Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love to Put on My Face: You Can Buy Some Things in a Store Edition

My favorite drugstore findsI don’t have a car. The Internet is amazing. I can get anything I want sent to me! Once a month I get a box * of toilet paper and cleaning supplies sent to me. I even get cat food and litter in the mail. Blogs, Reddit, Makeupalley, Paula’s freaking Choice, etc have encouraged us to keep our skincare shopping mostly online. I am here to tell you that you can buy great versions of culty internet hits IRL at your damn drug store.

You know those super chic Shiseido facial cotton squares? Hey, you can buy basically the same damn thing at CVS and some Walgreens and almost every Duane Reade! Hell, I once saw them at Target (maybe that was a skincare dream?). Just look for the EXTRA THICK (thicc) Premium Cotton Squares with plush layers. Sometimes they’re labeled as pick a size cotton squares. Dig around in the cotton balls section, you’ll find those babies.

Pimple patches are a thing in any skincare loving corner of the Internet. Did you know that you can buy them from CVS? Yes, my friends, you no longer have to order them from dubious sellers on Amazon. CVS paired with Peach and Lily to create Peach Slices. The full line isn’t available in most stores, but the pimple patches can be found hidden among acne care in many a CVS that does not feature the line. I promise, they’re just as good as the ones that come in the mail.

Glossier’s* Milky Jelly cleanser is iconic, and for good reason. It’s an effective but gentle cleanser and its bottle is damn cute too. I love it so much, but these days I mostly stick to Neutrogena’s Ultra Hydrating Cleanser: Creamy Formula. The two cleansers are basically the same, except the Neutrogena I can buy with cash on my way home from work (and I don’t have to worry about someone stealing a package).

What are your favorite in-store steals?

 

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Things I Love to Put on My Face: SokoGlam is Having a Sale Edition

PSA, Soko Glam* is having a sale (use code “SGBOKB18” for %15 off) on their Best of K Beauty Award winners. Wouldn’t you know it, two of my favorite products are featured.

Son and Park’s Beauty Water is my favorite gentle exfoliant/toner/cleanser/magic bottle of water. It makes my skin look radiant and perfect.

Neogen’s Daylight Protection is my absolute favorite sunscreen. It’s moisturizing as hell, it smells nice, and it protects my damn face.

Go forth and enjoy

 

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Things I Love to Put on My Face: VIB Sale Edition

Sephora is seriously one of the worlds greatest evils. Once upon a time, I was VIB Rouge. I WAS SO POOR. Why did I allow this store to take so much of my money?

Anyways, I’m out of a couple of very important key components of my skincare routine, so I took the VIB Sale as an opportunity to try out some fancy products. Normally I use this blessed time of year to restock on the expensive products that I love, but it’s been a long summer and I’m keeping my wallet extra tight.

Here’s what I bought. But you should get whatever you want. Or don’t get anything.

Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo $23

I’m out of Vitamin C serum. I’ve been hunting for a perfect Vitamin C serum (my favorite is no longer sold at CVS and TBH I’m not buying one tiny ass bottle of vitamin C from Hylamide, especially since Deciem is going through some drama). I used Drunk Elephant’s a million years ago and I think I like it! But I don’t remember. I also constantly need moisturizer. Even after moving to swampy ass New Orleans I still had dry skin.

Sunday Riley Flash Fix Kit $28

I’ve had a year+ long love affair with Differin but it has come to a bitter end. I started getting acne again last month and started supplementing my Differin with some lactic acid from The Ordinary. Differin and I are over, lactic acid and I are hot and freaking heavy. Why not try the world’s favorite lactic acid? Also, I’m almost of my face wash and clay is fun!

That’s it! I’ve toned down my skincare routine a lot and, honestly, my skin does not look worse. Soon I’ll be making a big ol post about my favorite budget skincare, but for now I just have this for you.

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Things I Love to Put on my Face: Beach Vacay Skincare Edition

I’m going to the Jersey Shore tomorrow! But not that Jersey Shore. The Bruce Springsteen Asbury Park/gay clubs/my grandmother’s nursing home Jersey Shore. I love using samples and foils on vacations, it’s a great opportunity to try new products and keep my bag light. I’m really lucky and my skin isn’t super sensitive so I can try things out with little fear. Here’s what I’m bringing.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water is the only full-size item I’m bringing. I should decant it into a smaller bottle but, hey, I’m lazy. It’s the best micellar water I’ve used. It doesn’t leave a film like some American drugstore alternatives and it’s incredibly gentle and effective at removing makeup.

I brought two cleansers, Philosphy’s Purity Made Simple and Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Cleanser I’ve used and loved the EradiKate, even though it says it’s a daily cleanser I don’t recommend using it daily. I’m bringing it just in case I encounter a breakout or just need an extra physical exfoliating boost. I haven’t used the Philosophy cleanser, but I’m game to try anything. I haven’t had a lot of luck with Philosophy’s products but I’m willing to give them a second chance (and, honestly, cleansers are one of those products that, as long as it’s not too stripping, I can make work regardless of efficacy).

Differin Gel is a god damn game changer for me. I’ve been using it for a little over a week and I (think) my acne purge has finally ended (side note, from my research it normally takes a lot longer for people to finish purging).

OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum isn’t my favorite vitamin c serum, but it’s not my least favorite either. Some people, really, really, love it but I’ve had similar (better?) results from more affordable vitamin c serums. This is the OG of prestige vitamin c serums though, so let’s give respect when it’s due. Anyways, bring some vitamin c on a beach vacation! Get those antioxidants on your damn face!

I’m a moisturizer monster and need three, Fresh’s Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm, and IT Cosmetics’ Confidence in a CreamI’ve used the IT Cosmetics once already and it is a god damn moisturizer y’all. I’m very excited to slather that thick shit on my weather beaten salt fried face before rolling into bed after the beach. I haven’t used the Fresh moisturizer before but I love their other products I’ve used and I’m ready to preserve this youthful 26-year-old face. My dear friend Christian gives me all the samples that come with his Kiehl’s orders. I love Kiehl’s and have probably used this moisturizer a million years ago when I lived near the Kiehls store on the LES but I honestly do not remember! What an adventure.

Sunscreen is probably the most important thing to bring to the beach, so I’m bringing three: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream WetForce for face SPF50Clarins Sunscreen MultiProtection SPF 50and Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30I’ve used all three of these before and I love them all. The Shiseido is super thick and leaves a white-cast, but it’s water resistant so I’m going to wear that shit when I’m swimming (it also smells nice). The Clarins used to be my holy grail sunscreen, I’ve since moved on to NeoGen but it still holds a place in my heart. I’ve talked about the Murad in this post.

I got Shea Moisture’s Foaming Milk & Body Wash for free from Influenster and have been terrible and haven’t used it yet. I am (sort of) avoiding plastic and buy bar soap as my body soap and I love Shea Moisture’s bar soaps so I have really high hopes for this body soap.

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Things I Love to Put on my Face: Just Some Crap I Recently Bought Edition

Cool Cool. It’s been a minute. Life is an emotional roller coaster! Here’s a low effort post of things that I’ve bought recently to make myself feel better.

I re-upped on Boy Brow and Perfecting Skin Tint. Boy brow is the best brow product I’ve ever used (I still love my ABH brow pencil but, like, I hate actually filling in my brows). Someone on reddit described Skin Tint as “homeopathic,” which is a lie. It’s very, very subtle, but it does even out my skin tone!

I got Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer and Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Chimere when I ran out of my Maybelline lumi concealer (it’s a good concealer but it did not last long at all, I might as well shell out for high-end concealer if I’m gonna finish it in a month). I got the Nars in Chantilly, but it’s actually a little too light for my skin tone, but the darker shades don’t have the correct undertones. I refuse to return makeup so I’m wearing this ish until it’s done. The formula is great and it stays all day. I’m obsessed with the Dior eyeshadow and have worn it nearly every day since I bought it. It’s great as an all over shadow or an inner corner highlight.

My quest to stop buying as much crap online has led me to CVS and Skinfix Hydrating Lotion I typically use Embryolisse for my AM moisturizer but it’s basically impossible to get in person in Maryland and I didn’t need anything else from Beautylish (I don’t trust the ones on Amazon!). I grabbed this Skinfix stuff because the ingredient list seems great. It’s a very, very light moisturizer, which is perfect for humid summer days. I’m big on light moisturizing layers during the summer. I’ve used this for a couple of days now and I’m into it. It’s much thinner and waterier than embryolisse, they’re essentially completely different products. Since this is so light I recommend this lotion for people who are moisturizer adverse. It doesn’t play super nice with my Neogen sunscreen, I’ve noticed some slight pilling if I don’t wait long enough between applications. I’m definitely going to go back to embryolisse when I need to reorder some bioderma or TO facial oils but this is a great drugstore option.

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Things I Love to Put on my Face: Gel Sunscreens. That’s it.

Glossier’s* new sunscreen has put the internet skincare community in an absolute tizzy. It’s a gel! It’s got chemical filters instead of physical filters! It’s $35! It is not the exact product that I, the magnificent decider of the worth of all skincare, desired. Anyways, people are insane. Glossier’s sunscreen looks awesome, it leaves 0 white cast, it’s a freaking gel, and it’s not loaded up with alcohol.

I always suggest gel formulas to men with facial hair! Yes, I love a good physical sunscreen on myself but I am pale AF and don’t have a beard. There’s nothing worse than your skin looking ashy because of your sunscreen or having gross white globs in your man’s beard. Embrace the gel. Here are two of my favorites (that cost a helluva lot more than the Glossier one…):

Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield is a mattifying/blurring gel sunscreen. It reminds me of that miracle blur shit that Olay was shilling a while back. It feels like Smashbox’s primer and goes on beautifully. I’m not super into matte faces myself but I’ve definitely thrown this at my boyfriend because I was sick of him complaining about how sweaty and shiny his face gets. Typically if I’m wearing this it’s when I’m running around doing errands with no makeup on.

Cover FX’s Clear Cover is my favorite out of all the gel sunscreens I’ve used. It’s actually a light yellow in the bottle still, it applies clear. The texture is similar to Murad’s but the finish is far more natural looking. It won’t make your skin matte, but it also won’t make it look dewy (unless it already does). This formula also has squalane and some other awesome antioxidants. I am into it.

 

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Things I Love to Put on My Face: Sephora Spring 2017 Sale Edition

It feels really gross that every beauty guru and blog is picking out what you should buy at Sephora during the Beauty Insider sale. Have we all stooped so low and are willingly providing free advertising in celebration of a measly 15% off?

That said, here’s my post on the sale.

Don’t buy something unless you need it. For the most part, my general rule is: don’t buy something on sale that you wouldn’t buy full price. So I am making two very conscious purchases during this sale and nothing else.

This Surratt Beauty eyeliner is shockingly expensive, but it’s refillable and the cartridges are only $18. After I left my big girl job I was on the hunt for a less expensive version of the Stila Stay All Day Liner (I love you Stila) and, guess what, all the drug store versions suck balls. NYX repeatedly has let me down. Elf is a joke. I used L’oreal’s in high school. In came Surratt Beauty. Their cartridges are less expensive than Stila’s single-use pens. Which means I am creating less waste with my makeup and saving money. Buying this during the sale because it’s a one time purchase and I might as well make the most of it, yeah? I haven’t actually tried it yet, it’s online only, but Katie Jane Hughes says it’s the best. Who needs to try something before you buy it?

This Belif Moisturizer is a cult favorite for a good reason. I first heard about it on Stephanie Nicole’s Channel (my favorite youtuber). I had used the aqua bomb before and was not that big of a fan, I have really dry skin, you guys (have I mentioned that before?), so the moisturizing bomb was really intriguing. Well, I have blown my way through ever sample that Sephora could give me while I tried to clean out my moisturizer stash and I have fallen in love. By the time the sale starts I’ll be able to justify buying a new moisturizer.

And that’s it. Don’t buy stuff because I’m buying it. Buy some face wash and use your discount because you’re out of facewash. Buy a new red lipstick because you’re almost out of your regular red lipstick. Chill out. You don’t need another eye palette filled with neutrals. You definitely don’t need more contouring products.

 

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