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  • Fresh Skincare Studio-Regina Thomas

July Beauty: Hits and Misses!

Man, oh man, it's already almost August?! I feel like I was just getting excited that it was the beginning of summer, but we'll be getting pumped for fall before we know it! I tried quite a few new products in July and usually I only focus on my favorites because I like to keep things positive, but it occurred to me that if I don't share it when products are poo, then you might waste your money on them too! So, here it is:

July Beauty: Hits and Misses!

-CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths ($8 Target): Hit!

I love these. Honestly, I felt a little guilty buying them because there is debate in the skincare community about whether or not makeup removing wipes are good for your skin. Some professionals think they spread germs and bacteria around on your skin and others think that the cloths are too rough and can scratch the skin. Also, there's the whole landfill thing to consider (I'll be on the hunt for biodegradable wipes!). Personally, I think makeup removing wipes are fine to use so long as you're gentle with pressure and you follow using the wipes with actually cleansing your face. I love these specific wipes because they're cruelty-free, they're soft, they have no fragrance, they're non-comedogenic, and they're infused with moisturizers. I've used wipes in the past that legit burned when I used them and these ones are much more gentle! They do a great job of removing a lot of my makeup which makes my nighttime skin routine way easier!

-Mario Badescu Cleansing Milk ($12 Ulta): Miss!

Ugh, I'm so sad that I don't like this product! I very rarely endorse skincare brands that aren't professional, but I love Mario Badescu...except this "cleanser" is weird AF. I bought it because I love doing my evening double cleanse and I needed a new oil cleanser (I ran out of my beloved Sonia Roselli Japanese Cleansing Oil) and I wanted one that was affordable. Reading the label, this sounded perfect:

"This gentle, creamy wipe-off cleanser leaves dry and sensitive skin moist and clean with a nutrient and emollient rich Rice Oil formula."

However, no. It didn't remove my makeup; it just smeared all over the place and then I couldn't get this cleanser off because it leaves such a heavy residue and using water made it worse, so I ended up washing my face three times with a foam cleanser just to get this stuff off! I was so frustrated....and so pink from all of the scrubbing haha. I think I'll try this again in the winter when my skin feels more dry....I also think I'll remove my makeup with my wipes first and then use this and see how it goes. For now though, it's a miss.

-Botanics All Bright Soothing Eye Makeup Remover ($6 Ulta): Hit!

Dude. I've been on a search for an eye makeup remover for like a year! The reason it's been so tough is because I only want to use cruelty-free products! I used to be a Neutrogena eye makeup remover fan, but they've been banned from my household, so I've just been wandering the world with raccoon eyes...okay that was a little dramatic lol. Seriously though, I wear a crap ton of eye makeup, and I wear false lashes regularly, so I needed to find something to get all of that stuff off and this is it! I love this because it actually does what it needs to and it's fragrance and paraben-free, so it doesn't irritate my eyes!

-Ulta Beauty Bronze Glow Color Last Serum ($10 Ulta): Shmissit!

Ummmm, I can't decide if I love or hate this product! There are some great things about it: it's affordable, it builds nice color, it feels light on the skin, and it has Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea, and Vitamin E...but then, there's the fragrance. HOLY FRAGRANCE, BATMAN! This smells like straight up perfume, so much that it made my eyes water! I have pretty damn sensitive skin, so I'm nervous about products with a lot of scent to them and I was super scared I was going to get a rash from this stuff. Luckily, I did not. So, really it just depends on how you feel about how your products smell. This did give me great color, so I'll probably use it again... just in a well-ventilated area.

-Makeup Revolution Reloaded Iconic Newtrals 2 ($7 Ulta): Miss!

Okay, first off, I hate how they spelled "Newtrals" -just needed to get that off my chest. Second, meh. The colors in this palette swatch differently than they appear in the pan...and they swatch better than they perform. The shadows seem super pigmented when I first apply them, but they blend away into nothingness! This is my first time trying any of the Makeup Revolution eye shadows and I was not as stoked as I hoped I'd be. A lot of people really enjoy this brand, so I may purchase one more palette just to see if this was an anomaly.

-e.l.f. Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick ($5 Ulta): Hit!

I bought this as impulse buy because I love metallics and the packaging is pretty-I'm glad I did! This is easy to apply and has a nice applicator, it dries down quickly, and it's quite comfy for a liquid lipstick! The only problem I had is that I bought the shade Pretty Penny thinking it would look more red/copper and it dried down to more of a brown, which is not cute for my skin tone. I'm definitely going to pick up another one of these in a different shade! I wore this for several hours while eating and drinking and living my life and it didn't transfer or flake off, which is amazing for a $5 liquid lipstick!

There you have it, July hits and misses....I've already started thinking about products to try for August! It'll be time to switch up my skincare routine and bust out my fall lipsticks before too long! I hope you're enjoying this last little bit of July!



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