What better time for a beauty stash refresh than after a deep bathroom Spring cleaning? Amazon is one of my favorite places to shop for just about everything because their shipping is so quick with a Prime membership. It’s totally worth every penny if you don’t have one already! I used to visit places like Ulta and Sephora for my makeup and skincare items. These days, I’d much rather do all my shopping online and have everything delivered to me in a day or two haha! Here are some recent beauty buys that I’m super excited to share with you guys 🙂
EnvyU Skincare’s Loofah Scrubs
About two months ago, I discovered EnvyU Skincare after seeing the Itsines sisters rave about it. I learned that it’s actually their friend, Lenny, who owns this vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free skincare line. Lenny is an absolute sweetheart and her all-natural loofah scrubs are amazing! It’s basically soap on one side, and loofah scrub on the other. I’m one of those people who feel like I’m not properly cleansing if I’m not exfoliating regularly. Using these everyday leaves me feeling squeaky clean all the time!
Lenny recommended the “extra strength” and “collagen” bars for my skin concerns. I use the “extra strength” bar at night to fight acne, reduce redness, and overall, cleanse my skin. This bar can be used as an overnight mask as well to treat stubborn pimples and redness. Surprisingly, it does not feel sticky at all; rather, once it dries on the skin it feels velvety smooth! I literally noticed an immediate difference the next morning after using it as a mask. Pimple inflammation and redness were significantly reduced, and older pimples totally gone. Newer pimples flattened out overnight, and after a couple uses, totally disappeared. In the mornings, I start my day with the “collagen” bar, which has helped to smooth fine lines and give a youthful appearance. All the bars are safe for everyday and full-body use. For my body, I’ve used “Vanish Envy” and “Bikini Envy” bars so far. “Vanish Envy” is ideal for those who self-tan often because it’s designed to help remove old tan, and prep you for a fresh tan the next day.
I am all about using gentle products that don’t contain toxins and chemicals that may be harmful to my body. So glad I found EnvyU! Lenny recently made her products available for purchase on Amazon (prior, she only sold them on her website). If you’re looking for instant gratification and gorgeous skin, I definitely recommend giving these soaps a try. There are a bunch of different ones, and each are tailored to various skin concerns. I got one of each and am excited to try them all!
EnvyU Skincare’s Self-Tanning Foam in Express Dark
In addition to EnvyU Skincare soaps, I am obsessed with Lenny’s self-tanning foam! I’ve been a loyal fan of Bondi Sands for a while – and don’t get me wrong, still am! BUT, I must say I’m very impressed with EnvyU tan as well. I have naturally olive skin and use the Express Dark. EnvyU also offers a lighter formula for those who are more fair-skinned and not looking to go super dark.
Firstly, this tanning foam smells like CHOCOLATE. YUM!!! This is sorta a big deal.
Self-tanners have a reputation for smelling terrible so I’m glad that this formula is exactly the opposite. Similar to Bondi Sands’ tanning foam, it has a slightly green base upon application, but it’s honestly not bad at all. As long as I stick with one coat, I can apply tanner on in the morning and not feel weird going out and about with the tan developing under loose clothing while I run my errands. If you’re a night-time tanner, you’ll be delighted to know that it feels totally dry to the touch. This is huge for me because there’s honestly nothing better than getting beauty sleep without feeling sticky, and waking up looking like a bronzed goddess.
Typically, I rinse off at the 6-8 hour mark and am left with a deep but natural, gorgeous bronze! With proper care, the tan lasts about a week. This is pretty standard for any self-tanner currently on the market. I especially love that this mousse is all natural and fortified with ingredients like organic aloe vera & Vitamin B5 that are beneficial for the skin. I truly feel at ease tanning, never worrying about sun damage, skin cancer, or hidden nasties that may be detrimental to my health in the long run. I alternate between HEMPZ Herbal Body Moisturizer and Bondi Sands’ gradual tanning milk to hydrate and maintain my glow during the week until it’s time for a new tan.
Tanning Tip: Refrain from leaving the tan on for longer than 8 hours. The green base in this tanner is designed to prevent orange hues but over-saturation is always a possibility.
One of my favorite models, Jocelyn Chew, recently published a skincare routine vlog on her YouTube channel. She recommended adding facial steaming to any beauty routine, and shared the super relaxing effects. At the time, I was going through major stress over a potential hernia that my doctor misdiagnosed me for. I could really using some self-lovin’!
The steamer I bought comes with 3 useful functions. Obviously, there’s the main function of a facial steamer, but it can also be used as a humidifier and a towel warmer. The wake of Spring has plagued me with horrible allergies, so having a humidifier in the room when I’m not steaming my face is a big bonus! Sometimes when I get headaches and want a warm compress over my eyes or forehead, it’s convenient to heat up a moist small towel.
This spa-grade facial steamer comes with a set of what looks like surgical tools to remove blackheads. They look super intimidating and the few times I attempted to use them, I didn’t have much luck. Mine are tough to remove because they are small, smooth, and underneath the skin’s surface. Some days I wish they were big, fat, and juicy so I could easily pop them with my fingers haha! Any blackhead removal tips are welcomed 😉
Facial & Full-Body Silicone Cupping Set
Another recommendation by Jocelyn in her skincare routine vlog was facial cupping therapy. If you haven’t tried it yet, you MUST! I can’t believe I’m only just now starting, but better late than never. She only mentioned cupping for the face, but I actually got a full set for both the face and body. The set comes with two sets of smaller cups – one for the face and one specifically for the eye areas. It also comes with two medium sized cups and one bigger cup; these are suitable for use on the body. The cups work really nicely on the skin to get blood circulating. The suction is just strong enough for you to feel the effect, without leaving weird marks or bruises behind. After cupping for about 5 minutes or so, my skin appears rosy flush and plump.
Lately, I’ve been trying to steam my face and do cupping afterwards 2-3x a week, along with my choice of at-home facial. Not only is this whole process super relaxing, my skin is radiantly glowing as if I just walked out of the esthetician’s office afterwards – for a fraction of the cost! For the face, I cup with Drunk Elephant’s marula oil, and for the body I use either coconut oil or another suitable body massage oil. Body cupping has been alleviating my sore muscles and boosting recovery from resistance training! Long-term cupping has been shown to prevent cellulite, promote collagen production, and encourage healthy blood flow.
My friends & family know that I’m pretty anti-Botox and any cosmetic procedures that are invasive to my body… BUT I’m also very anti-aging. It’s a tough battle but I am determined to never get Botox in my life, as silly as it sounds! I hate needles, but have begun adding derma-rolling into my skincare routine. I had heard many great things about derma rollers and how they can improve skin dramatically (i.e. fade old acne marks, scars, stretch marks, etc.) and help fight aging. Honestly, I started about 5 years ago but was never consistent with it. Now that I’m getting closer to 30, I feel the need to be more proactive with my skincare if I want to avoid procedures like Botox and fillers.
Essentially, derma-rolling offers similar results to Botox but is much less invasive and not as painful. Best of all, it can be done at home and you can apply whatever pressure you feel you can tolerate to start, and work your way deeper into the skin. While derma rollers are made with a bunch of tiny needles, the procedure actually doesn’t hurt as much as expected on the face or body. It’s just a little sensitive around the eye area.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
To maximize derma-rolling results, it’s recommended that you use a serum or oil that is beneficial to your skin, depending on your concerns. Derma-rolling essentially helps with the absorption of whatever it is you apply, amplifying the effects of that oil or serum. Personally, I’ve been derma-rolling with a hyaluronic acid serum. Hyaluronic acid may be a good choice if you are new to the derma-rolling space and don’t know where to begin. It doesn’t burn like a Vitamin C serum might for some. If you have old acne scars, hyaluronic acid speeds up the healing, fading these marks much faster than they would fade on their own. It is suitable for sensitive skin, hydrates well while making the skin feel tight immediately after application. Hyaluronic acid also creates a plumping effect, ironing out fine lines and wrinkles.
Facial Hair Removal Rotary Shaver
Pain is something I do not manage well and avoid at all costs. That being said, waxing is not my preferred method of hair removal. Laser hair removal gets tedious and expensive after a while! While I usually shave my body hairs, I find it a bit risky to do that on the face. So, I invested in a hair removal rotary shaver that does a wonderful job removing peach fuzz on the face, with no razors! Yay for no nicks and cuts. I’m thinking of getting a bigger one for the body so I don’t ever have to risk cutting myself in the shower! It can be conveniently used on dry skin, eliminating the need for unnecessary mess and shaving cream.
Did you know? Makeup sits so much better on hairless skin! After running the rotary shaver all over my face, I found that my primer, foundation, blush, bronzer, and highlighter all glided on much more smoothly. It’s amazing how these little things in a skincare routine add up substantially!
What are some of your recent favorite beauty buys?