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Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub Review

tarte lip scrub review


What’s Up Honey Bunchkins!  I have searched far and wide for a good lip scrub that will help me deal with my drying Sahara Desert lips. ????  Oh well, at least the Sahara looks smooth, mine looks like, hmmm…never mind. My descriptions are not for the faint of heart, LOL. Anyway, I had my choices narrowed down to Givenchy Mister Lip Scrub (just because it’s Givenchy, ya know ????), Bite Beauty Agave Lip Scrub, Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant, Ilia Balmy Nights and another Tarte Lip Facial Scrub

Which one did I choose? All of the above. Joke. As you can see, I went and bought this Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub and Lip Whatevs. Basing on the reviews, this particular lip scrub seems to be the most liked among all the lip scrubs I was interested in. Also, I like its twist-up design, so I don’t have to double dip my fingers on the product. You know, it’s wrong to double dip. A lot of people died of double dipping. Hahaha, whatever that double dipping means. But hey, for hygienic purposes, always wash your hands before dipping your fingers into your beauty products. ???? K?


tarte lip scrub review


So yeah, I did end up with this Tarte Lip Scrub and I am not disappointed. It really revived my dry lips, took away the dead skin and resurrected it back to dear life. I just swipe and scrub this a bit on my chapped lips, wipe off the excess, and voila! exfoliation down to its core. I got smooth baby soft lips galore! Oh, and did I mention how yummy this tastes? it’s like peppermint candy, and honestly, you could eat this thing. It’s basically sugar. 


tarte lip scrub review


Like the grainy sugary texture above, this Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub is definitely now part of my holy grail products. I couldn’t say any negative thing about this lip scrub. I definitely think that it’s worth it and it’ll save and condition your lips, plus it’ll make your liquid lipstick application better. 


Any other lip scrub you can recommend? or have tried?


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Favorite L’occitane Products

favorite loccitane products review


Need help with skin moisturization? because Baby It’s Cold Outside and you don’t want your skin to be all cracked, itchy and dry. I swear, dry cold days can be harsh on our skin apart from not seeing the sun for a while. Sigh… Anyways, fear not! because I have a few product recommendations for y’all that’ll bring back that supple skin you’ve always enjoyed. These products are made by L’occitane. They’re known for the Shea Butter ingredients in their products which moisturizes and heals dry skin.

Now, pronounce “L’occitane”. Ha! I could barely even spell it, even more so pronounce it. I’ve heard a couple of folks say “Lok-chi-tah-nay” (Italian?) hmmm. Some say “lok-si-tain” (American?). Others would say “el-ok-si-tain” (Hahaha). Duh! whatevs! But here’s what I got from my research. It’s French, so therefore, moreover, and furthermore, 🙂 it’s “lok-si-tahn”. Not, “look-she’s-tanned!” Hahaha, enough of that, we’re here to talk about my favorite products from L’occitane and not how to say it, right? These products are very timely because of the chilly days we’re having today.


Here we go:


Shea Butter Liquid Hand Soap (Verbena):

– This detergent-free cleanser is ideal for dry to sensitive skin. The scent is heavenly, like a fresh lemon/citronella and has an aloe-extract. In fact, I like this scent a lot better than the Lavender one. Also, I like this hand soap much because it doesn’t irritate my hands which usually suffers from dryness during winter. FYI, I have been using this hand soap for almost 7 years now and I usually just purchase the refill which has a slightly lower price than the ones that comes with the pump container. The refill typically lasts about 2 months on me.


loccitane liquid hand soap verbena




Shea Butter Hand Cream:

– The best-selling product of L’occitane, the one that’s made them known for. This shea butter hand cream is truly a life-saving product. With 20% Organic Shea Butter, blended with honey, almond and coconut oil, this creamy and non-oily hand cream is hands down, by far, the best hand cream I’ve ever tried. It feels thick, luxurious and it is absorbed directly by the skin. The scent is clean, fresh and never boring. Most importantly, they keep the hands moisturized and soft. No wonder they get sold every 3 seconds all over the world. Good job L’occitane!


loccitane shea butter hand cream review



Certified Organic Pure Shea Butter:

– This organic pure shea butter is a multi-purpose cream that can be used to deliver maximum hydration on areas or parts of the body that has suffered extreme dryness, like cracked dry lips, elbows, cuticles, dry feet, and frizzy hair. It’s also great as a lip balm, after-shave, or eyebrow grooming. But what do I really use this for? Well, can you guess it right? As a makeup base. Either as a moisturizer or as a primer. I even mix a bit of this together with my favorite matte liquid foundations so as to prevent my face from looking flat like a freshly baked ciabatta bread. LOL! But yeah, this is really great to add a natural, dewy and subtle luminosity on the face. Just be careful not to put a lot, or else you’ll look very oily.


loccitane certified pure organic shea butter


What d’ya think of these? Have you tried them? What are your favorite products from L’occitane?


Happy Wednesday! Stay warm.

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Sephora Play January 2017 Box Review

whats in sephora play january 2017


Hey it’s January 2017 and it’s Sephora Play time! This first month of the year’s box is hands down probably the best Sephora Play box I’ve ever received, and I’ve heard that others are also singing the same tune.

What I like about this month’s items are the fact that they’re completely new to me and that the products came in decent sizes. They also seem to be unique and exciting to try. With this month’s theme: Sweat Is Just Another Way To Glow, this January 2017 Sephora Play contents are meant to freshen you up pre or post workout. Yet the products can also be very versatile for anybody who’s always on the go.


 sephora play january 2017 box review


  1. Tarte Frxxxtion Stick: A very interesting and unique cleanser stick with a dark purple/charcoal-like color. It has a gel-like grainy consistency that you can swipe directly onto wet/damp skin, then massage, lather and rinse the face for that well-cleaned skin. You can even use it as a facial mask. Don’t worry, the clayish color will completely wash away after thorough cleansing. Ain’t that a keeper?
  2. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Spf 50+ (Medium): A medium to full coverage makeup foundation with broad spectrum Spf plus some skin-loving ingredients. It can be used as a moisturizer, a serum or even as a tinted sunscreen. Personally, I find this to be quite similar to Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, especially the scent. This cc cream indeed has very good coverage, very moisturizing, and doesn’t settle into fine lines. It also makes the skin look glowy and the medium shade is the exact match for my skin tone. Will definitely be buying this in a full size.
  3. Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream: This whipped-consistency moisturizer is made of 6 African oils. It is very hydrating but it smells a bit like the noodle in ramen noodle, sans seasoning.
  4. Tory Burch Love Relentlessly Perfume: A floral scent that you can’t get enough of. It is flirty, fun, feminine, fresh and tender. It has slight traces of patchouli and some other stuff, but why do I feel like I’ve sniffed this type of scent before? Perhaps Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb?
  5. Ouai Treatment Masque: A completely unique hair mask that you need to apply and leave on your hair for 5-10 minutes before showering. It restores moisture and is meant to prevent future hair damage. The problem is, judging from the size of the container I got and the amount of contents inside it, I couldn’t really tell the difference. There is about 1/4 of product inside the container and its consistency feels somewhat watery. On top of that, my hair is very long, but this mask worked decently on me. My hair was neither too oily nor too dry.
  6. Clinique Almost Lipstick (Black Honey): Almost a lipstick but not quite like it yet. It’s more of a lip sheer or a tinted lip balm, reminiscent of YSL Rouge Volupte Oil in Stick 48 Smoking Plum, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur and Dior Rouge Baume. I really like the texture of this “almost lipstick” because it feels smooth on the lips and is also very lightweight. P.S. I love the Black Honey shade. 


sephora play january 2017 contents


I really wish that next month’s box will be just as good as these. Fingers crossed. How ’bout you? Have you gotten your Sephora Play box already? What’s in it? Spill…


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