NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST GEL CREAM
It is January and my skin is starting to feel the effects of indoor heating and cold, frigid days. My skin is mainly dry, but my nose can be oily. I have reviewed the Laneige line in an earlier post. I absolutely love that line, but if you don’t want to break the bank on a daily face cream, this drugstore moisturizer is exactly what you are looking for: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream.
This is an oil-free cream for extra-dry skin (honestly, I think this would work for combination skin as well), and contains hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is able to retain moisture and you will see it in a lot of skincare products these days. It also contains olive extract which has moisturizing and anti-oxidant properties. It is non comedogenic and fragrance free. The cream absorbs almost instantly onto the skin, almost like a matte texture, and therefore provides a great base for foundation.
I have had this on for about 8 hours now, been outdoors in the cold and my skin feels great – not dry and not too oily! I love the gel texture as well.
I bought it on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for $19.99. I am pretty sure the bottle will last me for at least two months, if not more. Overall, pleased with this drugstore product!
MAC FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION
Next on my list is a foundation I discovered last year. Ok, so I have an olive-y complexion and I find it very hard to find foundation that matches my skin colour. I have been using Mac Studio Tech for pretty much all my life in NC30. It is thick, so good for dry skin and the compact makes it super easy and quick to use, but I felt that I wanted to move over to a lighter, light coverage liquid foundation. And I searched and tried on many different brands and shades. I wanted to move away from Mac.
After trying on foundation that looked good in store, only to come home a few hours later and see it oxidized on my face, and looking three shades darker than my skin, I thought I would go back to Mac and ask them to find me a match to NC30 in their other foundations. I told the girl at Mac that I was looking for light coverage, and something that wouldn’t oxidize on my face. She told me about their Face and Body foundation and OMG, I fell in love with it instantly!
Ok, so what’s the deal with this foundation? This is a lightweight foundation, it has a natural satin finish. It gives you that glow. It melted into my skin! I love, love this foundation! If you need a full coverage, you can build this up, but I don’t think it will be enough for a full coverage. This is a great everyday foundation. You can use it with a beauty blender or a foundation brush.
REVLON COLORBURST MATTE BALM
Next up, we have Revlon’s Matte Balm. Ok, so I discovered this at the drugstore, it is super cheap and when I have this lip colour on everyone keeps me asking me what I am wearing. The colour selection is limited, but … this lip is amazing! This is a super moisturizing lip colour that gives you a matte finish – yes, that actually exists. My lips NEVER dry out with this on, ever, and it actually lasts for a long time. I pair it with a liner sometimes and it looks fab! This retails for $8.96 CDN at Walmart. Go and buy it right now! I use the shade Sultry and it is this beautiful brownish pink shade. Great for everyday use!