Even though my skin isn’t the worst of the worst, I deal with my own complications. Mainly from sun exposure. Of course, I decided to get some sun last summer and not wear sun protection. At all. I’m so smart…sarcastically speaking. So on top of my usual super sensitive skin, I have the issue with how my skin responds to the sun. Unfortunately, it wasn’t lightly bronzed skin. It was more so a flushed neck and chest that won’t go away. Imagine having super fair skin everywhere except your neck and chest. I’ve been dealing with it nearly a year and it’s really frustrating. I’m so over it.
I’m going through all the steps necessary in order for me to not only fix my neck and chest but also my face.
- The obvious of being diligent with sunscreen
- Wearing my hat and sunglasses
- Wearing a t-shirt when I go out that covers my chest area
- Using the proper skin care to help fade the problem
Wearing SPF isn’t a huge issue for me. I wear sunscreen on its own and in my makeup. I know a lot of people say it’s not photo friendly. But I couldn’t care less. I don’t care to have my photo taken anyway. But to help this process along, I decided to buy two items from a brand I have a lot of confidence in. Mad Hippie. I used their exfoliating serum last year during the winter. I had a few sun freckles and rough texture to my skin. The results I had seen with a more higher end brand that I had used for 6 months did not compare to the 6 weeks I had used the Mad Hippie serum. The one sun freckle on my nose, chip and above the left side of my lip has yet to return. So, if I was going to use anything to help improve my skin on my face, neck or chest, it’s Mad Hippie
(Just to be clear, not sponsored or affiliated)
I decided to get the Vitamin A Serum and the new Hydrating Nutrient Mist. I already used this serum and mist for the first time tonight. Both leave the skin soft but not sticky. The directions for the serum say to start off using it every other night and then to move onto using it every night. I think their suggestion to start off using it every other night is a smart suggestion. Mad Hippie is a brand that’s known for its many active ingredients. So it’s possible it could be detrimental if choosing to use it excessively when starting to use it. I don’t know why, but my gut was telling me to try the mist out. It’s had so many positive reviews. I didn’t think a mist could be so beneficial with its results in sun damage. It says spray and rub into the skin in the directions. It can also be used for the arms. My only frustration is how frequently it can be used. I’ll just assume to use it in the morning and at night time.
I do hope I see positive results from everything that I’m doing in order to fix the issue I have with sun exposure. If you’ve used any of these products, let me know if it’s helped you. Or if you have fair skin that has been positively responding to something else.
The struggle is real…
If you’re like me and you deal with intensely sensitive skin, finding cosmetic and skincare items that don’t further irritate your problem is one hell of a mission. It becomes a more difficult mission when you’re someone who struggles to find something that is cruelty-free and helps what you are dealing with. I know it’s a possibility that those who are not terribly concerned about something like this will roll their eyes and move on. I usually wouldn’t even focus on a brand that is animal tested and beg them to pull away from animal testing. But after using a few products that have worked better than any other brand I have used for sensitive skin, I guess you can say it’s desperation.
Affordability □ I’ve used a number of sunscreens, foundations and concealers that claim they are great for sensitive skin. Whether it’s natural and organic or more conventional. Minimal to no effect and in the twenty dollar price point or higher. With Neutrogena, it’s nice to pay for something that’s not just under that twenty dollar mark. But also under thirteen dollars. The last sunscreen I bought that was targeted for redness was twenty-nine dollars and barely helped.
Availability □ I don’t know about you guys, but I’m kind of tired of relying on buying brands online or in very specific stores. Not only buying the product itself but also paying for shipping and having to wait a few days. I don’t want to have to go to specifically Target or Ulta or buy from random places online to buy the sunscreens I need. Neutrogena has been available in my local Shoprite, Stop & Shop, Walgreens, Walmart and Harmons. All less than a five-minute drive from me.
Effectiveness □ My skin went from being rather sensitive to borderline hypersensitive within a year. The products that once worked somewhat well in makeup and skincare were no longer working well at all. To have a sunscreen that no only works, but is working for me well past two weeks is a miracle. Even with the makeup, it’s hard to say why it works. I’m not heavy into the science of makeup. But as long as it works and is affordable. To have something that doesn’t make my skin red, bumpy, blotchy and itchy is a lovely thing.
I feel like it’s important to be vocal about how you feel when it comes to a brand that has products you love. I’m no makeup artist or beauty guru. I’m not looking for a large collection. If I were to see Neutrogena break away from animal testing, I can foresee myself sticking with their SPF and cosmetic items. Believe it or not, a lot of their cosmetic items are vegan-friendly. Even their MoistureSmooth Color Stick doesn’t seem to have carmine or beeswax. That’s pretty impressive.
I’m just encouraging others to be persistent and politely let Neutrogena know that you would be happy to support the brand in moving forward without animal testing. Where you choose to put your money speak
I want to quickly point out before anyone gets upset about this; skincare is not a ‘one size fit’s all’. Formula’s don’t perform well or horribly for everyone.
I had heard about this product for some time and finally gave in after the last product I had used. It was not cruelty-free. The Pixi Double cleanse is both cruelty-free and vegan. So I decided to buy it as well as a few other products from the Target website. I have been using it for some time now. I’m very familiar with my very sensitive skin. It seems as though my skin gradually became more and more reactive to this product. I’m not sure if it was one particular ingredient or a cross-contamination. There was more and more inflammation that seemed to occur with each use. Thankfully, I managed to find another use for this so this did not go to waste. It was a bit sad to me. Considering the fact my skin loves oil cleansing products. And this was one of the few that didn’t have beeswax or was $40 or more.
My decision to also not buy this again was coupled with the fact that it does not financially meet with the budget I have for myself when it comes to cleansers. But I also do not frequently shop on the Target website or store. And my local store does not sell a lot of the brands skincare. So I would have to go on the website and pay an additional tax and shipping for this one product. It’d be more worth it to me if I felt this product worked well. But unfortunately, it wasn’t the case.
With my own personal experience aside, I truly suggest you try this. I know people are scratching their head in confusion. Sensitivity is such an individual thing. My reaction to a product cannot be applied to you. I don’t think there is ever a skincare product that truly sucks 100% unless you somehow spontaneously burst into flames. It is still a reasonable priced, cruelty-free, vegan product that has worked well for many people.
Have you used this? Are you going to continue to use it if you do?
If you have oily hair, you know it’s annoying. Dry shampoo is not optional sometimes. It’s a necessity. As much as I love dry shampoos like Batiste or NYM’s. But as someone who’s trying to use more eco-friendly containers, the aerosolized can is not very friendly towards our environment. Not to mention I want to avoid inhaling ingredients within them. I know people have strong feelings with loose powder dry shampoo. But I feel like once you learn how to use it, you end up love it.
○ D E T A I L S ○
- 2 oz
- Pump bottle
There are two things I find very unique about this product. Aside from it being darker toned compared to most dry shampoos, it has a beautiful tropical smell. Not that nappy scent I feel like most dry shampoos have. It’s hard to place the exact smell it has. It’s not potent. But it’s noticeable. It says in the ingredients that it has a natural scent. But it doesn’t specify as to what. The other unique features of this product is that it has small and sparse iridescence in it. I’ve never seen that in a dry shampoo.
As a brunette, I thought this would stand out like a sore thumb. But it doesn’t really show up too much at all. I have to admit I wouldn’t mind it being noticeable. Who wouldn’t want to look like a majestic mermaid? Anyone say H2o: Just Add Water? I know not everyone loves loose powder dry shampoos. Sometimes it’s best to not use it as directed. Sometimes I like to tap some on the palm of my hand and rub it into the roots of my hair. Even unscrewing it and tapping it into the top of the head can help to even scatter the product. Admittedly the product is a bit flawed with how it distributes the product. Sometimes it doesn’t even come out. But it still works well even if you choose not to use the pump. I know some folks decide to use a makeup brush to apply it onto the hair.
I personally love this product. But the glitter itself is something people are going to have conflicting feelings about. If you can get away with it, I say go for it. But if you’re looking for a different formula, let the company know.
I’ve heard the same thing over and over again. People say that they wouldn’t use a product specifically to clean their brushes if they had a gentle facial cleanser or shampoo. It’s a good point. But what if it’s been causing you problems? I have nothing but frustrations with cleaning my makeup brushes.
- It takes way too long to fully rinse out the suds. Even when I hardly used more than a drop.
- The smell lingers on the brush long after it has dried.
- I break out in strange places on my face.
I’ve also attempted to make the process a little easier. I added tiny drops of olive oil. I even thought that it was there wasn’t enough water softener in our house tank. Didn’t seem to be the case. After internet window shopping on Beautylish.com, I ran across Clean Apothecary. After ages of procrastinating, I bought it. Three words. Never-Looking-Back! The process goes so much faster. I don’t have the unusual odour. And I don’t get the tiny blemishes on my eyelid or corner of my mouth. And despite the very light rose scent, I have not experienced increased redness, bumps or burning in the eye area with my eye brushes.
I know for so many people it is not worth spending the extra dollar. For me, the extra dollar has been worth it. Like any other makeup or skincare product, it’s an individual thing. It’s like false lashes. Some love em. But some hate em. For me, this is something that makes my life just a bit easier when I just wanna clean and go.
Beautylish has a limited selection compared to the official website. The official website offers refilled for brush shampoos, clay masks and essential oils.
Body lotions are effective. But body butter and oils are the best for really dry skin.
I started using body butter to treat my dry legs. And it works magic. But it’s not so magical when you are trying to put on clothing in my morning and your clothing is sticking to you. In the summer time is just as gross. You feel like you’re being marinated for a BBQ. Pardon me while I gag. I could always use your standard light lotion. But it’s almost like putting one drop of oil on a sponge. Doesn’t do me any good. That’s where the dry oil spray from Acure came in handy.
I decided to take a chance when shopping for nick nacks. And I am so happy I did.
A B O U T T H I S P R O D U C T
- Retails for $12.99
- 2 0z
- 3 fl. oz.
Is this worth your dollar? Yes. I can’t say that enough.
I wouldn’t go nuts spraying too much on. It’s not necessary and would need you to spend an extra moment rubbing the unnecessary amount into the skin. But even then, you hardly feel it underneath your clothing.And your skin feels amazing through the day. Not to mention you can use it on your hair too. The oils within it work well for basically every area of your body. Unless you’re like me and you break out from coconut oil. I have to say that it doesn’t have a rosy scent that I had expected. It’s like the Dr. Bronners where the citrus ingredient tends to take over the rose aspect of it. But it isn’t anything I would consider to be the downside of this product.
Let me know if you use this and enjoy it. If not, plan on giving it a go?
I’ve been buying from Honest Beauty since it’s availability. Like most people who show an interest in organic and animal-friendly beauty, I was overly excited. I’ve had positive experiences with the makeup and hair care products. But the few issues I have had with them is enough to point out in this case. Because it’s something that can either make or break a company. I’m referring to communication.
I had seen a hint a week or less before the supposed “release” of their product. Honestly Luminizing Foundation.Obviously, I was absolutely over the moon. I had used their cream foundation before, but I was more enthusiastic for a liquid foundation. Suddenly one day I had seen Jessica Alba waving the liquid foundation around in an Instasnap story (not sure if that’s what it’s called) saying it was being released that very day. I ran to my bundle, added it to the bundle, but had to leave my computer for the day. But when I came back, the product was unavailable. Even the shade I had added to my cart outside the bundle was unavailable. I was stunned. Because I had thought the product was so popular it sold out that fast. But when I went to look at the link to talk about it to a friend, the link wasn’t there. The foundation wasn’t even an option.
This did not make sense to me. I remember when an item sold out, the link was still there for information, but it was just listed as unavailable. So when I looked at the comments on their Facebook page and had seen responses of it being “out of stock” I didn’t really think that was the case. But today I received a package from Ulta for some other products I had bought from a different brand. And as always, they throw in samples. To my surprise, I saw a pamphlet that had small samples of the Honestly Luminizing Foundation. I was confused. Was this not available at all? Last I checked on the website, the brand only had their hair care products available. What was going on? I was told that it was possible they could not legally state as to the reason why they were pulling certain products to be unavailable to buy. Maybe reformulation was necessary for certain products? Maybe more shades are being added? Maybe it’s just me, but as a consumer who excitedly waits for the products to be released, I’d rather be well informed instead of left guessing.
My point of posting this is not to slam the brand. Unlike most comments that I have seen online that are very aggressive and seem to want the brand to disappear entirely, I want to see Honest Beauty succeed. The primary issue with Honest Beauty is not their products. At least not to me. But it’s more so their lack of communication with their customers. People have been asking what happened to the foundation, their tinted moisturizer and I have had questions of my own. But I either do not get a response or a very robotic answer that was clearly copied and pasted. Not to mention ambiguous. Brands like Honest Beauty are still very small in comparison to a lot of other green beauty brands on the market. When you have the popularity that you do, but the poor communication behind it, the reputation starts to become tainted and people are less enthusiastic to even try the brand. I hope to see improvement in this area soon. I’m still loyal. But the loyalty needs to be reciprocated.
Let me reiterate, I am not throwing Honest Beauty under the bus with this post.