Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Favorite Things: August 2014

My Favorite Things: August 2014

Hi, friends! It's the end of the month, which means it's time for monthly beauty favorites! I'm back at school, and between packing, unpacking, and getting back into the college routine, I haven't had much time to try many new things. Some of these are old favorites that I've continued recognizing my love for them, while a few others are newly discovered goodies. But enough about that, let's get to the good stuff~

WHISH Coconut Milk CC Body Cream ($38 for 5oz)

WHISH Coconut Milk CC Body Cream ($38 for 5oz)

I received this in my Birchbox this month and I've really been enjoying it! It has a nice, coconut-y scent, and the iridescent shimmer almost makes your skin sparkle in the sun (in a good way, not the weird Twilight way, I promise it won't turn you into a vampire). I don't think I would purchase the full size--especially since, as a CC Cream, it does no real color correcting for me--but I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Birchbox: August 2014 Review

Birchbox: August 2014 Review

Hi, friends! It is time once again for my monthly Birchbox unboxing! Are you excited? I'm excited. Maybe you would be more excited if you got a monthly Birchbox. Do you get one? Because you should.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Products I've Used Up: August 2014

Hi, friends! It's been a little while since I've done an Empties post, so I figured it was about time we took another look through my trash. Plus, I always find these kinds of post so interesting to read; I don't know why. Without further ado, here is my beauty garbage and what I thought about it!

EDIT: This post was down momentarily and underwent some changes on September 9th because of an error with Blogger.

Adapalene Gel 0.1% 

My skin is already missing this prescription cream! I used this on my t-zone to keep acne at bay, and I found it really effective. I started using this last August. It took a long time to work (around a month and a half to two months), but by the time I went home for Thanksgiving break, my blackheads were gone. And now my nose is already starting to look clogged again. It's a sad, sad day. I'll have to go back to the dermatologist to get more. If you have mildly acne-prone skin and are interested in learning more about it, talk to your dermatologist (as I am not one, nor do I have any sort of medical degree that makes me certified to tell you what prescriptions to get. Disclaimer: over). 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Birchbox: July 2014 Review

Hi, friends! There was some problem with the shipping of my Birchbox last month, so I wound up not getting it until last week. I'm pretty sure it's my fault, since I'm in the process of moving, I might have gotten the zip codes messed up. Granted, people who work at the post office should know which town is what zip code, but apparently Quality Control and that sort of thing was nixed with budget cuts from the government, so I guess no one checks for that anymore. The people at Birchbox customer service were kind enough to send me a replacement box, and it was filled with the same products I was supposed to get in my original box! I'm very pleased that my box made it to me, because I'm really excited about this month's!

Birchbox? What's that? - Birchbox is a monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription service. It sends 4-5 deluxe samples that are curated to your beauty profile. It is $10 a month, and has a wonderful rewards program, in which you can earn points for reviewing products and making purchases in the Birchbox Shop. You can then redeem those points for full-sized products in the Birchbox Shop! It's probably the best rewards program out there, in my opinion, which was one of the big draws in me signing up. If you're interested in subscribing to Birchbox, I would love it if you used my referral link.  Thank you!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hot Weather Staples

Hi, friends! It's the first of the month, and you know what that means: The Beauty & Fashion Blog Community blog hop! This month, we're sweating up a storm (isn't that a lovely image?) so we're sharing tips on how to keep looking fresh-faced. Let's get started!

I have combination skin, so in the summer months I like to switch to a lighter PM moisturizer (for my T-zone's sake). Right now I've been using EVOLOGIE's Stay Clear Cream ($62 for 1oz) to keep the acne at bay, because blackheads are loving me right now and it's just not cool. This is the sample size from their duo pack. It has 2% salicylic acid, and they don't advertise what the pH level is, but it must be somewhere around the right mark because it seems to be working. I use this everywhere else but my cheeks, since my cheeks have enough trouble staying hydrated and I never have a problem with acne there. My dry cheeks are divas and get a separate night cream. Wow, I never thought I would become the person that uses two separate night creams, but combination skin is a pain in the butt. (Read more: April FavoritesMay Favorites)

EVOLOGIE's Stay Clear Cream
EVOLOGIE's Stay Clear Cream

Something about the sweltering hot weather makes me incredibly lazy, so I use products like SOLSCENTS Angelica SPF 30 Sunscreen ($14.95 for 8oz) to combine steps in my daily routine. This is not only a sunscreen, but also a lotion and fragrance. It smells great, leaves my body feeling nice and soft, and it has SPF 30! It's affordable, too, so it pretty much fills all requirements on the checklist. (Read more: Full ReviewBeach & Pool Bag Essentials)