New Favorite Drugstore Everyday Foundation

Foundation is more of what I’m calling it. Technically this product is considered a “tint”, so something more like a tinted moisturizer. However I think the applicator indicates it is to be used more like a foundation. I wouldn’t personally use this the same as I’d use a BB Cream.

The product I’m talking about is Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint. Long ago I used to use Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup. I liked that for a while, but eventually moved on to try other foundations. As far as drugstore goes I’d say Neutrogena overall is one of the best.

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I found samples of the Hydro Boost Tint in a magazine about a month ago and I couldn’t get over how smooth my face felt when I had it on; what’s better than that is when I washed it off I could still feel the same smoothness. It improves your skin’s texture through you wearing the makeup. I thought that was pretty amazing. I’m assuming that’s what they are talking about when they claim “moisturizes and plumps skin for 24 hours”. Supposedly there’s Hyaluronic acid in it, however it seems like Hyaluronic acid is in a lot of things these days and I wouldn’t buy something for that. A lot of companies know that that’s a buzzword and while it may include a small amount of Hyaluronic Acid it may be just enough so they can label it. That being said, whatever mix of ingredients with whatever percentage of Hyaluronic acid is in this product I do like it. It really moisturizes your skin and it definitely looks smoother and healthier.

Let’s talk coverage. This is where it starts to show that it’s a tint. It’s light to medium I’d say. You can apply a few coats, but definitely let it dry a bit between coats. I don’t mind it being on the lighter side, if it’s for everyday you won’t want something heavy, especially with the warmer months approaching.

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My number one complaint with this foundation/tint is the packaging. Once I opened it in the store I considered not buying it. It’s got a wand, something similar to a concealer wand except thicker. For concealer that’s great. You’ll be doing smaller, more precise areas, however I’d venture to say the majority of people will be wearing this product on their entire face. It’s not practical. I didn’t want to put the wand directly on my skin because even if your face is clean it’s not the most sanitary to stick the wand back in. However, painting my foundation brush with a wand just felt awkward and silly, not to mention that it took time to get enough product. The way this bottle is designed there’s a narrow tube that leads to the rest of the bottle so there’s no way of bending the wand to get additional foundation. 20170418_141347.jpgI should also mention this product is not runny or very liquidy, it’s closer to a whipped consistency, so you can’t shake or turn the bottle to get the product to come to you. What this boils down to is that you don’t have full access to the product which you’ve purchased. This isn’t a $40 bottle of foundation, it was $14.99, however if you pay for it I believe you should be able to use it to its entirety or at least as close to its entirety as possible. I think it was cheap of Neutrogena and unnecessary. For that reason I may not repurchase this, but I do love the formula.

 

 

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Flaky Skin Rescue

If you’re like me there’s a parts of your skin that get dull, dry and flaky. There has always been a dry patch covering almost my entire forehead. Unless I just had a facial or really intensely exfoliated my face, but even then it’s soon to return in a few days. 

To help flaky skin you have to exfoliate it in order to get to the skin underneath. So there I’d be, exfoliating away. Afterwards when all the dead skin is off the surface it’s time to moisturize and moisturize well. So at this point I’d go with a serum which, don’t get me wrong works better than not using one, but serums sometimes can give you that oily feeling and they never have the feeling of being sunken in all the way. From there I’d finish with a moisturizer and that would be that.

It was frustrating because my forehead was always dull, always had some sort of a buildup of dead skin from the dryness. I was doing the right steps and I had tried different products. Finally I came across a duo that works. Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture and Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence by Murad.

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Both products go on so silky and they leave your skin feeling the same way. The Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence is the equivalent of your serum, only it’s a little heavier and sinks in quickly and easily without leaving your skin feeling greasy. It contains Glycolic acid which gives your skin a light, but essential exfoliation. Since it is light, I would not recommend using the Glycolic acid in this to replace other forms of exfoliation you are currently using, it’s sort of an added extra. It has a combination of lentil, watermelon and apple encourages skin to hold moisture in. The Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture has avocado and sunflower oil and makes for the perfect moisturizer. It’s hydrates without clogging your pores. Both products work great on their own, but I’ve seen the most results by using both together. Generally I only apply the Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence in at night and just where I need it.

Maybe the flakes and dehydration of your skin are just in the wintertime or maybe they are all year round, but if you are looking for something to give your skin some plumpness as well as giving back your glow of well hydrated skin, the combination of these two products definitely deliver.