A Face Mask A Day with Julep

Whenever my girlfriends ask me how they can repair their skin, I always suggest two things – drink more water, and try a face mask that targets your needs. I am a huge face mask advocate, especially because it’s an easy way to treat your skin without stepping out of the house, or involves too much work. My favorite face mask is a gift I received on my birthday last October. Julep’s Night Shift Sleeping Mask is my go-to mask every night… and morning. According to Julep,

this is a reparative moisture mask that does the heavy lifting while you’re fast asleep so you wake up to a brighter, smoother, firmer complexion.

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The Night Shift Sleeping Mask has been my savior this past winter. And if you have been a victim of dry or flaky skin, this is probably going to be something you want to try out. With the bitter cold and snow, this product has served as a face mask and a moisturizer, keeping my skin smooth and hydrated. The mask name suggests that this is something you wear at night while sleeping so that the product can work into your skin, but I absolutely love wearing this during the daytime as well. The product is a white, thick cream that applies effortlessly. It absorbs nicely into my skin and doesn’t sit on top of it like most thick moisturizers do. Although Spring is here and my skin won’t be as dry, this will be a product I use all year round.

EVENT ALERT: And if you’re already a Julep fan, here’s a link-up to meet Jane Park, founder of Julep. Come join the fun in New York on Wednesday 4/01 6-8pm. RSVP here.

Got a product you can’t live without? What’s your favorite face mask and moisturizer? Tell me in the comments section below!

Beauty By Beauteque – Head To Toe Pink Bag

Product junkies who love receiving a little surprise every month can rejoice with Beauteque’s subscription service. Beauteque is a US-based website that sells Korean beauty products. They describe themselves as,

The sum of beauty plus boutique gives you an equation called Beauteque. The one stop shop haven of everyone’s dreams! An online store that is not just simplifying, but magnetizing the business of beauty, bringing on board elements and brands from the other side of the world, Beauteque brings together for you the East and West, as it continues to globalize.

I received my first beauty bag from Beauteque last week and am pleasantly satisfied with my Head to Toe Pink bag. The Head to Toe Pink bag has 8 products varying from skincare to cosmetic products. And as you can already tell from the name, all the products in the bag are pink! Here are the goodies that came in my February bag:

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Products from L-R: Hada Senka by Shiseido (lotion or toner), Blending Sponge, Capsule Wash-Off Mask, Femme Couture Highlighting Luminizer, Tony Moly Mascara, Etude House Sleeping Spoon Cream, Tony Moly Auto Lip Liner.

Hada Senka by Shiseido: I’ve tried Shiseido products in the past and have always loved them, so I was really happy to receive this lotion/toner in my bag. Hada Senka’s lotion works great as a moisturizer. It’s more runny than other thick moisturizers I am used to but works great under makeup since it is so hydrating. I have not tried this as a toner yet, but if you’re interested in picking up this 2-in-1 product, to use as a toner, pour a bit onto a cotton swab before applying it to your face. (Retail: $15.95)

Blending Sponge: I recently jumped on the beautyblender bandwagon late last year, so practically squealed when I saw this in my bag. If you have never tried applying concealer or foundation on with a sponge before, you must try it! To use, wet the sponge and ring out the excess water. Place a bit of your liquid makeup product on your hand and dab it on the blender. Apply the product in a quick-patting motion for a flawless finish. (Retail: $15.95)

Capsule Wash-Off Mask: Anyone who knows me, knows that I loveee face masks. I have not had the time to try these wash-off masks yet but I am excited to try it out on my day off sometime next week. The mask claims that it is perfect for dealing with pores… I’ll update you all next week when I test it out. Oh, I received 2 capsules, so double the fun with this product! (Retail $2.50)

Femme Couture Highlighting Luminizer: I’m not one to brag, but my highlighting skills have definitely gotten wayyy better lately. Sidenote: My boyfriend likes to throw actual highlighters at me when I’m doing this process in the morning. When done right, highlighting gives your face a natural and healthy glow. The packaging says that this product is a cream but it’s not thick like you would think. The product is runny and can get a bit messy if you squeeze too much so be careful! A little goes a long way. This can be used alone or mixed in with foundation. (Retail: $11.50)

Tony Moly Mascara: Just in time! I needed a new mascara so badly. So glad this came in right when I needed it. Want longer looking lashes? I’m siding with this one. (Retail: $6.50)

Etude House Sleeping Spoon Cream: I love going to bed packing on my creams, so am always excited to rotate new products at night. This spoon cream claims to brighten and moisturizer the skin around the clock. (Retail: $3.95)

Tony Moly Auto Lip Liner: Ladies! This is such a beautiful rose color! It’s a shade darker than the natural color of my lips so it’s perfect for me. I am going to be using this product as a lipstick color as well since the liner has more of a creamy texture. (Retail: $7.25)

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Overall, I am so stoked to try all of the products in my Head to Toe Pink bag. I was not expecting to be blown away by all the products, but I truly am. The deal is even better. It is nearly an $80 value bag for just $26. If you want this bag, it is available through March 15th at Beauteque. If you try it out, let me know what you think! xo


Products I Finished in 2014 – New Year, New Products!

When most people think about the new year, they probably think “new year, new me” but I think “new year, new, products!” I finished a couple of favorites in 2014, and I can’t wait to either make repurchases, or move on to other products. Here’s what I finished in 2014.

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  • Lindi Face Serum
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More
  • Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel
  • Dr. Brandt Face Cream
  • Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
  • Biodara Face Serum and Créme De Clay Purifying Mask

Lindi Face Serum: I love this product! It was the first product I wrote about on I Sort of Beauty. The serum is super soothing and silky soft. I would definitely repurchase this.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More: Hands down, one of the best blackhead extractor masks I have ever used. I love that the mask dries into a darker blue color when it’s done and ready to be removed. I need to get this again for 2015!

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel: 2014 was all about natural products for me. I love that this peel is made of organic, fruit-derived hydroxy acids, raw sugar cane, and antioxidant-rich vitamins—A, C, and E. Will definitely purchase the full size product.

Dr. Brandt Face Cream: Eh. I liked it, but didn’t love using it. I preferred using other moisturizers, so will not be seeing this product in 2015.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate: I recently got another one. Why? Because it worked so damn well I felt like I didn’t need any makeup. Love, love, love this stuff! Saying hello to soft, bouncy skin in 2015.

Biodara Face Serum and Créme De Clay Purifying Mask: I wrote about Biodara recently last year. I took the products with me on my trip to Jamaica in October. It was the perfect set to pamper myself with while vacationing. Will I repurchase? I already have!

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  • Amika: Perk Up Dry Shampoo
  • Hello Body Cream
  • MAKE Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover
  • Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream
  • Imperial Repair Hand Therapy
  • Supergoop! CC Cream

Amika: Perk Up Dry Shampoo: This was my first love (for dry shampoo, that is). I have never used dry shampoo before. I always thought that if I washed my hair every other day or every 2-3 days, I didn’t need dry shampoo. But after using Amika, I realized that there are so many benefits to using dry shampoo. I use it the day after I shower to keep my hair nice and voluminous.

Hello Body Cream: I didn’t love this product, but I didn’t hate it either. It smelled delicious and went on smoothly, but I don’t think it’s hydrating enough. Will not see this product in 2015.

MAKE Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover: I only found one makeup remover that I loved in 2014, and this product is not it. The remover is not tough enough for eye makeup removal. I won’t be seeing this product in 2015 either.

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream: I don’t use enough hand creams, but after discovering Supergoop! I’m addicted.

Imperial Repair Hand Therapy: I loved the smell of this hand cream. There wasn’t enough in this sample, I will need to repurchase for 2015!

Supergoop! CC Cream: I have been seeing and hearing the rave about CC creams, but I don’t think this was the best CC cream for me. Will keep hunting for a CC cream to add to my beauty arsenal in 2015.

What products did you finish in 2014? What products will you be taking with you in 2015? Tell me in the comments section below, xo -Linda

Insta-Easy Skincare With InstaNatural

I have been very cautious of my skincare routine lately. As the weather gets colder, my face gets drier and needs extra care and attention. I’ve been rotating a couple of products that have been helping keep my face looking moisturized, but it’s been a bit tough with the weather temperature dipping. Some of the products I have been rotating are from InstaNatural. 

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My favorite product is the Age-Defying Retinol Serum. Retinol has so many benefits for your skin, and should be incorporated in any skincare routine because of it’s skin repairing technology. I’ve been using this product over my breakouts to reduce redness, but it can be used for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. I normally use it after a serum and before a moisturizer every morning and night, but the packaging says that it should only be used at night if you have sensitive skin. Overall, a really great prevention product to keep on your vanity.  Retail: $23.97

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I also like their Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer. I don’t really like to put thick creams on my face because I feel like it just sits there, but this cream (although a bit thick) is actually super soothing and moisturizing.This cream can be worn under makeup, but I don’t really recommend wearing it during the day since the cream is heavy. I like to pack this on at night to keep my face moisturized. Oh, and one full pump is far too much for the face and neck, so about half a pump will do just fine when moisturizing both of these areas. Retail: $23.75

I have not been using the Youth Express Eye Gel as religiously as I have been with the retinol serum and retinol moisturizer, but I keep it in my eye cream rotation. I’m not sure it it really does anything for my dark circles just yet (I’ve been using it for about a month and a half now) but I really love using this eye gel in the morning to help reduce the appearance of puffy eyes. The gel is clear and a bit thick but absorbs really quickly into the skin. There’s a slight tightening sensation after putting it so I definitely feel and look more awake after using it. Retail: $19.97

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I’m disappointed to say that I am not a fan of InstaNatural’s Youth Express Eye Serum. I’m not sure if it has something to do with the orange color or the consistency of the serum, but it made my eyes look puffy and tired. I’ve never had this experience with any other creams, but I stopped using it after about 3 times of giving it a try. The product claims to “help to deliver exceptional results to the under eye area, resulting in a decreased appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and puffiness.” Unfortunately, it didn’t wok for me. Retail: $23.97

Overall, I have to say that the InstaNatural products (with the exception of the eye serum) are pretty good quality, and they’re affordable as well. Worth a try if you’re looking to change up your skincare routine with the changing weather.

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Christmas Holiday Birchbox Unboxing

Last Birchbox for 2014! I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber since July and enjoy the perks of being a Birchblogger. Every month I get to sample 5-6 different products for $10 that I’ve never tried before. It’s a great way to switch up my beauty routine without having to break the bank. Here’s what I got in my box this month.

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Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate: $28.00 full size/$1.87 sample value

I love the smell of this moisturizer! It also doubles as a makeup remover but the sample is tiny so I doubt I’ll be using it for that. Going straight into my work bag.



photo 1 (4)No. 4 L’eau de Mare Hydrating Shampoo: $34.00 full size/$4.00 sample value

No. 4 L’eau de Mare Hydrating Conditioner: $36.00 full size/$1.06 sample value

I’ve received a No. 4 hair detangling/styling product before and loved it. Actually looking forward to trying out their shampoo and conditioner.


photo 3 (2)Rusk Texture Spray: $18.00 full size/$3.37 sample value

I love when I get items in my box that I need. I finished my other hairspray and this one came right on time. I’ve seen pretty good reviews on this product so am excited to try it out.



photo 4 (2)Manna Kadar Lip Locked in Lucky: $24.00 full size/$0.20 sample value

This was my sample choice this month, and I’m disappointed at how tiny the sample size is. It’s a mix between a gloss and a stain, which is something I’ve never tried before. I love the color and am surprised at the moisturizing and staying power. Wish the sample was a bit bigger.


photo 5 (1)Lord and Berry Paillettes Eyeliner: $18.00 full size/$4.50 sample value

Not really a glitter kind of gal, but will try this on a date night.




photo (6)REVIEW: Overall, I am pretty happy with my box. I paid about $10 for the box and received $15 worth of products. Birchbox partnered with GAP this month, so they included a $10 giftcard in my box, making my box worth $25.  I will also earn $6 in points to use in the Birchbox shop since I will review each product ($1 back per product review). It’s a great deal and I’m totally stoked to try out my samples.

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? What did you think about your box this month?

Happy box, happy blogger.  xo