Influenster : Julep Boost Your Radiance

When I received the Posh VoxBox from Influenster I was excited to try out the Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed facial oil. Some say this helped their skin tremendously while others had adverse reactions (breakouts, redness etc.). After using it for over 2 weeks I can say I’m happy with it.

When I was pregnant with my second son my skin underwent a drastic change. I went from super oily to combination to flakey, dry and sensitive. I drank lots of water, tried and slathered on all the lotions and creams but, it was a losing battle.

I gave birth to my third son a few months ago AND I’m currently breastfeeding both babies (23 months and 5 months old). You can probably imagine how moody and hormonal I can get, ha. Slowly but surely my hormones are regulating back to my combination skin (oily t-zone). Not sure if I should be happy about this or what but, I definitely did not enjoy having dry (often itchy!) skin.

PROS :
clean, floral scent
packaging (glass bottle, sturdy dropper, cap seals tightly)
absorbs well
lightweight
moisturizing
multi-purpose use
great for dry skin
a little goes a long way
reasonably priced

CONS :
scented
be wary if you have sensitive skin
may not be for those with very oily skin
not travel friendly

OVERALL :

After washing my face, I apply two drops on my fingertips and dab it along the areas where my skin is dry; usually on my cheeks and jawline. The oil absorbs well and there’s no greasy residue. I enjoy the clean, floral scent. It’s not overpowering and it doesn’t aggravate my allergies.

In the morning my skin feels hydrated and smooth. I haven’t noticed any clogged pores or milia which is a fear of mine when trying out any new skin product. It didn’t make me breakout either. What I did notice the first couple of times is it made my T-zone and chin extra oily and a bit red. Now I avoid those areas when applying.

As a bonus you can use this oil on your elbows, knees and cuticles. I feel adding a couple drops to my body lotion has really helped with keeping my skin hydrated and “glow-y” all day. Do note there isn’t any SPF so you will have to apply sunscreen.

As far as the claims of reducing hyper-pigmentation and fine lines, the jury is still out. I haven’t yet noticed a difference in the weeks I’ve used it. Perhaps it will take a month or so to really make a difference.

•[ I received this complimentary from @influenster for review/testing purposes but, as always, my opinions are my own. ]•

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Influenster : Aqua Brow Powder + Pencil Duo

We can all agree well groomed brows are important, yes? They frame your face and complete your eye makeup. I’ve been using the ABH Dipbrow Pomade (ash-brown) and the NYX Micro Brow Pencil (ash-brown) interchangeably. However, I’m always willing to try a new product.

PROS :
pigmented
buildable color
looks natural
a little goes a long way
pencil glides smoothly
innovative
travel friendly
stays put

CONS :
wipes off easily
no brush/spoolie to blend out powder

OVERALL :

I was skeptical about the LASHFOOD Brow Food Aqua Brow Powder + Pencil Duo at first. It’s a challenge for me to find just the right ash-brown shade for my brows. Most dark brown shades have far too much red and the black shades are well, too dark. I need something that has a bit of grey in it to tone down the red in most browns.

Directions say to first outline define your brows with the pencil, then fill in with powder. What’s different about the powder is it’s a powder to cream formula. It feels cool to the touch when applied. The pencils glides on smooth and the powder blends quite well. Both are well pigmented. As far as the color, Taupe, it worked well with my hair color as it’s just a bit lighter.

Staying power is great so long as you don’t accidentally wipe your forehead. But that’s not really a con to me because I normally try not to mess with my brows once they’re done.

Additionally, you will need brow brush or spoolie and a clear brow gel (if you use it) to finish your bows off. I didn’t find any other negatives about this product that would prevent me from purchasing. At 25$ a pop, I feel it’s a great all in one product.

* I received this complimentary from @influenster for review/testing purposes but, as always, my opinions are my own. *

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Influenster : Sigma Aura Powder

When I want to look less sleep deprived (read: human) I wake up my face with blush. Today I tested out the new Sigma Aura Powder Blush in the shade ‘Nymphaea’ (a majestically subtle coral) with their Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour Brush.

PROS :
blends easily
buildable
large pan size
available in skin flattering shades
compact includes mirror

CONS :
dusty fallout when swiped with brush

OVERALL :

The Aura Powder can be used all over for a touch of highlight and color; as if you spent a few minutes in the sun. I love the generous size of the compact and mirror.

This is the first time I’ve used a Sigma brush, too! I found the bristles to be soft and it applied product well.

Nymphaea is such a pretty shade! It reminds me of NARS ‘Angelika’ Blush which is one of my all time favorite. The color showed up well on my skintone and it lasted for about 8 hours or so without any touch up.

* I received this complimentary from @influenster for review/testing purposes but, as always, my opinions are my own. *

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Influenster : Aquis Luxe Lisse Hair Towel

PROS :
cuts drying time
lightweight
soft

CONS :
falls off; cannot tie or secure it

OVERALL :
Let me preface this review by saying my hair is waist-length and it tends to retain water, so I was pretty skeptical about this product. When I wrapped the Aquis Luxe Lisse Hair Towel around my head and twisted it into a turban, there was about 2-3″ of my ends hanging out of the towel so I tucked the ends in to compensate. There’s another version for long hair so look into getting that one if your locks are as long as mine!

I appreciate the soft, lightweight material and ease of use. My only complaint other than it not being big enough for my hair, is it won’t stay on if you tilt your head. I tend to put makeup on while I wait for my hair to dry so looking up while putting on mascara caused the towel to unravel. It’s not a big deal but, I thought I’d mention it since there are similar products in the market that have elastic to prevent this from happening. Squid also makes a turban style so that’s a better option especially if your hair is long and thick.

I left the towel on for about 45 minutes and once I let my hair down it was noticeably less damp than when I use a regular towel. I’m convinced! I can see myself using this daily as it is useful and from my experience, does what it claims.

The Aquis Luxe hair towel is available at Sephora and retails for $30-$40.

** I received this complimentary from Influenster for review/testing purposes but, as always, my opinions are my own. **

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Influenster : Posh Vox Box

Look what arrived from Influenster – it’s their first ever prestige Vox Box, the Posh Vox Box. I was so surprised to receive this. Seriously though, how did they know this tired mommy was in major need of some posh pampering?!

Here’s what’s inside :

Brow Food Aqua Brow Powder + Pencil Duo: $25
Sigma Beauty Aura Powder Blush: $19
Sigma Beauty F40 Large Angled Contour Brush: $23
Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil: $36
Aquis Lisse Luxe #HairTowel : $30-45
Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo: $22 (for full size)
Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner: $24 (for full size)
Dermalogica Stress Positive EyeLift: $65

That’s 200$ worth of products! I’m SO excited to try out all these free goodies. Reviews to come, stay tuned!

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