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Trying out Panacea Skincare – The Aegis Kit

Panacea is a skincare brand influenced by Korean Beauty technology. Korean Beauty is way ahead of us when it comes to beauty and skincare products and I was beyond excited about trying these new products. Especially Korean beauty. The skincare line launched early November and is fairly new.  Panacea focuses on the few simple things that we need. And that is why they only have three products. We are told that we need a cleanser, a scrub, a exfoliator, a toner, a mist, a moisturizer,a SPF. Different products for day and night. The list goes on. This adds up to a lot of products.  That is one of the reason to why I can’t properly keep up with a skincare routine. It is way too much to keep track off and I feel like I am drowning in products sometimes.

With an easy three step regimen Panacea wants to make it easy for you to achieve healthy and glowing skin with the bare minimum. The line includes a Daily Facial Cleanser, Daily Facial Moisturizer and a Daily Facial SPF. Purchase the products separate or as a bundle. Product pricing ranges from $22-$46 and the kit is $92. All products are cruelty free and vegan as well as paraben and sulfate free.

Panacea Daily Facial Cleanser

The Daily Facial Cleaner is definitely my favorite product of all three. If you have followed me for a while or read my skincare post you already know my favorite cleanser. It is also from a Korean Beauty brand and both cleansers definitely pars up. The Panacea Daily Facial Cleanser is extremely light but removes everything. Even eye makeup. If you end up looking like a panda after washing your face you know the struggles. The product doesn’t really have a smell and so far my sensitive skin has not reacted to the product. It leaves my skin super smooth and clean. Some ingredients are algae and green tea extract.

Panacea Daily Facial Moisturizer

This moisturizer is everything that it states to be. Even though my skin is a Normal/Combination skin I have very dry skin during the winter. It is strange because I will  have these very dry spots but also a very oily t-zone. The moisturizer is the lightest moisturizer I have ever experienced. but it does leave my skin extremely hydrated while leaving a matte finish. Panacea claims that there is no need to use a makeup primer because of the mattifying effect the moisturizer has. Some ingredients include Japanese seaweed and Vitamin E.

Panacea Daily Facial SPF

Lastly we  have the Daily Facial SPF. It is an extremely lightweight SPF but it only has a SPF 25 UVA/UVB protection. It is recommended to choose a minimum of SPF 30 for your products even if the bare minimum from the FDA is SPF 15. Sunscreen is extremely important, especially if you live in a sunny climate like California.  I would probably only use this on more cloudy days or days where I am only inside. It does however not smell like other sunscreens nor does it leave a greasy look.

Overall I am definitely beyond impressed with this brand and the entire product line. And I would definitely recommend this for anyone with Normal/Combination skin. Whether you need to start a skincare regimen or simplify the one you already have, this is the perfect kit to start with. You can find their website at thepanacea.com

I was not compensated for this post. Panacea did send me products to try. 

This is what happened during the Olay 28 day challenge

This post is sponsored by Olay. All words and opinions are my own.

During the month of November, I have been replacing my regular moisturizer with the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 and I have also been using the Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel. Something that is so important for me, especially since I live in Los Angeles, is to use an SPF. The sun does so much more harm than we think, especially in the long run. However, the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 is much more than a moisturizer with SPF. It has several benefits, evens out skin tone, enhances brightness, smooth’s fine lines and wrinkles and restores firmness, replenishes moisture, and reduces dark spots and circles.

Even though I have amazing genes from my mom, and have absolutely no signs of aging in my skin currently, I still have to make sure to take good care of my skin. But to be honest, sometimes I am really bad about it. So I decided to accept the Olay 28 day challenge! For 28 days I used the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 and the Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel. In the morning I would apply the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 and the Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel. And at night I would use the Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel. My skincare problems are mainly enlarged pores, an oily t-zone, acne and redness. My skin is also sensitive to new products at times so I was really nervous to see if the products would work or not.Although my skin did react a bit at first, I did see some improvements almost immediately. My skin seemed more even and radiant. By using these products morning and night, it gave me an overall better routine. It was so easy to use, and took me less than a minute of my day to do! So really anyone can do it. It is not a huge change and it will not take up a lot of your time. My old acne scarring also started to slowly fade which I am so thrilled about. I only started getting acne about a year ago and it was devastating for me. I also can’t keep my hands away so it resulted in a lot of scarring.The results after the Olay 28 Day Challenge.

It’s amazing how such a small change in your daily routine can encourage you to change even more for the better. Therefore, I challenge you to also participate in the Olay 28 Day Challenge. The first 15 people to use my coupon code 28DAYS6555 on olay.com will receive $40 off their purchase! I encourage you to visit the skin advisor to save time and easily fin the regiment best suited for you.

Before

Halfway through the 28 day challenge

After 28 days

A-Sorted Box, your new favorite subscription box

Curated for the person with a modern lifestyle, the A-sorted Subscription box differs from many other subscription boxes out there. And the best part is that it is only $29 with a value of over $100. The Women’s box covers items from Beauty, Skincare, Fashion, Wellness, and more. And the Men’s box includes Grooming Products, Fashion Accessories, Snacks, and more. I was thrilled to receive the Fall box which included items from seven different brands. a-sorted box, subscription box, los angeles, organic, vegan, paleo, beauty, style, fashion, health, snacksBased out of Los Angeles each box is curated for quality. That is why the box is seasonal and is limited edition. Several brands in this box were new to me and I love discovering new brands and items. Isn’t it just the worst when you pay for a subscription box and get items that you already have or find it that other subscription boxes has the same items? Most of the items in the box were marked with either organic, vegan, cruelty free, natural ingredients and more. Which, I am totally for! We need to not only better our eating habits when it comes to vegetarianism/veganism but also think about the product that we buy and use.

*Please take in note that I am NOT vegan but sometimes make the vegan or vegetarian choices. 

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A-sorted box makes for an amazing gift for yourself or someone else. Right now you can get 50% off your entire order with code BLACK50. This is their Black Friday offer so act fast before the boxes run out!

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Reviewing The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place Makeup Foundation

Estée Lauder double wear stay-in-place makeup foundation

I was super excited to receive the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place Makeup Foundation in the mail from Octoly. I have heard a lot about the foundation, but I never got myself to pick it up. Supposedly it is proven to have a 24-hour long wear with a medium to full coverage. So, I decided to take it to the test! I have the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place Flawless wear concealer and it is my absolute favorite concealer. So I have super high expectations for the foundation. Estée Lauder double wear stay-in-place makeup foundationAs mentioned it has a medium to full coverage. The foundation is available in 38 different shades, ranging from fair to deep skin tones. Estée Lauder claims that it won’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes. Also that it lasts through heat and humidity with a flawless and natural look. It has a matte finish. The foundation retails for $42 for 30ml. Estée Lauder double wear stay-in-place makeup foundationI received the shade 3N1 Ivory Beige and at first look I thought that this would be too dark for my skin. But once I actually applied the foundation I think it blended in flawlessly with my skin. I applied the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place Makeup Foundation with a Smashbox Blurring Foundation Brush for a light and natural finish. What I noticed was that the foundation would dry up pretty fast so I had to work with it one area at the time. It is definitely a medium to full coverage foundation that you can easily build up to a full coverage. It covered my redness and almost all of my brake outs.

Estée Lauder double wear stay-in-place makeup foundation

What I enjoyed most was that even though it is a matte finished foundation it did not grab onto my dry areas. Something I have huge problems with is foundations that kind of makes my dry areas patchy. This did not do that at all. However, something that I did not like was that it doesn’t come with a pump. Not only does it waste product but the chances of your foundation to have more bacterias in it increases.

Besides from that it is really an amazing foundation, at least for me. Remember that not everyones skin concerns or needs are the same and not all products work the same from everyone. I would suggest to go to a store or counter to get a sample and try it out for a day before deciding to buy it. But for me this is definitely something I would buy again.

Estée Lauder double wear stay-in-place makeup foundationI received this product complimentary from Estee Lauder. All opinions are 100% my own.

10 Favorite Lipsticks #nationalipstickday

Today is national lipstick day and I wanted to share some of my favorite lipsticks of all time. Lipsticks are something that I have a lot of in my makeup collection. And seriously I need some help organizing them. So if you have any ideas on how to organize lipsticks and lip glosses please let me know! I will cover all of my favorite lip products from brands that are drugstore, high-end and luxury. There is sure to be something for everyone! As usual I will link all the products but I have also found a lot of offers on the products which I will include as well on each product! Hope you enjoy. And please share your favorite lipstick or lip product with me in the comments!

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color $9.99

There are so many features out this matte liquid lipstick that I love. Revlon really outdid themselves with this product and I absolutely love it. It has a sleek and minimal design. The wand is extremely easy to use and with this price you can’t really beat it. The Ultra HD Matte Lip Color comes in 16 different shades. Some of my favorite shades are Seduction, Forever, Embrace, Flirtation and Kisses. I think that while it is a matte lipstick it is not so matte that it dries down my lips. I also think that it hols up extremely well and it doesn’t stain or come off easily.

Right now ULTA has a offer on ALL Revlon lip products. Yes, all of them. Right now all lip products are ONLY $5. Shop Revlon Lip Products here.

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick $7.49

The Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick is a new release from Maybelline. And yes, it is a Matte metallic lipstick. How can a matte lipstick be metallic you probably wonder. The base is a matte lipstick with a metallic sheer. So it is not like a gloss or a velvet lipstick that has a soft sheen to it. The lipstick itself is matte with a metallic look. I actually have planned to write a full post with swatches of all colors of the metallic lipstick so stay tuned on that. My favorite shades are definitely all the gold ones. White Gold. Pure Gold and Copper Spark.

Although Maybelline doesn’t have a special offer going on their lip products are still extremely affordable. If you spend $20 on lip products at ULTA you’ll receive a free special gift.

 
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color $9.49

Another favorite form Maybellines new releases is the SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color. Now the first thing that I noticed about this matte lipstick is that it will just not budge at all. The formula is super creamy and extremely easy to apply. I was pleasantly surprised of this lipstick. It is not very drying on the lips yet it will stay on all day. And when I mean that it stays on, IT STAYS ON! I have never seen a matte lipstick hold so well and this is at this moment my favorite matte liquid lipstick ever. It comes in 10 different shades and my favorites are Loyalist and Lover.

You really need to swatch or try it for yourself to understand just how well this lipstick stays on. I couldn’t get it off with any makeup removers until I finally got an oil based one which required two tries to wash i off. Even though this is a love or hate thing, thus lipstick will surely last you all day and night.

BHüe Liquid Matte Lipstick $18

BHüe is a fairly unknown brand for many people. I came across their products when the owner contacted me last year and wanted to send me some o their products to try out. I was a little hesitant at first, as you always are of brands you have never heard of before. But I gave the brand a shot and oh my god. These liquid lipstick are amazing. First of all, they wear extremely smoothly and they don’t dry out your lips. But, what I was most impressed by is how well they stay on. Even though I had been drinking water and eating food the lipstick still looked the same after hours of wearing it.

I really don’t know how well known this brand is or how many people know about it. But it is definitely a brand that you need to discover! You can shop BHüe beauty here. My absolute favorite shade is Poppy. A bright orange.

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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick $26

Bite Beauty has been one of my absolute favorite brands when it comes to lip products. Besides from their Amuse Bouche Lipstick being a favorite I love their Agave lip treatments. The best thing about Bite Beauty is that it is all natural and produced in small batches. I think its really cool that they are so dedicated to quality products that are good for you. I have several shades but my absolute favorite is the one pictured, Pepper. The Amuse Bouche Lipstick has a satin finish and comes in over 40 shades. You will definitely find one that you love.

Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick $17

For a period of time I was obsessed with buying basically all products that Kylie Cosmetics released. I made a crazy try on video of all the lipsticks and glosses that I have from them. You can check out the video here. The quality of the lipstick really differ depending on the color. Some of them I love and some are just unwearable. The nudes are my absolute favorites and for the price that you pay these are actually really good. You can think and say whatever you want of Kylie Jenner, but her makeup is actually really good. Well, at least most of it! I haven’t tried any of the newer shades that she has released and actually haven’t purchased anything new from her in a while. Maybe I will soon though.

My favorite shades from Kylie Cosmetics are Exposed, 22, and Mailboo. The single lipsticks are $17 but if you want to buy a kit with a lipstick and lip pencil it will cost you $30 and that isn’t a bad deal.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick $17

I have so many shades of the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick. but my favorites must be the new shades from the heat collection. There are a ton of different collections and finishes on the lipsticks. I love the matte and the satin finishes. Super easy and smooth application that i very comfortable to wear on the lips. The Heat shades comes in two metallics and one satin finish.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil $26

Claris Lip Oil is my absolute obsession. That is how good it is. I am currently using this daily and it is so comfortable to wear alone or under any lipstick. It had really helped my dry lips being restore to healthy and hydrated lips. There are several different formulas, honey and red berry are my favorites. And today is your lucky day because these babies are on sale for only $15!

I can really not rave enough about this product and if you follow me on Instagram you have definitely seen me post about it a couple of times already.

 

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick $24

Another new lipstick from Smashbox is the Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick and it is so comfortable to wear. Smashbox has never really failed when it comest to any of their products but these lippies are so good. Smshbox was kind enough to send me the entire color range and I am swoon. This is one of their best selling products and I can definitely understand why. The formula is so smooth and creamy. It dries up fast and holds for so many hours. There are currently 20 different shades from the deepest red to a really cool gray one.

 

Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick $18

The rave about Dose of Colros was something that I really never understood. Until ULTA started selling the brand and I decided to give it a go. And now I kind of understand the hype that was around this brand. Besides from being vegan, cruelty free, gluten and paragon free. The Matte Liquid Lipstick is also super smooth and long wearing. I absolutely love the packaging and it seems to be a classic as they have kept it the same. ULTA does have a Free gift with purchase if you spend $25 or more on Dose of Colors.

The nude shades are a usual my favorites as well as Mood, a muted dark plum shade.

Summer Glow Makeup look with Laura Mercier

It has been a while since I shared a makeup look. It was finally time to do it again and I am so happy to partner up today with Laura Mercier. And show you some of my favorite products to use this summer to get the perfect summer look! My ideal summer look is light, fresh and easy but with a fun colorful twist – like a fun lipstick. And it must last all day!

laura mercier, flawless fusion ultra-longwear foundation, foundation primer, candle glow concealer and highlighter, translucent powder, Face Illuminator Powder,Above are my top essential Laura Mercier products and they can all be bought at Sephora. I have owned some products since previously and they have been among my all time favorites. Others are completely new to me, and happily surprised me. The Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is definitely one of my holy grail products. But we will get to that soon.

A good base is always key to me. You want to find a primer that suits you and focuses on targeting your problems like redness, pores or dryness. You also want it to elevate your foundation. During the summer it is also important to use a SPF to protect your skin from the sun. I used the original foundation primer from Laura Mercier to create this look. It has vitamin A,D and E and has a water based formula. But if I was to spend the day outside I would have gone with the Foundation Primer Protect that has a SPF of 30.

laura mercier, flawless fusion ultra-longwear foundation, foundation primer, candle glow concealer and highlighterI also got to try out the new Flawless Fusion Ultra Long-Wear Foundation that is being released on July 6th at Sephora. I could have probably gone up a shade but the foundation itself was incredible. It was extremely light but had very nice coverage. I rarely find foundations that doesn’t patch up any dry spots that I may have and at the end of the day it didn’t look greasy. The Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter is also a new product with a click end to release function and sponge tip. Together they work extremely well . To set my entire look I used my favorite setting powder of all time – the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

Just like many other beauty fanatics, the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder has been a holy grail product among my collection since I first got hands on it. I use it to bake. I use it to lightly set my concealer and foundation. And I use it as an eyeshadow base. There are just so many things you can do with a good translucent powder! It comes in two shades – Translucent and Translucent Medium Deep. To ensure it suites any skin tone. Besides from ensuring that my makeup stays in place and looks fresh all day the powder has some other amazing features as well. The thicker than usual formula blends flawlessly and has a no flashback formula! It will not settle into your crease or pores while creating a sheer matte finish that lasts you all day.

Shop my favorite Laura Mercier products here.

This post was sponsored by Influenster and Laura Mercier. All text and opinions are my own.

Bronzy with BECCA Cosmetics

BECCA Cosmetics new Sunlit Bronzer* arrived at my doorsteps last week and I have been so excited about trying these out. Surprisingly fast summer sprung upon us. And this summer I am all about bronzing and strobing. That means, no hard contouring. The Sunlit Bronzers come in five different shades. Bali Sands, a soft golden beige. Capri Coast, a warm golden brown. Bronzed Bondi, my favorite in a medium amber gold. Ipanema Sun, a darker medium auburn brown. And lastly Maui Nights that is a more sun kissed bronze with a rose pigment. There is really a shade in the collection for everyone and that is one of many reasons why I love this brand.

The packaging is the same size as the BECCA highlights. But the packaging has more of a golden shimmer look to it with a golden lid. Instead of a matte finish it is shiny with gold glitter. It gives me major beach vibes and makes me wanna go and get a tan. I would say that the bronzer is a mix between the BECCA blushes and the highlighters. They have that rich pigment, but at the same time they’re super sparkly which will make it look like you are using a highlighter. This would not be a product that I would use for an every day look as I tend to lean towards the more matte bronzers. but if your looking for that glowy one this is definitely it!

Pictured is my favorite shade, Bronzed Bondi. It has that right amount of warmth that suits my skin tone. The Sunlit Bronzer* costs $38 just like many of the other BECCA products do. And I do highly recommend that you stop by the nearest Sephora and pick up a sample. 99% of the time I would recommend BECCA products because they do really hold incredible quality. By now I probably have ever single item that they have ever released and BECCA are in many cases my go to brand.

Makeup remover and facial cleanser for sensitive skin

This content is sponsored by Olay. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I hope you enjoy following along! #ad

I am always on the lookout for making my daily routine as easy as possible. It is extremely important that no matter how busy I am, I make sure to take care of myself. That is why I was thrilled when Olay contacted me to review their Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths. The cleansing cloths have a 4-in-1 formula which includes cleanser, toner, mask and scrub. Best of all? It also removes your makeup and eye makeup flawlessly! I was a little skeptical at first. Could one product really do all this and work with my sensitive skin? It appears so.

One package comes in a container in which you can easily store them. It is not only convenient for at home use, but also perfect for when you are traveling or on the go. I would mostly reach for the cleansing cloths when I have had a long day and didn’t feel like doing a whole lot of work. Or, when I was out and didn’t want to bring 2-4 different items just to wash my face. A lot of makeup or no makeup, I still make sure to clean my face every day. The 4-in-1 formula definitely beats any face wipes or micellar water. Since the cleansing cloths are dry they won’t get ruined if you leave the box open. That is a constant problem I have with face wipes.

Here is how to use the facial cloths. First, you need to wet one cleansing cloth and build up a lather. I like to work the cloth in circular motions around my face and neck to make sure it also exfoliates. The cleansing cloths are textured with special “pockets” that will break up dirt, oil and makeup plus it works two times better than a normal cleanser. The cleanser is gentle enough to not make my sensitive skin irritated. It doesn’t have a strong scent to it either. I find it the easiest to rinse off the cloth and then use it again to rinse my face. The results are a clean face that feels hydrated. Have you tried the Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths? Let me know in the comments!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay . The opinions and text are all mine.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

The latest release from Hourglass is the Veil Mineral Primer. The company explains the product as “an oil-free primer silky, airy texture that leaves a smooth canvas for makeup, while reducing the look of redness, pores, and wrinkles”. The primer also supposedly conceals redness and minimize signs or pores, lines and wrinkles. The Veil Mineral Primer has a SPF 15 with mineral-derived sunscreens. It’s ideal for all skin types, even sensitive and repels water so that the makeup can stay on longer. The formula is free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates and you can buy it for a whooping $54 at your local Sephora.

To me, a good primer is essential in my makeup routine. Whether I do a natural simple look or go all glam I make sure that I have the best base possible to make it last. I was super excited to try out the Veil Mineral Primer from Hourglass as soon s it arrived to my doorsteps. I must admit, the packaging is absolutely stunning just like everything else form Hourglass. And I did not expect anything else. However, I was extremely disappointed in the product itself.

We are just transitioning from winter to spring/summer and our skin is probably in a very fragile state. I make sure to moisturize and keep up with my daily cleansing routine. But even so I notice som dryness and pores here and there. Since the product itself claimed to be suitable for all skin types as well as sensitive I expected a whole lot more from it. At first when I tested it on my hands it did indeed feel silky soft and I felt like it was very air light. It did however leave a thin firm of white residue.

I really wanted this product to work out. But as soon as I applied it to my skin I could instantly tell that it wouldn’t work. I could see my pores actually being enlarged and any dry area would look even drier and the white layer would show off eve more on the dry areas. It just looked awful by itself. Applying a foundation over it did not help at all and my skin actually looked way better without a primer. Unfortunately, for me and my skin, this primer is a big no.

That is how things work in life. Not everything will suit everyone. This does however not mean that this primer won’t be your holy grail primer. This just means it simply did not work out for me. And I will most likely not give it another try after this. I will stick with my favorite primers from Smashbox, and as usual I will link them down below together with some of my other favorite primers! 

Shop my favorites down below the image.