Drugstore Primers I’m In Love With

Howdy.

Let’s get to business (to defeat the Huns…awful joke…Mulan? Anyone? Bueller?)

I am here to report to you all about two primers that I have found at Target that I’m in love with. I’ll admit that when I first bought these that they just were sittin’ pretty on my desk but over the last month or so I have been alternating the between the two and can’t be bothered with anything else.

First up is Pixi’s Glow Mist. When I bought this I didn’t even know if I would ever use it but I was intrigued. One day after using my prescription retinol cream the nigh before, my chin and forehead were all flaky. My skin is super sensitive to retinol so I generally us the smallest amount and still see results but with the flakes. I sort of freaked out and so I quickly exfoliated to get rid of all the dead skin and I grabbed this Glow Mist to give me a boost. It did wonders. Since argan oil is a little bit thicker in its consistency, I thought it gave me a nice dewy look without putting on drops of oil. I think this provided a great canvas for me to work in foundation and other products as well as combat against potential dryness. Also, since we are well into spring here in the Northeast and the humidity is already starting up, I have been liking this mist instead of a hydrating serum. It does just enough to hit me with moisture without taking a long time to settle in. If you have oily skin that tends to be dehydrated but you air on the side of caution with moisture serums, give this a whirl! I can’t put it down. I have been even spritzing my face during the day if I feel dry.

The second primer in rotation is NYX’s Honey Dew Me Up. Ok. This stuff packs some serious longevity into my regimen. It’s a little sticky at first but sinks right in and smooths everything over. My blush looks so good all day long and I get this lovely glowing effect in areas like my forehead and fatty parts of my cheeks that give me that fully rested look. One of my favorite things about it is that when I rub it in, it’s very cooling so I think it also depuffs a little bit. The honey is antimicrobial and helps nourish at the same time. This is super gentle on my skin and I am slightly obsessed. The packaging is so cute and I just love the name of it – very Tarte and TooFaced-esque. The past few times that I have gone home to RI this goes into my Kate Spade travel bag.

Thanks you guys for reading! These budget friendly options are sure to not disappoint. If you are in the market for priming, I would give these two options a go. I think if you are a make up fanatic you should definitely spring for both since they are different!

Hill XO

Monday Blues and Foundation Routine

Hello, world. Yes, I am one of those lucky SOB’s that had the day off. God it has been so great. You all must think I am quite lazy since I always seem to be looking for that NEXT day off. Perhaps it is my “work hard play hard” mentality that keeps me yearning for a day to myself! Either way I enjoyed having this extra day so I could literally fit in everything I wanted to this weekend – family, boyfriend, roommate, shopping, workout and food!

I hope everyone enjoyed their own rendition of Valentine’s Day. Even though I do have a boyfriend, I would still celebrate it…it’s about LOVE. Also, it is my mom’s favorite holiday. She sent me a homemade card, polka-dot pink socks and these adorable fingerless gloves…despite her recent health scare (she may have to have a hysterectomy) she still never misses a beat with this sort of stuff. Mom’s are so unbelievable. I am a very very lucky girl. I am fortunate to say that if I am half the woman my mother is I can die happy.

My boyfriend came up to see me and he bought me pink roses…and they were BRIGHT pink. Perfectly planned – I had on a bright pink cashmere sweater and he was so happy that we coordinated. It’s the little things. Also, his card to me was just the friggen sweetest. I cried. I didn’t even cry at my birthday card but I did when I opened this one. The card was so personalized. The illustration, the saying on the inside and then of course Nate’s handwritten note tugged at my heart a little bit. I felt fortunate in that moment!

Also, I got my nails done, got my brows done (long overdue) and my roommate and I went to MAC to take a peek at some of the new releases in the Pink Flamingo collection….maybe I bought a thing or two ;). OBVIOUSLY I did. I will feature a little mini haul this week.

Here are some pictures. I ate a lot and drank a lot but it was with people that I ADORE and that makes it all so worth it to me. Also, our apartment has been quite the botanical garden and I am really enjoying it! Below, I will have my current foundation routine for you all as well.

Thank you for reading

Hill XO

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Hanger steak and eggs… sex 

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My detox drink of choice! 

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My favorite shop in South Boston – Neatly Nested. They had a floral bar and prosecco for Valentine’s weekend. Just so adorable. 

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The love table. Roses and card. 

As I told you all last week, I have been really into sponges for blending my face makeup and I wanted to update all of you on what I have currently been doing because I think it has been a little while. In the winter my skin is so fickle lately due to the weather It was -3 here yesterday. Same days things are hanging in there and then there are days where I have these purple patches on my cheeks that take forever to subside from the wind and cold…Finding a perfectly balance is hard!

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So first, I use the pink Beauty Blender to apply my face makeup. I have been mixing this L’Oreal Liquid to Powder foundation which I love! I almost finished with it and because it is in my winter color, I would like to use this up completely. I have been mixing this in with my Becca Acqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation. I have the color medium and I use this to mix because it’s gives me color and is very hydrating and keeps everything looking healthy. I can’t wait to use this in the summertime…it is going to look so good with a tan.

Next, I use my Urban Decay concealer and blend that in with my Sephora Collection sponge. It has a smooth, flat side that fits perfectly in my under eye area so blending is seamless. I like to use the bottom side for blending highlighter. It just puts the product right where it needs to go.

Other than what is shown – I hardly use powder because it is the winter and I need that extra boost so this is truly what I have been using the past month or so. I do set my concealer under my eyes a couple of times a week if my eye cream hasn’t sunk in all the way by the time I apply make up for work.

Skincare Faves of 2015

How can one bundle up his or her favorites into one post? There are just FAR too many. I decided to start with skincare. I am still finalizing my list of makeup favorites and man is it hard to trim things down. I honestly do feel more passionate about skincare and truly investing in your skin, but of course- makeup is just so damn fun. However, let’s get into the skincare faves. We have a lot to chat about!!! EEEEEE!! So excited to share!

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Kate Somerville Clearing Mask

I bought this about a year ago in complete desperation. As some of you know from my past posts – I take Spironolactone for my cystic and hormonal acne. At the height of my self consciousness and hyper-pigmentation I bought this mask in hopes of not even clear skin, but better textured skin. I knew that clear skin was a long shot and honestly felt that I would never have smooth, pimple free skin again hence this purchase. I don’t normally buy masks like this because I believe in using my stuff from the derm with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid but I digress…I apply this only to the areas of concern – mostly forehead and chin. I only leave it on for five minutes and when I take it off – you will be amazed. THINGS CALM THE EFF DOWN. Spots seemed to be less irritated and not as large. You also do not feel like your skin is burning or becoming irritated from having something so potent on your face  – I mean unless you leave it on for like 15 minutes. I do not recommend that. I use this maybe once every two weeks or as needed depending on my skin situation and it does not dry me out too much at all. I don’t feel the need to amp up the moisturization because it is not stripping. Bonus: the packaging is so hygienic. K.S. knows what she is doing in that area.

Fresh Rose Face Mask

We all know this is a cult classic. I have had a love-hate relationship with this and I am sort of ticked off that I am almost to the bottom of my pot and feel like I finally figured out how to use it. So…the key to this is to leave it on overnight. I start with one simple layer…let it sink in…and then go in with one more before bed. This looks like a General Tao’s Chicken sauce, but mostly dries colorless however you may have the odd, brown clump on your face but I am sure you can deal. It is very gentle and feels very refreshing on the face. Because it is a hydrating mask I have a tendency to leave them on for longer and have never had an issue with blocked pores or irritation. If you are in the market for a nice tub of something – this should be your next purchase. Obviously anything with rose petals mixed in feels comforting and I highly recommend using this cold and after a hot bath. YOU’RE WELCOME.

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser

I did a lot of research on this before I dove in to purchase it. I was not sure if it would irritate my skin and make things worse or would help. I always air on the side of caution with products that have essential oils in them, which is a shame and very annoying, however, this stuff has done a whole lot of good for me. I use this mostly at night after I do my oil cleanse. It feels very refreshing on the skin and is packed with Vitamin C (collagen boosting and radiance enhancing), green clay (vacuum for those pores), jasmine (nourishing and helps fade scars), sandalwood (soothing, cooling and astringent like) and other sources like frankincense and myrrh…jk on the myrrh…clearly I still have X-mas on the brain. I have never felt a stinging sensation when lathering and my skin feels clean without the tightness. If you are into splurging for a nice cleanser  I would take this for a spin.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Shocker. Another mask. Sorry. Last one though. With Asian skincare being a hot topic of discussion, I was so happy to see this arrive at Target. I originally purchased a balancing lotion by the brand and then went back to purchase this. If I was on a plane – this would be my choice for hydration. It seeps right into skin and I even put it under my eyes and on my neck. It is a gel-cream that is light blue and is another mask I think works so well cold. I usually use this after I have used a radiance mask and want to pamper myself even further. The price point also makes me a happy girl.

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Legere (comes in Riche as well)

I am starting to see a trend here with a lot my favorites. I am all about hydration. There is nothing  better than having plump skin that is soft and radiates. I have gone through a few tubes of this and I use it all year round. It is a 24 hour re-hydrating cream that really sticks it to dehydrated skin. Even though in the winter time I rely on this I really favor this in the summer. Because I use retinol and safely baske in the sun’s rays my skin can become flaky and very reactive. This does not necessarily calm things down, but plumps things back up and takes care of the dry flakes. I am so glad La Roche Posay is now available at CVS. Such great quality without the fragrance, alcohol and dent to my wallet.

Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion – Dry to Very Dry Skin

I’ve tried it all – Vaseline (my 2nd choice to this), St. Ives and Eucerin. I am a drugstore, body lotion hoe. After Vaseline reformulated it’s Repairing Moisture offering (at least I think they did because it smells different and feels stickier than before) I had to find a second love. Enter in this Nivea Cocoa Butter. Now – I am not really a cocoa butter fan but this stuff smells so warmly nutty and is outrageously hydrating. It is a little bit thick, but nothing like Eucerin. To be honest with you the award winning aspect of all this is that I apply this to my bum and that crevice where your hamstring meets the bottom shelf of my bum. HOLY. SMOOTH. I am going spare you all further TMI but just trust me on this lotion’s hydrating and soothing capabilities.

Bio-Oil

This is pretty much always a favorite of mine. I mix it with my foundation for some more hydration, I have slathered it on my feet mixed with tea tree oil, I use it on my elbows, knees and other dry bits and I literally douse myself in it before a long walk into the city on the coldest of days. I also burnt the absolute shit out of my leg with a curling iron (I curl my hair a la nude) and it was pretty nasty. This comforted my skin and kept the scales at bay….this is even used in hospitals for burn victims. The smell is rose-y but not overpowering. Go get some…like right now. If you are a new mommy and have stretch marks from all of your hard work use this on them!

La Roche Posay Ultra Toleraine Ultra – Intense Soothing Care

I first started using this in conjunction with my heavy duty acne products. I was so dry and had pimples from dehydration and turned to this to help me. It is a touch greasy but was the one product that helped me out. I also turned to this again last winter… Can we just revisit the infamous 2014 winter…The worst. What sold me to purchase this again is that it is recommended for eyes as well. I would get these pink eczema patches on my eyes and this cleared everything right up. This is great for those that suffer from rosacea. I noticed that the redness around my nose subsides greatly when I use this. It is also packaged quite uniquely. There is a plastic bottle and then within the bottle is a vacuum sealed bag with the product so no air gets in. You can gauge how much you have left because the bag shrinks up with continued use. If you have sensitive, dry, rosacea, dehydrated skin you have found your match.

Sunday Riley Good Genes

This is a more recent addition to my skincare family and am so glad to have it. It is a light cream that is a miracle worker for the complexion. It smells quite lemony but really gets to work on your radiance. It helped further even out marks from pimples and makes the tops of my cheekbones glow even without highlighter. I had no expectations for this but was pleasantly surprised. I try to use this every night, but I want to make it last, not over stimulate my skin, and also insert in other radiance boosting products so if I use it every other night, I am still happy with the way my skin looks the next day.

Sunday Riley Luna Oil

I know I just wrote about this oil and Good Genes recently but it has quickly become my favorite oil (next to Bio-Oil obvi). This is just lovely. When I wake up in the morning after using this I feel like my skin is saying “Thank you”. It is an all around pleasure to have this. The pipette is great for distribution and the formula is not too thick. It has blue tansy in it which I have read up about and not only does it help damaged skin but it known for its tranquility and sweet aroma, which is probably why this formula is best for sleeping. What makes the oil blue is something called chamazulene which emerges during a distillation process and this can aid those with allergies and asthma gets up out of chair for a standing ovation. Of  course the price point is STEEP, however, a little goes a long way.

AND THERE YOU ALL HAVE IT. MY 2015 SKINCARE FAVES! I hope you all maybe learned a thing or two or even feel the same about some of my pics!!!

Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom.

Hill XO.