Scent of the day : OLMSTED & VAUX by Phlur
This scent is truly a standout but, not in the way where it is loud or attention seeking. It has more of a casual vibe, an easy confidence, a sexy minimalism. It’s the kind of fragrance you’d have to be close enough (if you’re lucky, that is) to really experience.
It’s woodsy, green and soft (thankfully, not powder-y!), citrusy, clean and cozy. I imagine an early morning stroll at Central Park (which inspired this scent) or a cedar forest. Or simply sitting in your garden, coffee in hand, listening to the birds sing.
While #Phlur’s O&V doesn’t have the projection or longevity of most fragrances, I feel it is worth re-applying mid-day.
I fully admit, sometimes I buy stuff just for the pretty packaging. The Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Gloss Sticks caught my eye due to the sleek tube and pretty shades.
easy to apply
not thick/goopy on lips
cannot retract product back into tube
a bit expensive
not long lasting
Unfortunately, two of the three shades I wanted weren’t in stock at my local Sephora so, I was only able to get ‘Sweet Escape’ which is described as a pink lemonade. This is a fun color for Spring/Summer. It’s a bright pink but, not too bright where it looks clown-ish.
This actually reminds me of the old school CoverGirl LipSlicks which I was a big fan of way back in high school. It’s essentially the same concept, sheer lipgloss in tube form.
At $28 a pop, it’s a bit expensive for what it is BUT, it all depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re like me and don’t have much time to re-do your lipstick/gloss perfectly multiple times a day (because you have to with some products), then this is for you. I appreciate the easy, no fuss application and would definitely reach for this as opposed to my wand-style glosses.
Primer isn’t something I use on a daily basis. I save it for special occasions when I go all out and put on a full face of makeup. I tried the @Strivectin Line BlurFector primer for a week to see if using a primer daily made a difference with how smooth my skin looked and if it “blurred” fine lines/wrinkles as it claims to do.
easy to apply
a little goes a long way
light citrus-y scent
clogged my skin
noticed little bumps/pimples on my cheeks
didn’t blur fine lines
While this product didn’t completely blur out the fine lines around my eyes, it did do a good job with filling in/smoothing out my pores and mattifying my skin. It also kept my makeup (foundation, concealer and creme blush) from looking cakey. Those are the only good things.
Unfortunately, after a few days, I noticed tiny bumps/pimples developing around my cheek area – ugh! Since this was the only new product I was using, I knew something in it was causing a reaction (the silicones, perhaps?). Once I stopped using it, the bumps went away (after cleansing and exfoliating daily). That said, I have sensitive, combo skin. If you do too, I’d pass on this.
[ I received this complimentary from Influenster in exchange for my honest/unbiased review. ]
Over the past couple years my skin has gone from super dry (thanks to pregnancy/breastfeeding hormones!) to oily/combination. I can appreciate a good moisturizer and Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme has become a top favorite.
leaves skin dewy not greasy
not travel friendly
I was skeptical at first but, my dry skin was saved by using this moisturizer (and the other products from this line)!
I apply a small amount to my face after cleansing and toning. It’s lightweight, goes on smooth and my skin drinks it up. Once it sinks in (about 10 minutes or so) my skin is left feeling soft, smooth, hydrated and dewy. I enjoy the light rose scent and I didn’t experience any irritation or other issues. I find that as long as I don’t use too much and let it fully absorb, it won’t pill while applying makeup over it.
The only thing I wish it had was SPF, otherwise its a solid moisturizer and I will be repurchasing.
Finally getting around to reviewing the Herbivore Botanicals skincare line! First up is their Moonfruit Superfruit Night Treatment.
comes w/ scoop
fun purple color
not travel friendly
I’ve been using this night treatment for a few months now and it has become something I look forward to applying at the end of the day.
After cleansing and toning, I use the scoop to get out a small amount of product. A little goes a long way with this as it has an almost whipped texture. The purple color disappears as you work the cream into your skin. It only takes a minute or two to completely sink in and there’s no greasy feeling or tacky residue. I found the scent to be relaxing and not overwhelming. The scent dissipates after an hour or so.
In the morning my skin looks and feels incredibly smooth and hydrated. This works very well with their Brighten Pineapple Enzyme mask to exfoliate and smooth my skin. My skin is usually sensitive and I did not notice any adverse side effects with continued use. In fact, I’m almost out of this and the Pink Cloud Creme and will be repurchasing both.
Living in perpetually sunny SoCal sunglasses are not just an accessory but, a must have item. I wanted to share a few of my current favorites (in no particular order).
Melt Sunglasses Metal Mirrored Aviators : These have flat metal frames and super dark lenses; so perfect for the days you want to be incognito or as an addition to your RBF, ha. The only drawback? They’re heavy! I only wear these when I know I won’t be wearing them hours on end because my nose bridge ends up red and sore. These come with a slim case and a polishing cloth.
Quay Australia High Key 65mm : Yes, every style/beauty blogger has these. Can you blame them? Shown here are the black/fade (so chic!) and green/gold colorways. I’m not usually a fan of gold but I love how olive-green frames look with the gold mirrored lenses. It’s different yet still neutral.
I also dig the (obnoxious? lol) oversized frames as they help my round face/big cheeks look smaller, ha. At $65 they’re a little on the pricey side but, still affordable compared to other brands (Ray-Ban etc). My favorite part? The clear cases. It’s genius!
Forever21 : If you search their website for oversized square framed sunglasses this basic style will pop up from time to time. When they are in stock I buy two or three at a time because they’re usually under $6! Can’t go wrong with these, as they go with everything. Plus, they’re plastic and very lightweight.
Also, if you’re anything like me, you always have a backup/cheap pair of sunglasses in the glove box of your car. These inexpensive F21 shades above are perfect for this. I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten, lost, dropped, cracked/broken (thanks kids!) my sunglasses.
Nordstrom BP 60mm Oversized Aviators : For only $14 these are a budget friendly (albeit slightly smaller) option to the über popular Quay/Desi High Keys. They’re lightweight despite being metal which is a plus. It’s also available in ‘rainbow’ and ‘smoke’.
Always be prepared to block out those harmful UVAs and look fabulous doing so! 🕶