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?

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!

Kaja Beauty Swatches! Launching at Sephora on 9/18

A new K-Beauty launch!

Meet Kaja Beauty, a Korean Beauty brand that’s exclusively launching in Sephora on Tuesday! This line has the cutest packaging and fun product names, like stacked shadows and a highlighter called Mochi Glow! I love all the pastel shades and pops of berries on the outer packaging and the actual formulas are all beautifully pigmented as well. I think they did a wonderful job with the variety of textures too, from bouncy highlighters, pressed glitter eyeshadows, and creamy lip stains to cushion blushes.

I received an incredibly generous package to review, so here are some swatches! In an effort to be less wasteful and pass on products I knew I wouldn’t wear (either because I’m so pale or just from personal preference), I didn’t swatch every shade. So check out the Sephora website because their swatches are great!

These are the adorable Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blushes ($24) in Coy, Bossy, Fiesty, and Saucy (from the open one clockwise). They’re a cushion formula and the top twists off to reveal a heart-shaped applicator. It’s dense and a bit hard, so I wasn’t expecting to like it, but the applicator is actually perfect for tapping the blush into your skin. You can also use it to apply a bit of the color and then easily blend with your fingers since the formula is so liquid.

Here’s my favorite shade, Fiesty. It’s a cool-toned pink that looks like a cute, natural flush on the skin. The bottom swatch is one press with the applicator, while I dotted the top one about five times. The packaging is a bit bulky compared to most slim blushes, but I actually appreciate how the applicator is built right in. Since I love their heart-shaped sponge, I can ditch my blush brush, which saves space and is perfect for travel.

These adorable highlighters make me think of Neapolitan ice cream! They’re too cute! The Mochi Glow Bouncy Highlighter ($19) comes in four shades that should work for any skin tone. Prizm (opened) is a duo-chrome pinky-peach – it’s a really fun shade. Toy Alien (front) is a cool-toned champagne. Luna (left) is a medium gold and Stardust (right) is a bronze shade. I think these have my favorite texture; they’re bouncy and smooth while still being shimmery and reflective. I’m not a big highlighter-wearer, but I think Prizm is a unique option that I’m excited to try out!

Here’s a swatch of the Cushy Vibe High-Pigment Lip Stain in Cashmere. I love that this formula is a true lip stain and not exactly a liquid lipstick; they don’t flake off and instead leave a popsicle like stain as they fade. You can use the doe-foot applicator to apply full on color or dab a tiny amount in with your finger for a pretty flush. You have to be a little more precise with the full on color since these are SO pigmented, but they last a really long time as a stain. Cashmere is a gorgeous berry that’s perfect for fall.

I love the name and packaging on the Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio ($21). They’re a conveniently stacked trio with a mirror in the lid. All of the shades are glittery and highly pigmented; I was really impressed with how reflective they are! There’s a bit of fallout to watch out for since they’re so glittery. I don’t own glitter glue, but that would probably help. Considering how many single shades at Sephora are $20, I think these are a great deal!

Here’s the Orange Blossom trio, which just screams fall to me. The top shade is more rose gold, while the middle is an orangey-gold, and the bottom is a bronze-ish brown. See how well they catch the light? I’m definitely going to be wearing these all over the lid.

While I’m normally drawn to warmer shades, the Rosewater trio is actually my favorite! I think the shadows are all so beautiful and I can see myself traveling with just this and two matte singles, light cream and taupe. The top shade is like a champagne, the middle is a light pink, and the bottom is a stunning burgundy. The way these reflect light is just mesmerizing.

Overall, I’m loving how playful and unique this line is! I would definitely recommend checking it out, especially if you see a shade you like in the eyeshadows or blushes.

New Becca Cosmetics Volcano Goddess Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and First Impressions

Swatches of a gorgeous new launch 

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Becca just dropped a new line of volcano inspired cosmetics and I had to snag the Volcano Goddess Eyeshadow Palette because it’s so beautiful! I’ve actually never purchased a palette sight unseen, but I went for it because I think this one may sell out! I also received 20% off the palette since I’d never purchased anything from the Becca website before. I’m very happy with the free shipping too; I ordered on Wednesday morning and the package showed up this morning (Friday)!

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These shades are absolutely stunning and perfect for creating neutral looks with enough fun pops of color that add a bit more interest. I think it will be great for travel since you have warm and cool toned options as well as those bolder shades. The packaging itself is quite sturdy as well and there’s a nice, large mirror inside too.

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Here are swatches taken indoor in indirect sunlight. I made a tiny circle in each pan and swiped once on my arm (with the exception of diamond dust, which took two passes to show the true color on my pale skin). You can really see the difference between the  finishes with three matte shades, four shimmers, and five pressed pigment/glittery shades. From the left we have: Cloud, Volcanic Sand, Granite, Gilded, Diamond Dust, Haze, Red Rock, Lava, Agate Ash, Crater, Hematite, and Midnight Sapphire.

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Here are swatches with the flash on. It was pretty cloudy this morning and it’s supposed to rain all weekend, but I wanted to get this post up! So I hope it’s helpful if you were interested in this palette but couldn’t find many swatches.

For my first impression, I wore Granite, Haze, and Agate Ash on my eyes today without any primer and I’m pretty impressed with the finish and lasting power so far! The shimmer catches the light beautifully and they haven’t creased yet!

I’ll definitely have a full review up after I’ve worn all of the shades on my eyes. I can note that Diamond Dust does have a bit of fallout as the texture is a bit chunkier than the rest; it’s workable though and doesn’t ruin the palette for me!

Have you heard anything about this collection yet? What’s your current favorite eyeshadow palette?