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beauty | skin care | life's little luxuries

if you've been on my instagram page lately, you would have probably seen these two in a couple posts here and there. during the sephora via sale, i picked them up (amongst other things) because i heard nothing but good reviews about the tatcha skin care line. just to give you a quick run down, tatcha is a japanese skin care brand that formulates its products to target signs of aging. the brand uses an array of natural ingredients (green tea, red algae, rice brand etc) to enhance and nourish one's skin. i can't exactly tell when the tatcha line first landed in sephora but i feel as though it has been less than two years. since then however they have grown into a cult favorite. personally i own only three products from the line, namely the dewy skin mist, which i have reviewed here, and most recently these two products we will be chatting about today...

if you've read my how i care for my skin blog post you would probably have seen me talk about sunday riley's tidal as the moisturizer. i've been using for a while. it's one my of my favorite moisturizers and while i have had no issues with it what so ever, i wanted to branch out and try something different. my desire for "something different" led to me tatcha's the water cream" which essentially is an oil free, anti aging moisturizer that is formulated to provide hydration and pore minimizing properties. 
its notable ingredients includes
-  japanese wild rose : used to balance the skin's texture and minimize the appearance of pores
japanese leopard lilly : used to reduce oil production, soothes skin and support the natural turn over of dead skin cells. 
- green tea, rice & red algae - contains properties that nourishes the skin
the water cream's targeted audience are those with normal, oily, combination or sensitive skin types and provides solution for skin issues such as large pores, uneven texture and dryness. 
it has been over a month now since i've been using the water cream and it has been a complete delight. first of all can we just take a second to appreciate tatcha's aesthetics tho? i mean their packaging is just so gorgeous and just lovely to look at. while you aren't here to read my rambles about pretty packaging, i just love when you see all the effort a brand puts into their products. 
as far as the product itself, i'm obsessed with it. i used what was left of my sunday riley tidal cream, started on the water cream & have not put it down since. what i look for in a moisturizer is obviously hydration, longevity throughout the day, properties that evens out my skin tone, doesn't leave an oil slick on my face and doesn't break me out. the water cream gives me that and more. 
albeit a thin consistencey, a little goes a long way with this product. it feels refreshing on the skin, especially in this horrid florida heat. every single use i get from this gives me a nice, cool sensation that i cannot get enough of. it works well with other products and does not break my skin out. as far as the craters in my face (aka pores), i've seen a change in the size of them over the past month and a half. while they are not totally gone (do they ever?), they've been noticeably diminished. i also find that i use less product when i use this particular cream. i use it day and night and i feel like i haven't even touched half of the product. i love getting my money's worth especially when it comes to pricey skin care as to me they are an investment. i don't find that it has an offensive smell which is typically very off putting to me and i can appreciate the little spatula that comes with the product so you're not having to worry about dipping your fingers in the pot.
overall i give this product two thumbs up and highly recommend it if you're on the market for a new moisturizer. 


next on the list of obsessions is tatcha's pure one step camilla cleaning oil. while the camilla cleaning oil can be used as an actual facial cleanser, i personally use it to remove my makeup prior to washing my face. i'm always on the hunt for a good cleansing oil and while i have found some, they never 100% take off my makeup especially those stubborn water proof mascaras. i was a bit skeptical when i first bought this because i thought, well it may just turn out to be "another cleansing" oil, but oh was i wrong. when i tell you this oil takes off every. single. thing....like tatcha!!!! what is the secret sis!? this is truly a one step cleanser in regards to make up removal. it breaks down and dissolve makeup like a dream, so much so that i actually enjoy taking my makeup off after getting home. while it doesn't take more than three pumps to saturate my entire face and dissolve everything, i still use more than i should because i love it THAT much. i could skip cleansing my face entirely with my traditional facial cleanser but personally i still go in after wards because i am extra and it's just a habit. i appreciate the fact that this does not dry my skin out. while i loved using the boscia cleansing oil, i find that it does dry my skin out a bit. this on the other hand does not and certainly does not break me out. i also appreciate the skin care properties it contains (tsabuki - provides moisturizing and anti-oxdixant benefits). 
again, the packaging is fabulous and it comes with a pump which is always, always useful. in comparison to the water cream, this does have a scent that is not offensive at all. i hate to keep going back to the boscia cleansing oil, but both scents are similar (just for a reference). if you already have a cleansing oil that you know and love, you don't need to run out and buy this one obviously. however if you're looking to change up your skin are routine, and add a new cleansing oil i would definitely say try this. 


i'm almost sure that the tatcha line isn't my first ever experience with a japanese based skin care brand, but i continue to appreciate all the benefits i've heard people rave about. the water cream and cleansing oil will definitely be a staple in my skin care routine and i already have my eyes on a couple other products from the line
if you've tried any of these products (or anything from the tatcha line really) leave me a comment letting me know your thoughts. 
as always thank you for stoping by and i'll catch you guys on friday with another post. 
happy friday loves. 
today's post will be about some skin care banter, more specifically some skin care minis i have been testing out over the past couple weeks. if you don't already know, i have a thing for mini products. most of them are samples from gifts with purchases or products i have redeemed from sephora, but whatever the circumstance i'm always here for minis. they're small, cute, very travel friendly and is a great way to test out a product before investing in it. 
if you couldn't already tell, i love good skin care and have no qualms about splurging a bit more to take care of my skin. i also tend to stick to the evil that i know, meaning if something works, i continue to buy it over and over again. when it comes to skin care, i'm of the mind set that if something isn't broke, don't try to fix it. recently however - about two months, i have been trying out new products to kind of expand my horizons and to really see what else is out there. while they have not completely replaced my tried and true products, they have slowly become a staple in my skin care routine.
despite their small packing and volume, a few of the minis i'm currently trying out have packed quite a punch. so much so that there's a couple that i plan on getting the full size of.
let's chit chat...
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- kate somerville exfolikate intensive exfoliating treatment - 
for years i have wanted to try this product, but have never bit the bullet and bought it. i've watched countless videos and read countless blogs that featured this particular product and i have yet to really hear anything negative about it. it's seriously like a mini facial and one of the products that i'll definitely be investing in. as small as the package may look, i have gotten about 4 uses out of it (and i could probably get 2 more). the word "intensive" had me mildly shook in the beginning because i feared it would be too harsh on my skin. it could not be furthest from the truth however. it's very gentle, cleanses and exfoliates amazingly and leaves my skin looking and feeling healthy.
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- shiseido beneficence wrinkle resist24 night emulsion - 
this particular product is from shiseido's line of skin care that targets wrinkle formation. i personally don't have a huge problem with wrinkles (maybe a bit on my forehead), but generally those areas don't bother me. the night emulsion is more of a moisturizer than anything that is specifically  formulated for night time use. while i do like how it feels on the skin, i don't find that it is anything special or better than what i am currently using. now keep in mind that these are mini products and i may not see the benefit in some of these products due to the size and the amount of use i can get out of each. however on first impression, i love the texture, but i don't see any major changes that warrants me purchasing it and or replacing my current moisturizer with this.
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- shiseido ultimune power infusing concentrate -
this power infusing concentrate is a pre-treatment booster to your serum if you will that is formulated  to again, fight against signs of aging on the skin. first off i love the smell of this. it has a light citrusy sent that is very refreshing. i am currently using it prior to my serum and i can tell that my skin drinks up my serum. now i don't use a shiseido serum so i'm not sure if my serum is doing all the work itself or if it's a combo of this + said serum but whatever it is i can definitely attest to the fact that my serum absorbs like a dream. the jury is still out on an investment into this particular product, but i really do enjoy using it and will continue to test it out.


- caudalie venoperfect radiance serum -  
so i'm completely out of this serum since taking this photo....lol! i am in love with it. i'm not a huge caudalie girl as some of their products just do not work for me, but i can totally appreciate the formulation of this. if you're looking for a serum that evens out the texture of your skin, helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and leaves your skin radiant this is your girl. it is pretty darn gentle on the skin and did not break me out with it's use. idk what the heck caudalie has in this formula but it just works AND you do not need a lot. i also used this with the shiseido power infusing concentrate and they work well together. 
 i'm currently using a different serum that i purchased before receiving this little mini and i'm soooo on the fence about which one to purchase when my current serum is done. i love my current serum, but i also LOVE this one as well. am i being extra by having two different serums? may i can use one during the day and one at night. either way, i'm almost sure i'll be getting the full size of this.  
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- shiseido beneficence wrinkle resist24 intense eye contour cream - 
needless to say this is already in my sephora basket waiting to be purchased. like it's that good. i didn't realize i had a problem area under my eyes until i used the giorgio armani luminous silk foundation and noticed some dry patches. for some reason i'm not a huge eye cream girl. i always forget to use them and i typically just bring my moisturizer up under my eye when i felt like it. well the GA foundation is unforgiving when it comes to texture and dry patches and was like no girl....you got some issues. i remember this eye cream came in one of the sephora point perks box i picked up with a purchase and immediately started using it. first of all i thought i would get what, maybe 3 uses out of this tiny tube?. let me tell you, i STILL have a couple uses left. you need the smallest amount and it is sooooo nice under the eyes. it's not too thin and not thick, but rather an in-between texture that spreads evenly under the eye. ever since i've used it it's really changed how my concealer goes on and how smooth my under eye has become. i can totally see why it's one of shiseido's best sellers. 
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- caudalie moisturizing sorbet - 
out of all the products featured today, this my least favorite. this particular sorbet is a gel to cream consistency that is formulated to intensely moisturize and sooth irritating skin. while i didn't find that it irritated my skin, i also found that it is wasn't as moisturizing as my current moisturizer. i didn't like the consistency as i thought it was a bit too thin for my liking and left my skin still feeling a bit thirsty. while it may work for some, it just didn't live up to the moisturizer i'm currently using or some that i have used in the past to warrant investing in....
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have you guys tried out any of the mentioned products. if you so leave me your thoughts on how you are getting on with them
i hope you all enjoyed this post and as always thank you for stopping by 
have a great weekend & i'll see you on monday with some new obsessions from tatcha 
xo
as promised, today's post is all about the new foundations i have been trying out for the past 3-4 weeks. i think i have said this before in a previous post but i'm very picky when it comes to foundation (and a lot of other makeup products). it is the one makeup product that is my least favorite to buy. now hear me out....for years i didn't like liquid foundation. i was a powder foundation girl from the beginning of my love for makeup until maybe 3 years ago. liquid foundations just seemed messy to me, that was until i learned about the different tools to apply it with. since then i have really appreciated liquid foundation and while i have not ceased to use my powder foundations, i wear more liquid. 
as a woman of color however i find that a lot of brands, both drug store and high end, lack suitable shade ranges for chocolate girls. its definitely an annoyance but when i find a brand that caters to us WOC i praise the heavens. if you've been following my blog since i started blogging you know that i am a laura mercier tinted moisturizer type of girl. that shit has never failed me...ever. not shade wise, texture wise or longevity wise....never. ever. laura is definitely here for the chocolate girls.
as i dabbled more in makeup however, i felt the need to expand my horizons and try a few other things. hence why we are here....over the past three weeks i have been testing out 3 new foundations (at least new to me) which have been making their way around the beauty community......


Mac's Next To Nothing - Dark Deep

when i first heard about this product and its intended i use was super excited, because traditional mac liquid foundation doesn't work for me. they break me out, hence why i have always stayed away from them. this product however was formulated to be used more of a skin tint. i'm all about skin tints and tinted moisturizers for a little coverage in my every day makeup wear so this is right up my alley. i will say, if you are looking for a product with a lot coverage, this is not the product. also, if you have any issues with acne scars that you need covering up this won't do it. it has a very sheer consistency that is meant to me more of a skin tint, hence the name....
this particular product can be in various ways. it can be mixed in with foundation, worn under your foundation for added coverage or over your foundation. personally i wear it as my base and set it with my my mac mineralized skin finish in medium deep. when paired together it gives me a fresh no makeup-makeup look which i can appreciate for every day wear.
i've heard complaints of it oxidizing on the skin but i don't find that it does on mine. i would certainly get shade matched in store as the colors are a bit off. for example, i am a nw45 in mac foundations (or so they say chile *eye roll*), however dark deep, which is the darkest shade is what matches me the best. although having 8 different shades to pick from, i wished there were a bit more colors suitable for darker skin.
i really love the finish of it (semi matte) and the fact that it is literally next to nothing and feels great on the skin. it is not as long lasting as i would like it to be (i get a good maybe 6 hours of wear), but then again, it's not really formulated to be this amazing long lasting product either. for what it is, i really do love wearing it and i think it's worth it if you're on the market for an every day, no fuss base.


DIOR SKIN forever - 070

sooooo jacklyn hill made me buy this. i'm sure if you've watched any of her videos recently you would have seen this baby featured at some point. its definitely a hyped up product in the beauty community and i can totally see why. full coverage makeup intimidates or some odd reason. i think it's because i fear leaving my house with a cake face as some full coverage makeup tends to do. also i hate the feeling of caked on makeup on my face....i just can't handle it. for a full coverage foundation my go to is the estee lauder double wear. if you've tried it and loved it you'll you can relate. 
since purchasing the dior skin forever i have been obsessed with the finish, the coverage and the longevity. it is a medium to full coverage foundation that does. not. budge. it reminds me of the estee lauder in that sense. i also appreciate the fact that although it has a matte finish and is build-able to a full coverage, you do not feel it on the skin. idk what kind of sorcery dior has in this formula but i don't feel it ALL on my skin. to be honest, i recently wore it out again to diner and i forgot that i was even wearing anything on my face. it goes on smoothly, doesn't emphasize any texture and covers the very few blemishes i have on my skin currently. in the past i wore the dior skin nude foundation for years and while i loved it, it oxidizes like a bitch. you would get a couple hours' wear and then it just went left as the day progress. this however does not oxidize on me and does not moves around. it stays put through out its wear and gives my face a flawless, flawless look.
the ONE gripe i have with this product is the color range. like idk who is sitting in on the color range meetings but dior, we gotta do better sis. i'm in the shade 070 which is the second to last darkest color and for me it's almost too dark. i've tried 060 which is one shade lighter and it pulls super ashy on my skin. if dior could make a couple more shades between 060 and 070 that would be great because the formulation of this foundation is bomb, however the range for WOC is lacking....and we buy your products too dior!!!


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk - 10

of all the three, this was the foundation that i was most excited about. i know it's been out on the market for a while but i just never brought my self to actually purchase it because of all the mixed reviews i've read. also, it is pretty pricey (the most expensive of the bunch) and to be honest with such heavy mixed reviews i was highly skeptical. thankfully the sephora VIB sale rolled around and i took the opportunity to finally see what all the talk was about.
first off, i actually love it more than i thought i would. it's definitely on the sheer side but definitely build-able.
when first applying it i was a little skeptical...it goes on patchy for me personally. idk if i'm using the wrong tools but i have tried it with both a beauty blender and a buffing brush and it's still patchy. it takes a lot of work to blend it seamlessly into my skin which is annoying. i have yet to use a stippling brush to see if it makes the application less tiring but please let me know if you've tried this particular foundation & what's the best way to apply it.
with that being said, i love the finish of this. it's not completely matte but it's not dewy either. it's just a perfect in-between texture that looks soo good on the skin. healthy is what i comes to mind when i think the finish. of the three, this is the only that that appears a tad bit oily around my nose area. it actually doesn't really bother me much to be honest, but i do notice it. it stays in place and doesn't break me out -which i have read that it can possibly do. i typically wear it on days when i need a bit more coverage than mac's next to nothing, but still not full coverage as the dior skin forever. one more thingif you have issues with texture, i would certainly stay away from this. i find that it clung to the small area of texture i had around my mouth area when i wore it last. other than that, i really enjoy wearing it. i find that it also doesn't oxidize and stays true to the color you apply on first application. i also have some hyper pigmentation and this really blends in well with my skin color. do i think it's worth the price....i don't think so. and i'm just being honest here....i think for the money i would try the power fabric which has way better coverage and goes on smoother. while i don't own the power fabric i did receive a sample which i love (possibly a future purchase?...who knows...)



while i have various opinions about each of the foundations mentioned, i would honestly recommend all three and will continue using them. i'm still on the fence about making the GA luminous silk a staple in my collection once i have finished the entire bottle for the reasons already discussed, but the jury is still out on that. not that is not a beautiful foundation, i'm just a little disappointed with the application process. again if you've used it and have other techniques on how to apply it more seamlessly, please do share. 
i hope you all are having a great memorial day holiday with loved ones
we live in a very volatile world and i am forever grateful for all the service men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom. 
i thank you for stopping by and i will see you all on friday with a few skin care i'm currently obsessing over
xo. 
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