REVIEW: GLOSSIER LASH SLICK

Glossier lash slick

A few weeks ago I stopped by the Glossier showroom in SoHo on my way home from a meeting. Big mistake because I have so little self control when it comes to makeup or skincare. I was so proud of myself for successfully leaving the showroom without buying a single product, but within the week that followed, Glossier released their first ever mascara! And that’s how Lash Slick made it into my cart along with the stretch concealer, skin tint, and cloud paint that I’d also been eyeing.

And I’m happy to report that I’m loving Glossier’s Lash Slick! This product is completely worth the hype surrounding it because I love tubing mascara! I’m incredibly picky with mascara because I almost always end up with raccoon eyes, but when I learned about tubing mascara a couple of years ago my life was changed.

So What is Tubing Mascara?

For those that have never used one, tubing mascaras contain polymers that wrap around each individual lash creating a tube, unlike normal mascaras which are simply painted on to your eyelashes. The tubes lengthen each lash and provide water-resistant durability. If you’re prone to oily lids or watery eyes that lead to dark smudges by the end of the day, you’ll fall in love with tubing mascara. It’s smudge proof through tears, workouts, and even on pools days (and I have personally tested tubing mascara in all of these scenarios).

Glossier lash slick

The coolest part of tubing mascara is that they’re incredibly easy to remove! You don’t even need a makeup remover. All you need to do is splash you lashes with warm water and *gently* pull the tubes off with your fingers or a cotton round. You’ll see that it looks sort of like black gooey eyelashes are coming off, but don’t worry it’s just the tube that formed around your eyelash.

Final Thoughts on Glossier’s Lash Slick

I’m no stranger to tubing mascara, my favorite is a drug store mascara: L’Oréal Double Extend Beauty Tube Mascara ($9).

But Glossier blew me away with their secret weapon: that wand! I loved seeing their Instagram story that showed just how many brushes they tested before deciding on this one. Their dedication to finding the perfect wand shows, because it’s flawless! It really helps to separate the lashes so that they don’t look clumpy. I think it leaves me with a much more natural look than the L’Oréal mascara.

Glossier Lash Slick Wand Instagram Story
Screenshots on Glossier’s Instagram story show behind the scenes of their journey to find the perfect mascara wand for Lash Slick!

The only downside I’ve noticed for all tubing mascara, including Lash Slick: if you curl your eyelashes, the curl doesn’t hold for as long as other mascaras. But it’s totally worth it to me if it means I don’t have to worry about smudging. I can say that after 12 hours of wearing Lash Slick on my top eyelashes, I had absolutely no smudging. And I only had slight smudging after a night out wearing it on my bottom lashes.

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Smudge free after 12 hours of wearing Lash Slick! My lashes are lengthened but still super natural-looking.

I won’t be getting rid of my L’Oreal tubing mascara anytime soon because I did find that it adds slightly more volume and drama to my look and it has better staying-power on my lower lashes. But Lash Slick has made an amazing addition to my (tiny) mascara collection. It gives such a natural your-lashes-but-better sort of look, and it is without a doubt an amazing every day mascara. If you’ve never tried tubing mascaras, I highly recommend checking it out!

Have you tried Lash Slick yet? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of Lash Slick or tubing mascaras in general!

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MINI REVIEW: Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25

Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 25 Naturally Nude

Do you need to use sunscreen on your lips?

The short answer is yes: sunscreen is necessary on every part of your body that gets exposed to the sun. And a few weeks ago I realized I’d been making a terrible mistake: I wear sunscreen every single day without fail, but my lips have been totally unprotected! So I picked up Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment in shade “Naturally Nude.”

It has an SPF of 25 and uses 3 UV filters: Avenobenzone 3%, Octinoxate 6%, Octocrylene 6%. It contains a blend of hydrating ingredients like Coconut Oil, Squalene, Shea Butter, and Cocoa Butter. And best of all, it gives my lips a natural pink tint on days that I don’t feel like wearing lipstick. It also comes in several other shades, including an untinted option. I’m constantly putting it on my lips because it’s so soft and hydrating.

Budget-Friendly Sunscreen Lip Balms

At $19.95, the Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25 is a bit pricey for a lip balm in my opinion, but I’d repurchase because I find it really hydrating and I love having a tinted lip balm with the added benefits of a sunscreen. I’ve been really impressed with every Kiehl’s lip product I’ve tried this year and this one is no exception. But more budget-friendly lip sunscreen options (although untinted) are Coola Liplux ($12) and Supergoop AcaiFusion ($9.50).

Are you using a sunscreen lip balm? What’s your favorite?

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Do Fermented Ingredients Benefit Your Skin?

IUNIK Rose galactomyces toner Korean skincare kbeauty

I recently received this Rose Galactomyces Essential Toner to test from iUNIK, a Korean-based brand focused on helping your skin with its offering of minimalist, natural products at a reasonable price point. I love rose toners because they smell great and they’re gentle, hydrating, and calming on my skin. But the word ‘galactomyces’ really threw me off – I had absolutely no idea what Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (GFF) was in the ingredients list so I decided to do some digging.

As it turns out, Galactomyces are fungi! They’re a byproduct of fermented sake and they’re used quite often in Japanese and Korean skincare products. It’s even the star ingredient of SKII’s toner (which they call Pitera)! GFF is beneficial for brightening and evening skin tone, moisturizing, controlling sebum production, decreasing acne, and reducing pore size.

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iUNIK’s Rose Galactomyces Essential Toner contains 70% Rose Damascena Flower Water and 10% GFF. It claims to moisturize, rebalance, and soften sensitive skin. Of the 3 products I’ve tried from iUNIK, this one has been my favorite by far. It’s a very thin, watery consistency and absorbs into my skin almost immediately. I find that my face feels softer and more supple/hydrated after I use it.

I honestly think this is a great toner to use after cleansing and since learning about how beneficial fermented products are for my skin, I’m excited to continue using it in my routine. At it’s price point of $22, I wouldn’t hesitate to re-purchase.

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iUNIK’s toner was gifted to me in exchange for my honest review.

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First Impressions: Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask

First Impressions: Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask

It’s been pretty hard to miss these gorgeous Herbivore Botanicals products all over Instagram and I’ve been dying to know what all the hype was about. So I finally gave in and bought the Blue Tansy Mask and Lapis Oil Duo! And because I’m always up for some exfoliating, I went for the Blue Tansy Mask first.

Prior to using the mask, I had no idea what Blue Tansy was, so I did some digging. Like all Herbivore Botanicals products, the mask is made with natural, food-grade ingredients and is cruelty free. Blue Tansy is a Moroccan chamomile whose terpenes (like that sticky stuff you find on conifer trees) are naturally blue and supposedly smell really sweet. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (the way most chamomile’s do) and because it’s so aromatic, it can help your body regulate hormones and de-stress. And in addition to the Blue Tansy, this is an exfoliating mask that contains both AHA’s and White Willow Bark (a naturally occurring BHA) so it’s great for inflamed or acne-prone skin.

I decided to patch test this only on my left cheek for the first time because that’s where my texture issues are. Despite the vibrant blue color of the mask, it’s basically clear when you apply a thin layer to your face.

Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask Lapis Oil Levitate BeautyI can definitely attest to the aromatic qualities of the blue Tansy ingredient. The mask smells different, but not bad. It’s a very herbal, somewhat sweet scent. The box says you may feel slight tingling sensations, but I didn’t experience any tingling at all.

I chose to leave it on for 10 minutes the first time to make sure I didn’t have any reactions to it, but you can leave it on for up to 20. After time was up, I wiped it off with a wet cotton round as directed. It wiped off very easily and I was left with glowing, baby smooth skin!

So far I really enjoy it as a luxury feel-good product and for the soothing smell and benefits of the Blue Tansy. Plus, I’m a sucker for pretty packaging! But if you’re on a budget and looking for a similar exfoliating mask, try out the Deciem AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.

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Adding Vitamin C To Your Routine

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Normally I keep my morning skincare routine pretty simple: splash my face with water, apply moisturizer, and finish up with sunscreen before starting my makeup. But recently I introduced vitamin c into my routine in the form of Sunday Riley C.E.O. (which is arguably their most instagrammed product). My skin has visibly benefited from this addition within a few short weeks! My skin looks more glow-y and my hyperpigmentation has gotten lighter within the short time I’ve used it.

What are the benefits?

If you read my post about Skincare Mistakes, you’ll remember that I recommended vitamin c as a safe alternative to using citrus on your face (which can be quite harmful to your skin).

Vitamin C has so many great benefits including:

  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Promotion of collagen production (making your skin firmer and more youthful looking)
  • Brightening of skin tone and reduced appearance of pigmentation
  • There is also some evidence that it reduces the damage caused by UV light exposure. So it’s a great addition you your routine along with (but not instead of) sunscreen. Just to be incredibly clear here: you absolutely still need sunscreen. Every day. Don’t skip this step!

So What Is Vitamin C Exactly?

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Vitamin C serums can come in different forms: L-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate and THD ascorbate. L-ascorbic Acid is most common because the most vitamin c research has been done on it (Paula’s Choice states this as the reason they only use L-ascorbic acid).

Sunday Riley, however, uses what they call the “gold standard of vitamin c”: THD Ascorbate. THD Ascorbate is supposed to be more “lipid soluble” meaning it penetrates the skin better than many other forms of vitamin c that are water soluble and can’t penetrate the lipid barrier to reach the dermis. Reaching the dermis is important because this is where collagen is made.

When Do You Use It?

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After patch testing successfully, start introducing it every other day and slowly increase if you want to. Because it helps prevent UV damage I choose to use it every morning, rather than at night. I added it to my morning routine in the following order: Splash with water (or cleanser), Sunday Riley CEO, Moisturizer, sunscreen.

Which Vitamin C Should You Choose?

While I’m currently using Sunday Riley’s CEO, there are so many different brands to choose from. However, when purchasing vitamin c, it’s important to remember that it should come in an opaque or dark tinted bottle, as prolonged exposure to air and light can make it ineffective (unless it comes as a powder, in which case it’s stable enough to see sunlight).

Here are some of my recommendations:

Sunday Riley CEO ($85) –

 sunday riley ceo Vitamin c serum

Drunk Elephant C-Firma ($80) –

C-Firma Day Serum Airless Pump Drunk Elephant

Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster ($49) –

Paula’s choice c15 vitamin c serum booster

Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C Booster Set of 4 ($79) –
Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C Daily Booster, 4 vials

Budget-friendly pick:  The Ordinary 100% L-ascorbic Powder ($5.80) –

The Ordinary Deciem Vitamin C L-ascot if Acid Powder

Do you use Vitamin C in your routine already? What’s your favorite?

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How My Facial Roller Changed My Life

From Skeptic To Believer

I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical of facial rollers for a while. They always seemed like a silly, unnecessary luxury. But now that I have one I can’t imagine not using it!

A few weeks ago I had my first facial and the face massage part felt SO relaxing that I finally gave in and bought my own roller. I’ve only ever seen jade and rose quartz facial rollers before, but I searched specifically for an amethyst roller because, back when I used to read about crystal healing, I read that amethyst (a type of quartz) is really beneficial for acne due to its cleansing and detoxifying effects. It’s also a crystal used often in meditation to clear the mind of negative thoughts, stress, and anxiety. And whether you believe in crystal benefits or not, there’s no denying that amethyst rollers are a gorgeous addition to your shelfie!

In any case, the internet is magic. A quick Amazon search showed that amethyst rollers are in fact a thing! I got mine from Peace Essential on Amazon for $25USD.

Facial Roller Benefits

Before buying it, I decided to take a minute to look up the various benefits of facial rolling and here’s what I found:

  • It boosts blood circulation and reduces swelling making it useful for puffy eyes/face and dark under eye circles.
  • It smooths fine lines and wrinkles.
  • It can help your skincare products penetrate deeper into your skin.

Once it arrived in the mail, my first question was “where in my routine do I use it?” and my second question was “Is there a proper way to use it?”

When To Use Your Facial Roller

From what I can tell you can use it at any point in your routine! Some people use it immediately after cleansing and others at the very end of their routine. My preference is to use it over my sheet mask.

I’m not always the most patient person and after putting on a sheet mask I always find myself wondering what the hell I’m supposed to do while I wait. Enter the facial roller. Now I just slap on a mask and roll away! By doing this, you’re simultaneously giving your face a relaxing massage and helping the sheet mask essence penetrate into your skin. I find this especially helpful when the fit of a mask isn’t great, as I can just roll over to make sure the product is sinking in evenly.

How To Use Your Facial Roller

First things first, let’s talk about where to store your facial roller. It seems that most people store theirs in the fridge to make sure it’s extra cold and soothing. I tried that once and it was too cold for me personally (I mean, it’s still basically winter in New York!) but this is probably a great option for summer. I find that the roller already gets cool enough in my chilly apartment.

Secondly, it turns out there is a proper way to use it. You should use it from the inside of your face out. Start from each of these points (on each side) and follow through toward the direction of your temple:

  1. Jawline
  2. Middle of your lips
  3. Corner of your nose
  4. Under each eye
  5. Over each eye
  6. Over each brow
  7. Over the forehead

Each time, making sure to roll toward your temple. After you’ve massaged each area a few times, you can move onto your neck, starting from the top and moving toward your collarbone each time.

Now that I own a facial roller, there’s no turning back. I use it every night and have seen so many benefits already. But the biggest and most important benefit for me is: it feels amazing! I tend to grind or clench my teeth throughout the day or furrow my brows when I get stressed or if I’m concentrating. It’s such a great feeling to come home from work and massage those muscles Now that I’m addicted, what other skincare tools do I need to add into my routine?

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In-Flight Travel Essentials

I love to travel and I’m currently planning a trip for fall! My boyfriend and I are deciding between Ecuador and Scotland currently (and yes I’m aware that those are two very different places, I just can’t decide which one I want to visit first!).

Unfortunately, Fall is a ways away. But my friend is going on a 10-hour overnight flight and asked me what skincare and makeup things she should bring in her carry-on and it inspired me to take this photo!

Here are my recommendations for a long overnight flight:

 

NIGHT ROUTINE

Makeup Remover

Garnier Micellar Water is my go-to for easy makeup removal. You could also bring face wash (I recommend a travel sized Cerave Hydrating Cleanser), but I’d personally skip the double cleanse just for the night because I prefer to spend as little time as possible in airplane bathrooms.

Moisturizer

You guys know I love Cetaphil moisturizer because it’s gentle and lightweight on my oily skin. But you could also bring a travel-sized hydrating mask like Laneige Sleeping Mask.

Lip Balm

Reapply often! I love the Kiehl’s # 1 Lip Balm and at night I would top with Glossier Balm Dotcom (or with Vaseline).

 

MORNING ROUTINE

Vitamin C

Start your morning off with some brightening action! I’m loving Sunday Riley CEO and, luckily, I have this tiny travel-sized sample of it to bring along on trips. Clinique also sells travel sized versions of their Vitamin C.

SPF

For a flight I’d take along my tiny jar of Dr Jart Cicapair Color Correcting Cream for its multiple benefits. It’s moisturizing, it calms skin, reduces redness, and it has SPF.

Mini Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve been in love with Urban Decay Naked Heat so I had to pick up their Naked Heat Petite to bring along with me on trips.

Mascara

My favorite is Loreal Double Extend because it seriously never smudges!

 

This is by no means a perfect routine, but with TSA liquid restrictions it’s hard to bring everything onto the plane and I’m not a huge fan of transferring my serums to smaller containers. The most important thing is to remove your makeup, moisturize, drink lots of water, moisturize some more, and use an SPF before leaving your flight. What are your in-flight necessities?

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