Author: Jessica

Updated Skincare Routine | Spring & Summer 2019

It has been a while! Some time has passed, as well as some life events. I am settling back into my life in Chicago after living abroad the last few years, reconnecting with people& finding a new sense of home. While skincare is still a staple to my self-care & identity, I do not know the regularity I will be reviewing here. I have another blog, centered on lifestyle & expat experiences. But that has long been neglected as well. I have been refocusing my skincare to incorporate minimal plastic & ethically sourced cosmetics, I have been trying some new products & having a love affair with Klairs so there should be some upcoming reviews in the future! Let’s begin with my new skincare routine, featuring some classical favorites & recent additions… Oil Cleanser: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil Value: $10.49 – 6.5oz / 192ml | Testing I just received this product last week. While an oil cleanser only has one job, I do not feel comfortable passing judgment just yet. It does …

My Updated Skincare Routine – Autumn / Winter 2018

It is a Wednesday & it feels like I am doing nothing for the first time in quite a while. I have had the free time, but there has been a lot physical & mental energy spent on settling down in the Western Hemisphere while my next visa is pending. It has been a long time, no skincare talk! My routine has been non-existent recently, I just haven’t felt like it. I have moved continents & unsure how long I intend to stay, part of rebuilding a self-care routine & settling into my current lifestyle has been revitalizing my skincare stash. Oil Cleanser: Generic Coconut Oil Value: $4.99 – 14oz / 414ml Repurchase I feel like this defines how uninspired I have felt with skincare lately. I have resorted to using standard coconut oil that can be found on an Aldi shelf. I always have coconut oil on hand to use as a hair mask, my skin is not acne-prone so I can use it to remove make-up without any clogged pores. I have not …

Beauty Empties [02] | Spring 2018

Another time to dumpster dive! You can read my first empties post here if interested. I include reviewed & non-reviewed cosmetics from my usual skincare to hair care, along with some household scents [because I can]. I was surprised I had no makeup to contribute this time, but this is a skincare dominated trash bin. The Good: Tosowoong Apricot Seed Oil Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum April Skin Sugar Coconut Cream Missha Premium 95% Aloe Soothing Gel Missha All Around Safe Block Sun Essence SPF 45+ CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Milk SPF 50+ Kind Natured Heavenly Coconut & Passion Flower Body Wash Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque The Average: Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Cosrx Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser Yes to Carrots Scalp Relief Shampoo Mizon Enjoy Fresh Sweet Honey …

The Ordinary: Haul & Initial Impressions

This is actually my second haul with The Ordinary. Initially, I ordered a few products a little over a year ago. This is when issues with their CEO, Brandon Trauxe, initially spilled out for public display. I used the products I had, kept opinions myself & waited to see how the social media breakdowns around Trauxe would unfold. I judge products based on the brand, I have boycotted many brands in the past, I include brand history & controversies in my cosmetics reviews because I believe it matters. I look into company transparency, ethical production practices & association with any racist or prejudice behavior. Obviously, I do not purchase products from brands like Jeffree Star Cosmetics or anything Lorenzo Delpani touches because blatant discrimination has taken place. I do not buy products from L’Oreal that profited from WWII genocides without compensating surviving families. Tarte Cosmetics does not earn profit from me either because they posted a racist meme, blamed an intern & later released an abysmal shade range for a hyped new foundation. I understand …