The Noni Glow

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I have mentioned the new Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil many times already so this isn’t a huge reveal, but it is my new #1 favorite product.  I even keep the oil on display next to my makeup brushes!  Noni extract, rosehip oil, pomegranate oil and sea buckthorn oil make up this beautiful product; and they soothe my skin all on their own just like the Kora Soothing Day and Night Cream.  With just a few drops, my skin feels hydrated and calm; and I have noticed my skin clearing up in a major way (small acne marks that have been there since I was thirteen are fading).  What I love about using an oil is that they last so long, so while it is expensive initially, if you can find an oil that calms, hydrates, brightens, and clears up you skin, then you are not only simplifying your beauty routine, but you are buying one product instead of four.  For me, the more simple and down to earth my beauty routine is, the better I feel and look.  This oil is considered to be more of a treatment, and it ends up being less expensive to use it as both the nourishing skin treatment it is and in lieu of traditional moisturizer.  I have only been using the Noni Glow at night without moisturizer, but I am almost out of my Soothing Day and Night Cream (which I have just been using in the morning recently so that I could see how my skin would react by just applying the oil at night), so when it is all gone I will be using the Noni Glow in the morning as my only moisturizer as well.  I will let you guys know if I end up needing to use a traditional moisturizer again, but so far I am really loving this new oil by Kora.  I am thinking about doing a full post on my skincare routine, because it has changed a bit since I’ve started college (aka, saving money wherever possible!).  Until then, please feel free to ask me any questions in the comment section!

Much love,

Carly xx

Sephora Samples

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Hi beauties!  I hope all of you had a safe and happy Fourth of July.  My mom and I hung around the house, grilled lots of vegetables, and watched Sex and the City at the end of day.  For me, most holidays come down to spending time with family and feeling grateful.

In the morning, before our day really got started, I ran to Sephora.  I haven’t been to Sephora since December, and I was so excited to see all of the new brands that they are carrying: Tata Harper, Drunk Elephant, and of course Kora Organics, to name a few.  I did go into Sephora with a mission to collect a couple samples of foundation to try as well as a face sunscreen (preferably a natural one that is not tested on animals).  I ended up walking away with two samples of Tarte foundations, a face sunscreen by Drunk Elephant, and I couldn’t help but ask for a sample of the new Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil.  I tried the oil for the first time last night and it is amazing.  Not only did it exceed my expectations, but I noticed a difference in my skin this morning (and that was after only one application).

I also want to attest to how generous Sephora is with letting customers have free samples of products!  It is the worst thing to either have a bad reaction to a product or simply have it not work out, and waste both money and the product.  With sensitive skin, I almost always ask for a sample of makeup before I purchase it.  My one exception is Kora Organics.  Every single Kora product I have used has felt lovely on my skin and worked beautifully (which is why Kora Organics appears on GGS so much).  In this case, I couldn’t wait anymore to try their new Noni Glow Face Oil.  My sample should tide me over until I purchase the full size!

Thanks so much for stopping by GGS today,

Carly xx

Save The Polar Bears

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Hi beauties!  I hope all of you have had a great start to the week ahead of us.  My mom sent me a care package for Valentine’s Day, and I realized that I have yet to talk about the Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes.  They are my absolute favorite way to take all of my makeup off at night, and were such a sweet, surprise gift from mom (who knows how much I love these!).

In addition to being gentle on sensitive skin, my skin isn’t left with a “tight” feeling after use.  Each wipe is soft, smells lovely without synthetic fragrance, and is free of several other harmful chemicals commonly found in makeup remover wipes.  I also love that I can use the wipes to take off my eye makeup!  My favorite part of this product is that a portion of every package sold helps protect the endangered polar bears in support of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Polar Bear SOS initiative.  You can purchase the Bear Naked Wipes by clicking here.

I would love to know if any of you decide to try these, and thank you so much for reading!

Much love,

Carly xx

My Beauty Must Haves

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This past weekend, my mom and I began buying stuff for college.  If you have never read my blog before, I am moving (two weeks from today!) to Savannah, Georgia to study fashion design.  I am an only child, so college is a new thing for both my parents and I, and we are not sure exactly what I ‘need’ for living in a dorm.  There are those easy to think of necessities, but I know that when I get down there I am going to think of so many things I need!  So far, we’ve bought a laundry basket, laundry soap, all purpose cleaner, clothing freshener, kleenex, a drying rack, towels, sheets, a pillow, a comforter, a mattress topper, a cozy backpack, a shower caddy, and paper towels.  This whole shopping experience got me thinking about my beauty must-haves: what I can’t live without.  Okay, I am sure I can live without them, but we all have those things that make us feel beautiful, comfortable, and together.  For me, these things are:

❤ my Kora Organics Three Step System for Sensitive Skin

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❤ my Josie Maran Vibrancy foundation

Recently, I began trying to save a little by mixing up my skin routine (not using the three step system both morning and night), and my skin broke out worse than it has in years.  I really do have truly sensitive skin that cannot handle most products.  Even more so than appearance, it is important to me for my skin to feel comfortable.  When you have sensitive skin, it is easy for environmental factors to irritate your skin.  The Kora Organics Three Step System for Sensitive Skin contains products that avoid heating the skin, while soothing and protecting it at the same time.  Needless to say, I’m back to using the system both morning and night, and whenever my skin needs a little boost.  As for the foundation, this is a fairly new product for me, but I wouldn’t post about it if I didn’t believe in it 100%.  Never before have I used a foundation that is amazing for my sensitive skin, free of harmful ingredients, and does what a foundation is meant to do.  Thank you, Josie!

I would love to know what you all think in the comment section!  What kinds of things would you recommend buying for college?  Any tips and advice are much appreciated!  And of course, what are your beauty must haves?

Thank you so much for reading my blog today!!

Xo, Carly