Budget Beauty: Ponds Cold Cream

My BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, Heather, swears by Ponds Cold Cream. Cold cream was my go to years & years ago, but with so many makeup removing products on the market I honestly forgot about it. I was recently out of makeup removing cleansers and decided to pick up Ponds Cold Cream while perusing Target one day. I 100% forgot how much I love this product and I am SO HAPPY it’s now back in my skincare routine.

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Budget Beauty: Bioré Rose Quartz Charcoal Cleanser

I don’t know about you, but I’m flying through all my beauty products! Which, in my opinion, is a great thing because it means I’m making more room for new products once this quarantine craziness is over!

The one product I’ve been using recently that’s newer to me is the Bioré Rose Quartz Charcoal Cleanser. This is a perfect pandemic Budget Beauty buy because you can find it in stores that are still open like grocery stores and drugstores!

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Derma E Blue Shield Spray & Serum

Before I get into today’s post…how are you doing? I know the world is quite crazy right now, and it’s important we’re checking in with one another and making sure we’re all doing alright. With that being said, I know a lot of us are working from home now. Teaching online is certainly different, but I’ve been trying to do the best I can with what I’ve got. I’ve been at my computer a lot more than the norm, have you been? I thought today would be the perfect time to highlight two products by Derma E designed to protect your skin when exposed to a lot of blue light.

If you haven’t heard of blue light it’s certainly a current buzz word for wellness. For one, we have blue light blocking glasses to protect our eyes from our tech toys. The glasses help to block the blue light penetration to the retina which can be harmful. The newest blue light trend though seems to be in protective skincare from this light.

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Dr. Brandt Clean Biotic pH-Balanced Yogurt Cleanser with Chlorophyll

Happy Wednesday! Hopefully this is a short week for everyone! It’s gotten so cold here in D.C. which means I need to pump up the hydrating products to the max. Which is why I’ve decided to feature the Dr. Brandt Clean Biotic pH-Balanced Yogurt Cleanser with Chlorophyll today.

If you have redness (like me) or are a bit more dry in the winter months, then this product is FOR YOU. First of all, the Clean Biotic line is incredible. I had the Sleeping Mask and used it all up immediately because I was obsessed with how my skin felt in the morning after using it. This line focuses on skin that needs to combat redness and dryness, so the Yogurt Cleanser is the perfect cold weather product for me.

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Face Mask Monday: Olay Glow Boost White Charcoal Clay Mask

The first Face Mask Monday of the year goes to a budget beauty buy, the Olay Glow Boost White Charcoal Clay Mask! When Olay came out with these stick face masks I thought to myself, wow this looks super easy. & guess what, it is super easy! Easy to apply, easy to remove, just all around…easy.

Olay is a super trustworthy brand, and when they came out with their line of mask sticks, it was a total game changer. Right now I only have the Glow Boost White Clay, but as my mask collection dwindles in this new year, I plan on adding the rest of the collection to my own!

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VIICode Oxygen Eye Masks

Masks, masks, masks…2019 is all about the sheet mask craze and I’m 100% here for it. I’m also 100% here for a great eye mask. Eye masks are specially formulated for the sensitive under eye area and typically focus on anti-aging and depuffing the area. Pair a once a week eye mask with a really great under eye cream, like the Dr. Brandt needles no more Eye DePuffing Gel I featured a few weeks ago, and your eyes will be unstoppable.

VII is a brand I have featured before, back in 2017 I featured their Oxygen Eye Cream. I really enjoyed how thick of an eye cream it was and it did a great job at keeping me hydrated and bright while I traveled through Europe. I highly suggest it, but beware, it is not budget friendly by any means! You can check out my thoughts on the VIICode Oxygen Eye Cream, here!

Now, back to the Oxygen Eye Mask review…

I’m super serious about my face mask routine, and I’ve been upping my usage recently like crazy. So, when VIICode reached back out to me to feature their Oxygen Eye Masks, it could not have been more perfect timing!

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Clarins Gentle Day Cream

I’m sharing a great moisturizer today that I just recently ran out of, haaaalp!! The Clarins Gentle Day Cream for Sensitive Skin has been my go to night moisturizer for months now. Yes, you read that right, a day cream has been my go to night moisturizer for months now.

Confused as to why a day cream at night? I was too at first! I was shopping in Nordstrom one morning and Clarins had a team of their national makeup artists in store. Naturally, I couldn’t resist a makeup session. I explained to the makeup artist that I struggle with rosacea, and he immediately brought over two products that would help me. The first was a serum, which I’ll share next week. The second was this Gentle Day Cream.

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Dr. Brandt’s needles no more Eye Depuffing Gel

Wow this is a great eye gel. Like really, my eyes feel so great after I apply this in the morning it’s unreal. Dr. Brandt products are super high quality, and while I haven’t used very many in my routines, I’m so happy to have the needles no more NO MORE BAGAGE Eye Depuffing Gel as part of my current eye care routine. This is a FabFitFun product that was in my last box, and I’m so worried about running out soon. HELP.

Similar to all eye creams or gels I use, this product aims to depuff and combat dark circles. If you’re familiar with my under eye talk, I’m very #blessed that I do not have any under eye concerns at this point in my life. I’m super thankful for this but it also means that I’m super extra when it comes to being proactive in preventing any issues from popping up in the future. The under eye area is so delicate and prone to dark circles and pooling, I’m trying to avoid that as long as possible as I inch closer to 30. Using a great product like this Dr. Brandt Depuffing Gel greatly helps.

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Face Mask Monday: Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask

Face Mask Monday here with a mask I’ve been reaching for pretty often this summer, the Generation Clay Brightening Purple Clay Mask. I received this in my FabFitFun box, and I was instantly excited and intrigued by the color of this clay mask. A purple face mask just sounded so fun, amirite?! & a clay mask is always on my list when I have a pesky hormonal breakout or just feel super oily and like my pores are clogged.

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Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum

Before I start explaining how much I love this product, let me make a slight disclaimer. The Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum is an amazing product that will give you fast results, but it’s def not cheap! While I feature a lot of budget buys on my posts, some of my products aren’t the most budget friendly, like this one! Just wanted to throw that out there before you get to the bottom of the post and are thrown off by the price. =)

Okay, now on to the info…

My lovely mother purchased this eye serum for me a little while ago- I was so excited to start using it. I love the Murad brand, it’s one of the reasons I use Massage Envy for my monthly facials, and I know they use only high quality and proven ingredients in their products. This eye serum was new to me, and def not something I’d purchase on my own- although now that I’m out, I might!

The major ingredient in the Youth Renewal Eye Serum would be the retinol, which helps boost collagen and stimulate cell turnover. This is a powerful & essential ingredient for anti-aging skincare routines, but not an ingredient to be played around with. Any and all products containing retinol should only be used in the evening as it causes skin to be more sensitive, and sun exposure is a big no no after use.

In addition to the retinol working to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, the Youth Renewal Serum also has marine kelp which aids in moisturizing, firming, and brightening up the under eye area.

I’m fortunate in that I don’t experience dark circles or fine lines (yet!), but I wanted to show this picture, from the Murad site, of 4 week results when using this product. I can certainly speak for the brightening and firming benefits of the Youth Renewal Eye Serum, and I rely on the retinol as a preventative measure. If you struggle with fine lines around your eyes, I hope this gives you a better idea of how this product may help you combat that issue.

As I mentioned, Murad is a top brand with great products, and this is def one of my favorites by them. As I also mentioned, it’ll cost you more than your average eye cream, but if you feel that under eyes is a problem area for you, it’s more than worth the splurge. For me, it’s all about preventative maintenance, which is why I will be repurchasing. If you need results quickly, I think this product will absolutely deliver on

XO

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