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Sunday, September 8, 2019


August was a great product discovery month for me! This summer got a little crazy, and posting up here on the blog definitely got away from me... BUT I have some really awesome new stuff to share today. Some of this I already shared on my insta account, but I'll get into some more detailed info here. Keep reading for why I love these new additions so much!!

I've been on a skincare kick like everybody else on social media, so a lot of the new products I'm into are skincare/haircare based. I still love color cosmetics of course, but for me I just have less chances to do full face looks like I used to. I wake up for work at 6am and only have about 20 minutes to get out the door. That's time for washing my face and applying lotion, then I'm gone! Lol. Another thing all this stuff has in common is they're all on the low maintenance side and fairly affordable! I have been using all these nonstop and think you'll love them too!

Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Pre-Poo ($15)
The first time I saw this product, the name made me laugh lol. But, I was interested in trying this because it's a cream that you apply onto your hair while it's dry before shampooing and conditioning. It's supposed to help protect and moisturize hair, which I need desperately. My hair is super fine and my ends split easily. I've been using this about twice a week and the first thing that jumps out at me is the smell. I LOVE how this smells, creamy and clean! I do use a large amount of product to saturate my hair each time, and I let it sit for about ten minutes before washing my hair. I treat this as a hair mask, and after washing and drying my hair I do feel like my ends look more moisturized. In the past I've use deep conditioning masks that are applied after shampooing, so it's interesting to me that this does a similar job and it's before washing.

Gucci Beauty Rouge à Lèvres Voile "110 Marguerite Jade" ($38)
I'm obsesseddddd with these lipsticks. I actually am fortunate to intern on the team that handles PR/Influencer relations for this brand so I'm very familiar with the campaign and the lipsticks themselves. The Voile (Sheer) line is my favorite in the collection for a few reasons. I love the formula, which is moisturizing without being too slippery. When I apply this color, which looks like a really intimidating burgundy, the sheer finish actually leaves just a hint of color that looks very natural against my skin. It's a very low maintenance lip product, very easy to wear and easy to re-apply after drinks/a meal. The formula really makes this a worthwhile buy, but besides that the incredibly beautiful packaging looks amazing on a vanity or inside a chic makeup bag.

Scentbird - Joya Studio Composition No. 1 Perfume ($135)
I had worked with Scentbird, a monthly perfume sample subscription service, a few months back and in exchange received a credit for their site. I chose Joya Studio Composition No.1 Perfume as one of my vials and couldn't be happier that I did! I didn't know at the time, but this brand is based in Brooklyn- and I love supporting NYC businesses! What initially appealed to me is that this is a perfume oil, so it doesn't immediately dry up on my skin when I spray it. It has that oil quality and I love rubbing it on my neck and wrists. In the Scentbird sample, it comes in the usual spray format, but the actual bottle (which is gorgeous, and you can see it here) doesn't have a spray but a 22K gold dipped wand.

Anyway, as for the scent itself it's citrusy and a little soapy to me. It has a really clean quality to it and also is one of the more unique scents I've come across. There is not another perfume I can think of that this reminds me of, and I think that's really cool! I always get compliments when I wear this, it's my new favorite right now. Detailed notes include: TOP - citrus, Italian mandarin, Valencia orange, and quince // MID - florals, heliotrope petals, tuberose, jasmine, camellia, damask rose // DOWN - sandalwood, musk, tonka bean.

Wet Brush Shine Hair Boar Bristle Combination Brush ($10)
It was time for me to buy a new hair brush, my old one was a Wet Brush oval boar bristle brush that was soooo worn down it was ridiculous. I stopped by Target to see what was around and picked up this beauty! I like boar bristle brushes because it adds shine, but also because my hair is so fine that I need that kind of bristle to be able to lay my frizzy little hair pieces down. This one is lightweight and feels great, it also leaves my hair controlled. Loving it!

Ohii Soft Glow Highlighter "Cosmic Jasper" ($24)
One of my best friends gifted me this highlighter palette for my birthday! I've been wanting to try something from Ohii for a while now; it's Urban Outfitter's in-house beauty brand, and everything in the collection is under $25. This palette is a trio of sheer cream highlighters and is easy to apply using fingers or a small brush for detailing. I have also been wanting to try a holographic highlighter, one with blue/purple dimensions, and I was so happy to see that one of the colors here fits the bill! I did a look with this using the white/blue/purple cream highlighter and a small detail brush to apply the color into the inner corner of my eyes. It looked phenomenal and the cream was easy to build and stayed put all afternoon!

Avon NutraEffects Hydration Day Cream ($17)
I have been trying to be better about wearing SPF everyday, and I bought that beautiful Dr. Jart+ illuminating sunscreen, but found that most mornings I would forget to apply. This day cream is SPF 15 and hasn't made me break out! It's a classic kind of face cream and has a lightweight formula. So far, it hasn't made my oily skin look crazy slick and still delivers enough hydration.

Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% ($20)
This stuff is a secret weapon!! I add two drops of this to my face cream as recommended and really do see a drastic difference in the brightness of my skin. At first, I was really intimidated by this product because it looked really complicated. This is a product that needs to be activated (peel off a seal, click it and shake to activate, etc.) and each vial is supposed to be a 7-day supply. This is to keep the Vitamin C fresh inside. Personally... I've been using my vial for 2-weeks because there's still product left and so far it seems fine. I add this to my cream and apply in the morning and night over my face and neck. It's really such a skin treat, one of my favorite serums so far!