LVX Nail Polish Collection

So my nail polish has grown exponentially over the past year, and that's in most part thanks to LVX Nails. As I get older I become more cautious about the products I use in an effort to be kinder to my body. Last year I did my best to eliminate hair products with SLS. I'm making an effort to be better about my nail polishes next, even if that means a heftier price tag. For the most part I'm over the phase of having nail polishes in every color - I'm really big on having polishes that are relatively neutral colored and ones that I'll actually reach for on a regular basis. Although I'm not opposed to having some in fun colors, and as you'll see I have quite the variety of colors below.

ROW 1: 3-in-1 Treatment, Santal, Mink, Ashe, Gel Top Coat
ROW 2: Vanille, Coquillage, Camellia, Brique, Crimson
ROW 3: Seychelle, Argonne, Oasis, Narcissist, Reine

LVX has a huge variety of shades and you'd be able to find almost any color that you're looking for - just take a look! I find their shades to be extremely opaque and you get great color payoff in just 2 layers. (Even with the light pastel shades - goodbye streaky application.) The polishes also last quite a long time and I can usually get a solid 3 days before I noticed any chipping along the tips. If you're better about your nails then you may be able to get a few additional days in.

In addition to your colored polishes, LVX has 'treatments.' They have base coats, top coats, nail oils - all priced slightly higher than the polishes at $20 each. I've tried the Gel Top Coat which is great for giving that extra gloss to your painted nail without an extra goop that takes eons to dry. I do think that it helps your polish last just a smidge longer, especially along the edges. In line with their products, their nail color remover is natural, non-toxic, and odorless. These come individually packed in a box of 12, with enough product to remove polish from both fingers and toes. The box of 12 is $20 and although pricey, sometimes paying a little bit more for something good is worth it. It also makes it so much easier to travel with! 

The photo to the right > > > features LVX's current Spring/Summer range - it features a ton of fun and bright colors along with some classic neutral shades. And a shade that I've been trying to find is this beautiful olive color! Or as my boyfriend like to call it - sh*t green (:

LVX is currently having a Friends & Family sale, giving you 30% off your order when you sue the code 'FF2017'! This promotion is running through 6/30/2017. (This is not a sponsored post nor is it an affiliate code - just perfect timing!)

*All products mentioned have been graciously gifted to me by the LVX team. I am so grateful that blogging gives me the opportunity to work with amazing brands and to be gifted so many generous products!

The E M P T I E S | 012

I've been in that 'I need to do something about my overly cluttered, messy room' phase. I've been feeling so overwhelmed with products (new, gifted, half used - you name it). I just picked up a nice new bookshelf (courtesy of Ikea 'As Is' section), and I'm already on it with organizing. I also picked up some new acrylic storage bits which I'll most likely be sharing over on my IG stories - so hurry over! (@chyism). I'm hoping I'll get everything off my counters and I'll be able to sift through products that are unloved, past their use, and gift away any that may find a better home elsewhere. I gotta start somewhere though with the mounds of products scattered around my room so all (well, some) of the glorified trash I've been collecting over the last 2ish months are going into a little Empties Haul!

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NYM Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo | I don't think it's a shock to see yet another NYM hair product, they're probably one of my favorite hair lines right now. I didn't check but I wouldn't be surprised if there was one in all my recent empties. I went in search of sulfate-free hair products and found that in NYM. I've tried a few of their hair lines, but I think the Long & Strong range is my favorite. I have a few backup bottles on reserve and will try my best to withhold using any new ones until all the products in my shower are used up. (Although to be fair, I have a NYM shampoo + conditioner in there ATM.)

Phyto Paris - Phytobaume Hydration Express Conditioner* | I was sent a tonnnn of Phyto Paris hair products and I gotta say that it is slowly turning me to the dark side of luxury haircare. I'm always up for investing in haircare products, although shampoo/conditioner isn't one I usually tend to splurge on. I used to have hair down to my belly button and washed my hair every single day - you can imagine how much shampoo/conditioner I went through. As I slowly started going every-other with my hair and chopped a good off amount recently, I think it's safe to say I can be a bit more splurge with hair bits. This one from Phyto was definitely a rich conditioner and a little actually went a long way - so this one lasted me quite a while despite how small it was. I liked pairing it with the Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Shampoo, but it also paired well with the NYM shampoo mentioned above. 

GlamGlow Gravity Mud | I bought this due to the IG hype of applying a silvery metallic looking mask that could be peeled off. I didn't have much luck with GlamGlow's __ mask, it burned the crap out of my skin and I was too terrified to use it again. This one does leave my skin feeling extremely soft and I actually appreciate very much that this mask peels off in its entirety. I've tried other peel off masks which peel off in about a million pieces which can be so so tedious and annoying. I probably won't be picking this one up again as it was pretty pricey and I don't think it did that much. I'm eyeing up a similar mask from Leaders Cosmetics - if any of you have tried it please let me know how it is!

Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil | For a long while I wasn't a fan of the idea of cleansing oils - would it make my skin oilier? Would it break me out? The answer is no - but it will leave you with a nice deep clean! I'm a night showerer and like to do most of my face washing in the shower. This works perfectly and I would opt for this on no-hair wash days, as I could hop right in and just apply this straight to my dry face. Along with my beloved Glossier MJC, this was one of my favorite double cleanse options. I have another mini ready to go once my lash extensions come off (probably one of the biggest down sides of having lash extensions and not being able to use cleansing oils and balms). 

Complex Beauty Rose Glow (Glycolic Mask)* | I was sent the CB Discovery Mask set a while back, and with regular use most of their masks lasted me quite a long time. I was a bit clumsy and the last bit of this splatted out onto my bathroom floor (T__T) but I really liked this one! I have an overload of rose products and while I liked this, I think I prefer the Ocean Potion & Babyfacial masks from CB. 

Tatcha The Essence (Sample) | I got this as one of those free gifts with purchase from Sephora a while back. I'm terrible at using up my samples as I'm a minor hoarder / I don't want to use them up in fear that I will want it. Well it happened, because I'm basically in love with this essence. It was my first time using an essence (I know, shock horror), but I really felt that my skin drastically improved. I was using this in conjunction with the Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum with a hefty layer of The Ordinary's Rose Hip Seed Oil afterwards. My skin is basically in love with these 3 and I need to buy the full size of the DE TLC & the Tatcha essence (or just any essence). Please send me all your recs for essences plz.

LUSH Cosmetics - The Olive Branch | I used up The Olive Branch a few times before, and this one was a pleasant change from Rose Jam which I used up last Empties post. This one is a great unisex scent which my boyfriend gladly appreciates when he showers at my place - too bad it's now Soap & Glory's Clean On Me shower gel (one of my all time faves) :D

Klairs Toner Mate 2 in 1 Cotton Pad (120 Count Each)* | I did a little post back in November last year detailing these pads here. Overall I really liked these pads, although I tend to just use one pad a night :B It felt a bit wasteful to use two pads in one go, so I'd usually use the compressed pad at night to wipe away a little more grime and the sponge pad in the morning for a gentler application. There's 120 pads in here and with almost daily use, it lasted me about 6 months. It's a bit pricier than your average pad, but if you're in for the splurge I'd recommend it! It also comes housed in a nice little box which I easily kept in my bathroom drawer - safe and away from any moisture.

SKYN Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels | I finished up a multi pack that I picked up from Ulta a while back. Honestly, I am not a fan of these. Although they were cooling, I didn't feel that they did anything beneficial skincare wise. I've been buying a bunch from wherever I can find, and I think Asian brand ones are the best that I've tried. But yeah, probs won't be repurchasing this one. 

Of course I found more used up empties that I had placed in random other places of my room after photographing/writing up this post lol. But another post will just come up soon then!

What are some products that you've used up lately?

Makeup Edit | Current Everyday Face S/S17

Following my post on my current everyday base for a dewy glow (here), I thought I'd share all the products I've been slathering on my face. Ever since I got lash extensions about about a month ago, I've discovered a much longer morning as there was little I felt had to be done to my skin. I'm getting my fills in this week, but I'm thinking sometime next month I'll do a post on my thoughts / experience with them. (Edit: TBH I drafted this post right before I left for my trip mid/end of May, but everything I've mentioned is still on rotation in my stash.)

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So of course I'm using the products I mentioned in my dewy base glow, but if you haven't read it I've been reaching for 3 products almost daily:

+ Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
+ Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint
+ Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops* (Sometimes I'll alternate with the MECCA Cosmetica)

These provide a healthy and glowy base which is perfect for this warm weather season that is upon us. If I need a little extra coverage I'll go in with my Glossier Stretch Concealer in Medium - this stuff is the best and possibly only other concealer I'll need in my life. On extra good skin days I've just been popping this on over a little redness and calling it a day. 

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On the cheeks I've been opting for a dewier glow. I've been alternating between my Glossier Haloscopes and my Pixi x Aspyn Ovard highlight powder in London Lustre, but have put all of these on the backburner as I now have the MILK Makeup Holographic Stick in Mars, which is a golden peach highlight. It's a rosy/pearly/holographic sheen which makes me feel so glowy - and dare I say fairy like? Paired with the wispy lashes that's pretty much all I've been feeling. When I want something a little bit extra (which is a lot of the time), I'll reach for a Glossier Cloud Paint* (post here). My favorite of choice has got to be Dusk, but Beam/Puff come in as close seconds, and Haze is that choice for when I'm feeling bold. I used to apply these with my fingers, but for a quicker on-the-go look that takes minimal effort, I've been using a stippling brush to help blend everything out effortlessly. A+ from me! 

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I've been using my Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder for a good few months now, but decided to give the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder another go as so many people speak so highly of it. I tried it last year when I picked it up but I felt like my skin got oily really fast after wearing it. I've been using it for over a week and so far so good! Fingers crossed I'll be able to pan this product this year (ahem, wishful thinking).

On the brows I've been reaching back for my ABH Brow Powder Duo. Over the past year I've really reverted back to brow powders and have steered clear of brow pencils - I just find it so much easier and quicker to apply. A quick brush through with the powder and then I'll go in with my Glossier Boy Brow to set it. Depending how natural or bold I want my look to be, I'll alternate between BB Clear* and BB Brown. Since I'm growing out my balayaged hair and going back to my dark roots I thought it was about high time I add BB Black to my ever growing Glossier fam. 

On the lips I've honestly just been super lazy. I haven't really been wearing lipsticks (although I have a million and one) and have just been going for balms and glosses. While I sometimes reach for my Generation G lippies, a good old balm is good enough for me. Low maintenance has taken on a whole new level. A new bit that has entered my beauty life is the IPKN Twinkle Lip in N1 - Glow Pink*. For $18, this one is a great dupe for the Dior Lip Glow in Pink, which retails for $33. I actually think this one does a fab job of giving me that rosy pink lip. It also smells like strawberries so win-win for me. 

Every time I feel like my makeup routine is low maintenance and then I see a photo of just how many products I slather onto my face haha. A lot of effort goes into that "no-makeup makeup look."

What are some products that you've been reaching for on a day to day basis?


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Just a quick note that I knooow I've been MIA for the last month +. A lot of crazy stuff happened within my family back in March and it's still something I'm learning to live and deal with. I probably won't be writing about it in this space but I'm thinking I'll do a little catch up/life lately post to catch you all up. And if you didn't know - I got a pup back at the beginning of March and he's basically taken over my life - so if you guys want a post on anything related to him let me know. / / As you know I went on a trip to Asia recently so I do have some travel posts in the works - and my boyfriend and I did vlog sooo *maybe* I'll try and actually edit it for you all :) / / I've had a lot of posts that I've been working on drafting over the last 3ish months but just never had the time/energy/drive to finalize and post. I'm slowly cranking them out so please bear with me while I get that all sorted out. Because I blog and so many of you read my blog, I'm fortunate enough to receive a good number of products to test. I know a lot of posts I have drafted are of gifted products but know that I would never talk about a product I didn't fully like/love! I'm getting back into the swing of things so hopefully we get back into a nice routine of regular posting. If you have any post suggestions/requests, please do send them my way! I've missed you all and I can't wait to be back!

Glossier Sunscreen - Invisible Shield | Review, First Impressions, & Discount

Just when you thought Glossier was done with new releases, they did it again. For years customers have been asking for one thing : sunscreen. And after two years of planning, it's finally hear. Say hello to Invisible Shield, Glossier's response to every girl's daily SPF needs. Keep reading for my thoughts on the sunscreen + the very end for a little code!

Sun protection is something we've all been told to use, but is something many (including Emily Weiss herself) are not the best at following. Did you know that people who use sunscreen every day (SPF 15 or higher) show 24% less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily? Spending an extra 15 seconds layering on some protection can do so much to prevent aging effects and damage to your skin. Do yourself a favor and put on sunscreen. Every. Single. Day.

As a fair skinned gal I am prone to burning easily, and high school me (on the swim team / track team) was not disciplined at all when it came to sunscreen. I just threw on a little bit of a Neutrogena waterproof sunblock on my skin areas prone to burning (aka my cheeks, nose, and shoulders). Safe to say that even 10 years later (eep), I can see the damage in my skin. Learn from those older than you and wear. that. sunscreen.

Starting around 4(?) years ago when I graduated from college (eep again), I've been regularly using sunscreen. Yes, a lot of foundations have SPF in them, but still not enough. Like many others, I'm not particularly keen on layering on an oily sunscreen on my face, nor do I want to walk around all day smelling like I should be at the beach. That's where the Glossier sunscreen (Invisible Shield) comes in to play - *cue angels singing.*

Unlike other sunscreens which tend to be a milky white shade, Invisible Shield is a thick and clear, water-gel consistency which glides over your skin. It comes in an airless pump *swoon* and makes it perfect for travel. The shelf life of the product is not listed in straight months, but my bottle does say it expires February 2019 - which is approximately 21 months away. Not shabby at all. 

Although this product does have a slight zesty scent, it does still have your typical hint of sunscreen scent. Personally, I don't mind it as I feel like I can smell the protection haha - literally. For years I was using the Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector, but I got bored and outgrew it. I've recently been alternating between the Purlisse Blue Lotus Essential Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 and the Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45. Both are fab and comfortable under the skin. But Invisible Shield has only been in my possession for a short time, but as name suggests, it's Invisible under makeup and layers beautifully with the rest of your skincare routine and makeup.

The Invisible Shield is perfect for the everyday girl as it's meant for everyday wear - not beach/warm weather specific. From the air we breathe to the computers we sit in front of, there are UV rays that are damaging our skin. Even if you aren't sitting outside all day, you still need to protect your skin. And Glossier, just as they do with all their other products, make it easy to do so. There are Active Microcapsules which are tin spheres packed with UVA/UVB filters which are given to your skin with every application. There is a combination of Vitamin E, Vitamin P, Broccoli, and Aloe Leaf extracts to help neutralize free radicals inside skin (ya know, the things that make your skin sag and wrinkle - no thanks).

Invisible Shield retails for $34 which is reasonably priced among sunscreens out there. It is on the pricier side but one that I think is completely worth it - it is definitely going to be a game changer in the sunscreen world. The best thing is it's just above the price mark for free shipping on your Glossier order, so you can pick up this alone or some restocks on your favorite bits! PLUS - Summer is around the corner and Glossier has released their new sticker - get your order in and grab the decal, along with your standard pink pouch + Glossier stickers. 

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If you're new to the brand and want to try some of my other favorite Glossier products, be sure to read all about my top Glossier picks HERE.

Remember to shop with me through my Glossier rep link <glossier.com/reps/cindy>! If it's your first time shopping with Glossier you can score 20% off your entire order when shopping through my link! But even if you're a return shopper, I do appreciate every order made through my link as it helps me reach my monthly goals. As a reminder, I do make a small commission off of every order placed through my link and I am so appreciative of every order made! It allows me better this space that I love creating in, whether it be towards photography gear, product purchases, or amping up my blog design - it all helps!! *Virtual hugs to everyone* / P S - My UK friends, Glossier will be headed your way later this year (although hopefully soon), so be sure to bookmark my rep page so you can be the first in line when it drops internationally ;)

An Intro to Drunk Elephant Skincare

I first dabbled with the Drunk Elephant Skincare when I gave Babyfacial a go. I mainly heard gals within the IG skincare community talking about this and curiosity definitely got the better of me. I'm not actually sure that I've talked about Babyfacial on the blog, but this stuff is intense and crazy good. As you guys know I'm a Glossier Rep, and one of the perks is that I'm in a Slack community with a ton of other beauty and skincare loving gals. It's a blessing and a curse as I learn so so much from them, but also am so tempted to grab all the incredible products that they talk about. One brand that has been a hot commodity amongst many of the reps has been Drunk Elephant. I had such a good impression of it that I was quite eager to try more, and during the recent Sephora VIB sale I picked up a few new bits. 

The first time I tried Babyfacial I was a bit weary as I heard that the tingling sensation was strong. I'd only tried a chemical exfoliant from Kate Somerville as a sample and tbh I was not a fan - it burned my skin and I wiped it off almost immediately. When I first applied Babyfacial it was like tiny needles had been stabbing my skin - that or a ton of fire ants were biting my skin. I started minorly panicking and wanted to wash it off, but because everyone had sung it such high praises I stuck it out. Other people had mentioned the stinging and just said to stick with it - I'm glad I did because after 30 seconds to one minute, the tingling stopped. I left it on for the allotted time and then washed it off. I was left with baby soft skin and the next morning my skin just looked smooth and incredible. Because the Babyfacial can be a bit intense, DE recommends following up any treatments with a heavy oil. They're kind enough to include a mini of the Marula Oil which is one of the most luxurious oils I've tried. A little definitely goes a long way and it's one I would definitely contemplate picking up later on.

Aside from all the products I've thus been tempted to pick up, I buckled down and picked up this mini 'Rise & Glow' set from Sephora. It includes a mini of the 'C-Firma Day Serum' and the 'B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel.' As a beauty blogger I love trying new products, but it isn't always the best for my wallet or my skincare storage space - I work through products pretty slowly (although many of you may think otherwise), so I've decided to try and buy minis where I can. I had only tried one serum with Vitamin C and that is the Glossier Super Glow - which I'm a fan of. I'm excited to see how this C-Firma serum works to brighten and even out skin tone. I have quite dry skin which can sometimes be dehydrated, so I'm always looking for ways to add a touch of hydration back into my skin. Fingers crossed that this Hydration Gel does the trick.

Last up right now on the 'to-test' list are the Pekee & Juju Travel Bars. When I was younger I used to use a Clinique Bar Face Soap so I am used to using bar soaps. Although it's been a while since I've used them, these sounded too interesting to pass up. The Pekee Bar is meant to clarify, balance, and moisturize your skin, while the Juju Bar is a 3-in-1 bar that subtly exfoliates and dissolves oil/impurities within your pores - talk about a deep clean. Also look how teeny these are - they're a good size and will probably last a while, but won't be dauntingly huge to last for too long.

The DE products are so stylish and look beautiful and simple - I'm almost borderline obsessed and want to collect them all. I have a few other products on my list to try, particularly the eye cream. What are some products you've tried from the brand that you would recommend? Send them all my way please!

PS - If you're making your first order on the Drunk Elephant website, please use this link and score 20% off! I'll make $20 towards my next order :) As always, your support is much appreciated!

Current Everyday Base for a Dewy Glow

I've been using 2 products on a daily basis for the entire year thus far - that combination of products are the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint. A lot of people have mentioned using these two mixed together and of course I had to try it - and of course I fell in love with it. On days when I wasn't just wearing a pop of concealer, you'd find me with this combo of some sort on my face. With Spring in full force (hello, allergies of doom), I've been chasing after that dewy, glowy base. I think I've found my combo because these four products have been on high and heavy rotation over the last mont or so. 

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With a dewy base as my absolute goal, as opposed to a completely mattified face, I wanted to find a way that could add an extra glow to my face - sans highlight. A few months ago Jennifer and I had a little beauty swap (post still in the works as I continue to try out products), and within the package was this MECCA Cosmetica Lit From Within Illuminating Primer. It has a soft and clean sort of fragrance and it gives that healthy lit from within glow. I tend to focus this on the apples of my cheeks and forehead. For an added glow I've been adding a drop of the Marc Jacobs Coconut Dew Drops* to the mix. I tend to add a tiny drop and spread it on the upper parts of my cheeks, down my nose, and along my temples.

I've always been a pretty minimal gal with my makeup, I never really understood how some girls can go through foundation so quickly - although part of me is semi jealous. I usually get away with a tiny drop (less than pea size) and it's good enough to dab all over my face for a light wash of coverage. 

I usually look like a mad woman with tiny dots of all four products placed around my face. I'll usually use a half pump of the GA foundation and dab it around my face, focusing most of the product on my cheeks and forehead. I'll then go in with the Glossier SPT and draw squiggly lines around my face - I find this to be the easiest since the consistency is runny. They have recently changed the formula on this and I've heard it is a bit more matte than dewy - but still a skin tint nonetheless. Be sure to snag yours through my link (glossier.com/reps/cindy) + score 20% if it's your first order. I love when you guys buy Glossier because I'm borderline obsessed - let me know if you ever grab something (through my link or not)! I'll usually then go in with the MECCA & MJ primers and strategically place them where I want a little extra glow. I know this isn't necessarily correct, but I'm lazy and just want to "blend" the products on my face once. 

What are some products that you have been loving for a quick dewy look on a daily basis? Have you given any of these a try yet?

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*I received the MJ Dew Drops complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.