As soon as September 1st hits, I go headfirst into Fall Mode and nobody can stop me. I don’t care when the official first day of fall is- summer’s over as far as I’m concerned! I have a great variety of things to tell you about this month, so I hope you guys find this article enjoyable and informative.

Health & Beauty | Method Body

Now that I’ve used up the last of my Lush Rockstar soap, it was time to invest in something new for the shower. I noticed one of my housemates had a Method body wash in our shower, which is what sparked my interest into trying out the brand. I decided to go with the “pure peace” scent, which has notes of peony, rose water, and pink sea salt. I love traditionally soft and “feminine” scents, and this body wash is just absolutely delightful. Not only am I obsessed with the scent, but I also love the ethics behind the company. There’s nothing bad or damaging in this formula, so not only does shower time smell like a luxurious spa- I can feel good about my choices, too!

Home & Decor | Apple Pumpkin Candle by DW Home

I don’t need to remind y’all that I shop for fall candles year-round, and when I first smelled this candle, I knew I had found my new favorite. The scent is pretty strong, so if you’re sensitive to candles, you may not love this one. However, I LOVE the overpowering apple smell and I probably burned it for at least two hours a day this month. Unfortunately, I’ve now run out after burning it so much, but the good news is, I’ve got plenty of other fall candles lined up. 

Lifestyle | Pumpkin Anything

This past month, I have been cooking (and drinking) so many pumpkin items, it’s a wonder I’m not sick of it yet. For one thing, pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin cream cold brews from Starbucks are my EVERYTHING right now (god, I sound so white.) And, as someone who works at Starbucks, I’ve seen a lot of other folks jump on the pumpkin drink bandwagon as well. I’ve also been incorporating pumpkin into my baking lately, such as with my pumpkin bread that I made last week. I’m sure I’ll be sick of pumpkin by November, but for now, I’m a huge fan.

Health & Beauty | POPBeauty

I’m a strong believer that one should switch up their skincare routine every few months to keep things fresh and updated. Particularly with the seasons changing and the weather getting colder, I wanted to pick out some new products that would really focus on hydration and renewal. I decided to go with POPBeauty because their line was very affordable, vegan, and none of the items looked too intense for my sensitive skin. Right now, I’m using the Fizz Jelly Cleanser, the Extra Aqua Shot serum, the Zero Shine Hydrator, and the ZZZ Mask before bed. I also bought the Makeup Magnet Mist, which I’ve been loving as well. Like I said, these products are super clean and gentle on the skin, and I also really enjoy the bright aesthetic of this brand. I’m super excited to continue adding to my collection! 

Food | Candy Corn Boom Chicka Pop

I have to make a confession, I bought this popcorn at Star Market and I literally ate the entire bag in one day. In my defense, it was a medium-sized bag and not a huge one, but still. This stuff is VASTLY addicting. I’m actually not a big fan of candy corn itself (it gives me a sore throat?), but this stuff was straight-up delicious and perfect as a sweet fall snack. I’ll definitely be buying this again on my next trip to the grocery store.

Entertainment | The Michelle Obama Podcast

I think Michelle Obama is simply just a lovely person. She seems like she really has her life together, and her wisdom shines through for so many admirers. I was really excited when she announced that she was starting a podcast; I felt like it was a really human thing for her to do, to open up about her life experiences in a very personal way with her guests and her audiences. Not only have I learned a lot about Michelle from the podcast, but I also feel like I have learned a lot about womanhood and what I can expect as I continue to navigate through the world and develop into my own strong woman. 

Fashion | Oversized Sweaters

I’m basic, I know, but there is nothing I love more on this planet than a huge, cozy, neutral sweater. It definitely does not help that I live down the street from a TJ Maxx and I can go shopping for sweaters whenever I want. I’ve been really into neutrals lately (when am I not into neutrals?), which will account for why most of my oversized sweaters are an array of beiges, whites, and grays. I’m particularly loving this gray zip-up sweater I picked up the other day; I’ve been wearing it almost every day since I bought it. 

That’s everything I’ve been loving so far in September! What have you guys been enjoying so far this fall? Let me know in the comments. 

Note: I apologize if the formatting on this is a little wonky; WordPress just rolled out a new layout and I’m still getting used to it! 

Now that I have a job and a regular income, I’m so excited to start trying tons of new products again- from makeup and beauty to skincare and vitamins! These are all of the products I’ve been loving lately that have now reached the end of their life. You’ll probably notice a lot of familiar names, because I’ve mentioned several of these products before on the site. I hope you guys find this informative and helpful for your future summer picks!

Damage Remedy Hair Repair Serum | AVEDA

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me raving about this hair serum before. Because my hair has been bleached and color-treated so many times, I really have to rely on highly nourishing products to keep it looking healthy and bouncy. I received this product in a Fab Fit Fun box a couple of seasons ago, and needless to say, I’m sorry to see it go. My hair always felt like I had just visited a salon after I used this serum, and it didn’t feel too thick or sticky, either. I may very well go out and buy this product at retail price on my next Ulta trip. 

Vitamin C Face Wash | Soap & Glory

Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity 3-IN-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial ...

It’s no surprise I ran out of this face wash quickly, because what I essentially bought was the sample size of this product. I have to say, even though I really love the idea of Soap & Glory and I think their aesthetic is adorable, I’m not sure if I would purchase from them again. I’ve noticed that a lot of their products are highly fragranced and packed with ingredients, and when you have sensitive skin like I do, that’s not always a great combo. However, like I said, I really think the brand itself is super cute, and I do think their products would be perfect for someone out there- just not someone with my skin type.

Brush Bath | It Cosmetics

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I feel like I mention this product every time I post a Product Empties article, and that’s because I go through this stuff like crazy. It’s a brush cleaning solution that works easily, quickly, and doesn’t leave my brushes feeling damp or stripped. Because I love to use so many different, vibrant shades on my eyes, I essentially have to clean my brushes every time I use them. This product allows me to do that in seconds, so cleaning my brushes doesn’t have to feel like a chore. The Brush Bath also has an extremely unique smell- citrus, perhaps, and it’s absolutely invigorating. This product is a must if you find yourself wearing a lot of eye products and constantly cleaning your brushes.

Setting Spray | Morphe

Morphe Jeffree Star Set & Refresh Mist | Ulta Beauty

The Morphe setting spray is another “regular” product I purchase every few months or so. Because my skin is so naturally oily, my foundation starts to look really slick on my skin if I don’t use a good setting spray. Wet skin can sometimes look very flattering, but trust me, not in this case. I normally purchase the regular setting spray, but the one that I’ve used up this time is actually the pink setting spray from the Jeffree Star collab with Morphe. It worked just as well as the original, but I have to say, I wasn’t a huge fan of the artificial strawberry smell. I will be purchasing this product again, but this time, I’ll be sure to buy the original. 

Prep Rally | Drybar

Hair Detangler Spray - Prep Rally | Drybar

Last but not least, I have reached the end of the glorious Prep Rally spray by Drybar. This is normally not a product I would have bought for myself, but I received it in my Fab Fit Fun box (per usual with my hair care) and I absolutely love it. It’s no wonder Drybar has such a high, professional reputation- this stuff made my hair both look and feel fantastic. If Fab Fit Fun gives me the option to choose this product again in an upcoming box, I’m definitely going to take them up on that. I also work right next to an actual Drybar salon, which could be very dangerous for my wallet.

Anyway, those are all my product empties for the summer! I’ll be sure to update you guys on what else I’ve used up towards the end of the fall. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products before, and what your thoughts were!

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Apologies for being a bit behind on posting! Life has been crazy with all the turbulent changes in Massachusetts, particularly with moving home and trying to sort out the rest of my education. Luckily, I’m currently on spring break anyway, so I’m trying to dedicate extra time to writing and other creative projects. As you know from clicking on this article, these are all my product empties in March. Several of them were purchases I made over winter break, so four months isn’t too bad for a shelf life! I hope you enjoy and find this helpful. 


I Am Magic Full Coverage Foundation | Juvia’s Place | $20

As someone with oily, textured, and sensitive skin, I am always looking for a new full coverage foundation to try. I was especially drawn to this one because of its low price point, and I was really impressed by NikkieTutorials’ review of the product as well. Even though the tube looks small (it is), a little drop of this product goes a long way. I’ve been using this foundation almost every day for the past three months, and it’s still got a bit of product left in it! It probably goes without saying, but I will definitely order another bottle of this foundation once I officially run out of my current tube. It’s affordable, it works incredibly, and the shade range is inclusive for all skin tones.


Insta Grip Jelly Primer | Dermablend | $33

I’ve been a die-hard fan of the e.l.f primers for years now, but I decided over winter break that it was probably time for me to expand my horizons a bit. I was initially surprised by the consistency of this primer- it feels like putting a lip gloss on your face- but I came to love it immediately and started using it every day. If you also struggle with oily skin, this is the perfect primer for you. It literally makes your foundation stick to your face like glue, and the mattifying qualities help to prevent me from getting shiny throughout the day. The bottle isn’t completely empty yet, but it’s getting there. I’ll definitely be sure to buy it again in the future!


Gentle Cleanser | Differin | $11

I’m a pretty adamant face-washer, so I go through cleansers more quickly than any other product. Lately, I’ve been using the brand Differin on my skin. My mom bought me a few of their products for Christmas, because my skin was absolutely atrocious and my forehead was popping up with cystic acne. The formula for this brand is definitely very aggressive, and my skin even went through a pretty intense ‘purging’ period, but it’s definitely been clearing up over these past couple of months! My skin at this current moment looks great, with only a few little blemishes here and there. Everybody’s skin is differen(t), but for me, this brand is really doing the trick to combat my acne!


Redrum Liquid Lipstick | Jeffree Star Cosmetics | $18

I’ve tried quite a few red lipsticks in my life, and this one is up there in the top three with Lisa Eldridge and Ohii Cosmetics. I got this lipstick in the rainbow Equality bundle, which means I only have the sample size, but I have efficiently used it down to the last drop. The sturdy applicator helps me to make clean, crisp lines, and the lipstick manages to stay on my lips all day without any signs of smudging. Being a Jeffree Star Cosmetics product, it’s definitely a bit out of most people’s price range, but I would say it’s definitely worth the investment (if you’re looking for a great-quality liquid lipstick). Because I don’t have a paying job, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to buy it again for a while, but I’ll definitely order it again at some point in the future.  


Stay All Day Liquid Liner | Stila | $22

RIP to my fourth tube of this amazing liquid eyeliner. If you struggle with making your eyeliner look clean and perfect, I promise this is the perfect product for you. The thick yet precise felt-tip makes it easy to use and navigate, and the pigmentation of the black is extremely opaque. It is a bit pricey, but if you wear liquid eyeliner every day like I do, it’s honestly worth the investment. I can’t afford to buy more of this eyeliner right now, but the good news is, I have a cheaper dupe lined up next. 😉 


Matte Liquid Liner | NYX Cosmetics | $8

This is yet another fabulous liquid liner I have sadly come to the end of. I bought it a few months ago after realizing the Stila liner was a bit too pricey for me at the moment, and while they aren’t exactly the same, they both do the trick for me. The brushes are different, for one thing, and this liner may be a bit more difficult to use than the handy felt-tip I love in my other liners. Nonetheless, once you get the knack of it, using this liner is easy peasy. Even better, the tube has lasted me quite a while, so I know that I can stretch this product out and make it last for four months, at least. I will almost definitely be buying this again, unless I somehow find an even cheaper and even better alternative. 


Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner | Thayers | $11

If you’re an OG reader, you probably recognize this product as being one of my all-time favorites. Seriously, I’ve been using this stuff twice a day for what feels like forever, and I continue to be happy and amazed with the results I see on my face. Not only does it smell wonderful, it also makes my skin feel incredibly soft and acts like a primer/base for my foundation. Also, a little goes a long way- I’ve been using the same bottle for months and months on end. It probably goes without saying, but I am definitely going to be purchasing this again once I use up that last little bit. I’ll probably go for the rose petal bottle again, though the rest of the scents sound equally fresh-smelling and lovely.

After what was actually a relatively short wait, I am so excited to have received my first-ever Fab Fit Fun box in the mail this week! I’ve heard a lot of things about the company, both positive and negative, so I’m ready to give you my honest thoughts about the entire experience, the contents of the box, and how I feel about the performance of the products.

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I discovered Fab Fit Fun after watching a YouTuber unbox her own goodies. Fab Fit Fun, as the name may imply, is a subscription box that sends you a quarterly package of beauty products, fitness tools, and accessories. I personally love to spend my money on “trivial” things like lotion and makeup, so the box seemed like something I would genuinely get a good use out of. For someone who isn’t into getting a new lotion or eye cream every season, this probably isn’t the box for you.

Like I said, however, this is the kind of stuff I would spend my money on anyway. I love trying new products and reviewing them for you here, so I decided to give the box a go. Before I get into the actual products, I’ll tell you a bit about my experience ordering from Fab Fit Fun, and my general impression of the company.

One thing I really like about Fab Fit Fun is that they regularly team up with charities and organizations- every season, in fact! For the fall box, Fab Fit Fun is giving back to City of Hope, which benefits cancer research and other serious diseases. I’ve researched many of the brands this company features on their site, and I’m happy to say they all appear cruelty-free (and many are vegan). Those were the two biggest deal breakers for me- the ethics of the company, and the ethics of the products, and I’m impressed with both.

Before ordering my fall box, I made sure to read reviews from a number of different sites. I was shocked to see a lot of negative reviews, but upon reading them, they actually didn’t dissuade my opinion very much. I was expecting the negative comments to expose heinous, fraudulent business practices, but instead, I found people complaining that they got another lotion, and they didn’t WANT another lotion! ONE STAR!!

Especially after receiving my box and having a perfectly lovely experience with the company, I was kind of surprised so many people were angry that they received products they literally SIGNED UP FOR. Like, you’re really going to slander the brand and give them one star because they did their job? Weird flex, but okay. 

What I’m trying to say is this- I don’t think Fab Fit Fun is a scam, or a fraud, or anything else people were commenting. I think those words were taken wildly out of context. Getting another really nice lotion in your box isn’t a “scam”, a scam would be if the company charged your card and then didn’t send you a box. Calm down, people.

Other people complained that the box took too long to ship. I can see that being a perfectly reasonable complaint, but I still don’t think it’s bad enough that the company deserves one star. I’m biased because I did receive my box in a reasonable time frame- about two weeks after I ordered. This was a pleasant surprise because the website said the boxes typically ship a month after you are charged. My next billing date is December 3rd, so my winter box should arrive between mid December and early January.

Another thing I really liked about the box is the customization option. You first of all will fill out a survey rating how interested you are in certain product areas. For example, I checked off that I am very interested in skincare and makeup (bring on the lotion), and less interested in hair care or fitness tools. This helps the curators of the box better suit the contents to your taste, and also, avoid adding products you would never use. There are some products that everyone will likely get, but then you have the option to choose 3-5 specific things. For example, some of my individualized choices were a Kate Spade lunch bag, an Anthropologie yoga mat, and some vitamin C mixing crystals. 

Now, let’s touch on the price. Each box comes with 8-10 full-sized items, shipped to you quarterly (or four boxes per year). The price of one box is $49.99, but you can get your first box cheaper with a referral code. I’ll have to reach out to Fab Fit Fun and ask if I can plug mine in! 😉

To give you an idea of the amazing deal you’re getting, the retail price for the yoga mat ALONE was $50. I received the yoga mat and seven other products for $42, which means the value of everything in the box was upwards of $250. Like I said, you might not be someone who wants 8-10 new products a season, but for me, that’s something I would spend my paycheck on anyway. This subscription box is an awesome way for me to try new things without breaking the bank, because the savings are amazing. 

I do have a theory about how Fab Fit Fun (probably) works behind the scenes. I obviously don’t have any proof of this, but I imagine it probably works in a similar way to Marshalls or TJ Maxx. For example, Marshall’s merchandise is mostly made up of stock that didn’t sell out very well, and that’s why the prices are so discounted. If Michael Kors puts out a shirt that doesn’t sell well, he can sell it at Marshalls for uber-cheap instead of just letting it sit in his warehouse forever. That’s how I ASSUME Fab Fit Fun works- they re-sell products and merchandise that didn’t initially sell out well, as a way to drain the stock. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; I love shopping at Marshalls and other discount stores.

I haven’t decided yet if I want to switch from a season subscription to a yearly one, because I want to receive the winter box before I make up my mind. If I’m blown away by the next box, I most likely will sign up for the yearly subscription.

Anyway, moving on to the part you’ve all been waiting for- my review of the products!

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First off, the box itself is adorable and creatively designed. It was easy to unbox without destroying the cardboard, so I will probably be reusing the box in the future. On top, I received a gift card for HelloFresh, a referral code to give a friend, and a copy of the Fab Fit Fun magazine (which is just a beautifully written ad, in case you didn’t know). I did enjoy thumbing through the magazine, though, and got some insight on how to use the products sent to me. I’m probably going to give the HelloFresh gift card to my mom, because there’s an expiration date and she’s more likely to use it than me.

I am going to include the original retail price I received, but remember I got everything in this box for $42. All of these opinions are my own personal thoughts, and I will say up-front that while there were some things I liked, there were also some things I didn’t like so much. 


Yoga Mat | Anthropologie | Retail price: $50

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I apologize for my semi-messy room.

I would normally never be able to afford an Anthropologie yoga mat, so I was really happy to receive one in my box. I chose the mat because meditation and yoga is something I’ve wanted to get into for a long time, and now I have the perfect excuse. I think the design is really pretty, and the mat definitely feels high-end to me. The only negative thing I will say is that the mat is extremely thin, so it’s not ideal for working on a hard-wood surface. On a rug or a carpet, however, it should be fine.


Lunch Tote | Kate Spade New York | Retail price: $30

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This is another product that I was able to choose, and I’m happy to say that the bag came exactly as pictured. Some people were complaining that the tote is too small, which baffled me. The tote I received feels pretty roomy and standard-sized, and the inside is insulated to help keep your food cold longer. It arrived a little crumpled because the tote was folded to fit in the box, but I was able to smooth it out pretty quickly. As a student who is always on the go, bag is going to be extremely helpful to me this year!


Pure C | Cosmedix | Retail price: $54

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I was initially a little confused by what this product is meant for, but I think I’ve figured it out after thumbing through the magazine. This is pure, powdered vitamin C, which can then be combined with any beauty/skincare product of your choice. The pros are that pure vitamin C is extremely good for your skin, and this product is really easy to work with. Lately I have been adding a bit of it to my morning toner, just to give my skin a little extra brightness. I will say that I was surprised by how small the tube was, but I guess it makes sense, considering a little goes a long way. I haven’t been using this long enough to notice any definite results, but I’ll be sure to update you if my skin changes over time!


Hair Towel Wrap | Afterspa| Retail price: $18

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The rest of the products from here, minus the aromatherapy rollerball, were all automatically added to my box (meaning I didn’t choose them). I’ve never actually gone out of my way to buy a hair wrap, because a regular towel has always worked fine for me. I have used this every night since I received it, but I wouldn’t say it’s incredible or mind-blowing. If it was made of an incredibly soft cotton, or had some other impressive quality, I would probably be more excited about it. But this just felt like a semi-cheap, odd-smelling, clearance item from a third-party seller. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it, however, and if you prefer hair wraps over towels, you’ll probably find this more helpful than me. Not a miss, but not a total win either.


Deep Relax Rollerball | Aromatherapy Associates | Retail price: $29

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I LOVE rollerball scents, especially organic, natural-smelling ones. I already brought a lavender one from home, and I always roll it over my pillowcase before I go to sleep. I’ve also started using this new one on my pillow as well, because it has a really calming, woody scent that immediately makes me sleepy. I love to carry this rollerball around during the day as well, in case I start to feel anxious and need a quick whiff of something relaxing. The power of aromatherapy is so profound, and I really don’t think it gets enough credit. I’m considering looking into the brand and ordering some more products from them, because I’ve already used a third of this bottle.


Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair | AVEDA | Retail price: $30

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I normally don’t care much for hair care products, because my hair is so frizzy and thick and untameable. It’s hard for me to feel impressed by any hair product, but this repair mask genuinely left me SHOOK. You know that super-soft quality your hair has after you go to a salon? That’s exactly how my hair feels when I use this. I smooth it over my hair after I take a shower, sleep on it, and boom, I wake up with salon-soft hair. I know that probably sounds like an exaggeration, but I promise it’s not. This is hands-down the best hair repair product I’ve ever used, and my dry, damaged mane is now in paradise.


Exfoliating Sugar Cubes in Juice Cleanse | Harper & Ari | Retail price: $16

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When I first unboxed this, I was expecting the scent to be something pepperminty or earthy, but it actually smells like fresh green apples. I love to spend my money on spa-esque products designed for pampering, so I was excited to immediately start using these! Like I said before, the smell is invigorating and so delicious. I wouldn’t recommend rubbing the cube directly on your skin, because the granules irritated my skin and left it feeling a bit raw. What I like to do instead is rub the cube in between my hands to get it soapy, and then disperse the soap on my arms and legs. It’s a very pampering step in my shower routine, and I look forward to the fresh scent it leaves on my skin before bed.


Body Soufflé | Human + Kind | Retail price: $18

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The final product I received in my box is this full-sized body lotion, and I would say it’s probably one of my personal favorite items now. I could actually smell it before I even opened the box! If you’re into floral, fruity smells, this is going to be the perfect lotion for you. And, of course, I love that the brand is vegan and cruelty free. I actually forgot to bring a body lotion to school with me, so it worked out well that I received one in my box. I’ve been using it on my arms and legs every day, and the fresh apricot scent lingers for hours.


As you can see, the great majority of these products were a hit for me. The only thing I wasn’t really wowed by was the hair wrap, and I wish the yoga mat was a little bit thicker. Besides that, however, I think all of these products are going to be really useful in my daily life. It’s so fun to have a nice surprise look forward to, and now I’m excited to receive my winter box in December! Speaking for myself, I’ve had an easy time working with this company, and don’t really have much to complain about. It’s certainly not a fraud or a scam, and trust me, I have experienced scam companies before. Fab Fit Fun is legit, and if you have a fondness for beauty products, I’m certain you’ll love this subscription. 


This review is not sponsored by Fab Fit Fun. I paid for the box with my own money, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you’re interested in ordering the box yourself, you can save $10 on your first order with my referral link! https://www.talkable.com/x/oYDP8T

Coming up next: Gentleman Jack: A Celebration of History and Feminism

With my last skincare routine being quite a while ago, I felt it was time for an update on what I’m using on my face. I naturally have very oily skin, and I wear a lot of heavy makeup, so it’s extremely important to me that I keep my pores as clean as possible. In order to keep my skin in its current, healthy condition, I religiously do this regimen every single day. I do not skip any steps!

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Disclaimer: Obviously, what works for me may not work for you, but my products are generally very natural, organic, and ethically sourced (so they’re gentle on the skin). Everything on this list is also 100% cruelty free. Please note that although I have researched these products to the very best of my ability, I may have missed something or been misinformed in my checkboxes. If you are especially concerned about the ingredients/content (especially those of you who require gluten-free or hypoallergenic products), please reach out to the brand directly to be extra safe! Also if something does not have a check mark, it may just simply be that I couldn’t find the answer, or it’s just not 100% applicable. Even if the brand is 80% organic, I still won’t check it off unless it’s completely organic. Again, reach out to the brand if you have a serious health concern. I hope you enjoy!


Superfood Cleanser | Youth to the People | Cleanser | $36.00

The first thing I do in the morning is wash my face with a non-foaming cleanser (anything that claims to “foam” or “exfoliate” can be really rough on sensitive skin)! I bought this cleanser while I was on a two-day trip in New York City, at what must have been the biggest Sephora in the state. Seriously, the moment I walked in, I knew this was where I wanted to spend my shopping money! I needed a new facial cleanser anyway, because the one I was using before was owned by a company that tested on animals. I normally would not choose something this expensive- if you look at my other skincare products, you’ll see that everything is in the $5-$15 range. However, I wanted to treat myself to something nice on vacation, and also, I really fell in love with the brand’s message and aesthetic. First of all, of course I want a gay-themed face wash. Secondly, this brand hits all the boxes for ethical consumption. It’s 100% vegan, it uses natural ingredients, and all of the vegetables/herbs sourced are GMO-free. I’m not sure I can justify buying this again in the future (due to the price), but I am really glad I bought it and enjoy having it in my skincare regime. Like I said, it’s non-foaming and feels very clean, without feeling like I’ve stripped my skin. If you have the opportunity to spend a few more dollars, this cleanser is fabulous (and G A Y). 

⌧ Vegan

⌧ Gluten Free

⌧ Organic

⌧ Non-GMO

☐ Hypoallergenic


Mask of Magnaminty | Lush | Exfoliator | $14.95

Twice a week or so, I’ll go in with the Mask of Magnaminty by Lush. I believe it is marketed as a mask, but I actually prefer to use it as an exfoliator after cleansing. The ground aduki beans in the mask are round, dull, and quite large, so I don’t have to worry about tiny shell pieces making micro tears in my face (cough, Kylie). I’m also obsessed with the SMELL of this mask. As you may have guessed, peppermint oil plays a large part in the formula, and the scent is absolutely invigorating. I always feel wide-awake after I take this mask off my face, and my skin smells amazing. If you want to use this as an actual mask, it’s probably fine to use it more than twice a week, but I wouldn’t recommend using it as an exfoliator more than that. Exfoliating your skin too much can actually be more harmful than helpful, especially for us folks with sensitive skin!

⌧ Vegetarian

⌧ Gluten Free

☐ Organic

☐ Non-GMO

☐ Hypoallergenic


Rose Petal Witch Hazel | Thayers | Toner | $10.95

This is hands down one of my favorite products I’ve ever purchased for my skin. It’s impossible not to like Thayers- they are inexpensive, high-quality, vegan, and of course, cruelty-free. And, this toner smells amazing (it comes in a few other scents as well!). As someone with extremely reactive skin, even the simplest cleanser can make me break out in red splotches, That’s where toner comes in- and the name is pretty self explanatory. After cleansing and exfoliating, I pour a little bit of this toner into my hands and spread it all over my face. After doing this step, my skin feels much more even and supple. And trust me, a little goes a long way. I’ve been using the same bottle of Thayers for about four months now, and it’s still ¾ full.

⌧ Vegan

⌧ Gluten Free

⌧ Organic

⌧ Non-GMO

☐ Hypoallergenic


Peach Sake Emulsion | Skinfood | Moisturizer | $15.00

After applying toner to my face, I go in with this moisturizer and spread it all over my face, hands, and neck. Skinfood is a hidden gem brand I recently discovered and fell in love with immediately. If you’re a fan of Korean skincare, I highly suggest giving Skinfood a try. Most of their products are available at Ulta for affordable prices, including this delectable Peach Sake Emulsion (a.k.a moisturizer). I have to admit, I originally bought this product just because I love the packaging, but what really sold me was how nourishing this product felt on my skin. Skinfood prides itself on incorporating natural food elements into its products, hence the company name, and I think it’s a great skincare philosophy. Because some of their products incorporate eggs, they are not 100% vegan, but they are vegetarian. It is noteworthy to add that many of these products are fragranced, so Skinfood is not hypoallergenic. It personally does not irritate my skin, but if you are sensitive to scented products, I would do a patch-test on your hand before applying to your face. 

⌧ Vegetarian

⌧ Gluten Free

☐ Organic

☐ Non-GMO

☐ Hypoallergenic


Sensitive Sunscreen Lotion | Blue Lizard | Sunscreen | $13.49

The last step in my morning routine is to go in with sunscreen (something I admittedly just added recently). I’ve always heard it said that you should use sunscreen every day, even if you’re not an outdoorsy person, and that you should start as early as possible in life. After scouring the internet for a cruelty-free, face-sensitive formula, I came across this one by Blue Lizard. I love that the product doesn’t go on white or chalky- it blends right into my skin, just like a moisturizer would! I suppose if you have extra oily skin, it may be a good idea to skip a traditional moisturizer and just go in with sunscreen, especially if you’re prone to breakouts. I’m happily surprised to say that this sunscreen hasn’t caused any breakouts yet, so I’m very excited to keep using it!

⌧ Vegetarian

⌧ Gluten Free

☐ Organic

☐ Non-GMO

☐ Hypoallergenic


7 to 3 | Lush | Makeup Remover | $3.95

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I actually ran out of my makeup pad in between writing this, so here is a picture from google.

Moving onto my nighttime routine, the first thing I do is take off my makeup (if I happened to be wearing any). I have to admit, when I first came across this product at Lush last month, I was skeptical about the sales lady’s enthusiasm. Not that I didn’t believe this product would take off some of my makeup, I just didn’t think it would take off all of it. But wow, was I wrong. This little cleansing pad not only took off my heavy face makeup, but also my waterproof mascara, black eyeliner, and liquid lipstick in just a few swipes. I also don’t have to scrub it all over my face as I would with an alcohol-based makeup remover, so my eyes feel refreshed after using this pad, rather than irritated. Also, because it’s a multi-use pad, it’s an extremely low waste alternative to traditional makeup pads. The Lush website recommends throwing this out after a week of use, but for me personally, I was able to stretch out the use for more than three weeks. Once you do throw it away, it degrades and goes back into the earth.

⌧ Vegan

⌧ Gluten Free

☐ Organic

⌧ Non-GMO

☐ Hypoallergenic


Coconut Water Eye Lift Cream | Andalou Naturals | Eye Cream | $15.99

It’s surprisingly hard to find a cruelty-free eye cream that doesn’t contain questionable ingredients, like dimethicone (check out the E.l.f eye cream to see what I’m talking about- dimethicone is the third ingredient and dozens of reviews were complaining of allergic reactions). If you personally are trying to find an eye cream that meets similar standards, you’re bound to love this one. Not only is it comparatively cheaper than many other eye creams, but it’s also completely natural, vegan, and organic. I’ve only been using it for about two weeks or so, and my eyes already feel brighter and smoother. Even though I don’t have any wrinkles, I feel like it’s never too soon to use eye cream. This is the last step in my nighttime routine, after I cleanse, tone, and moisturize. After this, it’s off to bed (or more realistically, off to read novels and watch netflix until 3am). 

⌧ Vegan

⌧ Gluten Free

⌧ Organic

⌧ Non-GMO

☐ Hypoallergenic


PRODUCT LINKS (not affiliate)

Superfood cleanser – https://www.youthtothepeople.com/products/superfood-cleanser-pride-edition

Mask of Magnaminty –https://www.lushusa.com/face/masks/mask-of-magnaminty/02129.html

Witch hazel – https://www.thayers.com/shop-thayers/premium-witch-hazel/facial-toners/rose-petal-facial-toner/

Peach sake emulsion – https://www.ulta.com/peach-sake-emulsion?productId=xlsImpprod14431247

Sunscreen – https://www.bluelizard.net/products/sunscreen-sensitive-5oz

7 to 3 – https://www.lushusa.com/face/cleansers/7-to-3/09058.html

Eye cream – https://thrivemarket.com/p/andalou-naturals-coconut-water-eye-lift-cream


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It’s been a HOT MINUTE since I’ve given you guys an update on the makeup I ordered from Hush. I did give you guys my initial thoughts, but now that three months have gone by…I have some new thoughts and opinions for you. Basically, I’m going to go through every product I’ve purchased, how I originally rated the product, and how I feel about it now that I’ve really been able to give all the products a chance.

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Also noteworthy to add, especially if you’re interested in any of these products: the Hush app has been out of service for at least two months now. They claim to be doing maintenance work on the site, but that still seems fishy to me, especially since they aren’t answering customer questions and concerns. They’ve been super MIA about the entire situation, which is annoying (and in my opinion), disrespectful to the people who support the site and spend money on the products. I don’t know when (or if) the site will be back, so I just wanted to give you guys a heads up about that situation. Anyhow, moving onto the makeup!


FACE

Product: HD Pro Corrector Highlighter

Brand: LA Girl

Original price: $4.00

What I paid: $0.00

My thoughts then: If you spend more than $35 on Hush, you are graciously awarded with a  randomized free gift. I was expecting the consistency of this product to be thick and opaque, because it’s branded as a concealer, but it’s actually very similar to a liquid highlighter. I actually prefer this liquid formula to a powder one, because it goes on much less cakey and offers more of a glowy sheen. Like I said, I also got it for free, so there isn’t much to complain about!

My thoughts now: Like I said, this was a freebie product I got with my initial order, so I didn’t get to pick it out. Had I been able to choose, I probably would have not gone with this product. Like I said, it’s not thick or opaque enough to be used as an actual concealer, but you can use it to add some general shimmer to your face. I re-gifted this to my mom pretty much immediately after trying it, and as far as I’m concerned, she’s still happy with it. If you did want to try it for yourself, I imagine this product is available at other retail stores where LA girl is regularly sold, like a typical drugstore or possibly Ulta.


Product: Illuminating Face Powder (Amber Nectar)

Brand: Milani

Original price: $9.00

What I paid: $4.86

My thoughts then: Most of the time, I’m just a pinky blush kind of gal. I don’t use browns and contours on my face, because it usually looks too dark and muddy, but I decided to try this powder to chisel out my cheekbones. It’s pigmented, but not too dark, and it gave my cheeks a warm, rosy glow. I think this powder might actually end up replacing my blush altogether!

My thoughts now: I still love this powder, because it feels like three products rolled into one. The powder has some golden brown tones, which serves as a nice bronzer, and the pink tones work fabulously as a subtle blush. You could also in theory use it as a general powder to mattify your foundation, but I still prefer to use my e.l.f translucent white powder. For less than five dollars, I am still extremely satisfied with this this powder. You can pick it up at both Ulta and the drugstore, as well!


Product: Cleansing Water: Be Clean, Be Moist

Brand: Huxley

Original price: $25.00

What I paid: $15.00

My thoughts then: Out of all the products I ordered, this was actually the first one I tried! I used it to remove my makeup, right before my usual nightly shower, and followed it up directly with the rose water cleansing foam I’ll mention in a bit. Some of the products I ordered are Korean beauty, including this one, but I’m pretty sure everything I purchased is cruelty-free (albeit, some of the bottles I ordered are printed in Korean, so I’m not positive). Upon first impressions, I actually really like this product. It removed my makeup cleanly in just a few swipes, and it carries a light, clean scent. I haven’t noticed any irritation with my skin either, so I’m going to continue using it. The only thing it caused on my face was a little bit of redness, but that could just be due to rubbing it quite a bit on my face.

My thoughts now: This is another product I have continued to use after my initial thoughts, though admittedly, I have been using it less. The cleanser feels very-oil based, which isn’t great if you already have oily skin, like me! I’ve also noticed that the scent also lingers on my face for quite a while after applying it, so if heavily scented products irritate you, I wouldn’t recommend this cleansing water. That being said, it does take off my makeup pretty quickly and easily, hence why I still continue to use it from time to time.


Product: Cherry Lava Purify Mask

Brand: Pacifica

Original price: $14.00

What I paid: $8.40

My thoughts then: There are quite a few things I really like about this mask. First of all, the smell is sweet and fruity without being overwhelming- Pacifica is very eco-friendly and natural in that regard. I also really like the consistency of this mask- it’s smooth, covers nicely, and was extremely easy to wash off. It didn’t feel uncomfortable or thick on my skin, and surprisingly didn’t leave a lot of redness behind when I washed it off. I really love the brand Pacifica, for both their ethics and the quality of their products. This will definitely be a mask I reach for again!

My thoughts now: Pacifica is still one of my favorite brands, and this mask is no exception. I’ll probably be using it more now that I’m home from college, because I absolutely love to put on a face mask while I’m in the bath. If you’re looking for a facial mask that’s ethically-sourced, vegan, and smells amazing, I would definitely recommend this one! Pacifica is available online, and additionally, you can find quite a few of their products at Ulta.


Product: Face Primer (Poreless)

Brand: E.L.F

Original price: $6.00

What I paid: $3.60

My thoughts then: I’ve used E.L.F primers in the past, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. The last primer I used was the tone-adjusting one (the green one), and while I liked what it did for my face, it started to develop a funny smell very quickly. Luckily, this poreless primer has been working flawlessly so far, and I haven’t detected any odd smells. My skin is very oily, as I’ve said, so I definitely prefer using these cream primers over oil-based ones. I would recommend any and all of the E.L.F primers to anyone!

My thoughts now: I used this primer right up until the last drop, and can happily report that it never developed a funky smell over time. I wish E.LF would make larger-sized primer bottles, because I seriously went through this one in about a month and a half. I have notoriously oily skin, so any time I find a primer that works for me, I cling onto it immediately. Right now I’m using the E.L.F brightening primer, because I’m on a mission to try all of their cream primers before I pick a favorite. As of right now, it’s a tie between poreless and brightening, but I probably wouldn’t purchase the tone-adjusting one again.


Product: Primer Oil

Brand: City Color

Original price: $9.00

What I paid: $5.40

My thoughts then: I liked this primer in theory, because it looked like it would be very nourishing on the skin. That being said, the skin on my face is constantly very oily, so counteracting it with another oil probably wasn’t the smartest move on my part. If you have dry skin, or even normal skin, this probably would work extremely well on you. Unfortunately, us oily folks will have to carry on without. The primer itself did feel very smooth and fresh on my skin, but it added quite a bit of shine to my already shiny face.

My thoughts now: Just like the concealer, I re-gifted this product to my mom after I opened it and inspected the consistency. I’m happy to report that she absolutely loves this stuff, so if you struggle with dry (or even normal) skin, I’d recommend this primer on her behalf. But I think for now, I’m going to stick with my trusted E.L.F primers to keep my own skin supple and oil-free.


Product: Cleansing Foam + Makeup Remover (Rose Water + Pearl Essence)

Brand: Joss+Lyn

Original price: $10.00

What I paid: $6.00

My thoughts then: Similarly to the cleansing water, this product is also Korean beauty. I used it as a facial cleanser in the shower immediately after removing my makeup, just to make sure all the leftover oil and gunk was out of my face. I really like the foamy, softly fragrant formula of this product- it feels extremely luxurious and thick on the skin. I needed to use a little bit more of the product than I thought I would,  because the bubbles dispersed and thinned quite quickly, but I’m still happy with what it did for my skin.

My thoughts now: My usage of this product, like the cleansing water, has also dwindled over the past few weeks. Like I mentioned before, the actual foaming properties disappear almost immediately after dispersing onto the face, and at that point, there isn’t much product left to actually cleanse your face with. You’ll definitely need to use 3-4 pumps of this if you actually want to wash your face with it! As for the pros, however, it has a beautiful rosy fragrance, it’s cruelty-free (like everything I bought), and it leaves my skin feeling really soft.


BODY

Product: Step By Step Renewing Foot Balm

Brand: Formula 10.0.6

Original price: $6.00

What I paid: $3.60

My thoughts then: Like you’ll hear me say numerous times, I really like the brand Formula 10.0.6. I haven’t been disappointed by one of their products yet, and this one is no exception. I love to pamper myself after a long day, and this balm is perfect to use after a hot shower. Slather it on your feet, slip into a pair of fuzzy socks, and treat yourself to a good night’s sleep.

My thoughts now: As someone who has been spending more and more time on their feet (exercising and dog walking), this is definitely a product I have continued to use after my initial thoughts. Because I wear a lot of platform heels. the skin around my ankles can become especially raw and dry on almost a daily basis. If I rub some of this balm on my ankles before bed, and then slip into a pair of socks, I wake up with ultra-soft feet that last all day. If you also find your feet getting a little beat up from high heels, I definitely suggest buying some sort of balm to help rejuvenate your skin.


Product: Butter Up Moisturizing Body Stick

Brand: Formula 10.0.6

Original price: $10.00

What I paid: $6.00

My thoughts then: Not only does this body stick work really well, but it’s also quite fun to use. There’s something about sliding a buttery stick across your arm that I find very satisfying, especially when it smells like coconut and vanilla. It’s skincare luxury. I really like the brand Formula 10.0.06; their sweet-smelling creams and lotions remind me a lot of Pacifica Beauty. One thing it’s already helped me with is a dry patch on my ankle, where my heels usually rub at the skin. I rubbed some of the lotion on that spot before I went to bed last night, and now, my feet are as soft as ever. This product is essentially just a gigantic chapstick for your arms and legs, and I’m looking forward to using it more.

My thoughts now: No surprise here, I still really like this lotion, and utilize it just as much as the foot balm to pamper my legs. Formula 10.0.6 is cruelty-free, which I love, and you can find a lot of their products at Ulta, if you’re interested.


EYES

Product: Sinfully Angelic Felt-tip Eyeliner

Brand: LA Splash

Original price: $14.00

What I paid: $8.40

My thoughts then: This is not a bad eyeliner by any means, but I do prefer my Stila felt tip liner more than this one. The LA Splash eyeliner is great for creating a sharp line, but the black is not very opaque, and requires more than one coat to make the line dark enough. Like I said, however, the liner is very easy to use, and would be great for a beginner who is just learning to wing their eyeliner.

My thoughts now: I know I really gave this eyeshadow a bad rep at the beginning, but as I used it more, I actually discovered I really like it. The pigment did get darker after I started using it a few times, and after the liner ran out of color, I just pulled out the tip with some tweezers, flipped it around, and put it back in (by the way, I was so excited when I figured out you can do this). The liner has lasted me all three months- I actually just tossed it out today, and I take back most of the complaints I immediately issued.


Product: Retro Love Eyeshadow Palette

Brand: Bad Habit

Original price: $12.00

What I paid: $7.20

My thoughts then: This palette, of course, is designed to be a dupe for the Subculture palette by ABH. I’ve never actually used the Subculture palette, but for $42, I’ve heard its dusty, messy, and not really worth the price. So far, I actually really like this dupe, and the fact that I got it for seven dollars is even more mind-boggling. I did notice a little bit of kickback in the pan, but it was nothing serious, and there wasn’t any fallout when I applied the eye shadow. The colors are also extremely pigmented, and similar to ABH in that regard. Overall, this is a win for me.

My thoughts now: This palette, although inexpensive, genuinely does feel like a higher-end product. I would compare the quality to a Lorac or Nyx eyeshadow palette- very pigmented, with a little bit of fallout (but not too much that it’s a problem). I like that there is a wide variety of colors in this palette, even though they did directly take them from the Subculture palette. If you tried the ABH palette and had problems with it, I would recommend giving this one a try. It’s really cheap, made in the USA, but also delivers really incredible quality. I believe Bad Habit has a website, but that might also be down while Hush is out of service. I sure hope not, because I would like to purchase more of their products in the future.


Product: Tinted Brow Mascara (Chocolate)

Brand: NYX

Original price: $7.00

What I paid: $4.20

My thoughts then: You really can’t go wrong with a tinted mascara for the brows. Mine especially are extremely sparse after so much plucking, so I really need to add some extra volume before I leave the house (otherwise, I look like a hard-boiled egg). I especially love the brand NYX because their brand is vegan-friendly, and all of their products are cruelty free.

My thoughts now: As I’m sure most of you know, I’ve been shaving off my eyebrows pretty regularly for a while now. I don’t have a use for this product anymore, because there aren’t any hairs for me to tint, so I did indeed re-gift this product. I love NYX and trust all of their product’s quality, so if I did have eyebrows, I would probably be using this on the daily.


Product: Elf Eye Brushes (Blending Brush)

Brand: E.L.F

Original price: $3.00

What I paid: $1.80

My thoughts then: I’m always on the hunt for a new blending brush. Right now, my favorite brushes are the ones I got in a Bad Habit bundle, but I do enjoy E.L.F brushes as well. I probably should have thought it through about ordering in the mail, though- the packaging of the product slightly flattened the brush. Nonetheless, it still works fine, and blended my eye shadow to a dream. And, of course, it’s insanely cheap.

My thoughts now: I love using this brush to pack on eyeshadow and pressed pigment, because the product takes to the brush very well and the residue washes off quickly with just a dry towel. It’s not fluffy enough to be used as a blending brush, but I do love using it to apply deeper, richer colors into my crease. For only three dollars, I am happy with how it performs, and still continue to use it every time I do my eyeshadow.


Product: Brow Kit (Dark)

Brand: LA Girl

Original price: $8.00

What I paid: $4.80

My thoughts then: I’ve been using the ABH brow pomade since high school, and I think that will always be my #1 go-to for brows. That being said, it’s not exactly designed for smoldering hot summer weather and sweaty foreheads. I wanted to try out a powder formula as a backup plan for the summer, with the hopes of avoiding having shiny eyebrows. I really do enjoy this product so far- it’s opaque, smooth, and easy to use. I also really love that the kit includes a tiny brush and some wax for your eyebrows- mine certainly do like to fly out all over the place if I don’t wax them down.

My thoughts now: This brow kit has absolutely become a staple in my eyebrow routine. The first thing I do is create a rough shape with the medium brown powder, then go over the powder with my ABH brow pomade, leaving out the inner part to create a fade effect. Then, to set it, I go back in with the darker brown to make sure it doesn’t move around during the day.


Product: False Lashes Pack of 5 (#601)

Brand: J Lash

Original price: $9.00

What I paid: $5.40

My thoughts then: I’ve been wearing fake eyelashes pretty much on the daily for about six months. I still struggle with the application, so if that also sounds like you, these could be the eyelashes for you. They’re soft, wispy, and easy to apply, making my morning routine much faster. They’re almost a little too natural for my taste; I like to go full-out with dramatic, pinup eyelashes, but I’m enjoying using them nonetheless.

My thoughts now: I figured out pretty quickly that these eyelashes are too wispy for my liking. There’s nothing actually wrong with them- they’re pretty decent quality- but I personally just prefer for my eyelashes to be dramatic and powerful!


Product: Vice Eyeshadow Palette

Brand: Face Candy

Original price: $12.00

What I paid: $5.04

My thoughts then: I haven’t been disappointed by a Hush eyeshadow palette yet, and this Face Candy palette is no exception. It’s amazing to me that their products are so affordable, because the palettes to perform amazingly. This particular palette is an array of purples, silvers, and a stunning gold, as you can see. The formula is buttery and pigmented, with extremely minimal fallout. I’m excited to pick this palette up again for some 1930s-40s themed looks.

My thoughts now: As I’ve started to really explore playing around with bright, shimmery colors, this is a palette that I simply love using for purple eyeshadow looks. This palette, along with the Zulu palette by Juvia’s Place, both pack a ton of pigment with very fallout. Because Face Candy is a smaller, indie brand, I unfortunately don’t know where to get more of their products now that the Hush app is down. Let me know if you find another site that their palettes are available on!

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The purples in the Vice palette are absolutely stunning.


Product: Pin-Up Tease Boudoir Mascara

Brand: NYX

Original price: $6.00

What I paid: $3.60

My thoughts then: Despite the fact that I’ve been wearing mascara since middle school, I still struggle with getting huge globs of product all over my eyelids. That being said, this product is really easy to use, and the wand is light and delicate. Good news: I have somehow managed to not to stab myself in the eye yet using this mascara! And, of course, I had to purchase it because it’s called the pin up tease. Could this be my new favorite mascara ever?

My thoughts now: I started out really liking this product, and I do like the way it looks on my eyelashes, but there is one problem I have with it that really prevents me from using it. Even with makeup wipes and oil, this mascara is a total bitch to get off my face. I ended up having to rub so hard, my actual eyelashes were starting to get sparse and fall off. I haven’t picked it up in a while, because nobody’s eyes deserve that much scrubbing!


HAIR

Product: Plush Bow Headband (Pink)

Brand: Spa Solutions

Original price: $5.00

What I paid: $3.00

My thoughts then: This is just a cute ‘lil headband, so there’s not much negative I can say about it. Anything pink,  fluffy, and girly will catch my eye, so this is no exception. I’m not planning on rocking it out on a Friday night, but I have been using it to keep my hair out of my face when I do my makeup.

My thoughts now: Nothing has changed! It’s still cute, pink, fluffy, and very much my style.


That is everything! As you can see, some of my thoughts have changed now that I’ve given all the products a chance, but ultimately, I think I got a great batch of makeup that was well worth the money. Like I said, I don’t know if Hush is coming back, but a lot of these products can also be found at drugstores and Ulta if you are interested.

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I used some of the warmer tones in the Retro Love Palette to create this look.

2/13/19 Thoughts

GREAT: Illuminating Face Powder, Cherry Lava Purify Mask, E.L.F Face Primer, Moisturizing Body Stick, Retro Love Eyeshadow Palette, Dark Brow Kit, Vice Eyeshadow Palette

GOOD: HD Pro Corrector Highlighter, Cleansing Water, Cleansing Foam + Makeup Remover, Tinted Brow Mascara, Blending Brush, False Eyelashes, Pin Up Tease Mascara, Plush Headband

NOT QUITE GOOD FOR ME: Primer Oil, Felt Tip Eyeliner


5/22/19 Thoughts

GREAT: Illuminating Face Powder, Cherry Lava Purify Mask, E.L.F Face Primer, Moisturizing Body Stick, Retro Love Eyeshadow Palette, Dark Brow Kit, Vice Eyeshadow Palette, Blending Brush

GOOD: HD Pro Corrector Highlighter, Cleansing Water, Cleansing Foam + Makeup Remover, Plush Headband, Felt Tip Eyeliner

NOT QUITE GOOD FOR ME: Primer Oil, Pin Up Tease Mascara, Tinted Brow Mascara, False Eyelashes

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I posted my first Hush review in late November, and since then, I’ve been genuinely loving everything I purchased. I was expecting the products to be hit-or-miss, but maybe that’s not the case. Either that, or I just got extremely lucky with everything I bought. The thing about the Hush app is that you can’t post reviews or stars on the products, so unless you do individual research, you’re going into it with no real judgment. Like I said, however, I’m happy with everything I’ve bought so far, and excited to have new things to try!

Even though all of the products on the Hush app are relatively cheap, I still can’t afford to buy tonnes of products all the time. Since it’s been a while since I’ve bought makeup, I decided to treat myself to some fresh, new things. The Hush app is also having a 40% off sale for customers with point accounts, so that further initiated me to drop some money on the website. Yay, capitalism!

As I said, I got everything for 40% off, plus a free gift, so I actually didn’t break bank this time. This entire purchase of 18 items, including free shipping, cost under $100. What a damn steal.

Let’s divide everything I got into three categories: face, body, eyes, and hair.


FACE

Product: HD Pro Corrector Highlighter

Brand: LA Girl

Original price: $4.00

What I paid: $0.00

My thoughts: If you spend more than $35 on Hush, you are graciously awarded with a  randomized free gift. I was expecting the consistency of this product to be thick and opaque, because it’s branded as a concealer, but it’s actually very similar to a liquid highlighter. I actually prefer this liquid formula to a powder one, because it goes on much less cakey and offers more of a glowy sheen. Like I said, I also got it for free, so there isn’t much to complain about!


Product: Illuminating Face Powder (Amber Nectar)

Brand: Milani

Original price: $9.00

What I paid: $4.86

My thoughts: Most of the time, I’m just a pinky blush kind of gal. I don’t use browns and contours on my face, because it usually looks too dark and muddy, but I decided to try this powder to chisel out my cheekbones. It’s pigmented, but not too dark, and it gave my cheeks a warm, rosy glow. I think this powder might actually end up replacing my blush altogether!


Product: Cleansing Water: Be Clean, Be Moist

Brand: Huxley

Original price: $25.00

What I paid: $15.00

My thoughts: Out of all the products I ordered, this was actually the first one I tried! I used it to remove my makeup, right before my usual nightly shower, and followed it up directly with the rose water cleansing foam I’ll mention in a bit. Some of the products I ordered are Korean beauty, including this one, but I’m pretty sure everything I purchased is cruelty-free (albeit, some of the bottles I ordered are printed in Korean, so I’m not positive). Upon first impressions, I actually really like this product. It removed my makeup cleanly in just a few swipes, and it carries a light, clean scent. I haven’t noticed any irritation with my skin either, so I’m going to continue using it. The only thing it caused on my face was a little bit of redness, but that could just be due to rubbing it quite a bit on my face.


Product: Cherry Lava Purify Mask

Brand: Pacifica

Original price: $14.00

What I paid: $8.40

My thoughts: There are quite a few things I really like about this mask. First of all, the smell is sweet and fruity without being overwhelming- Pacifica is very eco-friendly and natural in that regard. I also really like the consistency of this mask- it’s smooth, covers nicely, and was extremely easy to wash off. It didn’t feel uncomfortable or thick on my skin, and surprisingly didn’t leave a lot of redness behind when I washed it off. I really love the brand Pacifica, for both their ethics and the quality of their products. This will definitely be a mask I reach for again!


Product: Face Primer (Poreless)

Brand: E.L.F

Original price: $6.00

What I paid: $3.60

My thoughts: I’ve used E.L.F primers in the past, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. The last primer I used was the tone-adjusting one (the green one), and while I liked what it did for my face, it started to develop a funny smell very quickly. Luckily, this poreless primer has been working flawlessly so far, and I haven’t detected any odd smells. My skin is very oily, as I’ve said, so I definitely prefer using these cream primers over oil-based ones. I would recommend any and all of the E.L.F primers to anyone!


Product: Primer Oil

Brand: City Color

Original price: $9.00

What I paid: $5.40

My thoughts: I liked this primer in theory, because it looked like it would be very nourishing on the skin. That being said, the skin on my face is constantly very oily, so counteracting it with another oil probably wasn’t the smartest move on my part. If you have dry skin, or even normal skin, this probably would work extremely well on you. Unfortunately, us oily folks will have to carry on without. The primer itself did feel very smooth and fresh on my skin, but it added quite a bit of shine to my already shiny face.


Product: Cleansing Foam + Makeup Remover (Rose Water + Pearl Essence)

Brand: Joss+Lyn

Original price: $10.00

What I paid: $6.00

My thoughts: Similarly to the cleansing water, this product is also Korean beauty. I used it as a facial cleanser in the shower immediately after removing my makeup, just to make sure all the leftover oil and gunk was out of my face. I really like the foamy, softly fragrant formula of this product- it feels extremely luxurious and thick on the skin. I needed to use a little bit more of the product than I thought I would,  because the bubbles dispersed and thinned quite quickly, but I’m still happy with what it did for my skin.


BODY

Product: Step By Step Renewing Foot Balm

Brand: Formula 10.0.6

Original price: $6.00

What I paid: $3.60

My thoughts: Like you’ll hear me say numerous times, I really like the brand Formula 10.0.6. I haven’t been disappointed by one of their products yet, and this one is no exception. I love to pamper myself after a long day, and this balm is perfect to use after a hot shower. Slather it on your feet, slip into a pair of fuzzy socks, and treat yourself to a good night’s sleep.


Product: Butter Up Moisturizing Body Stick

Brand: Formula 10.0.6

Original price: $10.00

What I paid: $6.00

My thoughts: Not only does this body stick work really well, but it’s also quite fun to use. There’s something about sliding a buttery stick across your arm that I find very satisfying, especially when it smells like coconut and vanilla. It’s skincare luxury. I really like the brand Formula 10.0.06; their sweet-smelling creams and lotions remind me a lot of Pacifica Beauty. One thing it’s already helped me with is a dry patch on my ankle, where my heels usually rub at the skin. I rubbed some of the lotion on that spot before I went to bed last night, and now, my feet are as soft as ever. This product is essentially just a gigantic chapstick for your arms and legs, and I’m looking forward to using it more.


EYES

Product: Sinfully Angelic Felt-tip Eyeliner

Brand: LA Splash

Original price: $14.00

What I paid: $8.40

My thoughts: This is not a bad eyeliner by any means, but I do prefer my Stila felt tip liner more than this one. The LA Splash eyeliner is great for creating a sharp line, but the black is not very opaque, and requires more than one coat to make the line dark enough. Like I said, however, the liner is very easy to use, and would be great for a beginner who is just learning to wing their eyeliner.


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Product: Retro Love Eyeshadow Palette

Brand: Bad Habit

Original price: $12.00

What I paid: $7.20

My thoughts: This palette, of course, is designed to be a dupe for the Subculture palette by ABH. I’ve never actually used the Subculture palette, but for $42, I’ve heard its dusty, messy, and not really worth the price. So far, I actually really like this dupe, and the fact that I got it for seven dollars is even more mind-boggling. I did notice a little bit of kickback in the pan, but it was nothing serious, and there wasn’t any fallout when I applied the eye shadow. The colors are also extremely pigmented, and similar to ABH in that regard. Overall, this is a win for me.


Product: Tinted Brow Mascara (Chocolate)

Brand: NYX

Original price: $7.00

What I paid: $4.20

My thoughts: You really can’t go wrong with a tinted mascara for the brows. Mine especially are extremely sparse after so much plucking, so I really need to add some extra volume before I leave the house (otherwise, I look like a hard-boiled egg). I especially love the brand NYX because their brand is vegan-friendly, and all of their products are cruelty free.


Product: Elf Eye Brushes (Blending Brush)

Brand: E.L.F

Original price: $3.00

What I paid: $1.80

My thoughts: I’m always on the hunt for a new blending brush. Right now, my favorite brushes are the ones I got in a Bad Habit bundle, but I do enjoy E.L.F brushes as well. I probably should have thought it through about ordering in the mail, though- the packaging of the product slightly flattened the brush. Nonetheless, it still works fine, and blended my eye shadow to a dream. And, of course, it’s insanely cheap.


Product: Brow Kit (Dark)

Brand: LA Girl

Original price: $8.00

What I paid: $4.80

My thoughts: I’ve been using the ABH brow pomade since high school, and I think that will always be my #1 go-to for brows. That being said, it’s not exactly designed for smoldering hot summer weather and sweaty foreheads. I wanted to try out a powder formula as a backup plan for the summer, with the hopes of avoiding having shiny eyebrows. I really do enjoy this product so far- it’s opaque, smooth, and easy to use. I also really love that the kit includes a tiny brush and some wax for your eyebrows- mine certainly do like to fly out all over the place if I don’t wax them down.


Product: False Lashes Pack of 5 (#601)

Brand: J Lash

Original price: $9.00

What I paid: $5.40

My thoughts: I’ve been wearing fake eyelashes pretty much on the daily for about six months. I still struggle with the application, so if that also sounds like you, these could be the eyelashes for you. They’re soft, wispy, and easy to apply, making my morning routine much faster. They’re almost a little too natural for my taste; I like to go full-out with dramatic, pinup eyelashes, but I’m enjoying using them nonetheless.


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Product: Vice Eyeshadow Palette

Brand: Face Candy

Original price: $12.00

What I paid: $5.04

My thoughts: I haven’t been disappointed by a Hush eye shadow palette yet, and this Face Candy palette is no exception. It’s amazing to me that their products are so affordable, because the palettes to perform amazingly. This particular palette is an array of purples, silvers, and a stunning gold, as you can see. The formula is buttery and pigmented, with extremely minimal fallout. I’m excited to pick this palette up again for some 1930s-40s themed looks. 


Product: Pin-Up Tease Boudoir Mascara

Brand: NYX

Original price: $6.00

What I paid: $3.60

My thoughts: Despite the fact that I’ve been wearing mascara since middle school, I still struggle with getting huge globs of product all over my eyelids. That being said, this product is really easy to use, and the wand is light and delicate. Good news: I have somehow managed to not to stab myself in the eye yet using this mascara! And, of course, I had to purchase it because it’s called the pin up tease. Could this be my new favorite mascara ever?


HAIR

Product: Plush Bow Headband (Pink)

Brand: Spa Solutions

Original price: $5.00

What I paid: $3.00

My thoughts: This is just a cute ‘lil headband, so there’s not much negative I can say about it. Anything pink,  fluffy, and girly will catch my eye, so this is no exception. I’m not planning on rocking it out on a Friday night, but I have been using it to keep my hair out of my face when I do my makeup. 


Overall, I’d give this entire batch of products a 9/10. The only things I didn’t like were (kind of) my own fault, like buying an oil-based primer when I already have oily skin. I’m looking forward to buying new makeup when the time is right, and, of course, I will post a review of my thoughts!

GREAT: Illuminating Face Powder, Cherry Lava Purify Mask, E.L.F Face Primer, Moisturizing Body Stick, Retro Love Eyeshadow Palette, Dark Brow Kit, Vice Eyeshadow Palette

GOOD: HD Pro Correcter Highlighter, Cleansing Water, Cleansing Foam + Makeup Remover, Tinted Brow Mascara, Blending Brush, False Eyelashes, Pin Up Tease Mascara, Plush Headband

NOT QUITE GOOD FOR ME: Primer Oil, Felt Tip Eyeliner

Coming up next: What’s in My Bag?

I’ve made similar articles to this before, including a recent article about how to avoid dry skin in the wintertime. Today, however, I want to focus completely on sensitive skin, and the issues it can cause year-round. For me in particular, my skin is sensitive to everything, including water. Water!

I wouldn’t go as far as to say I have diagnosable heat rash, but I definitely do experience some intense symptoms in the summertime. If I can, I try to stay inside as much as possible from May-September, to keep my symptoms at bay.

Of course, sometimes the unavoidable happens. Sometimes I try a new shampoo or body wash and break out in an itchy rash, the AC breaks, or the detergent in my sheets irritates my arms and legs. Whatever the situation may be, I always try my best to keep the reaction as short and mild as possible. Here are all my tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years- most of them being trial and error. I hope you’re able to find some solace in them as well!

One of the biggest pieces of advice I can offer is to have professional allergy testing done at your closest hospital or doctor’s office (I’m not sure exactly where the testing is carried out). Essentially, the doctor will test you for x amount of common allergens by injecting you with a very small amount, and observing which allergens create a rash. It may sound painful and gross (because it is), but ultimately, you’re going to get some crucial answers about your health. I, for example, am allergic to a very specific ingredient in some lotions and shampoos, and now know that I can only use products free of that ingredient. It might make shopping a little bit more difficult, but at least you’ll know what products/ingredients give you rashes.

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Oatmeal baths are great for irritated skin.

Another tip I’ve learned over the years is to always have a special place to keep all your rash remedies. I have a box under my bed with a cold compress, oatmeal packets, baking soda, aloe vera, and a bottle of zyrtec. Obviously, you can’t always whip up an oatmeal bath when you’re out in public, but consider grabbing the zyrtec or a benadryl in case of unforeseen emergencies. There have been so many times I’ve been bitten by an insect, or even just touched a damn leaf, sudden itchiness broke over my entire body. It might not completely erase the itchiness, but it should at least alleviate your symptoms to some degree.

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Burt’s Bees products are natural, hypoallergenic, and cruelty-free!

Lastly, I want to tune you guys in on some of my favorite hypoallergenic beauty/skincare products. Like I said, most of these tips are things I’ve personally learned through trial and error. Almay, Burt’s Bees, and Real Purity are all cruelty-free and safe for the skin, as well as being kind to the planet. It can be difficult to find the best of both worlds, but these two brands are nothing short of lovely. If you know any other great brands for sensitive skin, let me know below!

I hope some, if not all, of these tips and tricks work for you. Taking care of your body and listening to its needs are some of the most important things you can do for yourself, especially when you’re dealing with constant sensitive skin. Good luck!

Picture credits: TerraCycle.com, Beauty Crafter

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