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Best discovery of the last 6 months?

I always like hearing of other people’s product successes, so I thought I’d ask: What has been your best beauty product discovery of the last 6 months? 


Mine has been BECCA - Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer:A2495B22-105E-468D-A379-5BB52B80C29E.jpegUpon first application, I honestly thought it had done nothing. I shrugged, continued on with my usual morning makeup routine, and went about my day. Later in the day, however, I did a double take when I looked in a mirror and saw how improved my under eye area looked! After a couple weeks of daily use, a coworker even commented that I looked younger. Who doesn’t want to hear that once in a while 😁

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I love my SC Cleansing Wipes, too! I always keep a stash in my gym bag because it's the fastest way to clean my skin after a workout. <333

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@PenelopeBT  I keep them:


-on my nightstand

-on the living room coffee table 

-in the bathroom 

-in my purse

-in my desk at work

-in my car

-in my swim bag


I am the Frank’s Hot Sauce lady of Sephora wipes 😂



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My latest and greatest discovery is a shampoo and conditioner pair that have improved my hair so much:


DRYBAR - On The Rocks Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo


DRYBAR - On The Rocks Lightweight Conditioner


I swim in chlorinated water every day and I don’t wear a swimming cap because I find them so annoying. Naturally that means that I have to use very effective shampoos, conditioners, and masks to try to restore my hair every day. (For reference, I have fine, dry, naturally curly, shoulder-length, colour-treated hair.)


I used to be an Alterna Haircare diehard, but after trying samples of Drybar On The Rocks this week, I’ll be switching. The shampoo removes the chlorine from my hair so effortlessly, without stripping away what natural oils remain. The conditioner is lightweight yet leaves my hair so soft, shiny, and manageable that I don’t even need to use a leave-in product anymore. 


I’m so glad I finally got around to pulling this sample out of my bin. It’s definitely a game changer for my hair routine!

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@PinkEvergreen, I bought the Becca Anti Fatigue Under Eye Primer about a month or so ago and have been less then pleased. Would you mind explaining the way you apply this? I apply after all skincare and SPF. I apply a thin layer with my ring finger under each eye and then either a highlighter pen (YSL) or a lightweight concealer. I have mature eye with fine lines and a little crepe so I hate every concealer I have used but still fall for the hype and keep trying!! Any tips would be appreciated!

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@makeupjunkie65  I have combination skin, so I’m very careful about my morning routine, otherwise my makeup slides and creases, particularly under the eyes. I do all my major skin care in the evenings, so that my skin is well-balanced in the morning and doesn’t need anything extra. (I know most people will say that moisturizing in the morning is an absolute must, but I think we all need to make the choices that work for our individual skin types, too 😊)


After showering in the morning, and once my skin is completely dry, I apply the Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer. I take a dab, and press it gently into my under eye area until it melds completely with the skin. I’ve learned to apply a very small amount, otherwise it can actually cause more creasing. Within 10 minutes, my under eyes appear smoother, which means the fine lines are more shallow and easier to camouflage. 


Next, I apply a water-based primer. I typically alternate between:


BECCA - First Light Priming Filter Face Primerand 

MILK MAKEUP - Hydro Grip Primer


I apply it pretty quickly with my fingers on most of my face, but I take care to pat it carefully on my under eye area (instead of using a wiping motion) to avoid moving the Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer around. 


Next, I proceed right to applying my custom blend of foundation and BB cream, along with eyeshadow, blush, etc. Since I’ve been using Korean, Taiwanese, and Japanese brightening sheet masks several evenings per week, I no longer have the need to brighten my under eyes with concealer. (The sheet masks take care of all my hyperpigmentation and discolouration so efficiently, and have the added benefit of keeping my skin hydrated, plumped, and acne-free!)


Finally, I dust my face with a very light layer of loose powder to seal the deal. (I’ve recently stopped using setting spray because it was exaggerating texture on my face.)  My favourite powder for the last year or so, because it really flatters mature skin, has been:


GIVENCHY - Prisme Libre Loose Powder - 2 Taffetas Beige


I hope this helps you attain better results with the Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer. If not, I’m sure everyone will jump in with other great suggestions for under eye products that are working for them that may be better suited to your skin type 😊

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I love the Ren Glow Toner!!! I have normal to dry and mature skin and this makes my face soooooooo soft!!! Gentle enough to use every morning and I still use my DE Babyfacial weekly. The bottle is enormous and a little goes a long way!! Great purchase!

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I love ren skincare 

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@makeupjunkie65  I’m not sure if I’ve ever tried this toner. I need to go digging through my REN samples now 😊


Do you mean this one?


REN CLEAN SKINCARE - Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

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@PinkEvergreen, it is a amazing and often overlooked product!!💎👍💎

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I wouldn't call this a beauty product, but I'm obsessed with Megababe Thigh Rescue for summer! I'm blessed with some THICK soccer thighs, and I've avoided dresses for too long due to the dreaded chub rub, or else being forced to wear Spanx or undershorts that roll up/down/every which way. Recently I discovered Bandelettes, which are like garters that protect your thighs and *do not budge*, but Megababe might be even better. It's made with aloe and fruit oils, which I feel more comfortable applying close to my *ahem* than deodorant, and it applies clear. One application doesn't last all day - I typically carry it in my purse and reapply once - but boy do my thighs feel good when it's on! 

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@tastelikewater  This sounds like a good product! Do you apply it in combination with the bandalettes, or is it an “either or” situation?

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@PinkEvergreen It's definitely an either/or situation. Bandelettes need to be used on their own, 'cause if there's any slip they won't stay on. 

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Hi @tastelikewater ,


OOOoooo! I am intrigued. I have some thiccness to my thighs as well and nothing is worse than when they stick and rub together when it is hot outside! 


Best Wishes,



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My two best discoveries are TATCHA - The Satin Skin Mist

and IT COSMETICS - CC+ Cream with SPF 50+.

I was worried that the Tatcha mist would leave my skin dry after reading a couple of reviews that mentioned that, however it just did a great job of  cutting down the oiliness of my T-zone.  It also pairs perfectly with the It Cosmetics CC cream for the same reason. I always hated how greasy I looked after a couple of hours, but these two are lifesavers for me now! So glad I tried them out.

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@ParrotTulips  I’m actually in the market for a new finishing spray, so I appreciate you mentioning Tatcha Satin Skin Mist. I’ve been using Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray and lately I feel like it’s really exaggerating my texture, even though I now have less than I had three years ago! Things that make you go hmmmm... 🤔


Glad to hear it’s pairing well with the IT CC cream, too! Half the battle of finding the right products is figuring out which ones actually play well together! 😅

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Best discovery of past 6 months for me is INDIE LEE - Squalane Facial Oil

even more so than consonant HydrExtreme. It has helped my dry red irritated flaky skin after retinol mishaps. Leaves my skin like baby, absorbs completely and not greasy in thr least. 

I have been using DE Marula for more than 2 years, also tried SR Juno, Josie Maran Argan oil, YTTP oil and few others. NOTHING comes close to how awesome this one is. This has permanent spot in MU routine now every evening and sometimes in the mornings too.

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@naturalooks15  I wondered about this oil. Glad to hear it’s worked wonders for you! I was just at Sephora last night but forgot to look for this... sigh... I was going to test it in-store against the Biossance 100% squalane oil (which I already have). Next time I visit a Sephora, I’ll ask for a sample! 

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How do you like the Biossance one @WinglessOne ? That should be very similar to this one as well. 


I do plan to stock up on the Biossance one if they have Thanksgiving sale on it like last year. I had seen that offer but didn't know much about Squalane at that time so didn't jump on it. In my research, I saw the Biossance and Peter Thomas Roth both have same either manufacturing, supplier or a parent company (can't remember right now) and they both use the same process and extract it using yeast and it's from sugarcane. So both of those should be very similar. 

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@naturalooks15  The Biossance oil is very lightweight and penetrates very quickly. I don’t use it frequently, but when I do it never makes my face feel greasy, not even my oily zone. I had some persistent dry patches earlier this year and this squalane oil helped immensely. 


I’ve never tried the PTR version but I wouldn’t be surprised if PTR and Biossance (and any other brand) used the same source. Biossance is having a 20% sitewide sale right now Smiley Happy but you might get a better deal in November, especially if they offer good GWP. 

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@WinglessOne  Good to know. Boissance also sounds very similar to Indie Lee oil. It works wonders on dry patches, doesn't it. 

Indie Lee and The Ordinary Squalane is derived from Olives and the other two from sugarcane (bio engineered yeast, but I don't know if that makes a diff)


Thanks for the info on Boissance sale. I might just wait for Thanksgiving sale because I need to finish this bottle (Plust I have Marula FS, DS  & couple of other DS as well). If I buy that one then I'll have too many and everything will be sitting here, half used. 


I have been using the Indie Lee one for last 2+ months (I think I started it in the last week of Mar) and have barely made a dent. Bottle is still 75-80% full. I think it will be Nov before I finish this even if that.

Also, Boissance was $19 for just one day around holidays if I remember correctly. I got into Squalane in spring around Mar after I started using Retinol in Jan and then was ending up with dry red irritated skin hence totally ignored that sale (and now kicking myself :LOL).