Kerastase is here! New Line at Sephora Unboxed

I always get excited when I see that I have a new VoxBox from Influenster on the way, and this one was certainly no exception. A few days before moving to school, a white box appeared on my doorstep, containing three full sized items from the Kerastase haircare line all for me! What a treat and a half!

If you aren’t familiar, Influenster is a website and app that matches up writers, bloggers, and other creatives with brands! They send out packages (they call them VoxBoxes!) and all you need to do is review the products inside, and see if they are good. Easy enough! That being said, Influenster and Kerastase generously provided me with these products for my review. That does NOT mean that I have to say a single nice thing about them, and my opinions are all my own. Why even review if you don’t tell the truth? Who knows.

I’m on the fiendish side when it comes to haircare and skincare. High quality products yield high quality results (usually!) so starting with products that are quality makes a serious difference. I received three separate products to try out, and I have formulated my own ideas on all three.

So, here we go! Allll my thoughts, complains, compliments & more.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oil Serum

“A blend of four precious hair oils that will add shine, deeply nourish, and help to prevent breakage.” -Sephora.com

The concept of a hair oil is not really new to me whatsoever. As someone with curly, thick, crazy hair, I’ve tried more than my fair share. My hair is large, poofy, frizzy and unruly at best. It can take some strong products to keep everything in check for me.

This oil did not leave my hair feeling “oily” or wet, but did leave it feeling more soft and shiny. The scent isn’t my favorite, but, the scent does dissipate pretty quickly and didn’t linger too heavily. I’m totally strange when it comes to smells, so this was a serious plus for me. I don’t want to smell my products all day long, and I didn’t with this oil.

That being said, I think that for what the oil does, the price point is a tad on the high end. One bottle retails at $50. One bottle would last you for a long while, but I don’t think that personally I would want to shell out quite that much. I sometimes struggle with spending more than $10 on haircare, but I do really enjoy the feel, so it might be worth the splurge.

Kerastase spared no expense in making the bottle gorgeous, however. It feels heavy, luxe, and really is gorgeous sitting on your countertop or vanity. There is one problem I have though; the pump deposits the oil directly onto the bottle every single time. This leads to a mess, which I have to then clean up, which isn’t my favorite thing to do by a long shot. I would love to see this adjusted in the future, but other than that, the way the product is packaged really is beautiful and does feel very expensive.

Kerastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp & Hair Serum

“A specialized scalp and hair treatment that will leave your hair looking shinier and feeling thicker.” -Sephora.com

The second item that I received was a hair serum. To be totally honest, I didn’t really even know that hair serum was a thing! I know there are loads of serums for your skin, but I didn’t think that it applied to hair too. This had me feeling intrigued and curious as to how this would work out for myself and my finicky hair type.

I dispensed the product into my palms using the pipette and then massaged it into my roots and scalp. It honestly felt amazing. My hair did feel better after, and throughout the day, I didn’t feel as though it was heavy or uncomfortable. It absorbed quickly, and left my roots feeling soft and touchable. That is saying quite a bit about my unruly hair.

The bottle itself is so pretty I now keep it on my bathroom counter top, while most other products are tucked away. Again, the bottle felt heavy, is made of glass, and has this beautiful pearly coloring on the outside. The pipette made getting the product so easy, and helps you to not pour too much out. I need all the help with not wasting product!

This product retails at Sephora for $51. Again, the price point is on the high side, but it really is a luxe and beautiful product for your hair. I will make this last as long as I physically can, because I really am loving it.

Kerastase Discipline Anti Frizz Smoothing Spray

“An anti-frizz protection spray that offers frizz control up to 72 hours, heat protection up to 450°F, and adds shine.” -Sephora.com

The last item that I unpacked was this anti frizz spray! If you know me, you know that me and frizz are practically best friends (seriously) and anything to help cut down on the poof is welcomed with open arms. So, when I saw this in the package, I was so thrilled.

I applied this product by spraying liberally onto my hair, then scrunching to make sure that it was evenly distributed throughout my hair. After that, I styled my hair as usual and went about my day at work without giving it much of a second thought.

I don’t think that this product seriously made a massive difference, but it did help to keep my hair more tame throughout the day. The difference wasn’t huge, but I did see a small one. I had higher hopes for this product, but alas, it didnt *quite* live up to my standards. Oh well.

The packaging is, again, really beautiful. Another pearly toned bottle, but this one was the only plastic one in the bunch. That was expected, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a glass spray bottle for hair products. One bottle retails for $37 through Sephora, which again, I think is on the pricey side.

Have you ever received a VoxBox? Would you like to in the future? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO Em

Self Care Items To Boost Mental Health – Mental Health Monday

Happy Mental Health Monday! Another week has passed, and I’m another week closer to my big move! I have one more week with my family, and then at the end of the week, I’ll be back in my little apartment! Due to the fact it’ll likely be pretty stressful, I wanted to share my favorite self care items with you all!

That being said, there are PLENTY of ways to indulge in self care without spending a dime (Check out last weeks Mental Health Monday for all the self care info!). However, I do have tons of items scattered all around me that make self care a little more easy for myself! As a life long anxiety have-er, I know what works for me, and it’s probably going to be different for you! Finding what works for you personally is half the fun with self care.

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Self Care Items – Weighted Blankets

It’s important to me that my home is the most comfortable place for me to be, especially during the school year when the stress is working overtime. I look to my space to be a relaxing oasis to escape in, so being comfortable is key.

The first item that is worth its weight in gold (literally) is a good weighted blanket for your height and weight. This one is pretty affordable! I really love mine and it has made the biggest difference in my sleep and overall life. When you sleep better at night, you feel better. It’s really that simple.

For me, my anxiety (and other’s as well, so I’ve heard) can tend to ramp up at night. You are thinking about the next day at work, all you have to get done, and the stress can catch up with you and keep you from getting that precious sleep you need to actually function properly. When I lay down with my weighted blanket, it feels like a big, comforting hug. I find the peace I need the most, and get the sleep that tends to evade me on the daily. Perfection.

It’s also cool to note that most weighted blankets also have covers that you remove and wash to keep your blanket in tip top shape. Check out the shop where you pick yours out from to see if they have options! Etsy is also a great place to pick one up, lots of shops will customize them for you!

Self Care Items – Lavender Mist

Another thing that makes my nights more peaceful is a lavender pillow spray. Lavender is one of those scents that tends to foster peaceful feelings, so a pillow mist is an awesome way to further immerse yourself in that self care goodness at bedtime. There’s tons of options to choose from (some have chamomile if thats your thing!) and really do help. 

If you’re a DIY kinda person, you can always try to make your own! I personally haven’t made my own yet, but this could be a super fun activity to make your spray more personal and choose which scents are most calming to you!

You can also use it on your blankets, throw pillows and more! Some people like to put their lavender in a diffuser, but I find this to be way more gentle overall.

Self Care Items – Anxiety Balms

These balms have been in my anxiety arsenal for years now! Wild Thera makes a slew of different balms for literally anything you could need, but the stress soothe is a definite favorite of mine! I also have their Goodnight Balm which is super amazing if you have trouble with sleep from time to time. My insomnia can be on the crazy side, and natural solutions are always really great!

Each tin is also really tiny, so its perfect to add to your purse or school bag.  I keep a stress soothe in my bag so I always have mine with me!

I really love to travel with these because at times travel can make me feel on edge. These are tiny for a carry on, and are easy to take with you when you’re on the go. Being all natural, you don’t need to worry about nasty side effects or anything similar while using them. Plus, they smell really yummy!

Do you have any self care items that you love? What are they? Share below!

Happy Monday!

XOXO Em