Fourth Ray Beauty Wide Awake Set | Review

Hello, everyone! Today I’m doing a review of some Fourth Ray Beauty products I picked up two months ago; in particular, I will be reviewing the Wide Awake set. As a reference, I have dry skin with the occasional dry spots. My skin is not sensitive or acne-prone, but tends to have some texture issues, redness, and hyperpigmentation.

Group shot of the products in the Fourth Ray Beauty Wide Awake Set Watermelon Seed Oil, Fresh AF Mist, Matcha Face Milk

THE BASICS

Fourth Ray Beauty is ColourPop’s sister brand that focuses on skincare. According to the brand, they “promote clean beauty, balanced living, and total wellness – going beyond the skin to embrace the whole being.” Every product apparently contains a custom crystal blend that will not only help balance your skin, but your energy as well. What?? My honest opinion is that Fourth Ray Beauty is a skincare brand – no matter how many buzzwords you throw into your bio, you promote skincare first. I’m so not into that hippy-dippy energy stuff!

The brand’s products are sold on the Fourth Ray Beauty website, and a limited selection of products are sold on the ColourPop website. The brand is cruelty-free.

The Wide Awake set retails for $15 USD and includes full sizes of the:

  • Matcha Face Milk
  • Fresh AF Mist
  • Watermelon Seed Oil

This products included in the set are meant to refresh energized and dull skin, which is something my skin needs.

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January-April Empties

Hello, my friends! Today I’m doing my first empties post of the year. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am notoriously slow at using products up. Last year, I collected all of my empties and grouped them together in two large posts. I don’t use up many products in a year, but even that was overkill for me, resulting in posts that were too long. This year, I’ve decided to split my empties into three posts instead of two, which should be more manageable. Read further to see what I’ve used up in the last 4 months! PS – sorry for how dark the photos are. The weather has not been cooperative lately!

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Drunk Elephant The Littles Kit | Review Part 2 | Worth the Hype?

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is Part 2 of my review of The Littles Kit from Drunk Elephant. I split my review into two posts because there are 8 products in the kit, and my review became too long to put into one review. You can see Part 1 here.

Today’s review will be covering the remaining products from the kit:

Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser
Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense

BASICS

Just to recap the previous post, here is a short summary of what Drunk Elephant is all about.

Drunk Elephant is a clean skincare brand that is committed to only using ingredients that are compatible with skin and that your skin can recognize and accept, leaving out products that are potentially toxic and disrupt the body. Their products do not contain the “Suspicious 6” (Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Screens, Fragrance/Dyes and SLS), which the company believes is the cause of many skin issues. The company first started when the founder, Tiffany Masterson, found that the products currently on the market were too harsh on her sensitive skin. Their products are formulated with the right pH levels in mind to best suit the skin. Drunk Elephant products are all made in the USA.

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Drunk Elephant The Littles Kit | Review Part 1 | Worth the Hype?

Hi everyone! Today, I’m writing a review on the products in the Drunk Elephant The Littles Kit. I bought this kit late last year, but I slowly incorporated all of the products into my routine since I didn’t want to abruptly change all of the products I was using and risk completely messing up my skin. Now I’ve finally gotten a chance to test out all of the products, I wanted to do a review of this. Unfortunately, Drunk Elephant recently changed The Littles Kit and released The Littles 3.0 (the kit I own is 2.0), so you can no longer get all of these products I’m reviewing below in a set, but the review still applies to all of the individual products.

Drunk Elephant is definitely known to be one of the pricier but hyped-up brands out there these days. I had been curious about them for a long time due to constantly seeing the brand on social media, but wasn’t willing to shell out $70+ for a brand that I had never tried before. A set like this is a great way to try a nice selection of products from a brand, without having to invest it in a full size.

My review for this kit was almost 4,000 words long, so I split it up into two posts, and Part 2 will be available tomorrow (edit: part 2 is now up here. Today’s post touches on the following products:

B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum
Shaba Complex Eye Serum

Read on to see my honest thoughts about the products!

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Thursday Chats: The Pros and Cons of using Hyped-Up Skincare Brands

Hello, everyone! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a post for my Thursday Chats series…mostly because I haven’t been able to think of a topic, haha. If you’re not familiar with Thursday Chats, it’s a series where I talk about “issues” within the beauty community in order to get some discussion going. Today’s post is all about using skincare that is really popular on social media – we all know what brands these are, because we see them over and over again! This has been a thing in the beauty industry for years, but has become more prevalent and noticeable in the last few years because of the internet.

As you will see from the pictures in this post, you’ll notice that I own a lot of products from hyped-up brands – and these are only the ones that I currently own. Luckily, the vast majority of them are minis that were purchased in a set, because I didn’t want to invest in a full size without knowing whether it would work well with my skin. Still, the fact that I own these means I’ve been sucked in by continuously seeing them on social media! After trying so many hyped-up products, and I can confirm that while some of these products have quickly become favourites, others have done more damage on my skin than good. After thinking about my buying habits, I’ve thought of a few pros and cons about trying skincare that gets raved about on social media. Are these products worth it, or are they overhyped? Do people actually think they’re good, or are they just raving about them because they got sent PR? I think the answers to these questions are very individual depending on the user!

Close up shot of Herbivore skincare products

IT MIGHT MESS WITH YOUR SKIN

Let’s set the scene: lately, you’ve been seeing a ton of people on Instagram talking about a skincare product and how it’s so hydrating, how it has made their skin so glowy and clear, and your interest is piqued. You buy yourself a mini to try, and a week into using it, your skin is all red and you have weird bumps and texture all over your skin…just great! I have to admit that this has happened to me on a few occasions, even though I bought products that were recommended by bloggers I trust.

One of the biggest problems with trying skincare willy-nilly is that you run the risk of damaging your skin. Even if someone has the same skin type or skin issues as you, it’s possible that the ingredients in the product just don’t work well with the unique makeup of your skin. I’ve also purchased hyped-up products that didn’t end up doing anything for me at all. Just because it’s popular on social media doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee that it will solve your skin issues like it does for other people!

 

YOU SPEND EXTRA MONEY

Buying hyped-up skincare because you see everyone using it on Instagram might mean you’re spending money on things you normally would not have, because you’re trying something out of curiosity to see if it’s really worth the hype. On top of this, a lot of highly raved skincare brands come with a really high price tag. While The Ordinary is popular largely due to how affordable it is, brands like Drunk Elephant, Summer Fridays, Tatcha, and Glossier are really pricey for the average consumer. For some products, you could be spending upwards of $100+ just to see if it’s as good as everyone says it is, at the risk of being disappointed.

Close up shots of Drunk Elephant skincare products from The Littles Kit

 

IT MAKES YOU THE SAME AS EVERYONE

Something that’s really tough about being a content creator is finding your own voice or standing out in a sea of a million other content creators. If you’re using and taking photos of the same thing highly-hyped products, your product reviews will end up blending in with everyone else’s, and your Instagram feed also ends up looking very similar to all of the other accounts out there.

Close up of The Ordinary products

YOU MIGHT FEEL LEFT OUT

While all of the points so far have talked about the negatives of trying popular skincare, one of the downsides of not trying highly raved-about skincare is feeling like you’re out of the loop. In a way, this is a pretty silly one because we should never waste money and mess with your skincare just for the views, but we all know how fast-paced the beauty industry moves – if you don’t try a product while it’s still trending, you’re out! Whether it’s makeup or skincare, I don’t often try trendy things right after they first release, so I know firsthand how annoying it is when I constantly see the same brands being hyped up on social media when I don’t plan on buying it in the near future, if ever.

 

YOU MIGHT MISS OUT

If you’re anything like me, you might scroll past all of the IG posts or blog post reviews that feature popular brands because you think people are raving about them just because they received PR from the brands, or that the products are overhyped and not as good as people say. This kind of thinking can also make you miss out on some really high-quality products. For example, I’ve held off on buying a jade roller because the whole idea of it seems a bit ridiculous to me. Am I missing out? Quite possibly, but I guess I’ll never know because I don’t plan on buying one.

YOU MIGHT DISCOVER NEW PRODUCTS THAT YOU LOVE

Putting aside all of the bad aspects about trying hyped-up skincare, one of the major positives is something that I think makes us all continue trying new skincare or makeup: you might discover something you’ll absolutely fall in love with year. In the last year or two, I have tried a bunch of hyped-up skincare, and luckily, I have found my fair share of products that ended up working really well for me; for example, the Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm and the Herbivore Pink Cloud Moisture Creme were clear standouts last year. Other products, not so much (I won’t go into these as they’ll be in future reviews coming up).

Are you a user of skincare products that are highly raved about on social media, and did they work out for you? Share with me your experiences in the comments!

Monthly Makeup – Products I’m Focusing On in February

Hello everyone! Last year, I participated in two Project Pans, which not only helped me get a lot of use out of certain makeup products from my collection, but actually use up a lot of them too. While the satisfaction of completing a Project Pan outweighed the negatives of having to use the same products over and over, I simply need a break from them right now.

Instead of doing a Project Pan this year, I thought I would choose a handful of products to focus on each month. This idea comes from my friend Nicole from Pretty Ruff Life, who did her Makeup Focus posts for the entirety of last year. Unlike my Project Pan, I don’t intend on using these products every single day as I still want to get reviews out, but these products will be largely featured in my makeup and skincare routine for the month – out of 7 days of the week, I plan to use them for about 3 or 4 days. At the end of the month, I’ll do an update to see where I’m at with these products and how often I actually ended up using them throughout the month! Onwards to see what I’m focusing on in February:

 

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Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Palette

I haven’t pulled this palette out to use regularly for a few months now, so I think it’s about time I concentrate on using it. I specifically chose to focus on the Just Peachy Mattes palette in February because I thought that the month of love would be a good time to pull out this red-toned palette!

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Project Pan Volume 2: Update #2

Hello, everyone! Today, I’m writing my final update on my second Project Pan of 2018, which I started back in July. Read on to see how far I made it with all of these products in the last six months!

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From Left to Right: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty on July 1st and December 31st

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty

Not to toot my own horn, but I am so proud of myself on this guy! This blush was part of my first Project Pan of the year, and after trying to pan this blush for the entire year, I have come SO CLOSE. You can see that there is a tiny ring left at the edges, but I would say that this is as good as finished. Can I just go ahead and call this a successful pan? We all know how difficult it is to finish blushes! I will be continuing to use this in 2019 until the pan is completely clean – but first, I am going to take a break from it to use some of my other blushes for a while!

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Best of Beauty 2018: Skincare Edition

Hi everyone! On Monday, I shared Part 1 of my Best of Beauty of the year, which was all about my makeup favourites. Today is the second of my Best in Beauty of 2018, which features all about my bodycare and skincare favourites. Read on to see what I loved this year!

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Hand Cream: Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream

I bought a 6 pack of these last December, and now I’m currently on my last two tubes. A lot of my blogger friends raved about these Delectable hand creams before I ever got to try them, and now I finally see why. I wash my hands a lot, so they’re always dry. They’re very affordable drugstore hand creams, and are the most hydrating lotions I’ve used in a long time. A huge plus is that these are the perfect size for the purse! A few of the scents were not my favourite, but they weren’t a dealbreaker, either. I recently bought a set of bigger tubes that I have placed on my bedside table and office desk!

 

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Lip Balm: Glossier Balm Dotcom

In my makeup favourites post, I talked about how much I love the Cloud Paints. These are another hit from Glossier! My long-time favourite lip balm for the last decade has been the ones from Jack Black, and I’ve never been able to find another brand that I liked just as much. Well, I discovered this year that the Balm Dotcom gives it a run for its money! I’ve tried a few balms throughout 2018, but the Balm Dotcom was my favourite by far. I wouldn’t say that it’s better than the Jack Black, to be honest, but it’s just as good even though the formula is different. It keeps my lips moisturized for a few hours before reapplication is needed, and it’s just the right texture – not thin and greasy, but also not thick and hard to spread out either. I recently purchased the rose scent, and I’m looking forward to adding more to my collection one day.

 

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Makeup Remover: Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm

reviewed this makeup remover in the summer, and it’s still a standout for me now. For the first time in nearly a decade, I’ve found a makeup remover that has replaced my holy grail, the MAC Cleanse Off Oil. This cleansing balm has a subtle fresh scent that smells really nice. More importantly, I want my makeup removal process to be fast and effective, and this removes even the most stubborn of my makeup quickly with no trace of it left over. Massaging it into the skin feels nice too, as it feels very hydrating and turns into a nice milky texture once you add water to it. It’s the first cleansing balm I’ve ever tried, and it won’t be my last!

Runner up is the Garnier Miscellar Water, which saved me when I had eyelash extensions and couldn’t use an oil-based makeup remover. I never “believed” in miscellar waters before because anything besides oil-based remover has always been ineffective in makeup removal on me, but this was so impressive in getting makeup off my skin.

 

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Serums: Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion

I didn’t really know how to classify this, but I guess a serum is close enough. I’ve tested out 4 different hyaluronic acids now, and this has by FAR been my favourite even though it’s the newest addition to my collection! I purchased it in Japan after reading that pretty much EVERYONE recommends this, and it lives up to the hype. It’s the most hydrating out of the four, and soaks right into the skin. It also has a nice consistency that’s not too runny but also not goopy. it’s unscented, and it doesn’t do anything weird like pill underneath other skincare or makeup. I feel like my skin has felt a lot less tight since starting to use this!

 

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Facial Oil: The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

I’ve never had much luck with facial oils until I met this one. Squalane is meant to lock in moisture, and this does just that. I apply it as the last step on my nighttime routine in order to lock in all of the hydrating properties from the other products I applied underneath. I’ve found that since using the squalane, my skin feels quenched and supple in the morning. Although it’s an oil, it doesn’t feel too greasy, and it’s also unscented, which is a big plus for a lot of skincare lovers. I reviewed this back in September here.

 

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Exfoliator: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

I will be doing a review of all the products included in the Drunk Elephant Littles Kit in the next month or so, but all you have to know about this product is that it is so phenomenal. This is a pretty strong AHA/BHA blend, but I found this to be really gentle on my skin. No stinging, no scent, and no drying out my skin. I’ve found that I just end up with a smooth and much more radiant complexion after using this regularly.

 

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Moisturizer: Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme

Not only is the packaging and the pink cream pretty (the aesthetics is always a bonus, am I right?), but it has a light, airy texture that feels nice on the skin. Yet, this is still really moisturizing despite the lighter texture. I have dry skin and have that it has worked well for both the summer and winter so far, although as the weather continues to get colder, I’m now just starting to find it’s not enough. The scent is a bit strong, which is definitely a negative for people who don’t like fragrance in their skincare, but I personally don’t hate it. I did an in-depth review of this moisturizer here.

The runner-up in this category is the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream. It’s a runner-up because I only started using it in December and need more time to test it, but I’m seriously loving it so far. This moisturizer is a lot thicker than the Herbivore Pink Cloud, but it doesn’t sit heavily on my skin. My skin has been drinking all of the moisture up! I will have a review of this up in the next two months.

And that is it for my roundup of 2018 favourites! What products did you love this year?

 

Skincare Must-Haves for the Winter

Hello, everyone! This week has been crazy – I forgot to post this blog post on Tuesday AND Wednesday, and almost forgot today too. It’s been a struggle!

If you’re a long-time reader of my blog, you’ll know that I have dry skin all year round, but the dryness gets particularly bad in the winter. I feel like I’ve finally gotten it under control in the last two years, so today I wanted to share some skincare categories that are necessities in my winter skincare routine. In particular, I want to show you some specific products that I love. Read on for my winter skincare suggestions!

Herbivore Pink Cloud

Moisturizer

This one is a given! You really need a good moisturizer to keep your skin looking soft and supple all year round, but it’s especially important during the winter. I’ve been loving the Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme since the spring and summer, but I tend to switch to a heavier moisturizer in the winter. However, I’ve found that this has been working just fine in the winter so far; I’m not sure if it’s because it hasn’t been too dry and cold this winter, or if this is really good for all year round – but I’ll take it!

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Beauty Products I Purchased Because of Other Bloggers

Like most beauty lovers, I like to stay on top of beauty releases and new products. There are different factors that come into play when I choose which beauty products I’m interested in buying. A lot of the time, I buy ones that sound interesting when I first hear about them in press releases. Others I buy because of YouTube reviews, and some are recommendations from friends. However, there have been a lot of purchases over the years that have arisen because I see my beauty blogger friends raving about them. Today’s post is on the latter: stuff I’ve bought because of other bloggers!

Delectable Hand Cream

Delectable Hand Cream

When I first saw these hand creams at the grocery store, I thought the brand was a rip-off of the Canadian brand Cake, which were slowly disappearing from shelves. After reading many other bloggers raving about this product, like Nicole from Pretty Ruff Life, I found out that the Delectable line is made by Cake! I finally got my hands on some of the hand creams last Christmas, and the good reviews are so justified. They’re creamy and moisturizing without feeling sticky or heavy on your hands!

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