My Instagram followers are probably well aware that I’ve had a bit of a splurge in the last two weeks, ever since the #greensurvivor challenge hosted by Tamara ended (Participants needed to cough up 2 – Makeup, 3 – Skincare and 4 – Body care empties by 02/19). In addition, ahem, I bought a couple of other products from Tatcha, Fig + Yarrow, and RMS Beauty over the weekend (need someone to snatch away my credit card from me – No, that won’t work either because I have it memorized). By the way, all of this week, F + Y has an amazing 40% off discount sale that you must take advantage of! I’ve been lusting after this brand since a long time, and finally took this opportunity to splurge. RMS Beauty was giving away 4 lip shines for $60 only (40% off) as a V-Day special — I’ve never bought anything from them previously (gasp!) since I have a lot of makeup products that still need using up, but my inherent hoarder mentality couldn’t resist this offer. I’ll post pictures of these hauls as soon as my packages arrive. AND, I won Deep Steep and the super awesome Kjaer Weis $75 Gift Card Giveaway (still waiting on the goodies to arrive…). Guys, I never win giveaways! I’m super stoked.
Are you tired of reading about my hauls and winnings? I certainly am, which is what prompted this post. My spendings are out of control, and I wanted to do this post as a way to remind myself more than anyone else what I need to prioritize (Good God my inner IT corporate speak!) over the next couple of months. I always get side tracks by sales, and God-knows-what-else.
Tatcha Indigo Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder ($65/2.1 oz) – I’m a huge fan of Tatcha’s Rice Enzyme Powders, that are available in varying strengths to suit your skin sensitivities. I have used and loved all of them! Each jar lasts me a long time (more than 6 months with usage at least 4-5X a week) and is my HG in keeping breakouts at bay. Indigo is extremely soothing for even the most sensitive skin types. The combination of Indigo, Oatmeal, Pearl proteins and rice powder sounds super dreamy!
Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation ($48/15 ml) – The green beauty world has gone bonkers over this revolutionary foundation that gives the appearance of “your-skin-but-better”. I have to be honest, I’m not a foundation/concealer wearer because they’re almost always too heavy for my skin, and I’m not a fan of the “made up” look. This foundation seems to check all my boxes: Natural, light in texture, can be layered for more coverage, and has great ingredients (broccoli seed oil, Sea Buckthorn and Elder flower extract) that will condition your skin. I read somewhere that Svetlana’s team does personal consultations and find the right shade if you email them your photograph.
Odacitè Papaya and Geranium Serum Concentrate ($39/5 ml) – While Yuli Skincare’s Cell Perfecto PM has done an amazing job of taking care of my hyper pigmentation and acne scars, I feel like I still need something that will immediately get to work on the fresh red scars that my hormonal acne almost always leaves. I’ve read lots of reviews on Odacitè’s Pa + G doing exactly that. These serums are super expensive, which is why I’ve held off for so long, but I’m really lusting after this one currently. I can see this serum lasting for a couple of months if I mix only a drop or two with my regular face oil (Yuli’s Modern Alchemist at the moment). Have you tried this serum? I’d love to hear your feedback!
W3ll People The Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara ($23.50) – I’ve heard so much about this mascara from everyone (especially Julie!), and it’s a shame I haven’t taken the plunge yet, considering the fact that W3ll People is local to me here in Austin. The thing is, I’m a slow mascara user and I still have many unused ones (some from more conventional brands). Nonetheless, this mascara is on my lust radar for sure.
Kypris Beauty Elixir II Healing Bouquet ($200/1.69 oz) – Some of the first products I bought after my #nobuy ended were the Kypris Beauty serums (all 3, yes). My skin has been improving every single day since I started using these serums! Initially, I held off on buying anything from Kypris because of the hype surrounding it (and the steep price point), but I’m here to tell you that the hype is real. Because of the super fast results of the serum, I got some samples of Beauty Elixir II (Healing Bouquet)* and Beauty Elixir III (Prismatic Array)*. It has only been a couple of days since I started using Elixir II, but I’m in love already. It’s the best smelling face oil I’ve ever come across (even more heady than Mun Beauty Aknari Serum and May Lindstrom’s The Youth Dew). It’s not just the headiness, this face oil is really light weight and so far, has caused no breakouts! I was very skeptical of the essential oils and the inclusion of coconut oil, but happy to report that my skin is doing great. Just calm, radiant skin. I’m yet to test Beauty Elixir III, but if the current results are any indication, I think Elixir III should perform well too. I’ll do a separate post on Kypris Beauty in a couple of weeks.
Update: Kypris has responded on my Instagram on the question raised regarding the inclusion of coconut and tamanu oils, since both are potentially pore clogging. Initially, I was worried too, but after using the oil blend for a couple of days, I can tell you that my skin hasn’t broken out. In fact, existing acne is healing super quick 🙂
Have you tried any of these products? What’s on your lust list?
* PR Samples