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. 

Nourish Beauty Box | Cruelty Free Subscription Service

I know a lot of people are looking into cruelty free / organic / vegan beauty, and sometimes products can be tough to find. With all the subscription boxes out there, it was bound to happen and that's where Nourish Beauty Box comes into play. They were kind enough to reach out to me and offer me the April box to try. I like the fact that they include full size products, that means you can try and product and genuinely use it rather than sample it and have to go out and buy it on your own. Let's get on with the products!

In my box I received 2 full size skincare products and 2 full size beauty products. One from a brand I've actually been wanting to try, and another from a brand that was completely new to me. Which is the best part about subscription boxes - discovering new brands.

On the skincare front was this gorgeous Hydrating Oil from Alma Botanicals - I basically squealed when I saw it because I have been eyeing up products from Alma Botanicals on Instagram for a long while - their packaging is simple and their products are good. I'm excited to use this as the weather warms up and I gotta show my winter legs back to the world. I've been using this for the past week on my arms and legs - both alone and mixed in with some of my typical body moisturizer. This isn't scented (or overly scented) and is great for both day and night use. If you're looking to try a new body oil to substitute into your routine, this one is a solid choice. (Also, how simple and minimalistic is the packaging?? Dreamy.) 

I also received this 'A New Beginning' pumpkin pre-cleanse cream from Peony Cosmetics. It's meant to be used as a makeup remover and to help nourish your lashes and hydrate your eye area. It definitely sounds superb! The concept of it is intriguing to me and I've only tried it a few times so far. It's pumpkin scented and the first thing that shot to my mind is Thanksgiving time - which just happens to be one of my favoritest times of the year. If you're sensitive to scents, I would steer clear of it. I did try using this as a makeup remover but it actually ended up stinging my eyes, so I didn't think it was the best option. Then again I do wear heavy waterproof eyeliner/mascara so it does take extra scrubbing to get them off. I started using a makeup remover in conjunction with this and will keep you guys posted on any difference that I see in my lashes / surrounding eye area. 

On the beauty front I received this *seriously* gorgeous Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette from Seraphine Botanicals. You guys know I don't really wear eyeshadow all that often so for the past few years I oooh and ahhh over every gorgeous palette that comes out. This palette definitely curved that itch to pick up some new shadows and seriously, just look at the shades of this - major heart eyes. Jasmine from Jasmine Talks Beauty brought up a good point that this is similar to the Tarte palettes > such a good point! The shadows are buttery and pigmented and actually leave color rather than ones that look super washed out once applied. But these ones don't have the best long-lasting power, but that's easily fixed by using a primer ahead of time. If you follow me on IG you'd know that I've been contemplating eyelash extensions for a while. If I do end up getting them, I'll probably be dabbling with a bit more eyeshadow as I'll be going sans eyeliner and mascara for a while. Btw Seraphine Botanicals sent me a few products to test out and I've been using them for a few weeks now - I am thoroughly impressed!! Definitely check their brand out because they have so many lovely products. Btw the Carrot + Rose hand cream smells incredible! It currently lives on my desk at home to use any time my hands feel dry (which is all the time).

Last up is a nail polish in the shade Follow Your Bliss. And although I'm not a fan of this particular shade, I'm all for greener (not literally) nail polish. This one is water based and better for you and your nails. I'm slowly trying to weed out my nail polish collection to be full of products that are more toxin free - although it pains me to slowly see my Essie/OPI polishes get removed, it was bound to happen anyways. There's one brand of polishes that is slowly infiltrating my nail polish stash, so stay tuned cause a post will come soon!

The Nourish Beauty Box ships free worldwide. Yes - you heard that right. Free. World. Wide. So no matter where you are, you can get your hands on these products. This is slightly higher than your average subscription box, coming in at $34.95 a month. But keep in mind that green products tend to be marked on the higher end, you're getting free shipping, and you're supporting brands that are trying to make beauty better and safer for you and our world. If you decide you want to commit to a few months of this subscription, you do save a small portion based on the increments you order for (1 month, 3 months, 6 months).

What are your thoughts on these products? Have you tried any of them before or anything from the brands? If not, do you think you'll be giving them a try?

*I was gifted this set but I am not being paid for this post. All thoughts are my own!

Pixi Beauty Skincare Roundup

I tend to go through phases with brands, and currently one of the brands that has sneakily populated my skincare stash is Pixi Beauty. To be honest, I've been aware of Pixi for many years - always walking by it in Target stores. The selection was always very minimal and to be honest I was a bit of a snob when it came to "drugstore" makeup and skincare. Slowly, Pixi crept up in the beauty world and has found its way into a large portion of my skincare stash. Now of course there's a ton of products from the brand, but here are some bits and bobs that I've tried from the brand that I love.

Let's start with face mists. There's a good variety of mists to select from and I do have my eye on a few. These things are relatively cheap and the mist is actually fine enough to give a light, dispensed spritz across your face. No worries about having that awkward single stream of product effing up all your makeup or shooting into your eye. The first one I tried from the brand was the Glow Mist, although this was *a while* back and at the time I wasn't a huge fan of misting anything on my face. I did remember liking it but finding it a bit stickier than I was used to. Everyone raves about this and when I found this in the back of my drawers  I did give it a spritz on my arm. Unfortunately it smelled a bit off so into the trash it went - but I'm tempted to pick up another one (and a few others too)! The one that got me most excited was the Hydrating Milky Mist. I actually picked this up for Jennifer during our swap and it entered my radar - soon after I saw tons of Glossier reps using it left and right and I knew I needed to have it in my life. It contains ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Black Oat - both moisturizing and soothing for your skin. I have been using this night and day since I received it a few weeks ago and I don't know how I can live without it. Y'all know I am obsessed with my Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist - but that thing costs an arm and a leg. This one is a mere fraction of the price and I thoroughly enjoy using it. It's coming with me to Asia and I'm pretty sure it will not return because I'll be spritzing my face all frickin' day. Annoyingly this bottle slightly leaks so after I spritz my face like crazy there's usually a puddle sitting around the nozzle. I usually just drop the extra product onto my hand and pat it into my neck - no biggie. 

Can we all take a moment to admire this giant 500mL Glow Tonic bottle? It. has. a. pump. I repeat - IT HAS A PUMP. I saw this featured on Kate La Vie's blog a while back and although mine isn't personalized (ahem, Pixi - pretty please?), it still makes me giddy each time I use it. This makes my skincare routine sooo much easier as I can just grab a cotton pad and sweep this across my face. I've seen some gals just apply a bit to their hands and pat it into their skin - I'm not sure about that but with this pump I may be slightly more inclined to do so. This stuff is pure magic in a bottle - I swear my skin just looks brighter when I use it. This comes in many varying sizes so whether you're interested in trying it out, grabbing a travel size, or stocking up - there's a size for you. The Glow Tonic is one product that I don't notice a dramatic difference when I re-introduce it into my routine, but boy oh boy can I tell when it hasn't been in my routine. I've learned from my mistakes and will never abandon it again. However, I did just receive an order from Deciem which included The Ordinary's version of a glycolic acid toner with 7% Glycolic Acid - I'm definitely intrigued (another Glossier Rep inspired purchase) and am excited to see how it compares. Keep your eyes peeled for some sort of comparison. 

A few months back Pixi did a collaboration with some beauty gurus in the industry - namely, skincare queen Caroline Hirons. She helped create this Double Cleanse - part solid cleansing oil and part cleansing cream to give you that perfect 2-in-1 product. I picked this up back in February (?) I believe when I was gung-ho on finishing up a bunch of products. Because of that I left it in the back of my drawers. March came around and I was sooo close to using up a few products that I pushed it back again. But towards the middle/end of March I finally cracked this baby open and mannn is it good. I did the true test and used the Double Cleanse on a full face of makeup - foundation, brows, waterproof eyeliner + mascara, cream blush, cream highlighter - the works. It actually did an impressive job at removing everything. My only issue is that I take showers at night and usually do all my double cleanse / face washing in the shower. The packaging is definitely not shower friendly and I stopped using it after a few uses. (Also, does anyone have any issues scooping up the cleansing cream side and it spilling over into the cleansing oil side? Just me..?) I'm debating on bringing this with me to Asia as it'll help eliminate the number of products I use, and I'll be able to just use this while getting ready for bed. 

There are many oils in Pixi's lineup and I sort of impulse bought the Rose Oil Blend. I chose the Rose Oil specifically because it notes that it helps rejuvenate, restore, and renew your skin's luminosity - sounds beautiful. The 'blend' contains youth-preserving oils which help improve skin's overall elasticity and glow. I know I'm only in my 20's, but you can never start preventive aging skincare early. Right? I've been using this on my face maybe twice a week - I have a shit ton of oils to get through so I gotta rotate - and this one is a bit heavier than I'm used to so I don't want to use it every single day. Because I know I go through skincare products pretty slowly, I decided to start mixing this in with my body / hand moisturizers. It works well and leaves my skin feeling so so soft! *This is one of my tips if you have skincare products your'e struggling to get through - mix it into your other skincare/body care routines :)  I'm eyeing up the Overnight Glow Serum which Amelia raveeees about! Also - Hydrating Milky Serum? If it's anything as good as the Hydrating Milky Mist - I want it.

Last up on the list is the most recent addition to the bunch - the Peel & Polish. It's an enzyme peel which reveals smoother and brighter skin, leaving your skin with the healthiest glow. The first time I used this my skin was so soft. They say you can just apply it and let it do it's magic - you will definitely feel the tingling. Or you can add to this and gently massage your face with your fingers for a deeper "polish." This includes natural fruit enzymes to loosen dead skins cells, lactic acid to gently exfoliate, and cellulose peels/sugar extracts to "polish" and remove dead skin cells to reveal brighter skin below. Now when I say it tingles, it's nowhere near as crazy as the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial - you just feel a slight tingle (nothing unbearable). The results are so so worth it - and a little goes a long way. The tube is also much bigger than expected and the packaging is just major heart eyes.

So there you have it, a roundup of my favorite skincare bits from Pixi. I know there are so many other products from them to try. Next up on my list to try are: Glow Mud Cleanser, Glow Mud Mask, the two serums mentioned above, and a new bottle of Glow Tonic. What are some of your favorite Pixi products?

// PS - Thanks for being so patient with me as I get back into blogging. There have been so many things going on in my personal life and I'm still trying to find that fine balance of everything. I have been sent a *lot* of goodies from many new brands recently and I'm slowly going to start featuring them!! Bear with me as those posts roll out - I've received them over the last month and a half but posts will probably be all rolling out relatively close to one another. I'm forever grateful of all the opportunities that arise from blogging and it's really all thanks to you readers for continuing to support me!

// PPS - I'm hosting an international giveaway for some Glossier lip goodies on my Instagram HERE. Be sure to enter for your chance to win. PS - If you make a Glossier order using my rep link (glossier.com/reps/cindy) and DM me (on IG) a screenshot of your order, you'll gain extra entries. Go go go!

The E M P T I E S | 0 1 1

A few weeks back I did a little empties haul over on my IG story - still trying to get more comfortable speaking on videos in general but you gotta start somewhere! I actually have a previous empties post that I took photos for but *still* haven't happened to publish. Perhaps I'll get around to it, but in the meantime here's a big one!

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SKINCARE

  • Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser | This was a gentle scrub that I used in the morning every other day, a half pump sufficed! It lasted me quite a while but I wouldn't say it was anything overly special. On the plus side, it did smell like fruit loops :)
  • Pur~lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk | Omg yas, I loved this cleanser! It was so gentle and I used this as part of my double cleanse almost every day for a few months. I made a comment on this but I was thoroughly impressed that the packaging of this stayed top notch and none of the print faded / wiped off. Definitely looking to add this back into my routine after I get through some more stuff!
  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm | This was my first dabble with a cleansing balm and I gotta say I was not too impressed. It felt a bit heavy on my skin and the packaging itself didn't hold up so the gold lid separated from the white lid inside of it. It's kinda pricey so I probably won't be repurchasing this.
  • Shiseido Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF | I used this one for a while and sorta just felt 'meh' about it. I ended up using some skincare gurus on IG as inspiration and found my replacement from Missha and am loving that! You can read a bit more about it in my latest skincare routine post here.
  • Origins Dr. Weil Mega-Bright with SPF | This one felt like a never-ending jar and though I did like this in the beginning, it started to feel too heavy on my skin for daytime use. My desk at work is now next to the window so in an effort to protect my hands, I actually ended up applying this to the backs of my hands as extra protection + an effort to use this up by the expiration date. 
  • Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment w/ Avocado | This one is one I kind of fell out of love with. I love how it leaves my skin feeling but it just felt like a pain to apply - it was thick but watery? I'm on the search for a new one, but for right now the Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift is doing me well (post on it here).
  • Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate | I spoke wonders of this one for a while and I used it day and night for nearly a year. This stuff is pricey but I quite liked it! It's meant to help reduce fine lines and has ingredients similar to botox without actually being botox. I used this specifically on my forehead where I definitely notice more lines and I do think it helped. I particularly loved pairing this with my Glossier Super Bounce. This is one I'll repurchase in the future, but for now I'll be working on using other stuff up.
  • Glossier Supers (Super Bounce, Super Glow, Super Pure) | I think by now everyone knows that I sing high praises of all things Glossier, especially the Supers. I've used them all up (Super Bounce twice) and am starting on my backups of all three. If you're new to Glossier and haven't tried any of the Supers, I highly recommend trying the Super Pack - you save a ton! Remember to use my rep link (glossier.com/reps/cindy) to score an extra 20% on your first purchase! If you're a returning customer, I would still appreciate if you used my link!
  • Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser | And of course another bottle of MJC. I already have 2 backups of this and have one cracked open at my boyfriend's place. I will say that this one is not enough to take all your makeup off in one go (especially waterproof eye makeup), but it acts well as part of a double cleanse to leave your skin feeling clean, but never stripped.

BODY CARE 

  • Lush Cosmetics Rose Jam Body Wash | A holiday fan favorite from the many Lush followers out there - I finally got this during the holidays last year and was excited to finally have it in my hands. It's definitely a sweeter rose scent mixed with vanilla, and maybe a touch too girly for me. I do like how it fills my bathroom with a lovely scent! It's a good thing I don't share a bathroom with any males as I'm not too sure they'd be overly fond of it haha.
  • Lush Cosmetics Love and Light Hand Cream | This is actually my mom's empty as the scent is a bit too strong for me. But I'm collecting the pot so that I can trade it in eventually for a mask ;)
  • Juara Candlenut Body Creme | I. Love. This. Stuff!!! It smells absolutely incredible and is one that I want to purchase the full size of once I use some more lotions/body creams up. This is one of those creams that completely absorbs into your skin without being overly oily. It also leaves your skin feeling absolutely soft - it has completely changed the appearance of my skin on my body.
  • EOS Lavender Jasmine Shaving Cream | This was the end of shaving creams for me as I have fallen head over heels in love with the L'Occitane Almond Oil. If you haven't trie a body oil in place of shaving, you are completely missing out.
  • L'Occitane Shea Butter Oil | This one was given to me by my mom a while back but I just decided to try and use it up. As you can tell I'm pretty crap at using up products but when I put my mind to it I'm able to get through them! I ended up using this on my skin (mostly my legs). But sometimes I hated the feeling of applying oil to my skin and will mix it with a body lotion.
  • Le Couvent des Minimes Exfoliating Shower Pulp (w/ Orange Blossom) | I had been using the Soap and Glory body scrub for a good long while and wanted to mix things up. I decided to give this a try and it was a *terrible* mistake. I picked this one because it had 'orange blossom' tied with it, but I was just not a fan of this. It smelled a bit earthy with a hint of orange blossom, but it was one I tried to use more of just to get it over with. I'm pretty sure there was still product in this but I just wanted to be done with it. I have since gone back to my S&G one. If you have any recs for body scrubs, please let me know!! (I also have a Frank Body scrub that I got from my gal @amourjnfr to try!)
  • Soap & Glory Clean on Me Body Wash | This is my second bottle that I've gone through and I just love it! It leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh and the scent is just my favorite. If you've tried anything from S&G before, it's the original classic scent. I purchased another bottle and as soon as I finish the current body wash in my shower I'll be cracking it open!
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs Perfume | This one has actually been sitting in my empties for quite a while and I'm not actually sure when I finished it / if I've featured it before. I'm a trash hoarder and was probably keeping it for aesthetics / to feature on an empties shelf for perfumes. But I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed in my room with "stuff" so I just decided to toss it and I'm not really looking back. I have a larger size which I'm still slowly working my way through but may just end up keeping that anyways!
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HAIRCARE

  • Not Your Mother's Haircare - Beach Babe Moisturizing Shampoo | I'm a huge fan of the NYM haircare line and am making my way through all their lines. I had purchased this one back when my hair was a bit shorter last year in hopes of getting those beachy waves. It didn't really do that for me but it did smell nice and coconut-y, like I was straight on holiday.
  • Not Your Mother's Haircare - Long & Strong Conditioner  | I think this line is my favorite of the ones I've tried, it just smells fresh and clean! I was pairing this with the Long & Strong Shampoo (which I'm working my way through right now), but ended up using this conditioner with some other shampoos I had on rotation (including the one above).
  • Joico Color Balance Blue Conditioner | I picked up this and the shampoo last year as blue shampoo/conditioner is the best to prevent colored hair on brunettes from turning brassy. {Blonde = Purple & Brunette = Blue} I'm actually getting my hair done the day this is posted and am going back a little darker, but I'll be using the Blue Shampoo which I *think* I still have about 1/3 of the bottle left. That stuff is crazy pigmented and a little definitely goes a long way!
  • MILK Makeup Dry Shampoo | Hello holy grail product. I've never been a fan of any dry shampoos that I've tried, but this one is a game changer. It smells refreshing and leaves my hair feeling clean rather than sticky or full of products. I've already repurchased this and will probably order some backups in the VIB sale.
  • Philip B Light-Weight Deep Conditioning Creme Rinse | This was a deluxe sample in a SpaceNK GWP that I received last year. I was trying to make an effort to use products up and *tried* to use this up in 3-4 times. I was not a fan of this as it left my hair feeling sticky afterwards. This one is pretty pricey too so I would not repurchase this.
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Whew that was a long one. Thanks for being patient with me as I try to get my life situation back on track. I'll be doing a little life lately post (eventually) when I'm ready. Hope you've all been well <3