Youth To The People Minis kit

I recently purchased The Youth Minis Kit since I wanted to try other products in the Youth To The People product line and they don’t disappoint!

To read my previous YTTP post click here.

I am familiar with the Super Food Cleanser, and Adaptogen Moisture Cream (my two personal faves)

The Maqui+Acai Facial Oil absorbs into my skin effortlessly which is one main component when it comes to picking a facial oil.

Superfood Air-Whip moisturizer is a light weight moisturizer and hydrates my skin pretty well before makeup application.

The Super Berry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask works as an overnight treatment with more hydration giving that “morning glow” appearance the next morning. They all have a distinctive “YTTP” fragrance it’s rather clean and pleasant without being too strong or irritating.

The minis kit is great for young adults, or anyone interested in trying the YTTP product line without splurging on full size since it can be a bit pricey. Also use sparingly as alittle goes a long way. The minis are also travel friendly and all of the products work effortlessly in conjunction with one another so you can custom create your own skincare routine like a mock-tail for your skin!

Ooh La La Palette by Colourpop

What is it?

9 pressed eyeshadow palette “Ohh La La” by Colourpop

Product Claims

“You’re like really pretty…. So you agree, you think this pink 9-pan palette is really pretty! Includes a mix of matte, metallic, and satin shadows, this palette is your go-to for the trendiest pink looks right now.”

Colors from L to R: moon struck, caddy, trove,sandbar,opulent,big sugar,poodle,soft core,tickled

Pros

Shade Range

Buildable

Pigmented

Price

Cruelty Free

Cons

Fallout

Stains eyelids

Overall Rating: 4.8/5

Ohh La La is the sister palette to “Its My Pleasure” this 9 pressed eyeshadow palette has a good selection of pink tones. This is a eyeshadow palette I would use when I want to play up my eyes with some color and I love the color “Sandbar” it’s a fun neon pink shade.

Now on to the things I didn’t like about the palette, Similarly to the It’s My Pleasure Palette I noticed when washing off my eye makeup (I don’t use any eye pads to remove my makeup) there was a slight stain from the eyeshadow which I was able to remove after re-washing my face and used a oil based makeup remover (read more below) I recommend using a primer on your lid to reduce staining but I still have the same issue of some fallout with these eyeshadows, but if you can get passed that (as I can) this is just another pretty affordable palette from Colourpop.

** I also want to throw out there that I read online and watched through a few YouTube videos and noticed that when trying to keep a product vegan/cruelty free certain dyes such as red30-40 is used to form the desired shade which can cause some staining because it’s a direct dye, while most non-vegan formulas use carmine which is crushed insects. Interesting huh?!

Youth To The People

Now that the cold weather is approaching here in New York it is wreaking havoc on my skin and I’ve noticed dry patches around my chin so adding a good moisturizer is crucial in my winter skincare routine. I really like this Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream by Youth To The People because it quickly absorbs into the skin feeling lightweight making it comfortable to use at night and doesn’t clog my large pores and it could be the ashwaganda herbs calming effect that makes me feel relaxed at the end of the night like I’m pampering my self physically and mentally. I wake up the next morning with my face looking and feeling well hydrated. This moisturizer has become my skincare savior and I already feel the need to purchase another one before this one runs out! 😍

Wednesday Wishlist

Today’s Wednesday Wishlist features current products my heart desires but can’t afford! If you have any of these products feel free to comment below if you recommend them or not!

  1. Cover Fx Power Play Foundation
  2. Cover Fox Perfect Setting Powder
  3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
  4. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  5. Stila Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick in “sheer ballerina”
  6. Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner

Hourglass Ambient Luminous Bronze Light Review

What Is It?

A powder bronzer by Hourglass Cosmetics 

Product Claims

“• The airy, lightweight bronzers fuse the illuminating effects of Ambient® Lighting Powder with bronze pigments to deliver buildable color and a radiant finish.
• While traditional bronzer tends to be flat, Ambient® Lighting Bronzer uses Photoluminescent Technology for seamless blending and color transitions.
• The hand-made powders are formulated using an advanced miscelare technique – which means “to mix” in Italian – creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike.
• Ambient® Lighting Bronzer can be used alone for subtle warmth and contouring or paired with Ambient® Lighting Powder to create depth and dimension.
• .04 OZ / 1.3 G”

Pros

Easily blendable

Pigmented

Quality

Formula

Not tested on animals

Offers vegan options

Cons

Color range

Price

Overall Rating 5/5

I use bronzer all year round, and this is one brand worth checking out. From the packaging to the esthetically beautiful marbled bronzer this product just screams lux! The Ambient Light Bronzer offers the versatility to contour and bronze and easily play up how much or subtle you want it to be. It offers a healthy glow meaning you won’t look over done. The Hourglass brand also went a step forward beyond the luxury look to also remove common toxic ingredients,So you wont see the use of Talc which is often a concern for consumers as talc can be contaminated and toxic to our health.  I am however little taken back by the price of $50 ( I normally would never buy a $50 bronzer) but Sephora and the Hourglass website offers travel-size with a price point of $25, which I was at first glance disappointed for the amount of product and I thought “is quality better than quantity?” and in this case, I would say so. Overall I am pleased with the product, and Hourglass’s luxury sleek designs are one you want to showcase on your makeup vanity.

Oh So Pretty 

I recently purchased the Milani Strobe Light Insta Glow Powder in “01” and E.L.F Cosmetics Mineral Infused Face Primer in “Clear” unfortunately I developed stye eye early last week on my right eyelid which left my eye puffy, painful to the touch and as recommended by my doctor I wasn’t able to wear contacts and (eyeshadow) makeup until it cleared up so I decided to not wear any makeup at all (blush, lipstick, foundation) and just give my face a break from all beauty regimens. But my stye eye is finally cleared up and I couldn’t be more happier to be able to wear makeup again.

Nars Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF30 Review 

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What Is It? 

An oil free medium buildable coverage skin tint to enhance the look of skin and SPF30 with vitamins C&E to protect against free-radical damage caused by environmental stress.

Product Claims

“Introducing Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30 Instant gratification. Effortless application. Protects and perfects with a soft-matte finish. Medium buildable coverage. Oil-free. All-day wear. 12 global shades. Transparent Blurring Powders instantly enhance the look of skin by helping to diffuse imperfections with a powerful optical effect. Rose Fruit Extract visibly minimizes the appearance of pores, while controlling shine.”

Pros

Medium to full coverage

Long wearing

Good for oily skin types

Covers blemishes

Evens skintone

SPF30

Cons

Shade Range

Price

Overall Rating 4.0

I didn’t photograph the product because at the time I thought it was a keeper but the day after I received it in the mail I ended up returning it to Sephora. I truly want to love this foundation for its longevity, buildable coverage and of course SPF30, As a person who loves to take 1,000 #selfies using this foundation made my skin look flawless there was no filter needed. It hid blemishes, evened out the skin-tone and held up quite well on my oily skin. My only despondency with this product is the lack of shade range, St. Mortiz was too tan for my natural skin though it photographed well and Groenland was too light and for $44 each I was not going to dish out $88 to create a in between shade. I think Nars was on to something good with this matte skin tint line however fell short with their lack of color range.

*Please note that Nars Cosmetics is owned by the parent company Shiseido whom is not cruelty free

Rainy Day Detox

Well it’s raining here in New York as much as I wanted to start my day with a morning run and stop at my local coffee shop I opted for indoor activities such as my morning yoga routine followed by some cardio and then showered and pampered myself all in the comfort of my own home [apartment]

I started with the Apottera Herbal Detoxifying Facial Steam which you can read my full review here


Relaxing it was indeed! I love using the herbal steam facial when I am in need of a “pick me up”, congested or bad breakouts. The Herbal steam bath was followed by the Aztec Secret Healing Bentonite Clay which also helps rid the body of toxins, impurities, heavy metals and chemicals. [I’ll have a full blog review up next week]


Now I’m going to drink my Pukka Detox Tea and watch some Netflix😃

What is your favorite rainy day activity or favorite detox?

Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo+ Conditioner Review

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Yarok haircare line uses certified organic ingredients and doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients such as parabens, sulfates and alcohol and never test on animals making the Yarok brand natural and vegan while still delivering quality hair care. The Yarok Feed Your Volume line caters to fine/limp hair that lacks fullness by providing effective cleanliness and incorporating ingredients like coco protein for added shine and strength, slippery elm and sea buckthorn which provide streghthing proteins that work together to repair the hair shaft along with oatstraw and grapefruit seed extract which helps with thinning and hair loss.

Product Claims

Raise your hairs’ volume and lower your carbon footprint with this luxurious, naturally foaming shampoo. Treat your senses, your hair and your scalp to this herbal aromatic blend of organic and all natural herbs, flowers, vitamins, minerals and essential oils that visibly plump normal to fine hair.”

Pros

Deep cleansing

Good lather

Effective

Great for sensitive scalps

Nice scent (mandarin/earthy scent)

Cons

Not for DEMI-permanent colored hair

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Product Claims 

Condition your hair and help improve the condition of the planet using many of the same sustainable, nourishing, plumping ingredients as Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo. This conditioner will seal in moisture and promote volume and manageability, with the three superior moisturizers: Jojoba Seed Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, and Aloe Vera.”

Pros

Hydrating

Smooths hair

Softens hair

Nourishing

Vegan

All natural ingredients

Cons

None

Overall Rating 5/5

I love this shampoo+conditioner line, but with some trial and error I have found the first time I used the shampoo it was a bit tricky to use, I didnt find it to be as sudsy as most shampoos but it turns out I wasn’t using enough product. (Easy fix right?!) I did notice it washed out my Demi-Permanent hair color but this might not happen to those who use permanent hair dye[I use a specific brand of Demi permanent dye due to a severe hair color allergy] BUT I must admit, I like my natural hair color coming through, using this brand has made me embrace my natural hair color and I notice a big difference in the texture and manageability of my hair. Blow drying my hair seems more effortless and adds just enough volume without the over use of applying other products which can weigh down my hair so being able to cut out the usage of other products is great.

Before incorporating Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo I had a lot of breakage from previous bi-weekly hair dying but I’ve noticed less damage, my hair is thin however it gets very tangled which feels aggressive to brush out but being that I use the Feed Your Volume Conditioner it makes combing through the tangles less abrasive. I have to use the conditioner after the shampoo otherwise my hair feels dry and unmanageable to comb, I find it to be an essential step which I don’t mind. I have medium length hair and don’t wash my hair every day so I find the bottles have lasted me a month thus far and it’s a little less than half way done so I’m predicting it will last me a month and a ½ or 2 months maximum. I continue to use the Yarok haircare products because I honestly see a difference in the overall look of my hair, I feel confident using Yarok because I know there isn’t any harsh chemicals so I’m really treating my hair with quality ingredients and finally my hair is getting the much tender love and care it was previously lacking.

The Yarok Feed Your Volume line has made me feel like I’m finally taking proper care of my hair. If you’re looking for a shampoo or conditioner that also doubles as a hair care system or other hair care products I really recommend Yarok.

L.A Girl Glazed Lip Paint Review

What Is It?

Glossy, pigmented lip gloss in “elude” and “blushing” by L.A Girl Cosmetics

Product Clams

“Making their much anticipated debut, Glazed Lip Paints give the intensely pigmented appearance of a lipstick, with the ease and glossy finish of a lipgloss. Glazed Collection includes 18 of the most sought-after, trendsetting colors this season while providing long lasting, hyper glossy, ultra rich color to lips.This proven iconic product offers shades that range from nudes to brights to deep berries. Cool and nourish your lips with the added benefits of vitamin E and peppermint oil. The Glazed Lip Collection is an instant must-have that accurately portrays the color trends expected to be seen on the runway. A precision tip applicator is provided to facilitate application.”

                           [Left: “Blushing” /  Right: “Elude“]

Pros

Build-able
Glossy
Long-Lasting
Highly pigmented
Affordable

Cons

Slight feathering
May get on teeth

Overall Rating 4.3/5

I purchased these lip paints about 3 months ago after hearing it was a similar dupe for the too faced melted liquified lipstick, now I haven’t tried it for comparison but the price point was a plus being that Too Faced Melted lip gloss is $21 and L.A Girl Glazed lip paint is $4! I find the website to not be an accurate representation of colors which luckily I was able to find the brand at my local Ricky’s beauty supply store that had testers available. The only cons I had with these products which can easily be fixed is slight feathering, by that I mean the lip gloss tends to shift causing it to go over your natural lip line and seep into your natural skin creases but an easy fix would be to use a lip liner prior to application. Another notable con is the more product you apply more likely it will get on your teeth, so when using it for everyday less is more. The color Elude leaves a awkward color ring around the inner portion of my bottom lip after a couple hours which can be unattractive which is why I use this over a nude lipstick and I never use too much product. I like these lip paints for its color pay off and affordable price but Blushing really takes the cake when it comes to color.

Have you tried the L.A Girl Glazed Lip Paint? If so what shade and what do you think of them overall?