Are They Worth It?
I’m sure you’ve seen Tatcha’s The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment and Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops all over Instagram and the blogger community. They have beautiful packaging and raves about ingredients. I do love both brands, but I think their recent launches have been extremely hyped up, so I purchased them during the Sephora VIB sale to test out.
I also picked up another Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask during the sale because I’ve been wanting to try the Maple version. I adore this product; I have the Smashed version in my purse at all times and have gone through an entire Clear one. It may not be the most hyped product, but it’s a thousand times worth it!
Clearly, I’m a huge fan of the Agave Lip Masks, but what about the others? I was expecting The Pearl to be a blendable, hydrating eye cream with a little bit of coverage that turns two steps into only one. I do think it provides a nice level of coverage for every day, but it takes me a while to blend it in. I honestly think I put on regular eye cream and a separate concealer faster. Sarah sent me a great video explaining the best technique to apply The Pearl. It was super helpful! I think my issue is that it’s hard to pick up the correct amount of product, which then makes blending take a while or if there’s not enough, it looks uneven. I also don’t think it’s very hydrating unfortunately.
Thankfully, I love D-Bronzi, but again, I’ve learned that a little goes a long way. It’s a bit hard to control the pump – even one whole pump is too much for my face/skin tone – but once you do, this is such an easy and natural-looking bronzer. It adds a healthy amount of color that looks like the golden glow your skin may have after a sunny vacation. I love that it has protective ingredients that are good for your skin too. I usually rub the product between my fingers and then lightly blend around the perimeter of my face and down my neck. It plays well with other products, like concealer and powder too.
So, do I think these highly raved about products are worth the money? With D-Bronzi, I’d say yes! But with The Pearl, it depends. I prefer more minimal, fast base products and don’t mind taking some time with eyeshadow, for example. I also expect liquid and cream products to be very easy to blend and natural-looking on the skin. If you have ample time when you’re getting ready, you may want to try The Pearl.
Have you tried either of these?? What did you think?
Sharing three new staples
In my experience, cleansers aren’t the most exciting skincare product. The last one I was really jazzed about was Bliss’s Cold Pressed. I still love that one for removing makeup by the way. Now I’ve found my favorite morning cleanser thanks to Palm and Lather! It’s the Caviar Lime AHA Cleansing Creme. True to it’s name, it has a lush, creamy texture and it foams up slightly when you add water. I like the soft feeling of this in the morning and it never strips my skin. The addition of an exfoliating ingredient with Vitamin C paired with the rest of my routine has really helped smooth and brighten my skin! I also love the scent of lime, so I was expecting a bright, citrus fragrance, but it’s actually more subtle and sophisticated.
For eyes, I mentioned on Instagram that I had a tendency to neglect this area until I started using the Patchology Flashpatch Restoring Night Eye Gels. They’re so refreshing and now I’m trying to be more diligent about applying eye cream as well. I’m annoyingly prone to milia around my eyes, so it wasn’t a priority in my routine until I found this one from Estée Lauder that doesn’t cause milia! It’s the Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Eye Gelee. I think I’ve also stuck with it because the built-in applicator makes it a breeze to apply. You can squeeze out the precise amount and the metal tip feels cooling and depuffing.
I’ve already raved about Herbivore Botanicals Prism Potion here, but I had to include it since I’m still impressed and have been using it nearly every night. To recap, if you want glowy skin in one easy step, you’ve got to try this!
Those are my three most recent skincare favorites! What have you fallen in love with lately?
Sharing one of my favorite launches
I’m still loving Kaja Beauty, which has the cutest packaging and seriously dreamy textures. The Mochi Glow Bouncy Highlighter in Toy Alien is the only highlight I’ve worn since I received this box! I’ve also been wearing the Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blushes in Coy and Fiesty. Coy is a pretty, subtle pinkish nude while Fiesty is a brighter flush of pink.
I’m loving this line so much and I was really lucky to receive the most generous package from Memebox and Sephora, so I thought it would be fun to share these products!! I’m having a giveaway over on Instagram and it’s a breeze to enter. Pop over before it ends on Wednesday!
My favorite new skincare find
I’ve officially found my favorite chemical exfoliant! Meet Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion from Herbivore Botanicals. This exfoliates with natural fruit acids to smooth out texture and unclog pores without drying out your skin. It has a watery, serum-like texture and dropper applicator.
I use about three drops per night and apply all over my face and neck. Prism sinks in pretty quickly and then I apply a basic moisturizer, like Clinique Moisture Surge, on top. I want something that will seal in moisture without interrupting the exfoliation process.
It’s been almost two months since I started using Prism and I’m about 1/3 done with the bottle. I usually don’t go through products this quickly, so I’m happy I’ve been so consistent with this part of my routine!
As far as results, I definitely think Prism has improved the texture and clarity of my skin. It’s softer, smoother, and my pores are less clogged. I’ve also noticed less redness in my cheeks in the morning, which is a huge win for me. I deal with a lot of flakiness around my nose and this gets rid of the dead skin cells in that area too.
I’m so happy to have discovered this thanks to Birchbox! It’s definitely on my “to repurchase” list!
Another beautiful shop
Anastasia and I finally popped by the gorgeous Fresh Beauty Kitchen last week. It’s a beautiful space with all kinds of interesting and playful displays that incorporate ingredients, like lemons and rose. You can even wrap your own bar of soap and they had an amazing gift with purchase while we were there. The staff was really friendly and helpful too!
Look at this glorious wall. I love the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments and didn’t even know about some of the shades, like Bloom and Spice. Aren’t these pretty colors? I love the warmer nude shades for fall.
The Sugar Lip Treatment is probably my favorite high end lip balm. The formula is moisturizing and easy to wear and reapply throughout the day. I also love the lemony scent and pretty, color-coordinated packaging. The darker ones sometimes get on my teeth since they’re incredibly emollient, so I stick to the lighter shades. This also means they melt really easily, so I wouldn’t recommend leaving them in a hot car or outdoors in the summer.
When Sugar Advanced Therapy in Dream came out, I didn’t think the color was terribly different from Rosé, but it’s actually much more sheer. It doesn’t have SPF either, but it has lip repairing ingredients instead. I have the original version and love using it before bed.
Lastly, there are a couple limited edition flavors in the Sugar Hydrating Lip Balm, like Peach and Chocolate. They smell amazing, of course, but they also have a teeny hint of color, so here are some more swatches for comparison.
If you’re a fan of Fresh or want to experience their products and learn about ingredients, I would definitely recommend stopping by!
Another fun store visit!
I just wrote about popping by The Detox Market’s new NYC location and have another shop to share today! Anastasia and I reserved tickets for the Winky Lux Experience this afternoon. It costs $10 to tour seven adorably themed rooms and then you get to apply that $10 to any makeup or skincare in the store!
I liked that each theme corresponded to a Winky Lux product and a helpful guide shared ingredients, texture tips, and swatches as we went through the rooms. The rooms are very playful and some are interactive. They’re all, of course, very Instagrammable.
We had a group of just four girls, which was perfect to view each room and take pictures together. The rooms are kind of small, so I wouldn’t recommend going with a larger group. We had plenty of time to explore the products and take pictures in each room – we didn’t feel rushed at all. Thankfully the other two girls with us were bloggers too!
Afterward we shopped around a bit. I was torn between these gorgeous Glazed Lip glosses and the Kitten Palette. The glosses smell delicious – like doughnuts – and they aren’t sticky at all. They aren’t super pigmented either, but you can definitely tell the difference between the shades. I like that they’re more of lip toppers and easy to apply on the go since they’re sheer.
The Kitten Palette has a perfect mix of neutral and fun shades in my opinion. The shimmers were buttery and the mattes were pretty smooth. I was definitely tempted by this, but I just purchased the new Becca palette and don’t need another eyeshadow palette right now. Plus I don’t have that many lip glosses! I went for the Berry one since it has a fun purple undertone that’s nice for fall. After the ticket discount, it was less than $4 with tax!
I’ve been wearing it for a couple hours and the texture is very smooth on the lips. It hasn’t faded at all which is impressive for a gloss and it feels hydrating as well. The applicator is great for applying enough product with just one dip into the tube too.
Overall, I would totally recommend making a reservation to see the rooms and then using your credit to shop! All of their products are so adorable and affordable too!
A gorgeous collection of clean beauty
Last weekend, Anastasia and I went to the grand opening of The Detox Market’s brand new store! I wanted to share a bit of a photo diary with some of the products I checked out since it’s such a beautiful shop. The atmosphere is really bright and airy; it felt so refreshing compared to Sephora’s dark interior. There are tons of wooden elements, green plants, and natural lighting flooding the space as well.
We also discovered a bunch of new-to-us brands, like Hynt (below) and Hush + Dotti (above). The testers are easily accessible and definitely make you want to swatch everything! All of the makeup is in the center of the store while skincare and haircare are along the walls. It’s very easy to shop by product type or by brand. The only thing I didn’t like was that there weren’t many price tags, so it was difficult to determine how much something cost if you were interested.
The grand opening was absolutely packed – with brands and shoppers! Rose Marie Swift from RMS Beauty was there, along with plenty of other brand founders and reps. I thought that was such a cool aspect to the event. I also like how The Detox Market has these signs to share more about the people behind the brands and their stories. Here’s Kjaer Weis (which I have been dying to try!).
There was a huge section of one of my favorite clean beauty brands, Vapour Organic Beauty (reviewed here). Their new glosses were very tempting! Look at all of these beautiful shades!
Here are swatches of the Vapour Beauty Multistick in Courtesan, W3ll People Contour + Highlight Duo, and Hush + Dotti Lip Gloss in Pami (so pigmented! and a unique orange shade). These were my favorite items and are next on my to-buy list! I’m currently on a no-buy after the VIB sale 😦
How gorgeous is this Shimmer Lip Whip by Kari Gran? It is the perfect lip topper shade, and I almost picked it up, but I think my Bite Beauty Lip Mask in Maple has a similar sheen.
I tried to get more photos of the store and services area, but there were so many people that I couldn’t get a great shot. So, I hope you enjoyed taking a look at some of the fun lines The Detox Market carries. I would highly recommend stopping by if you’re in New York!