Monday, February 29, 2016

Most Used February

I like trying new products, but sometimes it's hard to go out on a limb and buy something new without someone recommending it. I am by no means an expert, but I know what I like and what works for me so I figured I'd share. Who knows? Maybe you'll find a new favorite product based on what I share! :)

I was using the Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser, and I liked it, but I wasn't blown away by the results so when it was time to repurchase I decided to try a drugstore cleanser. I purchased the Olay Total Effects 7 Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser and so far I've been really happy with it. 

I've also been using the Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover to remove my eye makeup. I've got sensitive eyes, so it was important that I find something that didn't irritate my eyes and easily removed my eye makeup. This fits the bill. Warning: don't leave your purple nail polish remover sitting on the counter near the makeup remover. You might accidentally grab the wrong bottle and instantly regret it. Oh, the burn! Luckily I had my eyes closed and I realized after the first swipe across my eyelid and was able to rinse quickly so it didn't do any damage.

Even though this winter hasn't been that cold, my hands have still been dry and cracked. They just hurt, so I decided I needed to use something besides just lotion. I had been looking at L'Occitane products since our Paris trip last October, so I decided to try their One Minute Hand Scrub. When it arrived I was a little concerned because it looked very liquidy. That's why you should read the directions! Turns out you have to use the included spatula to mix before using it.  Once it's mixed I scoop some out and rub my hands together for about a minute before rinsing with warm water. After I rinse and dry my hands, I immediately follow up with Soap & Glory Hand Food. Best. Lotion. Ever. I even have my father-in-law using it! I used to buy it from Sephora, but they stopped carrying it so now I buy it at Ulta. You will love it!

I have never had long, healthy nails. My nails tend to peel and break very easily. I used to get my nails done, but that got expensive so I stopped. Since then my nails have been just awful, so when I got the Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat as a sample with a Sephora order, I decided to try it. It's supposed to strengthen and harden your nails. Good and good. When used on a regular basis my nails are much healthier and they actually grow! It makes the whites of my nails look whiter and the pinks pinker. It almost looks like I have a french manicure when I use it ~ love it!

I have been trying out different shampoos and conditioners this month because I was participating in a hair trial (I hope to share more about the products I tried soon!), but Matrix So Silver has stayed in my weekly rotation because I love what it does for my hair! When I have my hair highlighted (so always) it tends to pull reds and golds. Because of this it can start to look a little brassy. I use the Matrix So Silver once or twice a week to neutralize the brassiness. The directions on the bottle say to wear gloves (the shampoo is purple), but I don't ever do that and I haven't turned purple yet! ;-)

I added the It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product to my hair care routine this month. After showering I spray it on towel dried hair and comb through. I've noticed that my hair is softer and looks healthier since I started using it.

As far as makeup, I've pretty much stuck to most of what I mentioned in my January post (all linked below), but have added a few things back into the rotation. The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette (the original one) is still one of my favorite eye shadow palettes. The colors are beautiful, have great payoff, and it smells like chocolate! What more could a girl want from her eyeshadow? I have also started using my YSL Gloss Volupte again (I have shade 20 Nude Carat). It's not at all sticky, just very glossy and wet feeling. I know, the description I just gave has you running out to buy it. I do have a gift with words, don't I? ;-) I've also started using my Urban Decay Perversion mascara again. It lengthens and adds volume to my lashes. Love it!

Those are my most used products for this month. Let me know if you decide to try any of them! What are your favorite hair and beauty products?



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