Top 5 Moisturizers For Dry Skin

If you have dry skin and struggle with finding the perfect moisturizer then you’ve stumbled upon the best blog post. I too have dry skin and used to struggle with moisturizers all the time!

After countless product tests later I have come up with a list of THE FIVE BEST daytime & nighttime moisturizers for all my dessert-dry gals.

P.S. Everything listed are products I’ve tried and emptied or currently use.

1. La Mer Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream

There’s no competing with La Mer when it comes to skincare, right? I emptied this cool gel cream within one month of using it every single day, twice a day. It was so lightweight that I even used it during the daytime (although it doesn’t come with SPF). I love the buttery and feather-like feel to this moisturizer and it worked well for me. However, if you have immensely dry skin I would recommend their thicker formula- The Moisturizing Soft Cream.

2. Algenist Genius Sleeping Collagen

Although this product isn’t exactly a moisturizer I use it in lieu of one. It moisturizes, hydrates, and keeps my skin glowy and gorgeous by the time I wake up. It is formulated with ceramides which are lipids that help form the skin’s barrier and help the skin retain moisture. They also protect against environmental aggressors (pollution, UV rays, irritants, etc). I’m almost all out of this product and I am obsessed!

3. MZ Skin Hydrate & Nourish

Currently, this is the only day moisturizer I use and it gets the job done and then some. First of all, I love MZ Skin everything. I’m such a huge fan of the skincare line and I love their serums, cleansers, and basically everything else they have. Second, this is the only day moisturizer I’ve seen on the market that includes retinol. Retinol is important for collagen production (keeps skin plump and youthful), reducing fine lines and wrinkles (we can all use this), and it’s known for improving overall skin tone. Third, it comes with SPF 30 so I don’t have to worry about adding another layer of SPF on top. It’s basically an all-in-one day moisturizer. The only thing I would suggest is that you’re face isn’t completely dry when you apply it. I usually dampen my face with some water so I can move the product around a little easier.

4. Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer

This is another gel based moisturizer I love and have emptied. I actually emptied two of these. I used to use this in the mornings and at night and the smell was so energizing, just as the name suggests. It’s an oil-free moisturizer so its lightweight, doesn’t clog your pores, and it seeps into the skin pretty quickly. I also LOVE the GinZing eye cream, I use it all the time. It’s a magical eye cream that has some shimmer to it and gives your tired under eyes the most beautiful glistening glow.

5. Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream

If you have been following me for a few years then you know this had to be on my list. I have gone through FOUR of these creams, no joke! I absolutely love Kiehl’s skincare and this cream used to be my go-to cream when no other moisturizer worked. It’s super rich (they also have a lightweight version which is just as good, just depends on what your looking for) and perfect for a nighttime moisturizer. The “resurrection flower” inside is known as the Rosa Arctica is an incredibly resilient flower that’s able to survive up to 31 months of extreme dehydration.


Comment below what your favorite moisturizers are and don’t forget to use Ebates to get cash back on all your online purchases!

XOXO,

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Sephora Sale Must Haves

It’s that time of year again, the long awaited Sephora Sale!

This is when we restock on our favorites and purchase the items we keep adding and removing from our cart. You know, the ones that hike up your total so you convince yourself you can live without it. Trust me I ain’t no millionaire, I know how this goes!

I just placed my order and here’s what I got:

+ a bunch of new rewards goodies.

BTW, did you guys know every Tuesday and Thursday at 9am they add a $100 gift card to the rewards bazaar for every 2,500 points. The bad news is it’s first come first serve so it goes away pretty quickly. I missed my time slot by checking out at 10:30am yesterday but I’m going to put an alarm to try Tuesday morning. I’ll report back on IG.

My haul wasn’t that exciting, but it normally isn’t as a beauty blogger since we get sent most of this makeup right when they launch. With this fabulous advantage we get to try everything and see what’s good and what’s not. It’s amazing for all of you because I really know my sh*t 😉

Everything I mention below are products I’ve actually tried and loved. If you want specifics for certain products then comment below and I’ll let you know (i.e. what my fav shades are for MJ gloss).

Let the shopping begin!

Here are my favorite products that I’ve tried & love

SKINCARE

EYESHADOW

EYE PRODUCTS

BROWS

FOUNDATION & POWDER

CONCEALER

SETTING SPRAYS

BRONZER, BLUSH, & HIGHLIGHTER

LIQUID LIP

LIP GLOSS

GIFT SETS WORTH BUYING

HAIR

PERFUME

PRODUCTS I’VE REPURCHASED MORE THAN ONCE


The sale ends May 6 so you have a few more days to shop. Here are the coupon codes for every beauty insider level…

XOXO,

neutrogen makeup remover, jojoba oil, skincare, blogger

Remove All Your Makeup With Just One Wipe

Let’s talk about removing makeup for a sec. We all wear makeup and therefore we all need to remove makeup. Some of us use one wipe and get it over with. BUT, a lot of us use like 3 wipes because it’s a never-ending cycle of crap that comes off with every swipe.

I have a secret to not wasting your makeup wipes and completely removing your makeup with just ONE wipe. Yes, I said one.

All you need is a little help from Mr. Jojoba. Jojoba oil is a natural oil that is used to remove makeup, hydrate the skin, it has anti-inflammatory properties, and it even reduces redness. The best part is it doesn’t dry out your skin and it also doesn’t clog your pores, even if you’re oily. Applying oil to an oily face signals your sebum (the glad that produces the oil) to stop producing oil because there’s enough oil on the face. Basically it balances your sebum and stops overproduction of oil.

What I like to do is apply a generous amount of jojoba oil onto my favorite Neutrogena wipe and start wiping away. The oil immediately melts your makeup off your face and therefore one wipe does the trick! Honestly, if I’m super tired I’ll just do that and go to sleep but if I’m not lazy I’ll cleanse and continue on with my nighttime skin routine.

Try this trick next time you’re removing your makeup and let me know how it works out for you.

XOXO,

cooling skincare, algenist, skincare, skincarefridge, mzskin, origins, jade roller, summer fridays

What’s In My Pink Skincare Fridge!

Ok ok I have a pink skincare fridge. Lets talk about it!

cooling skincare, algenist, skincare, skincarefridge, mzskin, origins, jade roller, summer fridays

So I am obviously a skincare junkie, right? RIGHT! So I needed to up my game and permanently store my skincare in a cute little fridge that sits on my desk. Of course I’ve known about the amazing benefits of chilled skincare for a while, but I never kept up because it’s so annoying to walk to the kitchen after a warm shower just to get my skincare on. Why not replace this unrealistic routine into a permanent one with your very own mini fridge (even works in the car). No brainer, right?!

But wait, what does chilled skincare even do for your skin?

Well, it…

  • Increases product shelf life
  • De-puffs
  • Can even kick up some of the ingredients in your skincare
  • Provides a cooling & calming effect

So what should you store in your fridge…just skincare?

  • Anti-acne or medicated skincare products because if stored in wrong temperature environments can make the product less effective!
  • Natural skincare or beauty products because these aren’t formulated with any preservatives to elongate their shelf life so keeping them in your mini fridge will keep them from spoiling and even decrease bacteria from spreading. I keep my LUSH Oatifix fresh mask in my mini fridge!
  • Anti-itch cream because itchy skin craves something cold and soothing!
  • Sunscreen because once opened a warmer environment will decrease the effectiveness of the SPF!
  • Nail polish because the sun and warmer temperatures can break down the ingredients and cause the formula to thicken and sometimes even alter the color!

Besides the added benefits, what can be cuter than a pink skincare fridge in your bathroom filled with all your favorite products?!

glow recipe watermelon mask, origins,

Now let’s talk about what I actually put in my fridge…

I love putting my Summer Friday’s JLM as a moisturizer because I love the cooling effect it has on my skin after a hot shower.

I also keep my Algenist Sleeping Collagen & Glow Recipe Watermelon Mask in there so I can get that calming and sometimes even tingling feeling as I mask in my sleep.

BUT, to be super transparent the best benefits of chilled skincare come from my eye products! I loveeee storing my ToGoSpa eye pads in there, my jade roller, and even my Origins eye cream. These really help with the illusion that I get 8-10 hours of sleep every night which is way better than my reality of like 5 hours cause I’m up working almost every single night!

It is my dream to have a huge pink skincare fridge (like this) in my beauty room when we buy a house. Hubby, if you’re reading this please make it happen. THNX. Love you!


Oh, and here are some fab mini fridges I found on Amazon:

XOXO,

Greta

My Entire 2018 List of Favorite Things

TWO days until New Years, where did the time go????? Tell me you don’t feel this way every time the new year rolls around?!

It’s crazy how fast life passes us by and how things evolve, like my taste in products or even my new sense of makeup style. With every passing year I reflect on life, my accomplishments, my career goals, my mom goals, literally everything! I even reflect on my favorite things, things I haven’t been able to stop using or raving about. I rounded them all up and listed them below. Be sure to comment some of your favorite 2018 items in the comments below…enjoy!

Oh, and don’t forget to use Ebates for cashback

+ ride or die cream bronzer

+ #1 everyday face tint

+ everyday nude lip– “Nude Beach”

+ most used lip gloss + topper

+ jade roller

+ full brow kit

+ most used palette

+ lightweight hair dryer that dries 50% faster

+ heat resistant styling gloves

+ favorite moisturizer of 2018

+ best new face mask (worth the hype!)

+ Too Faced ride or die primer

+ the mascara I’ve re-purchased 3 times this year

+ highlighter I’ve been using all year (no joke)

+ Elcie glow enhancer (mixes great with any foundation or cream product)

+ my everyday black jeans

+ winter jacket

+ cozy loungewear 

+ everyday slippers

+ fav sandal heels

+ my everyday purse 

+ fav t-shirt

+ best black blazer (everyone needs one)

+ comfy/stretchy white jeans 

+ cotton undies 

+ Sloan trousers for every body shape

+ black leggings (best ever!)

+ high rise sheer tights tummy control (life changing)

+ cat eye sunglasses (only $9)

+ Nespresso machine 

+ Alexa smart speaker

+ pink cast iron for slow cooking

+ best smelling diffuser

+ electronic wine opener (best thing ever!)

+ pink mini fridge

+ huge black frames 

+ Oxo containers + everyday necessities 

+ mini egg pan

+ pink latex gloves (for dishes)

+ clear jars for storing literally anything

+ marble slab 

+ plastic food covers

+ electric fly swatter (used this everyday in the summer)

+ XL aroma diffuser

+ the body wash I’ve been using since newborn age

+ best shampoo ever!

+ wearable blanket with sleeves & without 

+ flannel bed sheets

+ book shelf with a nook 

+ favorite book 

+ best bathtub + insert 

+ high chair

+ everyday dinnerware set

+ comfy cotton pjs

+ everyday learning kit 

+ music table

+ sleek diaper bag

+ chlorine & paragon free diapers 


Be sure to comment some of your 2018 favorites below and

Happy *almost* New Year!

XOXO,

Greta

Holiday Gift Guide: From YOU For YOU!

Happy Thursday everyone! Welcome to day EIGHT of my 12 day gift guide. Today’s list is all about YOU. I think all women should treat themselves to a nice gift this holiday season because, well we deserve it! Women are the hardest working people I know, and the smartest too. We run businesses better, we take care of our families, and we shop smarter haha! We’re just all around amazing! So you know what, treat yourself. Splurge and get yourself something nice that will make you happy.

Live a little, you deserve it.

& don’t forget to use Ebates for cashback!