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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.

review: valentia even glow face serum

81ByyKM0IdL._SL1500_As y’all know, I’ve been experimenting with a lot of skincare recently. For the past few weeks I’ve been trying out Valentia’s Even Glow Vitamin C face serum. I have really enjoyed using this product! To begin, aging/wrinkles are not my number 1 skin concern. However, my skin can look dull at times; especially in the winter. My number one favorite thing about this serum is how much brighter and softer my skin was — it was pretty incredible! This serum comes in a really neat bottle, like a lot of serums do, with the eye dropper dispenser. It smells lightly citrus-y at first (to me), which makes since because it has vitamin C in it (which is an anti-oxidant!). But the scent fades fast and it’s pretty much odorless once it’s rubbed in. My skin can be a little bit acne prone, and after using this serum daily for about a week I started to notice very small pimples; so if you have oily skin, I would recommend using every other day. I also definitely recommend applying at night (which I do for most serums anyway) as it doesn’t soak in like some moisturizers will, so I’m not sure how it would handle makeup applied on top. Overall, this serum was definitely great — my skin feels and looks amazing! It’s refreshing to find something that can brighten up my poor skin in these winter months. And as most of us have heard, anti-oxidants are really important for maintaining skin health and youth! For $30 on Amazon, this is definitely a great buy! I hate how most serums can come with a ridiculous price tag upwards of $100, don’t you? Here is Valentia’s website for more information.

 

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.

february birchbox unboxing

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So, I’ve qualified for Birchbox Aces for two or three months now. But up until a few weeks ago, apparently, I had my email notifications turned off — I’m an idiot, I know. But one of the perks of being a Birchbox Ace is getting to choose one sample of the month OR selecting one of the Special Edition boxes as your monthly box. So, for this month none of the selected samples really jumped out.. I elected to receive the Rent the Runway Box, which I am SO glad I did! Here’s what I got:

  • The Balm Read My Lips – Bam! — full size here — I have been on a lippie kick recently so I’ll take whatever I can get my greedy little paws on.
  • Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in Raina — full size here — I have blue eyes so I LOVE the look of navy eyeliner! I also recently cleaned out my eyeliner bin and noticed my collection is slack-a-lackin’, so this is so perfect.
  • derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic scrub — full size here — the only type of skincare product I haven’t bought 825936 different kinds of recently is SCRUBS. Yet again, perfect. Also the worry wrinkles on my forehead have been bumming me out recently. The one thing about this, though — it smells like straight up old lady. Sorry. I’m trying to feel YOUNGER here people!
  • Not Soap, Radio Body Wash – the stuff that cupid dips his arrows in — full size here — I have been in such a Valentine’s-y mood recently that this is right up my alley. And it smells like blackberries. It’s already in my shower and I cannot WAIT to use it!
  • Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo — full size here — okay, so I got a dry shampoo last month. But hey, this means I can go a little longer without dishing out some moolah on more dry shampoo. Let’s be real, as a medical student who works out daily — dry shampoo is one of my closest friends.
  • $30 off a rental for Rent the Runway — I almost peed myself with excitement over this one. Before you judge me, I have had a dress in my RTR cart for a month now just waiting on the date of this year’s spring formal (yes medical school is like high school for grownups) and so THIS IS PERFECT. Times a thousand million.

As you can tell, I was SUPER pleased by this months box.. I have no idea how they can sell that for $10. It’s like stealing. Click here to sign up for Birchbox!

What’d you get in your Birchbox this month??

Don’t forget to check out my Fabulous February GIVEAWAY!

sephora haul

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Since I have been on my perfect moisturizer quest, I decided to hit up Sephora online recently. Here’s what I wound up with…

  • Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask — seen here. My combination skin does tend to dry out in the winter time, so I finally got this beauty off my favorites list. I’ve heard great things about it in the past! I love the idea of putting it on before bed and waking up with amazing skin.
  • WEN by Chaz Dean Healthy Haircare Kit — seen here. I’ve heard about Wen haircare through so many different people for so long, I finally just bit the bullet and got this kit. My hair is super fine, breaks easily, and lacks volume. This is supposed to be super light weight but moisturizing, so hopefully my hair will fluff up and grow out. I’ll do a review if it’s all the rage!
  • Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer — full size seen here, but I bought a smaller & cheaper size that for the life of me I can’t find at Sephora.com anymore. Pretty self explanatory, I need a good moisturizer! And the option to buy a smaller less expensive size is perfect for me while I try things out.
  • Bumble & Bumble All Style Blowout deluxe sample — I’m SUPER excited about trying this gel out! It smells amaaazing!
  • Two perfume samples I tossed in with the other samples in my Fabulous February GIVEAWAY

Have you tried any of these beauty products? What’d you think? What have you picked up from Sephora recently?

 

lush haul 2.5.15

05660Let’s just say, I’ve had a really long-term love affair with Lush. Basically everything I’ve purchased from there, I’ve loved! Every year they release a Valentine’s Day collection that I totally drool over — but I usually splurge so much on their Christmas collection, I can’t really justify getting more. This year, though, I cut down on the Christmas collection stuff I got, and I’ve actually been taking way more baths. (Thanks working out => soreness!) So I got them! Read here about the aphrodisiacs in these products and you may be convinced too!

  • Lonely Heart: (pictured here) a bubble bar (my FAVORITE) scented with lemongrass, bergamot, jasmine and ylang ylang. I love all the glitter, too!
  • Heart Throb: another bubble bar; to be honest I’m interested to see the difference between these two bars.. They seem very similar to me, but what do I know? Scented with ylang ylang and geranium essential oils.
  • Unicorn Horn: another bubble bar; okay, the pretty colors talked me in to this one. Also the stars. Who doesn’t love a bath with stars? Scented with lavender, ylang ylang (popular one isn’t it?), and neroli.
  • Love Locket: this is a bath bomb, which aren’t my favorite. I got this one though because it was advertised to be for three baths.. which means I could probably get about six out of it (maybe)! And it didn’t disappoint: it is HUGE. Scented with vanilla, jasmine, and neroli essential oils. Oh, and it’s filled with a bunch of little hearts. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day soak! ❤

Have you tried any of these? What’d you think?
Do you enjoy Lush hauls? I could definitely do one about my favorite staple products from them. Let me know in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget to check out my Fabulous February GIVEAWAY!

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.

Don’t forget to check out my Fabulous February Giveaway!

fabulous february — GIVEAWAY!

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Happy February y’all! In order to celebrate an extremely amazing January of blogging with over 1,000+ views, I wanted to say THANK YOU! by hosting a giveaway. This giveaway was kind of an idea after my ‘sample’y crazy post — someone left a comment saying they wish they had more samples. So, here you go! I sorted through my crazy sample stash and I’m gifting one of y’all a Birchbox box FULL of samples! These are ones I have duplicates of or that I already have a product in that category I know & love. This box will include…

  • Peter Thomas Roth anti-aging cleansing gel sample
  • Benefit POREfessional primer sample
  • Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer sample
  • TWO Laura Mercier Foundation primer samples
  • Makeup Forever HD Primer sample
  • Stila One Step makeup sample in medium
  • Dr.Jart+ BB cream sample
  • THREE Algenist Retinol firming & lifting serum samples
  • Lancome Energie de Vie daily cream sample
  • Zelens Z Firm lifting face & neck cream sample
  • Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus corrector & makeup samples
  • Boscia Enlivening Eye Treatment sample
  • Lancome Genifique sample
  • Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin transformer sample
  • Philosophy Eye Believe sample
  • Phyto Keratine Reparative Conditioning Treatment for hair sample
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream sample
  • L’Occitane en Provence ConcentrĂ© de Lait sample
  • Yu-Be Moisturizing Body Lotion sample
  • TWO Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream samples
  • Coola Classic Sunscreen for Face SPF 30 sample
  • Prada Candy eau de parfum sample
  • Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet eau de toilette sample

All of these samples were purchased by me through various retailers. None were provided for this giveaway. None of the samples have been opened or used in any way. Majority are in small packets, as pictured. There are NO full-sized products included.

To enter, click the link below, which will open up a widget with all the ways you can enter! This giveaway will be running all February long, and the winner will be announced March 1st. Write in the comments below if you think this is a good prize to giveaway, and what else you’d like to see as prizes!

Fabulous February!

january birchbox unboxing

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My December Birchbox was pretty epic, by my standards, and this months did not quite score as high. But it’s hard to blow me out of the water every single month.. There’s always an ebb and flow with my satisfaction. Here’s what I got..

  • Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+ — can I just say something? I’m a liiiiittle over BB creams. I know they’re the equivalent of sent-from-heaven makeup, but I have received what feels like 589235 samples of BB creams since they hit the shelves. My skin must be a weird color or something, because the samples never quite match me — I need foundation with a wide spectrum of options to find the perfect match. BUT any who — I haven’t tried this yet, since I’m so over BB creams. I’ll give it a go and if I change my mind will totally write a review!
  • Essential Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion — I also feel like I have tons of lotions (but who doesn’t?). This lotion does smell AMAZING! It’s very light, so would be good on not super dry skin.  I got the shower gel a few months ago, and feel like if you love that scent, this will be the perfect add on to your routine.
  • Innarah Defense Masque Oxygenating Masque — I freaking love getting face masks in my birchbox. I tried this one already. After I washed it off, I felt as if my skin was pretty dried out.. (maybe I left it on too long??) But after slathering on some extra moisturizer my skin was lookin’ gooooood! Unfortunately, the price tag reads on this $125.. So I’ll stick to my Lush face masks, thank ya!
  • Manna Kadar Lip Locked in All of Me — I am really digging colorful lips right now, and this is a color I am definitely excited to try! I’ll have to do a post later of all my current lip favs — perhaps this will make the cut!
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk — Natural Tint — I was super excited to get this for multiple reasons! Firstly, my friends constantly rave about it. Secondly, I heard about the tinted version when it came out not too long ago and was VERY interested in trying — my current dry shampoo makes me look like a granny! And thirdly, it was featured in the Tone It Up Birchbox that is available to only new subscribers (boooo) so I was unable to get my paws on it. That’s okay, hopefully I can accumulate the samples they featured. I’ll let y’all know if this changes my hair-life .. I haven’t tried it yet, but I can’t wait to! At $19.50 for full-size, I’d purchase in a heartbeat if I love it.

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