10.31.2016

Recent loves...


I've not really done a favorites post in a while so I thought I would introduce some products that I've been rotating in both my makeup and skincare routines!

I've picked up a good amount of items since the last time I did a favorites post, so it was hard to pick which ones to introduce first, but these are the ones that I've consistently been using. With the holiday collections already out, I'm excited to use a lot more than usual since there are way tooooo many beautiful releases available! Plus Sephora's Friends and Family sale is going to end soon (or it has JUST ended) and then we'll be closer to our VIB sale in early November. I was kindly given a F&F code by the beautiful Adri (check out her IG, it's full of so much skincare inspo!) so I've already ordered some products, but I still want to get more things. My list always gets so big but I've been really working on cutting it down! It's just too easy to add things that you want! Have you all decided on what you'll be getting?

Included in this post are:

Trufora Intensive Night Treatment, Triple Action Exfoliator, Night Serum 85

(Buy Intensive Night Treatment) (Buy Triple Action Exfoliator) (Buy Night Serum 85)


Over a month ago I was contacted by Trufora's PR and was sent five products to try out. Out of those five, these three are the ones that really impressed me! I take a lot of care when testing and trying out products, so I wanted to really get the best usage out of these before giving my opinion.

Trufora is a clinically proven anti-aging skincare that is based on using science-based technology. They rely on using anti-aging ingredients without harmful or irritation-inducing properties. Trufora was created to represent what makes their products so different compared to others, that being their dedication to truth in their formulations and providing real results. Their products aim to treat, protect, prevent, and perfect the skin using their patented formulations. They are non-comedogenic and fragrance free, along with being vegan and certified cruelty-free. They have a page where they list some of their ingredients used in their products (not all), including their benefits and functions.

The packaging enough has impressed me, as I love how it looks with the pink/white combination. Give me anything pink and you've already won me over! It is housed in well-constructed packaging and they are small enough to throw into a cosmetic bag if you're going away. You can tell that a lot was put into the packaging and especially the front side.

Triple Action Exfoliator* is a kaolin clay-based creamy white paste with small biodegradable bamboo granules that cleanse and deeply exfoliate the skin. It includes glycolic acid (AHA) and salicyclic acid (BHA) for chemical exfoliation, both ingredients working very well for skin that has lots of PIH and acne. I also like that it uses natural AHA properties, like bilberry, sugarcane, and citrus extracts from orange and lemon. This is definitely not a green product but I do think it is effective for what it does. Every single time I used it my skin felt thoroughly cleansed and rejuvenated without a very tight feeling. Since I have oily, acne-prone skin, I deeply exfoliate pretty much 3-4 times a week (and use my clarisonic otherwise). For any other skin types, I think twice a week is what they recommend. You can use this product both as an exfoliator and mask. It is a thick white creamy paste that needs to be applied in heavy layers to get the mask treatment. I have tried these two ways and have enjoyed both experiences! The good part of this is that it has calming and soothing natural ingredients like aloe vera, which seems to be used as a property for anti-irritation. Shea butter is also an ingredient in this, and I think it may add to the creamy consistency since it's so high up in the list. This product also includes the ingredient Sodium Hydroxide, which many report to be highly toxic and irritating in a concentrated and unreacted form, but when balanced out with an acid it's not much of an irritant since acid/base reactions neutralize each other. Sodium Hydroxide is used in many soaps and cosmetics, often working as a pH adjuster since it's highly alkaline, with the end product not even being the true, pure form of SH (therefore cancelling out any possible negatives from its concentrated form). You still should be aware if your skin starts to have any reaction, just like with any product.

Personally I really like this and I have not yet started to test the pH of my skincare products, so I'm unsure what the pH is for this, but I can tell you that my skin doesn't feel irritated or that it's been dried out. I could possibly even say that it is somewhat similar to Kate Somerville's Exfolikate, one of my favorite exfoliating products, since they share some of the same ingredients (not all, but some). If you have very dry skin or very sensitive skin, I probably would not recommend this but for those normal/combo/oily I think this possibly might work well for you (we are all so different!). This sells for 60ml/2oz for $45, 1/2 less than what Exfolikate sells for (2oz for $85).

Intenstive Night Treatment* is a hydrating cream that plumps and smooths the skin, and includes anti-irritant properties to calm and soothe the skin. This product was formulated to work with laying over their Night Serum 85, which concentrates on intensive anti-aging benefits, so that it may enhance both products. You only need a small amount, about 2-3 pumps for the face (although they say to apply generously, 3-5 pumps, it may be too much for some) and you massage it lightly until it's fully absorbed. I love that it is enclosed in this packaging and uses a pump for sanitary benefits, since pot packaging is not at all good for keeping the product stable. This is a very light-medium thick cream that deeply hydrates. I always wake up with plump and refreshed skin the next day. I am very much about aging prevention so having a product like this has been great to use, I really can tell a difference in my skin's hydration content and also when I apply concealer it no longer clumps up at certain places. This is going to be great to use in the colder days, so glad that I have this!

This specific product includes some great patented ingredients: Riboxyl (natural D-ribose from corn seed, a monosaccharide present in all living cells, restores energy to the skin), ProHyal+ (Hyaluronic acid; supporting collagen and elastin to retain and bind water molecules), MariMoist (complex if marine-based high water binding properties), Viniderm (rich antioxidant polyphenol French grape juice extract, anti-aging preservative action supports natural synthesis of collagen), Resistress (Sophora japnoica extract rich in plant-based flavonoids, stimulates skin and dermis defense systems against oxidation), and Kalpariane (ECOCERT registered, French Brittany brown algae, Alaria Esculenta (Wakame); antioxidant protection, firms and plumps skin). Along with extracts and oils like Sunflower Seed Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, and Soybean Extract. This is 30ml/1oz for a sale price of $59, so it's not too bad compared to others but still quite pricey.

Night Serum 85* protects, hydrates, and smooths away fine lines and wrinkles by using anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits of multiple peptides. This is a cream colored light lotion consistency that includes ingredients like Vitamin C, aloe, and oat avenanthramides. It works by using multiple forms of hyaluronic acid, apple derived saccharide, and a soy-based moisturizing complex. This stuff is a miracle worker. I think what makes it such an amazing product is using it along with their Intensive Night Treatment, those two together create such a powerful anti-aging mixture of products that really provide an amazing treatment for anti-aging. It absorbs an average amount of time and I like that it doesn't feel super heavy, especially since I like to use face oils at night and the two can easily feel too much together. This provides such a great hydrating treatment and really works at helping any aging signs you've got. It's plumped my skin and I even think it's been helping my breakouts and PIH spots. It has not caused me any irritation. The ingredients in this are really impressive: Actizyme (mushroom derived water soluble enzyme, an exfoliant that is pH based, gives a controllable exfoliation to use in combination with bio-retinols and peptides to further enhance their effect without irritation),  Systenol A (retinol-like activity, protects against detrimental effects of UV exposure, has high antioxidant profile, inhibitory effect against UV induced erythema, and is antimicrobial and antifungal), Revinage (bio-retinol, mimics same positive effects as retinol to fight skin aging), DermaPep A350 (peptide with retinol-like activity, helps support natural collagen synthesis), DermaPep A530 (capryloyl pentapeptide-26, anti-flammatory peptide for irritated and sensitive skin), and Botaniceutical NI-peptide (neural inhibitor that has shown to reduce and smooth appearance of lines and wrinkles).

The one negative I have to say about this is that it's really expensive for how much you're getting (15ml for a normal price of $80; currently it's on sale for $59). It is an extensive and potent anti-aging product, so I would advise to not use it nightly but maybe a couple times a week to extend how much you're given. I actually have not used this night after night, the most I've used it is about 3-4 times in a week. The best thing about this is that I've still gotten such great results even though I've not used it consistently.

(By the way, if you sign up to their newsletter, you can get 15% off of their products.)
Ingredients (Intensive Night Treatment): Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocoyl Adipic Acid/Trimethylolpropane Copolymer, Diisostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Bentonite, Behenyl Alcohol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Ribose, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Panthenol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Yeast Extract/Faex/Extrait de levure, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Gluconolactone, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sophora Japonica Flower Extract. 
Ingredients (Triple Action Exfoliator): Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Kaolin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Bentonite, Propanediol, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Phytic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Salicylic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate. 
Ingredients (Night Serum 85): Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Bakuchiol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Citric Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Mucor Miehei Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-19, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Myristoyl Tripeptide-31, Sodium Hyaluronate, Capryloyl Pentapeptide-26.

Rosie for Autograph Magic Contour Bronzer

£18.00 | (Buy here)


I cannot tell you how long I've been wanting products from Rosie for Autograph. This has been so hyped all over the UK blogging world and I would sit here all sad knowing that I could not get any items since Marks & Spencer doesn't ship Rosie's makeup products to the USA. I was lucky enough to get a friend to send me some items that I picked out from online! There are also shipping services available if you are wanting some products from the line, I've used forward2me a couple of times and have been very happy with their service. I'm not sure if M&S takes non-UK debit/credit cards, so you can use forward2me's personal shopping service to buy the items for you (there is a £15 fee though). The most I've ever paid for shipping has been about $30-ish (using DHL), so not too bad and actually about the same as Selfridges' shipping to the USA. 

If you don't know what Rosie for Autograph is, it is British supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitely's beauty/cosmetic line that she created in addition her lingerie line. It is 100% vegan and is Leaping Bunny cruelty-free certified. She uses beautiful rose gold packaging and it is sold at a very affordable price (most items are under the £20 mark). She is notably known as being a former Victoria's Secret Angel but has delved into created a brand under her famous name. Lisa Eldridge once did a lovely makeup tutorial using both Rosie as the model and some of her makeup products, check it out here. I've always been in love with Rosie's makeup products just by aesthetic alone. After using some of the products that I got, I've fully fallen head over heels in love with her makeup collection. They are some of the most flattering colors and tones that I've ever used. Plus the rose gold and rose imagery on all of her products is just too beautiful! I'm only talking about the Magic Contour Bronzer today but I will soon talk about the rest of the products that I picked up.

Magic Contour is one of the two bronzers available in her line, the other being a darker color called Bronzed Beauty. They both are on the very warm side but they are not at all uncomplimentary to wear. Even for fair skin, Magic Contour would be a great product to get and try out. I would say that Bronzed Beauty should be used with medium-darker medium skin tones or those with a considerable tan, but I'm not sure how it would fair out on much darker skin tones (I hope she comes out with more colors!). Although in the swatch you can easily see the warmness of the shade, once I apply it on my cheeks and forehead, it really works well with how light my skin is. It is one of the softest matte bronzers I've EVER used, like seriously so soft. I use it with both with my MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush and MAC 130 Duo Fibre Brush. The Angled Contour Brush gives a harsher but larger product placement. The Duo Fibre Brush is the best to apply the bronzer on my forehead so that it looks much more natural. You only need the tiniest amount at first since this bronzer is really so pigmented and a lot gets picked up by both brushes. I do believe that Rosie has come out with some makeup brushes but I've not seen them available online yet.

I definitely recommend getting this product, especially if you're in the UK! It's such a beautiful bronzer and I'm so excited to get more products from her line. She has come out with a bunch of holiday collection items (candles, nail polish, etc) so be sure to get those while you can!

Ingredients: Talc, Orzya Sativa (Rice) Starch, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethoiconol, Hexylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Trimethylsilsilicate, (+/- Ci 77492, Ci 77491, Ci 77499, Ci 77891).

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in 02 Luminous Ivory

0.1 oz/2.5 ml | $42.00 | (Buy here) or (Buy here) or (Buy here)


I'm pretty sure this has been exhausted beyond all means to talk about but I've only just recently been able to try this product out myself. I'm very picky when it comes to concealers, and since I'm so fair it's already hard enough to find ones that are light enough to give me some luminosity in my under eye area. Within the past few months I've fallen in love again with my Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher in 1 Fair, but unfortunately it's not light enough for me (it's actually too dark). As much as I adore it, I really prefer a product that not only covers but lightens up my complexion, too. I've not been using my heavier concealers lately and have been liking a lighter consistency, so I was hoping to find another one similar to the Retoucher. I randomly found a giftcard in my bag to Sephora (score!) and quickly ordered this, hoping that it would be the right color. I lean more on the yellow side in my neutral skin tone, so I picked the shade 02 Luminous Ivory since it's for fair-light complexions with yellow undertones. Luckily it ended up being a great match! I know that this isn't necessarily a concealer but I've been using it in place of a proper one.

This is exactly what I've been looking for! It brightens and conceals my under eye area, along with being a very light consistency. All I usually need is 3 clicks for both of my eyes and I'm ready to go. I usually set it with my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, which makes it even more of a luminizer. I like to use my Artis Oval 4 brush to buff it in and it does it so perfectly, it's like these two were made for each other! I also use it on other parts of my face, like my chin and forehead. I really am loving this product! I still enjoy using the Retoucher but it's going to be on the back burner while I use this. I totally can understand the hype about this, too! This is probably going to be one of my HG products.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Talc, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Peg/ Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Trideceth-3, Methicone, Methylparaben, Squalane. [+/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77019 (Mica), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 75470 (Carmine), "NF8897"].

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Lightness

8.2 ml | $68.00 (compact) + $40.00 (refill) | (Buy here) or (Buy here) or (Buy here)


Kjaer Weis is a Danish luxury green beauty brand that uses natural and organic ingredients. Founded by veteran makeup artist Kirsten Kjær Weis, the brand was created to "fulfill a need for natural and organic color makeup that doesn’t compromise luxury or performance." Seeing as the skin is our body's biggest organ, it is vital to use products that don't include ingredients that harm it. All of their products are either certified natural or certified organic, along with being cruelty-free and gluten-free. Natural preservatives used in Kjaer Weis products have been carefully chosen and extracted from minerals, plants, and wildflowers. Their makeup contains no parabens, silicones, petrochemical emulsifiers, or synthetic fragrances. On this page you can take a look at their ingredients and their breakdown information.

Kjaer Weis is a new brand that I've come to really love! After buying three of their new lipsticks, I knew I had to get more from them. I then started trying out some of their eyeshadows (which I also adore! review coming) and it made me love Kjaer Weis even more. I've always been interested in their face products but wasn't sure if it would fit my oily skin since it does use ingredients like coconut oil. I'm not the biggest fan of using cream face products (besides foundation and concealer) but their Cream Foundation and Cream Blush have been in my mind to try out. Luckily my older sister did an order at Integrity Botanicals and I picked out this foundation for one of the free samples that you get. After using up the sample I knew that I had to buy the full size!

I chose the shade Lightness, which is their lightest shade and is a neutral tone. It honestly matches me 100% perfectly! I've really never had a foundation match me like this one does. Being super fair and a neutral tone has always spelled disaster for me when it comes to choosing foundations. Not to mention having oily skin, which is high maintenance on its own. This foundation is on the drier side once it sets and gives a heavy full coverage, but if you're light handed with it then it can easily be a medium-full coverage. It gives a semi-matte finish on me and more so when I use powder over it. I've been using Charlotte Tilbury's Air Brush Flawless Finish over top of it since it's a very light micro-fine powder. I have to say it's not the easiest foundation to buff in if you're using the wrong brush, so I've settled on using my Artis Oval 7 brush since it works the best with it. Kjaer Weis does sell makeup brushes and they do have a foundation brush but it's way too small to use with the product, in my opinion. Their blush brush is bigger and I often see people use it with this foundation, but I've yet to buy it myself to see if I like it or not. Since it is tougher to buff in, I like to dot it on my face first (putting more where I have blemishes/redness) and then work it into my skin. Since it is not a cheap foundation I really make sure to use what I can without being excessive. I notice that I can go 4-5 hours (depending) without needing to touch up before my face starts to look 'glowy.' Not oily, glowy. I actually don't mind my face looking like that as it really makes my skin look healthy. I've never had a foundation look like that before but I really like it! I'm not sure if I could wear this during summer-time or on hot days but for seasons like Fall/Winter/Spring, I think this works really well for me. I should note that it fully covers up my redness and acne without using too much of the product, so that enough makes me give it a big thumbs up.

The foundation pan is able to be changed out once its finished and is a cheaper price compared to the compact, so that's a plus. I love Kjaer Weis' packaging, it feels and looks super luxurious. I always dislike when brands offer products at a higher price but the packaging is made so cheap, it turns me off from buying anything. I'm looking forward to trying more from this brand! So happy that I decided to just take a leap and try them out. I'm really so impressed with everything I own!
Ingredients: Mica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil•, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil•, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch•, Cera Alba (Beeswax)•, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax•, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil•, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil•, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, Talc, Gallic Acid. May Contain +/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491(Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides) • organically grown

Artis Elite Mirror Oval 7 Brush

$60.00 | (Buy here) or (Buy here) or (Buy here)


After trying my best to hold off on buying any Artis brushes, I finally gave in and bought three of them to try out since I was needing a new foundation and concealer brush. These have been overly hyped and I didn't want to add to that hype but I've really fallen in love with them! The ones I have are the Oval 4, Oval 6, and Oval 7 brush (the other two I'll talk about in a different post sometime soon). 

I decided to buy the Oval 7 since it seems to be the most hyped out of all of them. Not many places still carry this style but I knew I had to get this one from their Elite Mirror Collection. Not only for aesthetic purposes (love the white!) but also no other variations appealed to me. I have used the cheaper versions of this brush and I have to say they do not at all compare. The cheaper ones are very stiff and they soak up a lot of product, along with the packaging being very under par in quality. The bristles on these brushes are carefully made so that they don't absorb a lot of the product you are applying, which was easily seen from the first application I did using this brush. They are supposedly made with CosmeFibre, a trademarked product used only with Artis brushes, which is made up of very fine monofilament fibres that are constructed for applying makeup products. They have tapered ends that apply product more consistently than animal hair, and on average have 3-10 times as many individual fibres than conventional brushes. This way less product gets trapped between the individual fibres and is instead held between the fibre tips, making it easy to pick up and lay down product. Since it does have a fine tapered shape, it does really well in blending the product. It also supposedly has 'shape memory' that helps keep and retain the shape of the brushes, and can easily be revived by putting it under hot running water and allowing it to dry reshaped into its original form. The bristles are very soft and they don't at all irritate my skin, which was a problem I had with the cheaper versions. I also like how strudy and luxurious the handle and overall packaging is. It looks expensive and I can easily grip onto it without it slipping in my hand, even when I'm being a bit rough with it. This has become my main foundation brush and I've used it not only with the Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation but also my Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder

I do think they are on the expensive side and it's a very personal decision whether or not to spend that kind of money on these brushes. I do think they are worth it, however, but these are not for everybody. You do have to get used to the feeling of using them and using techniques that suit you best. I really like to push up, not so much 'brush,' the product into my skin. I do like to also directly push and dab the product so that it's blended in well and especially when I'm trying to cover up redness/acne.

If you prefer to use the brushes you're using now, I don't see any reason to splurge so much on these. If you are needing some new brushes then I say try these out and see if you like them! I still like using my other foundation brushes but I've mostly been using these Artis brushes instead.

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Lightness, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat 02, Rosie for Autograph Magic Contour


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10.22.2016

My Fall ColourPop Haul


A few weeks ago I put in an order to ColourPop Cosmetics and picked up a few goodies from both their permanent line and Fall collection. After looking at swatches, I ended up choosing these five products: Dopey Ultra Satin Lip, Viper Ultra Matte Lip, Calypso Ultra Satin Lip, Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Flexitarian, and Super Shock Shadows in Muse and Brady. I didn't really have a theme when picking things but after looking on their Fall Edit page I really fell in love with these colors. Dopey was always a color that I wanted to get, so I threw that in there, too. 

I actually don't even remember the last time I did a ColourPop order! If I think about it, it  may have been when Kathleen Lights did her first collection with them (I love Lumière Lippie Stix and Lumière Pencil!). Still, that's quite a bit ago. I've been apprehensive since then as I was not very impressed with my experience. The one thing that really turns me off from buying from them is their processing time. Luckily I don't live too far from their HQ and distribution center, so I get it really quickly once its shipped. The problem is their processing time still is pretty long. For international customers I can't begin to think how long it must take for things to get to you! I would be an avid buyer of ColourPop if they could make their processing much more efficient. But it is concerning seeing as this has been a problem even way back when they first started and it has not changed even though they are such a successful business now.

I'm glad I ordered things again from them but I'm going to be selective when I choose to order again after my next purchase gets here.



Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Flexitarian

4.2g/.15oz | $8.00 | (Buy here)


Flexitarian is a creamy, cool toned white-champagne color with a pearlized finish. Per their Super Shock Cheek products, it can be effectively picked up by using a synthetic brush, duo fiber brush, or your fingers. ColourPop's Super Shock Cheek products are a semi-cream to power formula, so they feel very soft under your fingers but turn into a powder when applied. They claim that they are long-wearing.

On my skin tone, Flexitarian looks like a light champagne with silver glitters mixed in. It does come off looking like a white-ish champagne color when the light hits it, which is my favorite when it comes to highlighters. It matches my cool toned skin so well. I'm not the biggest fan of having to use synthetic or duo fiber brushes, as I don't really own too many of those (thankfully own some from MAC I can use!), and I prefer using my Wayne Goss 14 for highlighter application. However, I'll forsake that change for how beautiful this looks on the skin. I mostly have been using my finger to apply it and then after using my MAC 130 to spread it out (so it doesn't look like just a line on my face). I did find it to be long-wearing, even after 6 hours it still was hanging on (although not as strong due to my oily skin).

I do have to say that this definitely is attention grabbing! This is not for the faint of heart nor for natural makeup days. Your cheek bones are going to be soooo glowy. Give me the drama! I'd love to try another one of their highlighters. I'm thinking of getting Lunch Money (a golden duo chrome with a pearlized champagne finish).

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Isononyl Isononanoate, Alumina, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Vinyl Dimethicone/methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Carbonate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).



Super Shock Shadows in Muse and Brady

2.1g/.07oz | $5.00 (each) | (Buy Muse) (Buy Brady)


Super Shock Shadows in Muse and Brady are both part of ColourPop's Fall collection. Brady is a matte dusty rose and Muse is a pearlized coppery rose. Both are a semi-cream to powder formula and have shown to produce no fallout.

What I like about these shadows is that although ColourPop advises to use either your fingers or a synthetic brush, I've used squirrel hair and goat hair brushes with them and they've performed just great. Since I have hooded eyes, I don't really use my fingers to apply shadows as I don't have a lot of room to pat down.

The difference in quality and longevity of these two shadows is not too big but just enough to notice. Since I've really been using Muse by spraying Fix+ on it first, I don't have a problem with it moving all over my crease. It just sticks in the spot I put it and I'm honestly not even concerned when it comes to shadows transferring onto my upper eye space. It's inevitable with how my eye shape and skin is overlapping my lid area. As you'll see in my eye look picture below, Muse slightly rises above the lid area and into the crease. I would recommend spraying Fix+ before applying Muse if you have hooded eyes because I didn't have any issue with it.

Brady is a different case, as I did notice it lost its pigment the longer I wore it. It didn't completely disappear but I could tell it wasn't as vibrant compared to when I first applied it. I especially mention this since it has always been my gripe with ColourPop's matte eyeshadows and their lack of long-wear. However, it's not something to completely rule out their eyeshadows, as they are very soft and apply so nicely, but it's just information to keep in mind.

I'm so happy I bought these two! They are two of my favorite eyeshadows at the moment, especially Brady (even with my criticism about it). I heard some negativity from people that Tang looks a lot like Brady, but Tang is a dusty plum color while Brady is a dusty rose. After looking at comparison swatches, I don't think they look alike at all and I'd also love to purchase Tang too.

Ingredients (Muse): Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/vinyltrimethylsiloxysilicate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891). 
Ingredients (Brady): Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Boron Nitride, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/vinyltrimethylsiloxysilicate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).



Ultra Satin Lip in Dopey and Calypso + Ultra Matte Lip in Viper

3.2g/0.11oz | $6.00 | (Buy Dopey) (Buy Calypso) (Buy Viper)


I have been obsessed with wearing these three! The only liquid lipsticks I really have been wearing are from Kylie and Jouer Cosmetics since they are the most comfortable ones I own.

Here I have:
  • Dopey Ultra Satin Lip: a neutral dusty mauve
  • Calypso Ultra Satin Lip: a mid-tone nude (ColourPop says it's a 'pink nude' but I don't see much pink in it, on me at least)
  • Viper Ultra Matte Lip: a deep dusty rose
Out of all three, Dopey is my favorite! It's the nicest, neutral dusty mauve and so complimentary on my skin tone.

The Ultra Satin Lips are the most comfortable compared to the Ultra Matte Lips for me personally. Since I have such drying lips, I'm really picky about liquid lipstick products. It's why my collection has not only sized down but I rarely buy them and if I do I've researched it a lot to make sure it's what I want. Obviously that's changed since ColourPop has come back into my life! Out of the two, I've thoroughly been enjoying the Ultra Satin Lip formula the most. Now, I don't think the Ultra Matte Lips are so drying that I can't wear them for long hours (because I have and it's been fine), but it's not as comfortable as their Ultra Satin formula.

Between Dopey and Calypso, I noticed that they pretty much both lasted the same amount of time and there wasn't any discrepancy of the formula. They never felt like they were too drying or uncomfortable! It's really remarkable. Viper is a pretty color but not as comfortable to wear as Dopey or Calypso. It is on the drier side once it sets but it's not at all irritating, so I give it a biiiiiig thumbs up! For being a matte liquid lipstick, it's one of the best I have in quality and formula. I didn't see it get into any of my fine lines or anything, so that's a plus (same with the satin formula!). I'm going to try the new ones I ordered and compare the formula and see how I do.

Overall I'm happy with my purchase of all three! I look forward to trying more colors.

Ingredients (Dopey): Isododecane, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, C10-18 Triglycerides, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Silica Silylate, Silica, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate. [+/- Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Mica (Ci 77019), Red 27 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide, (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140:1), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]. 
Ingredients (Calypso): Isododecane, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, C10-18 Triglycerides, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Silica Silylate, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891). 
Ingredients (Viper): Isododecane, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Nylon-12, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Brady used in my crease and lower lash line, and Muse on my lid sprayed with Fix+. My eyelashes (Fleur de Force x Eylure Love Lashes) started coming off but I didn't realize until I took I looked at the pictures afterward! :( complete breakdown of my look is on my Instagram.


I've really been impressed by Colourpop and these products! I actually put in another order about a week after I received these because I want to try more from them. 

The best news recently came out for international customers! Colourpop will be offering free shipping internationally if you buy over $50 in products! If you buy less, it will cost $9.99, which is still a steal! This campaign will go until the end of the year. They really are hearing out the complaints from people and I'm glad that they did this. Also, domestic customers get free shipping if you spend $30 or more. I highly recommend picking things up before the year ends (you've got a lot of time!). 

Do you own anything from Colourpop? What are your favorite products? 


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10.20.2016

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Oil


Green tea is one of my top favorite ingredients when it comes to skincare.

It's one of the most effective botanical ingredients, as it works to increase and retain skin moisture, smooth out skin texture, treat and improve acne, provide photoprotection, and many more benefits. Polyphenolic compounds found in Camellia sinensis (green tea leaf) are rich in antioxidants and are proven to have anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. It's by these polyphenols that green tea has such vital benefits. Catechins are the most abundant polyphenols in green tea, being part of the flavonoid family that are highly beneficial antioxidants and effective scavenging free radicals. There is one specific catechin found in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), that is the most potent. It is a major antioxidant that prevents oxidative damage in healthy cells, also acting as an anti-carcinogenic and anti-tumor agent. This specific catechin is often used for its chemopreventative properties, due to it inducing apoptosis and promoting cell health. Green tea is a vital botanical with numerous benefits and treatments, and is great for many skin types!

I've been lucky enough to test this 'essence oil' out for over a month now and I can truly say that so far no Innisfree product has ever let me down, this included! If you are not familiar with Innisfree (이니스프리), they are an eco-friendly South Korean skincare brand that prides itself on using natural botanicals sourced from Jeju Island (Jejudo/제주도). They describe themselves as "a natural brand that shares the benefits of nature from the pristine island of Jeju" with an "eco-friendly green life to preserve the balance of nature." Mt. Halla (한라산), a shield volcano on Jejudo, offers many rich antioxidants from flora and fauna. Innisfree is especially known for their chemical-free green tea farming fields, which are located on the hillsides of Mt. Halla in Seogwipo, and their multiple product lines using green tea extract.

Innisfree actually has a flagship store on Jejudo, called Jeju House/이니스프리 제주하우스 (located in Seogwipo), next to O'sulloc Tea Museum and tea fields. It operates as a retail space and organic cafe selling food and desert sourced from Jejudo. There are fun activities to do there, such as making your own soap using Jejudo sourced ingredients, too. You can also pick out ingredients to DIY your own mask, which I think is just brilliant! They have another Jeju House space on the mainland, located in Samcheongdong (삼청동) in Seoul.


Innisfree was the first natural South Korean skincare brand to be established on the Korean market, and since then they have created multiple skincare lines and a makeup line, too. They have some major cult products that are very much used in the Asian Beauty world, such as their Volcanic Pore Clay MaskGreen Tea Seed Serum, and No Sebum Mineral Powder/Compact. I have both the Volcanic Clay Mask and Green Tea Seed Serum and I really recommend you trying them out! 

Innisfree's green tea lines are nourishing and great for treating skin conditions. They split up the green tea lines based on skin type: Green Tea Fresh (oily skin), Green Tea Balancing (combination skin), and Green Tea Moisture (dry skin). I have used a couple products from their Green Tea Fresh line, including their Green Tea Fresh Skin and Green Tea Fresh Essence. Green Tea Fresh Skin is honestly one of my favorite toners of life, if not my favorite. It is so hydrating and refreshing! I have to stock up for the colder days that are coming, it's most likely going to be my top toner to use as my skin gets drier and its soothing properties are exactly what I will need.

As I mentioned before, Innisfree is an eco/green brand. They have an active recycling campaign, by which you can return used product packaging after it's finished and they will recycle it. They also use eco-friendly containers.

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Oil

30ml | $27.13 (Miibox) vs orig. $40.00 (Innisfree) | (Buy here


Innisfree Green Tea Seed Oil* is a lush, natural green tea-based essence oil that deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin. It is made with 151 (!!!) green tea seeds from Jejudo and includes green tea extract and leaf extract. This oil has effective antioxidant properties from the inclusion of green tea seed and leaf extract's polyphenol contents, along with Vitamin E and amino acid content restoring skin's moisture. This oil especially is targeted to control oil while providing an abundant amount of moisture to the skin. This product is part of their green tea seed line, which has special moisturizing and nourishing skin benefits. Also included in the green tea seed line is their Green Tea Seed Cream, Green Tea Seed Eye Cream, Green Tea Seed Deep Cream, and Green Tea Seed Serum.

I am in love with this oil. It has a lovely floral scent that is so refreshing, which makes applying it such a relaxing activity. It is light on the skin and instantly provides buckets of moisture. You only need the smallest amount, about 2-2.5 drops is usually what I like to use, as it can get a bit heavy and oily if you add too much of it (it can't absorb very well if you use too much!). The best thing about this oil is that it gives me so much hydration that I usually can just skip my essence step most times. It absorbs really quickly so you won't be waiting very long if you're putting this on before bed. I like to use this only at night as I wake up the next morning with such revitalized and hydrated skin. It makes my skin very soft and I notice that my natural oils are lessened with consistent usage of this. What I like the most about this is that it has a very watery texture, so afterwards it doesn't feel oily (if applying right amount) or have any other kind of residue. I love using this to finalize my routine! Korean skincare focuses a lot on 'patting' products into the skin, so I usually do that with this oil and I find that it absorbs better that way (rather than rubbing it in). I've found a great video from NYLON TV KOREA which shows the oil being applied (patting motion!), and the model's face was not only beautiful before but looks so healthy and glowing afterwards.

This is definitely going to be my oil for the upcoming cold days, as it's already done so much for me even with it being hot weather. I love that it also adds a nice glow to my face and doesn't clog my pores. Just a beautiful oil that I really treasure, and I'm not surprised I love it so much since Innisfree's products have been so nourishing for my skin!

Let's talk about the ingredients...


Not only does this oil have green tea sourced variations (seed oil, extract, and camellia leaf extract), but it also includes other lush botanical sources like sunflower oil, citrus peel extract, prickly pear extract, and orchid extract.

Pricky pear extract has brightening properties, which I have not exactly seen brightening but my skin has gotten a nice glow from using this oil. Orchid extract is what really got me excited, as I love Innisfree's orchid anti-aging line since it has such great moisturizing and skin conditioning benefits. I have gone through a tub of their Orchid Gel Cream and love to use it during winter. Sucrose Polycottonseedate is plant-based fatty acid that works as an emollient and skin conditioning ingredient; it is a mix of cottonseed acid and sucrose, a natural sugar. Citrus Peel Extract is part of the flavanoid family, which makes it a great cancer fighting and antimicrobial ingredient.

I'm really impressed that they included such valuable ingreidents along with the green tea, it really makes all the difference and is why this oil is such a diamond.

Ingredients: Green Tea Seed Oil (30%), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Squalene*, Sunflower Oil, Fragrance, Green Tea Extract, Citrus Peel Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol
*Innisfree uses plant-sourced Squalene from Phytosqualane, it has been confirmed by them.


Another Innisfree product that I absolutely love! I'm starting to doubt if Innisfree will ever make a green tea product that I dislike. If you have yet to try this oil, I really recommend picking it up, especially as we are already into Fall and soon into Winter. You buy this at Miibox here!

Have you tried any products from Innisfree? If not, what are your favorite oil products to use?

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10.18.2016

MINTD BOX: YOUR ESSENTIAL BEAUTY SLEEP KIT


Sleeping is one of the most important activities that we do as humans. We rely on sleep to help us with cognitive and homeostatic functions, along with directly affecting our health (mental, physical, psychological, emotional, etc), lifestyle, and neurobehavioral performance. Not having enough sleep per night can negatively impact our daily lives, from inhibiting skin barrier functions to metabolic dysregulation and intrinsic skin aging.

In our sleeping state, our body goes through a renewal and regeneration for different functions and processes, with numerous physiological changes in both NREM (non-rapid eye movement) and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep states. Whether it's to strengthen immune system defenseconserve energy, repair cells, regulate hormones, decrease hypertension, or maintain metabolic and endocrine states, having a good night's sleep is needed for our overall health. After taking all of this information in, you can see why having enough sleeping per night is so important. For me personally, I do not get enough sleep. Due to numerous factors like stress, I mostly get half of what is recommended per night (about 7-9 hours for adults). I definitely can feel a difference in my skin now compared to a few months ago when I was getting about 6-7 solid sleeping hours.

Thankfully I've been able to use products featured in MINTD's October box to help bring a sense of relaxation and serenity to my environment and self. If you're unaware of who MINTD Box is, they are a UK luxury monthly/bi-monthly subscription box service that offers only the highest quality luxury brands at value price with full sized products in every box. The concept is that you are getting more than what you are putting into it money-wise, while also trying out products from a variety of luxury brands from trusted retailers and ones currently globally on trend. I have two posts about their boxes from September (here) and August (here). They are such an organically presented brand and I'm constantly impressed by their product and brand choices. They don't make me doubt them when it comes to selections, and they especially don't come off fake or untrustworthy. It can be too easy to fall into the cheap allure of subbing to a company based on price, but I've personally found the quality of most boxes to be very under par (which is why I've unsubbed to so many, even bigger name ones). MINTD Box is truly a unique and special subscription box company and I highly recommend them!



October's box is themed The Essential Beauty Sleep Kit*. It aids in helping you to "get the best sleep you've ever had" by using various luxurious products with aromatherapeutic and relaxing benefits. The MINTD Box team understands how vital sleeping is for an individual and how challenging it is to do, depending on environmental and personal factors. They have carefully handpicked 2 full sized and 4 travel deluxe sized products to help you get your much needed beauty sleep and keep your skin looking fresh and youthful. These products can easily be found at retailers like HarrodsSpace NKLiberty LondonCult Beauty, Selfridges, and their own official webstores. MINTD Box ships to the UK, W. Europe (see full list of countries here), N. America, Australia, and New Zealand.

This box gives you biiiiig savings. The price of all items together retails at 178$/145£/162€, which gives you a savings of 99$/80£/89€ since the monthly price per box is 79$/65£/73€. I'm sure you're looking at those numbers and are a bit overwhelmed. I like to break it down like this: usually one of those FULL SIZED items (that you actually like) costs about the same amount of money for a one month's subscription. Due to the fact that MINTD Box beauty experts find the best quality and on-trend beauty products from a variety of brands, you're bound to at least find one luxury item that you'll truly fall in love with. Let's compare that with spending month after month on a subscription box that you may only like less than half of the items, even though you are paying a low amount per month. In my opinion, it's really not worth it at all to keep subbing if you're not even fully satisfied and if you don't get a true value out of the money amount saved and spent.

Even if you did end up not liking an item in one of MINTD's boxes (all on personal preference), you honestly are not even losing out since you really only paid for one FULL SIZED item's worth. It's truly a win/win situation.



I honestly cannot believe how great this box is, both in product selection and brands, and it came at the best time for me when I'm struggling so much with my sleeping cycle. I truly think this is one of the best MINTD boxes they've curated so far! Not to mention the scent that radiates from the box after opening it is just so beautiful.

The six products included in this box are:

Seeing as this month's box is featured on the theme of beauty and sleep, the inclusion of not only skincare products but lifestyle as well is so brilliant. MINTD's mission to inspire and encourage women to help them feel confident and reveal their inner beauty is really brought out in this box. These products will not only treat your skin but inner self as well by helping you connect to a place far away from daily life stresses and worries. 


Janey Whitehorn Rose Lavender Filled Eye Mask

£28.00 | (Buy here)

Whitehorn is a British textile design company founded by Janey Whitehorn, an award winning and globally recognized designer. By using Janey's expertise and background in weaving and dyeing, Whitehorn specializes in the hand dyeing of fine silks using marbling techniques to create fresh and modern color palettes with luxurious designs.

This eye mask is so beautiful. It smells heavenly and as you wear it you breathe in the fragrance of English lavender that's filled inside of it. Being a calming and therapeutic scent, you really get the feeling of letting go of tension and negative vibes. I love the design of this and how luxe it looks, and I love having a rose velvet ribbon at the back to tie to keep on. You can tell that it's made with the utmost care, especially knowing that the design is hand painted onto 100% silk with an ivory satin trim. The padding is a rich plum color and is so soft on the skin. I find that the coloring is also very relaxing to the eye, as colors are effective as stimuli for cognition perception and behavior. I think it was so smart of the MINTD team to include an eye mask, not only for aesthetic reasons but because this product is both beautiful in fragrance and very useful. Fragrances can have a substantial counter effect on stress and having complete darkness during your sleeping time is actually very important.

Our body has its own 'clock' that naturally regulates a 24-hour cycleknown as the circadian rhythm, that is affected by behavioral, environmental, and mental factors. It is found in the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) of the hypothalamus, working to regulate the clock and neurotransmitters for entrainment and efferent projections of controlling the circadium rhythm. The circadian rhythm releases melatonin (a hormone that causes you to get drowsy) from the pineal gland in response to our internal biological clock and specifically by the light/dark cycle. The circadian rhythm determines sleep patterns, since the pineal gland (pictured here) is located above the optic nerves (pictured here), which carry visual messages from the retina to the brain. I bring all of this information to focus because using a sleeping mask could help with an imbalance of the light/dark cycle. Since we use artificial light indoors (both day and night) and most of us spend a lot of our day inside for work/school (etc), light exposure is manipulated and limited and may be a cause for why many have disrupted circadian rhythms and suppressed melatonin secretion. I, personally, did not know this information beforehand and how important light is to our sleeping cycle. It really blew me away to research all of this and more.

I never have been interested in using eye masks before this, but I rely on using it when I have migraines, when I feel the need to lay down and take a breather, and when I'm laying in bed trying to put myself to sleep. It really is such a lovely eye mask!



Wildheart Organics Tranquil Spa Aromatherapy Candle

90g | Travel size | £12.00 | (Buy full size) or (Buy travel size) or (Buy full size if outside of UK)


Wildheart Organics is a UK candle and home fragrance company that uses organic and natural essential oils to create luxurious treatment products with the ultimate therapeutic benefits. Being a lover of "all things healthy, aromatherapy and body beauty products," founder Emma Holt has beautifully curated a line of products using 100% essential oils to enhance and improve your mood and wellbeing. They use a lush blend of botanicals and florals, especially ones with aromas that are known to have mood enhancing benefits. Their line of aromatherapy candles are made with natural plant ingredients and are carefully picked, taking months to perfect their lush blends. They hand-make their products and do not test on animals, along with having an ethical approach to packaging by having all of the products be recyclable-friendly. Their candle waxes are a vegetarian product and their diffuser is a certified organic grain. I appreciate their dedication to not using petrochemicals, natural fillers or isolates, or toxic substances. Their product line is absolutely gorgeous and is divided up into mood categories (such as stress relief, happiness, relaxation, etc). Emma herself has written up wellness tips that are available to read on their website, one of them being how to practice mindfulness. All of their products are hand-made at their barn in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Their best-selling Tranquil Spa Candle is a lovely blend for the ultimate relaxing and sleeping experience. It is made with 12 essential oils that are all natural, non-toxic, and pure. Lavender and neroli blossom are at the heart of the formulation, with sandalwood, clary sage, and chamomile to add to the calming and relaxing scent. This candle is absolutely beautiful. That's really the only way to describe it and its fragrance. As soon as I took it out of the box and first took in its scent, I felt such a wonderful release of tension. The essential oils in this speak so loud to its benefits, as its fragrance is not too strong to overpower you. It is released as a semi-light aromatherapeutic scent. I like to light this candle as I'm working to relieve stress or especially when doing my night routine. It really creates the most calming and serene atmosphere. The travel size is actually small enough to take with you even in a smaller bag, and I find that the glass packaging really adds to the luxe feel of the product. It works very well when its lit and to distribute the fragrance in the room/area where you have it. 

I am for sure picking more up myself! I don't think I can be without this candle as its really helps to lower my stress and anxiety levels. I love the presentation too with how simple and minimalist it is. I would love to visit where they make their products, from the pictures it looks so gorgeous. I really can understand how Emma is so inspired to create her line.

Unfortunately it seems that Wildheart Organics doesn't ship outside of the UK, but a small collection of products are available online at Sulis & Thermae if you are international.




Siskyn Skincare Oils Organic Camellia & Safflower Hot Cloth Cleansing Oil

100ml | Full size | £32.00 | (Buy here)


Siskyn Skincare Oils is a green UK luxury skincare brand created by two sisters that focuses on using highly effective and 100% natural, vegan ingredients. After a trip to Australia where one of the sisters, Sarah, found out about the nourishing and effective treatments that botanical oils provide, the two of them worked hard to create their own blend of oils. False marketing plays a big part when it comes to selling an oil product, especially when they claim to have vital, botanical ingredients. Non-green ingredients like artificial fragrances, dyes, and fillers often make their way into many oils that are on the mass market today; making those good botanical ingredients become inferior. Discouraged by the lack of clean and high quality products on the market, they set out to create Siskyn Skincare Oils. Their oils have no synthetics, derivatives, fillers, artificial preservatives or fragrances, silicones, parabens, dyes, petrochemicals, or added preservatives. Not even water is included, as their basis has always been to create true and pure botanical oil sourced products. They have a whole list of 43 botanical oils they use as ingredients on their website, along with a page explaining why botanical oils are so essential to use. They really are an impressive company that express a very honest transparency and authentic knowledge for their customers, which is something I really respect and appreciate. 

They separate their products based on types: 
  • Luxe: rose, neroli, frankincense, jasmine, myrrh, and macadamia to provide a luxurious blend. 
  • Elixir: lemon, seabuckthorn, grapefruit, sweet fennel, helichrysum, calendula, rosehip, and tamanu to provide brightening, toning, and soothing blends.
  • Organic: rose, neroli, jasmine, frankincense, camellia, safflower, myrrh, and macadamia to provide 100% organic, luxury blends.
  • Their products range from day/night oils to cleansing and body oils. 

Organic Camellia & Safflower Hot Cloth Cleansing Oil is an award-winning cleansing oil that is gentle to use and effective for melting away makeup and other impurities. It's blended to balance and work with the skin's natural oils to leave your skin clean, nourished, and glowing. It is full of 100% certified organic botanical oils: Castor (anti-inflammatory) and Safflower (soothing and moisturizing) lift impurities from the pores and help retain moisture, Camellia (one of my favorite ingredients in skincare!) heals and balances, Avocado and Olive both provide extra moisturizing benefits, Jojoba works amazing for oily skin to balance and nourish, and Rosehip, which is rich in Vitamin A and has wonderful healing and rejuvenating benefits. The linoleic and ricinoleic acid content in the cleansing oil are great ingredients fro those who have acne, since they are anti-inflammatory and light, and for dry skin, since they work as an emollient.

This cleansing oil is beautifully made and makes the skin so soft after using. I will be honest and say it does feel quite heavy on my oily, acne prone skin but the benefits of having such favorable and high quality ingredients make this product a treasure. Camellia sinensis and rosehip are two of my favorites and I often pick out products if I see that it contains them at considerable levels. Rosehip works very well with my oily skin, as it provides great nourishing and skin repairing benefits. Camellia sinensis is a small tree with leaves that are used to create green tea, making it a great ingredient as a tea seed oil that is light and hydrating, and particularly helpful to those with acne and other skin types/concerns. This cleansing oil actually comes with its own cloth, which is a really nice addition. The way to use this is to apply the cleansing oil and massage it into the skin, then run the cloth under some warm water and wring it out before wiping away the oil on your face. At the moment, my skin is on the drier side and I've been using this cleansing oil mostly at night since I still get pretty oily during the day (although it has lessened). It makes my skin not only feel soft but also very hydrated beyond the skin surface. The good thing about this is that it doesn't leave any oily residue, which is something I have a problem with when it comes to cleansing oils being too heavy. You can also use this on your eye area as it won't sting (so glad about that!). It has an interesting smell, which I think reflects back on the castor and safflower ingredients. I like to use this cleansing oil when I'm not wearing too heavy makeup, as I do find it takes off makeup well but I like feeling more of the product on my bare skin. 

This truly is a luxurious and high quality product, and I'm so glad that MINTD Box can introduce me to such wonderful brands and products like this one. I'm interested in trying more from this brand and I hope I can do it soon as the colder temperatures make their way to Southern California.

Ingredients: (100% certified organic ingredients) Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Camellia) Leaf Oil. May contain nut oil traces. 




Aromatherapy Associates Perfect Partners

7.5ml x 2 | Travel size | $31.00/£19.00 | (Buy here) or (Buy here) or (Buy here)


Aromatherapy Associates is an aromatherapeutic luxury skincare brand that concentrates on using essential oils and botanicals for healthy, glowing skin. Free from harsh chemicals and synthetics, their products are filled with natural ingredients and made into lush blends to deliver fantastic results. They use certain products for effective and quality purposes, such as using damask rose instead of water, omega-rich botanicals and vitamin abundant ingredients like jojoba and evening primrose, and sourcing raw natural materials straight from the farmers who cultivate them. Aromatherapy Associates relish in using essential oils and botanicals for their products as both combine to create an aromatherapeutic atmosphere, working to ease the mind and sooth the skin. Before this I never had tried anything from them but have always wanted to, it's why I was so excited to get these two in this month's box!

Perfect Partners is a luxurious duo that contain two of their most popular and award-winning bath oils, Revive Morning and Deep Relax. They are housed in 7.5ml bottles and can be used either topically applied before a bath/shower or poured straight into a bath. They both have quite differing scents, as Revive Morning smells more citrus-y and Deep Relax smells very much like patchouli and other herbs mixed together. They also are very strong scents and it's why I have only used a little bit at a time for each. I'm not the biggest fan of either fragrance (especially Deep Relax, it's very heavy) but seeing as they are two of their most popular products, it seems that many appreciate and adore them. I think that scents are a very personal experience, and every individual gravitates towards specific kinds. For myself, I usually stick with more light, floral scents, but do enjoy herbal ones too. These feel very moisturizing and luxurious once applied onto the skin, but I think if you're very sensitive to fragrances then you should be careful when using these as they are very potent once applied. Morning Revive is much lighter than Deep Relax, and I used it the most of the two. It does remind me of some cough medicine I used to take when I was younger, however.

I think these are such high quality and beautiful oils, but the fragrances are just not for me. It actually caused some irritation deep in my throat and chest after every use (plus coughing and sometimes a migraine), so I have not used them consistently. I would love to try other products from Aromatherapy Associates, as I hear so much about the brand and how wonderful their essential oils blends are.

Ingredients (Revive Morning): Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Oil, Citrus Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Melaleuca Cajuputi (Cajuput) Oil, Parfum (Pure Essential Oils), Pinus Sylvestris (Pine) Oil, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Oil, Pelargonium Capitatum (Geranium) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Limonene*, Citronellol*, Farnesol*. *Natural Essential Oil Contents **Natural Plant Extracts 
Ingredients (Deep Relax): Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetivert) Root Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Parfum**, Fusanus Spicatus (Australian Sandalwood) Oil, Ormenis Multicaulis (Wild Camomile) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Camomile Roman) Flower Oil, Benzyl Salicylate*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Farnesol*, Limonene*. *Natural Essential Oil Contents **Natural Plant Extracts




 Oskia Bedtime Beauty Boost

15ml | Travel Size | £78.00 | (Buy here) or (Buy here) or (Buy here)


Oskia is a British luxury skincare brand that offers a scientific way to skin health, by using patent bio-technologies and 'beauty mineral' MSM (an organic sulfur compound) as their specialty ingredients to get a brighter, youthful complexion. MSM boosts collagen production and is important for cell regeneration, along with working well to treat skin conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other conditions. They have multiple patented bio-actives and use a mass amount of bio-available nutrients (vitamins, minerals, glucides, omegas, and proteins/amino acids) in their skincare products. I've been a huge fan of Oskia for a long while now and have been wanting to try more from their range, as I am in love with their Super 16 Serum (mini-reviewed here) and Restoration Oil. I also have their Renaissance Brightlight but have yet to use it.

Bedtime Beauty Boost is a thick, luxurious night cream that is packed with anti-aging ingredients, nutrients, and floral extracts to supercharge your skin overnight and prevent signs of aging by giving a softer, healthier-looking complexion. Rich in essential cell nutrients and anti-aging actives, it claims to hydrate, brighten, and stimulate the skin's natural regeneration process. By reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, it is supposed to give your skin a naturally radiant and youthful glow. Important to note is that it is formulated with Oskia's signature MSM repair and regenerating complex. It has great botanicals like Jojoba oil, Rice Germ oil, Rosehip Seed oil, Kukui Seed oil, Damask Rose oil, and a chunk ton of vitamins (like Vitamin E, which protects against free radical damage) and skin treatment ingredients (like Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Milk Peptides, Omegas-3, 6, 9 etc). I really like this thick cream, it's been great to use on days where my skin is on the drier side and when I want to wake up with a smoothed, plump complexion the next day. Oskia says that it smells like Bulgarian Rose and their signature Rose-Lychee, but honestly it doesn't at all. The smell reminds me of putty clay, that's the best way I can describe it, which is a bit of a let down but not a deal breaker for me. You don't want to use too much of this night cream at one time, it can get really heavy quite quickly. It softens my skin really well, though, so I'm tempted to add more at times but you only need a little amount.

For 15ml travel size, this looks like it will last for numerous amounts of uses. I've only used it about 4-5 times so far but I'm excited to see if I get all of the results that they claim, as I didn't really notice any brightening factor and I love using brightening products (Niacinamide is pretty down there though, so fingers crossed).

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Methyl Sulphonyl Methane (Msm), Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Decyl Oleate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hellianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Benzyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Whey Protein, Tribehenin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Parfum (Natural Fragrance), Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Glyceryl Behenate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol. * Organically Certified Ingredient. Natural Ingredients.


EviDenS de Beauté Eye Recovery Serum

2.5ml | Travel size | Full size: 190.00€/$209.86/£171.27 | (Buy full size) or (Buy here) or (Buy travel sized set)


EviDenS de Beauté is a French luxury skincare brand that takes its roots from Japanese beauty rituals, creating a fusion of East and West. They use formulations created in their Tokyo-based lab, Laboratoires Montaigne (here's a video showing the lab), under the guidance and expertise of trusted hands to continually perfect and improve EviDenS skincare products. They formulate and aim their products for even the most sensitive skin. I was very interested while watching the video talking all about the background of the brand and its founder, Charles Edouard Barthes. He began EviDenS after noticing how his wife, Eriko, was not having the best reactions and outcomes from her anti-aging skincare. He explains that the brand has been created out of "a love story" between him and his wife, as he wanted her to have the best for her skin needs. I also found this video of them on Japanese TV, with him speaking in Japanese about how he created it in honor for his wife. Barthes uses his own experience and knowledge from his background as the the CEO of Haute Couture fashion brand, Jean-Louis Scherrer, to offer a sophisticated style to EviDenS.

Eye Recovery Serum is a fine-textured nano-emulsion that provides a regenerating treatment. It claims to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, erase dark circles, fight signs of fatigue, and plump the fragile and thin eye area. It claims to restore youth and bring a glow to the eyes, and by looking at the ingredients I don't doubt it with longer use! It uses high quality and efficient ingredients like pure La Foux spring water, Triple Collagen, Q10 co-enzyme (I talk about the importance of this valuable anti-aging ingredient here), Amino Acids, Mulberry Root Extract, smoothing and stimulating ingredients like Vitamin K, Hyaluronic Acid, and Sorbitol.

EviDenS also notes important active ingredients:
  • Anti-aging: QaI Complex agents
  • Moisturizing and Refreshing: Eau de la Foux
  • Emollient and Protecting: Squalene
  • Antioxidant: Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate
  • Antioxidant Regenerating, Rehydrating: Vitamin K
  • Moisturizing: Glycocyl Threhalose (sugar that maintain optimal moisture), Hyaluronic Acid
  • Densifying and Moisture Shield: Sorbitol

This product is wonderful for the under eye because of how thin and emulsifying it is. Once it sets it gives a soft, velvety feel and properly hydrates the eye area. I use it both on my eyelids and also for my under eye. I don't have any trouble when it comes to puffiness, but I do have issues with hydration, so this mostly took care of that worry of mine. It smells beautiful and is a light fragrance. This retails for over $200 in American dollars, so I feel like I'm holding some diamond in my hand! Even though it is a small travel-sized product, I believe I can get a good amount of uses out of this, so I've been selective when I use it since it is so luxurious. The packaging and overall display of EviDenS products speaks true to the luxurious feel of their product formulations. I had never heard of this brand before this but I most certainly won't forget them. I'm not sure if I can account for any anti-aging effects from this eye serum, since I've only used it for a short amount of time, but it is very promising.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, 1,2-hexanediol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate/peg-100 Stearate, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Aqua (Water)*, Sodium Pca, Sodium Lactate, Phenylalanine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Threonine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Pca, Proline, Valine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Soluble Collagen, Pentasodium Pentetate, Ubiquinone, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Ppg-4-ceteth-20, Hydrogenated Orange Roughy Oil, Tocopherol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Natto Gum, Algin, Sodium Hyaluronate. *eau De La Foux, Côte D’azur, France.


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