Empties: March 2019

  • Rahua color full conditioner full size
  • juice beauty stem cellular cc cream desert glow
  • koh gen do cleansing water 1.35oz
  • Shiseido cottons
  • Rhoto dry aid lubricant eye drops
  • arcona cranberry gommage 1oz
  • Sunday Riley blue moon cleansing balm

sampled: R+co TELEVISION perfect hair shampoo+conditioner, Sunday Riley Saturn sulfur acne treatment mask, bite beauty agave sugar lip scrub, oribe shampoo+conditioner for beautiful color

 

Empties: Feb 2019

  • dermalogica special cleansing gel
  • its a 10 miracle moisture shampoo
  • sunday riley ceramic slip 1oz
  • shu uemura moisture velvet nourishing shampoo for dry hair
  • Garnier skinactive micellar cleansing water
  • Jurlique rose hand cream
  • OUAI scalp& body scrub
  • iles forumula haute performance shampoo+conditioner+finishing serum

Sampled: Leonor Greyl masque L’orchidee, jack black epic moisture clean cream body wash with ginger root, argan oil and olive leaf

 

Review: Sunday Riley Blue Moon

I finally tried Sunday’s blue moon and here are my thoughts:

  • balm to cleansing oil sounds about right it melts into your palms
  • the texture is like a cross of May Lindstrom’s blue cocoon and dermalogica’s precleanse balm
  • smells like cocoa mixed with a hint of citrus you’d have to try hard to really smell anything if you ask me
  • rinses off easily/skin doesn’t feel stripped and the moment you put it on its soothing
  • I like to follow this with the S.R. ceramic slip cleanser
  • blue tansy, cocoa, and citrus are among some of the cool ingredients of this beautiful balm
  • I don’t recommend using just this to take off makeup if you wear lots or waterproof I don’t even think I can use just the blue moon to remove everything..

I do love everything about the product. I’d rate this a 9.5/10 You don’t need to use a lot so that’s a plus but if you’re already into the ceramic slip and you use them together–amazing skin results. I’m on the drier side and can really appreciate oils and cleansing balms during the colder winter months!

Review: Sunday Riley ceramic slip

I first tried the Sunday Riley ceramic slip cleanser years ago must’ve been like 5 years ago or so around the time I discovered the good genes treatment. The brand makes some really good stuff. Its expensive but good stuff. I have tricky skin so I can tell you its good stuff. When I had originally sampled the ceramic slip cleanser I could not get over the scent it was overwhelming to me but the improvements I saw after using it was immediate. My skin was more clear it didn’t break me out but I felt somewhat dry. This new and improved version not only doesn’t smell as strong its very creamy in a good way rinses off without giving you a dry, tight feeling and I can honestly say its the most moisturizing cleanser I own and I could use that during these cold dry months. I liked this tiny cleanser out of the 2 piece mini set I bought, I will be purchasing the full tube!

Rating this 10/10 pricepoint for amount is good, non-drying for all skin types as far as I remember and the packaging is very cute and tube’s are always my preference when it comes to cleansers.

Empties: September 2018

  • Eve Lom dynaspot
  • Drunk elephant d-bronzi anti pollution sunshine drops .17oz
  • MDSOLARSCIENCES MD crème mineral beauty balm “light/medium”
  • Mario Badescu aloe vera toner
  • Sunday Riley Saturn sulfur acne treatment mask
  • Bumble and bumble. while you sleep overnight damage repair masque
  • La Mer the moisturizing soft cream .5oz
  • it cosmetics secret sauce anti-aging moisturizer

 

sampled: BeccaxChrissy Teigen hair/body oil, Kiehls midnight recovery botanical cleansing oil

Here’s a Question for You.

This is a question that seems simple but isn’t quite simple and I thought fun exchanging minds if you will.

The question is, if you had a $5 coupon from a nice beauty store what would you buy and why?

I thought about it for some time and here are my choices it was hard narrowing it down but I did a top 5.

1)Sunday Riley good genes and I’d get the bigger bottle because hey its most likely more economical(but i’ll have to check back on that)

2)Bumble and bumble scalp detox really the answer to this one is simple it really feels good on your scalp and after I shampoo it out my hair looks improved in some odd way/fresh looking. No one is offering no $5 discount on bumble and bumble as far as I can tell and the price would be $29 before taxes and hey, that’s pretty cool.

3)Diptyque baies candle original large version or the black version that sells for $95 because with the coupon it is back to the most recent price prior to the price hike at $90 and I’d burn it all the time. I wouldn’t be greedy either I’d use it for the whole house.

4)Sunday Riley blue moon cleansing balm because I’m intrigued by the color of the product and the ingredients and I’d like to use that during the colder months because I’m running low on my dermalogica precleanse. I don’t even like jars but I like what I see, Sunday Riley!

5)a sunscreen from MDsolarsciences that might be the one brand I mean to talk about yet forgot to mention in posts. I used to use their tinted sunscreen for years and I loved it some people would definitely hate the way it feels on top of your skin but I never had a reaction and I’m super dry and the somewhat oily feel I get is perfect for me. The tint in the sunscreen very complimentary to my skin. If that’s sold out the roll on type in the deodorant like container because it looks perfect for travel! The design and colors of their sunscreen are super cute.

**I want to shout out to Intothegloss’s Ashley was it? The person who wrote about the amazon shopping list. Brilliant–I penny pinch where I can and I use like half of that stuff. good article.**

 

Very Expensive (but works at least for me)

I started thinking about yesterday’s Sisley paris post and I was like expensive price tag but quality items don’t think I’ve written about that yet and as you know my skin issues are: dryness, its combination when it comes to the creams I buy I can’t get the dry skin only type but the combo skin it works the best, random dry patches by my chin(very sad to look at but possibly due to my twice a week exfoliating which as of this week will be once/weekly)some hormonal acne(which has been way better since I gave up the sugary milky-lattes I drank daily for 10 straight years shockingly I avoided all coffee shops since November of 2017 who would’ve thought)and last but not least reactions to drugstore sunscreen(wont name which ones but they did a number on me whether it was big pus-filled acne that formed in spots or just red itchy almost week long rashes) There was also a big-named recovery item I put on overnight and my face blew up like a balloon and I joked to my family look at this “I already have a round fat face but this is ridiculous” My mom then chimes in with a “you know everything you’ve had reactions to, I did previously.” I was like why didn’t you tell me!!!

So here are the expensive items that didn’t give me a rash but gave me fabulous results and I probably didn’t talk about them while blogging here:

Sunday Riley good genes-this product is…OUTSTANDING. The scent is so potent and odd that you’re first like What on earth is this–I believe its lactic acid and citrus? The scent is almost off-putting that you’re like YIKES and once you put it onto your face the instant burn/tingle you feel is rather strong. At first I was like “oh great Im going to lose my fight with this product” only to see my skin improve within the 20 minutes it was on my face! I loved the product so much I raved about it to friends I was like “but it does smell funky…” I bought it a couple years ago during a Sephora VIB sale and it was worth the price tag. I haven’t tried it as a serum but I do see there’s a larger size being sold and that is tempting. I have cheek area pore issues so this truly gave me the “good genes” effect. I do think the discoloring did improve while I used it which was generally once a week possibly two but its been a while and I need a bottle about now!

Vintner’s daughter active botanical serum: smells like a dream looks really yellow you can tell its good stuff just by looking at it. I received a sample back when a privately owned company was selling natural products. I was like ooh what is this and it is by far one of the best samples I have received, ever. Supposedly its used mainly at night which is how I use it. Its really good for those days where you’re going somewhere the following day or you have bad breakouts because its clearing. It gives you that smoothed out improved look which I love. I ended up purchasing the bottle but I never finished it in a good time so now that I see a travel size being sold that looks like a winner for me. I’d open it and use it by 6 months the next time I purchase.

La Mer creams: I used them in my early to mid twenties and gave it up because of the price but since my skin was always dry and sensitive the cream did wonders for me. It was especially great when used during the colder drier months. The new ones out that I sampled are quite nice too. Smells very nice

Sisley black rose cream: sampled it enjoyed every bit of it and after about a year plus later I finally saved enough money to purchase a tube. A little bit goes a long way and I use this when my skin freaks out or its so dry and I want to slap some makeup on.

May Lindstrom blue cocoon: smells so good it is hands down the best smelling skincare item I owned in my life. It was like no other. It soothed my dry chapped skin healing my dry chin patches it was like oil but not oil. I don’t see many people selling the item anymore and my favorite store quit selling it but I sure was glad I bought the jar and I finished it not too long ago. Life saving winter product and dry skin healer. I begged my father to get me this as a Christmas gift and it worked. YAY. My mom loved the scent and was like they need to make a perfume out of that because it smells like heaven. I never told her how much it cost.