Tanologist Express Self Tanning Water: Worth It?

I picked this sun tanning water spray the other day while in Ulta beauty. I’ve seen this sun tanning spray in Target quite a few times, however my local target has been out of the Medium version of this tanning spray. Ya’ll…your girl over here is pale. I cannot do a dark spray, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to pull a medium spray off. However this product really swooped me in by the promise that it would be airy light and have a smooth, non-stanning, non-sticky going on. So after waiting patiently for the past few weeks and it never coming in, I ventured over to Ulta beauty. 

I could’ve asked for Target to have ordered me a tube of this sun tanning lotion, I know. But I needed to go over to Ulta anyways so why not just buy it from there? And Ulta had it’s own stand of sun tanning sprays and oils for this time of the season, so there was plenty in stock. 

Putting this spray on, I would say the smell was very quaint and smelled slightly floral. It wasn’t overpowering, which was a releif because some fragrant smells seem to give me a headache this time of the year (thank you allergies). Since the spray was clear and dried quickly however, it was hard for me to really build up a nice even layer that I felt confident about. I did use a new mitt that I had also picked up from Ulta, and I had rubbed the spray into my skin. The bottle said to keep it on for 1-3 hours before rinsing off.

The first time that I used it, I kept it on for 3 hours. My skin on my face did seem to have a very light glow to it, however my fingers and shoulder where I hadn’t rubbed in appeared quite streaky. This would continue to be an issue the following day as well when I reapplied the second time. The build-up has been very faint, but there is a definite glow. 

As far as staining goes, I didn’t notice any staining on my clothes as I wore it in my air conditioned apartment. Since I didn’t test it against sweat, I’m not sure how the tan will hold up or if it will start to streak. My white bra did have faint bronze rub from my underboob, but that easily seemed to come off in the wash. 

I’d say this is a spray I’m going to keep my eye on in the next couple of months as I keep using. So far it’s been okay. It definitely fulfills the pricepoint for me, so that’s not bad. Overall I would say this is a nice buy to have to slowly start building up your tan for the upcoming summer season. 

The Maybelline Products to Look For This Season

It is finally the beginning of the Spring season in the fashion world, and we’re here to bring you the latest and greatest things from the leading brands within the industry. Here at Life and Destiny, we don’t discriminate between mass and prestige brands because, dear reader, I like to use both. One brand I have used and promoted for a long time as a beauty advisor is Maybelline cosmetics, and I am looking forward to trying out their latest additions to the tried and true makeup brand line.

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Organic Lip Balms Besides Burt’s Bees

There are many good products out there when it comes to the organic side of the beauty industry. I know we’ve all have heard of Burt’s Bees, but I wanted to introduce you to some other lip balm products that are just as good and in some cases even better than your Burt’s Bees lip balm. So let’s take a look at some other products to give you a variety of chapsticks to choose from.

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The Bomb of Drugstore Beauty Balms

Hey guys! So I wanted to talk to you this week about a beauty product I had used many times in the past that seemed to work really well for me in taking care of split ends and fixing my hair after I had used boxed dyes on my hair. 

I have been in love with this balm since I had started using it back in 2012 when I started dying my hair black for the first time. This balm always helped me combat the dryness that comes with the out of the box amateur hair dyes we all seem to use at one point or another in our lives. This damage erasing balm is recommended for use in placement of your usual conditioner. You want to work this at the ends of your hair where most of the damage is going to be, and then spot treat any other dry spots you have in your hair. 

For women with curly hair, I have been told this product works best on top of your usual conditioner, although I would warn you to watch out for weighting down your hair or your hair drying out too much. 

This balm is going to be really easy to use, and as soon as you get it out of the container you can feel the luxurious, silky smoothness. I’m not a big fan of the color or the packaging, like so many other people have mentioned before in the past I do wish this product came with a pump as opposed to just staying loosely in the jar, but I’m not going to beat up a product over something as simple as that. The smell is so good, especially if you like the smell of most L’Oreal shampoos and conditioners.


I hope I supplied at least a little more information for you to make a decision today on whether or not this may be a good product option for you. I know that it’s an uphill battle sometimes when it comes to dry and damaged hair, especially if you live in a place with a dry climate. 

Marc Jacobs “Perfect”: Is It Worth the Hype?

Within the past few weeks I have noticed as my dashboard has become filled with ads for Marc Jacobs latest perfume “Perfect”. The ads feature a model holding up two bottles of perfume to her eyes and smiling broadly at the camera lense. The ad is meant to be playful, fun, and exciting as opposed to the usual elegance ads have portrayed in the past for “Daisy” and “Daisy Dream”. Whoever is the ad campaign manager seriously needs a raise because I can no longer go on any new website without the ad following me around the internet. But more than that, I have finally caved and bought a bottle of this perfume at my local Ulta.

The most striking part of this bottle is going to be the bottle cap. Marc Jacobs has easily the most identifiable caps in the perfume industry thanks to the Daisy collection. This cap features a large white ribbon on the top with a bunch of little charms on it including a banana, a shoe, dice, a star, and “MJ” initials on it. The bottle itself is simplistic, with the words “Perfect” and Marc Jacobs on the front in black standard type. On the Marc Jacobs website, the perfume’s backstory is inspired by his mantra “I am perfect as I am” and is made to celebrate self-love.

Currently a 1.6 oz bottle of “Perfect” is going to be around $96, with a 3.3 oz bottle costing around $160. This appears to be a standard price with most stores listing it as a base price. Considering today is Cyber Monday, I’m going to shop around a bit and see if there is any good coupons or deals going on so I can buy another bottle as a Christmas gift.

If You Wear Makeup Under Your Mask Everyday, You Need These Products

Like most other self-proclaimed makeup addicts, I wear makeup to the office on a daily. Since COVID-19 started earlier this year, I have started skipping days in my makeup routine. I hate washing clothes, and I hated having to wash the makeup stains out of my masks.

I’m here to share with you a routine I’ve started with my masks to make it easier to not have makeup stains out of your masks daily.

Use Dawn Dish Soap

I wash my masks out by hand typically with a bottle of dawn dish detergent and warm water. You don’t have to overdo it with the soap, two dots of liquid soap directly on the mask. Scrub both sides of the mask until the mask is completely covered and sudsy. Rinse under the faucet with warm water until you no longer see suds. Squeeze out all the water and have a towel prepared to lay your mask on to dry.

I am linking an Amazon link below for you to buy in bulk. I know in the United States our numbers of COVID cases are beginning to rise again, and that you should always have soap on hand. Plus, if you order it now you won’t forget to buy it later at the grocery store and it’ll save you a trip.

Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap, Original Scent, Refill Size, 2 Count, 56 Oz.(Packaging May Vary)

Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap

I have always been in love with Dr. Bronner’s. Not only do they add an awesome scent to the masks once you have washed them, this castile soap can practically eliminate every other soap in your house. For this soap I usually add a very small amount into the bathroom sink and any masks on hand that need to be washed. Rinse the masks similarly to the Dawn dish liquid instructions. I like to wring laundry I’ve washed with Dr. Bronner’s twice if I’m washing something by hand.

You can find Dr. Bronner’s here as well. Don’t let the price on the 2 pack deter you! Two bottle’s of Dr. Bronner’s could last you a few months.

Dr. Bronner’s – Pure-Castile Liquid Soap (Peppermint, 32 ounce, 2-Pack)

Or you could buy a gift pack for a friend you want to introduce to the miracle soap that is Dr. Bronner’s. This soap is also vegan and cruelty-free and would make a cute Christmas gift.

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap (2 Ounce Variety Gift Pack) Almond, Unscented, Citrus, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, Tea Tree – Made with Organic Oils, For Face, Body and Hair

There is also a bar soap version.

Throw Into the Wash

Yes, something you can do is to still throw your mask in the washer. We recommend placing your masks in a intimates bag. This will prevent the nose piece bending out of shape or the ear loops from becoming loose.

We recommend using a mesh laundry bag and tide pods. The mesh laundry bags will usually come in packs at any grocery store, but I was able to find one online that contains 4 laundry bags for what you’d probably spend for 2.

Vivifying Large Net Laundry Bags – 4 Count

My favorite laundry detergent is Tide. I have been using Tide since I started buying clothes on my own, and I have never been dissappointed. I like using the pods now because they seem to last longer in between store runs than liquid detergent.

Tide Pods 98ct

Dr. Bronner’s Can Replace Every Other Soap And Can Save You Money

Today I want to talk to you guys about a cleaning product that I absolutely adore (and this isn’t going to be another drinking bleach joke). I’ve been seeing a lot of friends on my Facebook page recently asking if anyone has used Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap before. It doesn’t take a mind reader to understand why; this soap has 18 uses listed right on the bottle, and it’s vegan friendly. In this day and age, everyone should be making the switch to living a cleaner lifestyle for the environment.

I was very skeptical the first time I saw a bottle at Walgreens. First off, you will find this product on the bottom shelf of the natural skincare section in most stores that I’ve seen on the East Coast. It is not going to be with the haircare or cleaning supplies or with the shave needs. Secondly, what item can use to clean my toilet bowel and then use it on my hair as a shampoo? Thirdly, why would I want to use one in the same product? That sounds disgusting.

Our idea of soap is very limited as we follow the consumer market. We have been led to believe we need a different kind of soap for everything in our household. Why? What does it matter as long as the soap works?

Let’s look at the ingredient list on Amazon:

First thing to notice, is that I know what every ingredient is. There is nothing hidden from the potential customer.

Water- the first ingredient listed on the bottle is one you would expect to be listed on most liquid cleaners. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as many cleaners have so many other ingredients listed instead of water. My shampoo currently has 3 different alcohols listed (and I will be changing it out for another one shortly).

Coconut Oil– the second ingredient is one I’d expect to be in soap, but once again this isn’t always the case. When I bought this soap originally I had planned to use it as hand soap, and it feels so soft and silky. The feel of it on my hands had me decide to try it out as shampoo. For shampoo it did well but still isn’t going to be as good as a salon grade.

I will say, the only drawback I could find is that the bottle is a bit confusing to read:

“A bit” is generous.

The bottle itself is a bit cool. It does give you dilution instructions as well as a history of the company all over it.

Overall, I give this product a:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

5/5 Stars.

If you like and subscribe to my blog, you will begin to notice that I do not give high ratings to any product unless I mean it. Don’t believe me? What about four thousand other views?

This wonderful product comes in bar soap form as well. I have not used the bar soaps yet, but as soon as my liquid dish soap runs out I may try the citrus smelling bars in my kitchen.