THE MUST-TRY LIST: RADICAL SKINCARE.

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Radical skin care is a a brand I’ve been hearing about from UK bloggers for years now, but until recently I hadn’t head much buzz about the products Stateside. Which is ridiculous, because let me tell you, they’re life-changing. Yes, I really said that. “I’m in love, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it.” Lets be honest for a second here. My skincare shelf/stash is constantly overflowing with products, so coming to the point where. I’m completely committed to not just one, but THREE different products from a single brand, so much so that I won’t travel without every single one, is something to write home about. I recently got the chance to test out their Hydrating Cleanser*, Instant Revitalizing Mask*, and new SPF, the Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30*, and ladies and gentlemen, I’m hooked. I’ve been using the products steadily for a few months now to really get a feel for how they work into my routine, and at the moment, I can’t see myself ever being caught without all three in my stash. The Hydrating Cleanser* was my introduction to the brand; it was the first product I heard about from the range (thanks to Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup), and is probably my favorite of the bunch. Though meant as more of a post-cleanse after you’ve taken off the bulk of your makeup, I’ve been using this religiously as my morning cleanser and have found that it dipoles wonders , to really brighten and plump dull tired skin. A dollop of this massaged onto dry skin is the perfect morning facial that smells lovely and feels oh-so-wonderful. Additional note: I’m a sucker for peach, and the peach shade of this cleanser instantly gets rid if those Monday morning blues. Peach or non-peach-colored, this stuff is damn good. it’s on the pricier end of cleansers at $45 a pop, but I’ve been using my tube every morning, as well as some nights, for around three months now and I’m not even halfway done with the tube. 100% worth the price tag. The Instant Revitalizing Mask* does what it says on the tin: perks up dull skin and injects a good serving of hydration while leaving skin feeling clean afterwards. The brand describes it as: “the ideal coach for the skin: it delivers the nutrients necessary for hydration and regeneration while teaching it to breathe, stock up on energy, and optimize its oxygen resources in rarefied conditions. It leaves skin amazingly revitalized, healthy, and glowing.” I must say, this is without a doubt one of the most fun products you’ll ever put on your face. Leave on for 3-5 minutes and it fizzes, pops, and bursts as the mask does its work, giving a lovely tingling sensation that tickles rather than stings. It’s the perfect pick-me-up mask for days when you need a quick fix for sallow or tired looking skin that leaves it looking refreshed and awake, as well soothing any redness or irritation you might have going on. A foolproof fix I’ll never be caught without in my skincare trove. The final product is the brand’s newest product, the Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30. We’ve all heard it before: SPF, SPF, SPF. Sun damage, they say, is the #1 source of wrinkles. But let’s be honest, no one wants to oil on yet another layer of product in the morning before we get to work on the tough job of putting on the daily face. Unless, that is, you’ve got an SPF in your arsenal that’s too light to detect on the skin, doesn’t leave a white cast, and pumps up the glow factor, making your skin look dewy and lot-from-within before you’ve applied a drop of makeup on top. Enter, Radical Skincare’s solution to the sunscreens of days past. It looks slightly pink when squeezed out of the tube, but even on my über yelllow-toned skin it blends in effortlessly and doesn’t leave an odd tint behind. It does contain a bit of shimmer to add some dew to the mix, but on the skin it’s undetectable disappearing to add a seamless glow to the face. I know, we’re getting a little glow-heavy here, but there really isn’t a better word to describe the effect this gives. It doesn’t add any oil to the skin or have a that odd silicone-y feel, but simply does what it claims to: blurs imperfections and enhances the look of skin before makeup, giving a dose of protection without feeling like an extra layer of product. Enough said.

Have you tried anything from Radical Skincare?

14 WEEKS OF MELODIES #5

bloghopbutton_zps0d768d38Daughter – “Youth”

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Time flies. Seriously. The past week has gone by in the blink of an eye. But. There just may have been a ‘tune or two I’ve had playing throughout the week. First off, honorable mention to the band Arcade Fire in general; they’ve been churning out song after song of pure music. Love. But the real pick this week happens to be an old favorite of mine; “Youth” by Daughter. Let’s talk about this for a sec. You know when you find this incredible song and no one you know has ever heard it before and then you show a few people and they’re like hey, “that’s good stuff.” And then all of a sudden a year later some celebrity tweets about it and now everyone loves it like nobody’s business? That’s what happened here. I “discovered” this little gem years ago and fell in love; the other day some guy off Pretty Little Liars (which I love, don’t get me wrong) instagrams a photo and everyone’s like oh that’s incredible. Excuse me. I found it first. Not really, but kind of. So yeah, I’m feeling a little robbed and torn up inside about this one, but I’m still as in love with this song as ever. If you haven’t heard of Daughter before, she (the lead singer of the band) is an incredible artist, and her other pieces don’t get nearly as much credit as this one. Like the track? Check out “Landfill” and her cover of “Peter“. If anyone finds the latter on itunes, please let me know! I’ve been searching for at least a year now and I’ve only ever found it on youtube. So there you have it! Week number five, done. Simples.

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14 WEEKS OF MELODIES #4

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Wasting My Young Years

Another quickie post today. If you’ve been on youtube any time soon, you’ve probably seen Tanya Burr’s last “Monthly Favorites” video. If you haven’t, get to it. At the end of the video, Tanya usually has a song pick of the month, and this month, her favorite was beyond perfect. Again, if you’re into the indie-ish music scene, you’ll have heard of a little band called London Grammar based out of the city, so you’ll know how incredible the music is. Anywho, this week, Wasting My Young Years has been on constant replay on my phone. Both Tanya Burr and I have the same favorite song. A sign from the universe, perhaps? I think yes.

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14 WEEKS OF MELODIES #3

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I cannot believe it’s been a week. The past seven days have just been a blur, but I have had time to listen to a few ‘tunes. This week’s “Melodies” post is a quickie, since I have a Birchbox post coming up tomorrow and a guest blog post on another website to pop up sometime soon. If you’re into the Indie music scene, you’ll definitely have heard of the band Haim recently, as they’ve been absolutely taking over the indie airwaves, even being featured in the last issue of Entertainment Weekly. It’s a trio of three California sisters, and the song pick this week is their biggest hit so far, The Wire. Have a listen here. The week has been beyond amazing, and this song is just terrifically upbeat without ever getting annoying. Anyone remember the Meredith Grey-Cristina Yang 30 second dance parties from Grey’s Anatomy? Well, this is my 30-second jam. To be honest, I’ve had it on replay ALL week, so I might have been jammin’ every minute. I’m not really sure. But I digress.

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