Beauty Review: Hug Your Skin

Beauty Review: Hug Your Skin on Magnolia Moon

I’m so excited about this Beauty Review because it involves some seriously amazing products from a seriously amazing company.

Hug Your Skin is a company on a mission to bring 100% organic European skincare to the American masses! It also has the added benefit of featuring cruelty free, vegan/vegetarian products. Oh, let’s not forget that the whole deal is owned and operated by a #GIRLBOSS which is a point that will always be celebrated as this blog supports women in business!

Now if that doesn’t make you want to know more about this awesome company and their products then I don’t know what will. Good thing I’ve got a complete run down on not one, not two, but FIVE Hug Your Skin products!

Beauty Review: Hug Your Skin on Magnolia Moon

Beauty Review: Hug Your Skin on Magnolia Moon

Face Cleanser

If you’ve been around for a while then you probably already know that I categorize my skin type as dry, dry, dry. That can be especially problematic as the weather gets colder so I like to lean toward oil or cream based products. The problem with that tendency, however, is that a lot of mainstream products that cater to dry skin are just loaded down with chemicals and ingredients I don’t necessarily want to introduce into my system let alone my routine. That’s one of the big reasons why I was so happy to hear that Hug Your Skin features 100% certified organic products. This face cleanser is very balmy in texture which definitely helps my dry, weathered skin. It’s ultra nourishing but also effective at removing dirt, makeup, and impurities. This product just levels up the already amazing feeling of coming home and taking your makeup off after a hard day.

Beauty Review: Hug Your Skin on Magnolia Moon

Floral Face Tonic

Now this product was probably the most interesting to me. I’m not a huge fan of toners (they tend to dry out your skin and well, I’m already there) but I am a facial spray junkie! So once I realized that this product is sort of in between a toner and a spray, minus the alcohol, I was totally on board. With rose, chamomile, and lavender it smells like a garden…but in the best way possible! I say that as someone who doesn’t usually gravitate toward florally scents. This particular scent is pure and natural nothing at all reminiscent of a crazed department store spritzer girl. I like to use this product after cleansing or whenever I need a little refreshing pickmeup.

Beauty Review: Hug Your Skin on Magnolia Moon

Daily Face Oil

As a tried and true dry skin girl, I’m all about the face oils! This one just knocks it out of the park for me. It’s perfect as an everyday moisturizer (even for oilier girls!) as it protects and hydrates my skin. I also can’t get enough of the smell! It’s natural and a bit floral but more like honey than roses.

Beauty Review: Hug Your Skin on Magnolia Moon

Chocolate Face Mask

Move over Cupcake face mask, there’s a new sheriff in town! I’m a face mask fanatic. If you follow me on Snapchat then you’ve probably been witness to a few #FaceMaskFridays from me. Maybe even a sneaky one that featured this Chocolate Face Mask. It’s the perfect detoxing mask that has the added benefit of having a natural exfoliant. My dry, flaky skin really appreciates that while my body, mind, and soul appreciate that delicious chocolate scent.

Beauty Review: Hug Your Skin on Magnolia Moon

Night Balm 

I saved my favorite for last. Like I said earlier, the winter weather can be brutal on skin as it is but even harsher on an already dry complexion. That’s why I love the Hug Your Skin so freaking much! I just slather my face and neck in this stuff after cleansing and head to bed. Then, bippity boppity boo, I wake up with baby soft skin! To kick my day off I go back to the  Floral Face Tonic and top things off with the Daily Face Oil for added moisture beneath my makeup.

You can check out all of these products for yourself at hugyourskin.com. Just think how perfect these products would be as a gift for any vegans or vegetarians in your life, your little sister who is just starting to experiment with makeup and skincare, or even your best friend who struggles with skin issues! There’s something for everyone right here.

xx

Merisa

 

 

The author received product in exchange for review but all views and opinions are that of the author. This post contains affiliate links.

Beauty Attitudes with The Estée Edit

Beauty Attitudes with the Estée Edit on Monogrammed Magnolias

If you’re a beauty junkie (or obsessed with everything Kendall Jenner does) like me, then you might have heard of the new launch by Estée Lauder known as the Estée Edit. In my honest opinion, the whole thing is just Estée’s pleading shot at targeting a younger audience…which I’m totally down for!

I grew up on Estée Lauder but I’d be lying if I told you applying Double Wear doesn’t remind me of my grandmother every time I do it. That’s why the Estée Edit works. It’s a breath of fresh air that still manages to stick to the brand’s “Beauty is an Attitude” mantra. That renewed spirit is why I was so excited to see a package from the beauties over at the Estée Edit perched on my doorstep the other day. Oh and it’s also why I’m sharing all my thoughts on the products inside with you!

SPOILER ALERT – I adore all of these products, so get ready for it…

Inside Track Eye Kajal

I cannot tell you enough just how much I love this eyeliner. Let me set the scene for you. I pull this double ended liner out of the packaging and immediately can’t wait to try the darkest shade, a Bold Bordeaux. I barely touch the the product to my lid and it glides on like a freaking dream. I put down the liner, before actually finishing the line on my eye, and pull up the Sephora app on my phone just to see what other colors it comes in.

I’m determined to collect them all! No worries though, I managed to put down the phone long enough to finish both eyes before heading out to work where I rocked this liner for eight sweaty hours (the AC was still out). Which is practically unheard of when it comes to pencil liner. I love that the color is a different take from the typical black while still being dark enough to define. I adore the nude end for the upper lash line too, even though it may be to pink toned for my lower waterline.

Beauty Attitudes with the Estee Edit on Monogrammed Magnolias

Metallishadow Creme + Powder

I love a good two-in-one product but one that comes with a teensy tiny mirror automatically steals my heart. I’m not too big of a fan of loose pigment shadows but I love the color of this particular one. Paired with the coppery brown cream shadow, this Metallishadow in Solar Blast is kinda unstoppable in my book. Seriously, it makes me crave cable knit sweaters and PSLs just sitting on my vanity.

Late Night Eraser

Holy calzone…I love this stuff! At first I thought, here we go, another eye cream with a metal applicator. Cue the eye roll but try it anyway. Not only is the eye cream balm soothing and brightening but the metal applicator actually works for me! I’ve never had an applicator like this actually cool and sooth my under eye area like this one. I could seriously apply this stuff all day long, I can’t get enough.

Beauty Attitudes with the Estee Edit on Monogrammed Magnolias

Radiance Activator 

I feel like I say this every time I mention skincare but it’s worth repeating, I am a dry skin girl. Like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert dry. So anytime I see the words “radiance” and “glow” on a product’s packaging I am game.

At first, I used this product as a primer, applying it over moisturizer as a bit of a radiance boost. While it does an amazing job at that, it’s way more versatile than I first thought. I decided to experiment a bit seeing that it feels amazing on my skin, illuminates without shining, and has a smell reminiscent of a watermelon Jolly Rancher. So far, I’ve mixed it with my foundation, used it on bare skin, and even applied it as a subtle highlight over my makeup. All scenarios passed with flying colors! This is definitely a product you will want to check out if you suffer from dull skin.

Speaking of checking it out for yourself, you can shop all of the products I’ve mentioned right here: Inside Track Eye Kajal, Metallishadow Creme + Powder, Late Night Eraser, Radiance Activator

What about you…have you tried any of the Estée Edit products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Oh and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more shots of these amazing products.

xx

Merisa

 

* I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

 

Beauty Review: Ole Henriksen VoxBox

Beauty Review Ole Henriksen VoxBox on Monogrammed Magnolias

So I may or may not have let out a teensy tiny scream when I found this little orange and yellow package sitting on my doorstep the other day. Turns out the contents were totally scream worthy, in the best way possible. They were Ole Henriksen products after all.

Thanks to the amazing peeps over at Influenster, who sent over the products, I’m bringing you a full review of not one, not two, but three…count ’em, 3 products!

Being the avid Sephora stalker supporter that I am, I’ve heard of Ole Henriksen but hadn’t really given any of their products a chance before. Hence, the excitement when checking the mail. Who doesn’t love trying new beauty products?

Beauty Review Ole Henriksen VoxBox on Monogrammed Magnolias

Truth Serum Collagen Booster

The first product I spotted was the Truth Serum Collagen Booster, it just seems like such an iconic Ole Henriksen product but like I said, I’ve never tried it before and I was deeply intrigued. I admit, when I first applied this product, I was a little confused about what was supposed to happen. Should I be looking out for a brighter complexion or one that’s more plump & hydrated. To be honest, as a dry skin girl, I was hoping for the latter. What I got in return was really a mix of both, especially when paired with the next product I’m going to talk about. I definitely noticed a bit more radiance and my skin didn’t seem so dry and flaky afterward but nothing too miraculous. The only downside, however, is that this stuff is pretty sticky after you apply it.

Beauty Review Ole Henriksen VoxBox on Monogrammed Magnolias

Sheer Transformation

Remember when I said I was a dry skin girl? Yea, well, that pretty much makes this little guy my new BFF. I could feel a difference in my skin after the first application, which is the sign of a true winner in my book. It has this incredible texture too, creamy but not heavy. Honestly, it manages to be creamy and gel-like while being hydrating but not sticky. Great for summer skin that can get a bit oily at times, even us dry girls can have our moments.

Beauty Review Ole Henriksen VoxBox on Monogrammed Magnolias

POWER Bright

Even at first glance, it appears this next product is what the whole box is centered around. The brand new POWER Bright is “a professional-strength three-step brightening system with an unprecedented 25% vitamin C concentrate to deliver maximum radiance in as little as one use.” Fancy, huh? I actually really enjoyed using this product. It was fun to try first thing in the morning, smelt lovely, and really did brighten my complexion but it was a bit daunting. Three steps is a lot when it comes to one product, especially when each step has a different set of instructions to accompany it. However, I definitely enjoyed the exfoliation and brightening effect but would most likely reserve this for more of a pamper day than every day use.

What are your thoughts on Ole Henriksen? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments below.

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xx

Merisa

Skincare Routine Must Haves

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Hello, Magnolias.

Let me just start by saying that I am that girl when it comes to skincare. You know, the girl that struggles with so many skin issues that she’s tried everything under the sun to fix them. Well, I have amazing news. It seems that I’ve finally got my skin under control!

Cue the applause!

That’s exciting stuff. So exciting in fact, it worth sharing. If you suffer from skin issues like flaky dry patches, acne, under eye circles, and more then keep reading.

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I am now and forevermore a firm believer in cleansing your skin. I say that because I used to be a makeup wipe girl. Now I realize that was just fueling the fire. Also, can you imagine how much garbage 1-2 makeup wipes a night, every night from ages 16 to 23 can amount to? I don’t even want to imagine it.

That’s why I’ve switched to washable makeup remover cloths like Sephora’s Makeup Eraser or the one pictured above (which comes in a pack of 3 for just $3). They’re super soft cloths that you use as a first step makeup remover then just toss in the washer after a couple of uses.

After I’ve removed most of my makeup I then go in with a little Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser on my Clarisonic Mia. I really contribute a huge chunk of the improvement I’ve seen with my skin to the Purity/Clarisonic combo. The Mia really gets all the gunk out of my pores while Purity is a mild cleanser that’s tough enough to cut through the grime but soft enough to not irritate my skin like harsh cleansers can.

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After cleansing at night I usually make sure my skin is still slightly damp as to allow my creams to retain that extra punch of moisture. If I find my skin is too dry after cleansing or if I’m in need for a boost of hydration, I’ll give my face a spritz of the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray. The bottle pictured above actually has my own concoction of DIY facial spray inside but the MB version is still my favorite and on my beauty wish list at the moment.

Next, I’ll slather some Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-enriched Renewal Cream on my face. I absolutely love this stuff! It’s so rich and creamy. I also really feel like this keeps my skin clear as I’m not bogging it down with ridiculous who-knows-what’s-inside moisturizers. I also use the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream at night although, to be perfectly honest, this is the only item in my skincare routine that I’m looking to change seeing as it’s more of a daytime eye cream.

Last but certainly not least, I use the Smith’s Rosebud Salve as a lip balm before bed and if I’m feeling really lux, I’ll even slather some on dry patches like my elbows & cuticles.

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Even though I did say the lip balm was last, I really should mention that I have a slight obsession with sleeping masks lately. If I’m feeling particularly parched, I’ll reach for the GLAMGLOW ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. I like The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask (which is currently on sale btw) mostly for it’s insanely fun bouncy quality but it’s night for refreshing dry and tired looking skin. I also like to throw in a Sephora Collection Sleeping Mask here and there. (You can check out a review of the Sephora Collection masks here) I’m currently working on the Anti-fatigue and Energizing Pomegranate version.

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Now for the morning side of the routine. If I’ve used a sleeping mask the night before I usually like to go in with a full cleanse to get that added product off the skin but otherwise I’ll just put a little Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion on a cotton round and use as a cleansing toner. I’m not sure what this product is meant to do for the skin exactly but I can always see leftover dirt and grime on the cotton round afterward so I’ll be keeping it in my routine for now. I’ll spritz the same Rosewater Facial Spray on for added moisture then throw on a pea-size dollop of the Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I know, I know, I’m not using it properly but normal moisturizer just ain’t cuttin’ it with this crazy cold weather lately and the Night-A-Mins cream is too heavy to wear under makeup so this is doing the job perfectly. It also smells like a beach vacation which is a great bonus.

I finish off with the same two products as the nighttime routine, GinZing Eye Cream for brightening and Rose Salve for moisturizing. Then I’m good to go. Sticking with this routine for the majority of last year has really helped me see a huge improvement in my skin. I don’t suffer from near as many breakouts, my skin doesn’t feel like the Sahara 24/7, and I’ve even seen a dramatic difference in the size of my pores. That’s a huge win if you ask me!

Do you have a set skincare routine or all-star skincare products? Share them in the comments below or tweet me!

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xx

Merisa

Brand Spotlight: Soap & Glory

Hello, Magnolias.

It’s taking me a bit longer to get back into the swing of things than I had anticipated but when I found out one of my favorite brands had found a new home I just had to settle down and write a post to share it all with you.

Back a few months ago, I went into my local Sephora (which is like 2 hours away) searching for Soap & Glory Hand Food (because PatrickStarrr mentioned it in one of his monthly favorites. Also, I hauled it here.) and was actually delighted to find it on sale. However, that delight faded as soon as I remembered where I was.

Sephora doesn’t just randomly put stuff on sale. Especially not brand staples or an entire brand for that matter. “Oh no,” I thought, “say it ain’t so, Sephora gods.”

I had to stop and ask a sales girl, “Uh, is there any special reason why Soap & Glory is on sale?”

“Oh, yea. Sephora will actually no longer be selling Soap & Glory next week.”

Next week? What? I didn’t even have time to mourn. I must buy everything! Oh, but wait, there’s hardly anything left!

That’s right, there were a few Sexy Mother Puckers (best name ever), some of their random firming products, and a travel size Hand Food. At least, that worked out, somewhat.

I went home, a little distraught, clutching my Hand Food for dear life. I savored my Sugar Crush shower gel and body butter too, just in case I never found them again. That is until I logged onto Ulta.com the other day.

That’s when I saw Soap & Glory prominently featured on their home page scroll. What??? Soap & Glory at Ulta! Thank you, beauty guru gods, thank you! I immediately had to check it all out. However, the excitement didn’t stop there. No, the best part about it all is that there seemed to be a significant price drop on most of the products.

Take the travel size Hand Food for instance, I paid around $4 for this exact same product at Sephora ON SALE…it’s regularly priced as $4 on Ulta’s site. The full size is only $8.

That’s not all either, one of my Soap & Glory favorites, The Righteous Butter, was around $20 for a full size tub at Sephora. At Ulta, the same size product is $15. I think that’s incredible. I’m not entirely positive about the reasoning behind the price drop but my best guess is that the brand is considered a drugstore/high street line back in it’s UK homeland but considered high-end here in the states because it could only be found in Sephora which is known for it’s high end products. Maybe they were looking to make the pricing more universal? Whatever the reason, I’m super excited about it and can’t wait to get my hands on their products.

If I’m not mistaken, the full range is now available to try out in Ulta stores across the country but if you’re more of an online shopper then you can check out the line on ulta.com, beauty.com, drugstore.com, and skinstore.com.

Side note: anyone remember Soap & Glory in Target? Those were the good ‘ole days but I’m glad they’re are back to their drugstore roots.

Are you familiar with Soap & Glory? Leave me a comment below with your product suggestions and thoughts! Have a great day, Magnolias!

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Merisa

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Review: Lush Dark Angels Cleanser

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I am a huge fan of LUSH products but unfortunately, I don’t actually live near a LUSH store. That means that about twice a year my mom, my sister, and I pool together to make a online purchase straight from LUSH HQ in Canada.

We recently made some picks from the seasonal collection. I’m a sucker for their Halloween products.

However, I’m also a sucker for their cleansers.

That’s why I picked up the Dark Angels facial cleanser online.

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It’s an exfoliating charcoal and black sugar cleanser that is meant to absorb excess oils and brighten your complexion.

If you’ve been here a while then you’re probably thinking, “Excess oils? Sounds like this is meant for oily skin but you always talk about how dry your skin is, Merisa.”

I know, right.

I spent a lot of time contemplating this one because of that very fact.

Here’s the reasoning that I came up with:

  • Dry skin leads to a lot of flaky skin (gross, I know)
  • Dry skin also causes a dull complexion
  • I can have an oily t-zone at times
  • Charcoal helps to remove impurities from the skin

That’s pretty much all I needed. Plus, how cool is Dark Angels for a name?

I’ve been using this as my daily cleanser for a while now and I’m loving the results so far.

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there’s just something I really like about a black cleanser

The product looks like Santa brought you coal for Christmas but in a more softer, sorta powdery form.

I expected the smell to be not all that pleasant considering that charcoal and mud are pretty high on the ingredients list but I actually really like the scent. It’s hard for me to describe because it’s not exactly anything I’ve ever smelt before.

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I definitely smell charcoal but I think the Sandalwood oil and Rosewood oil definitely bring something to the table. I have a love for sandalwood so that might be what attracts me to the scent so much.

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To clean my face with this product I usually wet my face with warm water then…this is a very important part…I completely dry my hands off.

You can’t get this product wet until you’re ready to use it because the water will activate the charcoal. So this is def not a cleanser you can use in the shower.

Then I pinch off about a quarter size piece. I know, I know, the tub says pea size and I tried that but it just didn’t cut it. Plus, I’ve heard that if you just use the recommended pea-size amount every day you won’t actually be able to use it all before it goes bad and I’m not about to waste it.

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that’s about a quarter, right?

Then, just like the instructions say, I add a little bit of warm water to the product and mix it together on the palm of my hand until it forms a pretty thick paste.

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gross, huh?

Then I smear that all over my face!

I massage it into my skin then, if I’m not in too much of a rush, I let it sit for a bit on my face. I don’t know if this actually does anything but I like to think it helps.

Depending on how long I’ve let it set things can get a bit dry so I’ll just wet my hands again and make sure I’ve scrubbed away all the dead skin yucky bits from my face and rinse it off.

It takes a bit to rinse off just because of all the grainy bits but once it’s all out of my eyebrows and away from my hairline things are great.

My skin has honestly never felt smoother than it does after I use this. It’s also usually really bright too which is great because I’ve never found a product that actually helps me rid my winter’s-coming-dull-complexion.

This product starts at $12.95 for 3.5 oz. (which is about the size of a normal tube of cleanser) and $31.95 for a whopping 8.8 oz. Seems a little pricey but not so much when compared to some cleansers on the shelves of Sephora.

Overall, I really enjoy this product. I even think it’s helping my breakouts a bit. I can definitely see myself repurchasing this in the future.

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Thanks, Sheldon! You make a wonderful product

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until next time,

xo

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