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Empty Product Reviews - July 2022

This year I'm really trying to step out of my skincare comfort zone and try new things, even if they're a little pricey! I think our skin is the best area of "beauty" we can invest in.

Makeup washes off at night.

Hair grows out quickly.

And then there's skin!

Skin is not just an organ, but our body's largest organ! It absorbs what we put on it and it shows us signs of problems lurking beneath the surface. We should be treating it gently!

So while I'm still loving on some affordable skincare options (as you can see by The Ordinary), I've been venturing out and trying some new stuff too.

Here's my thoughts:

First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub ($30 for 8oz): I was hoping all of the Keratosis Pilaris on the back of my upper arms would just disappear when I used this. I mean, come on! It's called the KP Bump should cure all KP, right? I also have a lot of red bumps on my legs at all times, but especially after shaving or applying lotion (any type of friction I guess). I don't know if that's considered KP, folliculitis, eczema, or something else. I guess I should see a dermatologist. Anyway, back to this product. For the price, I was disappointed that it did not get rid of my KP entirely. I mean if anything, it might be a little less noticeable. If we're speaking strictly of it as a body scrub, it's great! It's super gritty which I love but you have to be gentle with, especially on broken skin because the AHA will burn. A little goes a long way and it lasted me 5 months, using it 2 times a week for my whole body. So even though it's $30, it's not like you'd need to buy it every month. I'm probably going to try some other scrubs until I find something I really love but I would definitely repurchase.

Rating: 8/10

Would I repurchase? Yes

Desert Essence Cucumber & Aloe Micellar Cleansing Facial Water ($10.29): This was just an average micellar water. It didn't remove makeup well, so I mostly used it to gently cleanse the face.

Rating: 5/10

Would I repurchase? No

LilyAna Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Eye Cream ($22.49 for 1.7oz): This is a great eye cream and I love that it's a more natural brand. It's hydrating and smooth but could be a little oily. I've purchased this several times, but this time the product started separating toward the end of the bottle. I'd pump it out and the cream and oil would come out separately. It lasts me a really long time though (over a year I think), so the price is very fair.

Rating: 7/10

Would I repurchase? Yes

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser ($35 for 5oz): I got this as a sample from Ulta and it has a really smooth texture. The name really had me hoping it would make my skin like shiny, smooth porcelain. But unfortunately, my skin looks the same. It doesn't look worse and it didn't irritate me though so that's a win! I just don't think it wowed me enough to buy it myself.

Rating: 6/10

Would I repurchase? No

The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants ($9.70): At first I was appalled by the way this looked! I applied it to my whole face and was my face pink? Or gray? Or grayish-pink? My problem was that I thought this was a moisturizer with SPF in it, but it actually seems to be a full-blown sunscreen. As a sunscreen, I loved it and I wore it under my makeup every day and my face has never been paler lol. So it's doing its job for sure! I just wish it didn't give that weird pinky-gray whitecast so I can just wear it on its own when I'm out without makeup. I mean, the color does die down eventually but when you first put it on, it's a little weird. I was impressed with the fact that it seemed pretty matte and yet my skin looked healthy and glowy. I'm still not sure what kind of finish it has to be honest.

Rating: 8/10

Would I repurchase? Yes

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ($5.80 for 1oz): I really liked this but I wanted to loooove it. For the price, I think it's a really great gentle moisturizer that won't make you oily. I can picture using it on all skin types and am considering purchasing it for my freelance kit. But as with my high expectations for all skincare products, I just wanted it to do wonders for my skin. Also, this price is unbeatable. The 3.3 oz is $10.50!

Rating: 8/10

Would I repurchase? Yes

NYX #thisiseverything Lip Oil ($6): I've been trying to find a clean formula lip oil that compares to this but I can't! Even the expensive ones can't compete. This formula is just soooo good. Slick and shiny but not sticky at all!

Rating: 10/10

Would I repurchase? Yes

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