I got the Becca Backlight primer cause I’m Becca obsessed and well, it was new and I wanted to try it. It’s a radiance primer and generally speaking, I don’t care for most of them because I think they make me look super greasy. But this is Becca right? Where subtlety is the name of the game. Besides which, the only other radiance primer that I’ve ever liked, the one from Japonesque (review here), I managed to break it. Yeah.
Listen, if I’ve ever met a tinted primer before, it wasn’t good enough for me to remember it. This thing here though? Everything.
I’d come across the Sunday Riley line a while back, but I was mostly interested in the skin care items, particularly the Ceramic Slip Cleanser so somehow or the other I missed the cosmetics. When I finally wound up getting the cleanser about two months ago, I came across Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer and I was enamoured enough with the idea that I picked it up.
About that Ceramic Slip cleanser though…unless you have extreeeemly oily skin? Don’t even do it to yourself. One wash with it at the end of a very long and greasy day, netted me a week of having to do repair in the way of adding moisture back into my skin. No Nope. Nuh-uh. In any case, I’ve crossed off almost all the skin care from my list, just reading the ingredients on the ones that I did want to try, convinced me that I’m be buying a plane ticket to cystic acne land and booking an extended stay. Too expensive.
Recently I tried two cleansing oils. I’ve wanted one for a while now, mostly because I was curious. You guys know that I use olive oil to first cleanse the dirt and makeup off my face and then I go in with a face wash to complete the job. You also know that I’m pretty damn lazy, so I wanted something that would cut that time in half. A built in wash in my face oil, I’ve tried to do it before and the results were not good. Trust me, you haven’t experienced pain until you have an oil and soap mix in you eyes that you can’t wash out.
The problem that I was coming across was that most of the cleansing oils that I saw usually had a heavy amount of Shea or coconut oils and that, for me, is a trip to break out city. I decided to go with a brand that I’ve loved for a while, and another that I’m rapidly falling in love with.
And that my friends is Colorescience whipped mineral sunscreen.
Do you know how hard it is as a brown chick to find an effective sunscreen that doesn’t white you out? Lemme tell ya, it’s hard, and that’s my excuse for slacking on sun care for almost a month, cause no one seems to realise brown people need sunscreen too. It may take the darker ones of us a little longer to get skin cancer, but we can and still do get it. I had previously been using another sunscreen that I ran out of, but to tell the truth, I didn’t really like it all that much. Because it burned a little, it smelled terrible and I’m pretty sure it was slacking on the job since the driving side of my face would at times start to feel like leather.
I’m gonna tell you what I do to keep my skin as healthy as possible. When you have hyper sensitive skin, it’s not at all easy. You can’t go around trying stuff all willy nilly. It involves quite a bit of (safe) experimentation, label reading, ingredient research and the occasional breakout to get to the good stuff. So yeah, I’m gonna make you work for it. I’ll also recommend a few brands that I trust, a caveat being that most of these will not be so called “natural” brands because often times, these are the ones that make me breakout since they usually use an exorbitant amount of citrus oils or it’s derivative citral as preservatives, something my skin can not at all tolerate.
I’ve heard a lot about Koh Gen Do in the last few years since it became relatively mainstream. This should make tons of people happy, not only is the brand very skin care centric, all of it’s items are formulated using clean ingredients and is safe for super sensitive skin like my own. From the brand website;
At the heart of Koh Gen Do is the belief that everything you apply on your skin should nurture its radiant vitality. Whether you’re using one of our cleansers or cult-favourite powders, every Koh Gen Do elixir nourishes and enhances the luminosity of your complexion. Our products enrich the skin’s natural healing abilities, leaving your complexion soft, firm, smooth and flourishing. Backed by cutting edge Japanese skincare technology and healing plant-based ingredients, our gentle formulations feed and repair skin for a fresh, dewy complexion that glows even without a single drop of makeup.
Trusting the wisdom of nature to work harmoniously with the skin’s natural processes, we rely on plant-based essences and breakthrough Japanese skincare technology to create formulas rich in soothing benefits. Rooted in the belief that everything you put on your skin should contribute to its health, we avoid artificial ingredients, fragrances, synthetic pigments and petroleum-based mineral oil.
Purely on the flimsiest of whims, I walked into Sephora and walked out with a bunch of their new complexion products. The complexion line has recently been revamped, I tried the blushes earlier this year and loved them, so I was really enthusiastic that the rest would be great as well. I picked up two of the Bright Future Serum Concealer and one of the Serum Correctors, and the new (relatively) 10 Hour Wear Perfect Foundation. The one thing that I didn’t get was the Micro Smooth Baked Foundation Face Powder. It’s supposedly a dupe for the Mac Mineralise Skin Finish, but they didn’t have a shade for me, I was in between shades.
Imagine my surprise and delight when I walked into my favourite Walgreens and saw a ginormous display for La Roche Posay. It’s a French brand that I’d never used before but wanted to and was led to believe was super expensive, and while some of the prices that I saw were certainly extremely expensive for the drugstore, they weren’t out of reach. Walgreens seems to be trying to rebrand itself into an Ulta where you can can find expensive and inexpensive beauty and skin care products, what with the addition of this brand as well as Boots and Soap & Glory.
I’ve been more than a little skin care obsessed lately, and I’ve been purchasing and trying a lot of brands that I previously haven’t. Don’t worry I fully intend to share all of my little gems with you. I’ve always wanted to try Tatcha, something about the aesthetic of the brand appealed to me. The simplicity of the packaging as well as the ingredients list spoke to me.
If you remember, I had bought a travel size of the Original Rise Enzyme Powder sometime last year, but then returned it because of reviews saying that it was most definitely not for sensitive skin. Fast forward one year, and the brand has debuted the Indigo Collection, specifically formulated for sensitive skin.
This is it! Yay!!!
Ok, so clearly I’ve converted. These were my most expensive purchases during the VIB sale. I’ve fallen absolutely in love with Tatcha, like who knew that would happen? Normally I am not trying to shell out this much for skin care, but I have absolutely been obsessed with skin care lately I’ve bought so many other things that I haven’t shared yet, but really need to. At the start of the fall my skin was going through some stuff. I’m not sure if it was because the weather kept ping ponging between cold and really freaking hot, but I was having a lot of congestion happening. I went through a bunch of stuff and threw some out, kept some. An updated skin care routine is in order don’t you think? I swear, does anyone else get tired of having to change up the routine every year?