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Beauty Product Reviews

My second passion after health and fitness is beauty. I love trying new hair, makeup, and skincare products, although I do have some top favorites which are my every day uses. Although I tend to stick to what works for me, trying new things is a great way to find a better product, or sometimes to know which products to stay away from.

Facial Cleansers

Clearasil Ultra Daily Facewash
Price: $7.99 at most drugstores
My Rating:
I’ve been using this to target my breakouts as well as keep them at bay. I’ve been using Clearasil on and off since I was about 14 and it’s always worked well for me. It may leave your skin a bit dry if you have sensitive skin so make sure to use a moisturizer along with your cleanser.

MAC Green Gel Cleanser
Price: $19.00 USD
My Rating:
I used this for a very long time, morning and night, to wash my face. An amazing product, but if you have drier skin, it may leave you with some dry patches. My skin was fresh, clear, and even.

LUSH Angels On Bare Skin Cleanser
Price: $9.50 USD
My Rating:
I really enjoyed using this product. I used this in the morning and the Rosemary helped to wake me up. My skin looked vibrant and bright, and it was an amazing exfoliator as well as a daily cleanser. My only gripe? The smell was a bit too potent for me. But otherwise a great product, which lasts you a long time.

Facial Moisturizers

MAC Oil Control Lotion
Price: $28.00 USD
My Rating:
This is my daily moisturizer. I tend to have more oily skin in the summer time so this works great for me. It also leaves skin with a more matte feel so I apply this as a base before I put on makeup.

MAC Studio Fix Moisturizer SPF 15
Price: $28.00 USD
My Rating:
I’m bad at wearing sunscreen so this one gets 4 stars because it has SPF in it already. It loses one star because it made my skin mega oily. It works by releasing moisturizer throughout the day, almost like a time release. For people with dry skin this product is for you. For normal/oily if you are going to use it, use it before bed not as a daytime moisturizer. There is also a non-SPF version

Soaps/Body Washes

Olay Body Wash plus Creme Ribbons
Price: $8.99 at most drugstores
My Rating:
This has been my every day body wash since it came out on the market. I love Olay products, and I knew they were on the right track incorporating rich lotion into a wash. This has a light scent and comes in many different variations. (I use pink!) I love using this wash after I shave because you hardly need the extra moisturizer after washing with this. Throughout the winter this is a must have, especially if you live in a cold dry area. I haven’t used something else for my body in a very long time. The light scent of almond extract is relaxing, and not overpowering.

LUSH Rockstar Soap
Price: $7.60 USD
My Rating:
I loved the color, but don’t judge a book by its cover. While this is not the worst soap I’ve ever tried, it was definitely not the best. It does get you clean (my skin literally squeaked!), but with a drying effect. I had to slather on a ton of moisturizer after using this. If you’re a construction worker, or a lady (or man?) who gets really dirty on a regular basis, use this soap. If you’re idea of getting dirty is dusting the house, stick to something a bit more gentle.

Body Creams, Butters, & Lotions

St. Ives Natural Healing with Vitamin E
Price: $9.99 at most drugstores
My Rating:
This is an amazing lotion. I tend to suffer from dry skin in the winter, like most people, and this lotion was a great find. I’ve never used St. Ive’s products, but I’m hooked. This is my every day lotion if I’m not wearing something with a fragrance. It has Vitamin E to help protect skin, and treat dry skin.

Fixers & Conditioners

MAC Fix+
Price: $15.00 USD
My Rating:
This is basically vitamin water for your face! I use it when it’s hot and sticky out to refresh and you can also use it to set your makeup. I love this product because you don’t have to wear makeup to use it. It works for everyone!

MAC Lip Conditioner Stick SPF 15
Price: $13.00 USD
My Rating:
I am not a lipstick girl, so for those of you who don’t like lipstick this is wonderful. It’s similar to a gloss but has a thicker consistency. Also, it has SPF 15 so again, perfect for summer and beach time. It smells like vanilla and goes on nice and smooth.