I love skincare. It’s not as popular as new makeup or clothes because there isn’t that instant gratification but I love knowing that I’m taking care of my skin. I really like the ritual at the end of the night of washing my face and applying serums, moisturizers, and masks. It’s calming and a great way to start to relax before bed. I recently got the chance to try the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask and True Glow Eye Cream from Valentia, a brand that focuses on using natural ingredients like berries, herbs, and barks to create effective products. I love masks of any kind but hydrating masks are one of my favorites and I’ve yet to find an eye cream I love so I was excited to try these products.
I’ve recently gotten into indie bath and body products. I wrote about my first experiences trying them as part of my January Beauty Favorites post and I was so impressed that I wanted to try more. I bought quite a few Alchemic Muse products as Christmas gifts and they all looked so nice that I had to buy some for myself. Alchemic Muse is a good indie brand to start with because she keeps a lot of stock (so there’s no mad rush to buy things before someone else does) and her turn around time is so fast (I placed a few orders and they all shipped either the same day or first thing the next day). The prices are reasonable and so is her shipping- she ships in flat rate boxes so you can get a lot of items before it kicks you into the next shipping tier. I stocked up on a bunch of products that seemed too good to live without- the Cream Soap, Body Whip, and Foaming Body Scrub, and I received a few Perfume Oil samples to try. Here is my full Alchemic Muse review.
My January beauty favorites included a couple of brands that were new to me as well as one that I love. I’ve heard so many great things about indie bath and body products but I only got around to trying some recently. I was gifted a couple of indie products to try and I’ve fallen in love. I can see why indie products are an addiction, I already want so many more things! Two of my gifts have made this list in addition to an older lipstick that I’ve been getting a lot of use out of lately. My January beauty favorites were pretty easy to pick, they’re all products I can’t live without this month: Altitude Soap’s Sleepy Peppermint Whipped Soap, Cocoa Pink’s Ginger Crème Brûlée Perfume Oil, and NARS’ Schiap Lipstick.
Cleansers are one of those products that I don’t think much about. Makeup is fun to use and buy and I love skincare products that feel great on my skin and make a noticeable difference but I’m pretty indifferent to facial cleansers. As long as it cleans my face, it’s fine. Or at least that’s how I used to feel until I really started thinking about it. I use so many different cleansers and very rarely buy the same one twice, unless there’s a really good sale. I used to think that’s because they’re all about the same, but now I realize it’s because I’ve never found one that I really love. I recently got the chance to try OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser which uses powerful ingredients like rose hip oil and vitamin E to not only cleanse skin but also give it a healthy glow. Would it make me change my mind about facial cleansers?
This post is just a little late but I wanted to write about my December beauty favorites. December was an eclectic makeup month for me. I wore a lot of light, dewy makeup at the beginning of the month when we were on vacation and toward the end of the month I was all about glitter and shine for the holidays. I went through a lot of bright bold lip colors and I’ve been using up a lot of makeup and skincare samples instead of just sticking with my usual products. At the end of the month, three products really stood out to me: Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Junkie, and Urban Decay’s Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette.
It’s no secret that we love our beauty products, but Stacie and I are also super into skincare. As much fun as it is to play around with new makeup looks, it’s even more important to take good care of our skin. A couple of months ago, we were contacted by Jess, a woman from a company called Skin Actives Scientific, who asked if we would like to try some of their products. I did a little research into the company and really liked what I found out. Skin Actives is a skincare company that focuses on quality ingredients and scientific research rather than fancy packaging. Plus, it’s located right here in AZ. Their whole system is setup so you can tailor their products to your needs. In addition to ready made skincare, they also sell additives. If there is a certain ingredient you really like or want to try you can buy the additive and mix it into your favorite moisturizer or serum. Jess asked us for information about our skin type, any sensitivities we might have, and what our skincare goals are. The whole process was really easy and a few days later we each received a box full of goodies chosen specifically for our skin needs. I’ve been using the products I got for the past couple of months and here is what I think so far (Stacie received different products based on her skin type and goals).