This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.
2020 has been full of challenges and unexpected events and I've definitely been on the struggle bus a few times this year. I think this is a pretty common consensus and that's why self-care is more important now than ever. Just carving out a little "me time" can make a world of difference to refresh your spirit and make you feel better. When BabbleBoxx offered to send me a box full of self-care supplies I jumped right on it. Who couldn't use a little pampering right now? I've worked with BabbleBoxx quite a few times and they've introduced me to some of my very favorite products (like these headphones I use almost every single day and this new ice cream bowl that my kids love), so I couldn't wait to unbox their self-care package.
The first item that jumped out to me was custom hair color from e-Salon. I'm going to be honest and say that I was a little apprehensive about coloring my own hair at home. Ever since I started coloring my hair about 5 years ago, I've always trusted a professional to do it for me and was willing to pay the price tag to go along with it. But, it's 2020 after all and my kids had been home with me for 5 months and salon visits were virtually impossible for a period of time. I saw the memes and warnings from the professionals circulating on social media: whatever you do, don't box dye your hair. Thankfully, there's an option besides standard box dyes, and that's where e-Salon comes in.
Instead of offering a menu of colors, e-Salon creates a made-to-order, custom hair color just for you. When you register on the website, you'll input your information, color goals and wishes and even upload photos if you'd like so that your personal colorist can create your color from scratch. There's no mass production here, it's all formulated for you at the time of your order. That means you'll get the best color possible to help you have the depth of color and hair tone that you desire, and there's less waste so it's better for the environment.
The ordering process was really simple and my personal colorist reached out to me with a few questions before creating my made to order hair color. My order shipped quickly and came with a full set of easy-to-follow instructions and all the supplies needed to color my hair at home. I was visiting with my mom when my order arrived and she said she'd heard rave reviews about e-Salon and wanted to help me to see how it would turn out.
Within 30 minutes my hair was dyed and I was ready to style it. I was super impressed with the outcome and felt like the color was rich and it provided great coverage for the few stray grays that I have. As you can see, my color was really uneven before and e-Salon fixed that problem right up with a great color match to my original color.
After my hair was colored and on-point, I was able to relax with Robyn Williams' book, A Fool's Paradise. This novel tells the tale of Dr. Aaryn Jamison, one of the nation’s most prominent African American physicians, as she meets Jayson Denali, an internationally acclaimed Academy award-winning actor. The book brings readers into a world full of lifelike imagery and detailed memorable characters. This page-turner offers suspense, romance, tragedy, humor, and elements of the supernatural, all with intricate plot twists.
Reading is truly one of my favorite self-care activities. It lets me escape reality for just a while and helps me to clear my mind. A Fool's Paradise is a good read and Williams has done a great job creating a world to escape into. She is a passionate and refreshing storyteller and it's evident in this novel. Right now, you can purchase this e-book for only $4.49 on Amazon.
As you may have seen, I've recently started working in the aesthetics industry. Patients come to me for skincare consults, laser treatments, and injectables. It's so satisfying to help people improve their appearances with treatments that offer subtle, natural-looking results. Lips seem to be the hot area for treatment right now and everyone wants fuller, hydrated looking plump lips. But, a lot of people are wary of injecting filler into their lips because they don't want to look overdone. That's why I so excited to try the GrandeLIP Hydrating Lip Plumper included in this box.
This high gloss, volumizing lip plumper is infused with Volulip™ and hyaluronic acid (which is the same substance that I inject into lips for plumping) for instant and long-term hydrating benefits.
In just 3-5 minutes lips will appear plumper and more hydrated with no strings attached. Plus, they say when you use GrandeLIP Hydrating Lip Plumper twice a day for 30 days, you'll see an increase in overall lip volume. I can't wait to test this lip gloss out over the next month. Want to try it for yourself? Use code SELFCARE10 for 10% off your entire purchase at grandecosmetics.com (One-time use per customer. Cannot be combined with other offers. Valid through 9/30/2020).
Anyone else having a hard time finding a hand sanitizer that isn't on the "naughty list"? Thankfully, Born Basic was "born" with a very basic goal, to make an everyday product readily available for the everyday person. No gimmicks, no fancy packaging, and nothing to distract you from exactly what you're getting: an effective hand sanitizer that won't dry out your skin. Plus, this is a family-owned company
Born Basic hand sanitizer glides on easily, but without the strong alcohol smell or sticky residue that you may be used to. This sanitizer contains an alcohol content of 62% instead of the 65% or 70% varieties you may have used in the past and it has moisture containing agents like Vitamin E and aloe to soothe your hands. While the alcohol content is lower it still effectively kills germs per FDA guidelines. It's really the perfect happy medium.
Born Basic's advanced and improved formula is better than ever and is available in 3-ounce, 16.9-ounce, and 33-ounce bottles at a very affordable price point (ranging from $1.99 to $5.99) and can be found exclusively at Target stores.
I'm really loving the travel size bottle. It's easy to use, but it's also airtight so it doesn't leak all over my purse. It's come in so handy lately when hand sanitizer is basically a must for being out and about.
Of course, when you think about self-care, you probably think about manicures and pedicures but I haven't been partaking in those lately since I've been staying close to home. Thankfully, two of the top Kerasal products were included in my self-care box. Kerasal is a leading brand in foot care for tough to tackle foot problems. From issues with skin dryness and cracking to damage from fungus, aging, or gel manicures, Kerasal has a solution.
With Kerasal's Intensive Foot Repair results are promised in just one day. This exfoliating moisturizer is clinically proven to hydrate and moisturize dry feet while exfoliating away dead skin. It's like the ultimate at-home pedicure. I just applied the Intensive Foot Repair at bedtime, covered with some cotton socks and woke up to soft, smooth skin and heels.
I really couldn't wait to use the Multi-Purpose Nail Repair. This paint-on solution can improve the appearance of nails that have been damaged due to fungus, nail psoriasis, aging, or gel manicures. The formula goes on clear and penetrates the nail to hydrate, reduce discoloration, smooth the surface, and normalize nail thickness. Visible improvements can be seen in just one week's time but use is recommended for 3-6 months for the full effect. My nail stills haven't recovered from my last gel manicure so I used this solution right away and can't wait to see how my nail strength and texture improve over the next several weeks.
What are your top products for self-care?
I'd love to hear about them!