Thank you Seventeen for sending me free products. As usual, all opinions are 100% my own.
Tens of thousands of you have been loyal readers who put up with my quirkiness, unforgiving sass, and totally annoying and uncalled-for puns. So, you’re probably already familiar with my undying love for magazines and the magazine industry. Seventeen has been one of my favorites since I was in middle school and I almost never miss an issue. I used to huddle over the magazine with my friends at lunchtime, careful not to get any gross middle school mac and cheese on any of the pages, and we’d bookmark beauty tips and cute looks for dress-down days. Now, fast-forward almost 10 years and I’m a member of the Seventeen Social Club!!! I was so excited when I received news on my acceptance, and I’m even more excited to get to tell you all about awesome events and products, which brings me back to the point of this post…
I recently received two great goodies that I’m going to share with you: Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo and Schick Quattro YOU™ Disposable Razors, which both happen to be perfect additions to your summer beauty bag this year. First off, let me say that in the past I have had great experiences with products from both of these brands, so I already had pretty high expectations for both products, and they didn’t disappoint!
The Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo absorbs excess oil in your hair so you don’t have to squeeze in the time to wash your hair if you’re already running late for something. This semester, I found myself barely having enough time to myself because of my course load. Washing my hair often meant waiting several hours for it to air dry before I can style it, which then takes another two hours. When you’re running around trying to interview people and cover events for articles, time to yourself is never really guaranteed. I had the regular Clean Freak Dry Shampoo from before, and that has saved my hair from greasy days more times than I can count. The Tapioca Dry Shampoo is the exact same way, except it’s made from tapioca starch, which is natural.
Like with any dry shampoo, there’s no water necessary, and there’s no dry time to wait out. Just shake the can well and hold it a couple of inches away from your hair while you spray it. My roots always get greasy so quickly, especially since I exercise daily at the gym, so all that sweat makes my hair extra slick. I like focusing the spray on that part of my hair, and I usually comb through it, or use my hands to rub it in further to really create volume.
I don’t have any cons about this product, so I’m basically just going to tell you that first off, the smell is WOW. The scent is warm sugar and my hair literally smells like a sugar cookie after I spray this in. I was so pleasantly shocked by the scent when I first used the product because the other dry shampoo I had been using had no scent. I love when my hair has a yummy scent, and I don’t get that often because I feel like the scent from my conditioner disappears after I style my hair with heat, so the scent is definitely a plus for me. It’s very quick and easy to use and can fit into your gym bag for use after a workout session this summer. Obviously, you shouldn’t use dry shampoo as a total substitute for washing your hair, but this product is perfect for getting rid of those shiny spots until you’re able to wash your hair.
Summer time is basically razor shopping season because everyone is planning trips to the beach, wearing dresses and skirts to the office, and donning shorts to the gym or a trip to the city. During the winter, I could get away with not shaving because, trust me, I wasn’t planning on heading out in waist-deep snow in a pencil skirt, but something tells me it may not be as easy to do that in mid-July. Like I said, I have used shaving products from Schick in the past and have always had pleasant experiences with them. My favorite one was definitely the Schick Intuition razors with replaceable soap cartridges, which gave me really long lasting shaves, so I was excited to try these ones. They came in a pack of four (yay!) and should offer a really close shave.
The pool at my college recently opened up after years of renovation, so I thought this would be the perfect time to test out the razors. I don’t usually use shaving creams because I often find that body wash and even my hair conditioner are more moisturizing and better at keeping my skin soft, so I just used the body wash I’m currently using. I lathered it onto my legs, wet the razor a bit and then began shaving. I got a smooth shave — no nicks or bumps — and it lasted almost to the end of the week for me.
I gotta say, I’ll be keeping these razors close by this summer. Especially because it already seems like it’s going to be a hot one and it’s not even June yet (I spent two days home from college and they have both had me sweating!) I really loved these products and I hope you’ll give them a shot this summer as well.
Have you tried these products before? What are your thoughts?