Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask Review

Light Therapy!
Technology once only available per treatment in the comfort of your dermatologist office. It is now becoming more popularized in the form of at home treatment systems.

This is a great thing because it has been proven to have many benefits from promoting collagen production to acne treatment.
Not only are at home treatment systems becoming more popular but with more and more companies making their own version pricing is becoming more competitive and therefore more affordable.

One of the more affordable light therapy options out there would be the Neutrogena Light Therapy mask. Retail price $40 for the mask itself and then $14-$16 for the 30 use activator.
Pretty reasonable!
But is it effective?

I just picked up one for myself and I am happy toe let you know!
YES!
I made a point to pick up this product when when skin was fully freaking out due to stress the winter months and everyones favorite hormones.
This lack of sun is not my skins favorite thing.

My cystic breakouts diminished in size after one use and then continued to disappear leaving no damage after 10 days of use.
This is amazing. As I’m sure so many of you know cystic breakouts are very deep and having them disappear quickly is only wishful thinking.
I am currently on my second round of 30 day sessions and I am only seeing more improvements. Breakouts vanish before they even appear. I believe I have found my winter skin saver.

Needless to I can’t recommend this product enough.
I may even branch out to higher end light therapy products just to do a comparison.
But in my book this product is successful and worth the investment. IMG_4036

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Have you had success with light therapy at home or at the dermatologist?
Have you tried the Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask for yourself?

Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

-Rachel

July Julep Box

Monthly Beauty Boxes are my new favorite thing this year but i think out of all of the ones I’ve tried Julep’s is my favorite. If you love nail art and nail polish as much as I do, the moment you think Julep you think of the unique nail polish, bottle design and awesome colors! Another unique thing to Julep’s nail colors are the color swatting stickers on the caps of the bottles! It’s so useful!
I also love the flair that every nail product has a name and style assigned to it.
Due to my busy schedule I don’t really have time to go and roam shops for nail  polish, its sad but true.I really have missed growing my nail polish collection.
But the monthly Julep box solves the problem!
Every month I receive either two nail varnishes and a beauty product OR two beauty products and a nail varnish. Julep also add’s a nice touch of a different sweet treat included in every box.

Since I’ve been enjoying my boxes so much I though it would be lovely to share them and do a little review as well! So without further delay, here is the all the goodies in my July box!

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Firstly, the whole #bravepretty thing is hashtag amazing!
We need that and incase no one has told you today; Hello! You are beautiful, loved and important. Whatever you put on your body you can pull it off. Express yourself in whatever way you see fit because no one else can be like you, you are the only you in this whole entire universe and I think that is pretty  darn special!
I hope that you agree!

But back on topic this campaign (can I call it a campaign?) is wonderful! Often I find that is so easy to put ourselves down regardless of temperament.
I really enjoy that this sweet message is one of the first things you see when you open the box every month.

The next thing you see it a beautiful quote
“I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living”
-Anais Nin

I don’t know about you but this speaks to me. A little reminder to live life to the fullest and dream as big as you dare is always appreciated!

NOW FOR THE PRODUCTS!
This months box I received:

So Radiant: Diamond Powder Bronzer
Julep Lip Gloss in the shade: Charming
Julep Nail Color in the Shade: Annalise Boho Glam
Pizazz Juicy Jelly Watermelon Candy

The Diamond Powder Bronzer is perfect! Let me tell you why! It matches my summer tan perfectly and isn’t overly shimmery like most bronzer’s tend to appear. It really does just add a little subtle glow to your skin and it really does make you look radiant!

I will be the first to admit that I’m not typically a lip gloss person. I don’t like when my lips  feel sticky, hard pass.
BUT this Julep lipgloss honestly isn’t that think or sticky and I’m pretty sure I can deal with it. It is also very hydrating due to the blend of rosehip sead oil and a bunch of other great stuff.
Beneficial beauty products are my favorite.

The Annalise nail color is gorgeous, it appears to be a matte light purple until you look closer. Tiny little purple irridecent sparkles dance in the nail color bottle as it catches the light and it looks even more gorgeous when painted.
I am wearing this color right now and I am in love! Its just enough shimmer to give it a little something but yet still be mature and sophisticated.

The jelly candy you ask? Well it was delicious!
I ate the whole thing and it was awesome!

What are some of your favorite Julep products?
What are some of your favorite beauty boxes?
I would love to know in the comments!

I hope you feel #bravepretty today!

xoxo
-Rachel

Summer Makeup Favorites

Summer is a very exciting time for me everything is in full bloom, bright and new and it’s the perfect time for a change of pace. Summer is the time where I start to look for new makeup to try, since if you are anything like me you tend to turn a few shades darker, thanks to the sun drenching the surroundings.
That being said my winter foundation just falls short making me seem more like a ghost.

Taking any excuse I can to go shopping I took to some of my favorite social media platforms to see what the must have ranges were for Summer 2016!

The range that caught my interest the most was the “Rainforest of the Sea” line by Tarte. I pride myself on being quite the foundation lover and have tried many different brands but I had yet to try or add a water based foundation to my collection.

Also the sound of the word “water based” made it seem like the perfect summer product because it made me instantly think of swimming and summer storms.
I went ahead a ordered the shade that I though would suit me best for the upcoming summer months along with canceler and a few of the limited edition clay pot waterproof eyeliners.

Having tested them out over the past few weeks I can say with confidence that I made the right decision. The Tarte, Rainforest by the Sea foundations are super light and build-able. It looks very natural and doesn’t even feel like you are wearing foundation, which I think is perfect for summer.

The clay pot liners also lived up to my expectations and I couldn’t be more pleased. They are truly waterproof and relatively flake free, even after a long day of wear. THE BEST NEWS OF ALL! All of these products even lasted nicely during a full day at the beach, swimming and then swimming again.

What are a few of your favorite products for summer? I would love to know

xoxo,
Rachel