FabFitFun | Spring 2019 | Aromatherapy, Quay sunnies, OUAI haircare + MORE

HEY THERE FAM JAM – what’s crack-a-lackin??? Having a good weekend? I’m here to make it even better. This is the 2019 spring FABFITFUN box! It’s fulllllll of goodies and I can’t wait to show y’all what I’m loving & not so much.

Thanks for spending some time with me XOXO

PRODUCTS:
Unplug Meditation aromatherapy diffuser – $55.00
Trestique trio of eye makeup
The2Bandits Athens necklace – $30.00
Tula purifying facial cleanser – $28.00
Manna Kadar champagne charcoal body scrub – $34.95
OUAI leave-in conditioner – $26.00
Dr. Brandt needles no more eye gel – $42.00
Quay Vivienne sunnies in black/smoke – $60.00

MY RECENT CONTENT:
DRIVE W/ ME https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqcPoGdHbu0&t=614s
ANOTHER WEEKEND VLOG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QcwB…
WEEKEND VLOG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgwj5…

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ANIMATION from RIZONE CHANNEL OFFICIAL
Music: Summertime by Erik Lund

STORYTIME | Skincare routine, Topical Accutane & Skin issues | Katrina S

WHAT – IS – UP ??

FYI – first part of this video is me explaining my back story on developing adult acne and how it affected me
3:56 discussion on tretinoin & clindamycin
9:46 full skincare routine

I hope that someone out there can relate to my story and find strength in it being told. It’s definitely emotional to recap as this shit storm happened while simultaneously preparing for my wedding (lol @ life), but I was able to push through and I hope that message spreads to another person needing it.
Lmk if you have any good radiance/brightening serum and gentle (alcohol-free) toner recommendations.

MENTIONED IN VIDEO:
*blog post* 4 Week Pixi Glow Tonic Skin Diary – https://ksloves.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/pixi-glow-tonic-4-week-diary/
*blog post* 30 Days on Two Topical Gels – https://ksloves.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/my-skin-diary-30-days-on-2-prescribed-topical-gels/

TOPICAL GELS:
Tretinoin .025%
Clindamycin 1%

MORNING SKINCARE:
Purity one step cleanser
Clindamycin
Neutrogena hydro boost water gel or Alba Botanica green tea moisturizer

NIGHTTIME SKINCARE:
Purity one step cleanser
Mario Badescu aloe vera toner
Tretinoin
Neutrogena hydro boost hydrating serum
Tarte maracuja oil or The Ordinary rose hip seed oil

OTHERS MENTIONED:
Purity pore extractor clay mask
Farmacy bright on vitamin c mask
Mario Badescu whitening mask
Mario Badescu rosewater facial mist

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
NEW MAKEUP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY1gWkUUQ1s
DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjvsXwqfgOg&t=117s
GRAB A COFFEE – REINA DEL CARIBE PALETTE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsJ9S…

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I Emptied *another* Six Skincare Products…

“What am I doing with my life besides
working and buying skincare products?”

LOOK WHO’S BACK with another empties post. Ya girl right here. Idk about y’all but I love when someone posts an empties blog post – I am all about the reviews and finding out if people want to repurchase something. It feeds some kind of drug to my mind like, “Oooo wonder if that face mask made a difference” or “That toner put in WURK but is it worth the price tag?” Lemme click and find out.

So I hope that’s what you came here for! Cause I’m about to give it to ya.

First up, the Pixi Glow Tonic – can be found at Target for $15.00 (tho you can get a better value for the 250 ML for $29.00 just FYI).
I love this stuff – it’s a solid product. Might not be life-changing, but for some reason I can’t get my hands off it. I began using this product and kept a four-week diary on how it changed my skin. If you’re interested in those results, I’d suggest reading that!
Would I repurchase? Already have!

Next I had a sample of the Mint Pear C Your Youth Vitamin C serum – $39.00
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My thoughts on this are that it’s not bad, and the price is relatively decent for other competitive face serums on the market. I do love the feeling of applying this to my face as it sinks into my skin and traps in the hydration. I wake up in the morning and still feel the product.

Would I repurchase? Actually, maybe (had I not found this other serum).

First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser with red clay – $24.00
I looooooooved this cleanser while I had it. It’s rather luxurious and created a thick lather on the face, which I loved. My skin was left feeling refreshed, clean, and smooth. It was a great feeling. I’d use this about 2-3 times a week (as I didn’t want to overdo it). If you’re still interested, I’d recommend checking out the full review so you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it!

Would I repurchase? Yeah! For sure.

Tarte Maracuja Oil – travel size is $16 and large size is $48
I have raved about this godsend before and I’ll rave again. It’s amazing. Hydrating without being sticky/greasy, sinks right into the skin, provides a deep hydration that lasts through the night and into the next day. I rave even more in my full review for those wanting additional benefits. And then again in “The Best of Ipsy.”

Would I repurchase? Already have like 3 times!

South Mane Under Eye Gels – pack of 3 for $9.00
I think this product could be easily looked past and fall into the “underrated” category. These were a good, solid set of eye masks. They were hydrating, stuck fairly well to the skin (tho they will slide around if you’re walking all over or dancing to Drake), and you’re left with a smooth and moisturized under eye area. You are supposed to keep them on for 30 mins, which is a bit much. But honey make yourself a cup of tea, turn on Friends for the 1,000,000th time and relax!
Now that I go investigate the price of these online, I think I’ll buy a pack or two. Well worth the price and I enjoy the process as well as the outcome.

Would I repurchase? About to.

Lastly are my trusty ol’ Kirkland brand Daily Facial Wipes (makeup remover) – they’re selling 150 on Amazon for $24.99
These are a solid choice and won’t steer you wrong. However… however – if you have sensitive skin you might not like how “rough” these are. I find they kind of tug at the skin but they do cleanse away your makeup. I go in with a face wash after using this anyways, but they do a good job removing the first layer. Are there better ones out there? Sure. Will these get the job done? Yes.

Would I repurchase? Already have – thank you, Costco.

So those are my skincare empties! Anyone else have the same ones? What are your thoughts? Are you intrigued? Have you tried any? Let me know below so we can chat!

Xoxo,
KS Loves

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Empties Segment: skincare products

“50% of this roundup is Mario Badescu products & I’m not mad.”

TODAY I am bringing to your pretty little eyes six skincare items I have completely used up and my unfiltered opinion on them. Are they worth your $$? I’ma let you know.

First up, Philosophy Purity made simple facial cleanser – 24 oz. retails for $44

So I just want to start by saying, if you prefer a higher end face wash, this is HANDS DOWN worth the splurge. Here’s why: this 24 oz. bottle lasted me an entire year. Oh, you didn’t read that right? Yes, I said an entire year. In the case of some drugstore face washes, you could spend that money in a year! My thoughts are pretty simple here, this face wash is well-deserved of all the praise it receives. It does a great job at breaking up makeup and does not irritate the skin whatsoever.

Would I repurchase? Yes, definitely.

*However, if you’re in the market for an alternative that (in my opinion) does the same thing, look no further than Cetaphil at the drugstore. Thank me later.

Next, we have our Kirkland brand facial makeup remover wipes – 150 toilettes for $14.99

I’m not even sure it’s legal to sell makeup remover wipes this affordable. Can someone follow up on this? Nonetheless, they are phenomenal. I took awhile to get used to these as I was so used to the Neutrogena brand. However, these are just as good and get the job done. Also, they’re 10 cents a wipe so like idk what more I need to say to sell you on these.

Would I repurchase? Yes, when I make my way through 150 of them.

Third, we have the Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm – $29.50

Okay, I tried the sample size of this before I spent $30 on a “pre-cleanse” and immediately went and purchased the large size. Absolutely, without a doubt worth your coin. It truly melts away your makeup, breaking down your foundation, concealer, and all powders. Be careful around your eyes as to rub gently, you don’t want to pull any lashes out. This melts away your eye makeup and leaves your skin prepped for your facial cleanser.

Would I repurchase? I already have!

Okay onto our Mario Badescu products as I’m sure that’s what you came to the party for.

  1. Mario Badescu flower & tonic mask – 2 oz costs $18
    This mask is meant for the congested parts of your face (nose and chin for me)
    I love love loved this face mask. I think the price is great, the quality is even better, and I will definitely be repurchasing. This mask dries down very quickly and sucks the life out of your pores. I love it. I think of all the masks I’ve tried, this one does the best job at absorbing excess oils.
  2. Mario Badescu super collagen mask – 2 oz costs $18
    This mask is meant to hydrate dull and dry areas of your face (forehead and cheeks for me)
    I enjoyed this mask as well, but I don’t think it’s for me. As far as the “hydrating” aspect of this, I didn’t notice it. In fact, it dried down quickly just as the flower & tonic one did, leaving me feeling like it was sucking out more moisture than it was replenishing. I didn’t notice a difference in the hydration of my skin. I would not buy again.
  3. Mario Badescu cucumber cleansing lotion – 8 oz for $15
    This stuff is freaking awesome. Don’t be dissuaded by the name, it’s highly deceiving if you’re a normal human like me and think “cleansing lotion” screams moisturizer on your face. Wrong. This is a liquid! I would treat this as a toner, using it after face wash and before moisturizers. It is ideally for combination/oily skin and meant to prevent breakouts by removing buildup and bacteria.
    Would I repurchase? Maybe if I hadn’t been introduced to the Pixi Glow Tonic – yes.

So those are my empties for this month! Have you tried any of these? Would you recommend I give something another thought, or did you have the same experience? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Thank you so very much for the read – xo

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Xoxo,
KS

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REVIEW: First Aid Beauty Red Clay deep cleanser

“Thank you Ipsy for granting me another holy grail skincare product.”

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This cleanser is good. In both quality and price-wise. The First Aid Beauty red clay deep cleanser retails for $24.00 full size (which is 4.7 oz of product). That’s a lot of face cleanser, and you don’t need to use this every single day – unless you want to.

It comes out of the tube as a gel, but once you add water it quickly foams into a silky lather on your face. Not a foamy lather, but a silky one, like it’s replenishing moisture while drawing out your excess oils.

The red clay cleanser works to target:

  • oiliness
  • blemishes/blackheads
  • & pores

Here’s how I’d recommend its use based on your skin type:

  • once weekly for those with normal skin
  • every other night for those with combination/oily skin
  • OR the “recommended” by First Aid Beauty is as much as twice daily for those with oily skin and blemishes they’d like to target

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I have been using this cleanser every other night for two weeks now, and I have loved the way my skin feels after each use. *My skin is oily and I do have problem areas, but wouldn’t consider my skin to be covered in blemishes.* It provides a very deep clean yet is gentle at the same time. I don’t feel like it misses any trace of makeup, as my face feels completely refreshed and squeaky clean after each use. I almost feel like it does the work of a toner yet lacks the “drying” properties we often see in toners.

Bottom line: would I repurchase this? Definitely!
I think the price is right and the product is great. I am very intrigued by my first First Aid Beauty skincare item and this might be the gateway into trying other products.

Have you tried any items from this line of skincare? What are your thoughts? Any holy grail’s I need to get my hands on? Let me know in the comments below!

Xoxo,
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Facial Friday: My Skincare Routine!

“Let’s get into the routine which has become my daily grind.”

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I have been meaning to do this post for awhile! Although, I wanted to tweak my routine before I got started. Prior to last year, I literally only used Cetaphil cleanser to wash my face. No face masks, no exfoliator, no handheld face massager, nothing. Just some plain old SOAP. And don’t get me wrong, that’s perfect for some people, but my skin needed help. So now I have a very different regimen, as I have become very serious about improving the texture and oiliness of my skin.

Quick breakdown: I have very oily skin, and it’s hard to keep it matte by noon. I typically don’t powder throughout the day because, well, honestly I don’t care what I look like at work. However, if I’m meeting up with the bf or going out after work, I certainly have to touch up so I don’t look like a shiny mess. Other than that, I don’t particularly have bad skin, but I definitely have problem areas (my chin and under my jawline).

To start: I cleanse. This is where I use my Solo Mio (full review here), which has quickly become my holy grail device. I will apply my Philosophy Purity facial cleanser to my face as I normally would, massaging it into the skin for a few seconds. Then I go in with my Solo Mio and cleanse my face for approximately a minute (focusing on each zone of my face for about 15 seconds).
*note: I do this twice daily, once in the morning and then again at night. Jaclyn Hill mentioned once in a skincare video that it is just as important to wash your skin when you wake up, as you release toxins and sweat while you sleep.

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Next: exfoliate. I have been using and loving the Aveeno Daily Brightening Scrub which works wonders for shedding dead skin and dirt, as well as cleaning out my pores. I have to mention as well that this exfoliator is the best-smelling face product I have ever used! I massage this onto the face with my hands only so it is not too harsh on my skin.
*note: I do consider washing my face with the Solo Mio as a mild exfoliator, so I only use the Aveeno scrub every other night (and also nights when I apply face masks).

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Lastly: moisturize.
– at night, I will follow my exfoliator with my Tarte Maracuja Oil (full review here), and I swear by this product now. A combination of my recent skincare routine and adding this face oil at night has completely transformed the texture of my skin and I have noticed the biggest difference. My skin has become so much easier to work with as far as makeup application is concerned.
– in the morning, I will follow my Philosophy face wash with a basic moisturizer from CVS, the Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer (good dupe for the Aveeno ultra calming daily moisturizer).

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So that’s my daily skincare routine! I was considering including my face mask regimen here as well, but then figured I could dedicate an entire post to that. Let me know in the comments below if you found this helpful and use similar products! Is there anything I’m missing or should check out? As always, I’m open for discussion.

Xoxo,
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Facial Friday: Solo Mio Face Cleanser

“So this is different.. but in a good way.”

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Today’s review is the SOLO Mio Sonic Face Cleanser and Massager Brush that I ordered from Amazon for $37.95 right before Christmas. This vibrating cleanser is meant to “cleanse your face of all dirt, reduce pore size, erase fine lines, and exfoliate your skin with a single handheld device.” Gotta be honest here, I watched Kathleen Lights do a comparison review between the Solo Mio and Foreo Luna 2 on YouTube, and that is hands down why I purchased this. Who doesn’t love a good dupe?!

First and foremost, it will take you a couple tries to get used to this, especially if you’ve never used more than your fingers to clean your face before (like me).

But I wanted to take my skincare game to the next level, and for me, that meant a sonic face cleanser. The Solo Mio has these miniature silicone beads on the head of it that are smaller on the bottom half and medium-sized at the top. I have sensitive skin, and these beads do not irritate me at all. I do notice my cheeks get a little red, but that’s pretty typical of my skin when I do anything more than rub my fingers across it. Due to that fact, I only use this cleanser at night, and not in the mornings, though it does claim sensitive enough to use both morning and night.

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I followed the instructions rather directly, and stuck to about 15 seconds on each section of my face (cheeks, chin/jawline, forehead, and on/around my nose). I first apply my face wash to my face with my hands, and then turn on the device to exfoliate. When you turn on the Solo Mio, the vibrations seem a little fast and harsh, so I click the minus symbol twice to slow it down to where it’s suitable for my skin. Run your Solo Mio’s surface under water first so that it is wet to help with a lather. I move in a counter-clockwise motion on the left side of my face, and clockwise on the right side of my face, sticking to one “section” at a time. Unlike the Foreo Luna 2, this device does not pause when you should move onto the next section of your face, so you’ll have to count in your head until the rhythm becomes a memory of pattern.

The different sized beads on the Solo Mio are meant for different parts of your face. The bulk of its surface is covered with the smallest beads, meant to exfoliate the majority of your face. At the top of the Solo Mio, there are bigger beads, helpful to tackle the sides of your nose and exfoliate the crevices in that area. The back of the device is for deep exfoliation. Personally, I have not used the back, and probably will not considering the device gently exfoliates/cleanses perfectly and I wouldn’t want to risk deep exfoliation on my sensitive skin.

I have now been using the Solo Mio for two weeks, and have not needed to charge it once. I’m not sure how long it’s supposed to hold a charge, but I am completely satisfied with it lasting at least two weeks without having to plug it in.

That completes this review! I LOVE THE SOLO MIO, and will continue to use it every night. I feel much cleaner than when I only used my hands before, and I really feel like the massaging effects of the device exfoliate and get down into my pores more than I could. I have been trying a lot of new skincare products, and I have noticed an improvement on the texture of my skin, though I can’t confirm it’s because of this device alone. However, this has become one of my necessities while traveling, and the packaging makes it great to pack while I’m away from home. Besides washing my face in the morning with my hands, I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of the Solo Mio. It is also a great investment in case you were interested in the Foreo Luna 2, so that’s a perk as well.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried this product and what success you’ve had with it, if any! Do you have other favorites? Did you try this before splurging?

Xoxo,
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