Lovin’ Lately


Everyone loves a good drugstore beauty find, am I right?

If there’s one thing I have in common with ANY of the Harry Potter characters, it’s professor Snape, and it’s his ever oily hair. I think when reading the books, that was the single detail that REALLY got stuck in my head (no pun intended) for that particular reason. Oh, and did I mention that I used to color my hair black for about 4 years or so? Any who, the point is, I have extremely oily hair. As in, I’ll wash it tonight, and it’l look greasy by noon, tomorrow. Sometimes I read other beauty blogs where girls say they wash their hair once a week. Yeeahhh… not me.

Until last month that is. I ran out of my favorite shampoo and reached for something I had sitting around for ages- Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo and OMG- it was a game-changer for me. I don’t remember when I bought it or why I didn’t use but I’m in love. I actually challenged myself not to wash my hair for a week and… I lasted 5 days which for is HUGE for me. I can’t stand it when my hair doesn’t look fresh and love this dry shampoo – it absorbs ALL the oil (some of them actually make my hair look even more greasy) and it doesn’t leave any excess residue on my hair. It’s scent-free so it’s a bit unusual for a dry shampoo but I love it. Doesn’t really do much in terms of texture (that’s what I use this baby for) but it’s probably THE best dry-shampoo Iv’e used. I don’t know how this works with normal or dry hair, but it’s amazing for extremely oily scalp. Best part? It’s only about 6 bucks!

Funny story: when I first moved to the States, I barely spoke English and went on vacation down the shore with my neighbors. I had really REALLY long hair at the time. Someone pushed me in the pool, and even though I nearly drowned, all I was concerned about was my hair so I proceeded to scream “noooo my hairs are wet, my hairs are wet!!!” – something I’m still made fun of on occasion, 12 years later. 


I recently raved about the two Derma E products on my Instagram: The Purifying Youth Serum* and the Firming DMAE Eye Cream*. First word that comes to mind with these two: gentle. I’ve tried closed to 20 different eye creams and a lot of them have one thing in common: they burn and irritate that delicate, thin skin. This eye cream is different. It’s very gentle, it moisturizes nicely and isn’t too greasy so once it’s nicely absorbed, it works fine under concealer. The Purifying Youth Serum is a product I’ve loved for very long time time now. It really helps my skin look a bit more radiant and brings that instant relief to dry and irritated skin. The only complaint is that the bottle is tiny- 30ml/1 fl oz for $30.00. Derma E products are pretty amazing though, so they’re worth their price, they’re natural and 100% vegan.

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Surreal Light palette- I just had to mention it in this post as well, as it’s one of my favorite recent purchases. Totally worth the splurge, in my opinion, the products in this palette (and the packing itself) are stunning.


Three lip products I’ve being loving: all-time favorite Chanel Rouge Coco Baume single lip care product I wouldn’t be able to live without. Next, is the Je Ne Sais Quoi* lip balm from IT Cosmetics that nourishes and leaves a nice, pink tint, and the Kaplan MD LIP 20 Mask + Lip Balm* combo- the mask really does plump the lips slightly and it’s a perfect combo with the lip balm.


Something else I mentioned on my Instagram are these Cuvée* hair products. I was sent these three travel-sized conditioner, shampoo and styling balm. Guys, using these is like soaking your hair in champagne. They smell so wonderful and leave my hair feeling so soft and smooth. I’m actually not usually picky when it comes to shampoo + conditioner. After trying everything from salon brands, to anything I could find at Sephora, I just stick to drugstore brands (Suave is my favorite but I’ll never use TIGI BedHead again- almost left me bold). My hair is super healthy (gets greasy quickly, but very healthy) so I don’t splurge on haircare much, but these Cuvée* products make my hair feeling extra special.

What have you been lovin’ lately?

*PR Samples/Gifted Items


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    Emmalisa Tilli
    November 10, 2016 at 8:55 am

    I just bought a new body scrub by Sukin…… going to do a little blog on it soon!!!!!!

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    Rinky Dinky Rhi
    November 10, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Must…buy…that…dry…shampoo!! My hair’s really oily too. I have a routine of day 1 wash, day 2 pony tail. I could never have decently styled hair for two days in a row without washing.

    Rhi x

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    November 10, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I’m one of those people that only washes their hair once a week (going on day 4 now), but it’s partially thanks to dry shampoo. I’ve been on the hunt for a good one that doesn’t leave your hair with residue, so I’ll have to try this one out and let you know how it works with other hair types!

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      Paula @
      November 13, 2016 at 9:22 am

      I think dry shampoo is a must for anyone who doesn’t like to wash their hair too often. Even if your hair doesn’t get too oily, it’s still a nice way to refresh it a little. :)

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    November 10, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Oh I actually never used Dry shampoo. Maybe I will try it. My hair is not oily unless I don’t wash it for more than 4 days then becomes oily.
    I am just curious, as I visit your website quite often and I am a huge fan of your posts, where you from originally?
    Have a great day!

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      Paula @
      November 13, 2016 at 9:23 am

      I can’t go without dry shampoo anymore. I’m originally from Poland :) You can read a little more about me on my about page ;) Thank you!

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    Rosie von Waldherr
    November 10, 2016 at 9:34 am

    That sounds like a real keeper! I’m also always on the look for a good dry shampoo that won’t leave my hair greasy and doesn’t cost a fortune!

    xoRosie // Rosie’s Life

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    Millie Robinson
    November 10, 2016 at 10:41 am

    The dry shampoo sounds great, the packaging is so nice! X

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    November 10, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I absolutely love NYM hair products, I’m an avid user of their shampoos and conditioners. I’ve seen the dry shampoo around am so curious to try it! I’ve never been a huge fan of them in general but the MILK Makeup dry shampoo really changed my perspective on them. I think I’ll need to pick the NYM one up after I finish through with the MILK one!

    Cindy |

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    November 10, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Nice beauty picks, love chanel lip care products too

    Beauty Blog

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    Katie S.
    November 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Finding that perfect dry shampoo is LIFE CHANGING, right!? I’m obsessed with the Sebastian Dry Clean Only one right now. It’s $19 but worth every single penny! I’m glad you’ve found one! Oily hair is the worst. Snape’s unite!!

    And thank goodness you said something about the eye creams burning. I have had that with some of the creams I’ve used and thought it was just me. It’s never unbearable but just strikes me odd. And it’s usually when I switch to something new… I guess it takes a couple days for my skin to adapt.

    And every time you post about that Ambient Light palette, I say I need to get it. I think that’s a definite Christmas list product for me! Although I’ve been hanging onto my MAC Soft & Gentle for years… a new glow never hurts anyone!

    Katie |

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      Paula @
      November 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Yes! It really is haha ;) I love Sebastian products, I used to use their shampoo and conditioner and love their hair oils.

      Oh no, it’s definitely not just you! I have tried so many eye creams and a lot of them really burn my skin. Soft and Gentle is such a classic, it’s one of my favorite highlighters too!

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    Liz | Lipstick & Confetti
    November 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve been loving the Kaplan MD lip duo lately too! It is such a lifesaver :)

    xo, Liz

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    November 10, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Great post, haven’t tried any of these! Xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    Dea Andriany
    November 10, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Soaking your hair in champagne must be as luxurious as it sounds. They must be very dreamy to use.

    Selene Addicted

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    Lauren Pence
    November 10, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Love Derma E products! Their overnight AHA is awesome!

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    Mary Ann
    November 11, 2016 at 2:08 am

    i really love the hourglass ambient palette… i finally bought it… i just can’t ease myself if i missed it… hahaha

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    Ambar Syed
    November 11, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Some really lovely picks Paula – the more and more i look and read about the Hourglass palette, the more and more I think I need it! :)
    Ambar x
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    November 11, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I am obsessed with the not your mothers dry shampoo and I remember it was on my favourites earlier in the year and I’ve still been using it! Definitely agree :)
    Kathy x

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    The Gossip Darling
    November 13, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    I want that Hourglass palette!!!

    Mel |

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    Michelle Wilson
    November 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Yes, I LOVE the NYM Dry Shampoo – I love that it absorbs all the oil without a white residue or a strong smell!

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