Today’s Ulta haul!!!!✨🥳
Hi all! Today I ventured off to Ulta in search of a new moisturizer! If you saw my last post, then you know that I’m currently searching for a new one, as my most recent product just didn’t do it for me :( I was desperate for something super hydrating, so I ended up with the Murad - Nutrient-Charged Water Gel! I have heard nothing but amazing reviews about this, and considering every Murad product i’ve ever used has yet to fail me, I thought i’d give it a try As for first impressions, this gal was PRICEY... not even gonna lie... but I was in the market for a new product willing to spend a little more than usual so I thought why not? It’s ok to treat yo self here and there 😉 But this cream is so THICK! It only took about a fingertip worth of product to completely coat my entire face comfortably, which is definitely what I want in a product! My skin gets so dry during this time of the year so lathering is key! It sunk into my skin effortlessly and i SWEAR my skin feels baby soft after one use! The only thing I’m a little weary of is that it has the slightest fragrance, however, my skin has never been extremely sensitive to that kind of stuff, unless it was like overly artificial. But this is a light, flowery scent that definitely smells natural and I can’t wait to keep using it! I also received a free Murad gift Murad - Free Intense Recovery Cream Deluxe Sample With Brand Purchase with the purchase and i’m excited to see what it does! Tbh not even sure of its actual use but I’ll try it out as an eye cream and see if it does anything 😂 My lack of sleep lately has definitely shown so i’ll try anything to get rid of my eye bags! While I browsed, I also came across the highly acclaimed COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, which I constantly see on Cherie, as well as any K-Beauty skincare forums! I bought it to see for myself what the rave was all about! I finally feel comfortable in my new routine so I thought it would be a perfect time to add a new step! I’ve used essences in the past and it always made my face feel soft and supple! I’ve heard that this is more of a preventative product for anti aging, so I probably won’t see much of a physical difference anytime soon, but I’ll try anything as long as it’s safe for my skin! I’ve learned so much while being on this app and I’m excited to experiment with new products! I never thought i’d be putting snail mucin on my face if you would have told me a year ago, but here I am!😁🐌 Lastly, I also picked up some peach slices - Acne Spot Dots. These have always been lifesavers for me when I have to wear a mask for a long period of time, and since my classes are going to resume again soon, that means the mask stays on for several hours at a time 🥲 Thankfully I have no active breakouts atm, but it’s always nice to have a stack of these bad boys whenever I need them!
do PIMPLE PATCHES really work?
peach slices - Acne Spot Dots pimple patches are a great thing to have if you get pimples! they can help to conceal them throughout the day, provide protection from bacteria and use ingredients to help minimise them. 🤩 product rundown 🤩 ￼alcohol and fragrance free, no harsh chemicals ￼helps blemishes disappear quickly ￼activity absorbs secretions ￼drug free and non drying ￼hydrocolliod patch protects wounded skin ￼comes with 30 patches of all different sizes ￼$4.49USD @ ULTA 🤓 my thoughts 🤓 I really like this product!! it gets the job done, covers pimples easily, doesn’t fall off (even after 8 hours of me wearing it) and makes it look like you’re not even wearing one! I apply this on clean skin and kept it on for 8 hours throughout the day. in my first pic, you can see how big it was ! it really was ready to pop. the pic beneath it was me the next morning, you can see the difference! it’s now a scar yes, but the size of it diminished, and the patches helped me to not pop it (because you best believe it was very tempting). in my second pic, that was the pimple right after I had taken the patch off. the pus was literally coming out. it was so satisfying seeing it on the patch as well. I think these are definitely worth it! they have worked every time I have used them and they helped to not prolong the process of a pimple!
I received this Fall Vibes VoxBox complimentary from @influenster awhile back! [Review] ☁️ Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots: If you know me you know I LOVE pimple patches! I find them to be so easy & so convenient. If I’m going to work with the intention of keeping my mask on at all times of course, time to time I will put one or two on to keep any irritated spots from rubbing against my mask throughout the day! I do this especially if I’m doing my clinical rotations in the hospital, wearing the n95 mask as well as another mask on top, it’s pressed tight to my face which can cause a lot of irritation to my sensitive skin! These patches stick to my face pretty well which is great! 10/10 for me! ☁️ Chapstick: Total Hydration (Pretty in Pink): To be honest I am not into tinted lip balms! I prefer plain lip balms only because I prefer to wear either a very pigmented lipgloss or a lipstick over it. However, on days I’m running out the door quick and want to give my face that little pop of color, this chapstick comes in handy! The shade it not too deep which I like so it will give you a nice subtle color! ☁️ Bliss Clear Genius: Clarifying Toner and Serum: I have not had the chance to use this just yet. I am not sure how bliss really works for my skin anymore! I used them often in high school/early years of college but now that my skin has changed I am not sure how I feel about them! This is a brand great for teenage skin though in my opinion! I would love to know your thoughts on Bliss^ Have you tried their clarifying toner and serum? What are your thoughts? bliss - Clear Genius Clarifying Toner + Serum ChapStick - Total Hydration Complete Care SPF 15 + Color peach slices - Acne Spot Dots
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new skin faves
these are just 2 products in my current routine but these are my ride or dies! starting with the PACIfICA - Cosmic Hemp Balancing Face Wash im on my 2nd bottle of this stuff! it's not drying at all, smells nice and leaves my face feeling clean but not stripped. it's 10 dollars which isn't bad! it contains hemp seed oil which I have found to help keep my skin soft. Fourth Ray - Strawberry Face Milk I also have the coconut one! from colourpop's skin care line, fourth ray beauty, the face milks are perfect for me, as an oily skinned gal, for lightweight moisture that's super effective! it's winter where I am and these usually do the trick! I also keep my skin super hydrated to begin with so that may help so keep that in mind. I got these from ulta, they cost $14 each but I got a sale for buy one get one 40% off. I'm definitely going to repurchase these little gems 💎 when I run out! next up for skin care review... currently trying COSRX - 2 in 1 Poreless Power Liquid and COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence so I will update on that in about 2 weeks or so! thanks for reading. you're beautiful 😍 have a great day 😘
🧼Rebuilding My Moisture Barrier💧🤍
It’s always a balancing act when it comes from skincare. 😅 at least for me! Haha 💧I’ve had adult acne and have acne-primed skin, so when it comes to finding the right products that don’t over-strip my skin but also keep my breakouts & acne under control...you could say it’s been a journey! 💧If you saw one of my recent posts about my retinol breakout 😪 I’m back to familiar territory aka flaky, dry, inflamed skin aka my moisture barrier is damaged. And with the colder months, I’ve been spending more time trying to repair it. 💧These are some of the products that have been helping me: 🧴COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence : I recently purchased this essence and have really loved the effects. I use it after cleansing and find that it helps when I use it when my skin is still damp! It’s made my skin so soft & since it’s an essence, it allows for my other products to penetrate deeper into my skin. I will say, for those who are not really familiar with essences (especially this one), many often have a gel-like texture that isn’t super typical in some products (slightly sticky & for this one, slimy). 🧴CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin : my tried and true!!! I’ve been layering this product on, especially at night after the essence. Day or night, this lotion is a must-have in my book. It doesn’t feel oily on my skin and the hyalauronic acid is such a bonus since this an ingredient that helps draw in moisture into the skin. 🧴Krave - The Beet Shield : WORTH THE HYPE! Love Krave Beauty and I LOVE the Beet Shield. The texture is amazing, super light and dried down pretty quickly without a white cast. It makes me WANT to put on sunscreen and not just feel like I NEED to. 〰️After cutting back on the steps in my routine, and feeling& seeing results, I’ve been reintroducing these products for gentler exfoliation!〰️ 🧼CLARISMA - Cali Dreaming Cream Daily Moisturizer : the Clarisma moisturizer is super light and something I’ll typically wear during the day. It’s gentle and I like to wear it on days I’m inside especially since it is a lighter moisturizer and when I’m outside in the cold, I prefer something heavier. 🧼CLARISMA - Malibu Blush Exfoliating Scrub : the most gentle exfoliator! The exfoliating scrub isn’t at all like other physical exfoliants. The Luffa fruit breaks down when you use it so no micro tears with this one. The enzymes used also provide such a gentler exfoliation unlike most harsh acids. It also doesn’t cause hyperpigmentation, which I’ve experienced in the past with acids. 🏹Let me know what’s helped you with repairing or protecting your moisture barrier! 🤍
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New moisturizer alert!✨
So I took the advice of many on my last post and decided to drop the Murad - Nutrient-Charged Water Gel . I was disappointed to do so, considering I have had such great luck in the past with other Murad products, but sadly this wasn’t it for me! Although this stuff went on like BUTTER, I found out it had some pretty heavy duty sulfate properties in it, which is a big no-no for my pores and acne prone skin. The fragrance was also incredibly strong, which I didn’t quite mind as that stuff has never truly bothered me in the past, but after a weird breakout once incorporating that product, as well as the COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, and reading all the kind and helpful replies, I said goodbye to the moisturizer and returned it for.....🥁🥁🥁 COSRX - Propolis Light Cream !!! Now, finally an entire K-Beauty routine!! I have only been using the cream for about two days, however, it’s genuinely as soft as the Murad moisturizer , if not more. Plus, NO fragrance! and NO sulfates!!!! The last two days I’ve woken up, my skin has for once felt so hydrated in the morning, not too oily, and not too dry! I will keep tabs on this one for sure, before I give it too much credit, but I think she’s likely to stay safe and sound in my routine 😂 Have you ever tried this product? What did you think?!
This Moisturizer Saved My Skin
I lost a real one today guys. Through some of my worst skin moments the Murad - Nutrient-Charged Water Gel has been with me through it all. My skin is very acne prone so I needed an oil free moisturizer that would intensely hydrate my skin. This fits the bill perfectly. It’s so so rich and feels amazing and cooling on the skin. It is very lightweight, but the feeling does linger on your skin for a while. It’s not enough for me to take marks off because of how hydrating it is though. The product claims you only need a dime sized amount, but I definitely use more than that (maybe a quarter size?) every time. It is quite expensive coming in at $62 for 1.7 oz, but I can’t say enough about how amazing it is so if you have oily, acne prone skin, but still need hydration I highly recommend you try this out. PS the last of my product did end up drying up into a solid gel, but due to it being a water based product you can go ahead and add a few drops of tap water to reconstitute it and it’s good as new!!
great k-beauty moisturizer!
COSRX - Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream PRODUCT FUNCTION viscous gel moisturizer for all skin types TARGET CONCERNS acne, dark spots, oily skin TEXTURE/CONSISTENCY sticky gel formula, that takes a very long time to sink into skin MY THOUGHTS This was my first k-beauty product ever, and I had extremely high expectations. I’m happy to report that it did not disappoint! I’ve been using this for 2 months now, and I really do like it! I like it because I wake up with plump skin, and I have seen a noticeable difference in the post inflammatory hyperpigmentation on my face. I would recommend this to everyone, because I have seen such great results from it. It is totally worth the price, and the hassle of getting it from a k-beauty website online. I do believe they sell it at Ulta as well! You should definitely try it out!
COSRX-Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream
Brand Review: COSRX
As someone with problematic skin, I can’t count on one hand how many COSRX products I’ve tried before. COSRX is a brand that was established in Korea almost two decades ago in 2002. Its name comes from Cosmetics + Rx, showing how much the brand focuses on solving different skin issues. Since most of its products are fairly affordable, I’ve become a pretty huge fan over the years. Although I started using the brand as a university student in my late teens, I never stopped patronizing their products. In fact, until now I still use COSRX products especially for my acne. Here are some products I’ve tried from this Korean skincare brand! 1. COSRX - Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner To this day, this is the toner I use when I have breakouts. It has a water like consistency and is easily absorbed into the skin. It also soothes my pimples, reducing redness and irritation. 2. COSRX - Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch These are actually hydrocolloid patches, the same type of product that is used on patients who are healing from surgeries. I use these when I have a pimple that is already on its way out in order to speed up the healing process and avoid acne scars. 3. COSRX - AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner This was the toner I had before switching to my current toner. It has a similar consistency to the Centella toner and I think it complemented my other AHA products nicely. 4. COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser Not a fan of this cleanser at all, but I will admit that it’s not a bad product. It did manage to make my skin smooth, soft, and ready for my routine. However, I prefer cream type cleansers to gel type. 5. COSRX - Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser This is actually my boyfriend’s cleanser, but he kept one at my place so when I used up my AM cleanser, I used this for a while. It lathers well but it’s also really drying, so get a nice moisturizer if you wanna use this product. 6. COSRX - Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence I only got this because I saw a lot of reviews hyping it online. Can’t say I noticed any considerable changes with this product. As an essence, it was rather moisturizing... and that was pretty much it. I didn’t get any breakouts or suffer from irritation though, so there’s that. 7. COSRX - Centella Blemish Cream I bought this product as spot treatment for my acne. It did work, sort of, but it was so slow that I’m not sure if it was even because of this product or if the pimples were simply at the end of their life. 😂 With a price of $20 for a 30ml tub though, I definitely didn’t think it was worth paying that much for a so-so product. I’ve been using COSRX for so long that I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting a few more products, but these are the ones I’ve tried in the last 3 years, at least. What about you? Let me know in the comments! 💋
COSRX-AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
krave great barrier relief
Krave - Great Barrier Relief is such a popular product for acne-prone skin. it is a skin-soothing serum that restores your damaged skin barrier while evening out your complexion. it aims to help restore a healthy skin barrier. the formula is luxurious, light and easily absorbed into the skin. it also has a very unique earthy scent from the tamanu oil, which is the main ingredient in this serum. because i have sensitive skin, i love using this whenever my skin is irritated or having allergic reactions. the tamanu oil definitely helps calm acne and redness. i highly recommend this product for those who have acne-prone and/or sensitive skin. for just $28, i think this serum is worth it!
Krave-Great Barrier Relief
My holy grails: acne-prone, red, textured skin
My skin isn't "good". I've struggled with clogged pores and acne all my life. These are the products I've been using and loving these past few months. Disclaimer: I work for Stratia, but all Stratia products included in this list are *TRULY* my faves from other products I've tried throughout the years Cleanser: Beauty Strike Oil Cleanser - I haven't used very many oil cleansers so I can't compare this to other oil cleansers in the market, but it does the trick for my skin. It does have a fragrance ingredient, but as this is a wash-off product I haven't noticed any irritation. Bonus: Beauty Strike is a black, woman-owned company from Brooklyn NY. stratia - Velvet Cleansing Milk The best experience with a non-foaming cleanser I've ever had. I have oilier skin so I'm usually a fan of foaming cleansers, but I got a free bottle of VCM when I started working at Stratia and decided to give it a shot. I used Cetaphil before, & ended up over-rubbing my skin to compensate for the lack of foam. Velvet Cleansing Milk is the only NF cleanser I've used that's actually made me feel clean! stratia - C+C Serum This Vitamin C serum uses silicone instead of oil as a vehicle which I personally prefer. My face stung in a few places my first time using it, but it's not a problem anymore. My skin is visibly brighter PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator I bought this specifically for the blackheads on my nose. I can't say I've noticed much of a difference there, but this has helped SO MUCH with my bacne. Curology - Curology formula (0.018% Tretinoin, 8% Azelaic Acid, 1% Clindamycin - This is a newer addition to my routine, but 1 week in an my active pimples have all dried up and I haven't had a new breakout since. stratia - Rewind anti-aging dame essence Took some time to show visible results, but it was a great hydrating step to add to my routine in the meantime. About a month in I noticed that the fine lines on my forehead were less noticeable and my skin overall just felt firmer. stratia - Liquid Gold - The moisturizer that I will be using for the rest of my life! I didn't realize my moisture barrier was damaged before using liquid gold, but since using it, my skin is less irritated when I use actives and overall has a healthy glow. If you try anything on this list of product, TRY THIS ONE. elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 - I ve been using this SPF since march and it's definitely a favorite of mine. I've heard some people say that it pills under makeup but that hasn't been a problem for me. It's not tinted, but my redness is visibly reduced when I use it. Maybe it's the niacinamide? The one thing I'll say is that since I've started Curology, it feels a bit dry on my face.
VERSED - JUST BREATHE Clarifying Serum Currently rated 3-stars but may change. This Clarifying Serum contains great ingredients: willow bark extract, zinc blend, and niacinamide which all work together to calm inflammation, decongest pores and soothe redness. I have been using this for a few weeks and have seen no improvements with my acne and pores. Despite that, I cannot say it has not been an enjoyable experience. This product is unscented, absorbs quickly, leaves my skin smooth, and seems to *very minimally* soothe redness. It’s a nice addition to my routine but I may be able to live without it.
VERSED-JUST BREATHE Clarifying Serum
Ingredient spotlight: aloe propolis gel
Benton is an Asian skincare brand with very affordable price points. When I recently ran out of my gel moisturizer, I decided to try this Aloe Propolis Soothing gel as a more affordable alternative, and so far I really enjoy it. As the product name indicates, the main ingredients are aloe from the aloe vera plant, and propolis, an ingredient derived from beehives. This product is therefore not vegan. Aloe is a great ingredient for soothing, moisturizing, and fading scarring, and propolis is a great anti-inflammatory. I got this because I deal with acne and acne scarring and this seemed like a good fit for my skin. As you can see in the second picture, the texture is a gel (very much like natural aloe gel, as that makes up 80% of the formulation) that spreads and absorbs easily. I mix this with a few drops of Biossance squalane and it leaves my skin feeling bright and moisturized. This product is around $12 for 100ml, and honestly I would recommend it to anyone whose skin needs some affordable soothing, This is the product I reach for if my skin is ever stinging or red, or just if I want to take a break from harsher products. I will definitely be repurchasing.
Benton-Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel
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