Spoil Me Sunday: Polish, Spice, and Everything Nice

Hey, y’all!

I got this mask in my January ipsy bag, and I was totally excited to try it out.

Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask

from Yensa

Photo of sample size Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask from Yensa
$45 for 2.5 fl. oz.; Yensa

Turmeric is a great part of a healthy diet: it’s an excellent source of manganese, iron, fiber, potassium, Vitamin B6, magnesium, and Vitamin C. Did you know it can do wonders for your skin, too? Benefits include:

  • Anti-inflammation–reduces redness and calms skin conditions like eczema and rosacea
  • Antiseptic–helps to stop spread of bacteria, so it can help control acne
  • Reduces dark circles–stimulates circulation
  • Fights UV damage–improves appearance of fine lines and brown spots; improves elasticity loss caused by long-term sun exposure (that doesn’t mean you can skin on your sunscreen, though!)
  • Treats and prevents stretch marks–improves the function of skin membrane cells
  • Improves dry skin–speeds up the removal of dead skin cells and protects healthy cells from future damage

In other words, we can all afford to get a little more turmeric in our lives!

This mask is packed with great-for-you ingredients that will make your skin glow:

  • Pumpkin–boosts collagen production
  • Turmeric–(see list above)
  • Papaya–helps reduce discolorization
  • Grapefruit–brightens skin
  • Ginger–evens skin tone
  • Carrot–packed with Vitamin C and Beta-carotene, which your body converts to Vitamin A
  • Honey–anti-bacterial and soothing properties
  • Orange–more Vitamin C, plus citric acid to exfoliate

This mask had me at hello. It has a gel texture with lots of exfoliating granules (I think it’s cocoa shell powder.) I could smell the cinnamon, too, which reminded me of ExfoliKate. After washing your face, leave your skin damp, and massage a thin layer of the mask all over. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes (I did 10), then wet your fingers with warm water and massage the mask into your skin for 30 seconds before rinsing off.

My skin felt so clean, refreshed, smooth, and soft afterwards. I have a painful pimple on my upper lip right now, and I’m hoping that this mask plus my skin scrubber tonight will help me get rid of it. I would definitely recommend this mask if you’re looking for one product to address multiple skin issues.


Have you used skincare products with turmeric before? What did you think? Tell me about your favorite in the comments! Hope you have a great week.

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Spoil Me Sunday: Scrub-a-dub-dub

Hey, y’all!

First blog post of 2019! A lot of people start a new year off by hitting the gym, cleaning their home, and setting goals for the year ahead. I didn’t make any formal resolutions this year; I’m just focusing on being more consistent with healthy habits and routines I already initiated last year. I did do some cleaning around the house, but I was REALLY excited to use one of my Christmas presents to do some deep cleaning of my skin.

Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber

from Kingdom Cares

$49.99; Amazon

I’ve been wanting a skin scrubber ever since I got a facial for my birthday and the esthetician used one on me. My husband was sweet enough to give me one for Christmas. The included instructions were mildly helpful, but I found this YouTube video much more useful. After charging the device for a couple of hours, I used it on my husband first to test it out, but I couldn’t wait to use it on myself!

How Does It Work?

With a combination of ultrasonic vibration and positive ion technology, it draws impurities out of the skin. The same vibration in combination with negative ion technology helps improve skin’s absorption of your skincare products.

Step 1: Steam & Cleanse

I would recommend doing this after a hot shower, or you can put a warm wet towel on your face for a few minutes like you would for a facial. This will soften the skin and start to loosen up debris. Cleanse your face with your favorite cleanser, but don’t rinse it off. This will lubricate your skin and allow the device to glide over your skin.

Step 2: Exfoliate

Before you get started, clean the spatula with some rubbing alcohol. As you can see in the photo above, the spatula is angled. For this step, you want to make sure the angled side is pointing towards your face. You’re going to use the skin scrubber in positive ion mode to remove the cleanser. It’s important that the spatula is at a 45 degree angle. Use upward strokes in the center of your face (chin, nose, forehead); use outward strokes on your cheeks and jawline. This is exfoliating your skin and helping to bring deeper debris closer to the surface. You’ll need to wipe off the spatula between strokes; I went ahead and cleaned it with alcohol, too. When you’re finished, go ahead and rinse your face to remove any remaining residue, but don’t dry off afterwards.

Step 3: Extractions!

This is the part I was looking forward to the most–getting the deep, stubborn gunk out of my face! As you go you’ll have to keep re-wetting your skin. You’re using the same positive ion setting with the spatula pointing towards your face again. I extracted whiteheads that had been driving me crazy for weeks and blackheads that had been stubborn beyond belief. The curved edge and rounded corners of the spatula are really helpful in getting the contours of your nose. Don’t be too rough on your skin–it’s totally fine if you don’t get every single blemish in one go.

After one pass on my nose–gross but gratifying!

Step 4: Nourish

After getting all the junk out of your pores, it’s time to put some good stuff into it. I used my regular Glycolic Acid Toner for a little bonus exfoliation and my Snail Mucin Essence to hydrate. I skipped my nighttime Retinol Serum and replaced it with Rosehip Oil to hydrate, soothe, and reduce inflammation.

This time I turned the skin scrubber over so that the angle of the spatula was pointing away from me and put it into negative ion mode. This helps to get all those nutrients deeper into your skin. I refrigerate my Rosehip Oil to stop it from getting rancid, and the cool sensation feels wonderful.

Step 5: Lift

The video I watched went over this, and while I didn’t see much of a difference for myself, you might as well give it a shot. You’re still using the skin scrubber pointing away from you, but put it into “pad” mode instead. It feels like tiny little pricks of electricity (I promise it doesn’t hurt). Maybe I didn’t do it long enough to see a noticeable lifting or tightening of my skin. I finished off with some soothing moisturizer and called it a night. My skin felt so fantastically clean and invigorated.

Verdict

Long story short: I’m in love. I wouldn’t use this more than once a week, and I would only use it in the evening so that your skin has some time to recover and calm down overnight. I would absolutely recommend getting one. There are some expensive ones out there, but I honestly don’t know if there’s anything that makes them worth the extra money. Having one at home doesn’t replace getting a professional facial (which I don’t do as often as I should), but it helps with maintenance in between professional treatments.


Have you ever used a skin scrubber before? What did you think? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Yes, Oh Yas! December 2018

Hey, ya’ll!

Here we are on the last day of 2018, so let’s dive right into my final Yes, Oh Yas! box of the year!

*Note: prices listed as photo captions are what I found on the respective product websites. Retail values listed below my descriptions are what was listed by Yes, Oh Yas!

Tell Me ‘Pout It Hydrating Lip Mask

from MaskerAide

Photo of Tell Me 'Pout It Lip Mask from MaskerAide
$7 CAD; MaskerAide

I popped this mask on earlier today to make sure my lips are nice and soft for my midnight kiss. 🙂 It has a soft gel texture, similar to the lip mask I tried from Patchology. I left it on for 15 minutes and enjoyed the tingling sensation (totally normal), but I had a hard time getting it to stay adhered to my upper lip. My lips do feel hydrated and refreshed after using it, but I still prefer wash-off masks since they create less waste. You can get one of these gel masks for $7 CAD, or you can get a box of 4 for $25 CAD.

Key Ingredients:

  • Manuka Honey–hydrates skin
  • Fermented Rose–hydrates & calms
  • Grapefruit Oil–excellent source of Vitamins A & C to tone skin
  • Berry Complex–soothes skin and provides antioxidants
  • bioBRIT-3 Composite (a naturally-derived complex that includes Lechithin and Dipalmitoyl Hydroxproline)–plumps lips and has anti-aging properties

Retail Value: $10 USD

Badger Angle Blush Brush BK32

from Crown Brush

Photo of Badger Angle Brush BK32 from Crown Brush
$3.99; Crown Brush

YOY really seems to like Crown Brush because they include one of their brushes almost every month. Angled brushes like this are versatile because you can use them to apply highlighter/blush, or you can use it to contour the hollows of your cheeks. This badger bristle brush is soft, but I doubt I’ll keep it. I have so many already, so it’ll go into the giveaway bag. It has a very reasonable price point, if you want to pick one up.

Retail Value: $18

Cali Chic Eyeshadow Palette

from Beauty Creations Cosmetics

Photo of Cali Chic Palette from Beauty Creations Cosmetics
$11.99; Beauty Creations Cosmetics

Beauty Creations seems to be another YOY favorite brand. This palette is a combination of 5 matte and 4 shimmer neutral shades. Like other BC palettes I’ve received, the colors apply smoothly with a nice buildable color payoff, and they blend beautifully.

Retail Value: $28

Kissable Liquid Lipstick in “Dolled Up”

from Kokie Cosmetics

Photo of Kissable Liquid Lipstick in "Dolled Up" from Kokie Cosmetics
$6; Kokie Cosmetics

This warm pink isn’t the first shade I would have chosen, but I was surprised that I ended up liking it. I’m glad it’s more of a natural shade because after letting it dry down for a couple of minutes, I still had to blot quite a bit to prevent color transfer. I might have better luck if I apply it with a lip brush instead of the applicator.

Retail Value: $9

Pro Concealer Palette

from BelláPierre Cosmetics

Photo of Pro Concealer Palette from BellaPierre Cosmetics
$32.99; Amazon

This one was weird because I couldn’t find it anywhere on BelláPierre’s website. I understand the color theory of concealers like this: red covers blue-green (i.e. undereye circles or bruising), green covers red (i.e. acne or rosacea), and lavender covers yellow/brown (i.e. sallowness or hyperpigmentation). Applying and blending it to look natural without taking it off is another story, but hey, #beautygoals2019.

Retail Value: $21

Total Value: $86*

*If you go by the current website prices, the total comes out to $60.10 (current conversion rate for CAD to USD makes the lip mask $5.13.) For $14.99 + shipping that’s a win!


What are you most looking forward to in 2019? Leave a comment to tell me about it! I’d love to learn about some of your beauty goals are for the year, too.

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: December 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, let’s dive into the final Glam Bag of the year. This gold sequined bag even came with some bonus items!

Nude Beach Eyeshadow in “Bootylicious”

from theBalm Cosmetics

Photo of Nude Beach Eyeshadow in "Bootylicious" from TheBalm Cosmetics
$36 for Nude Beach palette; theBalm Cosmetics

theBalm eyeshadows never fail to disappoint as far as color and longevity. I don’t tend to by them, though, because most of the shades I like are only sold as part of a palette, and I’ve already got more palettes than I know what to do with. “Bootylicious” is a beautiful dark brown shimmer that looks lovely on its own or as a transition shade. Like every other theBalm shadow I’ve tried, it applies smoothly with no fallout, and the color payoff is fabulous. If you want this shade, you’ll have to snag the Nude Beach Palette, which is a mix of 12 shimmer and matte nudes.

My Rating: 5/5

Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick in “Infamous”

from Ciaté London

Photo of sample size Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick in "Infamous" from Ciate London
$19 for .101 fl. oz.; Ciaté London

Matte liquid lipstick in a gorgeous berry shade? Yes, please! Add glitter? Ehhhh… I’ll admit the color holds up better than I expected, and the glitter doesn’t transfer as much as I thought it would, but I’m still dubious about how much I’ll actually use this. The website claims that it looks matte until you press your lips together and then it “flips” to glittery, but when I swatched it on my hand, it was glittery from the get-go. This might look great for holiday parties, but the jury’s still out.

My Rating: 3/5

Tapered Blending Brush 35E

from F.A.R.A.H Brushes

To be honest I’d never heard of this brand before, and I couldn’t find this brush shape with this exact handle on their website. This brush has a nice weight and balance to it, and the (vegan) bristles are super soft. It can be used with powder or cream eyeshadows, so you’re covered there. If this brush is any indication, F.A.R.A.H delivers a great quality for a reasonable price point. Definitely worth checking out.

My Rating: 5/5

Arch Arrival Brow Definer in “Taupe Tom”

from Sugar Cosmetics

Photo of Arch Arrival Brow Definer in "Taupe Tom" from Sugar Cosmetics
$12.99; Sugar Cosmetics

I never used any eyebrow products until about a year and a half ago, and now it’s the part of my beauty routine that I get the most compliments on, which I find funny. I’m lucky to have naturally full eyebrows with a natural arch, but they wouldn’t look nearly as great without the help of my aesthetician (love you, Lina!) My brows just have a couple of spots that can use some filling in. When I have the time, I contour with a brow powder duo. If I’m in a hurry, I just use a pencil. This particular pencil is iffy. The wedge shape is interesting, but I had to press so hard on my arm just to swatch it. I guess that stops you from going overboard and looking like Groucho Marx, but it left some red marks on my arm. We’ll see how it goes. This color is a pretty good match for me. It only comes in one other shade, Jerry Brown, which is for “medium to dusky” skin tones. Both are currently sold out on their website, so there must be a lot of fans out there.

My Rating: 2/5

Relax! Propolis & Honey Soothing Cream

from Hey Honey

Photo of sample size Relax! Propolis & Honey Soothing Moisturizer
$42 for 2.2 oz.; Hey Honey

I tend to really like skincare products with honey in them. It’s so fabulous for your skin, and Hey Honey is such a great brand. This moisturizer has a very subtle scent to it, nothing crazy. It’s also nice and light, so it left my skin feeling moisturized, yet velvety smooth and soft, not saturated.

My Rating: 5/5

Dew Pot in “Fine”

from Laritzy Cosmetics

Photo of Dew Pot in "Fine" from Laritzy Cosmetics
$20 for .12 oz.; Laritzy Cosmetics

If you’ve been counting, you’ll notice that ipsy included 6 items this month as a holiday gift! This gorgeous shimmery cream highlighter is as subtle or as in-your-face as your heart desires. I love that it’s not glittery. Wear it on its own or over your favorite blush!

My Rating: 5/5

Bonus Item: Eyeshadow Brush

from Inmo Cosmetics

Photo of eyeshadow brush from Inmo Cosmetics
$45 for 12-piece set; Inmo Cosmetics

I had some points that were about to expire, so I cashed them in for this brush. You can only get it as part of Inmo’s 12-brush set called “The Essentials,” but it seems like a decent quality. I’ll be honest, at first glance I thought it was a matching brush for the F.A.R.A.H brush, but it’s not.


This month’s bag had an average rating of 4.2. It’s nice to end 2018 on a high note! How did your beauty subscriptions turn out this month? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Meet My Newest Obsession…

Hey, y’all!

Sorry for being a little absent lately. We’ve had visitors, the holidays are always busy, you know how it goes. On top of all that, though, we’ve added a new member to our little family…

Meet our new fur baby, Shorty! She’s a 10 month-old Chiweenie (Chihuahua/Dachshund mix), and we’re totally in love with her. We found her on Craigslist of all places and picked her up the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Over the past few weeks we’ve been getting her settled into our home and her routine. She’s a total cuddle bug and fits perfectly into our lives. We’re quickly forgetting what life was like before she came along. ❤

We’re still working on things like not barking at the next door neighbor (we live in a condo), and she certainly has that Dachshund stubbornness, but she’s really smart (sometimes too smart haha). She’s lucky she’s so darn cute! 🙂 We’re getting her spayed on Friday, which won’t be fun for any of us, but it needs to be done. At least we’ll have the whole next week to stay home with her and give her extra love.

Bonus: she was already completely house trained when we got her, and even after staying home alone for whole 10-hour workdays, she hasn’t had a single accident.

Bonus bonus: she loves wearing outfits! 😀

Things we’ve learned so far:

  1. If you are a doting pet parent and search online for the annual cost of a dog, multiply it by AT LEAST 2. Maybe that will change as we get all of the initial costs out of the way, but for now, I call BS on those numbers.
  2. Having a dog that sheds makes you do laundry a LOT more often.
  3. Dogs are like kids in a lot of ways. The first one we noticed was that we won’t be getting to sleep late for the foreseeable future.
  4. The second way we noticed dogs are like kids: they will try to eat anything that they can get into their mouths. Thankfully she seems to do well with leaving things like shoes and electrical cords alone.

I’ll try to do a better job of keeping up with the beauty stuff that I love, but this puppy is such an adorable distraction. ❤ Any puppy parenting tips? Tell me about your fur babies in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: November 2018

November is here! This month’s bag was a super cute purple with black hearts. Check out the 5 products I got inside!

LOCK IT Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in “Pearl Brown”

from L.O.C.K. Color

We know I’m a sucker for liquid liner, so that’s one drawback with this one, but the gel formula holds up nicely all day long. While I appreciate that I don’t need a sharpener for this pencil because it twists, I don’t like the fact that it’s not very precise. The color is absolutely gorgeous, though! Depending on the color of your eyeshadow, it reads as a deep copper or as a bronze with a hint of metallic olive. It’s great for fall.

My Rating: 3/5

Microfiber Dewdrop Sponge

from Juno & Co.

I haven’t been using a lot of liquid foundation lately, but I wanted to give this sponge an honest try, so I set my Laura Geller Baked Balance-n-Brighten aside. I really wanted to like this sponge, but I couldn’t. The velvety texture didn’t give me anything close to an airbrush finish. I had to go back over with a regular sponge to smooth things out. It didn’t do much better on my concealer, either. On top of all that, the texture made it difficult to clean. Pass.

My Rating: 1/5

Always On Liquid Lipstick in “Out Loud”

from Smashbox Cosmetics

Photo of sample size Always On Liquid Lipstick in "Out Loud" from Smashbox Cosmetics
$24 for .13 fl. oz.; Smashbox Cosmetics

This color is absolutely perfect for fall! It’s a deep orange that ipsy claims is universally flattering. I usually find Smashbox’s formula to be a little drying (I like Too Faced’s Liquid Matte better,) but I didn’t experience that this time, and the color payoff is really nice. It never became truly transfer-proof, but it managed to last a whole work day without needing to touch up.

My Rating: 4/5

Strictly Curls Miracle Treatment

from Marc Anthony True Professional

Photo of Strictly Curls Perfect Curl Miracle Treatment from Marc Anthony True Professional
$17.21 for (6) 1.01 fl. oz. jars; Amazon

I wasn’t super impressed with how it felt after blow-drying when I used this product the first time; I don’t think I used enough of it. The second time, though, my hair felt much smoother and softer. To be fair, I don’t have curly hair. It’s more randomly wavy. Have any of my curly haired gals tried it? What did you think?

My Rating: 4/5

Extraordinary Translucent Setting Powder

from Ciaté London

Just like my highlighter overload lately, I’m feeling a bit of a translucent powder overload from my beauty subscriptions. This one didn’t do anything to wow me. The jar size is so tiny, and it left my skin feeling a bit dry in some areas. It has a very fine consistency, so it did a decent job under my eyes to set my concealer, but it didn’t brighten my eyes like my Becca powder does.

My Rating: 2/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 3.5. How did your beauty subscriptions stack up this month? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Ireland Adventures Pt. 7: The Journey Home

Hey, y’all!

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the north and weren’t ready to leave. All good things must come to an end, though, so it was time to start making our way back south to head home.

Day 11

Marble Arch Caves

We checked out of Donegal Manor and headed back towards the Enniskillen area to visit the Marble Arch Caves. It was a lot of small windy roads, but we were fairly used to them by this point. We arrived at the visitor center about 15 minutes before the next tour was scheduled to begin. We were disappointed to learn that because of the recent rainfall the water levels inside the cave had risen enough to down the boat tours, so we’d only be walking it. Not a huge deal, so we bought our tickets.

The caves were beautiful and the tour guide was very informative, but I have to admit that it paled in comparison to Carlsbad Caverns. I don’t necessarily feel like it was worth the admission price, but that’s just my opinion.

Travel Tip: It’s important to note that the Marble Arch Caves are not wheelchair or stroller accessible, and you have to climb about 150 steps to exit the cave.

Pollnagollum Cave

After leaving the Marble Arch Caves we drove about 30 minutes to another part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark to visit Polnagollum Cave. This is another GoT filming location from Season 3, where it served as Hollow Hill, the hideout for the Brotherhood Without Banners. It was absolutely beautiful, and I’m not sure why there was a gate blocking the well-defined path to the mouth of the cave. Sigh. I wouldn’t mind going back to explore the cave when rain hasn’t caused the water levels to rise so much.

Back to Dublin

It was time to keep making our way back to Dublin to fly out the next day. On the way we detoured to Newgrange, but it had already closed for the day. Another one for next time. We checked into the Travelodge near the airport, which we’ll never stay at again. They tried to charge us for parking, and as Jeff put it, it was basically a clean “roach motel.” Lesson learned.

We went to gas up the rental before returning it the next morning, and grabbed some dinner. Ironically, here we are in Ireland, and the most convenient thing we can find is McDonald’s, which neither of us have eaten in years. The menu didn’t seem much different, but we’re no experts.

We made it back to the hotel to re-pack our suitcases and get situated for our early-morning wake-up.

Day 12

Homeward Bound

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We had to get up pretty early so that we could get to the rental car place by about 6am. By the time we dropped the car off, we had driven exactly 2,131km around Ireland. We got to the airport a little after 6, and honestly waiting to get our boarding passes and check our bags took longer than anything else. Security didn’t make us take off our shoes, but they were definitely picky about the definition of a “quart-size” bag for liquids. After going through regular security, getting our VAT refunds, going through U.S. pre-clearance, and U.S. Customs, we made it to our gate just in time to start boarding.

Our flight took off a little behind schedule, but we were sharing a row with a friendly woman named Siobhany, who was traveling from Belfast to Vegas for her friend’s hen party. It turns out a lot of people from Belfast will take a train to fly out of Dublin because it’s more convenient. In Dublin you go through customs before you leave; if you fly from Belfast, you don’t go through Customs until you arrive in the U.S., which is tricky if you have a short layover.

We had a short layover in Newark, NJ, and we had to literally run from one end of the terminal to the other to make sure we caught our flight. We landed in Orlando around 3:30 and got a Lyft home. After 14 hours of flights and airports, we were home and missing Ireland already.

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A beautiful gift from Odette & Liam

We’d love to go back to explore the places we missed: the Arran Islands, Torry, Bunratty Castle, the Wicklow Mountains, Binvenagh Mountain, and many more. Maybe we’ll get to drive the entire Wild Atlantic Way one day. Hopefully someday we’ll have a chance to explore more of Northern Ireland, as well. This honeymoon was perfect for us. Instead of drinking on a beach all day, we were active and exploring nature and history together. It also didn’t hurt that the weather was nice and cool. 🙂 If you ever have a chance to visit the Emerald Isle, don’t miss it. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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