Tag: skincare

sukin Hydrating Facial Mask Review

skincare September 8, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I thought I’d do a quick, late night review of the sukin hydrating facial mask which I’ve used a few times now and can already tell you my opinion on. So, as it states it is a hydrating mask which is to be applied to damp skin and then left on for about fifteen minutes or until mostly absorbed into the skin. I love moisturizing masks more than clay or detox masks because I feel you can instantly see the results. With this mask in particular, it is formulated with mango seed butter, avocado, and olive oil. I am not sure which ingredient it is that has such a positive effect on my skin but after applying this mask for the first time I immediately saw a brightening effect which I rarely get from any mask. My skin had a soft, radiant glow which is rare for me because I have acne prone skin. Seeing as the mask retails for about $11 USD, I am absolutely pleased with my purchase! sukin is  cruelty-free brand and I believe it is also vegan! I bought mine at a local health food store so I’m sure you can easily get your hands on it either there or online. I know this was a quick review but I wanted to get this post up!

Love,

Julie

 

My Favorite Body Butters For Soft Summer Skin

skincare July 11, 2018

Hello, my loves!

In the theme of summer, I thought I would share my favorite body butters for summer. I like to keep moisturized all year round but in summer I am more particular about the way my skin looks because we wear less clothing during the warm weather. Nobody likes to have dehydrated skin, and these work perfect to combat that.

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The first one I am enjoying is the Body Shop Body Butter in Almond Milk & Honey. I have always loved the Body Shop Body Butters and this is no exception. This is a rich, dense formula which will keep you feeling silky smooth for up to 48 hours as it claims on the tub. The fragrance is a calming yet sweet almond-honey smell that I truly think everyone would enjoy. This body butter does not take too long to absorb into the skin but you can immediately tell a difference after it s applied.

The next are made by the same company and are the same product but are in a different scent. They are the Philosophy Glazed Body Souffle in Honey and Cream and The Ice Cream Man. These have to be hands down the best smelling body butters I have used in my entire life. I’ve never smelled anything so sweet and bakery scented that I can actually put on my body! The formula is wonderful as well and is thick and quick absorbing and leaves a wonderful glow on the skin. I believe that Philosophy rotates their scents that are available so these may not be available still but definitely look for them online because they have a huge variety.

The last one I thought I’d mention is more in particular for stretch marks. I bought the Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter to try to help combat some stretch marks I have recently noticed on my stomach from a repeated cycle of weight loss and weight gain. I decided to try this and I can definitely say it is working. I like it because it isn’t horribly thick or overly scented. Since it is for expecting mothers there is actually no added fragrance, and all you can tell is the smell of the cocoa and Shea butters.  For the summer, this is the perfect body butter to use on stretch marks or any other areas you may want to keep moisturized. You can definitely use this one in combination with the others too.

There are many other wonderful body butters on the market that I enjoy as well, but these are just the ones for summer that I have been using and think you would enjoy too! Just remember, taking care of our skin is a form of self-care and we should all take a little time to take care of ourselves. I hope your week is going well and you are staying cool, and I will be posting again on Sunday!

Love,

Julie

Simple Summer Skin Care Routine

skincare July 5, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I have been really into embracing summer this year. Sometimes the heat gets to me but I am still trying to get outside as much as possible. With being outside in the humid or dry weather it can make skin dehydrated. I have a simple and affordable skincare routine that I’d like to share with you today!

Makeup Removal: Coconut Oil is my savior when it comes to removing makeup in the summer. It is an oil, so it breaks down makeup instantly and also leaves the skin quenched and is also antibacterial which helps with fighting acne. I really like to deeply work this oil into a massage and wipe off with a dry wash cloth.

Cleansing: I like to use a gentle face wash like Cetaphil, to remove any remaining traces of makeup as well as clean my face. After a long day there is a lot of build up and dirt that needs to still be removed and a simple, gentle cleanser is perfect for this.

Toner: I like to use Thayer’s Witch Hazel and Rose Petal Toner.  I simply add it to a cotton ball and rub in circular motions around my face to remove any remaining dirt and to balance the skin’s pH. Toning can also clear up any acne that you have on your face or body, so it is a great step to add to a skincare routine when you are sweating a lot during the day.

Serum: Sometimes I will use a serum, depending on how my skin looks. If it needs some brightening or moisture, I will typically use the Glow serum by Valjean Labs. I found this serum at TJ Maxx and it is made with Vitamin C and Magnesium to even out skin tone and balance skin.

Moisturizer: I am currently using  Rosen Apothecary Collagen Firming Beauty Cream as a moisturizer. I found this at TJ Maxx and it is a nice, thick, easily absorbed cream which provides overnight moisture as well  as some firming properties if used consistently. It’s a nice product to use during the summer because it is super hydrating since it is made with many different beneficial oils like rose hip oil and argan oil.

So, for the most part that is my summer skincare routine. I also use masks from time to time but I feel like saving that for another post. Skincare for me equals self-care, and it is important to take care of our body, mind, and spirit.

Until Next Time,

Julie

 

Bliss “What A Melon” Face Mask Review

skincare June 27, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I’ve got another Bliss face mask review today! The last one I reviewed was the honey mask, and today I will be reviewing the overnight watermelon mask.

I purchased the “What A Melon” face mask at Target for $12.99, and it retails on the Bliss website for $16.00 so I think it is a great bargain to buy your Bliss products at Target. The product comes with 1.7 fl oz of product and is cruelty free. I purchased this product because I tend to have dull and somewhat dry skin when I wake up in the morning and thought this might help.

I’ve noticed that the Bliss face masks are very rich and concentrated with good ingredients which means you do not have to pile on product to get the benefits from the mask. This results in spending less money to have to replace the product after a week’s worth of uses.

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The key ingredients in the “What A Melon” mask are:

  • Watermelon Fruit Extract: A more concentrated source of lycopene than tomatoes, this antioxidant-rich fruit extract replenishes lost vitamins and minerals as it improves the moisture barrier to help prevent dehydration and water loss; also acts as a natural toner to cleanse and refresh skin
  • Magnesium Aspartate & Copper and Zinc Gluconates: Electrolytes that help balance skin and protect from free radicals
  • Rice Bran Extract: Known to help fight irritation and redness while helping maintain supple skin
  • Cucumber Fruit Extract: Helps moisturize dry, damaged skin for a softer, smoother appearance
  • Avena Sativa Oat Kernel Extract: Moisturizes and soothes to bring dull skin back to life
  • Sodium Hyaluronate: Unique moisturizer – with an even smaller molecule size than hyaluronic acid – holds 1000x its weight in water for lightweight hydration
  • Timiron Halo™: Cosmetic-grade radiant strobing powder designed to capture a natural-looking glow and shimmering finish to refine facial features
  • (found on Bliss.com)

The mask comes in a thin cream consistency which is soaked in quickly by dehydrated skin and dries quickly so that the product does not rub off onto a pillow during the night. You simply apply it by massaging a thick layer onto clean,  dry skin and wait a minute to dry and you are ready for bed. Wash the mask off in the morning and it leaves you with soft, radiant skin which will look good without makeup or under makeup.

As for scent, it does indeed smell like a watermelon but it isn’t sickeningly sweet and it does not linger.

I truly think Bliss does amazing skincare products and I am so happy they have found their way into Target’s isles. I loved this mask, and it did exactly what it claimed to do which was hydrate and revive skin overnight.  My skin looked healthy and did not have any negative reaction to the mask. For the price, the amount of product, and the wonderful ingredients, I’d definitely recommend this product.

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I hope you all are having a lovely week! If you have any questions about the mask, let me know in the comments! If you’ve tried any Bliss products you loved, let me know as well!

Until Next,

Julie

Soap And Glory Melty Talented Dry Skin Balm; Review

skincare June 23, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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I hope your weekend is going well so far. I have had one of the best weeks I have had in a long time! Anyways, I thought today I could bring you another quick review. It is on the Soap And Glory Melty Talented Dry Skin Balm.

I bought this balm a few weeks ago and I have really been enjoying it ever since. The Melty Talented is a pink colored balm, which has a solid consistency at room temperature but once warmed up against fingertips, it turns into a soothing oil. It claims it is for dry lips, hair tips, elbows, knees, and cuticles.

I  have mostly used it on my knees and elbows and I can say it is a very fast acting oil for dry skin. I have chronically dry skin when seasons change and this has prevented me from having to layer on thick creams which takes a lot more time to rub in usually. With this balm it rubs in instantly and there isn’t even too much of a greasy feel to it either. The smell is amazing and is a warm, vanilla cupcake scent. This product retails for $6 USD for 1 o.z. (a little goes a long way) and can be found at Walgreens or on Soap and Glory’s website.

I can recommend this product to anyone who wants soft, great smelling skin, at a fair price. I love Soap and Glory, and often feel the brand is not always given recognition even when their products are stellar!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my review and if you have any Soap and Glory products you can recommend I would absolutely love to hear about them! So, leave them in the comments!

Until Next Time,

Julie

Safe Sun: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen Review

blog, skincare May 6, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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The weather is warming up and we all want sun protection anyways on an everyday basis, so I thought I’d review the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen.

I’ve been using this product for about four weeks now, and it has completely changed the way I look at facial sunscreens. Some of you may have used some of the hydro boost products from Neutrogena in the past, like their gel moisturizer which is particularly popular.

This sunscreen is on the similar texture as their gel moisturizer. It is a thin consistency formula with major hydrating properties.  I like the fact that you can apply this sunscreen and it will easily absorb into your skin instead of sitting there wondering when it ever will.

As for the actual protection, it comes in SPF 30 and SPF 50, and it provides UVA/UVB protection. It comes with Helioplex which is a formula made with avobenzone and oxybenzone which apparently are able to absorb the sun rays instead of your skin doing so. This protective product is also water resistant which means you can sweat or swim and it will still keep the same amount of protection!

The smell is also a factor I hear many people complaining about with regular sunscreen. This does not smell like regular sunscreen whatsoever, but rather has a softer floral scent. The scent does not linger and to me is not overpowering.

Wearing sunscreen under makeup is something I do every day, so it is important for me to not look extra greasy or too matte and this does neither. It is simply like applying a light gel moisturizer on your face and that’s it! You can barely tell you’re wearing it and it does not mess with the texture of your makeup, – if anything it adds a soft, radiant glow without the oil. This sunscreen also does not break me out! Whatsoever! And I have very sensitive skin when it comes to sunscreen.

Lastly, the price is unbelievable for the amount of product you are getting. You are paying $10 USD (bought at Target) for 3.0 fl oz. (88mL). I think it is well worth practicing safe sun for the price, especially with how nice of a product you are getting.

I am beyond impressed with this sunscreen and I’ve struggled for a long time to find one that doesn’t break me out, doesn’t cost a lot, is enough SPF, etc. I’m so glad I picked this up! You should definitely try this if you are looking for a non-detectable sunscreen. I wish it hadn’t taken them so long to come out with this formula, but it’s a good thing they did now.

I know I can sometimes rant and rave about many products on my blog but it is often because I want you to know the products I am loving as opposed to mediocre products. However, I will try to add in some beware before buys!

As always, I hope you enjoyed my Sunday review! I really love this time of the week. As always, let me know your opinion if you’ve tried this or if you have a sunscreen you love!

Until Next,

Julie

Kopari Sheer Oil Review

blog, skincare April 27, 2018

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Hello, everyone!

I went shopping at TJ Maxx a bit ago and I purchased the Kopari coconut sheer oil and I want to give a review of this product since I absolutely love everything and anything coconut!

The coconut sheer oil by Kopari is a coconut oil which was specifically produced to be used as a beauty oil. This product, in particular, is formulated with not only coconut but many other wonderful ingredients such as shea butter, coffee, melon, banana, the list goes on. The product retails for $44 USD for 1.7 FL OZ or 50 mL and can be found on Kopari’s website and is also available at Sephora. This product is cruelty-free and vegan.

The coconut sheer oil is solid at room temperature but can easily be liquefied by running the bottle under warm water. The packaging is very handy, as it comes with a dropper to help with not only sanitary concerns but also concerns that you may use too much product unnecessarily. I really enjoy the thought that was put into this packaging, and the bottle is made of a hard, milk glass that seems very high end.

The sheer oil smells amazing! This is a warm, vanilla-coconut scent which is not overpowering in the slightest. It is one of the nicest fragrances I’ve smelt in a skincare product to date. I also like that you do not need a lot of this oil for it to be effective!

I’ve been using the product nonstop for about a week and I can gather that this product does exactly what it says it will which is:

  1. Facial Oil that provides moisture and anti-aging properties. Reduces inflammation and can fight acne. My skin has been clearer than it has been for a while and I can even tell my acne scars are lightening up a bit and it’s only been a week!
  2. Makeup Primer. Yes, my skin feels so much softer and adapts to taking makeup a lot better when using this product.
  3. Fly-away hair tamer. Most coconut oils make my hair greasy within seconds of contact but this one has more smoothing properties than adding excess oil.
  4. Body oil for dry skin. This can help with stretch marks or dull or dry skin. I’m not sure about stretch marks but this sure has helped my parched skin glow.

I can see myself using for a long time. and repurchasing when I run out, as long as it continues to remain effective, which honestly, I think it will! If you like coconut oil from the grocery store, you are going to love this one because it is just so much better and is formulated with the best ingredients to bring out the best of your skin.

I am a Kopari affiliate and there is currently a 20% of sitewide sale going on, so if anyone is interested – simply click the picture above and you will be directed there. You can also get 10 % off your first purchase if you sign up for their e-mail subscription. Definitely, check out their website for more natural skincare options!

If you have any questions or have tried Kopari’s products let me know in the comments!

Until Next,

Julie