REVIEW: Farmacy Beauty’s The Mighties Kit–What Are the Essentials?

REVIEW: Farmacy Beauty’s The Mighties Kit–What Are the Essentials?

Hello Again, Friends!

I have a pretty fun review today about a trial skincare kit from Farmacy Beauty!

Farmacy is a pretty buzzed about brand, and for the longest time I hadn’t tried any of their products. I really didn’t know where to begin experimenting product-wise, but fortunately in today’s beauty market– there’s a kit for that. So, I picked up the The Mighties Kit to try out a random assortment of things and go from there!

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Photo Source: http://www.farmacybeauty.com

Some Background FYI on Farmacy if you’re Curious……

They are centered around an ingredient discovery they named Echinacea GreenEnvy™, found Upstate New York. The brand also claims to derive all products from locally sourced, natural ingredients that are environmentally responsible.


Reviews:

Green Clean Makeup Melting Balm — $34.00 Full Size/3.2oz

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  • The texture effortlessly glides on the skin to “melt” makeup away, and it does leave the skin feeling smooth and soft. It also seems to have a soothing effect to my skin (I’m not sure that is an official claim).
  • It has a slight medicinal smell — almost like herbs or menthol maybe? It isn’t overpowering or irritating but I would be prepared it does have somewhat of a scent to it, as well as a green shade to the balm.
  • I Really, really love this! I don’t know if I can say I love it as much as my DE Slaai Cleanser (or if it is just my pride) but this is a win for me, and I would absolutely repurchase it.
  • Final Verdict: Essential! ✅

 


Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer — $45.00 Full Size/50mL

  • Description of product on Sephora.com “A lightweight yet intensely hydrating gel-cream moisturizer formulated with antioxidant-rich honey, hyaluronic acid, and golden cupuaçu butter beads.”
  • On paper, this moisturizer sounds amazing. It sounds innovative and should be my favorite new moisturizer, but unfortunately it was just “meh” for me. It wasn’t the worst thing in the world, but it wasn’t great.
  • For the $45.00 price tag, there are definitely other moisturizers around that range that I’m more enthusiastic about. I just don’t find this one very revolutionary.
  • I’d also like to point out the brand’s description of the product as a “Gel-cream”. It is important to emphasize the GEL in there— It is a very water-based formula.
    • If you have very dry skin, I don’t know that this would be enough hydration. Sometimes it almost goes on me like a serum rather than a traditional moisturizer.
  • Final Verdict: NOT Essential.❌

 


Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm — Full Size $48.00/50mL

  • Claim: “A renewing, lightweight balm that helps moisturize, supports firming and toning, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep.”
  • Here’s the product that I’m having the most trouble with coming up with a final “verdict” on, just because I can’t attest to each claim. Also, I am curious to know if there’s a product I can get similar results without the nearly $50 price-tag??
  • I picked this set up at the end of June, so I’ve had it over a month now. I don’t feel like I can say it has helped with “reducing fine lines and wrinkles”. That wouldn’t seem fair or honest. (Also, I get Botox –certain lines I had literally couldn’t be treated with skincare)
  • I will say, this balm is incredibly moisturizing! You don’t need another moisturizer if you use this stuff at night. It feels SO nourishing and soothing on the skin, and you do wake up the next day with skin that looks plumped, firmer, and smooth to the touch.
  • Also, it doesn’t take much of this stuff to get the job done. I made the mistake of loving the results and wanting to cake it on the next night, but that isn’t necessary. A small amount goes a very long way.
  • I also love to put it on and use my jade roller to smooth it out and imagine I am rolling all my problems wrinkles away. So relaxing!
  • Final Verdict: Probably(??) an Essential! 

 


 

Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask — Full Size $56.00/4.1oz

  • Description: “An intensely hydrating, warming honey face mask infused with antioxidants for a glowing complexion and skin that’s plump with hydration.”
  • It took some time for me and this mask to become friends, and I will definitely say that this mask has a warming, albeit, burning effect to the skin; but I have seen such a nice effect in my complexion as far as improvement in dullness and a look of hydration & glow. I have tried many masks in my time, but something about this one is unique
  • I feel like I notice the hydration benefits of this mask hours, if not the next day after using it— I would say it is important to be diligent with your other moisturizers as you use this mask.
  • If you have very sensitive skin, I would stay away from this one.
  • Verdict: Essential! ✅

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Review of the Kit Overall:

The purpose of this post was to share my thoughts on each individual product in the kit. If you are like me and are new to Farmacy, I highly recommend you check out this kit; I think It is a great way to get a sampling of what the brand has to offer in terms of product varieties/textures to address different types.

SHOP THE KIT HERE — $45.00


 

Have y’all tried anything from Farmacy? Comment below and share your thoughts!!

 

Thank you for reading!

 

xo

Jena

 

 

 

FTC: This review is not sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Products mentioned were purchased by myself and no affiliate links were used.

 

 

Vol.1: Beauty Claim-Buster!🤓

Hi Friends!

I thought it would be a fun and (unique?) series to start on my site. I want to feature some of my new-ish products in my collection and review them strictly by answering the product claims from the Brand themselves. 

These can be products that I love, those that I really like, or feel kind of “meh” about, and even products that decide to move forward to candidates “with more experienced skill sets” than me.

Job Hunting Probs, amirite?

Think of the product claims as a sort of benefit “checklist”, and we can see how my experience coincides. I’ll also add in notes on things that I noticed that were really horrific or really awesome that may not have been mentioned. Overall, I’ll try to keep this concise and informative!

Keep in mind, these are my experiences. I’m not a perfect “test subject” and product claims are often purposefully vague. The claim that a cleanser can “Improve the look of skin…” is broad and open-ended, and ultimately left to the user to determine if the change is seen or not. I think there’s also a psychological component to the cosmetic industry, kind of like, “Hey, wait, this cleanser really did improve the look of my skin come to think of it!”

See what I’m saying?

The sometimes fuzzy language seen on cosmetic labeling has more to do with the lack of FDA oversight more than anything (here in the USA, anyways!).

*Takes off Pharmacist hat*

 


**For the purposes of this post, I’ll list each claim. Then my response as a True or False statement. Remember, the statement isn’t truly “true” or “false”, I’m just explaining my experiences with each benefit the brand is suggesting can be seen with the product


Ciate London Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer 

The Claim: “A lightweight, multitasking primer to hydrate, brighten, and improve skin’s texture—all while prepping for long-lasting makeup. Featuring watermelon extract droplets that activate upon contact to quench and energize the skin, the silky cooling pink base actively brightens, while refining pores and texture.”

from http://www.sephora.com

T or F? Mostly all TRUE! Hydration and brightening effect were seen right away–my face felt very plump and had a very healthy look to it, it also looked brightened from the slightly dewy look of the primer (not oily/wet).

As for improving my skin’s texture…….I can’t say I’m confident it does. It may help minimize some pores around the center of my face/near my nose during the wear, but not enough to confidently agree with this claim. I don’t know what the brand was implying but, just in case–I certainly can’t see any long term benefits so far from using this product in terms of “texture improvement”.

 

 

The Claim: Delicately watermelon scented, this unique aqua serum primer grips foundation for long-wear and that just-applied glow”

From http://www.sephora.com

T or F? True—but just one thing- The consistency of the primer is definitely water-based. Ciate uses the word “serum” to imply that it is more of a thin consistency, I personally would have used gel. I don’t know if that even matters, but I felt it was worth saying.

  • It does “grip” foundation— I’m thinking of the Milk Hydro Grip foundation, but the Ciate is not as intensely sticky as the Milk one. This one does leave you with some degree of tackiness, but not nearly as much as Milk and I find the staying power also superior.
  • just applied glow” —this is absolutely true. I would almost describe this as a comfortable softening, gloss-like look to the skin. I can/have worn without makeup and I have also used it as a daytime moisturizer- it super refreshing and a nice pick-me-up to start the day.
  • And yes, it is absolutely true that this primer smells like watermelon heaven— if you’re a watermelon lover like myself, prepare to be a fan.🍉🍉

 

So with these features, I won’t draw any final conclusions. This is simply me, as a consumer, sharing my thoughts and opinions with another consumer. I think it’s interesting for you to read over my reactions to the claims, and think about what YOUR thoughts are. Do you think the claims were sufficiently met? Do you think the product had enough claims? Were they too vague, too specific, etc.? If you’ve used it, what was your experience?

I love when we, as a beauty community, can continue to challenge and engage each other. Rather than creating posts like “here’s the product, I used it, I loved it..”, (which I still have and will post,—no shade or judgement!!!), I want to more purposefully try to TALK about the products.

So please, SHARE!! 😉


 

FYI: This Primer Retails for $28.00 USD for 40mL/1.35oz product at Sephora

 

Thank you for stopping by,

xo

Jena

 

 

 

 


FTC: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. No affiliate links used. Some statements were directly taken and sourced from http://www.sephora.com

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REVIEW: Herbivore Emerald CBD Glow Oil + Meet Sasha

REVIEW: Herbivore Emerald CBD Glow Oil  + Meet Sasha

Hey Friends & Happy Monday!

Another day, another skincare review!

This one might be, well……unpopular.

Herbivore is a brand I’m sure many of you are familiar with. Their skin and body products are minimal, yet gorgeously packaged with jewel-toned hues. As a result, the brand has a huge social media presence, so it’s no surprise that the beauty community seems to be all abuzz about this Seattle-born brand.

I actually ended up with a deluxe sample size of the Emerald Glow Oil as a GWP from Sephora, and I was SO excited to try it out.


Here’s a few Specs/Product claims:

  • Facial oil containing 100mg CBD + adaptogens 
  • Product claim per the Herbivore website the CBD in the oil can “soothe stressed-out skin in need of calm and relief from redness, irritation, and environmental stressors”.
  • Retails for $58.00 for 1oz/30mL bottle with dropper
  • **Because this product contains CBD, the Emerald oil specifically can only be purchased and shipped in the US only (this is on the Herbivore website – I’m not sure about other retailers such as Sephora, Beautylish, etc..)

 

Thoughts:

On a completely superficial level, the bottle and product itself is beautiful. The oil is a stunningly gorgeous green color that definitely catches the eye of any one who glances at it. I would say the hydration component is there, I woke up the next morning with some glow to my skin. I can’t speak for the “soothing” of my stressed out skin, however. Personally, I would not want to apply this in the morning, it would feel too bothersome. I put this on at bedtime immediately before going sleep.

**Also: I used as recommended, about 4-8 drops!

Here’s where my disconnect is: I really don’t think I like facial oils. I’ve never used them really. I love serums and I love good moisturizers of course, but oils are just another story I guess. They just make me feel like I’m trapped in my own face. Is that completely weird? I really can’t say that that’s a knock on this product specifically or face oils in general, but I really just feel very turned off and averse to them now. I would assume this is because they just feel too heavy. Oils aren’t really anything I can massage into my skin or get to “soak in”, they just kind of hang out on the top barrier.

Here’s my other gripe–the scent is just a little *too* on the nose. I’m not a prude y’all, I went to a party school for college. I just don’t particularly love for my face to smell like a joint.

Maybe there would be more long-term benefits to this one if I used it consistently– but honestly it is always an unpleasant experience! 

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On a much brighter (and cuter!) note, I got the sweetest Toy Poodle puppy about 3 weeks ago. I lost my other Poodle after over 16 amazing years, she’s still very much in my heart and I miss her more than words can express. Our new pup (Sasha) has helped us regain some joy again and we love her SO much already! I’ve been sharing photos of her on my IG, follow me if you aren’t already for more Sasha (and of course, beauty!) adventures.

@jj_beautyblog

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Has anyone else tried the Emerald oil?? Please share all your honest thoughts below– I’m so curious!! 

Thanks for reading!!

xo

Jena

 

 

 


FTC: This post is not sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. No affiliate links used. 93af437cee67e8dfba31874e57ce63445fc3568d9d5710e95a

REVIEW: GLOW RECIPE Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

REVIEW: GLOW RECIPE Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

Hey Friends!

Whew. It has been a minute since I’ve posted on here. I hope some of y’all can relate to going in and out of “creativity” mode. I think I’m especially prone to this when it comes to writing, I definitely have to be in a certain mind set to sit down and clearly articulate my thoughts in words. I fully plan to get back into consistently posting 3-4 times/week!

Anyhow,  I’ll spare you further wordy-ness and jump into the review!


I had a little single-use sample size of the GLOW RECIPE Blueberry Bounce Cleanser, and I was definitely eager to give it a try! It can be used a few different ways: a general cleanser, a makeup remover, and as a mask. I was drawn to trying it out as a mask, as I have several different cleansers/MU removers in my rotation that I love and use regularly.

**For more info about Glow Recipe as a brand, check out my previous post HERE!

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Review as a Mask:

To use as a mask, GLOW RECIPE suggests to apply to clean, dry skin and simply rinse off with water after 5 minutes. I really love the simple, no-fuss ease of using the product this way— it’s not a mask that requires you to leave it on for 20+ minutes and then clean up a ton of residue on your skin. It leaves my skin SO super smooth and soft, and I don’t find it to be too terribly drying/stripping to my skin. The smell is beyonddd! It is my favorite kind of scent—super fresh and fruity

I really loved the results from masking with the sample size, so I decided to pick up the little $10.00 mini (30mL/1oz) size for a little further investigation (without the investment of the full-size for $34.00).

Review as a General (Makeup-Free) Cleanser:

The consistency of this cleanser is a full-on gel. It isn’t watery or runny in the least, but it does have a lightweight feel on the skin.

Close up to note the texture/consistency of the gel:

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As the cleanser comes in contact with water on your face, it does begin to foam up. I really feel like the aim of this product is to clarify and really cleanse. it isn’t one of those cleansers that you feel iffy after using– it is super effective and you won’t be left wondering if your skin is really “clean”. That being said, I think this product would probably best suit normal, combo, or oily skin. If you are very dry, I think you may want to consider something more nourishing. As we get more into summer, this one is working well for me, as my skin is leaning a little bit more normal and much less dry!

Review as a Makeup Remover:

If I am being totally honest, I haven’t done a ton of testing on this for makeup removal. I did use it once or twice, and I felt the need to take an additional cleansing step to remove excess makeup. My favorite cleanser/makeup removing product is by far the Slaai Balm from Drunk Elephant— it’s just SO hard to beat that one! That being said, I don’t think this one is best utilized for makeup removal for me.


I really enjoy using this one as a quick little 5-minute mask and as an AM cleanser. It is super cleansing and refreshing, and I think it is really great for oil/dirt removal during these very hot summertime days in the South. I think y’all might enjoy this as long as you aren’t dealing with excessive dryness. As I mentioned above, you can get the mini one to try out before committing to the full-size (a little does go a LONG way!). The fruity scent is deliciously refreshing, and I LOVE starting out the day with the little pick-me-up it gives.

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Comment Below! Has anyone tried this cleanser or anything else from Glow Recipe? Let me know your thoughts! 

Thank you so much for reading,

xo

Jena


 

FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all products mentioned were purchased by me. The sample size was a gift with purchase from Sephora. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. No affiliate links used.

BEAUTY MADE EASY!

BEAUTY MADE EASY!

Hey Everybody!

I wanted to talk about a few awesome (super EASY!) skincare routine products. Sometimes its SO NICE to have a group of products you can rely on to be convenient and fuss-free.

The reality is, I don’t always have the energy for a 10-step skincare routine or the time to spend 45+ minutes on makeup. I’m always interested in trying out effective beauty products that provide maximum results with minimal effort.

All products are linked with each description below!


Here’s Some of My Quick & Simple Favorites: 

Olay Daily Facials — Hydrating 5-in-1 Cloths

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I was instantly hooked after receiving a sample of this product from Olay. I was skeptical that just a single cloth would breakdown all my makeup, but these guys really work so well! After using my sample cloth, I went online and ordered more the same day!

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These cloths might be the epitome of easy, lazy-day skincare- Olay claims that these provide 5 different benefits in 1 step: remove makeup, scrub, tone, mask, and cleanse. They are amazingly effective at removing makeup, and my face feels super clean after using them.

They are also just a fun experience to use — you wet a dry cloth and it turns into a really rich lather. The formula is soap-free, so it doesn’t feel like I’ve just stripped off all the hydration in my skin. They literally just wipe away all my makeup, including my face and eye products. The areas around my eyes are most prone to irritation, and these do not sting/burn me. These are just a super refreshing experience, and I don’t feel the need to do any additional steps other than moisturizer/SPF (I wouldn’t recommend skipping these).

I don’t use these consistently everyday, but I find myself using them at least once a day (in AM or PM) several times per week. I find the price-point relatively budget-friendly, you can purchase a 66-count box of cloths for $8.99 USD on Amazon. They are just such an effective time saver, and I would especially recommend them for rushed early mornings and travel.


Aveeno Positively Radiant 60-Second In-Shower Facial Cleanser 

This product is SO GOOD! I’ve been trying random sheet masks here and there, along with my Drunk Elephant Baby Facial. I love the DE Mask, but you have to invest the time into applying it, letting it sit for 20 minutes, then getting up to rinse it off. This sounds embarrassingly lazy, but some days I’m just SO TIRED. I just want to remove my makeup, have perfect skin, and be done with it!

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I found this gem browsing Amazon because…….online shopping of course! It sounded kind of cool and interesting, and I’ve always loved Aveeno products.

Specs:

  • Formulated with glycolic acid and kaolin clay
  • Also contains moisture-rich soy and lemon-peel extract
  • Claim from Aveeno: “Skin brightening facial cleanser works with the steam of shower to deeply but gently exfoliate dead skin, dirt and oil. It transforms dull, tired-looking skin into bright, velvety soft skin in just 1 minute.”

Just as the name suggests, you apply this in the shower on damp skin for 60 seconds. I like to spend about 20-30 seconds massaging it in and the rest of the time I just let it soak up the steam.

The consistency is pretty thick but it feels SO super nourishing and moisturizing. It contains little “scrubbies” as I like to call them, to provide physical exfoliation. I haven’t had any irritation or weird reactions to it.

I can’t speak to this product improving my skin “texture and tone” right away, but it literally makes my face feel the smoothest it has ever felt. It leaves my skin baby soft and nourished. I typically use this at night when I shower, but I know it also preps and smooths the skin for makeup application beautifully. If you need super easy “I-just-got-a-facial” feeling skin, try this out!


Jergens Moisturizers/Self-Tanners

Can’t stop won’t stop obsessing over these products from Jergens, y’all! 

I’ve raved about their Wet Skin Moisturizer that you apply after a shower. It softens and gives such a natural healthy glow after a few uses. It has really transformed my skin after using it consistently over the last few months. If you’re not into self-tanning, they have other options in the line that both smell and moisturize heavenly. My husband teases me because we have so many empty bottles I need to clean out of the shower, and I’m always having a new bottle delivered. Obsessed.

I’ve also started using Jergens Natural Glow Gradual Self-Tanner (the opposite time of the day that I shower). It really goes beyond just providing color— it actually feels very moisturizing on the skin.

Side Note: I buy the Medium to Tan shade, but both products also come in Fair to Medium

I just love that these products give you a little bit of a base tan and hydrate the skin in one-step. I rarely feel the need to apply actual self tanner now, so it keeps my routine simple and fast!


Drybar Double Standard Cleansing & Conditioning Foam

I’ve talked a little bit about some of my go-to hair products in a previous post. I like to keep my hair routine simple and easy– I really don’t get excited about spending time styling it or buying a ton of new haircare products [with the exception of dry shampoo].

When I saw this foam from Drybar that claimed to cleanse and condition in a 1-step wash, it definitely had my attention.

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This product was a little bit of a learning curve for me- it was definitely not a love-at-first use experience. However, after several uses and tweaking my methods of application, I’ve really come to love this stuff! It cuts my shower time almost in half, and its SO perfect for days when you need to get ready and out the door quick!

The initial consistency of this product feels like a silky, gel-like cream. You then work it into a foam by rubbing it between your hands BEFORE applying it to your wet hair. I have found that about a quarter sized amount is perfect for me– a little goes a long way! The first time I used this, I used WAY too much and although my hair was super soft, it was too weighed down and looked very flat.

Once I got the hang of using this, it now literally takes seconds to wash/condition my hair. The foam rinses out very easily with no leftover residue, and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive scalp. Also, I don’t feel the need to use additional leave-in products after– the shampoo/conditioner balance provides the perfect amount of clarity and moisture. I just absolutely LOVE the ease and convenience of this stuff!


Have y’all used any of these products? Also please share some of your go-to products that simplify your life!

Comment Below!

Thank you so much

xo

Jena


FTC: This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. I purchased all the products myself. Olay did send me one (1) single-use facial cloth, I purchased the 66-count box. Some links are affiliate. Thank you for your support!