Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Body Shop Mini-Haul

On Black Friday I did some shopping at The Body Shop because I always love getting their promotional bag with purchase and the entire store was 50% off.  Since I have a lot of lotions, shower gels, and skincare products right now I opted to purchase only bath related products...best decision ever.

The first product I was dying to try was the Glazed Apple Bath Jelly.  I'd never seen this before, and I was really intrigued by the name.  This stuff is awesome.  The smell is perfect for the holidays and the product itself is really interesting.  The texture is totally like jelly and I just used a tablespoon to scoop it out under running water.  My skin felt soft after using it too, sometimes I worry bath products can be drying.  Luckily honey is a major ingredient in this so it'll leave your skin feeling hydrated.

The Body Shop

The second product I purchased is the Spa Wisdom Polynesia Lotus & Frangipani Bathing Milk.  I had no idea what this would really smell like but it smells nice and light, you really capture the lotus aroma.  I didn't get a lot of bubbles the first time I used it, unfortunately it looks like you need to use a ton of the product to get a normal amount of bubbles, which is annoying.  It's a luxurious product I wouldn't have bought if it wasn't for the Black Friday promotions so I'm glad I'm giving it a try!

My last purchase was the Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float.  My only regret with this product is not buying like 12 bottles to use throughout the year, because it's a tad too much to spend to keep buying it regularly.  Being exhausted after work is kind of my every day life, so soaking in this and just relaxing is incredible.  The scent is soft and dreamy, and the camomile does its job of calming you and getting you ready for sleep.  It's not a bubble bath, just a soak, but that's totally fine with me because I'm so addicted to this product it's not even funny.

I cannot wait to make my way through these fabulous products so I can try everything else bath-related that The Body Shop has to offer!! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream with Microbeads

Ever since I got my first Clarins facial at the Nordstrom at Pentagon City I've been hooked on their products.  I love love love the Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris (review coming soon), and another product I quickly latched on to was the Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream.  I use this in the shower twice a week.  As the title says, it's gentle, which I need since I have rosacea.

Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream, $31
This product will work well with all skin types, which I love especially since my skin just went through an incredible change from oily to dry, and not just because of the weather.  Overall the exfoliating cream is very light- you don't need to use much to achieve great results.  I feel like every time I use it between the steam of the shower and the ingredients in the product, the texture of my face feels great and super smooth.

I admit I probably would not purchase this product right off the bat- I received it for free from a Clarins beauty event at Nordstrom.  However, now that I have used almost all of it up I would def consider purchasing.  Exfoliating is so important during this time of year, and if I can find a gentle exfoliate like this one, I'm bound to return to it!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Safe travels and happy eats!

I cannot wait to create an awesome appetizer spread, garlic mashed potatoes, and thyme popovers.  EEK, I'm so excited!

Oh yah, and autumn sangria. YAS. 

& naturally, I'll be super busy Black Friday getting things I don't really need, but of course, in the moment need.

Keep an eye out on my Instagram for beauty, food, and dog pictures through the weekend! 


Monday, November 24, 2014

Exuviance Performance Peel AP25

[Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post powered through BrandBacker.  I received this product to review.  All opinions are my own.]
Maintaining a radiant complexion isn't always easy.  Incorporating an at-home facial peel , it gets rid of any dead skin cells, rejuvenates my complexion, evens out my texture and brightens my skin tone.  
Exuviance's Performance Peel AP25 is a glycolic acid peel that exfoliates, giving that even and smooth texture, and also promotes cell renewal with boosts the rejuvenation of the complexion.  Glycolic acid works well with my skin and I always have minimal redness after using it.

The Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 is a 2-step process.  The first step is the Activator Pad, which preps the skin for step number two, the Neutralizer Pad.  The directions say to watch your skin after using the Activator Pad, I was a little nervous because I am prone to redness.  Luckily, I was totally okay and moved on to step number two, the Neutralizer Pad.  Once I used the Neutralizer Pad I washed my face off and was done.  I never felt uncomfortable, meaning I had no burning or anything like that.  When I get peels done professionally I usually do have a bit of tingling or burning- so it was a nice relief to not have that happen while using this product.

I only had a few sample packets of this product to use, Exuviance recommends using it up to twice a week for maximum results.  I didn't have the opportunity to do that, but I wish I had.  I liked how bright and clear my face looked after using this peel, but I would have wanted to use it consistently for about a month to really get a good opinion about it.

The Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 can be purchased from NeoStrata.com or Ulta for $75.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Sephora VIB Event Buys

Sephora VIB Buys

Did you celebrate the Sephora VIB 20% off event?!

I certainly did...and totally binged on lip products without even realizing it.  

In terms of skincare I picked up an Origins Night-A-Mins, which I've used for years.  I hadn't repurchased it in a while because I had a lot of other nighttime moisturizers to use up, but I'm so happy I'm returning back to Night-A-Mins just as a polar vortex is arriving.  I'm looking forward to trying Philosophy's Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free Facial Cleansing Oil.  I'm addicted to the Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, so I have high hopes for this cleansing oil- I've heard nothing but great things!  

I saw the Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Skincare Collection and freaked out.  I didn't really need this, but I've been on such an oil kick lately I knew I had to try it out.  This collection features 6 Josie Maran products: Argan Cleansing Oil, 100% Pure Argan Oil, Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment, Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil, Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream in Vanilla Apricot, and Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47.  I've never used any of these products, so I'm super excited to finally rip this open and start using them all!

Lastly, I picked up a First-Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum.  Again, I've heard nothing but great things, and with the weather changing so quickly the way it has here in D.C. I've been experiencing a lot of redness.  Bisabolol, ginger, aloe, and caffeine are the main ingredients, the bisabolol and ginger are anti-inflammatory, the caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, and of course, the aloe is the soothing element.

Makeup wise, with the exception of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, I went crazy and only bought lip products.  I have no idea why.  First, when I saw the Tarte Kiss & Belle Lipsurgence Lip Set online I had every intention on buying it during the sale.  I love all the Lipsurgence colors and the colors in this set were right up my ally.  I also saw the Buxom Winner Takes All Lip Set online and knew I was probably going to buy it.  I love the Buxom Full-On lip glosses, they're always super shiny and plumping.  

My last item was put in my bag in the extra long checkout line, lining the line with all those products is super smart Sephora, you got me.  I rarely wear lipstick like products, but the BITE Beauty Best Bite Remix Set looked so alluring.  These are the perfect holiday colors and they are ridiculously pigmented and satiny-matte when you apply them.  I'm trying to branch out lip wise and I think these are perfect.  I can't find this product on the Sephora website, it is limited edition for Holiday 2014 so stop by your Sephora store to see if there's any left!!

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