Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer 

It’s going to be winter soon! This means that moisturizer is going to become extra important in any skincare routine (although, it really should be important year-round). I recently tried a different moisturizer: the Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer which can be purchased from Sephora for $30.

One great thing about the Clinique brand is that they have great, quality products for more affordable prices than other Sephora-based brands. I find that this moisturizer is no exception. It does a great job at moisturizing and would work well as a primer. The “blur” effect is noticeable and allows makeup to sit really well on the skin. It fills in all the nooks and crannies that pop up on a face to create a smooth canvas.

I do think that this is a lighter moisturizer. Some people with dry skin might find that it doesn’t quite pack enough of a punch for them. My skin is pretty normal/combination and does not get extremely dry, so I find that it works well for me. I would think that it would be a good moisturizer for oily skin as well because the “blur” properties also make it look a bit mattified even though it’s moisturizing.

Have you tried this one? What’s your current go-to moisturizer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Tonymoly Hydrating Lotus Sheet Mask 

Sheet masks are a fun way to relax at the end of a hard day. They provide lots of skincare benefits, but they tend to be very gentle on the skin. Recently, I tried this adorable Pokemon-themed sheet mask: the Tonymoly Lotus Hydrating Sheet Mask. You can get this sheet mask for about $5 at Walmart and similar retailers.

First off, I really liked this sheet mask because it actually made my skin feel incredibly moisturized. It had a very soothing quality and left my skin looking more supple and feeling more hydrated. Anyone with dry skin will definitely love this one!

There were two drawbacks though. First, it was kind of hard to unfold this mask and apply it because it was so slippery and wet. Secondly, also in relation to the wetness, I found that this mask dripped a lot which is not something I’m used to with sheet masks. I didn’t mind that it dripped from my chin to my chest, but it was irritating how it dripped in my nose area. I felt like I was inhaling it, and I kept trying to brush it away from this area. I’m not sure why there was so much product saturating this mask. I haven’t noticed this in other Tonymoly masks that I’ve used.

Have you used this one? What’s your favorite sheet mask? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield 

Primers are essential to makeup application. They smooth out the canvas and allow the makeup to sit on top of something other than bare skin. Primers fill in little imperfections that would otherwise be magnified by makeup so that your finish can be flawless. Now, not everyone uses a traditional primer but many people use moisturizers or other products that still act like primers. I decided to try a skincare product that could double as a primer, so I chose the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield which can be purchased from Sephora for $65 per 1 oz container.

This product claims to do a whole lot for skin. First, it contains 30 SPF to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. No matter what season it is, SPF is an important ingredient for skin. Just because you’re not getting a sunburn in winter doesn’t mean that the sun’s rays aren’t affecting your skin condition.

It also is supposed to create a blurred effect on the skin by blurring imperfections. This works by smoothing the skin and filling in all the pores and crevices. I will say that this does a good job at creating that canvas. My makeup does look better when I use this under the makeup rather than applying makeup to a bare face. It has a great, velvety texture which may feel heavy to some, but I happen to really like it.

Finally, the formula is supposed to help the overall texture of the skin and prevent aging. Now, I think that these claims are maybe a bit much. I haven’t noticed any change to the actual texture of my skin. Once I wash my face, my skin doesn’t look smoother or less dull. I would say the overall skincare benefits of this product feel a bit exaggerated.

This works really well as a primer, but I don’t think I can justify the $65 price tag. There are lots of other primers that are half the price that do the same thing. I’m glad I splurged on this once just to try it out, but I won’t be repurchasing when I can get the same look for less by using the Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer.

What primer do you usually use? Is there one that you can’t live without? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser 

The other day, I was at the drugstore walking through the skincare aisle. Of all the expensive and inexpensive cleansers I’ve used over the years, I’ve never found one that I feel particularly loyal to. I have never used a cleanser that seemed to be solely responsible for helping my skin. In fact, most of the time, nothing changes about my skin when I change cleansers. Because of that, I’ve become a bit disillusioned when it comes to cleansers. As long as my skin feels clean at the end of the day, I’m pretty happy. Because of that, I decided to take a chance on a $5 cleanser from the drugstore: the Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser.

This cleanser promises a tingling sensation which I thought was odd. Usually, you don’t want your skincare to burn you or cause tingling sensations. However, this just kind of makes your skin feel cold and minty. I don’t know if it is cleansing my pores more deeply, but I do love the scent. It’s kind of minty mixed with something else (maybe eucalyptus?)

The main attraction of this cleanser is that it is oil-free. I know that lots of people with acne-prone skin find that certain oils can help their acne, but I find that almost anything with oil breaks me out further. I’m happy to report that this cleanser has not caused my acne to get worse at all. I don’t think it’s making it any better though either.

Overall, I like this cleanser. My skin feels clean after I use it, it smells great, and it’s only $5. Will I repurchase it? Probably not. As I said at the beginning of this post, I don’t yet have any loyalty towards one specific cleanser.

What about you? Do you have a holy grail cleanser that you absolutely swear by? I’d love to know!

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Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask 

I feel like I take pretty good care of the skin underneath my eyes. I’ve been using undereye cream since I was 16, and I try to be very gentle with the skin around that area. Still, I was excited when I received the Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask which comes with two fiber patches to place underneath the eyes in order to relax and refresh the skin. This one-time use mask can be purchased from Sephora for $5.

I was surprised at how easy this product was to use. I was afraid that the small fiber patches would slide around or fall off, but they really stayed in place. I was able to move about and sit up and watch TV with these patches underneath my eyes. After about 20 minutes, I decided to remove them. I rubbed the excess product into the skin. I can’t say that anything dramatic seemed to happen for my skin. It maybe seemed a bit more moisturized but no brighter than before. I don’t tend to have puffy undereyes, but I could see how this formula would be able to help with that.

Overall, this was a fun little product because it felt luxurious to have a specific mask for under the eyes. Still, I don’t think it really did anything, so I’m not sure I can recommend it as anything other than a novelty.

Have you tried an undereye mask? What did you think?

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Herbivore Blue Tansy  Resurfacing Clarity Mask 

I’ve been wanting to try Herbivore products ever since they appeared at Sephora. They are made with really natural ingredients and have amassed quite the cult following. However, they are also pretty expensive, so I waited to buy one until I had something to celebrate. Recently, I allowed myself a celebratory splurge after getting a raise at work, so I decided to indulge in the Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask, which is supposed to be great for acne-prone skin. This mask can be purchased from Sephora for $48.

My first impressions were kind of unpleasant because I realized the moment I opened the container that the stench was overwhelming. It smells really bad. I’ve been struggling with how to describe the scent, but I think it kind of smells like something sour mixed with menthol and sulfur. It’s bad, but I can honestly say that after using this mask several days in a row, I kind of got used to the scent. The first few times, the scent was so powerful it made me angry, but the next few times, I didn’t really notice it after I applied the mask. So, at least it’s something you can get used to, and you don’t smell it after you wash the mask off.

As for the results of the mask, I was very pleased! This contains natural AHA and BHA acids, which promote cell turnover. After using the product every day for a week, my skin seemed clearer and smoother. It definitely helped my acne over time. Still, though you don’t get instant results, I like that this mask is gentle enough to use every day, although they suggest using it three times a week or once a week. This mask reminded me a lot of the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, which smells better and is possibly more potent. So, if you can’t handle the smell of this mask, I would recommend trying that one instead.

Overall, I like this product because of the results. AHA and BHA acids are really important parts of my skincare routine since they help reduce the appearance of acne scars over time. I do like the results of this mask since my skin feels smoother, and I like that it is gentle so I can use it daily if I want to. I think I’ll repurchase this when it runs out, especially since I know now that I can handle the smell. I swear it doesn’t last after the mask is washed off!

Have you tried this product? What is your favorite high-end mask? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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Simple Truth Lavender Eucalyptus Body Lotion 

I am very picky when it comes to body lotion. I want it to dry extremely fast and leave my skin feeling immediately softer. I’ve found some great ones over the years, and I was excited to find another great, inexpensive pick recently: the Simple Truth Lavender Eucalyptus Body Lotion. This product can be purchased from Kroger supermarkets for only $6.

It’s odd thinking about getting body lotion from a grocery store, especially since this is a Kroger exclusive, but as I was browsing, I saw this and thought I’d give it a try. First, the scent is amazing. You can really smell the lavender and eucalyptus and they do not smell overly artificial, which is impressive for such an inexpensive lotion. The scent does fade throughout the day, but it will last for a few hours. Honestly, I’ve been using this one mostly at night though because the scent is so relaxing that it seems perfect for an evening routine.

As I mentioned earlier, I need lotions to dry quickly. I hate when I feel sticky or if I have streaks of white lotion that refuses to absorb. This one has a very thin formula that dries clear and immediately. This is definitely a plus in my book! Now, I will admit that the formula isn’t super moisturizing, so it’s best for people who do not have super dry skin. It moisturizes a bit but is better for maintaining average skin than fixing damaged or cracked skin. It does make my skin feel softer since I’m not currently experiencing very dry skin, but I’m not sure if I’ll use it in the winter.

Overall, I’ve been really impressed by this product. It smells great, dries quickly, and provides a thin layer of moisture that is nice for a daily evening lotion.

Do you have an inexpensive lotion you can’t live without? Please, let me know in the comment section.

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Sephora Lotus Face Mask

It’s time for another mask review! While I prefer thicker masks that you apply like a paste,  I’ve been  enjoying a lot of sheet masks too. Recently I tried the Sephora Collection Lotus Mask. This can be purchased from Sephora for $6.

The skincare benefits of this mask are supposed to be added moisture and a soothing quality. I would say that this was true but just moderately. Overall, after thirty minutes of using this sheet mask, my skin wasn’t irritated and might have been a little bit more moisturized, but the effects were not dramatic. Still, for $6, it was an okay mask that did smell really nice. It’s in the more affordable range for sheet masks, and it would be a nice addition to an at-home spa day. I don’t think I’ll repurchase this one because there are better sheet masks out there.

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Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask 

It’s time for another mask review! I absolutely adore face masks because they provide the fastest most potent skincare results, and they feel luxurious. This week, I’m reviewing the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. This mask can be purchased from Sephora for $58 per 1 oz container.

I was nervous to try this mask because anything that says “resurfacing” has the potential of being really harsh on the skin (for example, the terrible chemical peel experience from last week). However, this was incredibly gentle on the skin and did not cause any irritation. The product has a jelly-like texture and is a mostly clear with a tint of brown. I slathered on a thin layer and waited for about thirty minutes before washing it off. Were the results earth shattering? No, but I did wake up with clearer skin the next morning. And after using it for several days in a row, my skin did feel smoother too. Overall, I’m disappointed in the price of the product because $58 is pretty steep for 1 oz of face mask cream, but I am pleased with the results. If you can afford it comfortably, then I think it’s probably worth it. I should also mention that 100% of this product is made from all-natural ingredients and it is completely vegan as well with no artificial colors or fragrances. It’s always great to find a natural product that really works.

Have you tried a face mask that has excited you lately? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel 

I’m always looking for a skincare miracle. I have acne prone skin with some scarring. Anything that claims to resurface the skin and smooth things out is something I’m willing to try. I recently received a three day sample of the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel. A thirty day supply can be purchased from Sephora for $88, which is pretty expensive for something you would need to repurchase monthly.

This is a two-step process. Each day requires two different wipes. You rub the first wipe over your clean skin until the wipe feels dry. Then you wait two minutes and do the same thing with the second wipe. It’s a very easy process, but I just hated the results. I am so glad I used the ones for sensitive skin because I can’t even imagine what would have happened to my skin if I used the stronger ones. Here is a summary of my experience:

After Day 1 – I woke up with acne on my cheek. I was surprised because this is not a location where I typically get acne. My skin also felt kind of dry.

After Day 2 – I woke up with more acne, this time around my nose and eyebrow. My skin was even drier and my cheeks and chin were looking red.

After Day 3 – I received even more acne, but now it spread to my chin. My skin was even more red and very dry.

So, obviously, I hate what this did to my skin. Could it have been drawing out the impurities in my pores? Sure, it might have been. Had I used it for a month, maybe my acne would have actually improved, but at what cost? Even my strongest moisturizer wasn’t a match for the drying and redness that this caused and I only used it for three days. I would not recommend this for sensitive or acne prone skin at all. Maybe this would work better for oily skin and people who are not prone to breakouts.

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