Obsessed

Hey y’all!

I got a new skincare product that I’ve fallen in love with and wanted to share!

Oil Obsessed® Total Cleansing Oil

from bareMinerals

Photo of Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil from Bare Minerals
$30 for 6 fl. oz.; bareMinerals

I’ll be honest, I hadn’t really paid much attention to bareMinerals until recently. There was no particular reason; I think I just assumed it was another hyped up brand with a cult following. As I’ve tried their products here and there, some have been “eh” and some have been “wow.” This one falls into the “wow” category.

I started double cleansing probably about a year and a half ago now. The practice comes from Korean skincare, and it involves using a cleansing oil, balm, or micellar water to remove makeup, dirt, and debris before you cleanse your skin in the traditional sense with a water-based cleanser. Before I tried it, the term “cleansing oil” seemed like an oxymoron. The whole point of washing my face was to get the makeup and excess oil off my face. Why would I intentionally add more? After reading more in-depth about it, the idea made more sense, and I decided to give it a shot.

I started out using Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil from Julep, a Korean skincare brand. (I figured a Korean brand was a good place to start.) I enjoyed it–it smelled really nice, and it left my skin feeling great. It was a little pricey, though, and it was no match for some stubborn makeup, especially some of my liquid liners. Once I used it up, I moved on to Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil from Derma E, since I love rose scented things, it’s cruelty-free, and it had a lower price point. Unfortunately, this one was even less effective at removing my makeup, but I still used it up (I hate wasting products.)

After using up the Derma E oil, I thought about going back to Julep. It gets the job done, more or less. Then I came across this bareMinerals oil that was then on sale at Ulta. I figured, why not? At that time it was cheaper than Julep, and it was very highly reviewed. On top of that, I was getting almost twice the amount of product that I would from Julep (6 fl. oz. vs 3.5.)

I tried it for the first time last night, and we’ve found a winner. The instructions say to use 3-4 pumps, so I used 3, but it seemed like too much, so next time I’m going to try 2. The smell is really fresh and not artificially perfume-y. I massaged it into my dry skin, and my makeup didn’t stand a chance. Even my waterproof Urban Decay liquid liner (probably the most stubborn one I own) was no match. Once I had broken up all the makeup and debris, I wet my fingertips and kept massaging my face. That turned the cleansing oil into a cleansing milk emulsion. It was really easy to rinse off, and my skin felt so soft and clean afterwards. Confession: I was lazy and didn’t even follow it up with a regular cleanser. I did my regular skincare routine, and even the next afternoon my skin feels softer and more hydrated. I’m curious to see how long a bottle lasts.

Key Ingredients:

  • Bilberry, Borage, Cucumber, and Sunflower Oils–hydrate and nourish your skin
  • Sea salts–provide minerals that help refine and cleanse

If you’re looking for a cleansing oil, I highly recommend this one.


Do you double cleanse? What are some of your favorite products? Leave a comment to let me know.

Have a great week!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty September 2018 Pt. 1

Hey, y’all!

I can’t believe that time of year has already come and gone…Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty! Twice a year, Ulta has a 3-week event of daily flash sales (“Beauty Steals”) where best-selling items will be up to 50% off for just one day. They also have weekly “Beauty Deals” where select Ulta Beauty Collection items are 50% off. On top of all that, they have “Hot Buys” that last the entirety of the event where select items are 25-40% off, but sometimes it applies to entire brands. If you’re a Platinum or Diamond member, like me, you get free shipping on your purchase, even if it doesn’t meet the usual minimum, as long as you have a Beauty Steal item in your cart. Throughout this event, there are some fabulous deals to be had; these aren’t just drugstore brands that are on sale. We’re talking high-end brands, too, like Urban Decay, Philosophy, MAC, Strivectin, Peter Thomas Roth, etc. If you’ve never checked this out before, be on the lookout for March 2019!

This is what I got in my first order of the event.

Samples

I purchased online, so I got free samples.

Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup

from Clinique

Photo of sample Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup from Clinique
$27; Clinique

This sample came with 3 shades: Ivory, Neutral, and Golden. There are a total of 20 shades available. Can’t really tell how good the product is because the sample is so small. Oh well.

Angel Muse Eau de Parfum

from Mugler

Photo of sample Angel Muse Eau de Parfum from Mugler

This perfume is waaaaay too sweet for my taste. Fragrance notes include: grapefruit, pink peppercorn, hazelnut cream, vetiver, and patchouli. If gourmands are your jam, you can also get this in a rollerball. This sample will be going straight to my giveaway bag.

Makeup

Mineral Veil Finishing Powder SPF 25 in “Original”

from bareMinerals

Photo of Original Mineral Veil Finishing Powder SPF 25 from Bare Minerals
$23 for .3 oz.; bareMinerals

I’d never tried any bareMinerals products before, but I figured for half price, why not? When you live in Florida, you take advantage of any SPF protection you can get. You can either get the original Mineral Veil (completely translucent, works for all skin tones) or the tinted one that has a hint of warmth to it. This finishing powder blends beautifully and leaves your makeup with a soft finish. Considering it has SPF to boot, I might have found a new favorite instead of my CoverFX finishing powder.

This was one of the Beauty Steals on September 9th, so I got it for $11. 🙂

Bonus Purchase

I added one more item to my cart that wasn’t part of the sale. I needed it and figured I’d take advantage of the free shipping.

Plum Antimicrobial Face Brush

from Michael Todd Beauty

Photo of Plum Antimicrobial Face Brush from Michael Todd Beauty
$18; Michael Todd Beauty

Since I use my Clearsonic pretty much every day, I replace the brush every 6 months. It was time!


What items did you pick up during 21 Days of Beauty? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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