Luxury Beauty Review :: Creme de La Mer

I recently did a youtube review on the Luxe product Creme de La Mer, I wanted to expand upon it a bit. The video is below.

 

Overall thoughts

  • I got this over 2 months ago (almost 3 at this point) and I have to say I have seen an amazing difference in my skin. Softer, looks healthier, feels smooth, texture is improved and I have noticed an overall diminish in my pores appearance.
  • Overall I’m incredibly happy with the product. I have tried dupes of this in the past, but for me this is what has worked the best. That doesn’t mean it will work for everyone, and from a lot of reviews I read people had better experiences with the dupes. So it all depends on your skin, and your expectations.
  • I want to also add, that using it everyday at night for almost 3 months I am barely if even 1/3 of the way through the jar. I suspect this will last me at least throughout the entire summer. So even though it is incredibly pricey you get a lot of bang for your buck.

If you were on the fence about this product, or want a very effective and luxurious moisturizer, from my experience and results I would highly recommend. But do see if you can get a sample first (I am a HUGE believer in sampling before buying!) as not all skincare works for everyone, and this is a very expensive product. Hope this helped anyone!

Thanks!

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HAUL :: Mini Haul of Lime Crime and Sugarpill

I am behind the times and finally got my hands on these palettes from Lime Crime, I got some eyeshadows from Sugarpill too!

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The Goods

  • Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Love+
  • Sugarpill loose eyeshadow in Asylum
  • LIme Crime Venus and Venus II eyeshadow palette

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Beauty Killer Swatches

Hi! I got in the new eyeshadow palette, Beauty Killer, from Jeffree Star Cosmetics. I am working on a full review and first impressions for my youtube channel, but wanted to share pictures of the palette and swatches with you, as well as my initial feelings on the palette.

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First it comes in a nice pink sturdy case, pretty standard color for all his cosmetic packaging,

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The colors. I can say the colors are more rich in person then over the monitor of my PC or my phone, I was pleasantly surprised by this.

Now for the SWATCHES!

Top Row

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From Left to right (top to bottom)

  • Star Power
  • Princess
  • Violence
  • Rich Bitch
  • Courtney

 

Bottom Row

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From Left to right (top to bottom)

  • Expensive
  • Confession
  • Vanity
  • China White
  • Black Rainbow

 

Overall I really like the colors, and I think my favorite so far is Violence. But when  I play with them more I will let you know my real thoughts on it!

OMG More Empties!

Even more empties! I wasn’t planning on doing another one of these so soon, but I have gone through so many products and my bathroom is already so cluttered! So here we go!

SeaTree Moisture Mist

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Love LOVE this moisture mist. Its the best one I have ever used! I have only been able to find it on Beauteque for $12.99, which offers an amazing korean beauty/skincare monthly subscription box. They also sell the products they feature which is where I bought a replacement of this. ITS SO GOOD!! Grade- A++++++++

SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion

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This is one of my favorite toners, I use it every morning. Really works well with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and I love having that extra boost of skincare under my makeup! I usually get this from SK-II’s website but its also available at Sephora.com and Saks. Grade- A-

GlamGlow Youthmud Tingle Exfoliate Treatment

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I wanted to love this, but it really irritated my sensitive skin. I mean super irritated. It hurt so bad while it was one, and my skin was left super red, tender and super sore afterwards. I have noticed every Glamglow product I use does the same thing, which is depressing. Because overall my skin felt so smooth and after the redness and irritation died down it looked good too. I just can’t justify purchasing this, and if you have sensitive skin be warned! But you can find it at Sephora Grade- B *for results*

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

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I actually liked this product a lot. I noticed my blackheads would diminish when I used this consecutively, and it was easy to use and did not aggravate my sensitive skin. The problem is I would forget to use this, since I used it after my essence, and before my serums. I am super strict with my skincare routine and I just kept forgetting about this. So I have decided not to repurchase (for now). But if you have issues with blackheads I would recommend giving this a shot! I got mine at memebox.com Grade- B+

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Peel-Off Mask

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Hate is such a strong word, but hate is what I can use to describe my feelings towards this mask. I didn’t use it all, I didn’t even use a 1/5 of it. But I am chucking it in the garbage. It would NEVER fully dry, and to top that off it wasn’t easy to wash off what remainder of the mask wouldn’t peel off. I had to scrape it off with my fingernails. I tried thin layers, thick layers, I let it sit on my face for over an hour. No thank you, PASS! Also my skin showed no improvement at all after each use, so it wasn’t like the extra effort was worth it for the results.But a lot of people do like it so if you want to play Russian Roulette with your face you can find it at most drugstores and Ulta.com Grade- FAIL

La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel

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I tried a deluxe sample of this and I was sold. I used this just in the  morning, and my underlies were brightened, and moisturized. They felt amazing, even under heaps of makeup! I am still using my SK-II eye cream, but when I am done with that I will probably be purchasing this, probably from La Mers website, or Neiman Marcus. Grade- A

Perricone MD Cold Plasma

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OK, ok… hold up. I don’t know where this product has been all my life but OMG it is amazing. I ended up getting a few deluxe samples of this little baby, and my skin ADORES IT. The smell is pretty off putting, but the results speak for themselves. This has been one of the best anti-aging products I have ever used. I will be purchasing a full-size of this when I am through with all my samples! If you are looking for a good anti-aging product I recommend checking this out! My skin looks so much younger, and healthier since I added this to my routine! You can find it at Sephora, Ulta and various other places. Grade- A+

 

Other Products in my Empties list *that were either not impressive or I have previously talked about

  • COTZ Face Natural Skintone SPF 40- to dark for me and to thick
  • Lindsay Charcoal Magic Mask- I did a review on this. I really like it but I have other masks I like a lot better. worth checking out though!
  • Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen booster
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing mask- this was alright, I have better sugar scrubs though
  • Tatcha Luminous Memory Serum Concentrate- I liked this, but not enough to justify the cost. I may buy it in the future
  • Ahava Dead Sea Crystal Osmotic Serum- this did nothing for my skin, so pass.
  • NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray- Love and already bought a replacement
  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Foaming Cleasner- Made it my favorite cleanser list. Love this, and already bought a replacement
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray- Love and have a full-size (this was a deluxe sample)
  • Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser- was an alright cleanser but I have better. So Pass
  • Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate- I actually really enjoyed this, so I may purchase it in the future.

also RIP my beloved discontinued L’Occitane Honey Gentle Water. My most beloved of fragrances!

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Skincare Tips :: Minimizing Pores

Enlarged pores are something a lot of us struggle with, some are worse then others. No matter the case it can be something that makes us feel unconfident, and uncomfortable in our own skin.

Although it is nearly impossible to completely get rid of enlarged pores there are a few things you can do to help minimize them, and also keep them clean and free from gunk (which can make them a little unsightly), These are things that I do because I struggle with enlarged pores that clog easily. I have found these things and products to really work wonders for me and my skin, and have noticed a big difference in the appearance of my skin and pores.

Skincare Routine and Products

Its important to have a good routine down, this doesn’t mean you need to have 12 steps, and use expensive products. Rather you want to find the routine for you that you will stick with, because reputation is the key. If its just wash-tone-moisturize thats fine. But you should work each step to your advantage, so if you are looking to minimize pores you have to be really specific with the products you use.

  • The first thing I did to change up my routine and saw a difference was with the addition of a pore brush. I initially used a inexpensive handheld one, and then upgraded to a clairsonic. But I would recommend anything. A soft $5 handheld pore brush will really up your skin game, really clean deep into your pores, and help any treatments you have work better.
  • EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE- I alternate between a sugar scrub, a chemical peeling gel, and an exfoliator rich in salicylic acid every other day. When I started adding this to my routine in like 3 days I saw an immense difference. smoother skin and my pores were visibly smaller.
  • Targeted products where another thing that really helped me import the appearance of my pores. I am not talking about going out and spending a fortune. Rather research  what works, and try new things out. I found a few products that worked miracles, and others that were all hype.
  • a good toner. I swear by a few toners that I rotate between depending on the time of year. I look for ones that have BHA, are soothing, and excellent at balancing the Ph of my skin and cleansing deep down into my pores.

Ingredients to look for in products

  • Salicylic acid – a BHA (beta Hydroxy Acid)- cleans and exfoliates deep down into pores
  • cleansers and masks with active charcoal – draws out and deep cleans
  • plant waters and extracts that work to minimize and diminish pores.
  • Hyaluronic Acid

 

Products I use and have great results with

  • Benton BHA Aloe Toner
  • Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle peeling pads
  • Cure Aqua Peeling Gel
  • Elizavecca Hell Pore Control Hyaluronic Acid 97%
  • Boire Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
  • Tosowoong Platinum Miracle Skin Pore Tightening Pack
  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

I hope these tips helped you. Feel free to comment below with questions, or if you have any experience and want to add to the list of advice!

 

Quick Summertime Skincare Tip

We all love Summer. Beaches, pools, BBQs, or maybe some hiking and exploring. No matter what you do if you want to keep your skin looking healthy, keep it looking young and fresh, and prevent wrinkles…WEAR GOOD SUNSCREEN!

This is the most important thing, like EVER, especially during the summer! Find a good one for your body, and another good one for your face. I promise you, it’s a skin saver!

UNBOXING :: Beautycon Kandee Johnson Summer 2016 Box

I got my Beautycon box today and I am super duper excited! It as filled with some amazing stuff! ❤ I wouldn’t expect anything less from the amazing and talented Kandee Johnson! Check it out below!

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What Came in the Box

  • Cover FX Contour Brush
  • Benzac Acne Solutions- Blemish Clearing Hydrator
  • La Fresh – Beauty Wipes
  • Garner Skin Active- Clearly Brighter Moisturizer
  • NYX- Ombre Lip Duo
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – in Cashmere
  • Veraspa – Gradual Tanner
  • Too Faced – Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
  • Neutrogena- Ultra Light Cleansing OIl
  • Redken- Fashion Waves Sea Salt Spray
  • Smashbox – Brow tech shaping Powder
  • Promo card for the edit by Seventeen

I am really loving everything. Only thing I can’t use is the gradual tanner, but my sister will love it. I really really love Beautycon boxes, you get so much amazing stuff for so little!

I also posted a youtube video of me unboxing all of it too if you wanted to watch my weird shaped head talk about all the goodies in here!

Haul :: ColourPop and Morphe

I just got some packages in from Colourpop and Morphe and I am so stoked. I bought some more Morphe Elite brushes (I heard they are being discontinued) and a bunch of stuff from Colourpop!

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The Goods

Morphe

  • E30 – BLENDING FLUFF
  • E5 – PRO MINI FAN BRUSH
  • E23 – DELUXE BLENDER
  • E2 – ROUND POWDER

ColourPop

  • Highlighter-  Wisp
  • Creme gel liner – in Brew Haha *not pictured
  • Eyeshadow – Effect
  • Eyeshadow – Coconut
  • Ultra Satin Lip – Frick’n Frack
  • Ultra Matte Lip – Trap
  • Ultra Matte Lip – Are & B
  • Ultra Matte Lip – Bumble

I am going to do a first impressions video (Since I haven’t used any Colourpop lip products before) and also will have swatches up  with the video very soon!

Also like I said, Morphe is discontinuing their Elite collection, and the remaining stock is on sale, so if you want some nice brushes for a really cheap price go grab some before they are all gone!

 

Unboxing :: VoxBox Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lippies

I got the Maybelline’s Vivid Matte VoxBox a few days ago and thought I would share the contents!

They sent me two liquid Lippies! ❤

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Colors

  • Rebel Red- Nice classic red lip
  • Nude Flush- Nice Mauve nude lip

Swatches

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Overall I really am enjoying the formula and how they feel on my lips!

If you are unfamiliar with VoxBoxes they are a program through Influenster.com to try out and review products. This can range from snack foods, to pet products, to beauty and skincare! Check them out!

Haul :: Shop Miss A Dollar Beauty Haul

I got a nice package from ShopMissA.com. Its a site that sells dollar beauty, skincare and accessories. I got some e.l.f. brushes (they actually have some really nice brushes, for drugstore brushes) and some fun lip products I have wanted to try out!

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The Goods

  • L.A. Colors – Jumbo Pencil- Saltwater
  • L.A. Colors – Jumbo Pencil- Desert Sun
  • Super Intense Gel Eyeliner Pencil – White
  • Santee Matte Eyes Jumbo Pigment Crayon – Color 12
  • Santee Matte Eyes Jumbo Pigment Crayon – Color 2
  • e.l.f. Essential Eyeliner Brush
  • e.l.f. Essential Brightening Eye Color-Butternut
  • e.l.f. Essential Blending Eye Brush
  • Rose Cheek Pop Blush- Peach
  • e.l.f. Essential Eye Shadow Brush
  • e.l.f. Essential Eye Crease Brush
  • e.l.f. Essential Smudge Brush
  • Fruit Savor Chapstick – PEACH
  • Fruit Savor Chapstick – STRAWBERRY
  • L.A. Colors – 3 Color Lipstick- Third Time’s A Charm
  • L.A. Colors – 3 Color Lipstick- Neapolitan
  • L.A. Colors – 3 Color Lipstick- Three’s A Crowd
  • L.A. Colors – 3 Color Lipstick- Triple Berry
  • L.A. Colors – 3 Color Lipstick- Love Triangle
  • L.A. Colors – 3 Color Lipstick- Trilogy

so yeah its a great site to check out if you haven’t already! They also have cute headbands, skincare and fun stationary too!