Let me be the first person to say that I am no sunscreen expert. Anyone who knows me IRL will be the first to tell you that I always forget/miss a spot when it comes to applying sunscreen. I currently have a very dark tan line on my back at that spot that you can't reach on your own. I do this every summer so trust me when I say, wear sunscreen. Getting crispy and exposing your skin to harmful UV rays is not a nice feeling.
A lot of the time a lot of people think the higher the SPF, the better the sunscreen but what about the ingredients a sunscreen is made up of? Brands that are more "natural" or mineral based are generally considered less harmful however can they be as strong as chemical sunscreens? What is the difference between the two anyways?
I am very much a subscription box gal. I love getting a curated box of new brands to try out and subscription boxes often provide me with products I would not normally have an opportunity to try. (Also how do we feel about me just subscriping to all of the subscription boxes, because I'm into that, I just need y'all to enable me.)
When Jiyubox reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying out their box I was excited to try a new box that also aligns with how I try and shop when it comes to personal care. Jiyubox is an all natural personal care and wellness subscription box based right here in Vancouver! Focused on helping people make the transition to natural beauty they feature indie brands and small businesses to provide a seasonal subscription (plus all their products are cruelty free!)
Need another reason to check 'em out? Jiyubox is female owned and operated on top of being all natural and cruelty free.
The skin rundown before we delve in; I have normal skin with the tendency to be oily at times. I am extremely adamant about wearing sunscreen as well as removing all traces of make-up before bed. I do not smoke and I drink more water than necessary (it's probably actually an excessive amount). While I do get the occasional breakout I would consider myself to have "nice" skin. I don't get any skincare treatments such as facials done anymore because I live in Vancouver and am going to be poor forever.
New skincare line alert! Bl'eau Beauty is a new Canadian skincare line (set to launch July 15th) with a collection of Glacial Oceanic Clay masks and I was extremely lucky to be able to try them out prior to their launch! With skin that is on the oilier side (especially now that it's HAWT out) I have a love hate relationships with most clay masks. I love how clay masks help limit the excess oil on my skin but the way clay masks harden and need strong friction to remove off my skin is a bit too harsh for my skin, leaving my skin feeling sore. Peeps who have ever used a clay mask, you know what I'm talking about. I call it clay cake face and you look like you're from Westeros and have been infected with grayscale.
I did some research into Glacial Oceanic Clay prior to trying Bl'eau Beauty to make sure it wouldn't be too abrasive on my delicate princess skin. While most clay masks are made with bentonite clay as their main ingredient, Glacial Oceanic Clay is much gentler on the skin. Glacial Oceanic Clay helps detoxify and rehydrate the skin, reduces excess oil and removes dead and dry skin cells.
Their launch includes the introduction of their Organics and Transcend line with different formula for different skincare needs.
It seems long overdue for Lululemon to introduce selfcare to their athleisure empire so when they launched 4 products last week I promptly headed to one of their locations to check it out. The collection includes a lip balm, dry shampoo, an aerosol spray deodorant and a moisturizer.
Lululemon is one of those brands people love to hate on and I will be the first to admit that I am not always drinking the Lululemonade due to controversial ownership and marketing tactics, however I didn't want to just jump on the bandwagon and assume that the products weren't worth the cost without actually trying them.
When I posted a poll on Instagram asking if people would be interested in a review I received dozens of messages that echoed sentiments of hating on Lululemon. "Destroy them" and "UGH, fuck Lululemon" are examples of messages I got. As polarizing as it may be, I had to try to try it for myself to decide. Let me preface this by saying that this line is not what I would call budget friendly at all. This review is solely to review the products and talk about the effectiveness.
Plus they're selling their products in Sephora and this is available at some fitness studios - say what you will about Lululemon, being sold at Sephora is a BFD.
If you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug HERE) or know me in real life (lucky you), you’ll know that I life for a lush lash. There was an extended amount of time (think years, not months) where I was never seen without my ridiculously over the top lashes because all I really want in life is to look like a Bratz doll.
Asian lashes are known for appearing short because of the way the hair grows. Due to eye shape Asian lashes tend to point straight forward instead of curling up therefore the lash appears less full. So yeah, I became about that false lash life. Then I became one of those annoying people who learned to love a spin class and I had to give up that daily false lash life (insert all the broken heart emojis.) There was no way in hell that any lash glue could survive the sweat storm that is a spin class so false lashes became more of a special occasion type of thing.
So when Luna Nectar reached out to me asking if I would be interested in trying their Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum I was elated to work with a brand and a product that checked off all my boxes. Luna Nectar is a Canadian, 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free, female-run business aimed at providing effective products suitable for a variety of uses. There is a lot of reasons to love Luna Nectar but while I am in the midst of what feels like a lifelong closet purge the fact that their products are versatile is a big selling point for me. As someone who tries out dozens of products every week I am so appreciative of products that can do it all. Why have a dozen products that aid in a dozen different things when you could have one product that does a dozen things?
(Also - another shameless plug because of who I am as a person: tune in to the Luna Nectar’s Instagram story this Sunday as I will be doing an Instagram takeover over on their page showcasing a day in the life of a girl on the go.)