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.

 

 

Review: Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash

You know that feeling when you washed your face with bar soap? (Hopefully you don’t) That tight, almost tacky feeling that leaves your skin not feeling like skin. That is what this product left my face feeling like.

It lathers well, it smells nice, but it really stripped my skin. After I wash my face with this it just has that feeling that there’s no oil or any sign of moisture. I’m reaching for the toner before I even finish washing. I do find that the stripping does cause breakouts for me because it just is too strong. Supposedly there is a cooling sensation this face wash is supposed to give off which I haven’t felt yet, but for me that’s not a huge drawback.

I found this kind of unusual considering the brand is for people that have really overtaxed skin that needs help. I also own the Pure Cloud Cream from Skyn which I can say is terrific.

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When you lather this face wash into the lovely lather I mentioned earlier it feels very smooth, a little thick, there’s a sheen to the product resembles a heavy duty hand soap.

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I’m already halfway through the tube so I’ll use the product up for the heck of it, but I don’t see my opinion of it changing.

 

 

How To Control A Breakout

First, don’t panic and stay calm. After that you can create a strategy to prevent it from happening again. 

This post was inspired by the pimple on my forehead. I didn’t realize it, but there is an actual process that goes through my head when I break out.

Like many, I  start out wondering why this happened. However, I don’t wonder in a “why me?” way. I’ll take a moment and play back the tape. Why did I get this? Did I exfoliate and this was bought to the surface? Did I use something that didn’t agree with my skin? Was my skin too oily? Too dry? If you can narrow down why you got it can help prevent another breakout, as well as helping you to understand your skin better and see its patterns.

I believe you really can minimize a breakout. Once you see it forming or the slightest sign, nip it in the bud.

Use spot treatments. There’s nothing like applying just what you need to the specific area that needs it. I’d recommend something with a slightly stronger amount of benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or even sulfur.

Wash your face with something stronger. Go with something slightly stronger than you’d normally use. Most days I use a milky cleanser, but during the time I breakout I will use something that will help me out a little more.

Tone your face. This will rebalance the skin’s pH.

Keep your schedule the same. Don’t feel the need to scrub your face every hour to get rid of the breakout. If you wash your face twice a day, keep it like that. Going too harsh too fast will just give your face more to deal with.

Lighten up on cosmetics. You might feel like you want to cover up every square inch of your face, but it’s better if you hold back a bit. Usually I don’t skip wearing foundation when I breakout, but when I get home I make sure to take off my makeup. This gives everything time to breathe.

Pop it. Before you get the wrong idea, this isn’t an excuse to go popping all your pimples. There are some prerequisites to take into account. The pimple(s) must be ready. They must be at the point where just the slightest pressure will cause them to pop. You must sterilize your tools and hands. No picking or using dirty utensils.

*This gets a little graphic, but it’s the only way to describe that you’ve done it right. If you decide that your pimple is ready to go you’ll want to squeeze to the point of seeing blood or an oily substance, that’s when you know you’ve gotten everything out. Be gentle, you may need to take breaks in between. Afterwards put something to disinfect the area to prevent infection.

Some people say never to pop a pimple, that it extends the life of it, but I’ve found on a few occasions it shortens it. If I’m thorough, if can relieve the pain by popping it, if it was ready and I make sure it’s done in a way that’s sanitary, I don’t see anything wrong with it.

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What I’ve been using to keep breakouts under control.

*La Roche-Posay Effaclear Duo (Spot treatment)

*Skin Ceuticals Purifying Cleanser (stronger cleanser)

*Skin Ceuticals LHA Solution Toner &Blemish+ Age Solution Toner (I alternate between the two toners)

*Skin Ceuticals Blemish+Age Defense Serum (can be used as a spot treatment as well as its main use as a serum)

 

 

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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.

 

Prevent Getting Reinfected

 Blisters, boils, zits, cuts, sores, how many times have you started out with one and within the next few days another two or  three appear? They shouldn’t be there and you want to cover them up. Whenever there is something open on your face there’s always a chance for it to spread or reinfect. Add makeup to the mix and we’ve got an even bigger chance for infection to come back.

Let’s start with the basics:

Nails– I’m sure you’ve heard that one of the dirtiest places is under the nail. When you scratch your face (if you must) try to lightly take the back of your hand to take the itch away. Keeping your nails shorter is better, but if you like long nails then I won’t tell you to change them… do not pick at anything, if you have a pimple don’t touch it.

Hands- Keep them off your face, don’t rest your face in your hands and of course wash them before washing your face or applying makeup.

Brushes-Even if you plan to wash them or disinfect them after touching whatever is open on your face it’s better to be safe and use your finger to conceal just incase the some of the bacteria doesn’t leave completely.

Treating the area:

Let’s say you just got out of the shower and something opened. You have work/school in 20 minutes. There are two options leave it or cover it.

Leaving it natural- Of course this is best option. Use some hydrogen peroxide and a little vaseline or ointment, dab off the excess and you’re good.

Covering it up-This is the more popular option because if you have the option to cover an imperfection vs showing it off we’ll always cover it. The same applies as when keeping it natural, so get the hydrogen peroxide and an antibiotic ointment. Dab the least amount of makeup you can get away with over the area concentrating on the skin around the area that was open. You can’t do too much about texture and if it’s a scab it will be visible, but you can change the darkness or redness.***VERY IMPORTANT! if you are going to do this always create a barrier between the scab/open wound . All you need is a thin layer to keep the makeup from sinking in so deeply. This will also make it easier to remove at the end of the day. The last thing you want is the makeup drying to what is open.

Unfortunately if you have a face there will always be a chance of something popping up, thankfully you have the power to lessen the amount of time that it stays there and help it heal quickly and correctly.

Redness Solution

My skin is just sensitive. It wasn’t always this way, but as I’ve exposed it to different things over the years it’s gotten sensitive. It wouldn’t be a bad thing, that is if it didn’t show that it was sensitive. Part of my routine of keeping my skin good is to really take it easy on foundations, so I wear the bare minimum (usually no foundation and just concealer in certain spots). Unfortunately that leaves all that redness exposed. So far I haven’t found anything to do anything noticeable where I said “Wow that made a real difference!”  Even though I’ve been lucky enough to clear my skin for the most part there’s still this redness to my skin. The winter, the summer..it doesn’t matter. It’s always there. My forehead is probably the worst, which is unusual because that’s the place that’s been clear the longest.

Finally I’ve come across something that produced results in one day. Is that possible?! Yes. 

I introduce Skin Ceuticals Redness Neutralizer.

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It has improved my skin. It’s calmed it. Best of all it’s changed its appearance overnight. The areas that were red are beginning to match the rest of my face. You don’t need a lot. Actually the less the better. A light layer is all you need. I can’t think of a product (skin or not) that I’ve seen results like this. Skin Ceuticals is not a cheap brand. I’ve used other products and I can say they are terrific and worth the money.

The better the condition of your skin, the less makeup you’ll need. Who doesn’t want beautiful skin to work with? My goal is to find products that work.  When you collect those and are confident in how they work you won’t need a lot. I don’t think it’s necessary to have a 5 step routine morning and night to keep your skin in healthy.

Redness can be so frustrating. It doesn’t matter if you don’t touch your skin, it doesn’t matter if you have clear skin, you’ll be red. Washing or attempting to lessen it usually just makes it redder. The Redness Neutralizer is a true fix to redness.

How I Cleared My Skin

This is something I could talk a while about so I found it to be a good first topic on my Youtube channel. It’s a new channel and it’s my first video, so I invite everyone to watch and see if you pick up any tips or ideas on clearing your skin or just keeping it in good health.

I’ll break it down into just a few short sections for this post and the rest in detail is in the video.

DIET: Foods that aggravate your system aggravate your skin. It doesn’t always mean foods that are high in fat, sugar or salt. Mainly it’s foods that are full of things that aren’t real and aren’t recognized by your body. There’s nothing wrong with eating butter or real sugar! Investigate to see if you have any intolerances/allergies and DO NOT GIVE UP, if you think something is bothering you, you’re probably right.

CHEMICALS: Overwhelming your skin is going to leave it with nothing to do but react intensely and possibly do a few things at once (drying out & breaking out, peeling & getting oily) Take it easy. Don’t treat your skin as harshly as it reacts.

LIFESTYLE: Stress is a big problem. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to rid yourself of it overnight, but do what you can to minimize it as best as possible.

MAKEUP: Even if you think that you’re makeup isn’t clogging your pores try to wear less than you normally would or not wear any on days you don’t need to. I found that the less foundation I wore the less I needed.

PATIENCE: This can be a long process. Whether you’re looking for something to finally clear any last bumps or turning the quality of your skin completely around. It may take time, but if you’re willing to keep trying the results will be more than worth it.

As you can see by the thumbnail of the video I had a couple different things going on in different areas of my face. It was painful and unpleasant to say the least, but everything mentioned in the video was what I did and is advice I’d give to anyone looking to get their skin in check.