🌵My skin is dry like my humor 🌵 🧂Take every recommendation with a grain of salt 🧂 🦞I’m a bottom feeder - I like affordable reliable products🦞
Budget with a capital B
You know those $20 gift set makeup kits they sell around the holidays that have 60 items from a company that doesn’t sell makeup in the off season? This drugstore primer feels like it came straight out of one of those flimsy train cases. There comes a time in every budgeter’s life that you ask yourself, is saving money really helping me out? I’ve had my share of learning moments when a cheap product falls apart, and I’ve learned when it’s best to invest. I’ll buy luxury brand workout clothes or expensive camping equipment when I need performance over price, but until now I’d had generally good luck with skincare and makeup budget products. This elf eyeshadow primer showed me, however, that like everything else there are budget items that are cheap for a reason. The tube itself weighs almost nothing, so it even feels cheap. The texture is watery but it dries matte and cracks easily. Eyeshadow looks dry and cakes over it, and it just doesn’t work as it’s supposed to. How do I know when I’ve sacrificed effectiveness for money? When I regret buying it even at ticket price. This primer is $3 but man I feel like I want to chuck it in the trash because it was so useless. I love elf, but this is one product I’m leaving on the shelf from now on.
e.l.f.-Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
🧝🏼♀️Which primer is best?🧝🏾♂️
As you can see, I have a love hate sort of relationship with Elf primers. I’ve tried a gamut of types from sticks to sprays and dewy to eyelid. You think I’d have learned that Elf primers aren’t my thing and to stay away, but I recently got another in a travel kit featuring their new line of hemp oil products and figured I had enough players here to initiate a fair fight. When looking at these I’ll give my overall star rating, but I also want to comment on 🧝🏾♀️Texture 🧝🏻♂️Layerability and 🧝🏿♀️Effect for each. e.l.f. - Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer This primer is overall a strange matte texture that dries on my eyes, revealing the creases under my shadow. I actually don’t recommend this one at all, even for the price. 🧝🏾♀️Texture: dries sheer but is matte and cracks 🧝🏻♂️Layerability: eyeshadow stays in place but looks dry and cakes if you apply more than a couple layers 🧝🏿♀️Effect: gives eyeshadow a dry look e.l.f. - Oil Control Primer Mist I’ve talked about this one being a good most for pre-exercise but besides helping foundation or BB cream stick, that’s all I ever use it for: sweat control. 🧝🏾♀️Texture: it’s a spray that dries tacky. This gives it good hold but it makes your face feel dry and tacky without anything on top. 🧝🏻♂️Layerability: it holds foundation and BB cream well with no caking and does control oil, making it a good choice for oily skin. 🧝🏿♀️Effect: overall, you wont look dewy with this primer depending on whether you layer it. It’s good for controlling sweat or oil but it’s not impressive. e.l.f. - Prep & Glow Face Primer Stick This one is too glowy even for my skin. It goes on sheer but feels like a balm on your skin that won’t soak in all the way. You could wear it alone if you just want a dewy look but it makes me look oily. 🧝🏾♀️Texture: this goes on like a balm and is sheer but it doesn’t feel like it ever fully soaks in this making me feel oily. 🧝🏻♂️Layerability: be wary that layering dewy products over this will make your face shine like Apollo’s ass. It’s a little too sticky to layer well with my products. 🧝🏿♀️Effect: it doesn’t blur enough for me to wear it alone, but it really does make you dewy. If your skin is drier than the Sonoran Desert, this may work for you. e.l.f. - Puff Puff Primer This is my new holy grail primer. This stuff blurs your face, fills in pores, and holds makeup with a dewy but soft texture. I love this stuff and was blown away how good I looked with just this primer on. Finally Elf has come through for me! 🧝🏾♀️Texture: this stuff is thick and heavy (I use a dot for my whole face) but blending will make it smooth and soft on your skin. 🧝🏻♂️Layerability: this made my BB cream look 10x better than it ever has. No caking, no dry spots with strong hold. 🧝🏿♀️Effect: This legitimately made me look retouched. It’s amazing. Hope this helps! 🧚🏻♀️
e.l.f.-Oil Control Primer Mist
My Curly Girl Method Routine for healthy curls
Since puberty, I’ve had thick spiral curls and of course, a boatload of frizz. Like skincare, it’s a journey to find the routine and products that will best accent your natural hair. As always, healthy is beautiful! Focus on healthy habits before you worry about picture perfect results! I helped my curls by following the curly girl method, a way of treating curls that avoids sulfates, silicones, and alcohols that strip hair of natural oils. Now, I’ll fully admit that my hair used to be greasier than a New York Slice. I chalked it up to genetics, and blasted my hair every other day with a lathering shampoo. Before CGM, I’d soak my hair in mousse and pray to the curl gods for a good hair day. What is the curly girl method? As stated above, it avoids products that strip oil from your hair and focuses on balancing your protein and moisture levels for healthy curls. Much like over cleansing your face can kickstart oil overproduction, using harsh shampoos on curls can make your scalp overproduce oil and can frizz out your hair. So, what do you do? Like skincare, it takes different products for different people and a lot of experimentation to get your desired results. Knowledge is power, so do your research. The biggest part of the CGM is co-washing: using conditioner to wash your hair. This cleans your hair without harsh sulfates or silicones in shampoos. You can then follow with leave in conditioners and styling products depending on what you want! It’s extremely unique to your hair and your needs, so learn to listen to your hair like you listen to your skin. Research and knows what your products are supposed to be doing so you can evaluate what works and what doesn’t. So is that it? I’ve had to simplify it down a lot, but there’s plenty of information online to help you get started, even an online bot that scans ingredient lists for CGM-banned compounds so you can find products that work for your budget and your curls. Like always, there are expensive options that may sound appealing, but the most basic CGM can be done for under $10. My routine is currently under $30: NOT YOUR MOTHER'S - Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Conditioner NOT YOUR MOTHER'S - Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Shampoo cantu - Shea Butter for Natural Hair Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream I spent over five months perfecting my routine, and it took a lot of research, experimentation, and asking for advice to get it down pat, so be patient! My routine: 🌀Wash with NYM low-poo (sulfate free) 🌀Condition and leave for five minutes and rinse 🌀Add in some NYM conditioner as a leave in 🌀Scrunch excess water with a cotton t-shirt 🌀Rake in Cantu’s curl activator (just a little bit) 🌀Wrap my head in foil (seriously, it helps my hair absorb product and water through heat) 🌀Unwrap my head after 30min 🌀Air dry And that’s it!
NOT YOUR MOTHER'S-Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Conditioner
I can’t say açaí but I CAN review it 🍇
Because I can type the word açaí without having to say it and because my phone autocorrects the proper letters, I feel confident talking about his trendy plant product in the form of this scrub. I’ve talked about cleen beauty before: they’re a vegan, clean, natural brand for an affordable price at Walmart. They had some of the first products I ever bought for my face because I wanted clean and cruelty free products to start out finding what I liked. I don’t hype this brand more than it’s due, of course, because many of their products are decent but not stellar. They are affordable and great for those on a budget who want to try something simple. This scrub is much like the above: affordable, does what it says, and clean. The scrub grain is fine to small depending on the chunk of unpronounceable fruit you get in there. The texture is light and doesn’t linger on the skin after rinsing. No scent, no residue! I know some users shrink away from physical exfoliation like vampires from sunlight but I’ve used straight sugar on my face before (and liked it) and let me tell you that this stuff is super gentle. It is also natural, which ironically means it may be more comodegenic to sensitive skin-havers. Sadly there’s a price for natural ingredients. I give it 4 stars but it is still a Meh and not a Yes Please for me. I recommend it as a gentle physical exfoliant that’s worth the price and comes from a clean company.
cleen beauty-Acai Face Scrub
Packaging doesn’t make the product, BUT
I see people all the time on here comment about the packaging of products and sometimes even include it as a bonus in their review. I live and die by aesthetics but I’m not going to include packaging in my reviews because it’s a marketing tool, and I’ve learned from having been a grad student fueled by wine that the bottle doesn’t make the booze. This is my one exception because, Burt, I love your products, I love your mission statement, I love your ingredients, and your bees — but, Burt, this lid is so dang hard to get off I feel like I’m gonna lose it anytime I want to get a swipe of that sweet sweet butter. Burt, for real, I need my husband’s help getting this infernal tin open if I don’t want to botch it myself and accidentally jam my thumb into the center of the soft lip balm. Burt, I have lost half my product to mismanagement of the damn lid, and thrusting my thumb into it like a baby trying to eat mashed peas — it’s embarrassing, Burt. I’m honestly gonna laud the lip butter (amazing smell and texture) and decry the packaging. I hate it so dang much. I’m angry right now thinking about it. I’m scared to upcycle the tin into a sewing needle tin like I planned because I’m gonna stick myself trying to open it and bleed out on my floor alone and annoyed that no one in your quality assurance department tried to open the dang lid before shipping these out. /end rant
Banish makeup to another dimension 🌀
I’m still trying to understand the double cleanse trend, but balms like this are a staple for devotees. I switched up my makeup remover from pure coconut oil to this based on reviews but I’m not zealous enough to double even once a day. While I don’t use it enough to see noticeable effects from double cleansing, I love it as a makeup remover that doesn’t dry out my skin. I personally hate the feeling micellar water and other removers feel after they’ve dried, but this leaves me feeling hydrated. It has a strong smell, which for some is a bonus, but for others a turn-off. I usually avoid fragrance because of my husband’s sensitive nose and skin, but there’s something nice about having my first product of the night give off a soothing eucalyptus scent. The scent doesn’t linger and washes away with the balm itself. This stuff annihilates makeup. As for all of the oil-based clogs you have in the drainpipes of your face, I don’t know. Again, I’m not yet convinced of double cleansing as a lifestyle choice. It really does “melt” into your skin and comes off fully, unlike its predecessor coconut oil. Like coconut oil, however, it can linger in your contacts or eyes giving you blurry vision, but it doesn’t irritate mine and I can blink it away in seconds. Now this puppy is travel sized (half an ounce) and $8, so like other versed products it’s mid-tier in price. I have found that these products seem to get used up quickly if you follow their instructions for use. My VERSED - BABY CHEEKSgoes down fast for something meant to used multiple times a day. I use this about three times a week in the PM only and this travel size has lasted me through two full weeks without panning. I anticipate I’ll end the month with it. I do recommend this as a cleansing balm, especially if you are out in the sun applying sunscreen and bug spray and campfire smoke to your pores.
Full-sized Skin Care
If you all remember my first post I got the elf jet set hydration kit and I loved it so much I got the full-sized of each product. I finally received these in mail today and I think I should do a full review on each products. e.l.f. - Nourishing Night Cream The elf nourishing night cream is actually one of the best night creams I’ve used. It never does me wrong. I only think it just takes a little extra to work. e.l.f. - Illuminating Eye Cream Best. Eye Cream. Ever. That’s it. That’s the review e.l.f. - Daily Hydration Moisturizer Love this moisturizer. It leaves my skin so soft and I never feel dry after. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a lightweight moisturizer. e.l.f. - Prep and Hydrate Balm Based on the travel kit I was advised to used this as a toner and can I say that it’s one of the best things. I don’t know if I’m lazy but liquid toners that I have to put on cotton pads are just too much work for me 😂. So the fact that I can just swipe and go is a benefit. So in this picture you see a jelly cleanser that I’ve never tried before. I bought it because the elf daily cleanser was sold out at the time (obviously because it’s so good 😊) So I’ll try it out and review it at a later date. I highly recommend all these products but I would recommend the travel size to try it all first.
e.l.f.-Daily Hydration Moisturizer
I've tried two serums for two weeks and this is what happened...🤔
Recently, I have been using The Night Time Renewal Set I bought from Sephora. It includes two pure serums: One is retinol for anti-aging and the other one is a polyglutamic acid serum for a moisturizing effect. Below I'm going to share how I've been using them and the feeling after using them for around two weeks now. THE inkey LIST - Retinol Anti-Aging Serum Directions: At night, I'll squeeze a soybean-sized amount of the serum and pat it evenly onto my face after cleansing and using a toner, then I'll continue with my skin care routine, including applying a serum and a face cream. In simpler words, I'm just adding this retinol serum in between my water and serum skin care routine. Feeling: It has a brownish-yellow, sticky texture and it's scent-free. Retinol is also known as vitamin A. It eliminates free radicals to prevent collagen degradation, accelerate the regeneration of elastic fibers, and slow down the development of wrinkles to achieve an anti-aging effect. However, after using it for two weeks, I haven't seen any obvious results😔, so I'm going to stop using it for a while after I finish the bottle and maybe start using it after another half year. THE inkey LIST - Polyglutamic Acid Hydrating Serum(for moisturizing) Polyglutamic acid focuses on moisturizing and it has the ability of keeping 8 to 10 times more water on our skin compared with hyaluronic acid, so it's known as the best moisturizing ingredient in skin care products. Directions: I also add this serum in between my usual toner and serum skin care routine. Recently, I've been using both retinol and polyglutamic acid together also by squeezing a soybean-sized amount of the serum and patting it evenly onto my face. Feeling: This polyglutamic acid serum has a murky transparent gel-like texture and it's scent-free. It doesn't dry up my skin, and it leaves my skin supple, so I've decided to purchase a bottle every winter. I love it!😘
THE inkey LIST-Polyglutamic Acid Hydrating Serum
Elf+ Glow Radiant SPF 15 Moisturizer ✨
This is by far one of my favorite elf products! It’s perfect for year round because in the hotter months when you don’t want to wear makeup as much, it adds a really nice radiant glow. In the cooler months it’s a great product for adding a bronze look to your skin when you don’t feel like going out in the freezing cold to tan! But if you are wanting to take that plunge, the good news is this has SPF 15! The tube should last you about 3-4 months depending on how often you wear makeup. It’ has a lotion consistency so if you want to mix it with a liquid foundation for a little extra glow that works too! It’s nice and light for a sunscreen and it’s not greasy whatsoever. A little goes a long way with this product so it’s well worth the $10 when you think about the price of its competitors. I like to apply it to a freshly clean, damp face as I find it’s easier to spread that way vs when your face is dry. This is definitely a holy grail item for everyone no matter what skin color you have! And that’s saying a lot because it’s hard to find skin color inclusive items these days. You can find this gem at Walmart, target, Walgreens, and of course Elf’s website. https://www.elfcosmetics.com/elf%2B-glow-radiant-moisturizer-spf-15/91027.html#q=Glow&lang=en_US&start=8&sz=24 Product Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Affordable daytime moisturizer
Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer This moisturizer was made to dupe out a popular gel moisturizer on the market with a $50 price tag. It gives life to dehydrated skin and soothes irritation. It’s gentle paraben & fragrance free formula is perfect for all skin types- especially sensitive & oily. Texture is a lightweight, water based gel with a wet, cooling sensation when applied to skin. Soaks into the skin immediately leaving your face mega hydrated. I’ve been using this for a full year- I’ve repurchased it and will continue to do so. It’s a holy grail for me! Absolutely perfect daytime moisturizer because it sinks into the skin instantly and wears well under makeup. I’m so impressed at how hydrating this lightweight formula is. I totally recommend this to anyone! At a affordable price point of $9- you can’t beat it. (And it’s 100% comparable to gel moisturizers 4x the price)
Highly Recommended for oily skin！
Maybelline makes excellent liquid foundations, but their BB creams have not stood out to me in the past. That's why I didn't have any expectations from the new Maybelline Super BB Cream . It promises may things: high coverage with a satin finish, all-day wear, and high SPF at 50 PA++++. The texture is light and sets with zero tackiness on my skin. Coverage is amazing; I have a few dark blemishes on my chin now but they disappear almost completely with just one layer of this BB cream. Nevertheless, the formula never feels like a heavy mask on my face, even when I've worn it for hours. A little goes a long way. I also love that it features SPF50 PA++++. That makes it an excellent everyday base! I may even skip the sunscreen if I won't be exposed in the sun for too long. The Super BB Cream has stayed for eight hours on me with minimal fading. I have super oily skin but I don't get as oily, either. I highly recommend the Maybelline Super BB Cream if one of the two shades suit you. I don't mind mine being slightly lighter; it doesn't look that off in person. I do use a powder foundation that's the exact match of my skin (just not in the photo above; I'm only using a translucent mineral powder) so the lighter BB cream doesn't really show through. If you're looking for a long-wearing, high SPF, flawless coverage base, you will love the Maybelline Super BB Cream. ^_^ Let me know if you've tried it already!
inexpensive sleeping mask perfect for winter!
Since I have pretty dry skin I’m obsessed with sleeping masks. Anything to help replenish my skins hydration while I sleep I’m here for. This E.L.F sleeping mask is about 15$ CAD but I usually buy when it is on sale making it an even better bang for your buck. The texture is similar to a thicker night cream. Even though the bottle looks small it usually lasts quite a while. In the summer sometimes I’ll use this alone as a nighttime moisturizer but during the dry winter I’ll slather over top of another night cream. Whenever I use this my skin is extra soft in the morning and luckily has never caused me to breakout! If you’re in the market for a sleeping mask I recommend this one, especially if you don’t want to break the bank on say the Yttp dream mask... I’m not always a fan of e.l.f products but this one is definitely a winner for me! Anyone else try this mask before?
e.l.f.-Moisturizing Sleep Mask