February “Try Outs”

My “try outs” always consist of deluxe or regular sample sizes.  I get so many with my orders or because I specifically want to try out a product before purchasing the full size.  This month had a few stand outs that I will definitely purchase the full size, if I haven’t already.

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December “Try Outs”

I recently reacquainted myself with the very important lesson that pick and choose skincare is not always your friend.  After a lot of frustration with trying so many things and not being impressed I put everything aside and used an entire line for 60 days to see if I could hit the reset button on my skin.  All that aside, and more to come in a future post on that subject, here is what was in my December “try outs.”

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Have You Tried An At Home Peel?

If you’re looking for an effective way to boost your skin tone, even out blotchiness, refine texture, lessen the appearance of fine lines, then you need to try at home peels.  They range in strength and price, but can be an affordable way to get impressive results from your skin without a trip to the dermatologist.

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October & November”Try Outs”

DSC_0037Whenever I watch youtube videos of my favorite bloggers and they do a monthly favorites video they always start off by saying “I can’t believe (whatever month it is) is already over.”  They’re right! However, they have a luxury that I do not, which is they get to spend all of their time blogging while I still have a 9-5.  I had to combine October and November since the time flew and here is what I tried and tested during those two months:

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September “Try Outs”

I haven’t written too many posts in between my August and September “Try Outs”, which is directly related to my 9-5 taking its toll.  But, onto the fun stuff!

In last month’s “try outs” I introduced this monthly post since I’m always trying out new products and what their quality and impact might be and decided whether it’s something I’d repurchase or buy full size.  Some of these were from my sample lot that I talked about here, so without further ado…

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel

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If you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll know by now that Peter Thomas Roth is my desert island product line (whatever that means).  And of course, this cleanser is no exception.  I loved it.  Worth every penny for the amount you get AND it actually is effective.  Up until this cleanser I always pushed aside cleansers that claimed to do anything more than cleanse your skin, but this cleanser proved that even being on your skin for a short amount of time, the active ingredients do work.  In this case, those ingredients are Glycolic (AHA) and Salicylic Acid (BHA). The glycolic and salicylic acid hyper-exfoliate your skin which is great, but I would suggest that you balance this cleanser with another gentle cleanser, otherwise you might get too much flakiness if you’re not exfoliating on a daily basis.

GlamGlow Youthcleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

Skin Type: Combination/Oily

iconWhen these cleansers were first introduced I saw them as a marketing ploy rather than a good product.  I had used the mask and thought very highly of it, but I thought the cleansers were simply a way to expand the line.  I was partially right.  The cleansers are almost like the masks in a thinner consistency formula.  For me, this works very well because I have oily acne-prone skin.  If you’re on the oily side, you could use this cleanser day and night.  I haven’t tried the hydrating mask or cleanser which a dry/combination skin might prefer.  I would definitely purchase the full size of this.  It proved to be just as effective as the masks.

Caudalíe Vinoperfect Cell Renewal Night Cream

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Skin Type: All Skin Types

I did not like this product.  The consistency of the cream was thick, but not in a luxurious creamy way, it felt more like it sat on your skin.  After a few uses I broke out and decided this was not a match for me.  I have tried other products from them with great success, such as their masks, but this was not a winner for me.  However, it seems to be reviewed really well so it could be a bad match for my skin.  If you have oily acne-prone skin like myself I’d skip this one for the consistency alone.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

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Yes, this oil smells not the best, and yes it is an odd blue color, but it’s absolutely amazing so I am more than willing to look over those two things.  There have been plenty of high praise reviews for this product so I’ll spare the regurgitation and just say that I have already purchased this FULL SIZE since running out only two nights ago, so that’s something.  One thing I will say about this product that is worth noting is that it contains retinol, but it’s formulated in such a way to be very gentle on the skin so you don’t get the red-patchy-flaky skin that one might get when using a retinol product.

Please leave comments below on what you’ve been trying out lately and if you tried any of these products with the same or different results.  I love hearing what other people use and what works for them and doesn’t.

The Clay Mask And Why It’s a Classic

My oily/acne-prone skin just loves a good clay mask.  Here’s a tip:

In the summer months when the skin gets extra oily, you can use your favorite clay mask as a cleanser.

GLAMGLOW capitalized on this by creating a spin off of their favorite masks and created these cleansers.  I have had them on my wish list for a while now, but until then, I’ve been using a new release from Caudalíe, the Instant Detox Mask.Caudalíe Mask

It reminds me a lot of the pink clay mask by Clarins called the Pure & Radiant Mask, but with more of the pore-clearing strength of the GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment.  Which means you can see as the mask is drying where the oil is being pulled out from the pore.  It has that polka-dot look once the mask on your skin has dried.

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August “Try Outs”

Welcome to a new monthly feature post! “Try Outs” showcases products that I’m currently sampling.  I’m always trying lots of new products, as I showed in my last sample post.  Whatever their impact might be, good or bad, I keep a little mental review in my mind if it’s something I want to come back to and purchase full sized.

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All About Samples And How to Get Them

Who doesn’t love a good bunch of samples? I have become a sample hoarder.  I have enough that I can actually box them up into three different categories:

  • cleansers
  • moisturizers/eye creams
  • masks

From the various monthly beauty boxes I was subscribed to, to my many Sephora orders and purchasing some on Poshmark and eBay I have crafted quite a collection.  Here are some of my tricks to getting samples (good sized ones too).

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Your Update on Sunscreen {Video}

I’ve talked about my feelings on sunscreen before and what I use myself but when I saw this video I thought I needed to share it.  I immediately went out and purchased the Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder spf 30.  They did sell the regular one she shows in the video at some point.  I couldn’t find it on Sephora, but I did find it on eBay, if you’re not on the combination/oily side.

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These Products Are Worth It

Tatcha Some people love when a good plan comes together, I love when a product actually works.  Have you every tried something that worked so well it instantly became a part of your everyday hair, makeup or skincare routine? I love it when that happens.  This past month I have found a few of those products.  The first one I talked about in one of my previous posts, the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder.  Have you gotten it yet, because you will love it?  They make a smaller size that is only $15, it is worth it.

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