Travel-sized Product Reviews

Reviewing some cute minis

I spent the weekend in Chicago after Thanksgiving and have been using these travel-friendly products for the past few days. I recently switched up my carry-on kit after running out of several products on my last trip in October, so here are some mini reviews.

I finished up my favorite dry shampoo (Living Proof phd) and replaced it with the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk I’d saved from a recent Birchbox. This one is so chalky – even though it’s for dark hair. It takes care of oiliness pretty well, but you really have to work it through your hair to get rid of the tinted beige powder. Maybe it works better for blondes, but I’m definitely going back to the Living Proof one which is really effective and hardly leaves a white-cast.

For skincare, my usual routine is sometimes lacking on a whirlwind trip, so I always bring a mask for a quick fix. Flying dries out my skin and can make it look dull, so I look for a moisturizing or brightening mask. This Fresh Vitamin Nectar Mask has AHAs for resurfacing and makes my skin look glowy. The texture is pretty chunky with bits of crushed oranges and lemons. It smells refreshing and only takes 10 minutes.

One of my favorite cold weather scents is the Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Coco perfume. I have the full size and bring this little rollerball with me when I travel. I love vanilla but don’t want to smell too much like cookies; the addition of coconut adds a tropical warmth that’s not too sweet. The scent also lingers for over a day which I love.

A makeup mini I’ve been loving is the W3ll People Bio Brightener – a pretty, natural highlighter. The cream formula is blendable, glowy, and looks great on eyes too. The full size comes in a convenient stick which I’m thinking of adding to my next Birchbox order because this sample is over year old (🙈🙊).

Mostly hits and one miss, so overall that’s not too bad for this trip!


Sephora VIB Sale Haul (video)

Hi there! I’ve uploaded my first YouTube video featuring some makeup and skincare I picked up during the Sephora sale. For more in-depth reviews, see my last couple posts here on the blog.

New Skincare for Colder Weather (plus a long-time bodycare favorite)

Reviews on winter skincare purchases and restocked deodorant


I took advantage of the Sephora VIB Rouge Sale recently and wanted to share some of my new skincare finds along with my favorite all-natural deodorant and a Derma E product from Birchbox.


My normally combination skin has been experiencing a little dryness recently, so I figured it was time for some changes in my routine. I generally switch to a slightly heavier moisturizer during Winter and since it’s finally cold here in New York City, I picked up the Egg Mellow Cream from Too Cool for School ($36 for 1.76 ounces). It’s good for all skin types, but “provides intensive nourishment to the skin,” so I figured it was a good choice to target the dryness (which is especially noticeable on my nose).

This 5-1 Firming Moisturizer is paraben-free and acts as a serum, priming moisturizer, eye cream, neck cream, and sleeping mask. It’s somewhat thick in texture and very hydrating but absorbs instantly, so it’s great for day or night. It also has collagen for improving elasticity and niacinamide for brightening, which I like for preventative anti-aging.

The only negative to this moisturizer is that it’s artificially fragranced and the scent does linger. It’s a somewhat odd scent that’s best described as powdery in my opinion. I don’t mind it, but I would rather it were unscented.


Sunday Riley is one of my favorite skincare brands because the ingredients are pretty clean and the products are effective; the Luna Oil totally lives up to the hype and is worth the high cost in my opinion.

This C.E.O. Protect + Repair Moisturizer is newer to the line and provides radiance and moisture for all skin types ($65 for 1.7 ounces). The derivative of Vitamin C used is THD ascorbate which is an “oil-soluble derivative of vitamin C, which penetrates better into the skin while being exceptionally stable against oxygenation.” In essence, this is a more efficient form of the anti-aging vitamin and I’m looking forward to “softer, and healthier-looking” skin thanks to natural AHAs and Bisabolol (which helps fight redness).

The texture is creamy and easy to spread on the skin. It definitely leaves a glowy finish, but it’s not too greasy for my combination skin. I prefer this as a night cream right now, but may switch to daytime use when it gets really cold in January or February. This is fragranced, but the packaging doesn’t note whether this comes from essential oils or artificial perfume. The scent reminds me of a dreamsicle and I like that it’s not too sweet or too citrusy.


The LaVanila Natural Deodorant is a staple for me since I stopped using aluminum-based deodorant about 5 years ago ($14 for 2 ounces). I’ve repurchased several times and figured it was worth mentioning since I’ve been using it for so long! I picked my favorite scent – vanilla lavender – during the VIB Rouge sale, but I also like the vanilla lemon one (especially in the summertime).

I should note that this isn’t an anti-perspirant, it’s simply a deodorant. I find that it works very well for every day use. I’m not going to pretend it’s as fresh as a daisy after an hour long workout, but I’ve tried several different brands and still like this one best. If you’re thinking of switching over to natural deodorant, I highly recommend LaVanila.


Lastly, I picked up this Derma E Overnight Peel from Birchbox a couple weeks ago and I’ve been loving it ($19 for 2 ounces). I use a physical exfoliant once or twice a week, but I wanted to add a chemical exfoliant for deeper removal of dead skin cells, especially because the skin around my nose has been a little flaky lately. This peel is super easy to use – just two pumps for the whole face and then head to bed. The next morning, I wash my face with a gentle cleanser and my skin feels smoother and softer.

The texture is a mix between a serum and cream and it’s hydrating enough that you don’t have to layer it with other products. This peel is also vegan, paraben-free, and naturally fragranced. I love that Derma E is effective, affordable, and cruelty-free as well. I think it’s such an underrated brand and I’m excited to try more of their products!