A facial oil that does it all. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil

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Oils are a very tricky thing. They had a beautiful glow, and they are beneficial to your skincare overall. But there are also a lot of oils which don’t provide enough hydration or they have a lot of irritating ingredients.

This baby is the Drunk Elephant Marula Oil. Now, this retails for $72 for a 1oz bottle. But, this is the best oil that I have come across so far that does everything in terms of glow, hydration, moisture, and bringing your tired skin back to life. I also like that this is a non-comedogenic oil-which means i’s not going to break you out. This oil can also be mixed in with one of their serums, and the serums penetrate deeper into the skin. In other words, Marula oil is a great carrier oil.

Another great thing is there is no fragrance and other added ingredients that counter act with the pure marula oil. Which really is great for all of us sensitive gals. I also like that this comes in an opaque bottle so the liquid in the bottle isn’t broken down by the harmful rays of the sun.

I do not even have to use a second moisturizer if I use this. And, that’s saying something as I have dry skin. With all the other oils I have tried before, I have always needed to pair it with a moisturizer as the one oil would not cut it for me. But, omg, I love doing my skincare in the morning/night so I can use this. It just glides onto the skin and skins into it, without sitting on the top. And, the next morning you have baby soft skin. If you are in the  market for a new oil, I HIGHLY recommend this. You can find this on drunkelephant.com, Sephora.com, and dermstore.com! Go grab it and tell me how it is.

 

-K

Didn’t cut it. Hourglass Surreal Light Palette

When spending $80 on a palette you expect it to be mind blowing. Unfortunately, even though the marble packaging was gorgeous on this palette, and the colors initially look appealing, the performance of the powders inside was a dud. This palette will work well for someone with fair skins. That’s about it.

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As you can see, the colors barely showed up on my skin. This palette comes with 5 all new exclusive colors.

1)Ambient Lighting powder in Surreal Light

2)Ambient Lighting bronzer in Surreal Bronze

3) Ambient Lighting Blush in Surreal Glow

4) Ambient Lighting Blush in Surreal Effect

5)Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Surreal Strobe Light

I was really excited that this palette had all new shades and that it was leaning warmer. But, I returned the palette. I found that the setting powder and Strobe Light Powder swatched essentially the same way. The Strobe Light Powder was hardly like a highlighter. The bronzer showed up like a blush for my skin tone. And, most of the powders gave me a ghostly finish to my skin.

I wish the colors were a bit darker, or atleast there were a variety of shades. I found the permanent powders in the line more creamier and less powdery.

The packaging is really gorgeous though. This palette retails for $80 for .30 oz. I think that if the colors were better I would have paid that kind of money.

If you are fair skinned, this palette would be something that you should definitely think about!

 

Hope this helps!

 

-K

The moment my skin said AHA…

I have become a HUGE fan of the Drunk Elephant skincare line. They are a brand which uses high-performance synthetics with a combination of natural ingredients that do not irritate the skin, and leave it feeling balanced. They are very much an up and coming brand and I like that their product line is geared towards all skin types.

I was using a couple of brands with a lot of essential oils and ingredients. And, I think that it’s believed in the market that organic/natural (where all the products are filled with oils, and irritating scents) are believed to be better for the skin. I was on this bandwagon too, till I met DE. I have eczema and dry skin.

I completely took out all of the products with essential oils and switched to DE to see how my skin would improve.

My number 1 favorite product in this line is the Glycolic acid serum called the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. This is a very hydrating serum that just lifts the dead skin cells away and leaves your skin radiant in the morning. And, my breakouts have gone down significantly and my skin is left glowing in the morning. I actually prefer my face without any foundation now.. which is a great thing. It takes away the texture and leaves the skin with a smooth finish. I definitely would repurchase and trust me I have. I started using this product every other night first, then incorporated it daily into my routine. Since, I have sensitive skin, it took a while to get used to it. Now I use it every night. I stopped using scrubby exfoliators or any thing with these harsh granules as they make your skin even drier and red. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Left over dark marks have started to diminish and fade away.

I had a facial about 2 months ago, and the woman rubbed ( And, I literally say rubbed because it was NOT a massage), that half an hour later I saw three spots that were starting to come up.

I went home and quickly put on this serum with the Marula Oil( Which I will save for later) and went to bed. Before this serum, those spots would have turned into some pimples. But the next day, they were GONE.

If you want to try this serum, I picked up this set in Sephora for the holidays called the AHA moment which retails for $96. This gives you chance to try this serum as well as two other ones from the line in a travel size. (will save the review for those later. I have the full sizes of those, btw.)

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You will not be disappointed, I promise. I have not liked a skincare item more than this before. I feel like saying AHA, I’ve finally found the one at last 😉

 

Here is the link to purchase:http://www.sephora.com/aha-moment-P411868?skuId=1862432&icid2=products%20grid:p411868

 

-K

Homemade Pizza

Sometimes you just want to eat comfort food. But, eating outside is not really healthy all the time. So, on the days that everyone in the family has had a long day, or just really want something to boost our moods, we make homemade pizza. We tend to just make it a family affair, and the four of us have a lot of fun. It gives us a chance to wind down in a therapeutic way as well.

Now, we do not make the dough from scratch. On a weekday, there just isn’t enough time when everyone is really hungry.

The easiest way is to buy some dough from WholeFoods or Trader Joe’s and we normally pick up the wholewheat option unless we are really craving a full on download of carbs.

There is no hard and fast recipe. You can make your pizza any shape you want and get as creative as you would like. This is all about what you feel like eating that particular night.

So here goes:

  1. Roll out your dough in a round shape on a pizza pan.
  2. Mix marinara sauce and tomato paste to make your sauce. We usually buy all of this from Trader Joe’s. Usually, I add in a spoon of fresh pesto, but that can make the pizza soggy, so just be cautious.
  3. Start with placing spinach pieces in a circle on top of the sauce, then add a light layer of mozzarella cheese. I add a light layer first so the veggies have something to stick to. We are trying to be cautious of our milk products, so we have been switching over to grass fed cheese.
  4. Sprinkle all of your veggies on top in any which way you like. I added bellpepper, mushrooms, olives, broccoli, and zucchini, and jalepenos.
  5. Then finish off with another layer of light cheese and this time to make it more flavorful, I usually add Cheddar or Parmesan.
  6. Top it off with minced garlic if you’d like.
  7. Then bake your pizza for 10-15 min and then voila, it’s ready to eat.

So why is this a better option?

Well, you know exactly where your ingredients are coming from, how fresh they are, whether they are canned/not canned, etc. It’s easier to keep track of what you are eating and source it back.

We do not use cheese with animal rennet, so we mostly use mozzarella, cheddar, and Parmesan. And, typically we don’t use a lot of cheese as none of us like it too much.

Just try to use the freshest ingredients as possible, and wherever/if you can, organic.

At the end of this meal, none of us ever feel like we ate really greasy food, and need to work out. We still feel light, and feel as though we ate clean food (which it is).

We have made our dough before, but this is how a weekday pizza normally looks like.

Enjoy!

 

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-K

 

SPF anyone? Drunk Elephant Umbra

I have never ever been a fan of sunscreen. Mostly due to the fact that it smells funny, and it always leaves a white cast on my tanned skin.

But, I never understood the importance of it up until a couple of months ago. My skin started breaking out, so I started to introduce Drunk Elephant’s Glycolic Serum as well as the Vitamin C (coming in future posts), to my skin care routine. Now, to help heal breakouts and to not make the spots any darker, one needs to incorporate an spf into their routine.

So here comes in Drunk Elephant. This brand combines high powered synthetics with natural organics to give you a non-irritating, good for your skin product.

This Spf is a physical one and is made with Zinc Oxide and sunflower shoot extract. A physical Spf sits on the skin instead of soaking it, into the deeper layers of your skin. So this is really good for those people who break out easily with sunscreen. It doesn’t clog your pores and leaves your skin supple. I mix this in with their Marula oil, and I kid you not, I have the most glowy skin ever and I actually wear less foundation now..

This sunscreen comes in a tube and has about 3.30z of product and retails for $38. If you compare this sunscreen to all the other ones out there and considering the brand and the ingredients you are getting a very very good deal here.

The product itself is on a thicker side. You just take a little and pat it into your skin instead of rubbing it in. It does not leave a white cast, and it gives your skin a very luminous finish.

I have been testing or using this product for 3 months now. I actually bought it way back in April returned it, then bought it again in May and have stuck with it ever since. To me, this works as my day moisturizer and I mix it with drop of marula to make it more potent.

And, it goes beautifully under makeup 🙂

 

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-K

Most used eye palette-Tartelette in Bloom

Everyone has an item that they use a LOT. I bought this palette last December when it came out and have been using it NON STOP. I mean it’s that good.

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This is the second so called “matte”palette that Tarte released with 3 shimmery shades. I had bought the first one and returned it, as I thought the shades were too cool for my taste. When the second one came out, I hesitated to buy it but I am glad I did. I found a love for matte shadows and the importance of them after buying this palette. The colors mostly lean warm. I like that the selection of colors is all rose gold esq colors. There are a few cool toned shades thrown in here but they are all ones you would definitely wear. And, can we talk about the packaging for a second? OBSESSED. The colors on the cover are so dreamy and bright.

The shimmer shades apply like a dream as well. There is no chunky fallout and they glide on like butter. There are 12 shades in this palette and it retails for $45. I wish they made single shades  so that some of these colors can be replaced if you were to hit pan instead of buying the entire palette..

 

I am sure Tarte will work towards something like this. But, their shadow quality has improved drastically and the performance is better too..

I would highly recommend this palette.. and it’s readily available at Tarte.com, Sephora or Ulta.

 

-k

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick

Liquid Lipsticks are my jam. I love these as they just stay put and I love a matte look as well (for the lips).

So, when I saw Smashbox came out with a line (with 19 colors) I picked up the color called Stepping Out, which is a deep nude as they describe. I think this a pinky nude with a hint of brown, but a beautiful shade.

I found these to last longer than the Kat Von D lipsticks and not at all drying. The application can turn out a little patchy if you do not spread these fast, but overall they feel really nice!

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They retail for $24 for .13oz. They are a little more expensive than KVD or even Anastasia but I think that they really wear well.. and I am sure they will expand their color line even more!

 

Let me know what you think.

 

-k