Skin Care – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Sat, 28 May 2016 02:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 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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Making Memorably Relaxing Moments With the New CND SPA Collection Scrubs, Masques and Lotions http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/cnd-spa-collection-bright-citron-gardenia-woods/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/cnd-spa-collection-bright-citron-gardenia-woods/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 08:00:16 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=198740 There aren’t many luxuries I long for at my age. As a millennial living in New York City, there are only a few things I really, really want. Mostly, I’d like a steady income, lower rent, an endless supply of Trader Joe’s Turbinado & Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds and Spindrift Seltzer… I digress. […]


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CND Spa Collection Bright Citron and Gardenia Woods Scrubs and Masques

CND Spa Collection Bright Citron and Gardenia Woods Scrubs, Masques and Lotions

There aren’t many luxuries I long for at my age. As a millennial living in New York City, there are only a few things I really, really want. Mostly, I’d like a steady income, lower rent, an endless supply of Trader Joe’s Turbinado & Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds and Spindrift Seltzer…

I digress.

When it comes to trying spa and luxury skin care treatments, however, I have many big dreams that have yet to be fulfilled. I have super sensitive skin, as you may have heard me talk about in my previous posts here on Makeup and Beauty Blog, so I am VERY hesitant to get any sort of commercial facial, but one thing I would love to do is have a sensory deprivation session. Unfortunately, they’re rather pricey, especially in this city.

Until the day comes when I can afford fancy spa visits and other amenities, I make due with things I can do at home.

These are some of my recent favorite products, the new CND SPA collection, available at Select Ulta stores. I’ve tried the Bright Citron Lotion, and the Masque, as well as the Gardenia Woods Scrub, and the Soak.

I’d never used any CND products before trying these. I don’t believe there are any of their salons in NYC yet (correct me if I’m wrong!), but these, which are part of a new line, have been satisfying in every respect.

You may have read about my addiction to lotion and how my lotion kingdom has overtaken my nightstand. Well, these new products have mostly stayed in my bathroom, but they’ve already worked their way into my regular bath-time routine.

CND Spa Collection Bright Citron Scrub and Masque

The CND Spa Collection Bright Citron Masque and Lotion are my favorites

My favorite two products from the line are the Bright Citron Masque and Lotion.

The citrus scent is strong but not overwhelming, and it reminds me of so many lime-flavored alcoholic drinks, haha!

I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not…but let me just say that if this were served in a glass with some mint and rum, I wouldn’t say no! 🙂 I’m craving a warm porch and a tall glass.

As for the lotion, it’s wonderfully moisturizing and leaves just the faintest glow on my skin.

The masque doesn’t smell as strong as its counterpart, but it’s nice and SO relaxing. I really like to use it on my hands.

A thin coating of the Bright Citron Masque

A thin coating of the Bright Citron Masque

Sitting in my bathroom with my hands together, letting the mask work (it’s a little cool, a little tingly), is my way of getting in a little extra pampering before bed.

Washing off the mask is also fun, because as you add water to it, it builds into a smooth, milky cream that you can continue working into your skin.

Gardenia Woods Scrub and Soak

Gardenia Woods Scrub and Soak

I don’t quite enjoy the Gardenia Woods scented products as much as the Bright Citron ones (and there’s also a Cucumber group with some heel products), but I do like them. Infused with chamomile and sandalwood, they definitely lull me to sleep.

The scrub has very small exfoliating particles that feel pretty good, but I don’t think they get the job done on the exfoliating front. I generally prefer scrubs with larger particles (like this one from Shea Moisture) when I exfoliate in the shower.

The soak, though, is an excellent precursor/followup to a pedicure or a hard day of hoofing it around New York City. A little sprinkle leaves my feet feeling SUPER soft and princess-like (princesses on the brain because I just finished A Clash of Kings!)

These products have been great additions to my “at-home spa” collection as it continues to grow and have led to some memorably relaxing moments in my rather stressful life. Being able to pamper myself every now and then, even at home, is something I always look forward to.

The CND Spa Collection is available now at select Ulta stores and wherever CND products are sold. Check stores for availability and pricing.

Have you ever tried CND products before? (I know they make some pretty polishes!)


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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Maintaining Clear Skin With Help From Caudalie Paris Vinosource Moisturizer http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/maintaining-clear-skin-with-caudalie-vinosource-moisturizer/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/maintaining-clear-skin-with-caudalie-vinosource-moisturizer/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 14:00:08 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=198623 I don’t talk about skin care enough, considering how much time and money I actually invest into it. And I actually get lots of compliments on my skin too! But before I found a regimen that worked, I had a very bad case of cystic acne that would flare up over and over again, like […]


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Kiko Artist Collection

Exfoliants have done THE most for my skin

I don’t talk about skin care enough, considering how much time and money I actually invest into it. And I actually get lots of compliments on my skin too! But before I found a regimen that worked, I had a very bad case of cystic acne that would flare up over and over again, like clockwork. The same areas would break out, heal, then break out again.

Caudalie Paris Vinosource Moisturizers

Caudalie Paris Vinosource Moisturizers

My current nighttime routine helps keep my skin happy, and now my skin is pretty much blemish-free…except for at this very moment, of course, because the Universe is a funny place. But generally these days I only need to focus on healing the damaged skin (can still look red and raw), exfoliating, and moisturizing.

clinique, estee lauder

My current skincare line-up (L-R) Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion, Clinique Charcoal Mask, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum

Skin Prep: The Cleanse

The most important part of my nighttime routine involves removing every stitch of makeup before I go to bed. I won’t go too into detail, but I double cleanse, either using a makeup wipe + cleanser or cleansing water + cleansing oil, and I also always remove my eye makeup separately with a bi-phase product. Sunscreen and waterproof eyeliner remove easier with separate, targeted products, but your skin care products won’t do a thing for you if there’s still makeup sitting on your skin throughout the night.

Layer, Layer, Layer

Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion

Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion

These next few products are the exfoliants and serums I layer under the moisturizer…

Exfoliants have done THE most for my skin. Instead of using a physical scrub, I obsess over my Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion ($14). It’s super gentle but also super effective, and it somehow keeps my skin clear with just a thin layer. If I feel like my skin needs a little boost, I’ll use the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Clay Mask ($25).

I’m partial to the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum ($92) and Advanced Night Repair Eye Serums ($65), which I’ve seen my mom use, and I always come back to them. I’ve always lived in an “Estee” house, and I have no complaints so far!

Helloooo Hydration

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Because I layer a few products before my moisturizer, I feel like I can get away with very lightweight moisturizers, and I’ve been enjoying this new one by Caudalie Vinosource ($39).

There are a few to choose from in the line, but the Vinosource Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid is perfect for very oily-skinned girls. It will definitely be my go-to in summer. The rest of the time I like the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. It’s a gel-cream formulation (looks and feels kind of like yogurt) that never feels too heavy or too light!

Overall, I have oily-normal skin (except in summer, when it’s oilier), but I will pat the Vinosource Moisture Recovery Cream onto the tops of my cheeks, nose, and forehead — the areas that tend to get the driest for me. This one is my favorite of the bunch, even though I don’t need it all over my face.

My one complaint about these moisturizers is the heavy fragrance. They have an unnatural floral, “herb” smell — like they were trying to smell fragrance-free. It’s a shame, especially for a skin care line, but it isn’t a deal breaker for me.

Hope you enjoyed this little look into my bathroom vanity!

What skin care have you been using lately?

See you in the next,

Anna


Anna Oh


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2 Awesome Skin Clearing Masks: boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment and Origins Out of Trouble http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/breakouts-acne-clear-skin-masks-boscia-origins/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/skin-care/breakouts-acne-clear-skin-masks-boscia-origins/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:44:32 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=196622 I’ve been dealing with more breakouts than usual over the past six months or so and have been struggling to find the right products for my skin. I haven’t wanted to use anything too drying or harsh, because my skin can be sensitive sometimes, but my normal routine of exfoliating once or twice a week […]


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skin clearing masks

I’ve been dealing with more breakouts than usual over the past six months or so and have been struggling to find the right products for my skin. I haven’t wanted to use anything too drying or harsh, because my skin can be sensitive sometimes, but my normal routine of exfoliating once or twice a week wasn’t doing enough.

The Origins Out of Trouble 10-Minute Mask To Rescue Problem Skin I discovered a few months ago has really helped. It has been so good for treating breakouts and helping keep my skin clear.

Some of the main ingredients are sulfur and salicylic acid, but it somehow doesn’t dry or irritate my skin. If my skin is really going crazy, I’ll apply it all over my face once or twice for a week, and it’ll quickly reduce the size and redness of any bumps. Or, sometimes I’ll spot treat and just apply it directly to blemishes as needed.  

I’ve tried other acne treatments in the past, but Origins Out of Trouble is probably going to be my new go-to for acne (here’s more info on how I deal with acne).

skin clearing masks

A thick paste, the Origins mask, which is available in a full-size tube at Sephora for $26, has a strong sulfur smell, but it isn’t too unpleasant. 

And there’s also a smaller single-use size for $4 if you want to test it out before committing.

Origins Out of Trouble 10-Minute Mask Ingredients
water\aqua\eau; cetyl esters; zinc oxide; titanium dioxide; cetyl alcohol; cetearyl alcohol; glycerin; glyceryl stearate; peg-100 stearate; camphor; ceteareth-20; salicylic acid; colloidal sulfur; butylene glycol; bentonite; caprylyl glycol; hexylene glycol; phenoxyethanol

The second mask I’m mentioning, boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment, is newer to me, but it’s equally fantastic. While I’ll use the Origins Out of Trouble mask to address active breakouts, the boscia clarifying mask is something I’ll use weekly as more of a preventative measure.

skin clearing masks

boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment Ingredients
-Activated Bamboo Charcoal: Draws out dirt, oil, and impurities.
-Binchotan White Charcoal Powder: Purifies and balances skin.
-Kaolin Clay: Helps absorb oils and impurities from pores by eliminating dead cells, dirt, and excess sebum from the surface of the skin.

Black Charcoal Pore Pudding:
Water, Diglycerin, Glycerin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Talc, Kaolin, Bentonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide, CI77499, Ethylhexylglycerin, Charcoal Powder, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Butylene Glycol, Polysortbate 20, Ceteth-25, Oleth-10, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PVP, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyacetophenone.

White Charcoal Pore Pudding:
Water, Glycerin, Diglycerin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Kaolin, Bentonite, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Charcoal Powder, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Kappaphycus Alvarezii extract, Sea Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PVP, Hydroxyacetophenone.

Here’s a closeup picture of the boscia mask below. It has alternating layers of black and white charcoal, and the consistency is thick and gel-like. It also has a mild herbal scent. 

skin clearing masks

The black charcoal is detoxifying, and the white charcoal is calming and moisturizing. This is one of the few clarifying masks I’ve tried that doesn’t leave my face feeling extremely tight and dry, and I think it will be perfect for people with combination skin, because it’ll help clear pores without being excessively drying.

The boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment is available at Sephora for $38, and even though I don’t usually like skin products that come packaged in jars, it really works, and it does also come with a tiny spatula that you can use to apply the mask.  

I love to relax at night with a little TV and a good mask, and I highly recommend this one if you’re looking for help treating and preventing occasional breakouts and clogged pores. 

I’d love to hear your mask recommendations, especially calming ones! Which ones do you like?


Adia Goss


Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.

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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.

boots-no7-youthful-replenishing-oil

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.

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