Was Tarte's Maracuja Oil a Hit or Miss?

I know it may sound counter-intuitive for those of you with oily skin (such as myself) to use oils but skin oils can actually help decrease it, which is why I decided to pick up Tarte's Maracuja Oil. This skin oil is meant to help battle skin problems such as hyper-pigmentation, uneven skin texture, and a dull complexion. I read a TON of raving reviews on this product and it's cold-pressed from the maracuja fruit, naturally rich in brightening Vitamin C and replenishing essential fatty acids to nourish the skin.

Unfortunately, my skin wasn't a fan. Don't get me wrong though, my skin was a fan of other oils but just not this guy and it's not unusual for different reaction from different folks. After using it for a week, I ended up breaking out. I gave the product a second chance a few months later and I got the same result. I'm not saying it's a bad product because clearly it has worked wonders for other bloggers but rather this is a good example on why it's smart to test out a few samples on your skin since everyone has different reactions.

I ended up giving the Maracuja Oil to my mom and she was obsessed with no breakouts and great results so at least it didn't go to waste. If you guys have your own POV on Tarte's Maracuja Oil, please leave a comment below!

Get Your Glam Glow On!

It took a while and a bunch of samples for me to purchase the full size Glam Glow's Supermud Clearing Treatment because $69 for 1.2 oz isn't cheap. However, I'm currently on my third jar of this stuff so I'm happy to report it's worth every dollar. I do recommend getting a few samples to see how your skin reacts. Also, they're recently upped the size to 1.7 oz for the same price! The mask is designed to clear your complexion of pores, redness, blemishes, and scars.
When the mask is first applied, it's a dark charcoal color and it's important to note that you should not leave it on past 20 minutes because your skin can have a bad reaction to keeping it on too long. I leave it on for 15 minutes max and the mask dries down to a grey color. You can't see it on the swatch on my hands but the mask has Pore-Matrix™ technology will reveal dots of vacuum extractions so you see all the pores on your face via the dots. I rinse with lukewarm water and almost immediately, your skin feels AMAZING. It's good to use 3x a week regularly to see results, which I did in the beginning. Now that my skin has cleared up, I reach for this guy on days when my skin misbehaves. This mask is definitely one of my top fives and I always have this stuff on deck at ant given moment. Glam Glow's Supermud Clearing Treatment has tons of other masks for every skincare need but the Supermud Clearing Treatment is perfect for my oily, acne prone skin.

Hourglass, an Overall Review!

I don't believe the Hourglass brand gets the credit it deserves, aka why I'm dedicating a blog post to talk all about the brand! My first Hourglass purchase was the Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, which was what started my domino effect of purchases for this brand. I went in to get my makeup done years ago and a Sephora artist talked me into the powder. First I was hesitant because I hadn't heard of the brand but that shouldn't stop you from a purchase whatsoever. After that, I was buying Hourglass products like it was nobody's business!

The following are my favorites and have become everyday essentials that I reach for quite often:

Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light: After I apply my liquid foundation choice of the day, concealer, and liquid contour, I like to set it with this before applying a highlighter and 98% of the time, Benefit's Hoola. I find that the powder gives a nice and healthy glow and it's meant to help you recreate the most flattering light for your skin. I took this line from the website as it does a good job at explaining the science behind the powder - "The micron-size, color-correcting particles refract light and create transparent coverage, filtering out harsh light and refining the appearance of the skin." I enjoy carrying this lil guy with me everywhere because it doubles as my midday touch-up and my go-to mirror.

Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation: I have a blog post dedicated to this product, which you can read more about here so I'll save you the ramble. It's one of my absolute faves and I always have a back up on deck in case I run out.

Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta: This blush is the perfect shade of pink that is subtle enough for me to like because I'm not too big on pinks. I've also talked a ton of people into buying this color. I've tried a lot of blushes in my lifetime and the Hourglass one is one of the most blendable and buttery smooth formula I've used thus far.

The next Hourglass product on my wish list is the Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush because it's a blush with a built in strobing highlighter. If you guys have other Hourglass items you love, comment below and I'll check them out!

April's Play! by Sephora Review

Another day, another month of Sephora's Play! Subscription Box. For the month of June, I'm pretty excited over the brands in my bag as I haven't tried most of them yet. Another thing I appreciate is there is finally somewhat of an upgrade for the bags. Since I began my subscription, they've been drawstring bags so I do dig this clear envelope bag as it's much more reusable for everyday use.

trèStiQue Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick: I've had my eye on this brand since Sephora picked it up but never got around to trying it so I'm glad this guy popped up! I love all things highlighters and this one is a convenient multipurpose highlighter stick with a built-in sponge. It has a beautiful glow and the sample is generous enough to last me for a few months.

Grande Cosmetics GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper: I bought this brand's eyelash product and haven't got around to using it yet but again, nothing but great reviews. I don't necessarily need a lip plumper because I can decent sized lips but it does feel smooth when I apply like a chapstick! The full size comes in different shades and I would recommend this for something who would like plumper looking lips.

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask: I've actually never even heard of this brand before so I'm excited to try it out. I have a bad habit of forgetting about hair samples because once I'm in the shower, I won't come out to grab it. We'll see how this one goes.

CLEAN Reserve Sel Santal: This lil guy doesn't have a floral scent, which I love. It's a blend of crisp mandarin leaves with bright bergamot over a heart of rich salted fig and hazelnut cream. It's the perfect amount of subtle sandalwood and is great for everyday use.

Tata Harper's Resurfacing Mask: I was stoked to see a sample of Tata Harper because I've only tried it in one time samples from Sephora. I haven't used the mask yet but it's for pores, uneven skintone, and dullness of the skin. It looks like I'll get 7-8 uses out of the sample so we'll see if I end up going for the ful size. It'd be my first purchase from the brand.

MILK MAKEUP Blur Stick: It's not secret Milk is an up and coming brand but I actually haven't gotten around to purchasing something so this is my favorite out of the bunch for this month. I almost purchased the holographic stick but decided to go with another highlighter. It's a colorless, oil, and silicone-free primer, so similar to the Estee Edit Pore Stick I've been using. It's nice to take on the go but I still follow up with my holy grail Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.

I'm excited to see what the June box has to offer!

Mario Badescu's Whitening Mask!

Mario Badescu's Whitening Mask is one of my favorite cost friendly whitening masks, priced at $24. Most people are under the impression whitening masks will lighten your skin but what is really does is give you a healthy glow and help fade old hyperpigmentation scars, which I actively battle with. It's a hydrating mask that will help brighten uneven skin tones and gently minimize the look of old acne scars and discolorations from the sun. You should be proactive on using it regularly 2x a week to see results and use sunscreen during the day to not undo the benefits of the mask. The formula includes kojic acid, licorice and mulberry that makes it gentle enough for all skin types.

I apply to clean skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes and the mask will eventually dry into the skin. It washes off milky and gives you a nice matte finish. Rinse off with lukewarm water and follow up with a moisturizer of your choice! I'm almost through with the jar and plan to repurchase. I've become a huge fan of the Mario Badescu brand so I recommend picking some products up from Ulta near you!

Estee Edit Pore Stick

Right now is the perfect time to pick up the The Estée Edit Pore Vanishing Stick or any other Estée Edit products as it looks like Sephora may be discontinuing the brand. I don't know what led Sephora's decision to discontinue the line because the items were of good quality. My favorite out of the bunch was this The Estée Edit Pore Vanishing Stick that can be used alone or as a primer before applying foundation to blur the look of pores and to minimize shine. I bought this lil guy for $28 and it's on sale for $20, which is a steal! I've finished half of the product to date and I find it to be a super convenient product to bring along to touch up as it's ok to use over makeup. On the weekends where I'm doing a quick errand, I also do a few swabs of this over my pores just to make my skin look a tad more smooth. It's too bad the brand is phasing out but again, it's the perfect time to stock up as I just bought another one as a backup!

Do you guys have any favorite Estée Edit products? I'd love to hear about them so I can add a thing or two to my cart.

Lush Cosmetic's Reduce, Recycle, Reuse Program

I've already made it clear that I'm a huge Lush Cosmetics fan. In the future when I'm settled into my long term home, I'm going to make it a goal to have my bathroom spell like a Lush Cosmetics store. Once you walk in, you're truly in scent heaven. In addition to their great products, I'm a huge fan of their Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse Program. All of Lush's posts are made with BPA-free 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, and can be reused, recycled or returned to a Lush shop for recycling. The brand cares about your skin AND the environment! When you bring back five empty clean pots to a Lush location, they'll give you a free fresh face mask.

The new fresh face masks I have pictured above, the Rosy Cheeks and Catastrophe Cosmetic are the two I got at no cost for bringing in 10 empty pots. The one thing I will say though is I can never finish the fresh masks before it's 'use-by' date so I would recommend redeeming five at a time. However, don't let that 'use-by' date stop you because I find the mask still fresh a week later.

The Rosy Cheeks mask is blended with kaolin, calamine and Turkish rose oil that delicately calms the skin and restores balance. I typically have rosy cheeks so the name play really got my attention. It smells as if you're diving in a bed of roses and calms the redness from your skin, leaving you matte and smooth. The texture of this mask is more creamy and smooth. The Catastrophe Cosmetic mask came in handy during my last 'time-of-the-month' because I was under a decent amount of stress between work/life. The mask doesn't look as appetizing it with being pale grey but I'm telling you, it leaves your skin feeling like butter! The texture of this mask is more bumpy compared to Rosy Cheeks. I'm a huge fan of this mask and it makes me feel as satisfied as the more luxurious stuff I get from department stores.

Lush Cosmetics Face masks will cost you between $8-13 each so it's a steal! Also, if you have at least five pots to recycle (which isn't that difficult to do since I'm a Lush addict), you can get these babies for f-r-e-e! I truly appreciate this brand for doing the environment good, all while rewarding customers!

nügg Beauty's Subscription Box Launch

I'm all about nügg Beauty as the brand never fails to impress me. I'm extremely picky when it comes to subscription boxes and I can confirm the nügg's Face Mask Subscription Service is worth every penny. It's priced at $25/month + free shipping ($31.92 value) and there is no commitment needed. There are four box options to choose from depending on your skin's needs – Dry/dehydrated, Mature/aging, Normal skin, and Oily/combo. I went with the oily/combo skin and the kit included eight masks to last me four weeks. Oily skin is a sign of a need for a deep cleanse and exfoliation. Each subscription box is a month long supply of masks and it comes with instructions on the recommended regimen. If you for some crazy reason you have yet to purchase any nügg Beauty masks, you might want to consider looking into purchasing a subscription box as a starter pack to last you a month. For all my oily/combo gals, I highly recommend this value box because it comes with my favorite mask, the Charcoal Skin Detox Face Mask, which you can read more about here. If I were you, I'd rush over to select a subscription box because your skin will be rejuvenated!
*pr samples included