Review and Giveaway with Glossed in Brooklyn

Hello all! One of my favorite green beauties who I read regularly and I have collaborated to bring you a review, Q&A, and giveaway all in one. If you don’t know Nancy from Glossed in Brooklyn (http://glossedinbrooklyn.com/), I definitely recommend checking her out. We both share a love for YÜLI Halcyon (my review and her review) and Pratima Neem Rose Sunscreen (my review and her review), and I live vicariously through her when she reviews brands like Sunday Riley, Glossier, Drunk Elephant, and Tatcha.

Nancy and I are each reviewing a product and doing a giveaway where one lucky, lucky winner will win both products. In each of our posts, we’re answering four questions to create a mini review of our picks. Check out the Q&A below and then *enter the giveaway* at the end of the post.

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A Birthday Giveaway of Fave #GreenBeauty Skincare

Today is my birthday, and I want to take a brief break from problem sets and feeling slightly sick from strong kombucha to share a gift with one of you.

I resolved in 2014 to curb my impulsive habits by sampling before jumping into full-size. No regrets. Lots of sampling, but no regrets. I spared myself from throwing money at things that were nice but not fantastic, and I threw my money at things I knew worked well with my skin and were gold. So I’ve compiled a set of sample and travel-size skincare products that I’ve enjoyed for you to try. If you don’t like any, well, then you know. And if you like them, you can take the plunge.

Here are the goods:

S.W. Basics Vegan Cocoa Lip Balm
I obsessively hoard lip balm and have one in every room and bag because if my lips are dry, my whole body is dry/I am dying/can’t handle. Admittedly, this is not the best lip balm in the world (that goes to Tata Harper Lip Treatments, swoon), but it’s a solid. And every now and then they have $1 sales so I get them in bulk for me and to share.

A sample sachet of Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Serum
This is something I discovered via a sample-with-order from Pemberley Jones and it is good. It’s light, it’s cooling, I bought the full-size for my mom and should’ve gotten another one for myself–cue *hearts in eyes.

YÜLI Jet Set Kit
I spent my Spirit Beauty Lounge points on you! Included is a bag made exclusively for SBL and YÜLI by fashion designer and Project Runway star Melissa Fleis, a travel size Halcyon Cleanser and sample sizes of M.E. Skin Fuel and Cocoon Elixir. First of all, the bag. Guys, it’s chic. I want to keep it. If I had to choose between Panacea and Cocoon, Cocoon is my favorite. Back when I was interning over the summer in a dehydrated office, this visibly calmed down redness and hydrated my skin for hours (full review here). While M.E. Skin Fuel couldn’t prevent my hormonal breakouts (understandable), it worked well with my skin, left my skin feeling soft with every application, and has a really delicious list of ingredients (full review here). Halcyon–oh Halcyon. I recently repurchased the full size and I don’t regret it–it’s my favorite second-step cleanser after removing makeup. Those gently foaming peptides, how soft it leaves my skin, how good my skin looks when I use it–yep. It’s a winner (full review here).

A sample tube of Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel
Every time I make an order from SBL, I always include this. It’s my go-to whenever I’m naughty and pop a pimple or need an aftershave and don’t want ingrown hairs. In the pimple case, I usually squeeze some onto a Q-tip and hold it over the broken skin until liquid stops seeping out in to make sure bacteria doesn’t spread and to encourage healing (always works). In the aftershave case, I just massage a little into where I’ve shaved and 1) it soothes any tenderness, 2) I haven’t had an ingrown hair after using this (full review here).

Two sample sachets of Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
I love this mask. I purchased and used up the full-size version of the limited edition Resurfacing Mask with Wild Plum. After my first facial earlier this year, my esthetician informed me that the cause of some of my pimples was not enough exfoliation. With regular use (once a week), I noticed less pimples and increasingly softer skin. Bonus: it’s a clear mask, so feel free to answer the door wearing this or slap it on during a flight.

A USDA Organic lollipop
Once of these comes with every SBL order and I’ve racked up a collection. Girl can’t eat all the lollipops, so here’s one for you. And it’s USDA Organic.

This giveaway starts now and ends 12:00am October 16, 2014, Pacific time. It is open to the U.S. only–I apologize, my lovely international friends, but this is an unsponsored giveaway, shipping is my responsibility (unless you are willing to negotiate), and I am a poor undergraduate student applying to be a poor graduate student.

Go wild and good luck!

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Disclaimer: As noted above, this is an unsponsored giveaway. Everything mentioned above has been either purchased with SBL points or selected as a sample-with-order with previous SBL orders. I want to keep everything mentioned above for myself. Affiliate links are included in this post.

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Giveaway: #ED4OLO Vitamin B Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover

Hey beautiful people. Full-time internship + practicing/rehearsing/traveling for piano duo performance = radio silence, but have I got a treat for you…

Back in May, I passed 100 followers on Bloglovin’ (you can find me here) and I have been receiving some really beautiful emails from readers and brands and vomiting all of my green beauty love in them (like taking breaks from writing school essays to write green beauty essays) and I want to say thank you all so much! Thank you all for following and reading and commenting and sharing in my green beauty experience. It makes it all the more fun to hear what you love, what works for you, and what works better for you.

So as a thank you, I have one of my top green beauty favorites to offer: Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover (valued at $38). I was introduced to this via a sample pack (purchased) and immediately purchased full-size…after full-size…after full-size of this. A year and many bottles later, this cleansing oil is still a staple in my routine, and I’ve even gotten my sister hooked on it. You can read my full review from last summer here.

This giveaway is open from Monday, June 23 through Monday, June 30 (midnight PST). U.S. only–sorry international lovelies, will make it up to you. Good luck and go wild!

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Disclaimer: I bought this product myself from oneloveorganics.com and have been saving it for a lucky one of you. It’s a brand new, unopened bottle and even has its original bubble wrap with it. Yay! This giveaway is not sponsored by One Love Organics or Elizabeth Dehn–I included their Twitter handles in the giveaway because I think they are great resources to follow. And their Active Moisture line is stellar.

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