One of my favorite parts about Fashion Week is the goodie bag haul. Why’s that? Research baby. There’s plenty I’ve tried that isn’t great, but there are some newcomers and some underrated goodies that need to go noticed. That said, it will be my bi-yearly goal to give you a snap of the best stuff I was given after the NYFW shows and at events, and tell you why you need to check them out. I try the gifted products first, to save you the science experiment that is online shopping.
I’m sure a few of you think this trend is bullshit, and likely didn’t order that silk pillowcase from the Nordstrom sale I talked about. Here’s why you should start thinking about them: SKIN. HAIR. I thought it was rather ridiculous myself when I was a pre-teen, watching my mom and grandma be extra AF with satin pillowcases, so you’re not wrong for thinking that. However, it’s a thing because it does make a difference. I tried this particular pillowcase as soon as I got home from NYFW (okay well not right away because I’m a crazy person and have to photograph all my goodies first before I try because they look cute in photos- we conquer and divide later), and I must say I love it. Less shitty hair days, more well-rested looking skin. Try it. I dare you.
This was a February NYFW FW17 find, and honestly, it took a little bit of a learning curve, which is why I am telling you now. Less IS more when it comes to this dry shampoo paste, especially at the roots. If you are a grunge girl like me or just love the undone model-off-duty hair look, this stuff is for you. Do a good job of warming the pomade in your hand first, then lightly roll your hair between your fingers at the root and pull away down the strand. Then, give it a head massage root boost, and there you have it: manicured hair chaos. It’s like organized crime for your hair. Try it only on the ends for a tousled textured effect.
Apple Cider Vinegar hair rinse is a thing. For all my hippie friends out there, this is one trend I can actually get behind. As a trainer, ACV is a wonder drug for your body, helping you clarify your insides and help with living a healthier lifestyle. I take shots of it in the morning. I tried this hair rinse after Fashion Week this season (yes, I made one blowout last all 5 days) and I’ve gotta say it’s amazing. My hair was actually clarified, and it was nice to give my favorite shampoos a day off, helping them last longer too!
It’s always a jackpot when I find some of my already go-to’s in a goodie bag. Wen is one of them. I know it gets a bad rep sometimes due to bad reviews of counterfeit or expired product sold on discount sites, but I am here to tell you it’s the shit. It has been my only shampoo bar none since I was in college (minus the recent addition of Keranique for my stress hair loss issues recently). This glossing serum makes your hair seriously shine! If you process your ends like I do with a pretty aggressive balayage, it’s a must. Buy it from a reputable source, like QVC. If you still don’t believe me, in the words of Bruno Mars, “…don’t believe me. Just watch.” My hair tells the truth.
Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Palette (in â Frivoluxe)
Another one of my already go-to’s. Jackpot!! As you already know, the Marc Jacobs line is one of my favorites ever, and the shadows are also no joke. This new palette of purple and gray hues is SO me (and anyone with brown eyes), and what’s better, it comes in so many others too! Try em out next time you’re in Sephora for a mini-makeover.
PRIMER guys. I preach about this step all the time for a reason. It really gives you that edge ahead when you want a “beat AF” face. This serum is amazing for all skin types, and it really adds the moisture I need for my combo skin to help my makeup sit better. I tried it for a week now since I’ve been back, and love it. Serious goodie bag win.
Literally obsessed. I was an InstaX hater for the longest time because who packs a camera to go to parties anymore? I don’t have time for that shit, I can barely be bothered to lug around my full-size Canon DSLR, so extra bs is just not my thing. As a gal who works in tech, I am all about the “smarter not harder” mentality, and I’ve gotta say, this PC brand got it RIGHT. No ink refills, no bullshit. Just adorable mini polaroid-esque sticker prints your camera roll at the touch of an app, and a device that fits in your purse. You’re welcome. Get the whole she-bang kit to set yourself up properly too.
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