Beauty, Skincare

Sunday Riley Luna Night Oil

Acne is so annoying, but it’s even more annoying trying to find a product that can combat it well. There are lots of acne-fighting ingredients on the market, but they just don’t work for everyone. It takes some trial and error to see what will work for you. Thankfully, I’ve discovered that products with blue tansy seem to really help my skin, so I was excited when I was sent a deluxe sample of the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil which contains blue tansy. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $105.

I’m not going to lie, I definitely wanted to hate this product because of the steep price tag. Unfortunately, like most Sunday Riley products, it was actually fantastic. Even after one use, my skin looked clearer and more radiant. Over time, my acne has started improving, and my pores look less noticeable. It even helped my dry skin. Literally the only thing I can complain about with this product (besides the price) is the smell. I can’t quite describe the scent, but it’s definitely nearing rancid. Thankfully, you get used to it after a few minutes.

Well, I guess I’m just going to have to surrender and start investing more in Sunday Riley. This is a dark day for my wallet.

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Beauty, Skincare

Caudalie Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream

I seem to always have dark circles under my eyes. I’m sure part of it is genetic (as an aunt so rudely pointed out once as she traumatized my 16-year-old self), but it’s probably also caused by lack of sleep and not drinking enough water. Anyway, I’m obsessed with religiously applying eye cream, and I’m always trying new ones. Recently, I purchased the Caudalie Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $39.

While I love Caudalie, I’m not loving this product. It’s main ingredient is Vitamin C, which is great for brightening. However, after about a month of using this product, I’ve seen very little difference in my under eye region. My dark circles look about the same, but this also does not seem to smooth the area at all. It’s not even a teeny bit nourishing or moisturizing, so it just doesn’t fill in and saturate the area. Essentially, there seems to be very little difference when I use this vs. when I don’t use this when it comes to makeup application.

Overall, I found this to be a pretty disappointing eye cream. I’ve used much better eye creams that were much cheaper from the drugstore. So, I guess it’s back to my quest to find the holy grail of eye creams.

Do you have a favorite eye cream for moisturizing and combatting dark circles? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask

Hi, my name is Tiffany, and I’m a maskaholic. I might inadvertently be on a personal quest to try every face mask on the market because it seems like I just keep reviewing them! Face masks are a very potent part of skincare and can have immediate effects, so I just adore them. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $28.

I absolutely love this mask! It’s so versatile and gentle that it works for all skin types. It has rose clay to clean the pores, willow herb for clarity, and jojoba beads for exfoliating. This is a one-stop skincare regimen dream! After using this mask a few times, my skin looked a bit clearer and was noticeably softer and smoother. I can’t wait to see the effects as I continue to use this product!

I’m loving this sample, and it’s pretty much gone, so I’ll definitely have to purchase the full-size version soon! Origins is a mostly natural brand, so it’s certified Sephora Clean. It’s also free of nasty things like parabens and sulfates.

Have you tried this mask? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comment section!

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Burt’s Bees Herbal Complexion Stick

Well, I may have just turned 27, but my acne seems to still be sticking around. While it’s much better than it was in my late teens and early twenties, I still need to keep a spot treatment around for certain times of the month. Recently, I decided to try a more natural alternative to combatting acne: the Burt’s Bees Herbal Complexion Stick which is sold at Target and similar retails for about $8.

I really love this product! The tea tree oil is a natural way to fight acne, and I find that this one does a great job at working pretty fast. As is true with most spot treatments, it’s a bit drying, so I try to use it just in the essential areas where blemishes are trying to emerge. This product also includes willow bark extract which fights acne by unclogging pores.

Burt’s Bees is a nearly natural brand, and this product is 99.9% natural (which is good enough for me!) I love that it uses natural ingredients, is effective at fighting acne, and has such an affordable price tag! I definitely can see myself purchasing this one over and over again.

Have you tried this product or do you have a favorite spot treatment? Feel free to let me know in the comment section!

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Caudalie Glycolic Peel

I’ve had a few experiences with at-home chemical peels, and mostly they’ve been unpleasant. My skin is pretty sensitive, but my hormonal acne responds really well to the AHA found in most DIY chemical peels. Still, a lot of chemical peels are quite abrasive on the skin and end up creating more problems than they solve. Still, I decided to try the Caudalie Glycolic Peel which is a 10-minute mask with a lot of AHA to exfoliate the skin and slough off the top layer of skin over time. This product can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for $39.

I really love this product! It’s so gentle compared to similar products. I can put this on my skin and leave it on for more than the 10 minutes it suggests and there will still be no burning or redness. It’s extra gentle but still effective.

I’ve been using it two or three times a week for about a month now, and I’ve already seen a huge difference in the clarity and texture of my skin! While it didn’t quite get rid the hormonal acne that comes right before my period, it did a great job of minimizing my pores and improving my complexion during most of the month. My skintone looks more even and some of my acne scars even seem less noticeable.

Another benefit is the scent. Mostly, it doesn’t really have a scent, which is great. A lot of times, AHA creams have a very strong, unpleasant odor (like the Herbivore Blue Tansy mask).

Overall, I’m just thrilled with this product. I’m trying to make sure I don’t overuse it and just stick to the recommended two or three times a week. But so far, so good! I can see a great improvement in my skin and I’m hoping this continues.

Have you tried this product or any other at-home chemical peel? Be sure to tell me about your experience in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Burt’s Bees BB Cream

There are days when I just don’t want to wear a heavy, full-coverage foundation. On these days, I try to use a BB Cream which has more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. BB Creams typically have some skincare benefits in addition to their color, and they almost always have some SPF too. Recently, I was able to try the Burt’s Bees BB Cream, which costs about $15 at Target and similar retailers.

Now, this one only comes in three shades, which is a bummer: light, light/medium, and medium. At first, I went for the light one because I’m pretty pale and typically can’t use anything that remotely resembles a medium shade. When I used the light version of this product, I thought the product was awful. It appeared to be the appropriate shade for a ghost and just wouldn’t blend in! However, after I’d given up on this product, I read several posts from other bloggers about how the light/medium shade just seems like a completely different product and is perfect for even very pale gals like me. So, I gave it another shot and bought the light/medium, and I’m so glad I did!

The light/medium version looks seamless once blended into my skin. Coverage-wise, it’s a light coverage that’s buildable to almost a medium coverage. It does a fantastic job at evening out my skintone, but it won’t cover my blemishes (I still need a concealer for that!) It also has some sun protection at 15 SPF and a bit of moisturizer worked in there.

The finish of this product is pretty great too. It’s hydrating enough that my skin doesn’t look dry, but it’s not so hydrating that I look oily or excessively dewy. I love that it’s a semi-matte finish. Honestly, I often don’t even need a finishing powder with it.

Overall, I’m so glad I gave this one another try. This BB cream is nourishing, has great coverage for this type of product, is affordable, and is 98.9% natural. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this shade!

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Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil

I’m excited to announce that I have a new favorite way to remove my makeup: the Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil. This product is sold at Sephora and similar retailers for $28.

There’s just something about cleansing oils that gently cuts through tough eye makeup in order to truly remove every trace. I was loving the Clinique balm, but I found that it was irritating my eyes somewhat. Every so often, my eyes would really burn after I’d removed my makeup, even if I tried to rinse everything out afterwards. Because of this, I thought I’d look for a new oil and I ended up buying this Caudalie one because I’ve been loving the Caudalie brand.

I’m really glad that I went with this product! It is so gentle but removes even really thick black liquid eyeliner and waterproof mascara with ease. It’s easy to rinse off, and I’ve never had any burning eyes after using it. Best of all, it doesn’t seem to break me out at all either. It’s the perfect first step for a double cleanse.

Do you use cleansing oil to remove your makeup? If so, what’s your favorite one? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask 

I’m such a sucker for a face mask. They feel luxurious, but they also pack a powerful punch of skincare benefits in one concentrated treatment. Recently, I tried the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask. This product retails at Sephora for $62 (with a mini version available for $25).

I loved this mask! According to its product description, it’s supposed to help with: dullness, rough texture, uneven tone, dryness, and congestion. I can honestly say that it does what it claims. Using this mask a few times a week has definitely improved the overall state of my skin. My acne was reduced and my skin looked smoother for sure! It’s definitely worth the price. It’s also packed with some great skincare ingredients like seaweed, red algae, and lotus flower. I can’t believe that a mask so gentle on the skin can give such great results too. I highly recommend this one!

Have you tried this one or do you have a face mask that’s great for acne? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Soap&Glory Scrub of Your Life 

Exfoliation is a great skincare step because it removes layers of dead skin to reveal a fresh, glowing complexion. There are many ways to exfoliate, the gentlest being to just rub a damp washcloth across your body, but sometimes you need something with a bit more grit. Thanks to my bestie, I decided to try the Soap&Glory Scrub of Your Life, and I’m so glad I did. It’s only $10.99, which is well worth it!

It’s important not to over-exfoliate or use products that are too harsh for the skin. Thankfully, this one is the perfect strength for my sensitive skin. Once or twice a week, I use this all over my body in the shower (but not my face – that skin is more sensitive and is better exfoliated with a light acid peel and a washcloth).

This is the perfect addition to an at-home spa day because it smells and feels luxurious, but it’s also just fantastic at smoothing skin and removing those pesky dead skin cells! If you’re looking for a great body exfoliator, I highly recommend this one!

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Skintimate 2-in-1 Shave Cream & Skin Conditioner 

I hate shaving, but it’s a necessary evil. Unfortunately, I have pretty sensitive skin and am prone to razor burn on my legs. Recently, I was really excited to try the Skintimate 2 in 1 Shave Cream & Skin Conditioner which promised silky, smooth, hairless skin for only $4 –  but this turned out to all be a lie!

I hate bashing a product. I much prefer listing pros and cons. However, the only pro I can think of with this product is that it did smell really nice, and the cons are overwhelming. The consistency of the product is very thin and will not lather. This means, you have to use a whole lot of product to cover your legs. But the very worst part of using this product is that I had TONS of razor burn afterwards and lots of little nicks. Still, like a masochist, I persisted and tried it a few more times so I could report back.

I can’t blame the razor because I started shaving one armpit and leg with this and then I’d use a regular, foaming shaving cream for the other half of me. Every time, the foaming side was just fine and the side that used this product was itchy and bleeding.

I’m just so disappointed in this product. It is not a good shaving cream and it did not leave my skin feeling “conditioned” or moisturized. I definitely still needed a lotion afterwards. Do yourself a favor and save your $4 for literally any other shaving cream!

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