REVIEW | BYBI Beauty Prime Time

As this is a pretty new brand, this post will be a review of the product as well as an overview and first impressions of the brand.

BYBI Beauty is a brand from the founders Clean Beauty Co, a “modern, luxury beauty brand built on an ethos of high performance natural ingredients”. BYBI Beauty itself is 100% natural skincare as well and is a pretty recent launch, with just five different products available on its site right now. Unfortunately for non-UK residents, the site currently only ships within the UK. When I emailed the company, they directed me to Content Beauty & Wellbeing, an amazing site that sells a variety of different all natural skincare and beauty products and offers free shipping worldwide. This is where I purchased BYBI Beauty’s Prime Time (60 ml or 2.03 oz, $31.89), which I decided was the first product I wanted to try from this brand.

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REVIEW | SKINFOOD Intensive Shea Butter Cream in Shower

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Today, I’ll be reviewing my first body skincare product, SKINFOOD’s Intensive Shea Butter Cream in Shower (11.33 oz, $19 on SokoGlam).

Despite being so good with my facial skincare routine, I, more often than not, neglect the rest of my body when it comes to skincare. I get too lazy to put on moisturizer after I shower, and it doesn’t help that, a lot of times, the moisturizer leaves my hands greasy. However, with winter coming up, I figured I should really get on it, especially because the skin on my legs can get kind of scaly with the winter dryness.

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REVIEW | Origins GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer

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I was so excited when Origins released their SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer (1.7 fl oz, $38) – I have been looking for a good SPF for a while, and I’m a big fan of Origins’ GinZing line, especially the Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer (1.7 fl oz, $28.50) and the Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff (0.5 fl oz, $31). Origins just happened to be having their Friends and Family sale, so I purchased this without much hesitation.

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AT A GLANCE | Botanics

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I had never heard of this brand until a couple months ago. I had headed into Target to purchase a No.7 foundation (stay tuned for a review!), since I had received a coupon with a different purchase. I was pulled in by the cute, minimal packaging of Botanics, which sat right next to the No.7 display at my local Target. I checked Cartwheel, and there just happened to be a 20% discount on everything Botanics, so I decided to pick up a couple of things to try. Needless to say, I was very impressed with what I had tried, and eventually decided to pick up a bunch of other stuff, so, of course, I had to do another “At a Glance” post.

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AT A GLANCE | The Ordinary

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From top down, left to right: (1) High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, (2) Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, (3) Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, (4) Magnesium Ascorbyl Phospate 10%, (5) Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, (6) “Buffet”, (7) Serum Foundation in 2.1 Y

The Ordinary has been all over the internet, but for those of you who don’t know, it’s an affordable, cruelty-free skincare line under the Canadian company Deciem, which is “an umbrella of brands focused on advanced functional beauty”.

My brother had been pushing me to try The Ordinary products for a while, but I never really kept his recommendation in mind. Then, a couple months ago I went to visit him for his graduation, I got to see and hear about the products in person. They finally caught my attention, and when I came back from my trip, I took the plunge and bought quite a handful of their products to try.

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REVIEW | Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

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I always have a collection of little sample-sized skincare products in my inventory because they’re great ways to try new products without committing to a full-size, often expensive, purchase. They’re also great for travel, and I always keep a whole skincare routine’s worth of samples in my work bag for nights and weekends that I stay over at my boyfriend’s place.

It’s been a while since I received this little Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate ($58 for 1.7 fl oz, or $77 for 2.5 fl oz) sample as part of a larger purchase, but it’s finally been incorporated into my on-the-go routine. Now that I’m nearing the end of this little tube, which gave me a good week of both day and night use, I think it’s a good time to give my thoughts on this product.

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SKINCARE ROUTINE | 2017

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From left to right, top to bottom: Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser, Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser, Paula’s Choice 2% Salicylic Acid BHA Liquid Exfoliant, Pixi’s Glow Tonic, Caudalie’s Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum, Julep’s Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, Dermalogica’s Stress Positive Eye Lift, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye, Lancome’s UV Expert XL-Shield Fresh UV Aqua Gel

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve come to fully embrace the lazy girl attitude that was always in me, and my updated skincare routine reflects that. Looking back at my routine from last year was a bit shocking – I’d forgotten how extensive the routine I followed was. My skin has become less oily and less acne prone, so that helps with simplification of my routine as well. I’ve been following iterations of my current one for a while now, and it’s definitely more pared down than before. For one thing, my AM and PM routines are almost the same.

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