Hit the books: Fall beauty must-haves from P&G Beauty

Okay so even though I haven’t been in school for seven years, I still get excited about back-to-school time. Although it’s pretty much October and B2S time has officially passed, that doesn’t mean my excitement gets any less.  Back to school also means that fall is officially here and thus cozy sweater time, Ugg boots, and leggings all day every day is back.

So is a more thorough skincare, haircare, and teeth routine.

P&G Beauty was super awesome and sent me a backpack full of products to get me into the pumpkin spice – err fall – season and it included some goodies that I’ve been legit wanting to try.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Olay’s skincare (their Luminous moisturizer is my current daily moisturizer), so I was super excited to try out the new Olay Age Defying Advanced Hydrating Gel Moisturizer, which includes skin conditioners to boost hydration and lock-in moisture. This lightweight and oil-free moisturizer is perfect for normal to dry skin and quickly absorbs into it once you put it on. As a result, it delivers up to 24 hours of intense hydration without clogging pores, perfect for those cold, dry air weather we often experience as we head into the fall months.

I’ve recently had a dry patch along my lower lash line so I was excited to try out the Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel. I swear by eye creams, as they should be a staple in your face routine morning and night. This one instantly hydrates your eyes through its cooling gel formula that also plumps up the delicate skin area under your eyes. Its fast-absorbing formula means you don’t have to wait for it to dry down before applying your moisturizer over top.

Onto another area of your skin… since I work out a lot, deodorant is a must for me. I’ve been using the Tarte Cosmetics vegan deodorant, and although its packaging is uber cute, it’s just not cutting it for me. I’ve often found that vegan deodorant – and it doesn’t matter the brand – makes me smell even worse than if I wasn’t wearing any deodorant at all. I’ve seen the Secret Fresh Invisible Spray in store and was curious about it, so I was super pumped to receive it in the backpack. This spray-on deodorant is perfect for touchups on the go, before the gym, or even if you’re wearing something dark (say goodbye to those pesky white marks). Best of all, it smells amazing (I got the scent Ooh La La Lavender).

Another big item for me due to my gym obsession is dry shampoo. I’ve talked about Herbal Essences Bio:Renew dry shampoo a couple times (heck, I’ve even brought it on TV appearances as well, it’s that good), so I was so excited to learn they have a new volume formula. Since I work out pretty much everyday, I try not to wash my locks after every gym sesh. Instead, I’ll grab some dry shampoo and spray it into the roots to absorb all the sweat and grossness in there. This new dry shampoo has the same natural ingredients that help revive dull, lifeless hair, and best of all, it’s made with natural tapioca to absorb extra oil.  My absolute favourite part is the scent though, I totally prefer this one over the original because it’s white grapefruit and mosa mint.

From your head hair to your leg hair, an item in probably anyone’s shower is a good razor. I’ve always been a fan of Gillette Venus since it came out, so I was excited to try out the Gillette Venus ComfortGlide razor, which contain moisture bars that are designed to flex around every contour of the body. It also releases skin-conditioning body butter, so you can skip the moisturizer once you step out of the shower.

Lastly, and the item I was most excited to try, is the Crest 3D White Whitestrips with Light. I first saw these earlier this year when Desi Perkins mentioned it on her Instagram and have been waiting for it to hit Canadian shelves ever since. This is the first at-home whitening light technology from Crest and is proven to deliver a dramatically whiter smile compared to just strips alone. First you put the strips on your top and bottom teeth as you normally would for an hour. After that, grab the light, which features the best and fastest blue-light teeth whitening technology available over the counter, put it up against your top row of teeth and hold it there until the light turns off (about five minutes), then do your bottom row.  I will note that this does take up a lot of time, so I would recommend using it for special occasions. In totally it’s probably like an hour and 15 minute treatment. I initially put the whitestrips on and then took a nap until my phone alarm work me up, then I sat there with the device in my mouth.  Did my teeth look white after one application? No. But then again, this isn’t a one-time thing. I would recommend popping those strips in your mouth while you’re doing something else and then watch some YouTube vids or something while you’re using the light. Do it everyday to see results, and if you don’t see results, Crest has an awesome money-back guarantee.

I have to say that I really do love everything that I tried out.  It’s kinda weird to blog about deodorant or razors, but these are items that we use everyday and will continue to use everyday.  And trust me, not all brands and formulas work the same (vegan deodorant, anyone?). Let me know your favourite staple skincare, body care, and haircare products for fall.

Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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