I started my beauty story here back in 2015; below is a summary of my must-haves (I don’t have many; a product must provide great results to make this list), favorite repurchased beauty products that provide great results (yes), particularly bad products (no), those that are close to being favorites (almost) and ones I will no longer purchase (not anymore). For reference, I have oily/combination skin that is prone to congestion, breakouts and hyperpigmentation. My hair is dry, thin and frizzy.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Drying. Not much improvement.
The Ordinary Suncare. Heavy and leaves a very noticeable white cast.
Drunk Elephant Slaai. Waxy and irritating. Used on my hands as an overnight treatment and my hands were so dry in the morning.
Abnomaly Petrowhat? Drying. No improvement.
Going blonde ruined my hair. Ended up having to cut about 8 or 9 inches of damage.
Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser. Does not cleanse or rinse well.
Follizin Hair Renew Leave-In Hair Masque. Improves frizz, silkiness, softness and moisture.
Your Best Face Skin Care Quench. Antioxidant lip treatment hydrates, protects and heals dry cracked lips after only a couple applications. Rose Otto seems the most moisturizing.
IPL/Photofacial. Improves sun damage, hyperpigmentation, scarring, blemishes, redness and aging skin.
Briogeo Blossom and Bloom volumizing spray. A lot of volume. Extends hairstyle and wash day.
Retin-A. Improves acne, scarring, texture and fine lines (review coming up).
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade and brush No. 12. I still need practice, but with this, eyebrows look full and natural.
Mixed nylon/boar bristle brush. Distributes oils. Removes dust, debris and static.
Got these scissors from Amazon. Great for trimming my bangs while the salons are closed. I found a great tutorial on YouTube from A Model Recommends https://youtu.be/EArJrHbbFrA
Boar bristle dry brush for daily body exfoliation.
Keratin straightening treatment. No frizz. Silky, healthy hair (review coming soon).
First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser. Smooths skin and improves redness and bumps.
The Chemistry Brand Heel Chemistry. Hydrates and softens skin on the feet. I use in conjunction with KP Bump Eraser.
Cosrx Blackhead Power Liquid. Took a while to see results, but improved blackheads and texture.
Klairs Toner Mate Cotton Pad. Particularly love the sponge cotton pads for applying products with a thin formula.
Amarte Daily ExfoliPowder. Gentle daily exfoliation as a second cleanse or morning cleanse on its own. Improves texture.
BioBliss Lash Serum. Thicker and longer lashes.
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics. Layer with toner or water for hydration and plump skin.
NIOD Sanskrit Saponins. As a mask and cleanser, improves texture and oiliness. Skin feels smooth.
Kopari Coconut Deodorant. Fantastic odor protection. I wonder if I can layer with Drunk Elephant’s Sweet Pitti which is really good at absorbing sweat.
Drunk Elephant TLC Happi Scalp Scrub. Exfoliates the scalp. Hair feels lighter and has more volume. Makes a good exfoliant for the face as well.
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser. Removes makeup and sunscreen. No residue or irritation.
Laneige Cream Skin. Moisturizes really well. Leaves a layer over the skin and I’m not sure that other products penetrate as well or as fast (review coming soon).
Etude House Sunprise UV Protection. Light weight. No white cast. Enhances dry patches and mixes with thin foundations.
Drunk Elelphant Sweet Pitti. Really good at absorbing sweat with applications throughout the day. Odor protection could be better during activity and when out in hot weather.
Your Best Face Skincare Balance. Was a must-have, however, with a reformulation, this no longer functions to absorb oil. The previous version stopped shininess and gave a matte finish to the skin. I no longer had to use blotting papers and this prevented foundation from moving around throughout the day.
Akita Hand Cream. This, too, was my must-have. After a recent purchase, something changed in the formula and it is no longer anywhere near as hydrating and leaves an almost dry feeling on the skin as it is rubbed in.
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