My under eye circles have been dark. The skin around my eyes hurts. I’m exhausted but no amount of sleep seems to help. I’m having such a hard time concealing these hereditary under eye circles.
I decided to try the Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask. The mask cost $6.00 CAD and is offered in a bunch of different formulations. The green tea mask was described as relaxing and refreshing – just what I needed! The packaging indicates to leave it on for about 15 minutes and then massage the excess product into your skin gently.
I was skeptical at first but ended up loving it! After, my under eye skin looked and felt amazing. My skin was soft and glowy and my circles were less dark! This mask really helped me out so I will definitely be repurchasing it again and again.
I hope everyone has been enjoying the holiday season! It’s been amazing relaxing at home, visiting family, binging on movies and netflix, cooking some good homemade meals…
In all honesty, 2016 was not my best year yet. There was a lot of stress, let-downs, and very annoying situations. I’m sure you can relate right? Although 2016 may not have been the best for some of us, we must remember the good things it brought. In my case, I worked very hard in school and am only 4 months away from achieving my goal of becoming an engineer! I bought my first car – hello freedom from public transit! My relationship with my boyfriend is headed in exciting directions! This past summer we also introduced a cute little girl kitty into our home! There’s so much more. These are the memories which I would like to take with me into 2017. The past is in the past… that’s right 2016 we’re done here. Hello 2017!
But before going into the new year, I’ve decided to put together my ‘2016 favorites’ list. These have been my go-to products throughout the year.
I recently wrote a review about the Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara. I love this mascara. The wand is great. It stays put during the day and keeps the curl. The packaging is super cute as well!
My favorite high-end foundation has been the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. I’m in the shade 115- R230. I was not sure about this one when I picked it up earlier on in the year, but fell in love with it again in the fall.
The CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous foundation is my favorite drugstore foundation of 2016. It works perfectly with my dry/combination skin. This summer I worked in a hot and humid warehouse environment. This foundation would last all day and remained lightweight on my skin. I am, of course, the lightest shade possible #105 classic ivory.
I love the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I like to use a concealer that is lighter than my normal skin tone. I use the lightest shade possible – chantilly, which is maybe even too light honestly… Either way, it stays put for most of the day and is great at covering up blemishes. I have very translucent pale skin and hereditary under-eye circles. It does not do much to cover them up in my case. Either way I can’t get over this concealer. I love the sponge-tip applicator and it’s creamy texture which makes it easy to blend.
Blush, Bronzer, Highlight
This year was not a huge blush and bronzer year for me. Reflecting back now, I think this was a result of dropping my Annabelle Biggy Bronzer (the best!) and makeup brushes in the bathroom. The brushes broke and the bronzer fell into the toilet! Yes, it was a devastating moment and it was summer and I was getting a little color on my face anyways. I procrastinated buying a new bronzer and getting new brushes. I eventually picked up the Maybelline Master Contour Kit in light. It has a nice bronzer, blush, and highlight all in one pallet making it easy to pack and travel with.
Makeup Brushes and Tools
I always use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for applying liquid foundation. The brush is super soft and dense, it doesn’t streak, and it makes my makeup look natural and well-blended! I clean this brush all the time and it hasn’t affected the quality or shedded.
I have also been loving the Beautyblender micro.mini. As you can tell from the makeup stains, I use the pointed tip to blend the corners of my eyes and nose.
Facial Moisturizer and Oil
I love Kiehl’s skincare products. The Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is great for the colder months when my skin starts drying up and flaking. It feels so lightweight and absorbs into the skin instantly! When my skin feels really dry and dull I like to use the Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate which smells awesome and brings some life to my skin.
This is my second purchase of the Marcelle Oil Free Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion. I use this mostly to remove mascara residue after my evening shower. For me, a small amount on a damp facecloth does the job. Although I found it pretty expensive for a makeup remover, if you catch this one on sale its worth it. A whole bottle lasted me one year! I could never go back to oily makeup removers.
Shampoo & Conditioner
During my last haircut I decided to splurge on a shampoo and conditioner at the register. The Redken All-Soft shampoo and condition is my favorite shampoo yet. It smells amazing and makes your hair super soft!
I love L’Oreal nail polishes. They are so easy to apply and have a great shade selection. Haute couture red#470 (left) is a deep redish-purple color that is just perfect for the fall and winter months in my opinion. Red tote #460 (middle) is a classic ruby red shade that I wore throughout fall and winter as well. Yacht party #738 (right) is just a creamy white shade which is perfect for summer months.
The NYX butter gloss in crème brûlée is my favorite everyday lip product. The shade works perfect for me and is kind of a ‘my lips but better’ product. I have talked about the Buxom Full-On Lip Stick in Amsterdam before. I love the formulation of this product and the ease of application.
I’ve been using the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter mostly on my hands as they get super dry this time of year. This moisturizer is great! Its very creamy, smells nice, and absorbs into the skin very quick!
What are you 2016 favorites? What products worked and what didn’t? Leave a comment below or a link to your blog – I love reading about these things!
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter. I was dying to try the Vanilla Bean scent – apparently it smells like a Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappucino! Turns out I cannot justify spending $43.00 CAD on the full 8 oz version of the cream. I picked up the 2 oz travel size in Honeysuckle Vanilla for only $15.00 CAD. It’s really a shame they do not carry the travel size in Vanilla Bean. Either way, the Honeysuckle Vanilla is a great second choice.
I’m not great at explaining scents but the Honeysuckle Vanilla smells like a sweet mix of vanilla and honey (oh wow – who would have known?). The smell is not overpowering at all. For how lightweight this cream is, it sure has a lasting and moisturizing effect. Just a bit of this cream makes your skin feel so smooth. Its absorbed into the skin really quick and leaves a great light scent. It does not feel greasy at all. After applying some of this on my own hands – I am immediately compelled to force it on whoever is next to me – which is usually my boyfriend. He doesn’t seem to mind it and likes the smell – so take what you want from that!
This product is a must-try if you are looking for a new body butter/moisturizing cream. Although it is a little bit of a splurge, a little bit of this cream seems to go a long way. If you are hesitant to pick up the full version then try out the travel size. It’s actually a decent quantity for someone like myself who only uses creams on my hands when they are feeling extra dry or when I feel like pampering myself.
It seems like everyone is talking about the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream these days. I decided to find out what all the fuss was about and picked it up online at Sephora.
Although there is a cheaper 2.5 oz version (priced at 25.00 CAD) I decided to pick up the 8.1 oz pot (priced at 57.00 CAD). Since maybe 75% of the reviews I was reading were positive I felt it was the best decision in case I ended up loving it.
The cream is advertised to help “tighten and smooth the look of the skin”. It contains an Amazonian plant ingredient called ‘Guarana Extract’ which is said to be one of the strongest forms of caffeine in the world. The reviews online are mixed with some people complaining on how it did not have a skin-tightening effect, while others praise it for its so-called “warm scent” and slightly shimmery finish which causes them to continue to rub it all over their body.
A quick look at the instructions indicate to massage the cream into the skin in circular motions. It can be used on the legs, arms, tummy, and of course the bum bum!
What initially stood out to me was the packaging. I liked the bright-orange pot and creamy-white lid, paired with the Sol de Janeiro logo. It really gives you that tropical vibe.
Now onto the actual cream. The consistency is thick and creamy. Its almost whipped buttery-like. Unfortunately it smells SO STRONG! Although it does have those hints of coconut oil, there is something overpoweringly perfumey and acidic to it.
I was really hoping that it wouldn’t smell as strong when applied. I decided to test it by applying it to my arm by rubbing it as instructed. The cream itself applies very nicely and is easily absorbed into the skin. I even felt a little tingling sensation at first. Unfortunately, the smell was the same – very strong, very perfumey. The smell lingered for hours and only went away when I took a shower the next day.
Now I don’t know if I am overly sensitive to strong scents… but I am affected by acidic smells. If someone starts peeling an orange next to me or is wearing a very acidic perfume I usually get a headache and start to feel nauseous. This is the same effect this cream had on me.
While there are some great aspects to this product, the smell is one that I absolutely cannot stand. I guess I was expecting it to be more warm and tropical. I am really not one to return things, but this is 57 bucks I do not want to see go to waste sitting on my night table.
What you guys think of the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream? Am I just being overly sensitive to the smell or is it really that bad? Did I get a bad batch? Leave a comment below!