Monday, February 3, 2020

Beauty Products I'm Bringing into 2020 - Skincare, Hair, & Makeup

It's 2020 and yes, I am still into beauty. I'm going to be honest. I left some make-up, skincare, and hair products back in 2019. But below I have listed the ones I made sure to take with me into the 20's. Some are new additions...some are tried and true favorites that you may recognize from past posts. So, I will cut this introduction short (the intro isn't what you came for, afterall) and give you the list!

Hot Tools 24K Gold Charcoal Infused One-Step Blowout

Before I got this brush, I almost NEVER blow dried my hair. I could've counted on two hands the amount of times I would blow dry my hair each year. It just took so long! And I definitely don't have time for that. But since getting this brush, blow drying my hair isn't nearly as time consuming as it used to be. I still don't blow dry my hair super often. But when I do, I'm able to very simply style it as I dry it.  I purchased this product during a Black Friday sale so I didn't pay anywhere near the listed price. However, Revlon makes a more affordable version that I hear is pretty much identical to this Hot Tools brush.

Pistache Eye Serum

I am so addicted to this eye serum. It costs much more than I would like to spend but it does so much. I tried a "dupe" of this serum and the dupe made my under-eye area look ten times worse! Never.Again. This serum reduces the pigmentation of black circles and helps fight fine lines. Hate to spend the money on it... but it really is worth every penny.

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream

I use this eye cream over the eye serum listed above at night and on it's own during the day. It's a pretty simple eye cream - which I need since I am allergic to retinol. (Yes, that makes finding anti-aging products tough). It's moisturizing, non-irritating, and plumps my under eye area.

Physicians Formula Super BB All-In-1 Beauty Balm Cream

I'm giving my skin a break from MAC foundation. I love a full-coverage queen. But recently, I've been into a more natural look with lighter coverage. I mainly use foundation to even out my skin tone (fair skin and the Florida sun do not mix well no matter how much SPF you use). This foundation does have SPF in it. I usually stay away from makeup with SPF since chemical sunscreens irritate my skin. But the sunscreens in this BB cream aren't chemical sunscreens so my skin is ok with them. Overall, it gives light to medium coverage, goes on streak-free, doesn't cause my skin to break out, and provides a naturally glowy finish.

COVERGIRL Bloom Mascara

This is still my favorite mascara. Depending on how much you put on, it can look very natural or super glam. It doesn't clump and I get compliments on my eye makeup/lashes when I wear this product. It's an underrated product in my opinion. Especially considering its price.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner

For me, this light toner helps keep my skin clear and evens out my complexion (my two main skin concerns). I simply spray it on my face (like a setting spray) and let it dry before moving on to the next step.

 YourGoodSkin ProVitamin Overnight Cream

I use this overnight cream as a daytime moisturizer. It's not very thick or heavy but it is pretty moisturizing. I prefer this cream over other moisturizers marketed for day time use because it doesn't contain SPF (no worries regarding chemical sunscreens) and it is much more moisturizing than most of the day options I've tried. It's also pretty affordable and contains vitamins C, E, and B5. Bonus - calming green tea is also one of the ingredients listed in this cream.

 Clinique Pep Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50

This is the only sunscreen I've found that I can wear daily without getting irritation or breakouts. That's really it. 

This stuff is magic. I've loved it for awhile but I really tested it out last summer when I went into New York City during one of the hottest days of the year. I believe it was 99 degrees out. I had a full face of makeup on and was walking around the city all day. Guess what was still in place when I got home that night? That's right. My makeup. It didn't melt off or smudge all over my face. This setting spray kept every bit of it right where it was supposed to be. It also doesn't irritate my skin or cause breakouts.

I like this dry shampoo better than those offered by luxury brands. I wash my hair daily (I know, I know. You're not supposed to do that) but use this spray to give my hair some texture and volume if I feel like it's falling flat that day.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Remember how I said I'm allergic to retinol and that it makes finding anti-aging products very difficult? Because of this, I rely heavily on AHA's. I have overdone it with glycolic acid in the past, so I figured I would try the slightly gentler lactic acid.   Now, if you've never used AHA's I would recommend starting with the version of this product that contains 5% lactic acid instead. Even with my years of exposure and use of AHA's this product still does sting/burn my skin at times. I only use it at night (AHA's and the sun also do not mix) and when I wake up in the morning my skin is smoother and much more even.  The best part is it's super affordable ($6.80 at Ulta) on top of being effective.

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