Currently Loving | Cleansers

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A rundown of the cleansers I am currently grabbing for ALL the time. My skin is normal / dehydrated and I get hormonal acne. I look for cleansers that don’t strip the skin of its natural oils, has a low pH, is free of sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), is not abrasive/physically exfoliating, and fit in my budget!

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25% OFF MURAD coupon code | DAMMIT HIRONS you get me every time!

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Seriously, Caroline Hirons could get me to but snow in Alaska… but I trust her and I really enjoy her knowledge bombs.

✨CAROLINE25✨ for 25% off on Murad’s website.

I stocked up on my Pigment Lightening Serum and I’m going to try their retinol because my prescription has just become too much for me.

Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser | Youth to the People | REVIEW

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Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser Kale Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Youth to the People

Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser

with Kale, Green Tea, Spinach and Vitamins

by Youth to the People

Claims

Ph balanced (no Ph listed on website)

Protects again free radical damage

Non-drying

Suitable for all skin types

Ingredients

SLS free, mineral oil free, vegan, no added fragrance or color

Vit A – Retinol palmitate

Vit C – Ascorbic Acid (but given that this is in a clear glass bottle with a pump 🤷🏻‍♀️ who knows long you will benefit from this before it oxidizes)

Green Tea – contains antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals, reduces inflammation, prevents signs of aging, and is an antimicrobial.

Review

I have been completely loving the Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser by @youthtothepeople. It is an SLS free cleanser that is suitable for a second cleanse or a morning cleanse – though it can remove a full face of makeup if you wanted to use it as a first cleanse. It lathers slightly and while it doesn’t feel hydrating, it leaves my skin feeling balanced and isn’t stripping at all.

The APS Cleanser is so enjoyable to use because its scent is *fantastic* like a luxury interpretation of basil+health food store. There are no fragrances in the cleanser (or basil for that matter, it’s probably the kale I’m smelling).

I love/hate the packaging. It is a glass bottle that shows off the beautiful green cleanser. It looks like something you can leave out on the counter top because the labeling is so simple and clean. Although the bottle is a very think glass, it’s still glass. So it’s not travel friendly and, frankly, it’s not Liz friendly because I have the coordination of a three year old and I really think it’s just a matter of time until I Hulk smash this onto my bathroom floor.

I really think this is a fantastic cleanser. You may want to pass on it if you are very dry or want a hydrating cleanser. Also, this cleanser is packed with essential oils so this cleanse isn’t for you if you have a sensitivity or don’t like to using products w essential oils.

belif – First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask | Review

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belif first aid 360 eye care mask

In a Few Words

A moisturizing eye mask with a pudding-like texture that is appropriate to use around the entire eye area.

Belif’s First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask is a “hydrating pudding-like eye care mask releases stress around the eyes and replenishes moisture levels to dry eye rims… The leave-on, cooling and hydrating formula—infused with mimosa herb extract—instantly cools, relieves puffy and fatigued eyes, and prevents visible wrinkles by improving the resilience of the skin around the eye. Further enhanced with three belif napiers formulas (original, detox, and dark circle formulas),” – Napiers are tinctures and formulas formulated by an herbalist,Duncan Napiers, in the late 1800’s. –  are part of  “this eye care mask fights all signs of fatigue and diminishes the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the delicate and sensitive eye areas.” The Belif First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask comes in a 25 ml plastic pot and retails for about $35.00.

The winter weather wreaks havoc on my skin and the sensitive skin around my eyes is the hardest hit. I tend to get patches of dermatitis on or by my eyelids and the corners of my eyes get extremely dry and chapped because my eyes tend to water constantly. I picked up this mask in desperation hoping I could find something to really soothe and moisturize my sad, angry eyes. Unfortunately, this mask doesn’t offer anything more than an average eye cream would (except that it’s ok to use on your lids, but I will use any eye cream on my lids if I need to). The mask is just fine as a moisturizer, but it doesn’t offer intense hydration or cooling or soothing. Also, the texture is so weird (legitimately like pudding) that it’s awkward to get out a small amount and warm it up between fingers, so I always feel like I’m using too much and wasting it. Even though I don’t like this cream by Belif, my savor this winter has been Belif’s Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream!

The First Aid 360 Eye Mask is just fine as a budget friendly, basic eye cream, but if you’re looking for an SOS product, this will disappoint.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Mimosa Herb Extract: Prevents visible wrinkles by increasing skin resilience around the eyes in addition to relieving signs of fatigue by reducing irritation with tannins, amino acids, and other nutritive elements.
Napiers Original Formula: Contains ant-oxidation, skin calming, anti-trouble and antiaging properties to keep skin healthy.
Napiers Detox Formula: Purifies the skin by removing impurities and delivering antioxidants for improved skin texture.
Napiers Dark Circle Formula: Alleviates dark circles under the eyes with its antioxidant and brightening effects.

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Mineral Oil
Parabens
Phthalates

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan: Yes

Tested on animals: No

Country of origin: Made in South Korea

Complete Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Hexyldecyl Ethylhexanoate, Dipropylene Glycol, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/Ppg/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-240/Hdi Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Panthenol, Glyceryl Stearate, Mimosa Pudica Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract* , Nepeta Cataria Extract*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract*, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Arnica Montana Flower Extract**, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract*, Galium Aparine Extract**, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract** Rosa Damascena Flower Extract**, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract+, Chelidonium Majus Extract+, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Trimethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Frangrance++, Citronellol, Limonene. *Napiers Original Formula. **Napiers Formula DTX. +Napiers Formula DC. ++Fragrances of Natural Origin.

11.16.17 AM Skincare

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Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Treatment Cleanser

Lilyana Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Hada Labo Hyaluronic Lotion Moist

Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Gel-Cream

January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion

Ulta Haul – Fall 2017

Ulta recently had a 20% off sale and I not only made a few staple repurchases, but also tried out a few new products too. I’ve had these products for about a week so I’ve included mini reviews!

Ulta recently had a 20% off sale and I not only made a few staple repurchases, but also tried out a few new products too. I’ve had these products for about a week so I’ve included mini reviews!

I picked up a few fall lip colors. I’ve heard great things about L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipsticks. While they are a really comfortable because they don’t dry down completely, they can survive coffee but not a whole meal. But, the don’t wear well at all – they tend to flake off after a couple hours. I do like the colors I bought (Matador and Cowboy) so I’m still playing with them to find the best way to wear them.

I really like the L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paint Matte Metallic – I own Moon Lust already – this formula is not long lasting or transfer proof, it’s wear is similar to a metallic lipstick. I pick up the color Brick Metal and I really like the color.

L’Oearl Voluminous Feline Noir Waterproof Mascara and Essence Volume Stylist 18hr Lash Extension Mascara are both staples for me. They both add volume and separate the lashes, the only differences are that Essence has a bristle brush and will transfer off the bottom lashes and L’Oreal has a plastic brush and is going nowhere.

I’ve been using micellar waters for cleansing in the morning and Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic is a decent, budget friendly option – theres nothing really outstanding about it except the price.

The primary ingredient in Little Barn Apothecary Coconut + Pear Refreshing Mineral Mist is aloe juice and it also contains fermented radish root… and dead sea salt? I’m going to do some reading up on that because I have never used a face mist with dead sea salt in it. I really like that they have travel sizes of this face mist so I can test out the brand for cheap.

The e.l.f Hydrating Face Primer was a miss for me – it’s basically a silicone primer and I just do not like that texture on my face. I have used it a few times and it was fine so you might be interested in it if you like silicone face primers.

The internet has been loving Vegas Nay lashes for Eyelure, but most of the pairs are just too intense for me. (My favorite lashes are the Kiss Trio Lashes). I saw that there were new Vegas Nay styles out and the style I ended up buying was Easy Elegance and I like that the lashes are crossed and longer in the center. A+.

Cosrx – Honey Overnight Mask – Review

An overnight mask that provides intensive hydration with refreshing moisture.

In a Few Words
An overnight mask that provides intensive hydration with refreshing moisture.

Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask has a gentle formula suitable for dry, rough and sensitive skinh soothes dry skin and heals rough and flaky patches. The mask can be used several ways:
1. As an overnight mask : Use the skin care routine before bed. Apply a decent amount on the skin.
2. As a wash-off mask : Apply a generous amount of honey mask and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with toner or tepid water.
3. As a cream (in the morning) : Use in the end of the basic skin care routine and proceed with your normal makeup step.
The Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask has comes in either a 60 mL plasic tub or tube and sells for about $15.00.

This mask was … fine. As far as overnight masks go, it’s very light in texture and hydration. I initially bought it because I don’t like heavy lotions, but it’s thinness is the ultimate reason why I dislike it. This mask has a gel like texture, feels like nothing in the face, and isn’t extremely hydrating or heavy. Normally, I don’t like products that feel very occlusive so when I found an overnight mask that was so gel, I thought it would be the perfect fit for me! But it just doesn’t pack the punch of creamy masks like the Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Overnight Mask or Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. It turns out I really like to be able to still feel the overnight mask on my face the next morning because I feel like my face is staying hydrated all night. The creamier sleeping masks also make my skin feel softer and plumper than this mask did.

This mask might be for you If you aren’t very dry and are looking for an lightweight sleeping pack.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
85% Bee Propolis
Hyaluronic Acid

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
sulfates, triclosan, coal tar, formaldehyde-releasers, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, tea, talc, mineral oil, peg, propylene glycol, mit, dye, parabens, phthalates, alcohol

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
No

Tested on animals:
No

Complete Ingredients:
Propolis Extract, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, 1, 2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Panthenol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Adenosine, Honey