Skincare wasn't something I was serious about until my early 20s and then all I really did was use a moisturizer with SPF. Now that I'm 38.5 (eep!), I know taking care of my skin is important. I'm not opposed to a few laugh lines here and there. What I don't care for is the way my eyes look when I don't get enough sleep (thanks to my little monsters). The puffiness, tiredness and overall blah-ness is not cute.
Cue Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift! This amazing cream-gel eye mask promises to visibly reduce the signs of stress, lift, de-puff and brighten your eye area. I've been using it daily for the past month and I'm loving it!
PROS : lightweight soothing easy to apply cooling affect moisturizing
CONS : expensive can get messy feels a little greasy scented
I don't usually use any eye serums or wrinkle treatments in my skincare routine but, this product has totally changed my mind! I love the way it feels on my skin as I massage it in with the metal applicator. The coldness of the metal feels so good! I can see how this would help with swollen eyes.
I leave it on for about 3-5 minutes (sometimes longer) and spread/blend in the rest of the product. It absorbs well and leaves my skin feeling soft and firmer. I've noticed an overall reduction in my under eye puffiness especially if I use it at night. It probably won't work for severe cases but, it may help combat the evidence of any late night shenanigans.
For 65$ it's pretty expensive but, it's about average cost for most dedicated eye serums. On the plus side you don't need to use much, just a dot under each eye is fine. If you're looking to improve the look and feel of your eye area, the Stress Positive Eye Lift is working looking into!
[ I received this complimentary from @influenster in exchange for an honest/unbiased review. ]
When I received the Posh VoxBox from Influenster I was excited to try out the Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed facial oil. Some say this helped their skin tremendously while others had adverse reactions (breakouts, redness etc.). After using it for over 2 weeks I can say I'm happy with it.
When I was pregnant with my second son my skin underwent a drastic change. I went from super oily to combination to flakey, dry and sensitive. I drank lots of water, tried and slathered on all the lotions and creams but, it was a losing battle.
I gave birth to my third son a few months ago AND I'm currently breastfeeding both babies (23 months and 5 months old). You can probably imagine how moody and hormonal I can get, ha. Slowly but surely my hormones are regulating back to my combination skin (oily t-zone). Not sure if I should be happy about this or what but, I definitely did not enjoy having dry (often itchy!) skin.
PROS : clean, floral scent packaging (glass bottle, sturdy dropper, cap seals tightly) absorbs well lightweight moisturizing multi-purpose use great for dry skin a little goes a long way reasonably priced
CONS : scented be wary if you have sensitive skin may not be for those with very oily skin not travel friendly
After washing my face, I apply two drops on my fingertips and dab it along the areas where my skin is dry; usually on my cheeks and jawline. The oil absorbs well and there's no greasy residue. I enjoy the clean, floral scent. It's not overpowering and it doesn't aggravate my allergies.
In the morning my skin feels hydrated and smooth. I haven't noticed any clogged pores or milia which is a fear of mine when trying out any new skin product. It didn't make me breakout either. What I did notice the first couple of times is it made my T-zone and chin extra oily and a bit red. Now I avoid those areas when applying.
As a bonus you can use this oil on your elbows, knees and cuticles. I feel adding a couple drops to my body lotion has really helped with keeping my skin hydrated and "glow-y" all day. Do note there isn't any SPF so you will have to apply sunscreen.
As far as the claims of reducing hyper-pigmentation and fine lines, the jury is still out. I haven't yet noticed a difference in the weeks I've used it. Perhaps it will take a month or so to really make a difference.
•[ I received this complimentary from @influenster for review/testing purposes but, as always, my opinions are my own. ]•
We can all agree well groomed brows are important, yes? They frame your face and complete your eye makeup. I've been using the ABH Dipbrow Pomade (ash-brown) and the NYX Micro Brow Pencil (ash-brown) interchangeably. However, I'm always willing to try a new product.
PROS : pigmented buildable color looks natural a little goes a long way pencil glides smoothly innovative travel friendly stays put
CONS : wipes off easily no brush/spoolie to blend out powder
OVERALL : I was skeptical about the LASHFOOD Brow Food Aqua Brow Powder + Pencil Duo at first. It's a challenge for me to find just the right ash-brown shade for my brows. Most dark brown shades have far too much red and the black shades are well, too dark. I need something that has a bit of grey in it to tone down the red in most browns.
Directions say to first outline define your brows with the pencil, then fill in with powder. What's different about the powder is it's a powder to cream formula. It feels cool to the touch when applied. The pencils glides on smooth and the powder blends quite well. Both are well pigmented. As far as the color, Taupe, it worked well with my hair color as it's just a bit lighter.
Staying power is great so long as you don't accidentally wipe your forehead. But that's not really a con to me because I normally try not to mess with my brows once they're done.
Additionally, you will need brow brush or spoolie and a clear brow gel (if you use it) to finish your bows off. I didn't find any other negatives about this product that would prevent me from purchasing. At 25$ a pop, I feel it's a great all in one product.
* I received this complimentary from @influenster for review/testing purposes but, as always, my opinions are my own. *
When I want to look less sleep deprived (read: human) I wake up my face with blush. Today I tested out the new Sigma Aura Powder Blush in the shade 'Nymphaea' (a majestically subtle coral) with their Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour Brush.
PROS : blends easily buildable large pan size available in skin flattering shades compact includes mirror
CONS : dusty fallout when swiped with brush
OVERALL : The Aura Powder can be used all over for a touch of highlight and color; as if you spent a few minutes in the sun. I love the generous size of the compact and mirror.
This is the first time I've used a Sigma brush, too! I found the bristles to be soft and it applied product well.
Nymphaea is such a pretty shade! It reminds me of NARS 'Angelika' Blush which is one of my all time favorite. The color showed up well on my skintone and it lasted for about 8 hours or so without any touch up.
* I received this complimentary from @influenster for review/testing purposes but, as always, my opinions are my own. *
PROS : packaging; glass bottle with a pump blends well dries to semi-matte finish no scent good color range
CONS : emphasizes dry and oily areas separates and looks cakey not for those with dry skin oxidizes expensive
I wanted to love this foundation because it seemed like it's on the top of everyone's must have/holy grail lists. Sadly, it just did not work for me.
While it looked ok after applying with a damp beauty sponge, over the course of the day (8 hours) I noticed a lot of patchy areas around my cheeks, cakey-ness on my forehead and oxidation. I felt it made the oily areas I do have worse as the day wore on. It was not cute! I couldn't believe how bad it performed and looked considering the high ratings and price point.
Once I washed it off with my usual cleanser (Philosophy Purity) I could tell my skin did not care for it. My skin is normal to dry (cheeks and forehead) and I noticed this foundation made my skin drier. I thought maybe it was a fluke and used it again the next day but, nope it still sucked.
I'm a fan of the TooFaced line unfortunately this was a fail. I do not recommend it.
I was lucky enough to be selected by Influenster to test out the new Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Lip Liner in LOLITA! Since I already own this shade in their Everlasting Liquid Lipstick I knew it would work well with my skintone. There's a reason why it's a cult favorite, it's a universally flattering shade.
PROS : opaque color payoff available in 30 shades glides on smooth not sticky or tacky smudge proof long lasting retractable precise application vegan and cruelty free
CONS : can feel dry when applied w/out lip balm price point may be high for some only 0.03g of product compared to other brands
OVERALL : Not only does this lip liner apply like a dream - no tugging - it stays on and doesn't dry out my lips like other brands. I swatched it on my arm and had a difficult time trying to take it off. I ended up using two baby wipes and even then it left a stain on my skin - impressive!
However, on my lips, is another story. If you line and fill in your lips and then eat a meal, it will eventually wear away in the middle and you'll be left with an outline of color. That's pretty normal and I find it happens with most lip products that claim to be long-lasting.
Shade range is excellent! There are 30 (THIRTY!) shades altogether, so you're bound to find one to suit any mood and skin tone. I do hope they'll release other colors to match their Studded Kiss line, like my other favorite 'Mother'.
As with all KVD products the packaging and attention to design is great. I appreciate the retractable pencil and not having to fiddle with sharpening it. As for the amount of product in the tube, there's only about 0.01oz (or 0.3g). Unfortunately, that's much less than other brands at this price point. If you're on a budget (and who isn't?) it's something to keep in mind. The Everlasting Lip Liners are available on the KVD website and at Sephora for 18$ a pop.
** I received this complimentary from Influenster for testing but as always, my opinions are my own. **
I’ve had the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder saved in my Sephora ‘Loves’ list with the intention of buying it eventually but, I always end up getting other things instead. I’m sure y’all know how that goes, ha. Now that I’ve had a chance to play around with it, I have to say it’s has lived up to its hype. • PROS : finely milled doesn’t cake up translucent no scent a little goes a long way can be applied with puff, brush or makeup sponge various uses • CONS : may not be for those with very dry skin puff is larger than container not travel friendly• OVERALL : My skin is normal to dry and sensitive so I was a little wary about using a mattifying setting powder. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how this product performed. It left a nice, non-cakey appearance. And yes, it is translucent even on my skin. I applied a light dusting over my t-zone with the puff and brushed off the excess with my MAC 187 stippling brush. My face stayed matte all day, there was no oxidation and I did not experience any skin reactions. While I do like the product and plan to incorporate it in my makeup routine, I wasn’t too thrilled about the puff being bigger than the container itself. It will have to be stored separately which can lend itself to being misplaced, getting dirty etc. Since you can’t store the puff inside the container, it does not make it travel friendly. Once the protective sticker/cover is removed the powder will come out and accumulate on the lid when tossed around in your makeup bag. I had a similar issue with Bare Minerals containers until they changed to a twist closure. I hope this will be something they’ll look into for the future. Despite those two nitpicky things, I am quite impressed with this powder. The price point is reasonable especially for the amount of product you’re getting. It’s available at Sephora for $28-$38 and comes in two shades; ‘translucent’ and ‘translucent medium deep’. • Note : Opinions are my own. I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
My HG highlighter! The shade 'So Hollywood' is such a pretty gold that will look great on every skintone. Dust it on the high points of your face and even along your shoulders during summer for a pretty glow. The formula is creamy and I haven't experienced any fall out. It's my go-to highlight for every day.