Winter 2018 Skincare Favorites

Winter 2018 Skincare Favorite for Dry and Sensitive Skin

 

Hey friends!

I have been on a blogging kick lately. I just feel like I have so much that I want to share with the world for some reason. The topic that has been on the top of my mind this winter has been skincare.

Winter is Michigan can be brutal. It’s super cold and snowy and my skin is soooooooo dry. I also have very sensitive skin so I have to be super careful about what products I am using on my skin. I feel like I have tried a bit of everything and only a few products actually work.

 

Winter 2018 Skincare Favorite for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Lotions

  1. Trader Joe’s – A Midsummer Night’s Cream. Brett laughs every time he sees a bottle of this lotion, which is a lot because I have three bottles throughout our apartment and another bottle on my desk at work. This has been my favorite lotion for years. It never bothers my sensitive skin (I often get red rashes from lotions). This lotion is unscented, ph balanced, and contains a healthy dose of aloe. It’s not sticky or greasy and keeps my hands moisturized for hours. You also get a huge bottle for a very small price tag.
  2. CeraVe – Moisturizing Lotion. Brett bought me a bottle of this a few winters ago when I was still working in a restaurant. My hands were always so dry, cracked, and red. This particular lotion from CeraVe is unscented and great for people with sensitive skin!
  3. Kiehl’s – Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. My mom and sister bought me a bottle of this the week of my wedding as a pre-wedding gift. I used it on my wedding day all over my body and even brought it on the airplane to keep my skin moisturized on the long ride over to London. This lotion has become my favorite and I really need to buy another bottle. It was such a treat to receive this as a gift from my family as they know my insane struggle with my sensitive skin.
  4. Soap & Glory – The Righteous Butter. This has been one of my favorite lotions since I studied abroad in London in 2015. Soap & Glory was huge in the U.K. and just recently made their appearance in the U.S. I put this lotion on my hands ever night before bed and I wake up with silky smooth hands with zero irritation.

Winter 2018 Skincare Favorite for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Moisturizers, Serum, Toner

  1. Mario Badescue – Oil Free Moisturizer. I have been using this moisturizer constantly since 2014 and haven’t been disappointed! It is unscented and has ____ SPF which makes it great to use all year long. Before finding this product I had a really hard time finding a moisturizer that didn’t make my skin break out into a red, itchy mess.
  2. Yes to Coconut – Ultra Hydrating Facial Souffle Moisturizer. This was a recent Tj Maxx find that I decided to buy after reading a few promising online reviews. I wouldn’t say that this is the best moisturizer for people with sensitive skin because it is scented. However, this is great to us once a week as a pamper moisturizer. It is super hydrating and makes my skin feel brand new.
  3. The Body Shop – Vitamin E Night Serum. This is hands down my favorite skincare product. It has changed the texture of my skin and has made me feel so much more moisturized. One of my co-workers actually commented on how good my skin looked after a couple of weeks of using this! I put this on every night after I wash my face and wake up with smooth, hydrated, and happy skin.
  4. Clinque – Clarifying Lotion. I remember back in Middle School my mom bought me my first Clinque Skincare set. Since then I have used the brand on and off but have always loved every product that I have tried. Toner is an important part of my skincare routine and this one from Clinque is the best that I have found for winter. It is gentle, unscented, and great for combination/oily skin. I use this after washing my face twice per day.

 

Winter 2018 Skincare Favorites for Dry and Sensitive Sk

Lip Products

  1. Fizz & Bumble – Lip Scrub. I bought this on a whim at Ulta a couple of weeks before Christmas. My lips were so dry and chapped and I really wanted to find something that would help me get rid of all the pieces of flaking skin. This works wonders to relieve my lips of all the dry, uncomfortable bits and makes my lips feel so soft! Another bonus is that the sugar scrub tastes so good so it doesn’t matter if you get a little in your mouth.
  2. Kiehl’s – Lip Balm #1. Brett and I received samples of this lip balm on our flight over to London for our Honeymoon. This was only the second Kiehl’s product I had ever used and was blown away by the quality. This is a game changer for dry lips! I use it every single day and apply a healthy amount right before bed. A little goes a long way and the small sample bottle is still going strong. This stuff is a bit pricey but I know I need to force myself to buy the full size bottle!
  3. Nivea – A Kiss of Moisture. Another must have product for me. This stuff works great and I always have a few tubes laying around. I especially love Nivea because it reminds me of my Easter break adventures in Germany with my study abroad friends!
  4. Chapstick. My dad works at Pfizer so my family has always used Chapstick. I can pretty much guarantee that there will always be at least one tube in my purse at all times. I am a loyal Chapstick user because it never lets me down. Chapstick is super affordable and works amazing!

Winter 2018 Skincare Favorites for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Makeup

  1. Neutrogena – Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint. I wear very minimal makeup and only wear it during the work week. I like to look like I have put a bit of effort in my appearance but hate the feel of makeup. I honestly feel much better about myself when I’m not wearing makeup which is why I love this stuff so much. It evens out my skin tone and keeps my skin feeling super moisturized.
  2. Garnier – BB Cream. I love this BB Cream for the same reasons as the Neutrogena Hydrating Tint. This keeps my skin moisturized while evening out my skin tone. It is oil free and contains slicylic acid which is great for people struggling with keeping their skin acne free.

 

Extras

  1. WATER. Yes, in all capitals because water is that important. I’m not an expert but I know that our bodies are in a large percent made up of water. It is so important to keep our bodies hydrated which will lead to better skin. Go get yourself a 40 ounce water bottle and drink a couple of those per day. Your body will thank you.
  2. Humidifier. I bought Brett a humidifier for his birthday in November to help with his severe allergies and breathing problems. Not only is it a great fix for these things, it also works amazing for hydrating my skin. I wake up feeling so much mre refreshed.

 

I hope my suggestions help you find some new skincare favorites! Please let me know your favorite skincare products in the comments below.

As always, thanks so much for reading!

 

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P.S. One of my neighbors walked out while I was taking this pictures outside of our apartment and looked at me like I was crazy. To be fair, it was freezing cold outside.

 

July Favorites!

July_end

Wow! July really flew by! I guess it’s time for another Favorites post….

1. Lilac Nail Polish: My go to nail polish this past month was Sally Hansen’s Violet Voltage. The first time I used it I wore it as is but for the second time I added an accent nail using Sally Hansen’s Disco Ball. I absolutely love the color lilac and it is the perfect color for summer! Disco Ball works well to add a bit of sparkle to any color polish and I find myself using it all of the time! Sally Hansen is my favorite nail polish brand because they are super affordable, opaque, and they come in so many different colors!

Disco Ball and Violet Voltage

Disco Ball and Violet Voltage

2. John Frida Leave in Conditioner: At the beginning of July I decided that I had to do something about my crazy dry hair. I considered buying It’s a Ten but the $17 dollar price tag didn’t seem worth it. I stumbled upon John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-in Conditioner one day at Ulta. I have used It’s a Ten Leave-in Conditioner many times so I can safely say that Frizz Ease is a great dupe! I got one bottle for $5.99! Ulta was having a BOGO 50% off sale for I grabbed two and I will never ever go back to It’s a Ten!

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3. Victoria’s Secret Smoothing Body Scrub: For me, summer means shaving. Therefore, I always use a body scrub to achieve a nice, close shave. The one I used all of July was Victoria’s Secret Smoothing Body Scrub in At First Sight. The scent is a little strong but other than that I love this product!

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4.  Maybelline’s The Falsies Volum’ Express: I bought this mascara because I was looking for waterproof mascara that I could wear all day without clumping. I really like this mascara because it has a curved wand that follows the shape of your eye. I love wands like this because it allows you to get closer to the roots of your lashes. I got this in Brownish Black which I really love because it isn’t as harsh as straight black mascara. Overall, this mascara is now my all-time favorite!

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5. Mary Kay’s Cream Eye Color: I previously reviewed this product in my Mary Kay Glam Voxbox post. I received this eye shadow from Influenster to try and review.  This has become my go-to eye color because it is a soft, blend able cream that sits on my eyelids without creasing. The shade that I own is Apricot Twist which is a bronzy color. I wore this almost every day in July because I love it so much!

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6. Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Pore Cleanser: I have had problems with my skin for as long as I can remember. I have tried a million different products, medications, and treatments but nothing seems to work. I have had some luck with Formula 10.0.6 mud masks so I decided to try the Clear Skin Starts Here kit. The whole set is only $9.99 at Ulta which is super affordable. I have had pretty good luck with it so far but will continue to test it before giving the full review. I can say that I am in love with the So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser!! It is basically a toner with salicylic acid which helps fight breakouts! I use it after washing my face and it gets rid of anything that was left behind!

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7. Jewelry Organization: I am doing a complete room re-organization before school starts in the fall. The first thing on my list was my vanity/dresser. I knew I needed some sort of organization for my bracelet collection. I was able to find four dishes in similar blue and green patterns for $7 at TJ Maxx! They are so cute!!

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8. My Neurologist: I have mentioned this before but I suffer from severe headaches/migraines. Some doctors use the term chronic migraines. Basically, I have a headache every single day and have at least one migraine day a week. It’s terrible and makes it really hard for me to do normal activities. I have been working with a Neurologist for almost a year trying to figure everything out. Last week, I had a CT scan of my blood vessels and brain tissue so hopefully that will provide some additional answers. I am so lucky that my insurance lets me see a specialist because I don’t know what I would do without it! I just started a new pain treatment with includes an additional preventative medication. I can already feel a difference in my pain levels! I am just really thankful for my doctor and my parents for standing by me and helping me through this.

July was perfect and I am looking forward to what August has in store for me! Thank you all for reading!

May Favorites

I meant to post this on June 1st…. However, I have had a very busy June thus far and haven’t had the time to finish it. So here it is! I hope you guys enjoy a couple of my favorite products from May!

 

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The first product is by Formula 10.0.6 and is called the Pores Be Pure skin-clearing mud mask. I mentioned this product during my Arizona posts.  The first time I tried it my skin burned so bad and I had to take it off almost immediately. The burning sensation doesn’t bother me anymore and actually feels pretty good. It makes my skin feel a lot more clean and tight. I haven’t noticed a huge difference with blackheads and things like that but I do enjoy using this mask from time to time. I wouldn’t recommend using this mask more than once a week but you can buy it from Ulta for $5.99.

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The second product is Trader Joe’s Spa face wash with tea tree oil. My mom and sister got this for me when they were visiting family in Ohio.  The smell of this face wash is really bad but it cleans my face so well! My face has seriously never felt so clean! This face wash takes away all the oil on my skin and cleans it without drying my skin out. I used this face wash all winter and it didn’t dry my skin out which is amazing! I will definitely buy this wash again next time I am at Trader Joe’s.

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My final products are from Neutrogena’s Acne Stress Control line. The store was having a buy one get one free sale so I decided to pick up the stress control face wash and toner. I have wanted to try this line for a while but just never got around to it. I am so glad that I bought these because they have easily become my favorite face products! I have really bad skin (which is why all of my favorite products are for skin) so I am always on the lookout for products that reduce the amount of breakouts that I have. I have still had breakouts while using these products but I haven’t had as many as I usually do. I have seen really good results using both of these so I plan on continuing buying them!

I hope you guys enjoyed my May favorites! Sorry that they are all face products but I am constantly trying new ones. When I find a face product that I love I want to share it with you guys! If anyone has any recommendations for me I would love to hear them! Thanks so much for reading!

A Saturday Off!

Last weekend I finally had a Saturday off. Every weekend I work at least 8.5 hours a day. I haven’t had a weekend off (besides Florida) for ages. I seriously can’t even remember having a weekend off…haha

But anyway, last Saturday I had a wonderful day with my family and with Brett. In the morning my mom, sister and I headed to our local farmer’s market. My mom and Dani go to the market every Saturday morning but I have only been able to go with them twice. Our farmer’s market is so nice and has such a huge variety of food, flowers, and other goods. We always buy our fruits and vegetables there as well as coffee. This weekend we got eggs, two things of carrots, four pints of raspberries, lettuce, kale, coffee, and bread.

Kale Chips!

Kale Chips!

After the farmer’s market we went out for brunch at The Crow’s Nest. It was my first time there and it was amazing! I ordered the banana bread French toast with a side of fresh fruit. It was delicious!

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Later on, I got prettied up using my Mary Kay products that I have been testing from Influenster! I am so pleased with how everything turned out! I don’t normally wear makeup but when I do I always feel really uncomfortable and fake. This time I felt really pretty and comfortable the whole night. I was super excited to show off my look to Brett!

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I drove over to Brett’s house and we ended up going to one of the parks close to his house. We walked a mile through the trails. It was a beautiful day and a couple was having their wedding in the park. It was so fun walking and talking with my favorite guy. I wore a thrifted Old Navy dress and sparkly black sandals. It was such a nice day to be out and about! After our walk we were hot so we stopped for some frozen yogurt! Yum!

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We spent the rest of the night the volunteer celebration at the local theatre. Brett and I both volunteer at the Civic at least once a month for the past three years. We love giving back to the community while seeing amazing shows! The theatre had a DJ, chocolate fountain, cotton candy, and so much food for us to enjoy. It was a great way to celebrate another fantastic season at the theatre!

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Thanks for reading!

Mary Kay Glam Voxbox!

A few weeks ago I received the MK Glam voxbox compliments of Infleunster! I was super excited to try Mary Kay products because I haven’t tried them before. I was surprised with the quality of the different products and I have had a lot of fun trying them out! I am hoping to do a more in depth review of the products after testing them farther but I did want to give you guys a quick idea of my thoughts so far.

Look at this awesome box!

Look at this awesome box!

The first product that I opened was the Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara in I ❤ Black. I am not a mascara person because I haven’t been able to find one that doesn’t make my eyes water. However, I have worn this mascara a couple of times and it hasn’t really bothered me that much! My biggest and only complaint about this mascara is that it is not waterproof. I also noticed that it doesn’t add any volume to my eyelashes. Overall, this mascara is one of the best ones that I have tried and I would recommend it if you are looking for a new mascara!

The next product that I tested was the Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist. I was super impressed with this eye color! I did a quick hand swatch to test the color and found that it is very light and easily blends. I have really dark eyelids and often have problems with eye shadows because they just don’t show up. This eye shadow stood out against my dark eyelids and lasted all day long. I will definitely buy this product after I run out of the sample because it is a very high quality eye shadow.

Thank you Influenster and Mary Kay!

Thank you Influenster and Mary Kay!

The Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush is actually the very first blush that I have ever owned. I don’t really know what to do with it yet but I am learning! I will let you know later how that goes but I am definitely not a makeup guru! So far I can tell that this is a beautiful shade of blush and it lasts all day.

I was super excited to see the Translucent Loose Powder because I needed some more and this is so much better than my last powder. What I love most about this product is that you but a small amount over your foundation and it helps make your makeup last all day! An added bonus is that this powder also makes my face look less shiny and more matte. I really love it so far and I am looking forward to wearing it more and more.

Lovely products :)

Lovely products 🙂

Gel Eyeliner with Expandable Brush Applicator in Jet Black is something that I have never seen before. I do not wear eyeliner. Like I said before, eye products tend to make my eyes water which is really uncomfortable to deal with all day. I have not tried this product yet but I think that the expandable brush is so cute and is very functional for on the go!

The Bronzing Powder that came in this voxbox is really quite lovely. I have not used a lot of bronzer in my lifetime because I am so pale and bronzer tends to make me look orange! However, I hand swatched this bronzer and it is just enough color to stand out on my skin without making me look orange.  So far, I think that this is a great product and I plan on wearing it more throughout the summer to achieve a sunny and natural look!

Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss in Mango Tango seemed a little scary at first because of the super bright orange color. However, once I put it on it blended really well into my lips and didn’t seem that bright. I haven’t worn this lip gloss that often because it isn’t really that practical to wear to work at a fast food restaurant.  I do love the fact that this lip gloss isn’t super sticky when you put it on. It goes on smooth and makes my lips feel soft and happy! 🙂

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Overall, this vox box from Mary Kay was awesome! I would recommend every single one of these products to all of you lovely readers! If you have any questions about any of these wonderful products please feel free to comment below! Thanks for reading and be sure to check out Mary Kay because they rock!