Crushing On Some Julep Skin Care.

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I started doing Julep Maven boxes again when I bought a new subscription last September. Before that time I hadn’t done a Maven box in probably two years. I had stopped because working at Starbucks, I was unable to wear nail polish and at the time that was the bulk of their subscription model. Fast forward a few years and they not only offer all manner of nail items, but they’ve branched out into makeup and more recently skin care.

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Valentia Does It Again!

 

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Remember last year when I did that post in the Valentia Vitamin C serum that set me over the moon? Yeah, it was wonderful, and so when the company reached out to me again to test s few of their new products, I was thrilled.

I was sent two items, the True Glow Eye serum and the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask. One of the things that I really love about Valentia is their ingredients list. Like, seriously everything used can be listed on the back of the box in regular sized font. No names that I can barely pronounce and things that are already familiar. The ingredients list on this is ridiculously simple, Japanese, Aloe Vera, Seabuckthorn Oil (that I’ve previously raved about), Japanese Green Tea and Rosehip Seed Oil. Yeah, just that.

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Out Damned Spot! AKA Valentia Is Where It’s At.

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Listen, the hype is real ya’ll.

You ever read reviews from bloggers or a website and you’re all like “nah, all those reviews can’t be legit” ? Let me just put it this way. The day Valentia sends me a product that either doesn’t work or I have an allergic reaction to it, my world is gonna implode. Flowers will cease to bloom, puppies and babies will no longer be adorably and cuddly and I’ll give up on beauty entirely. Ok, well maybe not that last part, that’s just too drastic. What I’m trying to say is everything they’ve sent me so far has been wondrous.

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Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Oil Balm.

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I’ve been kind of skin care crushing lately. Not for any particular reason, since my skin has been phenomenal lately. The reason for that? I recently went freelance, that means that I’m no longer wearing makeup to work everyday. It also means sadly that I have less time dedicated to writing on the blog since now I’m writing other peoples stuff. Because I’m not wearing makeup daily though, it means that my skin has more time to recover when something goes wrong and the odd issue crops up. So I’m basically crushing on maintenance items like scrubs, masks, serums and such.

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Throw Out All Your Expensive Serums. This Is All You’ll Ever Need.

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She’s back! It’s been a rough couple weeks, and I’m still trying to hack up a lung most of the time. But I’m lucid at least.

But seriously, about that title, I promise it’s true.

You all know that I love serums. To death. I’m always up for trying a new one. I’ve used everything from $10 NYX serums, to the $150 Michael Todd Knu Serum. The latest serum that I had been using was the Lancôme Visionnaire which clocks in at a lovely $89 plus tax. It was so good though, that after I finished the bottle that New Beauty sent me, I was more than willing to fork over the loot to Sephora to have a new one of my very own.

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When The Hype is Meh…

Skin care samples can save a life.

I mean it, skin care samples can literally be a way to save face sometimes. Particularly when you happen to get deluxe sizes that you can use for a week or more, so you can get  decent idea of how well a product will or won’t work for you. I’m lucky that my skin is very reactive and will let me know within a use or two if something is for me, others aren’t so fortunate.

Maybe you’ve been eyeing the newest hot skin care items on the market, but you’re reluctant to pull the trigger on purchasing because they’re hella expensive. For me this is a good route to take because I rarely return things, so I’d rather not get stuck with a hundred dollar jar of something that I can’t use. Usually Sephora point perks do not excite me, but when I got the Becca x Chrissy Teigen Palette there were a few from brands that I had wanted to try, so trigger pulled.

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Becca Backlight Priming Filter

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I got the Becca Backlight primer cause I’m Becca obsessed and well, it was new and I wanted to try it. It’s a radiance primer and generally speaking, I don’t care for most of them because I think they make me look super greasy. But this is Becca right? Where subtlety is the name of the game. Besides which, the only other radiance primer that I’ve ever liked, the one from Japonesque (review here), I managed to break it. Yeah.

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The One Where Sunday Riley’s Tinted Primer is This Brown Girls Dream Come True.

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Listen, if I’ve ever met a tinted primer before, it wasn’t  good enough for me to remember it. This thing here though? Everything.

I’d come across the Sunday Riley line a while back, but I was mostly interested in the skin care items, particularly the Ceramic Slip Cleanser so somehow or the other I missed the cosmetics. When I finally wound up getting the cleanser about two months ago, I came across Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer and I was enamoured enough with the idea that I picked it up.

About that Ceramic Slip cleanser though…unless you have extreeeemly oily skin? Don’t even do it to yourself. One wash with it at the end of a very long and greasy day, netted me a week of having to do repair in the way of adding moisture back into my skin. No Nope. Nuh-uh. In any case, I’ve crossed off almost all the skin care from my list, just reading the ingredients on the ones that I did want to try, convinced me that I’m be buying a plane ticket to cystic acne land and booking an extended stay. Too expensive.

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Skincare Obsessions: Cleansing Oils.

 

 

Recently I tried two cleansing oils. I’ve wanted one for a while now, mostly because I was curious. You guys know that I use olive oil to first cleanse the dirt and makeup off my face and then I go in with a face wash to complete the job. You also know that I’m pretty damn lazy, so I wanted something that would cut that time in half. A built in wash in my face oil, I’ve tried to do it before and the results were not good. Trust me, you haven’t experienced pain until you have an oil and soap mix in you eyes that you can’t wash out.

The problem that I was coming across was that most of the cleansing oils that I saw usually had a heavy amount of Shea or coconut oils and that, for me, is a trip to break out city. I decided to go with a brand that I’ve loved for a while, and another that I’m rapidly falling in love with.

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I Found The Perfect Sunscreen.

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And that my friends is Colorescience whipped mineral sunscreen.

Do you know how hard it is as a brown chick to find an effective sunscreen that doesn’t white you out? Lemme tell ya, it’s hard, and that’s my excuse for slacking on sun care for almost a month, cause no one seems to realise brown people need sunscreen too. It may take the darker ones of us a little longer to get skin cancer, but we can and still do get it.  I had previously been using another sunscreen that I ran out of, but to tell the truth, I didn’t really like it all that much. Because it burned a little, it smelled terrible and I’m pretty sure it was slacking on the job since the driving side of my face would at times start to feel like leather.

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