Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March 2017 Favorites

 My first favorite of the month has to be my Makeup Geek eye shadows. I mentioned this in my Best Of 2015 blog post. My color selection has changed slightly  but these are still my must have eye shadows. No matter if I'm getting dressed up to go out or reaching for something everyday, I'm constantly reaching for this pallet.

I've discovered a new dry shampoo this month, it's the Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam. This product was really interesting to me as I have never tried a dry shampoo that has been in foam form before. When  you first apply this product your hair feels very wet and looks greasy but as you work it in it refreshes your hair like nothing I've ever tried before. This doesn't leave any sort of white cast or crunch to your hair. It is honestly left felling cleaned and refreshed and ready to style.

I picked up a new heat protector, this is the Silk Elements MegaSilk Olive Heat Protection Spray with silk. This was another interesting product that I just had to try. I use olive oil in my hair as a hair mask and my hair loves it. When you first spray this on my hair feels very greasy but after you use your heat tool (I use it with a blow dryer, flat iron and curling wand) your hair is left feeling silky smooth. I wouldn't recommend putting it near your roots as it will weight your hair down.

I've changed up my brows this month and I've been loving them. Even on my no makeup days I still will put on my brows and some face powder. Instead of using my faithful Anastasia Brow Wiz I've gone back to using my Anastasia Brow Powder. I feel this gives you a much more natural brow which I've been loving. To set my brow in place I've been using the L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara. This is very similar to the Benefit Gimme Brow but a lot more affordable. I found I was going through my Gimme Brow way to fast and it was getting expensive to repurchase it so often.

Finally my lip combo for this month has been Mac Lip Liner in Oak and Nars Lipgloss in Chelsea Girls.

Let me know in the comments below what your favorites were this month.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Updated Skin Care Routine

My last skincare routine post was EXTREMELY popular on my blog but that post is from way back in December 2015. I decided to post an update as some of my products have changed.

For reference I have extremely dry skin all year round.

First thing in the morning I wash my face. I use the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser with my Clarisonic Plus. I love using my Clarisonic with any cleaner as I feel it does a better job than just using my hands.

This isn't my favorite cleaner and I am on the hunt for something I like better - but in the mean time I'm just trying to use up this product.

Then I follow up right away with my moisturizers. First I start with my eye cream which is the Shiseido WrinkleResist 24 Eye Cream, this is still an amazing eye cream. It is very thick and creamy, it tends to smooth out my under eye area and hydrate it very well. Next step is new - I've been using the Sephora CC Eye Cream + Concealer. This has a slight tint to it and will cover up any under eye bags I have going on. I find that using these two products together means I have to use less makeup as there is less to cover up.

Finally I use the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator. If you have extremely dry skin you need this in your life. This is an instant drink of water for my face and it leaves my skin feeling velvety smooth and soft. I find that since using this product I use less primer and less foundation because everything just smoothly glides over my face.

I start by using my same cleaner with my Clarisonic Plus.

At night I am still using the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil and I follow that up with the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil. My skin loves oils at the end of the day and when I wake up in the morning my face feels amazing.

I use the same Shiseido eye cream and I use a lash enhancer serum by NeoStrada. This is a product I use off and on again but it really does improve the strength of my lashes.

Finally some bonus products - typically I use these 2-3 times a week. Eye masks have become a huge part of my life. As I'm beginning to age I'm finding my eye area isn't the same. I've been loving the Sephora brand eye masks and specifically the Rose, Pearl and Orchid are my favorite.

For the actual mask I've been using the Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying, this is great if I have any texture or blemishes on my face. It gets rid of them instantly but does dry out my skin so I do have to moisturize immediately afterwards.

For a moisture mask I've been loving the Joise Maran Whipped Mud Mask. This is infused with Argan oil and feels amazing on my dry skin. Highly recommend if you face needs and extra hydrating boost.

Let me know if you use any of these products in the comment below. If you think there are any other skincare products I need to try out for my dry skin leave you recommendation in the comments below.