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Skin Care Products I Can’t Stop Reaching For

Living in the Midwest, I constantly have to change up my skin care products based on what the weather is- from the dry winters, to the humid, sweltering summers, it’s difficult to have a set skin care routine all year round. Due to these constant changes, I have a variety of skin care products and essentials that I use based on my current skin care needs.

Right now, we are dealing with the dry winter weather here in Michigan, causing dry chapped lips, wind burned skin, and dry skin in general. Keeping up with a skin care routine can also be an issue when dealing with the elements, however, I have recently found some great combinations in my skin care arsenal to help beat the winter dryness while testing and trying new products.

Here are my current skin care products I keep finding myself reaching for:

Pacifica Moisture Rehab Rose & Coconut Makeup Removing Wipes:

I came across this gem in the clearance section at Marshall’s- These makeup wipes are super hydrating and moisturizing, I have been using them in the morning to cleanse my face as well as at night prior to my skin care routine, they are extremely refreshing and nourishing. I am really hoping that Pacificia isn’t discontinuing these wipes since I did find them at Marshall’s and when a product is potentially being discontinued it usually ends up at discount stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

Glamglow Brightmud:

Okay, so I had decided I had outgrown GlamGlow products all together. I had been using them for the last seven years, and I just felt as though the products that used to work for me were just becoming too harsh for my skin the older I’ve gotten. I had run out of the Thirstymud and wanted to give it another try due to the cold weather drying out my skin. Furthermore, I placed an order online and was given the option to pick a few samples – so I decided to try Brightmud, and it turns out I love it! It is very nice an exfoliating and scrubs away all the dead skin cells and any other grime on the face and gives you a beautiful glow. I wouldn’t recommend using it every day as the exfoliants could potentially dry out the skin-using it as a nice little treatment once or twice a week works fine for me.

Glamglow Thirstymud:

I absolutely love Glamglow Thirstymud- it is the perfect treatment to beat dry skin all winter long. It is a creamy texture and is transparent, it’s so nice and soothing on the skin. I’ve paired this mask with hydrating sheet masks on top of it, as well as other masks such as First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask. Although it works just fine on its own, anything you pair with it gives Thirstymud the extra little oomph it needs to help hydrate and keep your skin healthy and glowing.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask:

In previous posts, I have mentioned how much I love First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask and how much it has helped my skin. This product is like gold to me! It is a little weird texture-wise when you put it on your skin as it actually does have bits of oatmeal in it, which is my only turn-off with this product, but otherwise it is incredible. I had badly damaged my skin a few months ago by falling asleep with a facial mask on, and it burnt my skin into oblivion. I used this mask twice daily for two days and my skin was repaired within a few days. Not only that, but I have also fallen asleep with this mask on and no troubles whatsoever, only hydrated and smooth skin the next day. Likewise, I don’t suggest using this product overnight, but if it happens, your skin should be just fine the next day.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask With Red Clay:

I am not usually a fan of peel off masks, I don’t like the stickiness of the drying process, and it always seems like I can never apply them evenly and there are always globby areas that take forever to dry. Maybe it was the products I was using, or I have finally perfected the technique of applying peel off masks, but lately, I have found myself reaching for this mask every other day. My skin is so clear and radiant after using this mask, and it never dries out my skin or causes breakouts. Highly recommended for skin maintenance, 2-3 times a week.

Watermelon Dew All Over Serum:

To be honest, for the longest time I had been sleeping on Tony Moly Watermelon Dew All Over Serum. I had a sample from some kind of beauty box subscription and found it while organizing some skin care samples I had sitting in a box and decided to use it. I was actually blown away, this serum is amazing. It is so hydrating and moisturizing. I love that it is not sticky after application and soaks right into the skin. It has a lovely watermelon fragrance that isn’t too harsh. I ended up buying a full size bottle right away, and I have been using it every night. I highly recommend trying this serum out as well as other products from the Tony Moly line-they are incredible.

Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask:

Okay, so let’s face it, Erno Laszlo is a very high-end luxury skin care brand and I would never pay full price for a product like this, however, I found the Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask at TJ Maxx for $10, and I knew I had to have it. This Hydra Therapy mask’s consistency is so neat, it’s like a whipped texture, not too creamy, and is so soft – it melts like butter right into the skin and of course, is not sticky on the skin. My skin is so smooth and soft in the morning after every use, I love it! Run, don’t walk, to TJ Maxx if you want to try this product because it is selling out quickly!

Glamglow Bright Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream:

Dark under eye circles have always been a curse in my life. I have tried and own so many great products that have significantly reduced my dark circles, however, lately, I have been reaching for Glamglow Bright Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Crème every single night. It is a pretty nice consistency, a little thick, but not too thick. I apply this every night with an eyeshadow brush under my eyes and sometimes under my brow area. It’s very moisturizing and helps maintain healthy looking under eyes. I give this product a ten out of ten – worth every penny.

What are some of your skin care go to’s for winter skin? Leave me some recommendations in the comments! I would love to try some of your favorites!

Posted in mental health

Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors: Skin Picking

Raise your hand if you are a chronic “skin picker!” 🙋‍♀️

As long as I can remember having acne, I have been a chronic skin picker. I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t leave sh*t alone! Unless you have excellent impulse control- I do not, you are probably guilty of messing with blemishes on your face as well, don’t lie.

It wasn’t until I was in my mid to late twenties that I started to realize that maybe skin picking wasn’t really the satisfaction of attacking that blemish on my face. I started to realize it was an issue with more to it…

Dermatillomania or Excoriation Disorder aka Skin Picking, is defined by Psychology Today as: “psychological condition that manifests as repetitive, compulsive skin picking.”

Psychology Today (Skin Picking)

Skin Picking / Dermatillomania / Excoriation- falls under the category of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors which consist of disorders relating to nail-biting, pulling one’s hair (scalp, eyelashes, and eyebrows), cheek and lip biting. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, often referred to as the DSM, classifies these disorders under the umbrella of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.

People who engage in Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors do so with or without full awareness and are often triggered by feelings of tension, stress and anxiety, and are found to be a form of distraction and gratification and not a result of being obsessed with one’s appearance. One may also feel the desire to engage in such behaviors even when the trigger is not negative, such as boredom.

According to The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors:

“Research indicates that 2%-5% of the population picks their skin to the extent that it causes noticeable tissue damage and marked distress or impairment in daily functioning.”

The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors- What is Excoriation?

The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors also maintains that a whopping 75% of people affected with Excoriation are female.

Behaviors such as skin picking often begin during early adolescence (ages 10-13, per healthychildren.org) but also can start occurring at any age.

Is Excoriation the same as Self Harm?

I think that it is important to address that even though both behaviors do have overlapping symptoms, they are absolutely not the same.

Per The Recovery Village’s article Excoriation vs. Self-Harm:

“In a person who self-injures, triggers like intense emotions or numbness are too uncomfortable, so self-harm becomes the solution to the problem. It may seem like the causes of self-harm produce the behavior, but it is a lack of coping skills in the individual that sets the action in motion.”

“One of the main differences between excoriation vs. self-harm is repetition. Someone with excoriation could absentmindedly pick their skin hundreds or thousands of times per day. Self-harm occurs much less often, and there is always a conscious awareness of the action.”

“The level of pain is another contrasting point separating skin-picking disorder from self-harm. In self-injury, the behavior is performed to create a feeling of pain, but in excoriation, pain is not a motivating factor.”

The Recovery Village- Excoriation vs. .Self-Harm

Symptoms of Excoriation include:

  • Reoccurring skin picking resulting in bleeding, scabbing, bruising or lesions
  • Skin picking multiple sites on the body
  • Picking healthy and previously damaged skin tissue
  • Repeatedly attempting to stop the impulses and urges picking at skin
  • Targeting areas to pick at such as blemishes, moles, or imperfections on the skin

Long Term Effects:

  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Open and exposed wounds
  • Disfigurement
  • Self isolation
  • Shame and embarrassment
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Strained relationships
  • Difficulty with everyday life such as work, school, or social activities

Treatment:

  1. Therapy: Habit Reversal Training / Stimulus Control
  2. Some psychiatric medications, such as SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)

PLEASE NOTE: Some psychiatric medications are occasionally used to treat skin picking disorder, such as SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are the best-studied class of medicines for skin picking. HOWEVER, NO MEDICATIONS HAVE BEEN FDA APPROVED OR “WELL ESTABLISHED” FOR THIS PURPOSE.

(WebMD-Skin Picking Disorder- Excoriation)

My Personal Experience With Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

When I started to notice that I really may have an issue with face picking, I had just started a new, highly stressful, overly oppressive job, after resigning from a job that was also highly stressful and straight up abusive.

I was having trouble with the adjustment, going from a sort of leadership position, back down to the very lowest rank on the totem pole. My potential wasn’t being optimized, my skills were way more advanced than the job I was doing, and extremely bored. Overall, it just wasn’t a good time in my life. It was during this time the obsessive skin picking started.

During the work day I would constantly find reasons to get up out of my seat, walk to the bathroom, lock myself in and obsessively pick at my face. During days my stress and anxiety were high, the more picking I would do. I would pick and dig into my face until it bled, I would wait for the bleeding to stop, wash my face with cool water and dry it off and go back to my desk. No one noticed me there anyway, so I didn’t have to hide my face too much. Day after day, from punching in until punching out, I would constantly pick at my face.

I am also notoriously have been a lip and cheek biter, my lips are constantly ripped up and chapped and the inside of my cheeks are riddled with scar tissue that interfere with my bite plane causing me to bite down on the built-up scar tissue, frequently while eating, and damage the inside of my mouth further.

Some other displays of Body-Focused Repetitive disorders I recall having when I was a child are Trichotillomania related (“hair pulling disorder”) such as hair twirling and twisting really tightly, and chewing on the ends of my hair. I also had Onychophagia (finger nail-biting) pretty badly, and I would also pick and rip off the skin around my cuticles. Luckily I grew out of both by the time I was a teenager, but then I moved my way right on to skin picking, so we won the battle but lost the war with those particular Body-Focused Repetitive disorders.

The picking didn’t stop when I was at home, or anywhere else, to be honest. If I were in a bathroom at a friend’s house, my parent’s house, or even a public restroom, I would look in the mirror for anything I could pick at on my face. The shame and embarrassment that came along with it, I chalked up to the act being embarrassing because it looked like I had horrible adult acne instead of this has spiraled into a straight-up obsessive, chronic issue.

This problem has come and gone throughout my life and for some incredible reason, with the chronic skin picking and having severe cystic acne in my early twenties I have little to no scarring which is pretty unbelievable considering the damage I have caused.

My last bout with a Dermatillomania was about three weeks ago, and I have noticed that the healing process as I have gotten older has significantly slowed down, but I also do tend to pick at scabs as they are starting to heal, so I really don’t know for sure, it could, quite possibly, be a combination of both.

In conclusion, I am very glad to have further researched into this topic, it makes me more self-aware of behaviors and actions I wasn’t even aware that I was doing and why I was doing them.

I hope that this post can help someone struggling with Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors as well.

If you or someone you know is dealing with Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, please check out the following sources:

  1. The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders
  2. Picking ME Foundation
  3. Psychology Today Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
  4. WebMD Skin Picking Disorder (Excoriation)
  5. The Recovery Village Excoriation vs. Self Harm

Do you have any type of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors? How have you dealt with or overcome them, if so? Leave me a comment with some words of wisdom!

Posted in Product Reviews

My Favorite Soap & Glory Products

I couldn’t even begin to tell you when I discovered Soap & Glory Products, I remember initially seeing this brand at Walgreens and Target and was drawn to their cute packaging and clever product names-however, it took me awhile to catch on to how good their products actually are.

I was looking for a highly rated face wash that would be my “go to” around 2016 or so, and everything I researched kept bringing me back to the Face Soap and Clarity Face Wash. It was a bit pricey for me at the time $12.00 (which strangely, the price has remained the same to this day) but I decided to invest and give it a whirl. Within a few weeks I was hooked, and I have been ever since.

After using the Face Soap and Clarity Face Wash, I started to notice the brand a bit more. The next Soap & Glory product I purchased was the Smoothie Star Body Butter, which I was introduced to in a Tati Westbrook video on YouTube- and no one is going to not try something affordable that the self-proclaimed “Glam Life Guru” suggests, so I went out and bought it.

My collection and interest in the brand spiraled from there and now here I am, years later, still not disappointed in what Soap & Glory has to offer. Yes, there have been some flops on my behalf-products that just haven’t worked for me, but the consistency with this brand has been impeccable, and I plan to continue buying their brand for years to come.

I would like to share with you the products that I have continuously bought over and over and some new ones that I have discovered recently, I highly suggest if you are interested in this brand to try it out and see what you think for yourselves!

Skin Care

  1. No Clogs Allowed Deep Pore Clearing Mask: $10.99 – This is a new product to me and I have to say I do like it! The consistency kind of feels like a silicone base and warms up on your skin after application. It does feel as though I have seen a difference in the pores on my nose as well as chin area. Overall, I like this product a lot!
  2. Scrub Your Nose In It Two-Minute T-Zone Detox Scrub: $12.00 – Imagine a putty like AJAX powder cleaner on your face, same smell, and gritty, but not damaging. This product is super refreshing on your T-Zone and whole face, and it really gives nice and polished fresh face when used.
  3. Face Soap & Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash: $12.00 – My absolute favorite face wash of all time, it is super refreshing, clarifying, brightening and does not dry out my skin. I have been using this product for years, and it has never failed me. It is for all skin types, so I highly suggest picking up a bottle and trying it out for yourself!

Body Care

  1. Buff and Ready Coconut Body Scrub: $13.99 – I absolutely love all things coconut scented, so of course I had to pick this up when I first saw it on the shelves. The grit of this body scrub is low, so it definitely does not dry out your skin or cause further damage. My skin is extremely smooth after every use. It is the perfect body scrub to use prior to shaving as well.
  2. Scrub For Joy Body Polish: $11.99 – I like this body scrub, however, I do not like it as much as the Buff and Ready Coconut Body Scrub. This scrub certainly has a thicker and grittier consistency. If you need a good exfoliation, this is a great product, but it is not something I would suggest using multiple times a week, especially if you are prone to dry skin.
  3. Smoothie Star Lightly Whipped Body Buttercream: $15.00 – Okay, this is my favorite body lotion of all time. It is thick without being too thick, it doesn’t just sit on top of the skin and feel greasy, it does not contain as much alcohol as other scented body lotions and always instantly hydrates my skin. The smell is delicious, however, it lingers all day long, so if that is something that bothers you, keep that into consideration prior to purchasing.
  1. Hand Food Hand Cream: $8.00 – The Hand Food Hand Cream is a new product to me, I actually only tried it for the first time last winter. I was definitely sleeping on this hand cream! I rarely even like to use hand cream as it always leaves my hands feeling greasy and gross-not this one. The lotion soaks right into the skin and damages dried and chapped hands quickly, which is exactly the kind of hand lotion I need living in the Midwest during the winter time.
  2. Heel Genius Foot Cream: $10.00 – Heel Genius Foot Cream is also new to me! I purchased it for the first time over the summer as a recommendation from my friend, who knows I absolutely love Soap & Glory products. My heels were extremely dry due to pedicures and wearing sandals- I used this after showering and immediately put socks on and the next day my heels were as good as new!

Face Products

  1. One Heck Of A Blot Instant Perfecting Primer: $14.00 – One of my biggest complaints about applying foundation is being able to see my pores-of course the best way to fix that is with a great primer. One Heck Of A Blot is an amazing product to help achieve that flawless foundation application, does not leave your skin oily, and increases the longevity of your makeup. If you have oily skin
  2. Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL- Extreme Volume Gloss – This is an awesome moisturizing plumping lip gloss! A lot of lip plumpers seem to leave my lips dry, chapped, and on fire-not this one. I used this constantly after getting lip fillers as it was super soothing and has a nice thick consistency without being too thick.

Newest Soap & Glory Purchases

  1. In The Bright Of Day Vitamin C Gel Cream: $13.99 – I’ve used this gel cream twice now and so far so good, no complaints. I haven’t used it consistently enough to say whether I see any type of results, but I will definitely keep you all posted if I do!
  2. The Fab Pore 3 -in- 1 Oil Control Serum: $18.00 – Honestly, I just received this product from a Target order last week and have yet to try it, so I can’t really give an opinion / review. Sorry guys! If it turns out to be great, I’ll feature it in a future post! 🙂
  3. Thirst Aid Hydrating Aqua Gel: $13.99 – Living in the Midwest during the winter, one’s skin tends to take a beating. I am always on the hunt for different moisturizers- and I am going to be honest, this isn’t the one for me, and I am kind of bummed about it. It left my face feeling sticky- I used it 2 different times trying to make myself like it and… I just can’t.

Soap & Glory products can be found at:

  1. Target
  2. Ulta
  3. Walgreens
  4. Soap and Glory US website
  5. Soap and Glory UK website

Depending on where you purchase Soap & Glory products, prices will vary. Different stores may have different promotions going on at any given time such as buy one, get one 50% off or the Soap & Glory USA/UK websites have may have promo codes running as well.

Do any of you like Soap & Glory products as much as I do? What are your favorite products? Are there any products you have used that I haven’t mentioned that you recommend I try? Let me know in the comments!

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Post Holiday Skin Care Rehab

We all know that the holidays can be quite disruptive to our normal, every day routines. Christmas comes and goes, followed by that odd period of time before New Year’s Eve where you don’t even remember what day it is. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there.

Normally, I have a very comprehensive skin care routine based off of what my skin care concerns or needs are on that particular day. I implemented this self-care regimen into my life in early November, and I find that it significantly has improved my mental health and self-confidence. I love the act of multiple steps and trying new products and combinations to see what products compliment each other.

Over the last week or so, I’ve been caught up in the shuffle of working 50 hours a week, preparing and celebrating the holidays. Needless to say, my skin care regimen got lost in that shuffle as well.

I didn’t notice any significant breakouts or area of concern by not performing my usual regimen, but I did feel like my skin looked dull, and some areas were dry and flaky. I decided tonight is the night I am going to do a good detox, a skin care rehab, if you will.

I started by taking a nice hot bath, one of my favorite ways to relax and decompress. Steam is one of the best ways to open up your pores, so I relaxed a little and then got down to business.

I first used a clean, warm washcloth, to wipe any excess dirt and oil from my skin. I then went in with my Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush (on the highest setting) with Soap and Glory’s Face Soap & Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash and gave my skin a good scrub all over, focusing on getting all areas of my face, neck, and behind the ears. I rinsed off the suds, first with warm water, and then wiped my face with a cloth to get any excess soap off. Lastly, I patted my face with a clean towel to dry.

The second choice I made was to go in with a toner to really make sure that any impurities were removed from my face. I used the GlamGlow SuperToner on a cotton round and went over my whole face, including behind the ears.

Next, I decided to do a bit of a detox triple combo mask using samples I had of GlamGlow’s PowerMud Dual Cleanse Treatment as well as the GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment. I also mixed in some of Formula 10.0.6’s BE BERRY BRIGHT EXFOLIATING MUD MASK. I mixed the three products together and applied generously all over my face with a flat foundation brush. I let it sit on my skin until it was dry and then wiped off with warm water and a hot washcloth, then patted my face dry with a clean towel.

I then decided to go in with the Mario Badescu Whitening Mask which, per the Mario Badescu website, is “packed with antioxidant-rich ingredients. Addresses discoloration and dehydration. Reveals brighter, smoother, more radiant skin.” I love this product so much! I only use it on special occasions as it is highly coveted in my skincare collection. It has such a clean, beautiful smell, that isn’t over powering, and doesn’t dry out your skin. I let this sit on my skin until dry and then wiped off with a warm washcloth and of course patted my face dry with a clean towel.

So you are probably starting to wonder if my face started to feel like it had been cast in cement. The answer is, yes. With good judgment, I picked the only product I trust for a good healing process-First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask. The only way I can describe this product to you is it’s like putting conditioner on your face. The Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask saved my skin, recently, after a little concoction went horribly wrong. I had fallen asleep in a- not so great for you, watermelon face mask and the next day once I realized what had happened-it was far too late. My skin looked as though I had a wicked sunburn and to top it all off I started to break out as well. Luckily, for me, T.J.Maxx was carrying some First Aid Beauty products and I loaded up on the Oatmeal Mask. I went through TWO AND A HALF BOTTLES, repairing the damage I had caused to my poor face. This stuff is an absolute game changer not only for that little blunder but for the dry winters here in the Midwest. I highly recommend trying this product if you are suffering from dry, damaged skin. A great tip is to keep this product in a cool place such as a fridge to give and cooling, and relieving, effect to painful skin irritation.

After I washed off the Oatmeal Mask, I applied a generous amount of Asterwood Hyaluronic Acid serum. This brand, by far, is my favorite! I found it on Amazon, and I am so impressed by how concentrated it is. A lot of hyaluronic acid serums seem to be very watery, however the consistency of the Asterwood brand is amazing-they hit the right mark between too thin and too watery, and I highly suggest trying this product out if you are in the market for it.

Lastly, I went in with my holy trifecta of “luxury” skin care. I started out with Marc Jacobs YOUTHQUAKE, Erno Laszlo Firm and Lift Firmarine Lifting Serum, and finished it off with Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask. When used together, these products make my skin glow with radiance. Being a person who has used many “cheap” skin care products-you can instantly see the difference when buying high-end products. If I had never run across these during the holiday season at discount stores like T.J.Maxx and Marshalls, I would have never even considered trying them. My big dilemma currently is, what am I going to do now that they are all sold out?! Ugh!!!

In my final step of my Skin Care Rehab, I finished off my Garnier Skin Active Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller and fished it off with the Goodal Green Tangerine Under Eye Vitamin C Gel Patches on my under eyes.

Yes, it was a fascinating journey tonight, trying to get my skin care regimen back on track, however, it definitely feels good to get back to a place of self-care.

Do you follow any strict skin care regimens? Are you faithful to skin care on a daily basis? Let me know in the comments!

Posted in Product Reviews

10 Products That Have Never Failed Me

We all have those products we reach for and replace constantly, knowing that they never fail us- these are my ten ride or die, affordable, drug store products that I have been using for the past decade (or more) that have yet to fail me:

Revlon Color Stay 24 Hour Foundation:

I have tried so many foundations in my lifetime, but Revlon Color Stay Foundation is my ABSOLUTE number one go to. This is one product I have never ceased to keep repurchasing. It goes on like an absolute dream, is perfect for my combination dry/oily skin, and never breaks down on me around my nose or T zone area. It is so easy to work with and paired with a great powder, you have an amazing combination that is affordable, works well, and will last you well into the night.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder:

L’Oréal understood the assignment when creating this pressed powder. It is super full coverage-which is one of the main things that I look for when choosing products. You can apply this to your skin as is or pair it with a foundation, either way you will get a silky smooth look that isn’t cakey. You can also build this powder up to conceal dark under eyes and look like you have a full face of powder and foundation. It is beautiful when paired with the Revlon Color Stay 24 hour foundation, creating a bulletproof combination for your foundation.

Garnier Skin Active Clearly Brighter Sunscreen Anti-Sun Damage Daily Moisturizer:

The first time I ever tried this product was in 2016 Beautycon x Candee Johnson box and I have been OBSESSED ever since. Back then, my skin was super oily, and I was very hesitant to even use a moisturizer if I didn’t have the absolute dire need to. I felt as though all moisturizers just sat on top of my skin, making it even oilier, and I couldn’t find the right product to fit my skin care needs. I was even hesitant to try this product after receiving it, and I remember it sitting around for quite some time until I actually tried it. I found that it was lightweight and absorbed right into my skin with little effort, and was not in the least bit oily. I was super bummed because I thought that Garnier stopped making this product because I could no longer find it- I did an Amazon search and ordered what I thought was comparable to the original product. Turns out they had just changed the packaging, and I am one happy girl once more!

Garnier Skin Active Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller:

Dark, tired, under eye circles seem to run in the family, my dad, brother, and I all have the same problem, we look like we haven’t slept in days. During preparation for my wedding I tried numerous under eye creams, serums, and products to try and get rid of these dark circles, this one does the trick. I put it on under my eyes every night, faithfully, and it has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced the dark under eye circles. A good tip is to put it in a cool spot, such as a skin care fridge, and it feels so refreshing upon application. This product also lasts a very long time and is a great value for the price.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara:

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love trying new mascaras, however, the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original is my number one go to. Any time I am in need of a new mascara, I find myself repurchasing this one. Not only does it give my lashes the volume boost I need, it is never flaky or clumpy, and the applicator is a dream, not too big, not too small, and packed with just the right amount of product. I have never experienced any smearing with this mascara, and the longevity of the wear time is incredible for a drug store product.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Multi-Use Concealer: I was first turned on to this product by YouTuber Tati Westbrook. The sponge applicator is amazing and goes on flawlessly. The right about of product comes out every time and the sponge never dries up or gets crusty. I have also seen many tutorials of people using this product in darker shades for easy contour as well. You can just dot it on your face (kind of like a bingo stamp) and blend it into your foundation. I have not used this for contour myself, however, I do plan to try it!

GlamGlow Supertoner: I am finding the older I get, my skin care needs have changed. What was once oily skin has now turned into dry and sometimes combination skin, and the GlamGlow products I used to love, such as the Supermud and the Youthmud masks, are just too harsh on my skin. The one product I have continued to replenish in my skin care stock is, however, the Supertoner. As with all GlamGlow products, they tend to be on the pricey side and the Supertoner is no exception, however, it works SO WELL, it is worth the price. It is described on the GlamGlow website as “An exfoliating acid and activated charcoal toner for acne-prone skin that instantly clarifies and unclogs pores for visibly clearer, smoother and more radiant skin.” I put this on to a cotton square and my face instantly feels minty, cool, and refreshed. This toner will get even the toughest bits of makeup and oil off of your face after a night out, even when you have used a makeup wipe and remover. Highly recommended!

No7 Radiance+ Daily Energising Exfoliating Cleanser: First, let me say that any of the products in the No7 Radiance+ line are amazing, but this one is a gem. This face wash is gentle while still exfoliating, smells like oranges, and leaves your skin looking brighter and smooth with a wonderful, refreshing clean feeling. Many exfoliating face washes feel as though you’ve completely stripped your skin, and the fragrance leaves your face feeling dry and tight-not this one. I switch up face washes regularly, according to my needs, and this one always remains in my arsenal.

Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash: I have been using this product for the past seven years and I don’t know that I will ever stop! This is my everyday, go to, face wash, and I had used it exclusively for many years. This product has been a game changer for me. The scent is so clean, the exfoliating beads are not too harsh, and it gives your face a cool and minty tingle after use. I have never experienced dryness or excessive oil production after use, and the value for the cost is amazing-this product lasts a very long time. If you are in the market for a go to, every day, face wash, I highly recommend going to your local Target or Walgreens and picking up a bottle. IT IS A GAME CHANGER.

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Lightly Whipped Body Buttercream: This body butter will always be my number one go to body lotion. I have completely outgrown lotions that are too fragranced leaving your skin dry and parched. This body butter cream is thick, yet settles into the skin quickly, is not oily, and leaves your skin moisturized and feeling quenched. The smell is AMAZING, however, lasts ALL DAY, so if that is something you are sensitive to, I would advise you to buy with caution. However, the fragrance does not have the drying effect that body lotions such as Bath and Body Works products have due to the amount of alcohol used in production. Overall, the results are instant, and this product is a win in my book!

What are some of your ride or die products? Do you love or hate any of the products listed above? Recommendations? Leave them in the comments section, I would love to hear from you!