Friday, April 9, 2021

5 Beauty Hacks Using Aloe Vera Gel


Hey, beauties out there! Learning some new beauty hacks are some of the best things to discover. Am I right!? So are you ready to learn some really interesting beauty hacks of the universal favorite ingredient ‘aloe vera gel’?

Let’s get started with the 5 super beauty hacks of Aloe Vera that I'm certain you will love;

Aloe cubes for skin tightening & even tone: You've probably heard that rubbing ice cubes on your face tighten pores & evenly tone skin. But when you use Aloe vera-infused ice cubes or aloe cubes on your face, you don't just get that youthful, even-toned skin but you also bid farewell to breakouts from dwelling on your face. Any sort of discoloration, sunburns, dark spots are all treated when you start using aloe cubes on your face regularly.

To make these, just take a fresh piece of aloe vera leaf. Separate its thorny ends. Cut it into small ice cube-sized pieces & freeze them on tin foil. The foil will prevent them from sticking on the plate inside the freezer. Let them freeze well. And, bingo, you’re done! These aloe cubes are now ready to use.

Battle heat with aloe vera as the natural heat protectant: We all love styling our hair. What comes along with styling is so much heat. No straighter, curler or crimper can work on your hair strands without penetrating heat into them. Therefore, it’s always suggested to use a heat protection spray before using such heating tools on your hair as they could seriously damage your hair. If you don’t have a heat protection spray or serum, you can rely on aloe vera gel for the purpose. It works great as a heat protectant and hydrates your hair making it look shinier & smoother.

Get a clean shave with pure aloe vera gel: Want smoothly shaved skin without spending on a shaving cream? Use Aloe vera! Apply pure aloe vera gel on the required area & shave to get smooth skin. This will avoid any chances of minor cuts & let your razor glide super smoothly.

Don’t have a makeup primer? Use aloe gel as a natural makeup base: Application of a primer is often the first step of a good makeup routine. It prepares a good base for long-lasting makeup & also makes the pores look minimized. However, if you don’t have primer, you can apply aloe vera gel to get a perfect makeup base. It gives nearly the same results a primer does!

Soothe cracked heels in a jiffy with this hydration booster: Cracked heels are not only annoying for their flaky skin & bad appearance, but they are also sorely painful as well. You need not spend a fortune on a special cream to cure your cracked heels, just take some aloe vera gel & apply it on your heels every night before tucking yourself in bed. The next morning when you wake up, you will be surprised to feel a great reduction in pain as Aloe vera is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. Constant usage would treat them completely, giving you smooth & soft heels in just a week or two.


Aloe vera grows in tropical and subtropical zones. Its plant is easily available in every part of India due to its favorable weather conditions. But extracting its essence from Aloe vera leaves is a tad annoying task. It’s quite sticky in nature. Hence, there are various aloe vera products available in the market which make its usage easier and pleasant. Deyga Organics brings you the goodness of Aloe vera in a gel that is natural, handcrafted, and cruelty-free. 🐰

*Guest post in collaboration with Deyga Organics

Monday, March 29, 2021

How to Decode the Lingo on Skincare and Beauty Products: What is merely marketing “Hype?”

How to Decode  the Lingo on Skincare and Beauty Products: What is merely marketing “Hype?” 

No doubt you have seen buzzwords like "all natural," "hypoallergenic" and "patented" hundreds of times. But have you ever stopped to ask what they mean?

Beauty companies love terms like these because they suggest concrete benefits that don't have to be backed up by science. In fact, as long as they don't claim to change the body's structure or function, companies don't need FDA approval to market new products to the public and are not required to provide any research to prove their claims. These days, one would almost need a degree in chemistry to understand some of the catch phrases on skin care products.  David Petrillo is an LA based beauty chemist and founder of skincare company www,  who wants to help consumers understand what this frequently used language means.

Gone are the days when simple statements such as "oil free" would suffice.  Perhaps the most common phrase is clinical formula.  As David Petrillo explains, "this has no real meaning.  It does not necessarily indicate that the formula was produced in a medical clinic as the manufacturers would have people believe. Clinically tested could very well indicate that the product was tested, but what was it tested for?  What were the results?  Essentially, this marketing claim is meaningless."

Here are 10 more commonly misunderstood terms to watch for:

"All natural"
It doesn't mean the product is organic or chemical-free. After all, chemicals are "natural," too.

The US Department of Agriculture certifies organic food ingredients found in cosmetics, but not essential oils or plants used for cosmetic purposes. To carry the USDA Organic seal, a product must contain at least 95% organic food. Other countries have their own organic certification labels, such as COSMOS and NaTrue in the European Union and NASAA in Australia. Read COSMOS Standardizes Organic Product Labels to learn more.

Think this guarantees you won't have a reaction? Think again. These products can still contain ingredients some people are allergic to, including preservatives and fragrance.

These products may not have a noticeable smell, but can still contain "masking" scents to cover up ingredients with unpleasant odors. Look for the words "no fragrance added" instead.

While non-comedogenic products are usually oil-free and therefore less likely to cause breakouts, there's no guarantee they won't. In fact, many contain dimethicone, a known acne aggravator.

Helps pre-mature aging."  
 Perhaps the most appealing of all claims from a consumer standpoint is this statement.  If a product truly prevented premature aging by affecting the structure of the skin, it would be classified as a drug and therefore would require FDA approval.  Manufactures circumvent this by utilizing the fact that sunscreens prevent premature aging by decreasing the damaging effects of ultraviolet light on the skin. Therefore, if a product contains sunscreen, it may state "prevents premature aging' on the label."  

Patented Technology

This is a marketing term used to provide, sometimes falsely, a sense that the consumer is buying something that is highly innovative. But patents aren’t necessarily a surefire sign that something is groundbreaking. Patents are sometimes authorized based on a technical change rather than a scientific breakthrough meaning new combinations of ingredients or methods of production can be promoted as being “patented technology.” What consumers really want to do is identify what their skin needs and buy products with ingredients that are proven to effectively improve the skin in that area.

Maximum strength

This is a term used often by skin cleansers and moisturizers. But this is a relative term, and consumers don’t exactly know what the maximum strength entails or how the product benefits their skin more than the competition.


Products and consumers often use hydrating and moisturizing interchangeably, but this is inaccurate. If you want to hydrate your skin, this means you have skin that has become dull and possibly dry -- you need a humectant such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin to draw water to the cells. If you need to moisturize your skin, you need a moisturizer that seals water in to prevent water loss. Today there are a variety of moisturizers, especially gel moisturizers, that have components that are both moisturizing and hydrating. These are good, but your choice of product depends on the individual condition of your skin. If you have extremely dry or dull skin, you may need one product that performs one function very well, rather than a jack of all trades.

FDA Cleared

The FDA has different protocols for skincare products that make cosmetic claims as opposed to those that make more medical claims, such as promising to increase the production of collagen in the skin. Since that is a body function, the FDA treats those differently than normal skincare products. However, the FDA just stipulates that the product being sold is safe to use in the manner in which it is directed to be used. FDA approval is not a credential that shows the superiority of results.

About David Petrillo

David Petrillo graduated in 2007 with a degree in Chemistry from Missouri University prior to working as a researcher in the cosmetics industry. His experiences in the lab led him to found his own company, Perfect Image, with a vision of making medical-grade peels and other cosmetic products more affordable.


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Top 5 Waist Trainer and Shapewear Ideas Reviews for Women

Top 5 Waist Trainer and Shapewear Ideas

Many women nowadays wear shapewear, either for special occasions or on a day-to-day basis. Shapewear offers extra support and smooths out the body in a way that will look flattering in any type of clothes.

And because shapewear became super popular it leads to an increase on the market of the number of brands that produce it or sells it. FeelinGirl is one of the brands that stands out due to its high-quality body shapers made out of soft, yet thick fabrics that feel like you are not wearing anything at all.

You can choose shapewear from FeelinGirl that offers light, medium, or strong compression, but to make things easier for you I have selected five of their best body shapers.

Top 5 waist trainers to look out for

1. The neon latex waist trainer

If you want a smaller waist and a flat abdomen this is the best waist trainer for women. It will help you lose a few inches from your waist instantly. It has a wide band that you can and add just the level of compression you can handle and increase it with time. And it’s made out of latex, which makes it super soft and comfortable. Wear it whenever you do your fitness exercises for more intense training.

2. The vest waist trainer

If you need extra support for your bust and a body shaper that will keep your back in the correct position, the vest waist trainer is perfect for you. It has two adjustable straps and it’s the perfect choice if you prefer to workout with weights, because will support your posture.


Perfect for daily wear this plus size shapewear will give all the support you need. It will smooth and enhance your curves, define your waistline and flatten your abdomen. It is made out of a special fabric that lets your skin breathe which makes it perfect to be worn during summertime too. With this high-quality one piece in your closet, you will rock any outfit that comes to your mind and you will feel super confident!

Were you worried that you won’t find shapewear to wear with open back dresses or blouses? You shouldn’t be, because with the thong bodysuit with open back from FeelinGirl you will be able to wear anything. It has adjustable straps that you can wear across, vertical, or around your neck.


5. The bodysuit with deep dΓ©colletage 

Perfect for all those dresses with a deep V cut dΓ©colletage this FeelinGirl waist trainer will lift up your bust and minimize your waist line. You will look super hot in all your sexy dresses. Plus, the sheer fabric will let your skin breathe. And the best thing is that you can also wear it as a top with your favourite blazer!


*Guest post in collaboration with FeelinGirl 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

It's a 10 Haircare | Triple Threat to Repair Dry, Damaged, Frizzy Hair

I'm a hair product junkie! Always have been. If you looked in my bathroom, you'd think that a haircare section from a salon or store threw up in there! 

I have very difficult hair: fine, frizzy, dry, bleached, damaged, and a mix of a slight wave to spiral curls. Thanks to my difficult hair, I've always been on the quest for the perfect hair products to tame my difficult hair. Making matters worse, I have taken highlighting my hair into my own hands for the last 3+ years, which has made my hair more damaged than when I was getting it done at the salon.

It's a 10 hair products have been around for a minute and I've had their Miracle Leave-in Product in my haircare arsenal for years. It wasn't until recently that I added their Miracle Hair Mask + their Miracle Oil Plus Keratin into the mix. 

This OG leave-in treatment claims to do 10 things instantly:
  • Repairs dry, damaged hair
  • Adds shine
  • Detangles
  • Controls frizz
  • Seals and protects hair colour
  • Prevents split ends
  • Stops hair breakage
  • Creates silkiness
  • Enhances natural body
  • Flat iron spray & thermal protection

I apply a good amount to towel-dried hair before styling. It definitely helps with all of the above but my results are so much better when used in conjunction with the mask and hair oil. This leave-in product also comes in a version with keratin which I have not tried... yet. 

  • Detangle
  • Restores moisture balance
  • Instantly restores elasticity
  • Softens
  • Smooths
  • Imparts luminous shine
  • Enhances natural body
  • Nourishes
  • De Frizzes
  • Improves colour vibrancy

Yes, to all of the claims above! This mask is quite thick and I try to use just what I need to saturate my hair because it is pricey. It can be applied for only 1-3 minutes or 5-15 minutes for deeper conditioning. I definitely leave it on for longer for the best results.

  • NOURISHING: With just a few drops of our Miracle Styling Oil you can de-frizz, protect color, heal hair and even protect against heat damage, all while adding instant shine
  • RESTORE & REBUILD: Use to help heal dry and brittle hair
  • LIGHTWEIGHT & NON-GREASY: Reap numerous benefits of keratin protein in combination with its other natural nutrients
  • SAFE FOR COLORED HAIR: Seals and preserves hair color while acting as a natural sunscreen to help guard against color fading and/ or brassiness while in the sun
  • NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Infused with Argan Oil and Bamboo extract, this Keratin Rich Formula is great to help rebuild stronger, shinier, and smoother hair
I apply this product to both wet and dry hair. Again, I get the best results when using all 3 of these products together. There is also an oil by It's a 10 that doesn't contain keratin but I haven't tried that one... yet.

When I use these 3 products together, the results are amazing! Sure it's a bit of an investment but it is definitely worth it. Individually these products are good, but using all 3 together makes a world of difference to my dry and damaged hair. My hair is left feeling smooth and manageable, looking more like its former healthier self. 

I still use other products as I have SO many products to use up and I do love trying out new products, but these 3 products used together have given me the best results out of anything that I've tried so far, and I've tried a TON of products!

If you have very frizzy, dry, and damaged hair like I do, or even if your hair has changed in texture due to aging, I recommend using all 3 of these products for the best results. If your hair is normal to dry, you can still benefit from these but may not need all 3. Start with one product and see how it goes and try adding the others if you aren't getting the results that you want. I definitely need all 3 to help my dry, damaged and frizzy hair. It's pricey, but worth it to me.

Have a great Sunday!


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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Loreal Revitalift Triple Power LZR 1.5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review

New year, new skin! πŸ’« πŸ’†‍♀️ 

Hyaluronic acid has become a staple in my skincare routine. It really helps to lock in the moisture, prevent dehydration, and plumps the skin for a more youthful appearance. 

Thanks to Topbox and L'oreal, I received a generous sized sample of Loreal's Hyaluronic acid which is great for all skin types.  My skin just drinks it up and loves it! It keeps my skin hydrated and plump, and layers well with all my other skincare! It absorbs nicely and doesn't leave any sticky residue. Thankfully, it's also fragrance-free and paraben-free.

After using it for 2 weeks I barely made a dent as it only takes a few drops to cover my face and neck. πŸ’§ 

πŸ’Œ TIP: Always apply Hyaluronic acids to damp skin 

πŸ’§ Other tips to prevent dehydration are to use a humidifier and drink a lot of caffeine-free fluids throughout the day.

Product: L'oreal Revitalift Triple Power LZR 1.5% Hyaluronic acid serum  1oz $17.96 (currently on sale!) 

☆ Fragrance free
☆ No parabens
☆ No mineral oils
☆ Suitable for sensitive skin
☆ Plumps,  hydrates, reduces wrinkles 

I also LOVE Loreal's 10% Glycolic acid which is great for smoothing out rough, uneven skin as it's a wonderful exfoliator. The Hyaluronic acid serum along with the Glycolic acid serum are must haves and great staples for an anti aging skincare regime!

Happy Sunday!


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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Quick and Easy Daily Quarantine Makeup Routine | Beauty Over 50

Sharing my current daily quarantine makeup routine! πŸ’•

Since quarantine, my makeup routine has become even more low-key and streamlined and I'm loving it!

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer is the first step in my quick and easy makeup routine. It's great for blemishes, dark spots, under eyes πŸ‘€. It takes very little product and I make sure to use it sparingly under my eyes as it can get cakey looking on my aging skin. I've also had the shade Brightener in this concealer and I only used that shade under my eyes because it has a pink-y tone to it. I do prefer the Brightener shade for the under eyes as it cancels out dark tones and seems to have a thinner consistency so I found it to be less cakey for the eye area.  I also prefer LA Girl Pro Conceal HD for my under eyes because it's more hydrating but I'm currently out of it.

The second step in my routine is to apply Doll 10 Colour Correcting Powder all over. It has light coverage and evens my skin tone out. It's a more sheer powder so it doesn't look cakey.

I use this palette for a one-and-done look with a matte mid-tone shade in the crease. It's been my favourite everyday palette for quite some time and is fabulous for aging eyes!

I use this single blush as my blush, bronzer, and highlight. It's VERY light, perfect for a no-makeup-makeup look. At first, I didn't even think it would show up on my skin tone but it does without any other blush or bronzer applied. It is also buildable and pretty much goof-proof because it's so light. Because it's so light, it works best in this way for lighter skin tones but would probably make a great highlight for deeper skin tones as it has a beautiful subtle sheen to it.

I love this clear mascara to tame my brows. It holds them in place and makes them look nicely groomed without any crunchiness or flaking. Once this is finished, I will probably try out Covergirl's clear brow gel/ mascara as they are now cruelty-free.

This is a great mascara if you like big lashes! Even if I was to wear no makeup at all, I always like to have big lashes, even a bit clumpy, it really helps to frame the eyes and make them look open and awake. The wand on this is a bit big for my hooded eyes so I usually end up having to clean up a spot or two from my lids, but this is nothing new for me when it comes to mascaras. This was a sample so once it's gone I will most likely go back to Essence Lash Princess, it gives me the same look for much less.

 Step 7 -Nars Lip Balm in Laguna (free Sephora birthday gift) 

I have a full review of this product along with the matching bronzer linked here. This lip balm is hydrating with just a hint of colour. It's very sheer, so it will look different on everyone depending on your natural lip colour.

This has been my go-to routine for quite a while now for days that I do wear makeup. It seems to be all I need.

Happy Sunday!


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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Whish Firming Sleeping Mask Review | Anti aging

I love products like this Whish Firming Sleeping Mask. They are no-fuss and so easy to use. Unfortunately, it made my face breakout so I used the entire bottle on my neck as I didn't want to waste the product and it worked out quite well that way! My skin feels hydrated, lines are smoothed and my skin looks firmer. 
The skin on our neck is much thinner than our faces so it actually needs even more care than the skin on our face. I wish I knew this when I was younger. I would have paid much more attention to it when I was younger to prevent issues rather than having to treat it now. If you're younger, learn from my mistake!


The consistency is gel-like and has a light, fresh scent. It feels very hydrating but isn't greasy at all. I use it as the last step in my skincare routine (on my neck only) to lock in all of the moisture. It can actually be used both day and night because it isn't greasy.


Let our Rose Hip + Lotus Firming Sleep Mask do all the work while you get your beauty rest! Evenings are the time for our skin to rest and rejuvenate—which is why it’s so important to use quality anti-aging skincare products at night. This deliciously rich, overnight mask helps to strengthen and revive skin while you sleep. Using all-natural firming ingredients, it works to deliver intense moisturization while softening fine lines and refining texture. One dose of this incredible mask and your skin will feel softer and appear younger and firmer, too!

Key ingredients:

OVERNIGHT FIRMING: shiitake edodes, rosehip oil, gotu kola
INTENSE MOISTURIZATION: organic argan oil, jojoba seed oil, chia seed oil
CALMING AND SOOTHING: organic aloe, organic chamomile, horse chestnut extract

Although I do like this product and enjoyed using it, I find the $54 price tag a bit steep, and I feel like I can get the same results for less with other similar products. But, the good news is that it takes very little product, making this jar last for a long time, especially when just using it on your neck. I will reevaluate after using some similar products that are less expensive. 

Whish Firming Sleeping Mask retails for $54 for 2 oz.

Tip: If you have some great skincare that doesn't jive with your face, try it on your neck or chest or even an area of your body that you'd like to treat.

 What firming masks do you recommend?



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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Heat Holders® Thermal Oversized Luxury Throw Blanket Review

Rocky Approved Heat Holders® Oversized Throw Blanket in Winter Fawn.

My Valentine (Rocky) loves my new Heat Holders® Oversized Luxury Throw! Hopefully, we can share but he seemed to claim it as his own as soon as we opened it! 🐾 🐈 I can't really blame him because it's super soft and snuggly, it feels like the softest fur! Plus, it keeps us toasty warm on these cold winter days and nights. πŸ”₯

The extraordinary success of Heat Holders® socks led the brand to create several additional products, such as hats, gloves, loungewear, and more! This award-winning brand now offers the softest throw/blanket that you'll probably ever feel!

Heat Holders® Thermal Oversized Throw/Blanket is made of a luxuriously soft fur fleece called HeatWeaver®. It's been developed to be efficient at retaining heat, which is why it has an official tog rating of 1.7 - it's measurably warmer to the touch.

The Heat Holders® Thermal Oversized Throw/Blanket is 70¾" x 78¾". It's machine washable and comes in several colours to suit any #decor
Shown here in the colour Winter Fawn.

The blanket is lightweight but keeps me toasty warm. We keep the temperature pretty low in our house and I'm always freezing! This throw allows me to keep warm while saving money on our heating bills. I love this neutral colour that I chose as it goes with any room in our house. 

I've been using it while watching TV on the sofa as well as an extra layer on the bed at night. It's very cozy and is a great way to not only stay warm but as a form of self-care to wrap yourself up in the comfort of its soft warmth.

It's so cozy and comforting to me that I love to sleep with it pulled up to my pillow so I can wrap my hands in its warmth. I can't even explain how comforting it is. Plus, my hands are always cold (thanks thyroid!) and this blanket helps to keep them warm while I am trying to drift off to sleep.

Heat Holders® Thermal Oversized Throw/Blanket:
  • 100% Polyester
  • Size 70¾" x 78¾"
  • Luxury soft fur feel
  • Tog rated at 1.7
  • Machine wash warm
  • Tumble dry on low heat

Heat Holders® makes a variety of products from socks, to hats and gloves, plus these gorgeous blankets, all created to keep you toasty warm at affordable prices.

The blanket/throw featured here retails for only $34.99 USD and comes in a variety of colours to suit any decor. 

Check them out at and

Stay Warm!


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Sample received for review consideration. All opinions are our own. Some links are affiliate which are trusted and used by this site. Thank you for your support πŸ’“

Friday, February 5, 2021

NEW! Vichy Liftactiv Supreme H.A. Wrinkle Filler Face and Eye Serum + Day Cream Review

Yesterday, my guy asked me why I was "all dolled up." Meanwhile,  I was at home, in my sweats with no makeup on, hair undone, but I had just finished my new Vichy skincare routine, so I have to attribute the compliment to these products. πŸ˜„ I've definitely noticed that my skin has been glowing, brighter, plumped, and firmer, but for someone else to notice says a lot! πŸ₯°

I've been using these products AM and PM for a short time and since I'm already seeing results, I can't wait to see what happens long term. The fact that my jowls are less pronounced just amazes me. That's my least favourite part of my face and I haven't had much luck with skincare helping in that area until now, so I'll be keeping an eye on that as I continue using these products. 

The new H.A Wrinkle Filler has 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid plus Vitamin C, and Peptides which are key to combating dehydrated skin as it helps the skin retain water, keeping skin looking plump, hydrated, and filling in wrinkles! It only takes a few drops, and I always apply to damp skin for best results. It's a clear, silky-feeling serum that is also free of fragrance, silicone, and alcohol. It can also be used as an undereye wrinkle filler and lip line filler. Its unique Hygenic packaging limits the risk of bacterial contamination. Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested, too.

Facial serum with Vitamin C & 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid + Vichy Volcanic Water. Dermatologist tested for safety. 

Anti-wrinkle serum for face plumps skin for a visible filling effect, leaving skin looking more youthful. Clinically tested for efficacy to deliver visible results of -47% wrinkles & -60% fine lines in six weeks. Fragrance-Free.

The Anti-wrinkle and Firming Care Day Cream has 5% natural origin Rhamnose + super antioxidant Neohesperidine and is rich in 15 minerals, these ingredients help with wrinkles, loss of firmness, and tired-looking features πŸ™‹‍♀️ 

This anti-aging face moisturizer is:

  • Paraben-free
  • Allergy-tested
  • Tested under dermatological control for safety

Demonstrated product results for Vichy LiftActiv face moisturizer:

In 4 weeks:

  • 79% agree features look smoother*
  • 85% agree skin feels more comfortable*
  • 38% increase in skin firmness**

*Study on 52 women aged 45 to 65, twice daily application over 4 weeks

**Evaluation on 40 women aged 53 to 67

  • Paraben-free*
  • Allergy tested*
  • Tested under dermatological control for safety*
  • Non-comodegenic*
  • Suitable for sensitive skin*

Skincare is the one area that I'm always willing to invest my money in, and with Vichy, I really don't even have to spend a lot, yet I'm getting some of the most advanced technology in skincare! 😍😍😍

Have you tried either of these products? Let me know what your favourite Vichy products are! 

Have a fabulous weekend!


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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sephora Birthday Gift 2021 | Nars Laguna Bronzer and Afterglow Lip Balm Review

I just shared a Sephora Haul, linked here, and decided to also do a dedicated post for Sephora's free Nars Birthday gift for this year.

Every year, Sephora offers its Beauty Insiders the opportunity to choose a gift for FREE! This year, because non-essential stores are still closed, I had to make an online purchase to get my free birthday gift. Luckily, there was no minimum purchase as well as free shipping with no minimum purchase!

This year, there are 4 freebies to choose from:
  • Nars Laguna 2pc mini-set featured in this post
  • Moroccanoil 3pc mini haircare set
  • Laneige 3pc skincare set
  • Kerastase 2pc haircare set - online exclusive

As a Sephora Beauty Insider (free to join) you can choose one free gift per year with no purchase required. You can access your birthday gift 2 weeks before your actual birthday and anytime after your birthday.

I have been wanting to try Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder for quite some time, so I was glad it was offered as one of this year's freebies. 

The Nars Freebie Includes:

Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder 2.5 gr
Afterglow lip balm in Laguna 1.1 gr

Top: Nars Laguna Bronzer/ Bottom: Nars Laguna Afterglow Lip Balm

Birthday gift:  Nars Laguna bronzer and Afterglow lip balm  πŸŽ‚

Laguna Bronzing Powder:
The bronzer is tiny but I can still fit my brush into the pan without any issues. The packaging is just like their full-size counterparts and contains a small mirror. 

The powder is not nearly as dark as it appears in the pan, which is a good thing for me. I was afraid it was going to be too dark for me and would be difficult to blend. Turns out to be not too pigmented and blends like a dream. It is buildable and I actually needed 2 or 3 applications to get the colour that I wanted. I was surprised that the Laguna Bronzer has quite a bit of micro glitter which only shows up in certain lighting, thankfully. It also has a gold sheen to it which can only be seen from certain angles. The colour is great on my light/neutral skin tone, although it shows up quite orange in the swatch, it doesn't look orange on my face. It adds a nice bronze-y glow that I happen to love all year round. It definitely gives that summertime bronze beach look.

AfterGlow Lip Balm in Laguna:

The Afterglow lip balm also comes in the same beautiful packaging as its full-size counterpart. The balm has a nice slip to it and feels good on the lips. It is somewhat hydrating but not very long-lasting. It also has a tiny bit of a sheen with a dot of micro glitter here and there, but very little so it isn't bothersome to me. The colour is very sheer natural looking, and makes the perfect addition to the Laguna Bronzer, adding to that summertime bronze beach look when paired together. Giving me #beachvibes

The sizes in this freebie kit are quite tiny and considering how much bronzer and lip balm I use, I don't expect them to last long. (Bronzer and lip balm are 2 of my most used products).

Overall, I'm very happy to have finally tried these products. I probably won't purchase the full size of the bronzer because I am generally not a fan of glitter on my face, I don't mind some shimmer, but not glitter. The Afterglow Lip Balm is just ok for me, especially considering the high price tag.

Some of the other freebies like the Laneige and the Morrocanoil kits are probably a better value but if you are also dying to try Nars Laguna, you can't go wrong, especially for free, and I hope my swatches and review have helped with your decision! 😍

You can view all of this year's free birthday gifts and sign up to become an insider at

Which gift will you choose this year!?


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Sephora Haul! The Ordinary, Sephora Hello Favourites + 2021 Birthday gifts Review

Sharing a fun little Sephora haul today 🌞 which includes 2 FREE birthday gifts (my Aunt let me have hers.. . so sweet! πŸ₯°) We had to make a small purchase online to receive our birthday gifts because stores are still closed. Shipping was πŸ†“️ with no minimum purchase! πŸ™Œ

Sephora Favourites Hello! Greatest Beauty Hits bag was on sale for $10 and includes 6 samples as well as a 15% off coupon. Most samples are so small that I'd say unless you need a new blush, this "Hello Sephora Favourites" isn't really worth it.  I was excited by the Tarte Jelly Glaze but it's tiny!!!

Swatch: bareMinerals Gen Nude Blush in Call My Blush (no filter, taken in natural daylight)

Out of Sephora's Hello Favourites kit, I'd say that the mascara and blush are the standout products. I am a bit disappointed in Tarte's Jelly Lip Mask as it is not my favourite but I'm glad I got to try it. I am excited to use the Rescue Mask as I love these sort of leave on face masks. I'm also excited to try Sephora's Ultra Glow Serum as it has fabulous reviews!

Second purchase was The Ordinary caffeine solution 5% + EGCG. This was only about $6 for 30ml and only takes a tiny drop for each eye πŸ‘ So far so good with this product, it definitely helps with puffiness temporarily. Will share a full review after using it for more time.

1st Sephora πŸ†“️ Birthday gift:  Nars Laguna bronzer and Afterglow lip balm birthday gift was my 1st choice as I've always wanted to try this bronzer 🌞 

Top: Nars Laguna Bronzer/ Bottom: Nars Afterglow Lip Balm in Laguna 
(no filter, taken in natural daylight)

Nars kit includes:
Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder 2.5 gr
Afterglow lip balm in Laguna 1.1 gr

I was surprised that the Laguna Bronzer has quite a bit of micro glitter which only shows up in certain lighting. I like how easily it blends and the colour is great on my light/neutral skin tone, although it shows up quite orange in the swatch, it doesn't look orange on my face. It adds a nice bronze-y glow that I happen to love all year round. It definitely gives that summertime bronze babe look.

The Afterglow lip balm has a tiny bit of micro glitter as well, but very little so it isn't bothersome to me. The colour is very sheer and makes the perfect addition to the Laguna Bronzer, adding to that summertime bronze babe look when paired together.

Second πŸ†“️ Sephora Birthday Gift:  Moroccanoil birthday gift comes with 3 samples: original Moroccan treatment (15ml), Hydrating styling cream (20ml), Night Body serum (10ml).

If you have damaged or dry hair like I do, this is a great kit to try out! Everyone's hair is different and reacts to products differently, so this is a great way to try this line for free!

Out of the 2 birthday gifts shown here, the Moroccanoil hair kit is the better value in my opinion but I just had to finally try Nars Laguna ☀️ 

There are 2 other free birthday options this year:
 Laneige 3 piece skincare set and Kerastase shampoo and conditioner set which is an online exclusive.

Note: You need to be a Sephora Beauty Insider to be eligible for a free birthday gift, it's free for everyone to join!

You can view all of the free birthday options for this year at birthday-gift
Which Sephora birthday gift are you going to choose this year?! 


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