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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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F. Miller Hair Oil & MAKE Beauty Moonlight Primer

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This primer is unlike any primer I've used.  Right from the pump, it looks like a black/charcoal colored shimmery gel, then after massaging it into your skin, it becomes a clear gel and finally into a white cream. The cream dries colorless and matte. This primer controls shine and reduces the appearance of fine lines. It's silicone free and protects skin from pollution and HEV Light. Be prepared to spend a few seconds working the product into your skin and allow it to set before applying makeup over it.




This oil makes chemically treated hair look and feel healthy. It works best on dry or almost dry hair. Admittedly, I have used too much of this product multiple times. Use a tiny amount (a drop or two) and rub it into your palms then apply to the ends of your hair. It truly makes hair that resembles straw look shiny and healthy.

Note* The dropper is black but I accidentally swapped it for a white one when photographing this.

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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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Vintner's Daughter Facial Oil

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The ultimate anti-aging oil made of 22 organic botanical ingredients. The texture is a little bit heavier than some oils (like Herbivore Lapis Oil) but absorbs more quickly than any other oil I've used. Goop herself uses this product so you know it's gotta be good. 

I've found that it calms my skin, evens skin tone, shrinks blemishes and overall gives me a healthy glow without looking greasy. It even works well under makeup.


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