Review: Acure Brightening Vitamin C Jelly Mask

What It Is: A brightening face mask

Active Ingredients: Vitamin C, ferulic acid, and brightening banana flower extract.

Verdict: This jelly mask is meant to be put on for only ten minutes and then rinsed off. However, I left it on as an overnight mask. I liked how my skin felt the following day – smooth, soft, and supple. My only tiny gripe with this mask is that since it’s jelly, it’s incredibly watery, meaning that it’s difficult to grab hold of it to put on your skin. I’d like a mask that’s a bit firmer to grasp. But other than that, the ingredients are incredible for your skin.

Price: $19.99

Where To Buy It: https://acure.com/

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Review: Osea Essential Hydrating Oil

What It Is: Hydrating Oil

What It Does: Age-defying oil for dry and sensitive skin

Active Ingredients: Seed Oil, Flower Oil, Lavender, Rosewood, Vitamin E, and Chamomile

Verdict: This hydrating oil smells sooo divine thanks to lavender and bergamot. I’ll be frank, this hydrating oil is one that you will want to use at night, because it wouldn’t do well beneath your makeup (as in it really makes your skin ultra glowy/oily). However, it really packs in the hydration that you wake up to incredibly soft and supple skin. It says that this oil works best for those with dry or sensitive skin, however, my skin is on the oily side and it doesn’t break me out, so I think it’s safe to say that even those with oily skin would benefit from using this hydrating oil. All you need is a dime size amount to spread along your face and neck. The scent is so calming that you’ll be sleeping your way to beauty in no time. If you’re looking for a cleanser to amp up your skincare routine, I highly recommend Osea’s Ocean Cleanser.

Price: $68

Where To Buy It: https://oseamalibu.com/

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Review: Kinship Brightwave Eye Cream

What It Is: Energizing, brightening eye cream

What It Does: Brightens and hydrates eye area

Active Ingredients: Red Algae, Chaga Mushroom, and Vitamin C Ester

Verdict: There are three things I look at when judging an eye cream – Is it thick and nourishing? Is it hydrating? And most importantly, is it fast absorbing? Kinship’s eye cream hits all three of those requirements and exceeds my expectations. I love how hydrating and smooth this eye cream is but the fast-absorbing component makes it possible for this cream to be used during the day under concealer and makeup with no problems. If you’re looking for an eye cream that can multi-task as both day and night cream, then this perfectly fits the bill. Soft, rich, and incredibly restoring – you’ll easily find yourself grabbing this cream as your go-to for your skincare routine. Does it actually help with banishing dark circles? Well, I’m plagued with hereditary dark circles, so for me, I didn’t really notice a difference, but it probably works for everyone else out there that only has mild dark circles. But I’m not at mad about it because I still love how it feels on my skin.

Price: $34

Where To Buy It: https://lovekinship.com/

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Review: Pili Ani Self-Care Night Recovery Oil

What It Is: Face Oil

What It Does: Smooths the appearance of wrinkles, neutralizes redness, and minimizes the appearance of pores.

Active Ingredients: Pili Fruit Oil, Elemi Oil, Calendula, and Lavender

Verdict: A lot can be said of face oils and often I’m not a big fan of them if they tend to be too oily or have an odd lingering scent. Fortunately, this oil is neither of those things. The oil is soft but never greasy and is quickly absorbed by the skin. The hint of lavender is so subtle that it’s never annoying. All in all this is a very effective oil that hydrates and leaves your skin feeling well nourished and supple.

Price: $80

Where To Buy It: https://www.piliani.com/

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5 Steps on How to Stop Shine on Summer Days

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Having oily skin, I’m always battling against shine, because there’s a difference between dewy and an oil slick. But summer days tend to bring shine even to those that have dry skin. So here’s a guide on how to have amazing shine-free skin on the hottest summer days.

STEP ONE. – CLEANSE CORRECTLY

Use a cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of your natural oils, making your skin work overdrive trying to replenish them. Instead, choose a mild cleanser like Glossier’s Jelly Cleanser.

STEP TWO. – CHANGES TO EVERYDAY MAKEUP

When summer rolls on by one need to choose the makeup that isn’t as heavy on the skin. So skip the full coverage foundation and go for something lightweight, such as a tinted moisturizer. Some amazing tinted moisturizers are Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint or Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint. Both of these come with SPF.

STEP THREE. – USE MATTIFYING PRIMER

One of the ways to keep the shine at bay is to use a mattifying primer prior to applying anything else on your skin after cleansing. Some of my faves are Milk Makeup Pore Eclipse Mattifying Primer and NYX High Glass Face Primer.

STEP FOUR. – MILD TONER

Use a mild toner when trying to keep skin shine-free. Some of the best mild toners are Fenty Fat Water and Origins Zero Oil Toner.

STEP FIVE. – EXFOLIATE SKIN

Exfoliating skin twice a week truly helps with keeping skin looking healthy and shine-free. Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Exfoliator is the best choice for this.

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Review: Ofra Liquid Lipstick in Canyon

What It Is: Liquid Lipstick

Active Ingredients: Vitamin E

Verdict: Initially I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this shade because I’m incredibly pale and in the tube, the lipstick looked dark brown. However, I’m pleasantly surprised by the shade did not appear dark on me when I tried it on. In fact, it gives a very ’90s terracotta/brick feel to it and it actually flatters my skin tone. Now for the formula, it’s lightweight and non-drying, and long-lasting. However, it does leave lipstick traces on glasses when you drink or if you kiss someone. But it doesn’t bleed or smudge otherwise, and since it has a doe foot applicator, it means that the application is precise. For everyday lipstick, this is ace.

Price: $20

Where To Buy It: https://ofracosmetics.com/

Wearing the shade Canyon
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Review: Beautaniq Beauty Raindrench Serum

What It Does: A soothing and hydrating serum to keep skin soft, smooth, and healthy-looking.

Active Ingredients: Niacinamide, Vitamin B5, Hyaluronic Acid, and Zinc.

Verdict: This serum is excellent if you’re looking for a serum that targets the following concerns: pore minimizing, removal of dead skin cells, and hydration. I like that the serum is thick, and not watery, so it makes it easier to apply, and it leaves your skin feeling plump, smooth, and not oily. This serum is suggested to wear at night, and it makes sense when you have such powerful ingredients that would benefit from penetrating in your skin at night when the skin does most of its repair. Zinc, one of the ingredients used in the serum, helps acne-prone skin to remain pimple-free as well as helping with aging skin. For the price point, this serum delivers and I recommend it if you’re looking for a night serum.

Price: $24

Where To Buy It: https://beautaniqbeauty.com/

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Review: Sunday Riley Pink Drink Firming Resurfacing Peptide Face Mist

What It Is: A peptide-infused essence.

What It Does: Visibly firms and resurfaces the skin while supporting its natural microbiome.

Active Ingredients: Fermented honey, green tea, sea water, kelp, chlorella, and botanical extracts.

Verdict: It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of Sunday Riley skincare products. There’s something about these products that are both effective and feel so luxurious when applied to your skin. You don’t have to wait long to see results. After using the Pink Drink for a couple of days I could quickly notice how my skin’s texture vastly improved and has helped with keeping any acne spots away. I know the intended purpose of the Pink Drink is to be used as a spray, but I found it to work best for me as a toner, and then once I go about completing the rest of my nightly skincare routine, I’ll then also spray the mist too. If you’re looking for a face mist that will control the level of germs/bacteria on your skin and help support your natural microbiome, then you absolutely need this in your skincare routine.

Price: $48

Where To Buy It: Sephora, Ulta, or https://sundayriley.com/

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Review: Dew of the Gods Claydate Healing Face Mask

What It Is: Mineral-rich clay mask

Active Ingredients: Rosehip Oil, Aloe, Coconut Oil, and Hyaluronic Acid.

Verdict: Madelaine Petsch is the queen of selfcare and when I heard that she’d be curating Ipsy’s May glam bag, I knew that I had to nab one for myself. First things first, this clay mask smells phenomenal – and by that I mean, it has a very clean and relaxing scent that prepares you for the indulgent journey you’re about to experience. Having oily skin I love clay masks as they help zap up any extra oil, but what I loved about this clay mask, in particular, is that it leaves your skin feeling hydrated. The directions called for leaving the mask on for ten minutes, however, I was caught watching the finale of Big Little Lies so I kept it on for an hour, and my skin never felt tight or taunt once washed off, but actually very nourished and soft. I recommend this mask if you’re looking for a purifying mask that will help restore radiance and suppleness to your skin.

Price: $42

Where To Buy It: https://dew.co/

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Review: Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Volume, Lift, and Curl Mascara

What It Is: Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara

Verdict: Let me say first off that I LOVE the actual mascara. It doesn’t flake, it lasts all day and it’s smudge-proof. So for that alone, this mascara is awesome. Now, to talk about the mascara wand. The wand is particular, as it’s not your usual wand, it’s flat on one side and when turned it looks very small. Maybe I still need to get a hang of this wand, but for now the application feels a little awkward, but that’s due to me and I don’t fault the mascara. But if you’re looking for a mascara that lifts and creates volume, this one is a very close competitor to Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

Price: $24

Where To Buy It: https://fentybeauty.com/

Close-up of my lashes wearing the Fenty Beauty Mascara
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