Christmas Skincare Haul

I hope everyone’s holidays were amazing, regardless of what you celebrate! Today I want to share some skincare gifts I received this Christmas that I’m super excited to test out!

I had a really hard time taking these photos, since it was super overcast out and I couldn’t get any good natural light. These are the best I could get, after about 75 shots for a 6 picture blog post haha. Oh well! They’re not as clear as I would like, but that’s okay, because I couldn’t wait any longer to share them!


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First up, a giant tub of the St Ives Apricot Scrub, which I know is a cult favorite to many! This is one of my very favorite exfoliators. I previously reviewed the sample size here, and that small amount lasted me a few months, so I’m sure this huge on will last me forever! Grab it here.

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My younger sister knew I wanted something to moisturize, so she got me this lovely body butter from Bath and Body Works. It’s warm vanilla sugar scented, and the scent is divine! I can’t wait to use it, I love a delicious scented lotion, and the packaging is adorable! Find it here 🙂

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I really wanted a face moisturizer that had a) SPF in it b) wouldn’t clog my pores, and c) would make my skin less dull and dry. This product from Aveeno claims to do all three! If it actually makes my skin positively radiant, I will be super impressed! I know a lot of people love this product,so I hope it works for me too. Find it here. (And grr at that annoying reflective spot! I struggled so hard with these photos!)

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Last but not least, an essential oil, which can apparently be used for your face, hair, and body. I’ve never tried one of these before, but I absolutely love the pretty packaging and the cute bottle with its dropper! I have super dry skin, so hopefully this will help me out. Any tips on using oils like these?

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I was super excited to receive these for Christmas, and to share them with you, even though my photos weren’t what I’d like haha. What do you think? Do you use any of these products? Would you like to see reviews of any of these? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Love Kiki

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Clarisea Sea Salt Scrub Review

Today I have a product to share with you all that I received in my September Ipsy bag. I was super excited to test this Clarisea Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant with you! Keep reading to see what I thought.


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I was super excited to get this sample in September! The Clarisea website says it “vacuums up impurities from deep within pores with naturally detoxifying ingredients…Add it to your favorite face cleanser or just blend with water to create an instant pore clearing scrub.” It’s all natural, vegan, gluten free, and even comes in recyclable packaging! I’m always a fan of helping the environment. It also features Himalayan salt, bamboo charcoal, and almond flour. Sounds great, right?

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Unfortunately, I have no idea if this face exfoliant actually lives up to its big claims, because it is so darn hard to actually use! It comes as a sort of powder, sort of scrub consistency, and the directions say you should mix a little of it with your favorite face wash. Easy enough, right? Wrong! The powdery mixture gets everywhere, is impossible to mix evenly, and once you get it on your face, it exfoliates for about 0.2 seconds before the salt dissolves and disappears! I had really high hopes for this product, so I was pretty disappointed. I tried it in multiple washes and by itself, and I got similar results.

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To be fair, I may just be doing this completely wrong. Has anyone else tried this product, or something similar? Any tips to make it work better? I’d really like to make this work for me, since it sounds so great, but I just can’t make it happen! If you’d like to test this out yourself, you can pick it up here.


On the plus side, just a few more days and I’ll be home for Christmas 🙂 Ever tried anything like this? What do you think? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Empties- Skincare

 Today I have some of the products I’ve been using a ton to share with you! Most of these are from past Ipsy bags, with a few exceptions, so they’re mostly sample sizes. I was going to do a post on all my empties, but I realize I have way too many! So I decided to narrow this down to the ones focused just on skincare. All the product prices below are for the full sized products!

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First up! This body butter by Lavanilla Laboratories claims instant hydration. It contains all organic ingredients, no parabens, and claims to leave your skin non-greasy. Sounds great, right? While I enjoyed this product and thought it worked well enough, I disagree with the advertisement of non-greasy. Using this on my arms and legs was great, but on my neck and face it left a bit of a film. If you’re looking for a general moisturizer though, I will say that this one does smell divine! It’s deliciously vanilla-scented, and comes in 4 other types. Grab it at Sephora for $19.00.

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I was super excited to test this product out when I received it in last month’s Ipsy bag! It works really well as far as I can tell, the sample was very small and only had enough for five or six uses. I saw an improvement in my skin over the two weeks I tested it for, and I feel confident that a larger amount would produce even better results. I found that my skin’s redness and dryness was reduced by this scrub. Find it here for $78.00.

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This Glamglow facewash is my favorite, as you can tell from the sorry state of the bottle! I carried this travel size bottle with me as I hiked across Spain this summer (for more on that, read here!) and it worked so well on my sun damaged skin! The formula is “mud-to-foam”, which means it starts off as a paste and lathers with the addition of water. It does an awesome job of helping your skin feel moisturized and refreshed! Pick up one here for $39.00.

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This St Ives apricot scrub is definitely a cult classic! I reviewed it previously here if you’d like to read a little more about it. Let’s just say I think it’s awesome! Grab some here.

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Last but not least- the Dermatologica Clear Start All Over Toner! I really love this product and will definitely be repurchasing. It reduces redness, helps clear breakouts, and overall just improves the quality of my skin. I would recommend this to anyone! Get it for $19.50 here.

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So there you have it, what I’ve been using a lot of lately for skincare! What have you been loving? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments!

I’d also like to congratulate Yasmine, the winner of the CaseApp giveaway! Congrats girl 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Love Kiki

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What’s In My May Ipsy Bag

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I’m excited to share with you the contents of my May Ipsy Glam Bag! If you’re not familiar with Ipsy, it’s a monthly subscription service that for just $10 sends you a cute little makeup bag full of all kinds of beauty and hair product samples! This is my first month receiving one, and I can’t wait to show you what’s inside!! 🙂

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When you subscribe to Ipsy, you fill out a short survey telling their team what kinds of brands you’d prefer, what category of products you want to test out, what your hair and skin tones are, and other things that help them make the bag customizable to you! They send the samples in an adorable little bag too!

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First up is this Texture and Volume Spray from Oscar Blandi. I was excited because this product actually came in a full-size can! It promises to give you that “instant undone texture”, and has a great citrusy scent. I can’t wait to test this out for those perfect tousled beach waves this summer! Get it here.

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This Cailyn Extreme Matte Tint in Pure Lust is an amazing product. You paint the tint on, and once it dries, it stays for hours! The color is great too, although I feel like it would be even better in a bold red shade. I almost want to pick up another one, but if I were to buy it individually, it would be $19-pretty steep if you ask me! Find it here.

ipsymay4This next sample is a new one to me! I’ve been thinking about it but have never purchased a toner before. I really like how Ipsy sends you all types of beauty products! This is the Dermatologica Clear Start All Over Toner. I’m excited to test it out! It’s supposed to give you a more even skin tone and reduce any redness or breakouts you may be having. Pick one up here!ipsymay5

This is the Thirsty Cleanse GlamGlow Mud to Foam daily cleanser. You use it as a face scrub, and it lifts dirt and oils right off your skin! I have dry skin, so I’m not too sure about this. It may end up being too harsh on my skin, but I can’t wait to test it out and see! Trying out and playing around with new products is always so much fun 🙂 You can grab the full sized version of this  here!

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Lastly but not least- my favorite of my Ipsy samples- the Nude Dude eyeshadow single! This mini shadow has the cutest vintage-styled packaging, is creamy and well-pigmented, and has just the right amount of sparkle! I received the shade Flirty, and it’s a slightly mauve nude shade with just a hint of gold to it. I can’t wait to wear it!! You can find the whole palette here.

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Swatch of Pure Lust Matte Lip Tint and Nude Dude Shadow in Flirty

I’m so glad I signed up for Ipsy! For only $10, you’re getting samples of some amazing (and expensive!) products, and the lip tint and volume spray and in their full size form! You really can’t go wrong in my opinion-it’s a beauty addict’s dream, high-end makeup at a fraction of the price! And that pouch is too cute 🙂

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What do you think? Do you subscribe to Ipsy or another monthly makeup service? Got any products you can’t wait to test out? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

Love Kiki

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More makeup reviews: St Ives Apricot Scrub Review and May Drugstore Makeup Haul

All opinions are my own; this post is not sponsored by Ipsy or any of its affiliates.