review: instanatural skincare

71fRMLLSZ5L._SL1370_I was sent some amazing things from InstaNatural to give a go! Firstly, if y’all have been following my posts, you know I have combination skin. So masks can be tricky for me if they are too drying or too moisturizing. You should also know that I hate hate hate my pores. I feel like they’re always too big and always really gross. They’re a big pet peeve of mine. I was drawn to this mask because it says it will remove excess dirt, oil, etc; which is exactly what my pores need! And let me tell you: it WORKED. I was amazed! Especially since it’s dark (like a mud mask, duh) — I was a little worried my pores would get darker! It’s made with minerals from the dead sea, which is super cool. Another amazing thing is you get a GIANT tub of it! If you only use it for the occasional face mask, this will last you .. forever. But what’s neat is that it can apparently be used on your total body to soothe aches and pains! I’ll be honest, I didn’t try that method yet. I’ve been a bit busy to work out the logistics of how I would approach that, since the idea sounds messy. Anyways, for only $24 on Amazon, this is an amazing deal. My skin felt and looked great afterwards! Here is InstaNatural’s awesome website. 🙂

In addition to this, I also got the InstaNatural Retinol Serum and the Retinol Moisturizer Cream. I have been using the moisturizer morning and night, and the serum every other day or every third day, depending on my skin. Both are scent free, light weight, and leave my skin feeling bright and super soft, without causing my oily spots to break out! The serum is available here on Amazon, and here is the moisturizer.

These products were received by me for free from Radha Beauty via Brandbacker in exchange for my 100% honest opinion in a blog post review.

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review: radha beauty skincare


61d-5aWRGjL._SL1000_As y’all know I have been on a seemingly endless quest for my new skincare routine — these two beauties are something I’ve been trying the past week that I wanted to share with you! I’ve been using Radha Beauty Retinol Moisturizer and the Radha Beauty Intensive Youth Eye Gel. You’ll have to forgive me — I meant to take before & after pictures, but my lighting situation and camera quality currently is poor. The verdict, in short, is that these products are a great purchase! They are extremely affordable and effective.

The moisturizer is available for only $25 — and it came in a surprisingly tall bottle! I have oily/combination skin that tends to get dry patches in the winter. When I first started trying this moisturizer, I was slathering on multiple pumps, and it was a little much.. My skin became a little to oily. But once I cut back the amount I use, it was perfect! Aging isn’t my number one concern with my skin (acne is), but I figure starting early is a great way to take care of your skin. This moisturizer isn’t scented, which is nice if you are sensitive to these things, and absorbs quickly. My powder foundation goes on smoothly over it! I would definitely recommend trying it out — but don’t forget, retinol can cause sun sensitivity!

Second, I have been using their eye gel. Let me just say this: I am a medical student. My dark circles are out of CONTROL! I tend to get bags under my eyes, and they are always super dark. It’s a constant battle for me. Plus, if I eat too much sodium, they can get super puffy. This eye gel is one of the most effective ones I tried — it reduced the darkness under my eyes tremendously! More impressively though, it was excellent at smoothing everything out. No matter how bad they looked when I woke up! It is very lightly scented like cucumber, which I enjoyed. It’s also very cooling and soothing. Unlike other eye creams, it does NOT leave your eye area greasy — that really drives me crazy with others I’ve tried! And my concealer and foundation go on beautifully. For only $17, this really is a steal! Definitely recommended.
These products were received by me for free from Radha Beauty via Brandbacker in exchange for my 100% honest opinion in a blog post review.

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review: plated

e-uZUhDpPlated is a subscription service (yes, I am addicted to those) but it’s a little different — it’s for FOOD! That’s right! They deliver all the fresh ingredients for amazing meals to your door for you to quickly prepare. I found a promo on Facebook a few months ago and tried one order and I LOVED it! The only reason I didn’t stay subscribed was because it is a little bit of a splurge. More recently, for Christmas my boyfriend and I received a gift card. So we have been treating ourselves to delish meals every once in a while!

The meals we have tried (and loved) so far are Pork Burgers with Brussels Sprouts salad and Steak Gyros. What’s even better is that once you receive the ingredients, they can hang out in the fridge for a couple days so you can make them when it’s convenient for you! Right now we have Tomato Braised Chicken ready to rock in our fridge. Pretty exciting! And so far our meals have only taken 20-30 minutes to prepare, which is really good for when we’re super busy.

Everything plated sends is fresh and organic, too, so you can count on it being healthy! They have vegetarian and gluten free menus as well. For two free plates on Plated.com, go here, and enjoy!

review: red flower face serum

redflower_illuminatingrosecollagenrenewalfaceserum_900x900I know my posts have been beauty/review heavy recently — forgive me. I haven’t been up to a whole lot these past few weeks. I’ll spice things up again soon, I promise!

I received the Red Flower Illuminating Rose Collagen Renewal Face Serum in my November Birchbox. I have been spreading out the samples ever since! First off, the smell had me hooked instantly. Secondly, the (for lack of a better term) oiliness of this is also amazing. As a person with acne-prone skin, I am often hesitant to slather oil all over my face. But in the winter, my skin dries up a little bit, and this is the PERFECT amount of hydration for it. I’m in love!

Unfortunately, 1 fl oz is $86! While this would be a lot of uses (a little goes a long way), as a student paying hefty tuition twice a year, I have a hard time justifying spending that much on skincare at this point in my life.

 

Have you tried this serum? What did you think? What are your favorite face serums?

review: mirenesse mascara

mirenesse_icurl_secret_weapon_24hr_mascara_-_curl_power_900x900This month in my December Birchbox I received the Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24 hour Mascara. (This name feels too long for a mascara. But that’s neither here nor there.) It took me almost three weeks to get around to trying it simply because I’m currently using my most favorite mascara ever, L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes, and I’m hesitant to stray from something that works so amazingly. Anyway, finally gave it a whirl today…

To be honest, I wasn’t super impressed. True to its name, the mascara was very curling; however, it did not add enough volume or length for my taste. For a little background, I love love love mascaras. I’ve tried a lot. And especially with drug store brands, I’ll switch often. I don’t always love the mascara every one else does — I sometimes think I have weirdo eyelashes or something.

But this mascara just didn’t have the oomph I need, even with three coats. My lashes are naturally long but very fine, so I need something that is very volumizing and less so curling, which is why I don’t think this particular formula was my favorite. And at $29 a tube, I don’t believe I will be purchasing.

What are some of your favorite mascaras? Have you tried this one? What did you think?