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.

Reviewing Hyped Products – Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops and Tatcha The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment

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?

Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale Recommendations (Fall VIB Sale)

Best items to buy with the discount!

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The Sephora sale is back starting tomorrow for Rouge members! I’m actually not Rouge this year – thumbs up for not spending $1k in the past year, but I am sadly missing the 20% discount. As a VIB member, I get 15% off starting next Thursday, August 30th. Beauty Insiders get 10% starting next week as well. To shop online, use discount codes: YESROUGE, YESVIB, and YESINSIDER.

Here are some of my very favorite products that are worth a haul. I’ve repurchased most of these, including the Caudalie Sorbet, Drunk Elephant Bars, Bite Lip Mask, Josie Maran Body Butter, and Comptoir Sud Pacifique Perfume several times. Others are recent discoveries that have achieved HG status already, like the Isle of Paradise Drops and Herbivore Prism.

In the general, the sale is a great time to pick up high-end brands that are rarely discounted, like Pat McGrath and Tom Ford, and well as fragrances and discovery kits, so you can try more for even less. I’ll pop a wishlist on my Instagram Stories next week, but here are some tried and true recommendations:

Herbivore Botanicals Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion – This is my new favorite exfoliating serum. It has a pretty watery consistency that layers well with other skincare products. I only use this at night and happily wake up the next morning to soft, glowing skin. Full review coming soon, but I highly recommend this.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet – A wonderful hydrating lotion with clean ingredients. This feels lightweight, helps with redness, and is cruelty-free, vegan, and oil-free. It also smells lovely and the packaging is cute.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil – Another glow-making product! This is a hydrating and anti-aging overnight oil that replaces moisturizer and serum for me. It has retinol for plumping the skin, helping with wrinkles, and smoothing pores. I also love the blue tansy and chamomile ingredients for soothing redness.

Drunk Elephant Baby Pekee Bar and Juju Bar Travel Duo – These are so convenient for travel since they’re smaller and don’t count as a liquid. Even though they’re little, these last about six months or longer, so they’re definitely worth the price. The Pekee bar is amazing for gently removing makeup while Juju lightly exfoliates, making it a great morning or post-workout cleanser.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter – The unscented version is actually my favorite because it smells like whipped cream! This is my favorite body butter ever. It’s so hydrating without being heavy; the whipped formula is definitely light and luxurious. Since you can get a great body butter at Ulta for less than $10, I only splurge on this during the sale. It lasts a few months thankfully.

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops – I use the Light version of these drops mixed into body lotion before I go to bed. I wake up a shade or two darker with even coverage and no orange tones. I never thought I’d be into self-tanning (it always seemed so time-consuming and hard to get it to look natural), but this has completely changed my mind. Full review here and routine details here!

Ciate London The Pretty Eyeshadow Palette – Out of all of my eyeshadows, this is my ultimate go-to. I use it every. single. day. You can create a very natural-looking matte eye, everyday shimmer look, or add drama for a night out. While it’s a neutral palette, the pop of orange, purple, and gold make it pretty versatile. It’s relatively affordable too and great for travel.

BareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer  – This is another item I use in my daily routine because it couldn’t be faster to apply and it looks so natural. I lightly sweep this along the perimeter of my face in a 3 shape. The Medium shade is perfect for me, even when I’m much more fair, so you may want to swatch this one in store. The texture/finish reminds me of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders; there’s a tiny bit of shimmer that adds a nice, healthy-looking glow with absolutely no detectable glitter particles.

Bite Agave Lip Mask – One of the most moisturizing lip balm products I’ve ever tried. It has a thicker consistency that melts onto the lips for a comfortable, plush feeling; this helps it last for a good few hours on the lips. The finish has some shine, but it’s not terribly glossy. Smashed is my favorite shade, but I’ve tried the clear and Champagne versions too. I really want to try the newer Maple and Lavender shades!

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray – Amazing if you have dry or damaged hair! I love a lightweight leave-in that takes care of frizz, protects from UV, and adds a good dose of moisture; this spray does it all while smelling nice. I definitely want to explore more from this brand – they’re pretty clean and cruelty-free too.

Verb Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner – Another great fix for dry hair. This duo helped so much with my curls without being heavy. It also smells great, but it isn’t overbearing. I’m currently using the Ghost Line (reviewed here!) which I’m loving and may be better for my newly short hair. Either way, I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from this brand and it’s already affordable thankfully.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Coco – This is my favorite warm and sweet scent. It’s not too close to baked goods, but it definitely has some nostalgic vibes in my opinion. Vanilla is my classic winter scent, but the coconut in this adds a tropical vibe that is fun for warm-weather vacations too. Perfume is rarely on sale, so this is a great time to treat yourself or pick up gifts.

There are so many products and brands from Sephora that I love (Tata Harper, Hourglass, and First Aid Beauty to name a few), so I couldn’t include everything, but these products popped into my head right away and are so good I HAD to include them. What are your Sephora Favorites?? Anything new you’re picking up during the sale?

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

Skincare Roundup: Cleansers

Reviewing ALL of the cleansers

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I I’ve been wanting to keep track of my open skincare items and also write notes on other options I have used in the past. I figured it might be helpful to have multiple reviews in one place. At the very least, it will be a reference point for me to remember what worked well and what to avoid. So, here’s my current stash of cleansers. I use different ones to remove makeup, quickly wash my face in the morning, and deep cleanse. I generally use a chemical exfoliant, so I’m including my only physical exfoliant in this post because I mostly use it as a cleanser.

First up is the newest addition to my collection: the Little Seed Farm Activated Charcoal Bar that was very kindly gifted to me. I think solid cleansers are great for travel and I like to bring something detoxifying with me just in case, so this is perfect. I love that it’s handmade, cruelty-free, and paraben-free. It does leave my face feeling a little dry, so I only use this about once a week or after a really sweaty workout.

Next I have the Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser. This doesn’t remove my mascara (which isn’t even waterproof) so I only use this in the morning as a very gentle cleanser. I love the pump, it’s affordable, and you can get it at Whole Foods. It also has lots of great, organic ingredients and hydrating oils, so it doesn’t strip the skin.

This Drunk Elephant duo is one of my very favorite cleansers – I’ve repurchased it about four times!! I love traveling with these bars because they’re effective and convenient. The Pekee Bar is my favorite nighttime cleanser; it removes makeup so efficiently without irritating my eyes. The Juju Bar has tiny exfoliating particles for a very gentle scrub – it’s nice in the morning as well and doesn’t dry my skin out at all. I like the scent of both and these tiny bars last about six months! I’d highly recommend this and think it’s definitely worth $18.

Lastly, I use this Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Gel in the shower as a simple and easy step. It removes makeup as well and I love that it’s natural as far as ingredients. Acure is one of my favorite skincare lines – they just went through a rebranding with new packaging and I can’t wait to try everything.

Here are all of the other cleansers I’ve owned in the past (that I can remember).

Skincare Roundup: Cleansers

Fresh(R) Soy Face Cleanser(R) • $15–38 – This is an amazing daily cleanser that also removes makeup, is gentle, and smells fresh like cucumbers. It’s definitely pricey, but a tiny bit goes a long way. It’s a gel formula that lathers well.

Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water • $32 – One of the only micellar water type cleansers I like because it actually removes all makeup without leaving any residue behind. It’s expensive for what it is though.

Lush Let the Good Times Roll • $12.95 – I forgot how much I love this cleanser! It smells amazing and leaves my skin soft. You take a tiny bit and add water to make a paste, so I used it in the shower as a very light physical exfoliant; it doesn’t remove makeup. I’ve repurchased two or three times!

Peter Thomas Roth Anti Aging Cleansing Gel • $38 – This cleanser was great for keeping my skin clear from the occasional breakout. The bottle is gigantic, so the price is actually decent. I liked the gel texture and inclusion of salicylic acid. It has a lot of anti-aging claims that I’m not sure about.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash, 4.0 oz. • $38  – I love the glycolic and lactic acids in this cleanser; they help maintain a glow in between peels or masks. I never used it to remove makeup, so I’m not quite sure how effective it would be.

Skin Laundry Gentle Foaming Face Wash • $20  – Great for a nighttime cleanser because it quickly removed my makeup. It’s a slippery liquid that lathers easily. This is the only item I’ve tried from the line and I haven’t heard many people talking about it, but I’m intrigued.

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, 5.0 oz./ 125 mL • $78  – This is clearly a splurge and I’m really not sure if any cleanser that you wash down the drain is worth this much, but I received it as Gratis when I worked at Birchbox years ago. It’s super luxurious, smells amazing, and the packaging is gorgeous (anything with a pump is also a plus for me).

Origins Checks and Balances(TM) Frothy Face Wash • $23  – This was one of the first cleansers I remember buying at Sephora. I tried it again a year or so ago, but it was super drying. My skin has changed a lot, but I think it’s only good for really oily skin.

Key West Aloe Gentle Aloe Facial Wash – 6 oz • $10.29  – I picked this up with my Birchbox points because the sample smelled amazing. It was effective at removing makeup and had a gel texture. Love the pump and price and that it’s available at Target now.

Tatcha Women’s The Deep Cleanse 150ml • $38  – Here’s a recent launch that I’m not really sure about yet. I love the gel texture with natural luffa fruit bits. However, it says not to use near the eye area, which is off-putting. It’s also for normal to oily skin and I have normal to dry skin. I’ll test it again in the summer when I’m more normal – combo.

Foreo Day Cleanser • $19.95  – I received this cleanser as a gift with my Foreo Luna Play purchase. It works well with or without the device. I found it to be very gentle and creamy. It also smelled delicious, like creamsicles.

Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser • $8.99  – I remember liking this as a drugstore option and kept a bottle at my parents house for when I stayed overnight. It’s a good, basic cleanser with a smooth consistency.

Burt’s Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser, 6 oz • $10  – Here’s an affordable option that removes makeup and smells nice. I’m not sure how much it brightened alone, but I was also using the Caudalie Radiance serum and my skin looked much less dull through the whole bottle. I’d definitely repurchase.

Derma E Daily Detox Scrub • $15.99  – This is one of the only other physical exfoliants I use. This is gentle but effective for surface flakiness. It has a light, natural charcoal scent that adds to the detox experience in my opinion. Derma E is one of my favorite skincare lines for sure.

Avene Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser • $20  – I really liked this a few summers ago when my face was oilier. It never stripped my skin and removed makeup well. I love this brand and want to try more of their products.

I apparently go through a lot of cleanser… which makes sense because I use it twice a day. I’m sure there are even more, but these were the main ones that stuck out to me.
Have you tried any of these cleansers? What’s your go-to cleanser that also removes makeup?