Ulta 21 Days of Beauty September 2018 Pt. 2

Hey, y’all!

The adventure continues!


Bye Bye Lines Serum

from IT Cosmetics

Photo of sample Bye Bye Lines Serum from IT Cosmetics
$58 for 1 fl. oz.; IT Cosmetics

I love skincare, and I’m game to try just about any serum at least once. This ones smells very citrusy and felt really rich on my skin.

Key Ingredients:

  • Peptides, Caviar Extract, Sea Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, and algae–anti-aging properties that reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving tone, texture, firmness, suppleness, and elasticity.
  • Hyaluronic Acid, Argan Oil, and Babassu Oil–moisturize and protect skin
  • Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, B9 and CoQ10–nourish skin
  • Licorice Root–brightens skin

Eros Eau de Toilette for Men

from Versace

Photo of sample Eros Eau de Toilette from Versace
$69 for 50ml; Versace

I tried this out on my husband, and it smells sooooooo good! Definitely keeping this in mind for a future gift at some point. I’m a sucker for woody scents.

Top Notes: Mint Oil, Lemon, Green Apple

Middle Notes: Tonka Bean, Ambroxan, Geranium

Bottom Notes: Vanilla, Vetyver, Oak Moss, Cedarwood

Beauty Steal

Brow Power™ Universal Eyebrow Pencil

from IT Cosmetics

Photo of Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil from IT Cosmetics
$24; IT Cosmetics

I’m finally getting around to trying an eyebrow pencil (I know, I’m a little late to the party). This pencil has an oval shape that helps to mimic the look of natural brows, and the color is adaptable for all brow shades–you just have to adjust the pressure you use. It has several good-for-you ingredients: biotin, lecithin, saw palmetto, nettle, green tea, antioxidants, grape seed, and vitamins A, B5, C, and E. The spoolie on the other end is really convenient, too. It also held up really well all day, even through a sweaty workout. Will I make the conversion from powder to pencil, or will I end up using a combination of powder and pencil? We’ll see…

This was a beauty steal on September 14th, so I got it for half price.

Pure Cloud Cream

from Skyn Iceland

Photo of Pure Cloud Cream from Skyn Iceland
$55 for 1.7 oz.; Skyn Iceland

I’ve realized that my anti-breakout tea tree oil moisturizers are drying out my skin, which just causes me to break out (kind of defeats the whole point). I was looking for something that would give my skin more of the moisture it seems to need. This cream is bouncy like marshmallow fluff without the stickiness. It’s recommended for helping skin heal after cosmetic procedures, so I would imagine it will make my skin happy on a daily basis, especially after dermaplaning. So far I’m absolutely loving this moisturizer. It feels so rich and hydrating, and it has a very fresh scent that doesn’t smell artificial.

Key Ingredients:

  • Sodium Hyaluronate–boosts hydration for an immediate plumping effect
  • Oat Extract–natural anti-irritant
  • Neuropeptide–helps relieve skin irritation and stimulate the release of endorphins
  • Hydrolyzed Rice Protein–helps preserve collagen
  • Bisabolol–anti-irritant derived from chamomile; helps calm and soothe skin
  • Aloe–moisturizes and heals skin.
  • Almond oil–full of Vitamins A, B and E; hydrates
  • Icelandic Complex–proprietary blend that contains pollution-free Icelandic Glacial Water, Arctic Cloudberry and Cranberry Seed Oils, and Pure Molecular Oxygen

This was a Beauty Steal on September 15th, so half price. I’m much more likely to try out a high end product when I don’t have to pay full price. Unfortunately, I’m afraid I might be falling in love with it. Whoops! 🙂

Bonus Purchase

I picked up another item that wasn’t on sale.

Glycolic Acid Toner

from Mario Badescu

Photo of Glycolic Acid Toner from Mario Badescu Skin Care
$18 for 8 fl. oz.; Mario Badescu

I’ve been wondering if my AHA/BHA Toner is contributing to drying out my skin, so I picked up this Glycolic Acid Toner to try out. It’s alcohol-free and is recommended for combination or dry skin types. The Glycolic Acid and Grapefruit Extract gently exfoliate and stimulate skin. This toner also claims to help with reducing discoloration from old acne scars (here’s hoping!), as well as build-up that causes dullness.

Did you pick up any of these products during 21 Days of Beauty? What did you think?

Hope your week is going well.


Sarah xoxo

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Spoil Me Sunday: Lift Me Up

Hey, y’all!

It’s been one heck of a week, and I’m sure next week will be a doozy, too. Even if I’m keeping my cool, sometimes stress will start to show on my skin: dullness, breakouts, uneven tone, fine lines, etc. No thanks! Yeah, I need to make sure I’m getting enough sleep (the answer is usually no), and I need to make sure I’m drinking enough water (the answer is usually yes, but sometimes I lose track). Sometimes, though, you need a little pick-me-up.

Face-Lift in-a-Bag

from Skyn Iceland

Photo of Face-Lift in-a-Bag from Skyn Iceland
$19.50; Skyn Iceland

Let me start off by saying that Skyn Iceland is 100% vegan and cruelty-free! It was also started by a fellow Sarah, so there’s that. 😉 Anyway, about this product:

Each bag consists of:

  • 2 pairs of eye gels
  • 2 pairs of smile line gels
  • 2 forehead gels

You can use these gels all together or individually as needed. All you have to do is cleanse your face, pat dry, and apply the desired gel(s). Leave them on for 10 minutes (take some time to relax!), then remove the gels, toss them, and voilà! The cooling sensation when you apply the gels is incredibly soothing, and I could really see the different under my eyes and around my mouth when I took them off. It’s a nice rejuvenation for my skin when it needs a little boost but I’m strapped for time.

Active ingredients include:

  • Organic tomato callus stem cell extract – full of antioxidants (only found in the forehead gel)
  • Hydrolyzed extension – helps skin retain moisture
  • Hydrolyzed elastin – helps restore firmness under eyes
  • Ginseng callus stem cell extract – full of antioxidants and improves collagen production (only found in smile line gels)
  • Ginkgo biloba leaf extract – improves blood flow under eyes, reducing puffiness
  • Copper tripeptide-1 – increases collagen production and cell turnover
  • Coenzyme Q10 – antioxidant that fights free radicals
  • Acetyl hexapeptide-8 – calms muscles under the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles

I definitely recommend this product if you’re prone to stress like I am. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wear my stress on my face. (Stressing less is a whole other conversation for a different day.)

How do you like to de-stress? Leave a comment below. I’d love some new ideas!

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Ready for another week? We’ve got this!


Sarah xoxo