As I said in an earlier post, I’ve been on quite the quest this year for a new winter skin care routine. My face has reacted quite poorly to the ups and downs of the weather, in the form of dry, flaky patches, tightness, itching, and obnoxious little whiteheads. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; trying to treat sensitive, dry, acne-prone skin is a real pain in the ass.
So, while I fell back in love with Eucerin (in the form of their Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Creme) for a nightly dose of super hydration, I found that it was a little too thick for daytime application. Skipping a morning moisturizer wasn’t an option, so I needed to find something lighter–yet still hydrating–to apply first thing before my makeup. I searched the internet high and low, finally stumbling upon another hidden gem at the drugstore: Garnier’s Moisture Rescue Refresh Gel Cream.
I was thrilled to see my POPSUGAR Must Have Box for March 2014 arrive early today! This week has been something of a downer for me, with my having had some minor yet annoying surgery this past Thursday. I was in need of a little retail-therapy style pick-me-up, and POPSUGAR delivered. This month was another big win in my book, and I loved every single item in my box.
“Get ready to shed that Winter coat and welcome Spring with open arms. Before you do that, though, you’ll want to prepare with products that are all about new beginnings–new foods to get healthy, new skin care finds, and new accessories for organizing your jewelry. Of course, you’ll need a fresh scarf and necklace to look your best too. It’s all about putting some spring in your step. Open away!”
~Lisa Sugar, POPSUGAR Founder & Editor in Chief
I, for one, and more than ready to kick Winter out the door! I’m also all about new snacks, new skin care, and some fun new accessories. My pictures are pretty poor this month, as they were taken via iPhone again and the sun kept going behind the clouds at inopportune moments, but hopefully the awesomeness of this month’s box comes across.
That said, let’s jump right in!
I freely admit that I bought this nail polish just for the name.
I have that terrible habit; I’m sucked in by cute or bad-ass sounding names and buy far more polish than I really need (especially considering I’ve had a gel French manicure for going on four years and only wear traditional nail polish on my toes). So, when we Ipsy subscribers got a bottle of Zoya nail polish in our February bags, I told myself that that was one discount code I would definitely be skipping… Until I saw someone mention the had ordered the color “Cole” in a makeup forum post.
A nail polish with my last name? (Never would have had that happen with my maiden name, let me tell you.)
Hello, my name is Robin and I am a NYX Butter Gloss addict.
I always favored gloss over lipstick, as I have had chronically dry lips as far I can remember, but one thing that had always driven me nuts is how sticky most glosses are. I had long hair for most of my life and we all know how well that pairs with most lip glosses; I was constantly pulling it away from my lips and getting frustrated with the gooey feeling on my lips. Ick.
Enter my holy grail lip gloss: NYX Cosmetics’ Butter Glosses.
NYX says: “Buttery soft and silky smooth, our scrumptious new Butter Lip Gloss tastes as sweet as a sugar cookie—and makes your lips look downright luscious. Swipe it on alone or over your favorite lipstick for creamy sheer to medium coverage that melts onto your lips and is never sticky.”
Oh, NYX, you had me at silky smooth…
Here we go with another review from the 50 Beauty Products to Buy Before You Die series. This is another item included on Allure’s article that promises us“50 beauty breakthroughs, drugstore finds, and unreal splurges you have to sniff, lather, or apply at least once in your lifetime.” You can read my original thoughts from when I decided to do this series, which also contains a listing of all the items that will be reviewed, here.
Today we have Aveeno’s Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser.
Allure says: “This cleanser is formulated with feverfew, an ingredient that’s been proven to reduce redness and irritation. Added bonus: It washes away makeup along with dirt and oil.”
As the Queen of Sensitive Skin, I had to try this one out as soon as I saw it on the list…
As I have said before, I was a late-comer to the BB Cream scene. I only got into these wonderful products a few months ago, but I’ve quickly become addicted to them. When the BareMinerals I had been wearing for years began to fail me (accentuating dry patches and settling into the fine lines I was trying to pretend I didn’t have), I started shopping around for a new foundation. Liquids and traditional cream foundations are hit-or-miss with me; I have yet to find one I can wear daily without it causing an unpleasant reaction on my skin (be it irritation/hives or a breakout). So, I began researching BB creams and liked what I people had to say about them.
I dipped my toe into the BB cream world by sampling Pond’s Illuminating Finish BB Cream, which I reviewed earlier. While I enjoyed the feel of that particular cream on my skin, I didn’t feel that it provided enough coverage in the long run. Like many American made BB creams, it fell more into the tinted moisturizer category, especially when compared to their better covering Korean counterparts. With that in mind, I decided it was time to kind a Korean BB cream.
My search ended with the Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream. It has some wonderful reviews online, and I noticed a lot of people saying that this was great for sensitive skin and for hiding redness. Furthermore, this formula happens to be SPF free. I know some would argue keeps it from being a true BB Cream, but that is actually a plus for it in my book. Sunscreens are one of the things I have found my skin to be sensitive to, so having it missing was obviously not a deal-breaker for me. They also say that this formula contains “bisabolol, licorice acid derivatives, and allantoin component soothe your skin and jojoba oil, macademia nut oil, hyauronic acid derivatives, and marin collagen make your skin moisture and smooth.” All of that sounded great to me, so I ordered it to try it out.
Here comes another review of OCC Cosmetics’ Lip Tars!
To quickly recap what OCC Lip Tars are (for those who know, or read one of my previous posts, you can skip this bit and head on to the review of this set after the jump). OCC stands for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Lip Tars are quite possibly the product that they are best known for. They are liquid lipsticks that apply like a gloss, going on slick and moist, but drying down to a satin or matte lipstick-like finish. They come in dozens of colors, and can be mixed to create custom shades. They are vegan, free of cruelty, and gluten-free. One thing to note is that they do contain peppermint oil for preservative purposes, so if you are sensitive to that oil or its scent, keep that in mind. Being Queen of Sensitive Skin over here, I can say that for me they did not cause any sort of reaction, other than being a bit drying.
That said, let’s get on to the review!