Henné Organics

I received a lip trio from the brand Henné Organics to try and here are my first impressions

I like the sleek and simple packaging. All of the products close with a satisfying “click” that makes you feel like everything is staying tightly sealed and fresh.

The serum lid twists off and the serum is applied with a nice 24k plated metal roller ball. What I liked best about this is that it applied easily and did not get stuck as some of these types of products tend to do. It doesn’t have a heavy oily feeling and it has a berry scent that reminiscent of a berry candle. The scent is a bit strong for my liking but it fades away after application. This is meant to “help firm the lips and reduce the appearance of lip lines” but is not meant to replace a lip balm.

The balm was surprisingly soft, but that could have been because of the heat when it arrived, and also felt very nourishing and hydrating. It has a slight coconut scent, but it’s the real coconut scent, not the usual artificial almost piña colada scent.

The lip tint has the slightest color, the one I received is in Intregue, perfect for a light touch of a black cherry tint of color. It also has a nice coconut scent leaves the lips feeling hydrating and is available in four shades.

Farmacy Daily Greens Moisturizer

I was gifted the new Farmacy Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer to test and here are my first impressions:

Now available at Sephora!

The first, and most important (to me), thing to note is this does NOT smell like papaya. The moringa definitely drowns out the papaya scent with its fresh and springy scent.

Second, this isn’t your typical gel moisturizer that feels wet and gooey. I would say it’s more of a hybrid between a gel and light cream moisturizer.

It’s vegan, cruelty-free and contains four types of hyaluronic acid.

From Farmacy’s website

Overall it left my skin feeling hydrated and not at all oily.

While I enjoy the packaging I wish it came with a scoop to help get the product out, or it came in a more hygenic container.

It claims to help clear pores and reduce shine as well as soothe minor irritations. I’m excited to keep using this and see if I notice a difference in my pores and the amount of shine my skin has. (while I don’t want to have dull skin I also don’t want to look like I’ve been well oiled throughout the day)

Self Distancing

I never thought this would be an actual physical thing we would have to do but here we are.

Given the outbreak of COVID-19 we were advised to work from home as much as possible which for me means waking up right before I have to turn on my computer, haha.

I am the kind of person that needs a routine to stay in sync, so to say, so I’ve been focusing on my skincare routine more this week. I’ve also made it a point to apply some makeup, even if I’m not going out.

Both of these actions help keep me in the “normal” mentality and help me push through the work I need to get done while keeping my cool during this time of stress.

Rediscovering thr Morphe x Jaclyn Hill vault. I still love the color stories and how the product applies

I’m also going through my makeup stash and rediscovering old loves, or decluttering items I know I’ll never touch.

Is there something in particular you’re doing to distract yourself?

Shiseido Benefiance Smoothing Eye Cream

I was lucky enough to review the Influenster Shiseido Voxbox which arrived this week.

I was super excited to see I’d be receiving this voxbox because who doesn’t love a good eye cream?

This cream is nice and thick and absorbs nicely into the skin. It does take a little bit longer to sink in so I would give yourself enough time to let it absorb if you’re putting on makeup over it. There is no scent to it and it leaves your skin feeling instantly hydrated without a sticky feeling.

This product claims to improve “the appearance of six types of wrinkles in just one week”. It’s good for all types of skin type as well.

This is the third day I use it, I’ve been using it in the morning and the evening and I do feel like my undereye has been more hydrated. I forgot to take initial pictures but I took some today and will compare them to more pictures in a week and again in one month.

Derma E Mist Mood Enhancing

I recently received three different Derma E Skin Beneficial Mist Mood Enhancing to try.

I’m obsessed with using sprays to prime, set and refresh my face so I was excited to try these. My favorite is the Uplift mist, it has a nice subtle citrus scent that I have been loving this season. The spray is nice and even, it feels refreshing and doesn’t leave any sticky residue.

  • Create: Contains aromatic waters, coconut essence and witch hazel. The key ingredients: Rosemary, Lemon Sage & Eucalyptus Essential Oils – energize one’s senses. Brahmi & Alma – adaptogens to help to re-focus – help to reduce fatigue and anxiety
  • Uplift: Contains citrus waters, coconut essence and witch hazel. The key Ingredients: Rosemary, Cinnamon & Cardamom Essential Oils – help to lifts the senses. Cordyceps & Long Pepper – adaptogens that have anti-aging properties
  • Calm: Contains herbal waters, fofcint essence and witch hazel. The key ingredients : Lemon, Jasmine, & Chamomile Essential Oils – soothe skin and calm one’s senses. Eleuthero & Artic Root – adaptogens that help to reduce fatigue and anxiety.

DERMA E is dermatologist recommended, proven and effective – their slogan is “Proven Clean Beauty”. All three of these mists are:

  • 100% Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Recyclable & wind energy certified
  • Formulated without GMOs, gluten, or soy

You can get yours here: https://dermae.com/search?q=mood+mist

Thank you to Derma E for sending these for me to test and review!

Makeup Revolution Constellation

The Makeup Revolution Forever Flawless palettes are some of my favorite affordable palettes.

The color stories go so well together in each palette and there is a good variety to chose from. In addition, their tin packaging makes them stand out and hardy enough to travel with.

Today I used the Constellation palette which can look a bit intimidating as a work look palette.

$15 US

I managed to stay away from the one brown color in the palette and put together a look I felt comfortable going in to the office with while using the brighter colors

The colors were pigmented and easy to blend. Overall I was impressed at how vibrant the colors showed up.

5,000 Celebration

Today my boyfriend surprised me with a cake to celebrate 5k followers on Instagram.

This gesture means so much because instagram has been an up and down ride between us.

No one tells you what it means once you decide you want to strive for a larger media presence. There isn’t a book on how it will affect your relationships and how much time and mental effort it will take. I started last year with less than 300 followers and have increased to now 5,300.

Every day I try to find balance between what I want to do online, on my phone, and what I already have in real life. My relationships, my 9-5 and my free time all require attention and it’s easy for some things to fall to the wayside between the commenting and the likes.

So, thank you to my partner for being supportive, and thank you to everyone virtually supporting me.

Morphe 18B

You guys remember my no spend 2020?

Yeah, me either. Haha!

I fell off the wagon hard this month, like, really hard so next month I’m going to have to kick it into overdrive and remind myself I have a goal.

In the meantime look at this beeeuuuuteee

I’m a sucker for names

I’ve recently been OBSESSED with green eyeshadow and have yet to find the perfect olive/army green.

Hopefully this palette can satisfy my needs!

Natasha Denona Love Palette

This is the third time I’ve used this palette and each time I love the formula, colors and ease of use so much.

This time I stuck to a purple look instead of pink.

Commitment is a dark purple with shimmer that is perfect for depending a color. It is a very soft formula, I accidentally tapped my flat definer brush too hard and I took a chunk out of the shade. The formula is like a Colourpop super shock shadow so you need to pack it in then blend.

I’ve also been using the Tati Beauty Blendiful for the last week or so and I’m really enjoying being able to do all my face makeup (minus blush) with one tool.

If you’re interested in seeing how I use the blendiful check out my video on Instagram.com/asquard 💙

5,000 on IG!

This week I made it to another “big” milestone on my Instagram.

I hit 5,000! This is something I thought I would achieve later on in the year so I’m happy to say I achieved it so soon this year.

Now I hope to achieve 10,000 by the end of the year! What are your social media goals?