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.
After trying and enjoying the toner and serum from Andalou Naturals’ relatively new coconut-themed Quenching skincare line, I returned to Whole Foods to take a look the moisturizers. The moisturizing products I’ve previously tried from the brand’s rose line hadn’t been quite heavy enough for my skin, so I decided to go for the coconut night cream. Officially called the Coconut Milk Youth Firm Night Cream, this one includes coconut milk amino and essential fatty acids to hydrate skin and improve the appearance of skin tone and texture.
This past spring when I ran out of night cream, I ended up taking advantage of one of The Body Shop’s many sales to purchase two products from their Nutriganics range: the Smoothing Night Cream and the Smoothing Eye Cream. I’ve never tried the Nutriganics products before but have enjoyed The Body Shop’s moisturizers in the past, and was excited to try some of the brand’s fancier products. They’re both under $30 so even though they’re more expensive than other TBS skincare, they’re definitely still within reach for me, and they’re an even better deal on sale.
I’m going to jump right into talking about more products from Andalou Naturals. Here are a couple of products from their newly released Quenching Coconut line that I was so excited to find at Whole Foods about a month ago and have been itching to talk about: the Coconut Water Firming Toner and Coconut Milk Firming Serum.
The Honest Co. first caught my attention while browsing through Target, where I remember seeing a big display dedicated to the brand’s many products, including baby, bath, body, home, and more. It wasn’t until I saw their a couple of products pop up at Costco that I first purchased, and I’ve since been trying out their Honest Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 30 and multipurpose Organic Healing Balm.
Now that I’ve told you about my thoughts on the Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream, I thought I’d also talk about the other Alba product I’m using at the moment, the Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash. My body is really prone to dry skin and so I keep an eye out for body washes that don’t include normal sulfates and are meant to be used with dry or sensitive skin, and it appeared that the Creamy Piña Colada formulation would fit the bill.
I received a full size of the Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil by Butter London in my January Sample Society subscription box, and I was so excited about it because it’s something I can really use in my collection. It was the first thing I pulled out and gave a try, and I instantly fell in love with it’s coconut and pineapple fragrance. I wouldn’t necessarily expect to love that scent, but to me this smells more like a luxurious shampoo than a fruit basket.
Back in the beginning of September, I was trying to take advantage of a sale at The Body Shop but wanted to find one more item to purchase in order to make the most of the discounts. This Beautifying Oil was what I landed on to wrap up the purchase, and I’ve really enjoyed having it around. The Body Shop describes this as a multipurpose, lightweight oil that can be used on face, body and hair for hydration and a shiny finish, and this particular variety has warm, sweet coconut scent.
When it comes to body wash, I tend to be a little more picky than the average consumer. I generally bathe once if not twice a day not only to clean my body but to also soothe muscle aches, and thus most body washes are simply too drying for my skin. I prefer to try and find bath products that will help prevent moisture loss while bathing, rather than relying on lotions alone to fix ailing skin. A month or so ago I purchased the SheaMoisture body wash with raw shea butter, frankincense and myrrh from Target to see if it might be a good fit for my needy skin because it’s advertised to hydrate and rejuvenate skin as well as prevent early signs of aging.
I’ve been slowly working my way through LUSH”s Fresh Face Mask product line, and The Sacred Truth is the most recent one I’ve been using. On the LUSH website, The Sacred Truth is described as “divine intervention for dry or mature skin”. I’m in my 20s and have combination skin, but I like this mask anyway! It’s ingredients are intended to soften and brighten skin, and it leaves my skin feeling clean yet nourished. Since the weather’s started cooling down, I’ve already felt my skin getting a touch drier so I think this mask came into my life at the perfect time.