Beauty, Skincare

St. Tropez One Night Only Gloss 

I have given up on getting a tan. Over the years, I’ve realized that I must be at least a quarter vampire because really nothing can make me look less cadaverous. I literally repel the sun (I don’t even burn!) Still, sometimes I find myself desiring to look a bit less ghostly, so I was excited when I received a sample of the St. Tropez One Night Only Gloss. This product can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $25.

I have tried self-tanner before. It’s so hard to get even, it always fades in strange ways, and it has a propensity to turn me either orange or yellow. This product, however, isn’t actually self-tanner. It’s a bronze gloss that washes off and doesn’t stain your skin or clothes. Unfortunately, this one was still not a winner for me.

I was glad that I did not look orange with this product, but I also didn’t look bronzed either. It took a huge amount of product to make a difference, and after using a bunch, at best I looked really shiny with a bit of bronze glitter mixed in. The product did smell like plastic though, so I didn’t like how I smelled after I used so much of it.

I will admit that it did not transfer, but that could be because there was very little tint to transfer. Keep in mind, I’m extremely pale, so I imagine that most people could use a ton of this product and not see any difference at all.

I think that this gloss might do a good job at enhancing an existing tan, but it’s not going to do anything to create the illusion of one.

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Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask 

I’m such a sucker for a face mask. They feel luxurious, but they also pack a powerful punch of skincare benefits in one concentrated treatment. Recently, I tried the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask. This product retails at Sephora for $62 (with a mini version available for $25).

I loved this mask! According to its product description, it’s supposed to help with: dullness, rough texture, uneven tone, dryness, and congestion. I can honestly say that it does what it claims. Using this mask a few times a week has definitely improved the overall state of my skin. My acne was reduced and my skin looked smoother for sure! It’s definitely worth the price. It’s also packed with some great skincare ingredients like seaweed, red algae, and lotus flower. I can’t believe that a mask so gentle on the skin can give such great results too. I highly recommend this one!

Have you tried this one or do you have a face mask that’s great for acne? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Degree MotionSense Deodorant 

I tend to wear a lot of black. What can I say – it’s classic and slimming! There’s nothing worse than getting white streaks of deodorant on a black garment. We all have to wear deodorant, but no one wants to see it on their clothes! Thankfully, I’ve found Degree MotionSense Deodorant. This is available at most drugstores for under $4.

This is a fantastic antiperspirant. It keeps everything dry, smells amazing, and doesn’t leave any white streaks on my black clothes. It truly lasts all day (although the 48 hour protection advertised seems pretty impossible for any deodorant!)

The scent pictured is “Pure Rain” and it’s a wonderful neutral scent. I also really love the scent “Sexy Intrigue” which has warm undertones of vanilla, jasmine, and amber. It doesn’t go with all of my perfumes though. I don’t care for the “Shower Fresh” scent which smells too baby powdery for my tastes.

Do you have a favorite deodorant? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Soap&Glory Scrub of Your Life 

Exfoliation is a great skincare step because it removes layers of dead skin to reveal a fresh, glowing complexion. There are many ways to exfoliate, the gentlest being to just rub a damp washcloth across your body, but sometimes you need something with a bit more grit. Thanks to my bestie, I decided to try the Soap&Glory Scrub of Your Life, and I’m so glad I did. It’s only $10.99, which is well worth it!

It’s important not to over-exfoliate or use products that are too harsh for the skin. Thankfully, this one is the perfect strength for my sensitive skin. Once or twice a week, I use this all over my body in the shower (but not my face – that skin is more sensitive and is better exfoliated with a light acid peel and a washcloth).

This is the perfect addition to an at-home spa day because it smells and feels luxurious, but it’s also just fantastic at smoothing skin and removing those pesky dead skin cells! If you’re looking for a great body exfoliator, I highly recommend this one!

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Skintimate 2-in-1 Shave Cream & Skin Conditioner 

I hate shaving, but it’s a necessary evil. Unfortunately, I have pretty sensitive skin and am prone to razor burn on my legs. Recently, I was really excited to try the Skintimate 2 in 1 Shave Cream & Skin Conditioner which promised silky, smooth, hairless skin for only $4 –  but this turned out to all be a lie!

I hate bashing a product. I much prefer listing pros and cons. However, the only pro I can think of with this product is that it did smell really nice, and the cons are overwhelming. The consistency of the product is very thin and will not lather. This means, you have to use a whole lot of product to cover your legs. But the very worst part of using this product is that I had TONS of razor burn afterwards and lots of little nicks. Still, like a masochist, I persisted and tried it a few more times so I could report back.

I can’t blame the razor because I started shaving one armpit and leg with this and then I’d use a regular, foaming shaving cream for the other half of me. Every time, the foaming side was just fine and the side that used this product was itchy and bleeding.

I’m just so disappointed in this product. It is not a good shaving cream and it did not leave my skin feeling “conditioned” or moisturized. I definitely still needed a lotion afterwards. Do yourself a favor and save your $4 for literally any other shaving cream!

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Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks 

I’m obsessed with the skin underneath my eyes. I want to avoid crow’s feet as long as possible, so I’m very diligent about eye cream, sunscreen (also, avoiding the sun), plus not tugging at the skin when removing eye makeup. I’m always excited when I’m sent new eye products, and recently I had the chance to try the Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks. You can get 6 pairs of these single-use masks for $25 at Sephora and similar retailers.

My first impression of this product is that the size is ridiculous. The pads are way too big for the undereye area, so I had to maneuver them really carefully to get them on the skin underneath my eyes without them getting too close to my actual eye. This was extra difficult since they were so big and bulky.

I was, however, pleased that they really stayed in place. You’re supposed to keep them on for about 10-15 minutes. I left them on for about 20-25, and they never fell off as I did some work around the apartment. Other eye masks I’ve tried were so slimy and weird that I had to recline with my head back the entire time to keep them from falling off, so this was a welcome change.

In terms of results, I was a bit underwhelmed. My undereye area seemed a bit more moisturized afterwards, but that was about it. It contains lavender and aloe to soothe the undereye, but I felt like a lot of eye creams I use depuff better than this. There’s also hyaluronic acid for moisture and anti-aging effects, but that’s something you’d need to track over time, and I’m not sure this would be the best everyday product when there are plenty of great eye creams with hyaluronic acid that would be more affordable for daily use.

Overall, I definitely won’t be purchasing these, but I do think they could be a fun addition for a girls’-night-in spa party since the gold foil looks pretty fancy!

Have you tried an eye mask that wowed you? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Pacifica Kale Detox Cleanser 

I rarely have strong feelings about the cleansers that I use. They all seem to mostly do the same things: remove makeup and clean the skin. Some do very little, and some are so heavy that they take too much out of the skin. Finally, I’ve found a great one that’s also inexpensive and gentle on skin: the Pacifica Kale Detox Cleanser. This product is available at Target and online for jut $10.

I’ve been using this cleanser for a few months now, and I really love it. It’s so gentle but leaves my skin feeling really clean. It cleans without stripping too much of the essential, natural oils that the skin makes. I’ve also noticed my acne has been improving, and while I can’t prove it’s caused by this product, at least I know this product won’t make acne worse. I use this as both a morning and evening cleanser. It does a great job at removing makeup.

There are so many great ingredients in this product. It contains clay, kale, coconut water, and aloe vera, which explains how it is great for sensitive skin but still manages to clean so well. For eco-conscious readers, you’ll also be pleased to hear that this container is recyclable, and the product itself is not tested on animals and is completely vegan.

I think I’ve finally found a favorite cleanser! I’ll be sure to repurchase this one when it runs out!

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Skincare

Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy 

I always keep lotion in my handbag. Even during Spring and Summer, when dry skin isn’t as common, it’s still nice to stay moisturized so that hands remain soft. Recently, I tried the Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy range. These small 0.9 oz containers retail for about $9 in store and online.

I love how quickly these lotions absorb into the skin. They never leave a thick, greasy residue, and they do a good job at moisturizing skin. Also, I have about 6 of the floral ones at this point, and they all smell divine! The scents are all very light but still noticeable. I love when lotion is scented but not overpowering.

Overall, I think I like the scents far more consistently than I do L’Occitane. So far my favorite is Summer Hill, which has a faint trace of honeysuckle (one of my favorite floral scents!) The lavender is also far less overpowering and medicinal-scented than L’Occitane’s, and the rose is more subtle. I will definitely be repurchasing these hand creams!

Have you tried this product or do you have a favorite hand cream? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask 

It’s no secret that I love a face mask. I’ve probably blogged about face masks 100 times by now, but I have yet another one that I want to share: the Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask from First Aid Beauty. This mask is $32 at Sephora and similar retailers.

This mask is so good for acne-prone skin! I feel like my skin always looks clearer and brighter after using this mask. The ingredients of ginger and turmeric really invigorate the skin and clean deep too. I’ve also noticed some improvement of my overall skin texture, which is really exciting. The goal has always been to have smoother skin!

I love that this mask also works for sensitive skin. It’s a great everyday mask and you can really leave it on as long as you’d like. The jelly is easy to wash off and never really dries down. But it’s also very gentle on the skin.

I highly recommend this one! I also think it’s worth noting that this product is vegan and gluten-free.

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Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask 

Boscia is known for their luminizing black mask that can be peeled-off, but now they have a limited edition Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask. That’s right – this iconic mask now comes in pink!! It retails at Sephora for $34 (although it’s currently on sale for $22!)

This mask performs the same way as the black version. It dries down and enables you to peel it off when you’re ready. It can sting a bit when you rip it off, but the results are so worth it! While I wouldn’t say that my skin looks “luminized” afterwards, I have noticed that my acne responds so well to this product. When I have a zit, I use this mask as a spot treatment, and it always looks noticeably reduced the next day.

Charcoal is the ingredient in this mask that really packs a powerful punch. It cleanses and deep-cleans your pores and will definitely help acne-prone skin. I have noticed that when I use it as an all-over mask instead of just a spot-treatment, my skin is much smoother too. This is the superhero of masks!

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite mask for acne-prone skin? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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