Fall Staples You {Need} To Have In Your Life

Welcome to September, one of my favorite months! The month the pumpkin spice latte makes its return, the month it’s actually cool enough to wear your light scarves and a light jacket at night.

I have been anxiously waiting for summer to end and that happens THIS. MONTH! (Insert heart eye emojis here.) Although it’s still a bit warm during the days here in Oklahoma I’m going to go ahead and pull out my fall staples. Everyone needs a few fall staples to fall back on every year. Some that are classic and will never go out of style, and some that are new to go with the trends. It can be clothes, it can be skin care (skin needs change with the seasons), or it can be makeup. I’m going to share with you a few of my fall staples, and a few things you will need for fall this year.

My Fall Staples

My favorite fall staple has to be boots. It doesn’t have to be one specific pair, it can be many, many pairs of boots. Knee high boots, ankle booties, or anywhere in-between. My faves this year are these that I just got from Old Navy, and they come in 5 color choices!

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A favorite sweatshirt or hoodie is also important to me. I love cooler fall nights, so I have to have a sweatshirt or hoodie that I can sit out on my patio and enjoy my fire pit in. It’s always comfortable no matter the style or design. Comfort is the important factor for me.

I have to change my cleanser, serum and moisturizer when cooler weather hits because my skin goes from combination skin to dry skin. Usually this is the case for everyone. Weather can completely change your skin, so always think about that when the seasons are changing and you’re at Sephora looking for a new moisturizer. This year I am going to use my Air Repair Cleansing Milk (seriously, you have to try this stuff!!!), Ole Henricksen Vitamin C serum, and I’ll start with Aveda Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion and see how my skin reacts. Sometimes I need to change my moisturizer several times before finding the right combo.

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Several different warm toned lip colors will be in my purse starting this month. Fall makeup tones have to be my absolute favorite of any season! Dark reds, browns, caramels, dark oranges, sounds perfect doesn’t it? I have already found several that I am in love with and have started to wear already. This NYX  shade: Budapest one is life!

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What You Need This Fall

Keep up with this year’s fall trends by getting yourself a pair of ankle booties. Peep toed ankle boots are a big thing this year, but closed toed will last you through winter.

A few warm toned lip colors and a fall eye shadow palette. Like I said above, dark reds, caramels, browns, and dark oranges will go along with a lot of the clothes designed for fall style.

Check your skin care routine. If your skin seems to be acting different you will need to switch your products.

A light scarf. Nothing too heavy, but a light scarf is not only cute, but it can keep you warm on those evenings spent sipping wine on the patio of your favorite restaurant.

What Is Your Favorite Fall Staple?

Is there something I’m missing that you can’t live without? Leave it in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

{Mascara} The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

So, I’m a sucker for mascaras. I’ll try them all. Cheap, expensive, waterproof, fiber. I’m a girl that doesn’t have to have eyeliner or foundation on when I leave the house, but I always have my mascara. These past 6 months I have tried 5 different mascaras and found that some of them are worth the money, and some of them not so much. One of them I even hated so much that I used it twice and ended up throwing it away. It was really that bad.

So here you have it…The good, The bad, and The ugly of Mascaras.

Let’s start with one of the “goods”, which has always been a personal favorite of mine.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

This one is an expert at curling and lengthening the lashes, which has a lot to do with the hook n’ roll brush. The curved brush tip works wonders when it comes to curling and separating. Add two coats of it and you’re adding lots of length to your lashes as well. Out of all of the mascaras I’ve tried these past several months this one definitely looks and feels the most natural. My lashes don’t feel weighed down, and they’re soft to the touch. It washes off easily with your cleanser, which is nice because it doesn’t require an eye makeup remover like some of the other mascaras.

Retails for $24.

Finished look of the Roller Lash Mascara

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Another “good” one is the classic beauty blogger fave, Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara. I’ve heard bloggers talking about this one for a very long time, and this technically wasn’t my first time to try it. I have to say it isn’t my absolute favorite, but I see what the hype is about. It adds a lot of thickness to the lashes, which is nice for someone like me with very thin natural lashes. What I don’t like about it is that you have to be careful applying it or it will clump up quite a bit. It seems to take me longer to apply, so I only use it sometimes. It doesn’t wash off super easily with just your cleanser, so you have to use an eye makeup remover when taking it off.

Retails for $23.

Finished look of the Better Than Sex Mascara

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Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

When I first started using this mascara I had very mixed feelings about it. I kept seeing pictures of people who had used it and their lashes looked pretty awesome, and mine just seemed to look ugly. I kept using it, though, and I’m glad that I stuck it out because it works pretty awesome when you figure out how to use it properly! It’s a little tricky at first. There’s a transplant mascara that you apply OVER a different mascara (I used Roller Lash as my base), then you apply the fibers, and then REAPPLY the transplant mascara over the fibers. See? Tricky. But I really like the way it lengthens and thickens my lashes. It gives lashes the look of false strip lashes without fussing with the glue and application. This does not come off with your cleanser, so eye makeup remover is required for removal.

Retails for $29.

Finished look of the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

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Wondering which mascara is the “bad” one? It’s seriously the worst mascara I’ve ever tried….it’s

Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara

Revlon claims that it’s going to lengthen, add volume and definition, lift, and add intense color. It literally did none of these things for me. This drug store mascara is only $6 but I wouldn’t waste my money on it again. I used it twice and then threw it away because it wasn’t even good enough to just finish the tube and move on. I definitely think there are way better mascaras that are priced about the same as the Revlon All-In-One. Don’t even waste your time or efforts on this one.

Retails for $6.

Finished look of the Revlon All-In-One Mascara.

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Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara

My cousin is a Mary Kay Consultant and sent me a sample of the Lash Intensity Mascara a few months ago, and let me tell you, it quickly rose to the top of my favorite mascara list! It’s amazing! My lashes look so full, long, and dark all while staying very smooth and natural feeling. I am starting to really love Mary Kay products! Not very long ago I tried a charcoal mask from Mary Kay and was so impressed! (You can find my review here.) The mascara is easy to apply because it looks good even with just one coat.  If you want to check it out or have questions about the product, contact my girl Audrey Parnell. It’s definitely worth the money, in my opinion. I think I’ve found my new go-to mascara!

Retails for $18.

Finished look of the Lash Intensity Mascara.

Mary Kay Lash Intensity mascara

What’s your all time favorite mascara? Leave it in the comments below!

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Makeup Details {8-20-17} + OOTD

Spent my morning in Utica Square Tulsa just walking around and drinking iced coffee with a friend. We are both moms of babies under 6 months old, so we both needed to relax and get out for a bit!

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My sweet husband kept both of our kids busy the entire morning so I could get ready with little interruptions (only a few! Which is a major improvement from the normal 10). It’s amazing how refreshed a mom can feel after just a few hours of “me” time.

Makeup Details

From top to bottom:

Face- Aveda Dual foundation, Benefit Watts Up highlighter

Brows- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in brunette

Cheeks- Elf Cosmetics blush in Shy, Too Faced Pink Leopard bronzing powder

Eyes- Sephora strip lashes, Mary Kay lash intensity mascara, Kat Von D Ink liner in Trooper

Lips- Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Perla

Outfit Details

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I just got these super cute ankle boots from Old Navy this week! They have them in 4 other colors, and they’re surprisingly comfortable.

This tank is an old one I got several years ago from Forever 21 (back when I was actually young enough to shop there), and it has a really cute bow in the back!

I am newly obsessed with Gap jeans. I have several dark wash pairs that I wear all of the time! They’re so slimming and flattering. You can’t go wrong with Gap!

And last but not least, my awesome Kate Spade bag that I found a few weeks ago in the top of my closet that I forgot I had. I said in a previous blog post that I’d be wearing it for months to come, and that still stands. It’s small enough, can carry enough, and not to mention really adorable.

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Utica Square

The next time you’re in the Tulsa area you should definitely head to Utica Square! There’s tons of great shopping there, and some really delicious restaurants. If you’re there on a Monday, you can come by Ihloff Salon and Day Spa and see me for a brow consultation or facial! Stop in or call 918-587-2566 to book an appointment ahead of time.

{Air Repair} Skincare Full Review

I will start by saying that lately my skin has been all over the place and it’s been hard trying to find the right balance to keep my skin hydrated without clogging my pores. The past few weeks I’ve been using everything in the Air Repair Skincare Grab & Glow Kit. I wanted to use it for a few weeks before writing my review so I could get a real sense of how the products work. The entire Air Repair Skincare line is made vegan, cruelty free, and gluten-free.

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Inflam-aging skin

“Everyday the skin is bombarded with harsh environmental factors that trigger inflammatory mediators- the same molecules that act locally at the site of an infection but can over react in this situation, causing dryness, dehydration and irritation.  The extract blends specific to Air Repair Skincare are designed to block this pathway and help heal the skin immediately, along with other active ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Heat Shock Proteins to deliver visible results. Irritating preservatives such as Parabens and Mineral Oil, which are still used in many beauty brands today, lead to pre-mature aging of the skin as well. All the Air Repair Skincare products are free of Parabens, and Mineral Oil.” – Air Repair

Soothing Facial Cleansing Milk

I cannot get enough of this cleanser! I love it so much that I’m going to say it again. I cannot get enough of this cleanser! It’s probably the best cleanser that I’ve ever used. It leaves my skin soft and hydrated with no flakiness. It’s made with aloe vera, arnica extract, chamomile extract, and rosehip and borage oil, which help to soothe, reduce infammation, and rejuvinate stressed skin. You’d think with it being a milky cleanser that it would only be good for dry skin but that isn’t true! It can be used on any skin type because of the antibacterial and antiseptic properties. That means anyone with acne prone skin doesn’t have to worry about it clogging their pores and making them break out. It actually helps reduce the redness and swelling of pimples, while killing trapped bacteria to help clear the pores. I will never use a different cleanser again! Do yourself a favor and get some of this right now.

Complexion-Quenching Facial Mist

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I love toners that you mist on the face because they are super refreshing and you can use them as many times a day as you feel you need. They are an excellent way to balance the pH of the skin and leave it soothed and hydrated. I have carried this facial mist around with me in my bag and I use it several times a day, even if I’m wearing makeup. It doesn’t take my makeup off, it actually works more like a setting spray. Definitely a new summer staple.

Super Hydrating Eye Cream

I have been using this eye cream at night, but you can use it morning and night. It’s goal is to de-puff, re-hydrate, diminish the appearance of dark circles, and reduce fine lines and signs of aging. I’ve been watching the little crows feet around my eyes to see if I can tell a difference and I can’t yet, but it HAS only been a few weeks. Normal eye creams can take up to 4-8 weeks before seeing results. It HAS, however, helped brighten my eye area. I have a 3 year old girl and a 5 month old baby boy- there is rarely a day that I don’t have dark circles. After using this eye cream I haven’t noticed my dark circles like I used to. I don’t fight to cover them up with concealer every day. I’m enjoying this eye cream so far, and am excited to see if it helps diminish my crows feet as well!

Maximum Moisture Lip Quencher Plump and Repair Lip Treatment

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I have enjoyed using this so far, and I’m very picky about my lip cosmetics. This works like a tinted moisturizer but for your lips. Normally when I wear lip colors I have to wear a layer of Burt’s Bees under it to make my lips feel moisturized, but I don’t have to do that with this lip treatment. I feel like my lips are hydrated enough without it, and I like that I can do a thin layer for a light tint, or a thicker layer for bolder color. I’m happy that I have another lip tint that I can carry around in my bag without having to worry if I also have my Burt’s Bees. As for making my lips look plumper, I haven’t noticed a major difference. I do have pretty small lips, though, so I don’t think anything will ever really change that for me.

Complexion Boosting Moisturizer

This is a moisturizer good for all skin types, and focuses on hydrating and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. I like that a little bit goes a long way with this cream. I have used it day and night, and I have noticed that if you use too much there is a little bit of a shine. So make sure you use a pea sized amount and massage it into your skin to make sure it soaks in deep and doesn’t sit on the surface. This moisturizer has drastically improved the flakiness that’s usually around my nose and I like the way it leaves my skin feeling. Try it out, you won’t be disappointed!

Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve

This is an interesting product, for sure. They call it “the Swiss army knife of beauty products” because it is an all-purpose skin salve, you can use it on any part of the body needing instant moisture. Face, cuticles, lips, elbows, you name it and it will do the job! I used this on my hands and feet several nights in a row and it made a significant difference on my feet. They’re so smooth, it feels like I just got a pedicure! My hands are constantly being washed (two kids require lots of hand washing) and I haven’t noticed them getting very dry or cracked lately. I’m interested to see how this product continues to work for me, and will update you later if I find any other unique uses for it!

Have you tried any Air Repair Skincare products yet? Their products are available on airrepairskincare.com, target.com, and birchbox.com

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e.l.f. {Hydrating Bubble Mask} Review

elf cosmetics, elf, bubble maskI had several friends who recommended the e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask so I had to try it out for myself! Honestly, I am new to the e.l.f. community so I haven’t tried a lot of their products. I started with some of their makeup products first and was not disappointed. Now I can officially say the same about my first try with e.l.f. skin care.

Let me start by saying that e.l.f. focuses on being 100% vegan and cruelty free! As a lover of all animals I am especially grateful that they choose to not test their products on them. So that right there automatically made me want to try out their products.

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The e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask is good for any skin type, so it doesn’t matter if you have acne or wrinkles, you can use this product. And yes, if you have oily/acne skin it is still important to hydrate your skin! This mask is supposed to clean the dirt out of your pores and leave your skin hydrated, clean, and glowing. Did it do what it says it is supposed to do? Yes, for me it did. I noticed a brightness to my skin once I removed the mask and I loved how it made my skin feel.

It goes on your skin as a gel, and when it bubbles and foams you know it’s done! Personally, I left it on another 8 minutes after it finished foaming just to let it do as much for my skin as it could. I’d recommend you do the same, as long as you have enough time. You won’t be disappointed! The e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask retails for only $14.00, which is a very reasonable price for any skin care product.

 

e.l.f. Mascara **Bonus**

A friend of mine just tried her first e.l.f. mascara and showed me her before and after pictures- you won’t believe how good it looks! She purchased the e.l.f. Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara for $3 and I’d say it was well worth the money! I will be trying their mascara next, for sure!

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{Have you tried e.l.f. products before? What did you think? Leave your thoughts below in the comments!}

{OOTD 8-9-17} Target Beauty Haul!

It’s super easy to walk into Target and leave with tons of stuff you didn’t need, and today I was one of those people. The good news is that I didn’t have to spend very much! NYX cosmetics was having a BUY 1 GET 1 half off deal on their lip colors, so I picked out a few that I will get to use a lot this fall.

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I’m always a sucker for masks, and today I got one that I am so stoked to use! It’s e.l.f. cosmetics Hydrating Bubble Mask! (Review to come later.) My skin has been all over the place lately, which I blame on hormones, and I’ve needed extra hydration. I’ve heard good things from friends about this mask, so I am excited to see if it lives up to it’s hype.

*e.l.f. blush review on previous post.

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For those of you loving my “I Coffee So Hard” shirt, you can find it here! It’s a great go-to shirt for shopping and running errands because it is SO comfortable and soft. (Currently out of stock in size medium, which is the size of this one.) It’s cute on its own, but some days I like to add a little more to it and tie a shirt around my waist and wear a hat.

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These black jeans are from Target, and are pretty slimming. They aren’t true to size, though, so make sure you get a size up. I like to roll up the bottom a few times during the summertime.

I am in love with these black TOMS because they go with basically anything. They’re simple and casual. Comfortable and easy to wear. I have TOMS in several other colors, but don’t wear them near as much as my black ones.

<<Hurry out to Target to catch the NYX sale, and stock up on lots of fall makeup!>>

e.l.f. Blush Review

About a week ago I purchased my first e.l.f. blush, just wanting to see how it would hold up against the more expensive blushes like Benefit’s Coralista (a personal fave). I have used it every day since I bought it so I could get a real opinion on it. I changed nothing about my normal routine- no new moisturizers, same foundation, etc. I didn’t want anything to mess with my opinion on it.

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e.l.f. Blush vs. Other Blushes

I’ve concluded that the only main difference between e.l.f. and other brands is that e.l.f. rubs off a little easier. It goes on well, and the pigment is good with a few coats. It seemed to stay on a little better throughout the day when I wet my brush before applying it.

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(Get full makeup details here.)

Some of the more expensive blushes don’t rub off so easily, which I assume is why they cost more. They are also more pigmented with just one application, but personally it didn’t bother me to put on more than one coat. One downfall of e.l.f. is that there aren’t many color choices (only 3), so only certain skin tones can pull it off.

Do I recommend it?

Definitely worth a try! I mean, it’s only $2.00 so if you don’t like it it isn’t the end of the world. I really like the color (Shy) so I’ll continue to wear it. I really want to try the other colors out as well.

Let me know if you’ve tried it in the comments!

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OOTD / MOTD 8-3-17

Yesterday was one day that I actually managed to get into an outfit other than yoga pants and a t-shirt, had my hair done, AND makeup done! All on the same day! This doesn’t happen very often, so I had to document it.

Makeup Details

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Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in dark brown
Face: Aveda Dual Foundation, Elf blush in shy pink, Watts Up highlighter
Eyes: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in black, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Smashbox full exposure palette
Lips: Stila Stay All Day matte lipstick in Patina

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Outfit Details
(From Top to Bottom)

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Necklace: Old Navy (Exact one is gone, but here’s a cute one that looks similar)
Shirt: Gap relaxed peplum tank in black
Jeans: Gap skinny jeans dark wash
Shoes: Steve Madden booties in black
Purse: Tan Kate Spade New York bag (Exact one is gone, but here’s a similar one)

I totally forgot that I had this Kate Spade bag in my closet, so when I found it yesterday it felt like Christmas! I know what I’ll be carrying for awhile!

Also, I am beyond ready for fall to be here! Boots, sweaters, scarves, pumpkin spice lattes. The list goes on and on. I’ll definitely be that girl dressing in fall attire starting October 1st, even when this Oklahoma weather is still in the 80’s. #SorryNotSorry

VIB Bridal Edition

I asked several women who were recently married or in a wedding party what beauty item they ABSOLUTELY couldn’t live without for the ceremony and they had some great answers! Some of which I never would have thought of! So if you’re set to be married soon, grab a pen; You’ll want to jot these down.

 

Here’s the list of top 5 VIB for brides from brides:

1. False strip lashes. If you don’t have naturally thick and long eyelashes then strip lashes really make your eyes pop in pictures! Several women recommended Lilly Lashes saying they’re so beautiful and last forever. Meaning you can reuse them over and over.

2. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35. “Formulated with emollients and optical pearl pigments, Camera Ready BB Cream gives skin a glowing, ethereal look and provides a hydrating veil for the complexion to maintain moisture on the surface of the skin while controlling shine—without leaving behind a chalky finish.” –Sephora websiteThere were several ladies who mentioned this BB cream, which makes me want to try it, too! All 3 women said that this was very lightweight and they didn’t feel like they had a ton of makeup on.

 

 

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3. Dermaplaning. It isn’t exactly a beauty ITEM, but several women said they recommended that above everything else! They noted that it left their skin super smooth which helped their makeup go on evenly. If you haven’t heard of dermaplaning before,  it’s a method of exfoliation that uses a 10 gauge scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing a smoother, brighter complexion. In that process it also removes peach fuzz and hair from the face, so do this within a few days of your wedding day!

4. Eye cream. One bride swears that Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm took away the puffiness after just a few uses before her wedding day. It contains caffeine, green tea extracts, cucumber, vitamin c, and aloe which all work to sooth puffiness and speed up circulation under the eyes to reduce dark circles.

5. Teeth whitener. This is one that I wouldn’t have thought to include on my list if not for several brides mentioning it! One bride used the BrightWhite Smile Teeth Whitening Light, while the others used Crest Whitestrips. The ladies that used the Crest Whitestrips reported a really noticeable difference after just one week of use. The bride that used the BrightWhite Smile Light said she loved it because there were no bad tasting strips, and no teeth sensitivity.

 

Hopefully I helped a bride or two prepare a little more for the big day! One thing that isn’t an actual item but I think is important, is to smile! Don’t stress out too much and try to enjoy your special day. All a bride really needs is a smile to make her beautiful!

Let’s Talk Moisturizer.

Finding a moisturizer you like can be one of the hardest things! Everyone is so different in their preferences. If you try one because you like the way it feels, it may not even be focusing on the issues you want. Or if you find one specifically for your acne breakouts, you may hate the way it feels on your skin. So what IS the best way to find a moisturizer that you’re going to like?

 

Decide What’s Important

The first thing you should consider before buying a moisturizer is deciding what is most important to you. Do you want one that makes your skin feel soft? Do you need one for your clogged pores and not care at all how it feels as long as it works? Decide what your top focus is and start there. Obviously if you hate the way thick creams feel on your skin, avoid looking at the thick creams even if it says it’s for your skin type.

There will be something out there for everyone, and you will find products that fit your needs. You just have to do a little research. So that means not just grabbing one and saying, “I’ll try this one” but instead reading several different bottles, from several different brands. If you’re not sure, you can always ask someone for help. I know that the ladies working at Sephora know their products and will take the time to find what’s right for you.

 

If You’re Going By Skin Type

If focusing on skin issues is top priority, then look for skin care lines that have a line specifically aimed at you.

Moisturizers for dry skin typically are richer and thicker creams.

Moisturizers for oily skin typically are light and more watery.

Moisturizers for aging skin lean more towards the dry skin category, but will use specific ingredients to help fight the aging process. Things like vitamin C, vitamin E, retinols, and alpha-hydroxy acids.

Moisturizers for acne prone skin lean more towards the oily skin category, but will use specific ingredients to help kill trapped bacteria and sooth redness. Things like alpha-hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and tea tree oil.

 

If You’re Going By Feeling

If you have pretty normal skin and just want to find one that feels good, then look at verbiage on the bottle. It will usually have a description on the bottle somewhere telling you about the product. Look for key words like cream, lotion, rich, sensitive skin, etc. to help you decide which one sounds like your preference. A lot of places will have testers out, so get a small amount out and try it on the back of your hand. That will give you a good idea if it’s one you’d like or not like.

Finding the right brand for you can also be an important factor. Every brand is different, so don’t just stick to ones you have used before. Skin care is always evolving so don’t be afraid to try something new. Who knows, you may just find a new favorite!