10.21.17 AM Skin

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10.21.17 AM Skin

• dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion

• Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion Moist

* Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

• Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

Tamanu Oil

• Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

10.20.17 PM Skin

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10.20.17 PM Skin

I received the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Mask in a PLAY! by Sephora box a few months ago and just tried it for the first time tonight. It has two kind of charcoal and kaolin clay aaannnddd… it’s a just charcoal mask, I would never spend 40.00 to buy the full size.

It had a menthol-y feel so I wanted to find out what was giving it the tingle. I didn’t figure it out exactly, but I did fall down a pretty cool ingredient rabbit hole!

The mask has Epilobium Angustifolium (Fireweed in North America) and this plant is an anti-inflammatory and was used by the Native Americans to draw pus out of wounds! It can be made into tea and is described as having a spice flavor (that night account for the tingle?).

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Deciem’s The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Solution 7%

Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding

Josh Rosebrook Hydration Accelerator

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion Moist

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

Stratia Liquid Gold

10.15.17 AM Skin

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Leahlani Skincare Kalima Coconut Cleansing Cream

Josh Rosebrook Hydration Accelerator

Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

Tamanu Oil

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

 

belif – Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream – Review

In a Few Words
An intensely hydrating eye cream.

Belif’s Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream is “a hydrating and nourishing eye treatment that provides long-lasting moisture and firmness to the delicate eye area. This ultra-hydrating and firming eye cream provides lasting hydration and elasticity to the delicate eye area without heaviness. It is formulated with natural oils, including cupuacu seed butter and macadamia nut oil, which help to keep the eye area looking youthful, supple, and firm. This product is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. It is free of mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, and fragrances, and animal origin ingredients.”

In a Few Words
An intensely hydrating eye cream.

Belif’s Moisturizing & Firming Eye Cream is “a hydrating and nourishing eye treatment that provides long-lasting moisture and firmness to the delicate eye area. This ultra-hydrating and firming eye cream provides lasting hydration and elasticity to the delicate eye area without heaviness. It is formulated with natural oils, including cupuacu seed butter and macadamia nut oil, which help to keep the eye area looking youthful, supple, and firm. This product is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. It is free of mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, and fragrances, and animal origin ingredients.” I bought my Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream at Sephora, it comes in a 25mL jar and was $48.00.

I have an extremely dry eye area and need a hydrating eye cream that really packs a punch and this eye cream delivers! One problem I have with finding a good eye product is the fact that my eye area is so dry that a lot of products burn or cause irritation, but I have no problems with this product. This cream is thick and rich and absorbs quickly. It is so hydrating that it literally makes my eye area feel like velvet. I also really like that it come in a 25mL jar, while most eye creams are 15mLs.

I can’t really speak to this creams firming capabilities, but I would recommend this to absolutely anyone who’s main concern is just moistrurization – it’s well suited for dry skin and it’s not too heavy for normal to oily.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Calendula flower extract
Rose flower extract
Cupuacu seed butter
Macadamia nut oil

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Mineral oil
Parabens

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
No

Country of origin: Made in

Complete Ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polydecene, PEG-75, Methyl Trimethicone, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ceteary Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone/ Alcohol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Jojoba Esters, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydrogenated Lecithin, C12-16 Alcohols, Palmitic Acid, Arachidyl Alcohol, Beta-Glucan, Methylpropanediol, Polyglutamic Acid, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Oilvate, Sorbitan Olivate, Betaine, PEG-40 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Panthenol, Silica, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, *Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, *Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, *Nepeta Cataria Extract, *Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, *Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, *Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, +Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract, +Viola Tricolor Extract, +Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, +Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, +Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, **Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, **Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, **Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, **Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Leaf Extract, **Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, **Vaccinium Myrtillus Friut Extract, **Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract, Trisodium EDTA, ++Fragrance, Citronnellol, Limonene. *Napiers Original Formula. +Napiers Moisture Formula. **Napiers Formula AA. ++Fragrances of Natural Origin.

10.8.17 AM Skin

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10.4.17 AM Skin

I’ve almost finished my Leahlani Skincare Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir and I’m so torn – on one hand it’s an amazing SOS ingredient for dry skin (it makes the biggest difference in healing the dermatitis around my eyes) but, on the other hand, it looks greasy, it feels greasy, it never fully absorbs into my skin, and it has a heavy floral scent.

Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Treatment Cleanser

Sally’s Organics Rose Water

Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Deciem’s The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane

Tamanu Oil

Deciem’s The Ordinary Buffet

Leahani Skincare Aloha Ambrosia Morning Moisture Elixir

 

10.5.17 AM Skincare

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10.5.17 AM Skin

Leahlani Skincare Kalima Coconut Cleansing Cream

Josh Rosebrook Hydration Accelerator

Kate Somerville Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion

Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Tamanu Oil

Deciem’s The Ordinary Buffet

Deciem’s The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane

Stratia – Velvet Cleansing Milk – Review

In a Few Words: 
A simple, creamy, and hydrating cleanser.

Stratia’s Velvet Cleansing Milk is “a moisturizing, non-foaming cleanser that gently removes dirt and grime without drying or damaging your skin’s natural barrier. Velvet Cleansing Milk is a rich, emollient cream cleanser that effectively removes dirt, grime, and other buildup while leaving your skin’s natural oils in place. Its cleansing power comes from Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, a water-soluble form of olive oil that gently bonds to grime on your face and rinses cleanly away. Fortified with chamomile, aloe, and rice bran oil, it’s a soothing, purifying cleanser that won’t dry out your skin or leave a film. Velvet Cleansing Milk is fantastic for skin that’s dry to normal, and/or skin that’s sensitive or prone to irritation. It may not provide enough cleansing power for very oily skin.
If you use the double cleansing method, Velvet Cleansing Milk is a second cleanser. It’s strong enough to remove sunscreen and light makeup, but if you wear full-face or waterproof makeup, it’s best to start with an oil-based cleanser or micellar water. “

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In a Few Words: 
A simple, creamy, and hydrating cleanser.

Stratia’s Velvet Cleansing Milk is “a moisturizing, non-foaming cleanser that gently removes dirt and grime without drying or damaging your skin’s natural barrier. Velvet Cleansing Milk is a rich, emollient cream cleanser that effectively removes dirt, grime, and other buildup while leaving your skin’s natural oils in place. Its cleansing power comes from Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, a water-soluble form of olive oil that gently bonds to grime on your face and rinses cleanly away. Fortified with chamomile, aloe, and rice bran oil, it’s a soothing, purifying cleanser that won’t dry out your skin or leave a film. Velvet Cleansing Milk is fantastic for skin that’s dry to normal, and/or skin that’s sensitive or prone to irritation. It may not provide enough cleansing power for very oily skin.
If you use the double cleansing method, Velvet Cleansing Milk is a second cleanser. It’s strong enough to remove sunscreen and light makeup, but if you wear full-face or waterproof makeup, it’s best to start with an oil-based cleanser or micellar water. ” I bought my cleanser on Stratia’s website. It comes in a 4 oz plastic bottle with a pump and sells for $15.00.

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This cleanser is unscented, simple, and yet completely enjoyable. Stratia’s Velvet Cleansing Milk is one of my favorite face washes because it is hands down the most moisturizing cleanser I have. I agree that is not enough to take off a full face of makeup and I use it as a second cleanse or as a morning cleanse. I don’t like that it has mineral oil in it (C13-14 Isoparaffin). My skin doesn’t have a problem with it, but I wouldn’t recommend it to someone with sensitive skin because of the mineral oil. I also don’t like that it only comes in a 4 oz bottle – a normal human who uses the same routine every day would absolutely blow through this in less than a month. But the size is a trade off for the low price tag – part with less money, get less product. There honestly isn’t much to say about this face wash because it is just so basic, but that is why I love it!

I love this cleanser and would recommend it to most people – if you are ok with mineral oils.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters
Chamomile Flower Essential Water
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Parabens
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Possible Irritants:
C13-14 Isoparaffin – mineral oil

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
No

Country of origin: Made in the United States

Complete Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Essential Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Ceteareth-20, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

10.4.17 PM Skin

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10.4.17 PM Skin

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Neogen Dermalogy  Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine

CosRx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

Deciem’s The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane

Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

Stratia Liquid Gold

10.1.17 AM Skin

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10.1.17 AM Skin

Leahlani Skincare Kalima Coconut Cleansing Cream

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

CosRx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence

Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Deciem’s The Ordinary Buffet

Tamanu Oil + Deciem’s The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane

Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

Simple Beauty – Benonite Clay

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


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Benonite clay is made from volcanic ash and contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, iron, sodium and calcium. Benonite clay is very common in face masks, it can also be bought as a plain powder and mixed into a mask by adding water. For the skin, benonite clay can draw out impurities, minimize the appearance of pores, remove dead skin cells, soften the skin, and reduce inflammation. Besides all of the benefits for complexion, benonite clay can be used to sooth burns, bug bites, and rashes. There are also quite a few unique uses of benonite; the clay can be used as a mattifying face powder – it does mattify, but my face looked dull and cakey. You could mix some in with your toothpaste to amp up your oral health – I tried this too, but I didn’t really notice anything amazing. According to the internet, benonite clay can also be ingested for a whole variety of  digestive benefits – I haven’t tried this and I’m not sure I will, let me know if you have!

I really like to use benonite clay as a clarifying face mask once week or two. If my skin is very congested, a benonite mask does a great job of drawing out the gunk on a budget! When my skin is breaking out, I really like to use May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver, but I can’t bring myself to use it too frequently because it’s like liquid gold. The morning after a simple clay mask I have a great skin day – my skin feels softer, my pores look tighter, redness is reduced, and post acne marks smaller – there is noticeable improvement in my skin. Some people mix benonite with apple cider vinegar, but I don’t because ACV is too acidic for my liking. Have you tried one of the more unique uses of benonite clay? Let me know, I might try a benonite hair mask on one of my more adventurous days!