Mail Monday + I’m in Denver, now!

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Well friends, I’m officially a Denver resident now! My husband and I are all moved in (well, lots of boxes but ya know) and so far we’re loving it! Of course I miss my Dallas friends and family so bad, but other than that life is pretty much perfect here. So if y’all could all move to Denver that would be greaaaaat.

Since I’m officially a homeowner, get excited for some home decor posts in the near future! For now, you can follow along with some of my mini projects in my Instagram Stories. Spoiler alert: right now, I’m repainting a HOT pink room and I still have a turquoise one left!

You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t done Mail Monday in quite a while so most of these packages are a few weeks old (sorry!) It’s been really crazy moving but things are falling back into place and I’m so happy to have some great content lined up for you guys. Get ready for more fashion and beauty, comin’ atcha! For now….let’s celebrate Mail Monday!

The Ordinary products

Y’all. Y’ALL. I first tried out Deciem/The Ordinary/The Abnormal Beauty Company last year shortly after their launch. I even threw together a Saturday post to tell you all about their amazing Hyaluronic Acid + B5 serum. Last month, I FINALLY placed another order after doing lots and lots of research to see what would best suit my needs. The main skin issues I deal with are acne, rosacea, uneven skin tone, sensitive skin and (now) wrinkles!

I chose the Advanced Retinoid 2% ($10.50) to help deal with wrinkles but (apparently) it also helps with acne! Holla. The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($6.50) is to help treat acne, and is similar to my Curology prescription. The formula is more of a lightweight serum, whereas Curology was a cream, so I definitely prefer this one. I actually haven’t tried the Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA ($9) yet, but I got it to help treat hyper pigmentation. The only reason I haven’t tried it is I didn’t want to overdo it with new products on my skin since it’s so sensitive. I also ordered the Serum Foundation (literally two days before they released their full coverage. Sigh.) The foundation is okay – I am hoping for better luck from the full coverage, it just doesn’t do enough for me. If you’re looking for something VERY light, give it a try.

All in all, I LOVE the products I’ve tried and they’re doing great things for my skin – I’ve especially noticed a difference in texture and tone. I plan on adding in the Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA soon! In case you’re wondering, in the morning I just use face wash + moisturizer, then at night I use face wash, then the Retinoid, Niaminicide + Zinc, and (finally) a few drops of Hyaluronic Acid + B5 in my moisturizer – making sure to let each product dry between layers.

Pixi Peel & Polish

Courtesy of Pixi Beauty

I wish I could say I’ve tried this but honestly, I just haven’t had the time. I’m REALLY excited to give this a spin though – I’ve never had a salon peel and this is supposed to be a great alternative. Bonus: it says it’s gentle so…fingers crossed it works for sensitive skin!

Shoe Dazzle – Vivica Sandals

Some of you guys gave me feedback on Insta and Facebook when I was deciding on what shoes to get this month. Sadly, this pair was WAY too big (like they ran a full size too big), so I had to return them. I did order a new pair to replace them so be on the lookout for those – hopefully they’ll be here for next week’s Mail Monday post! Click here to shop, but make sure to size down!

elf Cosmetics goodies

Courtesy of elf Cosmetics

elf nailed it once again with the box I got this month! These shadows are really beautiful and a perfect duo for people who want a quick eye look without much fuss. My only complaint about these shadow duos is they don’t contain a matte crease shade so if you have hooded eyes, this won’t be a good option for you. Their eyeshadow primer is one of my old favorites, plus it’s CRAZY affordable!

Tanwise products + Heel to Toe moisturizer

Courtesy of Sally Beauty

I cannot WAIT to try out these Tanwise products but (alas) I haven’t had time yet. Y’all know I’m VERY fair so if I can get a little more color on these legs for summer I would be soooo happy. This Heel to Toe Coconut Heel Moisturizer is a MUST HAVE product! For real. After using it a few nights in a row, I could tell a huge difference in how soft my feet were! It’s especially great if you’re (like me) and you rarely make it to the salon for a pedicure.

Thanks for sticking around, y’all! See you tomorrow for a new fashion post!

xoxo
Valery

One thought on “Mail Monday + I’m in Denver, now!

  1. I first heard about the Ordinary skincare from you and when I clicked a link in a post and saw the price I was like WAT. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE. They’re so affordable! I am so into my Curology subscription (also thanks to you) but I’ll have to try out this brand. I have super sensitive skin and also deal with acne and some uneven texture (are we twins?) so these products would probably work well for me too.

    Good luck! Also CONGRATS ON MOVING AND NOT DYING!

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