Happy Monday, friends! Since July is coming to an end (um, where did summer go??), I wanted to share some of the beauty products I’ve been using and testing out this month, so I’ll just jump right to it.
Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation – I’ve actually been using this for months now and have to say that it’s my absolute favourite foundation. I was a mineral foundation junkie previously but when I decided that I wanted more coverage I gave into all of the awesome reviews of this stuff and was sold. As you can see, I’ve already used up half the bottle! I find this foundation to provide amazing coverage, really long lasting (no touch-ups throughout the day!), safe on my sensitive skin, and really does give you a flawless finish without having to cake on a ton of product. I tend to get oily in my t-zone with other makeup with this that just doesn’t happen. It also stays put and doesn’t rub off once it’s set. If I forget to wipe my hand off after pumping a bit onto it as a palette, this stuff isn’t wiping off without a makeup remover! It’s quite pricey at $48 a pop, but worth it for flawless skin (you really get what you pay for!). You can get it at Sephora here or try out a smaller option from Amazon here.
Hydraluron Moisture Booster – I just picked this up the other day after hearing so many beauty bloggers rave about it. It is a hyaluronic acid serum that boosts moisture to your skin beneath the surface. I have really high expectations for it and so far it seems to be improving the dryness of my skin. It states that “Hyaluronic acid is a superb hydration ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water. It is found in abundance in young skin.” It’s not meant to be a substitute for your other moisturizers, but since every single moisturizer I’ve ever tried has broken me out or caused an irritation (read: I stopped using them all together) I wanted to give this a go. You can pick it up in Canada at Shoppers Drugmart for $24.99, and I believe Boots in the UK. I’m not sure if it’s sold in the US or online, but you can always grab one here on eBay from a seller.
Rimmel Scandaleyes – I’ve been using this for the past while as my daily mascara and can’t decide if I’m glad that the tube is almost done or if I’ve grown to love it. When I first opened it up, I was greeted with this MASSIVE brush (about 3 times the size of a normal brush) and thought it was going to be interesting trying to apply it. It did take some getting used to but now that I’ve grown accustomed to it, I’m kind of unsure if I could go back to a small brush…? The formulation is great… well, actually about the same as every other Rimmel mascara (honestly I doubt the actual formulation changes much at all from product to product) and if you haven’t been around here long enough, Rimmel mascara is my fav. You can get it at your drugstore or online here.
Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream – I had never tried a BB Cream before so pretty much just grabbed this stuff to see what all the fuss was about. This had pretty good ratings and I’ve been using it for about two weeks now on those days when I don’t want to do a full face of foundation. As a BB cream, it promises to cover, even out skin tone, and hydrate all day long. I do like this and it does seem to do what it claims to do. There are currently only two shades available, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. If they made more shades I think it would be better. The lightest one is still pretty dark for someone fair skinned, and if I didn’t have a bit of summer colour I can guarantee this would look way too dark on me. It goes on smooth and feels like a moisturizer. It does cover and even out your skin tone, so definitely gets points for that. It isn’t a full coverage product, however, and I did still have to use a bit of concealer and set it with a powder, which in my opinion kind of defeats the purpose of it if you need to powder on top of it. Without powder, my skin was shiny and almost slick. Another downside is that it doesn’t seem to last all day long. I found myself having to reapply it. If you’re looking for a nice, lightweight product that does even out your skin tone and cover redness this might be good for you. You can get it here at a decent price or at your drugstore for about $15.
Hope in a Jar – I am only testing out a sample of this product and had heard really great things about it. Five star reviews across the board. First impression: It stinks… as in smells pretty bad. I haven’t given it too much of a trial just yet (because of what I wrote above about moisturizers hating my skin) so I can’t give a complete review just yet. However, this weekend my undereyes decided to puff up on me (it’s this weird and super annoying thing that happens to me completely randomly sometimes… the skin gets super dry and itchy) and I put some of this underneath them and it seemed to really help. This normally would have lasted 3-4 days but after applying at night, I woke up and the swelling was gone. Probably not for that purpose at all, but I thought it was worth mentioning. You can get it here.
Beauty So Clean Cupcake Scented Brush Cleanser – I’ve actually been using this for a pretty long time but have never mentioned it on here. This is a spray product for cleaning your makeup brushes and works SO WELL. It also smells delicious. With just a couple squirts it removes all germs and bacteria from your brushes and cleans them too! It also dries in about 30 seconds. Anybody who does makeup should own this stuff. You can order it from their website. I’m not sure if they still have the cupcake scented one in stock, but their regular ones do the same thing. Edit: you can watch a video about what this product does here.
That was longer than I expected, but hopefully I’ve introduced you to some new products that might work for you as well! Let me know what products you’re loving or if you have any questions about these ones.