When it comes to beauty, I tend to do a lot of research before buying. Even after watching countless hours of beauty-related videos on YouTube (really, I just like to have them in the background), it’s very rare that a product tempts me so much that I have to make a purchase unless I just feel like burning a hole in my wallet.
However, through various sources, I’ve come to obtain a few of these beauty products:
1. Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray: I try not to do much with my hair to minimize damaging it as much as possible, so I only air dry my hair. This, unfortunately, tends to leave my hair flat and uneventful. Sometimes, a dry shampoo helps with volumizing, but other times, I use the Ouai texturizing hairspray, which seems like a mix between a dry shampoo and a hairspray, at the roots of my hair. It adds a bit of a crunch towards the roots and is exactly what I was looking for. The price was a hard pill for me to swallow, and I’m just hoping that there is a lot of product to make the price per wear worth it.
2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate: I’ve heard of this product as being a holy grail night time product and I’m now a believer. It is said that if you use it at night, your face will become brighter by the morning. I tend to use it morning and night, and I can see my redness diminishing and my skin softening because of it. I have the 1oz bottle, thinking it would last me ages, but after a few weeks, I’m already almost halfway through!
3. Olay Regenerist: Weirdly enough, I bought this after trying my mom’s! I was staying at her house for a few days and, having forgotten my own facial moisturizer, was desperate for one and reached for this Olay moisturizer. I loved it! The cream is light and watery, and the best part is a little goes a long way. For a drugstore product, it felt quite luxurious and hydrating.
4. Jade Roller: And for the final beauty product for this post is the Jade roller. I’ve heard a few bloggers talk about it, and when I stumbled upon this particular one in Los Angeles’ Chinatown for a fraction of the price, I had to try. Guys, this tool is so good. I use this morning and night, right after cleansing the face. I roll the cool stone upward on my skin and it massages the blood flow. This is apparently very good for the lymphatic system, which is a godsend for me because I always seem to get annoying bumps near my ears that may have resulted from poor lymph node flow.
Every night for the past two to three weeks, I’ve also been applying various masks after cleansing at night, and my skin has dramatically improved. The texture has become so much smoother, the redness is decreasing, my pores are minimized, and the hyperpigmentation is fading. It’s extra work to put a mask on and wait 15-20 minutes before proceeding with the rest of my skincare routine, but I look at this time as my ‘me’ time. When the mask is on, I’m either catching up with my YouTube vloggers, read a book or manga, or practicing my Duolingo in bed as I unwind and get ready for bed. I may put together a blog post on the current masks in rotation as of now (truthfully, most of them are samples I get at Sephora!).
What are some of your new beauty purchases and how do you like them?