Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Favorites - Skin Care Edition

*Products Self Purchased*

Your skin is your body's largest organ, how do you take care of it? For this week's Friday Favorites I thought I would tell you about some of my favorite products to care for my skin. These are the products that I have found to be tried and true. I come back to them again and again. 

Let's start with the basics - daily skin protection! I personally do not like wearing sunscreen under my make up but I want SPF protection for my skin from the sun.  

It Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better™ CC+ Illumination™ with SPF 50+

This Color Correcting Illuminating Cream offers full coverage  + Anti-Aging Hydrating Serum + SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum Physical Sunscreen.

Since trying this product I've become obsessed with all things from It Cosmetics! I love the coverage that it gives and that it feel light weight on my face! I think I'm on my 3rd tube at this point!!

Cost: $38.00 
Where to Buy: It Cosmetics (online), Sephora and Ulta

Its incredibly important to wash your face every night to remove dirt, oil and make up! You don't want that clogging your pores at night! Here are my picks for doing just that. 

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

If I'm not wearing make up and want to refresh my skin I reach for Garnier Micelllar Cleansing water and a cotton round.  This stuff is also fantastic for removing make up!

This all-in-one is a cleanser & makeup remover. Cleanses + removes makeup + refreshes. No rinse, no harsh rubbing. For face, lips, and eyes.

This All-in-one cleanser is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin. It is specially formulated to effectively cleanse, remove makeup, and refresh skin. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean, and refreshed without over-drying.

Skin is left perfectly cleansed and refreshed without a greasy residue left behind.

Cost: Varies by Location but generally under $7.00
Find it at CVS, Walgreens, Target, Amazon 

Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser

This classic product is my go-to for removing a full face of makeup and lipsticks/lipstains! I apply to my dry face, massage and remove with a warm wet wash cloth followed by my favorite cleanser!

This Moisturizing Deep Cleanser & Makeup Remover is 
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Won't clog pores
Unlike ordinary cleansers, Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser is actually 50 percent moisturizer. It deep cleans and removes dirt and makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascara, while infusing your skin with vital moisture--all in one easy routine. For clean, soft and glowing skin, put your trust in a classic.

Key Ingredients Include:
  • Mineral oil--Effectively removes makeup from skin's surface.
  • Beeswax--A moisturizer known to prevent moisture from leaving the skin.  

Love & Lotus Naturals - SEA Goddess Daily AHA Facial Kit
I'm excited to share this high quality, natural and affordable skin care line with you! This full skincare system is uniquely formulated for anyone wanting to soften the effects of aging.  All of these products combined in a daily regimen work to promote exfoliation, cellular renewal, strengthening and skin hydration.

SEA Goddess Daily Facial Wash (4 oz.) Made to cleanse, remove dirt and excess oil while gently polishing away impurities.

I love this face wash! I've been using this since I discovered Love and Lotus almost 2 years ago.  You only need a small amount, which foams up when you add water and rub between your hands. I don't recommend using this to remove eye make up because it has crushed apricot kernels that could irritate the delicate skin around the eye. Use on your neck as well! 
SEA Goddess Daily Structure Serum (1 oz.) 
This Daily Structure Serum is made to moisturize, strengthen and rejuvenate aging skin. Made with botanical lipids and extracts to contribute toward regenerative activity.  Non greasy, absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling soft and hydrated.

Key Ingredients Include: Sea Kelp chlorophyll and amino acids which assist in detoxifying the skin and provides elasticity; Tea Extracts antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. They are high in natural AHA’s and zinc for healthy skin; Olive Squalane aides in oxygenation and cell regeneration; DPHP delivers collagen and plumps the skin; Apricot Kernel and Argan Oil regenerative and restructuring for smooth skin and optimal cellular function; Peptides improves elasticity, tightens and lifts; Amino Acids to even out skin tone; Hyaluronic Acid aides in collagen support, improved elasticity and smoothness; Helichrysum prized as one of the most powerful circulation and regenerative oils.
For best results use twice daily (morning and night) after SEA Goddess Foaming Facial Wash. Apply 1-3 pumps using a circular and upward motion until completely absorbed.  Follow with SEA Goddess Daily Complexion Cream or SEA Goddess Nightly Moisture Pack. I love the way this makes my skin feel nourished and toned. Don't forget to apply to your neck!

SEA Goddess Complexion Cream (2 oz.)
A luxurious daily complexion refining cream designed to naturally exfoliate and remove dry, dull and damaged surface cells while restoring radiance and delivering hydration to reveal a fresh, younger looking complexion.

SEA Goddess Nightly Moisture Pack (2 oz.)

Specifically formulated to repair and protect, this night time moisture pack is loaded with moisture binding humectants, proteins, lactylates and propanediol to deliver hydration deep into the tissues to soften, soothe, balance and support your skin enhancing natural night repair. 

​A powerhouse of ingredients that are gentle, anti-inflammatory and assists in improving skin elasticity and tone all while you are sleeping for soft, supple, radiant skin.

Available from Love & Lotus Naturals - This whole kit is only $59.99! Order here. I can't tell you how many friends that I have that use this facial kit care too and swear by it!

Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream
If you take nothing else away from this post I hope you will at-least take away the importance of using eye cream.

The skin around the eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the face. As we age, skin loses its elasticity and becomes even thinner due to a breakdown of collagen. This can be further aggravated by sun exposure, smoking, and other environmental exposures.

The skin of the eye contour is constantly moving, blinking alone produces 10,000 movements per day! Other facial movements and expressions such as smiles, squinting, and stress can also affect the eye area, creating fine lines or crows feet – lines that appear on the outside corner of the eye. 

The skins elasticity is similar to a rubber band - constant tugging and pulling eventually causes loss of elasticity. Because the tissue around the eyes has very few oil glands, it lacks the natural moisture present on other parts of the body.

That's why you need a specially formulated cream for this area. I've been using eye cream (many many many brands) since I was 16 and I've got to say this is a favorite.   Ironicly I discovered it from a "Best in Beauty" segment that was on the Today Show sometime last year. I've lost track but I think I'm on my 6th bottle.

Target 5 signs of aging at once with Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream. A powerful skin-renewing formula helps reveal new cells on skin surface for a radiant, revitalized eye contour. Eyes look visibly refreshed and renewed.

What Skin concern does it address? Infused with a powerful anti-oxidant, Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream targets 5 signs of aging at once:

1. Visibly diminishes dark circles.
2. Reduces the appearance of puffiness.
3. Helps reduce under-eye bags.
4. Minimizes the appearance of crow’s feet.
5. Smoothes the look of crepiness.

Cost: Varies by store. I have seen this product for $20.00 to $25.00 at Walgreens and Target.  I have a Amazon subscription for this product and it cost about $15.00.

There you have it! Some of my favorite products for pampering your skin! Tell me what you think! Have you tried any of these items? Have a favorite of your own? I'd love to hear from you!


  1. The IT Cosmetics CC creme is one of my favorite makeup products ever!

  2. Definitely writing some of these down to check out!

  3. I've really liked the Love & Lotus products I've tried and need to get in an order soon!

  4. I'm definitely going to try using some of these, especially the CC cream.

  5. Hmmm...I may have to try the Ponds for my lipstick stains--I have light skin and prefer vampy colors, so sometimes things get tricky!

  6. I have yet to find favourites because I am on a low budget and nothing seems to keep my oily face under control. However I do use all of these products from a brand or another!

  7. I've never used any of these products, but it's nice to hear your thoughts on them. I'm always interested in trying new things.

  8. It's always good to use products that would protect us from the harmful rays of the sun, just a pity that any product that only protect us for that limited time of 50 minutes or 30 minutes depending on the SPF.Any digits after the SPF stand for the minutes we are protected.

  9. I prefer a CC or BB cream, my face has become sensitive over the years, so I have to be careful when choosing new creams x

  10. I need to get my hands on the cleansing water, I bet it's super refreshing.

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