hair care

Loves & Recommendations #1

by Jamie Sanford on February 23, 2017

In an extension of my Product Picks, I wanted to share a regular post about things that I’m enjoying and recommending. Welcome to Loves & Recommendations #1!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using these links.

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Arctic Fox semi-permanent hair dye.

The 4 oz bottles are $10.99, and the 8 oz bottles are $16.99.

I have been experimenting with fantasy hair over the last 5-6 months, and I switched from using Manic Panic to Arctic Fox after seeing a LOT of great videos on YouTube of regular people using Arctic Fox to get great color. I have a lot more to say about my experience with non-traditional hair colors, and will post about it soon, but spoiler alert, I will be saying great things about Arctic Fox products.

Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Pewter.

I have been in love with this eyeliner for years, as made evident by this blog post. I bought another one in pewter, because it is my ride or die eyeliner. Available for $5.94 from Amazon.

TurboTax Deluxe.

Boring? Maybe, but I’ve been using it forever and will buy it every year that it makes sense for me to do my own taxes. It is so easy, and once you use it once, everything pulls over to your new return from the previous year. It took me no time at all for federal taxes this year, and until I buy a house and have much more complicated financials, I’m sticking with it. Around $40 on Amazon.

Paine’s Red Cedar incense trees.

I bought these for Will from his Christmas wishlist, and I love them so much that I bought a second box for our home. It smells so woodsy and fire-burn-y (not a word) and I love it. $8.92 on Amazon.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner.

I first purchased these years ago when a nearby Eckerd story was closing and everything was on sale. Neither Will or I were blonde, but it says on the back that you can use it on any color hair. Will ended up loving these products because they are minty, but for a long time I could not find them. A random search one day, and they are back in our life. What’s weird is that the set of 2 is over $20 on Amazon right now, but you can buy them separately for around $12.

Unique Extra Dark “Splits”

I’m so glad that this brand is getting more exposure! We found these at a farmer’s market a while back, and they are the most polarizing snack I have ever had. Everyone loves or hates them. I love them, and my dad liked them when I gave him some, and I bought a pack of 2 before Christmas and sent him a bag along with keeping one for my house. You can get them for as little as $3/bag on Amazon.



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Product Review: Batiste Dry Shampoo

by Jamie Sanford on October 11, 2013

Product Review: Batiste Dry Shampoo

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2015 UPDATE: I take it all back. I bought another bottle of the Batiste and now it is all I use! (I do not use the brunette one though.)


I have talked about the Dove Dry Shampoo I use in the past on the blog, and I really like it. However, I had heard about the Batiste Dry Shampoo being good for brunettes, so I decided to check it out.

Here’s the description:

Batiste dry hair shampoo is the classic dry shampoo that instantly makes your hair feel clean, fresh and full of body and texture. Batiste dry shampoo instantly refreshes your hair between washes, leaving it feeling gorgeously clean and fresh with added body and texture. Medium is perfect for rich brunettes and fiery auburns. These fabulous dry shampoos revitalize lifeless locks between washes with a hint of color to blend with your hair tone.

Sounds pretty straightforward, and I tried it specifically because of the promise of no white residue showing on my dark hair. I tried it out, and it worked well as a dry shampoo. It refreshed my hair on day 2 after washing, and left it feeling bouncy and good to go for the day.

Then I took a shower.

I looked down at the water and noticed it was dirty looking. I thought it was weird, and still, it took me a few minutes to realize that this was the dry shampoo washing out of my hair. A downside, for sure. This was only made worse when I saw the state of the tub after my shower was over. There was brown crap ALL over the tub, not just around the drain. It was easy enough to rinse off, but obviously, this is a dealbreaker.

I have no idea if there would be any way to avoid this. I don’t have brown crap all over the tub after I dye my hair, so something in the Batiste dry shampoo formula must not be very water soluble, because it just floats around in the water and sticks to the tub surface.

Seeing as this Batiste dry shampoo was in no way superior to the Dove dry shampoo (and is more expensive), I’m not able to recommend this product. If you use the Dove dry shampoo correctly, you won’t have any white residue in your hair, and your tub will definitely not be covered in brown stuff.

I’m always down to try something new, so let me know in the comments if you use another kind of dry shampoo!

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I haven’t done a product pick in a while! As part of the editorial calendar I’m trying to stick with, Fridays will be related to products – reviews, discussion, etc.

I have been using the Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Intense Moisturizing Treatment since I bought it, and it has been continuously enjoyable. Earlier this week, I was in Harmon looking to buy another jar (tub?) and happened upon something else from Organix.

This is the Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Hydrating Keratin Masque. Did you get all of that?

Here’s the back of the tub. It is meant to “transform your hair into silky smooth locks with this exclusive blend of coconut oil, rich keratin proteins, avocado oil and cocoa butter.”

After a single use, I have to say that my hair is not completely transformed. However, I am quite pleased with the results I have. My hair is super soft and was less frizzy after my haphazard blowdrying. (I wash and blowdry, then use the flat iron.) Also, the scent is vastly superior to the Moroccan Oil treatment. It smells delicious. I will give it credit for additional shine too, my hair does look pretty shiny today. As mentioned, softness is also apparent, but it is similar to the effect of the Moroccan Oil Moisturizing Treatment.

So, thumbs up for sure, but I don’t feel the need to replace the other one, as it has been quite effective. I may end up changing to this version solely for the scent factor.

Both of these products are available for $6.99 at Harmon, and for about $4 more from Amazon. (Links to Amazon pages included in this post.)

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