My name is Kat, I am a clean wellness/skincare + mindful living influencer, blogger, & brand photographer. I have a love for always being generously caffeinated & seeing my lifestyle that is centered around self-care and sustainability through my camera lens.
One year ago, I took advantage of the ILIA Beauty & Playa Hair Summer Sales to dive into clean beauty. I am so happy I did! Now, basically my whole makeup routine is made up of ILIA products and my hair has been transformed by Playa. I can’t stop talking about how perfect these products are on my IG. So many of you guys have even told me how much you love the products after trying them per my reccs!
So, if you have been wanting to make the transition to using cleaner & conscious products, now is the perfect time because you can get 20% your whole purchase!
In my opinion, they are the leader of clean beauty. ILIA combines skincare + makeup with only clean ingredients, so your skin looks and feels beautiful! You ca =n learn more about ILIA Beauty here
You don’t need to be a part of anything to shop their sale! It is open to all. But, take advantage because 20% site wide on purchases $50+ only happens once a year!
The Discounts – 20% site wide on purchases $50+ with code FRIENDS
The Dates – 05/20-05/23
I will never stop using this as my everyday foundation. It is a super light coverage that lets your skin shine through. It has a dewy glow & sits so nicely on your skin. I have never experienced a breakout either.You even get SPF 40! It is the most PERFECT foundation for hot summers.
If you get the Super Serum Skin Tint – you need their Radiant Priming Serum! It provides such a smooth base for the Skin Tint & it adds a touch of glow to your skin. So, if you have dry skin like me that foundation settles into & looks cakey, this is your solution & serum for glowing skin!
I rarely ever wear mascara, but when I do I use the Limitless Lash. It promotes lash growth & looks so natural! Plus, it is 99% natural. Also, it holds all day long, but still comes off gently.
With dry skin, powders highlighters do not sit nicely on my skin. So, I LOVE the Illuminator Stick in Cosmic Dancer. I apply it to my high points even when I am going foundation free for more awake & alive looking skin. It has such a smooth feel & lasts all day.
I am using the sale to refill on my favorites before summer, but I will also be trying some new products that have been sitting on my wish list!
I will never stop talking about Playa because their products have completely changed my hair. Naturally, I have thick & curly hair. I never really used to take my hair routine seriously until I started using their products. Now, my curls is smoother, my strands is stronger, my hair is growing SO MUCH faster!
You will love their products because they are clean, cruelty-free, vegan, and sustainably packaged. Also, they are made in California & inspired by the ocean. There is just so much to love about Playa! You can learn more about Playa Hair here.
To shop their sale, be sure to sign up for their email list! But, since you’re my friend, I can invite you!
The Discounts – 20% site wide with code PARTYWAVE
The Dates – 05/20-05/24
The absolute BEST hair oil! I use it to tame frizz by massaging it through my hair when it is wet & I apply it after I take out my braids, so I can have a tousled, soft wave. It is definitely a summer staple because it also protects from UV damage.
This is just a good shampoo. It does what it is supposed to do, which is clean your hair without making it feel like straw. They call it the Every Day Shampoo because it can be used everyday! It is that gentle! I never feel like my hair is too dry after using it, plus it gets rid of all the product buildup. So, my hair feels fresh & light.
Sometimes, when I go too long between washes or it is feeling a little heavy I use their salt scrub. I use it about once a week, sometimes I skip a week. Nonetheless, it is the perfect reset. The tea tree oils is such an invigorating smell & feeling that is almost addicting! It feels SO GOOD when I massage it into my scalp.
I love this conditioner because it rinses out completely. So, I have soft and bouncy curls! The trick is to leave it in for a couple of minutes to let it activate. I have noticed that ever since I started using this conditioner with the rest of Playa’s products, I don’t have ANY split ends. And I haven’t even gotten my hair cut in almost a year.
I know I will love anything I get from Playa & their products are my everyday hair care essentials. Which is why, I am going to grab the Hair Essentials Set! I get their 5 bestsellers for $110 ($142 value) 20% off! Such a great deal & this will all last me into the fall!
I am in love with these two brands & they will forever have a place on my vanity because they have seriously elevated my routines. So, I hope you choose to give them a try. Also, be sure to let me know if you do!
*This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission when you shop through the links throughout this post at no cost to you! As always, opinions & experiences are my own, and I am always happy to share products I authentically love. So, THANK YOU!
Taking care of my hair is a very personal practice. Because, it has been a form of self-love to help me regain my confidence in embracing my natural hair. Growing up, I wore my hair up 80% of the time, and the other 20% it was down, but styled. Looking back, I wish I could tell past me to embrace her curls. Because now I am getting it back to health after years of heat styling & hair ties.
I have dealt with every hair ailment in the book: thinning, breakage, dullness, dandruff, split ends, you name it. So, when I say that I am very particular about what I use on my hair, I mean it. I have done so much research behind the best products and practices that promote the most shine, growth, and balance. All to give me my hair back.
You may know that I am passionate about using only non-toxic beauty products if you have been following me for awhile. This change in lifestyle all happened after I was dealing with hormonal imbalances. So, I became more conscious of what I was putting in my body & on my body. Seeing the change has been slow rolling (because I am not perfect), but the past year I have become so intuitive to what my body is telling me.
One thing I have noticed is that the scalp determines the health of your hair. Also, things like products, pollution, stress can upset your hair’s balance. So, as a form of haircare, I have been paying more attention to my inner well-being more than anything. I used to think washing my hair more or spraying my strands with product will do the trick but it literally goes down to the roots.
So, this is not your ordinary haircare roundup. It is non-overwhelmingly full of products. Because, more is not always better. What is better, is using fewer, but more effective products that get the job done. Also, it goes beyond the shower to get your hair back in balance & looking better than ever. Past me would never been caught rocking my natural hair, but here I am & I hope you join me.
Every time I use this product, I wonder why I never cleansed my hair sooner. I guess weekly cleansing seemed pointless if I already wash it, but you don’t realize how much build-up your shampoo leaves until you cleanse. It does not even matter how good your shampoo is, your hair will feel so amazingly revived after just one use. What I love most, is the salt crystals that really give your scalp a good scrub & the tea tree oil that wicks away build-up. Your eyes will water from the strong aromas, but get through it. I promise it is worth it.
This hair oil gets my hair back in shape. I love using it in the morning to tame frizz & protect my hair from UV damage, then in the evening to put moisture back. This is also my secret weapon after I shower to have my hair dry frizz-free with soft curls. Unlike most hair oils that just sit on top of my hair, leaving it greasy, Playa’s Ritual Hair Oil is actually absorbed giving my hair a healthy shine. It also has vitamin E, K, and healthy antioxidants for rebuilding strands. Some say the smell is a turnoff, but I have no problem with it at all.
Honestly, the most amazing root serum I have ever used. It works hard to soothe, detoxify and protect against harmful environmental stressors and pollutants that cause dandruff, irritation and hair loss. I massage it into my roots every night & it leaves no trace. After just a few months of using Vivi Naturals CB-Detox Serum, I noticed that my hair grew faster and look shinier. Not to mention, I am catching less strands in the shower- thank goodness.
I noticed that stress affects my hair just like my skin, so I choose to take CBD every morning. Personally, I cannot get past the taste of CBD from taking straight out of a dropper. Also, I have a hard time wanting to add in to my morning coffee. So, the easiest & most effective way for me to get ahead of stress is by Prima’s soft-gels. This may not be the most conventional form of haircare, but for me I have noticed it actually helps- because it is all connected. “Internal health leads to external beauty, and you attain it by attending to what you put into and onto yourself.” Shelly Marshall
Well, that is all! I told you it was straight to the point, but covers all the bases. As I am always learning more about haircare & revamping routines, I will be keeping up with this series. Because, I feel like our skin gets so much attention. And as a recovering hairstyling addict, I will also be sharing my journey of embracing my natural hair & just letting it do its thing.
March is usually the month that I am always rushing to get over with. Here in Atlanta, we get the random warm & cold days, not to mention all the rain. This always does a number on my skin & my mood, as my body always struggles to adjust. All I want is sunshine & longer days- is that too much to ask for? This year, was a little different though. March has really shown off the brighter side, which has made me make a few early shifts to my skincare routine.
Usually around April-May, I begin introducing facial mists, lighter moisturizers, and deep cleansing. I do this for three reasons. First off, I need a quick and easy way to refresh my skin midday, as it tends to dry out. Secondly, I like to focus on replenishing my skin’s natural barrier to keep it protected from natural stressors. Finally, I routinely deep cleanse my skin once a week to refresh my pores of buildup from sweat, oils… and wearing a mask.
Below, I have listed the exact products that are sitting pretty on my vanity as we speak, as well as on my wishlist. I have even included some everyday products for a routine that you can stick with year-round to keep things simple & consistent. Because your skin LOVES consistency. Finally, everything in my edit is either clean, sustainable, cruelty-free, or non-toxic.
My Skin Type: I have combination skin that is slightly reactive. So, I stray away from products with alcohols, fragrances, essential oils, and mineral oils. This is rather good news because that means most products will be suitable for oily, dry, sensitive, & combination skin types. Just remember, with any new product, always do a patch test.
Osea Hyaluronic Serum
Fresh Undarian Clay Mask
Osea Sea Vitamin Mist
Necessaire Body Lotion
Summer Fridays CC Me
Osea Undaria Body Oil
Sakara Beauty Water Drops
Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Moisturizer
Osea Vitamin C Polish
Moon Juice Acid Potion
Summer Fridays Cleanser
The Ordinary Niacinamide & Hyaluronic Serum
Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream
Lesse Ritual Serum
BioClarity Sunshady SPF