New Bliss Cleansing Sticks – Cold Pressed, No Dull Days, Oh My Gommage

A travel must-have!

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Bliss was so sweet to send me their new cleansing sticks that are available online, at Ulta, and Target! I’ve never tried a stick skincare formula before, so I was really excited to test these out. The solid form is perfect for travel since it doesn’t count as a liquid. I also think these are convenient for a quick cleanse after the gym!

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Cold Pressed is my favorite of the whole bunch! It’s 40% olive oil, which helps break down makeup, but it also foams lightly so you can easily rinse this cleanser away. I love that it doesn’t leave any residue on my skin while effectively taking off my makeup. I apply this stick on a wet or dry face and then wipe the top off with a clean, dry hand. Next, I wet both hands and rub lightly to create a little foam. After about 20 seconds, I rinse it off with more water. It’s quick and gentle and has become my nightly staple!

No Dull Days is a charcoal based cleanser that purifies and also removes makeup. I like how this doesn’t strip my skin; most charcoal cleansers are too harsh for me. It also smells really pleasant! If you like to double cleanse, I think this makes a good first cleanse because it can leave a bit of a residue behind in my experience.

Oh My Gommage is a nice, gentle exfoliating cleanser. It has plant-based fibers that aren’t as rough as your typical physical exfoliating ingredients (like sugar crystals or walnut chips). You could definitely use this every day since it’s not too abrasive. I’m more of a chemical exfoliation kind of girl, but I’m happy to have this on hand for when I do feel the need to slough off some dead surface skin cells.

Overall, I would definitely recommend these! I think there’s one for everyone depending on what type of cleanser you’re looking for as well as different skin types. Cold Pressed is the best in my opinion, so it may be a good place to start!

Drugstore Dud or Delight? L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick Collection

Swatching pretty pink shades

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Surprisingly, I don’t think I’ve ever owned any L’Oreal lip products! People tend to love or hate them, mostly based on the scent. The Color Riche Matte and original Color Riche lines have a bit of a floral fragrance, but it’s not too strong in my experience (and I’m pretty sensitive to perfume-y scents). The Color Riche Shine line smells the best in my opinion; it is reminiscent of the original with a sweeter, candy-like note.

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I have a couple L’Oreal Color Riche shades in 135 Ballerina Shoes and 580 Peony Pink. These have a very frosty finish; I’m not sure if I would wear them alone, but they’re awesome for layering. I love the hint of shimmer in the middle of the lips especially to make them appear larger. Ballerina Shoes is quite light, so it’s nice to mix with deeper colors, while I love the berry undertones in Peony Pink . These have a decent 4 hours of lasting power before you have to touch up. They’re comfortable throughout the wear and fade pretty evenly as well.

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From left: Ballerina Shoes, Sparkling Rose, and Peony Pink

My favorite item is definitely the L’Oreal Color Riche Shine in 908 Sparkling Rose. This is such a gorgeous color! It’s a natural-looking, light pink. It’s perfect for summer since it brightens up your face and pairs so well with nude or bright eyeshadow looks. The Color Riche Shine line has a gorgeous glossy finish with a balm-like texture. It feels very lightweight on the lips and you can easily build it up for more opaque color. It doesn’t last on my lips for more than a couple hours, but I don’t expect that for a shinier lipstick.

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I’ve read a few reviews that mention how the L’Oreal lipsticks taste like you’re drinking perfume too. I don’t tend to lick my lips often, especially when I’m wearing lipstick, but it’s not as horrible as I was expecting. I wouldn’t recommend tasting it – as with any lip product, you’re not supposed to consume it.

For the Satin and Shine finishes, I would definitely say they are a drugstore delight! Sparkling Rose has been in my bag every day since I received it! It’s the perfect throw on and go formula because you don’t have to worry too much about precision. It’s lightly hydrating and comes in a bunch of pretty shades. Since I’m not much of a matte lipstick girl, I’ve decided to save all of the others for an upcoming giveaway!

Thanks to Influenster for this complimentary VoxBox so I can share my honest opinion.

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Current Wishlist

Dreamy items on my list

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Mejuri Travel Case and Twin Necklace – I have almost this exact same necklace, but from LOFT; I’ve been wearing it so often recently that it’s definitely time to invest in a higher quality version. This little case also looks perfect for safely traveling with your jewelry in a cute, organized way.

Frank Body Birthday Cake Scrub, Illuminator, and Lip Tint in Send Nudes – I basically want to try everything from this brand. These three products are topping my wishlist since I would definitely use all of them! I love anything Birthday Cake scented and I’m almost out of my Sol de Janeiro Bod Buff too. I think I only own one or two highlighters that I never use, but this one looks like a subtle shine that would be perfect for everyday, and I’m obsessed with tinted lip balms and this one can be used on cheeks as well!

Pur-lisse BB Cream – I’ve been looking for a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream with physical SPF and I’ve read great reviews on this one. Love Purlisse’s face masks and I’ve been wanting to try some more of their K-beauty inspired line.

Bite Beauty French Pressed Gloss in Salted Caramel – I’m super into glossy lips right now and this color looks stunning! I adore Bite Beauty too.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealer – I’m loving the FAB Priming Moisturizer (reviewed here!) and would love to try their newest launch as well. IT’s supposed to by hydrating and stretch instead of crease, which sounds perfect!

Patchology Restoring Night Eye Gels – While I am slathering serums and masks all over my face and neck, I sometimes neglect my eye area. These seem like a super easy way to restore my delicate under-eye area overnight.

Ilia Summer Essential Face Palette – An all cream palette with usable colors! This screams summer and I would love to try more from Ilia, a clean beauty brand available at Credo.

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow – I still haven’t tried anything from Farmacy… I know! What am I waiting for? I just have so much skincare to get through, but this AHA/BHA serum may be my next purchase. It also has honey and hyaluronic acid, which my skin loves.

I think I’m going to start doing a wishlist monthly! It’s a great way to narrow down possible purchases and see what I’m loving that month. The theme here is clearly soft pinks, nudes, and golds. Plus a pop of blue, which is my favorite color.

What’s on your wishlist? Anything I should try?

Verb Review and Updated Haircare Routine

An affordable and luxurious line

Verb has quickly become my favorite haircare line. I love their scents, simple packaging, and effective products. Plus they’re all $16, cruelty-free, and sulfate-free!

Their Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner were my go-to shower choices for the past year, and I wanted to try another one of their lines when I ran out last month. I decided on the Ghost Shampoo and Conditioner which cleanse and smooth weightlessly. My hair is pretty fine, so it’s easily dragged down (which can make my curls fall flat). It’s also quite dry; the Hydrating line did a great job addressing that, but it’s good to rotate every once in a while.

I’m really enjoying Ghost so far! The Shampoo lathers into a really fluffy and soft wash that easily rinses out. It doesn’t feel stripped or straw-like afterward either. The Conditioner is hydrating without being heavy. I leave it in for about five minutes before rinsing and it makes my hair feels really soft. They both smell great, but it’s not too perfume-y or strong. I think my hair could use a bit more moisture/taming, which is easily solved with my styling products.

For some added frizz-fighting and UV protection, I’ll spray the Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil Primer from roots to ends. It’s also lightweight and smells nice, plus it adds that extra boost of hydration to my dry hair. Lastly, I lock it all in with the Verb Curl Cream. This really helps define my waves into looser ringlets while adding hold that’s not crunchy at all. I haven’t found a curl gel or cream that works as well and has allowed me to wear my hair down so much more often! I would highly recommend this product if you have waves or curls.

I love how quick and easy these few steps are. I only wash my hair about three times a week, so I’ll add in dry shampoo and other styling products throughout the week to help keep my hair feeling this clean and smooth.

Verb has so many interesting products and since it’s an affordable brand (especially for Sephora), I feel like I can explore without too much risk. Plus, I’ve liked everything I’ve tried so far! Their Sea line, Dry Shampoo, and Volume Spray are definitely on my wishlist.

Have you ever used Verb? What’s your favorite haircare product?

New Skincare Favorites: First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer and Avarelle Acne Cover Patches

Two new skincare loves

I’ve recently been breaking out around my chin for some reason. Maybe because it’s the middle of summer and I’m experiencing more oil in my t-zone by the end of the day. Or that I’ve been taking more classes versus going to the gym where I can wash my face right after a workout. Either way, I’m super happy to have these convenient Acne Cover Patches Avarelle so nicely sent over.

My blemishes usually turn into whiteheads within a few days, but these Avarelle patches have been speeding up the process overnight! They seem to bring the pimple to a head and draw out the bacteria by the morning with Tea Tree Oil. I also love the inclusion of Calendula, which helps with redness and is one of my favorite ingredients in skincare.

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There are several different sizes from small and medium dots to large square patches. The dots are perfect for one off spots and the squares are great work well on areas of congestion. Reed has been using and loving these too! They’re really gentle yet effective, and I would highly recommend them!

Next, I won this cute First Aid Beauty Priming Moisturizer in a giveaway on Instagram and have been using it for about two weeks. It’s pretty lightweight and, true to its name, does feel like a mix between a hydrating moisturizer and skin smoothing primer. I love that it combines the two steps as I don’t normally use makeup primer. I hadn’t ever found one that I liked enough to use daily, but this changes that!

I’m not normally someone who likes “luminous” or “light-reflecting” additions to my skincare because they tend to be too shimmery/glittery and look unnatural. This one has micro-pearls which are surprisingly subtle and add a dewy glow to the skin that I actually enjoy.

FAB has been really impressive lately! I loved their Tinted Moisturizer as well and would have repurchased except it has Octinoxate as an SPF ingredient, so it’s not reef-safe. Their new concealer looks wonderful as well! I think that’s topping my wishlist right now actually.

Have you tried any new skincare lately? What’s on your wishlist?