Happy Friday! I made it through the first week back to work, and today I'm joining Erika, Narci, and Andrea to share some of my favorites of the week. Link up with us!
I did a lot of magazine reading this summer in the pool and tried out a few products. Now, I know today is supposed to be about my favorites, but I wanted to steer you in the right direction so that you don't fall prey to the magazine recommendations!
First up: L'Oreal's Voluminous Superstar Mascara
Magazines have been touting this mascara as the absolute best for the past few months, and since I love to play up my eyes, I decided to give it a shot. It was over $10, but I figured since it had been spoken of so highly in so many different outlets, why not? The mascara is a 2 part process. First, you swipe on a white primer to build up your lashes. Then, you swipe the black mascara on top. The end result for me: spider eyes. My eyelashes weren't longer, and they looked a little more Tammy Faye than I usually would like.
So, try this instead: Maybelline Great Lash BIG Mascara
When in doubt, always go with a Maybelline mascara product. It's less than $6! I've used their Falsies mascara as well, but I like that the Great Lash varieties are easy to clean off at the end of the day. Great Lash doesn't make my eyes spidery- it goes on smooth, and with some help from my ELF Eyelash Curler, I get much longer and prettier eyelashes than what L'Oreal gave me.
Next up: Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch
After reading about this product in a women's health magazine and seeing that it was created in South Korea, I thought this might be neat to try. You can buy a larger packet, but I purchased the 24 pack for $6 from Amazon. There are nine "large" patches (a little smaller than a dime), five "medium" patches, and 10 "small" patches (about the size of a pencil eraser). The directions call for you to wash your face and dry it very well before applying patches to problem areas. You are to leave the patch on overnight so that the patch changes from skin color to white, which is when the company claims the pimple has been absorbed.
I've had a rough summer of skin since I'm on my Prednisone steroids right now, but I did not see a difference in spot treatment with these patches. They never turned 100% white, even when left on for 10+ hours, and I did not see a reduction in the size of pimples. I tried changing the size of the patch to a larger one to see if that helped, but alas, I'm going to have to pass on purchasing this product again.
So, try this instead: Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic
Although it's $15 for a month's supply, this is a product I can fully endorse! I used to use Clean and Clear Essentials Deep Cleaning Astringent but found it was starting to dry my skin out a bit too much. After doing some research, I came across Pixi's Glow Tonic and was amazed by the reviews and my results. This toner is different in that it uses glycolic acid instead of your typical salicylic acid, which is really helpful if you have oily but sensitive skin. I use the Glow Tonic with Up & Up's Exfoliating Cotton Rounds in the morning and in the evening. To treat major spots, I'll top it off with Neutrogena's On the Spot Treatment. This little regimen gave me results within a week, and it appears that Target has just released the Glow Tonic in single use pads, making it easier to pack up your product and go!
I saw a coupon for these at my HEB and then had a rebate on Ibotta. I really like quinoa, and I LOVE chocolate, so I was thinking these would be a smart snack to try. The 4 oz. bag retails for about $5. The first day I tried these, I thought they were a little different but wanted to give them a fair shot. I tried them a few more times, and two weeks later, I still haven't finished the bag. They basically make me feel like I'm eating bird seed. If you enjoy eating bird seed, I'll send you the rest of my bag, but otherwise, I'd stay away and stick with a few pretzels and nut butter instead.
Better yet, make my Mint Chocolate Balls! You can revisit that post HERE.
I hope you have a great weekend and don't make the same mistakes I did! Do you have any recommended DOs or DON'Ts - let me know in the comments below! See you back here on Monday for a weekend recap!