Life feels as though it's calmed down just a bit, and I finally feel like I can get back to this space and share the things I love.
The last couple of weeks and months, I've been using several products that I have come to love! I love the way they work for me, I love their formulation, I don't mind their ingredients. They are just all around good products and I'm so excited to share them.
The name is a mouthful, but this cleansing gel works like a charm! It removes my makeup and effectively cleans my face without stripping my skin of its natural moisture. It's pretty gentle on the eyes, so you can remove your eye makeup with it as well. Plus, the ingredients are 99% natural, which I so appreciate. The only thing I don't like about this product is the packaging. It comes in a squeeze bottle, but I wish it came in a pump bottle. That may seem like an insignificant detail, I know, but with pump bottles, you get to know how many pumps give you the amount of product you need, so you end up wasting less product in the long run.
If you want to try it before buying the full size, you can purchase a sample for 50 cents from Paula's Choice, which I think is totally awesome, so give it a try if you're in the market for a new cleanser!
I first mentioned this cream back in my IBE Dallas Part II post, and at that point, I had only been using it for about a week. Now I've been using it for almost a month, and I really like it. It's hydrating, but it doesn't leave my under-eyes and eyelids feeling greasy or oily. Plus, I actually feel like it helps to decrease my under-eye puffiness, and that shocks me because this is the first cream to do that. It doesn't completely make it go away, but I've noticed that when I use the cream, the puffiness subsides a bit, which I appreciate.
I'm usually a skeptic when it comes to eye creams, because dark circles, puffiness, and even fine lines and wrinkles have a lot more to do with genetics than they do with the products you use. However, it is good to use a cream for moisturizing purposes, because the skin around our eyes has no oil glands and is also thinner than the rest of the skin on our face. So make sure you're moisturizing around your eye area, guys and dolls!
You guys. I have been on the hunt for a good concealer for over a year. I've tried the Glossier concealer, I've tried the Tarte stick concealer, and I even tried one from a brand called Onomie. BUT, I feel like I've finally found the one to bring home to mom.
I was at Ulta, and I was actually going to try the Nars Radiant Creamy or the Urban Decay Naked Skin, when a lovely Ulta consultant introduced me to this Smashbox concealer. I was skeptical at first, because I wasn't sure if she was just pushing a product or if she genuinely thought I would like it, but after she applied it to my under-eye in the store, I was sold.
I am not into the overly highlighted under-eye look that a lot of people go for these days. If you like it, you do you, but it's just not for me. I like for my concealer to be as close to my skin tone as possible. Plus, I like coverage but not like FULL-CAKE coverage, you know what I'm saying? This concealer does it for me. It evens out my under-eye skin tone, doesn't crease or settle into fine lines, and it stays put! Can you actually fall in love with a concealer? Because I feel like I have.
I know that everyone and their cat has been talking about this setting powder, but it truly is the bomb.com. It melts so perfectly into the skin, without looking heavy or powdery. And with it coming in two different shades, its suitable for everyone. Plus, it's talc-free and there's no flashback. Holla!
I personally use it to set my concealer most of the time, but occasionally, I'll dust it over my cheeks if I've been too heavy-handed with my bronzer or blush. And sometimes I'll use it on my eyelids as a transition shade. It's nearly invisible on my eyelids, but it helps eyeshadows to blend so well. Check it out and you won't regret it!
This is one of those products where I totally bought in to the hype. One of my favorite YouTubers, Mariah, talked about it one of her videos just before it launched, and she had an early-access code, and I TOTALLY took advantage of it. I'm so glad I did, too, because I love this highlighter!
I'm not into the whole random-streak-of-color type of highlight on the cheekbones, it just looks weird and fake to me, but I totally appreciate cream or stick highlighters that give me that dewy glow. I just want to glisten in the sunlight, you feel me? This Holo Stick totally does that for me. It's got enough color to make you look cool and like you tried, but it's subtle enough for people to say "Man, she is looking radiant! Is she glowing?"
I've tried falsies, and I just have a hell of a time putting them on. I can put them on someone else, no problem. But applying them to my own eyelids is seriously one of the circles in Dante's Inferno. I love the look, but I hate wearing them. Since that's the case, I've tried finding mascaras that will give me both volume and length, since my lashes are sparse, short, and curly.
This mascara...is life. I love the way it makes my lashes look. It's like a good bra. It lifts and separates them, without clumping up or getting flaky (end bra analogy here). It does transfer a bit after a long day, which I hate, but I've started layering it with other mascaras that give me volume, and I really love how my lashes turn out. Not to mention, this mascara is 100% chemical-free and nontoxic, and it smells like fruit :)
So there you have it, the products I've been loving and using on the daily as of late. What products have you been using lately? Let's discuss!
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