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Pixi Products

I purchased a few Pixi products and sent them home to the States. I got one Glow Tonic medium-sized and travel sized for my mother and me.

I additionally purchased the Vitamin C tonic for myself and the Pixi Collagen & Retinol Serum for my mom. So far she’s said the smell is pleasant and the texture is sticky. Due to this, she’d instead only use the product at night. This product has diminished the appearance of smile lines on her face. As for the Glow Tonic, its brightening marks on her face and neck amazingly.

I’ve updated my mother’s skincare with a few anti-aging products like Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream, and Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Emulsion Broad Spectrum SPF 18. I’ve noticed tremendous improvement in her skin because she has a more youthful glow.

A more thorough review is coming soon! Plus tons of Korean skincare, First Aid Beauty, and SOL DE JANEIRO Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, and other products from Sephora. Honorable mention: the Sephora Collection Candle Hour smells heavenly, recommend the set 100%! The scent is strong but not headache inducing, smells like roses, spices, and fruit! The fragrance moves around the entire apartment. ❤

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Kiehl’s Products

Quick unrelated announcements: I’m currently also prepping to apply to law school this fall. I signed up for Kaplan tutoring. I plan on sharing my LSAT tips after I take my exam and get my results. Also, I want to revamp my blog and blog more regularly soon. I really need to get into a more productive blogging groove. 🤓Long skincare post below, feel free to skim through:

I bought a few new Kiehl’s skincare products and got a bag with sample sized goodies at the store for free with my purchase! Good luck, right?

I picked up another bottle of Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser (USD 23). I had a few pimples pop up on my forehead, and after using this cleanser, they quickly diminished. I’ve used this product before, and I recommend it because it does what it advertises — gentle daily exfoliation. It’s great for summer when my skin is more sweaty.

I purchased another Midnight Recovery Oil in the medium size ($75). I think this oil mainly helps with skin texture, and it’s amazing as always. The lavender smell is very relaxing.

A product new to me that I got is the Super Multi-Corrective Cream with Beech Tree Extract, Jasmonic and Hyaluronic Acids (around $66 USD). I love how it melts into the skin, its so velvety and smooth. I sought out this product because it has Hyaluronic acids and my esthetician at the Shelbourne suggested I look for products with this to add plumpness back into my skin and fade expression lines.

The sample goodie bag is so cute with a black and white vintage Kiehl’s print interior! Included:

-Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Massque (so excited to use this on my upcoming 11 hour flight back home)

-Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask (love the light smell and buttery texture, skin appeared hydrated in the morning after use)

-Midnight recovery oil face wash (Its just like the face oil – I “somewhat” enjoy using oil face washes to remove make up (gentle wash) but I probably would not buy this because I prefer washes with lather or scrub)

-Rosa Arctica (I used a few times and love it, it leaves the skin very glowy! It shrank the pores on my cheeks. The reviews are stellar online as well)

-Ultra Facial Toner (Leaves my skin feeling clean without feeling stripped, but natural may be best like witch hazel as toner – I always use witch hazel after facial threading or waxing to prevent bumbs)

-Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate (Immediate results in past four uses, lines around eyes diminished. However, the reviews are not positive lately online. Apparently, the formula changed? So I will probably not risk it and purchase a full size) https://www.kiehls.com/skincare/view-all-skincare/powerful-strength-line-reducing-eye-brightening-concentrate/3605970869090.html#q=-Powerful-Strength+Line+Reducing+Eye-Brightening+Concentrate&start=1

-Body Oil (leaves skin feeling very soft but smells a little unpleasant to me)

Ultra Light daily UV Defense (have not used), Smoothing Oil-to-Foam Body Cleanser (have not used) ❤

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The Spa at The Shelbourne Experience

10 out of 10 recommend visiting the Spa at The Shelbourne! I had a magical experience there as a birthday treat. Happy Birthday fellow Geminis. ❤

Customers of the spa are allowed to arrive an hour earlier than their appointment, no time more prior, to use the facilities like the steam room, sauna, and pool. In the locker room, each customer has a locker set up with their name on a charming little handwritten name card.

I used the steam room and sauna before my appointment. I did the anti-aging collagen facial. My esthetician was super warm and kind and massaged my neck, shoulder, arms, and scalp about three times during the hour-long facial. Afterward, I was given a platter with delicious honeycomb ice cream, mixed berries, and cranberry juice.

I loved the kind customer service and cleanliness of the facilities. The lounge room is grand and vintage but due to its age a little downtrodden. The lounge overlooks St. Stephan’s Green.

Still, I’ve been to several spas within the United States in different states and a few internationality, I know sometimes spending more does not guarantee a relaxing or pleasant spa experience, unfortunately. But this spa is legit, worth every cent.

My facial amounted to around 173 USD (no tip asked, included), and I personally think that is a modest fee given the facilities, length of facial, and post-facial snack.

I took a picture of the lobby and have also added some google searched pictures of the lounge areas (I left my phone in my locker). ❤

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c25 Cream Review

I purchased Dermaceutic C25 face cream a month ago from Elmes Skincare Clinic after an extraction facial. This face cream is very silky and light, perfect for summer. The best part is that it has 25% Vitamin C! I think using either this regularly, or Amazon bought Vitamin C serums on days I don’t wear it, have cleared up the small marks on my forehead. The combination of this day cream and La Creme Beaute Venom at night has left my skin more consistently clear than it’s ever been. (Plus, I’ve been more attentive to my skin in general lately.)

My esthetician at Elmes told me the key to maintaining clear skin (skincare wise) is Vitamin C and regular use of acids (like glycolic, salicylic, etc.) to exfoliate and dry down pimples. He advised that I avoid popping whitehead pimples because the white fluid I see is actually white blood cells and popping them can lead to acne scarring, or spread bacteria and create more pimples. Instead, he recommended that I use an acid daily and start out with a lower percentage. I’ve been researching products, and I’ll purchase Pixi Glow Tonic toner because it has 5% Glycolic Acid. In the future, I’d like to blog on a Pixi skincare haul. There are several Pixi products, specifically the Vitamin C line, that I have my eye on. ❤

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Peppermint Oil on Underarms + Shea Butter

One of my favorite hygiene practices is using peppermint oil on my underarms followed by deodorant after showering. It works wonders for underarm odor and seems the lengthen the longevity of deodorant effectiveness. I’d recommend testing the oil to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction before applying it or even diluting it with water. I typically use one to two drops on both underarms while they’re still semi-wet from the shower.

Secondly, African Shea Butter is a must have body care product to lighten pigmentation/pimple marks. I use it on my shoulders, chest, elbows, and knees at night and I’ve seen results. I’m super happy I made this decision because I used to struggle with body acne and worried if I’d ever get rid of the marks on my shoulder blades. But the shea butter does the trick. I also use this on my underarms after epilating. I recommend purchasing it from Amazon or your local beauty supply store.

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La Crème Beautè Review -Update

Update after using these products for a month:

The La Crème Beautè Venom face lotion helps smooth out the texture of my skin. So far, it has made my skin appear plumper. The lotion feels smooth and very luxuriating. I will repurchase in the future. But I do not think this is an end- all-be-all product, its best used with a comprehensive skincare routine. Given that it’s so rich, it’s essential that the skin is exfoliated and properly cleansed before application.


The Glow face treatment is hydrating, it’s an oil. The packaging states you can either leave it on for 30 minutes, use it to remove makeup, or keep it on as an intensive hydration treatment. I usually just use it under night cream because I dislike the idea of wearing oily products during the day. I think oil under the sun creates breakouts. I actually like the Venom Beauty Boost more than Glow. In the future, once I finish Glow, I may purchase the beauty boost instead. ❤

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Surprise Gift 🎉

I’ve received L’Occitane Aqua gel face wash and lotion as a gift. I’ve used these products for a few days now and can confirm they’re fantastic! The face cream feels like a splash of water on the skin. I’m thankful to have the face wash gel in my skin care regimen because its gentle. Given that most of my face washes have a scrub element and are drying for the skin if they’re overused. I think both of the products make a wonderful gift, especially the face lotion because the packaging is pretty. The lid is silver and the jar is made of glass.

Another go-to product I realized I forgot to mention in my last post is the Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment. I love this bad boy because it dries down pimples super quickly. I need to buy a new one ASAP. ❤