Wednesday, February 4, 2015

beauty hits, mehs and misses

Over the past two months with the colder weather settling in I had the urge to try out a few new things on my super dry and irritable skin (yes that makes sense!) So here is a look at what was good and what was meh in case any of these products had sparked your interest.

CeraVe foaming cleanser: (found at drugstores bought mine from My skin in Januray was literately cracking off on my face so I needed to change out my cleanser. This one is simple and had glowing reviews and I can certainly agree. It foams up nicely removes my foundation and leaves my skin just right (not dry but not oily) it has kept my skin from breaking out so it is wins all around.

Bite beauty line & define primer: (sephora) I bought this in hopes it would stop red lipsticks from feathering on my apparently wrinkly lips! It does not so do not buy it thinking it will. On the other hand it is really good for adding a bit of extra moisture to the lips for the winter. If you ever wondered if there was such a thing as a matte lip balm, yes there is and this is it.

Rimmel lasting finish primer: (walmart) I bought this on a whim and I should have resisted the urge. It is a lotion not a primer, it goes one like a lotion leaves a bit of a shine to the skin and really has no qualities that the name would suggest. That being said I have been using it mixed in as a lotion with my foundation and it has helped it go on more smoothly and not make my skin look as dry. Once the weather changes this will not be an oily skinned girls best friend but for now I will use what I can of it.

The body shop aloe lip care: ( the body shop) Many many British youtubers recommended this so I jumped on the wagon. I personally dislike this lip balm! I only use a balm at night and this did not help my dry lips at all in my opinion. It is thick, sticky, smells and tastes quite awful (yeah I am selling it) I am still using it since I can't bear to throw it out, hating a lip balm is a very weird thing but I can't wait for it to be done!

St. Ives green tea cleanser: (drugstores) This is what made my skin so dry I had to quit using it. It is so cheap I had high hopes I could get away with a budget cleanser. As far as the blemish fighting qualities I cannot say it helped my skin at all, for me the extra dryness in my skin irritated it so much I was still getting stubborn breakouts.

Anybody else want to share what they have been loving/hating this month? I am on the hunt for a new mascara so feel free to share your two cents about any you have tried recently.


  1. I've been laying low on the skin regimen. i basically just have a simple cleanser and moisturizer routine for now since my skin is going bonkers with the weather and the travelling i did this month! aackk! thanks for sharing your thoughts on the st ives green tea cleanser. will have to pass on that for sure! :D

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  2. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear that there were some misses and that one of St. Ive's offerings are amongst them. I have uber sensitive skin, but can usually handle their offerings (especially those targeted towards sensitive skin). I haven't tried that cleaners though, so can't comment on it specifically. I love their classic apricot scrub to bits though and usually it weekly.

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  3. I worked at Sephora and I'm a huge fan of Bite lipsticks, but not crazy about the lip primer. What I found worked much better was the Make Up For Ever lip line perfector, it's a clear lip liner that can go under any shade of lipstick and prevents feathering and fills in the texture of the lips nicely. I'm not crazy about buying a bunch of shades of lip liner to match all the colours of lipstick I have, and I only use this now and it works great!

    I'll have to try out the CeraVe cleanser :)