Products I Don’t Use Anymore

It’s definitely one of those weeks where I’m not really sure what I want to talk about on this here blog. I’m still recovering from the party/BBQ my family and I had last weekend and I think I still have liquor brain or something. I’ve been getting my life organized as well and developing daily routines to keep everything simple for myself.

As I was writing this I came up with an idea for a blog post today. Who says you can’t get things done under pressure? I randomly thought about products that I don’t use anymore and said to myself “hey that would make a good blog post.” So here I go!

I feel like I’ve done a ton of reviews on here and I can’t honestly say that I still use each and every product that I have reviewed. A good portion of the products that I LOVED at the time didn’t last like I thought they would.

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The first one the list is the Facial Radiance Pads! Ok so I technically didn’t stop using these, I just had to take a break from them. In fact, I took a break from most of the products containing any sort of acid. I felt like acids were causing my face to be inflamed which of course caused acne. I had to make my routine a little more gentle. At some point, I will incorporate acids back in, but I may not have to apply them as often as I was.

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I know! I was obsessed with the Herbivore Lapis Oil. In fact, I’m still obsessed, but my skin isn’t. My super sensitive skin started to react negatively when I used the oil. It would cause redness and it hurt to touch my skin, but only in certain spots like my chin or my cheeks. I tried to incorporate it back into my routine, but the same thing would happen. However, it did not go to waste, because my mom has it at the moment.

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I was really excited to use this trio since I adore Josie Maran’s argan oil. What had happened was, the cleansing oil broke me out SO bad. Oddly enough, argan oil is a non- comedogenic oil so there must have been something else that irritated my skin. The sunscreen and the oil didn’t break me out though.

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As much as I liked the Leahlani Skincare line, I just couldn’t see myself repurchasing the Honey Love or Champagne Serum again. The products specifically seemed to be more for dry skin, not sensitive combo skin. The Mermaid Sea mask will always be on my repurchasing list though!

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I’m not completely sure if ever reviewed this Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser  but I’m sure I’ve mentioned it. This did a great job at brightening my skin, but it never really kept the acne to a minimal. Having glowy acne is a different approach. I may repurchase once I for real get the pimples under absolute control.

So, I guess this was a “where are they now?” type of post today. Also, these all ended up being skin care products…I guess those are the only items I actually buy. Hopefully Thursday I will have some actual material even though this wasn’t too bad! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Products I Don’t Use Anymore

Drunk Elephant Skin Care Review

Ok, so it’s been kind of a busy weekend hence why I didn’t post on Friday. I should have a post up soon explaining the busyness that kept me away from my blog. I like keeping you guys in the loop!

This was a long time coming, but can I just talk about Drunk Elephant for a bit? As you all know, I tried out the DE T.L.C Framboos ™ Glycolic Night Serum ($90) last month and completely fell in love. I didn’t want to do a review right away because I needed to see if it actually worked. Also, I wasn’t consistent at all with using it since it is an acid. Now the time has finally come!

Let me just say real quick, I did buy the serum because I thought that glycolic acid kept acne at bay, which in a way it does because ya know…cellular turnover. However, it did not get rid of my acne just like that. My already existing acne needed to be healed. I am no dermatologist in any way shape or form but this is just what I believe works for me.

Anyway, I don’t plan on just reviewing the Glycolic Night Serum, but most of the Drunk Elephant line! SO let me just get started!

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The Glycolic Night Serum is just wonderful! If you read my post about the Framboos Glycolic Night Serum then you know that there’s cactus extract that helps with inflammation. Other glycolic peels or toners can be a little too harsh and cause tingling or burning sensation when using. The Framboos Night Serum does NOT cause any of those things on your skin. I apologize for the fact that I don’t have an after picture; my skin does NOT have any more of these crazy bumps…at least right now.

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Every time that I use the serum, I wake up with a brighter clearer complexion. If I were to use this continuously and part of a routine, I’d probably see better results. However, I’m kind of afraid to use any acids continuously because I don’t want to burn or irritate my skin.

The next product I haven’t really used that much so I really haven’t seen any drastic results with. The C Firma Day Serum ($80) is a Vitamin C and most likely works like any other Vitamin C products. The Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum is packed with antioxidants, brightens skin tone and evens out uneven texture. I do notice some brightness in my complexion when I do use this product…so I should probably use it more often if I want better results. BTW both the Framboos Glycolic and C Firma Serum do have sticky consistencies but do become less sticky once the skin has absorbed them.

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This last product is probably my favorite in the whole line! The Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar ($28)! I love this bar soap so much that I even purchased its own little soap dish. I’m pretty sure the Pekee Bar had something to do with calming down my horrible acne these past few weeks. It does like no other soap (that I’ve tried) and cleanses without stripping. I used to love that squeaky-clean feeling on my face after washing until I realized that I was stripping ALL of the oils from my skin. The Pekee Bar gives me a clean feeling while still maintaining the moisture. The soap does claim to balance the pH on your skin, so I’m pretty sure that has a LOT if not all to do with it. I’m not put off that it’s a bar soap because I actually like bars for my body as well and if I’m the only person using it then there really isn’t any issue as far as bacteria is concerned.

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Obviously, I really like this line otherwise, I wouldn’t review it! I also love that Sephora has little kits that you can try (nightBright™ & dayGlow™) so you’re not spending a little under $100 for one product. nightBright™ ($28) comes with the T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Serum and the Marula Oil. dayglow™ ($23) comes with the B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel (haven’t tried) and the C Firma Day Serum. These do sell out pretty fast, so when you see them try to snatch them up ASAP!

There are also other kits which include full sized products [The AHA ($96,) Let’s B Clear ($82) and Skin Fit Kit ($25)] So you do have your choices if you really want to try out Drunk Elephant and not spend an arm and a leg. However, the price is worth it to me personally.

This review was well over-due and I finally got it out there! I hope you all enjoy reading this and trying out any of the Drunk Elephant products. Thanks for reading as always!

ChelsiKay

Drunk Elephant Skin Care Review

Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask Review

Sorry for posting so late today you guys, I’ve been having problems with my eyes and needed to give it a rest from the screen. However, I wanted to get this post up because…well it’s on the to-do list!

It’s about time that I finally did a review on the Blue Tansy AHA+BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask! I wanted to use it for a few weeks so that I could give a full honest review and not just a first impression.I don’t really do reviews on products that I don’t like because I am purchasing these products myself. Okay, keep reading if you want to know more about the Blue Tansy Mask!

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Here’s a little blurb from the Herbivore Botanicals website about the key ingredients that are included in this beautiful blue mask.

Key Ingredients

White Willow Bark: A natural beta hydroxy (BHA), it is high in salicylic acid which works by gently shedding the top layer of skin in order to decongest and unclog pores.

Fruit Enzymes: Natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), including papaya and pineapple, work to gently exfoliate and rid skin of dead cells to leave the complexion smoother, softer, and fresher.

Blue Tansy Oil: Naturally high in Azulene, which in addition to giving the oil its beautiful blue color works as a powerful anti-inflammatory to reduce redness and soothe irritated skin.

Aloe Leaf: Naturally contains salicylic acid and works to gently unclog pores and soothe the complexion.

I’m sure you see some familiar words like salicylic acid, which is known to help, get rid of acne.

About three weeks ago I walked into Sephora looking for a mask to purchase. I had my eye on the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask for awhile now, but then I noticed that they held Herbivore Botanicals and I changed my mind very quickly. They had the Lapis Oil, the Rose Hibiscus Face Mist and the Blue Tansy Mask. Obviously, you guys know that I picked up the Blue Tansy Mask and literally couldn’t wait to get home to try it out.

So the directions say that you can apply the mask for three consecutive days and then begin using regularly – about one to two times a week. Well, that is exactly what I did and my skin has been in love ever since.

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The mask is a gel like consistency that you can apply with a plastic applicator that comes with the mask or with your fingers. You don’t need too much; only a thin layer is necessary. After washing the mask off, my skin feels so soft and smooth. After a few hours, my pimples are shrunken and almost non-existent.

I will be honest, though, more pimples started surfacing and that did worry me for a bit. Also, my hyperpigmentation became much more noticeable. I then realized that my skin was well…shedding dead skin and all the impurities were rising to the surface so that they could be rid of once and for all. I have never experienced a mask do this before and was quite surprised.

 

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Once the third week approached (this week,) my hyperpigmentation started to fade and my complexion looked so much more clear and even had fewer pimples. Of course, I still have a while to go before I start seeing more drastic results, but so far I do like what I’m seeing.

The smell of the mask is a mixture of mint and floral, which I believe is the blue tansy. It can be an overwhelming smell, but it does die down after a few minutes. I will advise to keep it far away from your eyes because of the strong fragrance.

I love how gentle yet effective this mask is so that you can use it every day if you must. I don’t really have anything bad to say about this mask at all. For some reason, Herbivore Botanicals just gets it when it comes to natural products that actually work. I absolutely adore this brand!

I could go on as always, but I’m going to leave it at this! If you have any questions about the Blue Tansy mask feel free to comment down below! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

 

 

Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask Review

Is Luxury Foundation Worth It?

The answer? Yes and no. I can’t say that I’m a connoisseur of foundations simply because I haven’t tried them all. However, I have tried quite a lot of them. At one point in my life, I lived in Sephora – in fact, I once had about 3,000+ points on my VIB card. In my defense, I shopped there for my mom, my friends, and myself. If I got an eyeshadow palette, I got my mom something as well. This is just a habit that I picked up whenever I knew she would want something that she hadn’t gotten around to getting. Also, gifts!

Anyway, recently, I got my hands onto some Tom Ford Tracimg_2827eless Foundation. You’re probably about to Google the foundation to see how expensive it is and click off of this post in disbelief. Before you do, the Tom Ford Traceless Foundation is $82…

First of all, I got lucky enough to get this foundation for free because it was passed down to me due to it being too light for the previous person. Lucky indeed. Although, the person only paid $55 for it because they went to the outlet to purchase it.

Now to answer the question of if it’s worth it. YES! ABSOLUTELY! Words can’t describe what exactly this foundation does. It’s almost as if it’s already oxidized and goes through some other magical chemical process to match your skin tone. It stays on all day and doesn’t transfer at ALL! I almost kind of hate that I like it
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img_2830Okay so you’re not near an outlet to purchase this half off and you’re definitely not paying full price anytime soon. Of course, I have another brand that’s also worth it. The Givenchy Photo’perfexion Fluid Foundation retails at about $50 and is also worth the money. I like to use this one when I am filming my videos because it registers so well on camera. I’ve also had good luck with Dior BB Cream ($45) and Diorskin Nude Skin Glowing Makeup ($50.)

However, there are plenty of foundations out there that are cheaper that work just as well as any luxury brand. In fact, I tend to reach for mid-range brands all the time because of their practicality (squeeze tubes v. pumps) and affordable price. The one thing mid-range and even drugstore brands can’t seem to get right is the sunscreen in the foundation. All of them oxidize into this strange funny color overtime. This is one of the main reasons for purchasing luxury foundation brands – that and the fact that they actually last a good three months.

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So, if you’re looking for a luxury foundation and want to see if it’s worth it then get a sample first and try them all out. As some of you know, I’m willing to pay more for what goes on my skin – even foundations. Why on Earth would I splurge on my skincare but not my foundation?

The reasoning behind my  “no” is that luxury brands have their issues too. Their range of colors lacks…well, colors a lot of the times. Some brands even make you break out which is more of an individual’s problem. Sometimes the application is just horrible. We’ve all purchased a foundation that just wouldn’t blend correctly no matter what tool you used. So no sometimes that $60+ foundation really isn’t worth it. A better answer would be that it depends on the foundation of course!

Now I’m not saying go out and splurge on a foundation but definitely look into them. They can be really awesome. Plus it’s okay to have nice things…especially things that go on your face. Hopefully, if you’re anything like me you have a more reasonably priced foundation to fall back on…or not!

As always, thanks for reading!

 

ChelsiKay

Is Luxury Foundation Worth It?

Blogmas Day 18: Favorite Beauty Items this Year

Ahhh it’s Sunday again…time for another favorites post. I am definitely experiencing blogging burnout again. I’m not sure if it is due to Christmas being right around the corner or if blogging every day is really just that exhausting. To be completely honest, I am surprised that I kept up with posting this consistently because I am not ever this consistent. I think I’m kind of proud of myself! Anyway on to the post! My favorite beauty items this year!

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Cocoa Blend Zoeva Palette

Technically, this was a Christmas present from last year, but it didn’t arrive until the second week of January. This is my go-to eyeshadow palette because it has pretty much every color that you need. My favorite colors in the palette are that burnt umber color, Freshly Toasted and the one right above it, Warm Notes. I normally don’t like palettes (because I never use them) but this one I use every single freakin’ day!

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I literally have no eyelashes whatsoever and I have struggled with different mascaras over the years. Even the best one on the market doesn’t work on my pitiful lashes. Mac Zoom Lash is the only mascara that has ever worked for a long period of time. I had trouble in the beginning with clumping, but that can be solved by simply just dabbing the wand off on a piece of tissue.

Revlon ColorStay and Givenchy Photo’Perfexion

As you all know, I have combo/oily skin so I tend to reach for foundations that cater to my skin. I also reach for foundations that have sunscreen in them, because regular sunscreen makes my skin feel clogged. Both of these foundations pretty much work the same except one is more high end and the other is a drugstore brand.

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Highlighters got really popular this year and when that happens, brands start competing to sell the best one. So far, this Becca highlighter is in my top favorites. I love the way the rose gold looks on my skin. I would go on and on about it, but I could write a book.

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Moving onto skincare. My favorite cleanser is the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser. I use this every night because it takes off my makeup and makes my skin glow. What’s even better, is that you only need to use just a little bit. It’s also all natural, which makes it just that much better.

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Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Oil

This teeny tiny bottle of seaberry oil packs a ton of moisture in it. Literally, two drops mixed with a moisturizer will have your skin looking and feeling amazing. The only downside is this teeny bottle is $52, but it does last forever!

Those are my beauty favorite this year and they will probably go on into next year. Hopefully, this blogging burnout will go away by tomorrow so my post are more energetic. Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay

Blogmas Day 18: Favorite Beauty Items this Year

ChelsiKay’s Gift Guide Pt. 2

Hi everyone, we’re another week closer to Christmas and it’s about that time to really start purchasing the bulk of your gifts! Maybe you’re having some trouble deciding what to buy, so here is the part 2 of my gift guide! I hope you all enjoy.

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Thanks for reading you guys! I won’t be posting for DIY Fridays this week, so check back in next week! I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and a fun Black Friday. Take care.

ChelsiKay

ChelsiKay’s Gift Guide Pt. 2

2016 Skincare Routine

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had wonderful holiday season and is starting the new year off on a happy refreshed note! I decided to start off the new year by posting about my skincare routine I began just before Christmas.

Right before graduation I went into stress mode and unfortunately but not surprisingly broke out into some really terrible pimples all over my T-zone. I then told myself I would take better care of my skin with better products and try not to skimp out on the routine no matter what. I began seeing results within a few days, never missing a day even when I was sick with a sore throat. This routine has taken me into the new year and I hope to continue with it over the course of the next few months.

Morning Skincare Routine
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  1. Herbalism – Face & Body Cleanser. $13.95. I love this face wash because it is exfoliating, yet gentle. It does not contain sulfates, so it does not have suds that can strip your skin of the oils that your skin actually needs.
  2. Oils of Life – Intensely Revitalizing Essence Lotion by The Body Shop. $22.00. This essence is a blend of oil and water that leaves your face feeling replenished and ready for the next step.
  3. Simple – Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15. Pretty self explanatory!

 

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Nighttime Skincare Routine

1. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil $6.00 – This oil is perfect for removing makeup at the end of the day. Just add water

2. Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel $14.00 – Also removes oil and does not foam up. As you can see I am not a big fan of sulfates. This cleanser will most likely be a staple that I keep throughout the whole year.

3. Oils of Life – Intensely Revitalizing Essence Lotion $22.00.

4. Oils of Life – Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil $36.00. An anti-aging skin oil containing three select seed oils.

5. Imperialis Moisturizer – $25.95. This balancing lavender cream works for most skin types and is the perfect night cream.

So far, I love all of these products and will continue to use them until they either run out or stop working. If anybody would like for me to go into further review on any of these products please just hit that comment button!

ChelsiKay

2016 Skincare Routine