I thought it might be fun to talk about all the beauty products and trends I’ve tried this year. I know that there are so many pressing issues and stresses out there in the world – trust me, I know. But sometimes it’s just a fun, stress-reliever to get yourself a small gift and see if (by some miracle) it actually works!
I’m all about the “I deserve something” present for those sticky Monday blues… which aren’t only for Monday’s!
As you know, this year marked quite the milestone age for me – GAH! 40!! In Jan/Feb I was thinking about trying a newer, more invasive facial like microdermabrasion or an IPL facial. My friend told me about Skin Laundry, which offers a free introductory laser treatment. Free! Of course, I had to try it out.
First off, it’s not a facial, which is relaxing and takes about an hour. No. This is a prickly laser treatment that takes roughly 10 minutes. It’s designed so that you go (at least) monthly for a lower dose laser as a maintenance treatment. I loved my rosy glow so much that I signed up for their 2x’s a month membership which is about $200 a month. I ended up going 4 times before quarantine hit and I’ve actually cancelled it now. The first month, I really loved it but then between the second and third treatment I got a nice sized pimple. Then between the 3rd and 4th treatment, I got two more. I’m one of those people that get 1-2 bad ones a year, so this was definitely a drastic increase. They said my skin was purging and maybe that’s true, but ain’t no one going to keep to a regiment if it leads to worse skin.
I have heard that it helps a lot if you already have acne. So, maybe that was just my experience. If you’re interested, it’s free the first time! Why not try it out one of these days!?!?
When my birthday in March rolled around, I bought myself a bottle of Sunday Riley’s Good Genes. This stuff is AMAZING. I love it so much that I’ve since ordered a few samples of their other products. I’ve been using it about 3 times a week before bed and I’m a fan! Yes, yes, yes!
While I was at it, I put this Grande Cosmetics GrandeBROW in my cart. (Macy’s does a 20% beauty sale about 2-3x’s a year, which is just fantastic!) I mean, why not give this a shot since I really had nothing else going on? I’ve been using it since May (because it was backordered) and I do see a difference. I’m not very consistent with it either – I forget to use it all the time! But it totally works and I feel like a few areas that were sparse are now filled in. **Please know that I did zero research into the brow product and I’m not sure if it’s had negative reviews elsewhere =)
Okay… onto the next fun purchase! In June when we finally got the refund for what would have been the vacation of a lifetime, I bought a home laser hair remover. I have been wanting one for forever and hey, if I couldn’t go on vacation and had to wash 2,000 dishes a day at least I could be armpit-hair free!! (Gross! Hahaha!) For this guy, I did about 20 minutes of research, so very extensive. It was a good price and had great reviews – Done! I’ve used it 4 times so far and yes, there is much less growth. I think that if I keep at it, I’ll be smooth as eggs! I use it on the max setting which doesn’t hurt at all. Initially I thought to only do my pits and bikini, but I’ve since started zapping my upper lip, knees and ankles. I don’t have much hair but I remember my grandma with a ‘stach, so perhaps this will save me from that fate?! Fingers crossed!
Looking for a new great mask? This one is my new favorite!
Two great cheapie buys? I’m obsessed with this Gold Bond! If you have bumpy skin on your arms or legs, this works better than the expensive stuff! Since it’s such a great deal, I’ve been using it all over! You guys, the hype about the Weleda Skin Food cream is real. I, for one, was extremely skeptical but wow! It’s thick and luxe. I’ve been keeping it by my bed to use on my feet at night and my feet do not look like it’s sandal season! They are so soft! Of course, my toes look terrible since I’ve been painting them myself, but that’s another story!
I think that’s about it!
I’m looking for a new eye cream and would love your suggestions! And let me know if you try any of these! I’d love to hear your thoughts!