Dies & Duds | July

July 30, 2018

Happy (almost) August!  My goodness ... can you believe you just read that ... ALMOST AUGUST!! Time sure flies when you're having fun, don't it?? 


I've decided to do a monthly series on Hendrix, my dies & duds. If you're a YouTube fan, it's going to be like a monthly favorites. Could be anything from make up to clothes to shoes to skin care to food to songs to movies to ... you get the idea. 


My dies = things I die for = things I'm loving; My duds = big ol' duds in the water = things I could go without - pretty self explanatory, right? Let's dive right in! 



DIE - The KKW Brightening Powder. Now let me first start out with, I have super amazing dark circles under my eyes. I know we are all more critical on ourselves, but mine really are bad. Trying to cover them up leads to me putting massive amounts of concealer on my under eye which, when it's all said & done, makes me look like one blank flat color & it's just not the look I'm going for.  That's where superhero KKW comes in! Not only does it brighten up my under eye and give life back to my face but it TRULY BRIGHTENS. It's the real deal. Trust. The only downfall (along with most KKW beauty products) is the amount, BUT it doesn't take much. So at the end of the day, it all works out. It comes in 4 different shades & is $18. Click here to check it out. 

 DUD - EOS Crystal Lip Balm. There really isn't much to say here. Honesty is key here at Hendrix & honestly I bought this because it looked cool. It wasn't too long before buying this, that my friend told me a story had come out about EOS & it apparently isn't a good product after all. So hey, let's go buy some, right? To this day, I have no idea what the story was about or what makes this product and brand bad, but all I can say is that it just doesn't do anything for you. It puts this waxy layer on top of your lips ... and ... that's it. Next. 

 DIE - Podcasts.  WHAT HAS TAKEN ME SO LONG TO GET ON THE PODCAST BANDWAGON?! (Imagine me clapping between every word because that is what Im doing because that is how serious I am) You may or may not know, I am a lover of audio books. So when I found podcasts ... and a good podcast at that ... I died.  Little known fact about me, I am obsessed with murder mysteries.  I mean, not obsessed enough to actually commit one but obsessed enough to frighten my husband. So when Summer Tate told me about My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstack I was hooked. There are SO many topics of podcasts to choose from so there is something for everyone. My favorite podcasts right now are: My Favorite Murder, Rise Together Podcast with Rachel & Dave Hollis, & Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd. 

DUD - Real Techniques Dual-Ended Expert Sponge. If you prefer to apply your make up with a beauty blender, but are looking for a cheaper alternative, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexions Sponge is a perfect choice! This hunk of junk however, is a total flop. I always wet my beauty sponges to apply my make up and even water wasn't helping this thing out. Usually, when a sponge gets wet it soaks up the water & expands ... obviously. NOT the case with this sponge. It was way to hard to blend anything out. You know how sponges get squishy when they are wet? Not this bad boy. It would probably be a great sponge to get caked on grease off your dishes, actually! But don't let this one bad apple ruin the whole line for you. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexions Sponge is HEAVEN. You can buy 4 of them for less than 1 Beauty Blender. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED. 

DIE - Donut Peaches. First of all, has anyone ever heard of these before? Because I had never and the check out girl at HEB hadn't either, but that's beside the point. If you are not familiar with donut peaches, they are exactly what they sound like ... peaches that look like donuts. It's not that I don't love regular ol' peaches and this is an alternative. I just kinda had a mini freak out when I saw these cute little squishy peaches & had to have some. AND GIRL were they good!!! If I'm being honest, I hadn't had peaches in awhile & forgot how good they are. These were so dang juicy! Unfortunately, I have never seen these in any store other than HEB, so if your like me & don't live near an HEB, you are S.O.L. But if you do live near an HEB, grab ya girl some donut peaches and over night em. Pretty please?? 


 DIE - Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Mousse. For as long as I can remember, I tanned in a bed. I had tried spray tans when they first came out but it wasn't for me. The machine freaked me out. Plus, my tan from the bed always stayed longer and the lotion smelt WAY better than the spray tan. But after my wedding last year, I swore off the bed. So far so good -but I still catch myself looking at beds for sale on FB market. (insert emoji eye roll here) Anyways, I have tried SEVERAL self tanners, but this one is my favorite. A color guard is important to me, that way I can see where I've applied the tan and if there are any streaks. It smells good & I have found it stays much longer than most others I have tried. I got mine at Sephora for $29. There are 3 different types of self tan from this brand; mousse, tanning drops and tanning water. I personally can only speak for the mousse. Oh, and it doesn't come with a mitt, so make sure you have one of those. (insert emoji wink here) 

 DUD - Fake Bake Ultimate Tanning Mitt.  Bam! Perfect segue. If you have picked up the Isle of Paradise and don't have a mitt - whatever you do, don't grab the Fake Bake mitt. I actually am not 100% sure if these are sold separately in store, but if they are just keep walking mama.  Don't get me wrong, I do really like the Fake Bake self tan spray. But the mitt is simply awful. It's so thin that the tanning spray goes through the mitt and soaks your hands. I know some people wear a glove under the mitt, but who has time for that?! I use the St Tropez tanning mitt and it's perfecto. So remember ... Fake Bake Tanning Spray, a-go; Fake Bake Tanning Mitt, a-no-go. 


DIE - Drowns the Whiskey. YASSSSSS! Just, yes. Listen .. I love Jason ... I love Miranda ... And together, I'm hooked!  I'm literally sitting here trying to think of the right words to express my love for this song, but words fail me. You just hit the ol' play button and have a listen (and looksy) for yourself. 

Well folks, I think I'm gonna end it here, on a die, because I'm all about positivity. If you've made it this far ... I simply adore you. Here's to August 2018 - I sure hope it's good to us all. 


Besos. Caroline 


"I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb... and I also know that I'm not blonde." -Dolly Parton















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