On Trial: Kristin Ess, Farmacy Skincare, Root Science, Hourglass, & Missha

On Trial: Hair, Skin, & Glow

Look at me you guys, I’m actually keeping up with my promised three posts a week! I have to say, planning them out in advance has really helped me get it together and be consistent. Today is a little feature on some products I have been testing out recently. You may have seen a few of these on my Instagram here and there, but I thought I would go more into detail here about how I’m feeling about all of them. So, if you’re curious about Kristin Ess’ awesome new line, or if the Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick is actually worth $42 you’ve made it to the right place.

On Trial | Skincare: Farmacy Green Clean & Root Science Eye Serum

No buy was going well until it wasn’t. The only skincare item I’ve purchased yet this year is the Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy™ by Farmacy for $34. Balm cleansers are nothing new to me, but it’s been a while since I’ve owned one I’m really stoked on. After coveting this and managing to hold myself off for months, I finally gave in.

I find that on my skin, balm cleansers are the best for getting rid of my makeup without stripping my skin. In fact, I find this particular product to be quite nourishing, but it does so without leaving behind a film (bleh). The thing about oil-based cleansers is that they’re not all created equally–some can actually be quite drying and some require too much scrubbing to remove, which ends up irritating my skin. I love the texture, smell, and entire experience of using this product. The packaging is also quite smart–there’s a little plastic insert to cover the product that has a holding spot for the spatula! Which is great because I always lose mine.

The Ingredients:

-Echinacea GreenEnvy™: Promotes an evenly toned complexion. 
-Sunflower Oil and Ginger Root Oil: Gently cleanse and nourish the skin for a glowing complexion. 
-Extract of the Moringa Tree: Helps to purify and refresh skin by removing impurities caused by pollution. 
-Papaya Extract: Acts as a natural exfoliator to help renew the look of the skin’s surface. 

The only two ingredients in this product that I’ve used before are Ginger Root Oil, in my favorite Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, and Papaya Extract, in this incredible Papaya Enzyme Peel by Elemis. Here is the entire ingredient list. Overall I highly recommend this product if you’re looking for a really beautiful makeup removing cleanser that also heals the skin.

The Root Science Eye Serum $80 was a discovery at the end of last year that I’ve tried on and off. I wasn’t consistent with it so I never felt comfortable going past a preliminary review. I’ve been using this for the entire month of January and have developed more of an informed opinion on it. After doing some research on the product, I’ve realized it’s pretty much Vintner’s Daughter, but for your eyes. Root Science describes this product as

An exquisite collection of 20 rare and exotic botanical oils sourced from around the globe, bottled together for the most luxurious eye nourishment. Organic plant-based nutrients target the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles, as they promote optimal skin health. This ultra-light botanical serum delivers superior moisture, for a smooth, supple, bright appearance.

Sound familiar? It’s because Vintner’s Daughter is also an oil-based blended serum of high quality organic oils. They share pretty similar ingredient lists, too. The issue I have with Root Science is how fucking expensive this really is, I mean, it costs MORE than Vintner’s Daughter, which is $185. But $185 for 1 fl. oz. is actually way cheaper than $80 for 0.3 fl. oz. is. ZERO POINT THREE FLUID OUNCES FOR EIGHTY WHOLE AMERICAN DOLLARS. I’m sorry, but it’s just absurd.

Rants about ridiculous skincare prices aside, I like not love this product and won’t repurchase when it’s done. It feels incredible and is very nourishing, but I mainly bought it for dark circles, and mine still look the same. I’ll keep using it until it’s done, and I’ll give a final review then, but I don’t think my opinion is going to change.

On Trial | Makeup: Hourglass Flash Vanish Highlighting Stick & Missha BB Boomer

I said I wasn’t going to buy one of the Hourglass Flash Vanish Highlighting Sticks $42, but here we are. I’ve seen people absolutely raving over the formula, and let me tell you–it is that good. Did I need a new highlighter? No. BUT, the shade Gold Flash called out to me harder than any highlighter has in a really long time. I don’t know about you all, but, personally, I am fucking over champagne highlighters. They just do not look good on my skintone. They’re too cool and there’s too much contrast. Gold Flash is that rare pale yellow gold I’ve been searching for. Now that I’ve found her, do I sell my champagne highlighters? Is that gross?

Ok so now that I’ve spent too long trying to justify buying yet another highlighter when I’m supposed to be on a no-buy, I’ll get into actually reviewing this. The formula is creamy, but sets to a very non-powdery powder. Whatever pigments they’ve got going on in here are insane–they’re so intense you only need the tiniest bit to get a ton off payoff. I use my finger directly in the tube and then press into my skin. They blend with absolute ease and don’t move any makeup underneath. Also, the best part about them, is that they have the most beautiful glossy effect without being a gloss. It’s absolutely weightless on my skin. Hourglass has really knocked it out of the park with these and if you’re in the market for a new highlighter or are just a huge makeup junkie like me (trying to reform myself) check these out!

On Trial | Kristin Ess for Target

I haven’t been excited for a brand’s launch like I’ve been about this Kristin Ess line in a really long time. She’s a longtime hairstylist (to celebrities, cause DUH–credibility) and that is very reflected in her line. Each product, especially the styling products, are dupes to some of the most popular cult classic hair styling products. Unlike the super duper expensive Oribe products, that I admittedly love, these are $14 each. Not bad. Not bad at all.

I have and love the Dry Finish Working Texture Spray $14, which a great dupe for the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray $46.

The Soft Wave Beach Shine Spray $14 is also an amazing dupe for the Oribe Apres Beach Wave Spray $42.

The newest additions to my collection are the Sea Salt Air Dry Spray $10 and the Working Texture Loose Styling Powder $10.

The Sea Salt Air Dry spray is meant to be used for people who want to style their hair without using any kind of heat. It’s very lazy girl. You spray in wet hair, scrunch, and let it dry. That’s my kinda product right there. Seeing as my hair is bone straight, I actually throw it up into 4 loose braids until it’s dry. I really like this because it actually worked for me and didn’t just turn my hair gross and crispy with no waves in sight. Unlike most salt sprays it’s not crunchy, either. It does give that “cool girl” (gag, can’t believe I just wrote that) gritty texture, but it’s not a sticky.

The second product I grabbed is the Working Texture Loose Styling Powder, which is a type of product I really enjoy for adding texture to my roots for some volume. In the past I used one from Got2Be, which I really enjoyed because it allowed me to build a ton of volume. This one is harder to work with. It’s almost too sticky and I can’t really move it around. I also find that the packaging dispenses too much product, so don’t tap this directly into your roots. Ultimately, I’ve just ended up with clumpy sticky spots at my roots that are honestly a bit hard to shampoo out.

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