31 July 2012

July Favourites!

It is very quickly nearing the end of July (I can't believe summer is almost over!) so I thought I would do a July favourites blog. I have tried SO many products this month and quite a bit of it was actually skincare products. I am going through a bit of a hard time trying to get my skin to behave the last few months. I have combo/oily skin that does break out due.

Alpha Hydrox Foaming Cleanser is the first product that I'm going to share. I have been using this product for well over a few months now and I have actually just finished a bottle of this the other day. I have used many a cleansers, some of which include: Clinique Acne Solutions Foaming, Clinique Foaming Cleanser, and CeraVe Foaming. Alpha Hydrox has been, by far, the best cleanser for my terribly oily skin. This product is soap-free, alcohol free and is Ph balanced. I have combo skin, so I find that it doesn't dry my skin out like every other cleanser has. It's not drying when I use it with all of my acne treatments. The downside to this product? It is NOT available in Canada and I have to make sure to pick it up every time I cross the border. Still an amazing product though. 

The second product that I absolutely fell in love with is, yes another skincare product, but it has done WONDERS for my hyperpigmentation from my lovely acne scars and has helped my acne as well. Beyond Belief ABH Facial Serum is an oil-control serum with salicylic acid (BHA).  The product comes in a little container with a pump at the top. It's a little liquid-y, so I only use a few drops for my entire face. I find it to be a tad sticky, but after it sits..that does go away. This is definitely a product that I will be repurchasing and it is available only in Sally's Beauty stores.

The third product (writing a review for it) has greatly helped in controlling my oilies and makes me makeup look FABULOUS! Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray has kept my oily skin under control when wearing foundation in our VERY humid (it's like a desert) summer. It's also great because I can wear a powder to set my makeup as well and the UD Spray will keep it from getting the cake face. 

This next product is finally a make up product! It is also my all time favourite foundation, I always end up coming back to it. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place foundation in Ecru is my favourite. I do also have it in Shell which is really the other end of the spectrum.  I let the SA color match me and that was a mistake. It comes in a little frosted glass bottle with a gold lid. I do prefer plastic bottles or tubes because I am not at all graceful and I'm a pretty huge klutz, so I'm liable to drop it. You also run into a problem when there's still product left in the bottom but you can't get it! This foundation is a medium coverage and is a semi-matte finish (for all us oily girls!) It is said to have I think a 15 hour staying power..unfortunately, without all the oil-control products, I can't attest to that. I have been using this foundation all winter and still have half a bottle left. It comes in a 1 oz bottle and the cost in Canada is $42.50. A little pricey but definitely worth it. If you have oily skin, then I definitely recommend this product. It has worked much better on my oil slick then other foundations that I have tried.

Aquaphor is the next product that in my favourites. I originally bought this product for my hands but quickly found that I did not like it as it was quite greasy feeling and sticky. I decided to use this on my crazy dry/chapped lips and I love it. It's not sticky and it works better at hydrating my poor lips then anything else. Generally available in most drug stores and it's inexpensive.

This next product is almost an obsession I have. I am completely addicted to the Revlon Lip Butters. They're about $10 CND depending on where you purchase. I've seen them for $8 in some places. The lip butters are moisturizing (granted, not enough for my lips) but by using Aquaphor after the lip butter, it prevents my lips from drying out more. I am debating buying a few more in other colours.

Those are my favourite products of the month and ones that I have completely grown to love and will continue to repurchase!

If you have any recommendations, send me an e-mail glamouraee@gmail.com.

Rae :) xx

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