Beauty, Skincare

Sunday Riley Space Race

It’s no secret that I still have acne even though I’m 27. The type of acne has definitely changed over the years. Now, it mostly seems hormonal (although I do find that certain greasy foods break me out a bit too). Because of my changing skincare needs, I decided to try some new kinds of products and buy the Sunday Riley Space Race collection which retails for $65 at Sephora.

This kit comes with three great Sunday Riley products that target acne. The products are not full-sized but they are large enough that you’ll probably be able to get about 2-3 months worth of use to help you make a decision before buying the very expensive full-sized versions.

The first product in this kit is the UFO Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil (the full-size retails for $80). This is my favorite of the three! It has some powerhouse ingredients like salicylic acid, tee tree oil, licorice, neroli, chamomile, and cucumber seed oil. This amazing combination is great at gently counteracting hormonal acne, moisturizing the skin, and fixing mild skin discoloration. This is a product I’ve used before and it’s very clear that it works for me, so I’ll definitely be purchasing the full-sized version when this one runs out. The only downside is that it smells strongly of oregano (which I don’t prefer) and my skin does tend to look a bit greasy if I use too much (which is why it is only part of my nighttime skincare routine).

The next product in this kit is the Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner (the full-size retails for $55). I’m enjoying this product too! It comes out as a cooling green gel that blends really well into the skin. In my Sephora Haul Video, I joked that it kind of feels like alien snot (and I stand by that!) but I do love how it soothes my skin. It has some great ingredients: witch hazel, cucumber, black cumin, clay, marshmallow, and green tea. It feels extremely gentle on the skin and I like the cooling sensation too. It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves my skin feeling both moisturized and mattified. I have combination skin where some bits feel dry but my t-zone can get oily, and this is just the perfect product for me because it moisturizes where I need it while combatting oil and creating a smooth canvas for my makeup. To be honest, I’ve replaced my morning moisturizer AND primer with this product, so I will definitely be purchasing the full-size version of this one too!

The final product in this kit is the Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask (the full-size retails for $55). This mask contains sulfur, tea tree oil, clay, and manuka oil to combat acne without drying the skin out too much. I will say that sulfur is an amazing ingredient for acne, and I do find that this one clears up stubborn zits pretty quickly if I use it as a spot treatment. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised that it hasn’t dried out my skin as many sulfur-based products do. However, I just can’t purchase the full-size version of this product. Sulfur smells awful, and I hoped that I’d be able to deal with it for the sake of my skin, but I just can’t. I hate getting a whiff of the scent even after I’ve washed it off, and the smell even lingers on the towel I use to dry my face after washing this off. Overall, it’s a great product, and it’s not Sunday Riley’s fault that sulfur naturally smells so bad, but I just have found that I can’t stomach it.

So, what sorts of products do you find work best for your hormonal acne? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Skincare

Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream 

It’s finally getting warmer outside, and I find that changes in weather also require me to change my skincare routine. I no longer need as thick a moisturizer as I did in the winter, so I’ve been a quest to find a great, lightweight moisturizer for spring and summer. Recently, I tried the Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for just $6.

This product is AMAZING. It’s very lightweight, but it moisturizes so well. It seems like the gel consistency really locks in the moisture and leaves my skin feeling so smooth. It also dries really quickly, which is very convenient. Also, there are no harsh chemicals, artificial perfumes, or added colors to this product, which leaves it perfect for sensitive skin. This has been great because I haven’t had any additional breakouts since starting with this moisturizer.

I’ve always loved this brand because it’s perfect for sensitive skin, but I’ve still been so impressed with this moisturizer. I’ll definitely be using this all spring and summer. This product is comparable with very high end ones, and it just can’t be beat for $6. This is the perfect product for those with slightly dry, combination, or oily skin (because oily skinned gals still need moisturizer to balance things and prevent excessive sebum production!)

Have you tried this product or another great moisturizer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for sticking with me during a kind of disappointing blogmas. I’m back now with a great product that will help battle dry skin: Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer. This product can be purchased at Target for about $7.

As far as drugstore lotions go, this is one of my favorites. As the name suggests, it works best on wet skin (so right after you get out of the shower). A little goes a long way, and it really absorbs into the skin so quickly with no greasy residue. I like the version with Monoi Oil because it leaves this light, floral scent behind, but there are other versions as well: coconut oil, argan oil, cherry almond oil, and a natural glow self-tanner.

This is a very lightweight moisturizer that may not be enough to completely eradicate winter dry skin, but it provides a nice base of moisture and then you can spot treat dryer areas with a more powerful lotion. I think this one is perfect for the summer though.

What are your favorite inexpensive lotions? Feel free to share in the comments section.

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-XO Tiffy

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Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet 

‘Tis the season for dry skin! I don’t know about where you live, but in Cincinnati we unfortunately skipped autumn this year and went straight to winter. The cold air is already causing dry skin, so I wanted to use this opportunity to talk about one of my very favorite moisturizers: the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (available from Sephora for $39 for a 1.3 oz container).

I love this moisturizer so much, that I’ve purchased the full-sized version several times, and I also use my Sephora Beauty Insider points to score sample-sized bottles, and I get excited when I see this appear in my Sephora Play beauty box as well! I’m definitely devoted to this one! One of the great things about this moisturizer is that a little bit goes a long way, so the price tag isn’t that scary when I consider how much use I get out of one bottle. Also, this product never breaks out my skin! It’s super natural and smells of grapeseed oil (one of its main ingredients).

I find that this moisturizer works well year-round. You can use a small amount in the summer and a larger amount in the winter for a great year-round glow. It sinks in so easily and doesn’t leave a weird oily residue like some moisturizers tend to do. Overall, I’ve just found that this is one of the very best moisturizers for my particular skin (which is combination that tends toward oilness sometimes). Now, I will admit that if you have very dry skin, this might not be the best product for you because it’s a lighter moisturizer, but I think you’ll like this one if you have skin like mine!

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Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer 

It’s going to be winter soon! This means that moisturizer is going to become extra important in any skincare routine (although, it really should be important year-round). I recently tried a different moisturizer: the Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer which can be purchased from Sephora for $30.

One great thing about the Clinique brand is that they have great, quality products for more affordable prices than other Sephora-based brands. I find that this moisturizer is no exception. It does a great job at moisturizing and would work well as a primer. The “blur” effect is noticeable and allows makeup to sit really well on the skin. It fills in all the nooks and crannies that pop up on a face to create a smooth canvas.

I do think that this is a lighter moisturizer. Some people with dry skin might find that it doesn’t quite pack enough of a punch for them. My skin is pretty normal/combination and does not get extremely dry, so I find that it works well for me. I would think that it would be a good moisturizer for oily skin as well because the “blur” properties also make it look a bit mattified even though it’s moisturizing.

Have you tried this one? What’s your current go-to moisturizer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Creme 

Winter is the time of dry, scaly skin! I have spent a lot of money on expensive body lotions and creams over the years, and I was so excited to find this inexpensive option at the drugstore: Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Creme.

Full disclosure: I don’t have eczema, so I can’t really say how well this product works for that condition. However, it is AMAZING for general dry skin. Eight ounces will set you back about $7 which is a great deal for body lotion! I’ve spent $40-70 on expensive lotions that didn’t moisturize nearly this well.

One of the great things about this lotion is that a little goes a long way. The product consistency is pretty thick, but it covers a lot of area. It also dries really quickly, which is a huge bonus. I don’t know about you, but I hate feeling sticky after I’ve applied lotion and I’m just waiting for it to dry! This product won’t cause any of that.

The scent is also almost scentless. It does smell like lotion, but it does not come across as overwhelmingly chemical in scent, and the lotion scent does fade pretty quickly. I prefer this because that means I can pair it with any perfume or body spray that I own.

Overall, this is a great price for a great product that everyone really needs in the winter! It has absolutely replaced Bliss Naked Body Butter as my go-to body moisturizer.

Beauty, Makeup

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue 

I’ve been hearing so many good things about the Complexion Rescue gel from  Bare Minerals. The formula acts like a hybrid tinted moisturizer/BB cream, and it is supposed to be great for problem skin. When I had the opportunity to pick up a free sample with my purchase from Sephora, I went for it!

I used shade Vanilla 02

My sample came with four single-use pods of different shades. The only shade that worked for my pale skin was “Vanilla 02.” I put this on my skin and was immediately disappointed. This did not have a great amount of coverage, so all of my blemishes were still obvious. But worst of all, this product made me look greasy. I have combination skin with a tendency to get a bit oily on my t-zone throughout the day, but I usually do well with BB Creams and tinted moisturizers because I have dry patches too, especially on my cheeks and chin.

So, should you buy this?

Pros: This product is only $29.50 which is pretty good for a foundation replacement. Also, while it made me look greasy, it might work really well for you if you have extremely dry skin. Plus, SPF 30 is a definite selling point! It also comes in 16 shades which is a great amount of range.

Cons: If you have combination skin, this might be too moisturizing for you. If you have oily skin, you should definitely avoid this product. Also, if you have any blemishes or a lot of redness or other pigmentation concerns, this seems to have much less coverage than the standard BB cream.