I am Michelle and I am a true skincare junkie at heart! I am constantly trying new products and experimenting with my skincare routine!
HoliFrog is my Holi-Grail!
What is there to say about HoliFrog? 🐸 Only that they’ve become my Holi-Grail of cleansers since I’ve first gotten my hands on them! 💓 I can’t imagine that you HAVEN’T heard of HoliFrog by now as these cleansers have basically taken over everyone’s Instagram feeds in recent months! HoliFrog is all about situational cleansing and all of the cleansers maintain a pH between 4.0 - 5.5 and have no discernible scent- meaning that these cleansers all all meant for ALL SKIN TYPES! What’s the difference between them, then? Each is used for a specific situation or based on what your skin needs at that particular moment. Let’s talk a little bit about each of them… Tashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash🌸: This is a light milky wash. It’s very nourishing and conditioning. It’s great for when your skin is feeling stressed out or if it’s feeling extra sensitive from retinols or other more intensive skin treatments. Calling all my sensitive-skinned babes! Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash: I’m not going to lie to you - Shasta might just be my favorite little frog! 🐸 Shasta contains 5% AHAs to exfoliate the skin as well as clean and clear pores to reveal smooth, glassy skin. This tends to be my go-to morning wash (if my skin isn’t sensitive from my nighttime treatments) as it leaves my skin shiny and glowing to start the day! Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash: Y’all! This is your first makeup removing cleansing balm in a tube! No more scraping your cleaning balm out of a tub! 🙌🏻 And this stuff means business too! It repairs and hydrates skin while washing away all of your makeup, SPF, sebum and pollution from the day! This is the perfect first step in your double-cleanse! Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash: This is your everyday foaming gel cleanser, really meant for any and every situation. This is the wash that I keep in my shower 🚿 as it is a great catch-all cleanser! It’s also a great second-step in your double-cleanse! These cleansers have been one of my favorite additions to my skincare routine over the past few months. HoliFrog has a new release coming out in about 3 weeks and I’m on pins and needles! If this next release is anywhere as good as these four little frogs, I’ll be one of the first in line! 😍 HOLI FROG - Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash HOLI FROG - Tashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash HOLI FROG - Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash HOLI FROG - Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash
HOLI FROG-Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash
VERSED Look Alive Hydrating Plumping Mask
Up until recently, I had never tried anything by Versed Skin. It really wasn’t that long ago that I began seeing about Versed on Instagram. But then, I started seeing a LOT about Versed on Instagram! Next thing I knew, I was walking through Target one day and a Versed display caught my eye and I thought to myself, ‘Well, I better give this stuff a try!’ Whenever I’m trying a new brand for the first time, I always tend to go for a mask - I’m not sure why but that’s always my way into a brand so I went right for the masks and quickly landed on the Look Alive Hydrating Plumping Mask. This cooling, soothing gel mask is infused with aloe leaf juice which delivers an instant refreshing burst of hydration. The real hero, however, is the plant-based collaged alternative that smooths texture, increases elasticity and binds moisture to the skin to prevent moisture loss. Rosehip seed oil helps smooth the skin to diminish the appearance of wrinkles. It also gives the mask a rosey scent. Instructions are to apply an even layer to clean, dry skin and to leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Another recommendation is to pop the mask in the fridge to make the refreshing experience even cooler. When I decided to use this mask, I did, in fact, decide to make the experience a little cooler by popping the mask into the fridge for a few hours before using it. I do like a nice, cool mask now and again! Upon first opening the mask, the very first thing that I noticed was the texture of the mask itself The texture is a very light, almost clear gel material. The gel actually looked really smooth and refreshing so I was pretty excited to get it on my face! Once I applied the mask, promises were delivered upon as it did feel cool and beyond refreshing! After leaving the mask on for the recommended 15 minutes and rinsing it off, I could definitely see results. My tone was more even. My skin was more plump. And I definitely was sporting a pretty sparkly, hydrated glow! **One important thing that I should point out here: This is not a moisturizing mask: meant for treating dry skin. This is a hydrating mask: meant for skin seeking water. These are two totally different things.** This mask pouch costs $9.99 and it states that the pouch contains enough for 12+ applications! Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten far enough to be able to say whether there is really 12+ applications in that pouch. What I can say is that I am 6 applications in and there is still plenty of product left. Even if there was NO product left after 6 applications, that would mean it would have cost $1.67 per application and, as far as I’m concerned, that’s a DEAL! Go out and grab this Look Alive Hydrating and Plumping Mask from Versed Skin the next time you’re at Target! They are great for right before you’re headed out to a date or big event - anytime you want to have a special glow! And, truly, you can’t beat the price! VERSED - LOOK ALIVE Hydrating Plumping Mask
VERSED-LOOK ALIVE Hydrating Plumping Mask
What Changed About Facial Cleansing Devices?
Foreo Luna Play I had a Clairsonic for awhile and, to be honest, I wasn’t a very big fan of it. The reasons why aren’t important because this isn’t a review about the Clairsonic. But either way, it had turned me off of facial cleansing devices for awhile and I really wasn’t interested in trying another one. That was until one day when I stopped into Sephora and one of the salespeople stopped me and told me all about the Foreos and I decided to give one a try. Given my hesitancy to try another cleansing device after my feelings about the Clairsonic, I decided to try the introductory model Foreo, the Luna Play. Foreos are all built around their signature T-Sonic technology. Per their website, T-Sonic pulsations are diffused through soft silicone touchpoints to gently unclog your pores to remove up to 99.5% of dirt and oil, plus dead skin cells and makeup residue. This leaves your skin soft, smooth and glowing. The Luna Play has a 2-zone facial brush featuring finer touchpoints to cleanse sensitive/normal skin on larger areas of the face such as cheeks or the forehead as well as thicker touchpoints that provide a deep, precise cleansing on areas such as the T-zone. The best part is that all of this is accomplished in just one minute! Yep, you heard me right! One minute cleansing with a Foreo will give you all the added benefits of unclogging your pores to remove up to 99.5% of dirt and oil, plus dead skin cells and makeup residue leaving your skin soft, smooth and glowing. Since the Luna Play is the introductory model, there are a couple of things to note about it. Let’s talk about it’s size. This is the smallest of the Luna products - it’s about the size of a cotton pad. This is actually great for a few reasons: First, it’s incredibly travel friendly! You can literally take it anywhere as it’s truly an on-the-go size! Second, it will easily get into and cleans hard to reach areas such as the sides of the nose! However, sometimes it can be somewhat hard to hang onto and can slip out of my hands when wet. The Luna Play also comes with a Non-Rechargeable battery that gives you approximately 100 uses of your Luna Play before it’s no longer usable anymore. There’s no ability to recharge the device or change a battery. However, given that the Luna Play costs only $39 and is genuinely considered to be an introductory model, this really can’t be too bothersome! I am a convert when it comes to facial cleaning devices after using the Foreo, that’s for sure! Let me explain why: 1. The Silicone Material: I quite like the use of the silicone material rather than the use of actual brush. It’s much easier and more sensitive on my skin. Plus, it’s much more sanitary on it’s own and you don’t need to be replacing brush heads all the time! 2. The Shape: While the size of the Luna Play made it slightly awkward at times, I do quite like the shape of the Foreo device. Having it as a true handheld device the fits right in the palm of my hand made me feel as though I had more control over the device. If I felt like I needed to push a little harder in one area or lighten pressure in another, I could feel that and make those slight changes easily 3. The 2 Touchpoint Zones: The Foreo provides two zones featuring touchpoints of various sizes to provide specialized cleansing for the different needs of various areas the face. For example: The Luma Play has the finer touchtpoints for larger areas like the cheeks and forehead but also the thicker touchpoints for a more deep and precise clean on the T-Zone area. With regard to the Luna Play specifically, I would highly recommend giving it a try! This is a great little device! For all of the reasons that I mentioned above, it completely changed my view on facial cleansing devices. Also, at $39 for 100 washes, you really get a good bang for your buck in terms of an introductory device. Grab one and you won’t regret it!
The Toner For My Dry Skinned Sisters
Indie Lee CoQ10 Toner Look out, My Dry Skinned Sisters, because I have found the Toner for Us! Yup, when someone asks me what my skin type is, my answer is quick and definitive: DRY! I have dry skin. I live in a cold weather climate most of the year. I like to get away from this cold climate on vacation to beachy locations and sometimes spend time in the son, drying my skin out, go figure. So, when it comes down to it, I’m constantly looking for products aimed at treating dry skin. Hydration is my thing! I had never really been a big toner person when I heard about Indie Lee’s CoQ-10 Toner. However, given what I just explained to you, I decided to look into it a little further and what I learned really impressed and intrigued me! Here’s what I learned: Indie Lee’s CoQ-10 Toner hydrates and rebalances the skin with this HYALURONIC ACID and Aloe Vera based essence. It’s alcohol free and formulated with antioxidant CoQ-10 and Sage. It’s a non-drying formula and it leaves skin protected from pollution and environmental aggressors. When I looked further into the ingredient list, I was more impressed at what I found there. The first four ingredients were as follows: Water, Aloe, CoQ-10, Hyaluronic Acid. I stop at #4 Hyaluronic Acid because I think any Dry Skinned Sister will tell you that Hyaluronic Acid is their favorite Holy Grail skincare ingredient (also why I put it in all caps above!). This is where all of your hydration comes from. So, any product that contains Hyaluronic Acid - especially one that lists it as the fourth ingredient (meaning used in one of the highest percentages in the product) - definitely has my attention! I started using this product about six months ago. It is a great toner - it has a very light, fine, consistent mist coming out of the bottle. It absorbs quickly into your skin once spritzed on. Immediately, I was a believer. I actually started using this in the middle of the summer, when I had some time off of work and was lucky enough to be spending some time outside in the sun. Despite the use of SPF and that I did not burn at all, my skin was definitely feeling the effects of the extra time in the heat and sun! I added this product to my existing routine and I could feel a difference from the first use! My skin felt softer as well as more hydrated and plump immediately. I was completely impressed. I have continued to use this product over the past six months and I have continued to be just as impressed. During more typical times - those when I’m not in in the sun and heat, etc - my skin simply feels incredibly hydrated and plump daily. It has just turned winter here and I have turned to this product consistently to maintain more consistent hydration through the cold winter months. At $34 for 125mL, this is a completely reasonably priced toner for the quality of product that you are getting! The addition of the Hyaluronic Acid in this toner makes it an incredible product for all of us Dry Skinned Sisters and I’d highly recommend it to each and every one of Us!INDIE LEE - CoQ-10 Toner
INDIE LEE-CoQ-10 Toner
THE Eye Serum Your Eyes Are Begging For
Skinceuticals AOX Eye Gel Skinceuticauls AOX Eye Gel is actually a serum-in-a-gel that is a combination of 5% Vitamin C, 1% Phloretin and .5% Ferulic Acid as well as some powerful botanicals. Benefits of Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid): - Brightens Skin - Prevents Wrinkles - Stimulates Collagen - Neutralizes Free Radicals - Reduces Hyperpigmentation Benefits of Ferulic Acid: - **Boosts the Effects of Vitamin C** - Reduces Formation of Wrinkles - Reduces Inflammation - Reduces Formation of Brown Spots - Decreases Uneven Skin Tone Benefits of Phloretin - Potent Antioxidant - Prevents & Corrects Photoaging - Fades Skin Discoloration; Evens Skin Tone - Protects Collagen by Inhibiting Elastase Activity - Increases Penetration of Other Actives This combination of active ingredients protects the much thinner and gentler skin around the eye area from atmospheric aging. (The skin around the eye is actually about 10x thinner than the skin on the face! This makes it more prone to dehydration, wrinkling and sagging!) This can include environmental damage and premature aging caused by free radicals from UVA/UVB, infared radiation and ozone pollution. This eye serum targets visible signs of aging such as crow’s feet and fine lines, and improves the appearance of puffiness, fatigue and under eye circles. I have been using this product for a few months now and all I can say is, Wow! I’ve truly been impressed! As the name suggests, this is an eye gel or rather a serum and I use it as a serum, meaning that I do layer it with an eye cream, AGE Eye Complex (also by Skinceuticals and the two are frequently used together. Their use together is discussed on the Skinceuticals website). As such, I put this on right after my toner and right before I start to put on my serums. This gives it a little bit of time to absorb and go to work. Then, I put on the AGE Eye complex when I’m putting on my moisturizer and SPF - so eye serum with my serums and eye cream with my creams! It’s simple and it makes sense to me! This product has a great gel texture! As the instructions suggest, half of a pump for each eye is the perfect amount to be able to cover the entire eye area. The product absorbs quickly and, as I was very impressed with when I first used the product (I’m skeptical eye products…), it is very hydrating! Over the time that I have been using the AOX Eye Gel, I have seen such a difference in my eyes! I have definitely seen fine lines disappear. But the biggest issue that I was attempting to address and, thus, the bigger result that I’ve seen, is in the dark circles and discoloration around my eyes! I’ve definitely seen a change in the dark circles - they’ve certainly brightened up by quite a bit since I’ve started using this product and it has made such a difference! This product clocks in at $95.00 per 0.5 fl. Oz (15ml). At that price, it’s most certainly not on the cheaper side. That being said, however, I have been using this product consistently (almost daily) for about 3 months now and I have yet to run out! If price were no issue, I’d recommend - no, I’d INSIST, that everyone purchase this product! I think that the prevention benefits alone are well worth it, and then there are the reversal benefits that I’ve actually seen so far. If you are looking for an amazing eye product that you can be sure will give you protection for the years to come, do yourself a favor and GRAB THIS NOW!!!
Moisturizer for My Sensitive Skinned Babes
Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream Advertised as a protein moisturizer that combines an unprecedented array and concentration of signal peptides, growth factors, supportive amino acids and pygmy waterlily for visible and immediate improvement int he appearance of skin’s tone, texture and firmness. Protini’s proprietary formulary delivers younger, revived-looking skin, almost from the first application. Lines, wrinkle and signed of sun damage appear reduced and skin feels strengthened and moisturized. Protini should be thought of in your skincare routine as adding a shot of protein to your smoothie. It is abundant in proteins and nutrients, it replenishes and restores skin back to a strong, healthy state and is formulated at the ideal pH level of 4.0. All Drunk Elephant products are considered clean and use only ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of their formulations. They eliminate what they consider the “Suspicious 6” from all of their skincare. These include all Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Sunscreens, Fragrances/Dyes, SLS making them appropriate for all skin types, especially those with more Sensitive Skin. It is the philosophy of Drunk Elephant that the Suspicious 6 are responsible for at the root of almost every skin issue and, when removed entirely from one’s skincare routine, skin can reset and return to a healthy, balanced state. Since this product is made with clean, healthy and supportive ingredients for one’s skin, this moisturizer can be used twice a day on clean, dry skin to retain a youthful appearance. I started to use this product back in the Spring when I purchased the Drunk Elephant The Littles Collection. I immediately loved this moisturizer and began using this twice a day throughout the summer. The moisturizer is a light, almost gel-like texture and no fragrance or scent. It is very light and absorbs into the skin very quickly! It both moisturizes and hydrates, a rare combination in a moisturizer. My skin was left feeling completely moisturized and healthy without being greasy at all! While I myself do not have sensitive skin, I can see that this would be a great moisturizer for those that do - it is light, clean and without any scent or heaviness to it at all. It leaves skin moisturized without feeling overly heavy or clogging pores in any way. It’s so easy on the skin that it can easily be used twice a day without risk of irritation or breakouts of any kind. For anyone with more dry skin or in colder climates, this may be a bit light for winter as I found was the case for me - I have very dry skin and live in a cold climate in the winter months. While Protini is a great option for me in the hot summer months, I find that I need to substitute or, at least, include for my PM moisturizer, a heavier cream moisturizer. That being said, for sensitive or oily skin types or those living in warmer climates, this would make a fantastic year-round moisturizer! At $60 for 50mL, this is neither an overly expensive or overly inexpensive moisturizer. You really don’t need that much and a little goes a long way so, overall, it is a fairly decent value in my opinion. Given the current research suggesting that peptides are one of the active ingredients necessary for anti-aging and that this moisturizer is light enough and sensitive enough for all skin types, I’d happily recommend that everyone give this moisturizer a try - you won’t be disappointed! DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream
DRUNK ELEPHANT-Protini Polypeptide Cream
Mask to help redness
DR. BARBARA STURM - DR. BARBARA STURM Face Mask This mask is supposed to calm and hydrate the skin, it’s packed with camomile to help with redness and purslane to help rejuvenate and hydrate. The texture is super bouncy and thick but once it’s on the skin it’s completely sinks in and becomes clear! It’s like magic ✨💦 I’ve used this for around 6 months and I’ve never used anything quite like it. It hydrated so deeply but what really impressed me is how much this helps calm the skin and remove all redness! I love it so much, one of my fav products from Dr. Sturm. It’s quite pricey but I think it’s worth it since this lasts so long! It’s $120 for 50mls. I recommend this to anyone who needs hydration or help with irritated red skin. 5 out of 5 ⭐️
DR. BARBARA STURM-DR. BARBARA STURM Face Mask
perfect cleanser for sensitive skin
This Tashmoo milky wash by hollifrog is the perfect cleanser for sensitive skin. It is designed to cleanse the skin gently without stripping your skin of moisture. When applied and lathered, it doesn’t foam up at all- which shows that this will not dry the skin a single bit. It is the most gentle, calming, softening face wash I’ve ever used! I’ve been using this for around a month and I especially love using this as my morning cleanse. The texture is like a serum or lightweight lotion- feels super nice on the skin! It doesn’t cause me any irritation what so ever, it leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. I recommend this cleanser for ANY skin type, but because it is so gentle it’s perfect for sensitive skin. It has a pretty high price point at $38, but I have seen worse and considering it’s a really nice product, I would say it’s worth the money. It cleanses the skin wonderfully and does exactly what it says. I rate this cleanser 5/5 stars!
I have recently started to actively test out more hair products since most of my life I have been lazy af about it lol. Therefore, I was happy when #amikagiftedme two of their products. I use the nice cream as a co-wash for my hair. I like to alternate between this and regular shampoo. I used to be afraid of using something creamy like this before blowdrying my hair, but it did not leave my hair greasy at all. It is super gentle and kind of disappears into water as you massage it in (tbh I wish it didn’t but it still works fine) 4/5 The supernova cream is very interesting. It says you can use it on damp or dry hair. It personally did nothing for my hair when I used it on it damp since it technically gives the hair no hold what so ever. HOWEVER, I love it for adding some shine to my hair once its dry. I also love using it when I have my hair slicked back since it tames my baby hairs (hallelujah) 5/5 What is your favorite Amika product?
amika:-Nice Cream Cleansing Conditioner
This is amazing Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder I've been enjoying the powder.Easy to use and very effective. Whenever I use it, it's incredible how much dead skin it sloughs off! My face feels so amazingly soft after using this. It helped to remove dead skin cells. I absolutely love it!! A powder to foam exfoliating daily cleanser powered by plant-derived enzymes that remove dead skin cells, impurities, and makeup while leaving skin moisturized. Skincare Concerns: Dullness and Uneven Texture, and Pores
The SAND&SKY - Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask is marketed as a mask targeting pores, blemishes and oiliness for every skin type. While I think this is a really nice face mask to wear, I can’t say it’s really effective. I’ve used this mostly when I had breakouts and it hasn’t shown any evidence that it speeds up the healing process or reduces the breakout size. It’s different than other clay masks in my opinion because it doesn’t leave your face feeling overly dry and it’s fairly easy to remove. My face feels tight after wearing but still soft. $49 is steep for a mask in my opinion. The mask comes with a brush applicator which I love and use for other masks as well. The brush helps you apply a thin layer, which is all you need. So yes, this does last long but I personally will not repurchase. I haven’t tried a clay mask that really helped with breakouts. If you have a recommendation, let me know below! P.S. this mask has awesome reviews on Sephora, so if you’re really interested in trying.. go for it! Sand & Sky has a clean at Sephora stamp ✔️
SAND&SKY-Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask
i am so glad i was intruduced to farmacy beauty. this is my new baby. 🙈 this feels so powerful on my skin, & i love it. the honeymoon glow is a serum that combats fine lines/wrinkles, reduces the look of pores, exfoliates, & targets hyperpigmentation. It contains lactic, glycolic, salicylic & hyaluronic acid for intense hydration so your skin won’t get dried out. I’ve been using this almost very night, i apply 2 pumps, and let it work on my skin. ☁️ since my skin isn’t sensitive, I can use it on a daily basis. If you have sensitive skin always be careful. do 1x a week, then maybe 2x, & build up to more frequent use. this gel-lotion exfoliant has a lightweight yet hydrating texture which feels great on the skin. It absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving it looking instantly smoother, which is thanks to two forms of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid. I also like that it contains skin soothing ingredients, & honey related ingredients. the packaging is also very nice, & the product does have a nice scent to it. this retails for $58. i definitely recommend it. it might seem a little pricey, but i think this bottle will last me a long time. 🍯🍯🍯🍯 FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serum
FARMACY-Honeymoon Glow Serum