Sephora Play!

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Another month equals another beauty box.  The Sephora play box this month seemed almost forgotten because Sephora always gives spoilers and has a tab for upcoming boxes and there was none of that!  That being said, I’m overall pretty happy with what I got because last month’s was such a bummer I didn’t even blog about it!  They usually come in a cloth drawstring bag and I love the new plastic envelope it came in this month!

Tocca Perfume: This has  blood orange base scent so I gave it to my momma because she loves citrus perfume.

Skin Laundry Face Wash: The size of this is pretty good for a sample!  It’s a foaming gentle cleanser.   I used it last night and I liked it but its not like drop everything and go get it. It’s a basic, gentle cleanser.  It foams well and I do like bubbles when I wash my face.

Belif Hungarian Water serum: This is a hydration serum and I’m a dry gal so I like it.  It’s also Hungarian like me, which not sure how Hungarian water is more hydrating but I like it and I’ll go with it! So far, I’ve tried it for 2 nights and not so sure how good it is because I used it under a very thick moisturizer.  My skin feels very hydrated for what it’s worth.  I feel like I need to pull this out for the winter!

Rahua Hair Mask: This is supposed to be really good for dull and colored hair.  I used this tonight and to my pleasure, my hair was smoother, less frizzy and softer when I blow dried it!  I’m really happy with the results and my hair is very dry and damaged so that means a lot if I can see a noticeable difference.  I would totally buy the full size.  It has the best rosemary smell to it, too. 😍

Nudestix Lipstick: I love the idea of Nudestix!!! It’s all no makeup makeup which is my favorite.  I ‘m so excited one of their products was in this month’s box. The lip color is dark, I would say more of a fall color but I’m excited to try it.

Trestique highlight: This showed up broken which was super annoying. I fixed it but still.  The boxes always have highlighter which I have no complaints about!  The consistency and color payoff of this one is super creamy and smooth.  I really like it so far and am excited to try it on the face.

Kickin’ Eczema’s Booty

I have had eczema since junior high and well into high school.  I’m a junior now and still suffer from it, especially around finals!  I get it in spurts on my face, neck and arms. I’ve been to the dermatologist a handful of times and have received plenty of creams, lotions, ointments – you name it I tried it. They would offer relief for about a month and then the eczema would {rudely} come back or I would breakout from the certain remedy.  Grrrr. Here’s a good time to mention I’m blessed with uber-sensitive skin also.   Back to the dermatologist I would go in hopes for a new cream that would answer all my problems.  That turned into a recurring cycle, offering no relief.  I began to accept that this is the way it would be and that this problem would remain like gum on the bottom of my shoe.

A couple months ago I had the worst eczema break out I’ve ever had.  It covered my arms and I scratched to the point of no return – my arms were raw.  Every other phrase that admonished from my mom’s lips were “don’t scratch!”  THANKS, captain obvious.  I was miserable for 4 days and suffered from itchy, raw arms.  I was an itchy bitchy. It got so bad that I couldn’t go to volleyball practice. My mom, who suffers from many food allergies suggested I go to the allergy doctor because eczema can be a symptom of allergies.  Off I went to the allergy doctor to be picked and prodded in hope to find the key to all this madness.  A handful of pinpricks later, I found out I was allergic to cats and tree pollen. No crazy cat lady here!   A light went off in my head as I recalled picking avocados off the tree in my front yard with my mom the weekend prior.  I had eczema on my arms in the places left vulnerable from the short sleeve shirt I was wearing.  MOMMMMM! I can’t pick avocados, HELLO! I told you! We came to the conclusion that yes, I am allergic to the avocado tree that sits 5 feet outside my bedroom window and yes, I’m not allowed to pick avocados anymore.   My mom insists I’m not very good at it either.

Ever since then, I have yet to have an eczema breakout. Me and my eczema expertise own every eczema product under the sun.  Now I come to share all my tricks and kicks with you.

1. Make bffs with your dermatologist and allergist. I have finally found the perfect prescription ointments. 
2. Keep Hydrated. Prevention!
3. Don’t pick avocados! 
4. Apparently, you’re only supposed to take short showers in lukewarm water. To be honest, I don’t even do that because I NEED my 20 minute hot showers. My 2 cents. 
5. When you have a breakout, right out of the shower lather the affected area in ointment, (prescribed or not) wrap the area in warm gauze, then a layer of dry gauze.  Leave overnight et volia! All eczema should be gone in the morning.  If not, do it another time and all shall be well.  This works miracles, trust.

Eczema Killers 
Coconut oil– This stuff works for everything.  I use it all over my body for different uses.  
1. It makes your face baby soft, seriously. 
2.  It’s great after you shave your legs. 
3. It’s good to use on eczema or to soothe an area where ya feel it sprouting. 
I use unrefined coco oil which is supposed to be better.  I got mine at whole food. 
Cetaphil Antibacterial bar soap – This is good for people with sensitive skin prone to breakouts as well as eczema.  It prevents both.
Aquaphor– Holy Moly, this is the chambray shirt of skin fixes! It works for everything.  I have been obsessed with this stuff for two years and I’m still going strong.  I have it laying around everywhere, ready for a moment’s use.  I sleep with it in bed too for those times when I wake up in the middle of the night with dry itchy skin.  I use it on lip and face when I have dry skin. 
Kiehl’s Creme de corp– This lotion is amazing. The key to eczema prevention is keeping your skin moisturized. This lotion is creamy & super hydrating, offering eczema relief and prevention. 
Mario Badescu Seaweed night creme– Mario Badescu has been great for my eczema prone, sensitive skin.  If you hadn’t noticed a trend, this creme is super hydrating.  I use it at night with coconut oil and argan oil.  I go to bed every night with a very shiny face.  
Kiehl’s Ultra facial creme, intense hydration – If it says intense, extreme, major, hydration I’m in.  This creme is one that I use in the morning after I wash my face.  Sometimes I pair it with coconut oil or Josie Maran argan oil depending on how dry my skin is. 
Vaseline – again a multifarious potion.  I use this for lips and nightly under eye creme.  You can never start too soon. 😉 
Sensitive/eczema skin friendly potions
My Clarisonic is my love.  I bought the sensitive skin brush for it too. Baha.  
Veet – Whenever I shave my legs I always get cuts, (I know, I have lots of issues.)  This stuff is AH-mazing.  I want to veet everything! I’m absolutely paranoid about getting in my hair and watching it all burn off and float away down the drain.  Double edged sword. 

Beauty Raves

What I love more then trying new beauty products is trying ones that I love!  
Starting from bottom (heh) is the fake-up concealer by Benefit.  This is a dewy concealer and I always prefer dewy makeup over matte. This is the perfect match for me! 
Next is the Nars liquid eyeliner.  I’ve been really in to cat eyes lately and this eyeliner has the perfect brush and lasts all day.  
At the top is my favorite product.  The josie maran Cheek gelee in Berry bliss.  I have been itching to try one of the josie maran products with coconut water for a while and I LOVE this one.  It is a cheek tint and a lip color.  It is so natural looking and applies like a dream! 🙂
Let this be my first post as a 17 yr old! 😉 

Current Favorites

Yes to Grapefruits Body Butter: This stuff smells amazing and makes my super sensitive skin moisturized and soft!

Baptiste Dry Shampoo:  I am trying to a better job at not washing my hair everyday since it dries it out and washes out my ombre.  As hard as it is for me, this makes the job a heck of a lot easier.

Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon:  Everything Clinique is great.  Love the color and the glossiness without the stickiness.  Love these chubby sticks!

Nars Illuminator in Orgasm:  A must have to achieve that dewy look.  I love the dewy look.  This looks great with a tinted moisturizer during the week or alone on the weekend with some mascara and your good to go!

Not your Mother’s Beach Babe Wave spray:  Best wave spray I’ve ever used.  It smells good and doesn’t make my hair crunchy like other salt sprays.

Just a few of my purchases from Ulta and Sephora recently.  The day Ulta has shopping carts is not gonna be a good day.  I will be the girl walking out of the store with a shopping cart full of lip sticks and lip glosses knocking down every display in sight.  Cause really, who is good at pushing a cart? Not me.  Woops.

Happppppppppyyyy Tuesday!