Strivectin Anti-Wrinkle Line BlurFector

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.

PROS :
easy to apply
a little goes a long way
light weight
smooth
matte finish
light citrus-y scent

CONS :
clogged my skin
noticed little bumps/pimples on my cheeks
didn’t blur fine lines

OVERALL :
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. ]

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Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme

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.

PROS :
lightweight
absorbs quickly
leaves skin dewy not greasy
not sticky/tacky
pleasant scent
hydrating
luxe packaging
scoop/spatula included

CONS :
not travel friendly
no dispenser
no SPF

OVERALL :

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.

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Herbivore Botanicals Moonfruit Superfruit Night Treatment

Finally getting around to reviewing the Herbivore Botanicals skincare line! First up is their Moonfruit Superfruit Night Treatment.

PROS :
lightweight
whipped texture
absorbs quickly
not greasy
pleasant scent
moisturizing
luxe packaging
comes w/ scoop
fun purple color

CONS :
not travel friendly
no dispenser

OVERALL :
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.

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Go Incognito

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! 🕶

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Evening Skincare

My current nighttime/PM skincare routine includes the following (in order) :

Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser
Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner
Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity Eye Lift Cream
Herbivore Botanicals Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment
Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix facial oil
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Twice a week (when I have time, really) I incorporate Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Instant Glow mask. This mask is a game changer! Full review for the HB line to come.

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Morning Skincare

My current morning/AM skincare routine includes the following products (in order):

Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner
Deciem/The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ (for dryness, fine lines, dullness)
Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Rose Water Moisture Cremè
Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity eye cream
Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer SPF 30
Dr. Jart Tigergrass Cicapair Color Correcting Treatment (nose, chin area)
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (love!)

It may seem like a lot but, it takes about 10 minutes (if the kids are being nice to each other lol) every morning. I double up on moisturizer because I’ve yet to find one w/ SPF that my skin likes.

Afterwards, I apply makeup (usually just concealer, a cream blush, do my brows) then hair.

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