Top Five: Body Care Favorites

My skin already leans dry, but this time of year it can get a bit crazy. Now that we’re almost through the depths of winter, I thought it was a good opportunity to share some of my favorite body care products for keeping my skin smooth, soft, and nourished.

ShaveWorks The Cool Fix ย ($21.00/10ml @ Sephora) – If you tend to break out or get ingrown hairs after waxing your brows or upper lip, this little guyย is just for you. A soothing, skin resurfacing and conditioning treatment in a convenient rollerball stick, I apply this all over my brow area and upper lip after waxing (and for the next few days). It calms the skin and has done a great job of curbing post-wax breakouts and ingrown hairs. There is a larger format tube for bikini and other larger waxed areas available too, but I haven’t tried that one yet.

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Not gonna lie, I half bought this just to see how much of a gimmick it was, but my skin was so well behaved after waxing earlier this month! ๐ŸŒ I used @shaveworks The Cool Fix lip & brow formula (it's a rollerball style applicator) around my eyebrows for three days after waxing and not a single ingrown hair or clogged pore in sight. ๐Ÿ”ฌ Glycerin and sodium hyaluronate soothe the skin, while salicylic and glycolic acids gently exfoliate to keep skin smooth and clear, highly recommend to anyone prone to redness, ingrown hairs, or other post-waxing issues. Pretty damn impressed. ๐Ÿ #makeup #makeupnerdery #makeupaddict #makeuplover #skincare #shaveworks #brows #waxing #hairremoval #skincarescience #science #glycerin #humectant #BHA #AHA #chemicalexfoliant #cool #photography #photooftheday #igdaily #beautyblogger #blogger #blog #bbloggers #smoothskin #browsonpoint

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wash ($25.00/16oz / Ulta) – I have had pretty strong allergies most of my life, but the last few years my itchy skin has driven me absolutely mad. This past year I finally started investigating the ingredients my products had in common and stumbled upon sodium lauryl sulfate and all its buddies – it’s a cheap surfactant that isn’t inherently evil, but can cause dry and itchy skin for those who are sensitive to it. This body wash is definitely pricey, but it’s one of the best sulfate-free products I’ve tried and it leaves my skin feeling soothed and clean instead of itchy and dry.

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2015: The Shitlist

I realize I’m a bit late on the “posts about 2015” thing, but I really wanted to take some time to think about the products before publicly berating them. I made a post not too long about my hits and shitsย of the summer, but I’ve had a few flops since then and figured I’d share my thoughts.

If you’re on the fence about aย product or trying to talk yourself out of buying it, here are my top disappointing products for 2015. Conversely, if one of your all-time holy grail products has made this list, please do not be offended. Everyone has a different skin tone and type, as well as varying personal preferences! Just because a product didn’t work for me does not automatically make it a bad product overall and it’s not meant to be a personal insult to you if you do enjoy or even love any of the products mentioned below.

 

Tarte PAP bronzerTarte Park Avenue Princessย Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer ($30.00)ย – Okay so there isn’t actually anything wrong with this product, the issue is really with how people use it and advertise it. This is a nice, slightly more neutral-toned, lighter brown matte bronzer from a brand that makes my absolute favorite blush formula. My problem with this product is not with the product itself, but with what people are saying about it and the reasoning behind my purchase. This is NOT the best bronzer for cool toned pale skin, and it is absolutely 100% not the best contour for cool toned pale skin. Bronzer and contour are not the same thing, should not be promoted as such, and this is not a product meant for contouring. I currently run at about NW13 in MAC, so anybody still on the fair side but darker than me will likely find success with this product as a bronzer. However, if you try to contour with this, you’re gonna have a bad time – it left me looking rather dirty and muddy as opposed to warm and sun-kissed. Return!

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