May Sephora Play! Box

 

Hello everyone! Today’s post is going to be a quick one about the May Play! Box. Let’s dive in!

DF31365A-713A-4693-8FD2-CEED9BC7CB60The first thing I was really excited to see included was the Belif Hungarian Water Essence. I have been wanting to try something from Belif for a while so I was excited to receive this sample! This product is a hydration serum that you put on after toning and before moisturizer. I have been using it at night the past week, and while I do really like it, it hasn’t been life changing for me. I feel like when it comes to serums meant solely for hydrating, the drugstore has really great options. For heavier duty issues (wrinkles, dark spots, texture) I have had better luck with high end products, but I don’t find that the expensive hydrating products work any better than the ones I can get at Target.

 

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The rest of the products in my Play! Box were from brands I hadn’t heard of, but I was really interested in all the products! I am always down to try a new cleanser, and while I was weary of the fact that this one by Skin Laundry was a foaming face wash, I have been pleasantly surprised by it! The foaming doesn’t dry me out, and my skin always feels very fresh and clean after using it. The Sephora site says this product is a solution for “redness, sensitive skin, and roughness and uneven texture”, meaning this product sounds like it was designed for me. The full size is $20 for 6.7 oz, and if I keep liking the sample I can definitely see myself purchasing the full size. I was also really excited to see that a hair mask was in this box! A hair mask always sounds so nice, but it’s not something I would normally spend my money on. This one by Rahua made my hair so soft and silky after! However, given that the full size is $58, there is literally no way I would buy it.

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The last product I got was this Highlight & Perfect Multipurpose Stick by treStiQue. (Edit: I did also receive a perfume sample by Stella, but forget to take pictures of it! I also should have received the Magnetic Matte Lip Color by Nudestix, but it wasn’t included in my box for some reason! Sephora customer service however was incredible, and gave me full refund for this month’s box which was super nice! Anyway, back to the post!) This product gives off a really nice dewey – but not too overboard – glow. It’s very natural and really just makes you look healthy. And as far as highlighters go, that is my favorite kind. But, since highlight isn’t an essential part of my routine, I won’t be shelling out the $34 to purchase the full-size. I will however enjoy this sample until it runs out! If you are someone who really likes highlight, and wants a subtle and luminous glow, I would definitely recommend looking into this one!

That sums up my thoughts on this months Play Box. What do you think of the products that were included for May? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Worth The Splurge | Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum


I had been wanting this serum for well over a year before I was finally able to get it in my hands (thanks to a very generous gift from my boyfriend). The reason I wanted this so badly was simple: literally every. single. person/review I read or saw on YouTube couldn’t stop talking about how amazing it was. It was supposed to be this life changing product that did wonders to help your skin. This product is a 12% AHA/BHA serum, which means it is a chemical exfoliant that assists with gently getting rid of dead skin cells which in turns improves skin texture, helps with pores, and can also diminish wrinkles and other signs of aging over time. I would categorize my skin type as combo: mildly oily t-zone with some dryness on my cheeks. Along with my skin type, one of my biggest skin concerns is texture (I have lots of little white bumps on the top of my cheeks) which is mainly why this product appealed to me so much. If Drunk Elephant could cure my texture (or at the very least diminish it enough that it wasn’t so bothersome) it would be a miracle for me. The biggest thing that held me back from buying this serum immediately was the price tag. This product is a whopping $90! For a girl that pretty much exclusively buys stuff from Target (with the occasional Sephora indulgence) this was a really hard price tag to swallow. After showing it to my boyfriend one night and talking about how amazing it was and how much I wanted to try it, a couple days later an box showed up on my doorstep and it turns out that he bought it for me!! I’m pretty sure I cried (dramatic, I know).

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The first few times I used this, I did experience the tingling sensation that the box says to expect. Even though Drunk Elephant lets you know this may happen, I still did freak out a little bit. I have mildly sensitive skin so I am always nervous about trying a new product in case I have a reaction to it. I started using it every other day since I didn’t want to overload my skin, but I was also hoping to see results quickly regarding my texture. I would say the first couple weeks I didn’t notice a huge difference. I know so many people will say that overnight their skin looked better, but I have never had that happen to me with any skin care product I have tried.  After about 6 weeks of continued use, (applying it every other night or every 2 nights) I would say is when I first noticed my skin improving. I still had texture, but not as much and the bumps I did have were a lot smaller than before. I have now been using this serum consistently for 4 months and I truly believe it has helped my skin. I still don’t have a perfect blemish free complexion, BUT, this product really has helped not only my texture, but my pores as well. I am so impressed that this product has lived up to my expectations, that now I want to run out and purchase every Drunk Elephant product they have (I especially have my eye on the C-Firma Day Serum).  I will definitely be purchasing (myself this time!) another bottle of this once the one I have runs out.

If you are someone who wants to invest in a really good skin care product, I would 100% recommend this one. A serum is so important in any skin care routine because it helps target any specific skin problems, and this glycolic serum has done wonders for mine.

 

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Mini Sephora Haul & Reviews

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! Last week I was up in D.C. for work and since there is no Sephora anywhere near me, I knew I had to take advantage of being in the city and stop in! Luckily there was a Sephora walking distance away from my office and I was able to go there during my lunch and look around! I only ended up buying three things but all of them are items I have had my eye on for a while. Also, each of these things are the “travel” version and not full size. I LOVE when brands make travel sizes of their products – especially when the full size is expensive. I like to buy a smaller size to make sure I like it before purchasing the expensive full size version. It also isn’t very surprising that two of the three things I bought are skin care products… I am such a sucker for high end skin care products. I am still trying to achieve the perfect glowy skin that dreams are made of people! lol.

7B0AE996-AB23-48E4-B943-0CADEF0FF345The first thing I bought is the one I am most excited about and that is the IT Cosmetics CC Cream. I have wanted to get a high end foundation for a while now and this is one that I had my eye on. I know that technically it is a CC cream, but I had read enough reviews on it to know that the coverage is comparable to a foundation. I also loved the fact this has a high SPF level – wearing SPF daily is so important to me so I love when moisturizers/foundations/cc cream etc. have it built in. As I said already, I did buy the travel size of this – which is .4 oz for $15. Because it has a nice medium coverage, I actually don’t need a ton of product to even out my skin tone and cover the redness of my face, so I think it will last me a while which is really nice. The first thing I noticed when I put this on is the smell. It has a super bizarre smell that I really don’t like, but it disappears pretty fast once blended into the skin. I have used my fingers, a brush, and my beauty blender to blend this out and I definitely prefer my beauty blender. It works fine with either of the three methods, but I found the sponge made it look more bright and dewy looking. The Sephora site says the finish of this product is “radiant” and I would have to agree. It’s not dewey by any means (at least compared to say the Maybelline Fit Me Dewey + Smooth Foundation) but it does make my skin look radiant which is my dream! I have used this every day for the past week and I am so obsessed with it. Once it runs out I will definitely keep you posted on if I take the plunge and purchase the full size!

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The next thing I bought was the travel size of the Clinique Pep-Start Moisturizer with SPF 20. The travel size is .5 oz. and cost me $9.50. I wasn’t actually familiar with this moisturizer, but I was familiar with the pep-start they have that is blue. But that one doesn’t have SPF so I was really excited to see a version of the moisturizer that had SPF included! My current moisturizer that I use is about to run out, so I have been on the hunt and reading reviews like crazy to find a replacement. I really want to try Glossier’s priming moisturizer but it doesn’t have SPF in it and I really want a good daytime moisturizer that has it included so I don’t have to add another step to my skin care routine in the morning. I was really excited to try this because I am a big fan of Clinique, and I love that their skin care products are more affordable than other high end brands. That being said, I am not sure how I feel about this product yet. I have been using it every day in the morning and it is kinda just “eh” for me. It definitely 77C31352-694B-484E-A0B6-1CE343FD7DE3has a that thick sunscreen consistency, and smells like sunscreen as well. Neither of those things are super important, but I also don’t like that it takes a while to rub into my skin and a little definitely doesn’t go a long way. I feel like I have to dip my finger back into the jar a bunch of times to cover my whole face. BUT, I think that most moisturizers that have SPF are like this, and it that is the trade off for including sun protection, than I don’t mind it. I do like that it doesn’t make my face red after rubbing it in, and it leaves no white cast. The IT Cosmetics CC Cream also layers really well on top of it – there is no pilling whatsoever. I don’t see myself purchasing the full size – I will probably try a different moisturizer once this runs out since I don’t love it.

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The last product I bought was the First Aid Beauty Cleanser. The travel size is 2 oz. and is $10. I have been wanting to try something from FAB for a while because I have heard such good things and read lots of positive reviews. I also like that, similar to Clinique, it is a more affordable skin care line. I wanted to try this cleanser specifically though because it is supposed to help with redness and is safe for sensitive skin. When buying cleansers, those two features are up at the very top of the list for things I look for. Using this the past week, I have noticed that my skin doesn’t look quite as red after I shower, which is amazing. The texture of this is kind of like a whipped texture – thick and creamy but it doesn’t foam up. The thing that is weird about this product to me is the smell. It smells exactly like a regular bar of soap. Like if I close my eyes, I would think I was washing my face with a bar of Dove soap. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it throws me off every time I use it. So far, I have liked using this. There aren’t any negatives about it that I have come across, but I am not sure if I will purchase the full size.

 

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think about them? If you have a good recommendation for a moisturizer with SPF pleeeease let me know!

 

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Purity by Philosophy | 1 Year Later

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Purity is the first high end skin care product I ever purchased. I bought this after watching so many different YouTubers talk about their love for it, as well as reading tons of reviews online. I first bought the sample size to make sure I didn’t have any sort of reaction to it, and after I didn’t I bought the 16 oz size. The first thing I really liked about this was the texture. It has a nice gentle, milky texture, and it doesn’t foam up – which was actually a nice change for me. I also was very happy with the fact that it didn’t make me face feel tight after, which my cleanser I had been using previously did.  I know a lot of people use and love this cleanser because it is effective at removing makeup. I have never used a cleaner to remove my makeup, I always use some sort of makeup remover before washing my face – whether it is wipes, micellar water, coconut oil etc. That being said, I do think this cleanser helped remove the last little bit of product that my first makeup remover didn’t quite get.

About 6 months into using this, I did start to get a bit tired of it. Not for any particular reason, but just because I was bored. I am definitely someone who likes to switch up the products I am using and see what else is out there. However, I was working really hard to maintain a consistent skin care routine, and there was still about half the bottle left and there 07DE782B-5DEF-45C1-BF1B-BD6EB300B4CFwas no way I was going to waste any of it. Fast forward to around February, I had been using Purity for about a year and my skin had been feeling really dry. At first, I thought it was because of the weather, so I started adding heavier creams and hyaluronic acid products into my line up. But when I purchased a new morning cleanser (Yes to Cucumbers Milk Cleaner), I started using that both morning and night since I loved it so much. As soon as I switched back to Purity at night, my skin immediately became tight after, and I realized the cleanser was what was causing my discomfort. I tried it sporadically a few times after that realization, but unfortunately it didn’t fix anything.

What I have come to realize about my skin, is that I am pretty sure it gets used to cleansers after a year or so, and then they stop being effective. This happened with the cleanser I was using before Purity as well – I just didn’t realize it at the time. This is good and bad to me. Bad because it will suck if I fall in love with a cleanser and then it stops working. Good because I do like to try new products, and also at least I have realized this! It’s very important to listen to your skin and respond accordingly – which is what I am trying to do. Because of this change in my skin, I will not be repurchasing Purity. However, I would definitely recommend it to someone who is looking for a gently, non-foaming cleanser that helps remove makeup!

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April Sephora Play! Box

Hello everyone! Toady’s post is going to be about my first Sephora Play! Box. I got the box over the weekend, but wanted to try the items before I posted about them. So let’s dive in!

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The bag the items came in was a really cute drawstring bag. I also like that it comes with a fold out piece of paper that gives information on each item. My April box contained:

  • Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eyeliner in Black
  • Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream
  • Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
  • Purity Made Simple Cleanser by Philosophy
  • Miu Miu L’eau Bleue Perfume

When I first saw what my items were I was a little disappointed. I currently have the Purity cleanser and while I enjoyed it for almost a year, I can no longer use it because it completely dries out my skin. So I will probably give that sample to one of my sisters. Second, I pretty much never wear eyeliner, so the MUFE eyeliner was not something I was super excited to see in my bag.
That being said – I did try it out for the sake of this post, and it is definitely waterproof. It also glided onto my eyelids incredibly smoothly. So if a long-wearing eyeliner is something you are on the hunt for, I would check this one out. The two items I was very excited to try were the Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream, and the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.  I have used the Cloud Cream the past two nights in substitute for my usual Confidence in a Cream (review), and I do like it. I don’t think it will be hydrating enough for those with really dry skin though. It feels very nice when you rub it in, and sinks into the skin quickly. The 62090E62-54CB-4F5D-AB67-10396FD42245name “water drench” is very apt – it definitely was a water-like texture. I don’t think I love it enough to purchase the $52 full size jar – I still like my Confidence in a Cream better. But I will definitely continue to use the sample.  The Smashbox primer I have also tested out the past two days and I have been impressed with this as well. The texture definitely has a silicone feel to it – reminds me a lot of the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer. However, the Smashbox primer sinks into the skin quicker, and has a slightly more watery texture making it easer to rub in. I also found that my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer blended out really nicely on top of it. This is one of the better high end primers I have used, however primer isn’t something I would typically spend a bunch of money on – and this one does cost $36 for just 1 oz. But, I will definitely keep using this sample, and who knows, maybe when it runs out I will realize that I need it in my life!


The last two items on the Sephora Eye Makeup Remover and the Miu Miu Perfume.
Coincidentally, I had just run out of my Garnier Micellar Water when this box arrived – so I was really excited about receiving a makeup remover. First, it 100% removes water proof makeup – I tested it with waterproof mascara, and the MUFE Waterproof Eyeliner that I got in this box. It did take a few extra rubs, but I was impressed with how easily the waterproof products came off. It doesn’t leave behind too bad of a greasy film, but there is a little bit of that greasy feel. I have come to accept that all eye makeup removers have that effect (if you know one that doesn’t, please comment below!), and it doesn’t really bother me since I will wash my face after removing makeup anyway. The only thing I don’t like is the blue color lol. Every time I put it on a cotton ball, it just reminded me of cotton candy or like a blue slurpee – so bizarre I know. For $11 you get 4.2 ounces, which I think is a great deal. Lastly, the perfume of course smells amazing. I absolutely adore perfume, its my favorite beauty item, so I love when I get samples. The full size is of course very pricey (most perfumes are), for $90 you get 1.7 ounces. But, perfume is something I am willing to spend money on because it lasts for such a long time – and the bottle is super cute!!

I am very excited for next months box, I hope I receive more skin care samples! Ley me know what you though about this months Play! Box in the comments below.

 

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Spotlight: Tree Hut Sugar Scrub

Hi everyone! So mini life update: these past couple weeks have been so crazy! Which means I haven’t kept up at all with this blog or my Instagram. I started a new job last Monday, so my whole routine has been thrown off. I am hoping things are finally settling down and I can get back in the swing of things!

10535b8e-eda1-4ce7-b7ff-d4d42484ecadNow, back to beauty! Today I want to to a quick spotlight on a product that I absolutely love! And that is the Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub! I first heard about this beauty product about a year ago on a YouTube channel. I had never been huge into shower scrubs because I dislike how coarse a lot of them are but on a trip to Ulta I saw it and decided to give it a chance and I fell in love! This product is $7.99 which is an incredible price given that it is 18 oz… which basically means this will last you forever – especially if you are like me and only use it a few times a week. The first time I used this I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it! While this is definitely a scrub, it is no where near as abrasive as others I have tried. It exfoliates your skin, while simultaneously being really gentle. The first scent I got was Pomegranate Acai, which smelled delicious!

a084ef63-8078-469b-b060-4d4a8d75786fAfter I ran out of my first tub, I didn’t purchase another one for a while. It was one of those things where I never remembered I needed it, until I was in the shower. But on a trip to Walmart to look at some Flower Beauty products, I spotted it and of course bought it again! This time I got the scent Lynchee & Plum (pictured) which also smells amazing, and as soon as I used it that night, I couldn’t believe I had waited so long to re-purchase it. I definitely recommend that everyone pick this up! Even if you aren’t sold on body scrubs, for how inexpensive it is, this is a perfect product to test out!

Have you tried this product before? Let me know what your thoughts on it are! And if there are any sugar scrubs you recommend be sure to leave them in the comments below!!

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Caudalie Serum First Impressions 

e0873830-1b09-4fc6-96b5-c506ec0d7711Although I have been wanting to pick up something from Caudalie for a while, the Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quench Serum was actually an impulse buy… which rarely happens for me! I saw it on the Sephora website, and it had great reviews so I just went for it! My skin had been pretty dry that week so that may have had something to do with it… 🙂

This serum cost $49 and you get 1 oz. According to the Sephora website, this product is supposed to be a solution for dryness, dullness/uneven texture, and uneven skin tone. I have been using this product for about a month now so I figured it was the perfect time to do a first review!

deb48ef8-62a0-4c62-9f5f-56bb67bf82aeWhen I got this product in the mail, it was definitely what I expected from this brand. The packaging is super nice and feels very luxurious! I love that it has a pump, and the serum itself has a really pretty floral scent. I was a little worried that the fragrance would irritate my skin (I have mildly sensitive skin), but so far I haven’t noticed anything. I use this serum every other night (switching between the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Glycolic Serum) and it does a great job at hydrating my skin. You can also use this serum in the morning, but I prefer a very simple morning skin care routine. It feels so nice rubbing in too – it has a slightly milky texture and sinks right in leaving no tackiness whatsoever. My skin definitely looks nice and plump the next day, although I haven’t noticed an difference in my skin tone or texture. It has been a really nice addition to my nighttime skin care routine, but so far I haven’t noticed *super* drastic results from it… and for the price I really want to see some skin improvements!

After I have used it up, I will do another review talking about if I thought it was worth it or not! Until then, I hope you enjoyed this mini review! Leave me a comment and let me know if you have used this serum and what you thought, or if there are other Caudalie product I should check out!

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Month in Review | March 2017

Hello everyone! Instead of doing a Monthly Favorites post, I want to start doing a “Month in Review” – that way I can talk about my life a bit more. So let’s dive in!

cc310753-8975-4635-b7c8-68f0c907e21bMarch has actually been a really exciting month for me. After months of searching and applying, I finally got a new job (yay!) which I am very excited about! My first day was actually today, and I think the job and company are going to be a really great fit for me!

Beauty wise, I haven’t really been wearing much makeup honestly. My focus the past few weeks has been on nailing down a consistent morning & night skin care routine and trying to let my skin breathe a bit more. I bought a ton of new skin care products after Christmas and I think I may have over done it a bit (oops..), so now I am trying to take a step back and figure out what is/isn’t working. I’m hoping that by keeping a consistent routine the next few months I will start to see some results. I am going to do post soon on my new routine so stay tuned!

While I focus on my skin, my day-to-day  makeup routine has mainly just been my brows, mascara, and concealer. For the days where I want to look a *bit* more pulled together I will put on my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer or use my Neutrogena foundation (review) and then add a lip color. I have also started using my ColourPop highlighter on the regular for my inner corners. It is a bit to showy of a highlight (for me) to use on my cheeks, but by adding a bit to my inner corners it really helps my eyes look more awake.

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In the non-beauty world, I have been *obsessed* with Big Little Lies on HBO. I read the book several years ago and as soon as it was announced that it was going to be made into a series with Reese Witherspoon (love her!) I have been counting down the days until it started. Now that it has actually aired, I still can’t get over how good it is. Seriously. If you haven’t watched it yet, please stop reading this and go do it right now. The whole cast is phenomenal and it is top quality TV.

I also recently stopped at Barnes and Noble and picked up Truly, Madly, Guilty – which was 50% off! This book is by the same author, Liane Moriarty, as Big Little Lies, and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it! I love to read but I haven’t been doing much of it lately, and this book really reminded me how much I need to make time for a good book.

So that wraps up March in Review! Hope you enjoyed, and let me know how your month went! Any new beauty products I should try? Book suggestions for next month? Let me know. 🙂

 

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Hello Spring! | New Makeup Products

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Hello everyone! With Spring right around the corner, I wanted to pick up a few new makeup products that I thought would be seasonally appropriate!  I have used all of these products a few times so this will be a mini first impression post as well!

The first two things I picked up were from the brand Milani, and it is their Baked Bronzer in the shade Dolce and the Color Statement Lipstick in their shade Coral Addict. I am very excited about these two products because they are my first purchases from Milani! I have heard great things about this brand and have been wanting to try some of their stuff for a while.

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I knew I wanted to get a bronzer for Spring that was a little softer and slightly luminous. Kathleen Lights mentioned this bronzer in her most recent favorites video, and since I will buy anything that girl says is good, I decided to get this one! After using this bronzer several times already, and I must say that I am truly in love. It has the perfect undertone for my skin and does give off a nice Springtime shimmer on the skin. I like that this product goes on very light and that I am able to build it up. Because I am pretty pale, I am always weary off super pigmented bronzers.

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I also knew that for Spring I wanted to get a coral lipstick. Most (okay, okay… all) of my lipsticks are in the mauve/nude pink/plum shade family that is definitely my favorite, but also my comfort zone. I wanted to be a bit more bold and get something that was slightly adventurous… at least for me. This is definitely a bright coral, but I think it is so pretty and has such a nice sheen to it. I have worn this lipstick just once so far and I really like it! It didn’t fade as much through out the day as I expected it to, which was nice. And when it did fade, it was in a nice way, not in a gross crumbly way. I will definitely be picking up more Milani lipsticks in the future.

 

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Lastly, I decided to try a new mascara and went with Maybelline Lash Sensational, which I know is a fan favorite!

After using this mascara a few times, I can already tell it is going to be a staple of mine. My holy grail mascara is still the L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black, but the Lash Sensational adds just a little more volume than the Telescopic – which is perfect for when I want a tad more drama. It also does an excellent job at lengthening my lashes and keeping them curled – which are my top two priorities in a mascara. I typically do about two coats, and it can get a little clumpy, but nothing unmanageable. The wand is pretty thick  which I thought would make it hard to coat my lower lashes, but it also has a slight curve so it was actually really easy and I didn’t end up with product under my lower lashes (a small miracle!).

 

 

 

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My Nighttime Moisturizers

Hello everyone!

I wanted to do a blog post regarding my nighttime moisturizers that I use because I am always interested in seeing what skin care products people have on rotation and what works! I currently have four different moisturizers that I use on rotation before bed, and below are my thoughts on each one. Please leave me comments on what your favorite nighttime moisturizers are!

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream

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I have had this moisturizer the longest. The one I currently have now is for “extra dry skin” but I have also used the original one as well. I have combo skin (dryer in the winter) so I probably would lean towards liking the original better (this one can be a little heavy for me) but it still works well- especially when I am on the dryer side. Out of all the products pictured, this one gives me the “glass of water for your face” feeling the most. It immediately sinks into the skin leaving behind no tackiness and feels like your face just gulped down a huge glass of water. It does a really nice job with hydrating my skin, gives me no irritation, and the jar lasts forever. I have had this jar for about 8 months and it is maybe half way gone (with both me and my boyfriend using it off and on). I think if you are looking for something to help with hydration, that isn’t too pricey or fussy, this is your best bet!

Tarte Maracuja Oil

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I’m gonna be honest here: I really only bought this oil because I got an e-mail from Ulta saying I had 5X points on all Tarte purchases… I think we have all been guilty of buying something because of an Ulta e-mail like that (woops!). But, the reviews were really great and I had been wanting an oil so I picked this up a little over a year ago. And if you can’t tell, this product will last me another 17 years…it looks like I have barely touched it! I only use two drops, rub my palms together, and then press it all over my face. I don’t use this as much in the summer because I get more oily then, but I still use it a few times a week. Right now I am using this almost every night, and then sometimes in the morning as well. It really helps keep my skin looking and feeling soft, and I also think it has helped with keeping my redness to a minimum. I think a good oil can be so great in a skin care routine (I really want to pick up a rosehip oil.. any suggestions would be great!), and I would really recommend this one.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

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I got this one as a set with the Origins Cleanser and Origins Charcoal Mask. And out of all my moisturizers here, I think it is my least favorite. It still is a great source of hydration, and my skin looks really plump in the morning, but I find myself using the other three a lot more. The only thing I absolutely LOVE about this moisturizer that the other three don’t have is the smell. It smells exactly like peaches and it is amazing. So while I definitely don’t dislike this product, and I will continue to use it until it’s gone (I did buy it after all!), I just find myself forgetting about it, and gravitating towards my other moisturizers.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

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This last one has only been in my life for a few weeks, but I am already in love. I have already done a full first impressions post on this product, but I wanted to talk about it here too. It smells kind of lemon-y which I love, and makes my skin look so smooth in the morning. Similar to the Tarte oil, I also think this helps make my redness less apparent in the morning. It is the perfect consistency: thick, but not too thick and really melts into your skin. There is a moment of tackiness immediately after, but that goes away really fast. I definitely see myself getting the full size of this once my trial size runs out.

So these are the four moisturizers I currently have on hand! Being the skin care junkie that I am, I’m sure I will test out tons more in the future. Leave me a comment with your favorite nighttime moisturizer!