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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 😁

Best discovery of the last 6 months?

I love love love the Hourglass vanish seamless foundation stick! It gives an airbrushed finish and looks flawless! I'm so impressed. it looks a tad dry for the first 10 minutes or so but it finishes nice and dewy. It's not cakey of heavy and blends out beautifully. I apply a few strokes to the face and buff it out with a sephora foundation brush. Perfection! I love it paired with the hourglass mineral veil power. It sets the foundation perfectly. A match made in heaven!!

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This is not a product from Sephora. But, I was watching Jaclyn Hill's new video and she spoke about a new concealer she loved, and if you've been watching her for years like me, she never sways from her favorites which are the best. It's Morphe's Fluidity Full Coverage Concealer. And it's 9 DOLLARS!! I'm dying to try it. I feel like I'm cheating on Sephora, but hey.

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@Breanna2015 That sounds amazing! I need to try it!

 

Best,
Rebecca

Best discovery of the last 6 months?

I have an extraordinarily hard time finding eyeshadow that work for my hooded, monolid eyelids. But, after purchasing a few different palettes from UD and too faced, I found my HG products! Finally. The TF Natural Matte Eye Pallet and the TF Chocolate Chip Matte Eye Pallet go together perfectly for me. I'm so in love, I want to buy everything too faced!!!

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I finally found a Lancôme Bi-Facil eye makeup remover dupe that costs less and doesn’t hurt my eyes! 

 

5178F1C9-49E7-4717-82D9-7D9B2716C087.jpegI seem to suddenly have many Paula’s Choice skincare products on my counter. Smiley Very Happy

Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover: I got a full size bottle in a GWP with a PC direct order. It’s dual-phase, fragrance free, and oil free. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or dry, so I can use it all over my face. Surprisingly, it works as well as Bi-Facil: it removes mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and concealer from my eye area with no harsh rubbing/scrubbing. And man, Bi-Facil can remove almost anything. Smiley Very Happy So can this PC remover! A 4.2 oz bottle of Bi-Facil costs USD $7.14/oz. The biggest size, 6.7 oz, costs $5.97/oz. But a 4.3 bottle of PC Gentle Touch costs just $3.72/oz. Guess which one I’ll restock from now on. 

 

I didn’t think I’d like the PC remover because I’ve also tried the PC Gentle Touch makeup wipes (also received as GWP) and was unimpressed: they’re too gentle to remove much makeup, even with lots of rubbing. But the bi-phase liquid remover is fantastic. 

 

While I’m here, I’ll mention 2 other great recent discoveries: 

 

IT COSMETICS - Miracle Water Micellar Cleanser - I was recently very ill, to the point where I couldn’t stand at a sink to wash my face daily, let alone stand in the shower. This stuff saved my face. It really does wash and tone in one step, and pressing in any remaining product does feel like applying a nice serum. I kept this bottle on my nightstand along with some reusable bamboo rounds and my moisturizer, so I was able to wash my face daily. It doesn’t replace my daily cleansers, but it’s nice to have for days/nights when I can’t do my full skincare routine for whatever reason. I’ll also use this stuff as my post-workout face wash on days I exercise in the afternoon (instead of morning or night). 

 

THE ORDINARY - 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil - yeah yeah, I’m late to this party. Smiley Very Happy There’s rosehip oil in facial oil blends I’ve used before (and still use), but I wanted to try this oil as a solo act—especially after a doctor recommended it to combat inflammation. I just got a bottle a couple days ago, and I’ve since used it 2 nights in a row while my face is in rebellion mode (thanks to another new-to-me skincare product I’ve had to stop using). It’s definitely calming my skin: my redness is much lower now, and I’ve got fewer little bumps everywhere. In just 2 nights! I’m sold. 

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The Rosehip Oil is my skincare secret. I also love putting it under my eyes as an eye oil (it instantly plumps up those fine lines!) and I use it to condition my eyebrows/eyelashes. I also heard Miranda Kerr swears by it. Best of all, it's under 10 bucks! <333

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@WinglessOne I just bought the PC Gentle Touch Makeup Remover, too!  And I bought it as a dupe for the Lancome, and agree with your assessment Smiley Happy  I picked it up from Dermstore for $11 as I had $5 off (I recently learned that you could write reviews and gets points to convert to dollars).

 

Have you ever tried the PC Perfect Cleansing Oil?  I used it once on my eyes, and they burned and teared.  I was very surprised.  I've enjoyed everything else from that brand.

 

Funny that you mentioned The Ordinary Rose Hip Oil, b/c I'm going to buy some either tomorrow or the next day Smiley Happy  It's always reassuring to hear when someone likes a product you just bought, or are looking into.  Esp someone you trust.

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@greeneyedgirl107   Oh, I keep forgetting about Dermstore’s program! Thanks for the reminder. Smiley Happy Nordstrom also carries Paula’s Choice, so I’ll probably use Nordy Notes to restock Gentle Touch Makeup Remover. I’m glad you got a good deal on it! 

 

I haven’t tried PC’s Perfect Cleansing Oil, but I have similar problems (burning eyes) with most cleansing oils on the market—so I stopped using them this year. There have been a few PC products I haven’t liked. In fact, the skincare product that most recently ticked my skin off was PC’s 10% azelaic acid booster, another GWP. I patch tested it for 1.5 weeks and it seemed fine, but the rest of my face did not like it at all, even though I used just a tiny amount. Since this booster also contains licorice root, a soothing ingredient my skin likes, I assume azelaic acid and my skin don’t get along. 

 

I hope you like the rosehip oil! I rub 2 drops between my hands and then gently press the oil into my face. That way, I don’t overapply it, especially on my oily zone. It hasn’t made my oily zone significantly greasier than usual, and it doesn’t seem to be clogging my pores. It also doesn’t irritate my eyes, so I can use it as a moisturizing layer on my undereyes. If you try it, let me know what you think of it. Smiley Happy 

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@WinglessOne Thanks for the tip about applying the Rose Hip Oil!  (I was a bit leery about starting it.)  I'll try it this afternoon.  After I get a sense of it, I will have to let you know my thoughts.  I'm concerned my skin will be a bit out of whack for a while, though, since I just upped the concentration of my Retin-A to .1%.

 

I'm relieved to hear that someone else got burning from cleansing oils.  I guess I can put trying the oil version of Clinique's TTDO on the back burner.  

 

It's a shame you've had some disappoints with PC, but I guess no brand is perfect!  BTW, I did have a question about the Gentle Touch Makeup Remover.  I prefer to use cotton balls instead of rounds/squares.  The trouble is that the packaging on that product makes it hard for me to see how much is coming out.  I'd like to take the stopper off, but I'm afraid if I remove it I won't be able to get it back on.  What are you thoughts?  Thanks!  Smiley Happy

 

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I’d like to share a discovery. Fenty concealer doesn’t crease in my deep smile lines so I can smile all I want without getting that crusty old lady brown line where my makeup cracks. Every time I went to the bathroom I was blending that line but resistance was futile. Now I really look younger in makeup. God bless America the land of good makeup.

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I am very happy to say that today, I finally found a nude shade that works for me! It has literally been months of me haunting lipstick aisles and swatching everything. I tried all the classics like Velvet Teddy and nothing worked. The shade was always just a liiiiiiiittle bit off. It wasn't dark enough or light enough or it was too pink, too orange, too purple, too brown, too desaturated, not pigmented enough on and on and on.

 

Anyways, the perfect shade was under my nose all along!

 

SEPHORA COLLECTION - #LIPSTORIES

 

It's a matte formula, super pigmented but very easy to apply. And so affordable!! Now I can just carry it with me and look for dupes if I want different finishes or another formula but for now I am just going to give it a rest!!!

 

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My foundation shade is YSL Touche Eclat in B30 Smiley Happy

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@pocketvenus How amazing! I love when I find my perfect shade! Thanks for sharing Smiley Happy

 

Best,
Rebecca

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I am such a dodo, I forgot to mention the shade!!! It's Brunch Date Smiley Happy

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I’ve been a dedicated LANCôME - DÉFINICILS - High Definition Mascara user for years because I like the natural volume look but then I discovered LANCôME - Monsieur Big Mascaraand whoa, talk about big lush lashes that somehow look natural! I also finally took the plunge the IT COSMETICS - CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40and it helped clear up my skin, so that was pretty amazing. At the same time I wanted a better way to apply the CC cream so finally, I know I’m so late, tried the BEAUTYBLENDER - beautyblender® pro and it did not disappoint.

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@lnum I realize you *just* got the beauty blender but I took so long I skipped over the beauty blender but ended up buying the Super Sponge (so late to the party I somehow ended up ahead lol)- It's essentially a beauty blender dipped in silicone so it applies makeup just as well but sucks up less product at each use and I really like the way it feels- something to think about when you need to replace the beauty blender!

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@Brutalitops Ahh thanks for the tip definitely on my radar now!

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I've had a few great discoveries recently. 

Here are the two I'm loving this month:

1. Caudalie's Grape Water: Holy smokes, this stuff does a gorgeous job of refreshing your makeup without ruining it. I'm a big fan. 

2. Becca Skin Love Brighten & Blur Primer: This stuff is like glue for your face! It's super hydrating without being greasy and it fills in my pores goregously. It really does make my makeup last all day, and I love the way it smells and feels on my skin. 

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@marydiva  If you love Caudalie Grape Water, you may want to never try this one below 😁

 

CAUDALIE - Beauty Elixir

 

For me, in terms of usefulness and enjoyment when using, it’s like Grape Water on steroids 😂 If it weren’t so darn hard on the wallet, I’d use it every day.

 

As for the primer you mentioned:

BECCA - Skin Love Brighten & Blur Primer

 

That’s actually the first time I’ve heard of it, so thanks for sharing your thoughts about it!

 

I’m not at all surprised that it’s a winner, because @beccacosmetics primers are some of my faves. 

 

I struggle with sensitive, combination dry/oily, acne-prone skin that needs a bit of a “glow boost,” but I don’t want a glittery face for the office. The primer that ticks all those boxes for me and gives me everything I want is:

 

BECCA - First Light Priming Filter Face Primer

 

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Its been well over 6 months since i discovered this, i think.. or maybe not. Its kind of “new” the Algenist collagen lip product. It doesnt exactly plump but it leaves my lips from a crusty dry mess to smoothing and chilled in like a minute. Its the perfect fix all day. I really enjoy it. Also the grande cosmetics lash. Im starting it again. It gave me good results but i stopped using it for months then i tried another brand but nope, going back to that one. My aunt thought i was wearing falsies once!

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@Blackwhiskey  That’s awesome to hear about the Algenist collagen lip product, especially with Autumn right around the corner! Is it this one you’re referring to?

ALGENIST - GENIUS Liquid Collagen Lip

 

Which specific Grande Lash product are you referring to in your post? The mascara or the eyelash serum? (I can’t even tag the serum because it can’t be sold in Canada, currently... 😢) Have you tried the mascara? We can get the mascara in Canada, and I’m wondering if it helps with eyelash thickness in the long term. 

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