Best Of 2018: Green Beauty Skincare

January 16, 2019

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Happy New Year! I'm very excited to share my green beauty skincare favorites of 2018 with you all! I haven't had much time to blog (as you can probably tell) or take photos for Instagram. I guess this will be a little catch up between you & my skin.

Here are my favorites, pictured from left to right:

1. Pratima Cucumber Aqua Gel, $40
  • For someone with extremely sensitive skin, it's quite hard to find a moisturizer that works that isn't an oil. I've talked about this jelly moisturizer previously in my skincare staples blog post and will continue to talk about this because it's amazing for my acne-prone complexion (yay to no breakouts!). It's made with a total of 8 ingredients that deliver a cooling layer of hydration. During the summer I can get away with using this as my sole moisturizer. Highly recommend if you're oily to combo. Great for layering on top of other moisturizers if you're normal to dry.
  • This is the first time I've showed this all-natural Japanese skincare item on my blog! Before green beauty, I was an avid user of Japanese + Korean beauty. So glad to find a truly non-toxic Japanese brand! The scrub is made of 1 single ingredient: Azuki red bean. It buffs away dead skin cells, enhances glow, promotes even skin tone and texture, and unclogs pores. Effective yet gentle enough for daily use.
3. Evanhealy Rose Geranium HydroSoul, $29.95
  • Dreaming of a balanced, even-toned complexion? Look no further. I've tried a bunch of rose toners but this one is not like the rest. It's copper distilled at lower temperatures which means you'll get better results, faster. This balances my combination skin, calms redness, and reduces uneven skin tone. When I stopped using this to test another toner for ~2 weeks, I started seeing discoloration and unevenness on my left cheek—but lesson learned because I'm never cheating on this product ever again.
  • If there's one product that I owe all of my glow to, it's got to be this facial oil. It smells like a heavenly rose garden and sinks into the skin like a dream. It doesn't irritate or cause my skin to break out. I add the Pratima Cucumber Aqua Gel on top of this and wake up to smooth, plump skin the next morning. I also pair it with my new favorite gua sha tool, The Lanshin Pro by Sandra Lanshin Chiu, to stimulate blood circulation and depuff.

Have you tried any of these green beauty goodies? I'd love to hear what your favorite skincare products are!

My Current Skincare Staples

July 7, 2018

Hey, hey! It's been such a long time since I last posted! I've been extremely busy with work and started placing more emphasis on photography during my free time—feel free to check out my semi-new website here.

Now that we caught up, let's talk about my current skincare favorites/staples! These are things I've discovered over the past 6 months that helped restore my skin's clarity and glow.

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1. Evanhealy Rose Geranium HydroSoul, $26.50

  • This toner is made of copper-distilled rose petals which retains more antioxidants and vitamins than the average rose water. It's hydrates, evens out my complexion, and preps my skin for the next step.

2. Palermo Vitamin C Facial Mask with Pink Clay + Rosehip, $36

  • I use this everyday as a cleanser and exfoliant. It has vitamin C, rosehip, and strawberry extract to brighten and restore the skin from any environmental damage. I highly recommend it since it doesn't dry the skin out!

3. True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster, $90

  • Whenever my skin is looking dull and needs an extra boost of glow, I mix this with my toner and apply it at night before my moisturizer. It has drastically faded my acne scars and hyperpigmentation! My skin tone has never been more even.

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4. Nazan Schnapp Purifying White Clay Mask with Rice Pure Quartz and Bamboo, $38

  • When my skin is feeling sensitive, I opt for this clay mask and use it as a gentle cleanser. It smells like candy and it leaves my skin feeling baby soft.

5. Pratima Cucumber Aqua Gel, $40

  • This lightweight jelly moisturizer contains a minimal amount of ingredients and is suitable for my sensitive, acne-prone skin. It provides a cooling sensation and a good amount of hydration. It also wears well underneath makeup!

6. Agent Nateur Holi (Oil) Refining Youth Serum, $120

  • Out of everything mentioned here, my ultimate favorite discovery and staple is this bottle of liquid gold by Agent Nateur! It smells heavenly and feels divine on the skin. It's primarily made of rosehip oil and Bulgarian rose. My skin is clear, glowy, bouncy, and firm. I seriously don't know why it took me so long to try this stuff but I'm already on my second bottle. I highly recommend it if you're looking to even out your skin tone, fade scars and hyperpigmentation, or to increase your skin's elasticity. It pairs so well with my rose quartz gua sha that the lovely Vanessa of Clean Curator gifted to me. 

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you've tried any of these products or if any of these peak your interest.

Nu Evolution Collection & Review

January 30, 2018

Nu Evolution Cosmetics: Organic Eyeshadow, Lipstick, Lip Gloss review swatches

Winter's here but I'm still obsessed with earthy, warm tones! All of the makeup shades I picked up from Nu Evolution Cosmetics are making my soul oh so happy (neutrals are my bffs!). I started playing around with all of the organic eyeshadows, lipsticks, and lip glosses back in the summer but found myself reaching for them even more frequently once the seasons shifted.

Continue on for my thoughts and experience!

Nu Evolution Cosmetics: Organic Eyeshadows in Chic, Versailles, St. Tropez review swatches natural makeup brand
Ingredients: Mica (CL-77019), Silica (Amorphous), Boron Nitride, Buriti Oil, Zinc Stearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Caffeine, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract. May Contain: Ultramarines (CI-77007), Titanium Dioxide (CI-77891), Iron Oxides (CI-77499), (CI-77491), (CI-77492).

These pigmented, pressed eyeshadows are formulated with skin-enhancing ingredients like lavender, grapefruit, and rosemary and retails for $20 a pop. I find that it applies better with a brush versus the fingers and is pigmented enough to wear without eyeshadow primer, though I personally wear it over primer to prevent the shadows from creasing and fading.

Unlike other natural pressed eyeshadows I've tried, this formula is quite dry but still smooth. When I dip my brush into the shadow or apply onto my eyes, there's minimal fall out. Bonus: it doesn't crack when I throw it in my bag!

Out of all three shades, Chic is my favorite because it doubles as an eyeliner for me—I just dip an angled brush in water and apply. I also think Chic is far more pigmented and smooth than Versailles and St. Tropez.

Eyeshadows pictured from left to right: 
Chic: a warm copper with micro shimmer
Versailles: an apricot champagne with micro shimmer
St. Tropez: a dusty rose champagne with micro shimmer
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Nu Evolution Cosmetics: Organic Lipstick in Melon and Fierce review swatches natural makeup brand
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Candelilla Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sun Flower) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter*, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E). May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CL-77891), Iron Oxides (CI-77499), (CI-77491), (CI-77492).  

Next, we have the extremely pigmented lipsticks infused with nourishing oils like castor oil, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter. Each lipstick retails for $30. They color pay off is really impressive, however, I prefer to wear my lipsticks on the sheer side.

These dry to a satiny cream finish and last a good amount of hours before fading. I'm also glad that it doesn't have a nasty scent to it!

Lipsticks pictured from left to right: 
Melon: a light, warm coral pink shade
Fierce: a deep mauvey brown shade

Nu Evolution Cosmetics: Organic Lip Gloss in Riviera and Velvet review swatches natural makeup
Lip Glosses
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil *, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil *, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil *, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Cera Alba (Bees Wax), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter)*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) *, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grape Fruit) Seed Extract *. May Contain : Titanium Dioxide (CI-77891), Iron Oxides (Cl-77499), (CI-77491), (CI-77492), Tumeric Powder, Kaolin, Mica. *Certified Organic

To be honest, Nu Evolution is one of the first green and all-natural lip gloss formulas I've ever tried. Each lip gloss retails for $28. I don't mind the light vanilla scent and appreciate the cushiony texture of the glosses. The colors are very sheer but can be built up. They also last a surprisingly long time on the lips!

Lip Glosses pictured from left to right: 
Riviera: a light, warm guava shade
Velvet: a medium, cool raspberry shade

Nu Evolution Cosmetics: Organic Eyeshadow, Lipstick, Lip Gloss swatches in Versailles, St. Tropez, Chic, Riviera, Velvet, Melon, Fierce makeup review natural brand
Swatched from left to right: Versailles, St. Tropez, Chic, Riviera, Velvet, Melon, Fierce

Overall, I've been enjoying every single item I've tried from Nu Evolution! They have a huge variety of shades to choose. Have you tried anything from this brand before?

Golden Peach Makeup ft. HAN Skin Care Cosmetics

January 8, 2018

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Happy 2018! I'm so excited to share the newest additions to my makeup collection from HAN Skin Care Cosmetics—an all-natural makeup line that's formulated with nourishing ingredients and fruit pigments. If you didn't know, this isn't my first rodeo with HAN. I previously talked about their blushes, cream blush, and pressed eyeshadows on my blog post here. Spoiler alert: I'm in LOVE.

Golden Peach Makeup ft. HAN Skin Care Cosmetics Eyeshadow and Lip Gloss

Continue below to see how I achieved this golden peach makeup look using HAN's Lipgloss and Pressed Eyeshadows. Swatches included!

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Ingredients: Euterpe Oleracea Fruit (Acai) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Crème, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Extract Blend (Acai, Pomegranate, Blueberry, Cranberry, Green Tea, Black Tea), Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract (Carrot), Rosa Gallica Flower Powder (Rose), Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Natural Vanilla, May Contain: Iron Oxides.

This buttery smooth lipgloss feels like a cushiony dream. It's formulated with moisturizing ingredients like acai oil, argan oil, and shea butter and retails for $15. Peachy Nude is a sheer and warm-toned coral shade with very minimal shimmer. Although it's sheer, I can easily build up the coverage by applying more and it doesn't look streaky! 

It doesn't feel sticky or heavy and lasts for a few hours without eating. It does have a light vanilla scent but it fades away after a few minutes.

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Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit (Acai) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Extract Blend (Acai, Pomegranate, Blueberry, Cranberry, Green Tea, Black Tea), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Caffeine, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder (Rose), Argania Spinosa Shell Powder (Argan), Mica, May Contain: Iron Oxides *Certified Organic

If you haven't tried the eyeshadows from HAN yet, you're really missing out. Their formulas are by far the best I've found in green beauty. Not only are they pigmented, they're smooth, buttery, and shatter resistant. Each pressed shadow retails for $15. So far I've tried a total of 4 shades (shimmer and matte) and all of them are equally pigmented and buttery.

Romance is a shimmery rose gold shade. It looks like Sunset, a peachy champagne shade (AKA my most-used eyeshadow) but Romance is a lot cooler in tone.

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Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit (Acai) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Extract Blend (Acai, Pomegranate, Blueberry, Cranberry, Green Tea, Black Tea), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Caffeine, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder (Rose), Argania Spinosa Shell Powder (Argan), Chenopodium Quinoa Extract (Quinoa), Mica, May Contain: Iron Oxides

Golden Glow is a shimmery, gold champagne. It's extremely beautiful all over the lids and on the lower lash line!

HAN Skin Care Cosmetics Eyeshadow and Lip Gloss Swatches Golden Glow Romance Peachy Nude all natural organic fruit dyed nontoxic beauty hellolindasau
Swatched from top to bottom: Peachy Nude Lipgloss, Romance Eyeshadow, Golden Glow Eyeshadow

Golden Peach Makeup ft. HAN Skin Care Cosmetics Eyeshadow and Lip Gloss
Now onto the makeup look:
- I applied Golden Glow all over the lids, lower lash line, and inner corners
- Then I used a little bit of Romance on the lower lash line
- With a wet angled brush, I used Mystery, a deep chocolate brown, to line my eyes and create a slight cat-eye flick
- Lastly, I used a generous amount of the Peachy Nude Lipgloss on the lips

*These products were gifted to me by HAN Skin Care Cosmetics.

Ilia Eye Primer + Moondance SPF 20 Powder Review

November 28, 2017

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A few months ago, I picked up two things I was really needed that were missing in my makeup collection: a natural eyeshadow primer and a translucent finishing powder with sunscreen. I did not fulfill my search for an exceptional, natural, long-lasting eyeshadow primer so I decided to give the Ilia Eye Primer a try. I also picked up the travel-friendly Ilia Moondance SPF 20 Powder. I gave both a good test so continue below for the full review!

Ilia Natural Brightening Eye Primer in On & On
This eye primer claims to instantly brighten, intensify color, hydrate and depuff with a feather-light formula that won't crease. It comes in a lip-gloss-looking tube and can be applied directly onto the lids with the doe-foot applicator. Although the eye primer looks like a shimmery ivory shade, it leaves a clear, semi-matte finish without a trace of shimmer once applied and blended. Retails for $24.

I have extremely oily eyelids and watery eyes so it's a challenge to prevent my eyeshadows from creasing and my eyeliner from fading and smudging.

I love that it's made beneficial key ingredients like skin-soothing aloe vera, nourishing rosehip and olive oils, depuffing arnica, and calming chamomile.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Coco-caprylate, Jojoba Esters, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Dimethicone, Mica, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Bean*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf*, Arnica Montana*, Matricaria Chamomilla (Chamomile) Flowers*, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol. *Certified Organic


  • Leaves a clear finish without any shimmer
  • Lightweight, airy formula makes it easy to layer
  • Doesn't dry out the skin
  • Makes eyeshadows more vibrant
  • Extends eyeshadow wear
  • Packaging doesn't leak
  • Smells like baby powder

  • Stings my eyes in the first couple of uses—it doesn't irritate my eyes anymore but I thought it was strange that it stung my eyes when I first used it...
  • My eyeshadows still crease by the 8th hour
  • It will be hard to retrieve the last bits of product since it's in a lip-gloss-looking tube versus a squeeze tube

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Ilia Moondance SPF 20 Powder
This portable, travel-friendly powder protects the skin from harmful UV rays and controls excess shine. It claims to leave a hint of luminosity to the skin, as well. The compact powder comes attached with a super soft, magnetic brush to dispense and blend the powder. There's also an option to 'open', 'close', and 'buff' which makes it convenient to touch up on the go. Retails for $34.

Some notable ingredients include nourishing sunflower oil, skin cell-protecting rosemary, antibacterial and skin-soothing thyme, skin-soothing aloe vera and antioxidant-rich hibiscus flower. I'm impressed with all of these ingredients because most finishing powders aren't formulated with additional skin-enhancing botanics.

Ingredients: Active: Non-nano Zinc Oxide 14%
Inactive: Mica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Sunflower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate. *Certified Organic

  • Convenient and easy to use—I also like to use it on my ears, behind my neck, and on my arms
  • Makes retouching with SPF a breeze
  • The brush is magnetic and detachable so you can wash it
  • The brush is really soft and high quality
  • The 'buff' option is useful since it prevents additional product from dispensing onto the brush
  • Leaves a semi-matte finish without any shimmer
  • Does not dry out the skin or accentuate flakes 
  • It only dispenses product in the center of the brush
  • Sometimes I have to apply the powder onto the back of my hand first to get the product moving
  • Does not control extremely oily skin very well—reapplication is a must if you want a shine-free face

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At the end of the day, the question comes down to this: would I repurchase these products? It's hard to find a product that does it all but I would gladly repurchase both the Eye Primer and Moondance SPF 20 Powder. Have you tried any of these? I'd love to hear how they work for you!

P.S. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I'm really grateful for everything and everyone—including you.

Quick Autumn Makeup Routine

November 21, 2017

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Autumn's officially here in LA but to be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about it! I'm not a huge fan of the shorter days—the sun sets between 4-5pm which means it's dark outside before I leave work. However, I am enjoying the cooler, foggy weather and the fact that I cozy up in my sweater without breaking a sweat. It's also nice to see the foliage transition into warmer tones. The red, brown, and orange autumn color palette inspired me to switch up my neutral makeup look to something more earthy and spicy.

I always start off with my good ol' trusty Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation I use the shade 115, however, I did get tanner from kayaking in New Zealand a month ago so this shade is a bit light for me right now.

I use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to pick up product from the stick foundation itself. Then, starting from the center of my face, I gently buff and blend. I repeat this on areas that need more coverage but avoid putting on too much product on the outer parts of my face—I want my foundation to look natural.

You can read my full review about the Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation here.

Next, I add Au Nautrale's Pure Powder Blush in Fig to give my cheeks some life. Fig is soft peachy pink shade with hints of micro shimmer.

The application process of the new Au Naturale Powder Blushes are quite interesting: the loose powder comes in a pump dispenser. I've heard mixed reviews about the pump but I personally think it's handy! I spritz the product onto my fluffy blush brush, tap off the excess product onto the back of my hand, and tap and blend onto my cheeks.

Although not completely mess-free, the pump creates an easier application since you can control how much product to dispense. It's also travel friendly and won't spill everywhere compared to conventional loose powder packaging. I'm a fan!

Eye Primer
If I'm ever wearing eyeshadow or eyeliner, I NEED to prep my eyelids with some eyeshadow primer. I have extremely oily and watery eyes. On top of that, I have double eyelids with a good amount of fine lines—it looks like ripples in the ocean? What I'm saying is that there's a lot of room for creasing for me so I won't take any chances.

I've been testing out the Erin's Faces Eye Primer* for the past month. I like that it contains a bit of tint to brighten and fade any darkness and veins. It dries down rather quickly and leaves a matte, clean base for the eyeshadows. If you have dry skin, this primer can accentuate and cling onto the dry patches—this happened to me when I was in Apollo Bay, Australia and forgot to properly moisturize the night before. Overall, this keeps the shadow in place for most of the day. I still experience creasing and fading which I expected from a more natural eyeshadow primer.

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Eyeshadows + Liner
It's time to bust out the warm, autumn inspired colors!

With a flat eyeshadow brush, I apply Han Skin Care Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Sunset all over the lids. Sunset is, hands down, my all-time favorite eyeshadow! Nourishing ingredients like shea butter, argan oil, and acai oil make the formula glide on like butter. Sunset is a warm, peachy champagne shade with pretty micro shimmers. I also apply this on my lower lash line to brighten up the eyes.

Next, I add some depth to the outer portion of my crease with Silk Naturals' Brandy Eyeshadow—a matte rosy mauve shade. The images on their website look more like a burnt, bright orange but it's actually a muted, rose shade.

Then I dip a flat angled brush in some water to pick up the Nu Evolution Eyeshadow in Chic*. Chic is a shimmery copper shade that reminds me oh so much of fall. I use this eyeshadow, wet, as my eyeliner! Lately, this has been my favorite, quick and easy way to define my eyes. Also, this shade combined with the Sunset eyeshadow makes my dark brown eyes pop during the daytime.

I quickly fill in my brows the the Kimiko Super Fine Eyebrow Pencil Automatique in Black Tea (not pictured). I create thin, hair-like strokes following the direction of my brow's natural growth. I brush and brush again with the spoolie on the other end to prevent my brows from looking harsh.

Okay! One last step: lipstick. To finish off the look, I chose Nu Evolution's Lipstick in Fierce, a  beautiful, deep brownish red shade from Nu Evolution because it just screams autumn! I apply a sheer layer and blend it out with my fingers for a more wearable look. Then I build up the opacity by applying more product in the center of my lips to create a Korean-inspired gradient effect.

Thanks for reading! Do you change up your makeup choices during autumn? Or is that just me?


What's in My Travel Skincare Kit

November 18, 2017

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Hello, hello! I recently went to Australia and New Zealand for two weeks and wanted to share the travel-friendly skincare products I brought on the trip. Weather forecast: cold, slight chance of rain and winds, and a lot of sunshine! The spring season didn't alter what I included in my travel skincare kit—I've been using the same products for the past few months and my sensitive skin has been loving it! So technically this is my everyday, minimalist skincare routine. ;)

I remove my eye and brow makeup with a few drops of the Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil on a cotton pad. I love how the oil nourishes my thin lash and brow hairs!

Then I pour a teaspoon of the Fig + Yarrow Rose Clay Mask, add a few drops of the Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil and some water to create a liquidy cleansing paste. I use circular motions to massage the cleanser for 10-20 seconds and then rinse off with warm water.

The Rose Clay Mask exfoliates, cleanses, and calms redness without drying out my skin. It also smells heavenly! This concoction removes all traces of my foundation and face makeup and leaves my skin feeling soft and balanced. I highly recommend cleansing with clay masks if you have sensitive skin!

After cleansing, I spritz a generous amount of the Lake & Skye Rose Floral Water*. I'm a huge fan of rose waters because one, they smell amazing, and two, they don't cause my skin to breakout! Rose water is also great at keeping the skin hydrated.

While my skin is still damp from applying toner, I add 2-3 drops of the Pai BioRegernate Rosehip Oil to seal in the moisture. If my skin isn't damp, I'll spritz some rose water onto the palms of my hand and mix it with the rosehip oil. This helps the oil to penetrate into the skin more effectively! Then I press the oil onto my skin and hold for a few seconds to allow the product to fully absorb.

Before using the Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil, I was using hemp seed oil as a moisturizer. Unfortunately, hemp seed oil goes rancid rather quickly and requires refrigeration which is why I stopped using it. But it all worked out because I found something better for my skin! I seriously LOVE this rosehip oil: it moisturizes without being too oily, calms down my breakouts, and smooths out my skin texture.

Being outdoors for majority of the day means exposure to tons of sunshine. I use the Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 Sunscreen* every morning to protect my skin from the UV rays. It leaves a beautiful, dewy sheen and acts like a makeup primer. My makeup looks even better when I use this stuff underneath!

This is the only sunscreen that works well with my sensitive, acne-prone skin. It doesn't contain any pore-clogging coconut-derived ingredients or any highly oleic oils—it's definitely a keeper!

Body Wash
I know we're talking about skincare but I wanted to include this Organic Body Wash by Dr. Alkaitis* because it's in a cute, little bottle! It contains aloe vera gel to help soothe and soften the skin.

My skin was well behaved throughout the trip thanks to the amazing weather and to these skincare items! All of these fit nicely and securely in my Away Mini Suitcase*.

If you've made it this far and are wondering how the trip went...
Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Three Sisters, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
Behind the scenes at Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia
Twelve Apostles, Princetown Victoria, Australia
Cuties at One Tree Hill, Auckland, New Zealand
One Tree Hill, Auckland, New Zealand
Marokopa Falls, Te Anga, New Zealand
Cathedral Cove, Hahei, New Zealand
Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, New Zealand
Kayaking in Milford Sound, New Zealand


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