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Real Techniques Core Collection

{ This is NOT a sponsored post. I am not affiliated or associated with this company at all. I purchased these makeup brushes of my own free will and with my own money. As always, all opinions stated in this and any of my posts are completely my own. }

Everyone in the “blogosphere” has raved on and on about these incredible brushes from YouTube E-famous Pixiwoo’s Samantha Chapman – the Real Techniques makeup brush line – and after long last I have finally been able to get hold of some to see for myself!

I picked up their Core Collection and Expert Face Brush from Ulta and the first thing that really impressed me are the prices of these brushes. They are along the same price point of Eco Tools ( a big favorite of mine ) – around $8-$10 for a single brush and around $20 for a set of 3-4 brushes. The brushes alone look to be of very high quality and after using them, I find them to be very durable with little to no shedding from the bristles. The bristles are very soft and fluffy, but super dense and compact.

Included in the Core Collection: 

  • Detailer Brush – Awesome for using eye shadow in crease, with cream eye shadow, or to conceal spots on the face. Although they market this as a concealer brush mainly, I wouldn’t use it to conceal under my eyes. I tried it and found it to be way too small and left the product looking streaky.
  • Pointed Foundation Brush – Although they market this as a foundation brush, I am not a huge fan of typical foundation brushes. I preferred to use this as an under eye concealer brush and it worked fantastically for that purpose.
  • Buffing Brush – This is a great multi-purpose brush for bronzer, blush or mineral foundation powder. I have used it for all 3 of these and it has worked really well. My only advice for using this with bronzer or blush is that you don’t need a massive amount of product. This brush is really good at utilizing a small amount of product for just the right amount of color payoff so there’s no need to pick up a ton of product because it will end up packing on way too much. This is also brilliant for full coverage powder foundation application – I used it with my Alima Pure Mineral Foundation and it came out really nice.
  • Contour Brush – This is one of the main brushes in this set that I was pretty excited to try out. It actually works just as they advise. It works great for contouring on the face and only a little bit of product is needed to create a nice diffused look. I really love it! Now all I need is a good contour powder! Any recommendations? Please leave them in the comments below!!
  • Panoramic Brush Case + Stand – This case is surprisingly nice and simple, but multi-functional. I was really surprised because it’s a simple fold up makeup case for the brushes, but one end can be flipped back which turns the case into a little stand for the brushes. It’s really quite a nice touch and it gives good value to this set.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

The other brush I picked up was their Expert Face Brush which has gotten really great reviews for it’s application of face products, in general, but namely liquid and cream type foundations. I haven’t used this for liquid foundation yet, but I have used it loads of times now with my RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up which gave me great results.  This brush is quite short, but the bristles are super densely packed so you have a lot of control. I find that with longer bristle face brushes, it’s really easy to feel like you don’t have much control because they are easily bent every which way. This one makes application easy, seamless and streak free without much effort or skill.

Overall, I really love these brushes. They are super unique in design, in my opinion, because they are made to help everyday makeup users such as myself apply products with ease and they definitely succeed in that. A lot of times, makeup brush brands generally all look the same and have the same function, but I really love that these brushes deviate a bit and offer brushes that are easy for the everyday person to use. I think these would be fantastic for anyone who is new to using makeup and makeup brushes because they are super easy to use and they are very affordable. They are sold in a number of places online, including on their own Real Techniques home site and even now Walmart’s online shop even offers them.  I’m not sure if Walmart has them in store yet, but you can find them in Ulta or Boots, if you have those near you.

What do you think of makeup brushes?

Do you use them or do you prefer using your hands or Q-tips?

Have you ever tried these Real Techniques brushes?

If not, what’s your favorite makeup brush brand?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

♥ Tianna

What Happens When Skincare + Foundation Have A Baby? – RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up Review

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RMS Un-Cover Up – 11

{This is not a sponsored post. I purchased this item with my own money of my own free will. I am not associated or affiliated with anyone mentioned in this post, other than Beauty Habit, who I occasionally get sent samples from for review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and completely my own.}

I recently picked the RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up Cream Foundation + Concealer in shade 11 at Beauty Habit and I am loving this!

One thing I really love about it is that, for being totally natural and organic, it has fantastic coverage, finish and it actually benefits the skin while you’re wearing it.

First off, if you’re unfamiliar with the RMS Beauty brand, it is a totally organic and natural beauty brand that offers pretty synergistic products. Some are simply skincare types while others are makeup products infused with skincare benefits. They mainly utilize the brilliance of organic coconut oil to offer tinted balms, concealer + foundation, lip and cheek tints, and cream eye shadows.

RMS Un-Cover Up Impressive Ingredients List:
*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499].

The Un-Cover Up is a product I have been wanting to try for ages, but it is a little price for a small pot of it ( $36 ) so I wanted to wait for a special occasion and I finally got it for my birthday!

I was really skeptical when I first received this in the mail because #1 I had never actually tried a cream foundation before and I was worried it might break me out and #2 It was pretty expensive and while my expectations were high due to the hype surrounding this product, so were my doubts.

I am so thrilled this actually turned out to be a fantastic base product and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants natural looking, but decent coverage in a foundation that will benefit your skin over time and has minimal ingredients.

The finish of this is very smooth on the skin and surprisingly hydrating. It seems like it would be oily on the skin, but it actually only looks dewy if you apply a few layers. If you apply a thin layer, it dries down to a soft focus, almost matte finish. I think this would be awesome for any skin type and it won’t clog pores or irritate skin at all. It can be used with or without a separate concealer – I’ve used it alone and with another concealer without any trouble and both looked really nice.

Overall, I really love this product!

It’s great for days when I really don’t want to wear makeup, but still want to look put together.

I love that it is capable of full coverage, but will let my skin breathe and I love that it has minimal ingredients. Lastly, I really love that it has a base of coconut oil which hydrates and conditions the skin while I wear it. If you want a makeup base product that is organic, has minimal ingredients, and will benefit rather than harm your skin in the long run, it’s absolutely worth a try. My only major complaint for this product is that the shade options are minimal and they don’t have any options for darker skin tones so it’s not really suitable for women of color or who have dark tans. I really hope they come out with more shades so everyone can give this a go because it’s fantastic!

Here Is A #NoFilter Photo of What It Looks Like On My Skin In Natural Light: 

#Makeup look of the day - Cat eye liner, bronze shadow and my favorite @Karen_Murrell lipstick!

Makeup: RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up in shade 11, Jane Iredale Blemish Concealer in Z1, Cargo HydraBronze, Estee Lauder Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner Duo in Black Sands, Becca Cosmetics Balearic Love Palette (brows only), Clio O’Tank Volume Mascara, and Karen Murrell Lipstick in Carnation Mist.

You can learn more about and purchase this on Beauty Habit – here.

Have You Ever Tried RMS Beauty Products?

What do you think of cream foundation or makeup products that have skincare benefits?

♥ Tianna

Chinese Birthday Cake recipe - I can finally reproduce the whipped cream/fresh fruit sponge cake from the Asian bakery at home!

ASIAN BIRTHDAY CAKE RECIPE EXISTS!! – the350degreeoven.com

By the time you read this, I will be at Disneyland celebrating in true Californian fashion! 

It’s weird being another year older because I always feel much younger, like I’m still 19 in my brain or something. Time has begun to go by so quickly that it’s literally like I haven’t let it all sink in yet. It’s really strange. I’m a lot happier this year than I’ve been on past birthdays, though, and that’s nice. I’d really like to be one of those people who get better with age and develop more into their own skin. That would be nice. I think I’ve accomplished a lot of things in a year. I paid down debt, I’ve lost almost 20 lbs., I’ve started this blog and seen it grow a LOT, and even more, I’ve grown a lot as a person.

For my birthday, I thought I’d do a few fun list tag things so I’ll be doing 2 – 25 Things I’d Like to do BEFORE I turn 25 ( never done this before ) and a bloggy birthday tag. I hope you all enjoy and thanks so much for reading my blog ❤

25 Before 25

  1. Visit New Orleans, LA and some other places in the South USA. 
  2. Film, Direct & Star in a Film Short.
  3. Get An Agent & Book Some Work!
  4. Go Back to Acting Class and/or Get An Acting Coach.
  5. Start A YouTube Channel for Storybook Apothecary.
  6. Record Myself Singing.
  7. Learn to play guitar or the piano.
  8. Get some Tattoos.
  9. Go back to Wales to visit my friends there & maybe meet up with some blogger friends in UK – would be so cool!
  10. Go on a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas.
  11. Learn to speak Chinese, Korean, Italian and get back my fluency in French.
  12. Master these Accents – British, Australian, New Zealand, Cockney, Welsh, Irish, andddd Scottish.
  13. Book a lead in a TV show that’s as awesome as the BBC Misfits.
  14. Book a lead in a feature film.
  15. Model for a clothing company. It just seems like fun to me!
  16. Do more nice things for strangers. I once bought this woman soldier in the Army a meal without her knowing it. It was the best feeling ever to give back like that.
  17. Host a dinner party.
  18. Find someone to give a makeover or get a makeover from or something. I just think styling someone would be fun.
  19. Get my nose pierced again & maybe my eyebrow. I used to have them both, though not at once. Miss it!
  20. Grow An Inch – It would be so optimal to be 5’7 or nearly 5’7 – just saying.
  21. Be Able to Squat 100 lbs. I just think it would be cool.
  22. Get & Maintain a Flat Stomach & Nice Toned Arms & Legs.
  23. Get A Natural Summer Tan.
  24. Go to Comic Con, Anime Expo or something like that & Dress Up!
  25. Go on a trip with my friends 🙂

The Birthday Tag!

{ I got this tag from Arabella }

QUESTIONS!

1.) When is your birthday? My birthday is today – April 20th, 1989, that is, which now means I’m older than a lot of the beauty “gurus”. Gurus is such a strange thing to call yourself- all I think of is yogis.

2.) How old are you turning? (Or if your birthday recently passed, how old did you turn?) I am turning 24.

3.) What was your favorite present that you’ve ever received? My favorite present that I received is probably my Disneyland annual passport that my boyfriend got me on my 21st birthday. Best surprise gift EVER!

4.) Are you/did you have a party this year? if so what are you doing? Nope. I don’t have enough friends to fill up a party haha. My boyfriend did try to organize one for me a few years ago and it was literally us and 2 people. We have a small group of friends and that’s it really . I have other friends from high school, but they all live kind of far now. Plus, parties are expensive and no one really turns up for them it seems like. Maybe it’s just me haha.

5.) How do you usually celebrate your birthday? I normally just get my annual Asian birthday cake ( BEST EVER ) and go eat with friends or my boyfriend or something. These past few years we’ve been kind of obsessed with spending it at Disneyland though.

6.) What was the most memorable birthday that you had? The most memorable birthday was when my boyfriend surprised me with my Disneyland passport and we went for the day. I didn’t actually believe him until we were in the park. It was such a great day 🙂

7.) If you had an unlimited amount of money what would you do for your birthday? I would go on a trip to New Orleans or South Carolina or something. I’m just really fascinated with the South lately.

8.) What’s your birthday wish list? I actually made on on Pinterest & you can see it here, if you like!

9.) If you only had one birthday left, what would you do for your birthday? I would go on a trip or cruise to the Bahamas or something. Or maybe just spend it traveling all over.

10.) Show a picture from your birthday, preferably an embarrassing one. I’m so sorry, but I literally can’t find one. I had one from my 18th birthday and if I find it, I promise to upload it.

11.) Do you have any birthday traditions? Asian birthday cake, dim sum, and uhh… Disneyland! That’s about it haha.

12.) What’s your favorite part about your birthday? The fact that I can use it as a reason to get my way with my boyfriend for the entire day haha. So I make a point to make ridiculous requests.

13.) What’s one thing that changed a lot since your last birthday? My perspective.

14.) Have you ever been thrown a surprise party or have you ever thrown one for someone? I have never been thrown one, but I threw one for my boyfriend 2 years ago and it was really awesome to surprise him like that!

Hope You All Have A Great Saturday!

♥ Tianna

First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Cream

Most of the time lately, I’ve been doing product reviews from items that companies send me and while that’s amazing and just as nice, it’s also fun to find my own products to try out while shopping and then review those as well.

This is one such product. I purchased it on a recent trip I took to Sephora when I picked up a brush replacement head for my Clarisonic. I actually bought it in the 2 Oz. tube, but I’ll be picking up the largest size I can find ( maybe on their site directly ) as soon as possible because it is AMAZING.

First off, the Ultra Repair Cream is meant to hydrate, heal and provide relief to those suffering from irritation of any kind. They market it toward those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, keratosis pilaris, or anyone who suffer from itchy, dry skin, but I really think anyone could benefit from it. Personally, I think everyone should just have this cream sitting around because it’s that awesome, but hey, that’s just me.

Including a variety of hydrating and soothing ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal and shea butter, this cream is incredibly hydrating and thick without feeling heavy, greasy, or leaving any kind of residue. I love that because if I’m not using body oil, I don’t want my cream to be overly oily really. I just want it to soak in and dissipate once it’s been massaged into the skin and this does just that and more. It’s extremely nourishing without feeling heavy at all, but it really calms down itchiness and dryness in about 24 hours. I apply this before bed and wake up with calmer, more hydrated and healthier looking skin.

Another thing that really makes this cream stand out for me is the fact that I can use it anywhere, including on my face, and not break out. That is a huge deal for me given that most face creams make my blemish prone combination skin flare up. This does not. In fact, when I had some dry patches on my chin, not only did they clear up overnight with this, but it made my skin look healthier and more balanced. Many products often advertise that they can be used anywhere, but few seldom actually can be, you know, without dire consequences. This really can be used anywhere, safely, on any skin type with any skin concerns and I truly believe you’d see benefits from continued use. I have.

Aside from this cream being really affordable, well formulated, and super effective, I love that it’s not something they’ve given a lot of hype. Not to say it doesn’t deserve it, but I feel like I’ve discovered a hidden gem in First Aid Beauty! This was the first product I tried from them and now I’m bound to try out their entire line because this experience was that good.

You can check out the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – here or at Sephora where I purchased it – here.

Have You Tried First Aid Beauty Products?

If so, What’s Your Favorite Product from their Line?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

Related Articles:

The Best Face Primer for Acne Prone & Sensitive Skin

My Favorite Under Eye Concealer for Sensitive Skin

The Best Under Eye Cream for Sensitive Skin

Suti Skincare Purity Organic Balm Review

The Truth About Oil in Skincare

Over the winter break, I was sent some Living Nature products for review, including this lovely Nourishing Hand and Body Cream. I didn’t really think much of it, but after I ran out of the body lotion I was using in December, I quickly began using this one daily and I’ve really loved it!

It’s formulation includes various plant oils including macadamia and avocado as well as active manuka honey to lock moisture into the skin and nourish it from the inside out. What I really love about this lotion is that it’s super hydrating without being greasy or oily. I love using body oils and more intensive body treatments during the night, but this is the perfect thing to use during the day. It soaks into the skin immediately and so there’s no waiting around for everything to dry before getting dressed. The scent is really pleasant, but not overwhelming or too strong, just refreshing. I actually ran out of face moisturizer for a few days and was so desperate for hydration that I did (GASP!) use this once or twice on my face and ‘lo and behold – no breakouts! That being said, it might be a bit too hydrating in summer for oily to combination skin types, but dry skin types might like this as an all around useful cream and men may enjoy it for it’s multi-function as well, though the scent isn’t particularly masculine. I highly recommend this cream to anyone and everyone who needs hydration and balance for their skin as it will hydrate you, quite literally, all over.

You can check out this Living Nature Nourishing Hand and Body Cream – here.

Related Articles:

Living Nature Skincare Essentials Kit Review 

Living Nature Liquid Foundation Review 

SteamCream Xmas Tins

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week & on to another fabulous weekend!

For some reason, I’ve just been exhausted this week and staying up a bit too late doing random things like attempting to make ice cream (weird for winter, I know) and creating a yogurt pie (because it needed to be done).  So I’ll be pulling the covers over my head til Sunday, getting in some much needed sleep this weekend, but on to today’s post!

Joy to The World

Joy to The World

I’ve been in love with the beautiful tins from Steamcream ever since they sent me a sample of Chagrin earlier this year (see my review on that – here) and I’ve been fawning over their Christmas themed tins along with all of their other tin designs which are all brilliant and uniquely scented! Their creams are very precisely steam-infused with a variety of essential oils, natural plant oils and a calming infusion of oatmeal which offers a very unique cream for even the most sensitive skin types. What I really love about their tins (other than their impressive ingredients) is that they have lovely designs on them that are cute, unique and fun and the tins screw closed instead of most creams which come in a tin that you have to push together and which become harder and harder to open as time goes on. Their tins shut tightly and can safely roll around in your bag without worry of them spilling everywhere.

Chagrin  and Brugge Gift Set

Chagrin and Brugge Gift Set 

Single Steamcreams would make lovely stocking stuffers and they also offer a number of adorably designed gift sets for those looking for a fully fledged gift. Aside from that, they are also eco friendly, made with sustainable ingredients, and they are vegan, cruelty free, and use recycled materials for their packaging. As if that’s not enough, they also hand craft their Steamcreams fresh in the UK and Japan with minimal preservatives for the most body friendly skin emulsion that’s instantly absorbed into the skin!

Some of their tins and gift sets seem to be on sale at the moment so definitely take advantage of that while you can!

They offer tons of uniquely designed tins in their online shop – here.

If you’re in the US, you can also get them from Beauty Habit, if you like – here.

Have you tried SteamCream?

What are you getting your friends and family for Christmas?

Sole Rescue Foot Balm

I’ve been testing out this Sole Rescue Foot Balm from Max Green Alchemy for a few weeks now. It was sent to me for review and, originally, I thought I wouldn’t care for it. Not that I thought I wouldn’t like it; anything by Max Green Alchemy is pretty much gold in my eyes and that’s been plastered across my blog posts since the beginning, but I simply thought, what am I supposed to do with a foot balm? 

I mean, I don’t really use them at all in everyday life, but now that I’ve had the chance to try this one, that may change! The amazing formula of Max Green Alchemy is simple, yet effective, and, of course, all natural.

This balm really does soften feet, especially rough heels, and it does so with an all natural, organic, and steroid free formula that the Skin Deep EWG Database even approves of!

Nearly all of their products have a 0-2 rating which, in EWG language, means that the risk of using their products is extremely low.

You can see the risk ratings for all of their products here or by visiting EWG.Org/SkinDeep and typing in the company’s name to see the risk of using their products.

I am seriously impressed by the Max Green Alchemy risk ratings, which are very low, and also by the effectiveness of their products. They are one of the few brands that truly have my total and utter stamp of approval in every area, from effectiveness to naturalness, and they’re absolutely worth a look!

Their products range from skincare to hair care, styling products, nail care and yes, foot care.

You can check out the awesome Sole Rescue Foot Balm – Here!

Check out their entire line of products – here.

5 Tips and Tools for Body Exfoliation

It’s easy to put huge emphasis on the skin on your face while totally neglecting the skin on your body, but your body skin still ages, dulls, dries up, and sustains damage over time with too little attention so it’s important to take the necessary steps to keep your body skin in great condition just like the skin on your face.

Here are some steps I follow to keep my skin glowing, youthful and hydrated!

1. Use the Right Tools. This is super important! A lot of people never think to exfoliate the skin on their bodies, but it actually really helps to keep the skin on your body looking healthier and improves it’s ability to absorb moisture ten fold if you do it properly. What tools you use really depends on your skin type. For me, the Eco Tools Exfoliating Shower Gloves (pictured above) that I purchased in my June Target Haul work best. They are just abrasive enough, but not too harsh for my very sensitive, but very dry skin. Just don’t press down too hard otherwise you’ll do more harm than good. If you’re not someone with sensitive skin, you may want to look into using a dry brush, a method in which you use a dry brush on dry skin before showering. Otherwise, you can also use a simple wash cloth or something a little fancier, like this one from Etsy. If you own a Clarisonic and have normal skin, you can also invest in buying a Body Brush Attachment, which works well with any wash you choose to use. You can also use bath poufs, but I prefer not to given they are made of cheap plastic which attracts more bacterial than natural fibers and is too harsh for my skin.

2.Be Gentle. Remember your body is your temple! Don’t get crazy pressing down with any of your body tools because it may cause tearing, inflammation, and other damage to the skin that can onset a myriad of issues such as eczema breakouts, psoriasis, dry skin, acne breakouts and more. So just run your tools over your body with a very small amount of pressure. It should NOT hurt; it should simply feel like a nice scrub. Also, be extremely gentle on areas where the skin is typically much thinner than other parts of your body such as around your breasts, neck, under arms, and lady (or man!) parts.

3. Pick the Right Body Wash for Your Skin. First off, do NOT use drugstore bar soap. I hate this super cheap bar soap. It seriously is the worst thing for all skin, period, whether it’s on your face or body. If you absolutely insist on using a bar to cleanse, use this one from Rainwater Botanicals or another natural soap bar that avoids abrasive and irritating sulfates. For my sensitive skin, I prefer to use this one made from Olive Oil that’s hydrating and gentle; just be sure to keep it in the fridge as it’s so soft and melts at room temperature. Otherwise, most of the time I use a creamy body wash such as the amazing Seaweed Body Wash I reviewed awhile back by Astara Skincare which is incredibly gentle, hydrating and sulfate-free. If you don’t want to spend much money on a body wash, there are some really affordable ones from SoftSoap that are Soap-free. I like this one. Just be sure to read the back and make sure it says “Soap free.” These are easily found at Target or any pharmacy type drugstore. If you’re not a fan of body tools, investing in a body scrub with hydrating oils in it is a great way to combine exfoliation and cleansing. Sugar scrubs are more gentle than salt scrub, but jojoba beads are usually the most gentle even though they aren’t as natural as the former ones. Avoid scrubs that use bits and pieces of nuts or anything such as walnut or almond bits which can rip tiny holes in the skin, letting bacteria cause issues!

3. Don’t Over-Do It! This is the same concept as being gentle. Listen to your body! You don’t need to exfoliate for more than like 5 minutes maximum, and even that might be too much. Just listen to your skin and see what’s right for you.

4. Hydrate and Seal In Moisture. Remember to use a hydrating, preferably sulfate-free formula for your body wash for optimal hydration. Then, when you exit the bath / shower, pat dry yourself, but don’t worry if you’re still damp. Actually, it’s better if you are. If you really want to get intense about it, you can apply your moisturizer directly while you’re standing in the shower and before drying off. Keep in mind, you’ll need to work harder to help your moisturizer sink in because of the water, but the overall effects are worth it. Apply body moisturizer right away to seal in moisture. Be sure to use a lotion, cream or balm that includes moisturizing vegetable oils, plant and nut butters, and other beneficial extracts for nutrient and hydration. Also, spend some time massaging it into your skin to improve circulation and really let in sink into your skin rather than sitting on it. Good moisturizers include this one from Max Green Alchemy for sensitive, dry or those who have skin disorders or conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Otherwise, a nice body oil like this one from Tallulah Jane or any cream, lotion or body oil that includes beneficial oils, butters and extracts should work fine. Go with a serum or light lotion if you have oily or breakout prone body skin. I like this one from Cetaphil.

So that’s it!

It may take some time to get used to this new routine, but over time, your skin will thank you for it by looking well hydrated, firmer (less cellulite!), more glowy and smooth.

How do you keep the skin on your body in good shape?

What’s your routine or method?

Sjal Skincare Samples Mini Reviews

Sjal Skincare is a fairly new luxury skincare company whose samples were sent to me for review.

I was pretty intrigued by this company because their goal in offering skincare products is to “…encompass luxury, cosmeceuticals and spirituality…”

They incorporate “an eastern infusion of precious minerals and gemstones” such as gold, silver, ruby and amethyst which they claim will provide many benefits to the skin including “skin clarity, cellular productivity, and micro-circulation.”

Light Cellular Renewal Creme; $155

This cream includes a blend of licorice, oligo- and penta-peptides and bisabol in order to even out skin tone, promote cellular renewal, and fight photo aging (sun damage).

I really like the consistency of this cream; it is very light and absorbs right away. That being said, I didn’t observe any of these effects really. It may be because I had one tiny sample foil and the effects increase over time with continued use; I’m not sure. To me, this is just a nicely made cream that any skin type would be okay to use. It is gentle, has a subtle and pleasant scent, and it didn’t cause any breakouts.

Other than that no other effects could be observed except maybe a slightly more even tone.

This is certainly a luxury at $255 so, if you have the cash to spare, it may be worth a try, but if not, I would pass on this.

I wish I had been able to try a larger size in this because trying a small foil of a product like this just seems useless to observe effects which are likely seen over time.

That being said, it is a really nice cream, but as for the effects, I can’t attest to it as I was not able to test this for a long enough period of time.

Check it out – here!

Eye Contour Creme; $175

This eye cream is meant to reduce puffiness, fatty deposits, wrinkles and dark circles.

This is a really nice eye cream. Although I didn’t see any of the anti wrinkle effects, it is gentle enough to be used on any skin type. I often experience little whiteheads or breakouts whenever I try eye creams, but this one was really calming and didn’t irritate my skin at all and for that, I think it’s pretty note worthy.

Other than that, it did reduce puffiness a big and hydrated my under eyes pretty well.

Over time, I think I would’ve seen the wrinkle and fatty deposit effects, though I am not really sure what fatty deposit even means in terms of my under eyes?

If you know, by all means, please let me know in the comments!

Check it out – here!

Liquid Vitamin Lift Serum 1; $255 

This was my favorite product from Sjal Skincare!

It feels a lot like putting really hydrating water on your skin because this serum is SO light, but it’s super hydrating at the same time.

It feels really nice to put on, it has a transparent sort of blue tint to it (which I just thought was entertaining), and nice subtle scent that seems familiar, but I can’t quite place it.

It certainly felt like it had a lifting effect to it and it was very hydrating and brightening.

Out of all these super luxe products, this is the only one that I would seriously consider dropping $255 for.

It really feels quite effective.

If you have buckets of cash, I highly recommend this one!

A little bit goes a long long way given the consistency and it definitely seems to live up to its claims.

Check it out – here!

Perfecting Mask; $150 

This face mask is meant to lift, firm, calm, hydrate, regenerate and minimize pores in the skin.

It includes botanical plants and herbs as well as silk proteins, healing oils and other elements.

This mask is not your typical face mask.

I didn’t sense any clay in this mask at all; in fact, it has more of a gel consistency and a blue tint to it.

It goes on pretty transparent, again a little goes a long way, and it seems to work pretty well.

It calmed some redness I had going on midway through the week and did seem to be firming to the skin.

I’m not sure if it helped repair DNA or improve cell turnover, but my skin appeared a lot brighter and clearer after using this mask.

All in all, it’s a decent face mask, but I feel I would’ve gotten more results over time.

Again, if you have the cash to spare, check it out.

Check it out – here!

Check out the entire Sjal Skincare line – here!

Have any of you ever tried Sjal Skincare?

Any thoughts on using precious metals and gemstones in skincare?

Let me know in the comments!

I’d love to hear your take on this!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the free samples that were sent to me from Sjal Skincare to review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Rainwater Botanicals Giveaway Announcement!

If you’ve been reading along, you’ll know all about my love for Rainwater Botanicals and the subsequent giveaway!

Check out the original post on Rainwater Botanicals – here!

Without further delay, congratulations to our winner

Colleen @ Beauty Botanica!

Please email me at storybookapothecary@gmail.com with a mailing address to claim your  Rainwater Botanical minis!

If you didn’t win or didn’t get a chance to sign up, check out the Rainwater Botanicals etsy shop – here – as everything is super affordable and all organic and wild crafted!

Stay tuned for more beauty giveaways happening all the time!