Benefit Skincare

Emily here for my first post after a long time and I’m so excited to share my new obsession with Benefit’s skincare line. I discovered this by accident really. I didn’t go into Ulta looking for new skincare products, I went in looking for a foundation that won’t make my face look greasy at the end of the day. But after talking to one of the amazing sales people I realized I needed more of a regular skincare routine and something much gentler because my skin was actually overproducing oil after the harsh cleansers I was using and not enough moisture.

Not only are all the products packaged flawlessly but they actually have made a huge difference in the way my skin looks. I’m so glad I finally invested in a nicer skincare line. I first bought the travel kit for $24 which included 2 different cleansers, a night time and day time moisturizer, a toner, and an eye cream. I quickly bought the full sized versions of the Foamingly Clean facial wash and the Moisture Prep toning lotion. I’ll be buying the Triple Preforming facial emulsion as soon as the travel sized one runs out. There are other products in the line that I definitely want to try like the facial sunscreen and facial rehydrating mist.

There are 2 other products from Benefit that I’m loving right now! The POREfessional: Agent Zero Shine as well as the POREfessional face primer, both do an amazing job of keeping me shine free all day! I’m sure you’ll be hearing about those again from me! I definitely can’t get enough of Benefit right now (or their rainbow blow-up Sharks they have on display in store.) Now if only I could decided which foundation I like better!

Birchbox Babes

The adorable May Birchbox!

The adorable May Birchbox!

The Babes both subscribe to Birchbox and today they will be reviewing some of their favorite products from their May boxes! Birchbox is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month they send you a perfectly packaged set of beauty, grooming, and lifestyle samples that are customized to your personal taste. The Babes love it because it allows them to try tons of new products and brands without committing to full-sized purchases. You can get your own subscription here!

Sarah's May Birchbox Items

Sarah’s May Birchbox Items

Sarah’s May Birchbox:

1. Benefit The POREfessional

2. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

3. Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer

4. Marcelle Clay Mask

5. Laura Geller Beauty Color Drenched Lip Gloss

Emily's May Birchbox

Emily’s May Birchbox Items

Emily’s May Birchbox

1.Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser

2. Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

3. Benefit Lolibalm

4. Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer 

5. English Laundry Notting Hill Femme

Benefit The POREfessional

Benefit The POREfessional

Benefit

The POREfessional

Sarah: This pore minimizing formula from Benefit is great! I’m definitely planning on buying the full sized version. It goes on super smoothly and not only minimizes the appearance of pores, but also reduces redness. I’ve always had great experience with Benefit products and this one is no exception!

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Amika

Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Sarah: I was super excited when I received this sample because it’s the perfect purse sized dry shampoo! Amir’s dry shampoo is great, but I am personally partial to the Dove brand of dry shampoo. I was happy to get this sample, but I will continue to buy the $4 Dove product. The full sized Amika Dry shampoo is $21.

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

Parlor by Jeff Chastain

Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

Emily: This product was super featured for last months Birchbox since this is a new company for them and I was so disappointed that I didn’t get this sample last month. It has such great reviews and I really wanted to try it and I was not disappointed! This sea salt spray gives my hair a little extra bounce and wave when I want the perfect mermaid curls. It smells lovely and keeps my hair soft while still holding the style! I’ll definitely be getting this product!

Benefit Lollibalm

Benefit Lollibalm

Benefit

Lollibalm

Emily: Benefit never lets me down. While I wish this was a warmer pink so it looked better on my skin tone I really liked this lip balm! I’m usually a lipstick girl but this provided me with amazing moisture that lasts all day. The bubblegum pink tint is sheer enough that I will still keep using it, I may buy the full size Benebalm (the same product only a deeper red) instead!

Birchbox Babes

One of the adorable designs for the March Birchbox

One of the adorable designs for the March Birchbox

The Babes both subscribe to Birchbox and today they will be reviewing some of their favorite products from their March boxes! Birchbox is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month they send you a perfectly packaged set of beauty, grooming, and lifestyle samples that are customized to your personal taste. The Babes love it because it allows them to try tons of new products and brands without committing to full-sized purchases. You can get your own subscription here!

Sarah's March Birchbox Items

Sarah’s March Birchbox Items

Sarah’s March Birchbox:

  1. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
  2. Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge
  3. RUSK Texture Spray
  4. WEI Manuka Bee Venom Mask (not pictured)
  5. Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Mask
Emily's March Birchbox Items

Emily’s March Birchbox Items

Emily’s March Birchbox

  1. Micheal Todd Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask
  2. Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Spray
  3. Sumbody Body Soap
  4. Skin & Co Roma Sicilian Body Lotion
  5. Nelson J Beverly Hills Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask
  6. Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush
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Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge

Mirenesse

Mattfinity Lip Rouge

Sarah: I probably wouldn’t have chosen this color for myself when shopping for lipstick, but I was pleasantly surprised with how it looked on me! It also smells like strawberries, which was a lovely surprise! It does create a nice matte finish, but isn’t super long lasting. If you’re looking for a fun, short-wear lip color this would be perfect!

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RUSK Texture Spray

RUSK

Texture Spray

Sarah: At first I thought that this was a dry shampoo, but after using it i’ve decided that it’s somewhere between dry shampoo and hairspray. I don’t use a ton of products in my hair, but this spray does add a playful bounce when applied at the end of styling. I probably won’t be purchasing the full sized product, but it was fun to experiment with!

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Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Mask

Macadamia Professional

Nourishing Moisture Mask

Sarah: This stuff is awesome! It smells absolutely fantastic and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth! I’ve tried a lot of similar products, but this one has been my favorite so far. It feels very luxurious!

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Micheal Todd Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask

Michael Todd

Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask

I was super apprehensive to try this product at first. I am not a fan of pumpkin in general. I was a little surprised by the fact that it smells and feels like you are putting actual mashed up pumpkin all over your face. It definitely makes your skin feel lovely afterwards but I wont be buying the full size version of this product. If you like pumpkin I definitely suggest this!

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Spray

Oscar Blandi

Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray

When I’m not wearing my hair in a bun on top of my head I curl it with a super hot curling wand! I don’t use any kind of heat protecting spray (I know I should) so I was excited to get this product and try it! I’ve used it in 2 different ways since I’ve received it. I sprayed a little of it in my damp hair before blow drying it one morning and I didn’t really notice much of a difference. I tried it again while curling my hair, spraying a little on each individual strand. It definitely helped protect my hair from the heat and it made it super shiny and healthy looking!

Nelson J Beverly Hills Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask

Nelson J Beverly Hills

Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask

This hair mask smells so heavenly. I’ve used a bunch of different similar products before and this one from Nelson J Beverly Hills is not one that I’m going to use forever but it does do a good job! In the directions it says you can put it in your hair before getting in a pool or water to protect it from chemicals and dirt. I’m excited to try that this summer at my parents pool but I think I’ll stick with my hair mask from Amika for regular use.

L’Occitane Hand and Nail Care

Today Emily is reviewing some of her favorite moisturizing nail care products! This winter she was introduced to L’Occitane products and they changed her life!

Winter always takes a toll on my nails. Dry cuticles are painful and so are constantly breaking nails. I highly suggest visiting a L’Occitane store near you and asking for a hand scrub. The person working should assist you with trying their amazing hand scrub, which not only gets the dry skin off your hands, but also totally moisturizes them. After the hand scrub you should
use their hand cream. It’s 20% shae butter and makes your hands feel so incredibly soft, but not oily at all. Finally, you brush on their cuticle oil, which I use almost every night before I go to bed to keep my cuticles from drying out. The travel sized tubes are reasonably priced and last a long time! The L’Occitane stores and packaging are also beautiful and it’s always a pleasant experience to visit their shops. I love the products and I suggest everyone try them out!

 

L’Occitane “Roses et Reines” Review

L'Occitane

L’Occitane Roses et Reines Products

For a long time I was on the hunt for the perfect rose scent. There’s just something so romantic and timeless about roses that inspired me to make them my signature scent. Most rose fragrances I tested were too fake smelling or overpowering, but then a friend recommended I try L’Occitane’s rose products. The L’Occitane stores are so quaint and all of their products are extremely high quality. I fell in love with their Roses et Reines scent as soon as I tried it! It is a lush rose scented fragrance that lingers on the skin without being overpowering. I bought all of the Rose et Reines products they had and have been wearing it ever since! L’Occitane has many lovely fragrances and I would highly recommend shopping there for your next signature fragrance. Check out their products here!

XO Sarah

Beauty Routines – Skincare

Today The Babes are sharing their favorite skincare products and beauty routines with you!

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Emily’s favorite skincare products

 

  1. Jergens BB Body
  2. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 35
  3. Jules & Esther Cucumber Eye Gel (Reviewed here!)
  4. Burt’s Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser
  5. Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery

Emily: My skin has been especially dry this winter so most of the products I’ve been using are super gentle and moisturizing. I discovered the magic of Jergens BB Body over the summer. It smooths out your skin tone on your legs and it makes your skin look so much more firm and almost airbrushed. It also protects mine from the dry heat in my apartment. I usually don’t use a facial mouisturizer in the summer, but in the winter I need to use facial lotion. A few days a week I also use the concentrated antioxidant serum from Paula’s Choice that I got in a Birchbox a few months ago. Just a few drops, before using moisturizer or any eye cream, rejuvenates your face!

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Sarah’s favorite skincare products

 

  1. Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer
  2. True Blue Spa Blackberry Face Mask
  3. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
  4. St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub
  5. Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum

Sarah: My ultimate skincare goal is to have blemish free, glowing skin. It is great to be able to leave the house without a shred of makeup on and still feel confident! I begin every morning by washing my face with St. Ives Apricot Scrub. This is a great cleanser! After using it my skin feels fresh and rejuvenated. On occasion, after cleansing, I will use Bath & Body Works’ True Blue Spa Blackberry Face Mask. It was a bit startling the first time I used it because it goes on completely black, but it smells amazing, clears your pores, and leaves your skin looking fabulous! I recently discovered Evologie’s Intensive Blemish Serum and it has made an incredible difference in the clarity of my skin tone! I apply this every morning before moisturizing and it goes a long way to reduce the redness of existing blemishes and to prevent future blemishes from appearing. Aveeno’s Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer always leaves my skin with that healthy glow, which sends me into my day with confidence.

 

 

Birchbox Babes

February's Birchbox is so cute!

February’s Birchbox is so cute!

The Babes both subscribe to Birchbox and today they will be reviewing some of their favorite products from their February boxes! Birchbox is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month they send you a beautifully packaged set of beauty, grooming, and lifestyle samples that are customized to your personal taste. The Babes love it because it allows them to try tons of new products and brands without committing to full-sized purchases. You can get your own subscription here!

Emily's February Birchbox Items

Emily’s February Birchbox Items

Emily’s February Birchbox:

1. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

2. BeeKind Shower Gel

3. Amika Nourishing Mask

4. Harvey Prince Petaly Noir (Sarah and I reviewed this product last week! See it here!)

5. Jules & Esther Cucumber Eye Gel

Sarah's February Birchbox Items

Sarah’s February Birchbox Items

Sarah’s February Birchbox:

1. Amika Nourishing Mask

2. Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

3. Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal

4. Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum

5. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Jules & Esther Cucumber Eye Gel

Jules & Esther Cucumber Eye Gel

Jules & Esther

Cucumber Eye Gel

Emily: I haven’t been getting a ton of sleep recently so my eyes have had some serious bags. This amazing cucumber eye gel from Jules & Esther has pretty much changed my life. When I apply it, my eyes instantly feel less puffy and extremely refreshed. It reduces the redness and bags under my eyes. It’s a little bit sticky when you first apply it, but once it dries completely you can apply your usual skincare and makeup. This product also battles and prevents wrinkles! I’ve never been much of an eye cream or gel kind of person, but this amazing product is one I may have to invest in once I use up my sample!

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Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Emily: I was a little skeptical about this eyeliner when I received it. My eyes water a lot and when I’ve used eyeliner pens before my liner ends up running everywhere, but this product stays! I love the stiff pointed applicator because it allows you to create perfect thin or thick lines with precision. It glides on smoothly and has an opaque, velvety finish. This is a great eyeliner to create a cat-eye look for novices and experts!

 

Amika Nourishing Mask

Amika Nourishing Mask

Amika

Nourishing Mask

Emily: I have super-thick hair so I always use a leave-in conditioner spray to detangle and moisturize my hair. I absolutely love this hair mask from Amika. I washed my hair 2 nights ago and used this product and my hair is still so soft, but it doesn’t look greasy from the extra product. I left it in my hair for about 5 minutes, rinsed it out, and I didn’t even need to use any other product to detangle!

Sarah: This product is a nourishing hair mask that conditions and repairs with “super fruit sea buckthorn berry”. My hair gets oily quickly so I’m always hesitant to try treatments such as this, but this is a great product! You apply it to your hair while damp and then wait 5-10 minutes to rinse it out. I went we 5 minutes because as I said I am often hesitant of products such as this. After rinsing the mask out my hair felt super soft and light. The product didn’t add any weight or greasiness to my hair. And it smells great!

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Caudalie

Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Sarah: This product is a gel facial cream that is derived from antioxidant-rich grapes. It is intended to hydrate the skin and reduce redness. I’ve never used a gel facial cream before and I wasn’t a huge fan of this product. It does help to slightly reduce redness, but doesn’t leave my skin feeling fresh and soft. Instead it left my skin feeling slightly filmy. Yuck!

Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum

Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum

Evologie

Intensive Blemish Serum

Sarah: This is by far my favorite product from this month’s Birchbox! This intensive blemish serum is meant to be applied twice daily either just to blemished areas or to the entire face. I noticed a difference as soon as I applied Evologie’s serum! It seriously reduces pore size and redness of blemishes. I already plan on buying the full sized version!