First Impressions: Summer Fridays R+R and Overtime Masks

Thinking of picking up the Summer Fridays R+R or Overtime mask? Let this first impressions be your sign to get them. Now.

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For Christmas, my brother so kindly gifted me with the Summer Fridays Merry & Brighter set. Anyone who follows me knows that I am the biggest fan of Summer Fridays Jet Lag mask. 

I’ve been using Jet Lag for over a year and with every application, I fall in love even more. However, I never got the chance to try the other two masks from the brand, R+R and Overtime, until now.

I finally gave the two masks a try and I want to share with you my first impressions of them!

Let’s start with the Overtime Mask:

Overtime is intended to exfoliate your skin and act as a mask to liven up dull skin. Some key ingredients include: oat kernel protein, vitamins A, K, C and E, apricot seed powder and pumpkin.

Taken straight from the notes on my phone, here were my first thoughts as I applied it to my skin:

  • This stuff smells AMAZING (like pumpkin pie).
  • Gorgeous texture
  • The exfoliating ingredients are not too harsh on the skin; they’re gentle. 
  • As the mask sits on the skin, there is a slight tingly/warming feeling. (nothing too intense or irritating.)
  • This tube packaging will always be my favorite.
  • Cute & perfect travel size!

All in all, my skin loves this product. I had a visible glow once I washed the mask off after exfoliating and letting it sit for 10 minutes. My skin appeared brighter than it looked before applying and felt so smooth. 

My only caution goes to those who have sensitive skin: beware of the tingly feeling you may feel when it sits on the skin as a mask.

Next is the R+R Mask:

This is a 2-in-1 mask that works to buff away dead skin while restoring it with antioxidant-rich oils. Some key ingredients include: Bulgarian rose, argan oil, rose flower powder and more.

Again, taken straight from the notes on my phone, here were my first thoughts as I applied R+R to my skin:

  • It smells so much like the Fresh Beauty Rose Face Mask (one of my favorite masks on the planet,) which instantly gave me high hopes!
  • It doesn’t have the typical jelly “texture” that I expected. It feels more like a gel with light exfoliants in it.
  • The oils in this mask left my skin looking super radiant.
  • The smell is very relaxing; not too strong, reminds me of being in a spa.
  • Not a messy texture at all
  • Deeply hydrates & moisturizes the skin.
  • Great use for the winter time to reduce dryness.

The final verdict? They’re both awesome products that did not disappoint. Combined with the third mask in the trio, Jet Lag, these three masks make a magical team. 

My skin enjoyed these two products and I could not stop staring at my newfound glow in the mirror.

Have you tried Summer Fridays? I’d love to hear your thoughts as well!

The Skincare Line That DEFINES Beauty Sleep [Moonlit Skincare]

How many of you have heard the terms “beauty sleep” or “beauty rest” thrown around? It is believed that a good night’s sleep is important to sustain a youthful appearance and complexion. According to this study, poor sleep quality is in fact associated with signs of aging, diminished skin barrier function and low satisfaction with appearance.

Maybe it’s time we start to rethink our whacky summer sleep patterns…

Now of course today we have thousands of skin care products to choose from that can support glowing and healthy skin even when we may not be prioritizing enough sleep. But, what if I told you there was a skincare line out there that highlights the importance of both a good night’s sleep and radiant skin?

Good news, there is and it’s called: Moonlit Skincare.

I had the pleasure of coming across this brand back in April and my initial thought while glimpsing over their products at first was: Where has this line been all my life?

From skin care products to sleep essentials like eye masks, silk pillowcases and more, Moonlit Skincare epitomizes the importance of beauty sleep, literally and figuratively.

One of their products that caught my eye the most was their Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil. At the time, I was going through a facial oil craze and was on the hunt for more to try.

The vegan and cruelty-free overnight facial oil offers to provide you with “smooth, plump and redefined skin” when you wake up in the morning, while its lavender scent works to whisk you off into a peaceful slumber at night.

To use this product is very simple. You just warm up a few drops of the oil into your hands and press it into a freshly cleansed face and neck during your night time skin care routine/before bedtime.

When I first tried this product, my first impression was the cute and whimsical bottle as well as the oil’s charming, lavender scent.

Prior to trying out the oil, my concern was the possible strength of the fragrance. Would it be too strong? For me, products with too strong of fragrances are unappealing for me to use because they distract me from the true purpose of the product and can get overwhelming.

The Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil has the perfect balance of a pleasant, and natural synthetic-free fragrance that relaxes and calms the mind before bed. Aside from the stunning results that the oil brings to your skin in the morning, the fragrance of this oil ended up being one of my favorite parts about this product.

Some key ingredients that this oil includes are: jojoba oil, sunflower oil, ginseng, papaya and grape seed oil. All of the ingredients work together to soothe dry, dull, aging and uneven skin overnight and over the course of your usage.

When I wake up in the morning, my skin looks noticeably brighter and vivacious without any leftover residue like some facial oils can leave on your skin. Absorption of this product into the skin has never been any issue at all for me.

I can no longer go to bed without this stuff. In fact, when it comes to my nighttime routine, this oil is something that I look forward to using because not only do I know that my skin will look bright, dewy and radiant in the morning, I know that I will be getting a good night’s sleep as well.

Yes, this is a skin care product of your dreams and it. DELIVERS.

Moonlit Skincare has some EXCITING news. A few of their select products are available for PRE-SALE on Urban Outfitters!

Their Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil is one of the products that you can pre-order online right now. Their products will be available online and in select Urban Outfitters doors in California and New York!

Click here to check their stuff out now!

What is a skin care product you cannot go without before bed?

The Best Face Moisturizer: Weleda Skin Food Review

It was around last year that I first heard about Weleda Skin Food. I was browsing through one of my favorite Instagram blogger’s stories as she was sharing her favorite skin care products.

I was immediately captivated by the name, (“skin food” sounds incredibly promising,) and the bright green packaging! I saved the name of the product in my iPhone notes.

Fast forward to just a few weeks ago, I was watching a YouTube video of a dermatologist sharing her everyday routine who mentioned that she uses Weleda Skin Food.

I took this as a sign and purchased the Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream at Whole Foods for $18.99 the next day. Let me tell you; I’m so happy that I did.

So, what is it?

Weleda Skin Food is a thick, rich moisturizer that caters to soothing and hydrating rough and dry skin.

It is instructed that you apply this moisturizer to areas that are prone to getting really dry such as your elbows, heels, knees, etc. However, applying this cream to your face alone can result in luminous, radiant results.

Something that I appreciate about this product/brand is that Weleda is cruelty-free.

Recently, I’ve been trying to incorporate more cruelty-free products into my skin care collection, and while I’m still working on getting there, this product is an addition that I’m very satisfied with.

Weleda Skin Food is full of plant-rich ingredients. To name a few, this product has Chamomile, Calendula (Pot marigold) and Viola Tricolor (Wild pansy) extracts in them which I give credit to for this product’s lovely, fresh scent.

My first impression when trying this moisturizer is that the texture is thick. Thick as in similar-to-vaseline thick.

If you are someone with very oily skin, this product may not sit entirely well with you, however, once you really take your time to rub the product into your skin, I promise it absorbs so nicely.

It will probably take a few days for you to get used to how this product feels on your skin, but you will get used to the texture in no time.

While I’ve applied this moisturizer on some days in both the morning and night, I’ve come to prefer applying this product during my night time skin care routine more.

Similar to an overnight mask, I find that when I wake up, my skin looks incredibly hydrated, dewy and plump when I use this product at night whereas during the day, my skin retains a bit of an oily residue (nothing too crazy, though!).

This product is 2.5 fl. Oz., yet a little bit of product goes such a long way making this something that will most likely last you for a good amount of time.

I enjoy how versatile this product is mainly due to the fact that it can be used in so many different ways. It can be used as moisturizer for the face and body, a primer for your makeup, highlighter, a mask and more.

I’ve been using this for around a week now and have no complaints or problems with it. My nose tends to get dry and flaky to the point where it can be difficult to apply makeup around the area, but the day after I used this for the first time, the flakiness and dryness was nearly gone.

If you are someone who has relatively dry skin, I would highly recommend trying this product out!

What face moisturizer are you currently using at the moment? Let me know below!