Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Mini Lush Haul

I'm on vacation, so I'm going to be totally honest and say that most of my money has gone to delicious food versus any beauty purchases. Gasp, I know! My one exception to that has been a recent (mini) Lush haul. I mean, I passed by a Lush while visiting Atlantic City, so obviously I had to pick up a few things that had been on my shopping list. After all, Lush is hands down one of my favorite beauty stores ever. To say that working there would be my dream job would be a complete understatement - I would adore working at Lush. I love every product I've ever tried from the store, and the fact that everything is cruelty-free (often even vegan!) makes me one happy customer, and an overall huge fan of the brand.

Anyways, onto my purchases! I originally went in with the sole intention of picking up their Stepping Stone Foot Scrub, a lovely lemon, lime and sea salt concoction that works to scrub dead skin cells and calluses of your feet. After days spent trekking through the sand (I know, I know, cry me a river, right?) I've found my feet to be ridiculously dry and hardened. After just one use, this guy immediately left my feet feeling a little bit softer and soothed. One downside to the formula is that it's definitely a little bit crumble-y to use, but the amazing fragrance and benefits more than make up for it.

I also picked up the Ambrosia Shaving Cream, which has been a genuine godsend for my bathing suit body. This shaving cream leaves your skin soft and soothed after shaving, and promises no awful red bumps or irritation. In fact, this cream can even be used without water! I usually have a very hard time avoiding irritation with shaving, and the red bumps that pop up all over my legs can be especially embarrassing during the summer. The Ambrosia Cream has left my legs softer and less irritated than ever before, and I can already tell that it will be a future repurchase.

Finally, I picked up the Big Solid Conditioner. I believe that in my last Lush Haul post I mentioned that I had tried a sample of the Big Shampoo and loved it, but that I had picked up the similar Seanik Shampoo Bar to try out instead. Anyways, I fell in love with the Seanik Bar and decided that a solid conditioner sounded like an interesting concept to try out. Now, while the solid shampoos foam up easily and take just a few rubs through your hair to get the job done, the solid conditioner has taken a lot of trial and error to use. At first I attempted to just run it through my hair, but the soft, squishy consistency did not lend well to this. I then tried to rub it through my hands a few times to get a bit on my fingers, but that didn't work well either.

Finally, after reading some reviews of the product on the Lush website, I learned that the best way to apply this is to break a teeny tiny bit of the bar off and melt it in your hands, then run it through your hair. At first it might not feel like you're applying enough, but once you wash it out you can immediately feel the benefits of it. The coconut oil and sea salt combination leave your hair feeling soft and light as air, and I am completely in love. I'm still having a little trouble finding a way to store this (unfortunately they have no conditioner tin like they have a shampoo tin), but as for the results I truly couldn't be happier. My hair is noticeably more shiny and hydrated, and all without feeling the least bit oily. It's absolute perfection combined with my Seanik Bar, as well!

Overall, a great little Lush haul (not that there could ever be a bad haul from Lush!). The one downside is that my trip to the store has only made my wishlist of their products grow, and now I have a ton more that I'm dying to buy! Luckily for me, the sales staff is amazing and they sent me home with loads of samples to try out.

What are your favorite Lush products? Let me know in the comments below!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray: A Review

I have super thick hair. Let me rephrase that - I have super thick, very stubborn hair. When you think of thicker hair you might imagine someone who has voluminous locks, but alas that is just not me. My thick tresses tend to lie limp, which is why I'm always on the lookout for an awesome volumizing spray.

Enter the R + Co Rockaway Salt Spray. When I first saw the gorgeous, minimalistic packaging on the shelves of Space NK I was sold. Honestly, I didn't really care whether it worked or not. Luckily it ended up being fairly amazing. While one might think that salt sprays are intended to give you waves, this guy's strength is creating texture, volume and separation in your hair. A few spritzes of this amazingly scented gem and even my limp hair was given weightless volume and lift.

This salt spray won't make your hair dry or crunchy, and it's packed with tons of beneficial ingredients that will have both short and long term positives for your hair. Just a few of those ingredients include yarrow plant extract (to increase hair's body and fullness), balm mint (to protect and prevent color fading), and vitamin C (to protect hair from free radical damage). The spray is also fraganced with Love Bite, one of R + Co's signature scents, a blend of orange, fig guava and amber.

So if you're like me and would like to add a bit of volume and fullness to your hair, I suggest you take a trip to your local Space NK and give this guy a whirl.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Pink Cheeks and Lips

I don't think I've formally introduced you guys to my favorite ever lip gloss. I know I've mentioned Chantecaille's Brilliant Gloss in the past, but I'd just like to emphasize again how absolutely amazing this stuff is! The price is fairly outrageous ($33 for a tube of lip gloss is ridiculous), however I have never used a more hydrating, pigmented and non-sticky gloss in all my years of makeup wearing. I'm nearly done with my first tube, which is the first time I have ever hit bottom with a lip product. The shade I'm wearing here is Flirt, a strawberry pink/red that I've been reaching for on a daily basis since buying. I'm getting quite close to finishing it, but rest assured that I will be using every last drop!

I decided to go for a pink-y look based around the lip gloss, so I paired it with my Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop. This is easily one of the best blushes I've ever used - it's highly pigmented, and the flower design it comes with (which is unfortunately fading in mine after continual use) is truly stunning. Combined with the gloss, I ended up really loving this pink look! It's a fun one for summer.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekly Favorites #9

Essie Nail Polish in Strut Your Stuff - A gorgeous blue, described by Essie as a shade of "cobalt aqua". This has been my most worn shade of the summer so far, it's just so vibrant and bright! I'm big into blue nails, but even with my extensive collection of blue shades, this is one that I hadn't come across before. It's such a flattering shade, and one that isn't necessarily as "obnoxious" looking as it might seem. It helps me look like I actually have a tiny bit of a tan (which I do not) and that's always going to be a great thing in my book.

R + Co Rockaway Salt Spray - I've tried my share of salt sprays, and come across a whole lot of failures. This is not one of them. This offering from the brand R + Co not only smells amazing, but leaves just the right amount of texture and wave to your hair without any of that awful crunchy feeling that all too many salt sprays leave behind. I've found this works best when I spray it into damp hair, and then either let it air dry or blow dry it. It doesn't create curls, and I wasn't expecting it to. What it does do is create loads of volume and texture to your hair, all while treating it with lots of beneficial ingredients. I've been spritzing a bit of this every day, I just love what it does for my hair!

TheBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer  - I have a ridiculous amount of tinted moisturizers (as you all know), and I can say with all honesty that this is one of the most impressive selections that I have come across in recent years. With a decent amount of coverage, as well as a matte-to-satin leaning finish (if that makes sense?), this is an awesome option for summer. It's ridiculously easy to apply with your fingers, and leaves just the right amount of color and coverage to look completely natural. It dries down to a more-matte-than-dewy finish which makes it perfect for these sweaty, hot days when it's all too easy for your makeup to melt right off.
TheBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer - As a fairly pale person, it's hard to find a bronzer that doesn't make me look ridiculous. Even more difficult is finding a matte bronzer, as so many bronzing options are full of enough sparkle to make you look like Edward Cullen. This matte bronzer offering from TheBalm is perfect to use for contouring, bronzing and even for a bit of eye shadow! There's no excessive sheen to it, and instead it gives a bit of warmth and shadow to your face.
Lush American Cream Hair Conditioner - With a strawberry-vanilla scent, this was always going to be a win for me. It's just an added bonus that it is an awesome conditioner that leaves your locks soft and light. With super thick hair, I've found that conditioners either are not moisturizing enough or are too moisturizing and thus weigh my hair down. I've been pairing this with Lush's Curly Wurly Shampoo and have found that it leaves my hair feeling cleaned, hydrated and light as air. I really couldn't love it more.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dreaming Of... #2

My ever growing wishlist continues...This one has a whole lot of skincare and hair products. I've been on quite a hair product kick lately, and after trying out the R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray (review coming soon) I'm kinda dying to try out more from the line!

Everything on my list looks perfect for late summer to early fall (although, let's face it, I'm gonna act like it's summer 'til the last possible moment), and I'm sure once I get a full-time job they'll all be coming home with me. One product I think I'm going to have to buy sooner than later is the Becca Beach Tint Summer Souffle, because it's just so gosh darn pretty!

Have you guys tried anything on my wish list? Which should I pick up?


Friday, July 25, 2014

Dakota Johnson Inspired

Confession time: I have read all three Fifty Shades of Grey books. I know, I know, I'm disappointed in myself too. They're truly terribly written, and my only excuse is they were a mind numbing guilty pleasure that I read on a beach vacation a few summers back. Anyways, moving on. Love 'em or hate 'em, just about everyone seems to have heard about these books, and unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably have heard about the upcoming movie adaptation as well.

The trailer went live yesterday, and upon watching it I had three thoughts: 1) I cannot wait until the new version of Crazy In Love is available to download, 2) The Sheriff from Once Upon a Time (oh, wait, I guess it's Christian Grey now) is a drool-worthy babe, and 3) Dakota Johnson looks gorgeous, and I'm kind of obsessed with how they styled her hair and makeup. Thoughts 1 + 2 were probably running through most everyone's minds, but as a beauty addict I pick up on random things like thought 3. Perhaps a very strange thing to pick up from the trailer of a movie about BDSM, but I digress.

Me being the weirdo I am, I decided to take a little inspiration from the minimalistic hair and makeup that Dakota Johnson is showcasing in the trailer. The movie might be eye rolling-ly terrible (especially if EL James had anything to do with screenwriting) but at least the leads look gorgeous (bright side, eh?).

From the trailer I found Johnson's look to be very bare faced with just a hint of pink on her lips and cheeks, with some nude shadow and mascara. I started off the look with the most natural base I have (and one of my favorites), Natura Bisse's The Cure Sheer Cream. I followed that up with their Cure Sheer Eye, and then my By Terry Touche Veloutee to highlight underneath my eyes.

For my lips I just wanted a hint of pink, so I used a combination my Maybelline Baby Lips with the Lush Power Pigment in Believe. For my cheeks I added a pop of color using the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful. Finally, I took out my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette to add just a hint of definition around my eyes. On the lid I used the matte-nude shade Foxy and then outlined my eyes with just a tiny bit of the dark brown shade Busted. I finished off my eyes with my Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Mascara, and then filled in my brows with my Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil.

And that's just about it! It's a super minimal, simple look that I could absolutely see myself wearing during the day, especially in the Fall. Might've been a strange takeaway from a trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, but personally I love taking beauty inspiration from any and everything.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Makeup Bag & Me #2: Beach Holiday

I'm going to the beach! I am so psyched to be leaving this Saturday for a week of sun and fun at the Jersey shore (which, for me at least, is an experience that couldn't be more different from Snooki and J-Woww's). My family is lucky enough to be able to use my grandparent's beach house every summer, and it's always one of the highlights of my year. I love spending my days by the ocean, biking and hanging out on the boardwalk. Oh, and the food. Everything is fried, sugared and disgustingly unhealthy, which obviously means it tastes incredible.

Anyways, spending all that time in the sun it would be silly of me to wear a whole face of makeup but, me being me, I'm going to pack a ton of options anyways. Most days I plan on wearing minimal to no makeup, but I still like to add a few things for special occasions. 'Cause you never know what's going to happen at the Jersey shore (I kid, I'm with my family, the extent of the crazy is a glass of wine before bed at 9).

So let's get started with this overflowing makeup bag I've packed, shall we? For my base, most days I will be using my Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF 30 and just stopping at that. It's an oil-free sunscreen that can be used on your face and body, and it's hands down one of the best sunscreens I've ever used. On the rare occasion I want a little more color during the day, I'll be switching it up between my Origins Vitazing, Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Cream or The Balm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer. These are all sheer options with SPF, and they look completely natural and lovely, especially when applied with the incredible Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Aside from a very sheer base (which I might set with the The Balm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder or Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray), I'll use the Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Eye as an eye cream to provide a little SPF for underneath my eyes, but that's about it.

Considering I plan on wearing little to no makeup during the day, you can tell by the ridiculously big makeup bag that I might possibly be overpacking just a bit. Everything else I've packed is for those "special occasions" (aka I just always want to prepare for any and all situations). If I want a little more of a base with a hint more coverage, I'll use the Diorskin Nude BB Creme and then conceal underneath my eyes with my handy By Terry Touche Veloutee. After that I'll add a little color with the amazing The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer (which I apply with the Real Techniques Contour Brush) as well as my much-loved Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty. For my eyes I'll use a little bit of a nude color with my handy-dandy Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, and finish off with the Tarte Lights, Camera Splashes! Waterproof Mascara.

For my eyebrows I use the amazing Sonia Kashuk Tinted Brow Gel, and then I'll finish off my look with my favorite gloss, the Chantecaille Brilliant Lip Gloss in Flirt. So yeah, obviously I'm prepared for any and all activities that could possibly arise at the beach!

What do you bring for a beach holiday? Let me know in the comments below!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Life Lately: Mohonk

This past Christmas, Jake's amazing family gave me a gift certificate to get dinner at Mohonk Mountain. We saved the gift card until the summer, and I'm so glad we did because we were able to spend the day at the resort hiking and seeing the sights before dinner. The resort is up in the mountains on a lake, so not only is it stunningly beautiful but there are also plenty of amazing outdoor activities that you can do. 

I had such a fun time spending the day up on the mountain, and the dinner Jake and I had was seriously to die for. After spending the past five years of my life in New York I still find myself blown away by the natural beauty and wonderful sights that can be found in the state. Mohonk was just another example of the treasures that can be found in New York, and it's bittersweet now to know that my time as a New York college student is over.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Hair Essentials

Up until college, I was incredibly low-maintenance when it came to my hair. As in so low-maintenance that my routine consisted of shampoo, conditioner, and done. My oldest friends can even attest to the fact that in my pre-teen years I refused to brush my hair. I guess I thought I was a tomboy (even though I'm the most nonathletic, uncoordinated person on the planet). Nowadays I love nothing more than pampering my hair, even if I do still have plenty of days where I just let it dry naturally and leave it at that.

During the summer I (like every other girl) love the look of just rolled out of bed, beach-y hair. My hair is naturally pin-straight, but with the help of a few different much-loved products I am able to achieve a more voluminous, textured 'do. Achieving this all starts with the shampoo, and I've found that Lush shampoos work best for my hair. The two I've been switching between are Lush's Curly Wurly Shampoo and their Seanik Shampoo Bar. I originally picked up the Curly Wurly Shampoo completely based off of the amazing coconut scent, but have found that it does wonders for my hair. While it's intended for curly hair, I find that it helps to hydrate my dry, split-ends and leaves my hair clean yet moisturized. There are bits of coconut in the shampoo, which might scare some people off, but I've never had a problem washing them out. Their Seanik Bar is an amazing sea salt and seaweed infused concoction that gives you squeaky clean hair (as in so clean that is actually squeaks). It leaves my hair feeling weightless, yet still hydrated, and I personally love how clean and well-washed it leaves me feeling.

To further create a texturized, volumized look I love Philip B's Maui Wowie and the Number 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect. I've written about Maui Wowie before, the amazingly scented spray that you can spritz in damp hair for some texture and separation. It claims to create waves like a salt spray as well, but I find it far more useful for giving my hair some body. The Prep + Protect, ont eh other hand, is more of a conditioning spray. It helps protect your hair from the heat of curling irons or blow dryers while hydrating your locks.

Finally, for in between shampoos, I love the Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder. This multi-use product claims to be a dry shampoo, style extender and volume creator all in one. It smells amazing and leaves your hair feeling clean without that awful powder-y feeling that so many dry shampoos can cause. My hair can get kind of oily during the summer so I tend to wash it every day, but if I'm out and about all day and then going out for the night I find this works great as a way to refresh my hair throughout the day. It's a definite summer must have for me.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Favorites #8

My favorites this week are some real gems. They're all recent buys, but all products that I already could see myself repurchasing when I run out. There's a little bit of everything this week, from hair products, to skincare, to makeup essentials. So let's get started on some of my favorites of the week!

Philip B Maui Wowie - I picked this up on a whim on my most recent trip to Space NK. The sales people were actually really pushing me towards the Philip B Oud Royal Thermal Spray (which is an awesome, heavenly smelling little number that I'm sure I will eventually call my own) but this Thickening "Beach Mist" was what stood out to me. I feel the description of "Beach Mist" is a tad misleading, as that makes this sound a bit like a sea salt spray. Instead, this mist is best for creating voluminous, piece-y hair that I consider to be that nice "rolled out of bed" hair. During the summer, especially, I absolutely adore that kind of effortless look, and with a few spritzes of Maui Wowie I find it easily achievable.

Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar - I originally intended to buy the Lush Big Shampoo when I went to Lush recently, but wasn't quite ready to commit $26 for a huge tub of glorified sea salt. The associate recommended I try out the Seanik Shampoo Bar as it had similar benefits at a far lower price tag. I wasn't sure how my hair would react to solid shampoo, but I gotta say I have been pleasantly surprised! This shampoo bar has bits of seaweed and sea salt which simultaneously soften and volumize your hair. I have personally loved the results of using this shampoo, and have found that it helps provide my hair with a slight wave without drying it out. In fact, my hair is truly softer than ever! I still plan on giving the Big Shampoo a try, but I'm so glad I tried this out instead because it's been a real winner.

Diorskin Nude BB Creme - I had been hearing rave reviews of this guy for years now, but for some reason I had just never gotten around to picking it up. Now that I've been using it for a week, I honestly don't know how I lived so long without it! This is what all BB Creams should aspire to be - it's hydrating and provides a glowing satin finish (I would describe it as somewhere between dewy and matte). I have it in shade 002 Fair which works perfectly for my skin. Having said that, while I absolutely adore it, I think that the shade range (or lack thereof) is a huge miss for Dior. There are four shades total, and while they're somewhat forgiving I think that this is a base that provides a bit too much coverage to be able to wear the wrong shade and get away with it (if that makes any sense). So while I love this guy and would definitely consider it a favorite of the week, I could see how this product might turn some people off.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara - I picked this up to have a waterproof mascara for the summer, not expecting too much from it. Turns out, I had unknowingly picked up the best waterproof mascara I've ever had the pleasure of using! Most waterproof mascaras leave your lashes clumpy and crunchy, something I have not had a problem with using this Tarte offering. That being said, it takes its title of waterproof seriously, because it is budge proof. I use my Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil at the end of the day to take it off, but without the strength of that I would have some serious trouble getting this off my lashes. While that might not seem like the ideal situation, during these hot summer days when I'm out and about (sweating like a madwoman), budge proof mascara is just what I need. I have long lashes, so with most mascaras I find that I end up with smudges where my lashes hit my brow bone. With this mascara I have had no problems, and I truly couldn't be happier!

Lush Celestial Facial Moisturizer -When I originally bought this a few weeks ago, I honestly thought of it as a bit of a miss. I have normal-to-dry skin (though it gets a bit oily during the summer) and this moisturizer ended up leaving my face a greasy mess during the day. I had bought it with the intention of wearing it before makeup, so the fact that it kind of just sat on top of my skin didn't bode too well for layering. I didn't want it to go to waste, so I started wearing it as a night cream, and I am so glad I did! When using this I wake up to plump, soft, hydrated skin, which is not an easy feat to achieve with my skin type. It's so moisturizing that I've even found that when I put it on in the morning, and wash it off after an hour or so, my skin remains incredibly hydrated and soft! So while this might not necessarily be a winner of a day cream during hot summer days, I've definitely found it to be a lifesaver as a night cream. And having said that, I could see this working pretty darn well during cold, winter days. Overall, what I originally thought was a miss turned out to be a real hit.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Interview Makeup

Summers are the absolute worst time for interviews. Well, I suppose there's really no good time for an interview (they're nervewracking and the absolute worst), but weather-wise summer is really and unfortunate time. Additionally, most of my interviews have been in New York City where the humidity and heat seem to triple, making me a ball of sweat that ruins any chance of nice looking hair or makeup. Unfortunately, summer just seems to be the time of interviews, so I've had to make some adjustments and have come up with a routine that works for me.


For a base I find myself switching it up between the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer and the Diorskin Nude BB Creme. Both provide a fairly light base with just enough color to impart a healthy glow to the face. While I find the Chantecaille offering to be pretty sweat-resistant, it definitely leaves more of a dewy finish than Dior. If I need something slightly more long lasting I might favor the Dior which lasts just that little bit longer.

To finish off the base makeup, I always reach for my trusty By Terry Touche Veloutee. I use this concealer/highlighter hybrid on a daily basis to highlight underneath my eyes and take the edge off the dark circles. It dries down to a glowing, matte finish that doesn't settle into fine lines or look too dry underneath my eyes (which I have the Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Eye to thank for, which I use as my eye cream).

In all honesty, I prefer to go for a very natural eye on interviews, especially during the summer. The last thing I want to have is smudged up eye makeup as I'm talking to a potential employer. I always wear mascara (usually the amazing Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara) and fix up my brows with a little bit of the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil. Sometimes I'll leave it at that, but if I wear anything else it's usually just a bit of eyeshadow smudged a bit on my upper lid line, courtesy of the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette.

To finish off the look, I brush a bit of my Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful, a nice pop of coral, and swipe a bit of Chantecaille Brilliant Lip Gloss in Pretty, a light pink sheen. To make sure the look lasts all day, my most important step is the Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray. I either spray a few spritzes directly on my face, or spray my Beauty Blender and dab it all over my face (a trick I learned from the amazing Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup). 


Lush Seanik Solid Shampoo leaves my hair squeaky clean which holds off the inevitable oily mess that my hair becomes after too much time in the heat and humidity. Along with this, fluffing my hair with a bit of Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder helps to give my hair a bit of volume all while keeping it clean and smelling lovely.

If I wear my hair straight I'll keep the products limited to those two, but if I wear my hair curly I might switch out the Powder and instead spray a little of the Philip B Maui Wowie Spray. This helps to texturize and give a bit of volume and hold to my hair, and I adore everything about it. After curling my hair, I spray some Sexy Hair Weather Proof Humidity Resistant Spray (what a mouthful!) to keep my hair looking fresh, and to hold my curls and prevent looking like a giant puffball.


I've been using a combination of my current favorite, the Lush Vanillary Solid Perfume and the Lush Vanilla Puff Powder. The Solid Perfume comes in a tiny little tube that's easy to carry around and rub on your skin on the go, while the Powder helps to keep any sweat at bay, with the added benefit of a wonderful, non-overwhelming scent. The combination of the two makes for an all-day scent that any sweat won't wash away (have I made it obvious that I sweat a lot?).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Christmas in July

 I'm a summer baby. When I say that, I mean it in two ways - not only was I born in the summer, but it is by far my favorite season. I love sunshine, tan skin, warm summer nights...the list is endless. But even I, a summer lover (cue "Summer Nights" getting stuck in my head), find myself itching for a day of cooler weather come mid-July. Luckily for me, I've found myself a year-round perfume that I find transports me to those cooler days without feeling too "out of season", if you know what I mean.

Up until recently, my scents of choice have always been bursting with floral, fruity, sweet notes that I simultaneously adore while giving any and all passerbys the headache of their lives. So when I picked up the Vanillary Solid Perfume on my recent trip to Lush, I was surprised as anyone by how quickly I fell in love. The notes of vanilla, jasmine and caramel are more muted than I usually would go for, and yet I have not been able to get enough of it recently!

After falling in love with the Solid Perfume, the floodgates were opened and I immediately felt the need to buy more Vanillary products. On a second trip to Lush I was recommended the Vanilla Puff Powder, an amazing dusting powder in the Vanillary scent that leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. I find a little shake of this over spots I've rubbed the Solid Perfume makes for a long-lasting scent that I can smell all day.

Maybe I haven't given up my floral scents completely, but for now I think I've found my scent soulmate, and I hope it's just the beginning of a long love affair.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Birchbox Revealed: July Box

 I, like many beauty bloggers, absolutely adore Birchbox. While I've had some definite "misses" with the samples I've received, more often than not I've found some absolute gems through the service that I probably would never have found on my own.

While the July Birchbox probably wasn't my favorite overall, I did receive some really great samples that I've enjoyed trying out! The one I was perhaps more excited about was the Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream. I had received a sample in my previous box of the Harvey Prince Hello Perfume and loved the fresh, citrus-y scent, so I was really happy to see the Body Cream in the box this time!

Another one I was intrigued by was the Supergoop CC Cream. After trying out the Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen I was interested to see what else the brand had to offer. This makeup boasts some great SPF with a bit of sheer coverage and added hydration. It's been a great option to wear on days when I'm out and about running errands or in the sun.

The other three products are ones I haven't had a real chance to try out. The Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner seems like a lovely, highly pigmented option for eyeliner.While I love the formula, I received it in a silver shade that I haven't really had an opportunity to try out yet. It's one of those fun shades I would never have picked up on my own, but I can imagine it would be fun to wear on a night out one day.

The last item I received is one I'm really excited to try out, and that the Number 4 Super Comb Prep + Protect. It's a leave-in conditioning mist that helps protect your hair against heated products such as your blow dryer or curling iron. Since those are items I use daily, I'm happy to have a product that'll help protect my hair against damage. It came in a pretty decently sized container, and I can't wait to share the results with you guys!

Anyone else out there a Birchbox subscriber? What'd you get in your July box?


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Few New Additions...#1

Rarely does a week seem to go by where I don't pick up a few new additions for my beauty stash. That's probably not terribly healthy, but the first step to an addiction is admitting it, right? (ha, as if I have any plans to stop!) Anyways, this week features a few awesome products that I bought on a recent trip to New York City, after indulging myself in some shopping after a nerve-wracking job interview.

I ended up wandering around a bit after my interview, and just so happened to come across the new Lush store on Lexington Avenue. Even though I had recently bought the whole store several items from the brand, I decided to peek in and (of course) ended up grabbing a few more lovely bits. At first I was pretty set on picking up the Lush Big Shampoo, but after uhm-ing and ah-ing about whether the price was worth it, the sales associate suggested I try out the Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar, another shampoo with similar features but at a fraction of the cost. I had never tried a Shampoo Bar before, but I gotta say that I've been loving it! It leaves my hair feeling incredibly clean and volumized, as well as smelling absolutely heavenly. Apparently the little bar is also supposed to last for 60+ uses, which is quite a bargain when you think about it!

Another Lush hair product I brought home was the Lush American Cream Conditioner, a product that I can honestly say I picked up for the scent alone. The vanilla and strawberry notes combine into a heavenly scent that leaves my hair soft and smelling wonderful for hours. I usually would question the notion of having one's hair smell like a strawberry shortcake, but in this case I say yes please!

Finally, I added to my collection of Vanillary scented products with the Lush Vanilla Puff Powder. I originally planned on buying the Lush Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion, but at $26/bottle I was a little unsure. The same associate who showed me the Seanik Shampoo Bar recommended this dusting powder after hearing I loved Vanillary, and I'm glad she did! I've never used a powder on my skin before, but was pleasantly surprised at how soft and wonderful this left my skin. Plus the scent is obviously divine!

After my Lush expedition I ventured out to find the nearest Sephora. I went in with the purpose of buying a waterproof mascara, and while I did successfully purchase one (the Tarte Lights, Camera,  Splashes Waterproof Mascara which is lovely!) I obviously ended up buying a little something else. That something is the much raved about Diorskin Nude BB Creme. As the lover of tinted moisturizers and BB Creams that I am, I had always wanted to try this, but could never have imagined it would be so love-at-first-use as it was. I fell head over heels for the glowing, neither-dewy-nor-matte finish that this provides your skin. It adds just the right amount of color and hydration, as well as a commendable level of coverage that has proved to be quite buildable. Overall it's a definite winner that will hold a prime spot in my base collection!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weekly Favorites #7

Lush Power Pigment in Believe - I'm not much of a lipstick wearer, so when the sales associate at my local Lush showed me their Power Pigments I wasn't too sure about them. And, alas, they are definitely well named products, because the pigmentation involved with these guys is unlike anything I've ever experienced. Seriously, a tiny bit goes a looong way! Since I always prefer more of a subdued lip color, I found that a teensy bit of Believe (a lovely coral color) combined with some lip balm makes for a perfect combination. I've been using that duo every day and adoring the results! Plus, you really need so little of the product that I could easily see myself using this frequently and still having quite a bit left when the expiration date hits July of next year!

Real Techniques Buffing Brush - I am super late to the game on this guy (who just came home with me this past week) but after just a few uses I can see why this brush is such a favorite in the blogging community! It can honestly buff any and all bases into a flawless finish on your face, and I've been using it nonstop. I have used several Real Techniques brushes in the past, and have yet to be disappointed, but the Buffing Brush goes above and beyond. I can already say this will be my go-to for any and all bases as it just provides the most natural finish for everything.

Lush Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser - I'm a bit of a cleanser junkie, so when I saw this best-selling "fresh" cleanser from Lush I knew I had to give it a try. And as much as this guy had already been raved about and hyped to me, I don't think I ever expected it to be just as amazing as it is! With lavender oil and almond bits, this cleanser acts to smooth, soothe and even gently exfoliate your skin. I've been using it in the morning and before I go to bed and, strangely enough, the lavender scent helps to both wake me up as well as relax me before bed! After only a week of using this my skin feels incredibly smooth and any blemishes I had have significantly decreased. It's a little miracle product, in my book, and one that I cannot get enough of!

Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Cream - I have a full review up of this guy from a few days ago detailing my absolute love for the "queen" of BB creams, but let me just emphasize again how amazing this gem is! It hydrates, illuminates and provides tons of skincare benefits for both now and later, all while evening out your skin and protecting it with SPF 20. I really have nothing but compliments for this little wonder product, except for that pesky price tag...It'll set you back enough money that I feel a little sick to my stomach thinking about it. I would highly recommend scouring the web for cheaper markdowns (I'd suggest eBay and Beauty Bar) if you are interested, because the price is quite absurd. But if it does sound like something that's up your alley, I can truly say it's one of the best products I've ever come across, and one that always helps my skin look natural and glowing.

Lush Vanillary Solid Perfume - When I first went into Lush I was definitely not in the market for a new scent, but upon smelling their Vanillary perfume I was hooked. I have since been wearing it every day, and have gotten tons of compliments on the wonderful combination of vanilla bean, caramel and jasmine. I love the solid perfume option because I never have to worry about liquid perfume spilling in my bag, plus the option of just rubbing a bit on the go is much preferred to spraying a perfume that will hit innocent bystanders! I've really become quite addicted to this scent, and am already itching to buy more of Lush's products that contain it (including a lovely lotion that I'm dying to get my hands on).

Friday, July 11, 2014

Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Cream: A Review

I did it. I knew I would splurge on this as soon as I bought the Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Eye, but I had truly hoped I would save my bank account the misery and agony and just hold off on it. But, me being me, of course I got obsessed with the idea of it and just went for it one day when I saw it online at a great price.

And you know what? As much as I cringe at the money I spent on it, I have to say it is just darn good! As the tinted moisturizer aficionado I am, I knew that Natura Bisse's The Cure Sheer Cream (the so-called "queen" of the BB Creams) would one day be mine. If you couldn't tell already, I'm a bit a full-on beauty hoarder, so I constantly love looking for the next best product to add to my stash (side note: as I was typing this out I had a horrifying vision of myself featured on Hoarders surrounded by mountains of products, trying to explain myself with "They're just so pretty!" - nightmare worthy stuff).

Anyways, back to the point at hand. This skincare/makeup hybrid comes in one shade, a beige-y color that supposedly self-adjusts to any skin tone. It offers a very sheer layer of coverage (as the name suggests) but I find that it adds an illuminating soft-focus affect to the skin that truly looks like your skin, but better. It's ultra-hydrating (perhaps even a bit too hydrating for anyone with oilier skin) and supposedly has loads of positive long-term affects on your skin. In the short-term, I find that this adds just the perfect amount of light coverage to give my skin a bit of a glow along with moisturizing and providing my skin with SPF 20 coverage. It slightly covers up redness, but that's about the exteent of the coverage. I have a few blemishes at the moment and find that I absolutely must cover them with a bit of concealer to get any sort of coverage.

That said, if you're like me and looove the no-makeup makeup look than you can't get any more natural looking than this gem. It compliments my normal-to-dry skin perfectly and provides me with the healthy glow that I always strive for. The jar comes with 1.7 oz of product, but as a thicker cream I find that you truly only need a dime-sized amount to cover your whole face, making me think that this will last me quite a long while. In these hot summer days I've been pairing this with the Cure Sheer Eye and I'm ready to go! While they don't provide much coverage, they give me just enough of a healthy sheen that I feel natural, and my skin feels nourished.

For the price, this is truly a product you should try out and be head over heels in love with. While you can find deals on it in certain places, it's still not an every day purchase that I would recommend. If you have a Space NK nearby, I'd suggest trying out a packet of this (or the Oil-Free version, which is wonderful for summer as well) and give it a go! And if you do, be sure to let me know what you think!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Evologie Trio: A Review

Several months ago on a trip to Space NK, I told the associates I was having trouble with keeping my skin hydrated during breakouts. They ended up giving me a sample of the Evologie Stay Clear Cream, a moisturizer that manages to hydrate your skin while also fighting blemishes. After one use I was in love, and since then it has become an important part of my daily skincare routine. After a few weeks of using the Cream, I was graciously sent the rest of Evologie's "Daily Trio" to try out for review.

Not surprisingly, the brand's Cleanser and Blemish Serum are just as impressively wonderful as the Cream! I've been meaning to write a review of these for awhile, and after a few weeks of use I'm ready to share my thoughts on these lovely skincare items with you guys.

Stay Clear Cleanser - Cleansers have always been some of my favorite parts of my skincare routine, and this cleanser ended up being a lovely addition to my stockpile! It works perfectly paired with the rest of the trio, and I found that it managed to thoroughly clean my skin without that awful dry, tight feeling that sometimes accompanies cleanser usage. It works up to a foamy lather that I have enjoyed using both alone or with my Clarisonic Mia. Overall quite lovely by itself, but even better when you follow with the Serum and Cream!

Intensive Blemish Serum - I was really interested in trying this out, and seeing if its claims for fighting blemishes would be true. Luckily enough, they were! I found this to be fabulous paired with the Stay Clear Cream as both work to diminish acne while still keeping your skin soft and hydrated. I usually start off with the Cleanser before bed, then follow up with this Serum on any spots I might have and then finish it off with the Cream. It makes for a wonderful triple threat that brings me results literally overnight.

Stay Clear Cream - Obviously this was the first part of the trio that I tried, and while I love all three products I think this one still stands tall as my absolute favorite. It's incredibly difficult to find a moisturizer that both hydrates your skin while also not clogging your pores, and this one manages to moisturize and fight acne at the same time. I find it works best when I use this cream as the last step in the trio (as it's meant to be used, obviously) and especially when I use all three overnight. This is a truly unique, one of a kind product, and if you find yourself interested in picking up any of this line I would recommend definitely starting with the Clear Cream because it is fabulous!

* Indicates this product has been sent to me for the purpose of review. That being said, the opinions and views expressed are 100% my own and unbiased.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Big 'Ol Lush Haul

I might have gone a little crazy on my recent trip to Lush. I was given a gift card for my birthday by my boyfriend's lovely, thoughtful and kind family, and couldn't wait to use it on some new Lush goodies! I planned to limit myself to just a few things but, as you can see from the picture above, I failed epically. In my defense, everything from Lush is just so darn good that it's pretty hard to resist.

I always have the best experience in Lush stores, and the sales associates are always so wonderfully knowledgeable! Along with everything pictured above the sales staff were kind enough to give me about ten generously sized samples to try out. Some noticeable mentions among these samples were the African Paradise Body Conditioner (a lotion you use on wet skin, and then wash off in the shower for soft, hydrated skin) and the Vanilla Dee-lite Body Lotion (a gorgeously scented vanilla and kiwi body lotion that leaves your skin smelling sweet and feeling moisturized). They're two samples that after one use I can already tell will be coming home with me within a matter of weeks.

I really ended up buying an array of products for all different purposes. For makeup I bought the Eyes Right Mascara, a wheatgrass-based mascara that works to condition, lengthen and strengthen your eyelashes. I had quite a hard time finding a cruelty-free mascara for my Cruelty-Free Challenge and found that even when a mascara was CF there were quite a few questionable ingredients used. My search led me to reading reviews on this guy, and I'm so glad I did because it's a gem! The other makeup purchase I made was the Liquid Lipstick in Believe, a raspberry-pink matte "liquid lipstick" (obviously, as the name suggests) that is infused with jojoba oil and rose wax to hydrate your lips. It is insanely pigmented, possibly the most pigmented piece of makeup I have ever used. Because it's such a strong color, I've been enjoying using this with a bit of lip balm to make it a nice tint instead of a full-blown lipstick. It can also be used as a cheek tint, which I'm really excited to try out! I usually wouldn't use a lip color so pigmented, because so often I leave my lips a more muted color. However, you can play around with this and bring the intensity up or down which I really enjoyed. Plus, because it's so pigmented, a little goes a looong way meaning this guy will be lasting me quite some time.

I ended up buying one perfume, the Gorilla Solid Perfume in Vanillary, a lovely vanilla scent infused with notes of sandalwood (my all-time favorite scent) and burnt carmel. I liked the idea of a small solid perfume to travel with without having to worry about any liquid leaking in my makeup bag, and this seemed like the perfect fit. The smell is divine, and smells so fresh and vanilla-y (let's pretend that's a word). You can even see the little vanilla bean flecks in the formula, which I think is awesome!

For my hair I bought the Curly Wurly Coconut Shampoo, a coconut oil infused shampoo that is meant for curly hair. My hair happens to be pin straight, but since I have thick hair that is constantly in need of hydration this seemed like a good choice. Plus it smells amazing, so the scent might've really been the thing that pushed me over the edge. I've only used this once so far, but already am loving how soft and clean it leaves my hair. The smell might've been what drew me to this product, but the great results are what will keep me a fan.

My biggest purchases, though, were for facial skincare. My real intention for my trip to Lush was to purchase the Ocean Salt Scrub, a face and body scrub that I have read ton of rave reviews for and have wanted to pick up for quite some time. With a mixture of coconut, lime, vodka and avocado this is supposed to exfoliate, cleanse, brighten and moisturize your face and body. So far I've only tried it once on my face, but found that all of those claims were true. After using it my skin felt softer, and yet still felt incredibly hydrated for having just been exfoliated. I was told by the wonderful associates at the store that this scrub is best when used once or twice a week on the face and a few times a week for your body, and I plan on following those instructions and seeing how it turns out.

I was looking for a new facial moisturizer and ended up choosing the Celestial Facial Moisturizer because it was recommended for all skin types. In all honesty this moisturizer might prove to be too moisturizing for my summer skin, but I certainly plan on giving it a few days time to see how it fares. It definitely does soothe and hydrate my skin, and if it doesn't work well during these hot summer days I could see it being a wonderful addition to my nighttime skin routine.

I had read about the Tea Tree Water Toner over at gh0stparties, and decided on a whim to pick up the smaller size. I have not yet tried it out but have read that it's a wonderful toner for clearing up any red spots or blemishes, and I cannot wait to see if those claims are true!

Out of everything, I think one of my favorite buys has to be the Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser, which is an all-natural cleanser that manages to cleanse, exfoliate, soothe and calm your skin. A real wonder product! It smells of lavender, rose and almond and works perfectly on my skin. After only a few uses I can safely say this is one of the most amazing cleansers I've ever had the pleasure of using.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Weekly Favorites #6

I have to apologize because I'm a day late in posting this! This is going to sound crazy, by I legitimately spent most of yesterday whole-heartedly believing it was Saturday. I'm a loon. Anyways, on to my favorite products from this past week!

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen - Sunscreens might not be particularly exciting purchases, but this guy might've changed that for me! The ultra lightweight, hydrating, oil-free formula is full of lovely skin benefits that can be used on both your face and body. This sunscreen provides you with SPF 30, and the consistency makes it perfect both to wear alone or under makeup for some extra sun protection. While I currently have the smaller bottle, I love it enough that I'm seriously considering splurging on the "jug" option it comes in!

Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum - I am currently working on an in-depth review of all three Evologie skincare products (including the Clear Cream and Cleanser), but the one I have been reaching for constantly this week is their Blemish Serum. This serum is perfect for layering underneath your night cream, allowing your skin to be hydrated while your blemishes are healed. I've been having a bit of a breakout-prone week so this serum has really been my savior by keeping my angry red blemishes at bay, and helping them to disappear within a matter of days. Truly a wonderful formula that does what it promises.

Julep Rock Star Hand Creme - I recently was able to get a free month of a Julep box subscription, and immediately signed up to see what it was all about. For only the price of shipping and handling I was given a nail and cuticle serum, three nail polishes and this generously sized hand cream! Not a bad deal, if I say so myself! While I loved everything included, this cream was hands down (hardi har) my favorite. The scent, texture and packaging are all divine, and its method of dispensing (a twist top with a little hole in the bottom for the product to come out of) makes it perfect for throwing in your bag and using this on the go. My hands seem to get dry year round and so I've loved how moisturizing this is, and the lovely fresh scent that is perfect for summer.

Marc Jacobs DaisyThis has been one of my favorite scents for years, and one of my favorite times to wear it is during the summer! It's such a gorgeous, feminine floral scent that always makes me smile. If the amazing smell wasn't enough, the packaging is beyond beautiful, making it a lovely looking addition to any vanity table. It's an incredible perfume and one I've been reaching for a lot this week.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

I'm Gonna (Safely) Soak Up the Sun

I kind of hate myself already for that title, but I'm just gonna roll with it. So I'm one of those fair-skinned English/Scottish/Irish girls who really should always wear sunscreen, but I've always been very rebellious an idiot and have not. Because of this, I've now had numerous instances of severe sunburn as well as a particularly unfortunate case of sun poisoning after a long day in the sun on a family vacation to the Dominican Republic. Let's just say purple's not a great color on me.

While I've wised up over the years after seeing multiple family members and friends suffer from skin cancer, I'm still not great at wearing SPF every day. While I always slather it on at the beach, or in some instance where I'll be outside all day, it's the days where I believe I won't be getting any sun that trip me up. The thing is, I should be wearing sunscreen every day. Most of my makeup has it, so my face is often protected, but that still leaves the rest of my body. This sounds silly, but the thick texture and sunscreen scent often put me off from wanting to rub it on my body when I don't need to, so I often avoid it.

However, I have a feeling this will be changing soon. A few days ago, as I was browsing the aisles of Sephora (a daily occurrence), I came across a little number called Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF 30. Toted as a lightweight and oil-free (as well as oxybenzone-free, cruelty-free, noncomedogenic, non-irritating and allergy-free) this sunscreen can be used for both your face and body. This all sounded amazing (even though at first I thought Supergoop was related to Gwenyth Paltrow's Goop and I was completely turned off - thankfully there's no relation) and exactly like something I needed in my life.

After a couple days of use, I can honestly say this is one product I will always want in my daily routine! This sunscreen is moisturizing enough that I can wear it alone on my face and body and feel comfortable, but it's also lightweight enough that I have no problem using this as my moisturizer and then adding a base of makeup for some extra SPF. It's one of those non-glitzy products that I'd usually have a hard time getting excited about buying, but the formula of this really had me excited, and honestly has given me an enjoyable way to always make sure I'm giving my skin a little added protection from the sun.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Dreaming Of... #1

I have a bit of a never ending beauty wishlist that I'm constantly compiling in my head, so I thought it'd be a fun idea to put that wishlist into words and share it on my blog. Obviously it's going to take several (hundred) posts because I'm constantly finding new products to lust after, but these four are the ones that have really been on my mind this past week.

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm - I already am head over heels in love with the Camomile Cleansing Oil from The Body Shop, and have heard equally great things about this Balm version. I am quite interested in trying this out because I have just been so impressed with the Cleansing Oil and at this point want to try everything from the line! Once I run out of the Cleansing Oil (which might be awhile, that bottle lasts for some time!) I'm thinking I'll pick this guy up and give it a try!

Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Cream - This is the companion to my much-loved Natura Bisse The Cure Sheer Eye, and it is every bit as incredible. Somehow this moisturizer manages to self-adjust to the color of your skin, all while hydrating, illuminating and evening your skin tone. Not to mention it's full of skincare goodies that provide both short and long term benefits for your skin! I received a sample of this from my recent Space NK visit and have been wearing it every day since. It's an incredibly sheer amount of coverage, but adds just a hint of color while adjusting to your skin tone so it's nearly undetectable. It costs a pretty penny, but I am determined to add this to my collection because it just makes my skin so darn happy!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette - I'm ridiculously late to the game on this one, as I know it's been popular in the blogosphere for almost a year now. I recently tested this out during my Space NK birthday makeover and it was perfection! Seriously, I know I'm the last person to figure that out, but let me just add my name to the list of people that have fallen head over heels for this product. Somehow this powder manages to set to a nearly dewy finish, making your face look fresh and natural. Personally that is the look I prefer to wear, and it's nearly impossible to achieve through powders so I find this quite impressive! It contains a highlighter, a more bronze color and a setting powder that help create a flawless soft-focus look to your face.

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer - Wow what a mouthful that name is! I've read some rave reviews of this on some of my favorite blogs, and it really seems like the type of hydrating, sheer base that's right up my alley! While I already have more bases then I really know what to do, I'm always looking for a new one to add to my collection. I think this could end up being perfect for my drier Fall/Winter skin, and would be awesome to use alone or as a primer with a foundation on top. Either way I'm sure this will be coming home with me sooner than later.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Natura Bisse the Cure Sheer Eye: A Review

I'm going to start this off by saying that I've never been a big spender when it comes to skincare. It seems sort of silly to say that most of my beauty allowance (re: all my money) goes towards makeup products when its skincare that really provides better benefits, but alas I'm young and vain I suppose. Anyways it's only recently that I've genuinely started investing in quality skincare products, and damn they are expensive! You certainly get what you pay for when it comes to high quality products though, and one I've recently splurged on (and have already talked about endlessly) is Natura Bisse's The Cure Sheer Eye, a tinted eye cream that manages to hydrate, illuminate, and give an overall softer focus look to underneath the eyes.

Now, this skincare gem will set you back a pretty penny, but I put a lot of thought into it before buying this and decided that for the miniscule amount you need for each use that the container should last me at least a year. For all the benefits you receive, I figure one large lump sum purchase adds up to be less money than several smaller drugstore skincare purchases over the course of a year. That being said, I'm also a sucker and a serial shopaholic so what do I know?

This has turned out to be a lovely purchase for summer as I usually just slap this on after some tinted moisturizer and I'm good to go! While it does conceal and illuminate slightly it's a far cry from a concealer. However, during the summer when it's too hot to care about looking pretty, this stuff is just enough to take my dark circles from horrifying to "I notice but I'm not gonna say anything about you looking sickly".

Along with the short term benefits of illuminating, hydrating and firming the skin underneath your eyes, this gem contains several key ingredients that are helpful in the longer term as well. Some of those ingredients include SIRT-AP (a rice based peptide complex that slow the aging process and repairs damaged skin), Hyaluronix Acid (plumps the skin and fills fine lines and wrinkles) and Fermentus Glaciarum Extract (stimulates Collagen and Elastin production). Basically a whole bunch of scientific stuff that I don't truly comprehend, but enough to make me believe this eye cream is doing wonders for my skin.

And while I don't have evidence that the long-term claims are true, I can say that I have noticed a drastic change in my undereyes in the few weeks I've been using this. My skin is significantly more hydrated, my fine lines are softened, and my dark circles even seem a little less severe (which could very well be a figment of my imagination). Overall, this skincare purchase has paid off, and while my family and friends were horrified to learn the price (and, please, I cut it down by like 40% when I told them - still horrified) for the benefits I've gotten I'd say it was well worth it!
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