I’ve been doing a good job recently of not buying a ton of shit. I have, however, run low on a lot of products that I use daily. I’ve been so successful in my no-buy that I didn’t have any backups for these products! Yay for using shit up and down-sizing to the essentials! I’m actually really proud and happy about this, sorry for cheesin’.
My favorite cleanser ever is the La Roche Posay Toleriane Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, but I’m seriously lazy and hate walking to my shower to get a pump of it at night when I’m washing my face. Laziness aside, I’m ecstatic to have found this cleanser. My skin type doesn’t jive with gel-based cleansers, but psychologically I feel like it makes my face cleaner. I know that stripped=clean is an awful association, but now I don’t have to worry about that because of this beauty. Eau Thermale Avène Trixéra Plus Selectiose Emollient Cleansing Gel satisfies my gel cleanser love, without having any soap or drying agents. It’s a gentle, gel-based, hydrating (!!!) cleanser that I use after micellar water/oil-cleansing my makeup off. The bottle is huge and you only need a tiny bit of it to really get your face clean. Safe to say I’m obsessed. This and my La Roche Posay completely satisfy my cleanser needs to the point where I’m not even slightly intrigued by any others. That’s a pretty rare feat for me when it comes to any category of beauty products! 5/5
I’m just about done with my Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum and while I do love it, I think the price is bogus. There’s not a chance that in the vast realm of brightening dry oil serums, something cheaper can’t work as well. I (read: my wallet) just simply refuse to believe that an $185 serum is the end all be all of getting my glow on.
After some research into dry oil brightening serums I found Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate. This product comes after the much raved about, cult favorite Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which I also love.
All the reviews I’ve seen of this product have been glowing and I’m sold on the fact that it can also be mixed into foundation, unlike the Vintner’s Daughter serum. I bought the massive size, probably getting ahead of myself there, but I’m not scared of a little return action so…oh well.
Main active ingredients are tamanu botanical oil, which I’ve never heard of before. Sunflower botanical oil, and ginger root essential oil.
I’m currently working out a practice of testing out the effectiveness of products, so expect some weekly check ins about my feelings on this product until the final review!
Glossier is a brand I have been quite critical of, rightly so, in my opinion, but as I’ve said before I give credit where credit is due to a product that works. I tried a few samples of the regular Priming Moisturizer and it was hate from first sight. It made my skin dry, itchy, red, and sore. I found out many people also had this issue. Turns out it contains a retinol that isn’t really promoted as such. Vitamin A is the retinol in that product so if you experience that same issue you’re most likely sensitive to retinol A. I also can’t understand why a retinol would be in a day cream, because you’re much more prone to sun damage while wearing it.
One of my friends knew of my issues with the priming moisturizer and told me I should give the Priming Moisturizer Rich a try instead because she knows I love lavender and a thick ass cream. Well, it turns out she was right! I love this product. It’s everything I want out of a day cream–thick, luxurious, cheap enough, and it smells like heaven. PSA: if you have sensitivity to essential oils on the skin, don’t use this. A lot of people find lavender irritating topically, which is why I’m baffled they would include it. I personally have no issues with it and love the scent.
I originally wrote MILK off as a Glossier-hype train copy. Boy was I wrong. I love almost every product I’ve tried from them. I’ve been talking myself out of the Soleil Tan De Chanel for about five years now. For whatever reason I just cannot bring myself to buy that product even though I desperately want it. Instead I purchased this bronzer, the Matte Bronzer in Baked which is only $24! This stuff is creamy, blends well, and isn’t even close to orange. It gives a radiant warm glow to the skin and I love that it’s matte.
Cover FX’s Custom Cover Drops are another product I’ve been dying to get my hands on. Finally bit the bullet and grabbed it when I was at Sephora. In this dropper is a pure pigment of your skintone which you can mix into any foundation, skin tint, bb cream, or even moisturizer that you own to tailor it perfectly to your color. I’m notoriously hard to color match, and now I can use my all time favorite formulas without worrying that I’m showing a red, pink, or neutral undertone in contrast to my actual yellow undertone.
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