Body Lotion Round Up + Review

Hey guys! With the cooler and drier weather slowly arriving in the northern hemisphere, I thought it would be a good time to discuss some of my favourite body lotions. After working at a pool for so many years and constantly having dry skin I have ingrained using my body lotion into my routine. I always apply body lotion after I shower. It helps keep my skin feeling soft and smooth, and if done regularly can help prevent dry skin.

Because of this devotion, I have amassed a pretty decent collection of body lotions and butter lol. I am trying to finish a few that I have before buying any more. I have a few favourites like Lush Sleepy and the Body Shop Body Butter that are not apart of this post just because I currently don’t own any but those two are also amazing. Things I look for in a good body moisturizer is that it absorbs quickly into the skin, makes my skin feel soft and smooth and has a good scent. So let’s get into it!

Up first we have the Hempz Natural Herbal Body Moisturizer: Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon Skin Lotion. I discussed this in my August favourites but this lotion ranks near the top of my list. I don’t like pineapple but this scent leans more towards the Honey Melon. The scent is strong while you apply but fades anyway nicely after applied. I love the pump because it makes it so easy to apply. It absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t like any stickiness. And there is a decent amount of product in the bottle. I got this back in June and I’ve been using it quite regularly and I’m only halfway through it. Highly recommend this one.

Lush is planning to discontinue their Karma Kream so pick it up while you still can. This lotion is heavily scented with almond, patchouli, orange, lemongrass and pine. The scent is spicy and almost intoxicating. It also lingers on the skin throughout the day, so whenever I wear this lotion I don’t need perfume. The scent is not for everyone but I love it. It’s very thin so it’s not the most moisturizing but it absorbs quickly into the skin. I like to wear this on special occasions.

The OGX Extra Creamy + Coconut Miracle Oil Ultra Moisture Lotion is like a never-ending lotion. I have been trying to finish this for MONTHS and I still have so much left. The scent is pleasant and is moisturizing, but it takes forever to absorb into the skin. I will rub it all over my body and then have to go back and rub it again because it hasn’t absorbed it. I want a lotion that absorbs quickly so I can get dressed and on with my day. This one takes forever. But because it still does a good job of moisturizing I still use it. I would pass on this one because there are way better ones on this list.

If you have acne-prone skin on your body then I would use the Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. This can be used both on the face and the body. It’s meant for sensitive skin so it doesn’t break me out. I have acne-prone chest and shoulder and if I were to apply a heavily scented lotion then it would break me out so much. So I apply this to ensure the area is getting properly moisturized. And it’s from the drugstore so it’s not like I’m breaking the bank using this daily.

If you have acne-prone AND dry skin, then try the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. This one is meant for very dry skin. It’s pretty thick so it does take a bit more to work into the skin but it provides the moisturization without the breakout situation. It also doesn’t have a scent. I use this in the dead of winter when my skin is at its driest.

The thickest of all my body lotions is the Nivea Creme. This stuff is thicc. Like it’s almost a paste. It’s amazing for rough spots like hands, knees and elbows. It does take a bit to work it into the skin and I do find that leaves a bit of a residue to the skin. Not sticky but slippery. Not apply this to your hands if you need to open a jar after. I love using this on my feet in the winter but I don’t touch it in the summer.

My favourite night time lotion is the Honest Beauty Face + Body Lotion in Truly Calming. It’s scented with lavender and chamomile so it’s lovely to apply at night to help me feel sleepy. I love that it’s a squishy tube because it’s easy to get out. But similar to the OGX lotion I do find that this one takes a while to absorb into the skin. I have to really work it in. But I don’t mind as much since I’ll use this at night when I’m trying to relax and unwind so I’ll take the time to massage it into the skin.

The final two are the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and the Coco Cabana Body Cream. I find them are both super moisturizing and absorb into the skin easily. I find that the scent is strong while I apply it and it faintly there throughout the day. I like to use these on special occasions just because they are expensive. I like the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream scent just slightly more. But I brought the Coco Cabana Cream with me when I went to Europe so every time I smell the cream it reminds me of my trip.

So that is my round-up of all of my body lotions. Please let me know what some of your favourites are in the comments because I love testing out body lotions!

xoxo

Lea

My Favourite Makeup Brushes

Hey guys! Today I am sharing my favourite makeup brushes! Brushes are a super important part of doing your makeup. Good brushes can make a huge difference in the application process. Brushes are also an investment piece. They are something that if you take good care of can last you for years. Brushes can also be used for any use you want. Something you will notice is that I use brushes for different uses then they are created. Like painting, it’s not about the shape but how you use it. Today I am sharing 33 different brushes. You don’t need every brush I am sharing, but these are just what I like!

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First are makeup sponges. Sponges are very multiple functional. They can be used for any cream product and even powders too. I mainly use my sponges to blend out foundation, concealer and set up under eyes with powder. My two favourites are the Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques Sponge. The Beauty Blender is classic, and the Real Techniques one is the best drugstore dupe I have found. I find it a little softer but also absorbs more product. Both are great sponges.

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Next up are my cream base brushes. My absolute favourite foundation is the Morphe Y6. This flat-top brush is dense enough to blend over a large space quickly and doesn’t leave any brush strokes. If I’m not using a sponge for concealer (which I usually do), I use my Luxie 660 Precision Foundation. The pointed tip fits perfectly under my eyes and blends my concealer while keeping the coverage. For cream bronzer, I like the Real Techniques Stippling Brush (also note: on Amazon it’s expensive, but I got it on sale at Rexall for $9). This brush does a great job of blending out a cream bronzer without moving my foundation underneath. For cream blush, I use the Stilazzi Duo Fibre Mini Blender S302. For blush, I am much more precise than bronzer, so I like using this mini brush. The final brush is for cream contour. I like a limited edition Tarte brush. The wide and rounded brush allows for a tight, angled contour.

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Next is my powder brushes. As an oily skin girl, I love powder. When I want to pack on the powder, I will use a makeup sponge. For under the eyes I like the Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighter and the brightening brush in the Alamar Cosmetics Complexion Brush Trio. Both have a slight point and fit perfectly under my eyes. The Luxie brush is round while the Alamar brush is flatter. For all other the face my favourite is the Aesthetica P12. The tapered oval shape makes it perfect for loosely applying powder over the rest of my face.

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To finish off the face are the rest of my favourite powder product brushes (aka bronzer, blush and highlight). My favourite bronzer brush right now is the MODA Limited Edition Powder brush (apart of a set). This super fluffy and soft brush is perfect for great an all-over glow to the skin. For a more defined bronzer or contour look, I like the Elf Angled Blush Brush. It’s fluffy but narrow. For blush, I have two favourites. The first is the MODA Pro BMX-130 Pointed Blush. My other favourite is from a random kit that I got from Winners. It’s similar to the Elf one but just slightly fluffier. To highlight my ultimate favourite is the Luxie 512 Small Contouring. I know that it’s technically for contour, but it’s so good for highlight too. I own two of this brush and use one for powder and the other for cream highlight. My other highlight brush is the Morphe R31. I like the shape, the only thing is that it has gotten rough and scratchy with use.

The next category is crease brushes. All of these brushes are great, they are just different sizes. If you have larger eyes, you might like the larger brushes and vice-versa. Also having a bigger brush is nice for transition shades, and smaller brushes and nice for getting in the crease. Starting from the biggest is the Luxie 250 Large Eye Blending (apart of a set). Next is the Alamar Cosmetics Fluffy Blender (apart of Ojitos Brush Trio Vol 1). An average-sized crease brush is the Luxie 205 Tapered Blending Brush. Slightly smaller is the MODA Pro BMX-430 Crease brush. The smallest crease brush that I would still use for blending is the Luxie 229 Tapered Blending. The second photo shows all the brushes up close so you can see the different sizes.

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The final category is eye brushes that are not crease/blending brushes. The Sephora Collection PRO Allover shadow 12 doesn’t exist anymore but it’s great. I use this to set my eyeshadow base with a skin colour shadow. Next is the Luxie 141 Mini Round (apart of a set). I use this to pack shadow is my crease for a cut crease or to smudge out my lower lash line. The Luxie 237 Blending is a tiny brush that I like to use to apply highlight to my inner corner and brow bone. It’s fluffy which means it won’t pack on too much product. The next two brushes aren’t even eye brushes. First I the Simply Simmons Spotter brush, which is a paintbrush, do to eyeliner and fake freckles. Next, I use the Morphe M170-4 Oval Lip Brush to cut my crease with concealer for cut crease looks. Another brush from the Alamar Ojitos Brush Trio that I like is the flat tight liner. This is perfect for tight-lining both my upper and lower lash line. Whenever I use gel eyeliner, I use another discounted Sephora Collection brush – the PRO Gel liner 26. To finish off this long blog post about brushes, my two favourite flat brushes are the Alamar flat painter brush (also from the Ojitos Brush Trio) and the Luxie 245 Small Shader Brush (apart of a set). Both are great brushes, the other difference is that the Luxie one is slightly pointed.

And those are all my favourite brushes. Make sure to check out my Instagram because I will be talking more about my favourite brushes there this weekend. Also if you have any questions about brushes let me know in the comments down below!

xoxo

Lea

Products of the Month – January 2020

Hey guys! Today I am giving the update for my December products and sharing with you my pick for January. If you are unaware of my little series, every month I pick two products to focus on for the month. It’s a little hybrid between a shop-my-stash and a project pan. The goal is to give some love to existing products in my collection.

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The first was the  Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette. I picked this palette because I needed something for both day-time use and holiday parties, and this work perfectly. I was able to create so many looks using this palette. I also brought this palette with me to Punta Cana and it was great! This is a great palette to travel because of the variety within the palette. Honestly this is a great palette and it was fun to play around with it this month.

The second product was Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance. I was hoping to finish this primer but I still have a lot left! Just goes to show that primer can last a  long time since you only need a tiny amount. Especially with this one because it’s so glowy. This was great when I was in Punta Cana because I was going for a dewy look. I like my Dr. Brandt primer more, but this one was still pretty good.

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Now for my January products I picked another Laura Mercier product! I didn’t realize until I was writing this post – oh well! This is a baby sample of their Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I’ve used this powder before and I do like it! But this baby sample doesn’t have a sifter which makes it very annoying to use. So I want to use this powder up!

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The second palette was chosen by you guys! So follow me on Instagram (@xoxoxoleelee) to be apart of these kinds of things! This month I will be playing with the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette, which was my favourite palette when it first came out. There are so many fun shades in this palette, so I am excited to play with it this month!

And that is my update for the month! Let me know if you have any suggestions for next month in the comments.

xoxo

Lea

Products of the Month – November 2019

Hey guys! So this is a new series I want to start on my blog. After decluttering my makeup collection (post coming soon!) and watching a few project pan/no buy videos, I wanted to implement something myself.

So the plan is for every month (except this one lol) I will pick a products that I am going to focus on using. I will try and use those products as much as possible. Then the first Tuesday of the next month I will give an update and pick new products for the month!

I have selected two products for this month. The first is the Colourpop Element of Surprise palette. Now unfortunately I just realized that it’s unavailable anymore. But I think it’s good for me to use up products. So all month long I am going to focus on only creating eyeshadow looks using this palette. Next month I promise I will select a palette that is still available lol!

The other product I have selected in the Steve Laurant Lip Liner. I have a bunch of lip liners in my collection, but I never use them. So since this one is basically brand new – I only got it in my Boxycharm three months ago – I thought it would be good to get some use of it.

So I have included some photos of what the products look like now, and in my update I will share if I have made any progress and my thoughts on the products after using them for a month!

I would love if you guys would join me in this journey! Let me know if you are working on any project pans in the comments below!

xoxo

Lea

My Perfume Collection

Hey guys! So today I will be sharing my perfume collection. I did a poll on Instagram (follow me at @xoxoxoleelee) and you guys said you were interested in seeing my collection. Now I’m not a huge perfume person, I don’t even put it on every day. I also have a weak nose, so I gravitate towards stronger scents. But I have amassed a small collection – some of which are unfortunately not available anymore (rip). Anyways, before I begin just want to note that I am not a huge sweet/fruity perfume person. Actually all these perfumes has musk as one of their notes soooo…… I definitely have a perfume type haha!

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First is the Kat Von D Saint Eau du Parfum. Now I’m not a huge Kat Von D fan, but god do I love this perfume. The main notes are vanilla, musk and jasmine. I like this perfume because it’s the perfect balance of floral and musky. It’s light enough to wear everyday day, but the musk adds that little something to it. I also think that the bottle is gorgeous as well.

Today is a sad day, because I found out that my beloved Marc Jacobs Mod Noir is discontinued. I have this in a roller ball, and was planning on eventually getting it in the bottle but clearly that’s not happening anymore. I liked Mod Noir because it’s more bright and sophisticated compared to some of my other perfumes. The notes are greens, gardenias and musk. I liked wearing this perfume when I wanted something more fresh but not sweet. I will enjoy this perfume to the last drop!

The most heady and sensual of all my perfumes is the Lancome La Nuit Tresor. This is the scent I like to wear on a night out. The notes are pink peppercorn, bergamot, rose and almond blossom, white musk and tonka bean accord. The peppercorn adds a bit of spiciness so it’s not just heavy all around. This scent is also super long lasting. If I put it on at night I can smell it the next morning. A little too heavy for everyday wear, I love it when I want to feel ~sexy~.

Another perfume I think is discontinued is the True Religion Hippie Chic. I’m not really surprised that this is not sold anymore, this was actually the first perfume I ever owned. This bad boy is like six years old (the fact that it’s still going shows you how much I wear perfume). This one is more floral and fruity compared to the other perfumes I own. The notes are raspberry, pomegranate, apple, hibiscus, jasmine, lily of the valley, wood and musk. The wood and musk base notes help balance out the sweetness. This is a great everyday scent, and I would love to find something similar once I finish it.

My most recent  addition to my collection I purchased while I was in France. The Fragonard Etoile is a very clean, almost unisex scent. The notes are bergamot, lemon, apple, ginger, gardenia, lily of the valley, jasmine, cedarwood, amber and musk. This is a very fresh scent, perfect for summer. I’m happy that I choose this one because I don’t have anything in my collection quite like it, so I’ve kinda rounded out my collection.

And that is my little perfume collection! I’m super curious, let me know in the comments what your go to perfume/scent is! 🙂

xoxo

Lea