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Now that summer is here, there are many things I’ve been enjoying that I don’t usually do during winter…like drinking iced coffee without getting strange looks. I also haven’t had a head cold since April, at least, and I’m on the prowl again for the perfect plus-size maxi dress.

But one thing I can never seem to find, no matter the season, is a cure for my dry, flaky lips.

My bag usually has at least two or three different lip balms in it, and I literally hoard them at home, but none of them really, really work. They help, but they aren’t a solution, so now I’m looking for answers outside the realm of everyday lip moisturizers.

I’ve tried exfoliating my lips, but this time I’m going with a more popular approach. I’m testing a mask!

So, face masks are nothing new, as I’m sure you’re aware. Single use sheet masks, in particular, have been extra popular lately (Jen liked this one by Amore Pacific), but have y’all ever tried a lip mask before?

They sound weird, right?

But this affordable little treasure — the Miss Spa Deep Therapy Pre-Treated Gel Lip Mask — was too hard to resist (I’ve seen it at Target for about $3).

This was my first time trying a mask like this, and I was a little surprised when I opened the package for the first time at how thick the mask is.

I assumed it would be a thin sheet mask that would just cover my lips, but as you can see, it’s a little bigger than that.

The Miss Spa Deep Recovery Pre-Treated Gel Lip Mask

I didn’t expect the illustration on the front to be quite so…literal.

The Miss Spa Deep Recovery Pre-Treated Gel Lip Mask

I sort of love the illustrations Miss Spa uses.

This was an experience, to say the least. I followed the instructions on the package and pressed the mask over my lips, then smoothed the edges out until it stayed in place.

Now, this took a little finessing, and I also wasn’t sure if I was supposed to part my lips a bit or keep them firmly closed (I kept them relaxed closed). It was akward at first.

The mask itself isn’t completely saturated in a serum. It’s just pre-treated, so it’s a little wet, but it isn’t completely soaked in product when you apply it, which I wasn’t expecting. It also has a light aloe/floral fragrance and flavor.

Here’s a closer look at the ingredients…

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Lactobacillus Ferment, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor), 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Pearl Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethyhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Saccharide Isomerate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Ascorbyl Glucoside

There are some really interesting ingredients in here, like castor oil, Japanese mugwort (Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract) and pearl extract.

After I put the mask on, I waited 20 minutes while it soaked in…during which time I wandered around my apartment hoping that I wouldn’t swallow whatever was in the mask. In other words, I had ample time to amuse myself.

The Miss Spa Deep Recovery Pre-Treated Gel Lip Mask

This is the correct way to apply lipstick, yes?

After 20 minutes, give or take (have you ever accidentally left a sheet mask on for, like, an hour?), I felt an air bubble in the mask kind of…pop. The edges started peeling off, so I figured that it was time to see what this baby had done.

Unfortunately, I lost the picture of what my lips looked like immediately after removing the mask, but my lips were noticeably softer and a little tacky from the solution.

I reached for a lip treatment to seal the deal, so to speak, and my current fave is the Estee Lauder New Dimension Plump+Fill Expert Lip Treatment ($42).

If you’re looking to try a lip mask because balms are just not cutting it for you, I definitely recommend this one. I wouldn’t say that it totally blew me away, but I think it’s well worth $4 as part of my regular spa night ritual. It’s different and fun, and I think it does help.

Have you ever tried a lip mask before? Do you do anything special or out of the ordinary to treat your lips? If you do, my dry lips and I would love to hear about it!


Marcella Yakalis


Marcella Yakalis is a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn, New York, with two cats, one snake, and one very patient boyfriend. She writes about family, relationships, and oppressive retail culture. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

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The Avene Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar Isn’t a Soap at All http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/beauty-tips/avene-cold-cream-ultra-rich-cleansing-bar-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/beauty-tips/avene-cold-cream-ultra-rich-cleansing-bar-review/#comments Sat, 11 Jun 2016 02:00:15 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=199558 I don’t know about you, but when it comes to skin cleansers, I like mine liquid, but it doesn’t matter if they’re gels, foams, etc. I’m not extra picky, but I just like to put some on a washcloth or rub them into my face with my hands. As far as cleansing bars are concerned, […]


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Avene Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar

Eau Thermale Avene Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar ($10)

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to skin cleansers, I like mine liquid, but it doesn’t matter if they’re gels, foams, etc. I’m not extra picky, but I just like to put some on a washcloth or rub them into my face with my hands. As far as cleansing bars are concerned, I usually steer clear.

But then I tried the Eau Thermale Avene Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar

Avene Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar

“Combining the ultra-rich, softening properties of Cold Cream with the soothing, anti-irritating properties of Avene thermal spring water, this ultra-rich cleansing bar gently cleanses and nourishes the most sensitive skin. Its well-tolerated new formula respects the skin’s natural pH and provides a rich, smooth and lightly fragranced lather. Skin is soft and supple again, its comfort is restored.”

– From the packaging

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Eau Thermale Avene Cold Cream Ultra Rich Cleansing Bar ($10)

Let me be clear — this is not soap, and it’s not drying at all.

Ingredients:
sodium cocoyl isethionate, stearic acid, sodium laurate, sodium stearate, paraffin, sodium myristate, water, fragrance, peg-45 palm kernel glycerides, avene thermal spring water, beeswax, bht, c20-40 pareth-10, cetyl alcohol, cetyl phosphate, glyceryl stearate, methylparaben, mineral oil, sodium hydroxide, titatium dioxide, triethanolamine

It’s a deeply moisturizing soap-free cleansing bar that leaves a protecting film (but no greasy or sticky residue) and maintains your skin’s natural pH.

For my temperamental skin, the white beeswax and mineral oil are just the ticket. The bar creates a magnificently rich, creamy lather with a wonderful powdery scent when I rub it into my face and body in the shower.

For the record, it doesn’t come with the soap holder in the picture above, but I recommend one for your shower/bath because things can get a little messy without some sort of container, which is one of the downside of using a bar. Pieces of this one tend to crumble off over time once it gets wet.

Have you tried any Avene products before? And how do you feel about products that come in bar form?


Marcella Yakalis


Marcella Yakalis is a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn, New York, with two cats, one snake, and one very patient boyfriend. She writes about family, relationships, and oppressive retail culture. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

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Products I Have Completely Used Up! Will I Repurchase Them? http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/products-completely-used-will-repurchase/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/products-completely-used-will-repurchase/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2016 02:00:03 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=200074 Do you get that intense feeling of satisfaction when you use the last drop of something you’ve been working on for months? It makes me feel like an actual responsible adult who got her money’s worth! If I completely use up a product, it’s usually a testament to how much I love using it…usually. Rather […]


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Do you get that intense feeling of satisfaction when you use the last drop of something you’ve been working on for months? It makes me feel like an actual responsible adult who got her money’s worth! If I completely use up a product, it’s usually a testament to how much I love using it…usually.

Rather than chucking my empties into the garbage, I channeled my inner hoarder and kept my trash in a box to take pictures of and show you all. Totally normal!

1. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5.99 at Ulta)

Simple Cleansing Towlettes

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5.99 for 25 wipes, available at Ulta)

I’ve gone through an absurd number of these wipes — like, literally more than 20 packs of 25 wipes! I really should collect the empty wrappers to see how many I actually use…

These are my all-time favorite go-to makeup removers. I’ve tried countless different wipes and even micellar water on cotton pads. Some of them are nice, but I always, always, always come back to these.

The actual cloth wipes are so nice and soft and don’t irritate my skin, and the cleanser they’re soaked in is super gentle and doesn’t burn my eyes, but it still does the job and gets off all of my makeup.

Will I repurchase them? Yes, I already have, and I’m quickly burning through my last pack!

2. Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner ($15 for 3.4 oz.)

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic ($15 for 3.4 oz.)

Ugh, I hate how fast I go through these toners! I get the smaller, cheaper 3.4-oz. bottle because I feel like I’m being oh, so thrifty, but I fly through them in about three weeks (I use it twice a day).

I really should get the bigger bottle, huh.

I fell in love with this toner a few months ago and have been religiously using it ever since. I like that it’s exfoliating and helps get rid of some of the bumpy, uneven texture I tend to get on my skin. It really does leave my skin super soft and glowing.

I’ve talked about why I think toners are so important in my Pixi Skincare Routine post, but you really should use one. Really.

Will I repurchase? Yes! As soon as I make it back to Target, which is about an hour away from where I live!

I know. Feel sorry for me. 🙁

3. Yes To Tomatoes Acne Clearing Facial Toner ($9.99 for 8.5 oz.)

Yes To Tomatoes Toner

Yes To Tomatoes Acne Clearing Facial Toner ($9.99 for 8.5 oz.)

You know how when you use something and you’re trying to decide what you think about it, but you really don’t know? That’s how I feel about Yes To Tomatoes Acne Clearing Facial Toner…

I picked it up when my skin was acting up and used it off and on for about six months until I finished it.

I really don’t know what to say about this one!

Obviously, it didn’t “wow!” me, but I didn’t hate it either. It did the job and got my skin super clean, but I can’t really remember if it helped me with breakouts or not. My guess is that if I don’t remember, it probably didn’t.

I wouldn’t completely write this one off, though, if you’re looking for something with salicylic acid and witch hazel to keep your pores nice and tight. I do really like the ingredients in this.

Will I repurchase it? Probably not…mostly because I wasn’t wow’d by it.

4. Ole Henrikson Nurture Me Moisturizer ($40)

Ole Henrickson Nurture Me

Ole Henrikson Nurture Me ($40)

I wish I remember the name of the guy who helped me that fateful day in Sephora when I was encouraged to give this moisturizer a try because he changed my life!

OK, that’s a little much, but I love this moisturizer so much. I went in looking for something, anything, to help calm the redness that I was experiencing on my skin and came out with this.

First off, I have to tell you how good it smells, because if something smells amazing, that makes me love it 100 times more. It legit smells like the most delicious orange Creamcicles… My mouth waters every time I use it.

Of course, the smell isn’t why I use it, though. Not only does it soothe my skin and relieve the redness, but it makes my skin feel so smooth and comfortable. There are no massive, angry breakouts, no redness, no rough texture. My skin is happy!

Will I repurchase? Absolutely! As soon as all the bills are paid and everyone has what they need, I WILL buy my magic orange Creamsicle again.

5. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17)

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17)

Drying Lotion. Sounds like a bit of a contradiction, doesn’t it? Basically, this is a spot treatment for blemishes, and guys, it works. If you’ve got a massive, angry spot, grab a Q-tip, get some of the product on there, and coat the hideous offender before bed. It’ll shrink overnight and become so much more manageable.

I don’t know how it works so well, but it does. It must contain magical ingredients to suck all of the gunk (mmm, yummy) out of your zit and clear it up so much faster than it would have if you had just left it alone.

Sadly, I should still have a ton left, but I spilled it all over the place. Hence the nasty-looking bottle.

Will I repurchase? Yes! As soon as my skin starts acting up again, which it always does, I’ll pick a new one up at Ulta.

6. Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder ($35)

Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder

Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder ($35)

Now, for a couple of finished makeup thingies…

First, I got a small size of the Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder because I’d always heard great things about it and had to give it a try for myself. Well, it did not fail to live up to its reputation!

This is such a nice powder. It’s invisible on the skin but mattifies any shine you have and makes you look like you’re airbrushed. I mostly use it to set my undereye concealer because it doesn’t crease at all.

I’ll also dust a light layer over my foundation where it helps my bronzer, blush, and highlight blend perfectly and never go chunky or patchy.

Will I repurchase? Yup, already got the full size!

7. NYX Micro Brow Pencil ($9.99)

NYX Micro Brow Pencil

NYX Micro Brow Pencil ($9.99)

Best brow pencil in the world right here!

Well, it’s tied with Anastasia Brow Wiz, but it’s half the price! — which I guess makes it better. The tip is the perfect size for really light flicking motions to create realistic-looking brow hairs, which is my favorite way to fill in brows.

There’s not much else to say about this one… It’s just the perfect brow pencil!

Interested in how I fill in my brows? Here’s my step-by-step tutorial!

Brows filled in using NYX Micro Brow Pencil

Brows filled in using NYX Micro Brow Pencil

Will I repurchase it? Been there, done that! In fact, I’ll probably be finishing this one here soon.

What’s a product you go through over and over?


Jen Clark


Hi, beautiful! I’m Jen from Jen Leigh Beauty. Now, rather than just talking to myself about makeup, I write it down in a blog. Besides being madly in love with anything I can smear on my face (and sharing pics on Instagram), I’m more in love with my hunky husband, my sweet 2-year-old, and my fluffy fur baby. Thank goodness they put up with the madness, because I love chatting about my favorite things with people who understand the addiction.

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General Tips and Product Recommendations for Oily Skin http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/oily-skin-tips-help/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/oily-skin-tips-help/#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 20:00:57 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=199058 After battling oily skin my whole life (well, since my teens, more like), I think I’ve finally come to terms with it. For the way I see it, you just can’t win a battle against oily skin, so the sooner you realize and accept it, the better. I mean, think about it. If you have […]


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Oily Skin Tips Products

Having oily skin, blotting paper is like an extension of my hand, LOL!

After battling oily skin my whole life (well, since my teens, more like), I think I’ve finally come to terms with it. For the way I see it, you just can’t win a battle against oily skin, so the sooner you realize and accept it, the better.

I mean, think about it. If you have oily skin, it means that your sebaceous glands produce more oil than normal… Do you really think you can change the amount of sebum you produce just by applying something on top of your skin? I don’t know about you, but I personally don’t think that’s possible.

You can use products containing oil-absorbing ingredients that do help a little, but if you really have oily skin, nothing will keep you shine-free all day. What I try to do is use products that won’t make me oilier, which unfortunately, in my experience, is not as easy as it sounds, especially because many products specifically formulated for oily skin on me have opposite effects than they promise.

But luckily, after about 15 years of trial and error, I can now say that I’m finally satisfied with my skincare regimen, and today I’d like to give you a few general tips and product recommendations that I hope may be beneficial to at least some of you.

At which point I’ll insert the usual disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist, and all the advice and recommendations in this post are solely based on my personal experience. Obviously, what works for me might not work for you.

That being said, if you have oily skin and are not satisfied with your skincare, the following tips and products might inspire you to change something in your routine that will hopefully help keep your skin under control.

Cleanse with gentle, yet effective products

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser

I use the Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser in the morning to wash off any excess oil and dirt that have accumulated on my skin overnight

You’ve probably heard it a million times already, but I’ll tell you for the million-and-oneth: cleansing properly is essential to keep your skin healthy. As an oily-skinned gal, it’s important you find the right products that get rid of any excess oil without being too stripping.

The Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser fits the bill perfectly. It’s not one of those cleansers you remove your makeup with (for that I love my Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – been using it for years!), but it’s great in the morning (which is my favorite time to use it) or as a second cleanse at night.

Opt for an alcohol-free toner

Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion

The Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion is alcohol-free and contains salicylic acid, a chemical exfoliant that helps prevent any blemishes

I feel like toning is probably one of the most skipped skincare steps, and I was “guilty” of that myself until not too long ago, since I still hadn’t found the right product. That’s because many toners contain alcohol (especially those aimed at oily skin), which on me is one of those ingredients that cause the infamous “rebound effect”, making my skin even oilier.

If this sounds familiar, you may want to give the Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion a go. It is very gentle on the skin and, thanks to salicylic acid, it also helps prevent any unwelcome zits.

Hydrate with a serum and skip moisturizer (in the morning)

Ossia Renaissance Brightlight Skinceuticals Retinol 0.3 Collistar Hyaluronic Acid

After years of trial and error, I’ve come to the conclusion that most moisturizers (even those formulated for oily skin) make me oilier. I much more prefer the lightweight texture of serums instead, because I feel like they deliver the hydration I need without the extra stuff my skin tends to reject (if you have oily skin, you’ll know what I mean). At the moment, I’m rotating among the Collistar Pure Actives Hyaluronic Acid Serum, the Oskia Renaissance Brightlight Intensive Pigmentation & Dark Spot Serum, and the Skinceuticals Retinol 0.3 Refining Night Treatment.

Since hyaluronic acid molecules have the ability to attract and retain more than 1,000 times their weight in water, the Collistar serum is a great one for a nice boost of hydration.

The Oskia Renaissance Brightlight, besides delivering enough hydration for my oily skin thanks to glycerin and hyaluronic acid, has specific ingredients to target pigmentation and dullness, like vitamin C, niacinamide, arbutin and fruit enzymes.

Retinol is said to help with pigmentation, too, as well as skin-aging and enlarged pores. Plus, I’ve noticed that whenever I use Skinceuticals Retinol 0.3 at night, the next day my skin gets less oily.

Use a sunscreen specifically formulated for oily skin

La Roche Posay Anthelios Dry Touch Gel Cream

As I mentioned in my spring beauty essentials, I love the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 30 because it has a completely mattifying effect upon application, and also helps keep me matte over time.

Apply a face oil at night for extra nourishment

Jojoba Oil

I love jojoba oil but don’t have a specific brand recommendation. Any will do, as long as it’s pure and cold-pressed

If you had told me five years ago that someday I’d voluntarily put oil on my skin, I would’ve probably laughed in your face, but these days I actually LOVE using oils as the last step of my nighttime routine. They feel so soothing and luxurious!

If you’re afraid of turning yourself into a grease ball, I suggest you get accustomed to face oils with jojoba, which absorbs pretty quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave much of an oily residue.

Once or twice a week, deep cleanse your skin with a non-drying clay mask

Pixi Glow Mud Mask

The Pixi Glow Mud Mask leaves my skin thoroughly cleansed and brighter

Clay masks are ideal to remove deep down impurities and excess sebum from pores, but some of them can be quite drying. My suggestion is to look for a mask that also contains moisturizing ingredients (like glycerin) and not to leave it on too long.

Personal favorites include the SEPHORA Mud Mask and Pixi Glow Mud Mask, which I’m using at the moment.

Makeup

Oily Skin Makeup

My favorite makeup products for a completely matte base

To stay shine-free as long as possible, I like to start my makeup with a completely matte base. My favorite products to achieve that are the Make Up For Ever Step1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer (but I’ve recently tried the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector and found it just as good) and Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet foundation, which I’ve already mentioned a number of times.

If I use a satin-finish foundation (let alone a dewy one!), the stage where I could fry an egg on my forehead comes much quicker.

Anyways, no matter how many oil-absorbing products I use, I’ll still get shiny at some point, so I ALWAYS have blotting papers in my purse to freshen up my base. I like them way more than powder for touch-ups because they get rid of any shine without giving me a cakey face.

And that’s pretty much it, my friend. I’d love for you to tell me how you take care of your oily skin, and if you have any favorite products you think I should know of. Thanks! 🙂


Carolina Braina


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I Haven’t Used My Acne Medication in Four Weeks: Here’s What I’ve Been Using Instead http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/boots-no7-protect-perfect-youthful/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/boots-no7-protect-perfect-youthful/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:00:31 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=196908 If you’ve been reading my posts here, you know that I’ve really struggled with adult acne, and especially with being comfortable in my own skin. Recently with my dermatologist prescribed medications, I finally felt that I had found a routine that worked for me, but the products often left my skin dry, red and, at […]


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From L-R: Boots No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil, Protect and Perfect Day/Night Cream, Protect and Perfect Intense Eye Cream, and Youthful Eye Serum

If you’ve been reading my posts here, you know that I’ve really struggled with adult acne, and especially with being comfortable in my own skin. Recently with my dermatologist prescribed medications, I finally felt that I had found a routine that worked for me, but the products often left my skin dry, red and, at times, very itchy. Sometimes, after using these medications, applying different products and makeup on my skin would also cause irritations.

Then I found the Boots No7 Protect and Perfect and Boots No7 Youthful lines, and now I think I’ve finally figured out exactly what my skin’s problem is.

It’s moisture. I actually need more of it.

I was a little wary of all of the moisture in these products. After all, I can be sort of an oil slick, and I’m always afraid of waking up in the morning to discover that the products I applied the night before haven’t sunk into my skin, and now I have a giant grease face.

But these products didn’t just work well; they actually improved my skin over time. On the packaging they promise better looking skin in four weeks, so that’s how much time I gave them.

Let’s start with the Boots No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil. This is the product I start with every night before bed, applying it to a freshly washed and cleansed face.

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Boots No7 Youthful Replenishing Oil ($22.99 for 1 oz.)

Ingredients
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Isostearyl Isostearate, Alcohol Denat,. Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum (Fragrance), Isopropyl Myristate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Tocopherol

This non-greasy blend of jojoba and rosehip seed oils sinks into my skin in but a moment. I usually concentrate it around the areas where I’m driest and red, like the apples of my cheeks; the sides of my nose, where I have some broken capillaries; and the areas on my chin where I have some acne scarring.

There’s also a little warning on the back that literally says, “May make surfaces slippery,” and they aren’t kidding. The bottle is glass, and I almost dropped it on my bathroom floor several times. In spite of that fact, though, it makes a wonderful precursor to…

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T-B: Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Night and Day Cream ($22.99, 1.6 oz.)

The Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Night Cream, which is my follow-up to the Replenishing Oil. It blends in seamlessly, and has a clean scent that doesn’t irritate my skin. As far as the Day Cream goes, I wasn’t sure how it would work out, but I was pleasantly surprised. Most of the time when I use moisturizers with SPF, they tend to clump up when I try to put makeup on top of them, but that isn’t the case here. It dries nice and matte.

Night cream ingredients
Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Sorbitan Stearate, Demethicone, Butrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter, Beurre De Karite), Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Acid Glycol Ester, Dimethiconol, Butylene Glycol, Parfum (Fragrance), Sucrose Cocoate, Methlparaben, Carbomer, Laureth-7, Ethylparaben, Dipropylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Xantham Gum, Ascorbyl Gluoside, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extratc, BHT, Tocopherol, Butylparaben, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Silica, Propylparaben, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7

Day cream ingredients
Avobenzone (3.0%), Octinoxate (6.0%), Octisalate (2.5%), Aqua (Water),Glycerin,C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate,Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter,Dimethicone,Isononyl Isononanoate,Cetearyl Alcohol,C18-36 Acid Glycol Ester,Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide,Sorbitan Stearate,Mica,Polysorbate 20,Alcohol Denat.,C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethiconol, Butylene Glycol,Methylparaben,Potassium Cetyl Phosphate,Ethylparaben,Parfum (Fragrance), Laureth-7, Retinyl Palmitate,Sucrose Cocoate, Dipropylene Glycol,Xanthan Gum,Ascorbyl Glucoside,Tetrasodium EDTA,Citric Acid,Lupinus Albus Seed Extract,Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Carbomer,Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract,Potassium Hydroxide,Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, BHT, Tocopherol, Butylparaben, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben,Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7,Cl 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).

The Eye Serum and Intense Eye Cream, I mostly use at night, but I have taken to using them before my makeup application at times, as well. I tend to get cakey under my makeup, otherwise.

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Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Eye Cream and Youthful Eye Serum

Eye serum ingredients
Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Stearoxymethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Isohexadecane, Boron Nitride, Hydrolyzed Manihot Esculenta Tuber Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 80, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Ethylparaben, Polysorbate 20, Silica, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrapeptide-21, Tocopherol.

Intense eye cream ingredients
Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea, Beurre De Karite) Butter, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Alcohol Denat., Palmitic Acid, Titanium Dioxide (Nano), C13-14 Isoparaffin, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Laureth-7, Ethylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Steareth-20, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Polysorbate 20, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Manganese Oxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Tocopherol Dipeptide-2, Potassium Sorbate, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide.

The only downfall with these two is that I found the serum to have a very chemical-like smell.

I don’t have a physical reaction when I put it on, but the smell is not pleasant. At all.

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T-B: Boots No7 Eye serum, and cream

So, I’m sure you’re wondering what my skin looks like now after four weeks using these products every day. Well, let me give you a look see…

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Wearing nothing but some eyeliner (eyetini swizzle stick eyeliner in espresso)

The last time we visited my boyfriend’s parents, his mom said that my skin looked “rosy and matte,” and coming from a woman who works in the fashion industry, I take that as high praise. Now, my skin didn’t look awful four weeks ago, because my prescription medication was doing its job, but now it feels better. It feels soft, refreshed and, well, probably how it’s meant to feel?

These Boots No7 products are all available now at most drugstores, including Walgreens and Duane Reade. And they’re also available at Target and Ulta.

Have you tried any of these products from Boots No7? Or any of the brand’s other skin care?


Marcella Yakalis


Marcella Yakalis is a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn, New York, with two cats, one snake, and one very patient boyfriend. She writes about family, relationships, and oppressive retail culture. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.

The post, "I Haven’t Used My Acne Medication in Four Weeks: Here’s What I’ve Been Using Instead," first appeared on Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup.

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