So summer always brings about new skin care products as well as new makeup. Lots of times it's products that will protect you from sun damage and to wear outside (ie: Supergoop which was popular last year) but this year I was pleasantly surprised at how many just over all hydrating products and sprays that were released. I mean, most of them are fighting anti-aging which can be accelerated by constant exposure to UVA rays, while UVB rays cause burning and increased chances of skin cancer. Both are still not good for your skin which is why you need protection from that, but we all know that we need to protect our skin and this year products were released to help you maintain and take care of your skin. I appreciate all those though, prevention, protection, and maintenance. After all our skin is the only skin we ever get and our best beauty secret we have is a good base to work with.
So this new guy is the Korres Golden Krocus Elixir. It's good for all skin types and it's main target is fine lines and anti-aging. This is a serum and it's price tag is $98, which is a lot. I've used this several times and I'm not impressed with it to be honest but to be fair I don't have a ton of fine lines. It feels nice but it has a lot of golden shimmer in it and that's pretty noticeable on the skin. Which looks cool but also not what I'm looking for because when it comes to skin care I think of "clean" skin I don't want shimmer added for luminosity. Know what I mean? That's just my thoughts on that though. So for this I say pass for right now.
This is Farmacy Skin Dew. It's a hydrating mist and setting spray. I actually love this. It's SUPER hydrating though. So bear that in mind. It feels so nice on the skin. I actually have used it on my bare skin and also to set my makeup and even though it is very hydrating with a heavy spritz it actually did set my makeup and not make it overly dewy. So this is $44, it has glycerin in it as well as "Echinacea GreenEnvy™" which according to Sephora: "is a unique, patent-protected variant of echinacea purpurea that contains the highest known concentration of cichoric acid, which helps protect the skin by inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen. Cichoric acid also normalizes the skin pigmentation process to promote a more evenly toned complexion. Horsetail juice—a natural extract of the perennial horsetail herb that contains vitamin C, tannins, and mineral salts—helps freshen and tone the skin while providing both antioxidant and skin soothing benefits." It's also naturally derived ingredients and not tested on animals, which I'm a big fan of Farmacy as a company anyway.
This little jewel is the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder. It's a super gentle exfoliator that is water activated. It's best for Normal to Combination skin. This softens, exfoliates, and conditions the skin. If you have sensitive skin when it comes to exfoliators, I would recommend this. It's very subtle but it works really well so you know you're not damaging or breaking the skin by being to rough. This is $15-$65. You can try the .35oz for $15 to see if you like it or go for the 2.1oz for $65.
This is the Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel. This has "An antiaging vitamin B5 gel that replenishes, brightens, and improves the appearance of skin texture and tone while delivering intense moisture."
This is a really nice gel and super hydrating and good for all skin types. This is $52 for 1.69oz. That's still a lot of money so unless you're super dry or having some aging issues, I might would pass on this one as well. Even though I do like it. I prefer to spend money on my base like I always say, but I would prefer to spend it on a moisturizing cream or something else like a sleeping facial. That's just me though.
This lovely thing is the Foreo Luna Play. It's a $39 "starter" basically. That's how I look at it. It's small and is good for 100 uses. I got this to just test it out to see if I: A) liked it and B) would use it every day. I tend to be someone who gets a month in and then stops using something. So this was perfect in case that happened. It doesn't have the expensive price tag and then if you do like it you can invest $99-$199 for the bigger options. This is quite small but it still works amazingly well. You use it 15 seconds on one section for a total of one minute on your face. I can honestly tell you this is amazing. My skin has never felt this smooth. My texture issues are massively reduced and I can't get over how nice my skin looks and feels and that was after the first time I used it. Still the same amazing results. It's good for all skin types, water proof and comes in 7 different colors, Plus you get 100 uses out of this because it is not rechargeable like the others. Out of everything, this is what I would get my hands down. That is if you don't already have it or something similar.
**update on the Luna Play. Mine stopped working a little over a month. It didn't last the 100 uses. It may have lasted 15-20 uses. So even though I'm super impressed with Foreo in general and I have ordered a bigger one that is rechargeable, that has better reviews, I did return the Luna Play to Sephora because it quit after a month and less than 25 uses. Which is only a quarter of the uses it was said to have. Also, check out Kathleen Lights video of a Luna 2 vs a WAY cheaper dupe from Amazon which is called the Solo Mio. It's super helpful. There are other options as well on Amazon that are even cheaper. So while I totally loved the Luna Play, it didn't last as long as it was supposed to so thus, I no longer recommend getting it.
Some of these are available as deluxe samples or just samples if there are any left
Code "Future" to choose one skin care deluxe sample with $25 purchase (what's left of them)
Code "Immortal" to choose 1 of 3 skin care minis with $25 purchase
Code "UMBRIAN" for Fresh Toning Mini with $25 purchase
Code "INEXCESS" for MUFE Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara with $25 purchase
As always use Ebates and get you some cash back. It costs nothing to sign up and it won't ever cost you any money, it only gets you money.
**these pictures are from the Sephora website obviously.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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