters when they find their own. That’s something that brought my attention to books in the first place. Of course there’s the people that introduced me to them and told me all the things to love about them. But just like in real life, no one can tell you how to love something or someone.

I’m currently on chapter 23 and I am reading it as I get the time to throughout the day and this weekend. I would like to have it finished by sometime next week and I’m sure that I’ll have a lot more to say about it. So maybe I’ll do a week in review of what books I finished reading Sarah Dessen’s newer book before I decided to give ‘It’s Kind Of A Funny Story’ another try.

So what about you guys? Have you read this book?If so, was it easier for you to get into right off the bat or was it slow to get into for you as well?

Interview With An Educator

This post is going to be different from every other post I’ve done. But it is something that I hope to do more of. I’m going to interview someone who has had an impact on my life at one point or another. To get this thing started I’m going to do a quick little This or That questions feel free to play along down in the comment below.

Handwritten or  Emails

Sarah Dessen  or  John Green

Jeans or Leggings

Mystery  or Romance

Movies or Books

 Country Life or City Life  – AL: Ugh… too hard to answer


  1. K: State your name and what it is that you do?

AL: My name is Alissa Lukasavage. I am an educator.  I have taught library skills to younger students and English to older students.  I used to be a librarian for a public library so I am a huge proponent of public libraries and all the things they do for surrounding communities. I have also been a pizza maker, an ice cream scooper,  a shoesalesman, and a reporter.

    2. K: What schooling did you go through to get the job? 

AL: I have a bachelor’s degree in English from Bloomsburg University. I also have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I also have a teaching certificate from the Pennsylvania Department Of Education. I am certified to teach library skills to students in kindergarten to twelfth grade in Pennsylvania.

3. K: Did you find the process of getting a job as a librarian easy or hard?

AL: I found it pretty easy to get a job in a public library. You don’t have to have any special schooling to work in a public library, but that being said there is a degree you can get to become a librarian. It’s called a Master’s in Library Science. It’s typically a two- year degree, and a prospective candidate needs to have a four year bachelor’s degree in something. People who have a Master’s in library Science get paid more when they get a job in a public library. There are actual federal and state laws about how many people who work in the library have Master’s degrees in library Science. So if someone wants to become a librarian, it can take up to six years of school.

4. K: When I met you which I believe was a little over 3 or 4 years ago you took over the young adult area in the library, do you miss it at all?

AL: I really do miss working at the Osterhout Free Library. It was one of my favorite jobs, and I have had quite a few! I loved working and connecting with teenagers in the area. I especially loved recommending books to them and purchasing books for them.  It was also great to help them work together and see them achieve so much.

5. K: Did you always want to work around books? If not, what did you want to do?

AL: Wow. This is such an interesting question. I have always loved books and loved reading. When I was in college I worked at this bookstore called Wardenbooks and I really loved that job. I loved going into the store and being surrounded by books. When I was quite young, I actually wanted to write books. I still hope to be able to do that someday. But unfortunately, since I have grown up, I have to worry about paying the bills and taking time off to write a book will not pay bills. I actually have book ideas that bounce around in my head all the time. I think I am a decent storyteller. Maybe someday, I will write a book.

6. K: I recently got told about about there being an online library where you can get the app on your phone and as long as you have a New York library card or live in New York you can access the public library on your phone. Now I know technology is taking over pretty much everything. Is this something you think all states should have? ( I personally thought this was great and would like to know if any other places has this as well)

AL: Actually,  The Free Library of Philadelphia has this in Pennsylvania. It’s so awesome. You can access all of their online books and they literally disappear from you electronic device when they are due so there are no late fees. The Osterhout has ebooks for their patrons to have access to. It’s such a great thing to be able to have at your fingertips. But there is something about a physical book for me that I absolutely love reading. I seem to be able to focus better on them and get more out of them. I do read books on my Kindle but I prefer to have a physical book. As ebooks get more popular I do think that publisher’s will do smaller runs of print books. But I do not think that print books will ever disappear. At least not in our lifetimes.  But I could very well be wrong.

7. K: After every teen library council meeting you would ask us for book recommendations, how important is it to know what everyone is reading now and why? 

AL: I think reading is so important because I truly believe that it makes empathetic people. Caring about the way others feel and being able to put yourself in other people’s shoes is so important. I think that when you have empathetic people in society, it helps reduce the amount of people who become marginalized in our society. So I think reading is one of the most important skills that people can have and that reading for fun is the best hobby people can have. It can literally lead to a better world for everyone. I like asking my teenagers for book recommendations because they always knew what the up and coming things were.

8. K: Last year our area got hit with devastating news that they were going to cut library services as well as a few other programs that would help shape a lot of futures, how much more important did it come for you to reach out to the children in our area that reading as well as writing was still a very valuable thing? 

AL: The cuts that happened in our school districts were devastating. It really did become even more important to me to continue being a proponent of libraries, and to encourage reading and writing. After my position got eliminated, I ended up teaching English last year to eighth, ninth, and tenth graders. I taught literature to eighth and ninth graders and a research class to tenth graders. Last school year, I was constantly checking out books from the library for students. I had one student that read almost the whole Harry Potter series. Despite my role in the district changing, I still encouraged students to read for fun and even helped them get their hands on books.

9. K: Do you think people are reading enough? 

AL: No, not even close. I don’t think I read enough! There are so many different things to read, and so many other things competing for people’s attention. I also think the more people get out of the habit of reading books,it’s harder to focus on long pieces of writing. So I think everyone should make it a goal for themselves to read more, books specifically.

10. K: Favorite book to movie? 

AL: Ohhh, so hard to pick just one. But probably The Notebook. I just love that movie. But I am REALLY excited for The Glass Castle which comes out in a few days ( since this interview happened, it is already out) and for Wonder coming out this fall. They were both awesome books and I think they are going to be great movies too.

11. K: Favorite underrated book? 

AL: There’s some really old books that I loved when I was growing up. They are all underrated. Some of them are:

Mama, Let’s Dance by Patricia Hermes.

Wonder by Rachel Vail 

The Man Who Loved Clowns by June Rae Wood

Silver by Norma Fox Mazer 

The Pinballs by Betsy Byers

12. K: Favorite overrated book?

AL: I thought Everything,Everything was a little overrated. It was good, not great.

13. K: What is your opinion on 13 Reasons Why?

AL: This is such a tough question to answer!  I read the book and watched the show. I am certainly not an expert in mental health so I don’t think my opinion holds very much weight. But I personally thought the show was good and I think that the show proves that teens need more entertainment that is real and centers around teenagers that deal with real problems.

14. K: Do you like when books take on controversial topics and should more authors do it? 

AL: Yes, I wish more authors chose to take on more controversial topics.  I think this goes back to empathy. The more people read about different kinds of people, the more they can relate to them. I hope more authors will tackle subjects for their readers. 

15. K: Most powerful thing you have ever taken from a book?

AL: I love the book ” The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. It’s a book that almost defies genre. It’s like part fiction, part self-help, part power of positive thinking, part personal development. It is so good. There are so many lessons that can be taken from it. But to me, the main message was, be what you are supposed to be.Stop shying away from what you are supposed to be because the world tells you something else.

16. K: What is the name of the book you are currently reading?

AL: I am currently reading ” On Writing” by Stephen King. It’s a book about the writing process and about his life. I also picked up another memoir at the library this week, ” The Sound Of Gravel” by Ruth Warrier. I heard it was pretty good I am excited to read it.

17. K: Favorite beauty product?

AL: Hmm, I am not really into beauty products too much. So I guess I have to say my Rodan and fields Micro-Dermabrasion Paste. I bought it from a friend who sells it online. It was EXPENSIVE serum from the same company and it feels like I got a facial, well not that I have ever actually had one! But it’s a great product.

18. K: In your very cute wedding photos you had on converses was it more for comfort or just something you guys just both liked?

AL: It was a little of both. My husband and I actually met at a shoe store and we both loved shoes and we both had a lot of them. We were constantly getting clearance shoes so we always had a lot. Converses were shoes we both really liked. We decided we wanted to wear them to the reception. My mother made me wear different shoes during the actual wedding but if I had my way, I would have worn them for the wedding and reception. They were a big hit. Our guests really loved seeing us in them!

19. K: I thought it was a pretty cool touch cause I am not good at walking in heels, did you face any backlash for not wearing the traditional heel? 

AL: Yes!!! Mostly, my mom hahaha. But she finally got on board and was pretty cool about it. I have a friend that got married a few months after me and wore the most gorgeous purple heels at her wedding. I was a little jealous of those but I knew I would have NEVER been able to walk in them. I am also terrible at walking in heels.

20. K: What are your favorite things to do? 

AL: I love to watch Netflix I especially like watching episodes of The Office. I also love hanging out with my husband and my dogs. I also love to read and to crochet. I love to spend time with my family too! Ii also have a pretty fun group of friends that I love spending time with too. I have spent so much time with them, they feel like family.

21. K: Who gave you the best advice,that isn’t famous?

AL: My dad gives great advice. He doesn’t talk much, but when he says something, it has value. He has given me lots of little advice gems throughout the years. But there is one I remember in particular. I was having a rough day, and he drove me from Williamsport to Bloomsburg to get something I left at school and he just told me that tomorrow would be better. He’s definitely a ” look at the brightside” kind of guy. Mostly he gives good advice by his actions. He shows up in life everyday.

22. K: Why do you think that people need to express themselves more verbally today than a few years ago?

AL: I think with the rise of technology that more and more people are relying on the written word like text messages to communicate. But it’s so important to be able to have a real conversation with someone and look them in the eye. People are way to addicted to their phones these days. I know I am. Sometimes, my husband and I plan tech free nights where we will watch a movie and put our phones and laptops away.

23. K: I feel like everyone has a different answer to this, or is always wondering why you are saying no to having kids right now, why is that? I for one am leaning towards the latter on this one for a few different reasons.

AL: This is a tricky one. When I was growing up I didn’t know too many couples that didn’t have kids. So I sort of grew up thinking first you fall in love, then you get married, and then you have kids. It wasn’t until I was in college that I really kind of put all the facts together and pretty much realized that you get to choose! So after college, I decided that kids may not be for me. It is a weird decision in many people’s eyes. I think parenting is such a big important job and that if you are not on board with doing it 100%  that you probably shouldn’t have a baby. I am also not every comfortable around babies. They make me very nervous. I am also pretty selfish with my time. That being said, sometimes I don’t like to tell people that I don’t want to have kids because infertility is something that plagues a lot of women today. I know that if I did want kids and was trying desperately to get pregnant and it wasn’t happening, that I would be irritated with anyone saying,” Oh, I just don’t want to have kids.” They are hilarious and have such a unique perspective on this world. I truly think they are a treasure.I also know that my husband is on board with the decision. If he said tomorrow, I really want to have a baby, I would seriously reconsider my stance on it. I think that it’s important to find a partner that agrees with you about this. I didn’t want him to marry me expecting that I would change my mind. About every six months or so, my husband and I “check in” and make sure we are still on the same page about kids. I know if either one of us changes our minds the other person will reconsider their stance. I think it’s been hardest for our mothers to deal with. My mother just doesn’t want me to miss out on anything. And I know my husband’s mother would be ecstatic if we changed our minds.

24: K: A few months ago you did this project, can you tell me what it is and why you decided to take part in it? 

AL: Project 333 is a project that can help people declutter their closets. I have been on a journey for the past year to declutter everything in my life. I found out about Project 333 by reading a blog written by Joshua Becker called Becoming Minimalist. On the blog, he encourages people to live well with less things. Project 333 was created by Courtney Carver who blogs at bemorewithless . The project encourages people to choose 33 articles of clothing, including shoes and accessories to wear for 3 months. It was such an experience to really see if I could could function with a “micro-wardrobe”. I had some unexpected realizations while completing the project. First, I was much less stressed about clothing because I didn’t have as many choices. Also, it really helped me see why I like the clothing that I like and it helped me weed through the clothing I didn’t choose for the project with a very close eye and determine if I should or shouldn’t keep it and why. Ii was clearly able to see why  I like certain types of clothes and why I don’t like others. It was such a cool experience, one that I think everyone should try.

25. K: Was it hard?

AL: It was not as hard as I thought it would be. I very carefully choose my 33 pieces. I think I choose too many dresses ( I picked 4) and that was just a lesson learned. Next time, I would not choose as many dresses. The other thing that made the project easier for me was I did not count shoes or accessories I don’t have too many of those so I just didn’t count them. I think it would would have been A LOT harder had I included those things.

26. K: Did you find yourself liking the 33 pieces of clothing even after the 3 months was up? Or did you get tired of seeing the same 33 pieces? 

AL: I actually didn’t get tired of the 33 pieces at all. They were my FAVORITE clothes. I even paired up something that I wouldn’t normally have paired. I have this dress that has dinosaurs on it and one of my favorite outfits was to wear a sweater over the dress. I turned dinosaur dress into dinosaur skirt. My husband did not like that outfit hahaha. But I would have never even thought to try mixing that without Project 333.

 

Well there you have it guys my interview with Alissa. I have been so excited to share this with you guys for over 2 weeks now. I learned a lot more things about her that I didn’t know before this, and I hope you guys enjoyed learning about her. If you guys want to see more of these types of posts, please let me know. I would love to do it again with different people. But if you have a question for Alissa regarding anything, please don’t hesitate to comment it down below and if I get enough questions I’ll do a part 2, if not I will just write her response in the comment section. Thank you for reading and please remember to follow my blog for more.

Also follow me on BlogLovin’ and I will follow you back.

xx, Katilyn

 

Oaks On Me

With how well Wet N Wild’s MegaGlo Make Up Stick Concealer went, I wanted to try the contour stick as well to see how well they blended together. I tried everything I possibly could to get this to work out the way it’s supposed too, and it just didn’t do the trick.

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I got the contour stick in the shade ‘ Oaks On You’ and while the color is amazing, the blending isn’t. Everything felt so caked on and not to mention the lettering on the packaging is coming off and leaving black smudge marks on my hand.

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I’m disappointed with how this one turned out considering how well the concealer is.  I’m even disappointed with the packaging on this one and it’s the same as the packaging for the concealer just something went wrong somewhere and just did not turn out as well as the concealer did. I will still continue using the concealer however this will be pushed to the back of my make up bag and ignored. I’m still on the hunt for a good contour stick for less. So if you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below.

 

Why I Prefer Pantene Hair Products Over Most Other Products

I know you’ll hear me talk a lot about other amazing products but more than half the time everything else I use will be Pantene related. The products are just so affordable and they last me so long. Back in December I won a giveaway where I recieved so many Pantene products

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I was able to discover new products as well as get more of my favorites. I am always down to try new things some I may love and others not so much but I don’t think I’ve ever tried a Pantene product that I haven’t liked. The shampoo and conditioner always makes my hair feel soft and gives it so much volume. I’ll usually go in and use the frizz fixing serum which really does control a bit of the frizz action I got going on. The 3 minute miracle which is the deep conditioner does wonders all on it’s own. And the alcohol free hair spray is amazing, I wrote more about that here. I do still love using Matrix but it is more on the expensive side so when it comes to wanting affordable hair care that lasts pretty much just as long as Matrix, Pantene is my go to and I think it always will be. Pantene has an amazing line of products and I’m excited to keep trying them as they come out and when they do you know you can always check back here for a review on them.Also I am thinking of making a sort of Pantene/E.L.F inspired giveaway soon so if that is something that you think you’d enjoy please let me know and I’ll work on it.