EMPTIES | December 2017

My second empties post! It’s been two months since my previous empties post, but I don’t really use up products frequently enough to merit monthly empties posts. Besides the usual beauty products, this month’s empties also includes a candle!

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HAUL + Shopping Tips | Glossier

As I said in my previous post, 2017 really was the year of Glossier. There were so many new releases that I almost couldn’t keep up! Each release was exciting, but I wanted to hold off on getting anything until I used up some of my existing inventory of beauty products. A couple of months ago, I was finally at a point where I wouldn’t feel like I wasn’t hoarding if I purchased new things, so I went ahead and hauled a whole bunch of stuff.

The Haul

    1. Balm Dotcom (1 x 0.5 fl oz for $12, or 3 x 0.5 fl oz for $30): When I first started using this product, I thought it was overpriced Vaseline and didn’t think I’d ever repurchase it. As this is appearing in this haul, evidently, my thoughts have changed since then. Over multiple uses, this balm has definitely proven to be more moisturizing than Vaseline, and includes nice ingredients like castor seed oil that keep the moisture locked in. It’s a multi-purpose balm, but I use it solely on my lips, and I would think that the other balms – Rose, Mint, Cherry, Coconut, and Birthday Cake – would find most use on the lips as well. This time, I purchased the trio – Rose for my sister, Original for my brother, and Mint for myself 🙂 One last note: don’t be deceived by what seems like a measly 0.5 fl oz – a little goes a long way, and it took me a good year of using it every night for me to get through one tube.
    2. Body Hero Daily Oil Wash (8.4 fl oz, $18) and Daily Perfecting Cream (8.4 fl oz, $22): I was first drawn to these products because of the amazing campaign Glossier had for their release – women of all colors and sizes, posing naked on billboards everywhere. It was really empowering to see, and the rave reviews only helped with my decision to purchase these. I haven’t tried them yet because I still have other body wash and moisturizer I’m using, but I’m can’t wait to do so. I purchased these as part of the duo, which, at $35, saves you $5 compared to if you had purchased each separately.
    3. Invisible Shield (1 fl oz, $35): I’m still using a different SPF, but this one is next up for me to try. I’ve heard so many great reviews, so I can’t wait.
    4. Phase 2 Set ($40, saves $12): This is a great option if you’re trying out Glossier makeup for the first time. You can customize this set, and you save money. The set comes with (shades are what I chose):
      1. Stretch Concealer in Medium (0.7 oz, $18): As I move towards lighter makeup looks, I figured a lighter coverage concealer such as this would be great to use.
      2. Generation G in Zip (0.07 oz, $18): I will be writing a review on this, but I’ve already featured this product in my Best of 2017 post. In short, I love this lipstick. Next time, I plan to pick up another shade with the Generation G + Lip Gloss Duo ($26, saves $6).
      3. Boy Brow in Black (0.11 oz, $16): This is basically a universal favorite, so it was a given that I finally pick it up. I already appreciate that this comes in black, as not every brand’s brow products do. I can’t wait to use it, but I’m currently trying to finish up the Urban Decay Brow Tamer (previous review here), which I do not enjoy using at all…
    5. Glossier You (1.7 fl oz, $60): When I made my purchase, Glossier was including a sample size of its newly released fragrance. I fell in love pretty quickly, and purchased a full-size during Glossier’s 20% off Black Friday sale. This is the perfect everyday perfume, because it’s faint, yet lingers all day. The fragrance was formulated so that you are the first ingredient – hence its name – and I find this to be very accurate.

Honestly, I wanted to purchase every item Glossier had to offer, but I limited myself to these this time. I’m already eyeing the Cloud Paints (0.33 oz for $18, or 2 for $30).

 

Some Tips + Notes for Shopping on Glossier

  • To get 10% off your first order, shop with my link(This post is not sponsored, but I do get some store credit for purchases made through my link.)
  • There is free shipping for orders over $30, so wait until you’ve decided on at least $30 that you want before placing your order!
  • If you’re interested in more than one item, always go for the sets. Glossier offers a ton, and you will always save money purchasing those instead of the individual items.
  • As the holidays are coming up, I thought it would be worthwhile to mention that many of Glossier’s sets are great gifts or stocking stuffers – sets like the Balm Dotcom Trio or the Cloud Paint Quad ($55, save $17) are great for taking apart to create your own gift sets.
  • Every purchase comes with at least one of the pink bubble-wrap zip bags, which are great for traveling 🙂

 

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BEST OF 2017 | BEAUTY

As it is nearing the end of the year, I thought that a roundup of my beauty favorites of the year was in order. There are a couple of products that I’ve only started using in the last couple of months, but I already know that they will be lasting favorites, so they are in this list as well!

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While I don’t use eyeliner as much as I used to, my eyeliner of choice has always been a black liquid liner. With that it mind,  I finally got around to trying the well-loved Tattoo Liner in Trooper (0.19 oz, $20) from Kat Von D. It definitely did not disappoint – the brush tip, my favorite type of liner tip, made it so easy for me to wing out my liner, the black is extremely pigmented, and the formula is so long-lasting. At $20, I don’t find it to be that pricey either, considering that I’ve had mine for a while and it hasn’t dried out yet.

Origins’ SPF 40 Energy Boosting  Tinted Moisturizer (1.7 fl oz, $38) is actually a surprise favorite. While I was very excited for this release, which I have previously reviewed, I had heard mixed reviews and kept my expectations low while I tried this out. I ended up enjoying it very much, but at the time of my review, I wasn’t sure if I would repurchase this. I have since come to love this product and have already purchased a backup. It is truly a tinted moisturizer, with minimal pigment, but it is very moisturizing and has no sunscreen scent at all.

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Glossier’s Generation G (0.07 oz, $18) lipstick in Zip has become my go-to lipstick for when I want a laid-back look that still looks like I tried. In the tube, the bright red can be intimidating, but the sheer formula allows for it to be the perfect everyday red, at least for me 🙂 Full review on this soon.

I have talked about Julep’s Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil (0.85 fl oz, $36) more than once on this blog, but it’s been a while since I did, and I have only grown to love this oil more and more. I use this both morning and night, two drops mixed into my moisturizer, and have already repurchased another bottle. I’ve tried a couple of other facial oils containing rosehip, but this one is by far my favorite so far.

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After just a couple of uses, the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (1.69 fl oz, $80) is already a favorite. The product really lives up to the Babyfacial part of its name, leaving me with baby-like skin the morning after I use it. It’s a high acid concentration product, recommended for use weekly.  Stay tuned for a full review of this product!

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The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (2.3 oz, $25) has been in my monthly favorites before, for good reason – easy to use, moisturizing, and relatively affordable. I have since purchased the Lip Sleeping Mask (0.7 oz, $20) as well and will update you guys after I’ve used it a few times.

When I initially saw all the hype about Glossier’s new perfume, Glossier You (1.7 fl oz, $60), I wasn’t that interested – I’ve never been much of a fragrance user, and figured this one wouldn’t be much different. But then, the hype got to me, so I tried a sample of it that I received with my Glossier haul. It was love at first spray – subtle, but heavy on the base notes, so that your own unique scent becomes the first ingredient. When my boyfriend said that I smelled good without realizing that I had on any perfume, that was when I knew I had to get my hands on the full-sized bottle. I love this perfume so much that it’s inspired me to challenge myself to wearing perfume every day.

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This year was also the year of The Ordinary, the brilliant skincare brand that somehow kept its prices extremely affordable. To be honest, out of everything that I’ve tried so far from the brand, I haven’t been blown away by anything, but I wanted to give this brand a shout out because I have enjoyed most of them that I’ve tried, including this Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (240 ml, $8.70). I will also be purchasing more of their products to try, as the affordable prices make it easier to do so, and I am almost sure I will discover something that I will love.

 

What were your beauty favorites of the year?

 

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ANTI-HAUL | Winter 2017

With all the temptation and spending that comes with the holiday season, I thought it’d be nice to balance my Sephora haul (and other upcoming hauls…) with an anti-haul.

Although I’ve gotten a lot better about making more informed, thought-out purchases in the last couple of years, this anti-haul will also be a good reminder to myself that money not spent is better than money spent on a product I wouldn’t otherwise use or want to try.

Before I begin with the anti-haul, I have to admit that I went ahead and purchased the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (1.69 oz, $80). I was partially motivated by maintaining my Rouge status, but mainly, it seems like a universally loved product, and is unique enough that I probably wouldn’t find a dupe easily, if at all. I’m excited to try it and share my thoughts on it with you 🙂

Although most of the products are carried at Sephora, this list will also include products from other brands (mainly Glossier). I’ll be honest here – my reasons for not purchasing items are all pretty similar… so feel free to skip through my descriptions for each product/brand.

  1. FENTY BEAUTY: I am a huge Rihanna fan, and I love the message behind the brand, but my makeup inventory is just way too full for more makeup products. I was tempted to get both the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer (0.3 oz, $18) and the Starlit Hyper-Glitz Lipstick in Supermoon (0.45 oz, $19), which I swatched in store and was super pretty, but in the end I decided not to because I’m not a lip gloss user, and there are other lip products that I would rather purchase to try. The highlighters look beautiful, so I may purchase them in the future when I actually need a new highlighter.
  2. FRESH Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner (8.4 fl oz, $44): As soon as this was released earlier this year, I had added it to my VIB sale purchase list. It’s gotten rave reviews, and just looks so pretty with the real rose petals in the bottle. However, I passed on this in the end, because I already have much more affordable toners that are already extremely effective.
  3. SON & PARK Beauty Water (11.49 fl oz, $30): Same reason as for the Fresh toner 🙂
  4. MILK MAKEUP: Every time Milk comes out with a new product, I am so tempted to purchase it. I really like the idea of their makeup – easy, for the on-the-go girl – but I find their items on the pricier side for what they are, and with the state of my current makeup inventory, I really don’t find it necessary to own anymore makeup items. That being said, I do own two items from them, one of which I would possibly repurchase.
  5. Pat McGrath Labs: Everything from the brand looks beautiful, but I don’t wear makeup often enough to want to spend that much on any of the products they offer.
  6. NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment (0.18 oz, $26): I’ll be honest – I was tempted. I haven’t really ever been disappointed with NARS products, and this has gotten rave reviews everywhere. But I’m not a fan of matte lip products, and am extremely picky about liquid formulations. That being said, I am planning on purchasing a Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick (0.25 oz, $24) at some point.
  7. Glossier Face Serums Set ($65 for 3 serums): I was planning to get this when I hauled some Glossier, but then I realized that each serum – Super Bounce, Super Pure, and Super Glow – had a dupe or similar product that could be found in The Ordinary line for a fraction of the price. I really enjoy some of Glossier’s products and the brand as a whole, but I personally just did not find that this $65 would be money well spent.

I could go on and on about what I am not buying and why, but I’ll stop here 🙂 What are some things you decided not to purchase or will not be purchasing in these holiday months?

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HAUL + Shopping Tips | Sephora VIB Sale, Winter 2017

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I’ve taken a couple of weeks off posting here, but the Sephora VIB sale, kicking off today, was good motivation for me to end my break and share with you guys what I’d hauled last week when the sale was open only to Rouge members.

I purchased five items and redeemed two point perks this time, though I’m already considering whether I should purchase more before the sale ends…

  1. Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Peridot (0.01 oz, $25): I’ve been hearing good things about these eyeliners pretty much since they were released, and I finally decided to give the formula a try. Peridot is my birthstone, so I was immediately drawn to swatch that shade in store and fell in love instantly with the bright, shimmery sage-green. The formula seems pretty pigmented too, and I look forward to playing around with this fun color.
  2. Bumble and bumble The Hairdresser’s Set Sp(oil)ed Silly ($39): This set includes a 2 oz Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo, 2 oz Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Conditioner, and 3.4 oz Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, for a combined total value of $66. The hair oil is a full-size product, while the shampoo and conditioner are travel-size. This was a no-brainer for me, as the hair oil is one of my favorites, and the full size product retails for $40 on its own.
  3. J.ONE Black Jelly Pack (1.69 oz, $47): I’ve heard a lot of good things about both this and the original Jelly Pack (1.69 oz, $42), but as I’m trying to be pickier about what I spend money on, I decided to go with this one, since it’s an overnight mask, while the original is more for daytime use.
  4. Sephora Favorites Lashtash ($48, $132 value): I have never been disappointed with a Sephora Favorites set, and this mascara set is no different. I purchased a smaller Lashtash in the VIB sale two years ago, and even splitting the set with my sister, I only used up all the mascaras earlier this year. The set this year boasts seven deluxe size mascaras, two full size mascaras, and one pair of false lashes. I’ll definitely be splitting this set with my sister again.
  5. Sephora Favorites Beauty Sleep ($30, $92 value): This is already sold out on the site, so I won’t be able to share a link with you guys. I originally had planned to purchase a slightly larger skincare Sephora Favorites set, since it contained a deluxe sample of the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial (1.69 oz, $80), but it sold out before I could place my order. I’m not mad at this set, though – it contains deluxe samples of: (1) Origins High-Potency Night-A-Min (1.7 oz, $44), a great nighttime moisturizer, (2) Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Transforming Gel (1.7 oz, $48), previously known as the Invigorating Night Treatment, (3) Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum (1 oz, $90), (4) Sunday Riley LUNA Sleeping Night Oil (1 oz, $105), a universal favorite that I’ve been wanting to try, (5) Kate Somerville + Retinol Firming Eye Cream (0.5 oz, $85), (6) GLAMGLOW DREAMDUO Overnight Transforming Treatment (0.68 oz DREAMSERUM and 0.68 oz DREAMSEAL, $59), and (7) Living proof Perfect hair Day night cap overnight perfector (4 oz, $28).
  6. NEST Black Tulip (0.1 oz, 100 points): I’m a fan of NEST fragrances, so I wanted to give this one a try. This is a warm floral scent that features key notes of black amber plum, pink pepper, and Japanese violet. The full size is 1.7 oz and retails for $72.
  7. Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer (0.27 oz, 100 points): This seems similar to the Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer (1.7 oz, $28.50), so I wanted to get it to compare the two. The Sunday Riley full size is 1.7 oz and retails for $65.

A few more final tips for those of you who don’t shop often at Sephora:

  • The VIB sale is a great time for you to purchase more expensive products that you’ve always wanted to try but never wanted to pay full price for.
  • Always watch out for the Sephora Favorites and other gift sets. In order to get a good deal, make sure the product description also tells you what the value of the box is – if it doesn’t, it means the gift set isn’t actually cheaper. The high value sets are also a great opportunity to try more expensive products without committing to a full size purchase. The samples are also great for traveling.
  • If you’re trying to meet a shipping minimum, purchase sheet masks or little mask pods. Sephora has a bunch, including some hand and face masks as well. There’s a lot you can find under $10, and there’s never any harm in stocking up on masks 🙂

What have you purchased or are you planning to purchase during this year’s VIB sale?

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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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REVIEW | SKINFOOD Intensive Shea Butter Cream in Shower

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.

When I saw Weylie on Youtube talk about this recently, I decided it was the perfect product for someone lazy like me, and purchased it when SokoGlam just happened to be having a SKINFOOD sale.

After a couple of weeks of use, I’ve found that it’s not that effective for me as an actual in shower moisturizer. When I put it on wet skin, the product seems to wash off without really imparting any moisture to my skin. Instead, it works best when I’ve just finished my shower and patted myself dry with a towel, so my skin is still damp, but no longer wet. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling smooth and smelling faintly of shea butter.

Would I repurchase this again? Maybe, but I’m not in a rush to do so. Honestly, just the fact that I now keep a body moisturizer in my shower is more of a motivation for me to moisturize regularly than using an in-shower moisturizer. That being said, I do want to explore other in shower moisturizers, and Glossier’s new Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream (8.4 fl oz, $22) has really caught my interest as well.

Have you tried in-shower moisturizers before? Which is your favorite?

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