Magazine Beauty Sale: This Is What I Bought

Magazine Beauty Sale

Working at a magazine is hard work but it definitely comes with some perks. Beauty sales are one of those perks. Most magazines hold an annual beauty sale whenever the beauty closet gets too crazy with beauty products. A couple of weeks ago I went to my second magazine beauty sale and got some cool stuff.  Keep reading to see what I picked up:

Kora Organics Heart Chakra Essence
This is my first product from model Miranda Kerr’s beauty line Kora Organics. This is not something that I would typically be interested in picking up but let’s face it, was I  going to get it this cheap somewhere else? The essence is made up of certified organic oils like rose otto, sandalwood, jojoba, and ylang ylang. The smell is very strong but once you rub it on your pulse points you feel energized. I definitely want to try more products from this organic line.

Avene Cold Cream
Avene is definitely one of my favorite French brands. I’m obsessed with their Thermal Spring Water (you can see my post about it here), so I was excited to pick this baby up. This cold cream is beneficial in aiding dry, irritated skin. I wish I had this product during the beginning of winter. I have not used it yet because the weather here in New York has been getting a little warmer, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the weather drops again. If so I’ll use it and get back to you with a review.

Dr. Hauschka Soothing Mask
Dr. Hauschka is a brand that I want to keep trying out. I love that they only use natural but effective ingredients to help your skin. This mask helps sensitive skin by calming down redness with shea and coconut oils as well as anthyllis. After I removed this mask my skin felt so soft. There’s just something about this brand that makes it feel luxe. Whenever I use this brand I know I’m getting the best quality.

Sephora Sleeping Masks in Ginseng and Rose 
Sephora masks are all the rage these days. These mini masks are applied to your face, neck, and around the eyes before going to bed and allowing them to work their magic overnight. Ginseng helps with toning and firming, and Rose helps to moisturize and brighten. I have yet to try these but I’m so excited to do so. During the sale these masks were just on top of the table untouched. Didn’t anyone spot them? I’m glad I grabbed them before anyone else.

Yes to Baby Naturals Fragrance Free Wipes
Okay so during a beauty sale you sometimes don’t think you just take. Case in point: these baby wipes. In my defense I really thought they were makeup remover wipes. I even kept using them a couple of times to take off my makeup without yet realizing what they were really for. These baby wipes are gentle — gentle enough that they didn’t irritate my skin when I used them on my face. These wipes are made up of apricot, banana, and carrot extracts to cleanse a baby’s skin.

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream *Not Pictured
This coffee bean eye cream was one of the products I was really excited to pick up. It’s suppose to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes and dark circles. I’ve been using this product before applying my makeup and I must say that I have less puffiness around the eyes. But what I like the most about this is that it keeps my delicate eye area moisturized. As for dark circles I haven’t seen much of a change.

What have you scored at a recent beauty sale? I want to know what you’re buying! Make sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin.

Soothe Your Skin With a Facial Spray

Facial Sprays Avene, Mario Badescu, Tatcha

I’ve always thought that the mini bottle of Evian Facial Spray was super adorable. I wondered how spraying mineral water on your face can moisturize your skin. I mean it’s just water, right? But then I got to thinking, if drinking water is beneficial to keep our bodies hydrated then it must also be beneficial to keep our faces hydrated. I personally have never tried Evian on my face but I have drunk it before only to be completely disappointed. What can I say, I’m a purified water kind of gal. Just imagine my struggle when I visited London. Evian is like the Aquafina/Polar Spring of the U.K!

Facial sprays are essential nowadays. They can really give you a quick touch up when you need it most and some of them come in travel sizes so you can easily carry them in your purse. Although I think Evian was the first of its kind to settle its place in the beauty market, there are other facial sprays that you need to know about and that you should try. And if you’re not a mineral water type of girl like me don’t worry I’ve got you covered. Below are my current favorites:

Avene Thermal Spring Water
Oh how I love a good ‘ol French product! This facial spray is so good. Cool points for the water being spring and not mineral. Although this product works well on all skin types those with sensitive skin will reap most of its benefits. If you’re skin is feeling dry, irritated, or there appears to be any kind of redness, this bad boy will fix it for ya. I like to use this at night after I cleanse my face. It feels very refreshing and cool on your skin. It really is just water so there aren’t any chemicals or odd ingredients that you need to worry about. If you live in New York you can now get this at your nearest Duane Reade that is conveniently in every corner.

Mario Badescu Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater Facial Spray
I’ve heard people continuously rave about this product so of course I had to try it. Even one of my favorite beauty babes, Nicole Guerriero, has gushed about it too. This facial spray smells just like roses so if you’re into that smell then you’ll be happy with this. Although I’m not that obsessed with the smell of rose I do like this spray. I do find it to be refreshing and find myself applying it throughout the day. It gives skin instant hydration. Plus you can’t beat the price!

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
This is the first product that I’ve tried from skincare brand Tatcha. This skin mist contains red algae and squalane and it is ideal for dry or combination skin. I like to use this product on special night-out occasions. I like to use it to set my makeup for the evening or when my skin is looking rather dull. This mist really moisturizes your skin and makes your skin glow without leaving it oily or too shiny. BTW how beautiful is that purple bottle?

Have you tried any of these facial sprays/mist? What’s your favorite way to quickly freshen up your skin?