Current Beauty and Makeup Favorites
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I’m no beauty blogger but recently, I’ve been using and discovering a few beauty and makeup products that have been blowing my mind. Today, I wanted to share my (admittedly) unqualified opinions on these new favorites and my thoughts. I used to do weekly reviews but with my new blogging schedule, I thought it’d make more sense to do one monthly post of brief reviews of all my favorite products from that month going forth.
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About my skin
To start, I just want to share a few notes about my skin for reference (in case you want to try some of these products yourself). I have dry, eczema-prone skin. I tend to gravitate toward products made for sensitive skin but I’m definitely not acne-prone. My skin does tend to get red and a bit rashy from over-exfoliating though. I have neutral undertones and would be about an NC 35. I tan really easily and stay tan for way too long (not always considered a good thing when you’re Asian American - just ask my grandma!).
Thayers witch hazel Toner
Since I learned about toners in 2013, I’ve used them religiously after cleansing my face. I’ve tried various toners, both high-end and low-end and I’ve come to realize that at least on my skin, I don’t need to spend a ton of money to get the same effect that a toner does. I have been enjoying my Thayers Witch Hazel Toner, specifically the one in the rose petal scent. You can find these in most drugstores and even grocery stores. I bought mine at Whole Foods but I’ve seen them at CVS as well. They have an unscented version if the rose petal scent isn’t your thing.
Innisfree Apple Seed Oil Cleanser
I’m a big fan of the double cleansing method, per Korean skincare routines. The double cleansing method, in case you didn’t know, is when you use an oil-based cleanser first to wash your face, and then afterwards, using a regular foaming cleanser. The idea is that the oil cleanser will get the oil-based dirt and grime off your face and the foaming cleanser will get everything else out. I bought my Innisfree Apple Seed Oil Cleanser in Korea at the Innisfree store. I LOVE the way this cleanser smells and it does an amazing job at getting deep into my skin to clean everything up. I use this at the end of a photoshoot day with heavy makeup and it gets everything off!
Saturday Skin Bright Potion Probiotic Power Serum
I recently received two Saturday Skin items from Influenster in their Voxbox. I had heard great things about Saturday Skin and was curious about trying out some of their products so I this was a great opportunity to do so. The Saturday Skin Bright Potion Probiotic Power Serum was a godsend! If you have dry skin like me, this serum will do a great job at brightening up dull, dry areas! It not only hydrates your skin, it will make your skin look vibrant and balanced. The consistency is soft and silky and a little bit of the product goes a long way so you get a lot more product for your money. At $51, it’s not the cheapest but you get a lot of bang for your buck and it works like a charm!
Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream
While I don’t have issues with crows feet, wrinkles, or dark under eyes (yet), I’ve always been taught the value of prevention over cures by my mom. I use eye cream religiously to prevent aging around the eyes. I tried out this Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream recently and it did exactly what it said on the tin - it’s amazing at brightening up my under eyes and hydrating the skin around my eyes. As far as eye creams go, it’s not a bad price at $46 either. It’s basically replaced my Farmacy Dew it All eye cream these days!
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The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose hip Seed Oil
I’ve gotten a lot of recommendations to add a face oil to my night routine so I decided to purchase this rose hip seed oil from The Ordinary (Deciem). It’s under $10 so I figured it wouldn’t be a complete loss if it didn’t work out for my skin. Little did I know that this little bottle worth $9.80 of rose hip seed oil would become a game changer! I put this on as one of the last things I do at night before heading to bed. In the morning, I’ll find my skin to be baby soft! I don’t have acne-prone skin but I do get the occasional spot depending on the time of the month. When that happens, I’ll put this on my skin and it’s gone the next day! It’s super hydrating as well and this oil is has natural ant-aging properties if that’s important to you.
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
This little serum has me feeling mixed. On one hand, the Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension Serum has a really gritty texture and if you accidentally use too much, it can make your skin sting a bit. But on the other hand, if you know how to use it, it’s kind of a skin miracle worker! A little goes a LONG way and I like to mix it with a few drops of my hyaluronic acid serum to break up the grittiness. May I add it’s also only $6.80??
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Just open up Instagram on any beauty blogger’s account and you’ll see this Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I can understand it - the pretty and photogenic packaging aside, it’s SO hydrating and makes my lips feel so soft! It has a nice berry scent that also doesn’t hurt either!
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Kaja Moon Crystal Sparkling Eye Pigment
Another Influenster item I was sent, these Kaja Moon Crystal liquid eyeshadows are SO pretty! I received two colors - ‘Mystical,’ a sparkly lavender color with blue flashes, and ‘Goddess,’ a gorgeous shimmery bronze color. I haven’t had too many opportunities to use ‘Mystical’ but I’ve used ‘Goddess’ several times and it looks amazing on! The consistency of these pigments are lovely and they’re super easy to apply and blend! The only thing I will say about it is that on my eyes, they tend to crease a bit but it’s less of a problem when I use primer though.
Tarte ‘Tartlette Tease’ palette
During my last Sephora visit, I passed by the sample section and saw these small Tartelette palettes. I was intrigued by the “Tease” palette because all the colors were perfect for my skin tone and I knew I could make a lot of different looks with them from everyday neutral to dramatic weekend! I’ve been using this palette solely for the last two months and I even took it with me to California. The size is perfect for travel. I highly recommend it!