Hello Good Hair Days: Customized Shampoo & Conditioner + Giveaway!

Hello Good Hair Days - Customized Shampoo and Conditioner from Formulate + GIVEAWAY - SCsScoop.com

When I wake up with a good hair day, everything else seems to fall into place. Hair is one of the most defining characteristics of our outward appearance. For the past year, I have been on the hunt for the best hair care products. But, it is been much harder than I expected. There are a lot of products out there. It is hard determine what all you really “need” to achieve that glorious “good hair day” status. Thankfully, a few months ago, Formulate asked me to try their customized shampoo and conditioner. I thought it might be too good to be true, but I love trying new products and new I wanted to test this out for you all. Now it’s time to share the scoop!

“If your hair is done and you’re wearing good shoes you can get away with anything.” – Iris Apel 

The Scoop on Formulate

How it works

The first step to get “good hair day” status is to take Formulate’s quiz. The quiz is where customization begins! It is your opportunity to share your hair type, needs and improvements you would like to see with your hair. Formulate’s quiz touches on every detail from length and color to strength and hydration needs. The last step of the quiz is picking out the scent – probably the hardest part for me because there were so many awesome choices! Once the quiz is done, your Formulate profile is complete. Here’s what mine looks like.

Hello Good Hair Days - Customized Shampoo and Conditioner from Formulate + GIVEAWAY - SCsScoop.com

If you want to see what the possibilities are for your hair in the hands of Formulate, take their quiz

Hello.. Good Hair Day? Is that you?

Formulate arrived in the mail after a few days. The packaging is sleek, simple and functional. The pump is a game changer as well! The first time I tried Formulate, something was off with the formula. I was one of the first people to try the product so I wasn’t shocked. What surprised though, was the Formulate team. They genuinely wanted to help me find the right formula.

My hair is very fine, color-treated and I have several hair goals. I guess you could call me a little high maintenance! But despite of that, Formulate kept working with me until I got the right formula. And let me tell you, my good hair days are no longer rare occurrences!

The Pros

Just as they did with me, the Formulate team promises to work with you to adjust your ingredients and ship you the new formula – free of charge. Customer service is everything and I can confidently tell you Formulate is top notch on that front!

Before using Formulate, my scalp was oily and I was constantly battling build-up of dry shampoo – one of my favorite hair care products! I also had heat damage on the ends of my hair, resulting in lots of split ends. Thankfully, I no longer have those problems with my customized shampoo and conditioner.

My hair is the healthiest it has been is several years. It is stronger, more hydrated, less frizzy and my hair color “stays” longer. My scalp is healthier, too. My nighttime routine of washing my hair twice a week is the same, but I am using less dry shampoo, which ultimately means more money in the bank!

In addition to helping me meet my hair goals and achieve “good hair day” status, one of my favorite things about Formulate is that it is good for the environment. Their cruelty-free formula doesn’t contain preservatives, sulfates or parabens that can be harmful our planet Earth. The formula also contains less water than most shampoos and conditioners.

The Cons

You have to stay committed to Formulate and be patient to get see the full result. It can take a few times for your hair to fully let go of the old products you were using.  Since I only wash my hair two times a week, it took me a while, plus I didn’t get the best formula for me right away.

The price of for their customized shampoo and conditioner is also a little high for me, at $39 for the pair. However, now that I am spending less money on dry shampoo and have seen improvement in my hair, I can say it is definitely worth the price!

Bring on the Good Hair Days!

I am SO glad I stuck with Formulate and found a customized formula that fits my hair needs. It really has been a game-changer!

Thanks to Formulate’s generosity, I have a GIVEAWAY for a chance to achieve “Good Hair Day” status for free! Click the link below to enter. The winner will receive a customized shampoo and conditioner set and everyone else will receive a $5 off coupon code. The giveaway closes on February 18th. The winner will receive an email and I’ll share the news on Instagram.

>> Enter now to get a free custom shampoo & conditioner set! <<

Now, let’s chat! What does a good hair day looks like for you? How many days of the month do you achieve “Good Hair Day” status? I would love to hear about your hair care routine and if you would try customized shampoo and conditioner.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

PIN ME!

Hello Good Hair Days - Customized Shampoo and Conditioner from Formulate + GIVEAWAY - SCsScoop.com

Disclaimer: Formulate provided me products to try in exchange for this review. All the opinions and thoughts I share are my own, unless stated otherwise. I only share content that I have a personal connection with. Your clicks, comments and engagement are very much appreciated, and may allow me to receive a small compensation. Your support of Sarah Camille’s Scoop and the brands I share help me keep doing what I love — and for that I am so grateful!

Advertisements

5 Summer Skincare Tips for Healthy, Nourished Skin

5 Simple Skincare Tips for Healthy Summer Skin

Hi friends! I am back from our beach weekend with the summer skincare tips I have learned over the years to maintain and achieve healthy, nourished skin. Summer is the time to show some skin and bring out your swimsuits, shorts and tank tops. With all the extra skin we show in the summer, our skin can turn into our best or worse accessory. A cute summer tank with shorts does not look as attractive if your skin is dried out and neglected.

I know from experience and I have made some mistakes when it comes to my skincare routine and products. So, today I am sharing the five simple ways I take care of my skin and maintain a youthful glow during the summer.

5 Summer Skincare Tips for Healthy, Nourished Skin - Sarah Camille's Scoop - SCsScoop.com

Summer Skincare Tips

#1 – Switch to Organic Skincare

I recently started making the switch to organic skincare, and have already seen what a difference good quality, natural products makes. When it comes to skincare, you get what you pay for. Cheap, generic skincare products that are readily available at the drugstore are usually full of inexpensive chemicals that do nothing to nourish your skin at best, or can outright damage your skin at worst.

With organic skincare, you can rest easy knowing the products you put on your skin will gently nourish and nurture your skin, making it healthy, soft and supple—perfect for flaunting at the beach!

5 Summer Skincare Tips for Healthy, Nourished Skin - Well Within Organic Skincare - SCsScoop.com

For healthy, glowing, summer-ready skin, organic beauty products from a reputable brand, like Well Within Beauty can transform your skin. Well Within Beauty offers a huge range of essential skincare products made from the finest natural and organic ingredients. Their selection includes makeup remover, cleansers and an eye firming serum.

#2 – Moisturize Daily

Warmer days and increased sun exposure can wreak havoc on your skin and cause your oil glands to go into overdrive. You may experience oilier skin during the summer, which may tempt you to skip using moisturizer. Don’t do that! Just because your skin is oily does not mean it is properly moisturized. In fact, keeping your skin adequately hydrated actually helps to manage your natural oil production.

5 Summer Skincare Tips for Healthy, Nourished Skin - Almond Oil Moisturizer - SCsScoop.com

The key is to find a lightweight moisturizer that feels comfortable on your skin during the hot summer months. As I have mentioned before, I use almond oil year-round. It feels light, absorbs really quickly and it works wonders on my skin. If using a moisturizing oil doesn’t suit you, avoid thick creams and lotions that can make your skin feel smothered and sweaty in the summer and go for a gel moisturizer. You can also try pat on multiple layers of a hydrating toner.

RELATED: Check out more amazing benefits of almond oil!

#3 – Nourish Your Skin from Within

What you put into your body affects the condition of your skin just as much as what you put on it. Nourish your skin from within by taking nutritional supplements, which Well Within Beauty also offers. Supplements packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants protect your skin cells from free radical damage and boost skin cell renewal for a healthy, youthful glow.

5 Summer Skincare Tips for Healthy, Nourished Skin - Organic Skincare - SCsScoop.com -Wellness Within Supplement

Eating fruits and vegetables is great way to nourish your skin as well. Tomatoes are one of my favorite things to eat for my skin, especially in the summer. There is lycopene in tomatoes, which provides natural skin protection by defending your skin from UV radiation. Studies also show that the ingredients in tomatoes help delay wrinkling and keep your skin looking young.

#4 – Exfoliate Gently

Regular exfoliation helps your skin shed dead cells faster, revealing fresh new radiant skin underneath. For a youthful summer glow, exfoliate regularly with a gentle yet effective chemical exfoliator, with AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid). About three times a week, I use Dr. Brandt’s Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant, which has AHA, jojoba oil, aloe vera and a few other magical ingredients!

5 Summer Skincare Tips for Healthy, Nourished Skin - Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant - SCsScoop.com

Stay away from harsh physical scrubs that can rub your skin raw and cause it to become sensitized or reactive. Treat your skin like you would a newborn baby—with tender, loving care instead of rough scrubbing and rubbing. A lot of facial and body scrubs contain overly harsh physical exfoliators like crushed walnut shells that can damage your skin, or microbeads that are harmful to the environment when washed off.

#5 – Never Skip Sunscreen

My last tip is kind of a no-brainer. You should never, ever skip sunscreen during the summer when the sun’s rays are strongest. You should actually wear sunscreen every day, no matter what the weather, because the sun’s UV rays are so powerful that they can penetrate through clouds, glass and windows. Sun protection is especially important during the summer when people tend to wear lighter clothes that expose more skin.

5 Summer Skincare Tips for Healthy, Nourished Skin - coola classic face sport sunscreen - SCsScoop.com

So far this summer, my favorite sunscreen is by COOLA. I use the one pictured above on my face. It has a smooth non-greasy feeling and a lovely, light tea scent. Be sure to choose a sunscreen with broad spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30, and wear enough of it to cover all exposed areas of your face and body.  On work days, when I’m not directly in the sun, I use my go-to tinted moisturizer, which is SPF 20.

RELATED: How I Get a Glowing, Summer Tan without the Sun!

Hopefully these summer skincare tips will help you discover more nourished and healthy skin this season! Remember that exercising a consistent skincare routine is also key to maintaining healthy skin.

I would love to hear how you take care of you skin during the summer. Do you use organic skincare products or take supplements to improve your skin? Share your favorite skincare products or summer skincare tips in the comments.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

PIN THESE SUMMER SKINCARE TIPS FOR LATER!

5 Summer Skincare Tips for Healthy, Nourished Skin - Simple Skincare Tips for Healthy Summer Skin - SCsScoop.com

—–

See my disclaimer here.

Nailing a Gel Manicure at Home with Pink Gellac

Nail your Gel Manicure at Home with Pink Gellac - Pink Gellac Review - SCsScoop.com

Hello friends! I have shared my love for a good manicure many times, so I am super excited to share a line of gel manicure products with you all today. These products are from the European company Pink Gellac, and they have all the tools and nail polishes you need to get a gel manicure at home. Let’s dive in!

Nail your Gel Manicure at Home with Pink Gellac - Pink Gellac Review - SCsScoop.com

I tried out Pink Gellac’s starter kit, which retails for $99 and is currently on sale for $50. The kit, pictured above, includes:

  • 1 Pink Gellac LED Lamp
  • 1 Primer 
  • 1 Nail Polish in the color Dynamic Pink
  • 1 Pink Gellac Base2
  • 1 Pink Gellac Ultra Shine 15ml
  • 4 Online courses
  • 1 Nail file 240-180 grid 
  • 1 Orange Woodsticks 
  • 10 Cleaner pockets
  • 10 Remover pockets

Nailing a Gel Manicure at Home

With the Pink Gellac starter kit, I found the process quite easy from beginning to end. First, I started with the remover pockets to see how they would work on removing the gel polish I got at a salon. I have tried removing gel polish with other products at home, and was skeptical about these pockets. Am I the only one who has majorly struggled to get a gel manicure off at home!? Well, these remover pockets worked like magic. I inserted them and wrapped them around my fingers, waited 10 minutes and all the polish just slid right off.

With my old gel polish off, I trimmed my nails and got my cuticles in order. Then, I used the cleaner pockets to wipe off my nails and create a nice, clean slate for new gel polish. With Pink Gellac, the application was super easy for the primer, base, color and shine. The brush is sturdy and has a nice curved edge, so it forms to your nails and applys the polish really well.

Nail your Gel Manicure at Home with Pink Gellac - Pink Gellac Review - SCsScoop.com

The Pros

Simply put, Pink Gellac’s polish colors are great quality — they are not opaque and after just one coat it looked amazing. There is also a large range of colors, many of which are sold on Amazon, if you aren’t ready to try the whole starter kit. In comparison to other gel manicures (at home and at salons), Pink Gellac’s polish stays on quite well. I am quite hard on my nails, but one week into my gel manicure and there are just two little knicks near the tips of my nails.

The other great thing about Pink Gellac are the remover pockets! Damage from removing gel manicures can make your nails really weak. These pockets seriously work like magic though! Lastly, there is one general positive to doing gel manicures at home — the cost savings. In the D.C. area gel manicures can easily cost $45 (without tip). So, investing in something like Pink Gellac, can literally pay for itself with a couple uses.

Nail your Gel Manicure at Home with Pink Gellac - Pink Gellac Review - SCsScoop.com

The Cons

The only negative I found for the Pink Gellac starter kit was the size of the LED lamp. I had to be pretty careful not to hit the sides of the lamp, so a slightly larger lamp would be nice. Aside from that, I do not see any cons with the Pink Gellac products. That said, nailing a gel manicure at home may prove challenging or frustrating for some.

If doing your own gel manicure is new to you or seems scary, Pink Gellac has online courses that come with the starter kit to help you out. You can also take a look at my tips for nailing a manicure at home, which are good for traditional nail polish or gel nail polish. I also have a little advice: have fun practicing and know that it is ok to mess up. It is just nail polish and the worst case scenario is you have to take your polish off and start over.

What do you think?

Do you give yourself manicures at home? Have you tried a gel manicure at home recently? I have always found doing my nails to be a relaxing activity at the end of a long day, and it feels good to do a little something for myself. Is that just me? How does an at home manicure make you feel?

I would love to hear from you! And many thanks to Pink Gellac for sending me the starter kit to try out.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

PIN ME!

Nail your Gel Manicure at Home with Pink Gellac - Pink Gellac Review - SCsScoop.com

––

See my disclaimer here.