Spring Skincare Update & Sephora VIB Sale Haul

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It’s that time of year again! The spring Sephora sale is happening. I always use the sale as a reason to stock up on my favorites and try new products. This time around I mostly picked up new products, so this is more of a first impressions post since I haven’t had a long enough time to give these a thorough test. I just wanted to share what I picked up during the sale in case you were planning to buy anything during the second weekend of the sale which starts this Friday by the way!

 

I made a YouTube video!

I’m also excited to share that I filmed a YouTube video about this as well! YouTube is something I’ve wanted to try for years, and I thought it would be nice to occasionally create videos to go along with my blog content for people who prefer watching rather than reading. Check it out, and give me some love since it’s my first foray into the world of video! Now onto the products!

  • Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm // I got this to see how it measures up to my trusty Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. I’ve heard a lot of people raving about it, and it won an Allure best of beauty award! My first impression is that it smells amazing, and not in a fake overpowering way. As of writing this I’ve used it a few times, and I already love it! It does a great job taking off all my makeup including mascara. The Clinique version is just slightly cheaper, but I think Green Clean is just as effective, and I do like that the brand is completely cruelty-free and focuses on sustainability.

 

  • Farmacy Green Screen Sunscreen SPF 30 // I have been nothing but loyal to the Algenist Sublime Defense sunscreen for years now, and while I still love it, I wanted to give something else a try. After researching the new Volition Beauty Luminizing Shield, I went into the store fully planning to buy it. It’s supposed to be an innovative new sunscreen for “sunscreen haters” that gives your skin an all-over highlight. Sounds great right? When I got to Sephora though I tested out the Farmacy one to compare, and there was just something about the Farmacy sunscreen I liked more. Plus, I liked the price (and what the brand stands for as I mentioned above). The Volition one is $35 for 1oz and Farmacy is $36 for 1.7oz. For comparison my Algenist one is $28 for 1oz. It’s also worth noting that Farmacy Green Screen is SPF 30 while the other two are SPF 50, but that doesn’t concern me too much since research shows that there’s a negligible difference in 30 and anything above it. So far I like the way it feels when I apply it, but I need to give it a good test in proper sunny weather because it’s been really gloomy here since I got it.

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  • Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil // This is another product I switched up last minute. I knew I wanted to pick up a new oil for my morning routine to replace my vitamin C serum and rose hip oil from The Ordinary. I was planning to get the Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, but I found the Youth to the People oil nearby and decided to check it out. Like a magpie for the word glow (I’m a marketing sucker), I had to pick it up to read more. I discovered that it’s actually an antioxidant oil with vitamin C which is exactly what I wanted, and again I was swayed by the price. While I’m sure it’s great, the Biossance option was $72 and the YTTP option was only $44, both for 1oz. The Superberry oil is actually a new product launch from the brand, and I’ve seen a lot of rave reviews for it. So far I LOVE the smell. It’s one of the best smelling products I’ve tried. It definitely feels hydrating without disturbing makeup application which is a plus for a morning face oil. I’ll probably do a proper in-depth review soon!

 

  • Herbivore Phoenix Cell Regenerating Facial Oil // I needed a new night oil as well because I ran out of my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate earlier this month. Herbivore is a brand I’ve always wanted to try more from. In the height of the Sunday Riley Luna Oil craze of 2016 I bought the Herbivore Lapis Oil thinking they were more or less the same thing (not true). I didn’t really get on with it, but I wasn’t as into my skincare research back then. Now that I’ve taken the time to read more about the Lapis Oil I realize that it’s made for problem skin that’s oily and acne-prone (i.e. not my skin type at all). This time, I did my research and I decided to give the Phoenix oil a try. It’s supposed to be a cell-renewing oil that’s great for dry or aging skin. I often find that “aging” is synonymous with “dry skin” so even though I’m only 24 (almost 25 😬) I gravitate towards products marketed for mature skin.

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  • IGK Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner // Finding the right hair products sometimes feels like a never ending quest. I generally find makeup and skincare products with relative ease, but haircare is a whole other ballgame. Maybe I’m not reading the right blogs or watching the right YouTubers, but I don’t find many tips from people with a similar hair type to my naturally curly hair (that I usually just air dry). Maybe once I actually get a solid routine down I’ll share some more tips. I discovered IGK a while ago, but I definitely started lusting after their products after the blogger trip to Miami. I know it was paid for, but the girls just genuinely seemed to love the products. I spritzed a tiny bit of this in the store and the first thing I noticed was how amazing it smells. That seems to be a common theme in this haul. It’s also unlike any other leave in conditioner I’ve ever seen. Normally, leave in conditioners come in a tube or a spritz bottle, but this one is a continuous fine mist. I’m not sure if that means it’s an aerosol product though. I’m really excited by the ingredients in this because in addition to coconut oil, it’s main ingredient is hyaluronic acid! It’s not something that’s commonly used in haircare, and IGK have actually patented the Hyaluronic Acid Technology they use for this product.

 

  • Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum // The Hyaluronic Acid from The Ordinary has been one of my favorite recent product discoveries. Even though I’m passing on buying new Deciem products, I couldn’t not have a hyaluronic acid in my skincare stash! I decided to go for the Pure Hyaluronic Serum from Pestle & Mortar even though it’s significantly more expensive than my go-to Deciem product. It comes highly recommended from Caroline Hirons. I’m still waiting for it to arrive, so I don’t have much else to report on now. I didn’t buy this during the Sephora sale since they don’t carry it at Sephora, but I did buy it from the Pestle & Mortar’s website and they have a 10% off code for new customers in case you’re interested.

How I feel about The Ordinary, and my new approach to purchasing skincare.

I wanted to give a quick little update on my feelings about Deciem considering the drama surrounding the brand at the moment. I won’t be using or featuring Deciem products anymore because as much as I love the products (and prices) I just don’t feel comfortable supporting them. I think this raises a really valuable lesson though that has made me think twice about the brands I’m supporting. As I mentioned in my first post of my Beauty Challenges series, I want to be a more conscious consumer so as part of that I want to do more research into the brands I buy from. Do they have a positive work environment? Are they good for the environment? Cruelty-free? The list goes on and on, and while I won’t be changing everything at once and imposing strict rules on myself, it’s just something I want to consider with any future purchases.