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Why Retinol Is A Good Thing: A Neostrata Eye Serum Review

I just recently got a few essentials for my skincare routine including an eye serum.  The great thing about this serum is that it contains retinol which is great for ant aging.  I love using eye creams because it helps to protect and moisturize the eye area, plus the skin around the eye area that is thinner than the rest of your face, so you want to make sure you buy the right eye cream to address your needs and concerns.

I personally haven’t use retinol since I was in college and I used it for my acne.  It was a topical cream that contained 1% pure retinol and boy did I see a change in my skin.  It cleared my skin of acne by smoothing my skin, making my pores look smaller and help with my acne scars and spots.  That is what retinol is used for usually but now it is widely used for wrinkles as well.

Now many years later, I am using retinol again but this time an eye cream and I hope that I’ll get the same results as I did years ago.  Or am I asking too much of my eye cream?  Here is my review and description of this eye cream.

Neostrata all in one eye serum with 0.075% retinol

This as an eye serum which sinks into your skin quickly and serums tend to be 3 to 5 times more effective.  You can pair it up with an eye cream if you need to moisturize the eye area because if you have dry skin the eye serum will not be enough.  I have oily skin so it’s perfect for me.

The most effective ingredient in this product is the 0.075% retinol which is great for the eye area and also safe enough for the skin around the eye area.  It is supposedly safe for sensitive skin, but for me I had to build up a tolerance for this eye serum because it was making my under eye area feel tingling and a burning sensation.  I can wear it in the daytime now but every now and then I still feel some tingling, but I’ve only been using it for a couple weeks now.

Right now as far as I can tell it’s taking some time too get used to the product.  Again this is my first time in many years using retinol on my face.  So if your first time users of using retinol you will experience tingling, burning sensation maybe even a little irritation around the eye.  Try to build your tolerance to it by using it only at night time or every other night or what ever is comfortable for you.

You must wear sunscreen because in order to get the best results like glowing skin sunscreen will at least protect your skin and help with the results you want to get from your creams. Plus retinol is fairly strong and may cause sensitivity so wear the SUNSCREEN!

Thank you for reading my post and I’ll see you nextweek. Have a good day my beauties!

My Lip Obsession Continues!

 

lip balm review

You should know by now I love all things lips.  Lip balms, lip gloss, lipstick, lip treatments and the elusive lips masks that I have yet to try.  But now that the seasons are changing my lips will be getting drier and more chapped unfortunately.  So I need 24/7 care on my lips during the fall and winter season.  I’m just going to dive right into my reviews of the two lip balms I’ve chosen and hopefully will last through the fall/winter season.

Clarins moisture replenishing lip balm

Clarins is based in France and they take a natural, botanical approach to their skincare which I love because who wants to put chemicals on their face all time?  I have used several products from this company before and I’ve loved every one of them.

I have used this lip balm in the past and I am going back to it because it really does moisturizing keep my lips looking plump and healthy looking.  This lip balm contains Shea butter and rose walks to really keep lips hydrated and moisturized.  It does contain mineral and castor oil which I think they really don’t need as a kind of makes the balm slippery but not sure if that’s the roles wax that’s making it that way as well.  It has a soft pinky hue too it but it goes on clear and gives you a semi matte finish.  There is a soft rose scent to it but it disappears quickly after application.

I do use it alone or under my lip gloss to give me extra moisture.  Because of its moisturizing power it really does keep my lips looking its best all the time.  I can even forgive the fact that it is a bit slippery because of its healing powers I am willing to try again.

maybelline lip balm review

Maybelline baby lips Dr. Rescue

Remember when these lip balms first came out they were everywhere?  I had a couple of these in my makeup drawer, used one and forgot about this one.  Now that I have found it it will be used for sure.  Here is the details on this one.

The Dr. Rescue is different from the other baby lips lip balm because it is medicated and specifically to help with dry, chapped lips.  The reason why it is a different is because it contains menthol and eucalyptus to help soothe and cool lips.  Because of these two ingredients it has of fairly strong scent and you do feel a cooling and tingling sensation on your lips.  That sensation does go away but the scent of it takes awhile to dissipate.  It may not be bothersome to some people, but for me I found it fairly strong and kind of hard to layer other products that may have a scent as well.  But the other ingredients such as Shea butter and honey helps to nourish and moisturize the lips.

It does really moisturize my lips and I find it comfortable.  Plus the affordability of this lip balm means I can put up with the smell.  I just pair it with a lip gloss that doesn’t have a strong scent to it and the added gloss from this balm gives you extra shine with the gloss.

When it comes to anything in beauty whether its $5.00 or $20.00 be open minded and give it a try.  You may just have found your next greatest find.  I’ll see you next week my beauties!

Why Picking out A Cleanser is Important

Before we even put our makeup, before we even apply a moisturizer we cleanse.  We cleanse to get rid of dirt, buildup of dead skin cells and makeup.  We start with a clean canvas, but we don’t put a lot of thought into a cleansing routine.  I know I didn’t take it too seriously before until I realized my skin was changing as I got older.  The cleansers I used to be for made my skin peeled tight, dehydrated and uncomfortable and now that I couldn’t use the cleansers I used to use I have to do some research and find some new ones to use.

If the cleanser was for oily skin, that’s all I needed to know.  Molson the time it was a gel based and it would have some kind of treatment like glycolic acid or salicylic acid to help keep skin mat.  If I use a cleanser like that now my skin would not necessarily be freaking out but it would feel uncomfortable and very dehydrated.  But even though I still break out, have large pores and have to constantly block my skin throughout the day I still need a cleanser that is deep cleaning but will not make my skin feel tight and uncomfortable.

So what do you do when you’re in a predicament like mine?  Well you basically have to listen to your skin and what it does during the seasons.  My routine now is fall and winter I use a foam or creamy cleanser and in the summer I use a gel cleanser.  It’s deftly not easy balancing the skin that one sack that the teenager but isn’t and that’s why I purchased my current cleanser by Neutrogena.

Neutrogena hydro boost cleanser

I chose this gel based cleanser for the fact that it contains hyaluronic acid (a little bit not a lot) which helps to maintain skins moisture balance I know you’re thinking it’s just a cleanser, you just wash it off and you go.  What’s the big deal?  Well it is the first step to your skincare routine and you want to start it off right.  You want a cleanser that won’t over dry your face but also helps to remove dirt and makeup.  That’s why this gel cleanser was a must for me.  I still have oily skin but now that I’m older I don’t need ingredients in the cleanser to treat my acne, that’s what my skin care is there for.

So what I do in my cleansing process is I pump a small amount onto my Clarisonic brush, move the brush around my face for a minute and to wash off.  It doesn’t really foam up and it doesn’t really have a heavy scent which I love.  It leaves my skin clean but not over dry.  This cleanser seems to be ideal for my combination oily skin.

So the next time you go buy a new cleanser just keep in mind your skin type, held the seasons affect your skin and what type of cleanser is suitable for your skin.  If your skin does feel very uncomfortable, very tight and dehydrated and even almost irritated after you wash your skin I think it’s time to change it up and that’s what the experts at your favorite makeup and skincare store is there for.  I hope this article will help you along your journey into skincare at least for the cleansing part.  Have a good week my beauties!

 

 

How I’m Trying to keep My Acne At Bay; A Review on Neostrata Spot Gel

I know what it feels like to have oily skin and the frustration that comes with it. I will have good days where I have no breakouts and I don’t have to use a clay mask or spot treatment and my face is beautiful and clear.  And then there are days when my skin is freaking out and when it does I’d definitely need products that work and work fast!

When you’re fighting with your skin it can be stressful and it can cause your mood and your self-esteem to dip.  Maybe not a lot, but somehow you do feel a little self-conscience because you know it’s right there on your face.  During the day you can at least cover it up with makeup to make it look less pronounced and less irritated looking.  But at night when you put on your skincare and your treatments, you’ll feel better knowing that they work.  But what if they didn’t?  That makes it all the more stressful because you either wait for it to go away or try to find something as quickly as possible that may or may not work.  I mean how stressful is that?

I recently went through this with a spot treatment that I bought on a whim.  It contained tea tree oil which is known to help treat acne.  But after a month of use it didn’t work as well as I thought it would.  I’m always one to try out new products so you can say it’s the skincare junkie in me and the fact that I have to try everything once is what gets me into trouble.  For the most part I do read labels, study ingredients and see if they work for what I need it for and I usually luck out.

In this article, I will be talking about the one spot treatment that has never let me down and has given me awesome results over and over again.

neostrata skincare review

Neostrata blemish spot gel

I always end up going back to this one whenever I’ve used another one whether it was good or not.  I don’t know why but it’s my go to to when all else fails.  In my early twenties I started using Neostrata skincare.  I started with their toner gradually got onto their moisturizer and when I had some success with a couple of their products, I started to use more of them.  And this is where I found the spot gel.

This spot gel contains 5% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid which helps to exfoliate and reduce breakouts.  Plus with the exfoliating process it helps to reduce the dark spot left after the break out which who doesn’t like that in a product?  It comes in a pump which I love because you can control and makes it less messy and it is a clear gel that you put it on your breakouts and it disappears within a minute.

For me personally I do not feel any tingling or irritation whatsoever, but that’s probably because I’ve used glycolic acid for years and my skin is used to it so it may feel different to you.  I do not experience any dryness either from this product.  When I do use this product on my breakouts the next day I see a difference in my skin.  I use this product day and night and it doesn’t disturb my makeup or skincare.  But what I always recommend when using glycolic acid or salicylic acid is to wear your sunscreen because you will not see the results you want and you’ll think the product is not effective enough when it is on your skin.

In general when exfoliating your face whether it’s a physical scrub or a moisturizer with an acid in it, wear your sunscreen!  Because exfoliating your skin may or may not cause irritation or redness or sensitivity to the sun.  And on top of the breakouts on your skin, who wants more stress in their lives about their skin?  I know I don’t, so until next week have a good week my beauties!

This entry was posted on September 18, 2017, in Skincare.

Masks: They are Miracles for your Face and Eyes plus Darphin Eye Mask Review

The miracle of masks.  How can you live without these sheet masks, clay masks, hydrating masks and asks for every part of your body.  They even have masks for the smallest parts of your body like your lips or your eye area.  In this article, I will be reviewing an eye mask that I am currently using and my discovery of face masks.

I first discovered masks in my early twenties when I first entered the beauty industry.  I honestly don’t think it was going to work.  A clay mask a quick reduce my acne, make my pores look smaller and matify my skin?  Yeah right!  But I purchased it any ways, used that same night and then my world changed.

A bit dramatic I know, but when you had and still have problematic skin you’ll try anything.  I’m glad I stumbled onto masks ‘cause it’s change my world and my skin to.  Fast forward to now, where my skin has changed and now I use a hydrating mask for fall and winter and a clay mask for spring and summer.  I know my skin wouldn’t be looking its best without these face miracles.  Now I’m in my mid thirties and I’m stepping up my game.  Now I started using eye masks that helped to reduce my bags, refreshed the eye area and of course keep those pesky lines at bay.

Darphin Eye Sorbet Mask

This is my first eye mask that isn’t a patch.  It is a creamy texture that is soothing and refreshing, plus it helps to keep the wrinkles at bay.  And if you have used this line before you will be familiar of the ingredients that they use which are botanical and essential oils.  And of course they are from Paris.

I’ve used many products from this line before and was very happy with the results.  So when I started using this product I wasn’t surprised that it actually worked.  With green tea, watermelon, cucumber and

many more natural ingredients, it hydrates, it soothes and it leaves your eyes refreshed.  Leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes and you’re closer to brighter looking skin.

There isn’t a lot of high masks that are like this.  They tend to be the patches that you put under your eyes, which for me tends to get messy.  They can move everywhere, they have too much essence in the patch itself which leaks onto your face or even in your hair if your lying down.  I’m not saying their all bad, I’ve used to myself.  I just like how this Darphin eye mask is mess free and how easily it goes on.

So next time you wanna give yourself a spa treatment at home, don’t forget the eye mask.  Have a good week my beauties!

This entry was posted on August 26, 2017, in Skincare.