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My most frequently asked beauty question is you guessed it, what’s your skincare routine consist of? After a horrendous year long battle with acne, I finally figured out what works for me. The biggest thing I learned was to KEEP IT SIMPLE! I can’t stress this rule enough. Even if you have oily skin or acne-prone skin, don’t go for the oil absorbing, stripping, astringent, harsh products!
In case you were wondering, my skin type is hyper-sensitive and normal… The only time my skin turns to combination is when I use a product that goes wrong.
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (mild) – This is one of biggest secrets to great skin… a gel based cleanser. It’s so important! Cetaphil also works quite well, but the Clinique is a little better at removing makeup, so I stick with that. It also lathers well, so a little bit goes a long way.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir – I use this as a toner. My face HATES toner, so I’ve stopped using it. This Beauty Elixir has a cool, minty feeling that really wakes up your skin in the morning.
Clinique Moisturizing Gel Lotion – I’ve gone through countless bottles of this product. I know people claim that it isn’t really a moisturizer, but I could care less. It doesn’t make me breakout and looks great underneath makeup.
Clinique All About Eyes Serum – I love using a roller-ball in the morning because it just keeps everything quick and easy. I think next time I am going to try the L’Occitane Eye Roll-On because that contains caffeine, but the Clinique does have a great cooling effect to depuff your eyes in the morning.
If I am wearing a lot of makeup, I will remove my makeup with a Neutrogena wipe (I’m allergic to the MAC wipes.) If I’m wearing my usual minimal amount of makeup, then I just go ahead and cleanse with the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap again.
Perricone MD Blue Plasma – This product deserves its own blog post because it’s a lot of scientific jargon to explain. Despite the $100 price tag, I do actually like this product. I’ve experimented with it quite a lot, and I must say that 3 drops gets the job done perfectly and I don’t see any benefit to using this every night. I use it maybe 3 times a week.
Clinique Moisture Surge Intense – I love Clinique’s range of ‘Moisture Surge’ products. Depending on your skin type, you can find the perfect intensive moisturizer for you.
Benefit It’s Portent Eye Cream – Eye creams are the one product that I’m not attached to. I often switch up brands after each jar. Prior to this, I used the Algenist eye cream, which was $60. To be honest, I haven’t noticed a big different between that and this $30 something eye cream from Benefit. I don’t think this is an all time favorite. It does a great job for the price, but I firmly believe that eye creams are where you should spend your money! Crows feet and your neck will give away your age in a heartbeat!
Clinique Even Better Eyes – This is a potent eye cream specifically designed to get rid of under eye circles. Despite its mixed reviews, I can tell you that this product does work. There’s one stipulation, however, you have to use it consistently. As soon as you stop using it, I notice the dark circles return.
These are products I only use occasionally throughout the week or when needed…
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores – I’m not a huge fan of masks. I believe that a good shower and an amazing exfoliator are the keys to clear skin and smaller pores, so I only end up using this about once a month. It’s definitely a nice mask, and I highly recommend sticking to clay-based masks.
La Mer The Refining Facial – This is my magic exfoliator. It has really fine beads, so it isn’t abrasive, even on the most sensitive of skins. It contains diamond fragments, which explains its hefty price tag. It also has a minty scent. Scrub this into the skin during a hot shower and when you walk out, your skin will feel so soft!
Luxiq – In the past I’ve talked about the fact that I suffer from Sebborheic Dermatitis. It’s a chronic skin condition and unfortunately there’s no cure. In the past, I used Desaximetasone, but I switched to this foam based steroid, called Luxiq. These obviously have to be prescribed by a doctor, but I highly recommend them.
DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel – HOLY GRAIL ALERT! I cannot live without this product. So long to those pesky spot treatments and no more of those paste like pimple creams. I simply place this gel on any spots or areas prone to breakouts, and it clears up any issue!
Well, now you officially know the secrets to keeping my skin “perfect.” I’ve tried the most expensive skin care brands out there and I always go back to what’s simple… usually Clinique.
If you have a favorite hydrating eye cream, leave it in the comments below! I’m always on the lookout for a great new product.
Unless you’re a MAC fan, it seems like new products are few and far between. I have spotted a few products that seem worth trying. Plus, there are a few products I need to just suck up and dish out the money for.
1.) While flipping through Allure, I spotted Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm. I did just return The Sensual Skin Enhancer. Of course, there was no sign of the tinted balm when I was placing that order. The Skin Enhancer was flawless, but like paste… literally. I’d be very interested if this tinted balm could provide that coverage, minus the intense consistency.
2.) SK-II Eye Mask – These puppies are pricey. I’ve been dying to try anything from SK-II since I’ve heard legendary MUA Pat McGrath swearing by their products. Crow’s feet is a common nightmare I suffer from and my under eyes are the driest place on my face, so I really would love to get my hands on a product like this.
3.) Alterna Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray – I’ve never tried a product from Alterna, but this product is specifically for high-heat and damaged hair. Since, I’ve fried my hair with bleach, a girl needs all the help she can get.
4.) RiRi Hearts MAC – I don’t really like MAC, but I do love Rihanna. I didn’t even know this collection was coming out until I spotted an article on DailyMail. Thank goodness the Brits stay on top of their news. I have no idea what products are coming out or when it launches, but that packaging looks amazing!
5.) NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder – I saw this recently at Sephora. It has a very weird/silica feeling to it… even more than MUFE HD powder. On Sephora’s website, many of the reviews tried to compare these powders, but I don’t think that’s possible. I love the HD powder, despite being a choking hazard, and so does every other celebrity MUA on the planet. The reason I do want to try this powder is because I want to see if it could replace my Le Metier Eye Brightening and Setting powder… dare I say (GASP!) It would be a much better bang for my buck and I think this product would be great for setting concealer. A girl can dream, right?
6.) Guerlain Eye Shadow Palette – I saw Sandra (ttsandra) talking about this in her recent YouTube video. I’ve been dying to try one of these palettes since I realized that the Dior’s palettes are overrated. Eye shadow is my weakness. I have so many and it is so hard to use up that I resist the urge, but I’d love to get my hands on at least one!
What products are on your wish list?
For nearly a year I had a complexion crisis. I tried everything, and by everything I mean those drugstore steals from Target, like Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, St. Ives, Cetaphil, to absurdly expensive department stores staples, like the $250 Creme de la Mer. In between that were some Sephora/Ulta mid-range brands, like Peter Thomas-Roth, Kate Somerville, Ole Henriksen, and a Clarisonic. You name it, it’s been smothered, squished, and schlepped on this face.
Nothing worked, in fact, it actually got worse. My face was like an oil-slick. I stopped making YouTube videos because the texture of my skin was unbearable to me in full-screen HD. It was painful and my bouts of acne developed in the strangest places, like that temporal area by your ear (is there an anatomical term for that area?)
Then, Dr. Jart BB Cream entered my life. I’m not going to make false claims, a variety of things helped cure this complexion crisis. I went back to the basics in terms of skin care, discovered I’m gluten and dairy intolerant, and realized I’m highly allergic to NARS bronzer and Armani Luminous Silk foundation. When the Black Label Detox Beauty Balm became part of my beauty regime, magic happened. My face was literally in pain, let’s not even talk about my spirit. Good skin is the key to good makeup. No luxury beauty brand in the world will look good over a hot-mess of a face.
Dr. Jart has several different formulations of their beauty balms, but I decided on the Black Label Detox because of my former poor complexion and the fact that this is literally always sold out at Sephora. I frequent about seven Sephora’s in my area, because if I just went to one they would realize I have a serious shopping problem, and everyone is always sold out!
I honestly didn’t have high expectations for this product because it only comes in one universal shade and because I had tried the Garnier BB Cream, which was a greasy/perfumed catastrophe. To my surprise, it was flawless. It has good coverage, far more than a tinted moisturizer, and it also saves a lot of time because it’s a sunscreen and provides protection from environmental factors all-in-one. My skin got better and by the end of the day it was still in tact on my face.
Here are the details about this product, according to Sephora:
What it is:
A purifying face cream that provides age defense, and hides uneven skintone and blemishes.
What it is formulated to do:
- Botanical Formula to purify and calm blemish prone or sensitive skin while also combating dark spots and pollutants for an enhanced radiance
- Features SPF 25 sun protection
- Comes in one universal shade
Perfect and protect skin instantly with this all-in-one multifunctional Beauty Balm. This triple-action formula naturally covers blemishes and uneven skintone, and contains botanical actives to purify and calm blemish-prone or irritated skin. Arbutin works to erase unwanted dark spots, while caviar extract and antioxidants protect skin from inner and outer pollutants for an enhanced radiance. Lightweight with sunscreen protection for simple, one-step neutralizing coverage, this soothing cream delivers optimal results for both women and men.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
Beauty Balms or B.B. Creams were originally developed as a perfect post-procedure cream used to treat, hydrate, prime, protect, and camouflage the skin. Great for all skin types including those with sensitive skin, these versatile “five-in-one” formulas are designed to do it all: treat with high levels of active skin care ingredients; moisturize and smooth dehydrated skin; prime and perfect skin’s surface; camouflage and color correct the skintone; and protect skin from the sun with SPF. They can be used as a last step for their skincare benefits or used on their own as an instant beautifier.
Note the awkward hand placement. It was a screen capture from a YouTube video. Apparently I was whippin’ my hair back and forth.
I don’t airbrush my pictures, mainly because I’m Photoshop-disabled. The fact that I learned how to put that little watermark on my photo’s is truly a miracle. What you see is what you get, and you get big results with this beauty balm!
I saw this tag on YouTube and decided to get on the bandwagon. I am not the kind of beauty blogger that enjoys having a huge makeup collection. I remember watching Temptalia showing her makeup collection/organization and my OCD went into overdrive. I can’t handle too much of anything… It makes me nervous!
Most people dream of a ginormous makeup collection, not me. Am I cray or does it overwhelm you too?
These are the 13 products I want to get rid of first. Some products I don’t like and wouldn’t purchase again. Others, I’m just ready to move on to the next thing.
1.) Caudalie - Vinosource Quenching Sorbet-Crème: This is just ehh… I love this brand, but it doesn’t do anything particularly amazing for my skin. It’s $39, which seems like a great deal for Caudalie, but it’s not a lot of product for the money, so in the long run I don’t think it’s a great buy.
2.) Clinique - All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage: Womp, Womp, would be my reaction to this product. It’s really light, so I like to use this underneath my makeup, but I wouldn’t run to the store to get this, nor would I repurchase it.
3.) Algenist – Complete Eye Renewal Balm: I like this product a lot. It’s $65, but this brand is really unique. It’s actually a bio-technology company that had nothing to do with beauty. They invented a compound called alguronic acid, and it has transformed the anti-aging business. I’m currently loving the eye cream from Benefit, but I definitely wouldn’t rule out trying this product again.
4.) Dior Bronzer in Aurora – This was limited edition. I don’t like it. Enough said? It’s too shimmery, pink, and I don’t like the consistency… it doesn’t blend well or look natural.
5.) NARS blush in Orgasm – I know this is a cult favorite, but it gets old after a while. I’ve had it for years, which technically could be a plus for this product… NARS lasts forever! It just doesn’t overwhelm me… it’s just nice. Nice isn’t enough for me.
6.) Oribe Wave & Shine Spray – I thought I loved this product initially, but then I realized it seriously dries out your hair. If your hair is stick straight, you will love this. If, however, your hair is naturally wavy/curly, there are better alternatives to restore your curl.
7.) Burberry Powder Foundation – All of Burberry’s products have a strong scent, which I’m not a fan of. I do really like this product though. I use it as a setting powder over my favorite Dr. Jart BB cream. It adds a tiny bit more coverage and keeps you from looking shiny.
8.) Hourglass Oxygen Mineral Foundation Powder – I like this powder a lot as well. As you can tell, I have an addiction to trying new powders, which is probably why I rarely repurchase the same one. This keeps you more matte than the Burberry one, isn’t scented, and is a lighter formula.
9.) DDF Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel – DDF is brand I recently discovered. As soon as I started using it, the random bouts of acne that I was suffering from went away. I, therefore, am very grateful to the brand, but I’m not sold on this cleanser. It is similar to the Clinique cleansing gel, but I prefer the Clinique because it comes in a pump and little bit goes a long way. This DDF formula is thicker and you have to literally bang it out of the bottle.
10.) La Mer The Refining Facial – Love this product, despite the $80 price tag. It supposedly has diamond particles in it. It’s the most bizarre product I’ve tried, but in a good way. When you apply it to your face you don’t really feel anything. It doesn’t have the normal, gritty texture you’d expect to experience with an exfoliator. It also has a slightly minty scent. Scrub your face with this for a minute or two in the shower, as soon as you step out you will feel an enormous difference.
11.) Korres Lip Butter Glaze – I believe I bought this to replace my beloved Baume de La Mer… What a joke! In general, I’m not really a fan of Korres. It just doesn’t work for me. This comes off more as a gloss than a moisturizing lip product. Never again!
12.) NARS lipstick in Pago Pago – I’ve heard people refer to this as the “your lip color but better.” I can see that being true because this lip color doesn’t really do anything for you. It’s a forgettable color in my opinion. I think Armani and Burberry make the best lipsticks, so I’ll stick with those brands.
13.) Laura Mercier Sugar Scrub – I would never buy this again! It’s the weirdest texture ever! It’s sort of a scrub, but not really… it’s sort of gel, but it’s goopy… it’s sort of horrible, why did I buy it? I’m not into Lush, I don’t take baths, and I don’t want to smell like a dessert tray. If you’re one of those people, then you’d probably like this product. I only use body scrubs before applying self-tanner, so I need a product that gets the job done, not just smells nice. This one doesn’t make the cut.
What are you dying to use up?
- Dr.Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm: This was the second BB cream I tried, and it was love at first application. I tried the Garnier version first because I was skeptical of this whole beauty trend. I wasn’t particularly pleased with the Garnier BB cream. There was minimal coverage, it was greasy looking after a few hours, and was too fragranced. The Dr.Jart+ beauty balm is perfection! It provides the right amount of coverage, combats dark spots, and protects your skin from pollutants. This formula was designed for people with sensitive skin. If you’re suffering from acne or allergic reactions to other products, I highly recommend this. Dr.Jart+ saved my skin when it was at its worst.
- La Mer – Baume de la Mer: I went through a La Mer phase a year ago. After trying nearly the entire collection, there weren’t too many products I felt were worth repurchasing. The Baume de la Mer is the exception. I’m on my second jar, so it does last quite a long time. I continue to try to find something cheaper that could replace this, but everything falls short. I’m putting this on my “worthy indulgence list” and won’t let this one go!
- Bobbi Brown Bronzer: We all love bronzer, but lets face it, it’s tough to find the perfect bronzer. They’re often too shiny, shimmery, glittery, orange… To make matters worse, I’m allergic to a lot of bronzers! NARS hates my face. Thankfully, I’ve discovered Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Medium. It’s my holy grail! This is such a versatile product. I use the Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush for daytime and a contour brush for night.
- Oribe Royal Blow Out Heat Protecting Spray: I’m obsessed with this product because it’s an all-in-one! It’s a heat protectant, helps maintain your style, adds shines, de-frizzes, and smells amazing. I rarely blow dry my hair. I let it air dry and then either straighten or curl it. Even though Oribe doesn’t advertise this product to do all the things I’ve mentioned, it really works!
- Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: This product really put Oribe, the hair care line, not the man, on the map! It’s in every magazine and most celebrity hairstylists’ kits. It’s the perfect combination of a dry shampoo and a volumizing spray. Oribe’s products smell amazing! I’ve heard the same manufacturer that designs Creed fragrances, designed the Oribe scent. It works for every hair color and texture. This product really gives you that big, sexy hair look that Oribe is renowned for.
- Dr. Lancer – Polish: I’m a huge Dr. Lancer fan. I saw him for the first time on the Oprah Winfrey Show years ago. When I found out the ultimate celebrity dermatologist was coming out with a line of products for us “normal” gals, I was ecstatic! This ‘Polish’ is made from natural sea minerals, which may seem like a hoity-toity term, but it’s actually really important. Kate Somerville explains it best, but it’s vital that the exfoliating beads be made from a quality substance. Using the wrong shaped bead could be damaging your skin. Exfoliating and moisturizing is my biggest secret to get rid of acne and prevent aging. It’s worth the pretty price to invest in something that is abrasive enough to get the job done without irritating your skin.
- Anastasia – Clear Brow Gel: I think I’ve gone through three tubes of this brow gel. If you’ve been watching my videos for a long time, you may remember when I used to fill my brows in with a cheap drugstore pencil… it was the chola look for sure. This brow gel keeps everything in place without making things look crunchy. I use NARS eye shadow in Blondie to fill in my brows and then place this Anastasia clear brow gel to hold the shape and color of my brows.
- L’Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner: I’ve gone through so many of these eyeliners. I actually keep a backup supply. I think I’m one of the only people on YouTube that prefers pencil liner to liquid. In 2012, I was really into brown shades of liner. Since I have blonde eyelashes and eyebrows, it looks more natural and not as harsh as black. This liner is super creamy, so I can smudge it in during the day for that “I’m not trying too hard look.” This product acts like a liquid liner in that if you apply it and let it dry for a few seconds, it won’t budge.
- DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel: I use this product as a spot treatment. I place it on any breakouts I may be having or places that are prone to breakouts. Since I started having issues with my skin a year or two ago, I’ve really had to hone in what works and what doesn’t. My skin doesn’t react well to salicylic acid, or many other acids for that matter. Benzoyl Peroxide is my go-to. This product actually contains 5%, which is a much stronger content than many drugstore spot treatments. You really have to experiment with this product because if you use too much, it can dry out your face. I swear by this!
- Shu Uemura Essence Absolue: It’s no secret that I despise Moroccan Oil. It’s overpriced silicone. It changed my hair color as well! Shu Uemura Essence Absolue is a miracle in a bottle and worth the hefty price. I use two pumps in my hair after washing and comb it through. I try not to use too many hair products because that counteracts the point of using Wen. I do notice a big difference in my hair when I skip the Essence Absolue, so I refuse to part ways with it.
- WEN: I can’t say enough about Wen. This is definitely my 2012 Product of the Year. My hair has been through a tremendous amount of trauma over the past two years. From bleach blonde, to black, to dark blonde. My hair isn’t in as good of condition as it used to be, but I know for a fact that I would probably have three strands of hair left if it wasn’t for me discovering Wen. I recommend buying it off QVC and look out for deals. You can usually get a great price on sets of Wen!
- Burberry Beauty: I wanted to pick a single product from the Burberry Beauty line, but we all know that would be virtually impossible. I’m putting the entire Burberry Beauty line on my favorites list! After purchasing a single eye shadow, my relationship with this brand became intense. I literally can’t get enough of it. A few of my must-haves: Pale Barely eye shadow, Copper lipstick, and Tangerine Blush.
What were some of your favorites in 2012?
About a year ago I noticed a dramatic difference in my skin. My face suddenly looked like I was gearing up for a Proactiv casting call. I think it mainly has to do with an extreme amount of stress, post-graduation. Also, a change in diet from college life probably just confused my system.
I tried everything! I mean, here’s a sample: Peter Thomas Roth, Dior, La Mer, Kate Somerville, Origins, Kiehl’s, St. Ives, Neutrogena, Aveeno, Cetaphil, Caudalie, Clinque, Korres, Jurlique, Ole Henricksen… I should probably stop now.
I tried just as many foundations, concealers, and bronzers to figure out what my face was reacting to.
I never planned to do a post or video about this, so I only have before picture with makeup on, but he’s a sample of the explosion on my face.
I’m forewarning you that these pictures were taken after I did a tutorial about a year ago (notice the black hair fiasco.) I’m also wearing MUFE Mat Velvet foundation, industrial strength concealer, and powder like cement. Underneath, it was a painful mess. You could also fry an egg on my forehead.
Ok, so it doesn’t look as bad as it felt. I went into YouTube hibernation mainly because of this! I’ve always had normal, sensitive skin, and breakouts were a rarity. My skin went through two phases: extremely oily with massive breakouts, and then my skin went back to being normal, but the breakouts still hadn’t subsided.
I can’t guarantee the brands or products I use will work for your chemistry, but I can provide a few tips that will universally help.
Numero uno, and quite possibly the most important rule, too much is just that, too much. The reason my face had become so oily is because of all the acids, mainly salicylic and glycloic, which my skin rejected. Products listed for sensitive skin are great. All those products that you hear reviewers saying, “I felt like it wasn’t doing anything,” they’re actually doing more than you think… not making the situation worse.
Numero dos, scrub, hydrate, and repeat. ”Dark spot treatments” are ripping you off. The best way to get rid of post-acne is to invest in a good exfoliator and moisturizer. Get the old skin off and heal the new skin… the natural way.
Numero tres, think out of the box. You may have a sensitivity to the most random things. I am highly allergic to a lot of bronzers, hence why I was breaking out in such an unusual spot… underneath my cheekbones. NARS caused major problems, this happened to my BFF too! Bobbi Brown and Hoola bronzers are fantastic.
Numero cuatro, don’t be lazy and stick to it. The Clarisonic Mia did wonders for me, but you can’t use it once a month. Wash you makeup off every single night! I don’t care if it’s 3am, I’m scrubbing my face!
Here’s what I used to get rid of unsightly acne:
DDF – Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula
I use the Sensitive Skin Clearing Gel. This is comparable to Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap. I like the Clinique a bit better because it comes in a pump, and a little goes a long way, but this DDF is less soapy and has worked like a charm!
DDF – Aloe Toning Complex
DDF makes a variety of spray toners. I prefer to spray my toner, rather than apply it with a cotton pad. I also love the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, but that costs $50 and this is a better bang for your buck. It’s very soothing, so if you have breakouts that are literally painful, this will help calm the skin!
DDF – Benzoyl Peroxide Gel
If I could get the angels to sing in this blog post, I would cue them now. This is a MUST! I tried every spot treatment known to man, from Kate Somerville, Burt’s Bees, to tons of drugstore brands. Spot treatments also made everything worse and my skin became immune to them. I love this gel because it’s clear, so you don’t look like a ridiculous mess when you go to bed and you don’t wake up with the treatment all over your pillow. It isn’t intended to be a spot treatment, but I use it as one and I also place it over areas that I know are prone to breakouts. It’s 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, which is a higher content that a lot of products, many spot treatments only contain 1.5% of certain acids. It can dry out your face and leaves you with that tight skin feeling. I therefore only use it at night and stop using it if my face feels too dry. As long as you invest in a good moisturizer it shouldn’t be a problem. I swear by this!
Clinique – Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
I know this technically isn’t a moisturizer, but I use it as one anyway. I’ve been using it for years and it doesn’t affect my makeup whatsoever. I love this as my AM moisturizer.
Caudalie – Vinosource Creme Sorbet Hydrante
There are two version that look quite similar to this, but I love this version because it’s specifically designed for people with sensitive skin. It’s $38, which sounds great considering how expensive Caudalie is, but in reality I don’t think that’s the best deal because it’s only 1.3 ounces. It works, I like it, but I’m not saying that I couldn’t find something to replace it. I still love all of Clinique’s moisturizing range, especially for the price.
Lancer Skincare – Polish
I’m obsessed! Dr. Lancer is the dermatologist to the stars, including Oprah. I’ve enjoyed a few of his products, but the Polish is the standout. It’s similar to Kiehl’s Microdermabrasion Scrub, but it’s better. There is a slight warming affect when you first place it on your skin. I’ve gone through the entire tube and I miss it already. As I mentioned earlier, this is so crucial to repairing your skin. Invest in a good scrub, because if the “beads” are not the right shape and made from a cheap material it can actually hurt the skin.
La Mer – The Refining Facial
This is my second runner-up, as far as scrubs are concerned. It’s also one of the few La Mer products that I enjoyed. It’s 3.4 ounces for $75, which is a hard pill to swallow. This scrub, however, contains pure diamond powder… supposedly. It has a minty smell, but you don’t get that tea tree feeling or anything like that. It’s superfine and you feel as though it isn’t doing anything, but you step out of the shower and suddenly your skin feels completely different.
I have some favorite eye creams, but we shall save that for another post.
Hope this helps!
The Friends & Family sale at Sephora is supposedly happening soon… I’ve even heard a few people already got their codes. Apparently, the 20% off is only for VIBs this year and not store-wide. I still have yet to receive an email, and am growing increasingly impatient.
I plan on making a YouTube video about some products I already have and highly recommend… Stay tuned for that! Until I get that uploaded, I thought it would be fun to post what’s in my cart.
I was devastated to see that one of the products I wanted is already sold out. I’ve recently become obsessed with Dr. Jart “Black Label Detox BB Cream.” They have a set of 4 mini BB creams from Dr. Jart to sample… and it’s all gone! To soothe the pain, I decided I need to try the Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask. I’m just getting the single-use mask, and not the pack of them, so I can see how well this product works. I’ve finally found a skin care routine that has subsided the acne I was suffering from. I’m now trying to get rid of the redness and post-acne marks. I am a naturalist when it comes to that kind of thing. I don’t this acids, peels, and/or microdermabrasion. My philosophy is hydration, hydration, hydration! Let’s hope this is works
Next up, the Marchesa Parfum D’Extaste gift set. I decided to go with the gift set over the perfume because it seems like a better deal. I mainly want this perfume because of the bottle. The packaging is simply amazing and will look great on the perfume tray I have. This set includes the smaller bottle of perfume, hair perfume, and the rollerball.
Finally, I am going to indulge in my first Guerlain eyeshadow palette. These are so expensive, and I need more eyeshadow like I need a hole in my head, so the discount is the only reason I’m getting this. The packaging is amazing and there’s a nice variety of colors… I think it’s the perfect travel palette.
What are you planning on getting?
Any good recommendation?
I was tagged by Leslie to do the highly glamorous “what’s in my shower” tag.
I’ve emptied the contents of my shower. I actually think I’ve downsized in recent years, as I’ve finally discovered what products work for me. I can’t really complain about any of these products and I highly recommend trying them out if you are in search of some new goodies.
First up, we have scrubs!
Caudalie Cabernet scrub – this is a body scrub that is supposed to improve circulation, and therefore cellulite. I didn’t buy it for those reasons. I love Caudalie! It’s a very natural brand and I thought this would be great for my sensitive skin, but it falls short. Definitely won’t repurchase.
Laura Mercier Sugar Scrub in Creme Brulee – LOVE THIS! Anything that resembles dessert is for me! I love the little scoop that comes with it. The scrub is strong enough to prep skin for self-tanner, but not abrasive enough that it irritates your skin.
Lancer ‘Polish’ – This is an exfoliator for the face. It is quite pricy at $50 for a 2 oz tube, but I am obsessed with it. I will do a whole review on this product, so I am not going into too much detail, but I highly recommend this.
La Mer ‘The Refining Facial’ – This is one of the few La Mer face products I tried that I actually love. If you’ve swatched this product at your local counter, don’t be fooled by the lackluster feel of it. I don’t know how this product works or what the magic is, but it is the least abrasive formula on the market. You’d barely even realize it’s an exfoliator, but as soon as you step out of the shower your face feels noticeably different. It supposedly has microfine diamond particles in it. When I was told this I basically rolled my eyes, but maybe that is the secret weapon in this tube.
I have a fascination with men’s skin care. I don’t know why, but I feel like they are hiding secrets, which explains why I love anything and everything from The Art of Shaving. I have the unscented shaving cream and the brush, which is absolutely necessary to get the most bang for your buck with this product.
Caudalie gel body wash – it has a peach scent… it’s nice, but quite like their scrub, it’s just nice and I won’t be repurchasing.
The good ol’ standby, Johnson’s baby wash, which has been purchased so many times since birth I should own a piece of Johnson and Johnson. If you have hypersensitive skin, what else are you going to use?
Bumble and Bumble ‘Mending Mask’ – Not sure how I feel about this. To me it was just ehh? A lot of other people, however, swear by this if your hair is fried from ODing on the bleach.
Serge Normant ‘Meta Blonde Reviving Shampoo’ – I am a huge fan of Serge Normant. He is a celebrity hairstylist, most famous for Julia Roberts’ fabulous locks. I tried this product because I like the idea of color depositing shampoos. This one is designed for people who like to maintain a golden blonde shade, NOT for people with really light blonde hair. I haven’t used it that much to give you any feedback.
Baking soda – supposed to be the natural way to clarify your scalp.
Avalon Organics ‘Clarifying Lemon’ – I bought this at Whole Foods. It is a clarifying shampoo, specifcally for blondes. I know obsessed seems to be the word of the day, but I am OBSESSED with this shampoo. Wen tends to create a massive amount of build-up on the scalp, and a healthy scalp is important for hair growth. I use this shampoo once a week and it not only clarifies, but also brightens up my highlights.
Wen – This particular bottle is in sweet almond mint, which again, I just feel kind of ehh about. Dara (BelleDuJourNYC) swears by their limited edition scent, coconut-mango, but I don’t like getting attached to things that are limited edition. I like the fact that the mint is great for the scalp, but I may mosey on to another scent. I can’t express how much I love Wen… I honestly can’t believe I ever used another shampoo/conditioner. Will definitely have to go into more detail about this product in another post.
Well I hope you all like this scenic tour through my shower.
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