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.

Etre Noir Skin Care

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.

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?

2019 Current Obsessions

I’ve made a pact with myself to try to be more mindful of what I buy and how much I buy. Just because I like something, doesn’t mean I need it. I’m still working out my “no” muscles. They’re jiggly, but they have gotten stronger. A stuffed closet and cluttered home really bothers my peace of mind. I can’t relax when I’m looking at a bunch of stuff surrounding me. So I cleared out a bunch of stuff and now I try to only buy pieces that I’ll have and love and use for a long time. I’m trying to live a curated life! It’s more elegant, isn’t it?

So, while I haven’t bought a ton of stuff this year so far, here are a few things that I bought and can’t stop salivating over.

 

Summer Favorites
1. Lack of Color Cruz Panama II Hat   2. Bobbi Brown Cream Blush 
  3. Cesca Chair   4. Seagrass Basket & Planter

1. I had a really hard time finding the perfect, high-quality straw hat. I didn’t want a fedora or a floppy hat. I wear this panama hat way more than I should, but I’m not sorry.

2. When I discovered how wearing blush can make you look so healthy and glow-y and fresh, I haven’t been able to stop using it. On days when I want minimal makeup, I pat on this blush (very little, it’s pigmented!) and it melts into my skin like butter. It doesn’t last that long, but I also touch my face a lot so I may not be the best judge of wear time. The formula is beautiful, though!

3. I was recently in Chicago and in a hotel where there were cesca(ish). I fell in love. They just give off such a bohemian, Miami, industrial, vintage vibe all in one! Don’t look at me like that–it’s a thing.

4. Sometimes I go too far in the modern direction in my place and it starts feeling cold and museum-y. Plants instantly bring it right back around to cozy and organic and relaxed. And this straw basket?! Obsessed. I’m currently trying to assess if I need more. I think I might.

These are the things that I’m loving, but what about you? What things are you feeling as the weather gets warmer? Tell me in the comments below!

Five January Favorites

I have a hard time making decisions about things I like when I’m shopping. This leads to me buying everything I like, then returning ninety percent of my purchases later. Not a good system, but I’m working on it. I’m also working on buying less by way of only buying things that I love certainly, one hundred percent. Here are the things I bought in January that made the cut.

January Faves
1. Grapefruit Reed Diffuser   2. Lush Hair Moisturizer   3. Snakeskin Print Cushion Cover 
  4. Byredo Bibliothèque Candle   5. Black Matte Flatware

1. The Nest Diffuser in the grapefruit fragrance. I love a good citrus scent, and this one is very powerful. It scents a large room or foyer. Mine was too strong for the room I put it in, so I had to remove some of the reeds, and that fixed the (fancy) problem!

2. I have very curly and very ornery hair. It don’t listen to nobody, including me. But at least now it stays moisturized! The scent on this is kind of earthy and the texture is pretty thick and nourishing.

3. I’ll be honest with you here and admit that I can’t resist snakeskin. You can give me almost anything snakeskin, and I’ll probably flip over it. I did with this pillow from Zara Home. I bought it in the sale and it was only $5.90. Six dollars! It does have a white back to it, which I was skeptical about initially, but it just doesn’t make a difference when it’s sitting on my chair. I don’t even see it.

4. Whoo boy, this candle is strong! It scents a small room even when it’s not lit. It smells immediately of plums and peonies but has a deeper, slightly masculine base. And the packaging–I live for the packaging.

5. Where do I even start? Black matte silverware! These have made my dinner parties (i.e. cheese and wine parties with my friends) so chic. Everyone who has seen them buys them for themselves. Seriously. Except my mom. She thinks they’re ridiculous. Hey, you can’t please everyone!

Do you have any of these items? What are some of your favorite things you bought last month?

Discover Le Labo

I bought the Le Labo Discovery Set last Sunday when I went in search of my 2019 fragrance. I was unimpressed with the majority of the selection in the store, and a saleslady brought the discovery set to my attention. For almost a year, I’ve been hearing great things about Le Labo’s Santal 33, so I decided to give the set a try.

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Santal 33 is heavenly. And unisex. Truly. But I’m a girl who likes heady, musky, dark scents. If you like fruity or sweet, this isn’t the one for you. But there are sixteen in the discovery set! So you’re sure to find something that suits you.

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I’m still trying to determine my absolute favorites (aside from the Santal 33 obviously!). Ambrette 9 and Thé Noir 29 are top contenders. This set has converted me into a solid Le Labo fan. I’ve been obsessively perusing their website to determine my next purchase!

If you’re interested in picking up the discovery set, check out your nearest Nordstrom or you can buy it online. If you do, let me know what you think!