Fourth Ray Beauty Haul

There is a common idea where skincare has to be expensive for it to be good quality and effective…however, in today’s market you can find loads of affordable options. Fourth Ray Beauty is the sister company of Colourpop that specializes in all things skincare. Everything on their website is listed at an extremely affordable price and the ingredients are clean, high quality and effective.

I recently did a haul of some products to add to my daily skincare routine in hopes it would replace some of my more expensive products but give me similar or better results. Since most everyone I know loves to save money, I thought I should share my most recent purchases including a little blurb about how they have worked so far and what they have replaced. πŸ™‚

Good Mood Gel Moisturizer

I am always pretty explorative with my moisturizers but I tend to always lean for gel formulas as they quickly absorb into the skin and do not leave you greasy. Since I have oily skin, these aspects are a must for me! This moisturizer is oil free, contains hyaluronic acid, watermelon seed extract and rose water. It has a light and refreshing scent and is very smooth on the skin. The only thing I’ve noticed with it is that it leaves my skin a little sticky…I could be using too much possibly so I will keep messing around with it. Otherwise, it does a great job at moisturizing the skin and does not break me out!

The Big Detox Mud Mask

Since I wear makeup often and I have oily skin, detoxing mud masks are a biiiig deal for me. I always try to use them about once a week to really cleanse my pores and get any gunk out. On first application, THIS STINGS. I was worried at first I was reacting to it or allergic but after about five minutes it stopped hurting and so I figure this is the mask just really digging deep into my pores. When I take it off, I can see all the little dots, sebum and any acne I have come to surface. THIS STUFF WORKS. I have replaced my Amazonian Clay Mask with this guy simply cause I feel it is more effective. The ingredients include bamboo charcoal, tea tree oil, kaolin clay and glycolic acid which are all known to refine impurities and exfoliate.

Watermelon Seed Face Oil

Face oils…a topic that makes me nervous due to the fact that I have OILY SKIN. However, I have heard from many influencers that adding an oil to your skin a couple times a week can help balance out your skin and decrease oil production, you just have to pick the right oil. Watermelon Seed Oil is known to restore moisture and balance the skin, it’s rich in Vitamin A and E to help balance sebum production, detoxify the skin and combats radical free damage. When I use this, I do wake up the next morning visibly less oily and glowing…so far I like it!

Watermelon Face Milk

If I am being 110% I still don’t know the difference between face milk and face oil other than that the Face Milk contains more ingredients than just the oil. This has bamboo milk, cucumber water and aloe which all are known to hydrate the skin. This smells amazing and feels great on the skin. It does not make me more oily and when I wake up, I definitely see my skin looking more plump and glowing…nervous to use along with the Watermelon Seed Oil but maybe I will see what they do when acting together. So far, I am a fan!

BFD Cleansing Oil

This made me break out…sooo badly. My chin was like a minefield of deep pimples…super disappointing cause I have heard wonderful things about double cleansing, this guy just isn’t for me. Ingredients include camellia, juniper berry and meadowfoam seed oil. Not sure what about it didn’t agree with my skin but we aren’t friends. However, I can use this to clean my makeup brushes, sponges and tools without any issue so I will use it up for this as to not waste it πŸ™‚

Clean Slate Foaming Exfoliator

This stuff smells insanely strong but I decided to opt for it cause it is very similar to the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. You pour the product into your hand and just add water. It is very gentle and leaves my skin feeling really soft and clean. It does not strip my skin, make it dry or break me out. The ingredients include AHA, BHA and fruit Extracts, tea tree oil, volcanic rock, eucalyptus and kaolin clay. I prefer this one over the Dermalogica as I feel it not only exfoliates the skin but gives it a deeper clean and renewal of the skin.

Black Satin Bow Headband

Okay yeah I know it is an actual skincare product! But it is a cute accessory that they offer that I have quickly fallen in love with. I always need my hair pulled back while washing my face, doing my makeup or just living daily life. This little headband is SOOO cute and it just makes me feel happy and perky and cute, so I had to include it as a recommendation. They have satin scrunchies as well, which look adorable and are great to wear to prevent hair from frizzing or crimping overnight! No harm in adding a little style to your skincare routine πŸ˜‰

Let me know if you have tried anything from Fourth Ray Beauty or if you are interested in anything after reading these reviews. Can’t wait to try more of their products in the future as they are truly high quality without the high price tag πŸ™‚ Any questions, suggestions, comments…leave them below!

Until Next Time,

E ❀

Skincare Routine + Fave Products

Your makeup will only look as good as the skin that is underneath it all…I think most people can agree with this statement. It took me a long time to really find and input a skincare routine into my daily life but since I have, I’ve noticed major differences. As I get older, even though I am 23, the earlier you start taking care of your skin the better!! This will prevent all future issues that many of us struggle with in our later years. That being said, you do not need to have a routine with 30 different products that require 10 steps. It is easy to create a routine with as little as 3-5 products at most! Of course, whatever you feel is best for your skin is your decision to make.

I wanted to give an overview of my skincare routine and products I use daily or weekly. Maybe you have oily/combo skin like me and you are needing some product recommendations or simply trying to figure out how to build a routine. Either way, I hope this post is helpful for you! πŸ™‚

Cleanser

Probably the most important product in your skincare routine…and also maybe the most difficult to figure out the right one for you. I have tried about 10 products in the last 5 years, using them off and on or switching completely. Like I mentioned, I have combo to oily skin. It is easier for me to suffer from breakouts and harder for my makeup to stay on. I also suffer from hyper-pigmentation/redness so cleansers that are gentle are necessary for me. What is important to look for with an “oily skin” cleanser is one that will not strip your skin of moisture, as this will only cause your skin to produce more oils. The Cerave Foaming Cleanser for Normal/Oily Skin is my current facial cleanser; I have used it in the past and after deviating from it for awhile, I’ve settled that it works best for what my skin needs. It is very gentle, never leaves my skin feeling tight, and it most definitely helps control oil production. On top of all these great benefits, it is very affordable and can be found at most any drugstore, Fred Meyer, Walmart, etc. The whole entire Cerave brand is great, they have product for all skin types. I think this is a brand that is safe for most people to try out and will do a well enough job at cleansing the face and giving you the results you need with a great price tag.

Toner

After cleansing my face, I always follow up with toner. Toner is kind of a tough product in the sense that many people don’t always think to use it. However, toner really helps to bind moisture to the skin and can be used as an “on-the-go” type of cleanser as it will help any areas that get oily in the daily and refresh your skin. I love using Thayer’s Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner in the scent Rose Petal. It has really helped reduce redness for me with continued use and on some days I truly will just take this guy on a cotton pad and wipe my whole face if I am in a rush or need a quick freshening. Again, this product is very affordable and readily available at most retailers or on Amazon. There are many toners out there, but one thing I would suggest to everyone is to make sure your toner is alcohol free. Alcohol should not go on your skin! It will dry it out and strip your skin…don’t do it!

Serums/Treatments

Alright…I am going to be completely and fully honest with you guys here. Serums are tough and I don’t totally believe they are 100% necessary in your routine by any means. I did not start using serums in my routine until about a year ago. For serums and skin treatments you really have to figure out what your skin is missing or needing improvement on. Uneven texture, dullness, pores/oiliness, dry patches, wrinkles, etc. Serums are meant to target these specific issues in a way that you will not get with a cleanser or a toner necessarily. My best advice is to just dip your toes into this slowly and do your research. Some serums are expensive and totally worth it, others can be cheap and just as effective. One brand that is raved about and super affordable with great results is The Ordinary. One of my friends recommended them to me and so I tried the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum and it has truly made such vast improvements in terms of my oiliness and pore size. Another is TruSkin Vitamin C Serum from Amazon. I also use the Glam Glow SuperSerum 6-Acid Refining Treatment Serum that I received in a Boxycharm. Whatever serums you use, always pay attention to the order they are supposed to go onto your skin!

Moisturizer

I like to think moisturizers are pretty easy to work with. As long as you pick one that is clearly catered toward your skin type, you can switch around with moisturizers if you so wish. My current favorite, and likely will remain an exclusive for me is the Good Mood Gel Moisturizer by Fourth Ray Beauty. I have used the Glow Recipe Watermelon Moisturizer and Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel interchangeably within the last couple years. All of these were really nice as they quickly absorb into the skin and does not leave my skin greasy or tacky. It’s important to always apply moisturizer after cleansing your face, as this helps your skin stay balanced and hydrated.

Sunscreen

Probably the most important thing you can do for your skin, especially when you are young!! I know I know, it can feel greasy…it can break you out…it smells funny…leaves a white cast, etc. I used all the same excuses for why I wasn’t wearing it daily but it really is so important. Nowadays, there are so many facial sunscreens created by brands which cater to these worries and that you can use underneath makeup. Do your research!! I discovered Supergoop! and I fell in love. It gives a slight mattifying affect, no coloration at all, not overly strong scent and no greasy feeling. Plus, my makeup still goes on wonderfully. You can also always find a moisturizer with SPF or a primer with SPF, just make sure you are wearing your sunscreen each day to protect yourself, your skin will thank you now and definitely later!

Face Masks, Facial Sprays, the Rest…

These items I use sparingly, as in they are not a daily thing in my routine but they are products used to help your skin throughout the week. Face masks I use about once a week or so, I always use the Amazonian Clay Mask and mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar (from Amazon) and I recently have been loving the Big Detox Mud Mask by Fourth Ray Beauty. I do have the Watermelon Sleeping Mask from Glow Recipe as well for extra hydration and to help balance out my skin from time to time. Facial sprays for me are more just for the refreshing purpose of it all, than any benefits they claim to have. Pick something that smells nice, look at the ingredients and use it refresh your makeup or skin throughout the day, when you wake up or before you sleep; my favorite is from Mario Badescu. I do use exfoliants and peels that help remove dead skin and renew my skin about twice a week, my favorites are from Fourth Ray Beauty or Dermalogica. All of these added products help clean the skin deeper than normal and keep it nourished throughout your week πŸ™‚

That about rounds it all up!! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email or in the comments section πŸ™‚ Skincare is so important! Especially the older you get, do your research and keep testing and trying until you find your perfect routine! You will get there with time!

Until Next Time,

E ❀

Sephora VIB Spring Sale Haul!!

Twice a year Sephora has a major sale where all items in their store are 10%-20% of depending on your Beauty Insider status. Since I am a Rouge (embarrassing but not surprising) I gain early access and that 20% discount. I wanted to show you guys items I picked up, some were re-fills of products I love and use all the time. Whereas others were some fun items that were more luxury that I thought now is the time to try with a slight price decrease to them πŸ˜‰

I will list the original price of each item, as well as the sale price that I paid for reference. Have no fear if you missed the sale this time around, Sephora’s second big sale tends to happen in the fall as the start of the holiday shopping season!

Natasha Denona Biba Palette $129 (Sale: $103)

First up, my most major purchase is the Natasha Denona Biba Palette. Now, I know…that price tag is HEFTY. To be transparent, it wasn’t my personal money spent on this since my grandmother sent me some money for my birthday. I wouldn’t have gotten it otherwise…I don’t think. Anyyyywhooo, I have always heard amazing and unbelievable things about ND products; the creaminess, the blendability, the formulation, etc. But I just never thought any of her larger palettes were worth it. When she released this neutral palette however, I thought if I was ever to spend $129 on a palette this would be the one, as I know I could get the most use out of it. I researched this palette like crazy guys, read every single review possible, watched videos and still was on the fence cause the price tag. But let me tell you that when I say I have used this every day since I got it, I am not lying. It is BEAUTIFUL. I intend to write a full review on this soon so I will save the details for later. However, if you are looking for a nice neutral palette and you have the money to spend, I would highly recommend it.

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer Full Size $54/Mini Size $20 (Sale Full $43/Sale Mini $16)

The following product was a re-purchase; The Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. This is my all time favorite primer since it controls oils so well, has SPF 15 and helps to create a blurring effect on the skin. I do also feel as if this primer helps my makeup last longer and helps with it not settling into my fine lines. It is insanely pricey for what it is but the full size lasts me about a year. I opted for the mini for $20 so I could have more spending money on other items but I usually buy the full size. I likely will do that once I finish this mini up!

Natasha Denona Mini Nude Palette $25 (Sale $20)

Next up, is the Natasha Denona Mini Nude Palette. I simply bought this as an extension to the Biba palette. One of the only complaints I had about Biba is that I wish there were more shimmers (there are only 3). This little mini palette felt like a good addition to it without causing me a ton of additional cost. I’ve heard her mini palettes don’t always have the same formula as her larger but this specific one has been the best one so far and on par with quality according to reviewers. It will also be great for traveling or taking on the go. I’m excited to use this as a standalone as well as a companion to the Biba palette.

Farmacy Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser $28 (Sale $22)

Another re-purchase of mine was the Farmacy Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Face Cleanser. I received a mini size of this product in my Boxycharm and fell in love with it instantly. I use this every morning when I wake up. It smells really nice, the ingredients are great and my skin feels super soft and clean after using it. It does not make my skin feel taught or like it has been stripped. Instantly knew I had to buy the full size once I ran out and no better time to do so than during a sale!

Sephora Favorites Lashtash To Go $28 (Sale $22)

The Sephora Favorites Lashstash To-Go I bought simply because the deal couldn’t be surpassed. You get 5 mini size luxury mascaras and within the box you get a voucher for a full size of your choice from those 5 at no additional cost. The average cost for one of these full size mascaras is about $28 and you get to use up the other minis as well. I will be stocked on mascara for quite sometime! Plus, I never buy high end mascaras anymore just cause there are so many good ones at the drugstore so it is a nice treat to use these high end ones πŸ™‚

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask $22 (Sale $18)

For another repurchase I got the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. I always get the mini version of this since I don’t use it super often. I bring this bad boy out whenever my skin feels a little dry or have dry patches. It is supposed to help with oily skin as well; oily skin needs hydration too! It smells like watermelon candy and I always wake up with soft and supple skin. I sometimes use it as just a regular face mask too when I don’t wanna sleep with it. It does not transfer (somehow!), repairs the skin while you sleep and you wake up with a glow!

Marc Jacobs Enamored Lipgloss Stick $28 (Sale $22)

My best friend Alex picked this product up for me as a birthday gift πŸ™‚ The Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in Mocha-Choco-Lata! I have been eyeing this for awhile and yes, it is silly to spend this much for a lip gloss but after seeing all the reviews and fellow bloggers recommend it, I caved and wanted to give it a shot. I love the color and how moisturizing it is. It’s very pretty alone or on top of nude lipstick. It doesn’t have the best staying power but it’s very comfortable. Is it worth the price tag? Probably not haha but I am going to keep it cause I love the packaging and the product itself.

Natasha Denona Bloom Blush & Glow Palette $55 (Sale $44)

Last, and definitely not least, another Natasha Denona palette. The Natasha Denona Bloom Blush & Glow Palette. I have never tried her face products and this little fella kept popping up on every single person’s “VIB Sale Recommendations” video. Again, I researched and read all the reviews possible. I was nervous how this product would be on my fair skin but I figured if anything, I can return it thanks to Sephora’s policy. But also, plenty of reviewers claimed this worked wonderfully for their fair skin and to just go in with a light hand and pay attention to the “how-to” video. So far, it’s beautiful and you can really layer each one on top of another and create a ‘glass skin’ effect.

And that rounds up this haul! Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the products I picked up, some tried and true and some luxury splurges!! πŸ™‚

Did you pick anything up from the Sephora Spring Sale? If so, what items were they? Let me know in the comments! If you would like an in-depth review of any of the items above please let me know πŸ™‚ As well as if you would like to see more haul posts here on my blog!

Until next time,

EπŸ’•