May 2018 Favorites.

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It seems like the month of May flew by so quickly. I have really been loving quite a few products this month, but I wanted to really narrow my list down and focus on the things that I’ve been truly blow away by. One of my favorites is actually super new to me but it has made such a great first impression that I had to include it!

D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum by Drunk Elephant (launching soon) So this is essentially a tinted serum. It has the qualities of a serum but also a touch of sunkissed glow! I mix this in with my SPF and it just gives the face such a warmth and glow. Its very nourishing to the skin, not greasy, and not sparkly.

Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter (Hippie Beach) by Josie Maran (8 oz $35) So I’ve been using Josie Maran body butter since it first came out. It is unmatched in taking care of dry skin. I have used many body moisturizers over the years and I always come back to this one. It is insanely nourishing, non-greasy, and comes in so many gorgeous scents. Nothing will ever compare to this tub of magic. Ever.

Cannabis Rose EDP by Fresh (3.4 oz $90)

 “Top Notes: Bulgarian rose, pomegranate flower, bergamot
Middle Notes: cannabis accord, sheer jasmine, dark chocolate
Bottom Notes: white musk, patchouli, oolong tea”

I have been so insanely obsessed with this fragrance from Fresh. It is so stunning. It is very deep and spicy but with touches of floral. I love how complex it is. I spray it and literally close my eyes and smile because it is just so unique and gorgeous. It does last for a few hours on me and it layers well with other scents.

Creme Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask by Fresh (3.3 oz $150) This mask is literally luxury in a jar. I mean I am obsessed with honey in my beauty products so I kind of predicted I would love this mask. It is thick and smells incredible. The first ingredient is honey, not a filler ingredient. The skin is left so supple, soft, and nourished afterwards. If you want to splurge and treat yourself– this is a great option (Especially if you have dry skin like I do).

Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate by Fresh (.50 oz $68) I am someone who believes firmly in using eye products. This eye cream is thick and nourishing to the delicate under eye area. It feels very cooling to the skin when used. I also appreciate that it contains such gorgeous ingredients such as black tea, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract. This product has been getting a lot of attention from me lately!

Holi(Stick) No. 3 Deodorant by Agent Nateur (1.1 oz $22) So I am very picky with deodorant. I get irritated skin from so many deodorants. Sometimes clean deodorants can irritate skin and flat out not work. This one has been keeping me fresh in this 100+ degree Texas weather. The scent is honey, lavender, and eucalyptus.

Coconut Deodorant by Kopari (2 oz $14) This deodorant has quickly become my favorite. It is very gentle but effective. The scent is fresh coconut milk and it is free of aluminium, baking soda, parabens, silicone, and phthalates. It keeps my under arms fresh and dry which is a blessing in the summer here in Texas.

Coconut Cleansing Oil by Kopari *travel size pictured* (5.1 oz $32) I am a big oil cleanser. I pretty much use an oil cleanser as the first step of every night routine I do. This one has become one that I reach for often. It contains green tea oil, rice oil, and lavender flower extracts. Very silky oil formulation that I love.

Aqua Infusion Oil-Free Gel Cream by TULA (1.7 oz $48) As someone with dry skin, I am always reaching for something to quench my skins thirst. But, in the summertime here in Texas its tough to find something that will provide by skin with the hydration it needs while not getting super greasy from heavy moisturizers. This product has a hydra plant complex, fermented rice water, and prickly pear extract. It is so soothing and I look forward to using it nightly!

Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads by solved (coming soon) I have been using these pads for a few weeks now and am totally hooked. I love how nourishing they are and how easy they are to use. I use them as my first step at night and follow with a second cleanse. I love using them in the morning and leaving it on for a few minutes before rinsing to prep my skin for the rest of my routine. The pads are gentle but give just enough exfoliation.

 

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My Favorite Hair Care Products.

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Up until the last year I have never really taken extra care of my hair. I would try to treat it right but compared to my face and body it was actually kind of neglected. As I am approaching thirty in September I made a very conscious effort to take much better care of my hair. Since using more quality products and being more selective with what I am using, I have noticed a major improvement in the overall condition and health of my hair.

I want to just quickly go over my absolute favorite hair care items that I use. I use and test many different products but these are the ones that I feel make the biggest impact and improvement in my hair. I do want to make sure to point out that there are some pretty high-end items here but I have used many great affordable hair care items over the years and you just have to work with your own budget. I would say that a good leave-in treatment or hair mask is where to spend the money if you are on a budget.

Feel Clean Shampoo by Vaso (8 oz $22) I have been reaching for this shampoo frequently since I received it. It has crushed seaweed granules, sea kelp, algae extracts, and 10 amino acids. The only way I can describe this shampoo is…. amazing. Your hair feels SO clean but not stripped or dried at all. It feels nourished and revived.

Feel Smooth Conditioner by Vaso (8 oz $33) I am typically not a big conditioner user. I feel like most conditioners just add unnecessary weight to my hair and makes my hair get oily faster. However, this conditioner is AMAZING. It contains lavender and orange oils in it, so it smells amazing and leaves the hair super shiny but not heavy.

Anti-Age Capillaire Shampoo by Myriam K Paris (See link) I adore this shampoo and alternate it between the Vaso one for the most part. It is an anti-aging shampoo ideal for thin and dehydrated hair. It contains keratin and hyaluronic acid (first time I have ever used a shampoo that contained hyaluronic acid). It has a bright pink color to it and smells like bubblegum to me. It leaves the hair so shiny and soft.

Honey Infused Hair Oil by Gisou (3.4 oz $84) I think everyone is tired of me raving about Gisou by now but, sorry not sorry. Gisou has completely transformed my hair and I am obsessed. I use the Honey Infused Oil after shampooing on damp hair. It contains Honey, Almond oil, coconut oil to name a few. This product never leaves my hair oily at all. It is like a thick honey-like serum. I have also used it on dry hair to tame and overnight as a mask.

Honey Infused Hair Mask by Gisou (6.8 oz $60) This mask is something I really never want to be without. I love to use this in the shower for 5 or so minutes after shampooing and conditioning. I  recently got my hair highlighted and so I mixed it with the Honey Infused Hair Oil and left on for 20 minutes for a deep condition. The scent of this is amazing. I hope Gisou makes candles and body care in this scent next!

Propolis Infused Texturizing Wave Spray (5.1 oz $38) I love to use this spray after shampooing and applying the hair oil. It leaves the hair so soft but gives it a bit of texture and body. I love the scent of this product; just like all of the Gisou products! I have also used this after dry shampooing on days I am not washing my hair to give it a little extra shine and body.

Texture Comb by Gisou ($65) Ok, so yes this comb is pricey but it is so stunning. Not only is this comb hand-carved in Switzerland from cellulose acetate, but it is great on dry or wet hair. It really is the perfect comb aesthetically, but it does a great job at styling, untangling, and combing. Also, the handmade velvet bag is so gorgeous.

 Palm Springs Pre-Shampoo Treatment Mask by R+CO (5 oz $29) This product is kind of incredible and unique. Basically you apply this foam mask to dry hair 10 minutes before you shampoo. It is great for dry and damaged hair. It contains a cocktail of oils, butters, and extract to deep condition.  The fragrance is lemon, tangerine, eucalyptus, green tea, tree moss, and crisp amber.

Crown Scalp Scrub by R+CO (5.5 oz $38) So this product is something I typically use every time I shampoo my hair. I used to suffer from dandruff (prior to using more higher-end hair care) and I like to think that this product helps keep my scalp clean and clear. This is great to detox and balance your scalp. It contains salicylic acid which is great for dandruff.

Dart Pomade Stick by R+CO (.50 oz $19) So this product is super neat. It is extremely travel friendly and so easy to use. I apply this to the end pieces of my hair to give it texture. It doesn’t leave the hair sticky or greasy at all. The scent is juniper berries, blood orange, leather, violet, and dark woods.

Anti-Residue Cleanse by Unwash (10.1 oz $24) This is described as a reset button for hair. I use this a few times a month for maintenance. It lifts away build-up without leaving the hair or scalp dry. It is made without sulfate detergents so it wont strip your hair.

Clean Luxury Masque by Gloss Moderne (4 oz $65) I have fallen in love with this mask. It has an intoxicating scent that is very tropical. You apply it for 5 minutes after shampooing or you can leave on overnight for damaged hair. My hair is also so soft and shiny after I use this mask without being weighed down at all.

Huile Secret de Beaute by Leonor Greyl (3.2 oz $66) While I primarily use this product for my body, I do love to use it on my hair as an overnight treatment and also to give hair a slight shine by adding to the ends of the hair. It contains coconut, sunflower, and argan to name a few.

Protective Hair Perfume by Sachajuan (1.7 oz $72) So this is perhaps another extra hair care product but I love it. It has a fresh floral scent with notes of green apple, peach, and rose, and base notes of cedar wood, and white musk. It also protects against harmful UV rays and eliminates static. You can also use it as a body spray– the scent lasts all day so it is totally worth it to me.

Dry Shampoo by Ouai (1.4 oz $12) Hands down my favorite dry shampoo ever. This stuff is insanely good. I love how it makes my hair look, feel, and smell like I just shampooed it. I spray a few inches from the scalp by lifting random pieces of hair and spraying. I let it sit for a few minutes then brush it out (see next product). The scent is bergamot, lemon, rose, magnolia, lily, blackberry, violet, cedarwood, amber, patchouli, sandalwood, and white musk. Heavenly.

Natural Wood Hair Brush by SugarBearHair (Available only in 3 or 6 month set) This brush is very well made. It does not cause any static in the hair, which i love. I also appreciate that it is lightweight. I never really thought I’d love a brush but this one has been so great to use. I primarily use it to brush my dry shampoo through my hair.

 

My Favorite Origins Products.

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I can remember the first time I tried Origins (spoiler: one of my favorite brands!) was about 8-9 years ago. At the time the only way to get it in person was at the Origins counter in my town’s local Dillards. I was just getting into skincare and was so excited to explore the iconic brand. I had the lady that was working the counter help me pick out a few items and ever since then I have been a massive fan of the brand. As with most brands that have a wide range of product, you are bound to have your favorites. I wanted to quickly run through some of my favorite products that I currently have in stock from the brand because I get asked by so many of you which products I recommend from the brand. There are other products from Origins that I do love but do not currently have. However, these are my absolute favorites so don’t worry! I am going to let you know briefly why I adore each one and I will make sure to link the product for full ingredient list and all other info.

#1

Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Micellar Cleanser ($31) This product is actually something I use pretty much daily. It is my choice of cleanser for mornings. I have dry skin so I typically skip a traditional cleanser in the morning and opt for a micellar. This one has become my holy grail and my dry/sensitive skin adores it. It just leaves my skin so calm and soft. It’s truly fuss-free. I do use it sometimes at night after cleansing as well. But mostly it is reserved for my A.M. cleanse.

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GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream ($31) This is the Origins product I recommend most and the daytime eye cream I always recommend. This product has been a staple in my routine for many years. It has a gorgeous peachy iridescence to it that reflects light so your under eye area appears brighter. It also contains coffee beans, ginseng, and magnolia extract. I think it will always be my holy grail daytime eye cream. I think this is probably my most recommended product period, to be honest.

#3

GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer ($38) OK, so this is another one that I have used for years and will always have on hand. This product gives such a natural glow to the skin. It is like an Instagram filter in a bottle, honestly. I also really love that it is SPF 40. The product appears slightly gray but once you apply it and work it into the skin it changes to a beautiful glow. If you are worried about white-cast with your SPF or just want a very natural sun-kissed glow then this is the product for you.

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GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer ($28.50) I adore this moisturizer for hot summer nights in Texas. It is so ideal for when you have dry skin but you don’t want to slather on a thick cream when it is miserably hot outside. This is an oil-free formulation for those who are worried about that. I feel like this moisturizer gives the skin such a boost of hydration. It sinks in very well and never leaves the skin greasy looking for feeling.

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Original Skin Pore-Perfecting Cooling Primer ($32) This product is very unique. It goes on freezing cold, which is the selling point for me. It is a frothy foam primer that is so beautiful for my dry/sensitive skin. I use this before a tinted moisturizer or on its own on days my skin is feeling irritated. I am not sure how well it works under foundation since I don’t wear foundation. I have seen some mixed reviews on this product but for me it has been something I consistently reach for.

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Original Skin Retexturizing Mask ($27) This mask is a longtime favorite of mine as well. I remember purchasing this from Dillards many years ago. It is actually one of my sisters favorite products as well. What I love about this mask is that it has rose clay to deep clean the pores and also jojoba beads to gently exfoliate. If you are having a breakout, clogged pores, or dry/flakey skin then this is for you. It is non-irritating and perfect for sensitive skin.

*Please be advised that products were all gifted from Origins. However, I have purchased many Origins products (including many mentioned in this article) with my own money over the years and all thoughts are 100% my own and honest. 

 

 

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich.

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When it comes to moisturizers I must admit that I do have a bit of a fear. I find that moisturizers are the one product that can make my skin get a pimple. For so long I avoided trying Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich because I thought that it would clog my pores and give me zits. That’s just by habit that I think the worst of moisturizers. But I am glad I finally gave this one a try and after going through an entire jar (pictured is my backup) I feel confident enough to give a review AND say its my favorite nighttime moisturizer!

It retails for $35 for 1.7 oz (save 20% by shopping through my link HERE!) According to Glossier.com : “Everyone needs a luxurious face cream in their lineup—for nighttime, for wintertime, for any time your face needs nourishing, comforting hydration. This dense sumptuous cream is rich in ceramides and fatty acids, reinforcing the skin barrier and locking in moisture over time. Our Anti-Redness Complex and Oxygenating Agent are the priming ingredients, instantly making skin a smooth, dewy canvas for makeup (or not), just like our bestselling original Priming Moisturizer. Formulated with a balanced, non-greasy blend of shea and murumuru butters to melt perfectly into skin for a supremely lavish hydrating experience.”

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Tridecyl Neopentanoate, Squalane, Dimethicone, Cocoglycerides, Cetyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aleurites Moluccanus Seed Oil, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Polyisobutene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceteareth-20, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Sodium Benzoate, Mel/Honey Extract/Extrait de Miel, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrapeptide-14, Linalool.

Scent: Lavender.

Texture: Thick cream.

My Thoughts: I adore the lavender scent of this cream. I know that some people have said that it is too strong for them. But, I love lavender and it actually is soothing to me. I find that this works during the daytime as well (winter months) when my skin is dry. It works well under SPF. It can be a bit too heavy for me during the day sometimes. With Invisible Shield over it; great combo! But some of my other SPFs with this is just too much for my skin and I can tend to look greasy. Now at nighttime it shines, in my opinion. I love putting this on as the last step in my routine. Some nights I will cleanse, tone, and use this if I am tired or just want to do something very simple. I think that as long as you are not sensitive to lavender and your skin can handle shea butter then this would be fine. I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone with oily skin. I have never gotten a blemish from this product so I think it’s safe for acne prone skin. It contains squalane, apple fruit extract, ceramides, and camellia leaf extract as well, which my skin loves!

April 2018 Favorites.

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Another month, another favorites post! I am so glad that the response to these posts have been so positive. I love hearing your feedback and I feel like blog posts are a much more personal place for me to communicate with you all. I know that some people prefer seeing these types of posts on Instagram, but for me I feel like blog posts allow for more detail and better reference. I also am glad that many of you have said you enjoy my little notes on why the product made my favorites.

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PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream by COSRX  (1.69 oz $25) I have been loving this moisturizer so much. It has 3% PHA, coconut extract, and niacinamide. Leaves the skin moisturized and dewy. This is a non-greasy formula, which I appreciate. Also, there really isn’t much of a scent which I also appreciate.

GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer by Origins (1.7 oz $28.50) Ok, so this is an old favorite that I reach for during the warmer weather months. It lays nicely under SPF during the day and at night I like it over an oil/serum. It does have a strong scent so beware of that if you are sensitive to fragrance. However, the entire GinZing line by Origins is amazing and my skin loves it all. This would great for someone with normal/oily skin year round!

Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser by Elemis (5.0 oz $49) This is a super deep cleansing cleanser but its so nourishing with the thick creamy texture. My skin feels extremely clean after but not stripped at all. It smells very spa-like (lavender, ylang-ylang, orange, and patchouli). I love to use this as my second cleanse and leave on for 1-2 minutes then rinse. I have also used it in the morning when I feel like I do need to cleanse in the A.M. (usually just use a micellar water)

Black Tea Age-Delay Body Cream by Fresh (6.7 oz $68) Ok, so yes this is a luxury item. But, don’t we all deserve a little luxury in our lives? Yes. Yes, we do. This body cream smells amazing and it actually works so well for my dry skin. It is like a cocoon for the skin. It has a black tea complex that makes skin soft and supple while it nourishes.

Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner (8.4 oz $44) I have fallen madly in love with this toner. It is so soothing and nourishing for my dry skin. I like to apply it to my hands and gently pat into the skin after cleansing. It soothes and keeps my skin so calm. It contains rose fruit extract, rosewater, angelica leaf extract, and hyaluronic acid.

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AURA Room+Body Spray by Sigil Scent (3.4 oz $40) If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am obsessed with Sigil Scent. The fragrances are absolutely stunning. I love AURA, I literally use this daily on my linens and to freshen up any rooms that need it. The key notes are : Agarwood, Palo Santo, and Grapefruit. Truly unique and truly impressive.

Honey-Infused Hair Oil by Gisou (3.4 oz $90) Honestly, what more can I say about this product other than I love it. It makes such a big difference in my hairs texture. My hair feels so strong and healthy when I apply this. It is worth every penny. I find that the texture is more of a serum than an oil. The scent…… out of this world. So gorgeous.

Rose Tonic by Pixi (3.4 oz $15) My skin gets on really well with Pixi so I was excited to try this toner. It really seems to help with redness and dryness. It is alcohol free, which I truly appreciate. This is definitely a great affordable option for a rose toner. I also love that it is travel-friendly.

Mega Mist Hyaluronic Acid Toner by BYBI (1.69 oz $36) I have been using this mist like crazy since I got it. It is 100% vegan, natural, and cruelty-free. The first ingredient is rosewater. It also has algae, pomegranate, lactic acid, and aloe to name a few. Gorgeous mist to keep in the refrigerator and apply throughout the day!

Mini Dry Shampoo by OUAI (1.4 oz $12) So, yes this made my list again. I can’t get over how good this stuff is. I use it on days I don’t shampoo. I will apply this to my roots and then brush out after about 1-2 minutes. My hair feels, looks, and smells like it was just washed! Obsessed. Hooked. Winner. Did I mention it smells like heaven?

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DEW Skin Perfecting Essence by Circ-Cell (4 oz $60) Packed with amino acids, aloe, witch hazel, and lactic acid, this essence delivers a big punch. It is seriously like a surge of moisture to the skin. It does not irritate the skin at all, it actually soothes my skin. I love using this right after cleansing.

Coconut Body Oil by Herbivore Botanicals (4 oz $36) This body oil is stunning. It contains Fractionated Coconut Oil, Orchid, Camellia, Jojoba, Vitamin E, Vanilla, and Jasmine. I love using this after a shower on damp skin and then topping it off with a body butter/lotion. It is so nourishing to the skin but not greasy at all. It sinks right into the skin.

Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask by REN (1.69 oz $56) It’s no secret I adore acids. My skin really responds well to acids so I use them often. However, sometimes they can irritate my skin. This mask has been amazing for my skin. It has a cocktail of four AHA’s ; glycolic from pineapple, lactic from passion fruit, citric from lemon, and tartaric from grape. My skin feels so smooth and looks so bright after using this mask.

ADA Candle by FRASSAI (8.5 oz $60) This candle is so gorgeous; gardenia, jasmine, freesia, white violets, and dewy green leaves. It smells like a lush green floral garden of everything delicate in the world. I love that it does not smell synthetic at all. The founder is also a true joy, you can tell she puts a lot of passion into her brand and products.

Rose Day Cream by Dr. Hauschka (1 oz $45) I have heard of DR. Hauschka over the years but never tried anything from the brand until now. I have been loving this cream. It is so soothing and nourishing for my skin (theme here, right?). It melts into the skin and feels like its locking in moisture. It does have shea butter, so beware if that is something you want to avoid. This seems to really calm red/irritated skin.

March Favorites.

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March is finally over and I am excited to bring to you all my March Favorites! I have really been falling in love with quite a few new things!  I cannot wait to share with you what they are and a brief explanation why they made it into my March favorites! I did not put any thought into the product type this month. I literally just looked at everything and grabbed the items I have been reaching for most often and loving!

Please note that any product with an ‘*’ indicates that the product was gifted by the brand/PR (or a friend!), and in no way does that sway my opinion of the product. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

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Honey Infused Hair Mask* by Gisou (6.8 oz $60) This stuff is gooood. Like, insanely good. Like, holy grail status good. The first time I opened the jar I feel in love with the scent. The first time I used it I could tell immediately that it had done something amazing to my hair the moment I applied it. When I rinsed it out I felt like I was touching someone else’s hair. I also appreciate that it is paraben, silicone, sulfate, and cruelty-free!

Honey Infused Hair Oil* by Gisou (3.4 oz $84) Equally as beautiful as the hair mask, the hair oil delivered results. I apply this to damp hair and let air dry. I find that this oil is more like a serum (it’s super thick and goopy). It does not leave the hair greasy or oily AT ALL. It smells amazing and tames the hair. My hair feels and looks stronger and healthier since using this. I am hooked. Genius product.

Toothbrush by Boie USA ($12) I use a sonic cleansing tool to cleanse my face that is made of silicone bristles. I was using it one night and thinking ‘this would be neat if they made a toothbrush like this’. I googled it– and they do. I decided to go with the Boie USA one because it was not sonic. I have read that the sonic technology in the toothbrushes was irritated and uncomfortable for some people. These toothbrushes are great for sensitive gums, 100% recyclable, antimicrobial, BPA-free, and made in the USA! I have really been loving this toothbrush– and you can buy a replacement head for $5! (use code TEN for 10% off). 

Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment* by Josie Maran (1 oz $56) This was gifted to me by a friend who knew that I had tried a sample and loved it. I have been so obsessed with this product. I starts out as a thick white milk and then just sinks immediately into the skin. It is just so soothing and nourishing to the skin. My skin absolutely just drinks it up immediately. I love it under the eye area especially. It keeps that area so hydrated. This serum actually pairs purified water with micro-droplets of argan oil so that the penetration is deeper. I love that this serum is not sticky or tacky at all, big plus for me!

Vitamin C Paste by LIXIR (1.69 oz $44) I purchased this from Cult Beauty in the UK and was very pleased with the fast shipping and delivery! I saw Trinny Woodall talk about this product on her YouTube so I decided to give it a try… and I am so glad I did! It contains 10% L Ascorbic Acid and you can really smell it immediately. It starts out as a gel but once you massage it into the skin it turns white and creamy. I have found that using this just about every day has really helped my skin texture and clarity. I love massaging into my skin in the morning and leaving on for a few minutes. I will definitely repurchase this! Oh, and hi cute packaging!

Cold Cream Cleanser* by Kate Somerville (3 oz $48) I have done a full blog post on this product– so obviously I am a fan. But, I really just appreciate the moisturizing qualities of this cleanser. It is so gorgeous for dry and sensitive skin. I truly have fallen in love with this tub of goodness!

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The Sweet Clay Lip Mask* by Sara Happ (0.47 oz $32) This product has completely transformed the texture of my lips. I do have fuller lips so I am constantly using scrubs and balms on them as they can tend to get dry often if I do not take care of them. I tend to use this mask 3-4 times a week at night. I will apply it to my lips after using a lip scrub and let it sit for 10-15 minutes then rinse off. It leaves my lips so smooth and supple. I now know why Sara Happ is THE Lip Expert!

Red Ginsing Line Smoothing Eye & Lip Cream* by Nyakio (.044 oz $39) This product has been such a surprise favorite. First of all, the founder has the most gorgeous skin! I am also so happy with the fact that it is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, formaldehyde, butylene glycol. This eye cream is super rich and it totally moisturizes the eye area like no other. It contains potent red ginseng, shea, baobab, prickly pear, and coffee. This has quickly become one of my favorite nighttime eye creams, ever!

Nudesse Holographic Candle by Overose (6.5 oz $67) So, I purchased two Overose candles from The Stell and I am super impressed with not only the stunning packaging but the scent and throw. These are obviously a higher end candle, but they deliver! The brand is cruelty-free, which is a big plus for me. Out of the two I got I have fallen in love with Nudesse the most. It is a combo of Roses & Rain. It is just the most stunning scent. It smells so natural and gorgeous. Like how you would imagine it would smell to walk through a rose garden on a hot summer day. It is very earthy and natural. Nothing artificial at about the scent at all. I am hooked & shook.

Facial Radiance Pads* by First Aid Beauty (60 pads $30) So these are a gentle exfoliation option for those with sensitive skin or just starting out with acids. They combine lactic and gylcolic acids with aloe vera, greent tea, and hyaluronic acid. I actually cut the pads in two because I find that half is enough for my face, ears, neck, and back of hands. I also leave it on for 3-5 minutes then rinse with cool water. They are perfectly fine without rinsing but I just find that for me, it works best this way. I use stronger acids throughout the week so rinsing is ideal for me to avoid over-exfoliating.  These leave the skin so smooth and supple.

Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask* by First Aid Beauty (4 oz $32) This mask has been such a surprise love of mine. I love that they have combined ginger, turmeric, and vitamin c in a mask. I really appreciate that the mask is also alcohol-free. I have dry skin and this mask is so soothing, refreshing, and really seems to calm my skin. I find that using it twice a week really helps to keep it looking brighter (I do use some form of vitamin c daily).  Tip: Keep it in the fridge for an extra refreshing masking experience!

Bali Virgin Coconut Oil* by Sahasra (8 oz $19.99) Now, before we even proceed; no I do not use this on my face. I love coconut oil if it is quality. This coconut oil is such a nice quality. It is raw and not harvested with heat, so the quality is maintained. I use this for my body daily after a shower when the skin is warm and slightly damp. I also use it as a hair mask weekly with a dollop of the coconut oil and a drop of rosemary essential oil to help stimulate hair growth. There is no emulsifiers, fragrance, chemical solvents, GMOs, and it has not been refined, bleached, or deodorized.

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Nourishing Cleaning Balm* by Pixi (3.04 oz $20) Is it obvious that I love cleansing balms? Didn’t think so. I really love this balm for when my skin is feeling super dry. It does feel very waxy, just FYI. I would never use this on its own. It has to be followed up with a second cleanse, in my opinion. However, that doesn’t stop me from using it since I always do a double-cleanse at night. It has sweet almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. I would say if you have acne prone skin, I would probably stay away from this one. I would think it might be too rich and heavy for easily-clogged skin.

Come Clean Cleanser* by ASARAI (2.5 oz $29.95) If you follow me on Instagram you have seen my rave about this one. It is such a magical cleanser– I am obsessed. It is a thick gel to milk cleanser. I like to apply it to dry skin and leave it on as a mask for a few minutes before adding water and massaging into the skin. It has kakadu plum (most potent plant based form of vitamin c), sunflower seed oil, and linden flower (antioxidant).

Artless Glow Base SPF50* by Heimish (1.35 oz $22) OBSESSED. This is described as a 2-in-1 makeup primer and SPF. It just makes your skin look better. I like to apply this under a tinted moisturizer (rarely wear them but when I do this seems to really give me a mega-glow). It just seems to blur and brighten the skin. There is not any super crazy shimmer or anything at all. I also love that is has SPF 50!

Mini Dry Shampoo* by Ouai (1.4 oz $12) So not only is this a fantastic dry shampoo, but it smells AMAZING. This will refresh your hair like no other. Seriously, the scent just instantly make me happy. I love that there is no parabens or talc in this and it is cruelty free. If you do not shampoo daily ( I do not) then this is a great dry shampoo option for you to consider. I actually like to call this a dry shampoo and hair perfume in one. Trust me, you will love it.

Kate Somerville Just Made Cold Cream Cool Again.

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Cold cream has actually been around for centuries. But, arguably it was made most famous by Ponds in the 1800’s. However, it’s 2018 and leave it to beauty industry icon Kate Somerville to bring back cold cream. Not only has she done it, but she has done it well.

Cold Cream Facial Cleanser+Makeup Remover (3 oz $48) Described as a “luxuriously whipped, lightweight facial cleanser that gently removes all dirt, oil and stubborn makeup while leaving skin soft and moisturized.” And that it does. This cold cream cleanser feels like you’re massaging a luxurious moisturizer into your skin. It removes all traces of makeup without stripping the skin. If you have dry skin especially you will appreciate it. If you have normal/oil skin then you probably won’t even feel the need to apply a moisturizer when using this. I would still suggest a toner/mist and serum though.

Let’s take a look at the full ingredients list:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Tridecyl Stearate,Tridecyl Trimellitate, Stearyl Alcohol, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Undecane, Propanediol,Tridecane, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Honey Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate

One thing I love about this is that it has a light floral scent, which is actually quite nice. It doesn’t smell like perfume or anything. Just like a light, fresh garden in the spring.

The texture I feel like is going to be super appealing to a lot of people. It’s a whipped texture but it still holds that rich cold cream feel that many people love and adore.

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I find that this works best when applied to dry skin. I will then massage it into the skin for 60-90 seconds. It feels so good on the skin. It has such a great slip to it without being waxy at all. I then remove with a wet muslin cloth and follow up with my second cleanse. What I appreciate most about this cleanser is that it does not leave a film on your skin at all like a lot of balm/oil/cold cream cleansers can tend to do. If you are someone who is in a hurry then you will truly appreciate this one for not needing to do a second cleanse after. I also really love the use of honey and floral extracts in the formulation. It not only provides a gorgeous scent but I find that honey is one of the ingredients my skin loves the most.