Alba Fragrance Free Mineral Sunblock: For the past couple of years I’ve really been trying to be good and wear sunscreen on my face and any exposed skin (especially on sunny summer days). The main thing that kept me from doing this consistently was that I hate the smell and greasy feel of sunscreen. Plus then I heard that maybe the chemicals in most sunscreens are worse for you than potentially getting skin cancer! So I was extremely happy when the Alba sunscreen I picked up (just got it to try because it was on sale) turned out to be chemical and paraben free, and didn’t have any kind of greasy feeling at all! It’s a little thick at first, but once you rub it in you can’t even tell you have it on. I went and stocked up while it was still on sale :o)
The Body Shop DeoDry Roll-On Deodorant: This is another product that totally exceeded my expectations. I heard about it when it first came out – an aluminum- and paraben-free deodorant that really worked! Of course, it was totally sold out everywhere. When The Body Shop near me finally had it in stock, they didn’t have the scent I wanted (Chilled & Breezy), and they didn’t have the stick form. So I got Fresh & Floral in a roll-on. Wow! First of all, the scent is not “flowery,” it’s just nice. And the liquid dries right away, and then you don’t have to worry about white smudges on your clothes. It really does last all day, though in this heat and humidity there were a couple times where I reapplied before going out for the evening. I got one for GG, too (in the Cool & Zesty scent), and it’s even strong enough for a man. Plus, the roll-ons are refillable – save the environment and some money!
Avon Frizz Control Lotus Shield: I’ve been using this for a couple weeks now and am so happy with it! Even on non-humid days I have a halo of frizz around my head, so you can imagine how bad it would have been these past couple weeks that we’ve had like 99% humidity here. But my hair is sleek and soft and nice but not flat! And it really does last at least two days (even through washing it). A tiny amount is plenty, and the product is kind of thick and goopy feeling at first, but once you get it into your wet hair it’s not stiff or anything – and in fact, I think it helps hair dry faster. The true proof it works: on Saturday night we had dinner on a riverside deck and it was probably the most humid meal of my life. On our way home, GG asked me if I was using something different in my hair, because even he noticed that it wasn’t as frizzy as it should have been in that situation! Also, it smells great!
Goody Spin Pins: I got these a while ago and they are awesome. I’ve never really been able to get regular bobby pins to work for me, so for buns and updos, these work great! Especially now that it’s so hot and I just want my hair up off my neck, it’s so easy to just twist in the two corkscrew pins, and my hair’s not going anywhere. At first I thought they wouldn’t really work for me until my hair got longer because it seemed like the buns were small and tight, but I think the trick is that you need to gather it more loosely. The pins will really hold just about anything, so I can even just ball my hair up without really twisting it into a bun, and it’ll form a nice messy bun. I wore them for a lot of my hot, humid band concerts this summer, and around the house when I’m working and just want to keep my hair out of the way.
* HABA is retail-speak for “health and beauty aid” – basically anything you’d pick up in the lotion/toothpaste/shampoo aisle of the supermarket or drug store.