New Skincare Reviews: Raw Elements, Boscia, Burt’s Bees

Three recent purchases/gifts

My newest skincare find is the Boscia Cactus Water Hydrating Cream. Influenster sent this over to try and review. I love the happy green packaging and sanitary spoon. Unfortunately, this didn’t get along with my skin. It’s definitely more of a lightweight gel than cream in my opinion. It also remained tacky to the point where my skin felt sticky several minutes later.

If I used this at night, my skin felt dry to the touch the next morning. However, when I washed my face, it felt like a thick layer of something slimy was coming off. My skin was really dry this past winter and it’s currently becoming combination skin as the season is changing. This is geared toward combination to oily skin, so it’s probably not moisturizing enough for me right now. I might try it again in July or August, but I wouldn’t recommend this from my recent experience.

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I’ve also been testing the Raw Elements Tinted Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 for a couple weeks now. I thankfully received this through the OBL Club (which is free for anyone to join). Andrea is so sweet and her blog is a lovely resource for clean beauty reviews, tips, and news.

I have been looking for a sunscreen that doesn’t contain avobenzene or octinoxate, which damage coral reefs and marine life. I generally prefer mineral sunscreens anyway and am vowing to only use Reef Safe options going forward. On that topic, I was thrilled when Hawaii passed their new law banning chemical spf!

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I think this is a great moisturizing sunscreen. The tint is a tiny bit dark for my pretty fair skin tone, but since this blends well and has sheer coverage, it works. It does have a very glowy finish – I don’t mind it on its own for casual wear. If I’m doing my makeup with concealer, blush, etc., I definitely set it down with powder.

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The jar packaging isn’t my favorite because I don’t like dipping my fingers into products (I think this would be especially gross at the beach with sandy fingers), but there’s a stick version too. I’ve been applying it with a sponge to be a little more hygienic. It retails for $17.99, which I think is reasonable for a product that is reef safe and cruelty-free, has natural ingredients, and will last the whole summer since a little bit goes a long way.

Lastly, I picked up this Burt’s Bees lip scrub in my recent Target Haul. I needed one in a pinch and as I’ve been using this more, I really like it. It has an oily (in a good way!), balm-like base that hydrates after you wash the exfoliating crystals away. It also smells amazing. I think I would love this even more in the winter because my lips are super dry then. If you’re looking for a really rough, granular scrub, this probably isn’t the one.

Have you tried any of these items? What’s your favorite Reef Safe sunscreen? I’m definitely on the lookout for more!

Target Beauty Haul

Swatches and first impressions

I usually try to stop at Target when I’m in Chicago because they have so many brands and everything is much more affordable than NYC. Most recently, I wanted to find the new Wet n Wild Not a Basic Peach palette and I really needed a new lip scrub. I also picked up a couple extra items since they currently have a promotion for a $5 gift card when you spend $20.

One of those items was the Up and Up version of the BeautyBlender, which was $3.99. I love the original BeautyBlender and have never tried any of the dupes until now. I’ll have a whole post on this coming soon!

I also happened upon these adorable mini Real Techniques brushes. They’re my favorite drugstore brush brand, so I had to pick up a travel size version of my Expert Face Brush. It blends like a dream and was only $5.99.

I haven’t tried anything from ELF in a while and loved the colors in this duo. It’s the Best Friends eyeshadow palette in Pink Pal. I love this for an everyday eye and I think it would make a great contour and highlight palette for travel too. This swatches beautifully and wears well on the eyes. It lasts about 8 hours without primer and 12 hours with my Sephora Collection Tinted and Cooling Eye Primer. I’ve been using it a ton this week and would highly recommend it, especially for $3!

Wet n Wild recently redid their eyeshadow formula and everyone was raving about these their palettes a couple months ago. The one I picked up is a new color scheme and I love the warm shades with a pop of blue. It’s easy to get different colorful looks from this palette, but you can use it to create a couple basic options as well. It’s very compact and would be perfect to travel with. Full review coming soon!

Lastly, I saw this cute lip scrub from Burt’s bees and decided to give it a try. I had been eyeing the Lush Honey one, and this Conditioning Lip Scrub with Exfoliating Honey Crystals seemed like a similar option for only $8. It has a very soft base that my finger sunk into, to give you a better idea of the texture. It still exfoliates well though and I enjoy the scent. My lips are always dry and I’m happy to have a lip scrub back in my routine. I think I’ll try the Lush scrub or Frank Body one when this runs out.

That’s everything! I’m really happy with this haul and will have to get to Target more often. What have you picked up lately?

April Empties – Skincare, Haircare, Bodycare, Makeup

I’ve finished up some more products, but are they worth repurchasing? Here’s my latest Empties video!

 

What have you finished up recently? Anything I should try?

Products mentioned:
Drunk Elephant Baby Pekee Bar + Juju Bar Travel Duo (full review here)
Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturizer (full review here)
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment
Clarks Botanicals Radiance Cream
Balance Me Radiance Face Mask (full review here)
Bumble and bumble Bb. Curl (Style) Primer
TOCCA – Bianca Nourishing Body Scrub
Burt’s Bees Mango Lip Balm
ARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm – Berry Busy (swatched here)
Lip Smacker Kiwi Berry
Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

My First Empties!

Here are a few products I finished up and really liked along with a bunch of items I’m decluttering because they don’t work for me.

What have you finished up lately?