I don’t round up favorite products on a regular basis except for at the end of the year, so this is my chance to put some of my reviews in perspective and talk about the stuff that really stood out to me. I’m highlighting some skincare and some makeup that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and span a wide range of price points. And I have to get this up and out there before I start talking about all of the newstuff I’ve bought for myself this winter and will be trying in 2018, so let’s go!
Hey, I bought some things a little bit of a discount. Wanna see what I got? I took advantage of sales last week at Sephora and Kiehl’s that happened to begin over the same weekend, which I’m sure was no coincidence. I grabbed a couple of things impulsively, but more than anything I took it as a chance to stock up on the kinds of products that I run through the quickest, in the hopes that I can push off needing to make additional purchases over the next several months.
I have combination skin that’s very prone to dryness and dehydration, particularly around my eyes and cheeks. About two weeks ago my skin started getting hit hard by the changing weather and colder, drier air and I’ve needed to adjust my skincare in a big way. Dry skin generally requires more care than just a heavy face cream, and I’ve developed a handful of strategies for alleviating tight, irritated, and generally sad winter skin. Here are five main ways I approach dry skin, and a bunch of my favorite products I’ve found in each category.
I’ve filled up another little bag with empty products that I used up over the past season. As is typical, most of the bag is full of skincare—I managed to go through 6 serums, actually, which is some sort of accomplishment. There’s also cleansers, moisturizers, a little bit of makeup, and some hair and body care. In general, I really liked a lot of the stuff I used up, too!
I have another treatment from The Ordinary that I want to talk about, this time it’s the anti-aging Matrixyl 10% plus HA. Like much of The Ordinary’s product line, this is an affordable serum with a specific ingredient focus and target. Matrixyl is a peptide, and in the case for this serum, there are two generations here: Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe’6 at a combined concentration 10%. The “HA” in the title refers to what The Ordinary calls a specialized hyaluronic acid delivery system.
I’m sorry I disappeared from the blog for a bit, I’ve moved apartments and have been taking my time getting back in the swing of things. I’ve also been using fewer beauty products in general—I have my skincare unpacked and organized, but for makeup I’ve just been working out of a small travel bag with just a handful of basic daily products. One of the things I have been using all the way through the transition is this silicone facial brush called the Mirai by True Company, which has been lovely to use both at home and on the go.
It’s been a while since I’ve gone through a batch of empty products. I’ve recently been unloading my empties whenever the bag starts to overflow, which seems to translate to a seasonal basis, and summer is just a few days away. I’m also going to be moving apartments soon and so it’s an appropriate time to be going through the cabinets and cleaning things out a bit! So, here’s a look at all of the skincare, makeup, body, and hair care products I used up throughout the spring and will be discarding.
I have another item from The Ordinary to talk about, and it’s the first serum I’ve tried from them that targets wrinkles. Argireline is a peptide complex, and I hadn’t heard of it before shopping on The Ordinary’s site. In all honesty I think that if I had done more research before placing my order, I probably would have bought something else, but it’s not a bad ingredient and I’ve found it an interesting one to learn more about because it has a different kind of effect than a lot of others I’m familiar with.
I guess it’s sale season! Anticipating the springtime 20% off sale at Kiehl’s (which will continue until 5/22), I’d been holding out on buying anything from them over the past couple of months so I could stock up all at once. This time around I was a VIP rewards member so right at the beginning of the sale I qualified for a 25% discount for a 24-hour period, which is when my husband and I visited a nearby store. Beyond that sale, I also received my new Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner, my order from The Ordinary which took a while to ship, and found a new cleansing oil to try out.
I have a bunch of Too Cool For School masks that I’ve been using, all in the $4-9 range, and so I wanted to talk about them all in one place. I’m lucky enough to have a Too Cool For School storefront nearby in New York City but a growing collection of their products are also available at Sephora, while the rest of the others are definitely available from various places online (particularly Amazon). I’ve become a bit of a sheet and sleeping mask nut and really enjoyed trying all of these from a fun brand like Too Cool For School.