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The Best Beauty Value Sets Holiday Season 2020

It’s around that time of year again where brands release their annual holiday value sets. But, as a consumer, you get so many options now that it is hard to navigate and find the really good deals. That is why I have put together this post to let you know which sets are the best deal for your wallet. I have also included some do’s and don’ts when it comes to buying the best sets. I have really tried to limit this list to only the best of the best and I hope you find something that you like.

Do:

  • look for sets with full-sized products
  • focus on products you are genuinely interested in
  • stock up on your favorite products
  • look at the size/weight of each product included in the set
  • shop around on different websites

Don’t:

  • get sets that only have travel or mini-sized items, they are often not worth your money (unless you REALLY want to try everything a set has to offer)
  • buy something just because the value seems great
  • feel like you need something because someone else said so
  • buy a set where you wouldn’t use most of the items

IGK Power Couple

This value set from IGK contains a full-sized IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray, which by itself is regularly $32. The set also contains a travel-sized IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. So you don’t just get a lower price but also an extra product for less. Get this value set here for $30.

Benefit Magnificent Brow Show Full-Size Eyebrow Value Set

benefit cosmetics Magnificent Brow Show Full-Size Eyebrow Value Set

Don’t sleep on this value set with five full-sized items from benefit’s brow collection. It won’t be long before it’s gone! For only $49 you get all of the following items full-sized, and you pick your shade: Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel. Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define. Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill. ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color with Brush. 24-HR Brow Setter Shaping & Setting Gel Click here to get it before it’s sold out.

Benefit BYOB: Bring Your Own Beauty Eyes, Brows & Face Holiday Value Set

Another great value set from benefit this year if you want a more versatile range of products. Not as great of a value as the brow set, but still including three full-sized products and one mini.

RMS Beauty Conceal & Highlight Set

RMS is one of my absolute favorite brands. And while a bit pricey, their products seem to never disappoint. Now you can get a full-sized “Un” Cover-Up Concealer and a full-sized Living Luminizer for only $49. Both of them normally retails for $36 each. Perfect for yourself or as a gift to someone else.

Youth To The People The Power of Three Holiday Kit

A fan-favorite and also one of my favorite cleansers when it comes to clean beauty. This trio comes with a full-sized bottle of the famous Superfood Cleanser and a mini of the Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream and Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask. The kit will cost you $44 but considering that the cleanser itself costs $36, you’re in for a treat. As a bonus, the products come in a silver tin that you can re-use for storage.

These are some of my top favorites at the moment. But, If you scroll through the slideshow below you will also find some other great value sets that are available now for the holidays. Make sure to check out my post on the best Advent Calendars to purchase this year as well.

Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask – Review

Algenist has, for a long time, been one of my favorite skincare brands. Today I am going to review a skincare product that I have been using for quite some time. I received the Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask last year. During this quarantine, I have not stopped reaching for it. So let’s talk more about it! Before we start, please understand that this review is my personal experience and what works/not works for my skin. This review may not reflect the same experience for you.

Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask

Since we are all at home more now during self-quarantine, I have had a lot of time to try skincare. I have also developed a lot of stress-related acne on my face, especially around my mouth, chin, and forehead. Those are areas I tend to pick at when I am stressed. So, I needed to find something in my skincare archive that would help clear the acne up. But, it also needed to be gentle on my skin. That is when I picked up the Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask.

It is worth to mention that Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask is vegan and free of a lot of nasty ingredients. Such as; sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.

Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask color morphing

Some of the highlighted ingredients in the Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask are; Patented Alguronic Acid, Algae Prebiotic, and Kaolin & Bentonite Clays. Together they help to minimize signs of wrinkles, balancing the skin’s microbiome, and draw out toxins and impurities. All of this results in an overall natural glow and more even complex. What is fun about this mask is that before applying, it is teal. But, as you massage the clay into your mask, it turns into a pink clay

I have been using the Algenist Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask 1-2 times per week .. (Note that it is recommended to use it 2-3 times per week). My skin was dry and dull. I had also developed a lot of stress acne in the form of small whiteheads since this stay-at-home order started. My eating habits may also have contributed to my acne. I am not gonna lie when I say that they have become much worse due to the situation.

Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask

Since I started using the Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask, I have noticed some differences. First and foremost, my skin has more glow, and pores appear to look smaller. It has also helped hydrate. But, most importantly, it has pulled out a lot of gunk and whiteheads from my skin. I tend to pick a lot at acne when I get it. I never had teen acne and am not used to having bumps on my face. (Adult acne is a VERY real thing). It has led to some scarring, and being able to pull the whiteheads out has helped with the picking.

I would recommend this mask to anyone. Since you only need to leave it on for 2-5 minutes, it is perfect for anyone. Especially if you are short on time or too lazy to do a lengthy skincare routine. All you need is 4-6 minutes to apply and then rinse. A hot tip is to put it on before you jump in the shower and then rinse it off. And, for the price of $38, you certainly get your money worth. To read other people’s reviews you can check out the Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask on Sephora. {LINK}

To shop this mask, or some of my other favorite Algenist products simply clock on the product down below! For more reviews of beauty products check out my beauty category.

Products worth splurging on during the Sephora Spring Sale

If you missed out for some reason, the Sephora spring sale just started today. From today, April 17 through May 1, you’ll receive up to 20% off everything at Sephora. As the vivid shopper and product tester that I am, I decided to create a guide of products that I think are worth splurging on during this sale. I have been especially into clean beauty the last couple of months, so a lot of products that I’ll recommend will most likely be clean products. A Lot of reviews will be published in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned for those!

Sephora spring sale event up to 20% off as a VIB Rouge member

This won’t be like a regular post where I write about each product. Because there are so many great products out there, I will link all the products that I think are worth splurging on, and you can read my reviews when they are out. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment or message me on Instagram. I am happy to help! Remember that the Sephora spring sale gives first access to VIB Rouge members and then rolls out to everyone else. But keep your favorites or make a wishlist until you can shop with 10%-20% off if you’re not a VIB Rouge yet.

I placed a large order myself, which I am super excited about, will probably make a youtube video unboxing and talking about some products! Please know that all and any product that I link I have used myself and like. Now – let’s look at what the Sephora Spring sale has to offer.

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The best loungewear available right now

It seems like the world is going crazy, right? But I could not find loungewear ANYWHERE. And whenever I tried, everything was sold out. Remember yesterday’s post where I linked some cute loungewear? Well, all those items sold out overnight! INSANE! Well, I have scoped out the big world wide web and collected some loungewear that is (currently) available. Just click the pictures to shop!

cozy loungewear to shop now

I wanted to include Nastygal in this guide as they have super cute items sometimes, but they seem to run out of stock almost as soon as something new hits the website. Instead, I recommend you go to their website and check out what they currently have.

Loungewear available at ASOS

I’m not going to lie; I think that ASOS has by far the best selection of loungewear available now, and that is why I’m starting with them. It’s my style, and I think that the price points are fair. It was SO hard to find my few favorites, but here they are. There are also a lot of mix and match options that you can do! Just click the arrows to scroll through my selections.

Loungewear available at Bandier.

Bandier is curated mostly towards activewear, but I’ve managed to find some loungewear available on their website. Keep in mind that Bandier has a selection of curated brands that tend to be at a higher price point. If it’s your first time shopping at Bandier, you get a 15% discount. And they regularly have flash sales, so stay on the lookout!

Loungewear available at Missguided

Similar to many fast-fashion websites, Missguideds inventory seems to deplete quite quickly. I tried my best to only select items that had a more extensive range of sizes available. But no promises that it will still be available in your size once you’ve made your way to an item! I also tried to add a variation of sleepwear, dresses, and hoodies to the selection.

Loungewear available at Nordstrom

Nordstrom doesn’t sell a lot of sets or co-ords, but that allows you to mix and match items. I had to search through many categories to find some of my favorite selections to lounge around in. Also, some things are 40% off right now, so take advantage!

What I have been doing during self-quarantine

Curious about what I have been doing for the past almost two weeks while being self-quarantined? Well, look no further because I will tell you exactly what I have been doing and how this unprecedented situation has and is making me feel.

I believe that I am in a unique situation. Unlike many other people, I do not have a 9-5 job five days a week. And I do not have one specific set schedule for things that I do. Being a freelancer and doing contract jobs is a completely different situation. Unlike others, I am also used to working from home most of the time and spending a lot of time at home. So, I most likely look at this situation a bit differently than other people. Hopefully, it can also give you a different view of everything that is going on.

In terms of how I am doing. I’m fine. I’m not great, but I’m not terrible. Just fine. As for now I and my roommates are taking things day by day. Thankfully I still have work and projects that are ongoing. But I don’t know how long I will have work to do. This all depends on how things will unfold in the next coming weeks.

As for being self-quarantined in my home, I am doing great. This is a situation that I am not unfamiliar with. And now, I get to be at home with my best friends and roommates as they aren’t able to go to work anymore. But, I do understand that for many people this is a completely new experience. Not as easy and luxurious as we all thought it was now is it?

cozy home

Here are some things that I and my roommate have been doing during self-quarantine:

  • “Slept in”, meaning I do no longer wake up at 6 or 7 everyday. I sleep to no longer than 9am and it has been a dream.
  • Set work hours. I like to say that during these 4-5 hours I will get these tasks done. I always write down what I need to have done for the day.
  • Write a to-do-list. Having a to-do-list helps you seeing visually what things you need to do. Not only are they a reminder but it can also help you get up in the morning because you know that you have things to do.
  • Exercise. I try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily wether that being a walk, jog, or a full-on workout session. We are still allowed to walk outside as long as we keep social distancing in mind.
  • Plan things with friends or roommates. Video calls, virtual happy hours, dinner dates, Netflix watch parties. There are many things you can still do with your loved ones even if they are far away.
  • Do all the things you didn’t have time to do before.
  • Clean out and organize your closet, bathroom or other messy space. In general, just get more organized.
  • Cooking, a lot.
  • Cathing up on tv-shows and new movies.
  • Listening to a lot of podcasts.
  • Read books.
  • Learning Adobe programs and coding.

For other things to do, and more tips I wrote a post on what you can do during these times and how you can try and make your everyday life during self-quarantine a little bit easier. Check out the post linked here.

I have also been a vivid Pinterest used for the past couple of years, some of my favorite boards are Thirsty Tuesday where I post drinks and recipes, and I also have an organization ideas board that I love dearly.

self-quarantine coffee and books at home

What have you been doing during self-quarantine? I know that we all have different experiences and I would love to hear yours in the comments section below! Also – are there any posts in particular that you are interested in? Let me know!

How to make quarantine life less tedious

The Coronavirus has hit us hard, and people all over the world are under self-quarantine. For me, this is probably less tedious than for many others as I am used to working for home and spending a lot of time at home already. But, for the average person who would leave their home to go to work or school, self-quarantine may be the most tedious thing to happen. Because all of a sudden you are stuck at home with all the time in the world. Yet, you find nothing to do.

To make life at home during these unprecedented times a little bit easier, I have put together a list. By no means, there are probably hundreds of things you can do at home, but I don’t want to bore you with the standards of “start a new Netflix show” or “finish that book that you picked up two years ago” nonsense. (But DO read books, watch your favorite shows, and talk to your friends and family to pass the time). I want to give you some things that you can do to make your self-quarantine feel more like a daily routine that you can get used to, and that won’t leave you bored for who knows how long this will continue. I’ve also linked some super cute comfy loungewear so yall can stay comfy but cute at home!

Create a routine

Easier said than done, I know. But think of it like this. Before being self-quarantined, you probably had a routine. You’d wake up in the morning. Maybe have a coffee/tea and get ready for the day. Treat this time the same. Wake up when you usually would and follow the same morning routine up until the point where you would leave your house. Make your bed, get ready, get dressed. It will make you feel better about your day. If you are currently not able to work from home, fill your normal work time with other activities that you enjoy doing. And leave 2-3 windows during the day for cooking.

Write a to-do list

I do this every single day. Usually, the night before, I will write down things to do for the next day. Whether it is something as simple as washing my face or walking the dog, I will put it on the list. Writing down things to do is a great way to make sure you’re not moping around all day. A list is just mentally great for you to refer to when you feel like you have nothing to do. A daily to-dol-list can also remind you to do the things you might not want to do! I have a great daily planner (linked here) that has a daily to-do list as well.

What to do during a quarantine

Exercise daily

When I say exercise, I do not mean to do a sweaty workout pass. It is probably more important than ever for our mental and physical health to stay active during this quarantine. Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of daily exercise, and there are many ways to do this. Even if your local gym has closed down or you no longer can go to yoga, there are options. See if your studio offers online classes that you can do from home. Take a walk around the block and listen to a podcast. Exercising is also something that you can incorporate into your daily routine.

Explore your creativity

There are many ways you can be creative. And what better time than during a quarantine? Journaling, drawing, playing an instrument, singing, taking pictures. The list of creative things that you can do goes on. You’d be surprised by how much you can do at home and at the same time create. To read about what I have been doing during this time, check out this post linked here.

Learn something new

Several of the country’s top schools are offering free online classes. Some of them are Harvard (link), Yale (link), and websites like Coursera provide both free and paid courses you can take. Learning something new is a great way to fill up time if you aren’t working from home or feel like you have fallen out of routine.

Video conference with your friends

Many birthdays and typical dinner nights out with friends have been missed during these past couple of weeks. The best way to stay connected with your friends and family is to stay connected. Creating a video conference is as easy as sending off a text message nowadays with services like skype, zoom, facetime, and many more video conference apps.

What have you been doing during self-quarantine? I know that we all have different experiences and I would love to hear yours in the comments section below! Also – are there any posts in particular that you are interested in? Let me know!

Trying out the NeoCell Super Collagen Powder

This post is sponsored by NeoCell, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. I am reviewing the NeoCell Super Collagen Powder in the following post.

Did you know that your collagen production declines when you get older? Collagen is one of the most important proteins that the human body creates for several biological functions such as skin elasticity. It is a protein that we generate naturally. But, as we age we produce less. This is one of the reasons why signs of aging show.

NeoCell Super Collagen Powder

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I started incorporating NeoCell Super collagen Powder into my daily routine about a month ago. The NeoCell Super Collagen Powder is super easy to use. Simply mix the powder into any of your favorite morning drinks, all you need is a small scoop of it every day. I have preferred to take it in the morning with my morning coffee or tea.

NeoCell Super Collagen Powder

Adding NeoCell Super Collagen Powder to your daily routine has many benefits such as:

  • support healthy collagen formation
  • helps with youthful-looking skin
  • support strong nails
  • healthier looking hair
  • joint support

Since I started my NeoCell journey I have noticed that my skin has been more clear. Usually, I will have a lot of breakouts during my period. but this month I barely had any at all. I have also noticed that my nails have become stronger, I haven’t broken off a nail in a while – and my hair is looking healthier and shinier than normally. I rarely wear a lot of makeup or any at all. Knowing that my skin will look good even without makeup is such a confidence booster!

NeoCell Super Collagen Powder

The NeoCell Super Collagen Powder comes in a range of different flavors such as Berry Lemon, French Vanilla, and unflavored. It is also paleo-friendly, gluten-free and non-GMO for any of you out there on these diets. Join me on this journey of feeling better from the inside out. NeoCell Super Collagen Powder can be purchased at Amazon, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Walmart, and Target. You can also purchase the product directly here via my link.

NeoCell Super Collagen Powder

Read about some of my other healthy habits here.

This is my “Why I am Loved” story

This post is sponsored by Helzberg Diamonds but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

When Barnett Helzberg Jr. proposed to Shirley Bush in 1967, he thought that the love he sparked should be shared. He felt that everyone should be able to feel the same kind of love. This event is what sparked the idea of the “I Am Loved” pins that Helzberg until this day provides for free. You can pick up these pins at your nearest Helzberg location and give them to your loved ones. I will share my own “Why I am Loved” story today, and also tell you how you have the chance to win a $250 gift card by sharing your story.

Love can be defined in many ways. To me, love can be family, friends, a significant other, or simply just finding joy in the small things. But, love can be found in different forms. Since moving away from my home country at 18, I’ve had my ups and downs. The hardest part was finding a place to belong in a city as big as Los Angeles.

I have finally found a place where I feel loved by the people I surround myself with. They fil me with happiness, joy, excitement, and passion. They support me for everything I do, and I support them. There is nothing better than being surrounded by people who will do anything for you, no matter what. I am loved because I have a family. And family is the most important thing. Even though I am across the globe from my biological family, I have found and created my own Los Angeles family with my friends.

You can win a $250 gif card by sharing your own story. Follow this link to participate in the Helzberg Diamond “I Am Loved” contest and get the chance of winning a gift card. Share a photo with #IAmLovedContest and finish the sentence “I know I am loved because…” for a chance to win. See your submission and the official rules here: bit.ly/IAmLovedContest

Helzberg Wh I am Loved.
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goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator Review

One thing I have learned about goop is that they have revolutionized expensive skincare. I received the goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator in the mail and had no idea what the price of this jar was before I did a quick google search. For the high expense of $125 plus taxes, this exfoliator can be yours. The question is, is it worth the price? Well, I will tell you if it is without you having to spend the money to find out!

goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

My first impression when I opened the jar was “Oh my god, I need to use this.” When you open it up, it looks like a whipped mousse, and you just want to touch it. For an exfoliator, this is a rare thing since it would usually look a bit more coarse. The smell is similar to other GOOPGLOW products. A subtle citrus smell resembling Vitamin C without being overpowering.

goop describes the goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator as “a dual-action microdermabrasion exfoliator that delivers the benefits of both physical and chemical exfoliation, instantly polishing away roughness, smoothing uneven texture, and revealing a healthy-looking, glowing complexion”. Some of the key ingredients are micro-exfoliating minerals, glycolic acids, and Australian Kakadu plum.

I only exfoliate my skin when I feel like it’s dull and really needs it. I have used the goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator for about a month now and think I have a pretty good experience with the product. My first impression of the product was, of course, the texture. I had never felt an exfoliator that was whipped and so soft. You also need the tiniest amount for your entire face, which may in some ways, make up for the steep price.

goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator

There is no doubt that the product works, and that it works really well. The end results have always been a soft, fresh face without redness or irritation. I do feel sometimes that exfoliators do not work the way that I want them too. But, the goop GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator did work exactly the way I wanted to without excessive use. I’ve used it about 2 times per week and my skin has had a great past month. Breakouts have been minimal even during my period, and I have felt like Ive had more glow.

Personally, I think the price is absolutely outrageous, and I would probably not spend the money. Unless absolutely nothing else worked for me. But, I would buy this product as a staple and use only this one product because it is that good. If you have an exfoliator that works wonder for you, stay with it. If you feel like your skin is dull and nothing else works, save up the money and try it out. goop does not offer returns on any time that has been opened or used, so you really need to commit if you decide to purchase. Shop the GOOPGLOW line below.