As a makeup artist AND a beauty blogger, I feel like with my platforms come great responsibilities, right?? The responsibility to speak the truth on products I come into contact with and to inform my clients/readers/followers of when I DO find that makeup/skincare product that is working miracles on my 42 year old skin!!
I can’t just keep that sort of thing to myself, because sharing is caring!
It’s really dreamy that I get sent a lot of products complimentary to try out from various beauty brands and I never want to take that for granted. It’s so cool and generous of them. Receiving these gifted items helps me to experience the latest and greatest on the market that in turn allows me to bring to the forefront of my audience of. And we know that in the world of beauty, it is always changing, evolving, and there’s always something new to try!
So when it comes to the SKINCARE category, I have a rule that I like to try out the product for at least two weeks to really give it a chance to work its magic before I make judgments on it. Because you’re not always going to see results after just the first use. It’s kind of like working out for the first day – you’re not going to have a flatter stomach on day one, it takes time and multiple days of ab exercises!
Buuut then there’s always those exceptions to my personal rule of two weeks. And I’m about to introduce you to the exceptions that blew my socks off after the very first use and every use after…
Below, you’ll find three of the products I just can’t shut up about. Because they’re that good and work immediate skin miracles.
SHOP MY SKINCARE STARS :
- Ponds Cold Cream Cleansing Balm, $10. Not to be cheesy, but this stuff is the BALM!! As I’m aging up and my skin is becoming more dehydrated (it’s a thing) and I’m someone who wears an absurd amount of makeup everyday, this stuff is what cleansing dreams are made of. It turns from the light balm into a silky cleansing oil when it hits your face and even gets off my waterproof mascara I wear daily! Now granted, I look like a panda bear during the process with black stuff all around my eyes but it’s worth it. And once I’ve toweled it off with warm water, my skin is left feeling silky soft and not tight at all like some cleansers. In the past I used the it Cosmetics cleansing balm that is $24, but you get less per jar with it than the Ponds, and the Ponds is half the price! So duh, I’ve switched over and I’m so happy about it. (Usage : Daily, every evening before bed)
- Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid Exfoliant, $29. If you’re a regular follower of mine, you might be sick of me talking about this stuff!! But I swear, it’s what skin dreams are made of. I’ve turned all of my girlfriends onto it. I’m on my 5th bottle I believe. Basically what it helps : Our skin becomes dull, dry and congested when dead skin cells build up on its surface. The Beta hydroxy acid (BHA, also known as salicylic acid) mimics the natural exfoliation process of younger skin by helping it shed its extra layers while unclogging and cleaning pores. This exfoliation process produces more radiant skin. I use it with a cotton round every night after cleansing. Promise you, its good stuff and gets almost a perfect 5 star rating on every website you can find it on, which means, it’s not just me that believes in it! (Tip : Amazon has it available in a travel size here for $10 if you want to try the smaller version first. (Usage : At least 5 times a week, only in the evenings)
- Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, $59. I was sent this one time by Dermalogica a couple years ago and seriously after the first use I was hooked and kept buying it thereafter! What this does : it’s a highly active resurfacer that delivers your smoothest skin and helps fight the biochemical + environmental triggers known to accelerate skin aging. It starts as a microfine charcoal powder that you add water to to make a paste then you rub it into cleansed skin in a circular motion then rinse away with warm water. Your skin will feel so smooth immediately!! (Usage : About 2-3 times a week in the shower, for some reason it just works for me in there. And I typically shower in the morning when I’m not using the Paula’s Choice BHA liquid, so I’m not doubling up on exfoliants.)
What are some of your game changer skincare products that produce immediate results??
Also, if you haven’t listened to my Pretty Powerful Podcast episode #7 yet, it’s all about skincare products and practices to start implementing now!! (You can click below to listen immediately) It’s with my good friend Cindy, who is a licensed esthetician with 30 years experience under her belt, so be sure to listen to all the many GREAT skincare tips she shares! And she’s hilarious and we have a good time on the episode so it’s a fun listen.
Aaaand if you haven’t already subscribed to AND reviewed my podcast, I’d be SO grateful if you did!