Skincare Haul: April 2016
Ladieees! It’s spring time! Not that I ever need an occasion or an excuse to pick up new skincare bits, but there’s something really special about the spring air. It just makes me want to revamp my skincare routine and add new pieces to it. So here I am, coming to you with a skincare haul. There’s a good mixture of both drugstore and high end skincare products in here. Hopefully you guys find some inspiration for your next skincare shopping trip. I’ve done some good research from a variety of sources and made these choices, so I’m pretty positive one or two of these items will be game-changers for my skin.
- St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
Now this is one of those products that’s going to be my holy grail forever and ever. My biggest fear with this is that they shouldn’t do anything stupid like re-formulate this or discontinue it because I will literally throw a tantrum. I got introduced to this scrub years and years ago by my mom and I have loved it since then. For a while I had forgotten about this scrub and of course, when my eyes fell upon it in CVS one day, I had to have it. About the product, as the name suggest, this is a face scrub. The things I love about this: 1. It actually exfoliates- so the particles have good grit or roughness to them; they are actually able to slough away your dead skin 2. I use this maybe twice a week, but heck, it brightens my skin soo much, you can see visible results on your skin. 3. For it being so powerful, it does not dry out my skin one bit, and I am a perpetually dry skinned girl. 4. It is so inexpensive, I want to cry in joy. I am no expert, but I do agree with the company claims that the apricot extracts actually brighten my skin and the walnut and dried corn kernels help give it the desired exfoliation factor. St. Ives really made a name for themselves with this product. Midway through using this tube, I will definitely be a doing another rave review post on this. You can count on it.
Miscellaneous: Price point is $4.29 at CVS
- Nip+Fab Glycolic Scrub
Can you tell the theme here? A couple weeks ago I had run out of every single exfoliator I had in my collection, including little sample sizes that I got from my Ipsy bags. So next when I went shopping, I decided that somehow I needed a stash of not one, but three exfoliators in my arsenal. So this is the second one, and I have another one coming up next. This is my first time ever trying something from Nip+Fab, but from doing some research and seeing lots of instagrammers post about this brand, I have high expectations from them. As I’m experimenting more with products, I am learning that my skin is partial to glycolic acid products. Which this product claims to have. It is also supposed to reduce the appearance of blemishes, which is an issue I have always struggled with. So I am super excited to give this a go. It’s going to have to work hard in order to match the performance of the St. Ives scrub.
Miscellaneous: Retails for $9.99 at Target. Bonus: Nip+Fab is always on sale at CVS! I got it for 25% off.
- Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate
I have had this product on my ‘need’ list for an obscene amount of time, yet I have never had the courage to buy it. Guess why? It is a whopping $85.00 for 2oz!!!!! I don’t know many people who can shell out that kinda money on a bloody scrub! So, one day when I saw that Sephora had this in their collection of travel/sample sizes, I immediately picked this. I didn’t wanna have to spend $85.00 without knowing that this thing is going to transform my skin. I don’t know much about this product except that it has had amazing reviews from literally every single person on this planet who has tried it. I am almost too scared to try it, because if I end up loving it, this is going to be a costly addition to my skincare! This better do magical things for my skin or I’m returning it.
Miscellaneous: The travel 0.5 oz is $24.00 at Sephora *gently sobbing*
- Burt’s Bees Cucumber and Sage Facial Cleansing Towelettes
You can never have too many facial towelettes, and this one by Burt’s Bees just looked intriguing so I picked it up. I don’t know that these are going to do anything fabulous to my skin, but I’m always in the market for trying out new towelettes. It’s just so easy to remove that first layer of makeup with cleansing towelettes, plus they’re great when you’re too tired to do your entire cleansing routine (which is me most of the time). Plus, Burt’s Bees is a very natural line, so I’m feeling positive about this product.
Miscellaneous: Bought this pack of 25 towelettes for $2.99 from HEB. Can be found at most drugstores.
- Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme Night Pads
I read Caroline Hiron’s talking about this product, and everytime that skincare guru talks about an affordable piece of skincare, I have to have it! She mentions time and again the importance of having an acid toner or acid peel as part of your skincare routine, so here’s me taking her advice and incorporating this into my routine. These pads are meant to be used after you cleanse your face. Then you go over your face with one of these pads and proceed with the rest of your routine. These particular ones contain glycolic acid. Gycolic acid is an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), and honestly, I don’t know why or how, but AHAs seem to be the ‘it’ ingredient that’s been working for my skin lately. Toners basically help to readjust the pH of your skin so that your skin doesn’t feel too tight or too greasy. These are also chemical exfoliators-so if you’re not a fan of mechanical abrasives on your skin, chemical exfoliation is the perfect choice. But remember, exfoliate you must!
Miscellaneous: These retail for $12.95 at Target
- Dermadoctor Kakadu C Serum
This is a vitamin C serum which also contains kakadu plum, ferulic acid and Vitamin E. Vitamin C is one of the best anti-oxidants out there that helps with the brightness of your skin. I had this serum in my list of things to try out because I think I heard a Youtuber rave about this a while back. I have already raved about the Ole Henriksen Truth Collagen Vitamin C Serum and I really do love that one. But I wanted to change it up by trying this one since it was already on my list and guess what luck! A few days ago Ulta had their 21 days of beauty steals, and I got this Dermadoctor serum for a flat 50% off. You won’t believe the original price of this serum though. I’ll tell you- 95.00 f****ing dollars! There was no way I would’ve bought this full price. I am so glad I only paid forty something dollars for this serum.
Miscellaneous: Retails for $95.00 for 1 oz at Sephora.
Alright loves! This is it for my April skincare picks. I know sometimes this can quickly become super expensive and out of budget, but keep in mind, it doesn’t hurt to invest a little more in skincare than in makeup. And that’s not to say that there aren’t good skincare products at the drugstore. I just find that with serums, it’s a bit tricky to find inexpensive options and that’s where you really need to deepen your pockets. On the bright side, serums typically last you anywhere from 3-6 months, so you don’t have to splurge very often. Hope you found this helpful.
Have a fabulous skin day loves,