3 Drugstore Skincare Recommendations (Normal to Dry Skin) Almay, L'Oreal, Cetaphil



First, I want to tell you that I'm not a skincare expert. I have normal to dry skin and these are the products that are currently a part of my night time cleansing routine. Before I go in with these products I remove my makeup with my reusable face cloths (review here) and a makeup remover. I'm trying out a micellar gel at the moment, and I do like to use Pond's Cold Cream or Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil.

Almay Makeup Remover Foaming Lotion Cleanser

Almay doesn't seem to be  readily available here in Canada, but I did find this at Winners and decided to give it a try. We can find Almay at Walmart but I'm not sure if this product is stocked. I find this cleanser to be very gentle on my skin, easy to rinse and it doesn't burn my eyes. While I don't use this to remove my makeup, I have tried it and it didn't a good job. I just prefer to use it as my cleanser after my makeup has been removed though. I use it with my silicone facial brush and my skin feels so smooth and hydrated once I'm done.

L'Oreal Hydra Total 5 Ultra Soothing Routine Toner (Dry to Sensitive Skin)

Once my face is washed, I go in with this toner on a round cotton pad to ensure all my makeup has been removed. This toner feels really gentle on my skin. I didn't think it did much to my skin, but when I stopped using it I found I started to have texture appear on my skin. For that reason alone, I do recommend this product and I keep repurchasing.

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion

During the summer months, my skin tends to be normal. I was looking for a lightweight moisturizer to wear and decided to pick this one up. I love the pump on this bottle, I can really control how much comes out. It feels very refreshing on the skin and doesn't feel heavy. Even on days where I feel more dry, this gives me enough moisture. I would love to try out more products from the Cetaphil line.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think.


Review and Swatches: Revolution Soph Extra Spice Palette

Review and Swatches: Revolution Soph Extra Spice Palette

The Extra Spice palette by Revolution Beauty is a second collaboration with Youtuber Sophdoesnails.  As soon as she announced the palette and showed her subscribers, I knew I would add it to my collection. I purchased the first palette a few months ago, and my review can be found here. While the first palette was a great well rounded this palette really amped up the color selection. These are very vibrant and fun to play around with. The shades Vitamin C and Twenty One really caught my attention and make this palette unique in my eyes.

I Didn't Know I Needed an Apple Watch Until I Had One (Apple Watch Series 1 42mm)

I Didn't Know I Needed an Apple Watch Until I Had One (Apple Watch Series 1 42mm)

This past Christmas my husband gifted me an Apple watch, and I didn't know how much I would love it until I used it for awhile. The first few days I used it, I was home not doing much and didn't really understand the hype. Then I went back to work and the notifications changed my life. A large part of my day I'm working on a PC and not looking at my phone, and the notifications would alert me to things that I would miss. I do not have my email set up because I would receive far too many alerts but text messages, twitter replies those sort of notifications are welcomed during the day.

I have the Series 1 42mm watch in black. I immediately went looking for a different watch band and found that Amazon had beautiful options for a very good price. You can purchase the watch strap here. I love the variety of bands that are available. I can easily and quickly switch out my band and go about my day. The band I bought also came with a tool to remove links and it was so easy to do. I didn't even have to take it to a jeweler to size.

Review and Swatches: Urban Decay One the Run Eyeshadow Palette






Urban Decay released a new permanent palette called "Born to Run" and it's beautiful. At first glace, you can see this is a very well-rounded palette that will give you a wide variety of looks. I put it on my wishlist and couldn't hold out for very long, I went to my local Sephora and picked it up. I can see this palette remaining on my vanity for a long time because it's so fun to use. The palette claims to be "your globe-trotting go-to" palette and I do think this palette would be a great travel palette because of the versatility. You can create so many looks that you wouldn't need any other palettes while traveling. This palette does have 5 shades that are not new and can be found in other Urban Decay palettes or singles.

The formula is very soft and easy to blend. I find it comparable to my Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. The shimmers are not chunky but do give an impact on the lid. From all the pictures that I've seen online, I was a little surprised by how dark Drift and Radio were. I thought those two shades would be a little lighter. I think Radio does swatch lighter than it looks in the pan though. The red shades do feel a little drier when swatching, which seems to be the norm with red shadows. I wouldn't be worried about that if you do swatch them. 

Weekend Reading: The Husband's Wife by Liane Moriarty


 The Husband's Wife by Liane Moriarty


Synopsis:

In The Husband’s Secret three women: Cecelia, Rachel and Tess are at a crossroads in their life. Cecelia finds a letter that her husband has addressed to her in the event that he passes away before her.  The letter doesn’t really bother her until she mentions it to her husband and he becomes very defensive that she should not read it. His actions immediately change and Cecelia is wondering what could he possibly have wrote that would make him act this way. Rachel is living with the fact that her teenage daughter was murdered many years ago, and her murdered was never found. Her son is now a father himself, and he announces that his family is moving far away. Rachel is disappointed that she’ll have no one around. Tess has to come to terms with her husband ‘falling in love’ with her best friend and cousin. She packs up and goes to her mother’s while she tries to sort out what happened in her marriage. How did she get blindsided with this?

Review and Swatches: Morphe Dare to Create 39A Palette



The Morphe Dare to Create 39A palette was released as limited edition for Christmas 2017 and it has now been announced that it is coming back in stock. It should be back today, July 12th. This palette is huge, it's far larger than my other Morphe 35 pan palettes. If storage isn't a problem for you, then this is a fun palette. This palette was broken down into four color stories, if you look at each section the top two rows can be split into a neutral palette and a pink palette. The bottom two rows have a blue color story and a green story. I don't own alot of blues and greens and thought this would be a great palette to allow me to try new shades.


Essence False Lash Mascara VS L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black (Drugstore Mascara)

Essence False Lash Mascara VS L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black (Drugstore Mascara)

    Recently, I've been testing out both the Essence False Lash Mascara and the L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black. While I have tried high end mascara's, I haven't found one that made my lashes look amazing, and for that reason I stick to drugstore mascara's. I don't see the reason why I should spend so much on mascara if my lashes will still look the same. As a Jaclyn Hill Fan, I hear her rave about the Voluminous Black often and decided to give it a try. Spoiler, I prefer the Essence False Lash mascara.
   
I don't wear false lashes every day, but I normally do wear mascara. I don't have high expectations for mascara because I have short lashes. Realistically, mascara can only do so much. I do like some length, volume and separation when it comes to mascara. The False Lash has a very nice wand, it's not too big and I like the tapered end. I can also get my lower lashes without making a mess. It does give me length and separation as well. The Voluminous Black gives me volume but not much length. It does separate my lashes and doesn't get clumpy. I think it's an okay mascara but I probably wouldn't purchase it again. The False Lash Mascara is a current favorite. If you're familiar with the green Lash Princess, I get similar results. Both are very black, and wash away nicely. Both do not give me any flaking or smudging.