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May Favorites!

First off, I’m sorry I’ve been missing in action for some time. To be completely honest with you, I needed some time off to get inspired into writing again. There are times when I’m not too sure about the content I’m producing and if you are going to like it. This blog is the space where I express myself and share with you some of things that I like. By doing so, I hope to create a community of people that share their passions and learn from each other. 

With that being said and changing the subject a little bit, today I wanted to share with you some of the products I’ve been using lately. Enjoy!

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Happiness Body Lotion

I constantly struggle with dry skin and, to be honest, it wouldn’t be such a hassle if I wasn’t that lazy when it comes to applying body lotion. I love creams, but with time I tend to forget about them. I guess I don’t have such a strong habit of moisturizing my body. 

Things have changed a little bit ever since I started using Bath & Body Works’ Aromatherapy Happiness Body Lotion. I’m not very knowledgable in aromatherapy, nor do I really know for sure that it works. However, there are people that claim that certain scents can trigger emotions. This lotion contains Bergamot and Mandarin essential oils. Some of their beneficial uses include would healing and relaxation, but from the name of this product, I’m guessing that it can lift up your mood as well.

The lotion is creamy and easy to absorb. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or icky. Also, it has a strong citrus scent. I quite enjoy its smell, but my boyfriend says it’s too strong. I did notice that there’s a lingering scent that can last for about whole day. 

The size of my lotion is the small one. It’s very practical because it fits in my purse and I can carry it with me. It’s as simple as when I notice my arms are dry, I can get the lotion out and apply it right away. 

Wild Costa Rica Vanilla Coffee Body Scrub and Vanilla Honey Lip Scrub

While supporting national brands, I wanted to include a couple of products from Wild Costa Rica that a friend of mine gave them to me as a gift (¡muchas gracias Dani!). I was reading a little bit about this artisanal brand and found that they base their products on natural ingredients such as coconut oil, fruit extract, honey, and more. They mainly focus on beauty, selling exfoliants, body oils, and most recently a body glow bronzer oil.

I’ve been using these two products for some months now and I really like them. The Vanilla Coffee Body Scrub is the best. For me, anything that has coffee as part of it’s formula is excellent. I love coffee, not only because it keeps me awake and tastes delicious, but I find that its scent is relaxing. This scrub contains grained coffee, sugar, and I think that coconut oil as well. I’ve been using this as part of my waxing routine to help maintain my skin healthy and to avoid folliculitis. I find that working with damp hands has better results because it kind of keeps the product in your hand and allows you to work it onto the skin without much fall out. Also, as I rub the scrub onto my legs, the coffee releases its natural oil. Mixed with the coconut oil, both leave my skin feeling soft and moisturized. The coffee and sugar get rid of any dead skin cells.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had dry lips. I never really thought much about a lip scrub and how it would help me out with this issue, up until I tried the Vanilla Honey Scrub. I don’t exfoliate my lips that often because I remember someone telling me that exfoliating the skin so much can be harmful rather than beneficial. I tried to do it once or twice a week, preferably before bedtime so that I can apply a lip balm and go to sleep. The results: softer lips. The scrub smells very nice and it tastes well, although I don’t really recommend eating it haha. 

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

These past weeks I’ve been focusing more on skincare and beauty. Here in Costa Rica the weather has been all sorts of crazy. We’ve had very sunny mornings and rainy afternoons. These abrupt changes in weather eventually take a toll on your skin, which is why I’ve been trying to prevent dry skin and sun lesions. 

Kiehl’s is one of my favorite beauty brands. I find that their products work really well on my skin. Thus, as I started noticing my skin was looking dull and dry, I seek aid by using their Ultra Facial Cream. This product is amazing. It’s unbelievably soft and creamy. When applied, it feels soothing. It doesn’t leave your skin oily or dewy, but rather smooth. It gets absorbed quickly and evenly. With regular and daily use for the past four months, I’ve noticed that my skin has become more hydrated. The lines on my skin are less deep and noticeable, but I would be laying if I told you they were gone. Moreover, I found out that they come out with a new version of this cream but with sunscreen. 

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation

The Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation is one of my go-to foundations, and has been for some time. Lately, I’ve been into natural and minimal makeup for my day-to-day look. I’ve found myself going back to this foundation mainly because of it’s formula and finish. 

The Matte + Poreless version fo this product is the one I prefer. I love a matte face and this foundation really delivers that. Its soft and lightweight formula allows for an easy application and blend. Whether I use a brush or a beauty sponge, I find that there isn’t much of a difference. I haven’t gotten patchy skin or notice problems when blending. 

I think this foundation has a medium coverage. You can build it up to get something near a full coverage by applying more coats. For a natural look, I’ve been applying only one coat. It gives me a nice coverage and an even skin tone throughout most of the day. The finish isn’t a drying matte, but a silky or velvet matte face, which I like. I don’t recommend setting this product with powder because I find that by doing so, I got a cakey face. 

Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner

When it comes to eyeliner, I have always been on the gel eyeliner team. It could be because I learnt to draw my wing with one, but also because I find that it’s easier to work with. I have a hard time using liquid eyeliners because they are less forgiving than a gel one. However, ever since I found the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner, my perception about this type of eyeliner has changed a little bit. 

This product comes with a small tip that allows you to draw very thin lines and then work your way to get a thick wing without much trouble. Since it’s shaped like a pen, it’s easy to get the hung of doing your eye-line with it. After a couple of tries, I find that I got faster drawing a wing this way, which is why I’ve been using this product more often. This eyeliner has a matte finish. It doesn’t fade or smudge onto the eyelids and can last for many hours. It’s not water resistant nor it’s hard to remove.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Which products have you been using lately?

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