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Monday, May 9, 2016

the best of MIMI Chatter #MIMIbag


Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! After spending the weekend in Ohio, we are heading back to Virginia today...and hopeful that the weather is a little less rainy than it was last week! A shorter week ahead for us as we are heading someplace sunny to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary...more on that next week!

For those of you who follow me on Instagram {rach.mccarthy} and Snapchat {rach.mccarthy7}, these cute cosmetic bags and products may look familiar. I have been receiving the MIMI Chatter #MIMIBag for a few months and I wanted to review some of my favorite products that I have discovered through this fabulous beauty bag! 

For those of you who are not familiar with the #MIMIBag, it's a cute cosmetic bag filled with the latest and greatest in beauty products that typically follow a certain theme for each month. From fighting dry skin in the cold month of January to combating serious frizz with all these April/May showers, I have loved trying all these products! As you will see, I have really loved all the face products in the beauty bags! You can see some of the other products that I received HERE, HERE & HERE.

Without further ado, here are some of my favorites...



Pixi Glow Tonic: I haven't had much luck with toners in the past. With my dry and sensitive skin, it's been difficult to find a toner that hydrates my skin and doesn't cause any bad reactions. Truthfully, I gave up on finding a toner that would work and just removed the toning step from my skincare routine. This was my first time trying Pixi's products {shop more Pixi products HERE} so like with so many other toners, I was skeptical. This toner had some big claims: tone and tighten the skin all while removing dead skin cells for healthier skin. I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with the results and my experience with this glow tonic! Admittedly, I do sometimes forget to use the toner, I guess it was not a part of my routine for so long, it's hard to incorporate new steps! Now that I have had luck with this product, I'm looking forward to trying more Pixi products. Currently on my list to try: THIS sleep mask and THIS eye brightener. 


Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream: This was probably the one product I was most excited to try from each of the beauty bags for two reasons: (1) I have been dying to try some of Kate Somerville's products; and (2) I read that it had been clinically tested safe for sensitive skin. And so far, it has lived up to it's expectations! This formula leaves your face soft and smooth and delivers a deep hydration that is perfect for even the driest of skins! As you may remember from other beauty posts, I typically use THIS oil in place of moisturizer. But, since receiving this goat milk cream, I have been incorporating it into my night time skin routine and also using it when I travel -- since I don't want the glass bottle filled with face oil to break! This moisturizing cream can be used morning and night applied in a thin and even layer across your face and neck. I highly recommend this cream! Have you tried any of Kate Somerville's products? Currently on my wish list: THIS hydrating firming mist.


Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet: Another moisturizing product! Can you tell I have super dry skin?! haha Although this is also a deep hydrating face cream, it is slightly different then the goat milk moisturizing cream I mentioned above. This lightweight, gel moisturizer truly has a calming and soothing feeling on your skin. I love that this moisturizer can work for any skin type, yet it is still gentle enough for the most sensitive skin types. Like the other moisturizer mentioned above, use this in the morning and at night on clean skin. I also read that you can store this product in the refrigerator, which will give you a cool and fresh feeling once applied. I haven't tried this trick yet, but plan on doing it soon. If you are looking for a soothing moisturizer for any skin type, I would recommend this product from Caudalie. Also on my next to try list from Caudalie: THIS micellar cleansing water, it's soap free! 


Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask: I've saved the best for last! I had been looking for a good mask for a while, so I was excited to try this exfoliating formula from Tula. This clay mask contains exfoliating beads that work to remove the dead skin cells to reveal healthier and more radiant skin. I have been using this mask once a week {although, it can be used 2-3 times per week} and cannot believe the results! My face feels so incredibly soft and hydrated -- I have only been using a half drop of THIS oil on my face each morning -- that's a record! To use this treatment mask, apply a thin layer to a clean and dry face. I leave the mask on for 5 minutes and dampen my fingers and begin to rub the mask into my skin, working the exfoliating beads into my face. I then rinse off the entire mask using cool water. I highly recommend this mask if you are looking for a great hydrating and exfoliating treatment for your face. Other Tula products I would like to try: THIS revitalizing eye cream and THIS illuminating face serum.


Thanks so much for stopping by and please let me know if you have any questions about these products! See you back here tomorrow for an all new healthy snack recipe!




  1. Caudalie products are the best. I haven't met one that I didn't love!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  2. Oh these are such cute little pouches and I haven't heard of this subscription before!! Tula's mask sounds amazing - really want to try that one! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Your bag had great products! And can I just say, all the packaging is adorable? They did a great job putting it together. Happy travels!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

  4. So fun! I bought that pixi toner at target too and I like it but I'm the same way I keep forgetting to use it. I heard the oil, the rose oil is wonderful so I'm excited to try more of the products too!! Have a safe trip back from Ohio and a great start to your week!

  5. i love mimi's daily news. i've got a review of that caudalie micellar water on the blog if you need another opinion. all great products here!!

  6. I have read about that Kate Somerville moisturizer and have been wanting to try it! I have such sensitive skin that I'm so fearful to try new products but glad to know it didn't irritate yours! Happy Monday girl!

  7. That exfoliating mask sounds amazing!! And I can't wait to hear more about your sunny vacation coming up!

  8. Such cute bags!! I really need to try that Pixi toner, I've heard amazing things about it! And that mask sounds amazing! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  9. That Goat Milk look so good, and I love the bottle! Actually, I love the packaging on everything :) Hope you had a great weekend in Ohio!


  10. Love those fun bags! I haven't used any of these products, but they look great!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. Those bags are so cute. I love that Pixi toner, it's one of the best out there. It works so well.

  12. That glow tonic sounds fabulous, so glad you found one that works well for you! And yay for Kate Sommerville, always amazing products <3
    Green Fashionista

  13. The #MIMIbag sounds like such a fun subscription box to receive every month! I love that they include some newer products and some ones that you're excited to try out! I'm so happy that you got to try out a Kate Sommerville product, and that you loved it! I bought her Exfolikate during the Sephora semi-annual sale and I can't wait to try it out!

  14. Those make-up bags are seriously the cutest, Rachel! What a great subscription service! I never heard of them before, so I need to check them out! Such a great review, love -- thanks so much for sharing!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  15. Wow...something I've never heard of, so neat!!!
    I hear nothing but amazing things on the Pixi brand and toner! I really want to pick up a few of their things.
    I've heard one of the YouTubers that I watch, rave about Tula products!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  16. I'm in love with that mask! It's amazing! I need to try that toner!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  17. Wow that bag came with some great products! I am a huge fan of Kate, they have such great skincare.

    XO Chelsea

  18. I just got the Caudalie moisturizer and love it!


    Tamara -


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