OMG More Empties!

Even more empties! I wasn’t planning on doing another one of these so soon, but I have gone through so many products and my bathroom is already so cluttered! So here we go!

SeaTree Moisture Mist

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Love LOVE this moisture mist. Its the best one I have ever used! I have only been able to find it on Beauteque for $12.99, which offers an amazing korean beauty/skincare monthly subscription box. They also sell the products they feature which is where I bought a replacement of this. ITS SO GOOD!! Grade- A++++++++

SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion

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This is one of my favorite toners, I use it every morning. Really works well with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and I love having that extra boost of skincare under my makeup! I usually get this from SK-II’s website but its also available at Sephora.com and Saks. Grade- A-

GlamGlow Youthmud Tingle Exfoliate Treatment

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I wanted to love this, but it really irritated my sensitive skin. I mean super irritated. It hurt so bad while it was one, and my skin was left super red, tender and super sore afterwards. I have noticed every Glamglow product I use does the same thing, which is depressing. Because overall my skin felt so smooth and after the redness and irritation died down it looked good too. I just can’t justify purchasing this, and if you have sensitive skin be warned! But you can find it at Sephora Grade- B *for results*

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

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I actually liked this product a lot. I noticed my blackheads would diminish when I used this consecutively, and it was easy to use and did not aggravate my sensitive skin. The problem is I would forget to use this, since I used it after my essence, and before my serums. I am super strict with my skincare routine and I just kept forgetting about this. So I have decided not to repurchase (for now). But if you have issues with blackheads I would recommend giving this a shot! I got mine at memebox.com Grade- B+

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Peel-Off Mask

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Hate is such a strong word, but hate is what I can use to describe my feelings towards this mask. I didn’t use it all, I didn’t even use a 1/5 of it. But I am chucking it in the garbage. It would NEVER fully dry, and to top that off it wasn’t easy to wash off what remainder of the mask wouldn’t peel off. I had to scrape it off with my fingernails. I tried thin layers, thick layers, I let it sit on my face for over an hour. No thank you, PASS! Also my skin showed no improvement at all after each use, so it wasn’t like the extra effort was worth it for the results.But a lot of people do like it so if you want to play Russian Roulette with your face you can find it at most drugstores and Ulta.com Grade- FAIL

La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel

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I tried a deluxe sample of this and I was sold. I used this just in the  morning, and my underlies were brightened, and moisturized. They felt amazing, even under heaps of makeup! I am still using my SK-II eye cream, but when I am done with that I will probably be purchasing this, probably from La Mers website, or Neiman Marcus. Grade- A

Perricone MD Cold Plasma

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OK, ok… hold up. I don’t know where this product has been all my life but OMG it is amazing. I ended up getting a few deluxe samples of this little baby, and my skin ADORES IT. The smell is pretty off putting, but the results speak for themselves. This has been one of the best anti-aging products I have ever used. I will be purchasing a full-size of this when I am through with all my samples! If you are looking for a good anti-aging product I recommend checking this out! My skin looks so much younger, and healthier since I added this to my routine! You can find it at Sephora, Ulta and various other places. Grade- A+

 

Other Products in my Empties list *that were either not impressive or I have previously talked about

  • COTZ Face Natural Skintone SPF 40- to dark for me and to thick
  • Lindsay Charcoal Magic Mask- I did a review on this. I really like it but I have other masks I like a lot better. worth checking out though!
  • Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen booster
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing mask- this was alright, I have better sugar scrubs though
  • Tatcha Luminous Memory Serum Concentrate- I liked this, but not enough to justify the cost. I may buy it in the future
  • Ahava Dead Sea Crystal Osmotic Serum- this did nothing for my skin, so pass.
  • NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray- Love and already bought a replacement
  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Foaming Cleasner- Made it my favorite cleanser list. Love this, and already bought a replacement
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray- Love and have a full-size (this was a deluxe sample)
  • Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser- was an alright cleanser but I have better. So Pass
  • Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate- I actually really enjoyed this, so I may purchase it in the future.

also RIP my beloved discontinued L’Occitane Honey Gentle Water. My most beloved of fragrances!

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Haul :: Shop Miss A Dollar Beauty Haul

I got a nice package from ShopMissA.com. Its a site that sells dollar beauty, skincare and accessories. I got some e.l.f. brushes (they actually have some really nice brushes, for drugstore brushes) and some fun lip products I have wanted to try out!

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The Goods

  • L.A. Colors – Jumbo Pencil- Saltwater
  • L.A. Colors – Jumbo Pencil- Desert Sun
  • Super Intense Gel Eyeliner Pencil – White
  • Santee Matte Eyes Jumbo Pigment Crayon – Color 12
  • Santee Matte Eyes Jumbo Pigment Crayon – Color 2
  • e.l.f. Essential Eyeliner Brush
  • e.l.f. Essential Brightening Eye Color-Butternut
  • e.l.f. Essential Blending Eye Brush
  • Rose Cheek Pop Blush- Peach
  • e.l.f. Essential Eye Shadow Brush
  • e.l.f. Essential Eye Crease Brush
  • e.l.f. Essential Smudge Brush
  • Fruit Savor Chapstick – PEACH
  • Fruit Savor Chapstick – STRAWBERRY
  • L.A. Colors – 3 Color Lipstick- Third Time’s A Charm
  • L.A. Colors – 3 Color Lipstick- Neapolitan
  • L.A. Colors – 3 Color Lipstick- Three’s A Crowd
  • L.A. Colors – 3 Color Lipstick- Triple Berry
  • L.A. Colors – 3 Color Lipstick- Love Triangle
  • L.A. Colors – 3 Color Lipstick- Trilogy

so yeah its a great site to check out if you haven’t already! They also have cute headbands, skincare and fun stationary too!

April Favorites :: Skincare

I already posted my April makeup favorites, and now it is time for my April Skincare favorites. I love my current routine, and would have loved to put them all on this list, but I decided to post the ones that I am super obsessed with, rather then the whole routine. If you want to learn my whole routine I have a recent post on that! ONWARD!

April Skincare Favorites

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Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum- It normally takes a good 4-6 weeks for me to see a difference when I switch serums/treatments. But this one I saw just after about 2. My skin felt firm, and definitely hydrated.

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Secret Key Snow White Cleansing Foam- I love this as my morning cleanser. I bought it on a whim and I am so glad I did. have such a nice lather, leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, and I notice that I have a much brighter complexion.

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Tosowoong Platinum Miracle Skin Tightening Pack– I am OBSESSED!!!!!!!!! I reviewed this, I bought it, I use it. I LOVE it! Has to be the best mask I use hands down!

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La Mer Creme de La Mer- This is practically holy grail status. I have used this in the past but at the time I was much younger and I don’t think my skin needed it as much. Fast forward over a decade and I decided to give it another go. Immediate results. I can definitely tell when I don’t use this. My skin hasn’t felt this healthy, or looked better EVER! Now I know it is pricey, good LOOOOOORRRRRDDDD is it pricey. But it has worked so well for me. So I will probably have this as a permanent part of my nighttime skincare routine from now on. A jar does go a long way though. With the current rate I am going through this I probably won’t need to rebuy another at until November or December.

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Tatcha Pure Camellia Cleansing Oil- This is fast becoming my favorite oil cleanser. Leave my face feeling really clean and gets off all my stubborn makeup!

I didn’t include items I have been using over and over again like my Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel, my Innisfree Jeju Pore cleansing Foam, or my SK-II Essence, but those are always in my favorite loves list! ❤

Honorable Mentions

  • La Mer- The Cleansing Gel
  • Sea Tree Moisture Mist
  • sk-II Facial Treatment Lotion
  • Corsx Power Blackhead Liquid

 

Hope you liked my favorites! ❤

April Favorites :: Makeup

I have a lot of favorites this month! From make up, skin care, and even some tools! You may have read a few in other blog posts. But they all are worthy of being on this list! This post is for Makeup and later I will post my skincare favorites!

April Favorites – Makeup

 

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Guerlain  Terracotta Pause d’ete Bronzer – This is so pretty, and warm, and buttery, and wonderful. and love love GUSSSHH love! This is limited edition for summer 2016, so if you are obsessed with terra-cotta bronzers you need to check this out.

 

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Chosungah 22 Lip Tint in CashmereI did a review on this earlier and I stand by my thoughts on the lipgloss side. But the tint is amazing and I have been wearing it all the time. I was thinking of buying a second to keep in my other purse as well. SO GOOD. You can buy them at Sephora

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Anastasia Glow kit in Gleam– I love them both but Gleam has been the one I am reaching for the most. The pans are nice and large, and the colors are beautiful. I use crushed pearl the most but love to layer starburst and Mimosa as well.

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La Mer the Concealer in Light– OK, I know this is pricey for a concealer ($70) But hear me out. Clea de Peau’s famous concealer is just as pricey and I can promise you this is just as good if not better. I have NEVER had a concealer work as well as this one. No creasing (and thats without me baking) Goes on like a dream, and lasts all day. It’s a little drying but thats not to bad. overall this concealer is a champion and I am obsessed!

 

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IOPE Air Cushion XP #N21– This is such a nice formula. Looks very flattering on my skin and lasts all day. I love the way my skin feels when I wear this as well. I have been wearing this almost everyday.

 

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YSL ROUGE VOLUPTÉ – Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in Beige Ultimate- Love love LOVE this color, and formula. This is such a flattering neutral color it goes with everything! Feels nice and moisturizing on, and looks amazing.

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E.L.F Eye Brow Duo Kit in Medium– This has to be one of the nicest (and most inexpensive) eye brow kits. It works and blends like a dream and is so affordable ($3). I have been using this everyday!

Honorable Mentions

  • Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993
  • Peripera Water Lip Tint in Mandarin Juice
  • Holika Holika Jewel light Under eye marker
  • Too Cool for School Dinoplatz UFO Multibox

Favorite Cleansers

I have a variety of different cleansers I use depending on what my skin needs. What I use in the morning, what I use at night, what I use when I wear a lot of makeup, and what I use when I am having a hormonal breakout, or a lot of skin irritation. Here is a list of my favorites.

Oil/Balm Cleansers – First Cleanse

I do a double cleanse every morning and night. I use a different one for the morning, and different for the evening.

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Banila Co Clean it Zero- I Love this one from Banila Co. It is definitely a cult favorite for people who are obsessed with Korean skincare. I love how clean it makes my face feel. I use this one on the morning.

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Holika Holika Pig Nose Deep Cleansing oil/balm- I used this one before I used Banila Cos Balm. I really liked it, and it gave me a really nice clean. I don’t usually buy it because I have moved on to the Clean it Zero, but it does clean very well and if you have wanted to try it out I would recommend it.

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Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil- I love this oil. I use it at night to help remove all my make up, and any gunk that’s been accumulating on my face the whole day. Its’ gentle, leaves my skin feeling healthy and fresh, and super squeaky clean.

Foaming Cleansers- Second Cleanse

Just like the first cleanse, I use a different foaming cleanser at night then I do during my morning routine. It all usually depends on the amount of makeup I have worn that day, stress, and if I am having any hormonal breakouts.

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Secret Key Snow White Cleansing Foam-  This has become my favorite morning cleanser. It creates a great lather, cleans very well, and leaves my complexion glowing.

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Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing FoamTHIS IS MY HOLY GRAIL CLEANSER. I don’t know what I did before I tried this, and I hope I never have to be without it. It is such an amazing cleanser. It cleanse so deep down into my pores, leaves my face feeling nice and fresh, and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I use this at night, and sometimes in the morning when I am planning on wearing little to no makeup.

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Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (I also like the Indigo version as well)- I love this cleanser. It is a little fickle, but once you get the hang of it it leaves the most remarkably clean skin. I use this around the time I get hormonal breakouts, it does a good job of not aggravating my skin and keeping those pesky buggers at bay.

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La Mer The Cleansing Gel- I had heard so many amazing things about this I just had to try it out. I have been using it for a short time and I can honestly say it is worth the hype. It is on the expensive side, so I use it on days I wear a full face of makeup, or I feel like I need a ridiculously squeaky clean. If you wanted to splurge on a nice cleanser I would recommend this one. So good!

Lastly are my 2 favorite cleansing tools.

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I’m Dual Pore Brush– I picked this up from Memebox on a whim. Its such a special little brush. It cleans my face and pores very well, and is very gently for my sensitive skin. I use this in the morning.

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Kashoen Cleansing Brush– Oh baby do I love this! Seriously, this is the best facial cleansing tool I have. It cleans my face so well, feels so nice, helps with circulation, and overall is such a pleasure to use. I use this at night, and it is really helpful to create a lather with the Rice Cleanser from Tatcha. ❤

 

Those are my favorite cleansers, and I use a few others but these are my die hard ones I go to.

Haul :: Random Items From Memebox.com

I wanted to buy a few different things from Memebox.com and wanted to add a few extras to bump it up to get free shipping.

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The Goods

  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic 3 in 1 Nose Pack
  • Innisfree Eco Beauty Tool Ribbon Hair Band *not pictured
  • Innisfree Eco Safety Perfect Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++ 50ml *repurchase
  • I’m Meme I’m Rubycell Puff pack 5
  • Darkness Eyelashes K.Ma5
  • Darkness Eyelashes VN
  • Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack Lovely Peach
  • Nooni Root Energy Cleansing Water Mini (for travel)
  • ETUDE House Tear Drop Liner #01
  • Tosowoong Platinum Miracle Skin Pore Tightening Pack

I had reviewed the pore pack recently and I fell in love, so I wanted to buy a full size! Its so amazing!

That’s my little haul. I love all the things! ❤

Top 3 Essential Beauty Tools

I always talk about makeup and skincare must haves, but sometimes skip the tools. Here are 3 tools that I can’t live without. These are tools I love and swear by!

Mason Pearson Hairbrush

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Nothing works for my hair like these Mason Pearson Hairbrushes. The mixture of boar bristles and nylon make this brush preform spectacularly. It makes my hair look nice and healthy, detangles without much resistance, and if you have frizzy hair just brush your hair with this to reduce frizz (great for when it is super humid where I am at). I have been using these almost all my life, and although they are expensive, they are well worth the splurge! They are an investment!

Beauty Blender

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I think if you have never used a real beauty blender before you may wonder what all the hype is. I mean it is just a sponge. But I don’t know what it is about this little sponge but it is a miracle worker. I use it everyday! Make my foundation flawless, and blends my contour and concealer beautifully.

Nice Large Fluffy Powder Brush

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I think when it comes to makeup brushes you can never have enough. I have dozens of brushes, some are higher end, others are budget. When it comes to brushes I recommend getting a nice large fluffy powder brush that is the nicest quality you can get. I get so much use out of my giant fluffy powder brush. Favorites are Sigma F30 (pictured), and  MAC 134. Must have in my opinion. I use mine for bronzer, finishing powder, and sometimes blush.

 

 

Holy Grail Makeup Items

I already did my Holy Grail skincare products , and I also wanted to do a list of my holy grail makeup items.

 

These are things I don’t think I could live with out. I am constantly reaching for these. I constantly use through them, and I rebuy almost immediately after being out. I absolutely love them!

 

Guerlain Terra Cotta Bronzer

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This was apart of my favorite bronzers post, and rightfully so. I use this almost daily. It is such a flattering shade, it blends easily, is nice and smooth, and is long lasting. I could gush forever!

 

ETUDE House Proof 10 Eye Primer

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This little bad boy is amazing! I used to use the eye primer from Urban Decay religiously, until I gave this one a go. It is so fantastic. My shadow doesn’t crease. It looks nice and pigmented, and it goes on nice and smooth. Its also REALLY affordable.

Guerlain Meteorites

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This has been a favorite of mine for YEARS!! I use this as a finishing powder, and I just adore it. It gives me face a nice soft glow, and it smells divine!

La Mer The Powder

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THIS IS THE BEST POWDER. I use it to bake, to set my makeup, to give my makeup/face a nice even matte finish. This powder is so amazing! It is pricey but I promise you it is well worth the coin!!

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting in Incandescent

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This is so amazing. I use this on my cheeks, the area around my eyebrow, and on top of eyeshadow for added drama. I use this daily. I love it.

 

Kat Von D Shade Light Contour Kit

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This is a cult favorite and for a reason. The colors are so flattering, its so bendable, and overall it is such a pleasure to use! This is another item I use daily.

Thats it for my Holy Grail Makeup products for meow. If anything changes I will update!

What are your favorites?

My Top 3 Favorite Beauty VLOGGERS

I am ADDICTED To watching Beauty Gurus on Youtube! I love to find new ones, and I have fast favorites. I decided to list some of my absolute favorites, because again I am an addict!

I decided to list my top 3,but there are so many more. But these guys are the ones that I religiously check their channels and watch their videos almost daily, and if you are unfamiliar with youtube beauty bloggers they are a great jumping point!

 

MeejMuse

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I love her videos. I think I watch hers the most. She is very bubbly, has really cute birds, and most importantly her videos are very informative and she gives very genuine critiques on the products she uses. If you are interested In Korean Beauty and Skincare check her out!

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TATI- Glam Life Guru

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The first few videos of Tati’s I watched I actually didn’t like her. I didn’t quite get her sarcasm and immediately thought she was very self centered. But after watching a bunch of her videos I realized she is very funny, pretty knowledgable about her makeup and skincare. I love her WTF Videos, where she goes out and buys the super expensive products to try out (Think 300 eye shadow palettes, 80 dollar concealers) and gives genuine reviews of the products, and does check ins throughout the day to see how the makeup wears. Overall I have really grown to love her videos.

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The Beauty Breakdown With Morgan

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Morgan from The Beauty Breakdown was the first youtube beauty blogger I really got into. I found her through Memebox’s Facebook page and she was just so much fun to watch. Her channel is full of fun hauls, honest reviews, and a lot of skincare and makeup tips.

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Holy Grail Skincare Products

I wanted to make 2 lists, one of my Holy Grail skincare products and makeup. I decided to do the skincare first because, well I love skincare!!!

These are products I love and use daily (or close to daily if they are not a daily product). Now these work best to my weird combination super sensitive skin, so they may not work well for all skin types but they do work miracles on me!

Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

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Love this, it is very inexpensive, but it is so effective. You can use it on your hair, nails, but I use it all over my body in the morning and right before bed. The humidity and heat in Florida is pretty oppressive, and this just makes me feel hydrated, soft, and not at all sticky! Again it is not expensive at all (maybe 8-10 for a large tub) so if you have never heard about it, or are on the fence TRY IT! I have gone through so many of these tubs (which is saying a lot because they are pretty big) this is definitely a Holy Grail.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

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Essences were the first time I saw a real dramatic difference in my skincare when I started using them. Almost instantly in fact. At first I shied away from this because of the price tag, but I got a travel size of it because I heard such amazing things about it and wanted to see for myself. And after using it for 3 days I saw a noticeable difference (even from my other essences). I now budget this product into my skincare routine because it is so incredible!

Banila Co. Clean It Zero

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I Love love LOVE this. Its the best ballot cleanser I have ever used. I use this as my first cleanse at night and it is incredible. I love the texture of it as well!

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream

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This is my everything. I have such sensitive skin that even when I use gentle cleaners and products after cleansing sometimes my skin can feel little irritated. This has been THE ONLY CREAM That truly soothes my skin, and leaves it soft, hydrated, and overall super healthy feeling after I use it. Since it is a bit pricey I have wanted to try other products to see how they compare, but I do believe I will just stick with this because it is so phenomenal.

 

I know this list if a bit short, but I didn’t want to add products I love, but rather use products I don’t think I could live without! I do have a lot of other products I love, but haven’t reached Holy Grail status yet.