InstaNatural Skincare Vitamin C Products {review}

Hello Loves!  Its time for another fun review!  I’ve been super lucky to team up with some companies through BrandBacker to try some great new products.  Disclaimer: I did not purchase these products, I was sent them for free to try and share my thoughts with you.  This review is an honest account of what I thought of the product. Continue reading

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Dermesse Optimize Eye Cream { review }

Hi Loves! In the end of May a Dermesse rep found my blog and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their products. Since I’m always on the hunt for a great product I jumped at the opportunity to try something and share it with you all!  They sent me their Optimize Eye Cream to try – check it out! Continue reading

My Skin Care Regime and a product FAIL …sorry :( Michael Todd Organics

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I have been seeing a lot of buzz about Michael Todd Organics skincare.  I have also been on a diligent search to find the perfect skin care regimen.   I have combination skin (I think we all have some varying degree of this) – I have an oily T-Zone but get dry patches on my cheeks.    Right around my early 20’s I started breaking out pretty bad so tried Murad – if you have acne, and want to spend the $ – this stuff worked wonders on my skin.  In the years since (I’m 29…for another month and a half!) I have bounced around between Mary Kay, Biore, Aveeno, Clinique, Garnier, Clarins, and a host of other drugstore and more high end products.

I tend to be pretty cheap but when it comes to skin care, if something works I tend to spend more money on it.  My current favorite line – tried and true for a few years is Clinique.  Recently I saw an offer for Michael Todd Organics and watched several vloggers who are pretty much obsessed with this line.  I ordered a “discovery kit” for combination skin.  First off – its not cheap, five travel sized products was around $30.  While a little goes a long way after about two weeks I have developed acne or some type of reaction.  The breakouts are deep and more annoying than anything.  They are the kind that simply need to dry out and disappear, not that essentially break the skins surface.

I have since quit using that line and gone back to my random mix of drugstore and Clinique to bring my skin back to its normal balance.

Here’s a quick shot of what my current routine consists of.   It works for me so sometimes you have to stick with what you know!

For eye-makeup remover I was a die hard user of Mary Kay.  After my bottle ran out I started rummaging though my stash of product samples that you get with a purchase from department stores or Sephora.  I found Clinique’s and find it comparable to Mary Kay if not better.  Once I run out, I’m going to try out the Up & Up brand that I’ve heard good things about.  As long as it gets eye makeup and mascara off, I don’t care if its Target or Walmart brand!

Then I wash my face with Biore.  I have both the Morning Burst (exfoliates) and the Ice Cleanser.

IMG_20130627_200608I have found that Clinque Liquid Facial Soap Cleanser dried my skin out too much when I used the Combo to Oily version.  I do however love my sample sizes of Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser and Extra Mild Cleanser.  I keep going back to good ole Biore because its a lot cheaper and works just as well if not better for me!

Next step is the Sephora super loaded age defy serum.  I don’t have any “wrinkles” yet but have this forehead crease that drives me nuts.  I’ve used this day and night and have seen a difference.  I also put any excess around my face for helping to “prevent” any future problems!

Last…my holy grail moisturizer.  I’ve tried sooo many times to wean myself from Clinique’s Dramatically Different “GEL” but every time I try it backfires!  Most creams are tooo heavy and greasy and drugstore gels don’t have enough moisture to them.  I did try Garnier Nutritioniste – Moisture Rescue Refresher Gel-Cream  because it was compared by many to Clinique.  It is okay but not close enough for my tastes.

Hope this was interesting and informative for you all! 🙂  I’m always fascinated by people’s reviews of skincare especially if we have similar skin types because you never know when you can stumble upon some great finds.

Thanks for reading & Have fantastic Day!