If my birthday month wasn’t a good enough excuse to do a haul, I don’t know what is. To be fair, there are some items in here that were birthday gifts, and some were necessities, like the first product I am going to talk about. I mean, who doesn’t need an under eye primer?
I first spotted this on Instagram, and thought what? Why didn’t someone think of this sooner? This under eye primer has pretty bold claims. Not only will it keep concealer looking fresh, it will also help with dark circles and is infused with caffeine to help combat puffiness. So far, I am pretty impressed because it keeps my favourite It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye from creasing as much on me. The slanted applicator has a soft plastic tip which you can use to blend in the product. However, I think using my fingertips is faster. I don’t have very puffy under eyes so I can’t report back on that claim, but I will definitely see if it minimizes my dark circles.
Drunk Elephant has been a brand that I have always wanted to try, so I was super happy when my sister got a few products for my birthday. The last few years I have been super into Korean skincare with a focus on organic and natural ingredients. This brand is right up by alley because its main selling point is its effective non-toxic formulas. However, if you have ever looked up the prices of the brand, you’ll realize this is luxury skincare. I mean, they don’t have the sky-high prices of perhaps, La Prairie or La Mer, but some of their popular products are close to hitting $100 USD. So I was really happy to get this set to test out before I committed to buying the full size.
The Rise + Glow set contains two deluxe minis, the C-Firma Day Serum and the B-Hydra Intensive Gel. The set comes in at $23 USD. Even though my sister was shocked at how small they were when she received them in the mail, for the amount (8mL), it is cheaper than getting the full-size. As a combination, they are supposed to make your skin glowy and moisturized. I have just gotten into using Vitamin C skincare, so I can’t wait to see if it is as good as my current Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C21.5 Advanced Serum.
A few years back, I would probably be terrified of using face soaps. For me, it just reminds of bar soap I use in the shower, which seems too stripping for my face. However, since loving the Penelopi Moon Face soap from Japan and repurchasing it multiples times, I am excited to try out these face soaps from Drunken Elephant. The Juju bar aims to exfoliate, while the Pekee bar’s moisturizes. Both bars have a pH around 6, which is not supposed to strip the skin’s protective layer. I hope these do not leave my face too dry, which is a common issue on my cheeks.
If you are an avid fan of Youtuber Tati Westbrook, you would have seen her demo this product on her channel and be tempted to buy it because it looks so fun! Most importantly, it sounds like it really does a good job of removing makeup. My best friend saw the same video and gifted it for my birthday. I’ve been having some luck with charcoal products (I’ve been loving the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal & Tea Tree Scalp Treatment), so I can’t wait to try it.
This product is not just about the formula, but also the sensory experience. Once you wet your face, you massage the ball over your face and it will start to lather up. You can also wet the ball and lather it in your hands before applying it to the face. Another main selling point of this product is its use of charcoal. It is an ingredient known for its ability to absorb toxins and impurities. This jelly cleanser claims to cleanse and detoxify your pores. I am a little worried it might dry out my sensitive cheeks, but it does contain tamarindus indica seed gum, which is supposed to help soothe and moisturize the skin, so I am hopeful.
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise in Black
My best friend also got me this mascara, which has been getting a lot of hype online. I am quite lazy with mascara mostly because I have short and straight Asian lashes that don’t really show up even with mascara. However, I am quite excited to try this mascara because it promises “voluptuous volume” and length. It also boasts that it will do this in one coat and 95% of the participants said it lasted all day. If you have used this mascara, I would love to know what you think because I have never used L’Oreal’s mascaras. I am hoping it will hold a curl all day.
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