Three minis that saved my skin!
My skin tends to freak out when I travel; I get several tiny whiteheads on my chin and congestion in my pores on my inner cheeks, but then my nose and jaw are incredibly dry. It’s hard to balance changing climates between multiple cities and the utter dryness of planes. I don’t always get to bring my usual routine either since I want to pack light and generally don’t check a bag.
Thankfully, I received all of these cute minis in my October Allure Beauty Box and was able to test them out during my last three trips; I’m happy to say I’ve finally found a routine that works! I brought the Bliss Peel Pads (reviewed here!), Caudalie eye cream and my Drunk Elephant serums too, but here are three new products that I’m loving.
I’m quite impressed with Sunday Riley’s Ceramic Slip Cleanser. It has a gel texture that turns into a gentle foam with water. It’s purifying without stripping my skin and now I’m wishing I had tried this earlier! Sometimes cleansers with clay or charcoal are too drying for me, so I had avoided trying this, but I love most things from SR, so I should have known this would work for me too! I think it really helped with congestion.
The Caudalie Vinopure Skin Perfecting Serum addresses the acne on my chin thanks to salicylic acid as an active ingredient. It makes a great spot treatment for me, but those with blemish-prone or oily skin can apply it all over. This has a very thin, almost runny texture so it layers beautifully with other products. I’m actually nearly out of my mini, so I will have to get the full size soon!
Lastly, all of my dry patches have been quenched thanks to the Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty. I have used this in the past on my elbows, cuticles, and cracked heels, and it worked like a charm; my face never used to be this dry, so I hadn’t needed to use it on my nose or jaw until recently. It’s quite thick and soothing and I would definitely recommend keeping a jar around, especially in the winter (although I have to say this tube packaging is so convenient for travel!).
So there we have three little warriors that addressed conflicting skin issues during my last few trips. How do you prep your skin for travel or adjust your routine?
Easier than a spa treatment!
I just received these cute masks* in the mail yesterday and I had to try them right away! I’m wearing the Bliss Eye Got This Holographic Foil Eye Masks ($4). These cruelty-free under eye patches are meant to reduce puffiness and brighten. They also have peptides to smooth fine lines and vegetable-derived moisturizing ingredients.
They’re super saturated in serum (and therefore are really slippery for the first two minutes!) and there’s extra serum in the packaging (that I patted on Reed’s under eye haha). I left these on for 20 minutes and they stayed in place very comfortably. My under-eye area does look brighter and feels nicely hydrated as well! I can’t wait to try their other new Holographic Foil Sheet Masks too: the Hangover Fix and The Detoxifier ($4 each).
I’ve also been testing the new That’s Incredi-peel Spa-strength Glycolic Resurfacing Pads* ($22) for a couple weeks. Before I went to Mexico, my skin was looking really dull and a bit textured. I wanted to book a facial or peel, but I just didn’t have time. I used one of these pads before I left and one the first night there and what a difference that made! I woke up with glowing skin that was much smoother!
These remind me so much of the Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Pads, but they’re only about $1.5 each versus around $2.8. I have to use the Gentle version of the DDG ones because the regular ones burn my eyes (I don’t go anywhere near the orbital bone, but they have a strong chemically scent that bothers me). These are gentle but still effective (as they have a spa-strength AHA) and they’re fragrance free thankfully!
I love that the Bliss ones are only one easy step too. It works because the pads contain Vitamin E and Witch Hazel to soothe and calm while Calendula and Glycerin help with moisture and retaining that hydration.
Bliss is definitely one of my top five skincare lines and their products are so affordable! I’ve reviewed their stick cleansers here if you’d like to see more from this lovely brand.
Sharing three new staples
In my experience, cleansers aren’t the most exciting skincare product. The last one I was really jazzed about was Bliss’s Cold Pressed. I still love that one for removing makeup by the way. Now I’ve found my favorite morning cleanser thanks to Palm and Lather! It’s the Caviar Lime AHA Cleansing Creme. True to it’s name, it has a lush, creamy texture and it foams up slightly when you add water. I like the soft feeling of this in the morning and it never strips my skin. The addition of an exfoliating ingredient with Vitamin C paired with the rest of my routine has really helped smooth and brighten my skin! I also love the scent of lime, so I was expecting a bright, citrus fragrance, but it’s actually more subtle and sophisticated.
For eyes, I mentioned on Instagram that I had a tendency to neglect this area until I started using the Patchology Flashpatch Restoring Night Eye Gels. They’re so refreshing and now I’m trying to be more diligent about applying eye cream as well. I’m annoyingly prone to milia around my eyes, so it wasn’t a priority in my routine until I found this one from Estée Lauder that doesn’t cause milia! It’s the Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Eye Gelee. I think I’ve also stuck with it because the built-in applicator makes it a breeze to apply. You can squeeze out the precise amount and the metal tip feels cooling and depuffing.
I’ve already raved about Herbivore Botanicals Prism Potion here, but I had to include it since I’m still impressed and have been using it nearly every night. To recap, if you want glowy skin in one easy step, you’ve got to try this!
Those are my three most recent skincare favorites! What have you fallen in love with lately?
My favorite new skincare find
I’ve officially found my favorite chemical exfoliant! Meet Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion from Herbivore Botanicals. This exfoliates with natural fruit acids to smooth out texture and unclog pores without drying out your skin. It has a watery, serum-like texture and dropper applicator.
I use about three drops per night and apply all over my face and neck. Prism sinks in pretty quickly and then I apply a basic moisturizer, like Clinique Moisture Surge, on top. I want something that will seal in moisture without interrupting the exfoliation process.
It’s been almost two months since I started using Prism and I’m about 1/3 done with the bottle. I usually don’t go through products this quickly, so I’m happy I’ve been so consistent with this part of my routine!
As far as results, I definitely think Prism has improved the texture and clarity of my skin. It’s softer, smoother, and my pores are less clogged. I’ve also noticed less redness in my cheeks in the morning, which is a huge win for me. I deal with a lot of flakiness around my nose and this gets rid of the dead skin cells in that area too.
I’m so happy to have discovered this thanks to Birchbox! It’s definitely on my “to repurchase” list!
A travel must-have!
Bliss was so sweet to send me their new cleansing sticks that are available online, at Ulta, and Target! I’ve never tried a stick skincare formula before, so I was really excited to test these out. The solid form is perfect for travel since it doesn’t count as a liquid. I also think these are convenient for a quick cleanse after the gym!
Cold Pressed is my favorite of the whole bunch! It’s 40% olive oil, which helps break down makeup, but it also foams lightly so you can easily rinse this cleanser away. I love that it doesn’t leave any residue on my skin while effectively taking off my makeup. I apply this stick on a wet or dry face and then wipe the top off with a clean, dry hand. Next, I wet both hands and rub lightly to create a little foam. After about 20 seconds, I rinse it off with more water. It’s quick and gentle and has become my nightly staple!
No Dull Days is a charcoal based cleanser that purifies and also removes makeup. I like how this doesn’t strip my skin; most charcoal cleansers are too harsh for me. It also smells really pleasant! If you like to double cleanse, I think this makes a good first cleanse because it can leave a bit of a residue behind in my experience.
Oh My Gommage is a nice, gentle exfoliating cleanser. It has plant-based fibers that aren’t as rough as your typical physical exfoliating ingredients (like sugar crystals or walnut chips). You could definitely use this every day since it’s not too abrasive. I’m more of a chemical exfoliation kind of girl, but I’m happy to have this on hand for when I do feel the need to slough off some dead surface skin cells.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these! I think there’s one for everyone depending on what type of cleanser you’re looking for as well as different skin types. Cold Pressed is the best in my opinion, so it may be a good place to start!