I purchased Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist (2.7oz/$15) at Target as so many beauty bloggers rave about mists as part of a proper skincare regimen. As I am naturally oily, I proceeded with caution when I bought it. It contains hyaluronic acid, black oat, proVitamin A and linoleic acid. Combined, these ingredients provide a surge of moisture and plumpness to the skin. The mist is suitable for all skin types. I figured it would add just a touch of hydration after cleansing and before I applied my makeup. As you can see in the picture, it has a milky type consistency and sprays out in a fine mist. After I used this, I noticed some small breakouts a few days later. I stopped using it for a bit and tried it again. I again broke out. I'm not sure what was causing me to breakout in the ingredient list but unfortunately, I can't use it anymore. It did not feel greasy on my face and misted out nicely. I really liked it and wanted it to work for me. I now use it after a shower on my chest, arms and legs cuz I ain't wasting my money. I try to make a product work in other ways before I give up on it completely. I still think mists are a great idea, however, the point is to help your skin, not cause it to breakout. That being said, I know this product will work well for another skin type and I still have strong Pixi love. For info/purchase, head to Target.
Obsessed with skin cleansers especially ones that do not foam, strip or dry out the skin. Ones that emulsify or are based in oil or milk rev my beauty engine hard. Pur~lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk ($36/5.07oz) is "fused with soy milk, whole oat and white tea" while being soap and sulfate free. It is gentle, soothing and suitable for all skin types. It even washes away mascara while toning the skin. The ingredients are pretty awesome as blue lotus is a "powerhouse antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits that combat against free radical damage" while white tea "helps to rejuvenate skin." Soy Milk "is rich in amino acids and maintains skin elasticity" and whole oat "calms and soothes sensitive skin."
The cleansing milk is white with a thinner consistency. It smells very lightly floral and pleasant. It does not foam at all and nicely distributes on the skin. It rinses away clean and leaves the skin refreshed and bright. It is lovely but also really effective for cleaning the skin. Oftentimes, I use this as my second cleanse just to let my skin receive all the beneficial ingredients. This is a gentle and soothing cleanser and well worth the investment. For info/purchase, head to purlisse.com. This is a smaller scale beauty line that focuses primarily on skincare but the offerings all look fantastic including moisturizers with and without SPF, sheet masks and bb creams.
I only like creme (cream?) eyeshadows. I cannot deal with powders because of fallout, creasing and the maintenance of it all. I much prefer to swipe and go without any mess. Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome ($7.99) in Khaki Kool caught my eye at CVS. It is described as follows: "metallic intensity and high tenacity color brilliantly combine to saturate your lids in liquid chrome shine for up to 24 hours." I probably swiped each lid about 3-4 times and it definitely provided an opaque wash of color. It lasted pretty well as I got about 10 hours of wear with some minor creasing and color fade. This is fine–I don't plan or need to wear eye makeup up to 24 hours–I'm good. This is affordable, easy to use, has 10 fun colors in the collection and has decent duration. Sold. For info/purchase, head to mass retailers like CVS or Target.
I purchased Revlon Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow ($7.99) recently because I use creme shadows 99% of the time. I much prefer them to standard powder shadows due to the ease of use and zero mess involved with application. I also think some powder shadows have tremendous fallout and crease quickly. I have better luck with cremes across the board. I purchased the shade Praline which is a peachy, shimmery color that makes you look like you got lots o' beauty sleep even if you feel like a zombie. The packaging is nice as it has a mini brush that slides out from the cover. I had my doubts about using it but it really worked nicely for application as it provided an opaque, smooth wash of color with just a few swipes. The formulation seems very on point as I did not experience any creasing or fading of color. It supposedly wears for up to 24 hours but I am never gonna need to test that out–like ever. I am pleased with the quality of the formulation and the packaging is neat and efficient–just how I like things! For info/purchase, head to mass retailers like Target or CVS.
I purchased Pestle & Mortar Hyaluronic Serum (1oz/$69) recently which is described as "the ultimate multitasker for your skin. This smooth concentrate targets fine lines, dullness and dehydration restoring a healthy glow, plumpness and radiance." It also contains pure ingredients including aloe and Vitamin E. In fact, the ingredient list is SHORT which comforts me in knowing I'm not slathering a bunch of wacky chemicals all over my face. It is for all skin types and may be used day or night. It may be used on the neck too which is such an overlooked area. The neck/chest area can reveal sun damage and aging more than the face so treat them lovingly! I love the simple and easy packaging too. The company is based in Dublin, Ireland and is family run. It is based solely on word of mouth which makes me feel even better about my purchase.
The serum is clear, free of scent and has a water like consistency that virtually disappears into the skin within seconds of application. It does not make my skin look at all greasy and works well under makeup. It is really a seamless product to use and is incredibly gentle on the skin. So far I have not had any bad reactions to it which ALWAYS makes me happy. So pleased with this purchase and my tricky, volatile skin seems to be loving it too! For info/purchase, head to pestleandmortar.com
Moisturizer is the skincare product I struggle with the most due to my oily, sensitive and at times, very acne prone skin. I know I need it but so many times in the past, moisturizers either break me out, make me extra greasy or don't do anything. I think I have finally found THE ONE here: Avene Hydrance Optimale Riche Hydrating Cream (1.35oz/$32). I would have totally turned my nose up the air and walked right by it because it states right on the tube "for dry to very dry sensitive skin." That isn't even in my skin ballpark other than the sensitive bit. Fortunately, I received this as a sample and decided to give it a go, willing to risk another breakout. This cream is GREAT! It is so light, has no scent and absorbs seamlessly into the skin without making my face look like an oil slick. I use it twice a day–before makeup in the morning and after cleansing/acid toning at night. It is so gentle, has not broken me out and gives my skin just the right amount of moisture to balance it out. Ingredients include rich shea butter (doesn't break me out-promise!), Avene Thermal Spring Water, lipomucine and meiboserine which all work synergistically to lock in optimum hydration and prevent dehydration. I find the label is so misleading because I think this cream is fine for ALL skin types, not dry or very dry. Whatever–I don't care. I found my moisturizer staple and can cross it off my list. Happiness at last! For info/purchase, head to birchbox.com.