Review: Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray

Salt sprays are a must have product in my regiment, although they aren’t very well known in Japan. I first picked up the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray many years ago after hearing the hype.  I didn’t really like it at the time, until I realized that I liked the way my hair looked after I had been scuba diving.  Since then, I’ve picked up different salt sprays each time I went to the US.  The Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray is the newest one on my list!

 

 

What it does: (from the Ulta website)

Create natural, effortless, beach hair worn loose, soft and wavy. It adds body and texture to straight, fine strands or pumps up the curl in already wavy hair. Add extra definition to your wavy layers. Hydrolyzed Silk and Provitamin B5 protect your tresses while adding moisture and shine. Powerful UV Protectors absorb ultraviolet light to save your mane from harmful sun exposure, dehydration and color-fade. You’re left with manageable, touchable waves. Even the straightest hair can achieve tousled beach hair any time of year.
Price: $8.99 for 4.2 oz.

 

What I thought:

My first thought when I used this product was, “ooooh, the smell!”  The product has a sweet coconut scent, which reminds me a lot of the beach.  It brought me right back to Hawaii!

However, I didn’t really like the product. It seemed to make my hair stickier and less manageable than other salt sprays. Maybe the bottle was spraying too much product on my hair? I thought I was using a similar amount as I do for other salt sprays, but still I didn’t like how my hair felt.

 

Would I repurchase?  No. If you are looking for a salt spray at an affordable price, I recommend the Not Your Mother’s Sea Salt Spray.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

Ever since cutting my hair short, I have been loving using sea salt sprays in my hair.  I always loved how my hair looked after I’d been diving, when I only had time to rinse my hair and not wash it completely.  My favorite sea salt spray is from Lush, but I picked up the Not Your Mother’s Sea Salt spray after seeing it at Target.
Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

 

What it does: (from Ulta’s website)
It adds sexy, tousled waves and a light matte finish to any hair type. Infused with natural dead see salt and sea kelp this salon formula has you and your hair on the boardwalk all year long.

 

Price: Ulta lists this product for $6.20

 

Availability: This product is available at drugstores and supermarkets

 

What I thought:

I really liked this product.  The spray bottle was easy to use, and distributed a fine mist of product on my hair.  It smelled nice and did not become too sticky.  Also, this product is much more affordable than most salt sprays!

 

Would I repurchase?  Yes

 

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xoxo, K

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Favorites from 2015 first half

This is a list of my favorite products for the first half of 2015. Can you believe that 2015 is half over already!? I decided to do a first half favorites, because when I do my favorites for the entire year,  sometimes I have forgotten what I loved in January!

 

Favorite makeup

Milani primer (link goes to my review)

This is the best eyeshadow primer I have ever used. It works better for me than UDPP, probably because I have pretty oily eyelids.  I definitely need to buy a new tube next time I’m in the US!

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Barry M Dazzle Dust in Rose Gold (picture from my instagram)

I have used this color so much that I have hit pan.  I started using this eyeshadow in the beginning of the year, and it is still my go to shade!  The pan is now so big that I couldn’t get an eyeshadow brush in there, so I mixed in some alcohol and repressed it.

 

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

This is my current favorite foundation. What I love about this foundation is that it still looks good after  several hours on my face, and that it fades gradually without settling into my pores.  But I don’t like the pump-less bottle, so I put it in my next favorite, which is…

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup

 

Airless pump bottle (available at Daiso and other 100 yen stores)

I don’t know why it took me so long to think of this, but now I put all of my foundations that don’t come with pumps in these airless pump bottles. I love how easy it is to pump out the correct amount of foundation, and I love that I can use every last drop!

 

Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara (link goes to my review)

This is a mascara that a friend gave to me, and I definitely love it! It gives me volume without transferring under my eyes!!!

Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal mascara

 

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded (link goes to my review)

I like using this not as a cream eyeshadow, but as a cheek highlight. It works great applied with a stippling brush.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow

 

Favorite Hair Products

Lush Sea Salt Spray (link goes to my review)

Every since I cut my hair last winter, I have been loving salt sprays to give my hair a carefree texture. Now that the summer is here, I am loving it even more!  The tousled look is definitely for me.

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Favorite tools

Elf small stipple brush (link goes to my review)

I bought this after seeing many Youtubers rave about this brush, and I really love it for applying my cheek highlight. Unfortunately, the hairs on my brush fell out.  A very kind blogger friend sent me a  new one!!!

Elf small stipple brush

 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (link goes to my review)

This is my favorite foundation brush. It just makes my face look better! Unfortunately, the rubber on the handle is now disintegrating, which seems to be a common problem with this brush.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

 

Real Techniques Blush Brush (link goes to my review)

I don’t use this brush every day because I almost exclusively using cream blushes since the weather has turned warmer, but this is definitely my favorite blush brush…maybe ever?  The size is just right for my cheeks, the egg shape applies color most intensely at the tip while blending the color out, and the hairs on this brush are SOFT. This is definitely a great brush, and it is so affordable!

Real Techniques Blush Brush

 

Real Techniques Setting Brush 

This is the best brush for setting my undereye concealer. It applies a light layer of powder, and it is quite soft as well. I also like applying powder to my eyelids before applying primer, because my eyelids tend to get very oily in the summer.

Favorite new tip

Putting foundation in teeny soy sauce tubes for traveling

I am probably not the only person in the world who HATES having to bring a huge bottle of foundation with me when I travel. It’s big, it’s heavy, and it may leak.

This is why I decided to put them in these little tubes. These tubes are to put soy sauce in for bentos, so they are pretty good at not leaking. They can be bought at any 100 yen store in packs.  The smallest tubes lasted me more than a week, but if you need a bigger container, bigger tubes for condiments are also available at 100 yen stores.

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What products were your favorites so far this year?

 

xoxo, K

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Review: Lush Sea Spray

I recently did a review of what is probably the most iconic salt spray, the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. After I started using a salt spray daily, I started looking around for a more affordable option.  I was surprised to see one at Lush! This is a review of the Lush Sea Spray.

(you may have noticed that my recent pictures are a little dark. I was experimenting with lighting in my apartment.  I also found that if I edit photos at night, I tend to not compensate enough for the lack of light!)

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What it does: (from the Lush UK website)
Get that beach hair look with this salty spray that gives a light hold and adds shine, leaving a neroli, orange flower, grapefruit and rosewood scent. We’ve used carrageenan, a seaweed extract, together with glycerine to hydrate the hair. Mineral-rich fine sea salt gives that volumised, beachy head look, counteracting the flattening effects of soft water and softens the skin on the scalp too.

 

Price: 9.95 GBP for 100ml (3.3 fluid ounces) in the UK, $12.95 in the US, 1750 JPY in Japan.

Availability: Lush is available in nearly 50 countries.  Lush products are also available for purchase online from the Lush UK website, which ships internationally.

Scent: this product smells of rosewood, which I can smell as I spray it into my hair, but not necessarily when in my hair afterwards.

 

Pros:

  • This is a great alternative to the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, which is $27 for 4 fluid ounces
  • I found the spray on this bottle to be easier to use than the Bumble and Bumble one.
  • As a product, I did not feel that it is different from the Bumble and Bumble product. I get an effortless look with volume when I use this spray!
  • Surprisingly, at today’s exchange rate, the product is cheaper in Japan than in the UK.

Cons:

  • The product is still quite expensive in Japan. I’ll have to keep looking for a good homemade salt spray recipe!

 

Would I repurchase? Yes! I am so glad I found a cheaper alternative to a product I love!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

 

xoxo, K

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Review: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

While I was in Hawaii, I spent almost every day scuba diving.  A side effect of this was that I had constant beach hair! I kind of gave up on shampooing all of the salt water out of my hair since I was only going to be back in the ocean the next day. Instead, I embraced the texture I got!

In fact, I loved it so much that I decided to keep using salt spray in my hair.  Salt sprays give my hair an effortless, windblown look with more volume.  This is a review of the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, one of the most iconic salt sprays available.

 

I always go back to this product in the summer. It has been featured in my 2014 Favorites post, as well as a previous post on Must Haves for a Summer Resort.

 

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What it does: (from the Bumble and Bumble website)

 Salt-infused for sexy, windswept, beachy texture (whenever, wherever). Adds body, has light hold and a matte finish; excellent for all hair types.

 

Price: $27 for 4oz, or $15 for 1.7oz

Availability: This product is available at Sephora, Bumble and Bumble’s website, and through select hair salons

Scent: This product has a light floral scent. Although I can smell the product when I mist it on my hair, I do not notice the scent as the day goes on.

 

Pros:

  • This product adds volume and texture, making my hair look like I just got back from a day on the beach
  • Styling with this product is really easy and effortless. I spray it onto damp or dry hair, and let it dry.

Cons:

  • This product is sticky. Once I apply it to my hair, I make an effort not to touch it.
  • I could probably make a decent salt spray for my hair by myself, which would be much cheaper.

 

Would I repurchase?  Yes, I have repurchased this product already.

 

I really like this product, especially since I cut my hair. When I had long hair, this was a great product for making beachy waves and for adding volume to a ponytail.  Since I cut my hair into a bob, I have loved it even more!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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