First up… skincare.
I have to say, this is not the most cleansing cleanser (we will get to that later), so it took me a while to learn to love it. But now that I do, it’s quickly jumped into my current rotation and is now one of my favorites. First thing you’ll notice about this is, like the name says, it is milky and conditioning, so it feels comforting on the skin. Not stripping and drying in the least bit! Second, the smell—it’s fantastic, sort of like grapefruit and very spa-like.
The active ingredients include Jojoba Oil to calm and soothe the skin, Shea Butter to moisturize and regenerate the skin, Safflower Oil to hydrate, Rose Hip Seed Oil to soothe with fatty acids, Grape Seed Extract, and finally, Hyaluronic Acid to support water retention by holding up to 1000 times its weight in water.
So when I said it isn’t the most cleansing cleanser, I’ll tell you what I meant. This isn’t the best multi-purpose cleanser in that it doesn’t remove makeup like others that go in and remove everything in one fell swoop. On the flip side, the great thing about this is that this is a very conditioning cleanser and does not dry out the skin at all. The key is to use it after makeup has already been removed with another product. How do I use it? I remove my makeup completely, then use this cleanser with my Clarisonic about three times a week. The other three nights, I use an exfoliating cleanser (that is another one of my favorites!). Every morning, I use this cleanser and really massage it into my face to wake up my skin and start the circulation. The scent helps wake me up and it cleanses my skin well (since it’s clean from just sleeping through the night) while giving it hydration for the day. It’s pretty awesome.
This is the best exfoliating cleanser I’ve ever used, but it’s not to be used more than three times per week (This is what I use the three days I do not use the conditioning milk cleanser at night). I use it at night after removing makeup and thanks to the fact that it’s packed with glycolic acid, it leaves my skin smoother than ever before. If I have a special occasion, I will break my own rules and use this in the morning, as well, to make sure my skin is super smooth.
I use this every morning after cleansing and toning my skin. It helps with fine lines, skin discoloration, and balancing the skin’s hydration. And let me tell you… it’s worth every penny. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my skin since using this the past few months. You can also purchase the whole skinmedica kit, which includes this serum, the exfoliating cleanser, and the skin renewal cream here.
I talked about this product here and I’m glad to report that I absolutely love it. It’s supposed to increase hydration and radiance. Yes and yes. You’ve got to check out the ingredients… it includes amazing things like gold and truffles. I mean come on. Well, it works.
Now for my makeup favorites…
Well, I’ve found it. My favorite drugstore concealer ever. It’s full coverage, doesn’t seem to crease, and is long lasting. I use it in shade light under my eyes and on any spots that need a little extra covering up.
If you read this post, then you shouldn’t be surprised that this is one of my current favorites.
Same goes for this product. If you saw my review, you already know I love this. Happy to report that this has not changed. This is a strong statement, but I love it more than anything else in my makeup collection right now. It’s a major staple. (I use shade #3, Buttercream.)