Let’s play a game where you match the swatch with the brand of concealer in the photo above. I’ll reveal the answers at the end of this post after showing and explaining daily photos of how these contestants performed being used exactly the same way. Here are the swatches:
It always seems that when one product runs out, they all follow suit. I seriously feel like I’ve had to repurchase everything in my arsenal lately – from body wash to mascara, eyeliner to a foundation. Let’s get to the details on my mini makeup haul because there are some goodies!
For those of us who like the feel of a good scrubbie-dub on the face, let me bring some light to the matter on why I’m doing an Origins Modern Friction review, particularly if you have skin issues and/or sensitive skin like me. I’ll admit, I am a skin care snob because my skin is extremely reactive and sensitive. This doesn’t mean I only purchase expensive skin care. I’m very big on simple drugstore face products like CeraVe and Cetaphil. But when something doesn’t work for me – whether it’s $3 or $300 – it’s gotta go.
Let me preface this review by saying I used St. Ives Apricot Scrub pretty consistently since middle school. I had read and heard advice from several dermatologists to be extremely gentle with my skin; leave the abrasive exfoliation to the professionals by way of peels or microdermabrasion. If I absolutely needed a bit of buffing action at home, use an infant wash cloth (I still like this method).
January certainly flew by for me! I had a few makeup shopping sprees with gift card assistance and some sprees without gift card assistance because … YOLO. I love that my January 2015 makeup favorites include a variety of high-end and budget buys, though.
Anyway, back to the important stuff. Makeup. I had a couple totally random surprises, some rediscoveries and some highly-hyped fail safes in this month’s lineup.
Charlotte Tilbury may be my fairy Godmother. She’s a woman who believes in never leaving the house without makeup on, always making sure you look (and therefore, feel) your best and has 20+ years of experience as a professional makeup artist for celebs. Dream. Job. Yes. Oh wait, she even has a ‘bedtime makeup routine.’
She has had a super successful makeup line over the pond in the UK for awhile, but recently launched her products in the US. She’s currently exclusive to Nordstrom, but I ordered my products from Beautylish.com. I got $10 off my first order using this website.
*Warning: it’s not cheap. But I believe in Charlotte and her brand, so I definitely want to try more items!*
Sheet masks are a pretty new thing to the western beauty world. Originated in Korean skin care, sheet masks are used because they pack such a potent punch of helpful skin care ingredients suspended in the serum-soaked sheet. I picked up this $6 Sephora Collection Honey Sheet Mask with travel plans in mind – I knew I was flying back to the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia for Christmas and the words, “nourishing” and “balancing” were exactly what I wanted for my face during travel time.
Facial toner is something that people either think essential or a waste of time. I’m of those who say they are essential. I’ve used some form of toner – whether it be straight rubbing alcohol in my young teen years (ouch), Sea Breeze, Clean and Clear, Proactiv, Mario Badescu Rose Water, Witch Hazel, Bioderma, you-name-it – since I was probably 12 or 13 years old. We’re pushing 15 years of toner use here. I have some experience. That’s the biggest reason why I was excited to write this Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water review.
To me, toner creates a balance and a fresh canvas for your moisturizer (which we all should be using daily). I find they remove that last bit of makeup left behind and can rebalance overly dry or oily skin. Also, if you’re using a good toner, you’re leaving good ingredients on your skin – so choose your toner wisely!
2014 was quite a year for me! I got married, finished my Master of Business Administration, moved across the country and started a new job. Identifying my favorite beauty products of the year was easy, simply because I
have restraint problems swiping my credit card at every store that carries cosmetics did my own makeup for my wedding and made sure I used the best products possible for my desired look. Because of that experience, my 2014 beauty favorites truly include some high performers I’m excited to share!
So the holidays are over and you have some gift cards burning a hole in your purse while fervently reviewing the plethora of options on Sephora.com and getting advice from your favorite YouTubers… or maybe that’s just me. Here’s my Sephora gift card ideas for what I plan to purchase and why. Let me know what your wish list items are in the comments!
If someone told me two years ago that I’d be raving about a moisturizing face mask, I’d probably punch them square in the face. I’ve always struggled with oily/breakout prone/sensitive/highly reactive skin. As I have learned, much of my struggles with my skin is solved by simply keeping it hydrated and my skin care very simple. I find I break out less and my hyperpigmentation even seems to lessen just by having moisture in my skin. Plus, it definitely makes applying makeup way more fun! Let’s check out what makes this product a must-try in my GlamGlow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment Review…