Bathroom Beauty

I try a lot of products, sometimes I talk about them right away and sometimes it takes me forever. And sometimes, they're tried and true products that I just forget to talk about here. So, I thought I'd show you what's on my lil shelves right at this very moment. I probably won't go through every single product, but if you have anything you want to know about leave me a comment! These are the things I'm currently testing/always loving!

Obviously the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is the absolute love of my life. It's the most gentle, conditioning, perfect cleanser, but I've been using it a little differently lately! The French Girl Organics Rose Facial Polish is a powder exfoliant, and I've been mixing it into Milky Jelly a few times a week for an extra punch. Speaking of cleansers, I've been rotating quite a few recently. Namely the BioClarity Cleanser, Korres Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleanser, Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleanser, Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser, Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser, Recherche Beaute Cashmere Cleansing Balm and the Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Trans-Clay Foam. Extra much? Maybe, but I just love trying out cleansers!
I've been trying out the rest of the Korres Wild Rose range and loving it! I got a set from Sephora (that doesn't seem to be there anymore, boo) with several of the full size products in it! So far so good, and the Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial seems to possibly me a miracle? Time will tell. The Pomegranate Moisturizer is also pretty great. I've been a little lazy in the face mask department lately, but the Complex Beauty Co masks are always ones I reach for. The Godmother is my absolute favourite, it's an enzyme mask that gives you the glowiest skin ever. Usually on mask days I use a pretty simple skincare routine, but can never ever be without my Kypris Antioxidant Dew or Ordinary Rosehip Seed Oil. Actual game changers.
In terms of serums, I'm forever loving the Glossier Super Bounce and Pixi Overnight Glow Serum. Both, especially when used together, promise plumed up smooth skin. This week I've started incorporating the Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum. I'm going to have to do a Vitamin C Skin Smart post because this ingredient is a serious powerhouse. In the week that I've been using it I've already noticed brighter skin. And apparently it helps fade acne scarring incredibly quickly, my fingers are crossed! It isn't really a serum, but I've been trying out the Huxley Secret of Sahara Oil Essence. I'm not really sure what to think of it yet, have any of you used it?
Those are a few of the things I'm currently testing/using! What have you guys been loving lately?

The Cream Eyeshadow Edit

I've become a cream eyeshadow person. If you'd told me that a few years ago, I probably would have laughed at you because I kind of hated them. But nowadays I'm 10000% into more minimal makeup and I usually can't be bothered with more than one shadow colour. Cream shadows just make it a million times easier. So these are my favourite ones!

I'm sure if you follow me on Instagram, you know I'm a wee tiny bit obsessed with Chanel at the moment. It's actually a problem. But their products have been calling to me! I fell in love with the Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Shadow in New Moon a few months ago. It's a beaaaautiful mix of burgundy and bronze and gold that looks stunning on the lids. The shimmer in it almost leans lilacy, it's really unusual. This formula is a bit more sheer with intense shimmer, but can be built up! I only got the Ombre Premiere Long Wear Cream Shadow in Undertone a few days ago but I really really like the formula! Undertone is a lighter warm-brown with an almost white gold finish. They're super soft and incredibly lightweight, and blend like a dream. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on these so far and I'm honestly shocked, I love it. I like especially that I can sheer it out really easily, or build it up. But, it does set and then it doesn't budge!

The elf Smudge Pots are similar in their creaminess, but they're almost a bit slippery (?) and more gel-like compared to the Chanel. This shade, Cruisin' Chic, has been a favourite of mine for a long time. It's a beautiful taupe that leans a bit warm. Despite the really light texture they last all day on me without creasing! Last on the lightweight side of the cream shadow world is this Burberry Eye Colour Cream in Gold Copper. I've never heard anyone talk about these, but when I found one at a bare + Beauty outlet I snatched it up. This is another icy gold that I'm sort of obsessed with at the moment. It's much more of a sheer wash of colour, but sets down and doesn't move. Definitely looking into more shades.

The MAC Paint Pots are much more dense, but the formula is quite easy to blend (especially in the more shimmery shades) and highly pigmented. They're excellent as eyeshadow bases, I specifically love Soft Ochre, or on their own! I personally find that they feel slightly heavier on the lids upon first application, so I typically press them in with my fingers so that they're blended out. The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks are the loves of my life. They go on quite creamy, but once they set down they are done. They literally will not move. Some are a bit sheer, but most are very pigmented and transfer that way on the lid. I have a couple of the satin-matte shades, but the shimmers are my favourite! I love Goldstone, Sunlight Gold, and Dusty Mauve the most.

Do you guys like cream shadows? What are your favourite formulas?

Best of French Girl Organics

A few months ago during the Anthro Day sale I picked up a few French Girl Organics products to try out. I'd seen them in stores before but hadn't heard much about them in the blogosphere. I fell in LOVE. But I don't have an Anthropologie super close to me, so I didn't play with any more products. A few weeks ago, French Girl reached out and asked if I'd like to try out some of their bestsellers. Basically took all of my self control not to respond saying "um hell yes."
So I've been testing most of these for the past few weeks (and two products for several months) and thought I'd do a roundup post to tell you what I think. I originally purchased the Crème Lumière and Sea Spray and I love them both. The Crème Lumière is a super rich hydrating moisturizer that's surprisingly lightweight. It's got my beloved hyaluronic acid and a new-to-me super ingredient, pomegranate for anti-inflammatory purposes. It also contains evening primrose oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil so it's definitely better (in my opinion) for dry/combination skin. The oils can also separate especially if kept in the sun so keep that in mind. The Sea Spray is formulated with Himalayan pink salt, French gray salt, coconut and neroli oil, and jasmine. It makes my hair super beachy and wavy without being crunchy or drying my hair out. But better than any salt sprays I've ever tried (ahem bumble and bumble).

I was pretty skeptical of the Sea Polish only because body scrubs aren't really my thing. You'd think I'd be as obsessed with taking care of the skin on my body as I am with my face but I'm just too lazy. So, the skin on my body is quite dry and scrubs generally irritate it. But the Menthe/Romain Sea Polish* is full of Shea and coconut butters which make it insanely moisturizing. The salt crystals are quite rounded making the exfoliation gentle. I honestly really love this, but my complaint is that for the price I just go through it too quickly. The other body product I received was the Lumière Body Oil*. This one I was skeptical of as well because I love my Nuxe oil, but it's quickly getting up there. It's a bit easier to get in the US, but it is also pricier. I love the spray on my Nuxe so the dropper on this is a little annoying and hard to get used to. But the way it sinks into my skin and deeply hydrates makes it so worth it.
The Rose Lip Polish* is probably the product I see out there on Instagram the most. I was expecting it to be similar to the Lush lip scrubs, but it's actually pretty different! Its full of super hydrating oils and butters like the rest of French Girl's products. Definitely moisturizing, but feels less scrubby than other products I've used (not necessarily a bad thing tbh). The Remedy Roll-On Oil- Cuticle* is a surprise favourite, the packaging is genius. It makes it so easy and tidy, especially to throw in your purse and use on the go. The combination of oils smells incredible but isn't overpowering. It's intensely hydrating but sinks in really quickly, win win!

The absolute star of the show for me is the Rose Facial Polish*. I'm normally against physical exfoliators, especially on the delicate skin on your face. But, these finely ground exfoliating powders are actually kind of awesome. Basically you put a dime sized amount in yours palm, mix with a bit of water, polish away, and rinse. I've found that it also works really well mixed with Milky Jelly Cleanser! It's packed with antioxidants as well as anti-bacterial lavender and patchouli leaf. This leaves my skin baby soft, taut (not tight), and absolutely glowing. Plus, for $22 and the tiny amount you use it's a whole lotta bang for your buck. If you buy one thing, buy this. I'm in love.
A little bit of background on French Girl for those of you who don't know: it began on Etsy in 2010! The products are all made with exclusively organic, wild-crafted and sustainable ingredients. They're also entirely vegan! The line is full of luxurious products that I feel like kind of elevate (is that too bougie?) my every day. I'm kind obsessed with everything French so I love using these simple but beautiful products.

Have you guys tried anything from the line? If you haven't are you going to try something?

*Some products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. This post is not sponsored and as always all opinions are my own.

Skincare on Trial 002

The past few weeks I've been trying a few things out and loving them, but haven't been able to work them into a post. So I figured I'd give them their own because I'm the boss!

My new friend Brennan (yes, that Brennan, squeal) gave me this wee sample of the Korres Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleanser and I quite nearly fainted. I'd been really wanting to try this line and have since ordered several of the products (arriving tomorrow!). Anywho, this is a creamy exfoliating cleanser and I have fallen in love. I typically don't like abrasive cleansers, but this is really gentle and so nice in the morning. Wild Rose is rich in Vitamin C and is super brightening. Obviously cleansers are on your face for about 15 seconds tops so those ingredients don't really do much, but I think the exfoliating beads help reinforce the brightness. The exfoliating agents in this are rice grain, cherry stone, and sugar all of which have round structures and won't cause micro tears in the skin yay!

I bought the Dr. Jart+ Trans-foam Clay in Refreshing Green during the VIB Sale because it just seemed so interesting. These are basically clay masks (there are three different ones) that turn into a cleanser once you start to wash them off. The green one is detoxifying and exfoliating! The French green clay brightens and removes dead skin cells and is supposed to help tighten as well. My skin definitely feels very very clean and smooth after using this, but without that stripping feeling. It also contains hydrogen mineral water and lemon grass, eucalyptus, and tea tree extracts to soothe the skin. Overall I really liked this, it was fun to use and had good results! It's also pretty inexpensive for a high-end mask and I'm thinking about picking up the other two.

The star of this show is the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Pore Cleansing Mask. I don't usually buy Clinique skincare because I always think it's a little boring (sorry Clinique). But I'm really glad I picked this up because it's incredible! Charcoal powder pulls all of the nasties of out your skin, and the mineral clay soaks up oil. Generally I find these masks too drying and a bit too clarifying, but this somehow leaves my skin super super smooth and clean but still hydrated? I'm always really suspicious of products that claim to be "pore minimizing" because that's literally not possible. Your pores are the size that they are and there's no changing that. I think refining though is a really good way to phrase it, my pores looked way less noticeable after using this!

What have you guys been trying out lately? Anything I neeeeed?