Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Five: Face off

Not that kind. The face kind. 

I've had pics of these products forever to share my face regimen, then I read Kathy's post at Vodka & Soda about her facial regimen and I want all of Kathy's things. I am totally that girl who gets a wild hair up her ass to switch her entire regimen instead of one piece at a time as things run out. I will not do that this time goddamnit. It's wasteful.

ANYWAY. Here's what I'm currently using. My skin is a pain in the ass. More specifically:
  • Combination with oily spots and dry patches
  • Sensitive 
  • Uneven
  • Can harbor fugitive zits and nose blackheads
  • Freaks out at the change of seasons 

1 - All-in-one Facial Cleanser from Trader Joe's. I'm shocked how good this is for $5.99.
2 - Twice a week I use Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator. Wonderful find and a good price at $10. 
3 - A little witch hazel for the charming nose blackheads.
4 - Trader Joe's does it again with the oil-free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer. This worked great for me all summer. Time to switch it up for the season. Also $5.99. You can't beat it. 
5 - Always sunblock, daily, even if you wear makeup and the makeup has it in there. 
6 - At night I use Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream Night. I'm not sure why there is a day option with SPF because retinols should not be used during the day, Neutrogena. Derr. This is about $14 and it does the job. 
7 - Eye bags are fought with Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Cream from Origins. This is $43 freaking dollars, which was only $15 for me due to a return and a gift card to Sephora. I wasn't wowed by it. Next up I'm trying Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye for the much more reasonable price of $12. I've read good things. I also think I'm going to start using Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel in the morning. Does anyone use either one now?
8 - Masks as needed: Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask for about $24. I love this. and 
9 - Pure + Simple Rejuvenating Rosehip Mask which Kathy was nice enough to send to me from Canada when it didn't work for her. I think it's about $28.
10 -  Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Balm morning, noon, and night mofos. It's about $22 and worth every penny. It blows Carmex and Blistex right out of the water and comes in a variety of colors or is sold just as a chapstick as well.
11 - Sally Hansen cuticle massage cream with apricot oil before bed. Around $5, a nail life saver in the winter. 

Not pictured are my eye makeup removers: Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover - I have 489 little bottles I've received in gifts with purchase. I'm also a long-time user of Almay oil-free Eye Makeup Remover Pads (around $7). 

I also use Yes to Cucumbers face wipes at night when I am being a very lazy mofo which is more often than I care to admit. 

Your turn. What are you using? What product is a must-have for you?

Happy weekend to you, and happy anniversary to my Dad and Carol!

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  1. Ahhhh, my most fave type of post! This girly-girl is happy to see some beauty related stuff!

    At night I'm still doing the OCM, just probably not as often to benefit my skin. I did do it last night, and while doing it, I love it! I follow with the Mary Kay Time Wise Firming Eye Cream (I got suckered when the lady came to my house, but I REALLY like it!) followed up with the TJ moisturizer.
    AM- if I do the OCM, I rins in the shower with water and exfoliate with the Simple Sugars Green Tea facial scrub (it was a gift, I love it!), then my witch hazel, yes to cucumbers eye gel (LOVE! soothing and cooling!), finished with TJ moisture.
    Non-OCM days- Yes to Cucumbers cleansing milk, and then the same as above.

    Sugar lip balm is my JAM, I have every single color except Petal. Not sure if you're a red lip kinda gal, but Cherry is AMAZING!

    Rod Brind'Amour! Be still my heart.

  2. Use your Ulta coupon & coupons on Say Yes's website to score good deals at Ulta!!!! <3

  3. hahahahahahahahaha! soap and water and acne medicine. Yes, I'm 61. :-(

  4. I have never heard of witch hazel for the old blackies!! I am trying that stat. I also cant wait to try the trader joes face wash! thanks for posting this :)

  5. Okay, I need Bham to get a Trader Joe's ASAP! Love the suggestions and I just might have to try some of them! Happy Friday, and thanks for linking up and the shout outs! Y'all have a fun weekend. And kiss the pups for me!

    1. Totally wont happen. Trader Joes doesn't like the Alabama alcohol laws and taxes last I heard. BOOOOOOO!

  6. I do the makeup remover wipes far more often than I care to admit, too. Glad you recommended the TJ's stuff. I bought their hand lotion and wasn't very impressed so I have been hesitant to try anything else but I trust your judgement so I may have to pick some up next time I need it!

  7. JMJ! Tons of stuff on this list. My fav is Banana Boat Baby SPF 50 for decolletage, face, ears, back of neck. Wish there was sunblock when I was growing up. However, despite my daily use of that SPF, I have those spots on my face. So, I am using lemon juice on cotton balls every day now. And I use any cream that contains the word LIFT on the bottle from my perfume giveaway gifts. #THENECKOHTHENECK And a serenity now type approach whenever possible. Stress ages and disrupts us, inside and out.
    Love and lights to all!
    Love your MOMMA

  8. So I go back and forth with a few different products for my face. My all time favorite for zapping zits and trying to prevent as many as possible is Kate Somervile's Anti-Bac Lotion. Stuff is AMAZING. It is a little pricey but lasts me at least 6 months maybe longer.

    I have yet to find an eye cream that I LOVE. If you find one let me know! I feel I have tried everything.

    My face washes go between Kate Somerville, Beauticontrol's Spa Facial Gel Cleanser and Aveeno's Clear complexion. I have a love/hate relationship with all 3. I think it is just my skin that I hate. Same problem, combination with oily and dry patches. So annoying!

    Beauticontrol night cream is by far my favorite night cream out there. I also light their day moisturizer because it has SPF and moisturizes my skin without feeling heavy or oily.

    I haven't tried the Sugar lip products but I think you have confirmed I just need to do it! Neosporin makes a night lip treatment that I don't hate. For $4 you really can't beat it.

  9. Happy Anniversary to your dad and Carol!

    I'm like you in that I tend to do a total overhaul all at once, which is dumb. But right now I'm using mostly Murad products. Also like you, I'm lazy at night and usually use Neutrogena makeup remover wipes.

  10. I've heard so many good things about that Sugar lip balm! I'm a little afraid to spend that much on a chapstick though, I hate 90% of the ones I try...

  11. Hahahah... "harbor fugitive zits." I've been struggling with my skin more in the past 6 months than ever before. Idk what its deal is. I get facials every couple of weeks and I've been taking zinc (haven't gotten a hormonal big pimple since) but I still break out and it's SO frustrating! I started using Proactiv+ 2 weeks ago but the jury is still out on that one.

  12. I am a philosophy girl, but I really now want to try the Yes to Cucumbers eye gel...sounds nice! My nick name of Bag Lady is now becoming more and more true these days, and it's not because of my purse collection anymore.

    And The cuticle lotion, I like the Sally Hansen cuticle pen. I paint that on at night and hit the sack. I love it! It's a little expensive $6.99 for a pen, and if I use it nightly it lasts a month maybe... but during the winter it gets great use!

  13. You mentioned before how you loved the Fresh Sugar lip balm products. I recently bought at Sephora a starter kit containing 3 small lip products. Love all 3 products especially the exfoliate!

  14. I need to check out Trader Joe's cleanser asap! Awesome tips.

  15. girl, you know i love posts about skin care!!! as you know, i swear by pretty much anything by P+S and my secret weapon: organic argan oil. it's what saved my skin from my last freakout and i use this religiously all day, errday. i've also been loving eminence organics products which is another all-natural skin care line from hungary. i just received the coconut deep hydration masque and not only does it smell so delish but it totally works and leaves my skin baby-smooth.

    Vodka and Soda

  16. I need to try the witch hazel like STAT! I love Neutrogena for make up remover wipes. Let me know if the other eye creams work for you, I need something that works!!


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