What’s in My Bag: Winter Beauty Edition

Essentials I’m toting around

I’m newly obsessed with Invisibobble. It’s such a simple, yet useful product! These hair ties don’t pull my hair out or give me headaches, but I find they hold on well (even through a tough cardio workout!). I also think they’re super cute.

The Caudalie Beauty Elixir* was one of the first facial mists I tried years ago and the scent is so nostalgic to me. It’s like a fresh, natural scent with a hint of fruitiness – very spa-like. I seriously love everything I’ve tried from the brand, and this one stays in my purse to hydrate my skin and refresh my makeup throughout the day. It is a glass bottle, so I’m careful with it. Thankfully this Charles and Keith Olive Crossbody has lots of snug spaces so it won’t break.

We were also gifted these beautiful pearl Scentbird travel sprays* at the Octoly Glitzmas party. I love how the nozzle twists down so I don’t have to worry about getting perfume all over my bag. I received Philosophy Amazing Grace; it’s subtle and pretty with tiny hints of floral, powder, and musk. It’s not my classic winter scent, but I really like being able to try out something new for a change without committing to a full size bottle! I’m definitely interested in their subscription!

Last, but certainly not least, this SkinRx Lab MadeCera Lip Balm is my new go-to for work or running around the city since it’s hydrating, low maintenance, and a gorgeous shade. I have Velvet Cherry* which their sweet team sent over; it’s the perfect subtle tint that darkens my natural lip tone but is still sheer, so you don’t have to worry about being too precise or getting it on your teeth. One application lasts a few hours too, which is great for a tinted balm.

What have you been carrying around lately? Have you ever tried Scentbird or a fragrance subscription?

Happy Thanksgiving! And a Giveaway!

There are so many things I’m thankful for this year, and one of them is the beauty and blogger community! It’s been such a fun and supportive group.

I actually met my friend Jessica through the beauty community and we teamed up to host a giveaway on Instagram! Everyone deserves some pampering during the crazy, lovely, sometimes stressful holiday season, so hopefully these products do just the trick!

They include some of our favorites, like Bliss and Patchology Masks, a sugar slushie, and this delicious smelling candle. I also added a few La Mer and Jo Malone minis, which just scream luxurious pampering. The total value is over $225 dollars!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Supergreat App Review – What is it and should you join?

An interesting new review app

Recently, I’ve seen a few of my beauty blogger friends on Instagram posting stories about an app called Supergreat. They were sharing fun, casual video reviews and some were unveiling the rewards they received! I thought it was almost too good to be true – free beauty products for sharing reviews I already was doing on my story?!

I created an account and made a few clips while getting ready one morning. It’s very addicting because of the short form video (60 seconds or less!), laidback feeling of the platform, and ease of uploading! I ended up posting 6 reviews in ten minutes!

You can search for any product, like Drunk Elephant above, and then add your own review. You can also very easily add new products because Supergreat pulls the picture, correct name, and link to purchase from online stores.

I really enjoy watching these short reviews because you tend to get the most important info right away (versus a 10 minute YouTube video that usually leaves this info for last). Many people are demoing the product at the same time which is really helpful!

Here’s a snapshot of review I did of the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick in Stardust. You can see the clip has 34 views. For every 10 views, you receive 1 coin from the app. You can also get a coin per 2 clicks (if someone wants to purchase the product) and for each friend you refer. Speaking of, please consider using my code “jeansandgems” to sign up if you’d like!

These coins translate to rewards on the app. They have sheet masks for only 20 coins or expensive candles for 70, so you can cash in relatively early or save up. I’m totally eyeing this Hourglass Bronzer below!

To redeem the hand cream above, you’d need to get 500 views across all of your clips, have 50 friends sign up, or 100 people click to purchase the product.

So it’s not exactly as easy as it seemed at first, but I do think it’s a fun and unique way to get rewarded for putting out reviews. I’ve been doing more Get Ready With Me stories and video reviews, so the Supergreat app, for me, is like a natural extension of that. It’s another place to save and share my reviews.

It’s refreshing to see less curated/edited video reviews and it reminds me of the original beauty community on YouTube. Absolutely anyone can do it – no fancy backgrounds or expensive lights needed!

So if that sounds like something you’d enjoy, I’d definitely recommend signing up! It’s totally free and you don’t have to contribute either – you can just subscribe to other users and watch, just like YouTube as well.

Favorite Skincare Additions – Herbivore Botanicals, Lather, Estée Lauder

Sharing three new staples

In my experience, cleansers aren’t the most exciting skincare product. The last one I was really jazzed about was Bliss’s Cold Pressed. I still love that one for removing makeup by the way. Now I’ve found my favorite morning cleanser thanks to Palm and Lather! It’s the Caviar Lime AHA Cleansing Creme. True to it’s name, it has a lush, creamy texture and it foams up slightly when you add water. I like the soft feeling of this in the morning and it never strips my skin. The addition of an exfoliating ingredient with Vitamin C paired with the rest of my routine has really helped smooth and brighten my skin! I also love the scent of lime, so I was expecting a bright, citrus fragrance, but it’s actually more subtle and sophisticated.

For eyes, I mentioned on Instagram that I had a tendency to neglect this area until I started using the Patchology Flashpatch Restoring Night Eye Gels. They’re so refreshing and now I’m trying to be more diligent about applying eye cream as well. I’m annoyingly prone to milia around my eyes, so it wasn’t a priority in my routine until I found this one from Estée Lauder that doesn’t cause milia! It’s the Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Eye Gelee. I think I’ve also stuck with it because the built-in applicator makes it a breeze to apply. You can squeeze out the precise amount and the metal tip feels cooling and depuffing.

I’ve already raved about Herbivore Botanicals Prism Potion here, but I had to include it since I’m still impressed and have been using it nearly every night. To recap, if you want glowy skin in one easy step, you’ve got to try this!

Those are my three most recent skincare favorites! What have you fallen in love with lately?

Herbivore Botanicals Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion Review!

My favorite new skincare find

I’ve officially found my favorite chemical exfoliant! Meet Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion from Herbivore Botanicals. This exfoliates with natural fruit acids to smooth out texture and unclog pores without drying out your skin. It has a watery, serum-like texture and dropper applicator.

I use about three drops per night and apply all over my face and neck. Prism sinks in pretty quickly and then I apply a basic moisturizer, like Clinique Moisture Surge, on top. I want something that will seal in moisture without interrupting the exfoliation process.

It’s been almost two months since I started using Prism and I’m about 1/3 done with the bottle. I usually don’t go through products this quickly, so I’m happy I’ve been so consistent with this part of my routine!

As far as results, I definitely think Prism has improved the texture and clarity of my skin. It’s softer, smoother, and my pores are less clogged. I’ve also noticed less redness in my cheeks in the morning, which is a huge win for me. I deal with a lot of flakiness around my nose and this gets rid of the dead skin cells in that area too.

I’m so happy to have discovered this thanks to Birchbox! It’s definitely on my “to repurchase” list!