Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love (to Put on my Face) Beach Vacay Skincare Edition

I’m going to the Jersey Shore tomorrow! But not that Jersey Shore. The Bruce Springsteen Asbury Park/gay clubs/my grandmother’s nursing home Jersey Shore. I love using samples and foils on vacations, it’s a great opportunity to try new products and keep my bag light. I’m really lucky and my skin isn’t super sensitive so I can try things out with little fear. Here’s what I’m bringing.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water is the only full-size item I’m bringing. I should decant it into a smaller bottle but, hey, I’m lazy. It’s the best micellar water I’ve used. It doesn’t leave a film like some American drugstore alternatives and it’s incredibly gentle and effective at removing makeup.

I brought two cleansers, Philosphy’s Purity Made Simple and Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Cleanser I’ve used and loved the EradiKate, even though it says it’s a daily cleanser I don’t recommend using it daily. I’m bringing it just in case I encounter a breakout or just need an extra physical exfoliating boost. I haven’t used the Philosophy cleanser, but I’m game to try anything. I haven’t had a lot of luck with Philosophy’s products but I’m willing to give them a second chance (and, honestly, cleansers are one of those products that, as long as it’s not too stripping, I can make work regardless of efficacy).

Differin Gel is a god damn game changer for me. I’ve been using it for a little over a week and I (think) my acne purge has finally ended (side note, from my research it normally takes a lot longer for people to finish purging).

OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum isn’t my favorite vitamin c serum, but it’s not my least favorite either. Some people, really, really, love it but I’ve had similar (better?) results from more affordable vitamin c serums. This is the OG of prestige vitamin c serums though, so let’s give respect when it’s due. Anyways, bring some vitamin c on a beach vacation! Get those antioxidants on your damn face!

I’m a moisturizer monster and need three, Fresh’s Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm, and IT Cosmetics’ Confidence in a CreamI’ve used the IT Cosmetics once already and it is a god damn moisturizer y’all. I’m very excited to slather that thick shit on my weather beaten salt fried face before rolling into bed after the beach. I haven’t used the Fresh moisturizer before but I love their other products I’ve used and I’m ready to preserve this youthful 26-year-old face. My dear friend Christian gives me all the samples that come with his Kiehl’s orders. I love Kiehl’s and have probably used this moisturizer a million years ago when I lived near the Kiehls store on the LES but I honestly do not remember! What an adventure.

Sunscreen is probably the most important thing to bring to the beach, so I’m bringing three: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream WetForce for face SPF50Clarins Sunscreen MultiProtection SPF 50and Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30I’ve used all three of these before and I love them all. The Shiseido is super thick and leaves a white-cast, but it’s water resistant so I’m going to wear that shit when I’m swimming (it also smells nice). The Clarins used to be my holy grail sunscreen, I’ve since moved on to NeoGen but it still holds a place in my heart. I’ve talked about the Murad in this post.

I got Shea Moisture’s Foaming Milk & Body Wash for free from Influenster and have been terrible and haven’t used it yet. I am (sort of) avoiding plastic and buy bar soap as my body soap and I love Shea Moisture’s bar soaps so I have really high hopes for this body soap.

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Things I Love to Wear

Things I Love (to Wear) Gurl, You Fake Edition

Normally with my personal style I’m aiming for goth Manson girl meets Molly Ringwald’s boss in Pretty in Pink but lately (and by lately I mean the last 24 hours) I’ve been really into wearing plastic. Let’s explore this until it’s too much. If you don’t squeak when you walk then you’re not living life right!

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These platform jelly wedges I found on Amazon are stupid enough that I want to wear them every day. Also, whenever I question why some people think I’m a teenager please reference this post. The reviews on these are all over the place but they will not stop me from buying them! I am moving to Louisiana! I need a new summer shoe! Seriously though, the customer pictures are a little much. But for $19.99 I am down to gamble.

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This high waisted vinyl skirt from ASOS is a God damned dream. I almost broke my rule about buying bottoms online to buy this skirt (I have a big ass…). Will someone with a less confusing body buy this and tell me how it fits? Live the dream.

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I have so many thoughts about this halter top from COCKROACHvtg and literally all of them are good. She also has a PVC halter covered in stickers. PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS GEM OF AN ETSY SHOP. I am honestly shocked that I haven’t seen anyone wearing one of these at The Crown.

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Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love (to Put on my Face) Just Some Crap I’ve Recently Bought Edition

Cool Cool. It’s been a minute. Life is an emotional roller coaster! Here’s a low effort post of things that I’ve bought recently to make myself feel better.

I re-upped on Boy Brow and Perfecting Skin Tint. Boy brow is the best brow product I’ve ever used (I still love my ABH brow pencil but, like, I hate actually filling in my brows). Someone on reddit described Skin Tint as “homeopathic,” which is a lie. It’s very, very subtle, but it does even out my skin tone!

I got Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer and Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Chimere when I ran out of my Maybelline lumi concealer (it’s a good concealer but it did not last long at all, I might as well shell out for high-end concealer if I’m gonna finish it in a month). I got the Nars in Chantilly, but it’s actually a little too light for my skin tone, but the darker shades don’t have the correct undertones. I refuse to return makeup so I’m wearing this ish until it’s done. The formula is great and it stays all day. I’m obsessed with the Dior eyeshadow and have worn it nearly every day since I bought it. It’s great as an all over shadow or an inner corner highlight.

My quest to stop buying as much crap online has led me to CVS and Skinfix Hydrating Lotion I typically use Embryolisse for my AM moisturizer but it’s basically impossible to get in person in Maryland and I didn’t need anything else from Beautylish (I don’t trust the ones on Amazon!). I grabbed this Skinfix stuff because the ingredient list seems great. It’s a very, very light moisturizer, which is perfect for humid summer days. I’m big on light moisturizing layers during the summer. I’ve used this for a couple of days now and I’m into it. It’s much thinner and waterier than embryolisse, they’re essentially completely different products. Since this is so light I recommend this lotion for people who are moisturizer adverse. It doesn’t play super nice with my Neogen sunscreen, I’ve noticed some slight pilling if I don’t wait long enough between applications. I’m definitely going to go back to embryolisse when I need to reorder some bioderma or TO facial oils but this is a great drugstore option.

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Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love (to Put on my Face) Gel Sunscreens. That’s it.

Glossier’s* new sunscreen has put the internet skincare community in an absolute tizzy. It’s a gel! It’s got chemical filters instead of physical filters! It’s $35! It is not the exact product that I, the magnificent decider of the worth of all skincare, desired. Anyways, people are insane. Glossier’s sunscreen looks awesome, it leaves 0 white cast, it’s a freaking gel, and it’s not loaded up with alcohol.

I always suggest gel formulas to men with facial hair! Yes, I love a good physical sunscreen on myself but I am pale AF and don’t have a beard. There’s nothing worse than your skin looking ashy because of your sunscreen or having gross white globs in your man’s beard. Embrace the gel. Here are two of my favorites (that cost a helluva lot more than the Glossier one…):

Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield is a mattifying/blurring gel sunscreen. It reminds me of that miracle blur shit that Olay was shilling a while back. It feels like Smashbox’s primer and goes on beautifully. I’m not super into matte faces myself but I’ve definitely thrown this at my boyfriend because I was sick of him complaining about how sweaty and shiny his face gets. Typically if I’m wearing this it’s when I’m running around doing errands with no makeup on.

Cover FX’s Clear Cover is my favorite out of all the gel sunscreens I’ve used. It’s actually a light yellow in the bottle still, it applies clear. The texture is similar to Murad’s but the finish is far more natural looking. It won’t make your skin matte, but it also won’t make it look dewy (unless it already does). This formula also has squalane and some other awesome antioxidants. I am into it.

 

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Things I Love to Read

Things I Love (to Read) There’s No Theme Edition

READ SOME SHIT.

IT’S GOOD FOR YOU.

New York Magazine’s This Is What a ModernDay Witch Hunt Looks Like is a great breakdown of the latest controversy over an academic article about Transracialism, without going into whether or not the NYMag author agrees with the content of Tuvel’s article. Also, I am so glad I decided against going the academic route!

WTF are peptides? Why are they in my skincare products? Should they be in my skincare products? Reddit is here for you. I don’t have much to say, other than if you’re interested in some of the science behind the latest hyped up skincare ingredient than this the reddit post for you!

Leaves of Grass. Look, if you haven’t read this already then I really question your education and you should fix that. Even if you have, you should go back and read it. I was listening to the Walt Whitman episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class and literally cried while thinking about Walt Whitman’s America and where we are today. Go back and read it. Fight for the America that he believed in.

Amanda Knox going in on Donald Trump is all of my interests aligning in one OpEd. Get it girl. Fuck Trump.

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Monthly Empties

April 2017 Empties Part 2

Empties! Part 2! You know the drill, and if not, here’s part 1.

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I wanted to cry when I finished my deluxe sample of SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence. I’ve never used something that had such amazing and immediate results. Literally the moment I first put this on my skin it looked brighter and my hyperpigmentation and red spots from acne started to fade. It was insane. This is, straight up, the best my skin has ever looked in my life. I have used “brightening” products for years now and have never experienced something like this.

Would I buy it again? 5.4 ML IS $179. ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY NINE DOLLARS. I could buy the “value sized” 11 ML one for a measly TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY. NGL, as soon as I get a big girl job again and get my life in order I am buying this. For now, I have replaced my sample with CosRx’s Glactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence and will be trying out various other yeast ferment products. Let me tell you, the CosRX is okay, but it’s nothing compared to SK II.

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I got a sample of Decleor’s Aromessence oil serum in a GlossyBox*. It’s nice if you’re into essential oils. TBH I’m not a fan of them. In fact, I find essential oils to be really irritating most of the time. I had no issues with this serum, but the smell was so, so strong. It was hydrating, but what oil isn’t?

Would I buy it again? Nah son.

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This Lycopene skincare face cream is another GlossyBox* sample. Unrelated to the product, I laughed out loud when I saw the website. It is dated and so, so funny. Tomatoes! Onto the product, it’s not bad. It was moisturizing, however, I felt like it never really sank into my skin. Honestly, this cream confused me. I felt moisturized and I was very aware that if I used too much product it would pill but I also never felt like I used enough. This is witchcraft in a strange red box.

Would I buy it again? No.

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I’ve had this Lancome blush in Rose Fresque for what has felt like damn near a decade. I had it in the “natural” finish (I believe…the label is worn out and this was definitely a gift from one of my aunts for my grandmother) and wore it damn near every day for the last year. This was my white whale of panning. It was a slog to get through but I actually really love this blush. It’s super pigmented applies beautifully. I have fair skin and yellowy olive undertones so pink blush can be a bit of tricky thing but rose fresque looked like a natural flush, exactly how a blush like this should look.

Would I buy it again? Yes. But, there are so many blushes out there that I want to try that it’s unlikely I will anytime soon. When I finished this pan I immediately bought Glossier’s* cloud paints in Beam and Puff and I love them.

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I got this full-size bottle of Biossance’s cleansing oil from another GlossyBox. I was super excited about getting a full size of this…and then I went to look up the ingredients for a blog post and realized that they had recently revamped all their packaging and product names and gotten a spot on Sephora’s website. Looks like GlossyBox got the old stock. I see you Biossance. Anyways, this oil cleanser is great. It has squalane in it, which I love, and a bunch of other antioxidant-rich oils. I tend to not care too much about what antioxidants etc. are in a face wash because it doesn’t sit on your face long enough to really get any benefit, but I make exceptions for oil cleansers. It emulsifies beautifully and is a great second cleanser.

Would I buy it again? Yes. The price isn’t horrific, one bottle lasts a long time, and it’s a workhorse of a cleanser. There are a million other oil cleansers I want to try though so it might take a while for me to come back to it.

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Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Moisturizer has long been an MVP. Basically, whenever I can get my hands on a deluxe sample I do it. I’m honestly not sure why I haven’t just bought a jar already? It’s a nice light moisturizer. Since I had such dry skin I save this product for mornings or particularly humid summer nights. It’s light enough that you can layer it under sunscreen on an August morning and not feel disgusting but still have sufficient moisture. Isn’t that all a girl ever wants? Moisturized, comfortable skin?

Would I buy it again? Yes.The full size comes in a jar, which is kind of annoying, but it comes in one of those fancy hygienic jars where only the product you need gets exposed to air/your hands/whatever. Look at the damn video on the Sephora link.

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Monthly Empties

April 2017 Empties Part 1

950F1CE5-E622-40CA-BD97-D7CD1E821421.jpgI have a mild shopping problem, especially when it comes to skincare and makeup. I hoard samples and backups. It’s not great. In an effort to curb my rampant consumerism, and get through as much of my backlog of product as possible, I will be posting my monthly empties and giving mini reviews. I had so many empties this month (thank God) that I’m splititng it up in two posts. Let’s have at it!

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I got this deluxe sample of Chuda’s Healing Hydrating Cream from a GlossyBox* (I’m no longer subscribed, but I do recommend it!). It’s a very gentle and very, very thick balm. I hesitate to call it a cream since it’s texture is closer to that of cold coconut oil or shea butter. I had a cold last month/early this month and it saved my dry, chapped skin around my nose. This stuff is GREAT for sensitive skin.

Would I buy it again? At $150 for 50 ml? No. But I would recommend this to people who have the budget for it and have ultra sensitive and dry skin.

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My old hair stylist gave me this bottle of Moroccanoil Moroccanoil Treatment. LBR, there’s a reason why everyone and their mom has this shit. It’s pretty great. Yes, you can buy pure argan oil for a whole lot less, but a lot of people do really well with some silicones in their hair products. It smells great, it feels indulgent. That said…

Would I buy it again? No. I prefer straight oils in my hair. My hair doesn’t necessarily dislike silicones but it does better without them. I used to co-wash and only went back to shampoo because It’s so hard to find products that I like that don’t cause build up. I still very rarely shampoo and still try to avoid silicones. Considering my hair does better with straight argan oil I’m going to forever pass on delicious smelling MoroccanOil.

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I got this hand cream from Lush as a secret Santa gift two Christmases ago. This may be sacrilege but I kind of hate Lush. They are drowning in the naturalistic fallacy and their stores smell so strongly and their sales associates are so, so much. Also, this hand cream kind of sucked as a hand cream? Apparently, it’s supposed to be “lightening and brightening,” if it’s ingredients can really do that it should probably also have a sunscreen warning on it…It’s also not very moisturizing. I actually felt like it dried out my hands. It smells really good though!

Would I buy it again? No.

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The Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid serum has taken the Internet by storm. I was SHOCKED when I saw the price ($6.80) and bought it, along with a mess of other stuff, when I first heard about the brand. It’s a decent hyaluronic acid serum, and if it had been the first ever hyaluronic serum I had used I might be in love with it. There are formulas out there I like more (I know it’s controversial, but I like Glossier’s formula as a hydrator more than this one). This one felt a little sticky and did not feel as hydrating as I am used to from a hyaluronic acid serum. It kind of just felt like I was just adding an unnecessary step to my skincare routine.

Would I buy it again? Probably not. Look, if I were desperate for a hyaluronic acid serum and I needed to spend $6 to get free shipping from The Ordinary or Beautylish I would definitely consider buying this. BUT I can get Hylamide’s serum (a brand from the same parent company as The Ordinary) from the CVS down the street from me, and I like their formula more.

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Coola’s Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30 came in my Sephora Sun Safety Kit. Look, if I bought this looking for a primer I’d be PISSED. This is a god damn basic ass physical sunscreen. I don’t use primer, well, I guess you could say that I use my physical sunscreen as a primer, but if you need primer to deal with texture issues THIS IS NOT THE PRODUCT YOUA RE LOOKING FOR. Let me repeat, THIS IS A FUCKING SUNSCREEN. It’s not terrible as a sunscreen, it’s not my favorite sunscreen ever but I didn’t hate it. After a couple of hours of wear, it felt a little drying but the texture upon first application is very smooth and it did not take too much rubbing to get rid of the white cast. However, the last bit of product I squeezed out of this tube was separated and pilled like crazy. I had this tube for less than a month and it already was separating and getting disgusting? Not cool. This is why we put parabens in products you guys.

Would I buy it again? Nah, there are better sunscreens out there.

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