Nature Republic Skincare Haul!

Hi guys!

Though the weather’s just getting a bit colder, I wanted to get ahead of the unbearably dry weather and amp up my skincare routine.

I’ve been hearing a lot of hype about Asian beauty products, and in particular, Korean skincare products, so I stopped by Nature Republic to check a few things out!

It was my first time in the store and I spent a lot of time browsing but even so, the salespeople were friendly. They kept to a distance so I didn’t feel like I was being tailed, but when I asked for recommendations, they did a great job of showing me both their most popular products and their personal favorites.

Highlights of the experience:

  • Everything was super cheap!
    • The foaming facial cleansers were only $5 and they had a buy-10-get-10 mask sale for only $13. That’s $13 for 20 masks!
  • Knowledgeable staff!
    • The employees were well trained and knew the products inside out. They were able to present the merchandise in a positive light and highlight the key ingredients that made each product different.
  • Lots of free samples!
    • Tell me you don’t like free stuff. Who doesn’t like free stuff?!?!

Without further ado, here are the items from my haul:

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Real Nature Acai Berry Ampoule:
An ampoule is a skincare product that is supercharged with high concentrations of the active ingredients. Its viscosity is similar to that of a serum; however, it’s not intended for daily use, but rather as additional aid for when your skin needs the extra help. 

The Real Nature Acai Berry Ampoule that I purchased was supposed to aid in brightening my skin. I applied three drops on my fingers and gently patted it on after my toner and before my moisturizer. Surprisingly, three drops was enough to cover my entire face!

Unfortunately, I felt that it didn’t make much of a change to my complexion, and that it actually might have caused a few closed comedones to pop up. It’s not my favorite product, but I think I’ll give it a few more chances before I completely give up.

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Super Aqua Max Deep Moisture Sleeping Pack:
A sleeping pack functions as a night cream in that it is meant specifically to give your skin an extra moisture boost while you sleep. The difference, however, is that the consistency is much lighter and you’re meant to layer it on top of your regular nighttime moisturizer.

The saleslady recommending this product described it as the most hydrating product in their sleeping pack selection.

First off, this product smells AMAZING. It has a slightly floral fragrance that isn’t abrasively strong but oddly enough permeates the entire space. The sleeping pack has a buoyant, gel-like texture that is light and easy to spread. Just a little goes a long way. Because it spreads so well, it’s easy to use this product to cover the entire neck and chest area as well.

I didn’t notice an immediate difference the next morning, but it was so comfortable to sleep with I’m going to continue to use it as additional help on those brutal winter days anyway.

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Green Tea and Peach Hand and Nature Hand Creams:
Hand creams to carry you through the winter! The packaging was cute and they even had packs of two that were especially wrapped for easy gifting.

Both products were lightly scented. One thing that I really enjoyed about this cream was that while it was a little sticky to apply at first, the product fully absorbed after 5 minutes and I didn’t have to deal with feeling greasy the entire day.

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Real Nature Sheet Mask: Rose
Ack! Not a fan! This was one of the buy-10-get-10 mask products that I chose.

The mask smelled quite nice and was packaged in a very thick serum. I expected it to absorb completely into my skin, but even after the recommended 20 minutes, a lot of the product remained superficially on my face. I took the mask off and continued with my regular routine, hoping that the stickiness would go away, but even after an additional hour, nothing changed and I ended up washing my face to rid myself of sensation.

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Real Nature Sheet Mask: Avocado
I liked this mask more than the rose one. The serum it was packaged with felt less sticky. Again, the mask left a lot of residual product after use, but I felt that it was much more refreshing in general. 

Real Nature Rose Foam Cleanser

Real Nature Rose Foam Cleanser:

When it comes out of the tube, the cleanser is pearly white with a pink tint. It smells of roses and is a creamy product that foams well. My face always feels squeaky clean after using it, but because of that, I feel that it might not be great for sensitive skin.

In NY, Nature Republic has two locations. One in Manhattan (151 Centre St, New York, NY 10013) and one in Flushing (136-80 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11354).

Have you tried any Korean skincare products? Which are your favorites?

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Kakadu C Amethyst Clay Detox Mask by DERMAdoctor

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It’s my first beauty post, and I’ve decided that going with the theme of firsts, I’m going to share my very first mask experience with you guys!

Sephora’s this massive playground for all things beauty, and while it can be tons of fun, if you have no idea what you’re looking for, it can also be very overwhelming.

Honestly, it’s only been half a year since I’ve ventured into the world of skincare, so stepping into the shop, I had no flipping clue what I was even aiming for. Luckily, the saleslady was very understanding as I blabbered out a string of adjectives that went something along the lines of this: rejuvenating…calming…moisturizing…healthy…brightening…(?!)

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The Kakadu C Amethyst Clay Detox Mask is indeed all of those descriptors.

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It consists of “magnesium rich amethyst clay [that] absorbs impurities and detoxifies without removing natural oils,” and is enriched with vitamin C from the Kakadu plum. Additionally, it contains no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates and was not tested on animals. Yes!

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The mask comes in a cute amethyst box (a nod to its main ingredient) and upon opening it, the underside is printed with a cheerful concentric design. The packaging is very pretty. Good job, y’all!

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The product itself is lavender-grey and creamy. The scent is sweet, mellow, comforting, and vaguely reminds me of almond pudding. I used my fingers to apply it smoothly to dry skin and washed it off with warm water after 15 minutes. After the initial 10 minutes, the product dried and I felt my skin tightening.

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Afterwards, my skin definitely looked brighter and felt softer. The Kakadu mask was indeed what I was looking for in a well-rounded mask. Although the results faded throughout the day, it is recommended that you use the mask up to three times a week for optimal results and perhaps that would provide more lasting outcomes.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this mask and felt that it would be great as a quick boost for special occasions, but at $58 a pot with the suggested application frequency of three times a week, it is a bit of a pricey and indulgent investment. Thoughts?

Kakadu C Amethyst Clay Detox Mask, Sephora

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FIRST

Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.
– Theodore Roosevelt

Well, here we are. After weeks of preparation, I present to you, the nerve-wracking first post:

Welcome!

I am Gillian (soft “g”, as in “ginger”). I’m a recent college graduate with a degree in Athletic Training. When I’m not here, I’m jumping between working my full-time job, working my per-diem job, and moving (dance, yoga, hiking, you name it).

So why blog?
Well, I’ve only been employed for a very short two months, but in that time, I’ve come to realize that while I enjoy the work that I do, I’m simply not passionate about it.

I love to write; I love style; I love human movement; why not put them all together?

This blog is a means for both personal expression, and interpersonal exchange. It is a lifestyle blog featuring the balance between my fantasies of grandeur with the realistic choices that sometimes take priority.

My hope is that this blog will provide inspiration for women who aspire to a certain aesthetic, whatever that may be, but understand that life happens and sometimes compromises need to be made.

Even so, heads up! Just a disclaimer! There will be occasions when I let my inner fairy out to prance and write features that are entirely impractical simply because they tickle my fancy.

In the end, these are just the chronicles of a Neverland native secretly harboring in the real world.

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