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(Left: AHA Moment and Let’s B Clear, Right: Dermstore Skin of Dreams Trio, C-ing is Believing)

I’ve been taking advantage of the recent promotions to restock my beauty closet — both on cost-effective drugstore favorites (that the mister uses too) and on the splurges. I consider Drunk Elephant to be a midrange splurge and current holiday value sets makes the price easier to swallow. Each value set comes with deluxe samples that are the same size as what’s in The Littles set — I can’t justify paying $90 for these deluxe samples. In most cases, the set is about the same price as a single regular priced item.

My Drunk Elephant experience to date:
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This is my favorite time of the year for Sephora because it’s limited edition & value sets galore! And additional 20% off for VIBs! In addition to the monthly Sephora Play! box, Sephora now carries more brands that I like including Asian beauty and natural brands. Sephora has started doing customizable sets of late. They are an affordable $25 (before any discounts), you get to choose 5 deluxe/travel sized items that you want, and due to how the discount is applied in cart, shipping is free! The first one was the Sephora Soko to Tokyo customizable set (sold out). Next was a pure hair care Style, Treat & Repeat! Custom Hair Essentials on the go (there are many sold out options).

Now there is the Customizable Skin Care & Hair Gift Set ($25) where you get to choose from a a selection of 13 items. If any of these are missing, then it’s sold out. I had to let this sit in my cart for a bit before the discount applied, not sure if it’s resolved now.

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The Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum is probably my favorite non-Asian skincare purchase of late. I stopped using the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic a long time ago — though I have other serums that have a dropper-glass bottle packaging — I didn’t like the packaging re: oxidation and I couldn’t get myself to use it consistently.

  • Drunk Elephant vs. Skinceuticals: Both products have the initial hot dog smell. The Skinceuticals probably has a stronger formula but it’s twice as expensive and the oxidation. Drunk Elephant has a better price point, additional antioxidants (it has pumpkin!) and virgin Marula oil, and I love the Drunk Elephant packaging.
  • Application: Every morning, I dry my face right after I wash it, apply the Vitamin C serum, and wait a few minutes for it to dry before putting on the next layer. Depending on the mood, I might also apply it to the neck and hands. I definitely see results.

Reading about DE’s non-toxic mission, I wanted to try more products. For the skeptics, even critical Paula’s Choice’s Beautypedia gives high marks to DE. (Note: I’m not sure what’s wrong with the Beautypedia — it redirects to the PC main page. If you want to view reviews and it’s not showing up, click on the dropdown in Google and click on ‘cached’ to view the cache of the review.)
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I’m a huge fan of deluxe samples/travel sized products for testing and travel. This Sephora Soko to Tokyo customizable set sold out so fast when it was initially posted.

Pick 5 items for $25. All are Korean or Japanese products. It comes with a case that I don’t care for. Best yet, based on how this item is coded, you’ll get free shipping.
Of course some items are more valuable than others, but do check the product size and pick what you would really use. For example, the SK-II cream is a ridiculous size. I’m a fan of Caolion masks, never can have too many travel sized moisturizing items like Belif or AmorePacific, and have never tried the highly rated Egg mask. Don’t go by the price of what Sephora assigned to each item. (And if you want duplicates of anything amongst the five, you can adjust it in your cart…)

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Sephora comes out with a Sun Safety Kit at the start of every summer with a variety of SPF and self-tanning products. They quickly sell out. It’s $32 (and a $127 value) and $20 of that goes to The Skin Cancer Foundation. This is good for someone who’s looking for a new SPF product and isn’t sensitive to certain sunscreen ingredients. I personally don’t care for the self-tanning products.


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(1) I love bringing Suja Mighty Greens juice to work in a S’well bottle, since it stays chilled. The extra large bottle from Costco is reasonably cheap and it lasts us for a few days. We grab a few bottles every time we go to Costco. You can find the S’well bottles here and here. I have a 9 oz for juice and a 17 oz gold one for water, which always gets comments.


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  • I’m a big fan of Starbucks new mobile ordering.The Starbucks next to my office is notoriously slow and the building’s deli coffee is notoriously bad. In the morning, time and caffeine is of the essence. I don’t love Starbucks coffee, but this has won me over with the efficiency (and rewards program) bit. Getting enough signal to efficiently place an order on the app – still a work in progress.
  • RIP Rib and Hull (soon). I got my order and both totes are beautiful although the carryall is huge. Leather lovers, check out what is left of their Heirloom collection!
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