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Nighttime Skincare Routine!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

 Taking care of your skin is of the utmost importance so my nighttime skincare routine leaves nothing to chance. It ends up being something I really quite enjoy after a long day. I start by taking off all my makeup. I find that the Neutrogena Makeup Remover cleansing towelettes are the best makeup remover wipes I have ever found. It even takes off really stubborn mascara and waterproof eyeliner.
 Then, I use my go to cleanser, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. I love this cleanser and have raved about it in a previous post. Check it out here! I love the creaminess of the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, but instead of using it with the muslin cloths, I use it with my Clarisonic Mia. It works amazingly! It scrubs off anything and everything that is left over from makeup removing wipe and the Clarisonic does what it claims, it deep cleans! After washing my face, I tone it with Clinique Clarifying lotion for dry to combination skin. I tone my skin all over with a cotton pad and I really enjoy the cool tingling feeling that the Clinique toner provides.

My next step in my nighttime skincare routine is to apply Ole Henriksen's Truth Serum Collagen Booster as my nighttime serum all over my face. I notice, after weeks of use, my skin is brighter than it was before, but i'm still hoping to notice a fading in my post acne scars. The huge plus of this serum is the delightful citrus scent that comes with it! As I let that dry, I dab on my Fresh Lotus Eye gel, which immediately cools and calms my under eye area and as a bonus it smells AWESOME too! I take a 5-10 minute roundabout walk around the apartment as I let my serum and eye gel soak into my skin. After that, I use Origins Drink Up-Intensive overnight mask as my nighttime moisturizer. I love this moisturizer for Winter weather as my skin gets drier!
I love my nighttime skincare routine. It feels like I'm getting a facial every night and I feel thoroughly pampered by it all! I added a photo below of all my skincare items lined up like little skin soldiers! Do your worst against free radicals! Share your nighttime skincare favorites below in the comments! 

January 2014 Birchbox Unwrapping!

Monday, January 27, 2014

The month of January brings the promise of new and exciting things and at least one product in my January Birchbox lived up to that standard. Others did fall flat from expectations, but once in awhile that is to be expected. My January Birchbox contained:

The product that I was the MOST excited to try was the Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. I have a million and one different dry shampoos. Some I love, some I hate, but none have the quality that this dry shampoo does and that is why I was so excited to try it. It is not a clear dry shampoo as it sprays on white, but it does mix in well and the color disappears as it is brushed through hair. The great part about this dry shampoo is the calming capabilities that the scent carries with it. I sprayed throughout my hair on a day that I was too lazy to carry out a proper hair washing. I immediately breathed in a calming and gentle scent as my hair was reverted to its original soft and revived nature. I love this new dry shampoo and will probably buy a full size version when this one runs out!

One of the products that I have to admit I didn't love is Nail Rock. In theory, the product sounds great! Who doesn't want a glittery red nail polish to rock out with once in awhile? The reality of the product is a little messier. It requires too many steps and too much precision. First step, put on nail polish. Second step, put on the messy glitter topper. If you are like me and quite untalented at either step, all you will end up with nails that look like they were painted by a 2 year old. It looks like I'll be sticking with my manicurist when I need a red glitter on my nails.
Tea. As a lifestyle extra, I quite enjoy tea or little snacks. However, there was nothing special about these teas. I would hope that the extras that Birchbox would choose to sample in our boxes would be something spectacular. A tea that would make you forsake all other teas. These teas were good, but not that good. I hope that Birchbox tries to aim higher for future boxes. 

Mascara! I actually enjoy the idea behind this 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Natural Mascara. I like the idea of a natural mascara, especially for those who search for natural makeup products and can't seem to find them. However, I don't think any mascara on the face of the planet will make me leave my Dior Blackout Mascara. It lengthens and volumizes my lashes too much to leave it in the darkness of my makeup drawer, but I respect Birchbox for trying to give natural makeup girls a holy grail mascara. 
Last stop on the January Birchbox train was the Juara Candlenut Body creme. I really liked the smell of this body creme, but the sample size was quite small so I was unable to test out the cream on my legs. My legs need the most moisture so the fact that I can't test it out there means I won't be buying a full size version. I already have so many body lotions that I love, I don't see a resounding need to add this one to my list.
I was not too impressed with their January box, but I am excited to see what Birchbox has in store for February! 

The Body Shop Haul!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Body Shop had huge sales over the last month and I took the time to stock up on some necessary shower essentials. The huge discounts made it hard for me to not pick out a few key items that I needed to restock my shower. I am a big fan of their Banana Shampoo and Banana Conditioner as a set. The Banana shampoo is described as a product that "gently cleanses and nourishes your hair leaving it feeling clean, soft and silky." I think these products live up to the hype they've gotten on numerous other beauty blogs. The scent does smell like real bananas, but if that's not your thing, know that the scent dissipates after you have washed the shampoo and conditioner out of your hair. What doesn't leave is how nice and soft your hair feels after. This is the shampoo and conditioner set that I find myself constantly going back to because I think this set works that well.
Another necessity that I really needed to stock up on was The Body Shop's body butters. The Body Shop is well known for their large selection of amazingly scented butters and I am not immune to wanting to stock up whenever I see a sale. I decided to splurge and get a HUGE container of their Satsuma Body Butter. The Body Shop jumbo container is a bit more expensive than the usual body butters. I usually stock up on their body butters when they are on sale for $10, but the jumbo container is a steep buy at $25. Besides the big container of the Satsuma Body Butter, I wanted to try out one of their newer scents, the one that claims to smell like chocolate, Deluxe Edition Chocomania. While the scent doesn't resemble a delicious dessert, it is a good body butter that emits a more nutty, than chocolate scent. It was an interesting butter, but not something I would get again if I was interested in a chocolate scent.

Something I was really excited to try was the Vineyard Peach Body Lotion. It is a great everyday body lotion with an amazing scent that even my boyfriend comments and compliments me on! It keeps my legs smoother in between shaves and if you're looking for a new go-to body lotion, I would totally suggest the Vineyard Peach body lotion. 

One of the highlights of the sale was the holiday kits from the Body Shop. These little kits contained miniatures of their great products and if you know me, you know how much I love mini things! One of the adorable holiday kits I was ecstatic about was their Strawberry Cupcake bath set. The set contains a miniature Strawberry shower gel, an adorable strawberry mini heart soap and two cute red and pink mini loofas. All of these products smell delicious and are perfect for traveling. They definitely make me want to start planning my next trip. 

I loved being able to use the sale to stock up on my Body Shop favorites and to branch out and try new products to find new loves and Body Shop obsessions! 
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