Review: Nars AfterGlow Lip Balm

This lip balm is becoming one of my favorite staples in my makeup bag. It comes in a beautiful rose gold packaging, the shade is very light and natural I think its perfect for all skintones and it does not dry my lips although I do recommend a lip balm underneath if you’re lips are cracked. The downside to the product is how little is in there but I love the product and thought I’d put it out there. I hadn’t bought anything from NARS in a year or two but this one was something I was happy I bought! I like it so much I just recommended it to a good friend I was like “you need this in your life.” Then again I realized she just told me she was a “matte lip” kinda gal.

I think shade wise it is lighter but I do about 2 swipes/layers.

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Improvements.

Still working out, switched out skincare. I’m currently using lots of arcona, some Tracie Martyn(the toner) the kora organics oil and here and there some OleHenriksen crème. My skin isn’t as dry and blotchy anymore thank goodness. Lots of cranberry and white tea products. The arcona cranberry gommage is way better than I imagined and I’m here to promote it! Not rough on you skin, smells fresh too.

I’m hoping this time next month, I’m 5-10 pounds lighter…but we’ll see.

OleHenriksen C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme

First OleHenriksen product I’ve tried and so far I like it..here are my thoughts.

  • smells like orange creamsicle
  • jar is adorable orange and white and the lid has this adorable sliced orange image
  • you feel a slight tingle as you would with any vitamin-c product which makes me know its working
  • is lightweight and sinks in
  • I think skin is smoother after use(my opinion and others my vary but I think its good stuff)

Nothing negative to say about the product. Its easy it sinks into my skin quick. Somedays I’ll use it after I use a light oil other days I just use a toner and put this on. This product is a night product for me since I use other items in the daytime (mostly items with sunscreen)so its going to last me for some time. I generally dab about a nickel size because I feel my face is thirsty–but if you’re skin isn’t as dry as mine, you may be able to use less! 8.5/10

This humidity–YIKES

I don’t know how the weather is elsewhere but starting about yesterday, we’ve had insane humidity. That locked in with the 80+ degree heat/sun is tough on me. I found myself walking out the front door and instantly looking at my dog going “you sure you want to go on this walk” to where my dog gave me this “you’re not getting out of this miss” look. I was like “fine” and immediately spritzed myself with the mosquito repellant ONLY to find the one spot I missed-both my hands-was now getting bitten by a mosquito(in action)I swatted the hell out of that thing. I was quick enough to avoid any hardcore swelling either the mosquitos here are horrible. I don’t know if its because I’m eating better but the mosquitos bee-line for me both in and outside.

Aside from all this heat, my skin has freaked out since the last time I wrote here and I have been switching cleansers here and there while dabbing acne drying cream on my chin and cheeks. It works but my skin is still not-smooth enough for me to feel good to go out anywhere…I do think that the vitamin c cream/moisturizer I’m using is helping my skin though so I thought I’d write about that as I finish this post!

More reviews on other items in mid October–

 

 

 

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

Excited for November!

Finally kept my word of working out every-day for the first time ever. I’m on day 6 as of today. Less than 2 months until I finish my dental stuff and less than 1.5 months til my birthday(no I’m not excited about getting another year older…but..that’s that)and this weather I love it. To think that I am less than 1.5 months from getting a nice hot cup of sugar-free dark coffee makes me excited. You dont realize how much the little simple things mean until you have to give it up.

p.s.

It’s officially been week 3 since my best friend said “i’ll email you tomorrow.” I’m guessing that email wasn’t important enough. lol

 

Happy Place.

Finally got all the crap from under my bed all removed. I haven’t had nothing under my bed since my late teen years because I used to love putting magazines and crossword puzzles there. All it did was accumulate dust which I also cleaned up. I’m on day 3 of working out and my body is up to the challenge and I haven’t felt this good physically in some time. I’ve felt healthier but not pumped up like I do right now. The only thing that’s making me feel like I’m in the dumps is my hair. I came across the article Hallie Gould wrote on Byrdie.com and was so impressed. Thank you for that amazing article. I just started eating walnuts and eggs myself–more protein, amino acids and collagen–fantastic. I’m on that tonight. I really don’t want to cut my hair short at this point. I feel like that’s in the future for me. I was also stoked to find out that the new updated version of the Sunday Riley ceramic slip is out. Yes–I know I previously probably shared here that I did not care for it but my skin needs to step up its game and nothing works like the Sunday Riley ceramic slip+good genes combo.

Back to Business

Today I went back to my full schedule of working out and cleaning.  Thanks to that I missed my daily noon news but ah who cares. The first 3-5 minutes of working out was tough but after about 13 I was really feeling it. I got to put in my 40 minutes and I feel good. Been eating pretty clean and I’ve been throwing things out daily. My family was like “you’re throwing that out too” about every 2 items I’d toss and I was like “you gotta do it at some point.” Some of the items only of mild sentimental value too. I’ve decided to keep photos of friends and family and throw out my fashion clippings I’ve kept. I probably kept them to find cheaper versions of what they wore but my taste has changed through the years. So has my body. I’m hoping I can get 1hour to 2 hours of total workout time in per day–I feel inspired right now.

Review: BECCA x Chrissy Teigen body & hair oil

One of the awesome stores I do business hooked me up with a glass bottle sample of the Becca x Chrissy Teigen shimmering oil and I was super excited to write about it. Initially I thought it would be darker and give me a more sunkissed look but…sadly it is more clear with hints of glitter/shimmer but it smells pretty. I’m guessing its kinda floral and a bit tropical. Its not quite coconut-y like most shimmering body oils smell. I do think its moisturizing and if I had the extra money lying around I would still get a bottle because I just love Chrissy and I wouldn’t have to wear perfume with this oil on.

If I were to rate this its a 8/10 because I wanted more color payoff the whole sunkissed look. I’m very interested in the other items she put out too. Looks really pretty.

Review: OUAI scalp & body scrub

I was thinking how I’d start this review because I just can’t express how much I love this scalp and body scrub. As you know I had previously purchased the R+co crown but had no idea if I was to put it on my dry or wet scalp which I now realize is…most likely on wet scalp. What I like about Jen’s products is the fact that she will give you tips it said wet scalp so I was immediately like good–easy. The scrub was a lot of product in it, smells really beautiful, feels gritty enough but not rough on your scalp I believe it somewhat foams once its on and it feels so good. I probably used too much but my scalp/hair did not get oily I finished it with some OUAI conditioner and some of that OUAI rose oil(thank you Sephora sale)

I’m pretty sure its $38 for 8.8oz but I’ll have to edit it if I’m wrong and this would be perfect for someone who uses dry shampoo, likes to co-wash(which I plan to do more after October)or really anyone with dry hair because my hair was so silky yet healthy after one use! FANTASTIC PRODUCT 10/10.