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The formula also contains fatty acids (stearic + palmitic acid) and cholesterol, and these 3 are considered the main building blocks of our skin’s barrier and great ingredients for barrier repair. the Illiyoon formula is more effective than most mass-market ceramide products out there, plus it uses a unique encapsulation technology none of the other brands feature. To the Cerave Moisturizing Cream The OG ceramide cream! If you're looking for that skin repairing blend of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids but don't want to spend $$$ for an elegant formula, the Illiyoon is an excellent option.
There hasn’t been much research on the benefits of topically applying vinegar-based products, but dermatologists generally agree that diluted use of Apple Cider Vinegar can provide exfoliating and antibacterial benefits. as if the I Dew Care Say You Dew Moisturizer had a baby with the Lancome Absolue Soft Cream! It’s just the right amount of nourishment my dry skin needs, but I can still easily wear this cream during the day without looking too glowy (lol as if that’s a concern of mine, but I know some people don’t like it). it keeps my skin well moisturized during the dry winter season and gives my skin a healthy glow with continued use.
Now the main difference between Gemmist and other personalized hair care brands is that instead of creating a customized shampoo/conditioner formula, they suggest one of their 13+ formulas Like the shampoo, this conditioner delivers on its promise to add shine to my hair, even my dry damaged ends! Most deep cleaning shampoo/scalp scrubs can leave my roots and scalp all kinds of dry, but this one doesn’t! You control the level of exfoliation With regular scalp scrubs, you turn into Goldilocks trying to find one that’s not too rough, not too gentle, and doesn’t dissolve before you can start scrubbing.
I can see this working well for all skin types! → Full review here → $50 for 60ml at Sephora, Free People, YTTP Good ingredients, good texture, good for normal/combo/oily skin folks! → Full review here → $49.99 for 75g on Perfect One US site → $88 for 50ml at Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, Dermstore Peter Thomas Roth Vital-E Microbiome Age Defense Cream → $75 for 50ml at Sephora, Ulta, Skinstore Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream
Affordable, effective, and cute 💕 ⠀ I'm very late to the @goodmolecules party, but those are the 3 words I'd use to describe their products (gifted). ⠀ → First, look at these tiny oils! The Ultra Hydrating Facial Oil make a great occlusive in my #glowsandwich (see @_dreamdew's posts for deets) and the lighter Squalane Oil is perfect for daytime use.👌🏻 For someone who only uses a few drops each time, the smaller bottles means that I can use them up while they're still fresh. ⠀ → I was underwhelmed by the Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer initially, it's a decent moisturizer but then I used it as a primer and WOW. The light silicone-free formula layers beautifully, blurs my pores, hydrates, and helps my makeup last noticeably longer. Seriously impressed.👏🏻 ⠀ → I haven't tried too many cleansing balms, but the fact that GM's inner lid is designed to hold the spatula already puts it ahead of the competition. 🙌🏻 Plus, it cleans + emulsifies well, I have no complaints. ⠀ ⏩And since it's #texturetuesday, swipe to see these goodies up close! ⏩
A bougie #myfluffyflatlay with some @chanel.beauty goodies ✨ ⠀ Cooper can't decide which one he likes more, the hand cream or the lipstick, and he ended up getting some of the latter on his paws because he was a bad boi. 😹🙈 ⠀ The Gabrielle Chanel Essence was a Christmas gift and I like how different it is from my usual perfumes, which typically lean lighter and sweeter. This one is luscious and sensual, the perfect match for that red lipstick shade on date nights 💋
Friday favorites featuring the rest of my 2019 beauty picks 💄🧴 ⠀ These are just a few of the products I discovered + fell in love with last year. You've probably seen posts (often multiple) raving about each one, but a full review roundup is also on the blog! Do you see any of your favorites here? 👀 ___ *features gifted products from brands
✨2•0•2•0✨ ⠀ Let's talk resolutions. I was thinking about mine yesterday, and other than the usual "eat healthier, workout more, spend smarter" that I'm already working on, I've decided that my main goal for 2020 is to be kinder. Not just to others, but to myself. ⠀ 2019 was pretty turbulent, and a lot of that was related to the stress I was giving myself. So this year I'm going to take it easy, to accept setbacks, knowing that sometimes it's beyond my control, and not allow those inner negative voices to convince me otherwise. We are stronger than we think, and in the end everything will be ok. ⠀ Wishing everyone a blessed and joyful 2020! 🎉❤️
#bedsidetable feat. my bedtime essentials 😴 ⠀ Who else has trouble falling asleep at night?🙋🏻♀️ I've already shared my experiences with @Pacifica's sleep supplements (tastes great + good results) and @equilibria's CBD drops* (tastes weird but wow they work), so today I want to talk about some new sleep aids I've been trying: ⠀ 🌛@thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray* Ok I honestly can't tell the difference between the two as they smell the same and give the same results. 🤷🏻♀️ The woodsy lavender scent helps me fall asleep faster but I still wake up multiple times at night, mostly due to my husband's snoring. I think only ear plugs can fix that unfortunately. 🤦🏻♀️ For those with non-snoring partners (lucky), this is a nice alternative to supplements! ⠀ 🌛@humnutrition Mighty Night Overnight Renewal Supplement* Ok so not technically a sleep supplement, but poor sleep quality does impact the skin, so I've been taking this to help. Funny thing is that I haven't noticed much with my skin, but it has improved my sleep quality a bit! Not as much as CBD, so overall this is a miss for me. 🙅🏻♀️ ⠀ Happy Sunday everyone! ___ * products are gifted @ultabeauty #ThisWorksForMe #UltaBeauty #StartWithin
A few 2019 favorites 💖 ⠀ I feel fortunate to have worked with so many great brands this year, in particular @peterthomasrothofficial who has been more than generous with their pr 🎁. While some their products were complete misses, I've also discovered some real gems: ⠀ ♥ Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Smells delicious and as long as I don't massage the physical exfoliants, I don't experience any redness, just soft smooth skin. ___ ♡ Irish Moor Mud Mask I've repurchased this one multiple times because it's such a hydrating deep cleansing mask! Both this and the pumpkin are available in their #Maskaholic Set. ___ ♥ Vital-E Microbiome Age Defense Eye Cream Bags or lines? I don't know them! ___ ♡ Potent-C Power Serum A creamy non-irritating vitamin c serum and one of the few that's worked for me. This mini is available in their Hydration Glow-Up Set! ___ ♥ Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion with SPF 30 A moisturizer/sunscreen that feels so hydrating and comfortable on the skin. But more importantly one pump gives you the *correct* amount to get the labeled sun protection! I apply this in layers and it blends really well. ___ ♡ Pro Strength Retinoid Peptide Serum I was dumb and forgot to include this in the photo but this is now my favorite anti-aging product. 🙌🏻 ___ ♥ Peptide21 Serum + Peel Pads This combo delivered noticeable results: smoother, softer, and just healthier skin. I prefer the Pro Strength to this Serum but it's still great if you're avoid retinoids and have a budget. ___ Obviously I have a lot more favorites from other brands that hopefully I'll get around to sharing on the blog. You'd think with the time off I'd have time to post but nope, laziness gets me every time. 🙈 Happy Thursday all! ⠀ * #PeterThomasRoth products are gifted, but opinions are always honest 😌 #ptrskinsiders #ptrcult #MeetYourMicrobiome
Love my neutral shades year round ✨ I've really enjoyed seeing all the bright and festive makeup looks on my feed, but as for me, I'm sticking to my neutrals this Christmas: ♥ @londontownusa 9-free & #crueltyfree nail polishes (pr) - Crowning Crumpet is my favorite! 💕 ♡ @hourglasscosmetics Ambient Lighting Palette ♥ @16.brand 16 Filter Shot in Contour Peach - nose contouring in one swipe, it's brilliant 👌🏻 ♡ @diormakeup Addict Lip Tattoo in 421 ♥ @tartecosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty What about you? Are you team neutrals or team colors this holiday?
I've been testing the new @peterthomasrothofficial Vital-E Microbiome Age Defense Cream + Eye Cream duo (pr) and was going to review them closer to the release date (01/01/2020) but one is just too good to wait!! ⠀ ⋯ The Texture ⋯ Both start out as a solid balm that you'll need to warm between your fingers, which then melt into a light cream. Now the cream kinda feels like a silicone primer, but I've had no issues with pilling or layering, and I actually enjoy the soft, matte finish. ⠀ ⋯ The surprisingly quick results ⋯ The eye cream has pretty much eliminated the puffiness/bag under my right eye *AND* my smile lines!! 😱🤩Nothing I've tried prior, not even my old hg Instytutum Eye Cream managed this feat but this #peterthomasroth baby did and now I can never be without it. It's the skincare equivalent of Baby Yoda - so tiny but packs a punch and might be the best thing in its respective universe. 👼🏻 I STAN IT. 🙌🏻 ⠀ ⏩ Now swipe for some deceptively fluffy texture ⏩ ⠀ No results for the face cream yet but that's expected, will review both in detail in a few weeks! 😊 ____ #MeetYourMicrobiome #peterthomasroth #ptrskinsiders #ptrcult
Obsessed with: ⠀ ➳ This soft @sezane sweater. I rarely pay full price for clothes but their pieces are 💯 worth it. The feminine Parisian designs are totally my aesthetics. ➳ My @wanderlustandco necklaces. Their prices during sales are incredible - less than $20 for gold-plated pieces! This one I've had more than a year now and it still looks brand new ✨ ___ On an off topic note, wtf is up with people tagging me in giveaways and their own posts when they don't even follow me? 🙄
Weekend makeup, eyes edition 👀 ⠀ What's the most important step in your makeup routine? For me it's definitely the brows and eyes: ⠀ ♡ Lately I've been using the @benefitcosmetics Gimme Brows (pr) and I like it more than Boy Brow! 😱 The latter has a wetter formula which means occasional brow goop, but Gimme Brow has the perfect consistency and pigmentation. I do prefer Glossier's sleeker packaging though. ♥ I'm pretty sure this @smashboxcosmetics 24Hour Shadow Primer already expired, but it still works so 🙃 ♡ @lilahbeauty Palette Perfection Eye Quad in b.stunning (pr) + @clubcliousa Prism Air Shadow in Copper for the most natural but still kinda blingy look✨ ♥ Ok I used to swear by Marc Jacobs gel liners, but this @solone_taiwan one is even better and so much cheaper. Glides like butter, super pigmented, and DOES👏🏻NOT👏🏻BUDGE👏🏻, even on my waterlines! ♡ Speaking of @marcjacobsbeauty, I adore their Velvet Noir mascara but I've heard the new formula is absolute 💩, like why MJ? 😭So mascara suggestions please, because I'll need a new one soon! ⠀ Happy Sunday all, and thank you for all the sweet responses to my story! ❤️