November 15, 2018

Fall Beauty Roundup

Fall and spring are typically when I do a major skincare overhaul. Not surprisingly, I always seem to run out of everything around the same time and October and November are usually when I decide whether or not I want to repurchase products or replace them for the upcoming winter season. I do change my skincare routine for each season and I also like to try out new products. Usually I purchase a sample size and like to use it for at least a few weeks before deciding to but a larger or full sized bottle. Of course, Ulta AND Sephora have both had recent sales, and in fact the Sephora Beauty Insider sale (15% off) is going on right now!

Most of these products I decided to repurchase, but some I'm waffling on a bit. My favorite gel moisturizer, Rosette Ceramide Gel, has been discontinued in the smaller size and is now only available in more limited distribution in a *much* larger jar and at more than twice the price. It's still a very reasonably priced item ($27-30 depending on where it is purchased), especially considering it lasts for about § months, but the only option for US shipping is eBay. This means I'm going to have to wait at least a month for it to arrive if I buy it off of Amazon or a smaller Asia based retailer. So for now, I'm holding off. Here are my recent hauls:

  • Purtito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum - I really enjoy everything about this product, from the ingredients, to the environmentally friendly packaging, to the price point. 
  • Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence - Another product I find that makes a big difference in my skin at a super reasonable price with environmentally conscious packaging and ingredients.
  • Nioxin System 4 Cleanser - Truth be told I have no idea how much of a difference for my thin hair this is making. I have not fully gone through a bottle yet, but I suspect it is helping it to look a bit more full in my sad patches, as they have not looked as bare lately. It definitely does a nice job of keeping away dry, itchy scalp and dandruff, and it does not damage my color, so when it was on sale I decided to pick up a few spare bottles. Many people don't like to get more expensive shampoos, but I only wash my hair perhaps twice a week, so a bottle lasts quite a long time. With a coupon (Ulta regularly offers 20% off of one item), it is definitely worth it in my opinion. 
  • Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil - I know, the hype over this is insane. And the price is also pretty insane. BUT, I picked up this great gift sampler from Sephora in their last sale that had sample sizes of the Luna Sleeping Night Oil and the C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum for only $28 (and that was before the discount). While I enjoyed the brightening serum (it smelled so good!), I didn't see a noticeable difference. However, with the Luna oil, I saw a difference in my skin tone and texture literally overnight. The sample of the night oil also lasted a lot longer than the serum, making it a more worthwhile investment for me.
  • Sephora Citrus Brush Cleaner - I've been using this for a few years now and I'm a big fan. It does a great job of cleaning the brush between shampoos, dries quickly, and has a lovely scent. Plus it is relatively inexpensive and lasts a long time!
  •  Native Deodorant - You can see my full write up here on why I like Native. A full bar lasted me almost the entire summer, so when they sent out a 20% discount on their fall collection (bringing each bar down to $6.49 versus the $12 a bar), I decided to go for it. P.S. Native is now available on the Target website!
  • Tonymoly I'm Real Sheet Masks - This is my favorite brand of mask, so when I saw Ulta had them buy one get one 50% off, I decided to try two flavors I had never used before. 

New Products
  • L'Occitane Hand Cream in Roses et Reines - I've been using a sample of the original 20% shea butter L'Occitane hand cream for a while now, and with winter having arrived in the Northeast this week I decided to purchase a full tube. I think the somewhat lighter formula will be great for while I am at work and don't want sticky hands at the keyboard. I got a mini sized tube to test out.
  • Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Nourishing and Conditioning Refresher Spray - To be honest, I got this for James! His hair is so curly and the dry winter air makes it super frizzy. Hopefully I can actually get him to sit still long enough in the morning so I can spray and comb this in. If not, I guess I'll just have to steal it for myself. I will let you know how it goes, ha!
  • Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair Conditioner - I'm a big fan of the Alterna Caviar line and a bottle lasts me about 3-4 months (I condition more than I shampoo), so when I saw this on sale I thought I would give it a try!
  • Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo - I ran out of dry shampoo and I have some thinning patches, so this seemed like it might solve two problems with one product! So far it seems to work just as well as the regular, very economic Batiste dry shampoo, but it does leave reside on your fingers, and of course your scalp, since that is one of its purposes. Just something to be aware of - personally it would not be my first choice for a formal or special event where there might be a lot of sweating or potential rain, but I think it is a great option for every day.
  • Dr. Teal's Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath and Mineral Soak - I love a good soak and James loves a good bubble bath, so this seemed like a great new product for us to try. I haven't had the chance to use the mineral soak yet, but we've used the foaming bath soap a couple times and love it. It has a light, fresh fragrance and a little dash makes a good amount of bubbles. Ulta often has buy one get one 50% off on this brand.
  • Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil - So I got this because I thought perhaps it could be a less expensive alternative to  Luna. That was wishful thinking. So far I like the scent of this oil and it does have the blue tansy that Luna has, but that is where the similarities stop for me. It tends to sit on the top of my skin and didn't have the same impact (or much of any) that Luna did, so I'll probably use this as a body oil for dry patches this winter.


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