Hi there! I’ve uploaded my first YouTube video featuring some makeup and skincare I picked up during the Sephora sale. For more in-depth reviews, see my last couple posts here on the blog.
Reviews on winter skincare purchases and restocked deodorant
My normally combination skin has been experiencing a little dryness recently, so I figured it was time for some changes in my routine. I generally switch to a slightly heavier moisturizer during Winter and since it’s finally cold here in New York City, I picked up the Egg Mellow Cream from Too Cool for School ($36 for 1.76 ounces). It’s good for all skin types, but “provides intensive nourishment to the skin,” so I figured it was a good choice to target the dryness (which is especially noticeable on my nose).
This 5-1 Firming Moisturizer is paraben-free and acts as a serum, priming moisturizer, eye cream, neck cream, and sleeping mask. It’s somewhat thick in texture and very hydrating but absorbs instantly, so it’s great for day or night. It also has collagen for improving elasticity and niacinamide for brightening, which I like for preventative anti-aging.
The only negative to this moisturizer is that it’s artificially fragranced and the scent does linger. It’s a somewhat odd scent that’s best described as powdery in my opinion. I don’t mind it, but I would rather it were unscented.
Sunday Riley is one of my favorite skincare brands because the ingredients are pretty clean and the products are effective; the Luna Oil totally lives up to the hype and is worth the high cost in my opinion.
This C.E.O. Protect + Repair Moisturizer is newer to the line and provides radiance and moisture for all skin types ($65 for 1.7 ounces). The derivative of Vitamin C used is THD ascorbate which is an “oil-soluble derivative of vitamin C, which penetrates better into the skin while being exceptionally stable against oxygenation.” In essence, this is a more efficient form of the anti-aging vitamin and I’m looking forward to “softer, and healthier-looking” skin thanks to natural AHAs and Bisabolol (which helps fight redness).
The texture is creamy and easy to spread on the skin. It definitely leaves a glowy finish, but it’s not too greasy for my combination skin. I prefer this as a night cream right now, but may switch to daytime use when it gets really cold in January or February. This is fragranced, but the packaging doesn’t note whether this comes from essential oils or artificial perfume. The scent reminds me of a dreamsicle and I like that it’s not too sweet or too citrusy.
The LaVanila Natural Deodorant is a staple for me since I stopped using aluminum-based deodorant about 5 years ago ($14 for 2 ounces). I’ve repurchased several times and figured it was worth mentioning since I’ve been using it for so long! I picked my favorite scent – vanilla lavender – during the VIB Rouge sale, but I also like the vanilla lemon one (especially in the summertime).
I should note that this isn’t an anti-perspirant, it’s simply a deodorant. I find that it works very well for every day use. I’m not going to pretend it’s as fresh as a daisy after an hour long workout, but I’ve tried several different brands and still like this one best. If you’re thinking of switching over to natural deodorant, I highly recommend LaVanila.
Lastly, I picked up this Derma E Overnight Peel from Birchbox a couple weeks ago and I’ve been loving it ($19 for 2 ounces). I use a physical exfoliant once or twice a week, but I wanted to add a chemical exfoliant for deeper removal of dead skin cells, especially because the skin around my nose has been a little flaky lately. This peel is super easy to use – just two pumps for the whole face and then head to bed. The next morning, I wash my face with a gentle cleanser and my skin feels smoother and softer.
The texture is a mix between a serum and cream and it’s hydrating enough that you don’t have to layer it with other products. This peel is also vegan, paraben-free, and naturally fragranced. I love that Derma E is effective, affordable, and cruelty-free as well. I think it’s such an underrated brand and I’m excited to try more of their products!
A casual look featuring my new favorite jeans
I recently picked up these jeans at LOFT and can’t stop wearing them. I especially love the button fly – out of all of my jeans, this detail makes this pair unique. They’re also the perfect medium blue with an undone hem for a casual, cool vide. This coatigan is also a LOFT find and I love the thicker fabric, pockets, and striped inside. If you sense a theme with the #loftgirl status, I used to work there back in the day and still shop there because of the extensive petite section. Finding the perfect jeans when you’re 5’2″ can be a challenge, so LOFT has become my go-to for high-quality, affordable basics.
These Dolce Vita Tessey Boots are my most worn pair this fall. They’re incredibly comfortable and I’m obsessed with the charcoal gray color – they surprisingly go with everything, even warmer toned outfits. Dolce Vita is another favorite brand as their shoes are always stylish, true to size, and last for years.
I’m currently reading Paris, He Said by Christine Sneed. I usually fly through novels like this, but this book had a slow beginning. I’m at the part where Jayne and Laurent have just arrived in Paris, so I imagine it will be captivating soon enough.
That’s about it from me! Happy Weekend!
If you don’t like a little tingle, you’re going to hate this gorgeous gloss.
I originally tried the Buxom Lip Polishes years ago and wasn’t into the plumping effect. However, I was always drawn to the amazing color selection and vanilla scent. Plus so many Youtubers rave about the formula and the cute packaging is tempting.
Over the weekend, I popped into Sephora for the VIB Rouge sale and noticed the glosses were only $8 with the once-a-year discount. Since they’re normally $22 a pop, I grabbed a couple to try out.
There were tons of shades, but I finally decided on Kanani, a bubblegum pink, and Ava, a pretty nude. Ava is much more opaque than Kanani on the lips, and they both have a pretty shimmer without looking glittery.
I definitely feel the tingling sensation, but it’s not as unpleasant as I remembered. The plumping effect isn’t dramatic either – I don’t really see the difference in lip size or volume while wearing these glosses. I think the shimmer may emphasize the lips in a pouty way.
The Buxom Lip Polish is also so long lasting as far as gloss formulas which I appreciate because I don’t have time to touch up very often. This means it is a little sticky for a lip gloss, but it doesn’t bother me as much as I expected. I like that it fades in a relatively non-weird way as well and seems to keep my lips pretty moisturized.
This gloss impressed me enough that I ended up ordering a few more shades to give as gifts! The names match those of some friends which is too cute to pass up.
Extensive color selection
Unsure about pluming aspect