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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All About Lip Care

“I didn’t realize I had so many lip care products…
but the show must go on!”

Today’s post is all about the exfoliation and hydration of your lips, honeys! Lip care is something that can often get neglected and I’m the first to admit I’m guilty of doing so.

A little tip: try to keep a lip scrub in the shower so you’re reminded to exfoliate regularly

And by regularly, I would recommend 2-3 times a week. Don’t go bananas – your lips are sensitive! I have three examples of lip scrubs I like for entirely different reasons so let me jump on into it.

  1. Seraphine Botanicals Sugar + Lemon moisturizing lip buffer for $24.00
    This one is my all time favorite (and of course the most expensive – meh). I love the nourishing salve base to this product with some microfine sugars to exfoliate. Unlike the remaining two products, this one has the most hydrating base to it, made with avocado, apricot, and jojoba oils. I use this lip scrub right before bed and then apply one of my favorite lip balms *mentioned later*
    Your lips feel nourished & refreshing.
  2. Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut lip scrub for $19.00
    This lip scrub is an in-between product between the other two. This one has a good grit to it for exfoliation, but incorporates a shea butter base to also hydrate the lips. This is a good lip scrub to leave in the shower. I wouldn’t use it before applying lipstick as the oils may mess with your lipstick color/formula. I should also mention that this one and the next SMELL AMAZING.
  3. Indi Beauty Buttercream Antioxidant lip scrub for $11.99
    What I like about this one is it’s the best bang for your buck. This is well worth the price, but a little more $$$ will get you more of an oil-base as the other two lips scrubs provide. I like this one the best before applying lipstick as there is no slick oil feeling after applied so you are left with a clean and smooth base. 1, 2, 3 and done with this product – it is so quick to use.
    Disclaimer: it’s a dryer formula, so use caution if that’s not something you’re into

With any of these lip scrubs, I recommend rubbing onto your lip with your fingers and massaging into your skin. The easiest method for me is wiping it off with a damp towel when finished.

Onto the next category… HYDRATION. Must must must. Skipping this step would be like getting out of the shower and not applying lotion – who can relate?

No but really, I love a good thick moisturizer before bedtime and if thick consistencies are not your cup of tea, I have two other recommendations for you. Let’s get into it.

  1. My favorite, hands down, most luxurious lip treatment is the Hanalei Lip Treatment for $25.00 which I will definitely be purchasing once I am finished with my Ipsy sample.
    It’s sooooo flippin’ GOOD. Like, it is hydrating. It is a thick formula and rubs down onto your lips almost as an oil, but silkier. Omg, I don’t eve know how to fully explain it. There is little to no scent and I slather this on my lips right before bed and wake up still feeling the hydration penetrating my lips.
    Highly HIGHLY recommend. And it lasts forever – so yes, it’s worth the $$$
  2. My second favorite nighttime moisturizer is this Milani Moisture Lock lip oil treatment for $8.00. This is a much more price-friendly option you also will last you a long time. If you are more into oils and less into thick consistency products, you may prefer the Milani product. You can slather this all over your lips and you are left with shiny, juicy lips that absorb the moisture all night long.
  3. The next product is a bit of a lighter formula, and I have mixed feelings about it. It is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair lip therapy for $12.00 – this is actually cheaper than I thought it was. Now that I look again at the price, yes this lip balm is worth it – but here’s the tea. The consistency of this product is NOT consistent. As in, sometimes this strange liquid-y film comes out of the applicator instead of actual product. I find myself having to squeeze some out onto a tissue until the real product comes out. The real product itself is actually very nice – it’s soothing and more of a daytime lip moisturizer. It’s just that sometimes I don’t have a moment to go running to the bathroom before using this product, and for that I dock it points.
  4. The last product I have int his round up is the Korres lip butter in Jasmine found at Sephora for $12.00. This is the lightest formula of them all and may give your lips a *slight* pinky tint – kind of like your lips, but better. I’m not sure I’ll repurchase when I’m out of it, but it is a good option for those of your that prefer a lighter formula.

And that’s my roundup on lip care! Do you use any of those products? Have you liked/disliked any? Are there some favorites of yours I haven’t tried yet? Please let me know in the comments below – I’m always open to discussion!

Xoxo,
KS Loves

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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!

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