I have not done a beauty/skincare post in awhile and with the weather changing, I am starting to feel it in my skin. I am that person who starts itching all over and will dry up like a prune in the winter. With my 30th birthday coming up…. (OMG I cant believe I will be the big 3 0) I have also noticed my skin changing and becoming not so firm anymore. I have never really been one to use the high end facial products for firming and hydrating but NOW I am starting to wish I did. I do however love face masks because of how soft they make my skin feel.
Freeman Mint & Lemon Clay Mask: Ulta $5.00 (this is an amazing product for $5)
I am an avid Ulta shopper for many reasons. They have everything from higher end products to drugstore products. This helps to not feel like you are spending your entire paycheck on beauty products. I needed a new facial mask for my dry skin and found one that is amazing! For those who are not aware of the brand, Freeman Beauty is an US brand making skin beautiful from head to toe for almost 40 years. They are well known for their affordable mask and foot products. Coming back to where I was, I found the section of face/foot masks and found several Freeman products. Immediately, I started processing the one that I would want to try, but we all know that such decisions are so tough. I finally grabbed the Mint & Lemon as I knew this was going to feel great!
Mint and Lemon clay mask claims to give relief from inflammation caused by breakouts which was the main reason I gravitated towards it. During that fun female time every month, I tend to have breakouts on my face. I wanted something which would help prevent as well as calm down my skin after breakouts. The texture of the mask is soft and not rough which makes it feel amazing. This mask did not stop breakouts, but has helped calm my skin. You can feel it start working the second you rub it on your skin. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!
L’Oreal Revitalift Night Cream: Ulta – $25.00
Over the last year, I have learned that night creams are extremely important for your skin. Especially being an avid tanner in my past life, I know that I will need some major skincare in my near future. While day creams cover the moisturizing step, you also need to repair all those dead skin cells. Not only does it moisturize the skin all night long, it provides the key nutrients your skin needs to repair itself for your busy day ahead. Sometimes day creams only have the basic ingredients to provide healthier looking skin. This is what everybody aspires to have! However, night creams not only create healthier looking skin it has thicker and stronger ingredients to ensure this look night and day.
The first night of using this I could already tell I was going to love this product. My skin was tighter around my eyes and I looked a little more refreshed that morning. I tend to overuse products by applying too much sometimes but I dont think this is the case with this product. It goes on very smooth and does not make your skin oily or sticky. I hope I see more results as I continue to use it. I am going on my 3rd week of using it at night and I am already obsessed!
Now for my go-to makeup products……
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation: Ulta $39.00
This stuff is literally magic in a bottle…. When I was younger, I never had the best skin. I would constantly have breakouts and still have scars from previous zits and pimples. I have gotten numerous facials and even micro-dermabrasion to help reduce the redness. Some of them did help reduce the redness and the scarring but they have not completely gone away. This is the only foundation I have found that has helped cover up those scars and actually lasts ALL DAY!!!
This amazing product is an oil-free, 12-hour liquid foundation formulated with Amazonian clay and non-chemical sunscreen filters. It is also dermatologist tested and vegan friendly.
Product review: Infused with skin-balancing Amazonian clay, the skinvigorating formula intuitively addresses your unique skin concerns, helping to improve overall skin clarity and texture, while the full coverage makeup fades over the appearance of large pores, discolorations and other imperfections. With all mineral, non-chemical sunscreen filters, this gentle formula features Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen, is vegan friendly and oil-free. Available in a large shade range to match women’s unique skin tones and undertones.
If there is one product that I will invest my money in it is this one. I apply it with my beauty blender (pictured below) with light dabbing around my face… I have noticed using the beauty blender rather than a makeup brush has helped blend the foundation better. I also use this beauty blender to apply my highlighter that I have noticed is lasting longer also!
Swissco Beauty Blender: Ulta $5.99
Maybelline, The Nudes Eyeshadow Pallette: Target $9.99
Confession: I am an eyeshadow palette hoarder! If there is one thing I buy everywhere I go, its a new palette! I love trying new colors with different outfits. I am that one person who feels like they are missing out on the latest and greatest if I see a new one in the beauty section. I know some of you may be over the whole naked/nude eyeshadow palette thing, but they are the most universally flattering palettes around. They can go from various day to night situations and because of that I will never get tired of neutral colored eyeshadows…EVER.
I tested all of them on my arm for a better visual on the actual colors.
The palette includes five matte shades and seven shimmers, although in the pictures it is hard to see. I did also find that when using a brush it took a bit of effort to get decent color on my brush enough to do a complete wash of color over the lid and in the crease, but it does get better the more you use the shadows. These are great colors for blue/green/hazel eye colors but will also work for that natural, smoky eye. And it is super affordable 🙂
LiLash/LiBrow – $99.00 (each) Click here to purchase
I have been using this product for over 2 years now. I actually used to sell this at my old job and I was pretty skeptical at first. You just never know what to expect when it comes to making something grow that is naturally grown on our bodies. But, within the first week of using it my eyelashes and eyebrows were already longer and fuller. Unfortunately, I do not have a before picture but here is a picture of them now.
I use this product everyday right after I apply my mascara. These will last a good while too as you only need to use the smallest amount of product, you literally pull the brush out of the tube and wipe off the excess back into it. I like the way the brush on the lash serum is a lot smaller for easier application too! It literally has lasted an entire year without re-purchasing. As far as the LiBrow, I used to not really have any eyebrows. This product has helped make them fuller and thicker. I use an eyebrow pencil to help darken them but I apply the LiBrow right before I apply my makeup. It is a little pricier than the previous products but it is totally worth the splurge!
This is my November product review and I am hoping to start doing these weekly. Stay tuned for more affordable and AMAZING beauty products!