Splurge or Save: Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen VS Drugstore Sunscreens

This past Labor Day weekend, my family and I took a trip to the beach. I'm not one for sunbathing, because the only color I end up getting is a shade between tomato and lobster, but I did enjoy wading in the water. Even if I'm only out in the sun for 15 minutes, I still need to wear at least SPF 30. In traditional Vicky fashion, I forgot the one thing that I need the most. When my sister and I didn't see any sunscreen for sale at our hotel (another where's the butter moment, as it was actually sold in a different store in the hotel), we ran out to the nearest store to us, which was a Belk. We picked up that Clinique sunscreen that's in the above picture.

My 2nd Day Hair's Favorite Treatment: Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment Review

Wearing my hair down on the second day I've gone without washing it has always been tricky. Sometimes the hair around my scalp is too greasy and dandruff ridden to go without a wash. Other days, my hair still feels clean, but is just too limp, tangled, and unruly to deal with. On the days when my hair mirrors that second description, I want to be able to give it a break from being washed and heat styled. That's where the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment comes in.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum Review

Before I review this ridiculously amazing serum, I must first inform the world (aka shout from the rooftops!) of my love for Caudalie as a brand. Everything I have tried from their multiple lines of skincare products--and I mean everything--has been rave-worthy. Even my mom loves their lightly hydrating, anti-aging moisturizer from the Premier Cru line, and she has extremely sensitive skin and is very picky when it comes to her skincare regimen. If my mama gives it her seal of approval, it must be good. 

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate Review

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and many of the brand's other products are constantly mentioned by beauty bloggers and loyal customers alike, but it was not until Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends gave this product the stamp of approval that I wanted to try it. It was featured in her video about achieving deep sleep, and after using it for a few weeks, I can surely tell why. This product smells amazing (in my humble opinion). For me, it is an effective aromatherapy treatment in and of itself! Because it is a unique blend of essential oils, it might not be pleasing to all sniffers, but it's worth a whiff if it's sold in your local department store.

Omorovicza Balancing Moisturizer Review

This week I have caught two bugs for myself: the Omorovicza virus via the Internet and a particularly pesky stomach bug that originated at my school. Nice, right? Both are pain inducing in their own special ways. The steep prices Omorovicza charges for their skincare items give me a longing ache in my heart, and the stomach bug gives me troubles in... well, you know where. There's no cure for either, so here at my computer I sit, weathering the storms in my heart and, again, you know where.

Because I have had some extra time whilst being unable to attend school, I thought that I would pen this post about the moisturizer that comes with Omorovicza's travel set.

Diorsnow BB Eye Creme SPF 20 Review

Through writing reviews about the products I love, I've noticed a very prominent theme in my makeup and skincare purchasing habits. I tend to try out products that my favorite YouTube beauty gurus have tested and given two thumbs up. I purchased what I strongly believe is the under eye concealer to rule them all because it was highly recommended by my favorite Canadian beauty guru, whose username on YouTube is essiebutton.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream Review

Ever since I saw Kate Somerville's Goat Milk Cream in one of Elle Fowler's favorites videos, I knew that I had to try it out. Elle also has dry skin and I've found that I've purchased or been interested in a lot of the same products she buys when they pop up in her hauls. She loves this product, and just as I expected, I've fallen in love with it, too.

Ren No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm and ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser Reviews

My cleanser has always served a very functional purpose: removing all of my eyeliner, concealer, and mascara. My logic didn't go beyond makeup and dirt removal to consider the needs of my skin at different times of the day or night and during seasonal weather changes. Now that I've done my homework and switched up my routine, I can verify the advice of many a skincare blogger: having multiple cleansers that address different skin concerns will improve the appearance of skin.

I was quite pleased to have found this piece of advice for two reasons. One, it confirmed what I had always believed: using the cleansing balm that I bought only thinking about nighttime use is not always the best thing for my skin come morning. Secondly, it gave me a solid reason to abandon my 'one cleanser at a time' policy and indulge in some new ones that I wanted to try.

The one and only downside? Skincare products can be expensive, and having multiple products that will essentially serve the same purpose is a bit excessive. That's why I was very happy to find these two cleansers that work exceptionally well together from Ren: the No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm and the ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser.