In December I started to use Derma E’s Essentials line daily as my skincare routine. The Derma E team so graciously sent me products from the Essentials line, and I’ve been spending lots of time reading up on the products and really testing them out. I’ll be featuring a new Derma E product every Monday for Budget Beauty for the next several weeks. I’m excited to share this brand with you, I love their products!Continue reading “Budget Beauty: Derma E Essentials Radiance Toner”
Okay Milk…I see you being fancy…
…and I’m loving it!!
During the last Sephora sale I purchased the Milk Matcha Toner, it’s a green stick toner that I was instantly drawn to. Yes, this is way different than your average toner, but it’s just so cool and works so well! Here are a few key reasons I’ve recently been reaching for this toner in the AM.
Okay first of all, it’s a solid toner, have you seen such a thing before? I know I haven’t. What I do know is that this cuts down on me using a cotton pad every morning to apply my toner, and that’s awesome. I simply swipe this stick all over my face, paying special attention to my t-zone and chin area. It feels so cooling and fresh on my skin, which is exactly what I’m looking for at 6:15am.
Toner. IS. Life.
No, really, toner is life. It’s my favorite part of both my AM and PM skincare routine. Why? Well, it proves to me how clean my face truly is, and also makes my skin feel ready for the next steps of serum and moisturizer.
Since I love to try new products, I always bounce around from toner to toner…but the toner I’ve been using most recently is the perfect budget beauty buy. Thayers Witch Hazel Toner can easily be found in Whole Foods or Target. It’s a natural, alcohol free toner, that refreshes and cleanses the skin without stripping it of natural oils.
2018 is finally here, good riddance 2017.
I’m trying to not freak out so much about it being a new year, I’m hoping that acting chill and going with the flow will produce the same results, if not more, than going crazy and ranting about doing x, y, & z in 2018.
Yes, I have some goals and bucket list items, but I’m not losing my mind over it. My one big ticket 2018 to do item, is to stay super organized with my time, and with my life. I wrote about this last week in 3 Ways to Keep 2018 Organized, so check it out if you haven’t already!
On a beauty note, the Lancome Tonique Pure Focus Toner is my first empty of the year! I’d used this toner a lot in the AM during my skincare routine, but I mostly used it before doing any type of heavy/ all day or night makeup look. The Lancome Tonique Pure Focus is a matifying toner, and since I tend to get shiny after a while I wanted to prep my skin well with this toner before doing a big makeup look.
The past month has been filled with end of year testing, report cards, and moving out of our temporary school…I’ve been non-stop for quite some time, but I am so happy that I now have my summer to relax and focus on something that makes me truly happy…this blog!
With the weather heating up quickly, I need to make sure my current skincare products reflect the inevitable…oil control. I tend to have naturally oily skin to begin with, so knowing that humid and hot days lie ahead, switching up my routine is at the forefront of my beauty to do list.
Let me start by saying I’ve been using these three products in the morning, as a way to prime my skin for the long, oil bound, day ahead. This line features Ole Henriksen’s trademarked Green Fusion Complex, which includes antiseptic properties to keep oil at bay, as well as many botanical ingredients such as kelp, eucalyptus, green tea, and Irish moss extracts, to keep skin calm and hydrated.
This entire line has been great for my skin for the past month. The heat and humidity and wreck havoc for those of us with oily skin types, but this Ole Henriksen line does a great job in setting up skin for success against the weather. Stop by Sephora and test out the feel of the toner and moisturizer, guaranteed you’ll fall in love! I recently discovered they have an Balance it All Essentials Kit, which has mini versions of each, perfect for traveling!
Balancing Force Oil Control Toner | $26
Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator | $34
Balance it All Essentials Kit | $34
There is no oil or alcohol in this product, the witch hazel and aloe vera do an incredible job working together as a natural astringent and calming agent. My skin can be sensitive at times, but I’ve experienced no irritation (particularly to my rosacea) since adding the Pixi Glow Tonic to my routine.
I’m really enjoying using this product as the weather gets more cold, I want to make sure my skin is exfoliated to remove dead cells, but I don’t want to over do it. I’m noticing this toner is prepping my skin beautifully for a strong moisturizer before my daily makeup routine.
I’m looking forward to adding some more Pixi products to my routine this upcoming year, it’s a great brand at the perfect price point!
For my AM routine I always use the Mattifying Toner. It controls shine and has clarifying willowbark as a featured ingredient, which is a natural salicylic acid. Throughout the day I never know what is going to be thrown at me, so I need to have that base from my toner controlling any potential oil issues. After using this toner the rest of my skincare goes on perfectly, and I’m set for applying my makeup.
I’ve been using this toner for a few months now and I’m loving how fresh and clean my skin feels in the morning after I use it. Seeing and feeling the mattifying powders, without having that dry and tightening feeling, makes me feel like this product is really doing its job. This is a definite repurchase.
During my PM routine I reach for the Rosewater Toning Spritz– it feels like a little bit of luxury with the light refreshing rosewater scent before bed. This toner works to tighten pores and purify your face, which is perfect after a long day of wearing makeup. This toner is much more comparable to a “water” type of fluid as opposed to my AM mattifying toner which has more of a texture to it because of the powders. This extra moisture from the Rosewater Toning Spritz helps the rest of my PM skincare absorb into my skin more effectively.
Toner is, in my opinion, the least understood beauty product. Those with dry skin think it will further dry out their skin, and those with oily skin only like it because they think it’s drying out their skin (which, PS…isn’t good). Well, I’ve compiled some reasons as to why toner is necessary, and why you should use it daily!