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DE Virgin Marula Oil Product Claims
Drunk Elephant is just one of those brands, man. Their products are either a SUPER HIT or SUPER MISS and I don’t even want to get into their marketing practices right now but what I can say is that I can always rely on their Marula oil to help soothe my skin if/when I have an allergic reaction or if I’m feeling super dry. I have super sensitive skin that is rosacea acne prone. So because VMO is a facial oil, we can assume it’s moisturizing but what else does it claim to do for your skin? DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil Claims: Moisturizing, Rebalancing (skin barrier), and Restoring Glow This oil is rich in antioxidants which means it has the potential to restore your skin to look brighter and restore your glow from within 😉 but can I justify this? Not really. It may have this affect on others but I haven’t noticed it on myself, hence the “?” above. VMO is so super moisturizing though so I can attest to that 100%. I usually use one drop on top of my moisturizer when I feel like I need a little extra oomph. The oil feels really luxe, not too heavy, and sinks into my skin in about 15-30 mins depending on how much I use. When I use this before bed I never wake up with a greasy face! On the note of rebalancing, YUP that’s super true. The quality and power of this oil is awesome when my skin is out of whack—see: redness, irritation, allergic reaction, etc. just when I’m feeling out of sorts, I can always rely on this oil. It’s a Drunk Elephant product so it’s going to be pricey—$40 for .5oz or $72 for 1oz. But you can make it last forever, so in my eyes it’s worth it. Please get a sample at Sephora before buying the full size! I have to rate it 4/5 due to the price & practices of the brand but otherwise I enjoy it.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil
My go-to face masks 💆🏻♀️
I have allergy-prone, sensitive skin with rosacea and I’m fairly pale. I get a lot of breakouts, clogged pores, blackheads, and sebaceous filaments. These are my go-to’s when it comes to face masks! Here’s how I use each product: Sunday Riley Saturn sulfur mask: SUNDAY RILEY - Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask This is my favorite mask to prevent acne & treat existing acne—cystic, whiteheads, you name it! This is a gel-consistency mask that completely dries down. It smells heavily of sulfur...I would recommend using it before bed/at night/on a day where you don’t mind your face stinking. The smell doesn’t bother me much! You leave it on for 20-30 mins and rise thoroughly. I usually wear this when I’m taking a bath to fully relax. It’s a bit pricey but lasts forever: $55 for 2oz. I highly recommend getting a sample at Sephora before buying the full size—that’s what I did and I fell in love! Plus it’s available at Ulta so you can earn or use rewards on it. 5/5 OLE HENRIKSEN PHAT Glow Mask: OLEHENRIKSEN - PHAT Glow Facial Mask To be honest I was a little scared to try this out because I had negative reactions to the drunk elephant Babyfacial when I used it all over my face, and at the time I didn’t really know what made PHAs different. Well, they’re actually more suited for sensitive skin! The molecule is larger so it doesn’t penetrate as deep into the skin as AHAs or BHAs...but that doesn’t mean it’s less effective!! This product ensures I have a GORGEOUS glow and helps slough away dead skin cells to reveal glowing skin! I have 0 negative reactions to the Nordic birch sap ingredient which I was super surprised to see. I can comfortably use this 2x/week with no irritation or breakouts. I typically will use it as a morning flash mask for 10-15 mins and the product states to gently remove it with a damp cloth, which I do. This mask is a liiiiitle bit pricey at $50 for 1.7oz but I recommend getting a sample at Sephora before purchasing like anything else! I don’t have anything like this in my collection so I see myself purchasing it forever...or as long as I need it! 5/5
OLEHENRIKSEN-PHAT Glow Facial Mask
My go-to lip products 💋
I have fairly sensitive skin, so I tend to gravitate toward tinted lip balms instead of lip products. However, these products are my favorite when it comes to lip products that aren’t balms! Here’s how I use each product: FENTY BEAUTY - Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer my go-to for fancy events. Now this is a HYPED product, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t worth the hype! I got this mini size in a Christmas kit and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s not goopy at all and lasts at least a couple of hours. The smell is heavenly, like a creme brûlée! It’s a bit pricey at $19 for .3oz but I would recommend everyone try it at least once! To keep mine from running out immediately, I only wear it to events like weddings or “dress up” events to make sure my lips look amazing for hours. 5/5 iNNBEAUTY PROJECT - Glaze #1 lip oil my favorite lip gloss to wear at work Being completely transparent, I received this as a gift. But that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve bought 2 replacements already! The Lip Glaze #1 is my go-to for my casual work day. It smells like cherries and doesn’t leave a weird goopy feeling on your lips! It has an amazing, subtle red tint that’s not too opaque but not too transparent either. It’s super hydrating too! I love it for on-the-go when I’m in a rush as well. It’s a little pricey and not fully accessible as it’s only available on their website, but highly recommend as they’re an indie brand and their branding is ON POINT! It costs $15 for .17oz. I have to rate it 5/5 for overall experience. essence - Soft Contouring Lipliner my favorite lip liner for daily wear. As I’ve gotten older, my natural lip line/definition has faded a little bit so I’m newer to the lip liner scene. However, I picked this up at Ulta for $2.50–YEP YOU READ THAT RIGHT! This pencil has such a great formula for staying power but can get a bit drying if you’re not prepping with a lip balm. I love using this daily to define my lip line without it looking too crazy—the shade “going steady” is my perfect lip color. I love that it’s available at Ulta so you can earn/redeem rewards on it! 5/5
iNNBEAUTY PROJECT-Glaze #1 lip oil
Which concealer is more worth it? Tarte & Undone
Preface: I love both of these concealers for different reasons and situations. I’m putting them head to head to show more options in the concealer world than shape tape 😉 I love a good sheer coverage concealer for daily use, but sometimes I need coverage for full glam looks. These concealers are awesome for different reasons but which one is more worth it? Products: tarte - Shape Tape Concealer UNDONE BEAUTY - CONCEAL TO REVEAL 3-IN-1 COVERAGE PALETTE Price Point: Tarte: $27 for .33oz Undone: $14 for .32oz ($10 at target) Coverage: Tarte: full coverage, able to be sheered out to medium coverage with a beauty sponge Undone: this is a unique product in that it has 3 different formulas within the palette itself: the top section is a sheer formula, the middle section is a medium formula, and the bottom section is a full coverage OPAQUE formula. You can use your fingers but I find it quite unhygienic so I end up using a spatula to apply it to my face & then blend out with a brush. Accessibility: Tarte: available at Ulta & Tarte website Undone: available at Target & Undone website Scent: Both have a clay-like scent but nothing overpowering. Overall thoughts: Overall, these are both great products. I really only use the Tarte shape tape when I’m going for a full coverage look. The undone beauty palette is so versatile so I can use it in any situation. Additionally, my skin type is dry so I find the Tarte formula to be SUPER drying even if applied over a hydrating primer. For this reason, I think both are worth their price points but would recommend the Undone Beauty palette over shape tape.
UNDONE BEAUTY-CONCEAL TO REVEAL 3-IN-1 COVERAGE PALETTE
Origins Super Spot Remover Product Claims
Origins was one of the first brands I got into when I first started getting into luxury/non-drugstore skincare. I’ve been using their masks and this treatment gel for almost 2 years now. I do have to say that though they seem like a great company, they are not cruelty free and once I finish their products I won’t be purchasing any more. At the time in early 2018, I was looking for a spot treatment that quite frankly wasn’t from neutrogena (lol) and I saw a few beauty YouTubers talking about how this product obliterates active breakouts. Of course I wasn’t really thinking of skin types or anything at the time but luckily I was oily and this product worked wonders for me. Now that my hormones are allll out of wack, my skin type has been more dry in the last year. ORIGINS - Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel is a 1.5% salicylic acid spot treatment gel formula in the littlest bottle ever (.3oz) but the smallest amount goes a long way! The product claims to reduce oiliness, treat active breakouts, and prevent future breakouts without irritating or drying your skin. It is marketed for all skin types. I usually use this product as the last step in my night routine when I do need it. I usually only use it on the big bad whiteheads once or twice a month. It dries down completely and leaves a little residue to be washed off in the morning. The past few times I’ve used it, it definitely irritated my skin and left me flaky for at least a few days after using but it does treat the active breakout. It claims to be soothing but I can’t recommend this to dry skin types. If you’re oily, this will work wonders for you! For a .3oz bottle it costs $19 and mine has almost lasted me 2 years and it still almost half full. I think the value is great! But still wouldn’t recommend for dry skin types and have to rate is 4/5.
ORIGINS-Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel
Which skin tint is worth it?
Preface: I love skin tints. I much prefer having my natural skin tone, spots, and freckles/moles visible through a dewy foundation rather than having a full coverage matte look which accentuates my skin texture and dryness. These are both formulas I have tried and loved for different reasons but which one is more worth it? Products: UNDONE BEAUTY - Unfoundation Glow Tint Milk MAKEUP - Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 Price points: Undone: $14 for 1.19oz Milk: $42 for .7oz Applicator: Undone: they have since updated their packaging to a squeeze tube, but I also like this dropper applicator shown in photo 2. It’s hygienic and very easy to control how much you use. Milk: this is kind of strange, but I like that it has an airless pump at the end of the tube. The part I don’t like it the rollerball applicator at the dispensing end of the tube. Like stick foundations, this allows for bacteria (including acne-causing bacteria) to hang out on that applicator if applied directly to the face. This is annoying because every time I use it I have to apply it to the back of my hand and THEN dot it on my face with my fingers for a hygienic application. Scent: Undone: no powerful scent, maybe if anything a subtle clay scent. Milk: this formula is SPF 30 so it just smells like sunscreen. Texture: Undone: this is a super-lightweight thin liquid formula that can be applied directly with your fingers for the lightest coverage or a brush/sponge for slightly more coverage. It offers a SUPER dewy finish that can be set with powder to lessen your glow if preferred. Milk: this offers slightly more coverage and you only need the tiniest bit to cover your entire face. It is thicker than the undone formula and can also be applied with fingers or brush/sponge to customize your preferred coverage. I prefer to apply both of these as dots on my face first and then buffed out with a foundation brush meant for stippling. I also prefer to wear these formulas in the summer time when I am less pale. Overall experience & thoughts: The undone beauty tint is much more accessible being in Target stores and it’s more affordable but doesn’t offer a whole lot of coverage compared to the milk tint. However, each formula is buildable without any cake face. The milk Makeup formula does include SPF so that can be seen as a win but you can also easily apply the undone beauty tint over your daily SPF without issues. My personal preference is to wear the undone tint when I’ll be spending more time indoors and the milk tint when I’ll be spending more time outdoors. They are tints so YES I know neither of them completely matches my skin tone and that is the point, it’s a tint. I would say for the amount of product you get and accessibility for each price point, the Undone Beauty tint is more worth it. ALSO: my skin type is sensitive and dry & my skin tone is fair.
Milk MAKEUP-Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30
youth to the people adaptogen cream
Honestly? I wasn’t expecting to like this. I have normal skin (sometimes combo with oily bits), and was told by many that this would be too thick for me. However, I think it’s PERFECT! this makes my skin so soft and smooth, but hydrates and moisturizes so well. No fragrance is an added plus, and I will be picking up a full size when I empty some products! YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE-Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi
Blush on a budget 💯
We’re staying cute on a budget today! I really like Essence for inexpensive, but good makeup products. I think they make really good powder products, their blushes are a personal favorite of mine :) The formula on these is creamy, they’re nicely pigmented and easy to blend. And they’re cheap af! I have Satin Love and Satin Coral, and they both look super pretty and natural. essence - Satin Touch Blush
essence-Satin Touch Blush
I love a good natural, dewy, almost sweaty sheen on the skin and I feel you wouldn’t expect a powder highlight to give you that dewy effect but trust me, the essence - Pure Nude Highlighter is such a gorgeous highlighter! It’s not an intense highlighter that you’ll catch from across a room, it’s definitely more subtle but still beautiful. You can make it more intense by applying it with your fingers but I like to use a fluffy highlighter brush and let it melt into my skin. It’s definitely one of my favorite highlighters not just from the drugstore but of all time 💘
essence-Pure Nude Highlighter
This blush payed my bills and told me I’m pretty
This is the Kylie Cosmetics blush in shade Winter Kissed ❄️ This is a gorgeous pink-lavender color that I didn’t believe would look cute on my skin tone but it does look super cute! It looked a lot pinker on the website so I was a bit confused when I got it but i really love it! It’s such a nice formula and applies so well, already planning on what shades to get next! If you have any recommendations pls let me know 💗 KYLIE COSMETICS - Blush