Skin Care Empties & Would I Repurchase

Hey guys πŸ˜€

So I’m kind of trying to be on a no buy at the moment. That means trying to stop my self buying heap loads of new products especially skin care until the ones I have are all used up. I have so many products and they keep on piling in, thanks to my sister hooking me up with so many amazing freebies, so instead of letting them sit at the back of my skin care drawer I’m trying to use them up. Plus it feels great to finish a product, kind of feels like an accomplishment!! So I thought I would share some of my empty products and let you know if i’d be willing to re- purchase.

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Body Shop Honeymania Exfoliant Creme

I have to say that I’m a real sucker for body scrubs. I have uber dry skin all year round, especially on my legs and elbows so these type of products are a god send. I find some to be far too abrasive and rather uncomfortable to use and that’s why I love the ones from the body shop. Especially the Exfoliant Creme line. The scent was ok but nothing amazing. Loved how it scrubbed off the dead skin cells and left my skin moisturized.

Would I repurchase?

I would definitely pick up another one of these scrubs, maybe in another scent just to switch it up. But that’ll have to wait because at the moment I’m using the Pink Victoria Secret Warm and Cozy Body Wash and Scrub which is amazing.

Urban Decay Melt Down Make Up Remover

The urban Decay Melt Down Make Up Remover is the best make up remover I’ve ever tried. It removes every trace of make up and leaves the skin feeling super smooth and supple, never tried anything like it before. It has a really creamy texture and feels moisturizing on the skin.

Would I repurchase?

Hell yeah I would. I’m just waiting till I go to Cali in May to pick one up, or two πŸ˜€

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Nars Optimal Brightening Concentrate

I recently finished my Nars brightening serum. This is a great little product to use before your daily moisturizer to add brightness to the complexion without becoming a disco ball. The texture in smooth and the consistency is light so its rather pleasant to have on.

Would I repurchase?

I’m not sure to be honest, its a great little product but there are so many serums on the market at the moment and I love trying out new things so I think I’ll wait on this one.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40

I’m definitely one of those girls who tries to wear SPF on a daily basis even in the winter. I’m fair skinned with red head features like freckles so my skin is pretty sensitive to the sun. I mean i can totally get a tan, but it takes me a long time and I’m susceptible to sun burn if i don’t watch out. Plus i want to derail any skin damage while i have the chance. Really love the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF 40. Its light weight while moisturizing and protecting from those harsh rays.

Would I Repurchase?

I love Josie Maran and swear by her Argan Oil, among other great products, so I would definitely pick this bad boy up again. Unfortunately its not available in Denmark, and Europe in general, as far as I’m aware, so this will have to wait till I’m in Cali in May.

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Dermalogica Age Smart Age Reversal Eye Complex and Overnight Repair Serum

Lastly Ive used up the Dermologica Age Smart Eye cream and Overnight Repair Serum. OMG these two are the best skin care products I’ve ever used. The over night repair serum is a miracle in a bottle. I used it every night and in the morning I would see a dramatic difference in my face in terms of a smoother texture, and any scarring, redness or irritation from breakouts and the like drastically diminished. The eye cream is also a wowzer, light weight yet highly moisturizing.

Would I repurchase?

For sure the over night repair serum. There are loads of night oils/serums on the market and this is the best one. I’m trying to use up my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate which is good but definitely not as good as the Dermalogica. But once its up I’m going for it, even though the price is steep, its totally worth it. This one will also be a Cali purchase, so much cheaper than in Europe.

Well guys and dolls those are someΒ  of the products I’ve used up recently. Have you used any of these, wold you repurchase them too? Otherwise what have you used up, anything you swear by?

Hugs from Beauty Land

My Top Tips and Favorite Products for Dry Skin

Hey guys and dolls,

So autumn is rolling in, at least that’s the case here in Copenhagen…the temperature is lower and there’s plenty of humidity in the air. As the days get darker and colder here in the Scandinavian north my combination skin becomes extremely dry and patchy. So I thought I would share some of my top tips for creating a flawless face on dry skin and some of my favorite products to achieve that dewy, radiant and smooth complexion.

Cleansing:

First and foremost if you have dry skin and patchy areas, (I’m sure you’ve experienced that annoying tendency for your foundation to cling to those areas and actually make them stand out), exfoliation will be your best friend. Before applying makeup use a wash cloth, exfoliating product or Clarasonic to lightly exfoliate the skin to remove dry patches and smooth the skin about once a week. Don’t over exfoliate or use super harsh products as this can actually dry the skin out and make it more prone to irritation and redness.

clarasonicPrepping:

Prepping the skin is super important too. Using a hydrating toner has really great skin care benefits and does wonders on dry patchy skin. Use a super hydrating serum and moisturizer with light infusing technology. Avoid products with alcohol in them as they not only dry the skin but increase sensitivity and redness. I’m absolutely loving the hydrating skin care line from Nars that comes with a Multi Action Hydrating Toner, Optimal Brightening Concentrate, Luminous Moisture Cream and Total Replenishing Eye Cream .

nars_SkinCareUse your favorite primer to help smooth the skins surface making a more neutral and blank canvas to work on. You can even get light infusing primers which are great for dry skin. Lots of brands have primers like this such as Laura Mercier, Urban Decay and Too Faced. Some of my favorites include the Urban Decay Brightening and Tightening Complexion Primer Potion and the L’oreal Lumi Magique Base.

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Foundation:

Choosing the right foundation is also key to a smooth and perfect finish to the skin. I really like dewy and radiant products for my skin. These type of products work wonders on dry skin. Keep a look out for products using terms such as Radiant, Luminous, Naked. These type of products will most likely suit dry skin. I’m especially loving the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Its really expensive but its just so wow!! There are also lots of drugstore equivalents that do a great job like the L’oreal Lumi Magique. Here are some of my favorite foundations that work wonders on dry skin as they add moisture and radiance to otherwise dull dry skin: Urban Decay Naked Skin, Nars Sheer Glow, Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, and L’oreal Lumi Magique.

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Another great way to get that lit from within glow and dewy complexion is to use cream blushes and highlighters. I love the cream blushes from TopShop, Stilla and Maybelline.

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Using the right tools and method of application is super important for those with dry skin. Avoid using a traditional paddle brush, buffing brushes, and stippling brushes as the movements with these type of brushes create micro exfoliation on the skin and thus creates an uneven and patchy surface. Instead try and use a damp cosmetic sponge. Ive tried all types of sponges but by far my favorite is the original Beauty Blender. This method is great for dry skin as you push the product against the skin and doesn’t disturb or enhance dry patches. It also absorbs excess product so you never look caked out πŸ˜€

beauty_blenderPowder:

Now lets talk about powder. If you like to set your foundation with powder for long lasting hold then use only minimal amounts of powder and try to apply powder only to the areas that really need it like the T zone as powder tends to dry the skin out. When applying powder avoid buffing it into the skin, rather push or roll the product into your skin to avoid disturbing it. This is also a great tip for all skin types as it doesn’t disrupt or move the foundation you applied.

Setting:

If you ever use too much powder, or your foundation is a bit on the dry side then use a few sprays of dewy setting spray like Mac’s Fix+. Not only will this type of product add moisture back into the skin and eliminate cake face it can also help in the longevity of your make up πŸ˜€

MacFix+Well those were my favorite products for dry skin and a few application tips. I’m always on the look out for great tips for dry skin as it can be difficult to handle so please leave a comment below if you have any great tips or product suggestions.

Hugs from Beauty Land