Confessions of a Make up junkie!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

Having combination skin can be a hassle. Finding the right cleanser is darn nearly impossible. They would either dry out your skin and leave it all red, or be too moisturizing and leave a film on top which would look like an oil slick a few hours into the day. Well, ladies, fear not for I have found a solution!!
Origins Checks and Balances frothy face wash.

Designed for combination skin, this creamy face wash provides the right amount of cleansing properties to suit both areas of concern of your skin. This is the description provided from their site:

"When it comes to faces with dry and oily places, it takes a clever cleanser to balance the two. This gentle, frothy face wash carefully does both jobs without canceling each other out. Broad Leaf Kelp Extract discourages excess oil production, while Wheat Protein balances and protects dry prone zones. And Tourmaline actually makes water wetter to more easily disperse dirt and sebum down the drain. There's also aromatic Bergamot, Spearmint and Lavender to add pleasure to the process. Skin feels comfortably refreshed after cleansing, never tight, pulled or parched."

This creamy cleanser left my face squeaky clean without feeling tight or irritated. Best part is that it seems to help control my oily nose! It retails at $21 and is available at Sephora and their site OriginsYou may think it's a little pricey for a face wash but I assure you that it will last you for long while. A little bit goes a long way, and I mean loooong way! I take a pea size amount and mix it with water (duh!) and it makes a frothy foamy wash that covers your entire face and neck. I love it!!

I might have to try more things from this brand. I like that it uses natural ingredients AND it works. Well, check it out if you're like me and have combination skin in need of a good face wash! Though I think that all skin types can use this one.

XOXO Sally

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Skincare Wonders: Winter Edition!

The holidays are here and with it, cooler weather. As the climate changes, so does my skincare routine. You guys know I like to try out different skincare products, after all, I AM a skincare junkie above all else.  But recently, I've been combining some products that have transformed the way my skin looks and feels! I am in love. Mainly its my nighttime skincare routine that has received a bit of a makeover. And here, I will ramble on a bit about them and how I use them to get the most out of them.

First, I wash my face with my Clinique Liquid soap and then I use the Clinique clarifying toner #2 with an exfoliating cotton pad to make sure my skin is squeaky clean.

Then comes my trusty Clinique Turnaround concentrate radiance renewer. I've been mixing one pump of this with 3-4 drops of Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil. I have a deluxe sample size that a friend (Thanks Jumy!) gave me because she has oily skin and didn't find she could get much use of it. I know many of you have heard of beauty oils. I also know very few have actually ventured with them. They are quite intimidating, I mean, oil? FOR YOUR FACE?? I know, I know. But trust me, this one is AMAZING!! I have combination skin. I say this because my cheeks and under eye area can be dryish to normal. My nose is annoyingly oily though. (Tell me I'm not alone please??) So even though I apply it to my entire face, I only use it at night  and HOT DAMN! Such a difference! Mixing the oil with the serum sort of thins it out and makes it heavenly to apply. Skin is left so soft and glowy! And it also makes it absorb very fast. The Tsubaki  beauty oil is a an anti aging blend of oils harvested from Japan that restores skin leaving it glowing and healthy.  When my sample runs out, I plan on purchasing it full size ASAP. But I have a feeling it will last for a while. A little goes a looooong way. I admit, I was skeptical at first. But I am now a believer.

I let the mix absorb on my face, which only takes a few seconds. (Yay!) Then I top it all off with Clinique Moisture Surge Extender relief gel moisturizer. I find that this moisturizer is perfect for me because its a gel formula that provides long lasting hydration, so both my dry areas and oilier areas get the hydration they need. Summer or winter, this works great.

The perfect thing about this regimen is that the clinique products I use are oil-free, so I'm not overloading my face with oils. The Tsubaki oil is the only one here. I also get the benefits I want: anti aging, radiance and hydration. It's just perfect!!