Look, I’m going to be honest with you. For most of my life, I have been a bit…stingy in the makeup and skincare department. I didn’t grow up with a lot of money, so everything that went on my face came from the drugstore. And there are a lot of good products to be found in the drug store aisles (my Maybelline mascara outperforms my Bobbi Brown mascara any day of the week). It’s only in the past few years that I have ventured into the higher priced products available, some with greater success than others. After a lifetime of less expensive goods though, I still cringe a bit when I fork over $45 for a product (heck, I cringe when it’s $15, depending on what I buy). So to think I would ever have ANYTHING that costs $100 a bottle (okay, let’s be precise, $105 here) in my nightly ritual …yeah right! *sigh* Enter Sunday Riley.
Admittedly, the idea of putting *oil* on my face was a bit foreign to me. While this is certainly not a new trend, I didn’t really think to try it. Given my super dry skin, I’m not sure WHY I didn’t didn’t think to try it, but nevertheless, I didn’t. I received a set of samples from a skincare company, one of which was a delightful little bottle of face oil (I’ll blog about that one another time) and oh my…I loved it! So I did what any reasonable person would do and started obsessively googling face oils and who was the best and what did everyone use and I kept seeing one in particular pop up, Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. And I looked at that $105 price tag and kept on googling. But I was so curious! It was blue for heaven’s sake! How cool is that?!?!? But I still didn’t bite.
And then…it arrived. I opened up my P.O. Box and found the Box of Style winter edition and behold, there was Luna! The intriguing, freaking expensive, blue face oil! Full size even!
I was afraid to try it. What if I liked it?
I was correct to be afraid. Because damn…I like it. I love it.
Luna is a retinol oil and it reduces the appearance of redness, pores, fine lines while making skin looks moister and plumper. Basically, it’s a good night’s sleep and mild facelift in a bottle. I’m not struggling to hold on to my youth, don’t get me wrong. I just want to look and feel good in my skin, and I look better in the mornings now. My skin tone is more even, it’s awesome. I never really understood what “plumper looking skin” meant”, but I see it now. I look more rested, less tired, my skin isn’t as dry. I’m not even using as much moisturizer overall (although I still slather on my SPF one in the morning, because the sun ain’t my friend, y’all). Heck, I think I’m even sleeping better. That might just be me attributing my nightly yoga results to the chamomile in Luna though. MAYBE.
Bottom line, I have become a face oil person. I have become a fancy, expensive face oil person. And there’s no way I’m going back, stingy ways be damned. Worth it? YES.
Hello lovelies! Every month, I look forward to my Bless Box delivery, as it is always full of SO MUCH good stuff. Instead of just highlighting a few favorites here and there, or trying to explain all of the awesomeness on my Insta (http://bit.ly/lgsmInsta), it kinda made more sense to write a blog about it (on my blog…what a concept…). I’m a little late this month, so let’s just dive right in, shall we? This month’s box was AWESOME!
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the smell of roses. Oh good grief it is a wonder I don’t just tape the damn flowers to my body. And, anyone who knows me or has seen any of my posts, knows I have the world’s driest skin (romantic, I know). So this product, which is also cruelty-free and ethically sourced, is basically A GIFT FROM GOD. It’s nice and thick, but massages in completely. I may need to order it by the crate full.
True story, I was a little bit disappointed that this wasn’t also the Murumuru butter and rose scent that the body butter was, but what do you expect from someone rose obsessed like me? That being said, this is a definite winner. Cruelty-free, vegan, super nourishing and the moisturization LASTS. No need to reapply in 20 minutes (that’s not just me, right? …right???)
I love me a good face mask. Love love love. So yes, I did a happy dance when I found this beauty in the December box. I freely admit, I’ve only met one face mask I didn’t like, but this one REALLY impressed me. It’s a hydrogel mask, so it feels a bit rubbery (not in a bad way) and, well, gel like. Very soothing. Plus, it’s actually 2 separate pieces, not just one sheet! For me, this was the best feature, because I always have a gap around the eyes, or the mouth doesn’t line up, or something. This solved all of those little issues. I got everything lined, relaxed for 30 minutes and was left with delightful, moisturized, radiant skin. I will absolutely be adding this to my regular rotation!
*ahem* I might have been a little eager to get into the lash serum, as evidenced by the open box in the photo. What I’m most intrigued about here isn’t necessarily the promise of more lashes (although yes, please, of course) but that the serum helps strengthen your lashes. If I can keep them strong and supple and attached to my FACE, then that mascara and I will get along fabulously. Oh, and don’t let anyone tell you that a lower priced mascara isn’t any good. I have a handful of different brands in rotation and the highest priced one does NOT deliver as well as my Maybelline does. No joke.
I’m fairly certain this month’s box was designed specifically for me, because I am in love with everything in it but really absolutely did an over the top freakout happy dance when I saw these beauties. I’ve been feeling massive guilt over my plastic toothbrush (liberal treehugger from way back, I can’t believe I even still use plastic ANYTHING) and …okay fine, I’ll just SAY IT, I’m a bit of a germophobe. I’d spent the last couple of weeks eyeballing my toothbrush in its little holder, on my counter, feeling all kinds of icky about it and trying to figure out where else to put it besides the medicine cabinet which I don’t think gets ENOUGH air (I’m a handful, y’all) and then these two show up! Fate! Kismet! I signed up for text message reminders from Steripod to change out the brush and pod every 3 months! I might be too excited about this but you can’t stop me!!!
Steripod, where have you been all my life? Not only did you solve my germophobe freak out over my toothbrush, but my “why does my razor rust so fast” meltdown as well? We’re meant to be , Steripod. And yes, every single person I know will be receiving these lifesaver products for the birthday this year.
Starting with my husband. He stole this, so I have to buy a new one for myself (his birthday is in two weeks, so I’m letting it slide.
Oh hey, did I mention the Bless Box always comes with a snack?!? It’s always on the healthy side too, with plenty of dairy free, soy free and gluten free nibbles to suit everyone’s needs. I can’t really report on this yet, as I haven’t nipped into it, but I am taking it at face value and keeping it stashed in my purse to fend off a low blood sugar emergency.
Dang, the Bless Box has everything covered this month. Need a snack? They got you. Beautiful lashes? Covered. Urinary tract health? BOOM. Taken care of. They even included the “check with your doctor first” warning to make sure everyone’s individual concerns were addressed! This is another that I can’t report on, as I don’t have problems with UTI’s (knock on wood), but a friend does, so these have been blessed forward to someone who is putting them to good use (so far, so good, she reports).
I’m such a sucker for a good smelling soap. You know that area in Whole Foods will all of the all natural soap bars? That’s where you’ll find me, sniffing all of the soaps like a soap fiend (my husband just leaves me there and goes about the shopping on his own, win-win for both of us). This little beauty right here smells sooo good. Citrusy and delicious with a subtle note of coriander underneath. My skin doesn’t feel stripped or dry when I’m done washing up, AND it’s free from paraben, phthalates and sulfates. Double plus bonus (and very important to me), it’s cruelty free (are you sensing a theme here?). Absolute winner here, y’all.
You’re going to want to grab and gift this travel tin to all of your crunchy hippie friends and aunties (that would be me, so I kept this for myself). They can throw this in their purse (or backpack or macrame tote) and deal with sooo many pesky skin issues. Insect bites, cuts, sunburns, cracked skin, cuts, it’s good for everything. And of course, it’s 100% all natural, and is even safe for pets!
Another natural product that you can feel good about using (that ALSO smells fantastic). This is sulfate free, non-toxic (safe for kiddos), plant based, gentle, and biodegradable! Come on, no one can find fault with this. The sea salt and citrus will leave you feeling squeaky clean, but not overly dry (although hey, if it did, you could just slather on that body butter I talked about earlier). Personally, I like to use this one after a workout (it’s yoga, but still….you sweat!!!).
And last but not least, and tying in with my post-yoga citrus wash, the perfect workout (okay…YOGA) headband! Look, I know that $48.00 pricetag is daunting, but you get 12 in a pack and these things are gooooooood. They’re light and stretchy and they DO NOT BUDGE. Take it from me, she of the silkiest, slipperiest, most headband unfriendly hair ever, these things will not let you down. Plus there’s a color to go with almost everything (I like to match head to toe, so this was a major plus for me).
And there you have it, the December Bless Box of supreme awesomeness! I haven’t been disappointed by any of the boxes (okay there was one I was hesitant about, but was won over – see my Meaningful Beauty posts for more) but this one might be my favorite yet. Every single product was a winner, and nothing will go to waste. Also, $145 worth of products showing up in the mail…does not suck. Have a great week, lovelies, and I’ll be posting the January Bless Box before you know it!
Hello again lovelies! Alright, let’s jump right into part two of this review, shall we? These are the nighttime Meaningful Beauty products that I received and tried out. Spoiler alert: these were better overall than the first three I tried.
First up, even though it’s second in the photo, the Meaningful Beauty Skin Softening Cleanser. Ohmygosh, so much yes. So here’s my evening routine: I use a makeup remover, then use a facial cleanser in the shower, then inevitably have to go at it AGAIN because it didn’t actually cleanse everything off my face. PROBLEM SOLVED, Y’ALL. After a makeup remover, this gentle, non-foaming, totally effective cleanser actually *gasp* cleanses! In one swoop! My (super sensitive, ridiculously dry) skin feels soft, not dried out, not tight. Miracle product, hands down. Worth it? YES
The Intensive Triple Exfoliating Treatment sounds much harsher than it is. Enzymes, mineral micro beads (environmentally safe) and Alpha Hydroxy Acid gently polish and exfoliate, leaving my skin even softer and feeling oh so good. Although the recommended use is twice a week, once a week works for me (again, super sensitive, blah blah blah). A nice layer goes on, I dance shamelessly for 3 minutes, and rinse off. My Sunday night miracle. Worth it? YES
That leaves us with the final evening product, the Overnight Retinol Repairing Creme. This pairs Retinol with the French melon found in the serum, and is a delightfully thick (but not overly so) moisturizer. Honestly, I was afraid it would be too harsh for my skin with the Retinol, but it’s working out very nicely (except for the week I accidentally doubled up this creme and a Retinol based oil, but that was my own overachieving fault). My skin feels smoother, is more evenly toned and is plump and moist (now I sound like a freshly baked bread or chicken) when I wake up. Worth it? ABSOLUTELY.
I know I said in the first review (http://bit.ly/PartOneHere) that I was in love with one product, but honestly, all three of these are winners. I am fairly certain all of them will be part of my ongoing skincare routine, and I will be shouting the glories of the cleanser from the mountaintop for the rest of my life.
Hello lovelies! As you might remember, I received a full set of Meaningful Beauty products from Bless Box and spent the month of December using nothing else (well, aside from the occasional face mask). I wanted to judge the products with nothing else interfering, and then give an honest assessment of the results. This post will be about the 3 products I started each day with: Youth Activating Melon Serum, Environmental Protecting Moisturizer (Broad Spectrum SPF 30), and Lifting Eye Creme Advanced Formula.
The Youth Activating Melon Serum smelled fantastic, first of all. Formulated with melon leaf stem cells (I’ve been seeing plant stem cells popping up in so many products lately), it claims to increase elasticity and firmness and even out skin tone. Honestly, I think it did help with my skin tone. I can’t say that I saw improvements with elasticity or firmness, but it was only 31 days. I still have half a bottle left (this stuff lasts, y’all), so maybe I’ll have more information in another month. It felt great going on, and again that delicious scent! It was a nice way to start and end each day. Worth it? YES.
Now on to the Environmental Protecting Moisturizer (Broad Spectrum SPF 30). I think this would work really well for other people, but with my insanely dry skin, it was a no go. I had to throw in the towel after a week because it just didn’t moisturize well enough (peeling dry spots on my face are not my thing). Additionally, it had a strong chemical smell from the SPF – you could certainly tell you were putting on sunscreen. Again, someone with non-desert-dry skin would probably have better results. But for me, worth it? NO.
That leaves us with the Lifting Eye Creme Advanced Formula. I had high hopes for this because I read someone else’s review and it was glowing. I tried it, expecting my eyes to look less tired, maybe a littler brighter…ehhhhh no. Maybe I used too little? Too much? Either way, I think I actually look WORSE after using it. I don’t have much experience with eye creams though, so if anyone out there has a tip for me, lemme know! Being as stubborn as I am, I’m still using it every day, so seriously…clue a girl in! Worth it? MAYBE.
Alright, that’s it for the first three products. Check back for my reviews of the rest of the set (I’m absolutely in love with one of the products, solid fan for life). Be awesome, y’all!
Happy New Year, everyone! I know the tradition is to make a resolution, start out the new year with a “new year, new me” idea, but…I don’t necessarily like that. Honestly, when my birthday rolls around is when I lay out the whole “resolution” thing. Although even then, it’s not so much a resolution as a goal, or series of goals, what I want to accomplish in my next year on the planet. For instance, this past birthday I resolved to make my health a priority. Mental, physical, dental, fiscal, all of it! Happily, I can report that I am making good progress on that, halfway through *my* year.
Since I had that fitness goal going on already, I didn’t have anything to resolve to change in 2019. That being said, I did take stock of 2018 and think on what more I want, and what less I want, in 2019. I think I’m on a good path and I want to stick with it. I want to keep my health kick going (please refer back to my specifics in that last paragraph, as anyone who follows me on Instagram will verify I have not given up tacos or vodka, but I do spend plenty of time on my yoga mat). I want to share more with you here. I want to keep my skincare obsession alive and well. So yeah…new year, same me. Just better. Cheers, everyone! Here’s to a wonderful, happy, and healthy 2019. Let’s lift ourselves up, lift each other up, and put more love and awesomeness in the world.
P.S. I’ll be posting about my 30 days of Meaningful Beauty in the next couple of days. I’m definitely keeping some of the products in my regular rotation!