Review: Skinfood Hand Gel & Tony Moly Lip Balm

THIS HAND GEL LOOKS LIKE A GUMMY BEAR. SQUEE! It’s very cute and probably 99.9% of the reason I spent $8 at Ulta on this. It’s by Skinfood, a Korean beauty company. Now, it’s clear and gelatin based. It almost made me think it was hand sanitizer. There is a faint smell of something fruity but it virtually had no fragrance. It worked ~okay~ at moisturizing, but it wouldn’t be my go to because it’s sticky. The second product is by Tony Moly. It’s a lip balm that’s berry flavored and looks like a FRIGGIN PANDA. BUT. It’s $9.50. Quite pricy for something that doesn’t even do it better than ChapStick. This was a sticky balm that almost felt like more of a gloss. Also, no applicator so I had to use my finger. I probably won’t spend the time on this again. It’s not worth it for the price. 


Natural Toothpaste Review

My favorite natural toothpaste is Tom’s of Maine. More than Sensodyne, Tom’s helped the sensitivity in my teeth. One day, I decided to try something new and get Hello. It was a different flavor, cinnamon, and it was maybe 40 cents cheaper. It was disappointing – none of the sensitive in my teeth went away, in fact, it felt like it almost got slightly worse. After I suffered a cold/allergies recently, I threw that tube away and bought Kiss My Face‘s sensitivity toothpaste. It’s orange mint and is a gel. I like it so far. I haven’t used it for long, but I feel some sensitivity abating. Both of these products cost about $4.50 at Walmart. 

Review – Perfume Samples – Tory Burch & Prada

The Tory Burch Bel Azur sample and Prada Candy sample came with my last Sephora haul. The Tory Burch perfume was a perfect summer scent with notes of citrus. It came in a mini spray bottle. It reminded me a little of Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue. The Prada Candy sample was a mini roller ball. It’s similar to a musk – it’s scent is heavy and more appropriate for colder weather. I liked it, and actually preferred it. However, the packaging is misleading – it has lipstick graphics on it so for a hot minute I thought it may be a lip gloss. 

Review – Serum & Cream Samples

I scored a TON of free samples in my last Sephora haul. One of the upsides of that haul was it was paid for entirely by gift cards I redeemed my credit card points for. So, I noticed I was breaking out this week. It was due to stress. I was working at my church’s Greek festival, and on top of that I pulled a muscle in my upper back so I got very little exercise. I had gone makeup free a couple of days and started chugging as much water as possible in hopes of clearing my skin. I ran out of my Burt’s Bees spot treatment stick (which is basically tea tree oil), so I was SOL. Anyway, night one I tried the Hope In A Jar cream by Philosophy. I really liked the scent and it seemed to dry up my pimples. However, it seemed like the cream would kind of peel off, if that makes sense? The next morning, I could tell my zits were smaller and less noticeable. A couple of nights later, I tried the Ole Henriksen serum. It’s a Vitamin C serum, so I was nervous it would bother my skin too much. While it did tingle a bit, my skin felt much tighter. I would be open to definitely trying the Ole Henricksen product again. 

Highlighters Review – Essence vs NYX

The one thing I hate about reviewing highlighters is that I can’t seem to ever get a good picture of my swatches. I chose these two highlighters while I was at Ulta this past weekend. The Essence highlighter, which is a pink-gold, is pressed powder and cost about $3. The NYX highlighter is a very light gold liquid and was more pricy at $7. They both blend very well into the skin, they’re both cruelty free, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy them. (Seriously, I don’t get why makeup has to cost so much.) 

Anyway, I really liked both you guys! I’ve been searching for something to replace the Laura Geller highlighter I’ve been using. These were both super great. I would buy either one again.

Review – Andalou Naturals Face Masks

Sorry for a short post, you guys! I purchased these masks by Andalou Naturals, and tried them a while back. They cost about $3 at Whole Foods (of all places). The pumpkin face mask definitely felt tingly, like it was tightening up my skin. I remember that my skin did feel a little dry after I washed the mask off. My favorite of the two was the soothing mask. I liked that my skin felt softer after I used it. Would I buy again? Eh. Maybe. I wasn’t sold on the tingly feeling I got from the pumpkin mask and they do run high compared to other masks on the market.