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


    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…

    Corduroy Skirt with Turtleneck | Fall at a Dead Sunflower Festival

    *Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you click on a product link, I may receive a small compensation at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I love or use myself!

    So I went to a sunflower festival a couple weekends again. Aaaaaaand all the sunflowers were dead. Love that.

    The farm did post online that the sunflowers bloomed earlier because of all the heavy rains we had through September. I feel like they could have just held the festival a weekend or two earlier…. but I guess they didn’t see that as feasible. Whatever. We made do. The dead field adds to the spooky season vibes anyway, right?

    Backstory behind us now, let’s get into this outfit!

    Outfit Details

    This was my first real fall outfit this year, and sadly I wore it on a day it was 85 degrees. Wearing a turtleneck and riding boots when it’s that’s hot makes for a giant sweat pool on your back. The things I do for content. 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!


    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…

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