Thursday, November 7, 2019

Simply Earth takes Self Care to the Next Level with November's Bath-Themed Essential Oil Recipe Box

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I've never really thought of myself as a big essential oil user, but Simply Earth has quickly changed my mind! I was first introduced to the brand this summer with their essential oils and recipes all geared towards face care, and I have been loving these recipe boxes ever since! Since then, I have made soaps, candles, lip balms, pain relief products, and a variety of diffuser blends to suit the changing seasons. This month, Simply Earth has curated a box designed to help you pamper yourself and your loved ones with do-it-yourself bath products.

Each Essential Oils Recipe Box comes with four essential oils and any additional necessities to help you follow along with the recipes created that fit the theme. This month, subscribers will receive the following:

Cinnamon Essential Oil (15mL)
Eucalyptus Essential Oil (15mL)
Lime Essential Oil (15mL)
Tranquility Essential Oil Blend (15mL)
Dried Lavender Flowers (0.1oz)
Powdered Whole Milk (4 Tbsp)
Fillable tea bag

There are six recipes created for the November box, and I enjoyed testing out a few of them.

Tranquility and Lime Diffuser Blend

I can admit that while I was familiar with oil diffusers, I've only recently picked one up. I was intrigued with the Simply Earth diffuser blends and wanted to enjoy the fragrances throughout my house. I actually really enjoy the Tranquility blend on its own, but the addition of the lime is delightful!

Oatmeal & Milk Bath

Soaking in the tub is one of my favorite self-care activities, and regrettably, it os one I never do enough. The Essential Oil Recipe Box already came with the powdered milk, and all I had to do was add oatmeal and baking soda. The recipe calls for the tea bag in the ingredients but the directions have no use for it. This wasn't the first recipe in the box like this. I didn't notice it in the previous boxes, but it does make some of the recipes confusing to follow.

Lime and Eucalyptus Roll On

The Simply Earth Roll On recipes are always so easy to follow and can be made in less than a minute. While I'm not opposed to longer recipes, I love when I get recipes that are super quick! This particular recipe is great because the roll on has an uplifting aroma that can help relieve congestion. With cold and flu season starting up, this is going to be living in my purse!

Eucalyptus Shower Steamers

These shower steamers were teased in last month's box, and this was the recipe I was probably the most excited to be trying. This was another one of those recipes that had a listed ingredient (lavender buds, in this case) but no use for them when it came to the recipe directions. In the end, I opted to toss them in prior to pressing in a silicone mold. After waiting for these to dry, I went to pop them out, and I just ended up with a powdery mess. While I followed the recipe closely, I found the mixture to be very dry. I wasn't surprised the steamers couldn't hold their shape. I was able to salvage the mess by collecting the powder and spritzing in with hazel until I got the texture of wet sand. I then pressed into the molds for them to dry before popping out. The downside of this technique is the witch hazel turned the lavender buds a brown shade. These steamers are fully functional, they just look less attractive. I don't think I'll be following this exact recipe again, although I will definitely continue to use this oil combination in another version! 

The last two remaining recipes are for Lavender Buds & Tranquility Milk Bath and Chai Tea Bath Salts. My bag of epsom salts ran away from me and I have to pick up a few additional ingredients for the chai tea bath salts.

The Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box is a subscription service with two subscription options:

The MONTHLY BOX is $39 per month, and you will receive a box every month.

The QUARTERLY BOX is $45 every three months, and you will receive one box every three months.

There is no additional membership fee for subscribing, and you can skip boxes if a particular monthly theme doesn't suit your needs.

If you decide to subscribe for the Essential Oils Recipe Box, feel free to use the code LAUGHLOVECONTOURFREE . This code will get you a $40 gift card with your first purchased subscription box and a free Big Bonus Box. Please note that this code is not a discount off your first box but an incentive for first time subscribers. The value can be applied to your next monthly box or towards individual items offered by Simply Earth. These boxes are fantastic for yourself, and the monthly themes makes these a fun gift for friends and family. The holidays will be here soon, and what better way to show you care than giving a handmade gift!

If you decide you're not in the market for an essential oils box but still want to pick up a few assorted essential oils, please consider using my referral link. I don't have any special discount codes to share for this type of purchase, but using my referral link helps to support my blog so I can keep bringing you the great content you enjoy!

As always, 13% of every purchase at Simply Earth is donated to help stop human trafficking. This month, donations are going to The Daughter Project. The Daughter Project is a modern day abolitionist group rescuing women out of human trafficking. To date, The Daughter Project has directly helped 50 different women and children plus countless more through their speaking and education programs. I love knowing when money generated from my purchases is also doing good; this is just one of so many great things about Simply Earth!

December Essential Oil Recipe Box Sneak Peek

When I first started sharing these Essential Oil Recipe Boxes, I had mentioned the creations would make great gifts, and apparently Simply Earth agrees! The them for the December box is "Gift Giving" and will include recipes for sugar scrub, salve, room spray, lip balm, a Christmas inspired diffuser blend, and a congestion roll-on. Whether you're planning to gift others or just like to treat yourself, this looks to be a fun box. The oils included next month will be Mandarin, Pine Scotch, Peppermint, and Candy Cane Blend.

Are you a DIY crafter? Do you enjoy incorporating essential oils into your every day life? Would you be interested in the Essential Oil Recipe Box, either for yourself or as a gift to your favorite DIY-er? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Monday, November 4, 2019

KBShimmer for the November Fairy Tales-Themed Polish Pickup

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Monday! It's been crazy around here the past few weeks as the hubby has been out of town, my mother-in-law has been visiting, and trying to finish up last minute things for Halloween. I'm playing catch up and wanted to get this post up in time for the November Polish Pickup. Today is the last day of the Fairy Tale-themed pickup, and I have two special items to share with you. Created by indie brand KBShimmer, I have the pleasure of sharing a sugar scrub and a nail polish with you. Let's jump in and check them out!

In a land called Thra, two new races, the Skeksis and the urRu came into being when a powerful crystal cracked. The evil Skeksis use this cracked crystal to grant immortality. Jen, a Gelfling and the hero of the story, learns that the crystal can be repaired if done before the three suns aligned. This sets off the quest that makes up the story of The Dark Crystal.

The Dark Crystal sugar scrub is inspired by this story. Like the crystal from the movie, its rich fuchsia color is warmed by the lush scent of amber. Sugar and citron combine with juicy plum notes, accented by cashmere musk for a deep and complex scent.

Check out that sparkle! This only decorates the top layer of this scrub, but what a great introduction to a new jar!

I'm a big fan of KBShimmer's sugar scrubs! I like to use them to keep my hands soft, and they work perfectly to remove any residual shimmers hanging out on my skin. Of course you can use them on your body as well, and I often have a jar in my shower for gentle exfoliation.

I'm a fan of fruit scents in general, and this warmed plummy option is a delight!

Retail: $10 per 9.5oz jar

"We all have movies that we loved as children that can still bring to mind fond memories when we look back on them as adults. For me, The Neverending Story was one of them. Maybe it was because I loved to read, but the thought of reading a book and becoming part of the story was captivating to me. Bastian, a young book-lover, steals The Neverending Story against the wishes of a bookstore owner and is soon caught up in a world called Fantasia, its fight against The Nothing, and a journey to save the Childlike Empress. I won’t spoil the movie, but I was caught up in the twist toward the end and really wanted a pearl headdress."

A magnetic polish, this shade starts out as a rich emerald green color that shifts to navy blue. When a magnet is used, the added array of holo glitters and pink-to-blue-shifting micro flakes give this polish a galaxy-like feel.

There is something about a magnetic polish that I really enjoy. Perhaps it's the idea of having two polishes in one: apply as a normal polish and you have one look or pull out the magnet and you have something quite different.

As seen with magnetic polishes in general, the formula of The Nothing is a little thicker than your average polish. On my short nails, one coat actually was enough to cover any visible nail line, although I followed up with a second coat for these photos. Once a second coat was applied, I held the KBShimmer Neodymium ring magnet over my nail for about 45 seconds while the polish dried. Once I had finished all my nails, I followed up with Clearly on Top top coat for a glossy finish.

Retail: $10 per 15mL bottle

Both these items can be picked up from the Polish Pickup website. Please note today is the last day to submit an order, so you'll want to jump on this quickly if you haven't already. Also, all orders are submitted as a preorder. Please allow three weeks for orders to ship out to you.

Have you pickup up any items from the November Polish Pickup yet? Have you added either of these items to your list? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Sistar Cosmetics: Haunted Cemetery Makeup Look

Happy Halloween, dear readers! My favorite holiday is here, and I am enjoying every minute of it! My costume is hanging up in the closet in preparation for trick-or-treating with the kids, and I am so excited about it! My mother-in-law is currently visiting and will be dressing as Snow White, so I decided to dress as the Evil Queen to coordinate with her. Of course my costume isn't a dead ringer for the Evil Queen as I'm taking liberties to make it my own, including a black jeweled mask for my eyes, but hey, this is about me and this is what makes me happy. Until then, I have a quick makeup look I created to share with you. I've been wanting to play around with some items I had purchased from Sistar Cosmetics, and I had a cute Halloween idea come to mind. Check it out!

I wasn't really feeling spooky and dark eyes, which is shocking for me, especially today, but I still wanted to add a little something that screamed Halloween to my pink eye look. I didn't have a lot of time to play around, and I thought turing my eyeliner into a little cemetery scene and adding in a ghost would be the perfect solution!

I used both shades in the Half Moon Blush Duo in "Rosy Cheeks" on my eyes and then deepened it up in the corner with the darkest shade of the "Deep Palette" Contour Palette. I then lined my eyes (at the lids only) with the Ultimate Define Gel Eyeliner in "The Galaxy". I had hoped to use this eyeliner to extend out a wing and make my tombstones, but the sharp pointed pencil didn't give me quite as much control as I needed. I ended up creating my cemetery wings with Dip Liner Matte by Mesauda Milano. I then used the Sistar Cosmetics Ultimate Define Gel Eyeliner in "White" to add in my ghosts.

After using the contour palette and blush duo on my face, I finished off the look by lining and filling in my lips with Sistar Cosmetics' Smooth Touch Auto LipLiner in "Kiss Me Red". I topped it off with Sexy Lip Paint "Passionate Lovers."

This is such a fun and wearable look for Halloween! It's not going to work with my costume for tonight, but if you're in need of an easy makeup look yet that isn't scary or doesn't require special effects makeup know-how, this is a great way to go!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful Halloween!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Trick or Treat Yourself this Halloween with Yubi Beauty

We are *thisclose* to Halloween, and I am so excited about it! Costumes for the kids have long since been ready, I picked up final accessories for my own today, and the house is decorated. I had all these great plans to really spookify my house this year, but time ran away with me, and I discovered a lack of outdoor outlets at my new house. I've managed to scramble and get the pieces I needed to get everything to work, but seriously though, WHY would you not have a single outlet outdoors? This is going to have to be remedied ASAP if I want to have lights up for the Christmas holiday season. Until then, let's enjoy Halloween for a bit, shall we?

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After a rough week and finally seeing some success, I live by the mantra "Treat Yo-Self". Given that Halloween is about treats, mixed with the occasional tricks, what could be better timing for this post! While attending Cosmoprof North America this summer, I became acquainted with Yubi Beauty. Named for the Japanese word for "finger" Yubi is an innovative makeup brush system that incorporates elements of a makeup brush with the ease of application with your own fingers. I'll have my buddy Hector demonstrate. And yes, I am that person that names everything!

Simply slide your index and middle fingers into the Yubi device and the plastic backing will hold it securely to your fingers. This allows you to apply makeup naturally to your own face, rather than handling brushes, which can be awkward for some, or using your fingertips, resulting in patchy, uneven application and product messing up your hands. The Yubi is the answer for convenient, mess-free makeup application that can be done anywhere!

I prefer the coverage of brushes most of the time, so the Buff Brush in particular is my most used attachment. This device may be small, but this baby is packed with 275,000 vegan bristles that are oh-so-soft! Densely packed, this attachment works great at not only applying my foundation, but I can also use it to apply my serum, moisturizer, or even for the gentlest manual exfoliation to the face while washing! Even better, I can start my skincare process with this tool and move on to the next without having to wash between steps or switching over to a new one. Now that is some serious beauty on the go! I also really like this particular tool to rub bronzers and highlighters onto the rest of my skin. You want dressed up shoulders? This attachment is perfect for it!

If you prefer to use a sponge when it comes to your makeup application, Yubi has you covered with their Blend Sponge. After you've completed your initial skincare steps with the Buff Brush, simply pull the tab upwards at the base of the brush to release it from the Yubi Beauty device. The Blend Sponge readily pops into the open slot so you can jump right in blending your foundation. I'm very particular about sponges and dislike a lot on the market as they absorb so much product, but this sponge is actually quite nice! While some of my foundation is absorbed, most of it stays on my face, letting me actually USE more of my makeup rather than having it end up in a sponge that gets washed and rinsed down the drain.

Both the Buff Brush and the Blend Sponge wash easily with warm water and a gentle soap. As I mentioned above, I've even used my Buff Brush while washing my face, so that helps to keep it clean too! If you are hunting for a gentle cleanser for your Yubi (and eye brushes too, for that matter!) Yubi Beauty offers a Deep Clean cleansing solution that is free of dyes, harsh chemicals and perfumes. This is for weekly deep cleaning. I will note the final ingredient is Rosemary Extract. I cannot detect the scent of rosemary in this cleanser, but those that are sensitive or allergic to it should proceed with caution, if not avoid it altogether. Yubi Beauty also offers One, Two, Fresh, a spray for daily quick cleaning. This dries remarkably fast, a feature I appreciate for those days when I discover I have to quick touch up a section of my face after I've already cleaned my Yubi.

I have really enjoyed trying out the Yubi Beauty brush device! As much as I love to sit down and spend a lot of time working on my makeup, there are just as many days where I need to get my face done quickly. These work perfectly to get my makeup in place, and the final result is gorgeous! Yubi Beauty has several options when it comes to purchasing the device. If you know you're only going to want to use the Buff Brush or the Blend Sponge, you can purchase that my itself. If you're like me and tend to mix it up from time to time, you can purchase a set of the holder with each attachment. Also, you can buy replacement brush and sponge heads should you lose one, need to replace your sponge (you really should every three months), or just want an extra around the house or in your desk at work. I love to use makeup brushes, even the traditional paintbrush style, but there is just something so comfortably familiar about the Yubi Beauty device that makes me want to use this above all other makeup brushes. The compact size and ease of use is an extra bonus that I can appreciate, especially while on the go! It's no wonder it was a Time Magazine winner for best invention!

Are you familiar with Yubi Beauty? How do you like to apply your skincare items or foundation? Is this something that would appeal to you? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful night!

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Jack O'Lantern Halloween Nails with Literary Lacquers

Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to a fabulous start! It's been a hard several days for me as I've been closely watching the wildfire situation in Sonoma County. I remember two years ago typing up a blog post while sitting in my in-las kitchen after evacuating for the Tubbs Fire at the time. While we may have sold our house and relocated ten months ago to Arizona, Northern California is still very much in my heart.  The latest Kincade Fire is far from over, but I feel as though I am breathing easier today for the friends and neighbors we left behind. Now let's hop in to today's blog post!

Halloween is only four days away, and I am only just now getting around to creating nail art! I had all these great plans, but the month just ran away from me. Thankfully I've got a look to share with you today.

To create this look, I started off with Every God and Devil There Ever Was by Literary Lacquers. This particular shade was created exclusively for the September Polish Pickup, and I made a mental note then that this polish would have to be used for a Halloween design. I fell in love with the way this nail lacquer played with a matte top coat and knew I would have to stick with the matte finish for my final look.

Once my nail polish base was dry, I paired UberChic Beauty Halloween 01 and Halloween 03 stamping plates with Black Stamping Polish by Powder Perfect and Bright Yellow Sprouts and Tulip Celebration Stamping Polishes by Born Pretty Store.

The final step was to add top coat, and for that, I used the Matte Top Coat by Glisten & Glow.

I had fun creating this design, and I hope you enjoy it as well! I'd love to get another Halloween design on my nails, if only I can enjoy another look for the holiday, although it is likely not going to make it up on the blog. Be sure to follow me on social media (linked below)so you can see if and what I come up with!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

In the Mood for Halloween with Nomad Cosmetics and Dirty Mind Cosmetics

While October may be one of the longer months of the year, it always feels like the fastest one to go by for me. Perhaps it is my love of Halloween and trying to cram as many festivities as I can within the month, but I always wish for another two or more weeks in the month. My house has been decorated with assorted spoopy items, and I am still trying to get all my decorations up outdoors. It's our first Halloween at our new house, and I'm trying to stay a little low key this year while I sort out exactly how much I can get away with when it comes to our HOA. So far the neighbors haven't done much of anything, so my house just might be "that" creepy house, starting with next year as I didn't start planning, purchasing, and crafting far enough in advance.

Now that I'm surrounded by all things Halloween, it's no surprise I've been wanting to incorporate it more into my makeup. I have essentially no skills when it comes to special effects makeup, and I need to keep my makeup relatively normal looking on a daily basis so I'm not scaring my kids. It seems like a tall order to fill, but when I purchased the Berlin Eyeshadow Palette from Nomad Cosmetics, I knew I had the solution! I've worn it several times this month, and I wanted to share a couple of the looks I have created with you. Let's check them out!

When in doubt, wing it out!

I'm not normally a wing girl when it comes to my eyeliner, but I could not resist the urge to create bat wings this month. It's the perfect little something extra that screams Halloween without making my 4 year old run and hide. In fact, he's going to be a bat for Halloween this year and was so excited to see the bat wings on my eyes.

I really wanted to embrace the grungy vibe given off by the Berlin eyeshadow palette, and I am loving this shade combination. I don't know if I was just having off makeup days, but it took two days and four applications to finally get the look that I wanted. Thankfully, I woke up and today must have been the day because it was a "one and done" type of application day. I paired my eye look with Wanna Scissor? by Dirty Mind Cosmetics to carry the muted purple/gray look onto my lips.


I'm a fan of dark looks when it comes to Halloween, but the warm weather in Arizona has me alternating between continuing with brighter looks and switching back to something dark and moody. While the Berlin palette originally felt dark to me, I wanted to play around and see what sort of brighter looks I could create with it.

I had to pair my colourful makeup look with my bright orange and yellow wig!

 In the end, I'm feeling like I'm embracing my inner Poison Ivy!

I had a lot of fun with this look as well! I'm a sucker for a red lip, and I paired my eye look with Red Rocket by Dirty Mind Cosmetics. Since we're only a week out from Halloween, I'm likely to stick with dark and moody looks for the time being, but I will absolutely be recreating this one soon!

Have any of you been enjoying the Berlin eyeshadow palette from Nomad Cosmetics? I saw it was part of a recent Ipsy bag, although I dropped my Ipsy subscription years ago. Also, if you haven't tried Dirty Mind Cosmetics, you should check them out! The line currently consists of 6 lipsticks, 3 inspired by Tim Burton films, but they've been hinting at an addition coming soon. I'm excited to see what they have coming next!

Until next time, dear readers, have a great evening!

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Highlights from the Beauty Spotlight Team

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog just reviewed the most incredible serum and has to share it with you! Vitabrid C12 Dual Drop Serum reduces the signs of aging, softens fine lines, hydrates and leaves skin glowing and even in tone. It received an A+ rating from LSBB, and it’s definitely worth checking out!

Heather from Crazy Beautiful Makeup has been working with Straight UP CBD for her anxiety. They offer 3 amazing flavors you don’t feel like you are taking something medicinal.

The October Boxycharm is full of fall colors and vibes but did it impress Prime Beauty? Find out!

Are you giving your skin all the vitamins it needs to look its best? Ingesting your vitamins is good for your body, but they don’t always make it to the outer layers of your skin. Many topically applied skin care items only contain one or two vitamins, so you’re either layering like crazy or going without. Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour reviewed the the MultiV6 line by Merlot Skin Care this week on her blog. This line contains SIX vitamins plus Resveratrol to give your skin the ultimate pampering treatment this week on her blog.

Do you have long hair? Lisa from Beauty Info Zone has a Stylecraft curling iron that is going to change the looks of your hair.

L'Occitane's bestselling Divine Cream celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a special limited edition Grand Cru Cream! Pammy Blogs Beauty shares the scoop!

Take a stroll over to Notes from My Dressing Table and check out their feature on Luxie Beauty makeup brushes and enter their giveaway for a new four piece makeup brush set that would be a perfect little treat for yourself or someone special.

Do you spend a lot of time sitting in front of a digital screen like a computer, tablet or phone? Never Say Die Beauty who is addicted to her iPhone has been using cruelty-free multitasker, City Beauty Blue Defense Hydrogel, to block harmful blue rays while moisturizing and softening the look of lines and wrinkles.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Halloween Giveaway over on Instagram in honor of The Daily Nail!

Blogging is a labor of love. I enjoy it immensely, but there are definitely periods of time where I need to step away, either to deal with a sick child, my own illness, or just because I need a break. As I am approaching my eight year into blogging, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of my colleagues at various tradeshows and conventions. One of my favorite bloggers is Melissa from The Daily Nail. Melissa radiates such positive energy and always has the biggest smile on her face whenever I have the pleasure of seeing her, not to mention her nail art skills are incredible! This week, Melissa is celebrating an amazing milestone: her 10 year blogaversary! The years have certainly flown by, and I wanted to do a little something in honor of The Daily Nail hitting 10 years old. Because I enjoy Melissa's nail art so much and Halloween is right around the corner, I have put together a little giveaway to help someone create easy nail art for the occasion!

This giveaway prize contains a trio of nail lacquers by Seche Premium Colour; the shades are Assertive, Seductive, and Clever. To help with the nail art portion, I've also added Spider Web Nail Stencils and the Deadly Night Water Decals, both by What's Up Nails. I cannot freehand nail art in any capacity, and stencils and water decals make creating nail art quick and easy!

There is one major catch with this giveaway- it's being held on my Instagram account right now! Be sure to head on over to enter! I want to be sure to get this to the winner in time for Halloween, so the giveaway will ending at 10pm PST this Saturday, October 19th.

I hope you head on over to enter, and be sure to visit The Daily Nail to enter her blogaversary giveaways!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful evening!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

MultiV6: Vitamins for your skin!

I knew I was getting older when my fascination with just makeup products gave way to wanting all the quality skin care items I could find. Sure, I used to wash and moisturize my face when I was in my teens and early twenties, but that was it. To top it off, I didn't pay any attention to the quality of the products I was using, and I wasn't giving my skin one iota of attention that I do now! Thankfully, I have seen the error of my ways and now seek out products that give my skin the love and attention it deserves. After all, as the largest organ of the body, doesn't it deserve the best you can give it? Consuming a healthy diet is a good way to start taking care of your skin, but did you know that the vitamins you ingest make not be getting to the tough outer layers of your skin? On one hand, it's good having a tough barrier- it certainly keeps so many nasty things out of our bodies. The flip side is your outer layer may only be getting the minimal amount of nutrients. Thankfully, I can count on the skincare trio by MultiV6 to give my skin the extra boost it needs to look its healthiest!

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The MultiV6 line was created by Wayne Beckley, the founder of Merlot Skin Care; all products from Merlot Skin Care, including the MultiV6 line incorporate grape seed extract. The MultiV6 line is aptly named as it contains six important vitamins to nourish the skin in addition to Resveratrol. Many other skin care lines use one or two key ingredients to target one specific need, but this line can address multiple issues as each vitamin addresses a different concern:

Vitamin A: reduces redness and fades brown spots

Vitamin B5: reduces moisture loss and boosts hydration

Vitamin C: smoothes & firms skin and fades sun spots

Vitamin D3: diminishes fine lines

Vitamin E: alleviates dryness and bolsters UV defense

Vitamin K: helps diminish under eye circles.

The addition of Resveratrol protects the skin from free radical damage.

The MultiV6 line consists of three products: a serum, a day cream, and a night cream. I really put this line through the test and have been using it for a full eight weeks now! Let's get a closer look at each of the individual items and then I'll give my final thoughts on the MultiV6 line.

Multivitamin Serum

I use serums after washing my face, so this is the best place to start. The serum is housed in an opaque pump-style container and is meant to be used both morning and night.

This serum is incredibly lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly. One pump is enough for me to cover my face, although you can use a little more in your trouble areas if you would like. It smells like nothing, like the rest of this line, and I really appreciate that! The formula has a slight silky feeling although it is quite thin. It does not leave any residue or chemical feeling on the skin once absorbed: all you are left with is smooth skin.

Retail: $50

Multivitamin Day Cream

The MultiV6 Multivitamin Day Cream is packaged in a screw cap jar and contains 1.7oz of product. I am not a fan of this type of packaging as I worry about potential contamination from my fingertips, but I use clean scoopers I have saved from previous products to bypass this issue. Like the serum, this doesn't smell like anything to me. I can appreciate a product that gives me just what I need without the added fragrance!

This lightweight moisturizer applies smoothly to the skin and is absorbed very quickly. When I initially started using this line, I opted to use just these three products (after washing my face, of course). I quickly discovered that this day cream is not moisturizing enough for my combination normal to oily skin. While it made my skin feel great upon application, my skin then felt rather dry within about 10 minutes when I went to apply my makeup. After about a week of just these three products, my skin felt oilier and kind of dry. Once I brought back in some of my other products from other brands (hyaluronic acid prior to applying this cream), my skin went back to a more normal state. If you are wanting to just use this line, the day cream may not be moisturizing enough unless you have particularly oily skin. If you intend to add this in with other products, it may be enough for you. Those with very dry skin would probably be better suited towards a richer moisturizer, like the one coming up next.

Retail: $40

Multivitamin Night Cream

Like its Day Cream counterpart, the Multivitamin Night Cream also comes in a screw lid jar. It also contains 1.7oz of product.

The Multivitamin Night Cream is a richer moisturizer than the day alternative, but it is far from heavy. It absorbs relatively quickly into the skin and leaves it feeling incredibly soft. While the Multivitamin Day Cream left me wanting more, the Multivitamin Night Cream really won me over. It was a rough start the first couple of weeks as my skin was adjusting to not having enough moisturization, but trial and error helped me sort out what products worked best for me. I tend to prefer an even richer cream than this at night, but once I added back in my hyaluronic acid application and topping off with a couple drops of my trusty oil, my skin was a happy camper. I actually like this cream as part of my day application on the days I skipped my hyaluronic acid application, and I found my makeup applied nicely over it. It may be a little too rich for day use for those with oily skin types, but those with drier skin may want to test this out during the day. Ultimately, it depends on your own personal body chemistry and what other products you are using, but this is a great moisturizer to consider adding to your routine!

Retail: $45

Final Thoughts

I had some reservations about the MultiV6 line when I first stated testing it out, especially since it wasn't moisturizing enough in the beginning, resulting in my skin upping its oil production. I still wanted to give it a fair shot and opted to change a few things around, and I am so glad I did! On my skin, I found this trio was not enough on its own, and I really needed to add in extra products to get my skin to its happy place again. As a beauty fan, I'm always eager to use products so this is not a deal breaker for me, but it can be for someone that wants just one or two items and call it a day. The Multivitamin Serum in particular was a favorite for me, and I am likely to pick up another bottle when I finish testing out another I have in my lineup. The Multivitamin Day Cream was a big let down for me as it left my skin feeling dry until it overcompensated with oil production. Adding back in my hyaluronic acid product from another brand helped a lot, but even then I wasn't loving it. The Multivitamin Night Cream, on the other hand, I really enjoyed using, and I actually liked using it as part of my day routine. Using a slightly richer cream during the day has made my overall oil production go down such that my skin is far more normal these days instead of the combination oily it used to be. I started adding back in my two drops of oil as my final step before climbing into bed, and the final result is a more normal, balanced skin that is incredibly soft and looks healthy. I still get my usual hormonal breakouts during certain times of the month, but I've not experienced any addition breakouts beyond the first two weeks while my skin went into crazy oily mode. I would gladly use the serum and night cream again!

Have you tried any of the products in the MultiV6 line or any of the other lines from Merlot Skin Care, for that matter? If so, what are your favorites? What are your main concerns when it comes to your skincare routine? Do you prefer to use as few products as possible, or do you like the process of layering to get the desired effect? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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