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Saturday, March 23, 2019


As you've been able to see over the years on this blog, I accumulate A LOT of beauty products. What started out as me spending all the money I saved working summer jobs during high school at Target and my local drugstores has THANKFULLY turned into being in a place where I can get some for free. The rest I strategically buy using coupons and sales. Now that I'm officially working in the beauty industry, my love for finding new products and sharing them on here is becoming an even bigger part of my life! Keep reading below for a breakdown of some new products I've recently started using that I'm really digging!

It has been a LONG winter. While I will miss the winter weather aesthetic JUST a little bit (see photo below), what I won't miss is the wickedly bitter cold in the mornings as I wait for the train to work! I'm a summer person, partially because that's when my birthday is and partially because I'd still rather be too hot than too cold. Regardless, these products are ones I started using within the past month and will continue to use during this transition to spring. Good bye knit beanies, hello denim jackets!

Photo above by @drugstorekodak

Nügg Watermelon & Hyaluronic Acid Face and Sleep Mask ($10)
If you've been keeping up with me on Instagram, you'll recognize this product. I was so thrilled when after reaching out to Nügg they sent me a coupon code to use on my next purchase from their website! I have been eyeing this sleeping mask for a while now, and thought this was the perfect time to purchase! While $10, this claims to have 35+ uses inside. I've been using this almost every night for about two weeks and there seems to be half left in my little pouch. No complaints though, since I apply a generous amount and use on my face and neck.

After washing my face in the evening, I apply this on and follow up with a few sprays of Mario Badescu rose water. This does not feel sticky and the gel formula dries quickly so it doesn't get all over my pillow case. It's formula is on the thin side, but I don't have a problem with my skin feeling dry because of that. In the morning I wash my face as usual and apply lotion. I do feel like this mask is helping the brightness of my skin and will be re-purchasing! If you're like me and have been wanting to try the Glow Recipe Watermelon Mask but are unwilling to drop $22 for the MINI, never mind the $45 for full size, this is a great alternative!

Covergirl Exhibitionist Waterproof Mascara, Very Black ($8)
A little context: the last time I bought anything Covergirl was back in high school. My mom was never really that into makeup, and I distinctly remember Covergirl being one of the first brands I was introduced to. It was a couple of days before my middle school graduation, and I asked my mom if I could pick out some mascara to wear for the graduation dance that would be in the school gym later that night. We went to Target and after scoping out the isles, I decided on one of the solid color tubes of Covergirl mascara.

Flash forward to today, where my go-to brands are typically NYX, Fenty Beauty, and Too Faced. I don't really buy standard drugstore brands so much anymore, with the exception of Maybelline for mascara. WELL- that is until I tried this mascara! Exhibitionist is almost an exact dupe for Too Faced's Better Than Sex!! That is one of my favorite mascaras of all time, but at $24 a pop it's not worth it for someone who flies through mascara like me. The pure black color is exactly what I love, and the formula is fantastic! This holds a curl on my lashes and doesn't smudge around from my oily lids. Exhibitionist adds both length and volume, and I can't get enough of it. Literally right after the first time I used this, I went straight to Influenster and left this review. It's that good!

Etat Libre D'Orange Noel Au Balcon ($90)
While apparently the name of this fragrance translates to English as "Christmas at the Balcony," this doesn't strike me as a very Christmas-y scent. When I think of the holidays, my mind goes to smells of sugar cookies, evergreen trees, cinnamon, and sweet cranberries (the standard fare). This one, on the other hand, really stood out to me the first time I smelled it. What you see pictured is the sample spray I purchased from Scentbird. The notes I smell in this fragrance include, honey, citrus, vanilla, a hint of cinnamon, and most shockingly dried plums!

The first thing that his me when I smelled this was that it bore a strong resemblance to the Chinese dried plums I love to eat, which have a sour/sweet powder on them. I love that smell and was so surprised to smell it in this! While this scent is warm, that element of dried plums places this as a year-round fragrance for me. I think after finding out the translation to the name, that put into my head a stronger impression of this being related to Christmas smells but still not so much. For a lot of people I think this will be a hit or miss, but Noel Au Balcon is inarguably unique and is sure to stand out when worn. There's something sensual and mysterious about this scent.

Gucci Guilty Pour Femme ($92)
Everybody knows my favorite fragrance is YSL Black Opium, it's warm and sweet without being too saccharine. Now that I'm working in luxury fragrance, I'm definitely turning into a littlleeeee bit of a fragrance snob haha. One new spring scent I'm totally digging is this Gucci Guilty pour Femme. It smells literally what you think a Gucci lady would smell like: expensive, beautiful, and elegant. This is a mixture of floral and powder notes, the combination of which produces a very classy smell. Since it's lighter than the warmth I'm used to, I find that my spring scent is actually this layered on top of Black Opium.

One of the only complaints I have on Black Opium is that I really dislike the bottle design. This, on the other hand, is one of the prettiest bottle's I've seen! It has two of my favorite bottle elements, areas of clear glass and then the reflective gold. This looks so glamorous sitting on my perfume tray, and also adds to the luxurious feel every time I spray this on me.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Top Coat ($5)
One of the most satisfying things to me is opening a new bottle of clear coat! I like the look of mid-length nails with a clear coat on top because I think it looks really clean. I'm someone who does my own nails at home, and I dig that when clear coats start to chip it's not so noticeable. I had kind of a weird first impression with this clear coat and this is why: while it glides on effortlessly onto my nails and the applicator is comfortable to use, unfortunately this peels off my nails really easily. This happens especially after taking a shower, I'm guessing from the heat.

The whole reason why I was looking forward to using this is because the Color therapy line is supposedly infused with Argon Oil and helps nourish nails while you wear. As someone with weak nails that split easily, this seemed like a great thing! This also dries very quickly. The more I thought about the peeling, the more I thought maybe this is a good thing. Since the polish just peels away by itself during a week, it's almost like I don't need to use any harsh nail polish remover to take it off! There are still little bits that stay, and for that I use a little bit of remover. That's my justification in keeping on using this clear coat, and while it works for this, I don't think I'd feel the same way if this was one of the actual polish colors.