Hey y’all, long time no see. Apologies for my absence, but to put things simply, I’d had it up to here with all of the bullshit that comes along with the beauty industry. I needed to take some time away to recharge my batteries and make some decisions, but I’m back now. To get back into the swing of things, I thought I’d start off by telling you what I repurchased while I was away.
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Alpha Skincare Intensive Renewal Serum 14% Glycolic Acid
I’ve used this product for years to treat my acne, which in my case is primarily caused by my skin failing to remove dead skin cells as effectively as it should. An AHA is great for helping the exfoliation process along and preventing new acne spots from forming. This serum in particular is great if you want something that’s affordable and fuss-free. It’s fragrance-free and can be used by any skin type. They also make a few different acid concentrations, so if your skin is more sensitive or you’re new to AHA you can choose a lower acid percentage that will be more suitable for your skin. I use the highest percentage because my skin responds very well to AHA, and because this serum doesn’t cause any irritation to my skin.
CosRx Blackhead Power Liquid
I’ve experimented with a few different BHA serums, but this is the one I always seem to come back to. This is yet another simple, effective, affordable product. Sense a theme here? As much as I love the luxurious and/or fun, inventive products, the ones that end up as staples in my routine are the ones that just plain work, no bells and whistles required. This BHA serum is great for helping to clear up my acne, especially the spots that are filled with gunk and need to get rid of the gunk in order to start healing (the CosRx Pimple Patches are also great for that process). The low acid percentage makes it safe for sensitive skin, but if you’re looking for something that’s going to provide a more intense acne treatment, this may not be the right product for you. Just keep in mind, when it comes to acne, being gentle with your skin is typically the best approach. Maybe give this a shot before opting for something with a higher acid percentage.
House of Lashes Eyelash Adhesive
In the past, I’ve mentioned how much I love this lash adhesive because it holds up to my watery eyes and doesn’t cause any irritation to my sensitive eyes like most other lash glues do. Well, over New Years I put this adhesive to an even bigger test. Some of you are going to cringe so hard when I admit this, but hey, I’ve always owned up to the stupid shit I do. I definitely don’t recommend doing this, but I’ll admit it, I slept in my lashes on New Year’s Eve. I fully expected them to come off during the night, either because my eyes watered enough to dissolve the glue, which does happen eventually, or because I got annoyed by them enough to pull them off in my sleep. Neither of those happened and I woke up with my lashes still looking good enough to wear them out to lunch. Trust me, nobody was more surprised than me to find that the lashes were not only still attached, but looking great. House of Lashes adhesive has truly earned my loyalty.
P.S. The lashes I was wearing? House of Lashes Iconic Mini’s. Got tons of compliments.
$12 House of Lashes
Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara
I’ve used this mascara for about 10 years now. Um, not this exact tube, obviously. Ew. I’m basically never without a tube of this because it’s the best mascara I’ve found to hold up to my watery eyes, and hot, humid Vegas summers, all without irritating my sensitive eyes. As the name implies, it’s primarily a volumizing mascara, but it does a decent job – decent, not extraordinary – of giving my lashes a bit of length, too. The most common way I use this is actually as a waterproof topcoat for my other mascaras, that way I get the drama and length of another mascara but the durability of Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof. As an added benefit, the tiny rubber bristles of the wand are great for combing through lashes that are bunched together with excess product.
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
I wasn’t expecting to like this mascara at all, but now I’m on my third tube. Just goes to show that you should give products a fair shot, even if they don’t seem like your type. I haven’t even purchased any other mascaras, with the exception of Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof, which is basically unheard of for me. I’m a chronic mascara cocktailer, so for me to feel satisfied with the results of just one mascara is truly impressive. As for the results themselves, this mascara gives me great length and volume, while also making my lashes look thicker and darker. It doesn’t make my lashes look or feel crunchy, and it doesn’t bleed, flake, or give me raccoon eyes. I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record about this, but this mascara doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes, and it holds up fairly well to my watery eyes, two very important factors for me. It does sometimes deteriorate a little bit on the outer corners of my eyes if they water a lot, but it’s not very noticeable. Truly, the only thing that could make this mascara better is if Marc Jacobs Beauty released a waterproof version (*wink-wink,* *nudge-nudge* @ MJB).
L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge Leave-In Conditioner
Changing my hair color and bleaching my hair a bunch of times did a number on my hair, so to contend with that I’ve been using protein-based products to protect and strengthen my hair. This leave-in conditioner uses hydrolyzed wheat protein to help strengthen hair and prevent breakage. It also conditions hair and makes it easier to brush through tangles. If you’re someone who uses heat tools on your hair, I’ve got great news: this product protects hair from heat up to 450 degrees. I credit this product to keeping my hair in much better condition than it would be otherwise.
$6.99 at Ulta (most drug stores and grocery stores also carry it)
Verb Ghost Prep
My hair requires a lot of moisture, so between that and my frequent heat styling, I’ll take all the moisture and heat protection I can get. Verb Ghost Prep provides those two benefits, plus it helps to tame my naturally frizzy, wavy hair. It gives my hair a much more smooth and sleek appearance than my hair has without it. I add a bit of this to my hair when it’s damp, then blow dry it and either curl it or straighten it. The result is sleek, smooth, shiny hair. Love it!
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
Let me tell you a little story. A couple of weeks ago, I was in the grocery store and started having a conversation with another woman. She complimented my hair, and then made a little joke about how she hadn’t washed hers in a few days. I hadn’t washed my hair in seven days, but she couldn’t even tell thanks to Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo.
Most dry shampoos make my scalp feel itchy, and they just mask the problem of an oily scalp, they don’t actually do anything about the oil. I know we’ve all heard it from basically every beauty guru on the internet, but it’s true, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo really does make hair feel clean. It not only solves the appearance of a greasy scalp, it makes it so that I can go a few more days without washing it. I’ve also learned that if I use Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo as soon as my scalp starts to feel oily rather than waiting until my hair desperately needs it to make it look presentable again, it ends up staying clean for much longer. My record so far is 10 days.
$14 for 1.8 oz Sephora
Well, there you have it: the products that were so good I had to repurchase them rather than trying something new. What’s your most repurchased product? I think mine is that Covergirl mascara.
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