As much as I love using great products, there are times (many-a-times) where I just can't justify spending $100 on a serum. Thank you, next! That was definitely the case whenever it came to Drunk Elephant (DE) products. I completely understand why their products are priced on the higher end - they use great ingredients that are effective and clean - and that comes at a cost.

During the last Sephora sale, as I was perusing through the aisles of the skin section, I came across the new DE value pack called the "Get Even" kit.

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You know those moments where you think "the time has come." That was what my brain was telling me as I looked at the kit.

Why? Well first, the kit was called "Get Even" and I have hyper-pigmentation that I would like to have evened out. Second, the kit comes with all the DE products that I've been wanting to try and last but not least, for the price of one serum (essentially), I could try out a chunk of the DE line before taking the (wallet) plunge on their full-size products. Did I mention that the sizes in this kit are not like dinky little ones? They're decent sample sizes at approx. 15mL (0.5 fl oz.) per item. With normal use, that should last you about 4 to 6 weeks - more than enough time to see some results.

I picked up the kit and didn't look back. That is until I got home and thought "Yeesh Martha, the mental acrobats you can do to convince yourself to buy things is truly a talent." Anywho, to make sure that I am objectively seeing results, instead of pretending to "see" results as a coping mechanism and justification strategy for having purchased something, I decided to document my 6-week journey with photographic evidence. To prove an ROI (return-on-investment) I will be reporting back updating this blog post at the 3-week mark (on Sunday, June 9th) and at the final 6-week mark (on Sunday, June 30th) where I will answer the question we're all wanting to know. Are these products worth it?

With these new products, my morning routine would remain the same, I will just be adding a treatment serum in the morning which I don't typically have. My routine would then look a bit like this:
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The Products

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In the morning, I either use a foaming cleanser (like today, I am using a Korean foam cleanser that I am 100% obsessed with from Etude House called the Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser) or a micellar water. I follow that up with a toner, Sunday Riley's Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner, to be specific. Not only for the oil sucking capabilities (thanks to the bentonite clay) but it is a good hydrating base. The only DE product I use in the morning (and the only change I made to my routine) is the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Vitamin C Day SerumIt has a bit of a weird smell, nothing off-putting, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is, yet. It also has a bit of a tacky feeling after applying. I don't mind it, and the tackiness is minimized after you apply a moisturizer.

The moisturizer that I use is the Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer. It's light but hydrating enough for my oily skin during the warmer months. After that soaks in a bit, I finish off my routine with the Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Spray SPF 50. I love this sunscreen because the spray application makes it easier for me to reapply throughout the day and the formula doesn't make my makeup clump up.

And now, it's time to show what I'm working with (deep breath).

Day 1 (Week 0): Sunday, May 19th, 2019


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Now, I'm obviously not expecting to have a change after one use (but I am loving the glow from after the first wash, thank you!) I'm excited to be tracking the changes and seeing if these products work for me. The other products that come in the kit (the TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, the A-Passioni Retinol Cream and, the Protini Polypeptide Cream), I have been using in my night routine. The only product in the kit that I don't see myself using as much is the Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 because it does leave a bit of a grey cast so you'll have to put on a bit of foundation to get rid of that effect. I'm happy with my current sunscreen so the DE probably won't see much use from me.

See you all in a few weeks with updates.

          It has been a while since I’ve written anything that even remotely resembles a blog post. A year (or two) has definitely come and gone since I wrote my last post, which was about my college bedroom. Well - a lot of things happened in the past 2 years! First and foremost, I've graduated from university (so I'm no longer living in that bedroom). Between leaving for half a year to go on exchange in the Netherlands, to graduating university, to getting my first career job, to nearing my 2-year work-iversary, life has definitely been filled a huge whirlwind of events (I’ll talk about these all in future posts). In hindsight, it would have been ideal to have blogged throughout the time (since blogging for me also acts as a way of documenting things in my life), but here we are.

          Now, there is a question that I can see popping up, “Why start back up with blogging after being gone for so long?”

          A couple of days ago, I was thinking of what my hobbies were, which took me forever and a half to actually come up with by the way. A friend of mine was able to think of their hobbies by asking “what do I not have time for?” I find that hobbies are normally the first thing that most people will cut out of their schedule in order to make for “more time.” When I thought of what some of those things were for me, blogging naturally came up (along with cooking/baking new recipes, being active, etc.). I realized that I needed to redefine my priorities and prioritize those aspects of my life that brought me happiness. Reflecting on things now, I am grateful for the amazing opportunities I’ve been given throughout these years, however, I'm not necessarily doing all the fun things I want to do in my life. I’ve found myself becoming more pessimistic and negative in general (and I don’t like that version of me). At the end of the day, if you don’t advocate for yourself – no one else will.

          I have some big plans for where I want to see my life and where I want to take this blog site – and I hope you can bear with me through it all. I’m putting pen to paper (figuratively at least, in this realm, it’s more like finger to keyboard) to keep this blog up and running. I don’t want to give any spoilers as to what exactly is in store, but to keep me to the fire, there will be a little rebranding going on and a website revamp. Think more minimal and crisp.

It's officially August 1st which means, it's time for the back-to-school season! Aside from all the new notebooks, pencils, and agendas that everyone will be getting, another thing to consider for back to school ( especially for all of us university and college students moving into dorms or off-campus) are room essentials and decor items. Now that I am moving out of my university house, I thought that now would be a better time than any to show you my college room tour. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration when it comes to designing your room). 

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As a college/university student, between sleeping, studying and chillaxing, you'll most likely be spending a great amount of time in your room. Taking the time to style up your room, for me at least, made staying in my room (sometimes for hours on end of studying), a little more pleasant.


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