Why I’m Totally Into Facial Mists

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My post-shower and post-face-wash skin has been a struggle for me. My skin is on the dry side, but breaks out easily with over-moisturizing. I’ve tried expensive face wash systems with 5 step washes, night creams of every kind, etc., always leading me to break out in some way.

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Lavett & Chin Coconut Moisturizing Facial Mist

Then I discovered facial mists, and at first they didn’t work either. I’d spray them on immediately after washing my face/showering, when my face was still a bit damp and it similarly was over-moisturizing my face.

Then I forgot to put it on after showering one night, and my face dried. I looked in the mirror and it was so stiff and clearly needed to be moisturized…so I sprayed this on, rubbed it into my skin as if it were a cream, and went to bed. I woke up with amazing skin! I’ve been doing that for months now and my skin feels perfectly balanced and moisturized. This one by Lavett & Chin has been my *hands down* favorite. I discovered/tried it first at the GOOP Mrkt when they did a pop up in San Francisco. The scent is subtle and soothing, and even spritzing on the lips is okay because it tastes so sweet. I cannot rave enough about this product; to me, it’s totally worth the higher price tag.

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Spritz Breath Deeply: Peppermint Essential Oils Spray

A close second is this facial mist that’s very pepperminty and works similarly to the other one. It has purified water, peppermint, eucalyptus and other 100% pure essential oils. The peppermint scent is so relaxing I can’t even tell you! It’s a great mister that I discovered in a subscription box of course.

What have been some of your skin moisturizing faves?

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Christmas “Gifts”

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The countdown is on…have  you guys gotten all your Christmas shopping done already?? My friend Michelle told me she finished all her Christmas shopping in November! Impressive.

Christmas is almost upon us, and I haven’t gotten many physical “gifts” for people this year. I’ve realized that one of the most valuable things we have is our time. Sacrificing taking a trip to see someone, either by plane or car, can be a gift in and of itself. While they might not have been gifts people can open on Christmas Day, I’ve been giving my loved ones and friends “gifts” these past couple months by traveling and making sacrifices to be with them, spend time with them. We can’t take physical things with us when we leave this earth, but we can take our memories. I want to create memories! Gift memories! Make important people in my life a priority. There are still a few “things” that I’ve gotten people, but most of my gifts have been ones created from meaningful and memorable time spent together.

After all, Christ is the true gift of Christmas, and He spent his time serving and being with others. I’m always trying to follow that example. Merry Christmas!

PS – Here’s a cute song about what I mean, by my two little faves from the hit show (that I love/hate) Nashville:

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Photo of me by Liz Stanley for Say Yes blog.

 

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The Best Mascara Tip

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I rely heavily on friends and beauty boxes for all my makeup tips. I’m such a newb.

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I like: Dior Mascara Base travel size and Clinique Mascara Primer

Tip: one friend with exceptional eyelashes shared: always use eyelash primer. This allows for long-lasting, fuller lashes. My favorite part though: you know when you get black mascara all over your eyelid? When you apply this first, you can hit your skin with it and be as messy as you want, it won’t show up. Your final black mascara layer will only need a few coats.

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Two Faced BTS Mascara originally discovered via Glossybox

The best mascara I have ever used. Hands down. Makes my Asian lashes have length & volume unlike anything else I’ve used. It’s in between regular & waterproof mascara. Lasts as long as waterproof mascara, but washes off way easier.

 

Second from top image via NSMBL

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My Favorite Beauty Subscription Boxes

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When I was at my hair salon a few months ago (see above–blurry pics, no makeup, just how I like it >.<), I was talking with my hair stylist about my other blog Subaholic.com, where a friend & I share reviews on subscription boxes we try. She said her friend was trying to get her to try Birchbox, but she was worried that $10 / month for what looked like cheap-o makeup was not appealing to her. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some months of Ipsy & Birchbox, but those are not the only beauty subscription boxes with value!

I hurriedly jotted down on some note paper my favorite subscription boxes that I would recommend, outside of Birchbox & Ipsy. If you too are in an Ipsy/Birchbox rut, here are my five favorite beauty boxes, based on price, what you get, and what you value.

Also PS It’s funny how your hair stylist does your hair after she cuts it, and it never looks like that again. Haha I just can’t style it the way she does.

Allure Sample Society

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Cost: $15 / month, FREE shipping

Allure magazine’s Editors teamed up with BeautyBar.com to create Sample Society – a monthly beauty subscription box. Each month Allure’s editors pick the hottest, greatest, and latest beauty products to share with you. This is one of my favorite beauty boxes because:

  •  I usually love all the products I get from Sample Society because they carry great name -brand, high-end products alongside trusty drugstore brands that are favorites among the beauty community.
  • Allure’s box doesn’t just charge to give you freebies that you could get from Sephora. They give you deluxe and often full-size items that last for a while! I am just now finishing a dry shampoo that I received in one of my first boxes from last fall.
  •  I really like the amount of products you get, both the size of the products and the number of great products (I got six in my box). Most people love the $10 per month from other beauty boxes like Ipsy and Birchbox (which-don’t get me wrong, I love those too), but ladies! For just $5 more I feel like you get double the quality + amount.

Boxycharm

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Cost: $21 /month + FREE shipping

Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription box that sends 5 full size and deluxe size beauty items to you, every month.  Loving Boxycharm because:

  • They pack full size products – not all but mostly. Over the past year they’ve given me 3 different eye shadow palettes of over 30 different shades in each!
  • They have a really great variety of skincare, haircare, nailcare, and makeup. They seem to mix brands likely to be found in Sephora with brands from your local drug store, which is kind of what I do with my makeup collection anyway.

GLOSSYBOX

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Cost: $21/month + FREE shipping

Glossybox is a beauty and make-up subscription box. They have a team of 300+ beauty enthusiasts with a strong global network with top beauty brands and trends, making every box a special experience. Love my Glossybox because:

  • Most of these products come from high-end brands that feature the latest products from Milan, Paris, Tokyo, and New York.
  • Every box always looks beautifully packaged and impeccable!

Frenchbox

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The cost: $24/month + FREE shipping

FrenchBox is a relatively new monthly subscription box of 5 products from French brands in fashion, cosmetics, gourmet, and lifestyle surprises! We love Frenchbox because:

  • We love French style and everything about that culture, and this box delivers super cute, forward fashion beauty items. I still use a water mister, hair accessory, and eyebrow kit that I received from them 8 months ago.
  • Everything is legitimately from France! Like the writing on their products are all in French.

Babe Boxx

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Cost: $24.99 for month-to-month, cheaper options for 3 & 6 month subscriptions

BabeBoxx is a beauty/makeup monthly subscription that is a little different than other beauty boxes. They adhere to vegan, organic, natural, handmade, or otherwise chemical-free beauty products.

  • The cost for this box is high, but if you’re vegan and want all natural, all vegan beauty products, then Babe Boxx will give you just that!

 

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