SOCIAL MEDIA

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Lira Clinical Solar Shield 30 Classic Tint Review


Hello darlings!! Happy Friday Eve!! The weather here in New York is incredible! Soooo warm!!

Just wanted to share some quick thoughts about this Lira Clinical sunscreen. So I finally used up this sunscreen after purchasing last month. Sadly...it’s not my favorite. Thank goodness it didn’t make me breakout BUT it made my skin white. 

I don’t know why sunscreens are so impossible for me. It’s so important to protect your skin from the sun. Important for cancer and for aging! I use only physical sunscreens and stay away from chemical. The issue is many physical sunscreens...they leave a white cast...and I HATE it!!! 


I purchased a tinted sunscreen for the first time because I thought it would prevent the white cast...oh dear was I wrong!!! This sunscreen left white streaks on my face if I even had a bead of sweat! If I worked out while wearing this sunscreen, I would have white lines all down my face! 🤣 Super embarrassing! Also, if I wore foundation on top of this...it would change the color of my foundation. Definitely not fun! I will definitely not be repurchasing this product or recommending to my friends. Ugh. Bummer. Let the sunscreen hunting resume...

Mel

Friday, September 4, 2020

Lira Clinical Skincare Review

 

Hello darlings! Happy Friday!!

I finally tried Lira Clinical skincare. During quarantine, I haven't really worn makeup but I have definitely been into skincare. I am actually quite obsessed. 

I was introduced to this brand by a friend's makeup artist. I had never heard of it before but the makeup artist was so passionate about it and the ingredients. As a skincare addict, I had to try it. 

I reached out to a wonderful spa and sent photos of my makeup free face in natural sunlight and explained my current skincare routine. She asked me a bunch of questions and after a few exchanges, she sent me my recommended morning and night routines. 

I didn't purchase the 9 products she recommended because I have learned my lessons from the past. I purchased just 2 products and she sent me a few samples. 

I purchased the Bio Lift Creme and the Pro Firming Serum. I am loving both. Let's start with the moisturizer. I love this moisturizer. It's super rich and hydrating but it does not break me out. You are able to push on pump down and the perfect amount is dispersed. You can't put too much on though because it'll start to pill and leave white residue. A little bit truly goes a long way. 

The Pro Firming Serum is great for fine lines and wrinkles. It's lightweight and doesn't break me out. There's only one issue...the smell can be a bit much for me. It has a coconut smell to me and even though it smells great, sometimes it'll trigger my senses. 

Sarah also included 2 samples for me to try and I am so happy she did. The Pro C4 Retinol Serum was amazing and didn't have a strong odor. I used it every night and was very pleased. This serum is very light and gentle but strong enough to get the job done. 

I am obsessed with the Bio Hyra C Serum! It has a light and refreshing scent. It didn't bother me at all. I will definitely be purchasing the full size version. I used this morning and night and my skin showed a noticeable difference. I cannot wait for this purchase. 

Overall, I am loving this brand. I am trying their tinted sunscreen next as well. My Mom will also be trying more from this brand. Is it worth he money in my opinion? YES. 

What does your skincare routine look like?

xx
Mel

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Serum Review

 

Hello loves!!! I think I was the last person on Earth to try Rodan + Fields skincare! My best friend has been using the brand for years but I didn't try it because I had so many issues with my acne and I used dermatologist recommended products. A few weeks ago, I finally caved. I ordered some products for both my Mom and I. 

Once of the first items I tried was the Active Hydration Serum. It does have a mild scent which smells amazing but I try to avoid fragrance in mu skincare products. The serum does plump up my skin and most importantly...it doesn't break me out. Is it worth the $100 price tag? No. I bought two bottles (one for me and one for my Mom) but I will not be reordering. It's just too pricey and I haven't noticed a major difference. 

I do love that this serum is oil free, the bottle is easy to use with the dropper, and I am not afraid of traveling with the bottle and then breaking it. 

At the moment, I only use the serum at night because it's Summer and still pretty hot. In the new few weeks, I will bump it up and start using it in the morning as well. 

Do I hate it? Absolutely not. I think it was a great introduction to the brand. The only thing holding me back is the price...

Have you tried Rodan + Fields?

xx
Mel

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Financial Budgeting


Hello loves!!

Happy September!!! I can't believe I am even saying that. 2020 is out control and wild!! August was all about mental health and September will be all about financial health. It's so important (and also so hard) to be financially responsible. 

As I try to lower my debts and eventually become debt free, I will be sharing my story, budgeting tips and struggles, financial information, quotes, and other goodies all month long. 

Here's to financial freedom!! Woooo! 

xx
 

Mel

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Beauty Products Used Up in August


Hello darlings!!! Hope all is well. I cannot believe Summer is almost over! It's my favorite season and I am so sad! I also can't believe another season has passed by and we are still home! 2020 has been something!

I haven't been using many beauty products since I pretty much stopped wearing myself. I still do my skincare routine every morning and every evening. 

I actually used up a few products this month but I was too lazy to keep them around. lol. So I am sharing 3 that I have used up this month and many times previously. 

1. Amore Pacific Enzyme Powder Scrub: I am obsessed with this scrub. It's SUPER effective and very gentle. I even used it while I was on Accutane. I have purchased it at least 4 times. I will repurchase it again in the future once I have finished up my other cleansers and scrubs. 

2. Equate Beauty Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover: Another one I have repurchased many times and I already have two backups. I don't wear mascara anymore due to Covid but I do occasionally wear eyeshadow when I have a video call. This is really cheap and it works. 

3. Elta MD UV Clear Sunscreen: I have this sunscreen on auto-delivery and I used it when I was on Accutane. It doesn't make me breakout and very gentle on my face. The only issue is...it does leave a white cast in photos. (My 4th of July phots are a mess) My Dad uses this sunscreen too. I am going to try a tinted sunscreen for the first time since I don't wear foundation anymore. I'll let you know what I think. 

I'll try to save more of my used up beauty products next month. 

xx
Mel

Monday, August 31, 2020

Positivity Quote #31



It's the last day of August...insane! As I close out mental health August, the last quote I would like to share is something I am aiming for. "Think like the person you want to become." I am not there yet but everyday with the support of my loved ones and therapist...I am on my way. Take every moment as they come and I am trying to live more in present time. I am excited for things to come. xx
Mel

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Positivity Quote #30



After last week, this quote is so true and on point. After my Dad's heart attack, it's so important to stay calm and level handled so you can manage a situation better. I was definitely more in control over my emotions and I am so grateful. xx
Mel