As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I hit up Sephora this past weekend. I have been wanting to switch up my face care routine, and the last few weeks my skin has looked awful so I figured it was about that time!
I am ridiculous when it comes to purchasing (in my mind) big decision things. My skin is a temperamental little bitch. Not only is it combination skin, where I am oily on my nose and sometimes forehead, but a little dry-ish on my cheeks….but my skin is also sensitive and will randomly freak out with certain products. I did the skin IQ quiz online about 20 times in the last week seeing what results it would pull, as I wanted to compare it with whatever the sales person at Sephora told me.
My main concerns were that I break out on my chin, I have fine lines under my eyes, big pores around my nose, and I just wanted something that was going to work great and not piss off my skin.
When I did skin IQ quiz, almost always the Shiseido products were recommended. When I went to the store, that was the first brand that the girl recommended to me also. I have never tried Shiseido before. The Shiseido Ibuki line is basically perfect for people around my age. I can’t use the acne/oily skin teenage line but I am not quite ready for the intense anti-aging/skin correction line either. I LOVE the smell of this stuff. I have to be careful with scented stuff with my skin, and this stuff does not irritate at all.
The kit I got came with the cleanser, softener and moisturizer for $25 for deluxe sample sizes. The softener is like a toner but there is no alcohol in it. Basically it just prepares your skin for the nutrients that it is about to receive in your serums and moisturizers.
I have used this for a few days and I can not believe how awesome my skin is starting to look!!! I can see myself purchasing all three products in the full size when my kit is used up.
A quick look at the rest of my findings:
Beauty Blender – I went in with no make up on and she asked if I had ever tried the Beauty Blender. I laughed at her and said “$19 for a sponge? No.” She was like well, no harm in trying right?” She applied foundation on half my face and asked me to do the other half while she rang up a customer. You guys, this thing is THE SHIT! I love it!!! I can’t believe I am falling into all the hype of it, but seriously, my make up has NEVER looked better. If you were skeptical like me, just go play with it at your local store. Mind. Blown.
Argon Oil – I have been wanting to try this because I keep reading all the different uses for it. You can use it on your face, your body, your hair, your dog. I may have a whole separate post on this stuff once I experiment. So far, I love it for under my eyes and my feet.
Make Up Forever HD Primer – I used 100 points to score a sample of this to try out. I LOVE it. I had been using Loreal’s BB Cream for about a year now, and I am just not in love with it as much as I once was. I still like it, but I don’t feel the staying power was there. This stuff has kept my make up on longer all three days that I have used it so far. I will be purchasing this in a bigger size when my sample runs out.
They’re Real Mascara – I have been using this stuff for about 2 years now. I freaking love it. I buy the $10 size because it lasts about 3 months for me and that really all the longer you are supposed to use a mascara for so it works out perfect for me. I know some people say it is hard to get off, but I seem to do fine with it with my eye make up remover. Benefits makes an eye make up remover specially for their products so try that if yours isn’t cutting it.
Have you been to Sephora lately? What are your favorite products?