Skincare Favorites | May 2016

by - 5/28/2016

Hello everyone!
I don't think there's anything quite like getting your face all scrubbed up and squeaky clean. It's a wonderful feeling, and if you have naturally oily skin like I do, sometimes you find yourself washing your face in the middle of a lazy day because it's just accumulating. (Gross, I know). The skincare products I've decided to share with you today are ones that I tend to use daily. I meant it when I said in my last post that I was really getting into my skin routine!

I've been a fan of Simple since it debuted and I have to say that while I have a liquid bottle of Micellar Water, I really tend to go towards the wipes. I don't know why. I know the liquid is technically supposed to be better and hey, it's less wasteful! But I always go back to the wipes. Always. I follow up with a quick face wash and water before I use my toner. Toner is new for me, but I've heard nothing but good things about Pixi's Glow Tonic. Coming in at fifteen dollars for such a small bottle, it better be good! I haven't been using it that long to see if there's any difference in my skin that would warrant a repurchase, but we'll see in the coming weeks!

Clinique's All About Eyes is really the only under eye cream that I like to use, as it's the only one that has given me any results. It's definitely worth the money, in my opinion, and you can get them in bulk off of ebay! It's a cheaper option compared to running to Sephora every time you need a new tub of it. Garnier's Moisture Rescue is kind of like the little sister of Clinique's Moisture Surge, for half the price. I did a separate post on it back in February, which you can read here. A new product I picked up on a whim is Urban Decay's b6, which is a complexion prep spray. Kind of like a primer. It works to reduce redness, absorb oil, and minimize pores. It's really great, actually, because it's so hydrating. I use it during the day when I'm home and my skin needs a little refresher and it makes my foundation have a healthy glow to it.

When it comes to masks, I've been a little experimental lately. If you've read my last post, you would have seen me playing around with some fiber masks. They worked pretty well for a quick fix, and were really cool because they were formulated for different situations. I grabbed Origin's Clear Improvement mask, mainly because I've heard so many good things about it, but I wanted something that looked harsh so it would really pull out all the gross stuff out of my skin. After using it for a few days, I have noticed that it really got rid of the blackheads living on my nose and minimized the pores there. So that is something I consider a win!

I was also sent another mask from the good people over at Brandbacker and Valentia. I've reviewed one of their products before, which you can read here. This time it was a Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask, which just sounds intimidating. The contents were a bit separated when I opened the container, but a good shake mixed everything up well. It doesn't smell bad, but it does have a strong scent to it, much like the last product they sent me. After slathering this all over my face, my first impression of it was OH MY GOD THIS BURNS WHAT THE HELL. Yes, it burns so horribly that I was sure I was allergic to it. But after five minutes, it went away. My grandmother used to say that if it doesn't burn, then it doesn't work. That's not entirely true, but it certainly popped into my head.

I left this on for twenty minutes before wiping it off with a damp cloth and, wow. All I can say is wow! My skin was so soft and it was noticeably brighter. My dark circles, which I've always had a complex with, were practically gone, and any laugh lines that I may have had around my eyes were gone as well. I would highly suggest this to anyone looking for a good mask because this just blew me away!

You can also find Valentia on Instagram and Facebook for more information!

*This post was kindly sponsored by Brandbacker and Valentia. All opinions are my own, as always!*

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  1. Oh gosh I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thought about the burning >< I got a Balea face mask from my sister and I tried putting it on the other night, but then it started BURNING and I was all HELL TO THE NO and took it off so fast, Road Runner had nothing on me. Is that supposed to be a normal reaction to a face mask though? Because ... not going to lie ... but anything that feels like it's burning my face off, I'm probably not going to put on again lol!

    1. It is a scary kind of feeling. Like... what the heck is happening?! But it did go away after a while with that mask and it seems to have worked wonders. I suppose that just means it's getting rid of all the toxins! Right?