Samantha Chic

5.13.2016

Beauty // Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer


What it is: Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer

What they say: This heavenly floral-scented, non-drying toner refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free, it also adds a fine layer of moisture. Naturally active ingredients include aloe vera to revitalise and soften and calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin.

How to use: Instant Boost Skin Tonic is the essential second stage of your daily regime: Moisten a cotton wool pad and sweep over face and neck every morning and night after cleansing. Alternatively spritz over face and body to revitalise at any time. The fine mist can even be used over make up.



What I think: I haven't really tried a whole lot of face sprays (just this one before) so I never really know what to expect. Mostly, I haven't noticed a whole lot of benefits other than my face getting wet and feeling just a little bit more moisturized.

It never seemed liked a spritzer would be an essential part of my routine... until I met this one by Liz Earle!

I had received a sample of this spritzer in one of my Birchboxes, but it was a decent sized so I was able to use it for several weeks. I haven't used it in about a month now, and really kind of miss it during my nightly skin care routine.

The mist does have a floral scent and while I'm usually scent adverse, this one didn't bother me at all and actually was a nice, calming breaking at the end of the night.

I actually skipped the whole cotton pad thing and just sprayed directly on my face after cleansing. The mist comes out evenly so just a few pumps was all you needed to get a nice dewy coat on your face.

While the spritzer obviously helped to moisturizer and soften my skin, the biggest difference I noticed was how it almost instantly calmed my skin. When you have giant red acne marks over your face once a month, anything that helps to bring down the irritation is essential.

And this was it. I was hooked! I looked forward to spraying this on every night (and sometime in the morning) to instantly calm my skin and wake up with a much less irritated face.

Once I'm done trying out another mist, I definitely plan on adding this back into my routine!

Buy online: Birchbox $25 for 6.7 oz bottle

What do you think? Have you tried this before? Tell me in the comments below!

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5.11.2016

Style // Downtown LA Bookfest

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Jacket: Purchased in Italy // Sweater: H&M (similar) // Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Target (past season) // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Bag: Kate Spade


After only buying a handful of new clothing items for almost a whole year (seriously, my last major shopping spree was summer last year), I broke down at the end of April and bought a few things at H&M.

In my defense, I got 30% off by recycling some ripped up clothing, but I just needed a few new items to spruce up my wardrobe. 


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One such item was this striped sweater. It seemed counterintuitive to buy a sweater in spring, but the light knit and short sleeves have been just the ticket during these couple overcast weeks in LA. I just throw on my favorite leather jacket from Italy (seriously, I wear it all the time - see here, here, here, here, and here) and head out the door.

Also recently Ryan and I went to the Los Angeles County library branch in Culver City to get our library cards. After we registered, they gave us a list of all the county libraries in LA County and there were at least 50! On top of that, there's other individual city libraries as well... 

This is one well read town!

Which something I'm actually kind of excited about. I know it's "nerdy" to move to a city and be all excited about books, but I am. I love that I can now check out books digitally on my Kindle Paperwhite and have access to hundreds of thousands of paperback books across dozens of libraries.


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And I love that they have whole festivals around books! On Saturday, Ryan and I went into downtown LA for Bookfest held in Grand Park, which is where we celebrated New Year's Eve.

They had an outdoor book store, several little libraries, book readings for adults and kids, and other booths featuring different organizations around the city related to literacy. One booth created a wall of colored Post-It notes - silver represented your favorite book as a kid, blue is your favorite book now, and yellow a book of the future.

Silver for me was definitely "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," while blue was "The Book Thief," which devastated me and changed my life all at the same time. I wasn't sure what yellow would be, but it was fun reading other's suggestions (a lot of zombie, Donald Trump, and the fall of democracy references).

What do you think -- What was your favorite book as a kid? What about tooday? Tell me in the comments below!


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5.09.2016

Unboxing // VoxBox Bloom 2016 Box


Is there anything better than getting a box of brand new items and opening it? No, not really... it's like Christmas morning all over again. As a part of Influenster, I was recently selected to try out their Bloom VoxBox.

Here's a look at what's inside...

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
I've actually been dying to try dry oil for a while. It's supposed to be a miracle worker on your hair, nails, skin ...basically everything!

Not Your Mother’s Plump For Joy 
I haven't really tried a whole of Not Your Mother's products, but I've heard good things. This one is supposed to add volume, which is always needed on my fine hair.

Secret Outlast Xtend Invisible Solid 
I have so many deodorants from different boxes and whatnot, but Secret is one that really stands out and hold its own among the crowd. The invisible solids are my favorite because they go on really smoothly, don't leave streaks and don't feel wet.

SinfulColors Nail Polish 
Blue is my favorite color so I was excited to receive this polish! The color seems a little dark for spring, so I'll be interested to see how it looks with the glitter.

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads

Obviously these will be perfect for removing the glitter from the polish.

Sunbelt Bakery Granola Bars 
I usually carry a granola bar or two in my purse so I'm always happy to try out different brands and flavors.


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