Kaja Beauty Giveaway! New K-beauty brand from Sephora

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!

Herbivore Botanicals Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion Review!

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!

Fresh Beauty Kitchen NYC – Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Swatches

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!

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!

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?

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Review

Testing a fun product

I’m usually the lightest shade of concealer out there and I’ve always embraced being this pale. With my trips to Scottsdale and FL earlier this summer though, I had a tiny bit of a tan going on. When Isle of Paradise reached out, I figured it would be a great way to extend my glow.

This is actually the first self-tanning line I’ve ever tried. Their inclusivity and clean ingredients along with cute packaging definitely intrigued me. I love that the line comes in three different shades from light to deep and there are drops, sprays, and mousse formulas to choose from. Isle of Paradise is also organic, vegan, and cruelty-free!

The Self Tanning Drops are my very favorite. I was actually surprised by how easy they were to use! You simply mix a few drops into body lotion and apply all over. They aren’t streaky at all and a tan will develop about 4-6 hours later. If you want to see how I prep my skin beforehand, check out this post!

I’ve applied the mixture at night and gotten right into bed and there were no streaks on my sheets. I would say two drops made me look about one to two shades darker. It’s subtle and natural-looking, but definitely working! I use them once a week to maintain this tone, but if you add more drops, the color becomes darker.

I’ve also tried the Drops with my nighttime facial moisturizer; I used one drop mixed in twice in the same week. It looks like a healthy tan that helped even out my skin tone too. I actually had to switch to my darkest concealer because my usual light shade was starting to look a little too pale!

The other product I was kindly sent is their Self-Tanning Water, which is a spray-on formula. I haven’t tried this one yet because you need a tanning mitt to spread the water and even out the color. I’ll definitely pick one up soon so I can try this, but I have high hopes since I love the Drops so much.

Overall I’m seriously impressed with Isle of Paradise. I feel like the Drops especially are fool-proof, fast, and easy. As a true beginner, they were extremely user-friendly, but I think even long-time tanners would enjoy the convenience of the Drops as well as the selection of shades.

Have you ever tried self-tanning? What’s your favorite brand?

 

Clio Palmperfect Cordless Shaver (and my Self Tanning Routine)

A convenient beauty tool

Have you ever been wearing a skirt and crossed your legs in a meeting and then realized you did a terrible job shaving your knees? Just me? On more than one occasion, I’ve wished I had a razor with me for a quick fix. So I was pretty excited when Clio reached out about their Palmperfect Cordless Shaver.

I like the smaller size compared to most electric razors and how quickly this takes care of any unwanted hair. I think it’s especially great for the underarms as the rounded top is perfect for this more delicate area. I love that you don’t need water or shaving cream either, so you can quickly take care of shaving anywhere.

This is going to be perfect for beach trips or warm-weather travel! Or even when I’m wearing a sleeveless blouse to the office. At under $10, this such an affordable tool to have on hand – I definitely recommend it.

I also tried self tanning for the first time (review coming next week!) and the Palmperfect has been working like a charm to prep my skin. I can easily shave my legs and underarms without nicks or having to hop in the shower.

If I am doing my nighttime, post-workout shower routine, I’ll also use a body scrub to help exfoliate and make sure my skin is smooth first. My favorites are the Josie Maran Argan Sugar Scrub and the Sol de Janeiro Bod Buff! Then I’ll mix the Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops into one of my favorite body lotions and apply all over. I’m sadly almost finished with the Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Body Milk, which smells amazing and hydrates without being heavy.

Have you ever tried an electric razor before? What’s your favorite self tanner? I’m hooked on both now!