Summer Collections: Youngblood Cosmetics

Hello beauties!

With the exception of this week’s cloudy skies, the temperatures are rising and this means my favorite time of year: SUMMER MAKEUP COLLECTIONS! Oh, the bright lips, the bronzers and waterproof liners! I’ll be rolling out some of my favorite brands’s collections one by one, and today I’m starting with Youngblood Cosmetics.

For those of you new to the brand, YB Skin is a salon-only beauty line created by dermatologist Pauline Youngblood. All the products are made cruelty-free and contain the best minerals for your skin. They even offer vegan and gluten-free formulas! Watch all the new products and trade show fun roll out on Youngblood Cosmetics’ Instagram here.

June 1st marks the day YB Skin launches their summer picks.

Dragon Fruit Lipstick and Flaunt Mighty Shiny Lip Gel

Lipstick in DRAGON FRUIT: $19

This long-lasting formula blends Sunflower oil, Jojoba seed and Vitamin E, making lips kissably smooth. The color is a sheer, clean pink that reminds me of watermelon. I adore the formula of this lipstick: it feels grease-less but soft at the same time! This is a fave for me.

Color Swatches for Dragon Fruit lipstick and Flaunt Lip Gel
Color swatches: Flaunt Lip Gel on top and Dragon Fruit lipstick on the bottom.

Mighty Shiny Lip Gel in FLAUNT: $25.50

The Mighty Shiny Lip Gels have a high shine, sheer color and light vanilla scent, making them easy-to-wear when you’re on-the-go. With ingredients like Jojoba Seed, Almond Oil and antioxidants, you can feel good about what you’re putting on your mouth. The Flaunt shade for summer is a bright, clear pink with gold shimmer. It’s beautiful on it’s own or paired with Dragon Fruit lipstick.

Here I layered a NYX lip liner in Fuchsia under the Dragon Fruit lipstick. It really shows how versatile this lipstick is. You can wear it sheer on its own or pack a punch with a liner. Follow me on Instagram for more fun makeup photos!

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A Lesson in Kiehl’s

I’ve always been a little intimidated of Kiehl’s skincare products. I walk past the pharmacy-esque store and never go in. Something about the white lab coats the skincare experts wear and all the medical-looking bottles just makes me feel like I don’t belong.

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As a beauty blogger, it’s my job to know every brand out there.I started out slowly by signing up to Kiehl’s website alerts. I was impressed with the quality and ingredients of the products, but was slightly overwhelmed– there’s so many different collections! Which one is right for dry, oily and combo skin? Can you mix and match?

Last week, with a sense of duty, I strode into the Beverly Hills location of Kiehl’s to dive into this well-known brand that has been around since 1851. And I’m SO glad I did. A lab coat-wearing lady with glowing skin approached me and we chatted about a few of the collections. Here’s a recap of the things I took home and tried.

THE MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE

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The Midnight Recovery Concentrate

What it is: This lightweight water-free serum is made with a combination of pure essential oils and botanicals. It works with your skin’s nocturnal schedule of healing so you wake up with healthy, glowing skin.

Ingredients: Squalene, Evening Primrose Oil and Lavender Oil.

Skin Type: This product is recommended for all skin types, including oily because it helps re-balance the natural sebum of an oilier skin type. That being said, use a very small, minimal amount of this product to keep from looking greasy.

THE MIDNIGHT RECOVERY EYE

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Midnight Recovery Eye

What it is: This nighttime eye treatment feels like butter. It reduces lines, puffiness and dark circles with the same ingredients as the Midnight Recovery Concentrate plus Butcher’s Broom (a tree shrub chock full of powerful antioxidants) and good old H2O. The non-migrating cream texture ensures the product stays exactly where you put it, so it won’t irritate your eyes. I suggest patting this product onto the orbal bone of your eye.

Ingredients: Squalene, Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender Oil and Butcher’s Broom.

Skin Type: All skin types! And I stand behind that recommendation. This will rehydrate dry skin and firm up oily textures.

POWERFUL STRENGTH LINE-REDUCING CONCENTRATE

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Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

What it is: This powerful water and oil-free  serum is formulated with 10.5%  pure Vitamin C. That’s right, the same Vitamin C that boosts your immune system also exfoliates your skin while feeding antioxidants to your skin. Vitamin C is known to promote collagen production as well as brightens and smoothes the skin. It also helps reduce skin damage caused by factors like sun exposure and pollution. YES PLEASE! 

Use this morning and evening (underneath makeup too) to protect your skin and reduce your lines. The serum heats up when applied because it reacts to the water in your skin- that’s how you know it’s working! According to my Kiehl’s skin care expert, Vitamin C is the best thing you can do for your skin. I am in absolute love with this product. My skin has looked brighter and felt smoother every since I started using it. Well worth the price!

Ingredients: Vitamin C of course!

Skin Type: This product is recommended for all skin types and should be used as the first part of any skin care routine. Use it day and night to fight wrinkles and feed your skin!

Graceland Collagen Peeling Gel

Happy Monday! Today I want to talk to you guys about a new product I found at the Be Well Expo. Graceland Collagen Peeling Gel is a Korean product made with the ever-popular rice enzyme that we are seeing pop up all over Asia. I’ve never tried Korean skin care so I was pretty excited to give this a shot.

I’ve been using it twice a week for three weeks now and have noticed a glow and smoothness on my face that I haven’t seen before. This stuff is pretty gentle: doesn’t sting and is not abrasive what-so-ever. This gel-based exfoliator removes dead skin cells and impurities, making way for brighter, smoother, healthier skin. It contains the Aloe Leaf plant extract which soothes any redness. It just feels rejuvenating!

Here’s what it looks like out of the bottle:

Rub it into your skin until you see the little rice granules start to form. I leave it on for one minute then rinse off with cool water. Your skin will immediately look brighter and smoother. It’s a little ridiculous how fast it happens! I now feel comfortable leaving the house without foundation on.

The Collagen Peeling Gel will run you anywhere from $20-30. You can find this product on Amazon and Ebay. If you live in the Los Angeles area, then you’re in luck: the L.A. Beauty Store is a seller of this product and they have three locations:

KOREA TOWN: 3571 W. 3rd St. #A

DOWNTOWN: 1519 S. Main St.

LA BREA: 471 W. Lambert Rd #113