Fresh Vitamin Nectar Face Mask Review


Rather than talking all about different kinds of face masks.. I decided... I'm going to talk about my current FAVORITE face mask. Now Fresh has been one of my favorite skincare brands for a long time. All through out college I was religious with the soy cleanser and mists... and when I moved back to NY, my friend and I were obsessed with going to get facial at the Fresh store!

Fast forward a couple years, the Umbrian Clay mask and Rose Masks have always been my go to.. but now a new one that is pushing the rest to first place. So back then, my skin was always very clogged and oily (hence why i loved the umbrian clay) or temperamental (hence why i loved the rose mask). However now, my skin seems to just be dull. As I'm getting older (another birthday in 8 days ehhh), I'm finding that all I want to do is brighten my skin.

Along came this beauty and I'm so glad it came to my doorstep. Here's what they say about the Vitamin Nectar Face Mask:
Get glowing skin instantly with Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask. This powerhouse treatment improves the skin's radiance and glow by 31 percent after one use, and by 49 percent after four weeks of use. The revolutionary formula is powered by 50 percent real crushed citrus fruits including oranges, lemons, and clementines, naturally containing AHA fruit acids that work to gently refine and smooth the skin. This fruit blend comes in the form of a paste, which is made from lemons cultivated in the Mediterranean region—providing double exfoliation by offering a pleasant scrub, while the AHA fruit acid content offers a chemical peeling effect. A proprietary vitamin fruit complex is a potent blend of vitamins, citrus fruit extracts, and minerals that help revitalize dull skin for a vibrant, healthy-looking glow and soft, smooth texture. 
Here's what the product looks in the jar - kinda like jam! :P 

Here's the product smudged all over (this is about the thickness I would use it for on my face) 

Here is a break down of my thoughts: 

How I used it: On my clean face, I put the mask on my skin, I massaged it in which gave a nice exfoliation to my skin. I left the product on for around 10 minutes. After, I splashed my face with warm water and gently rubbed it a little bit. Then I took a warm wash cloth and wiped it off. Usually after this, I take a shower and rewash my face before putting on moisturizer etc. 

Texture: So the texture is kinda weird. It's gunky and lumpy and once you put it on your face and leave it for a couple of minutes, it begins to slightly tighten and dry into a sticky-ish, harder product. It doesn't dry down, but it just becomes tacky. The first time I used it, I had SO much trouble getting it off... I realized I should read the instructions and use a warm wash cloth (which worked effortlessly) 

Smell: I can't with this smell. ITS SO GOOD. Literally it makes me want a peach bellini on a summer day. I'm surprised I haven't "accidentally" licked it yet LOL 

How it feels during the mask: When I first put on the mask and massaged it in, it felt SO good. While I was letting it sit on my skin, it definitely tingled my face. At first, I was freaked out because I thought I was going to have a reaction, but then I realized it was probably the AHA cruise acids which create a slight chemical peeling effect. It didn't irritate my skin (no redness afterwards), however, if you have extremely sensitive skin, I would recommend you trying it on a patch of skin first! 

How it feels after I wash it off: My skin definitely felt more radiant. It was definitely a great double exfoliation (when you first massage it, and then the fruit acids afterwards) for my skin. I would say my immediate reaction was "omg my skin feels so soft and smooth" which is always a great reaction - however I also feel like my skin felt really invigorated (the way it used to feel when I would use the clean and clear citrus cleanser in the morning). 

Overall, I absolutely recommend this product... I mean it IS currently my favorite! I would definitely recommend using it the way I use this product because the first handful of times I tried this product I definitely had difficulty getting it off and what not! Thank you Fresh SO much for sending these masks over or else I would've been stuck in my mask bubble and wouldn't have gotten to try this one!

You can purchase yours from sephora , the fresh website or from the physical stores :) This product costs $62 for 3.3 fl oz.  
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Becca First Light Priming Filter Review

Todayyy we shall be talking about the (kinda not that new) Becca First Light Priming Filter. I was sent this months ago and have been using it regularly (whenever I wear foundation) and now I have lots to say about it. lol :) 

The one thing I'm ALWAYS trying to do is brighten up my skin complexion. As I'm getting older (ugh birthday soon :-X), I find that dullness is becoming my worst enemy. I'm constantly looking for products to not only even out skin tone but to brighten.

Becca came out with this new primer to do a couple of things: 
A wake up call for the skin, First Light Filter Face Primer brightens lackluster and dull skin and instantly refreshes the complexion. It’s perfect for flaunting a fresh canvas for all-day makeup wear. Cool Light Technology softly scatters translucent, cool violet light to brighten and even out imperfections. Mineral-rich spring water, prickly pear flower, and sodium hyaluronate capture moisture to hydrate and revive skin. Ginger energizes the complexion and the fresh citrus notes create an awakening experience. The primer looks violet but goes on sheer, and the energizing citrus scent is the perfect first step for your morning routine. 
 Sounds great right? :P As a skeptic, I decided to give it a try for more than a couple of weeks to really see if it improved anything. I find that this is one of those so extremely subtle things, its hard to miss!

First off, I LOVED how it came in their pump. I have so many primers that are not a pump and I get them all over the place. One pump was more than enough for my whole face. 

Here is what one pump of product looks like.

Here is it spread out - but with a slightly thicker coat than I would usually spread on my face. This is just to give you an idea of the tones that you'll see. Definitely still spreads to a violet color. 

Here's the product completely spread out. 

So a breakdown of my thoughts: 

Hydration: It was definitely a hydrating primer, which I appreciated.. no ashiness, nor back lighting when taking photos. Almost felt like a gel moisturizer. It's also very fast absorbing.

Finish: Obviously, it leaves a luminous finish... However... I've tried Becca (and other companies') dewy primers and its slightly different. Whereas others give you just a 'dewy' affect, this one gives a different sheen (almost opal-ish). This results in a more subtly fresh look, rather than a highlighted look. The closest thing I can compare it to is to the "girl meets pearl" by Benefit, but without all those dang sparkles. 

Long lasting ability: It did a nice job of holding up my makeup throughout the day. Generally speaking, my makeup does a nice job of lasting, so I didn't see any differences or shortages in this area. 

Smell: This is the one thing I feel like people may complain about. It does have a relatively strong citrus smell. It actually smells like my favorite kitchen cleaner.. which I totally don't mind LOL. Once you place it on your face, in like 10 seconds when its absorbed in the skin, you can't smell it anymore. 

How I applied it: If you are going to put a full coverage foundation on - forget it. LOL, you definitely won't see this at all. On a day to day basis, I don't wear foundation. Instead, I just wear a little bit of concealer. When I primed with this product, and I put a light layer of concealer, I actually got multiple compliments that my skin looked super nice (someone thought I was pregnant too because of my glow.. UGH. nope. LOL). It had a healthy look without it looking like I put on highlight. 

Overall, I think this is an impressive product that could work for everyone. Although I know people want BAM! or BOOM! on your face, this is more of a subtle radiance that really shines through. I will definitely be repurchasing this when I run out! :)

This retails for $38 for 1 fl. oz. You can purchase this at sephora, ulta or beccacosmetics.com 

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Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo Lip Balm Swatches

 GUYSSS... you know how I love me some lip products.. so it was definitely not surprising when I was jumping and stalking when the Hourglass Lip Style Lipsticks were coming out! Not only is the packaging so sleek, but the product itself is JUST AS GOOD!!!

I love the idea behind these lipsticks - as Jenny Shimizu says:
There's no better beauty product than a lipstick to remind us to use our voices, fuel our passions, drive a purpose and make a change.
As a teacher, these are always the things that I'm trying to instill in my students and these lipsticks bring it back full circle for me. Not only does it have an AMAZING stand - each lipstick has an empowering name. Seriously... loving this concept so hard.“here’s no better beauty product than a lipstick to remind us to use our voices, fuel our passions, drive a purpose, make a change.

I received three of these amazing lippies from hourglass - Top to Bottom: 
Influencer, Creator and Leader 

Creator - pinkish nude on me

Influencer - perfect MLBB on me. By Far my favorite! 

Leader - Gorgeous deep pink 

Formulation: The formulation of these are like a really glossy, hydrating lipstick (although its advertised as a lip balm, the color pay off is of a lipstick). It goes on effortlessly and smooth, leaves a gorgeous shine and overall just feels super comfortable on the lips. 

Color: The color payoff is amazing! Usually these types of lippies have a tendency to be more on the sheer side, but these do NOT skimp on pigmentation! They are high pigment for sure, even the nude colors! 

Hydration: I legitimately use this as like a lip balm because they are so incredibly hydrating and comfortable on the lips. If it weren't for the price point, I would definitely have so many right now LOL. I do also find my lips begin to feel a bit more plump after a lot of use - probably because of the hydration level! 

Lasting ability: Because of the nature of this formula, they do not last as long as other lippies on me. The nudes are about 2 hours and the deeper shades are about 2.5 before I begin to reapply. However, because this is such a nice formula, I would want to reapply often anyways! :P 

Price: These run for $32 each, which to me is quite steep for a lip balm. However, I do think that having tried this product and formula, I would splurge on this product, for sure. The packaging and product, with the twist up makes for a fancy high end item. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product, despite its price point or lack of longevity. I think that the positives by far outweighs those items because you would definitely want to keep reapplying anyways and because the packaging is just so sleek and functional, you don't want to be without it! I am waiting for Sephora's Spring 15% sale to pick up more!!!! I'm eyeing achiever, futurist and liberator :D 

You can purchase this product at Sephora, Hourglass or any other store that may carry hourglass cosmetics :) 

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Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation Review

Heyyyy everyone! So I'm back with a new review for you all! I loved the Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation (original), so was super excited to give the new GLOW fluid foundation a try!

According to their packaging - these foundations are:

A smart, hydrating foundation that works with your skin’s condition throughout the day for a dewy glow without any shine. Advanced Sensing Technology synchronizes with skin’s tone and moisture levels throughout the day for a perfected complexion. Skin looks fresh and beautiful as visible fine lines and the appearance of pores are reduced. Delivers a luminous finish with buildable coverage while the lightweight, serum-like texture feels as if you’re wearing nothing at all.
Doesn't that sound like perfection? lol :) It also has Argan Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, and Yuzu Seed extract to help maintain moisture which I really liked. It also claims 8 hour hydration and has SPF 20.

This is my shade in Golden 3


This is what it looks like blended out! 

First Impressions: when I put it on, I definitely noticed how effortless it was to do so. It applied so easily (I used a beauty blender) just like the original foundation. It definitely gave a nice, natural dewy look. I did notice some slight shimmer/sparkles that I never really love... however, it didn't irritate my skin or make my skin look glittery. It kind of added a slight sheen or.. "glow" ;)

Moisture: It definitely did go on and feel very moisturizing. It was a serum-like texture that made my combination skin feel very comfortable.

Texture: It was nice because it felt weightless on the face since it was serum-like. It was definitely like I put on a tinted moisturizer. I noticed that it didn't cling to dry patches and didn't make me oily on my t-zone.

Lasting ability: When I set it with a powder, it did last throughout the day. I went about 6 hours before I started to see some wear and tear around the usual spots (around the nose, under eyes)

Colors: It comes in 13 different shades that range from cool to warm. From the photos that I see of the different colors available, it doesn't seem to have too many deeper shades.

Coverage: I would definitely say this is more light to medium coverage... possibly buildable, but I didn't want to lose that weightless feeling so I didn't try!

Packaging: It comes in an nice sleek, glass container. It is very sanitary with a pump, however, any residual product on the pump will transfer onto the side of the cap - so make sure to clean your pump after each use.

Overall, I think this is a great product if you just want to even and brighten your complexion without too much makeup. This was definitely a great product for me since that's usually all I'm looking for!

The product is $45 and you can purchase at shiseido counters or online.

*This product was sent to me by PR to test.

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Mamonde Highlight Lip Tint Swatches

Asian beauty - in particular Korean Beauty products... especially makeup... oof. They ALWAYS get me! With the amazing smells to cute packaging to innovative upcoming beauty trends, beauty really has it all.

Aritaum is like the "sephora" of korea - I've talked about it here if you'd like to learn more! Anyhow, Aritaum was nice enough to send me some pretty Mamonde products. Mamonde is a line of korean products that are inspired by flowers - so it's no doubt that all their products smell AMAZING-ly floral!

They sent me three of the Mamonde Highlight Lip Tints in #8 (Red), #10 (Midnight Singer), and #2 (Tonic Coral). They have a wonderful and subtle fresh scent of flowers that are not overpowering in any way.

Top to bottom: #8, #10, #2 

I tried my best to understand what these are, but  because Mamonde isn't as readily popular in America, most of the info for it is in Korean. ha ha.

However, after wearing these for a week these are the things I've noticed:

Color and Lasting Ability: Super rich and intense when you put just one layer. It lasts nicely (at least 3-5 hours), but once the color disappears the tint is still heavily intact. I didn't realize this would happen but was pleasantly surprised! As you can even see - after my swatches, it was difficult to even just wipe the product off because it left such a gorgeous stain!

I vigorously tried to wipe this off with an oil cleansing wipe lol, but no budge! 

Hydration: These were super hydrating! Because this is an oil tint, it left my lips super moisturized without compromising the color.

Texture: Even though this is a glossy and very highly pigmented product with long lasting features, there was no stickiness at all. It was a VERY smooth product.

One thing I do wish is that it comes in 7 gorgeous shades from rose, to red to orange. I wish it came in some 'nude'-ish colors. I think it would really broaden the scope! However, I know that in Korea, these are probably the most popular of colors.. so hopefully when it is more readily available in America, they will think about some other colors!

This is the color selection it offers :) 

I would highly, HIGHLY recommend these products to anyone if you can find them. This goes ahead of the lipstick game as its a hybrid between a gloss, lipstick and stain. Feels like a gloss, pigmented like a lipstick and lasts like a stain. 

You can pick these up at Aritaum Stores in the US :) 

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Bridal Hair - Low Chignon

So many gals message me to ask me for inspiration photos for their wedding - and of course, top request is ALWAYS for the low chignon!!!!!

I'm going to share with you three of my FAVORITE low chignon looks I've done and the products I used to get the perfect look :) All three of these looks have braids incorporated in different ways. In the first, there are small braids to give a bit more texture with a more texture, intertwined looked. The second (unicorn hair is the BEST!) has a fishtail braid going down the side. And the third is a dutch braid. These give more of a bit of fun rather than the traditional textured chignon!





Products I ALWAYS use when I'm making these perfect chignons: 

1. Aveda Brilliant Damage Control Styling Spray - of course, I must start with a good thermal protectant. This one help to protect your hair against any combing or heat. 

2. Aveda Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme - this allows the hair to fight against humidity from the beginning! 

3. Aveda Air Control Light Hold Hair Spray - This is my ALL TIME favorite hairspray. I think I've gone through over 5 bottles already. It doesn't add any extra weight to your hair, doesn't make it "crunchy" but allows for great holding powder. this is the PERFECT finisher to allow your hair to stay in place without it looking heavy! (MUST HAVE!) 

4. Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil - This is a must have for anyone with coarse or dry hair. I use this before I begin pinning hair! 

5. Kérastase Carré Lissant Smoothing Sheets - I RECENTLY just found these.. and they are AMAZING! They look like dryer sheets but I use them at the end to tame any extra frizz, get rid of static or flyaways - this is a perfect on the go product. I now send my brides with some of these, especially if they are taking photos outdoors and I can't touch them up!  

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Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick Swatches and Review


Hoola is definitely one of those cult favorite products that I always am reaching for... so much that I am fresh out of them!! (*CRIES*)

So when the new Hoola Quickie Contour Stick came out, I jumped at the chance to get it! I LOVE cream contour products (especially stick form), but my face hasn't approved of many. SO, I was super duper excited to try this out in hopes that it would be amazing!

First off - This only comes in one shade. Hopefully, this will change in the future but just wanted to get that out there for those you of that may not fit in this shade range. Second thing to note is that this is a bit warmer than the actual Hoola Bronzer. I wish I had it to do a side by side comparison (but again, I just finished mine!! That literally never happens lol!) They do recommend layering the hoola bronzer on top of the cream, so that might help if you aren't a person that likes warmer tones!

Now that those two things are out of the way - this is a super lightweight. Even though I used this on top of foundation and then set it with a contour powder, it didn't feel any heavier than my usual routine. It was also super duper easy to blend product! I was actually extremely impressed with how easily this blended out!!!!! It was very soft and silky... and when I blended it out it didn't disappear (like a lot of other products do when I "blend" it out lol). I did layer my bronzer on top of the contour stick, and it allowed my contour to last all day (I was legit cut!)

Below are swatches, one blended, one not!

Will you be picking this up? I purchased mine from ulta.com for $28.
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Jouer Anniversary Collection Lip Creme Swatches!

OH MAN OH MAN. my collection of Jouer Lip Cremes have increased by SO much because I just love them so so much! If you don't know about them you can read my initial review of what I think of the product here.

I think I have at least 16 of these lippies and the collection just keeps growing!! Here is a rundown of their newest additions to celebrate their one year anniversary!

Rayanne - cool grey nude
Blush - warm blush pink
Mûre - cool muted violet
Rosé - metallic champagne mauve
Guava - metallic muted tangerine
Cayenne - metallic sangria

Rayanne

Blush

Mûre

Rosé

Guava

Cayenne

Hopefully these swatches will help you pick out the ones that will suit you! You can purchase these gorgeous jouer lippies here



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It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Swatches

I've been testing out the newest craze - the ItCosmetics confidence in a compact foundation. The first foundation to turn into a serum when you touch it. I love (!!!) makeup that has skincare benefits so was super stoked to try this out.

Still have some trying to go, although I've got already incredibly strong (good) feelings about this product already. However, I wanted to post up some swatches for you!!! 

Review will be in the near future!

 

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Pop Sugar Must Have January

Feb 8, 2017 | | 0 comments
You guys know I LOVE my pop sugar must have boxes...!!!! 

If you don't know, PopSugar Must Have is a subscription box of beauty, lifestyle, food, etc. for 39.95/month... and this month didn't disappoint- just as fun as every month! If you've never purchased a box before, feel free to use SHOP5 for $5 off your purchase!


This month came out with 7 products. This month for me was more like things for me to use at home and stationery items which I totally loved! 


First up was this acid resurfacing peel. I am currently using a specific regimen for my skin (testing out products), so I havent gotten to try this product... but its $85!!! worh more than the whole box! 

Next is this yoga mat.. I've been trying to get more into yoga and floor mat exercises so I was excited to receive this. $38

Then were some other items that I would use on my office! A cute calendar ($25), happy notes (8.99), mint tea ($10.75), glad candle (smells so delicious like summer! $4.99)

Lastly, not pictured because I've been using it everyday was a hair towel that you can tie your hair up with after you shower. I've been LOVING it!!! ($18.99) 

Another great box in my opinion. Not necessarily all products I would purchase myself, but wouldnt mind to have for fun! And that face peel is worth so much!!!

What do you guys think? :)

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