REVIEW | The Leo Oil

Nowadays, Instagram is where I discover a lot of the new products that I want to try, and the Leo Oil is one of these products. I first stumbled upon it because a couple of Instagram beauty influencers that I follow had been posting about it. I got curious about the product, with its beautiful, minimal packaging and raving reviews, so I picked up my first bottle of the Leo Oil when Dena (@leowithcancer on Instagram), creator of Leo Oil, was offering 20% off the first purchase.

The Leo Oil is a blend of Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Blue Tansy Oil. This combination of oils has such an amazing and soothing smell. It smells like bergamot, and my dog always wants to lick my face after I use it. The color is a greenish blue from the blue tansy as well, which I think makes it fun to apply.

love this oil. First of all, it’s called the Leo Oil. I’m a Leo, so the name already really spoke to me. Honestly, I couldn’t really tell how much it was helping my skin when I first started using it. However, I’ve been using it pretty regularly for a couple of months now, and I’ve really started to notice a difference. This past month in particular, I decided to start using it every night since I had a lot of breakouts and redness from stress. My breakouts seemed to be going away faster, and the oil really helped calm down any redness in my skin. It was a miracle! I’ve already purchased a second bottle and plan to keep this product in my skincare routine.

You can buy a 1 oz bottle of Leo Oil for $46 or a little sample to try first for $13, and there’s still a promo for 20% off your first purchase. Dena makes every bottle of the oil by hand and in batches, so just a heads up that you may not get a bottle right when you order it. It’s definitely worth it though and makes the product that much more special. By purchasing the Leo Oil you’d also be supporting a small, woman-owned business, which is always a good thing 🙂

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REVIEW | Glossier Skin Tint, Stretch Concealer, & Cloud Paint

After purchasing and loving Glossier’s Generation G lipstick (review here), I had been dying to try more of Glossier’s makeup. However, for the longest time, I really wasn’t in need of new makeup, so I refrained from buying new stuff.

Recently, I finally was at a point where I could add new products to my collection, so as part of a massive haul, I purchased the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (1 oz, $26) and the Cloud Paints (0.33 fl oz, 2 for $30 or 1 for $18). I also opened the Stretch Concealer (0.17 oz, $18) that I purchased a while back to use for the first time with the Skin Tint and Cloud Paints.

The Perfecting Skin Tint

The Perfecting Skin Tint comes in five possible shades: Light, Medium, Dark, Deep, and Rich. Before I go into anything else about this product, I have to point out that the shade names are very misleading. I purchased the medium because I am a very true medium skin-tone, but it ended up being way too fair for me, to the point that I looked ghostly.

Also, since there are only 5 shades, I would think it’s likely that some people would have difficulty finding a shade match – it’s even likely that the shade Dark is too dark for me, and I would have to mix Medium and Dark together to get my ideal shade. I know this is a skin tint, which means the coverage is minimal, but there is enough coverage that you can tell if the shade of the tint doesn’t match your skin tone.

My issues with the shade names and shade selection aside, I really enjoyed this product. Generally, my skin behaves well, so I don’t really need much coverage. This product gives me just enough to even out my skin tone. If I have any blemishes, I’ll go in with a concealer for more coverage (Glossier Stretch Concealer is great for this).

This skin tint is definitely on the dewy side for a face product, but that’s what I like. If you don’t like dewy complexion products, you may not enjoy this, though going over the product with a setting powder does minimize the dewiness a bit.

Surprisingly, this product is also very long-wearing – on more than one occasion, I’d put it on in the morning, and it’d still be on my face after 12 hours of wear. I also didn’t wear this on really hot days, so it may be different in that case. I’ll be bringing this with me to the hot and humid Taiwan later this year, so maybe I can give an update on wear time after my trip.

Overall, great product! It does what I want it to do and is pretty affordable for a non-drugstore product. I definitely plan on re-purchasing in the future if I don’t find something I like more, though next time, I’m purchasing the shade Dark. In the meantime, I plan on mixing in the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum and hope that will help deepen the shade a bit.

The Stretch Concealer

The Stretch Concealer comes in the same five shades as the Perfecting Skin Tint, though the shade Medium in the concealer worked for me so much better than Medium for the skin tint.

love this concealer. Colourpop’s No Filter Matte Concealer in Medium 28 had been my favorite for a while, but then it stopped working for me because it would dry out my undereye when I used it. The Stretch Concealer is creamy and not too thick, which is perfect for blending out. I use it to cover my dark circles and any blemishes on my face, and the Medium shade is perfect for both of these functions.

Would I repurchase this? YES, though a repurchase would be far into the future, since I don’t use up concealer all that quickly. Like most Glossier products, the price of this one is pretty reasonable – it may seem expensive for very little product, but since this is a cream concealer, a little goes a very long way, and I can foresee myself using this for a good while.

The Cloud Paints

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the products in this post, but the Cloud Paints were by far my favorite. It may be because blush is just more fun than complexion products. I purchased Storm, a warm rose, one of the newer shades, and Beam, a soft peach.

The shade descriptions are pretty accurate, and these blushes are pigmented. Generally, I’m not a fan of blushes that are too pigmented, but since these are a gel-cream formula, it’s much easier to control how much I’m applying to my face.

The Cloud Paints may very well be my favorite blushes ever. I don’t think I’ve seen another blush formulation quite like the Cloud Paint one – it’s neither a gel nor a cream, and it’s extremely pigmented in the best way. I’ve tried Storm and Beam each on their own, and also mixed together, and the colors are beautiful, no matter how I wear them. The longevity is pretty amazing – immediately I compare it to the Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel that I reviewed recently, which had a similar formula but no pigmentation whatsoever and no longevity either.

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These blushes are great for travel in that they’re very small, though since they would be considered liquids, they probably wouldn’t be my first choice either. Though, I love these so much that I may just deal with the fact that I have to pack more liquids to have these with me.

Overall, I continued to be impressed with Glossier’s makeup, and the brand’s makeup is definitely more of a winner than its skincare to me. I look forward to trying more Glossier makeup in the future 🙂

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REVIEW | Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel

I’ve been a longtime fan of Pixi’s skincare products, but I had yet to try any of their makeup items, so a while back, I picked up this Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel in Flushed ($13.99) to try.

I had high hopes for this product, since generally it seems that people enjoy Pixi’s makeup products. Although the shade Flushed looked very deep in the tube, I had a feeling that I would get a nice wash of color on my cheeks.

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Unfortunately, this product didn’t really work out for me. After blending out the color on my cheeks, it just washes away into nothing. I tried using my fingers for maximum pigment retention, but it didn’t help. When I tried to layer on more, the blush started getting patchy and uneven. I tried it a few times to give it a good chance, but it just seemed like this blush and I weren’t meant to be…

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I’ll be passing this on to someone who would enjoy this much more than I would. If you’re looking to try out this blush, please keep in mind that if you’re medium skin tone like me or deeper, this is likely not to show up on your skin.

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AT A GLANCE | Biossance

Biossance is a skincare company based in the Bay Area (yay!) that has its focus on effective, safe skincare that also does not harm the environment or animals. One of the core ingredients in the majority of their products is squalane, something that your skin naturally has, but which your body makes less of over the years, and Biossance harvests this squalane from a sustainable source, sugarcane.

I’ve long heard many good things about Biossance products, specifically their bestselling Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil (1 oz, $72), and the company’s focus on clean beauty only furthered my interest in what it had to offer. A couple of months ago, I finally decided to give some Biossance products a try.

Products in My Collection

Out of the five products pictures, I’ve tried three. I’ve included my thoughts on the ones I’ve tried below:

  1. Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil (deluxe sample pictured here – full size is 1 oz, $72): I really enjoyed this, though honestly, I’m not sure if I would commit to a full-size product, as it’s quite pricey, and I have lower-priced oils that work just as well, if not better. I love the sample system that Biossance has on its site (more about this below) and will likely get a sample of this again in the future. I kept this in my travel pouch, and it got quite a few uses before I ran out.
  2. 100% Squalane Oil (deluxe sample pictured here – full size is 3.4 oz, $58): I probably enjoyed this even more than the Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, because this one is multi-use. I particularly enjoyed using it on my hair. I will be repurchasing this in the future.
  3. Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel (0.5 oz, $54): I haven’t used this yet, but it’s next in line after I use up my current nighttime eye cream.
  4. Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer (1.6 oz, $52): I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks now as my daytime moisturizer, and I really enjoy it. My skin definitely feels more radiant since I started using this. The packaging is also great – it’s a pretty hefty feeling tub that feels like it could double as a weapon. I love trying new moisturizers so it’s difficult to say whether I’ll come back to it, but it’s definitely on the top of my list of repurchases if I don’t discover something new I’ll want to try.
  5. Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths (25 cloths for $18): I received one cloth as a sample when I purchased the eye gel and moisturizer. I’ve yet to try this, but I’m keeping it in my beauty bag in my purse right now, on hand in case I ever need a makeup wipe. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ll ever purchase the full box, since I much prefer just getting drugstore wipes.

Biossance’s “Free” Sample Offering

As their products are pretty pricey, I really appreciate that they offer “free” samples to try via their site. For just a $5 shipping fee, you can choose from three different sets of deluxe samples.

  1. Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil and the 100% Squalane Oil
  2. Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel and 100% Squalane Oil
  3. Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer and Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

All but the Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer sample are 4 ml (or approximately 0.14 oz). The gel moisturizer sample is 3 ml. When I got the samples, only option 1 was available, and personally, I think it’s where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. Oils only require a few drops per use, whereas a moisturizer or eye cream would require more.

 

Overall, I’m impressed, but not mindblown, by their products. They’ve released new products since I did this mini-haul though, and I’m definitely interested in giving those a try.

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REVIEW | Glossier Generation G Lipstick

For me (and probably a lot, if not all, of the beauty community), this year has been the year of Glossier. I had initially tried a couple of their products to mediocre results, but have since come to enjoy those after revisiting them. With this renewed interest in Glossier, I bit the bullet and hauled a few items (look out for that post!) that I had been eyeing through their Instagram, including this Generation G (0.07 oz, $18) lipstick in Zip, a poppy red.

I have to say, when I initially opened the tube, I was very wary – although this is a sheer matte lipstick, and pictures have proven this to be true, I was worried the color would be too bright and pull too orange on my face. I was so glad to be proven wrong – this is the perfect, everyday red for people who don’t really like bright statement lips – aka me. It gives that look of just kissed lips, yet at the same time, is pretty long wearing for such a sheer formula – it’s not transfer-proof by any means, but after a whole afternoon of wearing this, I didn’t see too much patchiness. I will definitely be looking into more colors of this lippie.

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REVIEW | Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

The Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (1.69 fl oz, $80) is a ridiculously expensive product. I thought I would never purchase this, but with the Sephora VIB Sale, my need to qualify for VIB Rouge again, and the widespread praise of this product, I caved.

The first time I tried it, I was worried that I misspent my money – I burned myself by accidentally putting this over an open pimple wound, and then I convinced myself that it didn’t really do much for my skin. The second time, however, this product worked its magic. I applied it with no issue, and while my skin was red right after application, the next morning I woke up with baby skin. Now, it’s become a highlight of my week to use this after a long day at work (it’s recommended that you use this once a week only, since it has such a high concentration of acid). Despite the high acid concentration, this product doesn’t burn at all if you’re careful not to use it on open wounds (or, be smart, unlike me, and just don’t use it until you have no wounds on your face). For me, there was only a slight tingle as I applied it, which went away pretty quickly.  I already know that I will be repurchasing this product – it is extremely effective, and despite its high price tag, its cost per use will be pretty low, so it’s well worth the splurge.

The Babyfacial also comes with a baby size of the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (1 fl oz, $70), which is recommended for immediate application after you wash off the Babyfacial. The oil was very nourishing, and definitely contributed to the baby skin on my face the next morning, though I’m not yet sure I’d make the investment in this luxury facial oil – I’m definitely going to explore some more affordable options first..

Because of my almost immediate attachment to this product, I’m becoming interested in other Drunk Elephant products, though I have to honestly say that I’m not sure if I’ll ever purchase anything else. Their products are definitely in the luxury product price range, and in my efforts to be more conscious of how I’m spending money on beauty products, I justified this purchase because the product was unlike anything else on the market. (I know The Ordinary has something similar, but at 30% acid, I’m pretty wary, and my brother has already told me that it burned his face.) Never say never though! I may come back in a few months with newly loved Drunk Elephant products 🙂

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AT A GLANCE | KL Polish

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As a long time fan of Kathleenlights on YouTube, I’ve been watching KL Polish since its initial launch. However, as I don’t use nail polish very often and am very picky about the shades I do use, I had been holding off on picking up any of the nail polishes to try. Then came this fall launch, and as KL Polish teased each shade of the fall collection this year, I found myself liking almost every single shade. When the whole collection was revealed, I decided to forget my reservations and get the whole set.

The set contains all 6 shades from the collection and retails for $45. You can also purchase individual polishes for $8.50 a piece, which is pretty reasonable pricing. The shades, from left to right in the picture above, are: (1) Princess Penny, (2) Cozy in There?, (3) Mozart, (4) Prince Cornelious, (5) Wishbone, and (6) Chloe. The only one I am iffy about is Wishbone, because I generally don’t like shades that are lighter than my skintone, but the set was such a good value, and I liked every other shade, so I figured it was worth a try.

Before I even bought any polishes, I already liked the brand, and not just because I’m a fan of Kathleenlights, but because the polishes are made in the USA, and are both 5-free and cruelty-free. Also, from what I saw even in the previous collections, the colors were very unique – there was always something slightly different about each shade that made it stand out from other similar ones.

So far, I’ve only tried Mozart, and I was not disappointed with the formulation nor the color. It’s kind of difficult to describe what kind of purple Mozart is. It’s almost lavender, but just a tad too deep, almost just a tad bit muted, so it’s neither bright nor matte. It’s a great fall shade, and also a color I wouldn’t have associated with fall in the past. As Kathleen has suggested in her videos, two coats of this polish give the best results. I always end up chipping my nails really easily, so I also always finish my nails with a top coat. The wear time with the top coat was really good, and I got through at least 4 days before encountering any chips.

I’ve been lazy to paint my nails again, but I think I want to try Chloe next – that muted green is really calling to me!

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REVIEW | SKINFOOD Argan Oil Repair Plus Treatment Mask

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As I grow out the dyed part of my hair and as the dryer winter months approach, I’ve started looking out for moisturizing hair masks to keep my hair from looking too dry. As I was browsing the SKINFOOD products available on the SokoGlam site a couple of months ago, I came across this Argan Oil Repair Plus Treatment Mask (6.76 oz / 200 ml, $15).

I have to say, I’m pretty disappointed with this product. Considering how the primary ingredient in this is argan oil and the name of the product includes the word “repair”, this product should have been more moisturizing and nourishing. It’s not a bad product by any means, as I do feel that using it gives my hair a nice, healthy shine, but it doesn’t do much more than my usual conditioner in terms of moisture.

I will continue to use this product, but will not be repurchasing it.

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EMPTIES | October 2017

My first empties post! As I usually throw away my containers as soon as I’m done with a product, it took me some time to accumulate enough trash to write one of these posts. Keep reading to see what I’ve used up and what I thought of them! If I’ve talked about a product on my blog before, my opinion may have changed since I last mentioned it.

Products will be listed from left to right, top down:

  1. The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel (25.4 fl oz/750 ml), currently $14): The Body Shop’s shower gels never disappoint, and they’re so affordable when they’re on sale. I’ve since moved on to the pink grapefruit one, which is my favorite scent.
  2. Pixi Glow Tonic (3.4 fl oz, $15): One of my favorite toners, since it gently exfoliates the face with glycolic acid while prepping the face for the next skincare steps. The Glow Tonic contains 5% glycolic acid, and I will be trying The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (240 ml, $8.70) soon to compare the two products.
  3. Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate ($58 for 1.7 fl oz, or $77 for 2.5 fl oz): I’ve written a review on this previously. I really liked it, but I realized that after I finished using it, I didn’t miss applying it either. I might revisit this in the future, once I’ve used up more of my skincare inventory.
  4. e.l.f. Hydrogel Under Eye Mask ($8 for a set of 3): This is a great affordable option for undereye masks. I find them similar to Skyn Iceland’s Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($30 for a set of 8 or $15 for a set of 4), and they’re slightly cheaper. I do find Skyn Iceland’s slightly more effective for me, but overall these were great, soothing and depuffing my under eye area.
  5. Kate Somerville Exfolikate (2 fl oz, $85 or 5 fl oz, $175): I was always ambivalent about this exfoliator, until I realized recently that I had been using it incorrectly the whole time… You’re supposed to massage it onto your face, leave it on as a mask, then rinse off. It was too late for me to try it this way though, as I had already used it up, and I’m not too keen on splurging on this because I don’t think my skin really will benefit from regular use of this. I am interested in trying out a Kate Somerville facial some day though, so there’s that to look forward to.
  6. Acure Organics Seriously Glowing Serum (1 oz, $19.98): I was ambivalent about this serum, which really was an oil. It was pretty nice to use and indeed gave me a nice glow, but it can’t beat Julep’s Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil, one of my favorite skincare products ever.
  7. Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (1 oz, $49): I had bought this because it had been on sale on Birchbox, but I really ended up liking it. It was a great moisturizing serum that absorbed quickly and really gave my skin an extra boost of moisture. That being said, I’m not sure I would repurchase this again, though it’s definitely made me want to check out other Caudalie products in this line.
  8. Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser (6 fl oz, $18): I’ve most recently mentioned this in my August Favorites, and my thoughts on it hasn’t changed – I still love it as a morning moisturizer. This will definitely come back into my skincare rotation in the future.
  9. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches ($48 for a set of 30): I really wanted to give this a try since I like Peter Thomas Roth’s Cucumber Gel Mask (5 oz, $52), but I had mixed feelings about this. The eye gels were very stiff, and the shape didn’t mold to my under eye very well, so they were a bit uncomfortable to wear. I also felt that they weren’t as effective as the other eye patches I’ve mentioned in this post. I’m glad I only bought one set during Peter Thomas Roth’s travel size sale. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing the travel size at full price, because it was already $3 at discount.
  10. Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo (8.5 fl oz, $22) and Conditioner (8.5 fl oz, $24): I had previously featured these in my Posh VoxBox review. As much as I liked these, I don’t plan on repurchasing them because they’re not for my hair type, and I still have other shampoos and conditioners that I like more.

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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.

Prime Time is a face scrub that includes wonderful things like fruit enzymes, marshmallow root, allantoin (a skin protecting and conditioning agent), and apple and pineapple acids. When you open the package, the pineapple in the product is immediately apparent – the scent of this product is primarily pineapple.

The packaging is pretty cute, colorful but minimal, but quality wise I think it could be a little better. There’s a little stopper in addition to the lid, but the stopper isn’t sized right, and often times sinks into the product. The product also comes with a little spatula that you can use to dip into the product, but as I keep this in my shower, I usually just dab my fingers in to get any product. I know that isn’t the most hygienic, but the little spatula is inconvenient to keep in the shower as well. They did just recently release a squeeze tube packaging, which I think would be much better. If I repurchase this, I will get that packaging instead.

The product itself is awesome. It’s a pretty gentle exfoliator, as fruit enzyme scrubs usually are to me, but unlike a lot of other ones, I actually feel like my face gets exfoliated when I use this. And because it’s so gentle, I can use it all over my face – I can only use most exfoliators or scrubs on my t-zone because the rest of my face is sensitive, so being able to scrub my whole face for a change is amazing. My face won’t ever feel stripped when I use this scrub either, since some of the first few ingredients on the ingredient list are sweet almond oil, shea butter, and a few other oils.

This is probably my favorite face scrub that I’ve used in a long while. I would only be hesitant to repurchase again because of the price – it’s £24.00, which translates to $31.89, and you don’t get that much product.

Overall though, I really like this brand – the focus on all natural ingredients in beauty products is something I appreciate very much as I’ve gotten more interested in all natural beauty, and, especially if you live in the UK, I recommend you go and check out their stuff.

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