I spend a fair amount of money on my skincare routine, but one area that I seriously save on is my eye makeup remover! I’ve been using CVS’s Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover a long time now and I love it. It seriously gets the job done on stubborn eye liner, waterproof mascara, and heavy shadows for only $5.99 a bottle.
My main draw to this product is that you don’t feel oily after using it like most eye makeup removers that rely on oil to get the waterproof makeup off. To remove the makeup I soak a big cotton pad and hold it to my eye for about 10 seconds then gently wipe away everything. I don’t wear false lashes so I layer on mascara like crazy so I have to take a lot of extra time to get all of that off, but this remover has always worked best for that!
I’ve used both L’oreal Dermo-Expertise Eye and Lumene Waterproof eye makeup removers and hated them. I don’t like the consistency and I felt like I had to rub and pull to make the makeup come off — totally not good for the sensitive eye area.
Neutrogena makes a similar oil-free eye makeup remover to the CVS brand, but it’s $2 more and honestly they both work the exact same. If you don’t have a CVS near you Target brand Up and Up’s eye makeup remover is exactly like CVS’s (and for a $1 less!!).
It’s super important to take off your eye makeup, and all of it at that. I know it gets annoying to take off so much mascara or eyeliner, but you can seriously damage your lashes if you don’t take that extra minute or two to make sure it’s all off!!
Summertime is my favorite time of the year because my BIRTHDAY is in July!! However, with the greatness of this season comes one annoying factor: oiliness. gross.
I focus heavily on products controlling oily skin because it’s my biggest problem that I’m still trying to overcome. Below are two great products that have been able to help me look matte and fresh despite feroooosh humidity and sweaty days. again, gross.
First, as soon as you wake up in the morning you need to prep your skin for the summer day ahead. I use the same 2 facial cleaners all year round (it works best for me), you may want to sub in a oil-free cleanser during the warmer months. If you think that would work best for you I suggest Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Cleanser
. If you click on that link it’ll bring you to Allure’s website, I’m the first (and right now only) person who wrote a short review on it — what can I say? I was a tad bit bored earlier. I use it occasionally (way more so in the summer), like when I can sense a breakout, but this is not one of my everyday, OMG I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOU
As I’ve mentioned before I use Origins Vita-Zing moisturizer religiously. I still use it everyday but now that the weather is changing I’ve been combining my Vita-Zing with Murad’s Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15. I really love to mix the two together, and just by looking I can see the results of both after I’ve applied them. The Murad moisturizer really does control shine (their website says 8 hours, I’m not sure I 100% agree with that) and having the SPF, minus the greasy-look, is perfect too!
Go to Murad’s
website and check out their entire line of skincare– I got interested in this brand when Massage Envy began using this brand for their facials. While I haven’t tried out as many products as I would like, what I have tried so far I’ve loved (reviews to come)! Right now they are offering 20% off
until tomorrow– just enter the promo code “THANKS” at checkout. ALSO, just like the wonderful Sephora, Murad’s website
offers free samples
with every order and has some great limited edition promotions
PS: I’m taking advantage of this 20% off coupon as I type this. =]
I know I’ve been seriously MIA lately, but with junior year almost ending things have been hectic and for some reason, super dramatic! BUT, I’m back with my April must haves and I’s super excited about them!!
The first product I’ve noticed I cannot stop using is my Bumble and Bumble Classic hair spray. This hair spray definitely isn’t light– and I’m going to have to disagree with the website’s claim of it’s easy to brush through. BUTTT I LOVEEEE using this for when I go out at night– I know I won’t frizz or fall limp (meaning my hair of course) while dancing the night away.
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I have combination hair, it’s have wavy but not really…and can get super frizzy. Most hair sprays in my opinion are too sticky and just leave my hair gross– the Bumble and Bumble Classic spray doesn’t do either. I would use another one of the Bumble and Bumble hair sprays to begin with while styling your hair, but def end with the Classic for the strongest hold and shine.
My second love of the month is my Present Clear Makeup Primer by Philosophy. It really is like clear makeup. The key to using this product is not using too much– a little bit seriously goes a long way. During the warmer months I like to go light on makeup, so using this product def helps me have that bright, clear, and super even complexion without loading up on foundation or anything else (besides concealer). When I used too much (although I didn’t think I had) it made me look shiny, so make sure you use a small amount. Remember, even though it is a thicker formula and you’ll think you need more to cover your entire face…YOU DON’T!
|Can you tell I love this?
You can also use Present at night before you layer on your bedtime products. I would suggest you trying it for a week with just layering serum on top since Present is already moisturizing. If you don’t think it’s moisturizing enough then add a small amount of your typical nighttime moisturizer on top of the serum like usual!
My last favorite product I’ve been using is Zero Oil by Origins. You already know I loveee Origins, so this product was quick to become another one of my favorites. I tend to have oily skin in one area of my face, so this is a perfect way to mattify and treat that one area. I put this on top of my VitaZing in the morning (esp since it’s getting hot outside which equals humidity yuckkkkkkkkkkkkkk). HOWEVER, Zero Oil is totally liquid…like water…so I just pat it into my skin–VitaZing has pigment in it so if you rub in Zero Oil on top it’s not too pretty.
|Shake the bottle well before using!
As great as Zero Oil is I reallyyyyyyyyyy wish it came in a spray bottle, it’d make it way easier to use! Nonetheless, I have seen a great improvement in my complexion throughout the day when I don’t always have time to touch up and focus on my shiny areas!!
Click the links above to shop each product!!
Thank god winter is over and spring has sprung. I can tell because I can’t stop seeing and my eyes are always watering. Gross. ANYWAY yesterday it was 80 degrees in DC and everyone was wearing their shorts, sundresses, etc. and it made me think of one thing…exfoliating that yuck winter skin away. I have three fabulous remedies for getting lackluster winter skin ready for sundresses!
The first is my absolute favorite, Trish McEvoy’s N° 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk Body Polish Sugar Scrub. This is a little pricey at $48.00 but I got it for my best friend and I last year and we both love it! To conserve it, I only use this product once every other week. I got it last summer and I’m just about to finish it, so it lasted me about a year! The smell of this scrub is so good, it’s not super overpowering and it makes the bathroom smell great too after you use it, which is always a plus.
I put the scrub on pre-shower which is extra exfoliating. It also has tons of moisturizing agents in it so your skin feels hydrated instantly, you don’t even need to moisturize once out of the shower (although you always should)! You can find this product at BlueMercury (one of my favorite stores) or the Trish McEvoy website!
My second favorite exfoliate comes from my first love, Lush Cosmetics. This exfoliate is a little different than most scrubs you’ll find, but its amazing none the less. Buffy Body Butter will literally leave your skin feeling like silk, even more so than the Trish McEvoy scrub. The reason I like the Trish scrub better overall is because it does what it’s supposed it do, exfoliate. I find the Buffy Body Butter bar to be more relaxing and accomplishes more moisturizing (hence butter) than exfoliating.
The bar contains ground rice and almonds, and is a vegan product, like most Lush products! One down side to this product is that it melts away very quickly, I never use very warm or hot water because it just melts away and that’s no fun. This product is less expensive than the Trish McEvoy ($23) and can be bought at any Lush store or online!
|Photo: The Gloss
My last option for getting beautiful sundress-ready skin is Neutrogena’s Energizing Sugar Body Scrub, Fresh Citrus
. I really like this product in the morning before I shave if I know I’ll be wearing a dress/ shorts that day. The citrus smell is amazing and wakes you right up! If you tend to use a lot of product in a short amount of time, this is perfect for you!! This citrus scrub is sugar based and basically has the same effects as the Trish scrub, although I would def still moisturize after using it, but is much more less expensive at $10! Click the link above to purchase this scrub from Ulta! You can also find it at CVS and Walgreens, super convenient!
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So, here is the final break down (in order of how much I love them)
Trish McEvoy’s N° 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk Body Polish Sugar Scrub: luxurious “save for something special” exfoliate
Lush Cosmetics Buffy Body Bar: more moisturizing, less exfoliating
Neutrogena’s Energizing Sugar Body Scrub, Fresh Citrus: everyday exfoliate, gets the job done
So, fresh off talking about how much I love Lush here is a review on my absolute favorite product by them– Coalface Cleansing Bar.
The coalface bar is perfect for anybody who has normal to oily skin. If you have dry skin steer clear using this as a daily cleanser, the bar might be way to harsh for you and dry you out. I’m right on the border of normal to oily which is why I think this product works so well for me.
At first I was leery of buying a “bar” cleanser– I’ve always viewed them as moisture stripping and just the idea of them sounded ancient to me. But, when I tried coalface in the store I was intrigued and bought some to try. Ever since then I’m already on my second bar (each bar lasts a fair amount of time..my first one lasted me 4 months).
Continue reading “Lush’s Coalface Facial Cleanser”
For the passed year or so I have been absolutely addicted to Lush products. Every time I walk into a Lush store I wonder how many bags I’m going to walk out with.
Answer: always at least 2
Here’s a quick rundown on why I LOVE LUSH!!
Their products are all natural and organic– I’ve recently been switching over my morning/nighttime routine to strictly organic and it’s had amazing benefits for my skin.
I’m a HUGE animal lover and I don’t agree with animal testing– which is perfect in this case because Lush doesn’t test on animals!!
Continue reading “OBSESSION: Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics”