I know it's hard to believe, but I'm actually making good on my promise of writing something (anything!) other than my typical monthly update!
One of the perks of being a blogger is receiving sample products from brands and PR companies. I really love trying out new things and reviewing them for The Budget Savvy Bride, but I also just consider myself to be somewhat of a product junkie. Blame it on being an early subscriber of Birchbox — it quickly hooked me on trying samples of luxurious products I might not have splurged on without knowing that I loved them. These days, I try dozens of products on a monthly basis, so I decided I needed to start sharing my findings and favorites along the way.
So without further ado, here are some of my favorite beauty products that I'm using this month:
This is one of the brands whose products I had the pleasure of checking out at Create & Cultivate in Brooklyn last month. First of all, I have to say that I am a BIG coconut fan. I'm talking about the flavor and the scent – I'm all about coconut flavored beverages, lotions, soaps, or foods, and I am in love with fresh coconut water and fruit. It kinda makes me feel like I'll inevitably end up living somewhere tropical in my life just to be nearer to more coconuts. 😍
Well, Kopari is a company whose products consist of 100% Organic Coconut Oil which has *so* many amazing purposes and uses when it comes to beauty, skincare, and overall health! I was lucky enough to receive a Face the Day and Night skincare kit in my VIP gift bag, but I also picked up a sample of the Coconut Melt as well as the Coconut Sheer Oil and ohhhhh myyyy goshhhh these products are heavenly. Putting them on my body makes me feel like I've been transported to a tropical island, and the coconut scent makes me feel like I'm on a luxurious vacation!
I love these products so much that I became an affiliate for them and I'm going to be hosting a giveaway soon on TBSB for some of their amazing coconutty goodness!
Vital Proteins is another great company I was introduced to at Create & Cultivate. Their focus is on helping people get more collagen and aiding them in producing more collagen, something that slows down as we age. They do this with a variety of products that include natural sources of essential proteins and amino acids that are needed to build new collagen.
Collagen is kind of a buzz word in the beauty world these days, and for good reason. Collagen helps restore the skin’s moisture, improving the elasticity, tone and vibrance, not to mention it supports connective tissue health and bone density. Healthier hair and nails are also among the benefits of including collagen supplements into your diet. Basically, collagen will help you combat the signs of aging to keep you looking and feeling great.
I picked up some samples of these products at the conference and then ultimately ordered some more to incorporate them into my life. So far I am really loving the standard Collagen Peptides – not only does this powdered product provide me with natural collagen, but it also contains 18g of protein and 0 carbs! I add it to my morning coffee, and it is completely tasteless. I tend to eat low-carb most of the time so this product really helps me stick to that. I was also sent some of their Beauty Greens and Beauty Water to try out. While the beauty water I personally find super gross to drink (very powdery, doesn't dissolve well) I have been fine with the greens. I've been using at least one of these products each day for about a month and I have to admit that my hair and nails definitely seem shinier and healthier. Not to mention, my joints haven't been bothering me nearly as much. I can't say I'm a super believer just yet, but I look forward to seeing if my conditions improve over time.
I have been lusting after this hair tool created by celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa for YEARS. It might have something to do with the fact that she does Lea Michele's hair. (Spoiler alert: IT TOTALLY DOES.) It doesn't hurt that this tool is the official curling iron of the Victoria's Secret Angels supermodels, either. After watching dozens of tutorials and review videos online, I decided I needed to take the plunge, and let me tell you, this tool does not disappoint!
I'd gotten reasonably good at curling my own hair with a typical cheap curling wand, but the Beachwaver is a game-changer. It features an extended barrel (aka it's a longer length so more of your hair can make contact with the Ceramic heating wand) which rotates in both directions with a simple button. The wand also features a small clamp so it won't create kinks in your waves, plus a wide range of heat temperature so you can create the perfect style. When I use the Beachwaver to style my hair, I can get similar gorgeous waves to the ones I get when I go for a professional blowout, so suffice it to say that I consider this wand to be a worthy investment.
As I mentioned in my April monthly update, I've recently started painting my nails on a weekly basis and it's all thanks to Essie's Gel Couture collection. This stuff is seriously convenient and long-lasting, so much better than using regular polish and it's only 2 steps! Choose an Essie Gel Couture shade and apply the topcoat and you're done! My at-home manicures have been lasting at least a week, at which point I choose to redo them anyway just to switch up the color. I am loving that I can “treat myself” a bit at home and I feel like such a grown-up lady when my nails are done. ha!
Essie Gel Couture currently comes in 54 different shades – just don't forget the topcoat! You can pick up Essie Gel Couture at Target, CVS, etc, or you can order on Amazon. Gotta love Prime Shipping! I just love that I can get the gel-like effect at home, instead of having to spend money at the nail salon. They don't call me #budgetsavvy for nothing. 😉
So those are some of the products that I'm really loving and using a lot this month. While I seem to get sent samples semi-regularly, let me know if there are any specific products you're interested in hearing my take on. I'll be your guinea pig!
Have you tried any of these brands before? What are your thoughts?