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. 

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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.