Hey guys, it’s been a while! Okay not that long, but it’s been over a month since I wrote my last beauty post. I’ve been posting regularly on Instagram and Twitter (mostly random stuff) but it’s been a while since my last beauty post. In fact, when I wrote my last post, we were having 70 degree weather in October but I was still in full Fall swing. I switched out my wardrobe and updated my skincare routine because although mother nature may not have agreed with me at the time, it was a new season which means I had to stay ready so I wouldn’t have to get ready. Since then, I’ve also come across a few other skincare products (some new and some new to me) that I’ve been trying, because when you’re a beauty enthusiast and work in the beauty industry you get to try A LOT of different products. Most of them are at my disposal to try (making it easy on my bank account). Below are five additional products that I have been trying and I was really impressed with the results after using them.
Marshall’s is a magical place. I don’t even remember what I was going in there for or if I even had a reason to go in there. I just so happened to be strolling in Chelsea and decided to pop in there. Wait, I remember I was actually going in there for velvet hangers, but that’s besides the point. I then found myself in the beauty aisle (shocker!) and saw the Too Faced Pineapple Moisturizing & Brightening Face Mask on the shelf. I had only heard about it once on Andrea Renee’s Youtube channel (who you should totally follow especially if you are in to beauty tutorials and reviews) and I remember her liking it. I thought why not give it a try and it was basically a third of the original price so if I ended up hating it, I wouldn’t feel terrible about it. Truth be told, I’m always skeptical of brands that are known for their makeup when they launch skincare items. Of course there are brands that can produce quality product in both categories but Too Faced will always be a makeup brand in my eyes. However, this mask shocked me. It contains both glycolic and lactic acid so I was intrigued. Much to my surprise, it instantly made my skin feel and look hydrated and also left a beautiful glow. Literally the one of the best skin days I’ve had since the weather has been acting a little crazy. So naturally, I went back to Marshall’s an picked up four more. Maybe I’ll give one or two as part of a Christmas gift to my good good girlfriends—or will I?
Glossier has captured my heart once again. I have tried every single product that has launched from the brand. There are some that I absolutely love like Boy Brow, Milky Jelly Cleanser and Invisible Shield but this is now my new favorite from the brand. At first, I did not know how I was going to feel about it because I have combo-oily skin, but let me tell you – THE FUTURE IS DEW! Following the directions that are on Glossier’s website I apply this after my sun protection (I suggest waiting a couple of minutes so that your sun protection can really absorb into the skin). This leaves such a youthful glow to your skin and will not interfere with the wear of your makeup. I use this EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It’s just that good. When worn alone my glow lasts ALL DAY! I’m not being overly dramatic here, it’s REALLY THAT GOOD! I bought two backups after the first week because that’s how I roll (but you don’t have to be like me because I’m dramatic).
This was a product that I honestly thought that I would return. I actually purchased this during the Sephora Spring VIB sale along with the Rose Gold 24K Skin Mist. During the warmer months, I would only wear this if I wasn’t wearing makeup but now that the weather has gotten cooler, I have been using this as my primer (and yes on top of Glossier Future Dew) before applying matte foundations. I like how it transforms matte foundations to a more natural finish while not breaking down the foundation or make my skin look oily. It’s just a nice even finish that looks hydrated and that’s what I’m so into these days so it’s the way that I’m able to still use my foundations that lean more on the matte side.
I really didn’t think I was going to like this cleansing oil. Ever since I upgraded from the OG Clinique Cleansing Oil to the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil I was convinced that all other cleansing oils are inferior and that I didn’t want to even entertain the possibility that there is actually another one out there that is as hydrating and as effective when it comes to makeup removal and also wouldn’t leave your face feeling greasy. Then one day, I ran out of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery and forgot to pick one up at work before the company store closed. I had a face full of makeup on and was determined to double cleanse come hell or high water (also, I wasn’t going to pay full-price for an item that I’m guaranteed to get a discount on at work). So, I hopped into Sephora and started looking for a new cleansing oil to hold me over until I returned to work after the weekend. I gave this a try and I’m so happy that I did. It removed all of my makeup including mascara, left my skin feeling hydrated, not greasy. When I went in with my second cleanse they hydration from the cleansing oil was not stripped and my skin felt amazing.
So there you have it. Four products I had no idea I was going to love that much. Have you tried anything lately that left you surprised?