Monday, May 2, 2016

Elemis Exotic Cream Moisturizing Mask and Pro Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Masks

Elemis Exotic Cream Moisturizing Mask and the Pro Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Mask


Two products I'm loving from Elemis for my dry skin right now are the Exotic Cream Moisturizing Mask and the Pro Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Masks. The Exotic Cream Moisturizing Mask ($77; shop.nordstrom.com) is a thick, moisturizing mask for dry skin. Its one to be left on for about 15 - 20 minutes and washed off or overnight. I prefer doing the 15 minute thing since its quite thick and I get instant results this way. I like to remove it with a warm washcloth for some extra exfoliation. It plumps skin up and adds quite a bit of radiance too. The Pro Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Masks ($85; shop.nordstrom.com) are fantastic for a quick moisture boost for the under eye area. It comes in a pack of 6. Its a gel textured mask with a lot of serum soaked in that feels amazing on the skin. I like to leave it on for about 20 minutes and massage the excess onto skin. If you have tired eyes and a lot of lines & wrinkles, this is a fantastic mask to try. I can see that the under eye area looks instantly plump and less dry and I like to use it about once a week before bed.

Elemis Exotic Cream Moisturizing Mask and the Pro Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Mask
Elemis Exotic Cream Moisturizing Mask and the Pro Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Mask
Elemis Exotic Cream Moisturizing Mask and the Pro Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Mask
Elemis Exotic Cream Moisturizing Mask and the Pro Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Mask




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New Beauty Finds Under $15

Some lovely new beauty finds under $15 that I’ve recently tried, tested, with quick thoughts!

Budget Beauty Buys under $15


Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Amber+ Oil Nutrition ($7.99 each; drugstores nationwide) is a haircare range formulated for dry hair. It comes at a very affordable price point, and the 60 second treatment especially is amazing. I do love the shampoo and conditioner too and think they’re great for frizz prone hair. Definitely recommend these if you are on the lookout for a wallet friendly haircare range that is very moisturizing and smells great! 

Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Amber+ Oil Nutrition
Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Amber+ Oil Nutrition Shampoo, Conditioner, 60 Second Treatment




Giovanni Ultra Revive Collection with Pineapple and Ginger ($7.99 each; Whole Foods) is also another range I tried that is formulated with more of natural ingredients. I found the shampoo a little heavy for my fine hair, but the duo is overall great if you have very thick hair that is tough to tame.The conditioner is very detangling and easy to wash off without any greasy residue, which I’ve found is a problem with a lot of natural haircare brands. With both the Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime and Giovanni, I’d recommend a clarifying shampoo once a week though.

Giovanni Ultra Revive Collection with Pineapple and Ginger
Giovanni Ultra Revive Collection with Pineapple and Ginger Ingredients


Invisibobble is my new favorite hair accessory. It comes in packs of three & I tried out all of them -Original ($8; shop.nordstrom), Power ($9;shop.nordstrom), Nano ($7;shop.nordstrom). I love them all. They’re traceless hair ties and stay put without sliding down my hair. The colors are fun and they don’t tug as much as regular hair ties. They do expand a little after a couple of uses, but run them under hot water and they’re back to the original size and shape!

Invisibobble - Nano, Original, Power
Invisibobble - Nano, Original, Power
Invisibobble - Nano, Original, Power




While I don’t use wipes to cleanse my face exclusively, they’re nice to travel with or have handy for small touchups. These Facial Cleansing Cloths by Beauty 360 ($7.99; cvs.com) are both pretty strongly scented, but they are also good at getting rid of light layers of grime. The Replenish with Almond Oil is gentle and better for sensitive skin, while the Renew is mildly exfoliating. They feel almost cloth-like, are quite stretchy and gentle on the skin. They’re also paraben & alcohol free. 

Beauty 360 Facial Cleansing Cloths
Beauty 360 Facial Cleansing Cloths Ingredients
Beauty 360 Facial Cleansing Cloths Renew Replenish


MUA Pro Fan Brush ($12; cvs.com) is a budget friendly fan brush that is great with highlighters and pigmented brushes. Its made from a mix of natural and synthetic hair. The bristles are quite soft and deposit color really well without overdoing it. The construction of the brush is really nice and its one of the nicest fan brushes at this price. 

MUA Pro Fan Brush



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Friday, April 29, 2016

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Mirrored 626

Dior recently reformulated their Addict Ultra Glosses ($30; dior.com), with a few new shades added to the range and renaming a few of the existing colors. I picked up Mirrored, a shimmery, peachy bronze and a fabulous nude for medium/dark skin tones. They come in three finishes, shimmer, creme and iridescent. 

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Mirrored 626



Dior’s lipglosses have always been a favorite, texture and consistency wise. The new formula is apparently plumping too, but I don’t feel any tingle or an uncomfortable sensation, which is a good thing. Its a non sticky formula too and like most lip glosses wears a good 2-3 hours on me. The brush applicator is really nice and makes application a breeze, but the short bristles were a tad unevenly cut, which wasn’t the case with the few from the older formula I owned. Mirrored is quite shimmery, but I love it. Its a beautiful golden bronze with a hint of peach that looks great on its own or over a lipstick. There’s a very slight scent to the gloss which doesn’t bother me at all. Overall, one of the nicest, non-sticky, lightweight glosses out there and definitely worth a try!

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Mirrored 626 Review, Photos
Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Mirrored 626 Swatch