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!

A Celebratory Giveaway!

Popping in to share my latest giveaway celebrating this wonderful community. I’ve been stashing all of these lovely products to send to one of you! My sweet, supportive friends in this little online space. If you’re here, you probably follow my blog and have already earned an extra entry! To complete your entries, please follow me on Instagram and find this post where you can tag two friends in a comment.That’s it! Keeping it simple and sunny. Thanks so much for following along ♥️

Dermstore June BeautyFIX Unboxing and Review

New monthly unboxing!

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I’ve been subscribed to Dermstore’s BeautyFIX box for three months now and it’s become my very favorite subscription box! That’s a big deal for me because I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox for over five years. BeautyFIX is more skincare focused, although it usually includes makeup, haircare, fragrance, and body care in every box as well. I love the variety and that full size products are included too – it’s a great value to me. It’s been fun to experience new-to-me brands and have a stash of samples for all of my recent trips.

The June box arrived just before I left for Florida – which was perfect because it has two sunscreens. I’ve committed to using only reef-safe options (more on that here!), so I’m thrilled that these are both mineral formulas.

The first is the Color Science Sunforgettable Broad Spectrum SPF 50. I love the idea of an SPF powder for easy reapplication throughout the day, but I couldn’t really tell how much I was applying. Even though this is shade Medium, it was pretty undetectable on my light skin tone. It did take down the shine in my t-zone during a hot day at Disney thankfully. Overall, it’s portable and convenient and I’m definitely going to use it for the rest of the summer, but I wouldn’t buy it for $57.

The other is from Nia 24 and is a Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Lotion. I could definitely tell where I applied this one, unlike the powder, as it’s super white. Zinc and Titanium Dioxide tend to be, so it doesn’t really bother me, and thankfully this formula blends in nicely without tugging at the skin. It’s also not too drying – I used a moisturizer (VMV Hypoallergenics from last month!) beforehand. I also appreciate the inclusion of Niacinamide, which is a great anti-aging ingredient.

Lastly for facial skincare is the Dermologica Biolumin-C Serum. I see tons of rave reviews on Instagram and I’ve been wanting to try this brand, so I’m really happy it was included in June’s box. I’m not opening this just yet because I’m still testing the Skinceuticals Discoloration Defense Serum from last month that is supposed to brighten as well. That was another brand I had been wanting to try, so BeautyFIX has really impressed me.

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For body care, I was excited to see a product from Sol de Janiero since I love their Bod Buff Scrub. This is the ever popular Bum Bum Cream. I had first tried this a couple years ago and found it way too shimmery for my taste. It smells delicious though, so I tried it again and I’m happy to report that it makes my dry, pale legs look a bit more healthy and hydrated. You still can see the shimmer particles unfortunately, but you can’t feel them at all! I could never use something that felt remotely like rubbing glitter onto my skin… If you haven’t smelled their line at least, I would recommend it!

Another one for the body is The Cool Fix Target Gel Lotion. This lightweight, blue gel is supposed to help with ingrown hairs, razor burn, bumps, and redness. I don’t deal with those too often thankfully, but I’ll be sure to have Reed try it and maybe I will need it sometime this summer. I think it’s a unique item that is nice to have on hand.

The haircare item this month is from one of my favorite brands, Alterna. I absolutely love their Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner as well as their Ocean Waves Spray. This Anti-Frizz Blowout Butter is supposed to give medium to thick hair a smoother, easier blowout. I never use a blow dryer on my hair – I actually don’t even own one – since it’s curly and air dries best. My hair is also pretty fine. This smells so good (like all of their products), so I am tempted to try it, but I may keep this for a giveaway.

Next we have the fragrance from Juliette has a Gun. It’s called Moscow Mule and has notes of lime, bergamot, and sandalwood. I like the original scent from this line, Not a Perfume, which I tried through Birchbox years ago. It’s light but pretty. I’m saving this new one for my mom since she loves trying out different perfumes.

Lastly, I completely forgot to photograph the Jane Iredale Lip Drink Lip Balm because I had taken it out of the box right away to try it on! I received the shade Flirt, a pretty, subtle pink. I enjoy the SPF 15 and lemony scent, but it’s definitely not the most hydrating lip balm I’ve ever tried.

Box Breakdown:

  • Powder Sunscreen (full size) .21 oz = $57
  • Mineral SPF 30 Lotion (full size) 2.7 oz = $49
  • Vitamin C Serum .10 oz = $8.70
  • Body Cream 1 oz = $4.50
  • Razor Gel 1 oz = $6
  • Hair Cream .85 oz = $5.78
  • Fragrance .06 oz = $3.35
  • Lip balm .05 oz = $6.07

For $27 (with tax), I received $140.40 of product!! This is such a good deal and I love the variety of categories included. Plus I got to discover new brands and I’m stocked on reef-safe sunscreen for this season. I’m really excited for next month now!

Are you subscribed to BeautyFIX? What was your favorite item this month?

Boxycharm June Unboxing and Review

My first Boxycharm!

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I’m clearly on a subscription box binge… but when I saw the Alamar palette and Luxie Brushes in the sneak peek for this month, I just had to subscribe! I’ve been inspired by summer, especially beachy locations, and have been wanting to play with more color lately. My Wet N Wild Palette is a fun way to dip my toes into warmer colors and a light blue, but this Alamar Reina Del Caribe Palette seemed to have much more of an impact. I had also never tried Luxie brushes and these pink ones are too cute!

I think the tropical packaging on the Alamar palette is cute and perfect for summer. I also love the mix of colors and how it’s organized so the cool-toned shimmers are at the top and the warmer satins and mattes are at the bottom. While this is definitely a bolder palette for me, I can still get everyday looks out of it as well! The mattes are really pigmented but blend nicely. The shimmers apply best with your fingertip in my experience – otherwise there’s some fallout. If I could make one change to the palette, I would definitely add a mirror. 

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The Luxie brushes came in a sturdy zipped bag. When I first took them out, they smelled chemically (and it was pretty strong). I let them air out for a day and then made sure to wash them before using. Thankfully, that scent totally disappeared! Boxycharm included the #522 Tapered Highlight, #660 Precision Foundation, and #516 Duo Fiber Powder in this set.

The Precision Foundation brush is a little weird in my opinion because normally foundation brushes in this size and bristle length are flat and denser. If this were a buffing brush, I would expect the bristles to be a bit shorter. I’m currently using it for lightly bronzing the perimeters of my face since I don’t like a giant bronzer brush.

The Tapered Highlight brush is perfect for highlighters like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders as it sweeps more over the cheekbones and temples (versus a fan brush which can be more precise). I also think it’s great for setting the under-eye because of the tapered shape.

Lastly, I do use #516 for powder. It quickly sweeps on translucent powder and doesn’t pick up too much product. Overall, I think these are quality brushes and I absolutely love the pink handles.

Since I really purchased this box for the palette and brushes, everything else was like a bonus! I received another Bum Bum Cream for Sol de Janiero, so this one will be going in a giveaway! I rarely ever use false lashes, but I’m glad to have a pair just in case. These Battington Monroe Silk Lashes ones seem nice because they’re not crazy dramatic. You can also use them 25 times! I hope they are easy to trim and stay on well – I’ll definitely write a whole review when I do wear these.

I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to eyeliner (at least in the waterline and if I’m going to wear it on my top lid, I like green or purple), but this Charcoal one from Jonteblu looks really pretty. I’m not sure yet if I should try it. Lastly, I’m not a liquid lipstick girl, so the Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Verona will be another giveaway item.

Box Breakdown (all full size)

  • Eyeshadow Palette $28
  • Brushes $42
  • False Lashes $28
  • Lipstick $21
  • Eyeliner $5
  • Body Cream (travel size) $10

For $21, I received $134 of products! This is definitely the subscription box if you’re looking for a lot of value and all full size items! I think it’s great because the two items I wanted the most already cost three times more than the whole box! Boxycharm also seems to include trendy and niche brands, which makes a fun mix.

Do you get Boxycharm? What was your favorite item this month? If you’re thinking of subscribing, I have a friend link here!