Updates to my Shower Routine and Haircare

New bodycare and styling products

I’ve been using this Oribe Hydration and Anti-pollution Booster* for a few months now and I thought I had already raved about it here! Birchbox kindly sent it my way to create some content for their Instagram and I think it’s such a smart product; I use serum daily on my face and even sometimes on my body, so why not treat my hair the same?

This one has a thin, watery texture that’s packed with Hyaluronic acid to hydrate dry hair. I use about whole dropper of product as the first thing I apply to my hair once I’ve towel-dried it. I focus the serum around my crown where I get a lot of frizz and run it through my ends. I love how soft and moisturized this makes my hair feel. As with all Oribe products, it smells very luxurious and wonderful too! This is a pricey item, but I still have half the bottle left and I would easily spend more on a facial serum, so I think it’s worth the investment in my experience.

On day two or three hair, I’ve been using the Ghost Oil* from Verb to add back some moisture and perk up my strands after sleeping on them and flattening my waves. It truly is weightless and helps tame flyaways while adding shine. The texture is definitely thicker like a traditional oil, but it spreads nicely and is easy to rinse off my hands. I also like the minimal packaging and it smells great, like the rest of the Ghost line (reviewed the shampoo and conditioner here!). I had previously been using the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil and like Ghost a bit better!

I’ve been testing their Dry Shampoo* too, which is a loose powder version. I like this smaller bottle for travel and it has a nice tapered nozzle for adding the powder directly to your roots. I tend to squeeze out too much on accident unfortunately, so I’m still trying to figure out the proper technique. As such, it requires a bit more working in than a traditional spray version, but it definitely adds volume! It gives my hair the perfect amount of grit and texture, which I really enjoy. By the way, you can always get 16% off Verb if you’d like to shop with me!

Lastly, my sweet friend Jessica sent me these beautiful body products from Soak + Unwind, a vegan and cruelty-free line. I love their minimal, chic packaging and pretty two-tone formulas. I can’t believe how affordable these are as well; I’ll definitely be restocking when I’m out!

The Whipped Sugar Scrub (left) has the perfect gritty texture that isn’t too harsh. It’s perfect to use before shaving. Sweet Dreams, to me, smells like lavender mixed with a tiny bit of candy (in a totally non-nauseating way), but it has a beautiful depth to it too. This is my new favorite body scrub!

I also love the scent of this Whipped Soap in Fall Vibes (right) which is basically the total opposite. It’s warmer, a bit spicy, and a bit fruity. It makes me feel cozy and is definitely reminiscent of apple picking in Autumn. The texture on this one is softer and a tad slippery, which creates a little lather.

These lovely products have shaken up my routine in the best way and I just had to share them all! What have you been loving lately?

Benefit Gimme Brow+ Quick and Easy Tutorial

My favorite brow gel

 

I’ve posted about my love for this product before, but I thought I would put together this super fast tutorial on how to use Benefit’s Gimme Brow+. These three simple steps take less than a minute per brow, but the final look adds polish and definition to my face. Gimme Brow+ even fills in the scar in my left brow while looking totally natural. Thanks to Birchbox for gifting me this when I had just run out of mine!

Drunk Elephant Review! Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, TLC Sukari Babyfacial, and Protini Polypeptide Cream

One of my favorite skincare brands

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I’ve been using Drunk Elephant for years now; the line was my first foray into clean beauty and I’m always impressed with how effective, yet gentle their products are. The Pekee and Juju bars are my favorite travel cleansers (reviewed here) and their Marula Oil was the first facial oil I ever used! I picked up D-Bronzi during my fall Sephora sale haul and am enjoying it even more now since I prefer cream products in the winter.

A couple months ago, the sweet Drunk Elephant team sent over the most generous package of products. It’s been so fun to try out more from the line and I wanted to share my thoughts on some of the new items that have worked out for me!

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Let’s start with the TLC Sukari Babyfacial! I’m sure you have seen this all over Instagram or other beauty blogs; I had heard so many good things, but I’d also read a couple horror stories. My skin is pretty used to chemical exfoliants thankfully, so I wasn’t too concerned about having a bad reaction. Babyfacial does have 25% AHA though, so be very careful if it’s the first chemical exfoliant you’re introducing to your routine.

After a few uses, it’s safe to say my skin loves Babyfacial! It’s definitely one of the most effective masks I’ve ever tried; my skin feels softer and looks more glowy immediately after each application. The next morning, my face looks bright and clear! I only use it once every couple weeks (since I use the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum regularly), so this large size should last me a while. I’d definitely recommend trying this out if you’re looking for something to address texture and dullness. There’s a smaller size with a more affordable price tag at Sephora thankfully too.

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Next we have the Protini Polypeptide Cream, which I hadn’t tried before! This is one seriously hydrating face moisturizer, but I love that it has somewhat of a lighter, gel-cream consistency. I have dehydrated skin at the moment and need the added moisture, but I don’t want anything too heavy or clogging. Protini definitely fits the bill and has helped get rid of the flakes on my nose along with the exfoliants I use.

It sinks in really quickly and is my ideal night cream. Reed also loves this and he has really dry skin, so he uses it during the day too. I also wanted to mention the awesome packaging which has a hygienic pump that keeps the ingredients (like anti-aging peptides!) fresh and protected from oxygen and light.

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Lastly, the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is a favorite of mine for removing makeup and cleansing at night. It really does dissolve all traces of makeup (including mascara) without stripping my skin or bothering my sensitive eyes; it’s faster to rinse off and leaves no residue compared to an oil-cleanser or makeup removing balm. I love the gel texture and light scent too. This is quite a large size as well, so it will last a long time.

If you haven’t tried Drunk Elephant yet, you can actually get a mini Protini and Beste as your free birthday gift from Sephora this year! I will definitely be snagging the duo in April; they’re the perfect sizes for travel.

Vapour Beauty Review and Swatches! Illusionist Concealer, Elixir Plumping Gloss, Aura Multi-use Stain, and Siren Lipsticks

My favorite clean makeup

I love everything about Vapour Organic Beauty – from their clean ingredients and focus on sustainability to the chic packaging and beautiful formulas. I discovered their products about a year ago from Credo Beauty and have been in love ever since. I also purchased a couple things from Dermstore back in April and reviewed them here. A couple weeks ago, Vapour was so kind to send over all of these gorgeous products so I could try more of the line!

These are the Siren Lipsticks in Desire (left) and Incognito (right) and I find this formula so comfortable to wear! It lasts pretty well for a finish that’s a bit glossy too. Desire is my favorite since it’s such a wearable shade; it’s slightly more pink than my natural lip color and brightens my lips nicely. It also goes with pretty much any eye look I’ve done recently. Incognito is a pretty, deeper neutral tone; I like the brown undertones in this one. Since these reflect light well (because they’re a little glossy), they make my lips look really healthy and plump! I also love the fresh, fruity scent.

The berry swatch closest to my thumb is the Aura Multi-use Stain in Scandal. It is such a gorgeous color! On my cheeks, it looks like the perfect flush from being out in the cold. I also have the Classic version in Spark and this one does last longer throughout the day since it’s a stain; it doesn’t go on dry or chalky though thankfully and you have plenty of time to blend it. I like this best as a blush, although it’s a beautiful lip color too.

The Vapour Illusionist Concealer is my go-to for easy, natural-looking coverage. I use it under my eyes, on my cheeks and nose, and sometimes my chin as my base; I love how radiant it looks under the eyes especially. I originally reviewed shade 010 here and now I have shade 015! It’s a bit darker and more yellow; since I’m a tiny bit tan still (thanks, Mexico trip and Isle of Paradise!), this matches my skin quite well and then I use 010 to brighten under the eyes and the down the bridge of my nose (where I have a lot of redness). Here are comparison swatches using indoor lighting and my phone’s flash. 010 looks so light here that you’d think it doesn’t match my skintone, but it’s actually just on the darkest part of my arm.

The swatch closet to my wrist is the Elixir Plumping Gloss in Flirt, which is a nice peachy shade. The formula isn’t sticky, but it is hydrating and has good color payoff. These glosses aren’t tingly (which I prefer) and I think the plumping effect comes from how juicy they make your lips look. They also smell like sweet strawberries or something – I love it! I want to try the shade Tickle next because I think it will make a great lip topper.

Overall, I am so impressed with everything I tried and can’t thank Vapour enough for sending such a generous package!

Updates to my Travel Skincare Routine

Three minis that saved my skin!

My skin tends to freak out when I travel; I get several tiny whiteheads on my chin and congestion in my pores on my inner cheeks, but then my nose and jaw are incredibly dry. It’s hard to balance changing climates between multiple cities and the utter dryness of planes. I don’t always get to bring my usual routine either since I want to pack light and generally don’t check a bag.

Thankfully, I received all of these cute minis in my October Allure Beauty Box and was able to test them out during my last three trips; I’m happy to say I’ve finally found a routine that works! I brought the Bliss Peel Pads (reviewed here!), Caudalie eye cream and my Drunk Elephant serums too, but here are three new products that I’m loving.

I’m quite impressed with Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip Cleanser. It has a gel texture that turns into a gentle foam with water. It’s purifying without stripping my skin and now I’m wishing I had tried this earlier! Sometimes cleansers with clay or charcoal are too drying for me, so I had avoided trying this, but I love most things from SR, so I should have known this would work for me too! I think it really helped with congestion.

The Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum addresses the acne on my chin thanks to salicylic acid as an active ingredient. It makes a great spot treatment for me, but those with blemish-prone or oily skin can apply it all over. This has a very thin, almost runny texture so it layers beautifully with other products. I’m actually nearly out of my mini, so I will have to get the full size soon!

Lastly, all of my dry patches have been quenched thanks to the Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty. I have used this in the past on my elbows, cuticles, and cracked heels, and it worked like a charm; my face never used to be this dry, so I hadn’t needed to use it on my nose or jaw until recently. It’s quite thick and soothing and I would definitely recommend keeping a jar around, especially in the winter (although I have to say this tube packaging is so convenient for travel!).

So there we have three little warriors that addressed conflicting skin issues during my last few trips. How do you prep your skin for travel or adjust your routine?