Summer breeze | Makes me feel fine | Blowing through the jasmine in my mind...

Gotta love the Isley Brothers!

It's summer. Like officially summer. Naturally, that means less is more. Sometimes, that's not always the case with me when it comes to makeup, but I have been wearing the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien for some time and I thought I'd share my thoughts!

I received the lip pencil in the very first Play! by Sephora box I got (April). That box has been the best box thus far (I am three boxes in).

Nars Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil

Today (June 20th) is the Summer Solstice, the day when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky. As a result, we will get 15 hours of sunlight! I can't wait to get to yoga! That brings me to this review of the The Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist ($44.00 for 3.3 fl. oz/97 ml), which will definitely come in handy today.

Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist
My face has never felt this good from a sheet mask. I even repeated the exact process with different sheet masks and I did not get these results. I want to first talk about the Tosowoong Dr. Troubex Sparkling Mask ($4.00), and then the Daiso Silicon Mask Cover (~5.00). I don't know who Dr. Troubex is, but he/she is amazing. Certainly loving all the scientificky-sounding ingredients. What drew me to the mask was the familiar ingredients listed on the front of the mask I already know my face happily agrees with. 

Tosowoong Dr. Troubex Sparkling Mask
Today, I have a post on my terrible eye bags!

I've come to the conclusion that in order to get rid of my eye bags, I need to go get fillers. Fillers are expensive (about $1500 per syringe per my research), so in the mean time I was sooooo excited to try out Dynamic Sonic's Instant Eye Lift! It's supposed to temporarily lift and smooth out wrinkles.

Dynamic Sonic Instant Eye Lift
Sometimes it's exhausting writing about lackluster products but I think it's necessary. That said, today's review is Innisfree Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser. I didn't find anything particularly wow-ing about this and don't use it often for that reason. However, I did find an interesting use for it.
Innisfree Sea Salt Perfect Cleanser
Beauty is pain. And as far as this post is concerned, I mean that on all levels. 

Confession #1: I often do not read the directions on beauty products that seem like common sense. 

This is bad. Well, it hasn't proved to be regrettable (yet), but I should really do better. The Mediheal APL Film Capping Pack is one of the products I did not read the directions prior to use. I just looked at the lady on front and put two-and-two together. I won't even give myself the benefit of the doubt and say the directions are in Korean either; a normal person would be more inclined to look up the directions for that very reason alone!

Mediheal APL Film Capping Pack


My hairline is thinning.

Yes... likely one of my worst beauty nightmares.

Anyone that wears extension, weaves, wigs, hairpieces -- whatever you fancy -- is concerned about their edges; that is the hairline surrounding the forehead. I'd really like to keep my edges, but my behavior isn't really all that conducive to that desire. I still continue to wear my wigs and weaves (is it even possible to stop??) but I have stopped using the damaging combs and don't braid my hair up tight when I do. Usually, I leave my edges out and place the wigs behind the hairline. Still, my scalp isn't a fan of tightness and it's starting to show. I know it could be so much worse, but I am consistently taking steps to reform and nurture that area to encourage hair growth.

The focus of today's review is on Reviv Hair Stimulating Serum, from Reviv Serums! 
Reviv Hair Stimulating Serum

I have been hollering about how great Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Foundation is for years. Somehow, I haven't reviewed it on my blog, which is mind-blowing. I used to have a YouTube video on it, but it was so outdated and not the best representation of its glory. No matter how many foundations I try, Mat Velvet+ will always be my boo, my first love, bae, my knight in shining armor, definitely on holy grail status. If you prefer a matte face, it should also be your boo because it doesn't get any better than this!

Make Up Forever Mat Velvet+ Foundation 85
Foundation review time!

It feels like it has been ages since I've done a foundation review. A couple of months ago, my skin rebelled against me. It got so bad, it started to depress me. To this day, I have no idea what caused the breakouts and subsequent scarring (probably stress-related). As a result, I wanted to find a foundation that was medium to full coverage that would cover up the damage. Which brings me to Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick ($42.00). This was referred to me as a foundation that had some full-coverage power, but could be toned down. Sounded perfect. Was it?

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick
I was really excited to try the Mediheal E.G.T. Timetox Ampoule Mask because of the scientific phrase, "epidermal growth therapy." Yes, I'm a huge nerd. This was my first Mediheal mask, and it won't be my last. 

Mediheal EGT Timetox Ampoule Mask

This month's Play! by Sephora subscription box had the theme, "The Forces of Nature." I was expecting to see some new all natural or mostly natural products, and was quite excited to see what was in store for me. Included in the box was:

Play! By Sephora (May 2016)
I haven't used a brow pencil in a long time. I recently had the opportunity to try out Brows on Point by Billion Dollar Brows, a "waterproof micro brow pencil." I had the opportunity to try out all four colors: Blonde, Light Brown, Taupe, and Raven.

Brows On Point - Billion Dollar Brows 

Skin Profile: Oily, acne scarring, large pores. 

Now if you look at the second photo, this clay mask looks like heaven. And guess what? It might just be.

Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask
Bamboo, one of the strongest, natural materials and some of the fastest growing plants in the world. Does it translate over to hair? That was my question with Hask's Bamboo Oil line.


Today I wanted to talk about something that has me excited. Why? Because it pertains to one of my primary skin concerns and that is the area around my eyes! 

I have accepted the fact that my eyebags aren't going anywhere unless I go see Dr. Juvederm. And even though I am aging like fine wine :)  I still detect fine lines around my eyes and crows feet when I smile. But that acceptance hasn't stopped me from being overprotective about it! Which brings me to PCA Skin Ideal Complex Revitalizing Eye Gel* ($84.00)!

PCA Skin Ideal Complex Revitalizing Eye Gel