#carselfies

These days my car selfies are looking a little different

My car lease was up and I’m trying to decide if I want to get another car or use alternative transportation given how little I leave my house and how close my job is (and working from home plays a big impact too)

I want to try to test this out for a month or two and how I feel afterward. I’m also hoping that not being able to just jump in my car and go somewhere will help curb my spending habits. Fingers crossed!

Maybe I’ll get a moped or scooter, haha.

Here is what I look like under the mask today

Products used:

  • Lancome Clarifique Exfoliating & Hydrating Face Essence with Glycolic Acid (gifted)
  • Supergoop Mineral Sheer Suncreen spf 30 PA++ (gifted)
  • Colourpop Rendezvous palette (discontinued) , Cool Breeze shadow stix
  • Natasha Denona Metropolis palette and setting powder
  • Morphe 25B (to set shadow base)
  • Tarte Ave Princess contour palette
  • Tarte four pan blush palette (discontinued) and BB tinted primer broad spectrum over
  • CYO foundation (discontinued

I was reall impressed with the BrowGal brow pencil (received in Boxycharm or Ipsy). It’s soft and makes it easy to fill in your brows AND it comes with a built in sharpener

Have you used any of these products?

Fresh Kombucha Cleansing Treatment review

I was gifted this cleanser through Octoly a couple of months ago and I’m hooked!

This is a no-rinse cleanser that offers skincare that “refines the look of pores , and protects the skin’s barrier with prebiotic inulin” for clarity.

What is inulin? In ways I was able to understand: it acts as food for the good bacteria that lives on our skin which makes sense why it claims to protect the skin’s barrier.

I love that this removes my makeup and doesn’t leave any kind of residue but does hydrate and soften my skin.

This is a product I’ll definitely be purchasing and highly recommend even if it’s used after or along with another cleanser.

Morning must haves

It’s officially heater season and with it comes dry skin and a runny nose for me.

Fortunately I’m not having to worry about people seeing my flaky skin but it’s still a concern so I’m doing everything possible to protect my skin.

With all the skincare I have, I probably overdo my routine but I do have some staples I stick to:

Saturday Skin 10% Glycolic Acid + Pore Control Compkex (gifted) : helps refine and smooth skin’s appearance. I use this 4-5 times a week

Peach & Lily The Good Acids Pore Toner : an exfoliating toner that’s gentle enough for daily use. It’s designed to wipe away dead skin cells and has ingredients to keep your complexion clear, which is perfect for mask enduced acne.

Innisfree My Lip Balm : this is a mousse texture balm that instantly hydrates your lips. I apply this right after toner and leave on while I finish my skincare routine and makeup.

Fresh Beauty Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence (gifted) : this is for smooth, luminous skin and makes my skin feel instantly hydrated.

Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream with Avocado (gifted) : helps with dryness, dark circles and puffiness. This adds instant hydration to my undereye area.

Tatcha Serum Stick: a concentrated treatment and touch up balm. I use this on my chin, my eye socket area and between my brows. These are my driest and most wrinkled areas so I figure they require the high intensity stuff

Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence (gifted) : help with dryness, dullness, uneven texture and oiliness. This is described as “an essence that drenches the skin in esencial moisture” and that’s exactly what it does.

Saturday Skin Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream (gifted) : helps with dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. This is a great moisturizer that doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily and is lightweight.

Are any of these part of your morning routine? What are your must haves?

Dr Denese Skincare Review

I was gifted various skincare products from Dr Denese Skincare for review.

I love a brand that offers a full range of skincare products, I think it’s the easiest way for someone to establish a routine.
These products contain a range of ingredients including: Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Ceramides and Retinol to name a few.

I’ve been using some of these for a few weeks now, slowly integrating them into my existing routine, and I love the results I’ve seen so far.

One of my biggest concerns is a very oily t-zone, the face serum helps mattify this area without drying out the rest of my face and gives me a blurring effect.

The hydrating dream cream is hydrating without making me oily and the spf offers a lightly tinted matte finish that really smoothes out my skin, tones down my redness and doesn’t make me oily.

Of all the products, the sunblock is the one product that I was most blown away by. With this, I’m able to go without foundation and just set my face with powder and have an almost flawless complexion.

I enjoy using the eye masks before applying my makeup and I feel like it helps hydrate and absorb creams in this area. My favorite part of this are the little plastic tweezers that come on the inside of the lid to help grab the eye masks.

Overall I would recommend this product to anyone starting a skincare routine and also to any skincare junkie.

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)

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.