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Drunk Elephant Babyfacial, C-Firma, Marula Oil and Glycolic Night Serum

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Drunk Elephant T.L.C Babyfacial

This is one of my absolute favorite skincare products, if not #1. Unexpectedly, the product is a greenish/grey color and over time it starts to take on an orange/tan hue. It still works and feels the same even though the color has changed. Yes, it's the squiggly orange product on the right in the above photo.

Babyfacial is essentially an at-home peel. Some claim that it works as good as an expensive facial. The AHA/BHA concentration is much higher than most at 25% but still has a low pH so it isn't as irritating. This is not for ultra-sensitive skin, it is a strong product. I 'd recommend starting with 10 minutes instead of the full 20 just to see how your skin reacts. The first time I applied the product, I was a little nervous about the tingling sensation but it only lasted 2-3 minutes.

After 20 minutes, I rinsed my face and my skin was slightly pink, but silky soft. My pores had become half the size. I followed with the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. I didn't think it was possible for my face to feel any softer, but after I applied the oil, it was. The best part is that if you use this at night, you wake up with even BETTER results. I've never used anything like it. The mask fades acne scars, shrinks pores, brightens your skin, evens texture and makes your skin ultra soft. I recommend this to almost everyone.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

C-Firma is a potent vitamin C day serum packed with an antioxidant complex of 15%  ascorbic acid (vitamin C), ferulic acid, vitamin E fruit enzymes, and an anti-aging chronopeptide. To sum it up, it evens skin texture, lightens acne scars (which is why I wanted to try it to begin with) and gives your skin a luminous glow. Better yet, the product wears well under foundation if you're into glowy skin. Make sure to wear sunscreen with this product.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum is a gel formulated with a 12% AHA/BHA blend of Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric, Citric and Salicylic acids and blended with raspberry extract. Overnight, it chemically exfoliates without any dryness or irritation. You are supposed to use Babyfacial two times a week and then use this serum in between. Drunk Elephant acknowledges that AHAs are often irritating, but they add plant enzymes to reduce irritation.

Overall, the brand is extremely impressive. Every Drunk Elephant product I've ever tried (including their ultra gentle cleansing Pekee bar), I rate 5/5.

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Saturday Skin Spotlight Brightening Mask

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Saturday Skin Spotlight Brightening Mask

Saturday Skin is the latest Korean beauty brand you should know about. The brand launched last last July. It's an extension of one of Korea’s most renowned wellness centers called Chaum. Chaum is an research institution/spa/clinic that focuses on anti-aging. The rich and famous of Korea frequent the clinic for beauty treatments and these products are a take-home version.

I first tried out the Spotlight Brightening Mask a few weeks ago when my skin looked particularly dull. I used it after a detoxifying mask and loved the results. It's moisturizing, calming and really does brighten your skin. There is a lot of excess serum that you have to rub into your neck/chest after use. I followed the mask with a touch of moisturizer and applied makeup over it with no issues. This is a perfect anytime mask that's affordable and luxurious.

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Co. Bigelow Rose Salve

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I am lured into all rose products. Especially salves, balms and creams. This salve did not disappoint. The scent is calming, and it soothes chapped skin. It's great for lips, knees, feet and elbows. I think it's a little heavy for use on hands during the day but I strongly recommend using at night on hands and feet.

+ The Co. Bigelow store on 6th ave in Greenwich Village is a very cool pharmacy loaded with products. Be prepared to walk out with at least five things you do not need.

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Pai Rosehip Oil

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This is the first Pai Skincare product I've ever used, and I'm impressed. I'm always pleasantly surprised when facial oils calm breakouts. This is one of those oils.

It's now part of my oil favorites list because it works well even when my skin is oily and acne-prone during the summer. It's unbelievably calming, absorbs quickly and great for day or night. It soothes breakouts and really makes a difference in skin texture. The scent is subtle and calming. Reminds me of Chamomile? I think the color makes me look a little bit sun-kissed which is always a plus.

Make sure to let it fully absorb into the skin otherwise it'll turn white clothing or towels orange.

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Herbivore Clay Masks & Lapis Oil

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Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Mask 

The Blue Clay Mask works extremely well during breakouts or when your skin is oily during the summer.  It contains two kinds of clay to draw out impurities and Rose Geranium essential oil which is a natural anti inflammatory. 

Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil 

The Lapis Oil is perfect for oily or combo skin. It calms inflammation and the texture isn't as thick as some oils and doesn't feel greasy. It calms the skin and any imperfections.

Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask 

 The Pink Clay mask is a gentle exfoliator that soaks up excess oil and calms skin. I feel like this is a great choice for very sensitive skin. 

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Facial Oil, Eye Cream & The Best Universal Red Lipstick

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Noto botanics oil:

Deep yet subtle undertones of smoke, wood, and earth, with hints of Bergamot and CardamoN. With a base of argan and fractioned coconut oil, it dually acts as a nourishing hair and body oil.  5/5


Retinol oil that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 5/5

SK-ii Facial Treatment Oil 

A combination of oils and Pitera to deliver ultimate hydration. It absorbs quickly and smells like lavender. 5/5

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream

Absorbs quickly, reduces puffiness. Use twice a day for best results.

Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream: Persian Rose & Argan Extract 

Intensive hydrating hand cream made of Persian Rose, Tamanu Oil and Argan extract containing Vitamin A and Omega. 5/5


The most beautiful, universally flattering red lipstick. It does not bleed or dry out your lips. The texture is very silky. If I was forced to have one red lipstick, this would be it.




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