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    Formulate Review: Is Custom Shampoo and Conditioner Worth the Hype?

    Formulate Review: Is custom shampoo and conditioner worth it?

    *This post is in collaboration with Formulate. I received the products mentioned for free to review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support College with Caitlyn.

    We all know I never wash my hair, but when I do, I only use products I know will keep my hair looking great for the five or six days I don’t shampoo. But I decided to take a risk and try out a new product. For the last five weeks, I’ve been using custom shampoo and conditioner from the new company Formulate.

    I had super high hopes for Formulate’s formula (oooh that was fun to say) because they specifically engineer your shampoo and conditioner to account for your natural hair, your hair goals, where you live, and your lifestyle. Sounds promising right? So let’s get into this review.

    formulate custom shampoo and conditioner

    Pros

    No sulfates. Sulfates are the things in shampoo that make your hair feel knotty and slick while trying to wash it. I haven’t used a shampoo with sulfates in years so I was glad to find out Formulate doesn’t use sulfates. Formulate is also free from preservatives and parabens and is cruelty-free. These are all super important to me because I try to live as natural a life as possible and try to live as vegan a lifestyle as possible.

    You choose the smell and they are all as strong as you want them to be. I chose medium and it’s not overpowering, but you know how in books people in love say their crush’s hair smells like oranges or something? Well, since I chose the Freshly Squeezed scent, my hair really does smell like oranges for the first day or so after washing!

    The different scents they have are : Green with Envy (green tea and honey), Verdant (grass, lilies, eucalyptus), Tidal (coconut, sea, warm sand), Shoreline (spice, citrus, sea), Freshly Squeezed (sweet orange, tangerine), Burgeon (blooming orange blossom), and At Dawn (green apple, pear, rose). Read more…

    My Secrets to a Great Complexion (+ Skincare Routine)

    My Secrets to a Great Complexion | The products I use and rituals I follow | College with Caitlyn

    One of the compliments that has followed me for years is, “You have such a nice complexion!

    Some people think it’s a genetic thing, that it all came easy and I was born with great skin and never gets a blemish. Yeah no. You’d just have to take a look at me in middle school and early high school to see that isn’t true.

    However, over the years, I learned what helped keep my skin clear and fresh and today I’m going to share those tips with you along with all the products I use regularly!

    Products

    up and up morning facial moisturizing lotion and boscia cactus water hydrating cream

    Face Lotion

    My ride or die face lotion is the one from Simple with SPF. It’s a bit pricey, so I didn’t buy it the last time I ran out because at the time I was balling on a tiny budget. Instead, I got the Up & Up morning facial moisturizing lotion with sunscreen for normal to dry skin. Which is basically a knockoff of the Simple one. I like it just the same, however, this one smells more like sunscreen than the Simple one. But you also need to use less of the Up and Up one to cover your entire face than you do with the Simple brand.

    I’m also a fan of the Bosica cactus water hydrating cream (*I received this product from Influenster to review back in June*). I tried that out this summer and my only complaint was that it didn’t have SPF in it. It also has a very different texture and smell than other lotions. It’s literally made out of cacti so if you don’t like the smell of plants, I wouldn’t recommend it, but that also means it’s super gentle and good for sensitive skin. Read more…

    Everything You Need to Know about Cartilage (Helix & Tragus) Piercings

    *This post is sponsered by Urban Body Jewelry. Thank you for supporting brands who support College with Caitlyn.

    After getting my nose pierced I kind of became piercing obsessed. Forget tattoos, get yo girl another piercing.

    Originally, I only planned on getting a couple helix piercings, and maybe my doubles, but after talking to my little sister last fall about ear piercings I decided I wanted four helix piercings, a tragus piercing, a daith piercing, and my doubles.

    So when I realized how cheap piercings were in Scotland, I went a little crazy and got four. I now have two helix piercings on my right side, one on my left, and my left tragus pierced. All of these are considered cartilage piercings.

    Like I did with my nose piercing, I wanted to compile a bunch of common questions I had myself before getting them for your future reference!

    Related: Does it Hurt to Get Your Nose Pierced?

    Everything You Need to Know about Cartilage Piercings: Helix and Tragus Piercing Care

    How much do helix and tragus piercings hurt?

    To me, helix piercings are nothing. I barely even felt them. The worst part is putting the jewelry in. Now tragus piercings, on the other hand, are a whole different ball game. I was super nervous about getting my tragus piercing because I read a few testimonials about people hearing a pop with the cartilage there breaks, and noises like that freak me out. Luckily I didn’t hear anything, but it did hurt so bad that I was reflexively pulling away from my piercer without even realizing it. So yeah it freaking hurts.

    My helix piercings didn’t ever really hurt. I got two of them during winter though, so when it was super cold outside, and my ears about froze off, they started to hurt. And I guess when my hair got caught in them that hurt as well. I would recommend sleeping with your hair in a braid or bun or a sleeping cap. Although, my hair usually only got wrapped on them if it was windy outside, not in the middle of the night.

    My tragus piercing, on the other hand, hurt so badly the next day that I couldn’t put earbuds in. Read more…

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