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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September Favorites

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So for the month of October, I am going to attempt to put up two blog posts per week (maybe more) so get ready for lot’s of content from me! I thought this would be the perfect intro into the new month with a little recap of products and favorites I was loving in September! img_2909-e1538523397783.png

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I am planning on doing an updated skincare / makeup routine blog post on it’s own so I just wanted to feature some of my ultimate favorites for this.

The first product I want to talk about is the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. This has been a cult-favorite this year, for good reason. It took me the longest time to try it out (mainly because it was always out of stock) but I finally picked it up and gave it a try. I’ll admit, my first reaction was that it reminded me of toothpaste — it has a minty scent / thick texture. After using it overnight, I was amazed at how soft and moisturized my skin felt! I have fairly normal-to-dry skin so I found this stuff to be super helpful for that. Even though it’s considered a mask, I love using it as my daily moisturizer… it’s just that good!

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask

Next, I wanted to mention a fun little brand I discovered on Instagram. I feel like I’m always seeing ads on my feed for smaller skincare/body brands similar to this so I thought it’d be interesting to give you guys a little insight on how I actually feel about their products. Anese is a skin/body care brand that specializes in booty care. Yes, you read that right. They have a bunch of different scrubs and lotions for your bum. I wanted to mention that + I will link those products below if you’re interested! However, I decided to test out their new skincare SLAY serum for your face! I have been loving this product. I usually apply it under my moisturizer before my makeup! I personally think it’s super important to hydrate your skin before applying a full-face of makeup, because it applies sooo much smoother and lasts way longer.

Anese SLAY serum

Anese Bootycare

If you haven’t already heard of Wander Beauty, get ready for a huge spiel from me because I have been obsessed with their products! They are a cruelty-free beauty brand that carries makeup/skincare. I am planning on featuring a couple different products from them in my makeup routine but for this post I wanted to share their eye masks with you guys! They are so easy to apply, you can seriously do it anywhere! I love these.

Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Foil Eye Masks

Lastly, I wanted to mention two primers that I have been loving! Similar to moisturizer, I honestly believe in using primer. I know a lot of people have different opinions on whether or not it actually works but personally my skin needs all the hydration it can get! I notice a difference when I use primer versus when I don’t so that’s why I love it! You guys know I love Smashbox primers so I decided to pick up this Radiance once. It honestly reminds me of my Glam Glow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer, so I am super stoked about that.

Smashbox Radiance Primer

Another product that I am long overdue to test out is the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ spray. This stuff smells so dang good and works amazingly! Personally, I can’t do my highlighter without some sort of primer spray so I really love this! It sets your makeup and leaves it looking super hydrated.

Mac Prep and Prime Fix+

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This was a hard section to pick for because I feel like I am still transitioning into my fall closet and I want to a do a fall style report so I just decided to go with some accessories that I’ve been loving.

I think these KDB boots might just be my favorite pair of shoes I’ve ever owned! I am seriously obsessed with this style. White boots are so cute for fall because they bring a lil pop of color to any outfit! I am super excited to style these.

Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Boots

Similar Style – I love these for everyday wear!

I have been meaning to pick up a mini backpack and I was so excited to find this one at Brandy Melville. This goes with every outfit and it’s SO convenient. I will see if I can find the exact link to this one but I will be sure to link some of my other favorites below.

Brandy Backpack

Similar style + Cheaper

Lastly, I wanted to mention some undergarments that I have been obsessed with. This might sound so weird to feature in a monthly favorites post but these are so comfy + amazing to sleep in! Richer Poorer also has t shirts + socks so I highly recommend checking their stuff out. Their products are super high quality and soft!

Richer Poorer Brand

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I have a few different things for my lifestyle favorites but first I wanna talk about this perfume I’ve been loving from by Rosie Jane. They recently released their new scent Angie, which is a mix of honeysuckle + fig. I am obsessed! It’s the perfect light scent for fall.

Angie by Rosie Jane perfume

I am so excited to announce that I am partnered up with Olly. Olly is a vitamin brand sold at Target that I’ve honestly been using forever! I think my mom originally introduced me to their brand last year + I have been using them every since. They are gummies so they’re super easy to take daily + they have a decent taste to them. As a full-time student, I have been loving their laser focus/ goodbye stress vitamins. These are so helpful and I seriously think they make a difference!

Laser Focus Vitamins

Goodbye Stress Vitamins

Lastly, Califia Farms is my go-to almond milk / creamer brand. I have been using their stuff forever! I will admit I am not a huge pumpkin spice fan but every year around this time I give it another shot because I want to get in to the fall spirit. I picked this one up at my local Von’s and I was pleasantly surprised! It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t like that intense pumpkin flavor. It’s a subtle taste, which I love. I highly recommend adding this to your fall morning routine.

Tips + Tricks: How to Make a Rental Feel More Like Home

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I am a firm believer that a happy environment at home can have the most positive effect on your everyday life. Similar to my own unique style and writing, I consider decorating as another form of a creative outlet for myself. As cheesy as it may sound, I think it’s so important to use your creativity in your everyday life. By surrounding myself with the things I love, I feel so inspired and motivated to be my best self. Since moving into my own place, I have been overly-obsessed with decorating and finding the perfect pieces for my little apartment, on a budget. I’ve mentioned before that as a college student, it’s so easy to feel like you’re just going through the motions and don’t have a set place you necessarily call “home.” With my own experience with renting, I’ve found that it can be difficult to make it feel like home, when you don’t exactly “own” the place. However, I’ve found that adding your own personal style, with bits + pieces of inspiration can fix any situation to feel cozier. No matter if you’re in a dorm room, apartment, or house,  I have a couple helpful tips + tricks that will go a long way into making your rental feel more like home:img_9355-e1531256243851.jpg

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I can’t stress this one enough…nothing makes a room feel more lonely than empty wall space. With rentals, there’s really only so much you can actually do with your space so there’s no better way to lighten up a room than with some wall art. A lot of online website are pretty pricey when it comes to simple prints, so I have a life-hack for you guys if you aren’t looking to over-spend in this area. On websites like Pinterest and Tumblr, there are tons of different prints and photos that you can print out for free…and then dress up with a pretty frame from your local thrift store. I will link some examples of prints I found online below.

Grateful Print

Do What You Love Print

X Print

Another place to find inexpensive wall art is on Amazon. I think it just might be my favorite place to find home goods because they have so much to offer and they make it so easy for you to shop. I found this wall decal on amazon for a decent price and it was so easy to stick on-to my wall.

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IMG_9356Now this tip might seem a bit strange at first, but trust me when I say adding different textures to a room can seriously change the vibe and make it feel extra cozy. For instance, I have been loving the whole wicker trend. You can find wicker baskets at your local Home-Goods, or online on Amazon for a decent price. Not only are they great for storage but they can quickly switch up a space and make it feel more put-together. In my apartment, I knew I wanted to add some type of marble piece but I wanted to stray away from making my living room “too” modern, so I decided to add a wicker basket on my marble coffee table and I swear it gives the perfect balance of modern, yet shabby chic.

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Another way to add texture is with your throw pillows + blankets. Pillows are my favorite because they are so versatile and can seriously change the feel of the entire space. I like to do this by playing around with different prints and colors, this is definitely where you can add your own personal style and creativity.

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This is probably my favorite tip I have for you guys and it’s so simple! Adding plants + flowers is the best way to freshen up any space. I like to find a good balance between real and artificial plants throughout my apartment because I am honestly the worst at keeping plants alive. However, I do love picking up a bunch of fresh flowers during my weekly trip to Trader Joe’s…they have the best options at the lowest price! As for artificial plants, I usually go to IKEA or Target. They’re always reasonably priced and seriously change the entire vibe of a room.

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Being the coffee enthusiast I am, I had to dedicate a section of my kitchen to my absolute favorite beverage. So I decided to turn a basic utility cart into a coffee cart. This obviously isn’t a necessity but I wanted to mention it because I am seriously loving mine! It’s perfect for small spaces that are lacking in counter-space.

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This might sound super cliché but it’s the little things that make a difference. I am obsessed with candles and make sure to put them everywhere. It’s a quick and easy way to make a room feel cozier. I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite candles with you guys:

Sweet Grapefruit Soy Candle

Capri Blue Candle

Panjore Lychee Candle

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Do What You Love Wall Decal

Woven Wall Hanging

Zodiac Print

Black + White Palm Print

Letter Board

Woven Basket

Woven Coffee Table Tray

Pink Pillow

Yellow Pillow

Fluffy Gray Pillow

Evil Eye Pillow

Coffee Cart

Coffee Table

Rug

Plants

Blue Keurig Coffee Machine

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post + don’t forget to keep up with my social media below for daily updates, xoxo.

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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