Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

Hey everyone! As most of you know, Becca and Jaclyn Hill teamed up to release a whole range of products in the new Champagne Collection. The whole collection releases May 26 exclusively on the Sephora website, including this face palette and an eyeshadow palette, poured Shimmering Skin Perfector, and liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector.

Luckily, Sephora released a few face palettes on the site last week so I scooped it up to review!

The Champagne Collection Face Palette contains three blushes, Champagne Pop, and Prosecco Pop. Rose Spritz contains 0.1 oz of product, Amaretto and Pamplemousse contain 0.12 oz of product, and both highlighters contain 0.19 oz of product each. According to Temptalia’s calculations, that means this palette has a total value of $106.16, which is more than twice the retail price!

First impressions of the packaging: luxe, sturdy, and well-designed. This palette does not feel cheap at all. The palette snaps closed, which adds extra stability especially since the pans are so soft.

The blush pans are all a decent size and I was able to use my usual brush with ease. The highlighter pans are large and I was able to use my large fan brush without dipping into the other pans.

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becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette shades

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette pans

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette blushes

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becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette swatches

The blushes are so pigmented! I was extremely surprised that they were so vivid since Becca’s blush formula is supposed to be light, sheer coverage. Rose Spritz reminds me a lot of NARS Orgasm and gives that perfect glowy sheen. Amaretto is a warm, rosy brown. This color is really great for warming up the complexion to make my face look a little sunkissed, but this color could also probably double as a bronzer in a pinch! Pamplemousse is… wow. So pigmented. So bright. It looks borderline neon on me and makes me look a little sunburned, but I think the right person could wear this well.

I own the full-size Champagne Pop and while there’s no color difference between the two, but I noticed the formula in this palette is a little drier than the original. This doesn’t really affect the application, but there is a bit more powder kicked up with the brush. Prosecco Pop is a true gold highlighter. It is slightly dark for me, but if I mix a little Champagne Pop in when I apply it, it works just fine!

Overall, I think this palette is a great release by Becca. The color selection works for a wide variety of skintones, the quality is A1, and you definitely get your money’s worth. This product is limited edition, so be sure to buy it as soon as it’s released! ❤

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Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003 Review & Dupe Test!

Hey everyone! Today I’ve got a special (and slightly lengthy) post for you all. Pat McGrath’s new Skin Fetish 003 sets, like her previous releases, have been taking the makeup community by storm. The set contains a cream highlight and balm stick, a stippling brush, and a pressed pigment highlighter for $72 USD. The sets come in two different shades—Golden and Nude (shown below).

In this post, I’m going to be reviewing the Skin Fetish set and also reviewing two dupes—the Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm in Euphoria and NARS Cassiopeia.

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Pat McGrath Skin Fetish 003. First things first, the packaging for this is beautiful but not the most user-friendly. In order to keep everything contained (in case of a return) I had to store the bag and sequins inside of a Ziploc bag because they got everywhere if I didn’t. The packaging of the pressed pigment and balm/highlighter stick is functional but looks a little cheap for the high price tag. I noticed some air bubbles under the label on the stick and also under the label on the brush. The brush was nice, with soft bristles and a sturdy handle, but the fact that there was a sticker label on it made it look very cheap also. The packaging of the pressed pigment is sturdy but, like the other products, is very basic and looks cheap.

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Now let’s talk performance. All 3 products from the Skin Fetish package performed nicely. The brush was soft and worked with both the cream and pressed pigment. The highlighter and balm were both creamy and applied evenly. The pressed pigment had a dry formula but was very pigmented and applied smoothly over bare skin and well over the cream products. I did have some issues with “stacking” the products on my skin, AKA using them the way they were intended to be. I have severely dry skin, so when I tried to apply the cream highlighter over my foundation, it did not cooperate with my skin. Applying the highlighter with the brush and a stippling motion helped, but when blending the pressed pigment over top of it, it caused my foundation to break up more. However, I’m inclined to believe this is due to the fact that I have severely dry skin, not because the formula is lacking. When I applied the pressed pigment just over foundation, I had no issues at all.

In short, the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish is a collection of well-formulated, nicely performing products. I think for $72, the packaging of the products has a lot of issues that could be improved, but the formulas themselves are awesome. I wish the products were sold separately because buying the pressed pigment separately would be perfect for me.

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Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm in Euphoric. The Ultra Strobe Balm is a cream highlighter available at Ulta. The price is $9, much better than the Pat McGrath collection! The Strobe Balm is the closest color dupe I’ve found to the Skin Fetish pressed pigment.

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However, the formula leaves a lot to be desired. It’s an extremely dry balm that bunches up when swatching on your fingers, but it applies decently over bare skin. I tried applying Kat Von D’s Thunderstruck eyeshadow on top also, but Thunderstruck proved much too warm to be a true dupe for the Skin Fetish highlight.

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When I applied the MUR Ultra Strobe Balm over my foundation, it was extremely hard to work with. I tried to apply it straight from the pan with the Pat McGrath brush and it was hard to get even pigmentation as well as a sheen. After reading some tips on Reddit, I tried swirling a drop of water around the pan and applying it with my finger, but it caused my foundation to lift up and become patchy. As a Hail Mary, I wiped my cheek off, reapplied my base, then tried the Ultra Strobe Balm with a droplet of Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Oil. It caused my foundation to break up extremely badly, so I gave up.

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The Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm formula leaves a lot to be desired but like the Pat McGrath highlighter & balm, I can attribute part of my issues to my super dry skin. I feel like someone with normal or oily skin would not have nearly as many troubles applying this.

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NARS Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia was my last attempt at finding a good dupe for the Pat McGrath pressed pigment! I searched the internet high and low and just decided to take a chance on this eyeshadow. At $29, it’s pricier than the Ultra Strobe Balm, but significantly more wallet-friendly than Skin Fetish.

pat mcgrath skin fetish nars cassiopeia dupe

pat mcgrath skin fetish dupe nars cassiopeia

It arrived in the mail today and I compared the two shortly after I got home from work. In swatches, the two look slightly different—Cassiopeia is a little more cool-toned. But I think the difference is minute when applied to the face. It takes a little more product for Cassiopeia to build up to the same intensity, but I’m very happy with how it looks and consider this the ultimate winner!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this super long post and found it helpful in your decision about whether or not to buy Pat McGrath’s Skin Fetish 003 or either of the dupes mentioned above! Have you found any others? Let me know in the comments below ❤

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Quads

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week so far!

A while back, Kat Von D launched a range of eyeshadow quads based off her widely successful Shade and Light palette. The quads came in four different color schemes and were priced at $26 USD each. They appear to be permanent installments to the KVD line. When they launched, I bought Rust and Sage.

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kat von d shade and light eyeshadow sage quad

The packaging of these palettes is really good. The outer case is made of sturdy plastic and the compact size makes them excellent for travel. The pans are large, with the Base color larger than the others. I think this is a smart move because that’s the color you’ll use more and will likely hit pan on before the rest, so giving you more of it increases the longevity of using the palette.

The formula of both quads is consistent. Both are very creamy and pigmented. The shadows swatch and apply easily. Of the two, my personal favorite is Rust, but that’s only because the colors suit my skintone better, not the actual quality of the product.

kat von d shade and light eyeshadow rust swatches

kat von d shade and light eyeshadow sage swatches

When I get products, I like to compare them to my collection to see what dupes I can find. The Viseart Neutral Matte palette contains some pretty close dupes of the shades in the Rust quad. The base color of the KVD quad is pinker and the brown and white are both a touch warmer, but when it’s actually on the lid, the difference is indiscernable.

kat von d viseart comparison swatches

kat von d viseart neutral matte palette

Overall, the KVD quads are excellent quality products that are great for travel and perfect for adding a little spice to your collection! The colors of the quads are expertly curated and there is something to flatter every eye color in the line.

Have any of you purchased the KVD quads? What did you think? Let me know in the comments ❤

April Favorites!

Hello, everyone! Another month is in the books once again. I can’t believe it’s already May. 2016 is flying right by!

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This month I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try several new makeup and skincare products. While most of them were awesome, these are the few that were at the top of my list.

  1. Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo. I purchased this on a whim from Nordstrom. I wanted to try the TF Soleil Contouring Compact, but since it was sold out, I decided to order this instead. I was really wowed by the quality when I received it! The colors are sheer, but I was impressed by the even pigmentation and how easily I could achieve the perfect springtime glow using these colors. The pans are narrow, but I’ve found that when using my MAC 135 brush, I can apply just one color with ease. Or both, if I would choose.
  2. Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette. Like many people, I first heard of this product via Jaclyn Hill’s snapchat. Her highlight was so intense that I had to have this palette, especially after I saw the price! The palette is just under $15 for 4 highlighters—one cream and three powders. All four colors are very glowy and have an excellent formula. I love that the colors in this palette are all so different. It’s rare that you would get purple, yellow, AND gold highlighters all in one palette, but Sleek has done it. I received my palette in a little over a week, which I thought was relatively fast for international travel.
  3. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. Where to begin with this amazing product! I first saw Drunk Elephant in my local Sephora several months ago. I was attracted by the packaging, but the high price tag gave me pause. Over the past few months, I have seen a lot of beauty bloggers talking about DE’s skincare line and raving about the quality. After hearing KathleenLights’ review of the Glycolic Night Serum, I knew I had to try it. Having super dry skin, exfoliation is essential because flaky skin is just not cute. Exfoliation is also important in the fight against fine lines and wrinkles, something I already have to deal with. I got some samples of this product and was really wowed by it. I noticed immediate improvements in the texture of my skin and a reduction of hyperpigmentation which has plagued me all my life. Although other AHAs have caused excess dryness, this DE serum actually made my skin feel more hydrated! Let me be the first to say that a $90 serum is not a necessity. It’s clearly a luxury item. For me, however, it’s important to listen to my skin and buy what works for it due to the sensitivity I have to deal with. This product is 1 ounce, which is standard. I only use it twice a week, though, so I expect it to last quite a while.
  4. Mario Badescue Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. I have had this sample bottle for a while but started using it more recently to add some additional hydration to my skincare routine. The spray contains aloe and rosewater, both of which nourish skin and help calm irritation. I have noticed an improvement in my skin since I started using it. It also works as an excellent substitute for MAC Fix+ when setting makeup! As you can see, I’m almost out so I’ll be purchasing a full-size bottle soon, which is only $7. What an amazing deal!
  5. Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. Everyone and their mother has been lusting after this palette since before it launched! I was fortunate enough to get my hands on it and have been in love ever since. The formula is great, the colors are amazing, and it smells amazing. This palette will be perfect for creating some warm looks for spring and summer. I hope Too Faced makes this palette permanent so everyone can get one! (P.S.: I included a Sweet Peach Palette in my latest Instagram giveaway. Go to my account to learn how to enter!)
  6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Crush. Crush is one of the new releases in the ABH liquid lipstick collection. I bought this a few weeks ago from my local Ulta when I was testing out the new shades. Crush is the perfect pinky nude lip for me. It applies smoothly and dries down to a transfer-free finish. I’ve dealt with some inconsistencies in the ABH formula in the past, but this one looks like a very solid product. I hope to buy more of the new colors soon!
  7. Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Cream Bronzer. The Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzer is one of Chanel’s most popular products. I bought this recently because I was still on the hunt for the perfect bronzer, but I think my search has finally ended! At $50, this product is pricey. But since you get a full ounce of product, this makes it a better deal than the Too Faced bronzer I discussed in my February favorites post, which weighs in at 0.35 ounces. I used my Wet N Wild Large Stippling brush to apply Soleil Tan and it went on seamlessly. It is pigmented but easy to control and very buildable. It adds the perfect amount of warmth to my complexion, making this a new staple in my routine and another great product for spring and summer.

That concludes my list of favorites for April! What were yours? Let me know in the comments below ❤

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend. I ordered the Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks as soon as they launched on the site. I watched for them all day because, as you know, everything Kylie launches sells out in minutes! I was able to snag Heir and Reign, my two favorite shades. I was so excited when they were delivered yesterday evening! Kylie has definitely improved the turnaround and shipping time since her very first launch. It took exactly 1 week for them to arrive.

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kylie cosmetics heir and reign swatches

Aren’t the colors beautiful?! Heir is a beautiful rose gold nude and Reign is a brownish burgundy. The formula is on the thin side. It’s a lot more watery than the matte liquid lipsticks offered by Kylie. To be honest, when I pulled the doe foot out of the tube, I was afraid it would drip off the end!

The formula is very smooth, but nowhere near as opaque as the matte liquid lipsticks, which is a real letdown. I found that I had to apply two coats to get even pigmentation, as the first coat goes on a little streaky. Heir looked much more flattering with the Koko K liner underneath it.

Here are some lip swatches! I included pictures in both indoor and outdoor light to show out the colors look in both instances.

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Heir over Koko K liner

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Reign

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Heir, solo

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Heir over Koko K liner

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Reign

The products are also not technically matte because they do not dry to a transfer-proof finish and remain slightly tacky on the lips. The finish actually reminds me of the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lipsticks. I think the name Metal Matte is a little bit misleading due to this.

While some people wouldn’t mind the tacky feeling or the fact that it transfers, I personally do not want to deal with those issues. I feel like when you’re wearing a unique color, you have to do it with confidence and it needs to look A1 at all times. I don’t want to be afraid it’s uneven or feathering while I’m out and about doin’ my thing.

I applaud Kylie for releasing products that are popular and what consumers are craving, but I feel like there are a few issues with the Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks, like there were with her Lip Gloss collection, that should have been resolved before releasing them for sale to the public.

Has anyone else tried the Metal Mattes? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments ❤

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit!

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having an awesome week. I recently picked up one of the new Glow Kits by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I bought Gleam, which is the peachy-pink Kit.

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The Glow Kits consist of four 0.26-ounce powder highlighters (an ABH Illuminator is 0.32oz). So you basically get four full-size highlighters for $40! It’s a crazy good deal. The Kits offer a wide variety in shades, which make them work for a ton of different skintones, especially WOC. Not many brands make highlights that work for deeper skintones; I think it’s great that ABH took these steps to make a shade for everyone!

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The Glow Kit powders are super creamy and pigmented! The texture reminds me a lot of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors, my favorite formula. Gleam offers Crushed Pearl, a pinky-silver with a crystalized finish; Starburst, cool pink with an iridescent finish; Hard Candy, a golden peach with a pink pearl duochrome finish; and Mimosa, a deep golden peach with a metallic finish.

On my skintone, Crushed Pearl and Starburst look really similar, but all the shades work really well with my skintone. Although Hard Candy and Mimosa are too dark for me to highlight with, I can use them as a blush and bronzer, respectively, or I can mix them with Crushed Pearl or Starburst to create a bunch of different shades to use. The shades are easy to control on application and apply and blend out effortlessly.

Overall, I love the Glow Kits! I think they’re a great way to try out a lot of different highlighters without breaking the bank. The formula is awesome, the color payoff is grand, and they get bonus points for being WOC-friendly.

Do you guys have either of the Glow Kits? How much do you love them? Let me know in the comments below. ❤

Makeup Revolution New-trals vs. Neutrals Palette

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! The weather has been so beautiful here and I’ve really enjoyed spending time outdoors and with family.

I recently picked up the New-trals vs. Neutrals palette by Makeup Revolution when I was at Ulta. It’s a 16 shadow palette that costs only $10! That’s a crazy deal.

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The New-trals vs. Neutrals palette is a dupe for both the Lime Crime Venus I and Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palettes. The formula is very buttery, similar to Morphe and Lorac’s formulas. The palette has a decent mix of matte and shimmer shades to create a wealth of day or night eye looks.

Although the palette is separated into a different color scheme on each row, the colors work well together across the aisles. I found the pans swatched easily and were quite pigmented, the only exception being the brown shade at the end of the New-trals row. That shade was ultra dry and powdery. I had to really dig into the pan to get any on my finger, but most of it did not transfer in the swatch or with the brush.

Other than that anomaly, the shadows applied well and blended out nicely with both synthetic and real brushes. Some of the shadows needed a little Fix+ on the brush to make them pop, but that’s to be expected for some shadows and I can’t fault the palette for that.

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While I think the original Venus and Naked 3 are higher quality than this palette, I can’t deny that New-trals vs. Neutrals is a better deal. This palette is a great choice if you’re on a budget and wanting to explore red/orange eyeshadows and would like to tie them in with traditional neutral shades. At $10 for 16 colors, you just can’t beat choosing this palette. It will allow you to try a fair amount of new colors without breaking the bank.

Have any of you tried this palette? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments ❤

The best primers for dry skin for all budgets!

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Hey everyone! I hope you all had fabulous weekends and enjoyed the first day of Spring.

Primers can make or break how your foundation looks. They can give you a matte or dewy finish, color correct, blur pores, give luminosity, and many other effects. I have compiled a list of my favorite primers at four different price points. Since I have dry skin, these primers are all hydrating to keep flaky patches at bay.

Drugstore:

  • Nivea Men Post Shave Balm (Sensitive)—$5. This product was first hailed by NikkieTutorials as a miracle product that both hydrates and keeps your makeup on all day. It smells like man (think Old Spice), but I personally love that scent. I’ve found that this greatly improves the lasting power of my makeup and gives my skin that little boost of hydration that it needs. I’ve also found that this is able to be used with other primers without issue. Plus, you get over 3 ounces of product for $5-6, depending on where you buy it. That’s a spectacular deal for even the most budget-conscious makeup addict!
  • NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer—$16. This primer is a pretty spot-on dupe for the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer. Angel Veil is a great product if you’re looking for a smoothing primer to cover texture or acne scarring, that also feels light on the skin.

Mid-range:

  • Becca Cosmetics Backlight Priming Filter—$38. This primer lives up to the name. It is an excellent primer that gives your skin luminosity and a nice, dewy finish, while also blurring pores and any imperfections. This primer is perfect for when your skin is tired and you want it to look healthy and awake. It also smells amazing, like coconut!

High-end:

  • YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer—$52. This primer is one of my favorites. It costs a pretty penny, but its effects make it so worth it. It’s a very silicone-y primer, which means it flawlessly blurs large pores, fills in fine lines, and minimizes the appearance of any texture on the skin. It isn’t necessarily hydrating, but it doesn’t dry out my skin. The high level of silicones in the formula acts as a barrier to lock moisture into my skin. It smells similar to Guerlain products, like violets. To me, the smell is very luxurious. I can use this primer alone or apply it on my T-zone and cheeks over the Nivea Men’s Post-Shave Balm and it’s the perfect combination!

Do you guys have any primer recommendations for me? I’m always looking for new stuff to try out! Let me know in the comments below ❤

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer

Hey everyone! Anastasia, the queen of brows, recently released a new brow product, the Brow Definer.

The Brow Definer is a multitasking brow pencil. It’s able to mimic the look of brow hairs like Brow Wiz. But unlike Brow Wiz, the Brow Definer nib is shaped like a narrow triangle, giving it the ability to draw 3 different types of lines: a narrow, hairlike line (similar to Brow Wiz), a chunky line, and a flat, wide line that’s good for filling in large areas.

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The packaging for Brow Definer is shorter and thicker than Brow Wiz, in order to accommodate the larger pencil point. The spoolie brush is also wider than Brow Wiz’s. I found this made it easier to blend the pencil marks and gave my brows a more natural look.

During application, I found that Brow Definer was creamy and easier to apply than Brow Wiz. I typically use Brow Wiz in combination with Dipbrow, but to test out the efficiency of this product, I did my brows using just the Brow Definer pencil.

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brows after brow definer

Before and after! As you can see, my brows are naturally pretty sparse, so I need something that is durable enough to last all day or night and is also good with small detail as that’s important for building out brow tails that look similar. Brow Definer worked extremely well for my brows though! I was worried that with such a large pencil would make for a sloppy brow, but I didn’t have to do much more cleanup than I usually do! It was also faster than my usual Brow Wiz/Dipbrow combo, which is always a plus.

Overall, I’m impressed with this product! It works extremely well and gives me the appearance of a full brow that doesn’t look overdone or unnatural, which has always been my goal. The fact that I can use just one product and save time is a definite plus.

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Winter Daytime Skincare Routine for Dry/Very Dry Skin

Hi everyone! Over the past year, I’ve been focusing on improving my skincare routine. As you know, I have super dry, sensitive skin with redness. I don’t get many pimples, but I do have issues with texture.

Before I got more into makeup, I thought skincare was just using one moisturizer in the mornings and if you were still dry and flaky, there was nothing to be done about it. Boy, was I wrong!

So I started trying some new products; I found some hits and some definite misses. Now, a year later, I actually have a skincare routine! I am really happy with it, but there is still some room for improvement. Being that this was such a long journey for me, I decided to share my routine in the hopes that it would help someone find their HG products.

Let me be the first to say, though, that skincare products are not one size fits all. I have tried cult favorites and widely loved HGs only to find that they don’t work for me. Finding the right products for you is simply trial and error. Some of these products are quite expensive, some can be found for under $15 in drugstores or on Amazon, but they all serve a key purpose and positively impact my skin.

With that being said, on to my daytime routine! Each product is listed in the order that I use it.

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  1. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. This is a recent addition to my skincare routine. Micellar water is an ultra gentle cleanser that is great for sensitive skin. I just use a cotton round to gently swipe it over my face, then pat dry with a towel.
  2. Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner. Toners are designed to help balance the pH of your skin. This is really important because when your skin’s pH is off, it can really mess with how your skin looks and feels. The Paula’s Choice toner is really gentle and actually helps calm my skin and reduce redness.
  3. May Coop Raw Sauce. I’ve talked about this essence a few times in past posts. Raw Sauce is 93% Maple Tree Sap, which gives hydration and also improves absorption of your other products. I wasn’t completely sold on this when I first started using it, but I really notice a difference in my skin when I am not using it. It’s a definite staple for me.
  4. Cosmedica Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Hyaluronic acid is one of the latest crazes in skincare because it’s a naturally occurring acid and it can hold up to 1000x its weight in water, making it a powerhouse moisturizing ingredient. I’ve found that this serum gives my routine a little extra oomph.
  5. Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum. This is an amazing serum. It also contains hyaluronic acid, as well as grape water to soothe and hydrate skin. I use one pump for my whole face. This is another product that, like Raw Sauce, is really noticeable when I don’t use it. I’ve repurchased this probably five times now and I will definitely keep going back to it.
  6. Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule. This serum is 80% snail mucin, which is great for repairing skin damage, fine lines, and acne scarring. I know that the snail goo will give a lot of people pause, but this product is great and you owe it to yourself to try the whole Mizon snail line. Most of it is available on Amazon with Prime shipping and is reasonably priced.
  7. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+. This moisturizer was actually the first high-end skincare product that I tried. It’s an amazing moisturizer for dry skin. It’s very gentle, rich, and doesn’t contain any fatty alcohols, which is perfect for me. This moisturizer does contain mineral oil, which contributes to the richness of the lotion. This moisturizer is an HG. I’ll keep buying it until they stop making it!
  8. Banila Co. Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Essence Oil. This oil contains niacinamide, honey extract, and a blend of several oils that are great for dry skin. I love this oil because it’s rich but doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy, which was a problem I experienced with other facial oils that I tried. I just mix two drops of this in with my Clinique moisturizer.
  9. Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Creme. I received a deluxe sample of this eye cream with a Sephora order a few months ago and fell in love. It’s rich, smells great, and really hydrates my eye area. I especially love to use this after removing heavy eye makeup to soothe the sensitive skin around my eyes. I can definitely tell a difference after I’ve used it and will be buying a full-size after I use up the sample jar.
  10. Eucerin Original Healing Rich Creme. This is the last (and optional) step. Eucerin is formulated for very dry, compromised skin, containing petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin oil, and other emollients (ingredients that help hold moisture into the skin). It is extremely rich; I think anyone without dry skin would find it to be too rich and sticky. This is a winter-only product. I don’t even use this every day, just on extremely cold days or days where I feel drier than normal. I just take a small dot, warm it up in my hands, and spread it over my cheeks and chin. It helps prevent winter wind from chapping/irritating my face and prevents the cold weather from drying my face out too much.

That completes my winter daytime skincare routine! I know it can seem like a lot, but it really only takes a few minutes to complete the routine. 🙂 What are your favorite winter skincare products? Let me know in the comments! ❤

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