Puristry Skin Care

This toner is the shit. That’s really the most honest way to put it.

I was gifted this toner by Free Bunni. Free Bunni is a clean skincare and beauty subscription box. The Puristry Flower Water Toner was included in the most recent box.

Puristry focuses on simple, highly concentrated primary ingredients to deliver the best results. Each product uses a single hero ingredient focus for clean and specific results.

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I’ve been using the Flower Water Toner for a few weeks now, and it is amazing for my dry skin. It leaves my skin so soft and supple and clean and slightly plumped. The scent is very floral and pleasant, and it has never irritated my skin. In fact, a little more than a week ago I was suffering from a rash on my neck (still don’t know what caused it!), and this toner calmed the itching and the irritation. The Puristry Flower Water Toner includes hyaluronic acid, which hydrates and softens, and witch hazel for purifying the pores.

And how chic and elegant is the packaging?! This toner is awesome if you’re looking for a cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free hydrating toner.

I don’t know what else to say except give this toner ($32) a try!

 

The Free Bunni subscription box includes five full size products for $70 per box

This item was gifted, but all thoughts are my own.

A Review of Verso Skincare

Around six weeks ago, I bought two skincare products from Verso. Verso is a Swedish skincare brand that launched in 2013. Their aim is to make essential, high quality products that target the skin’s daily needs. Verso’s uniqueness is in their addition of Retinol 8, a formulation that they say has proved to be eight times as effective and half as irritating as traditional retinol.

I only became aware of Verso this year, but when I read about the products (and peeped the cool, minimal packaging!), I really wanted to give it a try. I started with the Night Cream with Retinol 8 and the Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8.

The Verso Night Cream with Retinol 8 is very rich and nourishing. Initially, it has a gritty texture that gives way to a smooth, thick cream that took a couple of minutes to absorb into my skin. I love the texture, but I also have dry skin so take that into consideration when deciding whether you’d like it or not.

The night cream claims to be calming and repairing, causing skin to react less to external stressors. It also contains the Verso proprietary pièce de résistance, Retinol 8. I can’t really speak to the calming effects–my skin hasn’t been irritated in a while. But I can tell you that my skin is plumper and smoother when I use this cream at night. The literature on the site says the more noticeable result come about 8-12 weeks into use and I’m only in about six weeks. But based on the results I do have, I will definitely keep using this cream at night. The Night Cream with Retinol 8 is $115.

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The Verso Super Eye Serum tingled quite a bit upon first application, which kind of made me nervous. But it settled quite quickly and I didn’t experience any irritation after that. It has a thin, creamy consistency that spreads very easily, so you only need the tiniest bit. Less than a pea-sized amount. Since using this eye serum the skin around my eyes feels much more nourished throughout the day and slightly…bouncier? I’m excited to keep using it to see deeper results! The Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8 costs $85.

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These items are pricey, but I think they make incorporating the ever-important retinol into my skincare routine so easy. And they have been effective. I will be looking to add more Verso products to my regimen.

If you’re a first-time buyer on the Verso website, you can sign up for emails and get fifteen percent off your first order!

Have you tried Verso yet? What did you think?

Let’s Talk About Mejuri

If you’re into dainty, classic, fine jewelry, chances are you’ve probably heard of Mejuri. The TL;DR version is that they are a fine jewelry brand with affordable prices because of their decision to eliminate the middleman. The materials they use run the gamut of precious metals, ethically sourced diamonds, genuine gemstones, and pearls.

Recently I was gifted the Star Necklace (gold vermeil and white sapphires), and have now had the chance to see why Mejuri jewelry is so popular. The necklace manages to be simultaneously classic and unique. Due to the longer length of the chain, I can layer it with shorter pieces for a completely new look. Although I’ll admit, I prefer the way it looks on its own. So minimal and elegant!

mejuri fine jewelry gold vermeil

This necklace has been a great introduction to the brand, and I’m already eyeing other pieces to add to my collection!

What do you think of Mejuri’s Star Necklace?

**Gifted, but all thoughts are my own!

Biologique Recherche Crème Masque Vernix

A couple of months ago I purchased Biologique Recherche’s Crème Masque Vernix from Rescue Spa. If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know what a fan I am of Biologique Recherche. It’s such an effective brand and the products I’ve tried always do what they say they will.

Here are the claims that Biologique Recherche makes of Crème Masque Vernix:

  • Powerful healing properties thanks to being rich in lipids, proteins, and antioxidant peptides
  • Balances the PH of the skin while inhibiting bacterial growth
  • reconditions and strengthens stressed or deficient skin
  • hydrates
  • repairs the DNA of skin cells damaged by UV rays
  • minimizes the signs of aging

Here are some of the reasons it has reached holy grail status in my routine:

  • When pores show up on my cheeks some mornings, I use this mask for ten minutes and they disappear again. It has never failed.
  • You can use it as a mask or a cream. Sometimes I use it as my moisturizer on days when my skin is really struggling (i.e. dry, rough, dull).
  • It hydrates without being greasy.
  • Recently I tried a 14-day peel that was much too strong for my skin type. I only got seven days into it when it was clear that I had to stop. My skin was peeling around my mouth, there was unflattering texture on my cheeks and center of my forehead, and my skin was a lot drier. I used Masque Vernix two days in a row and my skin was ninety-five percent back to normal.

The negatives of this product:

  • It costs $190. Ouch.
  • It smells like rotten, putrid bananas.

In my opinion, the pros far outweigh the cons. This is definitely a product I will continue to repurchase!

African Botanics & Marula

Recently, I’ve been introduced to African Botanics, a South African luxury skincare brand that utilizes active, nourishing ingredients, sustainable sources, and molecular science to create the beautiful and potent products that also feel and look like a treat to use. It probably shouldn’t be, but packaging and aesthetics are a big deal to me when I buy beauty and skincare products! I want it to look nice while sitting in my shower!

In June I bought the Pure Marula Oil ($100) and the Marula Regenerating Body Hydro-Serum ($95) as a first entry into the brand, and honestly, I’m impressed so far. For those who don’t know, marula comes from the marula fruit tree, which is native to southern Africa. It’s light in texture but rich in moisture, antioxidants, and fatty acids. I’ve been using the Pure Marula Oil daily after a hyaluronic moisturizer and it gives a slight sheen to my (dry) skin but absorbs lightning fast and never feels greasy. My skin feels so soft and supple after I apply it! It also layers beautifully under my matte foundation. I haven’t tried it with more dewy foundation formulas, though.

The Marula Regenerating Body Hydro-Serum is a clear gel formula that you apply to damp skin. It’s deeply hydrating and helps with firming and tightening the skin. I usually use it at night, as it has quite a noticeable minty scent and I don’t want it to interfere with my daily fragrance. It leaves kind of a tacky feeling on skin but once you layer your moisturizer over the top, that disappears. My skin feels tingly and somehow hot and cold after I apply it. It’s a weird but pleasant sensation and it dissipates after about fifteen minutes. After using it for the last couple of months, my skin is much more supple, soft, and healthy-looking.

After using these products for the last couple of months I’m looking forward to trying more from African Botanics! Have you tried anything from this brand? If so, what’s your favorite product?

New In: Art

When I was in fifth grade, our class got a new transfer student–let’s call her Brenda. One of my best friends, Erin, was instantly obsessed with Brenda because Brenda came from a school that Erin’s crush attended. Erin always wanted to hang out with Brenda to ask questions about this boy, to talk about this boy, to relay info to this boy.

I did not like this.

Erin was my friend and Brenda thought she was just gonna come in and replace me?! No. I would shoot dirty looks at Brenda, ignore her–just be an all around jackass toward her. Then one day Erin said to me, “You’re being weird about Brenda.” And ten-year-old Kristin responded, “I’m being weird?! I’m being weird?! Me?!

And then I thought, wait bitch, I am being weird. 

It was then that I became aware of my possessiveness–and, no, it hasn’t subsided. What can I say–Venus was in Scorpio when I was born. But, I have kept the crazy under lock and key since then. Mostly.

gemary abstract art

I’m having to push the crazy way down deep to share this artist with you guys.

She’s mine!

No–she’s not. Everyone should get to enjoy her work and I have to share her with you because her abstract artwork is stunning. Her name is Boriana Mihailovska. I first found out about Boriana’s art from one of Gemary’s YouTube videos. I’m also obsessed with Gemary, but that’s for another blog post!

Look at these drawings! I can’t wait to get a third one to complete this little area in my bedroom. I dare you to check out her Etsy store and not fall in love with something. But like…something else other than the ones I bought. Don’t make me shoot you dirty looks and give you the silent treatment.

Gemary abstract art

Do you like these art pieces? What’s your favorite style of art? Anyone else born while Venus was in Scorpio? Let’s commiserate!