DRUNK ELEPHANT: my HONEST opinion — would I actually purchase?

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OK, so a few weeks ago I received a PR package from Drunk Elephant ++ asked you guys if you’d like to see a blog post / review on how I liked the products so, here we are.

The package they sent over contained a collection of their “Littles,” which is basically just sample sized versions of a few of their best selling products. I’ll be honest I used almost ALL of the product in the span of one + a half weeks. So it’s def safe to say that it’s more worth your money to just buy the individual products BUT I will say that this is an amazing way to get to know the products + see which you like / don’t care for.

Overall, I was honestly impressed by their products. I will say, the week I started using them is when I ALSO started being a lil extra crazy with my skincare (lmk if you wanna know what that looks like) so that has a little something to do with my opinion. However, this is more just a first impression I had with the products + telling you guys whether or not I think it’s worth the purchase because DE can def be a little more on the pricey side.

LET’S GET INTO IT

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Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

So the regular size of this Cleanser retails $32 which is a little more on the pricey side when it comes to cleansers. Personally, I am not super picky when it comes to what I wash my face with so it I don’t usually splurge in this department. To be honest, I wasn’t obsessed with this product, I felt like the consistency was a bit sticky + bland.

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C-Firma™ Day Serum

This is their Vitamin C serum and it retails $80 which is super pricey but it is a HUGE bottle + would prob last forever. I used this during the day + I honestly really liked it. I have tried a few other vitamin C serums and I found the actual product pretty comparable. I usually use Le Dew Citrus Sunshine — this product retails ONLY $24, which is wayyyy more in my budget so I prob wouldn’t repurchase this product if I am being honest with you guys. I will link that here for you guys, if you’re interested.

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B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum

OK, I promise this post isn’t ALL negative, I actually fell in love with this product + I plan to purchase it. I have pretty normal to dry skin so I am ALWAYS looking for some extra hydration ++ this product does not disappoint. The price point is $52, which is expensive but I honestly don’t know a product quite like this that would compare + once again, it’s a huge bottle. I really felt like this gave my skin a healthy glow + overall kept my skin extra hydrated (like, even overnight). I use this morning + night and I swear my skin just looks a little extra plump because of it (AND my light stim, of course).

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T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum

Before trying this product, I had never tried out a designated “night” serum ++ I honestly loved it. I would 100% repurchase this product. I applied this nightly ++ I noticed my skin tone looked super even + smooth. This product just glides on your skin + feels so dang good. Honestly if you’re looking to try anything from DE, TRY THEIR SERUMS. You will not be disappointed, trust me.

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Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

I know a lot of people are scared of oils but they really are good for your skin, guys. I actually really enjoyed this product. I specifically used it on the more wrinkle prone spots of my face (under-eye, forehead) + it def helped minimize that. This retails $40, so I am not sure if I’d repurchase to be honest just because it doesn’t feel necessary in my skincare routine BUT if you’re into oils—this is def one to try!

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C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream

So I quit using eye cream just because it’s pretty pricey + I am not SUPER concerned about all that yet, BUT after trying this, I will say, I  def wanna add eye cream back into my skincare routine. This product retails $64 which is honestly outrageous but it is an amazing product ++ you get a lot for your $$$. I think when it comes to eye cream, what’s most important is just using SOMETHING. So I am going to link a few fairly priced eye-creams below for you guys.

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Umbra Tinte™ Physical Defense SPF 30

OK THIS IS THE ONE PRODUCT FROM DE THAT I AM OBSESSED WITH. I had to put that in all caps because that’s just how much I love it. This is a tinted sunscreen that retails $36 ++ is so worth your $$$. It goes on super smooth, not sticky (like your average sunscreen). More like a BB cream with a really pretty tint. I love wearing this underneath makeup, or just by itself for a pretty-clean look. I 100% will be repurchasing this. Honestly a must-have for summer.

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Protini™ Polypeptide Cream

LASTLY, this is a version of their moisturizer ++ I am not gonna say much about it because I honestly wasn’t a huge fan. I am pretty picky with my moisturizers + this one just didn’t do much for me. I am the type of person who is into smells ++ all that and that’s one thing that kinda put me off to this product — it’s a little too bland for me.

ALRIGHT.. so that’s it for the products I was able to try. Overall, I love Drunk Elephant as a brand +++ plan to test out more of their products. I honestly HIGHLY recommend testing out their “littles” for yourself (we all have different skin ++ needs). I am also going to link below some other options they have for sample versions – a day + night serum set. Which basically has all the products I approved of, win-win. I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post + let me know if I should start doing more reviews like this!

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Summer Beauty Favorites

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Untitled-20.jpgOne thing I am really hoping to gain from FaithfulLuxe is the chance to captivate my readers, and find my voice as a writer. Taking that into consideration, I want to use my first couple blog posts to introduce myself. One thing you must know about me is that I am obsessed with skin care…yes, I am that friend. I’m not entirely sure where the obsession stems from, but I will say that spending my free time watching YouTube videos and scrolling through beauty blogs has had a significant impact on the person I am today. However, it wasn’t until the carefree, yet stress-filled college years when I truly realized the real importance of a consistent skin care routine. Don’t get me wrong, I only just turned twenty-one last month and have yet to develop fine lines or wrinkles, my skin care routine is simply preventative.

Before you roll your eyes, check out the products I use below and trust me when I say my skin has definitely improved since using these products ↓↓↓

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One thing I’ve learned about myself while writing this post is that I apparently have a thing for roses. I guess there’s just something so lovely about smelling like a flower.

One brand I absolutely LOVE for skin care is Fresh cosmetics, because their products are all natural and leave your skin feeling…fresh. Their Soy Face Cleanser has been my favorite for a couple of months now, and the product is super long-lasting, I think I’ve had this same bottle for about four months now. Along with that, I’ve been absolutely loving their Rose Hydrating Gel Eye Cream.

Okay, so now the Mario Badescu Facial Spray is my go-to during my makeup routine. I use it as a setting spray, and sometimes even before my makeup whenever my skin needs some extra hydration. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without this product.

Last but not least, two products I’ve been loving are actually from Target. Thayer’s Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner has worked wonders for my skin. As well as the Pixi Rose OilBlend, which I use whenever my skin is feeling dry, or before applying makeup for an extra dewy look.

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       One of my absolute favorite brands of all time is Glam Glow, and I was so excited when they recently released the Glow Starter Mega Illuminating moisturizer. Having a good moisturizer is so vital to your skin care routine and this product has truly helped my skin. What I love the most about this product is that it leaves a glowing tint to your skin so even on those no-makeup days, you will still feel like you’re wearing something.

I can’t talk about my summer beauty favorites without talking about the product that’s been saving me this summer…literally. It took me the longest time to find a face sunscreen that didn’t cause breakouts. Luckily I came across this product by Drunk Elephant. The Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense is one of the best sunscreens out right now. I usually apply this everyday after I apply moisturizer right before I apply my makeup.

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This wouldn’t be a legitimate post about my beauty favorites if I didn’t include self-tanner. I am blonde-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned girl and it takes quite a bit for me to get a natural tan going. I am also the most impatient human being on this planet and I am all for the get-rich-quick kind of deal, so self-tanner is my best friend. St. Tropez is in my opinion, the best brand out there. I usually apply it at night before bed, and voilà, I wake up tanner than ever. The only downside of St. Tropez is that it can stain your sheets and it only lasts about a week or so, depending on how often you use moisturizer.  However, a couple of months ago, I discovered the brand Tan-Luxe and their amazing product, The Water. It’s a clear, gradual self-tanner that won’t stain your sheets. It also smells amazing.

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I am a huge face mask fanatic. These are two of my favorite masks I’ve been loving recently. Peter Thomas Roth is one of the best in the skin care game. I absolutely love his Cucumber Gel Mask for summer because it’s seriously so cooling and it will make you feel like you’re at the spa. The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is another one of my favorites because it smells like pumpkin pie, and it leaves your skin feeling extra revitalized.

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I hope you enjoyed my summer beauty favorites, and I will link all of the products mentioned below, xoxo.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream

Another Eye Cream I LOVE

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner

Pixi Rose Oil Blend

Glow Starter Mega Illuminating moisturizer

Drunk Elephant Face Sunscreen

St. Tropez Self- Tanner

Tan-Luxe The Water

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic Set — such a steal!

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