Beauty Favorites: Fourth Edition

Favorite Cleansers
  1. Yes To Cucumbers Facial Wipes
  2. Angelica Cleansing Gel
  3. Clarisonic
  4. Exfoliating Face Mask
  5. Refreshing Gel Cleanser
  6. Green Apple Organic Peel

In the last edition, we talked about moisturizers and why they are important. I figured we should take another step back, and talk about cleaning and exfoliating your pretty face. I love soft skin. Especially on my face. I didn’t start exfoliating my face up until a couple years ago. Guess where I got it from?! Yep, you guessed right. My time at Ulta. I first started with a gentle exfoliator that I used while I was in the shower. My oh my, my skin felt spectacular!! It was like a whole new world had opened up! I didn’t realize how soft my skin could feel. From that moment, I became hooked with often exfoliating. Now, I am NOT a professional. I’m just sharing my opinions and what I do which works for me. Ok? It’s such a good feeling to have a clean, smooth face with no added layers of grossness from the day. I don’t know about you, but sometimes towards the end of the day, I just look forward to coming home, pulling my hair up into a messy bun, and washing my face. Ahhhh. Heaven.

This weeks edition includes my favorite cleansers, exfoliator, and my number one tool for an amazing face. Shall we start?

  1. Yes to Cucumbers facial wipes are a life saver. I’ll admit, if I’ve stayed out too late, or just am feeling SO tired (lazy) to actually wash my face, I turn to the yes to. They smell refreshing, which is a bonus. It removes all of my makeup and eye makeup. Especially the stubborn mascara. These wipes are great to have on the go as well. I’ve seen thinner packs at Ulta that would fit perfectly into your purse.
  2. The cleansing gel was from the gift set that Troy got me for Christmas. I adore this cleanser. It makes my skin feel great and, well, clean. The scent is pretty and not overpowering. This also does not dry out my skin which is important! Hydration, ladies!
  3. Ah, the Clarisonic. Where to begin?! I have the 1 speed brush and it’s phenomenal. I highly recommend getting one. It’s the perfect tool to keep the dead skin cells and all that other yucky stuff off of your face. You too will love this when you try it.
  4. I tried this little guy on a whim when I was at Target one day. Sometimes, I just like to pamper myself with a new mask and how could I resist?! It’s so tiny and cute. I really enjoy this exfoliator. It’s not harsh and does the trick. My skin felt fantastic after. It’s really easy to use, as well.
  5. This daily gel cleanser is what I use with my Clarisonic. I actually just recently ran out of it. I think it’s a perfect companion to the Clarisonic. I couldn’t actually find it on their website, so I linked what I think is similar. I’m willing to bet that it’s pretty awesome too.
  6. The peel was a Christmas gift from Troy. It’s apple. I don’t think it smells all that great. It’s not really like apple, but when I use it, I do get a faint hint of the fruit. It doesn’t have the little beads in it that remind you of an exfoliator but it really works. I don’t use this too often, just when I kind of want extra boost. It leaves my skin feeling soft.

Well. There you have it. Remember to wash your face. I’m all about skipping steps to get straight into my beauty rest, and I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always wash my face, but I’m trying to get better. You need a fresh canvas. Gotta keep the skin looking radiant!!

What are your favorite cleansers and exfoliators to use? I’d love to hear ’em!

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Beauty Favorites: Third Edition

Moisturizers
  1. It’s Potent!
  2. Angelica Hydra Vital Cream
  3. Intense Hydration Day Lotion
  4. Active Moist
  5. Total Moisture Facial Cream

Let’s talk moisturizers. It’s very important to make sure you have this step in your daily routine. I for sure am quite guilty of not using any cream on my face. Then, when I’m putting on my makeup, I wonder as to why my skin looks flaky… amirite?! However, lately, I’ve been really good with making sure I use a moisturizer everyday. Flaky skin on your face (or body) is never appealing. It doesn’t take long to apply, so, you should do it. I don’t have REALLY dry skin on my face, but I feel like I do. I think it’s more normal to dry.

Here are my top 5 favorites.

  1. It’s Potent! eye cream is a staple in my routine. The eyes are what keep you looking young, people! I dab this, using my ring finger, around my eye. Gentle. Always gentle. Never pull the skin around your eyes. You want to keep the wrinkles away as long as you can, not bring them on faster. This cream from Benefit is my favorite. Not only does it help with fine lines, it’s a brightener and it helps with the dark circles. So, for me, this cream is perfect!
  2. This moisturizer from L’Occitane is by far my favorite that I’ve ever used. Troy got me this gift set for Christmas one year. It was beautiful. The scent wasn’t overpowering, it was pleasant. I liked how my face felt after I used it. So soft. It’s a little on the pricey end and therefore I haven’t gotten it again. But, it’s one of the best I’ve tried.
  3. Burt’Bee is what I’m currently using. I can easily find it, and it’s not too pricey. I’ve been using this one for a few months now and I’m happy with it. It does what I need it to do. Make my face not look flaky.
  4. Dermalogica. Where to begin. I discovered this brand when I, you guessed it, worked at Ulta. I love it. I don’t use it currently due to being on a budget. But, I would use it in a  heartbeat. My skin felt amazing after using. It was perfect.
  5. As you all know now, Benefit is pretty special to me. It wasn’t a surprise that I liked their facial cream. It worked its magic on my face. And all turned out well.

I don’t have anything negative to say about these creams. I suppose I just have great taste and everything always turns out the way I want. 😉 And I realize that I pretty much say the same things above, but they truly all worked. I needed to have smooth skin, and that’s what happened when I used all of these products. Seriously though, make sure to moisturize your face and neck. It just feels elegant to have such smooth skin that you can’t help but keep touching. But, don’t touch too much because who knows what is all over your hands, and then you’re putting it all over your face. You would then have to wash. Then moisturize. Again. It’s a vicious cycle. Perhaps you should just not touch your face, okay?

Let me know if you have any favorites!