I love trying new beauty products. There are, of course, brands and certain products that I always come back to. I do think it's important to switch up routines and acquaint your skin or hair with something new. Not to mention, my skin and hair changes drastically from season to season so one product doesn't always work. There are a few products that I've picked up lately - and I love them!
These First Aid Beauty Caffeine Matcha Wake Up Wipes are amazing. I was searching for cleansing wipes to use in the morning and after workouts. These wipes, infused with matcha green tea, remove dirt, excess oil, and makeup while reviving your skin - this comes from the caffeine in them! I really do find that after I use one, my skin appears more awake and bright, not as tired and dull.
The next few new pieces I have introduced to my routine is Kristen Ess hair products (you can find these at Target). I generally buy large shampoo and conditioner so it takes me awhile to get through them. I find that my hair either gets really dry or lacks luster and volume. First and foremost, I love that I found these at Target and they are relatively inexpensive (the shampoo is $10!). I have noticed my hair is shinier and appears healthier. The Instant Thickening Spray is my favorite. My hair lacks volume so I spray this throughout my hair after it's been towel-dried then I blow dry upside down. There is a definite difference in thickness on days when I use this spray and when I don't.
Side Note: I love the smell of the Kristin Ess products. I am pretty picky when it comes to shampoo and conditioner scents and these are by far some of my favorites!
When the seasons start to change my skin changes daily. Generally it's oily, then really dry, then mildly oily, etc. I normally use Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer but when my skin is very dry one week and oily the next, it doesn't keep up with the changes. I went back to using Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel - something I used to use when I was a teen. I had forgotten how much I loved it! Not only has it hydrated my skin but it keeps my face from producing excess oil. This will definitely be a product I use throughout the changing seasons.
Lastly, probably one of my favorite products, is the Mario Badescu Flower & Tonic face mask. As I've mentioned above, my skin is very oily and at times, combination. With this I suffer from breakouts regularly. This is the first mask I have ever been able to use on "active breakouts" and it significantly helps! I notice the breakouts go away faster, redness is reduced, and my complexion is more even. In general, you aren't supposed to use face masks on erupted skin - but I highly recommend trying this if you suffer from breakouts. I need to incorporate it more regularly as I'm sure the results will be even better!
Share your favorite products you have tried below! I have linked the products above and some other favorites below - don't forget to check them out!
, by Taylor Hoffman