Caroline Hirons is a British skincare guru who I discovered a couple of years ago when googling "Please let me have decent skin for once in my life." Having struggled with oily, reactive, acne-prone skin for most of my life, I was at my wit's end having ...
Caroline Hirons is a British skincare guru who I discovered a couple of years ago when googling "Please let me have decent skin for once in my life." Having struggled with oily, reactive, acne-prone skin for most of my life, I was at my wit's end having tried the full spectrum of skincare from reasonable sounding to batsh**crazy. I have mentioned many times on this blog how my skin affected my confidence levels my whole life even to the point standing in certain lighting or making eye contact would make me cringe. After having discovered Caroline and her skincare philosophy, care, routine, ideas, expertise, etc. and vastly decreasing dairy and sugar from my life, I can say my skin is the best it has ever been. Now let's be clear: my skin is not perfect nor will it ever be BUT I don't have many breakouts, the texture has vastly improved, I wear much less makeup and I overall feel so much better about myself. I look forward to the entire ritual of washing my face and experimenting with acid toners, cleansers and all other types of skincare. When I saw that Caroline created with Pixi (another favorite line) the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse ($24), I rejoiced. It is such a great product because you get both a solid cleansing oil and a cleansing cream in one convenient screw top jar. It is super travel friendly and easy to use. The cleansing oil contains Vitamin E (protects and conditions), Camellia Oil (omega rich and nourishes) and Evening Primrose Oil (heals and moisturizes). The Cleansing Cream has Vitamin C (promotes collagen and protects), Peptide Complex (line relaxing and plumping) and Arginine (improves cell renewal and elasticity). Step 1 (Cleansing Oil) is for removal of makeup and sunscreen while Step 2 (Cleansing Cream) is for cleaning your skin and prepping it for the rest of your routine. You can use both cleansers on your eyes, they have no scent and feel soothing on the face. I loved this product and used it religiously without any issues. Both cleansers rinsed away without any residue and left my face feeling refreshed, clean as can be and nurtured. This is a wonderful, high quality, easy to use product. I am completely biased because I respect Ms. Hirons--she is so real, funny, unafraid to be exactly who she is and she knows skin better than anybody. I am thankful I found her and I have never been happier in my own skin! For info/purchase, head to Target or carolinehirons.com to read about Caroline's skincare recommendations/routine/product reviews/life/etc.
I purchased Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist (2.7oz/$15) at Target as so many beauty bloggers rave about mists as part of a proper skincare regimen. As I am naturally oily, I proceeded with caution when I bought it. It contains hyaluronic acid, black oat, proVitamin A and linoleic acid. Combined, these ingredients provide a surge of moisture and plumpness to the skin. The mist is suitable for all skin types. I figured it would add just a touch of hydration after cleansing and before I applied my makeup. As you can see in the picture, it has a milky type consistency and sprays out in a fine mist. After I used this, I noticed some small breakouts a few days later. I stopped using it for a bit and tried it again. I again broke out. I'm not sure what was causing me to breakout in the ingredient list but unfortunately, I can't use it anymore. It did not feel greasy on my face and misted out nicely. I really liked it and wanted it to work for me. I now use it after a shower on my chest, arms and legs cuz I ain't wasting my money. I try to make a product work in other ways before I give up on it completely. I still think mists are a great idea, however, the point is to help your skin, not cause it to breakout. That being said, I know this product will work well for another skin type and I still have strong Pixi love. For info/purchase, head to Target.
I received a sample of Arrow Endure Water Resistant Mascara ($18) from Birchbox which is always a hit with me. I am game for trying a new mascara anytime especially since you are supposed to purchase a new one every 3 months or so. It is described as follows: "No matter where the day takes you—from workouts to meetings and back again—a swipe of mascara never fails to be your get-out-of-jail-free card to look polished and presentable in a flash. This paraben-free and vegan option from Birchbox brand ARROW does just that by adding length and volume to your lashes. Plus, the water-resistant, sweatproof (yet clump-free) formula doesn't budge—meaning this wand is just as much of a multitasker as you are."
Now I appreciate that it's paraben free and vegan along with being water resistant and clump free, but I felt kinda "meh" about it as a whole. It was fine...not particularly memorable in a good or bad way. I didn't notice any wow factor going on with my lashes but it didn't flake or smudge either. Honestly, unless you are totally against drugstore mascara, there are loads of really good ones out there that work much better at half the price. If this mascara was around say 7 or 8 bucks, I would maybe consider purchasing it again but to me, it was average at best. For more info/purchase, head to birchbox.com
Obsessed with skin cleansers especially ones that do not foam, strip or dry out the skin. Ones that emulsify or are based in oil or milk rev my beauty engine hard. Pur~lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk ($36/5.07oz) is "fused with soy milk, whole oat and white tea" while being soap and sulfate free. It is gentle, soothing and suitable for all skin types. It even washes away mascara while toning the skin. The ingredients are pretty awesome as blue lotus is a "powerhouse antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits that combat against free radical damage" while white tea "helps to rejuvenate skin." Soy Milk "is rich in amino acids and maintains skin elasticity" and whole oat "calms and soothes sensitive skin."
The cleansing milk is white with a thinner consistency. It smells very lightly floral and pleasant. It does not foam at all and nicely distributes on the skin. It rinses away clean and leaves the skin refreshed and bright. It is lovely but also really effective for cleaning the skin. Oftentimes, I use this as my second cleanse just to let my skin receive all the beneficial ingredients. This is a gentle and soothing cleanser and well worth the investment. For info/purchase, head to purlisse.com. This is a smaller scale beauty line that focuses primarily on skincare but the offerings all look fantastic including moisturizers with and without SPF, sheet masks and bb creams.
I only like creme (cream?) eyeshadows. I cannot deal with powders because of fallout, creasing and the maintenance of it all. I much prefer to swipe and go without any mess. Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome ($7.99) in Khaki Kool caught my eye at CVS. It is described as follows: "metallic intensity and high tenacity color brilliantly combine to saturate your lids in liquid chrome shine for up to 24 hours." I probably swiped each lid about 3-4 times and it definitely provided an opaque wash of color. It lasted pretty well as I got about 10 hours of wear with some minor creasing and color fade. This is fine--I don't plan or need to wear eye makeup up to 24 hours--I'm good. This is affordable, easy to use, has 10 fun colors in the collection and has decent duration. Sold. For info/purchase, head to mass retailers like CVS or Target.