Hi all! I’m coming at you with another beauty post! I have to admit: I’m starting to have a lot of fun writing reviews like this. This post is going to be focused entirely on skin care and is going to highlight some products that I’ve been rotating into my daily routine as of late. I don’t usually try new products all that often, but the recent changes in weather have left my skin feeling like sand paper. Uncomfortable and unattractive. Here are some products that I’m using to rejuvenate my skin and nurse it back to life! These products also appear to be keeping my complexion clear as well!Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar- This is my new cleansing obsession. This is not your grandad’s soap. This Erno Laszlo bar is a must try if you’re looking for some serious cleansing power without feeling dried out. The lather is nice and light, it smells super fresh and it leaves my skin feeling really soft. It definitely makes my skin feel tighter, but in a clean way. I absolutely love it! It’s definitely great for all skin types too! I’m looking forward to trying the other bars from Erno laszlo. Savor Beauty Pumpkin Renew Serum- I’ve been using this serum alone under my eyes and mixed with my Nars Skin Tint foundation (which has been an attempt to keep the super thick product from drying out my skin). This serum is GREAT. I feel like my skin looks absolutely radiant when I use it. Not to mention it leaves my skin feeling super soft and eliminates dryness! I’ve used plenty of serums, but this serum is straight oil, so consider yourself warned when you’re applying it. That being said, it doesn’t make my face feel greasy at all as it diffuses nicely across my skin. All products from this brand are 100% natural and are produced locally in New York state. They don’t come cheap, though. A “mini” sized bottle of the Pumpkin Renew Serum is $15, while the full size is $64. Sephora Collection Algae Purifying & Detoxifying Sleeping Mask- I throw this overnight mask on once or twice a week and I really like the way it makes my skin feel. It’s not drying and I can hardly tell it’s on aside from the fact that my skin feels as soft as clouds. While it makes my skin feel great after applying it, I haven’t noticed much of a difference upon waking up in the morning. My roommate swears by the Sephora Collection sheet and sleeping masks, so I definitely recommend checking out the variety. They’re extremely affordable, too!
C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Lip Balm: SOS: my lips need major help! This stuff is my saving grace! I’m extremely picky with lip balm because my lips are sensitive. Many products out there irritate them rather than soothe them. You know you can rely on me when it comes to lip balm reviews thanks to this plight! When I say I love this product, I really mean it! A little bit goes a long way and it keeps my lips feeling refreshed for hours on end. It’s not sticky either, which is also a plus.
Caolion Premium Blackhead Steam Pore Pack– Yes, this paragraph is long for a product review, but it starts with a story! I once struck up a fascination with Korean Beauty. I just HAD to try EVERYTHING: the sheet masks, the solid oil cleansers, the essences. The thought of sitting around another minute rather than going out and buying some products seemed like a sin! The quest for pristine skin couldn’t wait even another second. So, one day I headed to K-Town to explore the Korean Beauty options. I ended up at Tony Moly. Partially because of reviews I read online. Partially because the store looked like a weird hybrid of a Sephora and Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and I was seriously intrigued. I was SO overwhelmed with all of the products that I ended up leaving with only the Aquaporin Sherbert Cleanser and a few sheet masks. This is where things take a turn for the worst. I am not a dermatologist and I know that everybody’s skin is different, but the Tony Moly masks made me break out so horribly that I thought I had developed a rash from the ingredients. Low and behold, my dermatologist determined that the so-called rash was actually acne and an ingredient lurking in the sheet mask was most likely the culprit. It sounded more like the mask shocked my skin, causing it to flare up literally overnight. I tossed my new products in the garbage right when I got home. While that was definitely a horrible experience, I’m still open to delving more into the world of Korean Beauty. This time, I’m leaving it to the Sephora experts to guide me in the right direction. That’s how I ended up with these Caolion masks. They’re unlike anything I’ve ever used before and so far I love them. First, I start with the Blackhead Steam Pore Pack, shown below. It has a warming sensation (I would even go as far as calling it hot), which eventually dies down as the mask dries out. It has the consistency of a lighter mud mask with some exfoliant beads mixed in. After massaging a small amount onto my face, I let it sit for 10 minutes. Then after rinsing and drying my face, I follow it with the Pore Original Pore Pack. This one has a cooling, slightly tightening sensation that feels like my pores are closing up after being opened and cleaned out by the blackhead mask. I’m really liking these two so far. My skin is noticeablyclearer and extremely soft after using them. I feel like together, they really clean deep to rid my skin of impurities. The result? Clear, smooth, revitalized and happy skin. I use them together twice a week.