Skincare

REVIEW: The Makeup Eraser

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Last year, I received a mini version of the Makeup Eraser in my Ipsy bag. It was a small pink oval, with slightly different fabrics on each side, and I couldn’t fathom why this was included in my beauty bag. How could a cloth make a difference in taking off my makeup? I’m already buying micellar water, face washes, cotton pads, and the whole gamut of options. So I ignored it, put it with the rest of the samples, and moved on.

Flash forward to a month ago when I received a full-size Makeup Eraser as a gift. At this point, I had to at least try it. So after a long day of work, errands, and appointments, I ran the Eraser under warm water and began gently rubbing my face.

Guess what?

The makeup . . . came right off.

I couldn’t believe it. Even my eye makeup came off without a hitch! All the mascara, all the eyeliner, all the eyeshadow, every last bit of concealer and foundation–it all disappeared with the Makeup Eraser.

I flipped to the other side of the cloth (tag side) and began to rub gently in small circular motions. To my utter shock, my skin was perfectly exfoliated afterwards.

I know it seems unbelievable. A cloth and warm water being able to clear your face of makeup and improve your skin? Nah, doesn’t seem right. Yet every time I use my Makeup Eraser, it’s a confirmation that it works amazingly. It genuinely helps with my acne because it cleanses so well and the exfoliating side is soft but effective.

On top of all that, it’s reusable, and all you have to do is wash it. I generally wash my towels and my Makeup Eraser together once a week, and due to the overall size of the Eraser, I get 3 uses out of the cloth. I tend to use the “ends” of the Eraser first, and then the middle. Once I’ve used it 3 times, I just have to toss it in the wash and bam, I’m ready to take off my makeup again!

I no longer buy cleansing cloths, or any fancy water or face washes to take off my makeup. In fact, I’ve been switching off using my Eraser and using other products just so I can use up everything! Once it’s all gone, I’ll be happily using my Makeup Eraser.

One caution: don’t just buy any “makeup eraser.” I’ve read reviews on how similar knockoffs don’t work nearly as well and people have been disappointed by the entire idea. I don’t want anyone to have a bad experience with a fake! I highly recommend paying $20 for the real deal on Amazon or Sephora–I promise it’s worth it. In fact, I plan on buying additional Erasers to have on hand and for travel. $20 for a cloth seems outrageous until you try it.

I sincerely wish I had tried the mini Makeup Eraser sooner. This cloth is a game changer and a life saver! It makes a great gift for yourself (yes, YOU!) or friends who wear makeup, whether it’s a full face or just the basics. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

 

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Skincare

Face First Update: New skincare routine!

After months of using multiple moisturizers (see previous post here), I decided to dial it back and use less. My ultimate hope was that by reducing the layers of lotion on my face, that perhaps my chronic adult acne would clear up or at least improve.

This was also influenced by a sample size of H20+ Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream in my Ipsy bag. I fell in love fast, because a little bit went a long way, it felt weightless on my skin, and it left my skin super soft and moisturized. I rarely buy full size products based off of samples from my monthly beauty subscriptions, but H20+ was an exception!

By reducing the number of moisturizers, adding a vitamin C serum to my routine, and finding an acne face wash that actually works for me (yay Clearasil Rapid Action!), I’ve definitely improved the look and feel of my skin, and the acne has improved–to a noticeable degree.

Here’s my current regimen:

morning routine 4-12-17 with text

Morning
-Wash and massage face with Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Daily Face Wash (if I’m experiencing acne) OR H20+ Elements Keep it Fresh Face Cleanser (if my skin is fairly clear)
-Massage in vitamin C serum (was using this and I’m now using this, but it’s all personal preference!)
-Moisturize with H20+ Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream all over face and down neck
-Moisturize with Pond’s Dry Skin Cream on neck, lightly on cheeks and forehead
-Moisturize/protect with Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture with Sunscreen (Broad Spectrum SPF 35)

night routine 4-12-17 with text

Night
-Remove makeup as needed with Makeup EraserMakeup Eraser (review upcoming!) or micellar water and cotton pads
-Wash and massage face with Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Daily Face Wash (if I’m experiencing acne) OR H20+ Elements Keep it Fresh Face Cleanser (if my skin is fairly clear)
-Massage in Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel
-Gently massage in Garnier SkinActive Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream

My skin is reacting so well to consistent product use and a regular routine. I’m also very happy with H20+, and I’ll be trying out more of their products. I highly recommend the Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream–it’s well worth every dollar, and because a small amount goes a long way, it will last you a good amount of time.

Happy cleansing and moisturizing!

Skincare

REVIEW: Paula’s Choice CLEAR Acne Skincare Regimen

My interest in Paula’s Choice skincare began with a sample size of their Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel, received in a monthly beauty box. Once I tried the gel after cleansing, I was immediately HOOKED. It contains glycolic acid, and it feels like giving your skin a do-over. It fixes everything from blemishes to discoloration and leaves your skin looking like you just received a spa facial.

Ipsy recently offered a discount on Paula’s Choice, so I excitedly zoomed on over to the website and ended up choosing an acne kit. Here’s where I made my mistake–I overestimated how bad my acne is (apparently not as bad as I thought) and chose the Extra Strength formula for the kit. (I would absolutely choose the Regular formula if I could do it again.)

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The kit itself comes with three products:

  • Pore Normalizing Cleanser
  • Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution
  • Daily Skin Clearing Treatment

The booklet included has instructions to use each product day and night. The cleanser is gentle and works perfectly with the recommended method (gentle but vigorous circular motions). The exfoliating solution is put on a cotton pad and then you stroke it over your face. Finally, the clearing treatment is carefully applied to problem areas.

I dedicated myself to using the products exactly as instructed. While the regimen did seem to clear up my acne a bit, it also completely dried out my skin. This was definitely unexpected, because I have oily skin and it’s darn near impossible to dry out this skin!

I immediately stopped when it affected my makeup application. My skin was so dry that I couldn’t use foundation (no matter how hydrating) because the foundation would make it obvious how flaky my skin was!

I bought an intensive cream from Pond’s to fix the dry skin (which I’ve never, ever had to even think about). Due to the iffy nature of the results and the over-drying of my skin, I wouldn’t recommend the Extra Strength formula. I’m still going back and forth mentally on whether I should try the Regular formula kit or just continue to use my own regimen.

Even with this experience, I do still love the AHA gel and I will try other Paula’s Choice products, but my advice would be to underestimate the severity of your acne if you’re trying the acne kit and to be very careful with the application of the clearing treatment–only put it on emerging skin issues.

If anyone has tried the Regular formula kit, please let me know–I’d love to know your experience!

 

Skincare

Face First: Let’s talk moisturizers

It seems like skincare trends are constantly changing. Simply look at the skincare articles in the same magazine over the course of six months–how many different cleansers, moisturizers, toners, and other serums and tonics are recommended? How do you know what’s “right” when the information is constantly changing? (I ask this completely rhetorically–I haven’t figured it out 100% either!)

After years of following an inconsistent routine, I’ve stopped taking those articles as gospel and instead, I’ve been picking and choosing what works for me. I have oily skin and acne, so I’m dealing with multiple issues. Today I wanted to share an aspect of my skincare routine: moisturizers!

An article I recently read discussed how up to 15 different moisturizers are common for a typical Korean skincare routine. 15! While I didn’t pick up a boatload of new moisturizers, I did decide to try layering different moisturizers and was pleasantly surprised by the results–brighter, softer skin daily. Here’s what I’ve been using:

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These are my daily moisturizers. I will admit that I don’t use all of them every single day. Let’s start with the absolute essentials!

  1. Ponds Clarant B3 Dark Spot Correcting Cream
    -I LOVE this cream. I originally bought this travel size pot because of my acne scars, and when consistently used (day and night), it truly does even out my skin tone and helps lighten the scars. It’s the first lotion I put on after cleansing and using toner. *Tip: Be sure to massage it into your skin gently in upwards movements, letting it be fully absorbed by the skin.*
  2. Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 for Combination/Oily Skin
    -This is the moisturizer I use daily, and is a fairly recent purchase. I had always read rave reviews about Olay moisturizers, and after several weeks of use, I’m very happy with this one. It’s gentle, has sunscreen, and softens my skin. I warm up a small amount between my hands and then gently massage it all over my face, ears, and neck.

The two above are the ones I use every day without fail. Here are others I layer on as needed:

  1. Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream
    -This cream arrived with my FitFabFun box, and is described as an “antioxidant-rich moisturizer” on the bottle, as well as an “ideal base for sunscreen and makeup.” If I use this cream, it’s usually because I’m putting on a full face of makeup. I use it after the Ponds cream but before the Olay moisturizer. This may or may not be the “proper” order, but it works for me! I use the same technique as my Olay moisturizer–warm it up between my hands/fingers and then gently massage into the skin.
  2. Olay Regenerist Luminous Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Moisturizer
    -This was the single moisturizer I was using before I started my new skincare routine. I never felt fully satisfied with it, but I don’t want it to go to waste, so if I’m putting on all my creams, I’ll add a layer of this for the extra SPF and moisturizing.
  3. IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream
    -This is a MIRACLE cream. Yes, this is the tiniest pot in the picture! It came as a deluxe sample in an order from IT Cosmetics (a brand I recommend to literally everyone and anyone), and it is the cream of all creams. With anti-aging and regenerative concentrates, it’s a day-and-night type of cream. It is simply the most luxurious cream I’ve ever used. I put this on last, as it leaves my skin in a silky state.

It’s not 15 moisturizers, but it’s more than I’m used to! However, I’ve noticed that taking the time to use each one has made my skin healthier than it used to be, even minimizing my acne and oily skin issues to a degree. It may be a combination of the moisturizers plus all the gentle massaging I’m doing with each one, but either way, I plan on layering and using multiple lotions and creams to protect and care for my skin from now on!