MD with a beauty hobby
Love this moisturizer
Another #affordableskincare review for you cool cats and kittens. Spoiler alert: you’re going to want it. @goodmolecules silicone free priming moisturizer ( #kindlygifted ). This baby retails for $14USD for 50ml on @beautylish. You can also get it directly from the @goodmolecules website (currently #freeshipping with $35 or more). Ingredients : Water / Aqua / Eau, Propanediol, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Water, Citric Acid In English…. Mineral oil free, silicone free, PEG free, cruelty free, vegan. Plant based silicone alternatives mixed with essential fatty acids make this moisturizer creamy but not greasy. My take: I have been using this for a few weeks now and I really do love it. Formula is #creamybutnotgreasy. This is huge for me because my t-zone is an oil slick, things will legit slide off my face if at all greasy. #noncomedogenic I really feel like it soaks into my skin well and even becomes somewhat matte ( but not TOO matte). Packaging says allow to fully absorb before applying sunscreen and I stand by that. It layers well with the rest of my skincare (NO PILLING). Another huge point for me is its sensitive skin friendly! No redness or irritation to be found. Only possible con is no SPF but that is okay because then you can wear it at night.
GOOD MOLECULES-Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer
I have always suffered from redness. I have both pale and sensitive skin so most products create redness for me. For the most of my life (literally until a few months ago) I was using foundation to cover my redness. Thankfully I learned about color correcting. By using a green tinted solution the redness in my skin is cancelled out when reflected by light. So far I have tried one color correcting product ( @drjart camp drops reviewed previously). While it did take down my redness I was hoping for a more affordable option. @devsday to the rescue with her @Indeedlabs nano blur color corrector recommendation. Not only does it take care of my redness, but it feels much lighter on my skin (borderline weightless), and is nearly a third of the price ($16.99 for 30ml). Comparing the two formulas, I prefer the powdery velvet finish of @indeedlabs vs the more oily dewy feel of @drjart . This formula is also very soothing to my skin, a huge thing for me sine I’m sensitive to random things. This formula also comes in colour-neutralizing shades purple, peach, and yellow. Customize, combine and spot treat as needed according to your skin and areas of concern.
indeed LABORATORIES-Nanoblur Colour Corrector
Not my fav
It’s a no from me. #productreview @garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover Pros : very affordable ($9/13.5 oz). Easy access (sold at most drugstores, target, ulta, Amazon, etc). Formula: non-irritating (only ingredients are (Aqua / Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Poloxamer 184, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.) Effectiveness: pretty good! Takes off a lot of my makeup , decent first cleanse. Cons: leaves a soapy feeling behind. I do NOT feel like it should stay on my skin so I always rinse it off. Unlike other micellar waters like @sonandpark that have skin benefits as well I feel like this could possibly be stripping for my skin. I also don’t feel it gets everything off so I def need a second cleanse. Overall it’s a decent affordable option but I don’t love it and I won’t repurchase. I may not even finish it. Have you tried any #affordable micellar waters or first cleanses? What’s your fav?
GARNIER-SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover
Mixed Review on @drjart tiger grass camp drops I bought these with a @sephora giftcard because I’ve heard great things about the brand, cica as an ingredient, and specifically the product itself. I tested it in store and liked how the product turns from green to beige upon oxidation. Pros: This product is non-irritating and I can tell both an immediate and lasting effect on my redness. The beige coloring helps immediately to cover baseline redness and I can tell that it also soothes my skin to keep me from getting redder. I also love that it has SPF so if I don’t have many blemishes I will use this as a last step. Cons: I don’t know if I got a wonky bottle but from first use I’ve had trouble getting enough product in the applicator. It constantly feels like I’m scraping the bottle to get some out. Because of that I’m frustrated because this product is not cheap ($46/ 1oz). I also feel that it’s kinda thick so I wonder if it will clog my pores/slide off my face with layering products or in the heat (neither or which I’ve really tried). Finally, this product works for my pale skin tone but I wonder about anyone with a bit more melanin. To my knowledge there is only one formulation so I can’t imagine it works for all. FINAL THOUGHTS: This product does what it says it will. I like it but I don’t love it. I will be looking for alternatives before I repurchase. What products do you use to calm/mask redness during the day?
Dr. Jart+-Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops SPF 44
Fancy but a waste
aveneusa Eau Thermale Spring Water . Was it nice? Yea. Do I think I need it ? No. I sprayed my face with this in the mornings to rinse and would do a refresh throughout travel but other than that I didn’t really feel I needed this. Yes it’s fancy but it’s just water (legit that’s the only ingredient). $18.50 for 10.1 fl oz
Avène-Thermal Spring Water Spray
Great lightweight gel moisturizer
cellecle_skincare StemBiotix Aqua Gel. Love this gentle but hydrating moisturizer. I used it a lot in the summer when it was hot, humid, and I dealt with a lot more oil production. In the winter I use it as an extra layer of moisture protection (great when I’m incorporating retinol or after I started spironolactone and my oil production decreased). Sad to see her go. 1.7fl oz/$90 (ps if you subscribed to @cellecle_skincare email list they send discounts. As a high end spa brand they didn’t used to do this but they are now!)
CelleClé- StemBiotix AquaGel Complexion Optimizing Treatment Moisturizer
Best mineral face sunscreen for oily gals
My esthetician got me hooked on this amazing mineral sunscreen over a two years ago and I have never turned back. Not only does it have great protection but it evens out my skin tone. I’ll use the tinted version and don’t need any foundation. Mineral Crème SPF 50 | 1.7 Oz. / 4.0 Oz. $30 This lightweight and silky-smooth crème blends seamlessly to help blur fine lines and wrinkles, making it a must-have for any daily beauty or grooming routine. Their exclusive “barely there” formula leaves a matte finish that is perfect to wear both under and over makeup. Naturally derived and safer Eco-cert zinc oxide helps reduce the risk of photo aging and skin cancer. Non-irritating and oil-free, this water-resistant sunscreen won’t clog pores, is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types and suitable for kids 6 months and older. Lightweight formula blends quickly, leaving a matte finish.Naturally derived and safer mineral UV protection helps reduce the risk of photo aging and skin cancer. Non-irritating even for most sensitive skin types. Antioxidants: Vitamin C, Green Tea, Cranberry Fruit & Pomegranate Extracts Non-Comedogenic — Won’t Clog Pores Water-Resistant Up To 80 Minutes Oil & Fragrance Free Gentle Enough For Kids 6 Months and Older Developed and curated by dermatologists (the people who spent over 8 years STUDYING SKIN) and oncologists (cancer docs), this is by far one of the most effective and reasonably priced skincare brands I’ve ever come across.
MDSolarSciences-Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen