skin matters.

HAPPY FRIDAY! As you guys know, I’m a little obsessive about my skin. I love trying new skincare products, but I also have some that I buy over and over. I thought I would do a roundup of everything I’m loving right now. You know, a little weekend shopping inspo!

I use this Beautycounter Charcoal Bar every morning and night. 1. It lasts forever. Seriously. 2. It doesn’t dry out your skin. 3. It’s super refreshing. Like you face really feels clean.

While I love the charcoal bar, I use this Sephora Micellar Cleansing Water to make sure I get everything off. Bonus: it’s super affordable.

Y’all. Listen up. If you’re going to splurge on any skincare product, this is the one. Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 1970 Original. Get this exact one (there are a few versions, but this is the cult fave.) It’s worth every. penny. It’s literally a facial in a bottle and you see results immediately.

There was a 10 day trial of this Algenist Liquid Collagen available with my Sephora points and bought a bottle immediately after I finished that supply. I feel like my skin is brighter and smoother. Put it on before your night serum and wake up with a plump glow!

I wanted to add a vitamin c serum to my morning routine and tried several. I ended up buying a bottle of the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum after I tried the Rise + Glo Trial Duo. Try starting with that to make sure you love it!

I also went the Drunk Elephant route with my moisturizer… The Protini Polypeptide Cream. Moisturizes with no grease and minimizes lines and wrinkles. Done and done.

For a night serum, I’ve been using the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and it’s definitely going to be a staple in the routine. This + Algenist Liquid Collagen = magic.

I’ve been using the Sunday Riley Juno Face Oil for a year or so. It’s hands down the best if you need a quick moisture boost, this is exactly what you need.

If there is a mask, I have tried it. With that said, I have 2 favorites. The Charlotte Tilbury Dry Sheet Mask is bizarre (it’s really dry…), but 100% works. Then the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask is another I buy in bulk.

Click the links above  to shop everything mentioned. I will work on a makeup roundup as well! Stay tuned… Hope everyone has a great weekend!


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April 2013 Birchbox.

Hi Glitter Girls!

This month’s Birchbox review is brought to you by our favorite nail artist and most loyal West Coast reader Jennifer Favela.

“So excited about April’s Birchbox! Let’s get into it!:

Atelier Cologne, Orange Sanguine.

I wasn’t too sure about this one just because I am not big on reeeeally citrus-y (that’s a word right?!) scents. But I was so wrong! It smells wonderful! And a big plus that I always look for in a scent? It lasts the whole day without needing to re-apply! Win-win right? This particular scent is very concentrated so you only need a little dab and you are good to go.

fresh, crisp, sweet.
fresh, crisp, sweet.

 Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.

I LOVE anything Kiehl’s. AND since I am now in my last year of my 20’s (eek!) I have found myself starting to freak out about lines and wrinkles so I was so excited about this product. It is packed with vitamin C which apparently not only helps me kick colds to the curb but is great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Yay!

pure vitamin c, ladies.
pure vitamin c, ladies.

Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixer.

Okay, how did Birchbox know I wanted this?? As an avid flat-ironer, curling iron user, hair color-er, my hair is always in need of extra moisture! I may just have to purchase the full size on this one…

rejuvenate and hydrate. it is key.
rejuvenate and hydrate. it is key.

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss.

Lipstick pencils are my new obsession and this one is awesome! It is a mix between a lip stain and a creamy balm. Mine came in the perfect shade of red (called, “Flirty Kiss”) and I can’t wait to wear it out this weekend during my mini-getaway to San Diego! It glides on SO smooth and feels very moisturizing. Bonus: it can double as a cheek stain! I don’t know if I would use red for my cheeks, but the pink color they make (“Cheeky Kiss”) would be adorbs! The one downside? It’s not very long lasting on the lips. BUT it is the perfect little skinny size to fit in my clutch for re-application throughout the night!

a birchbox exclusive! get it here.
a birchbox exclusive! get it here.

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-on

Not only is this an amazing product at a great price that you can pick up at your local drugstore, but it really works! I just swipe it under each eye, let it absorb and go on with my morning beauty routine! It reduces puffiness AND softens. I love how it rolls on smooth and I think my favorite thing about it is that it doesn’t have any harsh perfume scent to it. Just clean and refreshing! It is just what I need when wedding planning has kept me up all night and I only get 4 hours of sleep!”

wake up those tired eyes...
wake up those tired eyes…

And there we have it! What was in your April Birchbox? Tweet/Instagram us! @glitter_blog_xo.

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