Saturday, January 20, 2018

First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

 First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer


The First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer ($28; sephora.com) is my current primer of choice since my skin is pretty dry and lackluster most of the time. Its a really nice, moisturizing primer for dry-combination skin that has a subtle sheen to it. It does have a slight, artificial coconut-ish fragrance to it, not too strong, but just one to keep in mind in case you think this one too is fragrance-free like everything else from FAB is. I quite like this one by itself when I want to add a subtle glow to my face when going makeup free. Its great under foundations and tinted moisturizers too. While I don't think it does anything great for improving the longevity of makeup or shrinking pores, I overall love it as a base under makeup and love the lightweight feel and the dewy look without the obvious shimmer.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil



The 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil ($9.80; sephora.com) is one of my very first skincare picks from The Ordinary. It is 100%, high-purity, sustainability sourced, organic, cold pressed rose hip seed oil, sans any fillers . The packaging, like everything else from the brand, is simple and comes in an opaque glass jar with a dropper. Its nice as an additional step to any skincare routine, especially for this time of the year. Its a lovely oil and takes care of any dryness issues really well. It is unrefined and can have a strong, fishy scent (some more than others since its a naturally occurring scent), so that is one to keep in mind if you have a sensitive nose. I am quite sensitive to fragrances in my skincare and this surprisingly did not bother me at all. It sinks in fairly quickly and doesn’t feel too greasy or heavy. While I do think that this is a lovely oil that I like as part of my skincare routine, I don’t think it is miraculous. I like the hydration from it, the slight brightening effect and how it feels on my dry skin. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and have a lot of it left in the bottle, so its good value for money too, for less than $10. I only use this in the night and it can make skin a tad sensitive the next day, which is something to keep in mind if you are outdoors a lot. Overall, if you have dry/combination skin, its a good oil to have as part of your skincare routine, in addition to other moisturizers.

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil




L’Envol de Cartier Eau de Toilette

L’Envol de Cartier Eau de Toilette




L’Envol de Cartier Eau de Toilette ($105; bloomingdales.com) is a fresh, bold citrus fragrance for men, packaged in a sleek bottle, featuring notes of honey, guiac wood, citruses and musk. Its a very fresh, zesty scent that is great for the spring-summer.The citruses are what I get mostly from opening to dry down, although there is a certain softness from the musk that comes through as the scent fades through the day. This could make for a great unisex scent, but it does lean a little towards the masculine side for the most part. Overall, a fresh, sophisticated, light yet zesty fragrance for men that is a great one for when the weather becomes a little more warmer.

*Press Sample