Best 2018 Beauty Advent Calendars

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Soap and Glory Advent Calendar

Soap and Glory is a company that I used to be obsessed with but have strayed a bit from. However, this advent calendar makes me want to fall back in love with this fun and flirty brand. First off, their packaging is pink! I just know this set is going to be filled with their amazing body butters, fragrance mists and hand creams.

 

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Kiehls Advent Calendar

This fun set from Kiehls features some of the top selling products like Creme de Corps and the Midnight Recovery Serum. Kiehls has top notch skincare so we are sure to get some amazing deluxe sample sizes of their skincare in this year’s advent calendar. This would also make a great set to give to the man in your life. Sadly, this will only be available at Selfridge’s in London.

 

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L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar

L’Occitane actually puts out two advent calendars, the Classic and the Luxury set. I have my eyes on the luxury set as it contains some of my favorite of their top selling luxury products for the face and body including the amazing Divine Facial Cream and Deluxe Minis of their Fragrances.

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Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar

With the crazy amount of Beauty brands sold on Amazon, I’m pretty sure this will contain not only some of your favorite products, but also introduce you to some new favorites. This is one that I will definitely try to get my hands on!

 

 

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Jo Malone Beauty Advent Calendar

Who doesn’t love the uniqueness of Jo Malone products? 24 fun filled days of Candles, Fragrances and Body Products to mix and match to create your own unique scent. It is even rumored that this set will include some limited edition scents created only for the Holidays. If you are a fragrance lover, be sure to snag this one.

 

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Elemis Skincare Advent Calendar

Elemis is a brand I’ve worked with in the past and their products are not only luxurious but definitely effective. These high quality marine based products make your bathroom feel like a spa. This advent calendar even includes a full size of their top selling Pro Collagen Marine Face Cream.

 

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The Body Shop Olivia Advent Calendar

The Body Shop is actually releasing THREE advent calendars this year, but this one looked the cutest me. Full of their amazing cruelty free products for the face and body. And how adorable is this packaging?

Review of Drunk Elephant Skincare. Worth the Hype?

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If you have been browsing Instagram lately, especially any of the Beauty related hashtags, you have probably seen some of the Drunk Elephant products. Those white bottles of skincare with the highlighter colored tops?

I’m not usually one to buy in to “hype” but I had to check out these products for myself after being bombarded with them on social media. I found myself wondering if they would live up to the hype?

I took a look at my regular skincare routine and determined what was missing and looked at the Drunk Elephant products to see which products would fill those gaps. I needed a good Vitamin C serum, an exfoliating serum to replace my Lactic Acid one from The Ordinary and an amazing SPF to use for the day. So based on what I read online, I decided I wanted to try the C Firma Day Serum, the T.L.C. Framboos Night Serum and the Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30.

The full sized products from Drunk Elephant are pretty pricey, so I decided to try The Littles set which includes 8 deluxe sample sized products and retails for $99 at Sephora. The set has a great variety of the skincare to try and you can read more about them below as well as my thoughts on each one.

In order to be fair in trying these products and to be able to give my honest opionion, I used the products in The Littles set exclusively until I had used them up which took about 6-8 weeks depending on the products.

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Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

What is it? – This is a jelly cleanser that is supposed to be gentle enough for all skin types to remove dirt, makeup, excess oil and pollution.

My Review – While this did a great job at cleansing the skin, I actually found this to be really drying for my already dry skin so I stopped using it. I did find the jelly texture to be unique and kinda cool but in the end this just didn’t work out for me. I switched over to the Bliss Jelly Ball Glow Cleanser and I can not rave enough about that one.

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Shaba Complex Eye Serum

What Is It? – An eye serum with a whole complex of ingredients to give a more smoother and youthful look to the eye area.

My Review – I didn’t think this did a whole lot to brighten or even smooth around the the eye area. In fact, I eventually started putting my regular eye cream on top of this to get more hydration. In the end, I stopped using this because I wasn’t noticing any great effects and stuck with my more emollient eye cream from L’occitane that does everything for the eyes.

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C Firma Day Serum and B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum

What Is It? – I listed these together since Drunk Elephant recommends mixing them together for application. C Firma is a powerful Vitamin C serum to brighten and firm the appearance of skin. The Hydration Serum is supposed to add instant hydration to the skin to smooth it’s appearance.

My Review – I really wanted to love this Vitamin C serum and in fact it was what brought me to try Drunk Elephant in the first place. However, after using the whole bottle I just didn’t see the results I was expecting. Some discoloration and freckling that I was hoping to have diminished was still very much visible. I actually used this up and then switched over to a Vitamin C serum from Derma E, which instantly in one week gave me the results I had hoped for from the Drunk Elephant C Firma and at a fraction of the cost.

The Hydrating Serum was also a huge let down as I don’t feel it actually did much in the way of hydrating. I still think the best hydrating serum I’ve ever used is the one from Vichy, the Vichy Mineral 89. Sadly, Vichy tests on animals and as I’m trying to go more Cruelty Free, I gave up using the Vichy brand.

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Lala Retro Whipped Cream

What Is It? – This airy textured moisturizer is full of oils to add long lasting hydration to the skin.

My Review – While I really loved the whipped texture of this, it didn’t do much for hydrating my normal to dry skin. Eventually, I went back to my holy grail moisturizers, The Embroylisse Lait Cream Concentrate for day and the Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Cream from night. My skin works better with richer and more emollient creams and sadly the Lala was just not moisturizing enough.

Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

What Is It? – A physical sunscreen that delivers UVA/UVB protection and is loaded with tons of anti-oxidants.

My Review – Actually, of all of the 8 products in The Littles set, this was the one that I really fell in love with. It gives great protection, is lightweight enough to not interfere with other products and doesn’t feel too heavy during the day.

I had no irritation with this and loved that it wasn’t heavy or smelling of that normal sunscreen scent you get with other brands. This is one that I will be purchasing in the full sized soon.

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T. L. C. Framboos Night Serum

What Is It? – This is a cocktail of exfoliating ingredients including glycolic, lactic, citric and salicylic acids to improve the appearance of the skin’s tone and texture.

My Review – This was another Drunk Elephant product that I was super excited to try. The cocktail of chemical exfoliants sounds amazing and right up my alley. Sadly, this broke me out right away and I had to stop using it. I even backed off on how much I was using it during the week, but I still had very severe breakouts under my eyes and on my cheeks. The breakouts were large, red, dry and very painful.

I switched back to my Lactic Acid from The Ordinary and have had no issues since.

Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

What Is It? – Rich in Omegas 6 and 9 this facial oil helps to nourish and restore skin’s youthful glow.

My Review – Honestly, I didn’t see much from this oil and have found that my pure Argan Oil from Acure does a much better job at hydrating and nourishing my skin.

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I really wanted to fall in love with the Drunk Elephant skincare based on the reviews and recommendations I’ve seen in the Beauty Community, but sadly these just didn’t work out for me.

You can hear a little bit more about my thoughts on these products and why I don’t think they worked for me in the following video? I’d love to hear if you have tried the Drunk Elephant products and what your thoughts were, so sound off in the comments!

Five Things I’m Loving Right Now #1

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I wanted to start a new series where I share the things I’m loving right now! This series will be different than my regular “Favorites” videos and posts though. Favorites are things that I use on a regular basis and have incorporated into my normal daily life.

“Five Things I’m Loving Right Now” will include things that I’ve recently stumbled on and am currently obsessed with at this moment in time. Who knows, maybe one day they will become Favorites? These are just a few things that I’m loving and want to share with you.

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Me & My BIG Ideas The Happy Planner Scrapbook Stickers

I used to do “Plan With Me” videos and posts but they never seem to get much love. Although I love watching them myself, I decide to stop sharing my weekly spread in my Rose Gold Passion Planner. Every week, I take the time on Sunday to sit down and plot out my week in my Passion Planner. I love to add Washi Tape and brightly colored stickers to spruce up my week and add a little flavor.

I recently found these Me & My BIG Ideas Planner Stickers from Target. The first one is the Happy Planner Scrapbook stickers which contains 766 stickers over 20 pages. The second one is also a Happy Planner Scrapbook sticker set but contains 1349 stickers over 20 pages.

These both have fun stickers to jazz up my planner as well as ones that help with productivity such as color coding, appointment reminders and more. I found these in the back to school section and they were actually on sale. I love the fun bright colored stickers and I found these really fit into my lifestyle to help me set up a better week in my passion planner.

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Bliss Jelly Glow Ball Facial Cleanser

I talked about this in a recent blog post where I reviewed all of the Bliss products. While I’m not a fan of the packaging that the cleanser comes in, the cleanser itself is amazing. I love how the ball shape fits the contours of my face really well. I love that it is a very good cleanser and it cleanses without stripping away the natural oils from my face. My skin is not left dried out like other cleansers will sometime leave it. This has a very light and pleasing scent. I have definitely noticed my skin has been brighter, more radiant and more clear since using this cleanser. Huge huge huge fan!! If you are on the hunt for a new daily cleanser, I highly recommend the Bliss Jelly Glow Ball.

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Paris Bath and Beauty Book by Chrissy Callahan

I literally can not stop raving about The Paris Bath and Beauty Book. I’ve mentioned it on this blog and on my social media, as well as telling anyone who will listen about it. I think we all wonder at some point, how do the French always look so chic? Callahan does a great job of sharing some of the most common Beauty secrets from French women. Also included are several amazing DIY Beauty recipes for skin, makeup and hair. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book.

Valspar’s Oh So Pink Paint Color

We recently purchased a new home and will be moving in shortly. So expect lot’s of house organizing and decor posts coming up. The first thing I did, of course, was to pick out paint colors. I am not the type of person who can live in a beige and white world.

My favorite color is pink, so I wanted to incorporate some Pink into our home decor. It’s not a color we have ever used in our homes, so I wanted to try it this time around. I decided to  paint our dining room (shown above on the left) and my in-home Pilates studio with Valspar’s Oh So Pink. Now, my husband almost vetoed any pink paint in the house, but I managed to win (eventually and with much persuading).

The previous owners had the walls white above the chair rail and a dark grey color on the walls under the chair rail. I found the room looked small, dingy and too dark. At first, I actually thought this color was going to be too light. However, when I started painting with it it looked like too much pink and I was a bit scared. But after it dried down it looks amazing.

The pink is not too in your face and really brightens up the room. Even my husband, Matt, has decided he really likes it. I just need to do one more coat of the white on the bottom and touch up some spots but I’ already loving it. And it looks great in the studio space too. I want to use it everywhere in the house now, but my husband is reigning that one in.

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Paris In Four Months

While spending some time looking for Paris blogs and Instagram accounts, I came across Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months. I have been following her blog and Instagram account ever since. Carin is originally from Stockholm and decided to move to Paris for a bit. Her blog and Instagram account were going to be her outlet for chronicling her stay in France. She now lives there regularly and shares some of her amazing photography.

I just adore her accounts and her aesthetic. Definitely go check her out! I could spend forever just perusing her blog and photos, imagining I’ve been whisked off to Paris.

Now it is your turn! Tell me in the comments, what are you loving right now? Also, don’t forget to shop my favorites in the sidebar.

 

 

 

 

Bliss Skincare Product Review

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I’ve re-discovered Bliss products while shopping in Target recently and have fallen in love with a few of their newer products. I wanted to share my recent discoveries with y’all!

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Bliss Lemon & Sage Soapy Suds Body Wash

What They Say: 

  • This citrus-scented foamy body wash works into a silky lather, leaving skin smooth and clean.
  • Luxe lather cleans and conditions for exceptionally soft skin
  • Supremely scented with our iconic Lemon & Sage fragrance for an energizing pick-me-up

My Review: I really bought this for Matt who seems to really like it. I was a bit underwhelmed but it does in a pinch. I do really love the invigorating scent of this though. I just wished it suds up a bit more as I feel like I need to use a lot of it to get the amount of suds I’ve gotten from other shower gel brands.

I’m still on the hunt for some great cruelty free shower gels, with a range of scents/fragrances, that lather up well. I’ve used Bath & Body Work shower gels in the past, and just haven’t found anything that lives up to those. Especially, because Bath & Body Works always has amazing deals on the shower gels and accompanying lotions.

Bliss Lemon & Sage Soapy Suds

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Bliss Jelly Glow Ball – Jelly Ball Face Cleanser

What They Say: 

  • bouncy, fun cleansing ball with a one-of-a-kind soft jelly texture and refreshing geranium scent that leaves skin fresh, glowing and vibrant.
  • Concentrated formula with nutrient-rich lychee extract works into a lather to remove all traces of dirt, oil and makeup
  • Easily cleanse all the contours of your face
  • Massages skin to boost surface cell turnover
  • Travel-friendly: no-mess, no-leaking

My Review: I try to purchase solid products when and where I can in order to reduce my plastic consumption so I was really curious about this when I saw it. Plus, it’s a pink ball! How cute? But actually this comes with so much more packaging than I thought. I really hope they rethink how this is packaged and reduce some of the packaging because I really love this cleanser. The ball shape really follows the contour of your face, such as around the nose area. It does a great job at cleansing the skin without drying it out. In fact my skin feels smoother and softer after using this cleanser. It also has a very light and pleasing scent.

Bliss Jelly Glow Ball 

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Bliss Oh My Gommage! Gentle Polishing Face Cleanser

What They Say: 

  • This milky cleansing stick resurfaces and refines as soft plant-based fibers capture and roll away dead cells.
  • Non-abrasive, natural, gentle exfoliant leaves skin healthy, glowing and ultra-smooth
  • Gentle oil formula means you can’t over-scrub (no need to worry about redness or micro-scarring!)
  • Travel-friendly: no-mess, no-leaking

My Review: This exfoliator is amazing. I love how it does a great job of exfoliating the skin without the use of harsh scrubbing granules. If you have followed me for while you will know I’m not a fan of manual exfoliators. I much prefer to use chemical exfoliants on my skin personally.

Maybe it is the plant based fibers, but it really pills up the dead skin cells, leaving the skin super soft and glowing. This will definitely become a staple exfoliating product in my regimen.

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Bliss Eye Do All Things Hydrating & Brightening Eye Gel Cream

What They Say: 

  • A multi-action cooling eye gel – with a steel rollerball massaging applicator – hydrates and awakens, while depuffing, brightening and tightening.
  • Caffeine, peptides and plant stem cells help smooth and firm to reduce the look of puffy, tired eyes
  • Visibly diminishes dark circles as its light blue sheen minimizes shadows; massaging rollerball increases circulation
  • Safe for sensitive eyes, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested

My Review: I have mentioned this eye cream in a previous Favorite video. If you have ever used a cold spoon on the eye area to help depuff then you will love this product. The easy to squeeze tube dispenses the product around a steel roller ball that you can apply to the eye area in gentle, rolling motions. It does a great job at brightening the eye area and really hydrating and reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

Bliss Eye Do All Things

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Bliss What a Melon – Reviving & Hydrating Overnight Face Mask

What They Say: 

  • This potent overnight mask creates a nutrient-rich veil to bring tired, stressed-out skin back to life.
  • Removes dead cells and toxins for a refreshed, dewy complexion; boosts skin’s defenses against stress and the environment
  • Balances to calm and de-stress; rehydrates as it tops off moisture levels and electrolytes to plump and soften
  • Wake up to vibrant, supple skin

My Review: Now in all fairness, it recommends that this mask be used 2-3 times a week. I used it once a week for about two weeks and didn’t really notice any difference in my skin the next morning. So the jury is still out on this one. Honestly, I was going to give up on it and just toss it. However, since I’ve loved all of the other products, I’m going to give this one a second chance and will report back. I do love the fresh watermelon smell though!

Bliss What A Melon 

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Bliss Mighty Marshmallow – Lightweight Face Mask

What They Say: 

  • This airy whipped mask – with a brightening boost of marshmallow root extract – delivers a surge of hydration to instantly reveal a new luminosity.
  • Revives dull, lackluster skin and delivers a fresh, “lit from within” glow
  • Visibly smooths uneven skin tone and discoloration
  • Hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested

My Review: This is by far one of the best face masks I’ve used in a really long time. It has a very light, whipped texture that spreads easily on the face. I found this did a great job at really deep cleaning the skin without drying, as well as helped to minimize pores and even brightened my complexion. I love that this didn’t dry down like most clay based masks, as I found those are often too drying for my skin. This left skin feeling even smoother and softer than before I applied it. One of my new favorite masks!

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I can’t wait to try out a bit more of the Bliss products from Target. If you have tried any of their skincare, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Let me know what you liked or even disliked.

Check out my video below to hear more thoughts on these products.

Beauty Empties – Sample Sized. Would I Buy These Full Sized? Slay or Nay?

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I receive so many samples and deluxe sample sized products to try that I thought I would do a “Beauty Empty” video and post to share if these products are ones that I would actually go purchase the full sized version. So in this post, I’ll give you my honest opinion on these products and if I would actually spend my money on purchasing the full sized version.

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Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water

What They Say: A two-in-one cleanser that uses a mix of micellar water and oil to thoroughly cleanse the face and eyes from stubborn hard-to-remove, long-wear, and waterproof makeup. This quick-acting, no-rinse, two-in-one face and eye makeup remover uses a blend of micellar water and marula oil to remove both long-wear and waterproof makeup. Marula oil boosts radiance, nourishes, softens, and protects the skin without drying it out.

My Review: I’m a huge fan of micellar waters and think they are a nice way to cleanse the skin on a daily basis, when perhaps you don’t need a deeper cleanse. This one was absolutely lovely. I think it cleansed my skin very well and the marula oil left my skin glowing, smooth and very hydrated. I often use a hydrating toner/facial mist after using a foaming cleanser but didn’t feel like I needed that additional step when using this. So that’s a huge benefit for me.

Slay or Nay: SLAY!!

Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water

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Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

What They Say: This nourishing makeup remover + cleansing balm gently melts away stubborn makeup and impurities caused by pollution, without stripping skin. Cleanse effortlessly and indulge your senses with this balm-to-oil formula that smells like summer! A bestseller and an Allure Best of Beauty award winner.

My Review: While I really did love the way this left my skin feeling, I’m not crazy about the texture. After cleansing with this, my skin felt amazing; very clean, smooth, protecting and nourished. I think I might just have to get used to the texture of this and how it feels while using the product to cleanse the skin.

I did find that I loved this a bit more when I did the Korean Double Cleanse method and followed this up with my Guerlain Ochidee Cleansing Foam.

Slay or Nay: The jury is still out!

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm 

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I Dew Care Mini Meow Trio Mini Chrome Masks

What They Say: I Dew Care Mini Meow Trio allows you to mix and mask, creating a personalized routine to target your specific skin concerns. Space Kitten, a sparkling black mask, exfoliates. Sugar Kitten, a transformative color-changing mask, hydrates. Disco Kitten, a chrome, brings back your glow. Use one at a time or apply multiple masks to targeted areas.

My Review: While I did try all three masks in this set, Space Kitten was the only one that I actually really loved. It did a great job at cleansing my skin, clearing out dirt and impurities from my pores and leaving my skin radiant and clear. The other two were kind of duds and I really didn’t notice anything from using them.

I’m on the hunt to find a similar, cruelty free mask that is similar to Space Kitten.

Slay or Nay: Nay

I Dew Care Mini Meow Trio Mini Chrome Masks

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Biossance Squalene Peptide Eye Gel

What They Say: This peptide-rich gel formula works hard to give your eyes a well-rested look. Just a drop helps calm the look of puffiness and other signs of irritation to keep your eyes looking bright.

My Review: I received these samples from the company to try; you can pick samples to try and order from them and you just pay the shipping. I really loved this eye gel and its one of the best I’ve used in a long time. It left my eye area smooth and lifted. It also did a great job at minimizing puffiness and dark circles in the eye area.

Slay or Nay: Slay!!

Biossance Squalene Peptide Eye Gel

Biossance Squalene + Vitamin C Rose Oil

What They Say: A luxurious face oil that visibly brightens, firms, and evens skin tone. Biossance combined the weightless hydration of the sugarcane-derived, sustainable squalane oil with the brightening power of vitamin C, plus rose oil—revered for centuries to reduce the look of lines and wrinkles. Just a drop or two of this exquisite oil delivers exceptionally soft, smooth, and radiantly healthy-looking skin.

My Review: I’ve been on the hunt for a good Vitamin C serum lately. I somehow have gotten away from using one, and miss the benefits of using one for my skin. This Vitamin C Rose Oil from Biossance is truly amazing. Even thought it is an oil, it is very light-weight and absorbs into the skin quickly so you can continue on with your routine and putting other products on top.

Even with just a few uses, this left my skin look more refined, brighter and radiant. There are a few other Vitamin C serums that I’m curious to try, but honestly I will probably be purchasing a full size of this one.

Slay or Nay: Slay!!

Biossance Squalene + Vitamin C Rose Oil

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Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale The Eye and Lip Contour Cream

What They Say: An anti-aging eye and lip cream for day and night. Both during the day and at night, the skin has specific needs. In the daytime, the skin protects itself against aggressions while at night it regenerates. The The Eye and Lip Contour Cream contains Chrono-Response™ complex to adapt to the skin’s natural rhythms. During the day, it hydrates, smooths, and enhances the eye area. At night, the cream detoxifies, soothes, and targets small white spots around the eyes.

My Review: I received these in a discovery set when I bought the Orchidee Imperiale Face Cream. Both my husband and I loved this, as well as the Longevity Concentrate mentioned below. This really minimized fine lines around the eyes, left the eye feeling lifted and even got rid of dark circles.

Slay or Nay: Slay!! There is a good chance I will be purchasing the full sized version of this.

GUERLAIN by Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Exceptional Complete Care Eye & Lip Cream-/0.5OZ for WOMEN” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale The Eye and Lip Contour Cream

Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Longevity Concentrate

What They Say: An exceptional replenishing concentrate to improve visible signs of aging and restore vitality to even the most tired skin. Orchidée Impériale Longevity Concentrate utilizes cutting-edge technologies born from over 15 years of research within the Orchidarium: gold orchid technology and seleno-activator. Day after day, the powerful formula improves visible signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles, firmness, evenness, and density for a brighter, smoother, and healthier-looking complexion.

My Review: As mentioned above, I received this in a discovery set when I purchased the full size of the Orchidee Imperiale face cream. This anti-aging serum is beautiful. It definitely left my skin feeling smoother and more lifted. It’s like a face lift in a bottle. Both my husband and I really loved this product and noticed a big change in our skin due to using it.

Slay or Nay: Slay, but I won’t be purchasing the full size due to it’s high price point.

GUERLAIN by Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Exceptional Complete Care Longevity Concentrate -/1OZ for WOMEN” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Longevity Concentrate

Guerlain Meteorites Primer Perfecting Pearls Base

What They Say: Météorites Primer smooths and color-corrects your skin tone for a radiant complexion. Infused with a delicate violet scent, it’s formulated with Guerlain’s signature Stardust Technology: a unique complex encapsulating a celestial powder that transforms light invisible to the naked eye into visible and soft-focus perfecting light to blur imperfections and provide exceptional radiance. The fresh gel texture melts with the rosy pearls to give skin a radiant and glowing finish, while neutralizing excess sebum for a long-lasting matte complexion. Highly concentrated pearls containing multi-colored, micro-shimmer particles amplify light reflection to create an illuminating, color-corrective light for your complexion. The absorbent powders neutralize excess oil while a special polymer helps to fade imperfections and smooth fine lines for a long-lasting, matte and even complexion.

My Review: Reviews I read on this product, made me really want to fall in love with it. I used it alone, with the Meteorites powder on top, with a BB Cream and even with a foundation. I do think it does a great job at matifying the skin and giving a “lit from within” glow to your skin. It also did really well at keeping other products on without pilling, etc.

I only wish that it did a better job at color correcting, reducing redness and minimizing pores, which are my main concerns I need to address when choosing a primer. I don’t wear foundation or powder, so I’m on the hunt for a great primer that can be worn alone to address these concerns. I’m going to give this one a few more tries though.

Slay or Nay: The jury is still out.

Guerlain Météorites Primer Perfecting Pearls Base

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L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Youth Oil

What They Say: A multi-usage face oil that helps fight against visible signs of aging. The Immortelle Divine Youth Oil helps fight visible signs of aging for a skin texture that appears replenished, as if plumped from within.

My Review: I’m a huge fan of face oils and I actually really loved this one. It is very light weight and absorbs nicely into the skin. My skin was left more plumped, fine lines were minimized and skin was glowing and more radiant.

Slay or Nay: Slay!! I will definitely be purchasing the full size of this product.

L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Youth Oil

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YSL Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris EDT

What They Say: Grapefruit, Datura, Rose flower, Patchouli. Love takes flight with this fresh, luminous version of the iconic scent. The sparkling white floral fragrance of the original Mon Paris Eau de Parfum is transformed into an ultra-luminous floral citrus. A citrus start with juicy grapefruit and raspberry notes brings about a new fruity freshness. The delicate floral heart of white flowers from the signature Eau de Parfum is romanced by orange blossom for a scent that evokes the lighter side of love.

My Review: I’m branching out and cheating on my Guerlain fragrances, so I decided to try this after smelling it in Ulta. The scent is very sweet and fruity at first but dries down to a lovely, soft floral that also has the earthiness of the Patchouli. It is a beautiful scent that I could imagine wearing on special date nights or just any time really.

Slay or Nay: Slay!! I’m actually planning already to buy this in the full sized version.

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Thanks for popping by to read my thoughts on these products. Overall, I found some new loves that I’ll definitely be purchasing. Samples are a great way to try out new products without the investment. For more on my thoughts on these products check out the video below and let me know some of your new beauty discoveries in the comments.

Au revoir!

My Top 7 Beauty Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Steals & Deals

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The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is one of my absolute favorite times of the year for beauty product shopping. You can score some really great deals, especially from the Beauty department. If you are unfamiliar with the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, let me lay it out for you.

Once a year, Nordstrom as a huge sale store wide for their Anniversary. Many brands not only offer discounts on their products (and this is usually the only time you can get discounts on Beauty products at Nordstrom) but they always have some sort of free gift with purchase during this time as well.

This year the sale runs from July 20 through August 5th but if you are a Nordstrom cardmember you can gain access to the sale right now! Below I’ve selected some of my top picks from the sale. These are brands and products that I love and would definitely purchase during the sale.
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I love Jo Malone’s fragrances and this little set is a great way to be introduced to the brand. The Jo Malone fragrances and body products are great to layer over each other to create your own unique scent. This set includes English Pear & Freesia, Peony & Blush Suede and Blackberry & Bay. All beautiful scents by themselves but can make some wonderfully interesting scents when combined.

$60 value for $45

Jo Malone London Discovery Collection

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I just love the beautiful shades of this lip set from Charlotte Tilbury. In this set you receive one Matt lipstick shade, exclusive to Nordstrom, in Rose Kiss, a hydrating lipstick in a rosey satin finish, also an exclusive, called Blushing Dream and a long wearing, smudge proof liner called Pillow Talk. This pinky nudes will be create the perfect pout for any summer look. Plus, the rose gold packaging is adorable.

$90 value for $60

Charlotte Tilbury The Pretty Pink Lipstick Set

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Diptyque candles from France are some of my favorite, but with the price of an individual candle they are more of a treat. This set is such a great deal as you receive an assortment of five smaller sized candles. The set includes mostly florals such as Roses Candle, Tubereuse Candle, Figuier Candle, Feu de Bois Candle and my favorite the Baies Candle.

 

$75 value for $55

diptyque Candle Set

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Anastasia of Beverly Hills is the queen when it comes to brow shaping and brow products. I love these two and have used them frequently, so this set is a great deal. This scent includes the retractable Brow Wiz pencil with spoolie and the Clear Brow Gel for achieving those perfect brows.

 

$43 value for $28

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo

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Now I have to admit that I’ve never tried any of the skincare from Herbivore but I’ve been dying to. I see them all over Instagram and they just look amazing. This three piece set includes their most popular (and most Instagrammed) products: the Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème, the Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Glow Mask and the Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist. This super hydrating set is perfect for all skin types and is vegan and cruelty free. I absolutely have to get my hands on this set.

 

$76 value for $52

Herbivore Botanicals Rosewater + Gemstone Trio

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Ok, I’ll be totally honest and say I picked this one just because of the supercute cupcake pouch. This set includes a Glimmer Balm and a Glossy Boss gloss. I’ve never heard of this brand before but had to include it because of the pouch alone. I mean, come on, it’s a cupcake. This brand is also cruelty-free.

 

$42 value for $26

Windy Lux Sweet Set

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Now this last pick is actually a brand I used to work with. Elemis has amazing skincare that utilizes Mediterranean marine algae. This cream is amazing at smoothing, firming and revitalizing skin. It is truly an amazing anti-aging moisturizer. Elemis is also a company that does not test their products on animals. This set is almost a 50% savings on the cream. This is definitely a steal!

 

$256 value for $172

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Duo

Let me know in the comments if you are going to hit the Nordstrom Anniversary sale what you plan on picking up!

 

 

*All photos are from Nordstrom.com and I have used them here for educational purposes. Links are non affiliate links.

 

Pacifica Beauty Full Brand Focus & Review

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At the beginning of this year, I set a few goals for myself. One was to go back to being Vegetarian/Vegan and another was to move towards using more cruelty free brands in my beauty products. While on the hunt for some great cruelty free skincare I stumbled across Pacifica Beauty.

I had always thought of them as that company who makes the fun perfumes that you see sold in Whole Foods. However, while casually shopping around in Ulta one day, I came across a whole skincare set up from Pacifica. They make skincare? Who knew?!

I don’t know if I had missed that they made skincare, or if there was a recent launch of skincare? However shortly after discovering them they released a ton of new products. So, I spent hours pouring over everything on their website to learn more about the brand and their products. I created a list of what I wanted to try and quickly purchased my whole list. No seriously, I bought almost everything! Check out my haul videos on YouTube. As well as my Top Five Pacifica Beauty Products.

About Pacifica Beauty

The company founder started Pacifica Beauty because of her love of aromatherapy and working with essential oils. They make 100% vegan and cruelty free products without any of what I call “the nasties” such as SLS, sulfates, parabens and petroleum. In addition to perfumes and skincare, they also make hair products, makeup and bath products like bath bombs.

I’m easily drawn in by cute packaging and Pacifica has some of the prettiest, Instagram worthy packaging I’ve ever seen. But more than just being pretty, their products are amazing and really work well. The company also has a loyalty rewards program and a recycling program, so there are many reasons you can feel good about supporting this brand.

I want to share a few of my favorite Pacifica Beauty products with you. I can’t share them all, otherwise we would be here all day, because I mostly use their products exclusively now. However, you can find out more about the company and hear my thoughts on the products in the video at the end of this post.

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Coconut Dissolve Cleansing Oil Rehab

This little beauty right here has to be my absolute favorite from Pacifica Beauty. I’m a huge fan of the oil cleansing method and have been doing it for decades now. I’ve always used plain Sweet Almond Oil or the Rose Cleansing Oil from Badger Balm but this is now my go to cleansing oil.

What Pacifica Beauty Says (from their website):

A natural oil-based skin cleanser that removes makeup gently and effectively and rinses clean while restoring the look of healthier skin. Stress and late nights wreak havoc on your beautiful face. Dissolve away the day (or the night) and melt it all away. At least you will always have your memories.

My Thoughts:

First off the scent of this amazing! It’s like cleansing your skin with cake frosting. The coconut scent is so beautiful. I really love the texture of this as well. Most cleansing oils can be…well… too oily. However, this one is so light in texture that it doesn’t feel too heavy on the face. It is great for all skin types, so you don’t have worry about it being too much for your skin.

It leaves the skin feeling super soft, well hydrated and leaves a beautiful glow to the skin. I use this as my nightly cleanser and sometimes I do the Korean cleansing method where I will follow this up with a foaming cleanser. This is incredible at removing makeup too, even waterproof mascara. Yes, I tried it out! I love this so much that I decided to try all of the Pacifica products with Coconut…

Pacifica Beauty Coconut Dissolve Cleansing Oil Rehab

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Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash and the Coconut Essence Hydro Mist

If you are lover of coconut and that delicious scent, then Pacifica has you covered. They carry a whole line of Coconut products. I use the Coconut Dissolve Cleansing Oil, the Coconut Shave Whip, the Coconut Cream to Foam Face wash and the Coconut Essence Hydro Mist.

What Pacifica Beauty Says (from their website):

Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash – Party then, clean it up now. Clean skin is your first step in recovery from stress and late nights. Our cream to foam formula starts off like a creamy lotion cleanser, but as you massage it in, big bubble action lifts dirt and debris to the surface for easier removal.

Coconut Essence Hydro Mist – Aromatherapy and skin love unite in this light, hydrating mist infused with coconut water designed to help tone and balance the look of skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and dewy. Use anytime for a pick me up.

My Thoughts:

The foaming face wash is one that I don’t use everyday, but still love it. A little bit goes along way with this one, and it foams up really nicely. It leaves the skin definitely feeling deeply cleansed but without being drying or stripping.

The Coconut Essence Hydro Mist is another must have. It has the same incredible scent of the cleansing oil. I like to use this as my toner and as a refreshing skin moisturizing pick me up throughout the day. The mist is light and leaves the skin soft and glowing.

Pacifica Coconut Milk Cream to Foam Face Wash

Pacifica Coconut Essence Hydro Mist

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Alight Mulit-Mineral BB Cream

I don’t often wear any type of makeup product, but there are days where my skin is just not having it. I can be prone to breakouts and redness due to stress. So for these days, I wanted something light enough to cover the redness but without being too heavy or looking like I was wearing makeup. Enter the Pacifica Beauty Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream.

What Pacifica Beauty Says (from their website):

Think sheer moisturizing tint with benefits. A true multitasking miracle that hydrates, primes, illuminates, and perfects, leaving a sheer bare skin finish. Specialized mineral pigments that instantly adjust to your skin shade allow one color to work for many. The sheer application can be built up for just the right amount of coverage, while helping diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and uneven tone.

My Thoughts:

This is such a beautiful product. In fact, I’ve raved about it in numerous videos of mine. It is very light weight, so a little goes along way, and it blends beautifully into the skin. I do find it works well with MOST skin tones as well. It has a sheer tint that helps to cover redness, minimize fine lines, evens out skin tone and leaves the skin glowing. Seriously, this is like your skin but BETTER! It’s absolutely gorgeous product that I will always keep on hand.

If you are someone who wants flawless looking skin without wearing a ton of makeup products such as concealer, foundation and powders, then you need this BB Cream from Pacifica!

Pacifica Beauty Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream

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Tahitian Gardenia Body Butter and Tahitian Gardenia Perfumed Hair & Body Mist

I’ve always been a Bath and Body Works boy! That was until I decided to go cruelty free. So I’ve been looking for some good dupes for my Bath and Body Works shower gels and body lotions in fun and unique scents. I decided to give the body products from Pacifica Beauty a try – I bought the Body Butters and Perfumed Hair & Body Mists in Tahitian Gardenia, Indian Coconut and Island Vanilla. Although, I have to say that the Tahitian Gardenia has surprisingly become my favorite.

What Pacifica Beauty Says (from their website):

This heady, vintage-inspired blend showcases the sacred Tahitian gardenia bloom, a symbol of love, unity, grace and strength. Its sweet, smooth and slightly citrusy aroma is reminiscent of jasmine, sweet orange and tea leaves.

My Thoughts:

This is such a gorgeous scent. It really takes you away to a mental tropical vacation. The notes are citrusy and lightly floral. It is definitely a tropical floral scent that is perfect for Spring and Summer. The body butter and spray have an amazing scent throw that lingers gently on the skin throughout the day without being over bearing.

My only complaint is that I wish they would do soaps or shower gels in these scents instead of just the body butters and sprays. I really like to layer scents, usually using shower gel, lotion and body sprays in the same scent to extend the wear of my scent. For some reason I am having trouble finding a cruelty free brand that does these all in the same scent in their body ranges.

Tahitian Gardenia Perfumed Hair & Body Mist

Tahitian Gardenia Body Butter Tube

I hope you enjoyed this review of Pacifica Beauty and if you want to hear more about the  brand and my thoughts on some of their products not mentioned in this post, make sure to watch the video below. If you have tried any of the products, I’d love to hear your experiences with Pacifica Beauty, so leave me a comment below.

 

  • This post is not sponsored by Pacifica Beauty and all products featured in the post and accompanying video were purchased with my own money. The post does include affiliate links to some of the products, meaning if you click and purchase I receive a small percentage of sales.