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Products I’m currently trying!

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I got these two samples in a Clinique beauty bag that came as a free gift when you ordered more than x-dollars from Clinique or something and these were included in the cosmetic bag. I’ve heard a lot about the Clinique Moisture Surge and I just so happened to have run out of my Josie Maran Argan Oil, so I decided to start using this instead. So far I’ve been really liking it, as well as the Repairwear Laser Focus serum, which I use at night. The Moisture Surge, though it’s a gel-like consistency, is very hydrating and thicker than most gels and doesn’t leave my skin feelings parched. I haven’t seen much of a difference from using the Repairwear Laser Focus, so I will have to keep using it and get back to you guys on that.

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I picked these makeup remover wipes while standing in line at Forever21 and decided to give them a try. Now I didn’t expect amazing things from these wipes, but they were $2.80 and so I thought “why not?” They’ve been pretty good at getting my makeup off and they’re extremely gentle on my sensitive skin. Usually makeup wipes leave my skin burning, which is why I never used them. But these seem to work for my skin and so I’m glad.

I will try to do a more in-depth review of these products if I end up really loving them and if you guys want reviews on them, I will of course do my best to review them ūüôā

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion and Gel Review!

It’s time for me to share the most amazing moisturizers that have ever touched my skin. Introducing, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion and Gel.

These moisturizers are like a godsend for my skin. I have oily, sensitive acne-prone skin and though my skin is oily, it does get dry depending on the weather. It’s said on the Clinique website that a bottle of this moisturizing lotion is sold every 3.5 seconds! That’s how good this stuff is. My skin is super sensitive, especially the skin on my face. Certain products would make my face turn red and itch like no tomorrow, not to mention cause breakouts. Clinique’s formula is ridiculously and amazingly gentle on my skin. It’s moisturizing gel and lotion are both allergy tested and 100% fragrance free. Actually, I think their entire line of skin care and make-up products are all allergy tested and fragrance free. ūüėÄ

About the lotion: the Clinique website claims, “The moisture “drink” developed by Clinique’s dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance. Softens, smooths, improves.”

About the gel: the website also claims, “The oil-free moisture “drink” developed by Clinique’s dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance for skins comfortable in the cheeks but oily in the T-zone or oily all over. Oil-free formula softens, smooths, improves.”

The gel is more suited for oily/combination skin types and the lotion is more suited towards drier skin types, however I like to use both interchangeably, depending on the season. During the winter, the cold winds make my skin really dry, so the lotion is a lifesaver. However, when it gets warmer, I like to use the gel because of its lightweight texture. But, I do use the lotion at night more-so because my skin is regenerating while I sleep and so I want to provide it with full hydration, and I use the gel during the day because of its lighter texture and feel.

I do like that the gel controls the oil on my face a lot more than the lotion, particularly because it’s formulated for oilier skin types. A little bit of both really goes a long way and it’s easy to pat into your skin and be absorbed.

I love how soft my skin feels and how smooth it looks after applying these moisturizers. Neither one have caused me any breakouts and I’ve been using both for a very, very long time. Both are incredibly moisturizing and provide all day/night hydration. My skin looks great, feels great and I can’t think of any other moisturizers that have been this gentle, and effective on my skin.¬† Honestly, I wouldn’t even think about switching to another moisturizer.

Rate: 5/5 for both.

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Little Summer Goodies

So I’ve recently acquired some products that I’m really excited to start/keep using. Some are samples I’ve received by ordering products online and some are full sized products. So to start, my absolute favorite moisturizer has to be Clinique’s dramatically different moisturizing gel and lotion. I’m currently using the dramatically different moisturizing lotion but it’s almost finished so I got the gel. I like to keep interchanging the gel and lotion depending on the season, and my skin needs.¬†

Clinique’s¬†moisturizers¬†are incredibly gentle on my skin, which is very sensitive, and provide all day hydration. I’ll be doing a more in-depth review of this¬†moisturizer¬†because I just love it so much.

Now here is a Clinique product I haven’t tried before; the pore minimizer thermal activated cleanser that opens up pores for deep cleaning. ¬†This looks promising so I’ll try this product and possibly do a review on it also.

Next up is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair sample that I¬†received¬†from my aunt, who is a huge Estee Lauder fan (she’s¬†definitely¬†trying to convert me). It’s a really light serum that goes on right before your moisturizer. It’s specifically for anti-aging, hydration and keeping skin looking young and glowing. But, seeing as I’m still young, I have no wrinkles so I can’t testify for the wrinkle-reducing properties.

And here we have the Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus. It’s basically a primer for your lashes and helps mascara go on and adhere better. Can’t wait to try that out.

¬†And this is the Estee Lauder Double Wear lip pencil in Spice. I’m usually not a fan of dark lip-colors particularly because I find it unflattering on my skin-tone. However, this seems to be a very natural looking lip pencil and it doesn’t smudge at ALL. Once it’s on, it stays on.

Then we have a Victoria Secret Blush/Highlighter Duo in Runway. I love the contrast of both colors, I particularly like the highlighter color more than the blusher but I’ll have to test them out and see how they look with each other.

I’m almost done! Since my favorite, favorite, favorite lipstick from SEPHORA Collections is breathing its last days, I got a MAC lipstick of the same color family (Coral), in Crosswires. I love the color Coral because it looks very flattering against my skin and it’s just so bright and summery. Crosswires is a pinky-orange color which I adore though it’s not the exact match to the R15 of the Sephora Rouge Collection, the Sephora Rouge is more of a light coral while Crosswires is a coral pink. Doesn’t matter, I love them both.

I have a drugstore mechanical eyeliner in Metallic Silver. Can’t say much about it except the color rubs off really fast.

And lastly, I have a sample of the Time Revolution Essence from Missha. Haven’t tried it yet so don’t know if it works well or not.

And that was my little (pretty long) overview of some products I got this summer :3 Have you guys tried any of these? Let me know what you think!

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Review: Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer

¬†I can’t say how much I’ve been wanting to review this tinted moisturizer and give an honest opinion on this product. When I first got it and tried it a few times, I hated it. So I just left it on my dresser to chill thinking ¬†I would give it away soon. I ended up picking it up again and putting it to work and surprisingly, I don’t hate it as much anymore LOL.

¬†The coverage of this tinted moisturizer is very sheer; I’m not a fan of applying foundation on my entire face everyday but I would also like a bit of coverage too. Not to mention, ¬†the consistency is very oily. I wouldn’t recommend applying this moisturizer with a brush or sponge because it’s so liquid-y that using your fingers might be the best option.¬†¬†Having a sheer consistency, one would think that it’s a lightweight tinted moisturizer but nope. After applying this my face looks like a grease pan, and looking at my fingers after applying, they’re beyond greasy as well. Minimal coverage AND very greasy? Not a very good combo. Immediately after applying, I have to blot. I would NOT recommend wearing this outside on a hot summer day because it will make your face feel beyond oily.

 

Rate: 2.5/5

Stila came out with new-er tinted moisturizers but I can’t say I’ll be purchasing any of them, anytime soon.