SkInstagram Talks Vol. 13: @rachel.lankford

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Skin Type:

My skin is mostly dry, but I do get the occasional breakout. Gotta love chin acne and those hormones.

Skin Concerns:

I’m in a constant battle between balancing breakouts and dry skin. I’m trying to keep my barrier healthy, so I’m always sure not to overuse acne products. Oh… and blackheads. Blackheads will probably put me in an insane asylum.
Best Skincare/Beauty Tip:

Don’t be afraid of scary words like oil or acid! Before I was skin-educated, the idea of adding oil to already oily skin would strike fear in my heart. In reality, oils and acids are your best friend.

Worst Skincare/Beauty Advice You Have Been Given Or See Others Give:

Oh God… the old tradition of brushing your hair 100 times before bed is the worst. *cringe*

 

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Top 5 Current/All-Time Favorite Beauty/Skincare Products:

  • Embyrolisse Lait-Crème Concentre
  • Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
  • Glossier Concealer in Light – THIS IS MY HOLY GRAIL.
  • Fur Pubic Oil
  • Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream

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Which Skincare/Beauty Brands Do You Trust The Most?

I have been on the Glossier ban wagon for a few years now and for good reason! Their products cut my makeup routine time in half and have made my skin so happy! I’ll live that glazed donut life until the day I die.

I also really trust and respect LeahLani Skincare. They use the absolute best ingredients, everything is made by hand, and their Bless Beauty Balm is to die for.
What Skincare Ingredient Do You Feel Works Best For You Skin?

Recently, I’ve actually noticed that my skin has really loved shea butter. Shea butter is somewhat controversial in the skin care world. I know some people who are applaud by the idea of using it, but my skin just loves it. So I think I’ll just continue to slather thick layers all over myself.

Product You Currently Have Your Eye On To Try?

Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by Emily Ferber? Because she has me hankering to try Vintner’s Daughter and I can feel my wallet actually crying because of it.

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Most Underrated Beauty/Skincare Product/Brand?

Okay, I couldn’t choose just one – Schmidt’s Naturals and Verb Haircare. Schmidt’s has officially made natural deodorants cool, which is kind of weird if you really think about it. Anyway, damn is it some good deodorant. Also they have toothpaste now and it is pretty poppin’ too.

I love Verb because the products feel so expensive to me, but the prices are really reasonable. I have a sensitive scalp, but these products don’t bother me at all. Their wave spray is my absolute favorite!

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What Is Your Go-To Personal Fragrance?

I’m a basic bitch, so of course I love Nirvana Black by Elizabeth and James. It’s just the perfect blend of spicy, sweet, with a tiny hint of something woody in there. Honestly, this perfume is like nose crack to me. I would bathe in it if I could.

 

Be sure to follow Rachel on Instagram! 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Voluspa Room & Body Mist

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Room & Body Spray (3.4 oz $24) 

  • Product Volume: 3.4 fluid ounces
  • Glass bottle
  • Sustainable, ecologically-sound, pesticide-free manufacturing
  • No animal testing
  • Phthalates, parabens and sulfate free
  • Unparalleled fragrance integrity
  • Adhere to the highest quality/regulatory standards

One of my most purchased products over the years has to be the Room & Body Mist from Voluspa. Without a doubt my favorite room spray and oddly enough, I love to wear them as personal fragrance. I think that for the quality, amount of product, and price– it is a steal! They come in a variety of fragrances so you can certainly find one to suit everyone on your list. I would suggest sticking some in the stockings or pairing it with a candle or diffuser from the line and giving as a gift set to a host of a gathering/party!

The $15 Serums from Urban Outfitters You Need NOW!

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I get asked over and over for affordable skincare options, so I set out on a mission the last few months to find some budget friendly serums I could stand by. I have been trying out three serums I purchased at Urban Outfitters months ago and can finally say I have not only found holy grail products for myself; but for my budget conscious friends as well!

The brand is Valjean Labs and I have seen people say they found them at Marshall’s for around $5, which is great. I, however decided to purchase them from Urban Outfitters when they were having a 20% off beauty sale back in September. I have been using these three serums pretty much every day and usually twice a day and I have been loving the results.

The concept behind the three serums is pretty much identical to the ‘Supers’ from Glossier; there is a Vitamin C serum, Hyaluronic Acid serum, and a Niacinamide/Zinc serum. I think that these serums are perfect for everyone, especially those who are maybe younger and just starting out their skincare journey. The biggest differences between this trio and the Glossier serums is price and size. Glossier’s serums are half an ounce and cost $28 each. Valjean Labs offers their serums in a 2 oz bottle and retails for $15 each.

When comparing the Valjean Labs serums to Glossier’s I would say that Valjean Labs beats out Glossier with Glow and Restore. I think that Glossier Super Bounce is better than Hydrate, only because the texture of Super Bounce is so much thicker.

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 Glow ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Propanediol (Zemea), Glycereth-26, Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Magnesium PCA, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Aminomethyl Propanol, Benzophenone-4, Biosaccharide Gum-2, Citric Acid, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Blue No.1 CI 42090, Red No.4 CI 14700

*Does a great job at providing me with that daily dose of Vitamin C my skin needs. Non-sticky texture, never clashes with other products in my routines.

Hydrate ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Propanediol (Zemea), Glycereth-26, Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Biosaccharide Gum-2, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citric Acid, Benzophenone-4, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Violet No.2 CI 60725, Blue No.1 CI 42090

*Keeps my skin happy and hydrated. Non-sticky formula. Mixes well with other products in my routine.

Restore ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Propanediol (Zemea), Glycereth-26, Xanthan Gum, Aminomethyl Propanol, Niacinamide, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-4, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Zinc Lactate, Sodium Hydroxide, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Red No. CI 14700

*Perfectly formulated to keep skin clear and free of blemishes. Texture is very thick and luxurious feeling. Does not clash with any other products in my routines.

These three serums have become a staple in my routines and I really can’t see myself being without them in the future at all. I will stock up on them during any UO sale. I love that they can be mixed and matched depending on what your skin needs. I think that they are well formulated and will get the job done. If you are someone who likes higher end products but you want to mix in some lower budget options, then these are definitely for you. These would also make great stocking stuffers for the holidays! I always say that every skincare cabinet needs a vitamin c serum and a hyaluronic acid serum, and the niacinamide serum is perfect for keeping pesky blemishes at bay.

You can purchase the Valjean Labs Serums online HERE! 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Herbivore Botanicals

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Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask (2.3 oz $48) “A truly natural radiance mask featuring gentle Fruit Enzymes, Rice Powder, and micronized Brazilian Tourmaline gemstone. This mask illuminates and energizes skin and exfoliates gently and naturally, giving skin a fresh new glow. Continual use increases radiance, softness, and a renewed appearance.” HerbivoreBotanicals.Com

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Gel, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (plant derived), Glycerin, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Fruit Extract, Pineapple Natural Melange, Ananas Comosus (Organic Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Brazilian Micronized Tourmaline Gemstone Powder, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Leucidal (Radish Root ferment)

 

Sea Mist Texturizing Salt Spray (2 oz $12) “Formulated with the same salinity as the Pacific Ocean, this naturally fragrant sea salt spray will bring new life and beachy volume to flat uninspired locks. The essential oils of coconut and vanilla give off an exotic aroma.” HerbivoreBotanicals.Com

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water (Aloe Water), Sodium Chloride (Pacific Sea Salt), Leucidal (Radish Root Ferment), Coconut Pulp Co2, Vanilla planifolia Extract, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) Essential Oil

 

Citrine Body Oil (2 oz $26 )  “Named for the semi precious stone, Citrine is a sparkling blend of pure, natural botanical oils, including Orange Blossom, Rosehip, and Neroli for deeply nourished and hydrated skin with a euphoric scent.” HerbivoreBotanicals.Com

Ingredients: Capric Triglycerides (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Rosa Moschata (rose hip) Seed oil, Rosa damascena (Moroccan Rose) Absolute, Citrus aurantium (Neroli) Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Orange Blossom) Absolute, Peach Isolate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) oil

 

One of my favorite brands I’ve discovered this year is by far Herbivore Botanicals. I love the entire thought behind the brand. It is not only gorgeous to look at but what’s inside each jar and bottle is without a doubt spectacular. Herbivore has found a way to balance green beauty with results and I have nothing but admiration for that. I think that there is a reason that so many of us lust over the brand; it is just THAT good. I really think you can find a gift for everyone on your list with Herbivore. They have skincare, hair care, body care, and even mens items. The price point is without a doubt ideal for a lot of budgets (they even have minis as seen above) so that they can be placed in stockings or gift bags!

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Jordan Samuel Skin

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The After Show Treatment Cleanser (3 Oz $20) Because all the world’s a stage, the after show treatment cleanser is the ideal first step in preparing your skin to glow in the limelight. This unique gel to oil formula uses olive, jojoba, and grape seed oils to remove every trace of makeup (including hard to remove stage makeup), while sugarcane, apple and willow bark extracts provide a gentle exfoliation to leave the skin hydrated, soft and absolutely pristine. Glow in the radiance of you. ” JordanSamuelSkin.com

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Water, Sucrose Laurate, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Rhizome/Root Extract, Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Citrus Fruit Extract Blend, Simmodsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylhyroxamic Acid, Capryl Glycol

 

The After Show Balm Cleanser (3 Oz $32) Because all the world’s a stage, The After Show Balm cleanser is the ideal first step in preparing your skin to glow in the spotlight. A cleanser made for the active-ingredient user, The After Show Balm cleanser uses olive oil and olive based squalane to cleanse the skin gently and deeply, while rinsing clean to give your skin a truly natural glow.” JordanSamuelSkin.com

Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Squalane, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Jojoba Esters, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax , Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Polyglycerin-3.

 

The Performance Cream (2 Oz $38) Create your own perfect combination with this peptide-enriched cream. A blend of three different peptides, olive leaf and chamomile extracts keeps the skin calm, hydrated and restored to optimal condition. Ideal for all skin types, you can mix and layer this cream with all other Jordan Samuel Skin serums and oils to allow the spotlight to shine bright throughout your daily performance.” JordanSamuelSkin.com

Ingredients: Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Water, Squalane (Olive Derived), Vegetable Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Acetyl Hexapeptide-51 Amide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Polyglycerin-3, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum.

I would say that Jordan Samuel Skin is the perfect gift for anyone on your list that is interested in skincare. I really think that his products are as universal as it can get with skincare. I see people with dry, oily, sensitive, acne prone, etc skin using his products on Instagram. Jordan is such a vault of knowledge when it comes to skincare and ingredients, so many trust his opinions and products because every ingredient has a purpose. I would recommend picking up a cleanser and then another product (moisturizer, serum, etc) to go with it. The shipping is fast and the customer service is excellent!

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Diptyque Eau de Toilette

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Philosykos Eau de Toilette (50 ml-100 ml $90-$130) “Fig Leaves and Wood, White Cedar – Close your eyes and discover the delights of the fig tree. Fresh leaf, green fruit, bark, and all its milky sap are all intensified with a touch of white cedar. ” DiptyqueParis.com

L’Ombre dans l’Eau Eau de Toilette (50ml-100ml $90-$130) “Blackcurrant leaves, Bulgarian roses – Reminiscent of a walk in an English garden, filled with Bulgarian rose petals and leaves of the blackcurrant bush. The scent of sap graciously freshens up this idyllic and rural escapade.” DiptyqueParis.com

There is a reason that diptyque is an iconic brand that many people flock to for their personal and home fragrance needs. I think that they are well worth the price tag. They have a way of creating the most unique and complex scents that just really evoke an experience. Diptyque offers many different scents in many different fragrance families (woody, fruity, spicy, floral, etc) so you can surely find something for everyone. These personal fragrances are definitely a high-end gift for someone special on your holiday shopping list.

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: DedCool

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Fragrance 03 “Blonde” (1.7 oz $69) 

Notes:
Top: Juniper Berries, Pomelo, Saffron
Middle: Accord Cuir, Black Violet, Crystal Rose
Bottom: Blonde Woods, Raspberry, Vetiver

This dirty violet and saffron accord will lead into a crystal rose aroma, that faintly undertones the scent of blonde woods. -DedCool.com

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Fragrance ( Parfume), Fragrance ( Parfume), Certified Organic Extracts of Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root*, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Wild Chamomile) Flower*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea)*, Camellia Oleiferra Leaf (Green Tea)*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate)*, Sambucus Nigra (Elderflower)*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Root*, Panax (Ginseng) Root*, Fucus Vesiculosus Bladderwrack (Seaweed)*, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail)*, Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Seed*, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow)*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba)*, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover)*, Humulus Lupulus (Hops)*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Oil*, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Citral, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, Linalool, d-Limonene.*Certified Organic Extracts.

Roll-On 04 (.15 oz $39) 

Notes:
Top: Fig, Black Pepper
Middle: Bergamot, Lemon, Jasmin Freesia
Bottom: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Incense

Founder favorite, 04 roll-on is refined with notes of black pepper, lemon, and fig to dilute the trace of patchouli. -DedCool.com

Ingredients: Heptyl Undecylenate (Castor Seed Oil) , Parfum (Fragrance), Cinnamyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Linalool, d-Limonene. 

 

Handcream 06 “Cocovanilla” (2 oz $20) 

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Seseamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Oil, Heptyl Undecylenate (Castor Oil), Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Glycerine, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) (&) Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) (&) Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate (Corn Starch), Phytic Acid (Rice), Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract. BLEND OF: Coconut, Tahitian Vanilla and Caramel. CERTIFIED ORGANIC EXTRACTS: Acai Berry, Carrot Root, Wild Chamomile, White Tea, Green Tea, Pomegranate, Elderflower, Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Ginseng Root, Bladderwrack, Horsetail, Rose Hips, Mallow, Borage, Ginkgo Biloba, Red Clover, Hops, Grapefrui, Cucumber, Yerba Mate.

 

Chazstick 03 “Vanilla” (.33 oz $12) 

Ingredients: Ultra Refined Shea Butter Fruit, Candelilla Wax, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Alpha Tocopherol USP (Vitamin E ), Sesame Seed Oil, Aloe Vera Oil, Borage Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Avocado Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) and Vanilla Flavor.

It’s no surprise if you follow me on Instagram that I have fallen in love with DedCool this year. I think that this is a brand that is perfect for any gender/age. DedCool is a vegan brand so they have many options for the vegan on your holiday list. I have loved every single product I’ve tried from the brand and recommend it to nearly everyone! The fragrances are top quality and last all day. The minimal/unisex packaging makes it so great to gift to anyone on your list. I would recommend the handcream, roll-ons, and Chazsticks for stocking stuffers and then getting a full-size bottle of fragrance as a main gift.