Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo Review

Another day, another review! If you missed it, my last post was a three step skincare system review, and today I am reviewing a tea tree shampoo. I am not a huge haircare person. I typically use whatever shampoo is the cheapest (usually something Garnier or Herbal Essences) and don't care much about what shampoo or conditioner I use. Maple Holistics reached out to me and offered to send me a shampoo to try and review for you, so I got to try something a little higher-end and different from what I typically use. 

First, let's talk about what the shampoo claims to do. Tea tree is supposed to clear dead skin cells from hair follicles and combat dandruff, rosemary is supposed to stimulate cell renewal, and lavender acts as an antiseptic and prevents blemishes on the scalp. This formula is sulfate free and contains over 98 all natural compounds. The scent of this is different from what I expected. I like tea tree, but this shampoo is slightly metallic smelling. It's not a bad scent at all, and fades quickly after the shampoo is rinsed out, but something worth mentioning. 

When I use this shampoo, I double cleanse (so wash, rinse, and repeat once more), which is actually what they suggest doing on the bottle. And let me just start by saying WOW! My hair responded so good to this shampoo! I usually go two days between washes, but after using this shampoo the first time, I waited to see how long I could wait before washing and I got to four days! I did find that my hair was silkier and smoother than with my other shampoo, to the point where I don't really need to use a conditioner when I use this product. If you like a lot of volume or have oilier hair, this might not be the best shampoo for you because you're getting those conditioning elements so close to your scalp. 

Overall, I don't have any negatives with this shampoo! I absolutely adore it and love the way my hair looks and feels when I use it. I could see myself repurchasing this in a heartbeat as well. If you are interested in this product, I'll link it here! It's actually on sale on their website, so definitely give it a look if you're interested! Maple Holistics also has a free-sample program that you can check out here. 


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bloom Skincare Review

It's been way too long since my last product review post, but I have a couple coming within the next few weeks so make sure you follow my blog so you don't miss them! Today's post is on a couple products from Bloom Skin Care. I hadn't heard of this brand before, but they reached out and offered to send me a couple products to try. That being said, these are my honest thoughts!

Balancing Facial Toner
I am not usually a toner person. In my typical skincare routine I use a face wash, moisturizer, and sometimes a serum or eye cream. This toner is alcohol-free and is supposed to be non-drying, good for all skin types, and pH balancing. I've used this product for about a week and haven't noticed a huge difference in the way that my skin looks or feels. This toner has a really heavy citrus scent that doesn't bother me, but is something to keep in mind if you're sensitive to scents. Overall, I feel pretty neutral about this product as a toner, but really like it as a hydrating spray for a little refreshment or as a setting spray of sorts. 

Hand and Body Lotion
This is a thinner moisturizer than I am used to. It says that it is a hand and body lotion, but I've also tried it on my face. This moisturizer comes in four scents, and I have the green tea one. In hindsight, I would probably prefer the unscented one because the green tea one is quite sweet and has a pastry/white chocolate scent to it that I'm not particularly fond of. The consistency of this is quite thin. If you've ever used a cleansing milk, it has the same sort of texture. I don't mind it, and I think that it is really nice because it absorbs easily, but I'm not sure how hydrating this would be in the cooler months when my skin gets really dry. Overall, I'm quite ambivalent about this product. Sure, I'll use it up, but I don't see myself repurchasing it anytime soon. 

Facial Cleansing Mousse 
I usually use my Foreo to apply cleanser, so I used that in conjunction with this face wash. First off, let's start with scent. I really love the scent of tea tree, which made me adore this face wash. But if you don't enjoy tea tree quite as much as me, the scent goes away once you rinse it off and doesn't linger at all. I've been using two pumps to cover my entire face and that seems to be enough. It cleanses without making my skin dry, flaky, or tight feeling. However, this face wash is really gentle and doesn't remove my eye makeup, so I've been using the Clinique Makeup Remover for that. Overall, of the three products this is by far my favorite and is something that I would repurchase in a heartbeat. 

UPDATE: It's been about a week since using this and I've been breaking out way more than usual. I think that it is due to hormonal and dietary things, but I thought I'd mention it anyways. I'll keep using these products and let you know if I keep breaking out or if it goes away (like it should if it is hormonal). 

So that's it for this review! Let me know if you've tried any Bloom skincare products or what your favorite skincare items of the moment are in the comments below! I'll try to get back to posting more frequently, so make sure you follow this blog on Bloglovin and there will be another review (shampoo!) in a couple days!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

How to Get Better Grades This Semester

It's the start of a new semester, which means another chance to improve your GPA. My personal school motto is "start the semester strong" that way if your grades slip as the content becomes more difficult, you'll still have a good grade in the end. With that being said, here are a few tips that I use to maintain good grades (even in really difficult classes). 

1) Take Notes in Class
Sounds like a no-brainer, but I have a lot of friends that don't take notes in class and then have to re-read all the slides from class before a test. Taking notes in class will save you time when you're studying for tests and it'll make sure that you remember important things your professor said that might not be in their slides. The way you take notes is also important. Science has shown that taking notes by hand is better, but do whatever feels best for you. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

What I'm Reading: September 2017

I can't believe it's already September! This year has seriously flown by! This is the ninth What I'm Reading post of the year, so if you've missed any of the previous ones, click here! I've currently read 8 books (and have two books unfinished), so I'm not quite keeping up with my goal of 17 books this year, but there's still time for me to catch up! Here are the books I read last month (with a mini review) as well as the two books I'm planning on reading this month! 
Last Month's Books:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
This is an interesting book. I don't know that it is life-changing or even anything new, but it was an easy read with tips that could be implemented into anyone's life. Some of her tips were a little crazy (like thanking and speaking to each object), but at the heart of it, the idea of keeping only things that bring you joy and removing the rest is really important. Not a must-read in my opinion (especially if you've read articles about her method before), but if you are really interested in the KonMari method, it's worth skimming. 

Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
This book got tons of press when it was released last year, but I didn't get around to reading it now. This book is funny, but isn't an actual comedy book. It looks at online dating and finding love in the modern age from a sociological viewpoint, which was really interesting. This book covers different cultures, and condenses sociological studies in a way that is still easy to read and understand. I don't think that it's a "must read" book in any way, but it was an easy and fascinating read. 

This Month's Books:

Into the Wild - John Krakauer
I still haven't finished this book, but reading it is my number one priority this month! It's been super interesting, but I just haven't gotten around to finishing it yet. 

Big Sur - Jack Kerouac 
I found a PDF version of this book online, so I wanted to read it! You may remember that a few months ago I tried reading On the Road, but didn't get very far because I didn't enjoy it as much the first time. I'm hoping that this book is similar, but because it's something I haven't read before, I'm more invested in the storyline. 

Let me know in the comments if you've read Big Sur or if you have any book recommendations for me! Also, make sure that you follow this blog on Bloglovin so you don't miss out on any new posts!