Best (and Worst) Dry Shampoos

Adventures of Gus and Kim: Restaurants and Breweries in Tallahassee, Florida

My Favorite Facial Cleansers for Mature Skin
Affordable Anti-aging: Argireline™ Solution 10% from The Ordinary

Affordable Anti-aging: Argireline™ Solution 10% from The Ordinary


Have you tried any of the skin care products from The Ordinary? They've become very popular, and for two important reasons: 1) their products work, and 2) they're reasonably priced.

Have you tried any of the skin care products from The Ordinary? They've become very popular, and for two important reasons: 1) their products work, and 2) they're reasonably priced. One of their products is a 10% Argireline™ solution...

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I look for products that give me the most bang for my buck. But that doesn't always mean that I buy the least expensive product. Sometimes I buy a pricier product because there isn't a less expensive alternative that works as well. Sometimes I buy products that are relatively inexpensive - but only if they work.

I've talked in the past about how much I like the Buffet Peptide Serum and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum from Deciem's The Ordinary line. Today, I'm going to share my experience with another of their products - the 10% Argireline™ Solution.

FYI: If you're not familiar with Argireline™ (acetyl hexapeptide-8), it's a peptide that claims to improve the appearance of "expression" wrinkles - such as crow's feet, forehead lines, etc. It works by preventing the muscles from contracting. This isn't Botox, so I wouldn't expect to see those kinds of results - but not everyone want to use or can afford to use Botox, and a topical solution is an alternative.

The Ordinary's 10% Argireline™ solution has a water-like consistency, because the active ingredient is more available to the skin if it's in water!

The Ordinary's 10% Argireline™ Solution comes in a one ounce frosted glass bottle with a dropper top. It has the consistency of water, which is because Argireline™ is more available to the skin when it's in a water-based solution. There is no fragrance, and it absorbs quickly and completely. I never notice any tackiness.

Ingredient list for the Ordinary's 10% Argireline™ solution

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Propanediol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Gellan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Isoceteth-20, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Directions for using the Ordinary's 10% Argireline™ solution

The directions say to apply a few drops to forehead and around eyes twice daily before heavier treatments. In the morning, I cleanse my face, apply Timeless Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Acid, the Argireline™, then the rest of my skincare. In the evening, I cleanse my face and apply the Argireline™ before applying the rest of my products. I always apply products starting with the thinnest consistency and finishing with the thickest.

I've been using this product for six months. 

You may remember that back in July 2017, I wrote a post about The Ordinary's Buffet Peptide Serum. About six months ago, I decided that I would try using the individual products that make up the Buffet - just to see if there was any difference in using them separately. According to The Ordinary website, the Buffet contains: "Matrixyl™ 3000 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7), Matrixyl™ synthe'6™ peptide complex (with palmitoyl tripeptide-38), SYN™-AKE peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate), Relistase peptide complex (with acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine), ARGIRELOX™ peptide complex (with acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18), Probiotic complex (with lactococcus lactis lysate), in a base of 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes. The total concentration of these technologies in the formula by weight is 25.1%."

I purchased The Ordinary's Matrixyl 10% + HA (Matrixyl™ 3000 and Matrixyl™ synthe'6™, at a combined concentration of 10% by weight in a specialized Hyaluronic Acid delivery system) and Argireline™ 10% as an alternative to the Buffet. I'm not getting the SYN™-AKE peptide complex or the pentapeptide-18 that is in the Buffet, so it's not a perfect substitution, but it's close.

The Ordinary's 10% Argireline™ solution - another example of how they are making anti-aging skincare affordable!

I think the Argireline™ is a great product (as is the Matrixyl 10% + HA), and if you are looking for single ingredient products, these are good, affordable choices. I'm not sure if I've seen an improvement in my forehead or around my eyes, but they definitely don't look any worse. Which is a good thing!

The next time I need to repurchase, I will be buying their newest product, Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%. I get more anti-aging ingredients and it's all in one product, so less steps and less bottles. (As a side note, I used copper peptides for many years, and I'm not sure why I stopped, because I do believe they offer benefits to the skin. I'm excited to give this new product a try!) I may continue to use the Argireline™ 10% Solution as well to see if it makes a difference.

Before I close, I also wanted to say that there is some controversy over Argireline™. Some people say it will eventually cause skin to sag after long-term use. I don't believe that is the case, but I encourage you to do your own research and decide if you want Argireline™ in your routine.

Do you use Argireline™ or any of The Ordinary's products? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments here, on Instagram, or on Snapchat!

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Adventures of Gus and Kim: Dinner in Jacksonville - The Millhouse Steak House

Adventures of Gus and Kim: Dinner in Jacksonville - The Millhouse Steak House


Don't you love finding a great restaurant?

Gus and I recently flew to Jacksonville, Florida. As you know, if you're a reader of our 'Adventures of Gus and Kim' posts, we enjoy trying new restaurants - especially ones that are locally-owned.

If you're looking for a great place to eat in the Jacksonville, Florida area, we recommend the Millhouse Steak House. It's not just a steak house - they have fresh seafood, pasta, burgers and sandwiches, ribs, and more!

We originally planned to eat in the Hilton Garden Inn's Great American Grill® since we were staying there and we were tired. But as I was scanning Facebook, a notification popped up saying that we were near three popular restaurants - one of which was the Millhouse Steak House. The desk clerk confirmed that it was a good choice, so we decided to give it a try.

Table and decor inside the Millhouse Steak House in Jacksonville, FL!

Table and decor inside the Millhouse Steak House in Jacksonville, FL!

It was almost 6pm when we arrived, which meant the restaurant was filling up with the dinner crowd, but we were able to get a table right away. I would describe the decor as homey Italian - with dark wood and maroon leather booths/chairs, and Italian food-related artwork.

Tres Queso Dip and Chips from the Millhouse Steak House in Jacksonville, FL!

We were starving, so we ordered the Trés Queso Dip - goat cheese, queso blanco, mozzarella and jalapeños, served with warm tortilla chips. The dip was delicious! If it had jalapeños in it, there must not have been many, because there was no spiciness or heat at all. I prefer the thin tortilla chips (like at Chuy's and Chili's), and these were the thicker ones. But as I said, the dip was delicious.

Dinner rolls, butter, and dipping oils from the Millhouse Steak House in Jacksonville, FL!

The waitress also brought a plate with warm dinner rolls, butter, and a couple of different dipping oils. They were my favorite rolls - lightly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I went with butter, but Gus used the dipping oils.

Almond Encrusted Mahi Mahi and rice from the Millhouse Steak House in Jacksonville, FL!

For his entree, Gus ordered the Almond Encrusted Mahi Mahi drizzled with an aged balsamic reduction, and served with rice pilaf. It also came with seasonal vegetables, but he substituted a second serving of rice. He does love his carbs.

Whiskey Bourbon Salmon, rice, and seasoned vegetables from the Millhouse Steak House in Jacksonville, FL!

I ordered the Whiskey Bourbon Salmon, which was broiled Norwegian salmon with a glaze made from whole grain mustard, Kentucky bourbon, soy sauce, and brown sugar. It was served with rice pilaf and seasonal veggies.

We both cleaned our plates. Mahi is one of Paul's favorite dishes, while Norwegian salmon is one of mine, and these didn't disappoint. Our waitress was great, too. She was very pleasant and attentive, making sure our glasses were always full.

Carrot Cake from the Millhouse Steak House in Jacksonville, FL!

Gus had a Kahlua and cream after-dinner drink for his dessert, and I was too full to eat any more. But I didn't want to miss out, so I ordered the carrot cake to go. It was really moist and had plenty of delicious cream cheese frosting.

We would definitely recommend stopping by the Millhouse Steak House if you're in the Jacksonville area. They also have three restaurants in Georgia - in Brunswick, Kingsland, and Statesboro.

Here's where and when you can find them in Jacksonville:

Millhouse (More Than A) Steak House
1341 Airport Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32218
904-741-8722

Hours:
Sunday 4pm - 10pm
Monday - Thursday and Saturday 4pm - 10:30pm
Friday 4pm - 11pm (Live music)
Bar is open for late night hours

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Jacksonville? Please let me know so I can add it to our list! Leave it in a comment here, on Instagram, or snap me on Snapchat!

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Best (and Worst) Dry Shampoos

Best (and Worst) Dry Shampoos


Who doesn't love a good dry shampoo? Am I right? As I've become menopausal older, my hair tends to get drier rather than oilier between shampoos. If I have any oiliness, it's usually around my face, so I'm pretty sure it comes more from the oil on my skin than it does from my hair. With a good dry shampoo, I can easily extend the time between shampoos to 5-7 days.

Today I'm sharing my personal list of the best and worse dry shampoos. Keep in mind that not only do hair needs differ from person to person, but we also perceive scent differently. So what works for and smells good to me, may not work for or smell good to you.

Check out my picks for the best (and worst) dry shampoos!

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If you've read any of my dry shampoo reviews, you know that there are some very specific things that I require of a dry shampoo:

  • unscented or a light, pleasant scent that dissipates fairly quickly
  • no white/light-colored residue on hair
  • doesn't leave hair feeling stiff or "dirty"
  • doesn't leave hair looking dull
  • leaves my hair easy to style

Let's start with my favorites!

Living Proof PhD is one of my favorite dry shampoos!

Living Proof Perfect hair Day (PhD) Dry Shampoo 
Living Proof Perfect hair Day Dry Shampoo is my absolute favorite dry shampoo. I love everything about it. I love the fresh, clean scent. I love that it sprays on clear. I love that it miraculously leaves my hair looking and smelling freshly washed. And there isn't any dulling residue like some dry shampoos. If I had to choose a "con", it would be the price. (Here's my review of the Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo.)


Love Dove's Refresh+Care Fresh Coconut Dry Shampoo! It's one of my favorites!

Dove Fresh Coconut Dry Shampoo 
There are several versions of Dove dry shampoo, but my favorite is the Refresh + Care Fresh Coconut. It has a light coconut scent (one of my favorite scents), and for me, it sprays on clear and doesn't leave a residue. My hair doesn't look quite as "normal" as it does with the Living Proof, but it's pretty good. The trade-off is that this one costs much less. The other versions are: Detox + Purify, Volume + Fullness, Fresh + Floral, and the one I'm most excited about but haven't tried yet - Unscented. I like the Detox + Purify, but it's a little stronger and more "perfume-y" than the Refresh + Care Fresh Coconut or Living Proof. I'm hoping I can find the unscented version next time I need dry shampoo. (Here's my review of the Detox + Purify.)


Amika's Silken Up Dry Conditioner isn't a dry shampoo, but it works like one - love it!

Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner
The Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner isn't technically a dry shampoo, but you spray it on to restore softness and shine. A lot of the reviews I read before buying said that people used it as a dry shampoo or prior to using a dry shampoo. Since my hair tends to get drier between shampoos, I thought this might work well for me - and I was right. I'm not totally crazy about the scent, but it's not horrible and it dissipates quickly. (They also have the Perk Up Dry Shampoo that is supposed to add volume, but I haven't tried that yet.)


Not Your Mother's Refresh Dry Shampoo works great and is inexpensive!

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo
Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo has a clean, fresh scent. I don't like the scent as well as Living Proof, but for me, it sprays on clear and leaves my hair looking clean and easy to style. When I tried this, the unscented version wasn't available, so that's on my "want to try" list. They also have Plump for Joy Body Building Dry Shampoo and Clean Freak Tapioca Dry Shampoo with a warm sugar scent. (Here's my review of the Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo.)


When I talk about scents and whether I like/dislike them, keep in mind what I mentioned above: scent is a very subjective thing. I dislike heavily perfumed (affectionately referred to as "old-lady perfume" in our house) products, and I also dislike floral scents. You may love them - and that's why there are so many different products!

Also, keep in mind that I apply dry shampoo at night before I go to bed. I find it allows the product to do it's job, and by the time I wake up in the morning, if there is any left on my hair (there usually isn't), it's easily brushed away.

Now let's talk about the dry shampoos that didn't work for me:

drybar® Detox Dry Shampoo didn't work well for me - and I can't stand the scent!

drybar® Detox Dry Shampoo
I seriously cringe just thinking about drybar® Detox Dry Shampoo. I couldn't get past the scent. I won't go into more detail here, so if you want to read more about it, here's a link to my review of drybar® Detox Dry Shampoo. Let's just say I'm glad that I only had a travel size. I have since discovered that there are two scents, and the one I had was apparently the "Lush" scent. (There is also an "Original" scent.) Maybe the original scent smells better. However, that wasn't the only issue. It left a a lot of residue and made my hair stiff and difficult to style. Not a fan, even though it's a popular product.


Batiste Brilliant Blonde Dry Shampoo Plus may be a fan favorite, but it didn't work well for me!

Batiste Brilliant Blonde Dry Shampoo Plus
I know the Batiste brand is a popular one, but I didn't like this version. They do offer many varieties of their dry shampoo, so it's possible that I would like another version better. But to be honest, it would take a lot for me to spend money to try it again. The scent was too strong for me and there was somewhat of a residue, but the deal-breaker was that it made my roots look so dull and lifeless. (Here's my review of the Batiste Brilliant Blonde.)


bumble and bumble pret-a-powder is a fan favorite, but I'm not a fan!

Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder
Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder is now available in a spray, but I've only tried the powder. I know it's another popular product, but I'm not a fan. I don't like the scent, and it left a residue on my hair. I find powders more difficult to work with - they're messy and I have trouble applying it to roots just above my ears.


I do have a few dry shampoos on my "want-to-try" list for 2018:

  • Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo - Since I've liked all of the other Amika products I've tried, I'd like to give this one a shot as well.
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk - This product is a four-time Allure Best of Beauty winner, so obviously a lot of people like it! 
  • tarte Hair Goals Dry Shampoo - Reviews say that the scent in this one is "light & fresh", and some compare the performance to Living Proof - both of which make me want to try it! 


What's your favorite dry shampoo? What one just doesn't work for you? Give me the details! Leave a comment here, on Instagram, or Snapchat!

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Tuesday Brewsday: Cigar City Brewing - Tampa, Florida

Tuesday Brewsday: Cigar City Brewing - Tampa, Florida


Do you live in the Tampa area? Do you vacation there? If you do, then you're going to want to check out today's Tuesday Brewsday post, because it's all about Cigar City Brewing!

Cigar City Brewhouse #1 in Tampa!! Big taproom with lots of great beer!

We visited Cigar City in December 2017. We flew into the Tampa International Airport and Lulu's boyfriend, Bruce, was in the area visiting his parents, so we met him at Cigar City to sample some brews.


Beer-to-go at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa!

Just outside of the building entrance is the outdoor seating area. When you enter the building, there is a bar, a couple of tables, and coolers with their bottled and canned beer.

Barrel-aging brews at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa!

Off a short hallway to the left are the restrooms, some of the barrels they use to make their barrel-aged brews, and beyond that, the brewery. If you walk straight ahead, you enter the main tasting room - with several tables and another bar.

Cigar City Brewing in Tampa!

There is a food truck on site daily. The hours are 5pm-9pm on weekdays, 12pm-6pm on Sundays, and on Saturdays there are two trucks - one from 11am-4pm, and the other from 4pm-10pm. You can see the schedule here.

I think everyone ordered a flight (except Bruce), because there was a lot of tasting going on! I regret that I didn't get more photos, but it was fairly busy for a weekday in December. I'm always uncomfortable snapping photos when a place is crowded. I don't want people to feel like I'm photographing them. Maybe I should just wear a badge that says "blogger". Ha!

My favorites*:
  • Lactobacillus Guava Grove (American Sour Guava Ale)
  • Tampa-Style Lager (Helles)
  • Maduro Brown Ale (English-style brown ale)

Gus' favorites*:
  • Torcedores Series - Hans Loves Takagi (pale wheat ale)
  • Florida Cracker White Ale (witbier)
  • Thing to Do in Mango, Florida (American Pale Ale)

Buddy's favorites*:
  • 1821 Golden Ale
  • Cafe Con Leche (Milk Stout with Cuban Espresso)
  • Margarita Gose
  • Florida Man (Double IPA)

Maduro Brown Ale - one of my favorites from Cigar City Brewing in Tampa!
(Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale)

I was a little surprised at how much I like the Maduro Brown Ale. As you know from my list of preferences, I usually don't like anything that has a coffee taste. I think I first had it in a can at Lulu's apartment. Then I had it at The Craft Bar, where it was on tap - soooo good with a burger! On that trip, we ended up going to the liquor store and buying a 6-pack to take home. So, of course, I had it again at the Cigar City tasting room. I just don't get that strong of a coffee flavor from it. (Gus says I'm crazy.) I get more of the chocolate (although not as much chocolate as from Young's Double Chocolate Stout) - and it's just so smooth and easy to drink.

They have a lot of merchandise, but we were in a bit of a hurry, so we didn't get anything. Next trip, for sure! You can also buy merchandise online. They have glasses, shirts, hats, signs, dog treats, pens, magnets, keychains, and more!

Here's where & when you can find them:
Cigar City Brewing
3924 W. Spruce Street
Tampa, Florida  33607

Tasting Room Hours:
Sunday - Thursday 11am - 11pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 1am

Tours:
$8 per person, and includes tour, one-of-a-kind tasting glass, beer samples
Monday: no tours
Tuesday: no tours
Wednesday: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Thursday: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Friday: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm
Saturday: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm
Sunday: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm

813-348-6363 ext. 206
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There is also a brewpub at the airport, but we haven't been there:
Cigar City Brewpub
Tampa International Airport
Airside C (Southwest & Frontier airlines)
Open daily 10am - 9pm

Be sure to stop by Cigar City Brewing when you're in the area - it's dog-friendly, too!

Have you visited Cigar City Brewing? What's your favorite brewery? We're always looking for new ones to try! If you're interested in our drinking adventures, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat because that's where you'll see the most pictures/info!

*A note about our beer preferences:
Me: witbier, Hefeweizen, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, white ale, non-coffee-flavored stouts, Kentucky common ale, ginger beer, some saisons, and some Scotch ales
Gus: witbier, Hefeweizen, blonde ale, red ale, Belgian tripel, Kentucky common ale
Buddy: IPA, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, red ale, stouts (especially coffee-flavored), porter, Belgian tripel, Belgian quad, saison


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Product Review: Pretty Animalz Tiger Moisturizing Sheet Mask

Product Review: Pretty Animalz Tiger Moisturizing Sheet Mask


Happy Thursday, everyone!! You guys know I love sheet masks. What better way to relax than to put on a mask, lay down on the bed, put in your earbuds and listen to some great music for 20-30 minutes? I always have to set a timer - just in case I fall asleep!

I'm hoping that my recent rosacea diagnosis won't keep me from enjoying face masks. (You can read more in my post about the five important things I've learned about rosacea since my diagnosis.) I think I'll be okay as long as I'm diligent about checking the ingredient lists. Fingers crossed!

Have you seen the Pretty Animalz sheet masks? They're available in 16 different animal faces!

A little over a month ago (before the rosacea diagnosis) I received the Pretty Animalz Tiger Moisturizing Sheet Mask by Masque Bar in one of my Target Beauty Boxes. I had read about these masks but had never tried one.

There are 16 different Animalz masks:
  • Cat Energizing Mask
  • Fox Brightening Mask
  • Penguin Purifying Mask
  • Monkey Nourishing Mask
  • Panda Calming Mask
  • Otter Nourishing Mask
  • Pig Hydrating Mask
  • Tiger Moisturizing Mask
  • Raccoon Firming Mask
  • Zebra Hydrating Mask
  • Puppy Pore Control Mask
  • Dragon Vitalizing Mask
  • Cow Milk Nourishing Mask
  • Unicorn Anti-Blemish Mask
  • Owl Hydrating Mask
  • Narwhal Clarifying Mask

I don't know if they're all available at Target. If I had to guess I would say probably not in the stores, but maybe online?

I have to admit that the tiger mask was pretty cute. And it made me want to see what the other ones look like! Unfortunately, for me, the cuteness was the best thing about it.

Pretty Animalz Tiger moisturizing sheet mask ingedients/directions.

The fourth ingredient is denatured alcohol, and fragrance is also on the list. This is the first mask for which I've seen the warning: "Avoid using on skin which is sensitive to bandages or tapes." I'm not sure what that's about? I do have issues with adhesive, but only after it's been on my skin for several hours. I decided to go ahead and try the mask, with the intention of removing it at the first sign of stinging or burning.

Pretty Animalz Tiger moisturizing sheet mask come folded inside a plastic/foil pouch.

The "fabric" is stiff, which made it difficult to conform to my face, and that was annoying. Your skin can't absorb any of the good stuff if the mask isn't actually on your skin.

Pretty Animalz Tiger sheet mask is pretty cute!

The instructions say to leave on 10-20 minutes. I only left it on for 10 minutes, and during that time I didn't have any problems with irritation. But I didn't feel like it did anything positive for my skin either. If I'm being generous, I would say that my skin was a little more hydrated, but that hydration didn't last long.

On the positive side, they are only $3.99. So while I wouldn't purchase them again, I could see them being a big hit at a teen sleepover or girls spa night for those who don't have sensitive skin.

Have you tried any of the Pretty Animalz sheet masks? What did you think? Do you have a favorite sheet mask? I'm always looking for new products to try, so let me know in the comments here, on Instagram, or Snapchat!


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