I’m terrible at wearing sunscreen, it's bad i know. This is basic self-care, wear sunscreen everyday. In order to help me do that I’ve added SPF to my skin care and make-up routines. I’ve been using SuperGoops Everyday Sunscreen for years now, but I've just recently added some of their other products to my line up.
I started using the SuperGoop Everyday Moisturizer a couple of weeks ago. I am super picky about what I put on my face. I don't wear a lot of makeup and I can't stand anything greasy or heavy, which makes finding a facial SPF pretty tough. In addition, I have dry skin, which putting a mineral SPF on is like making the problem a thousand times worse. So far, this has been great it’s not drying or greasy. I haven't had any break-outs or allergic reactions to it either. Plus, it has SPF 40 which is way more than most SPF moisturizers on the market.
The other product I’m trying is the SuperGoop CC cream with SPF 35. This was even more of a leap of faith for me than the moisturizer because I have a hard time keeping makeup from looking flakey on my super dry skin. This stuff does a nice job of providing a light coverage. It’s not greasy and if anything its bit on the powdery side. They recommend wearing it over a moisturizer or primer and after trying it over my serum I’m much happier with it.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with the moisturizer, but I’m not in love with the CC cream yet. I’ll most likely keep searching for the perfect light coverage with SPF after I finish this CC cream. I would love to hear about any SPF products that you love, let me know in the comments.
Skin care is self care, so let’s talk about eye cream. But first, I would like to admit that I don’t really know what eye cream does. This is something that I do entirely as a preventative measure. I don't have any major issues with my eye area, so I don't feel like I see any positive or negative results. But, maybe that’s because of the eye cream…? Right now I’m using two different brands, one in the morning and one at night.
I use Tatcha’s Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum in the morning. I don't really have an issue with bags or puffiness so I haven't noticed a big difference. I do enjoy the extra hydration for my dry skin and it absorbs pretty quickly. Like every other Tatcha product I’ve tried, I haven't had any problems with allergic reactions or breakouts. I didn't buy this eye cream and it is a bit on the expensive side so I’m not sure I’m going to invest in more once this one is finished.
I use Farmacy's Dew It All Total eye cream during my night time routine. This eye cream is supposed to de-puff, and fight signs of aging and stress. I like that its super moisturizing, and absorbs well. If you haven't heard of Farmacy before, they produce sustainable, cruelty-free clean beauty products, which I love. This is the first Farmacy product that I’ve used so I was a little apprehensive, but I’ve haven't had any bad reactions. At half the price of the Tatcha cream I will probably stick with this one for a while.
Do you use an eye cream? Do you see results from the products you use? Let me know in the comments.
Self-care for me isn't just about buying fancy face creams and over-priced coffee drinks, though I do love that. Some times for me, self-care involves being brutally honest about some things, like my caffeine addiction and not entirely perfect diet. When I started to notice how run down and forgetful I was feeling a couple of months ago I thought maybe I could benefit from a multivitamin (getting rid of the children isn't really an option).
I immediately thought of Ritual. Their branding is just so pretty, and I am an Elder Millennial after all (thank you Iliza Shlesinger). But, also because of the transparency of both their ingredients and the science behind them. And their CEO is a woman, which I can totally get behind.
I’ve been using Ritual for four months now and I’m in love. They smell great and have only the slightest aftertaste that I almost never notice. I can take them on a completely empty stomach without any discomfort, which is usually my main complaint about mulit-vitamins. My favorite thing though, is that they remind me when my next bottle is coming and let me delay it to accommodate all of the days I forgot to take it. Actually, that’s a lie. My favorite thing is that when my entire family got horribly sick (children are bastions of contagion), I was left unscathed. It was the vitamins, I’m convinced.
This is a little late, but it’s still January right? These are all of my favorite products that I've discovered over the last year.
Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate
I have never used an eye cream before… and I’m still not really sure what it’s supposed to do. There’s a longer story about a bad rash, but lets just say I started using this to clear up some eczema and haven't stopped since. It absorbs quickly, doesn't melt into my eyes, and has a nice cooling effect. Juice Beauty is organic and cruelty-free and affiliated with Gwyneth Paltrow if thats your jam.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment
I hate the feeling of anything on my face and have never gotten the hang of foundation, but when I was looking for something to give me a little more polished and even complexion I ran into this magical green potion. This stuff turns beige when its rubbed into your skin helping to reduce redness. It works on my ghostly skin tone, but I would imagine its not so great if you have a darker complexion. I love that its very light, isn't drying or powdery feeling and it has SPF 30.
Fig + Yarrow Rose Rhassoul Clay Mask
I love this face mask for a few reason, the first one being that you can get it from target! It makes my face feel extra clean without being overly drying. I mix it with rose water but you can mix it with honey or face oil depending on what your trying to achieve. Fig + Yarrow’s products claim to be ‘raw, organic and wildcrafted” and I definitely recommend checking out their site because they make some beautiful stuff.
Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff
I really love this cream blush, it’s like finger painting on your face. I love that it has a sheer build-able color and that your can customize it by mixing different shades together. Dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and cruelty-free!
Tatcha The Water Cream
I loved this moisturizer because it really feels like nothing on your face. It’s for normal to oily skin so it was great during the summer months but hasn't quite been cutting it during the winter on my super dry skin. I will probably buy more of this once it starts getting hot out again. Cruelty-free!
trèStiQue Lip Crayon
I’m totally obsessed with this double ended lip crayon, it’s light weight and moisturizing and the balm smells so great. I’m also a sucker for the fun packaging and the smart magnetic closure. It's paraben free, cruelty-free, petro-chemical free and made with natural ingredients and love. Who doesn't love that?
Long time no blog, eh? I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds the holiday season a little over-whelming. "I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you just be whelmed?" (name that movie). Anyway, I would love to just be "whelmed" by the holidays. I'm not sure how Americans do the whole Thanksgiving-and-Christmas-only-being-a-month-apart thing without going crazy. As a Canadian I am used to a nice leisurely two and a half month break in between major holidays. Throw in my oldest childs birthday in late November and American Thanksgiving, and I'm a crazed stress-ball who apparently sends everyone their Christmas gifts in mid-Janurary.
But I've moved on. Now that I find myself with so much free time again I thought I would make your life more interesting by letting you in on some of my favorite beauty discoveries from 2016.
1. Love + Roses Beauty Mist. Some sort of rose water facial mist has been part of my skin care routine (re: splashing water on my face and sleeping in my make-up) for the last couple of years (because I love the smell and I'm lazy and whats easier then this?). This is my current favorite, cute bottle, smells great and it tastes good (am I the only one who get this in my mouth every time?).
2. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. Thanks to pregnancy hormones and getting older (eek!) I can no longer get away with my beloved water-splashing skin care routine. I've found the only thing that really helps keep all of the acne/dry skin/blackheads at bay is exfoliation. This is the best! It's cheap and easy to procure, both important because I use it everyday. It also has just the right amount of natural exfoliating without making my skin look like I took sandpaper to it.
3.Kaia Natural's The Takesumi Detox Bamboo Charcoal Deodorant in Cold Pressed Rose. So wearing deodorant is pretty new to me, another lovely side-effect of pregnancy hormones is smelling like an onion who ate too much garlic for lunch. Seriously, look it up. I prefer to use natural deodorants and I love this one, though I no longer smell like a Shwarma restaurant. I love the rose scent and the charcoal doesn't seem to transfer onto clothing.
4. Herbivore Botanical's Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask. I use this mask a couple of times a week as part of my pre-bed skin care routine. I love how easy it is to use, swipe on a thin layer, wait twenty minutes and wash off. I can't say for sure, but I haven't had a break out since i started using it and i feel like it helps smooth my complexion.
5. Butter London's Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacouer Mascara. I'm a self-admitted mascara snob, it's the only make-up I have any sort of skill with so I get a little bit uppity about it. I love the great coverage, no clumping and good lash separation. I was a little surprised that it claims to be high volume, you would definitely need a couple of coats.
6. Glossier's Generation G in Cake. I can't wear lipstick, I just get it all over my face like a two-year old. I love Generation G because it's got a creamy high pigmented formula that goes on pretty shear and is build-able. This is also the perfect peachy-nude color and I actually wear is as a blush sometimes as well.
**I received this product as a gift by Marc Jacobs Beauty and the people at Influenster. I was not required to write this post and all of the opinions are solely mine. **
This post was not paid for by anyone, I received product as a gift to review in a different capacity. What I will say is that I don't post reviews on my blog, I write about things that I love, that I think other people should know about because they might love them too. If I don't love it, I’m not writing about it, money or no money. So long story short you probably wont be seeing any posts about dental hygiene products here...
But lets get down to business! Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator is pretty magical. I am not a make-up girl (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Foundation scares me, concealer is a nightmare and bronzer is so beyond my capabilities that I don't even touch it. I can handle mascara, eyeliner and lipstick with the help of make-up remover and an unseemly amount of time. So trust me when I say that this stuff is super easy to use and adds a very subtle sheer glow that even I have mastered, if I do say so myself.
I apply glow stick anywhere the light should catch my face. The obvious places are cheekbones, and the bridge of your nose. I also like to put the tiniest bit on the inner corners of my eyes and under my brows from the arch to the outer edge, both in an attempt to not look like I have two children keeping me up at night (just kidding they sleep like the actual babies they are, its my husband's snoring). I would take all of those tips with a grain of salt and my self-admitted cluelessness.