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REVIEW | Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème

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I’m a big fan of the Ole Henriksen brand, so I had been looking forward to trying the Banana Bright Eye Crème (0.5 oz, $38) since the announcement of its release. Needless to say, I was extremely excited when I received this complimentary from Influenster for review. I’ve talked about Influenster and products I’ve received from them before, and I highly recommend you check them out if you like getting free stuff to review 🙂

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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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FAVORITES | August 2017

In the blink of an eye, it’s already September, and we’re heading into Labor Day weekend and the end of summer. With that in mind, I thought it’d be nice to start a favorites series before summer comes to a complete end.

These posts will primarily be on beauty favorites, but if I have any fashion or other lifestyle favorites, I will include those as well. For this month, I have a fashion love that isn’t included in the post image – continue reading to see what it is! 🙂

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HAUL | Sephora Birthday Gift + Minis

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As I’m sure most of you know, Sephora offers a free birthday gift every year to its Beauty Insiders. It’s a pretty generous gift, given that you don’t have to redeem it with a purchase, and it’s usually a couple of deluxe sample sizes in a little birthday gift set. This year, there is the choice of a Caudalie skincare set, a Tarte makeup set, or a Jack Black moisturizing and cleansing duo.

When I was redeeming my birthday gift, I realized that I hadn’t redeemed any of my points in a good while. Then, I got sucked in by the face masks, and ended up picking up some of those as well. Consequently, I ended up with a little haul… and well, I guess at least I can share with you all what I got!

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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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HAUL | Beauty Gems at Marshalls

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Last week, I went to Marshalls to pick up a few home and kitchen items I needed. As always, I got distracted by the rest of the items available at the store, and, this time, ended up sucked into the beauty section. They’ve always had some pretty good stuff there at discounted prices, like Crabtree & Evelyn or The Body Shop, but in just a couple months since I last went, Marshalls went and became a treasure trove for discounted, higher-end beauty items!

Click through to see what I got and a price comparison chart for the products 🙂

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REVIEW | Posh VoxBox

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From top down, left to right: (1) AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban, (2) Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo and Conditioner, (3) LASHFOOD BROWFOOD Aqua Brow Powder + Pencil Duo, (4) Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil, (5) Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift, (6) Sigma Beauty Aura Powder, (7) Sigma Beauty F40 Large Angled Contour Brush

I was fortunate enough to receive the generous Posh VoxBox from Influenster a couple of weeks ago, and thought it’d be great to include reviews of those products here.

For those of you who don’t know what Influenster is, it’s an online/app community where you can post reviews or read other people’s reviews, and receive free products in VoxBoxes to test based on social media influence and completion of certain campaigns available to participate in on the site. Influenster predominantly features beauty products, but there are also food, health, pet products, and more. It’s easy to sign up, too – just link your social media accounts, answer some snaps to determine your interests, and you’re ready to go. If you’re interested, check it out here (x).

And without further ado, let’s get onto the product reviews:

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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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