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 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.

 

*affiliate link cause I want store credit to buy more highlighter

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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.

*affiliate link

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Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love (to Put on My Face) Sunny and Bright Edition

I’m a pale, pale lady. I wear lots of sunscreen. Regardless of your melanin status, you should too. I also talk about something that’s not a sunscreen. We could just call this, “things I have actually bought and used in the last few days.”

This Missha sunscreen is the tits. The name, All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk SPF 50+/PA+++ is a little much but that’s okay! It’s a water-resistant mineral sunscreen that doesn’t leave a white cast. I, unfortunately, had to stop using it because the alcohol in it was way too drying for my winter skin but I’m still keeping it around for when summer humidity hits it in high gear. Also, it’s maybe not FDA approved??? But hey, it’s a great sunscreen!

 Clinique’s been killing it lately*, and this sunscreen is a true testament to that. It has a bunch of the things I like about the aforementioned Missha sunscreen but it’s free of denatured alcohol so it’s less drying. The biggest downside is that it’s $26 for 1 oz (I wish it was more than SPF 30, but I can live with that). Honestly, I will pay a stupid amount of money for a cosmetically elegant mineral sunscreen I can pop in my purse.

I got a sample tube of this Tarte highlighting moisturizer when I ordered my Clinique sunscreen and I am into it. Yes, it’s basically a more glittery/expensive version of the Aveeno day cream I used in high school. But also, body glitter is coming back. This is like the adult version of the glitter sticks you used to be able to buy at Limited Too. While I probably won’t use this as my primary moisturizer, it looks amazing mixed in with my Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (use this link to get 20% off your first purchase kthanks). It provides a nice healthy “glow from within” and in my mind one can never be too sparkly or too glowy. I’m definitely going to use it as an easy highlight on days where I’m not wearing makeup but I want a little something on my cheeks.

 

*okay, fine, always.

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