With Sephora’s VIB sale happening this weekend (and also last weekend if you’re a VIB Rouge member) I wanted to share what I got and maybe still might get. I am a VIB Rouge member so I was able to place an order last weekend and I might place another one this weekend. But first I wanted to share what I picked up in the first weekend of the sale. I love hearing about what everyone gets during the Sephora sale. And I wanted to share the new products I got. So I made two orders the first weekend. The second was after I realized I forgot something in my first order. So what did I get?
So the two items that are completely new products that I have been dying to try are the Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer and the J.One Jelly Pack. I feel like I have tried several foundations in the last year or two but I haven’t really tried that many new primers. After noticing some of my foundations (ones the that I really love) looking good some days and other days looking so bad I want to take my makeup immediately off I decided that maybe its time to try some new primers. And since I haven’t tried out any new primers in awhile I thought now was a good time to test some new ones out. I feel like for me and my skin I want a primer that will blur my pore and help my makeup sit evenly on my skin. I also want something that not only helps my makeup last but helps it look flawless through out the day. And I know I maybe asking for too much, but who doesn’t want their makeup look its best? The Tatcha Silk Canvas has got to be the primer everyone has been talking about for the last year, and since it is a pore filling primer it’s been the one I’ve been most wanting to get. I’ve put off buying it because it’s crazy expensive. Seriously it’s $52 for 0.7oz/20g, but I finally broke down and purchased it because of the sale. I really hope it lives up to all the hype I’ve heard about because my pores are my biggest concerns when it comes to makeup. I always notice makeup either accentuates them or tends to become super cakey in that area. The J.One Jelly Pack is another primer I’ve had my eye on for at least a year or maybe longer now. I’ve gone back and forth on whether I wanted to buy it since it is $42 for 1.69oz. The thing that intrigues me about it is that it is marketed as skincare along with being a primer. I know I have heard pretty good reviews about it, but just not many. This primer is said to really grip your makeup and make it last longer. I don’t think I’ve had a primer that increases the longevity of my makeup, so I thought this time was good as any to really test out not only this type of primer but this one specifically.
I realize after looking at what I ordered that many of the items I purchased were products I ran out of or will run out of soon. I, of course, had to pick up my favorite Drunk Elephant product, the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. I recently ran out of this and was waiting until the sale to repurchase so I got a little bit of discount. The other skincare item I picked up was the Peace Out Acne Healing Dots. I recently tried these out when I had a pretty large blemish and was going to a wedding. The first few times I used these acne dots I don’t know if they really helped that much, but I used them again a few weeks ago and really liked the result I got from them. I thought I would try them again and really make up my mind. I don’t think that they’re that expensive since you do get 20 dots for $19. I also picked more of my favorite Briogeo shampoo and hair mask, both from their Don’t Despair Repair line. I was almost out of my hair mask and should be running out shampoo soon, so now was the perfect time to buy more. Surprisingly I decided to only get one foundation, usually I like to buy more than one since foundations can be pretty expensive. This year I decided to focus more on primers than foundations, but I still wanted to get more Armani Luminous Silk since the small mini sized one I bought awhile back is empty. I decided I wanted to get the mini sized because it is $42 for 0.62 oz. I have been really liking the foundations I have been using lately that this was the only one I wanted to restock. If you haven’t tried this foundation I highly recommend buying at least the mini sized during the sale. I also decided to purchase some more fo my Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy, not because it is super expensive at $12 for 0.35oz/10g, but because I use it all the time. And having a second one around will be nice when I finally run out of my first one or for the those times I can’t seem to find it. The last few products I purchased I would classify as eye products. The first was a backup Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra Fine in number 4. I went back and forth with repurchasing this brow pencil or another, but ultimately went with this product. Most brow pencil are similar in the amount of product and price, but I decided to go with this one because of the color. The Benefit pencil I feel has a more cool undertone which works best for me since I have used others that turned orange on me. I also decided to pick up another of my favorite Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Bronze Sparkle because even though it isn’t empty yet I have a feeling it will be soon. Also the liner is expensive at $37 and buying it during the sale is a must. I also got another eyeliner but this one was the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner in (Plum)Age 60. I don’t own this particular color, a vivid purple shimmer, but I do have Ro(Cocoa) 48 which is a beautiful brown shimmer. I’m completely obsessed with all the Marc Jacobs liners I own (I also got a few minis, blacquer and earthquake, when I bought a mini Velvet Noir mascara) and I wanted to try a new color. Also again these are another expensive eyeliner with the full size ones costing $25, but are worth it because they’re really amazing. The last product I got, while can be considered an eye product but more a miscellaneous one, is a eye pencil sharpener. I got this so I could have a designated eye pencil and lip pencil sharpener. I use to have one for both but unfortunately lost one of them, so I usually just make sure to clean the one I do have really well after each use, but I feel like there is always some residual color leftover. Now I don’t have to worry about the colors somehow getting on each other.
After I made my first order I was dead-set on not buying anymore, and that was the plan until I realized I forgot something. While I was applying my makeup that day I noticed I needed a new beauty blender. I always put off buying them because there is always something more exciting to spend my money instead. But I couldn’t put it off any longer. Luckily, there was a holiday gift set for $65 that included not only 4 beauty blenders but also 4 mini blender cleansers. That deal was too good to pass up. I also decided to buy more of the Laura Mericer Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer. I use this concealer all the time and wanted to have a backup when it probably runs out soon. Also the concealer costs $28 and I wanted to make sure I repurchased it during the sale.
Just like the last sale, I was convinced I would stop after two orders (during the first weekend) but again I made a third order. I noticed that my YSL All-in-One glow foundation might be running out soon and this has been my go-to foundation lately. (Some much for buying only one foundation this year.) I decided rather buy this during the sale than waiting until it’s empty and then repurchasing it. I also decided to buy another Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy (seriously that’s got to be the longest name for a product). I use this every time I wear makeup, since this is the best product to remove makeup, and decided it was a smart idea to have a backup.
As of right now I don’t plan to make anymore purchases, since I already spent a lot of money. But every time I say that, I always make one more order. I going to try not to buy anything else, but it’s a Sephora sale and I feel like this is the time to buy everything you want or may need in the future since there is a discount. Its so hard to restrain myself but I think this time I’m going to have to.
What are you planning on buying during the sale? Let me know in the comments or on instagram.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, yes that’t right its the Sephora VIB sale. Sephora only offers two sales throughout the year, though they did a surprising sale this year at the end of the summer. Since any kind of discount at Sephora is huge, I like most people try to take advantage of the sale. I love seeing all the products that people not only buy but recommend, so I thought I join fun too.
So first a quick breakdown on how Sephora sales work. Sephora has three tiers for customers depending on how much they spend throughout a calendar year. The three tiers are: VIB Rouge (spends $1000/year), VIB ($350/year), and Beauty Insider (everybody who signs up). Each tier gets different perks and I wont get into all of that, but just the ones that pertain to the sale. VIB Rouge and VIB members get 20% off, and while in past years Rouge members were able to get a higher percentage discount (25-30 I think, but honestly not quite sure. I was a Rouge member then and I didn’t really pay attention.), now the VIB Rouge members get an extra weekend before the official VIB Sale begins. For the VIB Rouge member the sale started October 26-29, but the official sale is November 2-5. And don’t worry if you’re not a VIB or VIB Rouge you can still get 15% off. I do want to add a small disclaimer that even though the percentages and coupon codes haven’t been announced for the VIB and Beauty Insiders I am going off of what the percentages were last year.
Skincare has to be one of the things I always try to make advantage of during both Sephora sales. If you can plan it right some of those really expensive items can last from sale to sale, that way you can always get a discount on them. Some items you do go through faster and cant help it but I always try to pick up those super pricey items during the sale. For me that’s pretty much any Drunk Elephant product, as you probably can guess I’m obsessed with their products and getting any kind of discount on their items is amazing. If I were to recommend any item from their line it would hands down be the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and second would be the Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturizer. The Gylcolic Night serum is one of those items that can be stretched to last the six months between the two sales, which is amazing since a full size (1oz/30ml) version cost $90. I always want the moisturizer to last longer (i mean it is $60 for 1.69oz/50ml), but it always just runs out right before, so I have to repurchase it before the sale. Another skincare brand I would highly recommend is belif. They are a Korean skincare line. I actually bought several belif products from a Sephora sale a few years ago and one of which is my cleanser and it is still going strong (Seriously I think I only just hit half way and it’s 5.4oz/160ml for $26). The standout product from them would have to be their Aqua Bomb (full size 1.68/50ml for $36 and a mini 0.84oz/25ml for $22). It’s a gel-like moisturizer that is light and hydrating, and I’ve used it on it’s own or under a thicker moisturizer or oil. I’ve seen it recommend for people with oily skin since it is so light. Recently I’ve been trying to out Dr. Jart’s Cicapair line, which is for red, irritated sensitive skin, which mine has been lately. So far I really like it and they have a pretty good deal on a holiday set featuring all (if not then most, I think there are only 5) from this line. All the products in this holiday set are minis, which I love, the price is $36 which is cheaper than any one full size item. Now hands down the one item anyone who loves makeup or wears a lot of makeup should get is the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy, (man that’s a mouth full). This cleansing balm will get rid of all if not most of your makeup. I have never been so impressed by anything that removed makeup as I am with this product. It is kinda pricey for a cleansing balm ($36 for full size 3.2oz/90ml and $22 for a mini 1.7oz/50ml) but being able to get all or most of my makeup off really does improve your skin. Seriously you never realize how much is still on there even after using makeup wipes and/or cleansing.
2. Luxury Brands
As you probably already know I love makeup tutorials on Youtube. I swear there’s is always at least one product people rave and gush over and it’s always the one from a high end luxury brand. I’m always curious to know if the super fancy brand’s products are that amazing, that is until I see the price and I nope right out of that situation. But I feel like if I really want to try a really fancy brand now is the time to do it. I wish I could say I have a ton of recommendations for this category but I try to hold back from buying the super high end or luxury products usually until the sale rolls around. One I would recommend (and a cult favorite) is the Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Its hard for me to recommend this item since a 1oz/30ml bottle is $64 and the mini is 0.6oz for $42. If you’re thinking that the price is absolutely insane, well that’s because it is. But there is a reason everybody loves this foundation so much, it’s one of the only foundations that I have found that truly makes your skin look like skin but better. And trust me I wanted to hate this product when I first tried a sample of it, but it’s really hard to hate. The other foundation I have that I get similar results is the YSL Touche Eclat All-in-One Glow this one is $48 for 1.01oz/30ml. This foundation has slowly become my go to foundation but it’s also the one I usually mix with other ones. I don’t know what it is about but I always get stunning results when I mix it with other foundations (and it is equally as stunning on its own). Both of these foundations are amazing but I don’t know if I would decide to purchase them if it weren’t for the sale. I don’t know if Bobbi Brown is truly considered a luxury brand but they are on the higher end of high end. One product I absolutely love from them but it’s seriously ridiculously priced is their Long Wear Liquid Liner, (it’s $37). This liquid liner isn’t like any other one I ever used. The color I love is the called Bronze Sparkle, and it adds that extra pop to any look. Plus the applicator has to be one of the easiest to use, but for $37 it should be. The only other product from a luxury brand I have been loving lately is the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder. I had been eyeing it for awhile but it wasn’t until Charlotte Tilbury actually started selling in Sephora that I purchased it. While I like certain things about this product, the finely milled powder and it doesn’t make you look cakey, keep in mind that there is a hint of color to it. For most people the little bit of color wont be noticeable but I’m so fair that any color is noticeable and these powders tend to look a little dark on me.
3. Everyday Essentials
One area that often gets overlooked or in my case forgotten about are the items I use regularly. It’s easy to focus on the new fancy items during the sale, but don’t forget this is the time to buy the things you’ll know you’ll use. Beauty Blenders are the things I always overlook or forget to stock up on, but finally this year I remember to buy them (and some cleaner too). I made sure to buy more shampoo and conditioner. I love Briogeo’s Don’t Despair Repair line so I got the shampoo and their hair mask (which I use as conditioner). I always try to buy the large size (but not the largest ones they sell because I don’t think I paid enough attention) that way it will last awhile. The shampoo is 16oz/473ml for $36 and the hair mask $36 for 8oz/237ml. I would definitely recommend this brand all their products are clean and smell amazing, but best of all my hair feels strong and healthy. Whatever products are your favorites this is the time to stock up and make sure you have a back up in case you’re close to empty. I realized it would be the best to make sure I had another Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Longer Concealer. I use it everyday and for $28 for 0.23oz/7ml, now was the best time to get a backup. The other product I made sure I ordered a backup was the Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy ($12 for 0.35oz/10g). It’s a combo of a lip gloss and lip balm, but somehow better than both. It’s the best lip balm type product I have found at Sephora.Everyone that I have tried either has Lanolin which makes my lips go numb and dries them out even worse or is a Vaseline/Silicone-y texture that doesn’t hydrate them at all. Since I have the clear one (they have two colors a pink and a red) I don’t usually use it with makeup, though it could easily go over any type of lip product (lip liner, lipstick, liquid lip). It’s a great lip product that I highly recommend and one I haven’t heard that many people talk about.
4. Holiday Sets
The sale this time of year means tons of holiday sets are out. I find that you can get a pretty good deal when it comes to the holiday sets. For example the Dr. Jart holiday set I purchased (unfortunately before the sale) allows you to try different products from a brand for a much cheaper price. I’ve found some products I’ve loved when they were included in a set, but I’ve also found some to not be so great. I think this is the perfect opportunity to try a several products from a brand or to just try a brand in general. Don’t forget you can also give the sets away as gifts too. I have heard so many great ideas when it comes to giving holiday sets away as gifts, whether you give away one set completely, or break them down either with other sets and can have a mix and match or break them down into small stocking stuffer type gifts. I think since there is such a variety and they change every year its hard to recommend one particular holiday set. But my suggestion is to look at brands you know and love or brand you want to try or just try more of their products.
I am not a perfume person, since their smells usually lead to a massive headache for me. But since perfumes are so pricey now is the time buy them. Whether its an oldie but a goodie or a new scent I think getting any discount on a perfume makes it a perfect item to pick up during the sale. I also think its hard to recommend a perfume since they are so subjective.
I thought I would share how I usually shop for this sale. I like to put every product that I might possibly want into my basket. That way I can narrow it down easier and really limit the amount I buy. I will also sometimes swap something in and out. I’ve found this is the easiest way for me. I think it’s because I’m a more visual type of person, so I can see which products I want and which product I can try another time. I think it also helps to see the price and then limit the amount of products from there. I will say what I like about Sephora sales vs Ulta sales is that sale coupon code is available to use throughout the dates of the sale. In this case November 2- November 5, that code can be used unlimited amounts of time in store and online. Ulta sales give one code to be used only once throughout their sale dates, which sucks because I always forget something that I wanted to buy.
The Sephora Sale is that time of year you can finally put those items you’ve been eyeing forever into your basket. It’s the time when the really expensive items become 20% less expensive, but don’t get wrong still expensive. I all I have to say is have fun shopping and enjoy all the new beauty products you get. And if there is something you don’t like don’t forget that Sephora has an awesome return policy.
In my previous post I shared my overall general thoughts on Drunk Elephant. Now I want to get into the product breakdown, the ones I have and haven’t tried and my experience with the products. So I had been eyeing Drunk Elephant for awhile. I heard so many great reviews but just couldn’t pull the trigger and buy anything because of the price. Finally the Sephora Rewards Bazaar offered a sample of the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, a 12% AHA/BHA serum, and I jumped to get it knowing this was my chance to finally try this brand. I used this serum every night for a week and pleasantly surprised that I could tell a difference with the smoothness of my skin. The only real issue that remained was one or two bumps and redness on my cheeks, but with my pale skin redness on my cheeks is inevitable. I knew once this sample ran out I was in trouble because I didn’t want to stop using it.
Once my sample ran out I was faced with two options, buy the full size which was (1oz/30ml) for $90 or buy their NightBright Duo (8ml/0.27oz) for $28. The NightBright Duo was a set of their TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Virgin Marula Oil, both products were 8ml/0.27oz which was slightly bigger than the deluxe sample’s 5ml/0.169oz. I wasn’t prepared to buy the full size version quite yet so I opted to buy the smaller duo instead. Not only was it cheaper but this way I got to try another Drunk Elephant product this way.
I have to say that more I used the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night serum the more I loved it. I noticed a big difference in my skin since first using it. It been clearer, smoother and overall looking healthier. It was slowly becoming not only my new favorite skincare product but also one I couldn’t live without. I know that sounds dramatic but I was really noticing how this product was changing my skin. Even though I didn’t want to spend the crazy amount of money I knew I would eventually buy the full size because the smaller versions weren’t lasting that long. I also didn’t want to keep buying the smaller ones when I just wanted the serum and not necessarily the oil too. Don’t get me wrong I liked the Virgin Marula Oil, but it wasn’t a product I needed to keep purchasing. For me the serum was a game changer, something I couldn’t see not using, but the oil was just like other beauty oils I’ve used in the past. I liked it in the mini version enough to use it until it was empty, but couldn’t really see myself buying a larger size, 1oz cost $72 and 0.5oz is $40, which in my opinion was very pricey.
So when my mini sized serum inevitably ran out I finally took the plunge and bought a full size version. I was actually lucky since there was a holiday gift set at Sephora featuring a full size TLC Framboos Glycol Night serum, mini Virgin Marula oil, mini Beste No. 9 Jelly cleanser, and mini Lala Retro Whipped Cream moisturizer that was only about $8 more than just the full size serum, $98 for the set. I didn’t feel as bad when purchasing this since it was an amazing deal and I could try more products from their line. But in order to try even more products I also bought a mini C-Firma day serum and mini B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel moisturizer. These two products came in set, Rise+Glow Duo for $23 with the same amount of product as the NightBright Duo.
I was initially excited to try the vitamin c serum knowing all the benefits of vitamin c. In a nutshell, vitamin c will help your skin be brighter and more even toned with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. I also liked that this was a serum meant for the daytime because I feel like I would have gotten better use out of it in the day. While I know vitamin c can be used at night I didn’t really want to add an extra step in my nighttime routine. As excited as I was to first try it, I wasn’t that amazed after I did. While I didn’t hate it I just not exactly in love. One of the main things I noticed about the day serum was that it has a funny smell. It’s not perfume/fragrance or even strong but it’s definitely a weird smell. I think weird is the only way to describe it, which I know isn’t super helpful but its the only word that comes to mind when I smell it. The only other issue is that the serum has a slight orange tint which on most people wouldn’t be noticeable but on someone like me who’s as fair as a ghost it does leave my skin with a slight orange cast.
Something that I did find out later was that vitamin c serums can go bad. Not to get all science-y because I’m not sure I completely understand but it has something to do with the concentration of vitamin c (which should be 10-15%) and how it is stabilized. This makes me wonder if the product I bought was in fact going bad because the hue will get darker. I think the shelf life is something to keep in the back of your mind when considering buying this product. With the all that aside I wanted to like this product as much as my night serum but unfortunately I don’t. I don’t find myself reaching for this product as often as I thought I would. I wanted it to be my daytime equivalent of my night serum, that one product I had to use. The thing that has me torn about it is if the product I have was starting to go bad then I never really got to see how this truly performs. But to purchase a new one would be $80 (1oz/30ml). I’m not sure I want to purchase something I’ve already tried and wasn’t crazy about on the off chance my product was bad.
I feel like this is a good time to talk about Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturizer. Another product I had been wanting to try because I heard great things about it. This moisturizer is made to be a more retro style by whipping together 6 different oils together. When I first tried it I wasn’t that impressed. While the texture was different from other moisturizers I’ve tried in the past, I didn’t see much difference in how moisturizing it was. For awhile I was unsure how much I truly liked this product and if it was worth the high price tag, a full size 1.69oz costs $60. I had always thought I would just use this product until it runs out and go back to the moisturizers I already owned. In my quest to use all the product up this moisturizer became the one I always reached for and started to become my favorite. I realized the more I used it the more I liked it. Even though initially I thought it wasn’t something special or that different from other moisturizers I started to realize how wrong I was. The texture and how moisturizing it was, which at first I thought were a little different, soon became the stand out reasons why I started to really love this product. The name of this product is Lala Retro Whipped Cream and I would describe the texture just like that a whipped cream. Not necessarily like the food product but more of thick creamy moisturizer that has a very light (whipped) feeling to it. Because it has this whipped consistency it feels really light when not only applying it but also when it sits and sinks into your skin. I feel like it also has this creaminess that really makes the skin feel moisturized. I really like using this moisturizer at night so I can hydrated my skin but also not weigh it down with greasiness. I know for me that sometimes moisturizers designed for night time can feel thick and heavy on your skin even though the next morning your skin will be ridiculously hydrated and soft. I think this moisturizer does exactly that but without any of the heaviness. And since it has a light whipped consistency it does work really well for the daytime and can sit under makeup really well. I feel like my wallet is screaming at me because this is a product I see myself repurchasing when it runs out, which the full size 50ml/1.69 oz is $60.
While I completely changed my mind on the Lala Retro Whipped Cream, I’m still on the fence when it comes to one of their other moisturizers, Protini Polypeptide Cream. I had already tried a good portion of Drunk Elephant products when they released Protini. Since I liked the Lala Retro Whipped Cream moisturizer so much I was excited to try this new moisturizer. It’s said to be like a protein shake for your skin, packed with protein and nutrients it claims to improve skins texture, tone and firmness. Does it live up to all these claims? For me not really. I like this moisturizer but more because for me it’s like a lighter, more daytime version of the Lala Retro Whipped Cream. It doesn’t have exactly the same texture or is quite as hydrating, but I still like it. There are days when I want something lighter than the Lala Retro Cream and Protini is exactly that. I tend to like it better for daytime or under makeup because I find Protini a lot lighter. Don’t get me wrong both moisturizers work well in both daytime and at night, and I haven’t had any issues with either under makeup. I think it comes down to your skin and what you are looking for in a moisturizer. For me personally if I had to choose between the two I would go for the Lala Retro Cream. I should mention that the Lala Retro Cream is slightly less expensive, the Protini Polypeptide Cream is $68 for 50ml/1.60oz. Either way you cant go wrong with both of these moisturizers.
The same cant be said for the other Drunk Elephant moisturizer, B-hydra Intensive Hydration Gel. According to the Sephora website, the B-Hydra is “an ultra-hydrating vitamin B5 gel that replenishes nutrients while delivering hydration throughout the day to improve the look of skin texture and tone”. And claims to be, “a cool glass of water for your thirsty skin. Uniquely formulated with pro-vitamin B5 and pineapple ceramide, B-Hydra attracts and holds moisture to the skin, helping skin to look healthy and illuminated”. While all that sounds nice and amazing my experience with B-Hydra was never any of that, in fact it was kind of the opposite. This was the first gel moisturizer that I‘ve used that actually felt like it sucked the moisture out of my skin. When I used it it made my skin feel so tight, like I just washed my face with the world’s most drying cleanser. It’s kind of funny in that ironic sort of way that hydra is in the name of the this product considering it is anything but hydrating. This product is very similar to the Belif Aqua Bomb in that they both are gel formulas. The Aqua Bomb is by far the better product and my favorite when it comes to gel moisturizers. Also I feel like I should mention these two product don’t compare in price either, for the same size 1.69oz/50ml the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra is $52 while the Belif Aqua Bomb is $38, while both are expensive the Belif Aqua Bomb is a significant amount less. I think the fact that I’ve bought the Aqua Bomb (a full size) at least 3 times now and the B-hydra (mini version) is still sitting unused speaks volumes on how I feel about this product. This is one product to not waste your money on.
Out of all the Drunk Elephant products I’d say that the cleansers are the items that I don’t have a strong opinion about. I have all 3, but would say I have only used one somewhat consistently is the Peekee bar. At first I was hesitant to try both the Peekee and Juju bar because they are actual bars of soap. It sounds weird but I don’t think I’ve ever really used bars of soap to wash my face. I’ve always had some kind of liquid soap/cleanser. I heard really good reviews for them so I thought why not try them. I got the travel/mini size Peekee and Juju bars which came as a set. And I have to say they are pretty big considering they’re bars which take longer to go through them than liquid soap. I’m surprised how much I actually like them, I obviously like the Peekee one a little more since I’ve used it the most. It’s a gentle cleanser that clarifies, tones and helps to not only moisturize but retain moisture. I don’t know if it does all of that but definitely does a good job at getting my face clean without the drying tight feeling the way that some cleansers do. The Juju bar is actually an exfoliator that gently removes dead skin cells, dirt and impurities. It also improves skin texture, brightens and helps minimize pores. As I’ve said I haven’t used it as much since I like to keep it in my shower to gently exfoliate then so it’s not something I use everyday. Although I could easily use it everyday because it is that gentle of an exfoliator. Most exfoliators I have used tend to have something abrasive like sugar, salt, or some other gritty material, but this one is much different. While lathering it up in my hands (the Drunk Elephant instructions) it feels a tiny bit scratchy but mostly feels like any other soap. I plan to use both of these cleansers up and if I were to repurchase both I think I would buy the travel size again. I find the travel size to be a better deal since it comes with both the Peekee bar and Juju bar (each is 1oz/23.8g) for $18 compared to buying them separately for $28 (4oz/113g). I know in the long run you get more product for the price when buying a full size version but I don’t know how quickly I will use these up in order to need them as full size. I think if I wanted only one I would buy the full size.
The only product I haven’t tried (maybe once or twice) is the Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser. It doesn’t have anything to do with the product itself, I’ve even tried it a few times and have nothing bad to say about the cleanser itself really. So what exactly wrong with the product? The packaging. I know it sounds kind of weird to no use something based on packaging, but I don’t know how to use this without making a huge mess. Instead of having a cap opens and shuts, the cap has more of twist to it. In order to get the product out you twist the top and a hole opens up allowing you to squeeze the product out. All of that is fine but when closing it and then storing it the cap leaks. Everywhere. The good news is that Drunk Elephant has changed the packaging on the full size version. But since I got this in a holiday package it’s mini sized and the old packaging. So if I were to start using it and absolutely love it the packaging wouldn’t be an issue. As of now I don’t see myself ever really using it. But if you’re willing try it the full size 5oz/150ml bottle will set you back $34 or 1oz Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser and 0.5oz/15ml Lala Retro Whipped Cream are sold in a duo set for $20, just keep in mind the smaller version is the old messy packaging.
The one product from Drunk Elephant that I felt was the biggest waste of money (besides B-Hydra) hands down has to be the Lippie Balm. Even before I bought it I wasn’t sure if it was worth the money, it’s $18 for a lip balm, but no I can definitely say she your money. I know lip balms at Sephora tend to be pricey, but this one is ridiculous. It’s not that it’s $18, (well maybe it is) but it’s $18 for 0.13oz/3.8g. I bought this a the Sephora Spring VIB sale and it’s almost completely used up about a month later. For that amount of money it should last longer than a month. I don’t care how great the ingredients are if you barely get any product. As a comparison the eos lip balms are $3.29 for 0.25oz, almost twice the amount of product with about 1/6 amount of the price of the Drunk Elephant lip balm. To be fair it’s not a bad product, it’s just that the amount of product for the price is insane.
While I feel as though I’ve tried a lot of Drunk Elephant’s products there are several more, some of which are big fan favorites. The TLC Sukari Babyfacial is probably one of their most talked about and loved products. As of right now on sephora.com it has 4.5/5 stars with over 900 reviews. Also this was the product that I first heard someone really talk and really rave about from this brand. The TLC Sukari Babyfaical is a mask the suppose to be like an at home facial. It contains 25% AHA and 2% BHA to exfoliate your skin and leave it baby soft. This is a mask that is only supposed to be used once a week because of how much AHA/BHA is in this mask, in comparison their TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum has 12% AHA/BHA in it, half of what is in the Sukari Babyfacial. One of the reasons I haven’t tried this product out is mainly because I’m not a fan of masks and its not something I would really remember to do once a week. Its easier for me to use the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night serum. Also a full size bottle, 1.69oz/50ml costs $80.
So far Drunk Elephant has two different eye creams, C-Tango and Shaba Complex, that are also two more products I haven’t tried. The Shaba Complex Eye Cream, which sells for $60 for 0.5oz/15ml, is described as an “eye serum formulated with powerhouse ingredients,” to fight the signs of aging around the eyes. C-Tango Multivitamin Eye which is one of their newer item that sells for $64 for 0.5oz/15ml. It is described on sephora.com as a “combination of 8 peptides, 5 forms of vitamin c, and cucumber extract for firmer, stronger-looking skin around the eye area”. I haven’t tried either of these eye creams because I already have an eye cream that I’m using and am trying it all up before I buy something else. Plus both of these eye creams are really too expensive for me.
Drunk Elephant also makes two different broad spectrum sunscreens, Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, 3oz/90ml for $34 and the Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, 2oz/60ml for $36. The only difference is one is tinted and can be worn like a tinted moisturizer/bb cream. So I know the importance of sunscreen I’m a pale girl living in a sunny place, but sunscreen isn’t something I really buy since I don’t really like to go outside. However I did get a sample of the Umbra Tinte and didn’t have the best reaction to it, more like full on dermatitis like allergic reaction. That type of reaction is something I’ve had in the past especially with sunscreens on my face, which is another reason I don’t really buy sunscreen. But I was also wearing other products on my face that the reaction could have been caused by but it still makes me a little leery about trying it again. Although most people won’t have the same reaction to sunscreen as I do I did want to mention it. It also a reason why I don’t really see myself ever purchasing either of these products. I also feel like I should mention that both these sunscreens are Drunk Elephant’s lowest rated products on Sephora, with the Umbra at 3.5/5 stars and Umbra Tinte at 3.7/5 stars.
Drunk Elephant recently just launched another product, D-Bronzi Antipollution Sunshine Drops. It’s a serum, (1oz/30ml for $36), that helps “replenishes the delicate balance that supports a healthy barrier function of skin” (Sephora). It also provides a bronzing color to the skin and a way to get color to your skin without actually going outside into the sun. While this products sounds interesting, especially as we move away from summer and into fall, putting any bronzing colors onto my pale skin always looks weird. I know it’s suppose to be a light wash of color, but for me bronzers can go from looking nice to Oompa Loompa orange real fast.
I have to say that a majority of the products I’ve tried from Drunk Elephant have been hits. I know that this brand is expensive, but in my opinion it is worth it. So if you want to try this brand I would suggest looking to see if Sephora has a sample, whether it’s a free sample with purchase or from their rewards bazaar, that was how I was able to try this brand. Also don’t forget about the Sephora VIB sale where you can splurge on expensive items. I also suggest trying out their kits, that way you can try several items. I highly recommend this brand, even with the expensive price tags but it’s worth the price.
Drunk Elephant has slowly become one of my favorite skincare brands. It’s a brand I would definitely recommend and especially certain products to everyone. I know skincare products can be really expensive but I don’t mind paying more for a good product with quality ingredients. I feel their products are just that. The Drunk Elephant philosophy (which can be found on their website) is to “use clean ingredients to benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of our formulations.” Drunk Elephant also proudly makes products without the “Suspicious 6” a term they use for 6 ingredients (1. Silicones, 2. Chemical screens, 3. Sensitizing colorants/perfumes, 4. Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), 5. Essential oils, 6. Drying alcohols) which they “believe are at the root of almost every skin issue.” Drunk Elephant believes making products without these “Suspicious 6” allows every skin type to use their products. If you want more information I suggest checking out their website, www.drunkelephant.com.
When trying a new brand there will inevitably be some hits and misses, but I’ve been lucky that most of the products that I have tried have been hits. (And honestly with the price tag of these products I glad most haven’t been a waste of money). Without getting into every hit and miss I want to talk about Drunk Elephant products as a whole. (I plan on doing a more in depth post of all the products I’ve tried).
I feel as though my skin has changed for the better since using their products. The texture and smoothness along with just how it feels are a something I noticed changed, and I have to say I saw results pretty quickly too. Before using Drunk Elephant I would say my skin was more normal/combination (usually a pretty good mix of the two). Now my skin stays more normal and sometimes only slightly combination. I really attribute that to Drunk Elephant products and the way they have kept my skin more even. (I know this might not be the case for everybody). The biggest indicator of how much these products have change my skin comes when I run out of a Drunk Elephant product. I always go back and forth weighing whether or not I should repurchase it because let’s face facts their products are expensive. The times when I decide to try something else that is a similar product, I see that my skin just doesn’t quite look as good as when I use Drunk Elephant. I feel as I’m always trying to find a dupe for their products but so far I haven’t found anything that comes even close to Drunk Elephant’s products. I guess the best way to put it is the overall look and feel of my skin has improved. And because of that their products are worth the crazy expensive prices.
I have to mention the Drunk Elephant packaging. It has to be some of my favorite. The opaque white bottle with a pop of color at the top makes me want to display them all. The practicality is something the I think is not always mentioned. Some of their products don’t have lids that can easily be lost (which is something that I love since I’m known to lose things), this is mostly true for full/larger sized versions of the products. For example the TLC Framboos Glycolic night serum the pump twists up.
The moisturizers also have pump type system, in stead of digging your fingers into the product you push down and a pea sized amount comes out. This is something that I really like because it gives the perfect amount and helps me cut down on accidentally using too much, which I know is something we’ve all done especially me. And I want their products to last the longest they possibly can considering how pricey they are. With this packaging I thinks does exactly that. The only issue I have with the packaging is that you can never tell how much product is left in the bottle since the bottle part is an opaque white. It becomes a guessing game of when the product will run out. So far every time I’ve been wrong and the product runs out when I’m least expecting it. This is one of the reasons why I try to find a new or dupe replacement. Which like I said never works out. So just to try to be aware of when you bought it and when you think it might be empty. Otherwise it comes as a complete surprise and not a good one.
As you can already guess by now the biggest con to this brand would have to be the price. Like I said earlier I don’t mind paying more for good products with quality ingredients, which is something Drunk Elephant delivers. But if the price is too much keep in mind there are ways to stretch the longevity of the products and ultimately your dollars. I’ve found that some products can be used every other day and still be effective. (As long as you’re consistent, which I feel is true with all skincare). And if the price is still too much don’t forget that there are times when you can get a sample from Sephora, whether its from their rewards bazaar or free samples with purchase (that’s how I was first able to try their products). Not to forget the biannual sale at Sephora when you can splurge a little. So whether its today or months from now this brand is definitely worth checking out. Your skin will thank but your wallet will hate you.
For a some time now I have been trying to find a natural deodorant that not only works but smells good. I never thought picking out a deodorant would be so difficult. Why exactly would I want a natural deodorant when it is without a doubt easier to go to a store and pick one off the shelf? It all comes down to ingredients. Most drugstore/regular deodorants contain a whole list of ingredients that have been deemed harmful, but the one that is most recommended to stay away from is aluminum.What about aluminum is so dangerous? First off aluminum is used as an antiperspirant, meaning it helps stop you from sweating or at least sweating a lot. Because of this aluminum can clog pores, and since it’s applied to the underarm which is near breast area/tissue people have found that clog pores in that area can be dangerous. There is a lot of people that also claim the aluminum in deodorants/antiperspirants have the potential to cause breast cancer. So far I haven’t found anything that definitively proves this. But I’m the type of person that rather be safe than sorry, so right now I rather use products that don’t contain aluminum.
So when trying natural deodorant I feel there are a few things to consider. I think it’s important to remember that it won’t always perform the same as regular deodorants. When trying natural deodorant be prepared to sweat and sometimes sweat a lot. Most natural deodorant brands believe sweating is a good thing and that we shouldn’t use ingredients that prevent that from happening, like aluminum. I somewhat agree with this because our bodies sweat for a reason, but I also don’t want crazy sweat marks all over me. And as someone who lives in a state that gets really hot, sweat marks are inevitable occurrence and I don’t want to make them worse than they already are. To help I have found that most natural deodorants do contain some ingredients that will help absorb some of the sweat but not really try to stop it from happening. I have found that sometimes these ingredients do help control some sweat, but mostly have noticed that I sweat just as much if not more than if I wasn’t wearing anything.
Not only do most natural deodorants avoid aluminum in their products but a lot of the products have ingredients that can be easily understood. For me I like when a product’s ingredients are things that I know and not just a long list of hard to pronounce chemicals. While certain names may be confusing like butyrospermum pakii and cocos nucifera, which are shea butter and coconut oil, respectively, it’s still not a whole list of weird chemicals like, cyclopentasiloxane and c12-15 alkyl benzonate, which I’m not sure what they are. There is also a difference between using a natural deodorant and an aluminum free deodorant. While I don’t believe there is criteria to be labeled natural, I do believe that having natural, clean ingredients is what usually differentiates the two. Aluminum free deodorants still has a long list of ingredients that are similar to regular deodorant, just minus the aluminum. I don’t know how much aluminum free deodorants stacks up against regular and natural deodorants as I have only recently tried one. I’m hoping it’s a happy medium between the two.
For me one of the biggest problems I had with natural deodorant has to be the smell. I know I’m not the only one who has had to deal with a natural deodorant making me smell worse than not wearing any deodorant at all. I don’t know what it is but for the majority of natural deodorants I’ve tried I had to stop wearing because of the stink factor. I wish this was a problem that I had with only natural deodorants, but unfortunately it’s something that I’ve dealt before with drugstore deodorant. For the most part with me when it comes to smell it’s usually about the fragrance being too strong and giving me a headache. But I’ve had the problem where the deodorant mixing with my body creates a new god awful scent. This has happened with the majority of natural deodorants that I’ve tried. Unfortunately there is no way to know what scents will or won’t work until you try them. I feel like I’ve wasted so many deodorants because after a few uses the smell was too much for me to handle and couldn’t wear it ever again.
The one thing that everyone needs to know before buying or trying natural deodorants is that they can cause a rash. I unfortunately found out about this rash the hard way. At first I thought I was having an allergic reaction believing it was my body not reacted well to the product. I soon found out that this was a common problem when using a natural deodorants. For some reason, whether it’s baking soda, fragrance, or some other ingredient in a natural deodorant it can cause a rash. The rash honestly looks and feels like something burned you, and you end up with the an angry red line that can cause the skin to peel slightly. I’ve also heard people had issues with the deodorants changing the color of the skin, usually staining it darker. This is one major issue that I feel is glossed over or not mentioned. Many companies will claim it’s just your body going through a “detox.” To me this feels like an excuse and a bad one at that to not inform the customers what can happen when using their product. I know I sound really dramatic and honestly I might be, but if this was something that was a rare occurrence I would understand companies not wanting to advertise potential issue with their products. The problem is that the rash and staining is a common problem. And now for me I’m more leery about buying/trying another natural deodorant from the fear I will have this same reaction. It’s not something I want to experience again and something that anyone wanting to try a natural deodorant should be aware of.
I know this isn’t a very in depth review of which deodorant I’ve tried and which failed. But I wanted to give a quick overview of my experiences with natural deodorant. These were the main things I wish I knew before trying a natural deodorant. I honestly don’t know if I would have tried so many or any at all knowing the struggle it is to find even one natural deodorant that works, at least for me. I feel like there has been a lot of trial and error when it comes to finding a natural deodorant, which is something that becomes not only tiresome but expensive after awhile. I don’t want to scare anyone from trying a natural deodorant but to be prepared for it to not be the same as regular deodorant.
As much as I wanted to use natural deodorant, I found it was best for me to switch back to a regular deodorant. I looked up and even tried a few other brands but every time my armpits were just not happy. After I had the first reaction my pits couldn’t stop developing the same rash no matter which natural deodorant I used. I thought that maybe using one that was aluminum free would work better but I still ended with red angry armpits. I noticed that the rashes didn’t show up immediately but after continuous use it would develop. So I decided to go back regular deodorant but this time one made for sensitive skin. Right now I’m using the Dove sensitive deodorant and I would recommend it because not only are my armpits remaining rash free but they smell nice too. And if I’m complimenting a product’s smell you know it has to be good, I mean it’s light and airy and best part of all it doesn’t irritate my head or my pits. I think I might try another natural deodorant in probably six months that way I can give my armpits a chance to relax, rest and recover (it sounds like I’m sending them on vacation). Right now it’s not a priority to use a natural deodorant because I just want to have happy rash free armpits.
I have been a longtime fan of dry shampoos. I mean who hasn’t? For someone like me who wants to wash my hair as least as possible, I mean my hair is long, tanglely and just a pain in the ass. Dry shampoos were a magical product making my hair look clean without the actual cleaning. I guess you could say it was more the concept than the product themselves. I’m sure you can probably already guess my main issue with dry shampoos…the smell. Every dry shampoo I tried would knock me out with the fragrance. For awhile the Oscar Blandi dry powder ( not aerosol) was the only one I could stand the smell, but even that one’s fragrance kicked my ass. That’s probably why I’m so excited that (at least right now) I found one that even I can tolerate. I finally convinced my self to try Batiste ( I know I’m late to the party). I was able to sort of smell them in store so I could pick the one with the least obnoxious odor, for me that was the Original,and so far so good.
Batiste is a drug store brand that has been getting rave reviews for their dry shampoos for years. Depending on where you buy it, since every store has different prices, the majority of their products are under $10. Which is nice to find a product that’s inexpensive and really works. Especially for me I find that this dry shampoo really does help the hair look clean and absorb the oil. I really only use dry shampoo for that reason even though I know it can be used to give volume to the hair.
I like to apply my dry shampoo at night really letting the product sink in and absorb as much oil and dirt as possible. It also helps with the white cast this product does cause. But if white cast is a deal breaker they do sell ones tinted for your hair color. I personally don’t find the white cast that bothersome. In fact I feel like it gives a guide as to where the product is applied.
I’m sure this is old news since everyone but me really has already tried Batiste. But if you’re anything like me and have been hesitant about using dry shampoo because of the smell this one so far is the best I have found. I feel dry shampoo was made for someone like me ( someone too lazy to wash their hair) so finding one without a headache inducing smell is nothing short of amazing.
So I think I might have a slight online shopping problem. More specifically an online Sephora shopping problem and with the recent biannual sale I made sure to use that coveted discount well. I ended up making three different orders but in my defense it was over two separate weekends.
So what did I buy, though I feel like it’s more what didn’t I buy? Well like most that know the Sephora sales are a time to not only stock up on products you know you’ll use, you know the ever important backup to favorite products but also products that I’ve been wanting to try. I should also add the sale is the time to buy expensive items because any kind of discount is better than buying when there is no discount. So I thought I would break down my orders.
Order 1: Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush foundation (basically an aerosol spray foundation) in Fair, Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Diffused Bronze.
So I have been wanting to try a spray foundation for a long time. I remember the makeup artist on TLC’s Was Not To Wear, Carmindy always using spray foundation and since then it always has intrigued me. The only problem it isn’t something that is made by a lot of brands. The only one that I know of off the top of my head is the Dior Airflash foundation, which comes with a hefty price of $62. With the Sephora Collection Perfection Air Mist foundation being half the price I thougt this was the perfect opportunity to try this type of product. Also I had heard Stassi from Vanderpump Rules rave about this foundation. I don’t normally buy products reality stars recommend but Stassi has mentioned that this foundation has even worked well at concealing any issues with her Psoriasis. Not to mention in the last few episodes Vanderpump Rules I have notice a lot of girls also use this foundation also.
The Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum is a product that unfortunately is super expensive but one that is worth the price. I honestly feel this serum has helped my skin so much by making the texture more smooth and helping to shrink my pores. This was the perfect opportunity to buy a backup since I’m pretty sure I will be running out soon. I also wanted to try the Drunk Elephant Lippie. I feel like I have been on the hunt for a good lip balm from Sephora. Since I love most of Drunk Elephant’s product I thought why not see if this one is any good.
The last thing I ordered was the Hourglass Luminous bronzer. I have heard so many people say how wonderful these bronzers are and for the price they should be. While I didn’t buy the full size version opting for the mini it was still a pretty pricey product. But when else is there a better time to buy pricey items than at the Sephora sale.
I honestly thought I was happy with those purchases and wouldn’t really need to make anymore. I don’t know who I thought I was kidding. Knowing there is a sale makes shopping Sephora online more addictive and harder to resist than normal, which if you’re me is pretty hard in the first place.
Order 2: Sephora Collection Brow Builder in Neutral Gray Brown, NARS Wanted Power Pack Lip Kit in Cool Nudes, BeautyBlender beauty blusher, Drunk Elephant Hit it Off Duo, Nudestix Nude Metallics for eyes, Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, Drunk Elephant Baby Peekee bar and Juju bar (travel set), Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner, Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate (100 point reward).
With my second order I got more products from brands I love whether it was more backup items or products that were new to me. As you can probably tell I love Drunk Elephant products so I thought why not try more of their products. I got the travel size peekee and juju bars thinking these would probably be great to use in the shower. I also got another mini set of the Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer and the Beste cleanser. I already had a mini Lala moisturizer and have used it all up, but I didn’t want to commit to the full size version since I just got a full size of their Protini moisturizer. Also I have a trip in September that I wanted to be able to take products that are travel size but also ones I love. The only issue I have with this set is that I thought they had changed the packaging of the cleanser but for the mini size they didn’t. I really wanted to try their cleanser but the packaging, more specifically the top have been the reasons I haven’t.
Another backup item was the Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair hair mask. I use this in lieu of conditioner and it has made my hair softer and healthier feeling. Knowing I will be running out of this product soon I decided it would be a good time for a backup.
I always feel the sale is a good time to pick items like beautyblenders. I use them pretty much every time I do my makeup and to me they are one of those items that you can’t have too many of. This time instead of buying a normal size one I thought I’d try their new blusher blender. I wanted something to be able to really blend my under eyes. I considered trying the minis but they looked extra small and also something I could lose easily. With the blusher I thought it might be better being that it’s the middle size between the regular and the mini. A thought that sounds very Goldilocks to me.
So lately I have been a little obsessed with Nudestix eyeshadow sticks. All of the ones I have are matte so when I saw they had a kit of three in metallic finish I immediately added that to this order. If these are like the matte ones I know I’ll be just as obsessed. The other kit I was excited to try was the Nars Wanted Power Lip kit. I have been wanting to try their Powermatte Lip Pigment but have had a hard really biting that bullet because they are a little expensive. This kit comes with two mini size Powermatte Lip Pigments for the less than the price of one regular size lip pigment. They have two sets one being more vibrant colors, a candy apple red and geranium (their description of a bright pink), and the other more nude, a terracotta and tan rose. Typically I don’t go for nude shades but one of the shades was one I had been looking at to buy so it seemed perfect.
I’m almost out of the toner I currently use (belif Bergamot Herbal Extract toner) and thought now would be a good time to buy another one. I really like a lot of belif products but wanted to try something new so I got the Kiehls Ultra Facial toner. I had been looking at some others but was worried about using them with my Drunk Elephant night serum since both contained AHA/BHA. It seemed like it would be too many acids to apply to my skin.
Finally to round out this order I got the Sephora Collection Brow Builder. I want a simple easy way to apply brows without spending crazy amount of time. There are just some days when I need to get out the door and I don’t have the time to spend doing all the hair-like strokes. This seemed like a good product for exactly those days. I also liked that it came in neutral gray brown shade. I have noticed that a lot of brow products that are brown tend to be too warm for me and I end up with red brows.
At this point I honestly thought I was done. I had spent a lot of m
oney got everything I could possibly need, want and more. But after that order I saw an early access to a product that was launching soon, I think it was in the next couple days. And the crafty people at Sephora knew it was something I had been looking for, well more likely just happened to be shown to me after already placing my previous order. So what did I do…
Order 3: Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
What really made me interested besides already looking for a setting powder was that I hadn’t heard much about it. I know it’s a little weird since I typically wait for some reviews to see if it is something worth purchasing.
With this order I finally showed some restraint and just ordered one thing but still… I went more than crazy ordering way too much. I going try and make sure that I don’t buy anything for at least a little bit. But honestly who knows how that will go. As for now I’m excited to start trying out some these new products.
The best part about having three different orders is all the samples so of course I couldn’t leave them out!
I’ve been reluctant to try the massively popular lip treatments like the Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask and balm, the Fresh Sugar lip balms, and any other high end lip treatments found at Sephora. I could never justify to myself spending around $20 on a fancy lip balm. Normally I would use any lip balms I could find at the drugstore, for awhile I used a glue stick size cocoa butter from Palmers and then Eos lip balms. They kept my lips hydrated and even lasted for awhile if I applied them right before bed. The only down side I ever had with the Eos balms was their awesomely shaped case. The round ball-like case were too much for my dogs to resist and several have been subsequently eaten. But are these popular lip treatment truly worth their expensive price tag? Is it their ingredients? Are they more hydrating? And why are they such fan favorites? But more importantly am I going to waste $20 on a fancy lip balm because it cam from Sephora?
So to determine if these products are in fact better I finally broke down and bought the popular lip balm of the moment, Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask. After using it for a while now I honestly don’t understand all the hype.
The Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask comes in a container with a mini spatula type tool in a little plastic envelope. The mini spatula is to apply the product and to keep things more hygienic than always digging your fingers in the container.
I have to say I’m not a big fan of this packaging. I understand the jar like container (not like others that apply directly to the lips) holds more product (0.70oz) having to always pull out the spatula and apply gets a little tiring after awhile. I know this is my lazy self talking but I like to just apply lip balm straight to my lips with out pulling out a tool and then replacing it to a plastic envelope. Also since all the product doesn’t come off the spatula it get sticky inside and a little on outside of the envelope. Which isn’t really a big deal, but I did notice that because of the stickiness it didn’t always remain the most hygienic. Basically if you have dogs/animals that shed this is one more place to find their hair. I know the easy answer is to wash the spatula tool and the envelope after every use but: 1. I’m too lazy and that is way too much effort for me especially for a lip balm 2. cleaning didn’t necessarily get rid of all the stickiness, maybe it was me but it got sticky everywhere.
Every time I grab the envelope I always wonder if this is more hygienic than just using my fingers? I feel like bacteria could grow just as easily in the plastic envelope or on the tool. The whole reason for the spatula is to limit contact between your skin and the product. I know fingers come into more contact/have more germs but you are still placing something on your skin (which also has bacteria)and then dipping it back into the product. It might not be as much but you’re still getting bacteria into the product.I could go on and on about this because I feel like this is just a gimmick.
So with all the package issues aside I was expecting this lip balm to be an amazing or hydrating from all the praise it had gotten. Several beauty Youtubers sung the praises of this product, something I definitely took with a grain of salt. But even before purchasing I read several reviews on the Sephora website and I swear there wasn’t one bad thing anyone said. In fact I was shocked at how many 5 star reviews there were (side note I bought this awhile ago. and at the time I believe this had 5 stars as of right now it has 4.6 stars from 2,424 reviews). If I was to give this a rating I would probably give it 3 stars, and that’s generously rounding up. I feel that when I used this product my lips became more dry which was something that always blew my mind. It seemed as though after the balm wore off I would have to reapply since it felt like my lips were dried out. I’ve never seem to have this problem with previous lip balms, but this was my first try at fancy lip balms at Sephora.
So would I proclaim the Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask as the best or holy grail lip product? No. Not anywhere close to the best. Though I do have to say the fancy name of this product is oddly fitting because I would describe it as lip balm masking it self as hydrating. I would never recommend this lip balm or ever consider repurchasing it, but I will use it up. And as expected I feel kinda stupid for wasting my money on this product. I now know to not get sucked into the hype of these expensive lip treatments again and go back to my favorite drugstore lip balms. I just have to find a way to keep them away from my dogs.