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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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@tsavorite I was sad when you recommended 4 and 5 because I thought the Canadian site only had 3 (which I recently ordered and will be trying soon). However!! I just discovered that number 4 and 5 have been added to the Canadian site 🎉  They’re out of stock but at least now I get the chance to try them 😊

 

What kind of hair do you have, if you don’t mind me asking? Mine is very fine so I’m always on the lookout for anything I can do to improve its strength and quality.

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@PinkEvergreen,

Yay for Olaplex 4 and 5 going to Canada!   My hair is fine, thin, straight, and dyed. 

I hope that you like the Olaplex.  

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My 2 total game changers within the last 6 months: 

 

1. OUIDAD - Curl Quencher® Hydrafusion Intense Curl Cream - This stuff has replaced all 4 of the other products I always used post-shampoo/conditioner. One of those products was a leave-in conditioner, which I can now just use as a rinse-out conditioner—so I can make bottles of it last longer now. And this cream works on my entire head of hair. (I have different hair porosity levels, curl patterns, and thickness textures in various sections of my head, so I always had to use different products for specific sections.) Whatever witchcraft is in this cream, my hair is spellbound: it hydrates, defines my coils, and acts as a sealant, all without weighing my hair down at all or making it very stiff or crunchy. It’s the only Ouidad product I use, but it’s fantastic for me. 

 

2. FOREO - LUNA™ mini 2 - I used to be a Clarisonic Mia 2 user. I still have my Clarisonic but haven’t used it in a few weeks, now that I have a Foreo. No more brush head replacements, and the Foreo is surprisingly easier for me to hold and use. It’s also more comfy against my skin, and I’m more inclined to let it gently glide against my face instead of press it hard into my skin. (It’s easy to press a Clarisonic too hard against my face.) 

 

 

I’ve founds lots of new-to-me and new-release makeup stuff, but none of those have drastically changed and improved my routines like these 2 items have. 

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@WinglessOne As someone who also has a mixture of textures and porosity, I'm so happy you've found your holy grail! I'd run out and try it myself, but with my fine and wavy hair, it sounds a bit too heavy for me. 

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@WinglessOne Wow, that’s so awesome that the Ouidad Curl Quencher was able to completely transform your hair routine like that. That’s honestly amazing. I’m so happy for you!

 

And count me in on the Foreo Luna Mini 2 bandwagon. I’ve had mine for about a year now and love it. No more brush head replacements, no more water or cleanser splattering during face cleansing or brush cleaning, no more micro-scratches (I have very sensitive skin), and the charges last practically forever! I’m so glad I bought mine, too!

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Thanks @PinkEvergreen! I wish I’d known about the Foreo a year ago. Sounds like my skin’s not as sensitive as yours (I’m more in the “fairly sensitive” range: most of my skin’s tantrums are caused by various products/ingredients, lack of hydration/moisturization, dry weather, too much bacteria, not enough “good” bacteria, an imbalance in the force, etc.)—but I’m glad the Foreo works for you! It’s definitely done wonders for me. 

 

Now I need to decide what to do with my Clarisonic and all my spare brush heads. Think I’ll try to donate them. 

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@WinglessOne I donated mine to a teen. He was ecstatic and his skin tolerates it well. It was so nice to see an improvement in his skin, especially during the tough high school years. Maybe you have a teen in your life that would appreciate it? 😊

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I think my favorite discoveries from the last 6 month are OLEHENRIKSEN - Banana Bright Eye Crème and BAREMINERALS - Gen Nude Patent Liquid Lipstick - Addicted. The eye cream is just a nice eye cream, I feel like I try something new every time I need to run out, but I’ll be repurchasing this one. The BareMinerals is super pretty and wears well. It’s “patent” but it’s not shiny or sticky. Addicted is a beautiful dark rose perfect to transition to fall. 

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@alexasteph I like the performance of the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème as well. I also really like the colour, texture, and the light fragrance. I get a hint of citrus and banana, but truly just a hint. It’s pricey but a little goes a very long way! 

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@PinkEvergreen It doesn’t make my eyes water which is important to me! 

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@PinkEvergreenyou have so many great thread ideas!  

 

My new favorite has been GRANDE COSMETICS - GrandeLASH™ - MD Lash Enhancing Serum..  It was included in the PLAY! BY SEPHORA - PLAY! SMARTS: Glitter Eyes for Real Life and I am about halfway through the period of time it should take to maximize lash growth.  My lashes are already way longer, i love it! 

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@Shelbstirr Aww ☺️ Well, the interesting contributions everyone shares are what make the ideas fun, but thanks 🙏 

 

I haven’t heard of the Grande Cosmetics lash serum before. That’s great to hear that it actually works! I’m sure a lot of beauties out there will appreciate knowing that, so thanks for sharing 😊

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Hi @PinkEvergreen,

 

Such a great thread! Smiley Happy My best product discovery from the past 6 months is definitely Kate Somerville's Wrinkle Warrior™ 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum. > https://www.sephora.com/product/wrinkle-warrior-2-in-1-plumping-moisturizer-serum-P415202

 

This has become my go-to daytime serum + moisturizer (who doesn't love a good muti-tasking product!), and it plays nicely with my oily skin. I was so excited when I saw how much this plumps and softens my skin. It's my favorite prep step for flawless makeup application. Smiley Happy

 

Best regards,

Laurie

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@LaurieBT My partner also loves this product so I plan to try it out soon! (I like to focus on one or two skin care products at a time, so often I’ll use him as a guinea pig with my samples so he can give me a preview lol 😂)

 

Thanks for posting about it! 

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Mine would hands-down have to be skincare and beauty products from Asia (i.e. K & J beauty). I watched Stephanie Nicole do her am and pm skincare routine videos on youtube and that was really the first time I had ever been exposed to Asian brands that aren't sold on Sephora (even the ones that are sold on Sephora are often cheaper at yesstyle, for example, and shipping is free over $30 USD). I am super dry and now hide from the sun due to rapidly maturing skin. I feel this puts me solidly in the Asian skincare and makeup demographic as they really lean towards a hydrated/dewy look and most products contain broad spectrum spf. 

 

Favorites include: Hada Labo Moist (hyalauronic gel), Benton Fermentation Eye Cream, Missha First Treatment Essence, belif moisture bomb, belif cushion spf 50, HERA UV Mist Cushion Cover spf 50 pa+++. 

 

The quality and prices are amazing. I will always have western skincare brands that I am ride or die for (Drunk Elephant), but as my dry skin matures, I am so happy to have discovered these new to me products.

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@piccolobacio I hear you 100% on the maturing skin front. My skin transition happened far sooner than I ever thought it would. I think I was about 34-36 when my skin seemed to change overnight and hydration became a huge issue. 

 

I find that my skin responds very poorly to traditional creams like Olay. They cause me to break out and don’t seem to improve my skin quality. However, my skin responds so well to Korean and Korean-style skin care products, particularly the water gels. They’ve been SUCH a game changer. My skin looks better now than it did when I was years younger. Plus it played an important role in getting my rosacea into long-term remission. 

 

Thanks for your product recommendations! One line of products I haven’t tried yet but keep hearing mentioned is Belif. I’m definitely going to need to check out your suggestions! 😊

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@PinkEvergreenSAME AGES for me!!!! I am 35 now and about a year-ish ago it was like I woke up the crypt keeper! I grew up in a really humid climate, so part of me thought maybe I had always been on the slightly drier side of normal until I moved north...? Whatever it is, I now layer hydration on my skin via skin care and makeup like its my job. 

 

Last winter was a time of deep skin sadness because I live in the DC area and it was so cold and dry. For the really dry times, I highly recommended the Drunk Elephant LaLa Retro whip. The belif is wonderful and I use it all year long before bed but during the extended cold/dry season, I would look forward to morning and evening skincare just to get to apply more retro whip on my face. It felt like a relief! 

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@piccolobacio Trust me, I keep hearing the magic numbers 35 and 36 over and over! 😂

 

I’ve been worried about trying the DRUNK ELEPHANT - Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream because it seems really heavy and I have really sensitive skin. I have a sample so I think I’m going to try it out tonight. Fingers crossed!

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@PinkEvergreen hopefully the Drunk Elephant works out. It is a heavy moisturizer, but I found it doesn’t make me break out like most moisturizers do regardless of their weight. I mostly use it in the winter, but occasionally will if my skin is stressed in the summer. The Protini is a lighter formulation you might like in the summer if you find your skin responds well to the Lala Retro.

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I have my fingers crossed too and I hope it works out for you! 

Best discovery of the last 6 months?

@PinkEvergreen for me hands down Dr.jart waterfuse gel cream. At first I had low expectations because I thought nothing will ever compare to my hg gel cream from Laneige but this has me keep reaching for it & I literally just want to drenched myself in it. This was definitely an best discovery & unexpected surprise I never knew I needed so bad
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