Beauty Products You Should Know About

Usually when I find a beauty product I like, I remain a loyal user for years on end. Lately I have been feeling more adventurous and expanding my beauty horizons with new beauty products that I am excited to share! Overnight creams, concealers and face polishes. There are so many to choose from so how do you know which one is best for you? I am always a little hesitant in trying products because I do not want to irritate my skin, but so far so good! You will find throughout the reviews that all really do a great job on moisture, which to me is one of my skin’s top priority to maintain.

What beauty product do you swear by? Comment below and let me know!

XO.

Lex

TULA Multi-Spectrum Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment

Having dry skin, I focus a lot on moisture and how long the product keeps my skin hydrated. I have used TULA for about a month and I wake up with a fresh face that is ready for a days work. It contains probiotics and peptides which helps lock in moisture for extended periods of time. If you are willing to splurge on a night cream, I would definitely recommend this product!

C.O. Bigelow Sugar Crystal Face Polish

I always leave the bathroom with a little glow to my complexion and feel so fresh after using this face polish. I use this product around 2 times a week and it helps scrub away dead skin cells and dirt from my skin.. which is always a plus after a long day at work, the gym, or outside! I love the strawberry seeds that help serve as a scrub too! Versatile much?! I think yes.

 

MALLY Beauty H3 Concealer

Again, I use concealers with caution in fear of causing dryness over time but this concealer actually helps with hydration and gives the same glow all day! I use LIGHT and whenever I use it, it doesn’t move at all.

 

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Beauty and Travel Guide: Palm Springs

It’s been awhile since my last post! Some might think of Palm Springs as the center of Coachella festivities, while others like myself grew up knowing Palm Springs as a place of hot weather, lots of golfing, and retirement. The last few years, I have taken a vacation with my family and developed a new perspective on Palm Springs and love that it is becoming such a youthful and vibrant city!

That being said, I am excited to share my travel guide for Palm Springs, both what to do and what beauty products to travel with. Being a California native, writing this post makes me even more excited and I hope it gives you some ideas if you travel to the desert.

See below for a few of my travel musts when it comes to beauty products and places I am going to stop by over the holiday weekend!

Do you have any travel plans for Memorial Day Weekend? Please think positive thoughts as I hope to come back a bronzed warrior and not a red lobster.

Beauty Product Travel Necessities

Tula Multi-Spectrum Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment : I am going to be LIVING in the sun all day for the next week, so this is essential to make sure my skin is getting the moisture it needs at night. This cream is SO moisturizing and I wake up with bright, rejuvenated skin in the morning!

KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil: My one and only oil love that serves as my serum before I use my moisturizer and foundation!

KORRES Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturising and Brightening Cream: This moisturizer pairs so well with the Wild Rose Brightening Oil and it really lasts all day. My face never gets dry and has never irritated my skin since using it!

St. Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse 1.6 oz: I mean let’s face it, I am rather fair skinned, so I love using St. Tropez as a base before being out in the sun! It doesn’t streak, looks natural, and stays on for a few days before I have to reapply.

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint – Ivory: I have always used the same liquid foundation so I am so glad I tried a sample of this from Sephora and ended up purchasing it! It is an all Vegan product with no oils or random ingredients. It gives me a bright ivory glow and has SPF too!

Travel Guide: Palm Springs

Like I mentioned, we know Palm Springs for being the Disneyland of Coachella weekend. But what else is worth checking out? See below for a few hot spots *no pun intended.*

Ice Cream & Shoppe

@icecreamandshop

DesertX: Mirage by Doug Aitken

@bk_kimm

The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five

@townepalmsprings

The Saguaro Palm Springs

@thecraftedlife

Your hopeful soon to be bronzed warrior,

Lex

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Tried and Tested: Beauty Product Mini Reviews

 

 

It is no secret that I love skincare products. I hoard them like an old lady that loves antiques. They overtake my bathroom, bedroom and office as I slowly test them one by one. I normally share mini product reviews on my Instagram, but wanted a more cohesive way to share my weekly beauty finds with you. Below are four mini reviews of products that I have tried, tested and fallen madly in love with.

If you have been following Al + Lex for a while, you have followed my skin saga while it changes. I have learned that every new product that works helps immensely and you can never have too many products in your arsenal. You can see some past skincare posts with Scratch Goods and Tula.

 

I stumbled upon Lark Skin Co. one late night stalking Instagram. I had recently been diagnosed with Lyme Disease and was learning the importance of what went into the things I put on my body. Lark Skin Co. only uses ingredients you can easily understand (hello coconut oil, aloe and witch hazel.) As I mentioned above, I try a lot of products. The Lark Skin Co. Aloe + Lime Purifying toner has totally transformed my skin. When I started my Lyme treatment, I broke out in tiny little bumps all over my face. This toner is the first thing that has not just soothed those bumps, but cleared them up. I am now a religious Lark Skin Co. user.

 

I really want to be a lipstick person. SO badly. I have never found a lipstick that stays on the way I want it to and seems to fit my face. Maybe it is because I have no makeup skills, or because I am oddly picky about what I put on my lips (as you will read below!) I wasn’t expecting to love the Matte Shaker by Lancôme but was blown away by the ease of application and comfort of wear throughout the day. I was sent the color “Magenta” which seems overpowering, but goes on light and is buildable if you want an intense pucker.

 

I am a self professed lip balm freak. I am so, so picky about what I put on my lips: the smell, taste, texture…I could go on for hours. You know how some lip balms have that weird taste that dries our your mouth? It is non-existent in the Kiehl’s Kiss For The Cure Butterstick Lip Treatment Duo. The clear butterstick goes on super smooth thanks to the coconut oil and protects lips with SPF 25. The pink butterstick lends the perfect tinge of pink to your lips that is universally flattering.  Plus: 100% of proceeds go to Bright Pink for breast cancer educational programs.

 

Over the past few years, the skin under my eyes has gotten puffy and I get a red tinge to my cheeks. I have tried every trick in the book to sooth my skin. While many of them work well, I love the feeling of this Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask. The mask goes on easily and does not leave a slimy residue like other sheet masks can. The mask leaves my face feeling ultra-hydrated, plumper, and cooler. Cucumber extract delivers high levels of Vitamin C, which are major players in retaining the moisture in our skin. The coconut gel provides intensive hydration and restores the skin’s balance and just flat out smells A M A Z I N G.

If you have any skincare recommendations, I would love to hear them!

<3 Al

 

Skincare: Bioderma

Lex here and with the weather rapidly changing in Chicago, I thought it was the perfect time to share some new skin care products I have been able to try. Enter Bioderma. I was able to try a few of their products, which compliments your personal skin type. Whether your skin is dehydrated, oily, or sensitive, Bioderma really has a product for anyone. The brand prides itself in finding the perfect in between when it comes to a laboratory and dermatology, and I can see why. See below for my thoughts on the products I was able to try!

Sensibio H2O wipes and Sensibio H2O

Both of these products are for sensitive skin. I love using the H20 wipes to remove my makeup before I work out at the gym. It takes off my makeup in a heartbeat and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. As for the H20 water, I only have to use a dab and the makeup around my eyes comes right off. Easy to use and it doesn’t make my eyes sting either! Winning.

Hydrabio Sérum

I love a good Serum. What is cool about this product is after you use it (before bed or in the morning), it doesn’t leave a sticky residue. I prefer to use this serum before I go to bed so it is the only thing on my face and my skin is getting the moisture it needs. Respect for a product that can help dry skin living in cold weather.

Sébium Pore Refiner

 The one thing I will say about this product is it left my skin feeling rather dry when I used it only a few times a week. What I did notice though was it tightened and evened out my skin where I have blemishes. Being freckled, I do have a red spot here and there so I did see the pigmented color go down and smoothen out, even after just a few time using the product!

Sensibio Eye

We all need an eye cream that will help preserve our youth and avoid any sign of raccoon eyes. I woke up after using this for a few days with bright, tight skin and I didn’t look tired either. Some of you know I am not a morning person– so this sensitive eye cream is perfect for those who might not want to use a cream every night, but maybe 3-5 times a week to get us through the work week!

 

I really enjoyed all the different products, especially the sensitive skin and hydrating lines! Be sure to know your skin type before you go to purchase skin care products – and you don’t have to spend a fortune on them either! Bioderma is a quality skincare line for an affordable price.

Make sure to order Bioderma online and let me know how you like it!

XO.

Lex

Foreign Skincare Takes Off In The US

Photo: R29

Photo: R29

Skincare overseas, for example Korea and Japan, is serious business. It is a daily essential that involves many, many steps and is quite exhaustive. Yet, in the US, we are still trying to figure out what the wonder is behind Korean skincare. Beauty blogger Coco Park recently discovered Korean beauty care in her Korean-American boyfriends parents bathroom, and decided to check it out for herself. She went from using only a few products a day…to 17. On her blog, she says that she saw an immense difference in just three weeks, and her red spots and pores have essentially disappeared.

When you think about it, the invasion of Korean beauty products started a while ago. More specifically, in 2011 when companies started introducing the originally based Korean BB cream. BB cream is said to be an all in one product that will take care of the skin. Soon, American companies started producing their own versions, and we have BB creams, CC creams, and so on. As it turns out, this was just the Americanized version of Korean skincare because in the US, we like to keep things simple. In reality, we should also be scrubbing, moisturizing, cleansing, and treating.

Now that the beauty obsessed in the US are starting to reap the benefits of foreign beauty traditions, other interesting new treatments are starting to pop up. Two weeks ago, I got my monthly facial. I was surprised in my sleepy state of mind when something ice cold rolled around my face…under my eyes, down my nose, on my neck…it never seemed to stop. While reading Refinery29 this morning, I discovered that it was an ice roller. Essentially, this is a fancy substitute for throwing some spoons in the freezer. The ice roller can swiftly clean up the look of tired eyes, redness, puffiness, and minor bruising. My first question is…where do I get my hands on one?

For more information on best Korean beauty products, I would check out:

A Beginner’s Guide To Korean Makeup

Soko Glam

Peach and Lily

Photo: R29

Photo: R29

 

Beauty In Review: YSL Temps Majeur Supreme Eye

When I was first sent this little white pot with YSL branded on the front, I was skeptical. A fashion house suddenly produces beauty products…since when? Little did I know what I was in for.

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What is it:

A thick, creamy cream for the eye area.

What it does:

Reduces appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

Why I love it:

This eggshell colored cream is incredibly thick, and seeps into skin as soon as it makes contact. The results are amazing. This is YSL’s newest beauty product, and I hope we see more from this line. The silky texture glides onto your eye area with a sensation of comfort and nourishment while reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. The area surrounding my eyes has looked less dull, and my under-eye puffiness has disappeared completely. Unlike a face mask or treatment, this cream requires zero effort, making it perfect for a quick morning and night beauty routine. I would not consider many beauty products miracles, but this is definitely a miracle in a jar.

YSL beauty, $170.00 for 1.4oz.