A couple weeks ago, I picked up a couple of items from Mac and Sephora. Sephora was doing double  or triple points (I can’t remember which) on skin care and since I haven’t had an actual skincare routine in over a year, I decided I couldn’t put it off anymore and thought it would be a good opportunity to try out some new products. And Mac… well it’s there, so that’s a good enough reason to go, right? This post might actually turn into a partial favorites because I’ve definitely been using half these products already, haha 😊

Right off the bat, I knew I had to pick up a powder exfoliant. I became a fan after using one by Dermalogica at school during facials and I love that a little really does go a long way with these bad boys. You really only need a little itty bitty amount, mix with water, and exfoliate away. It says you can even mix a tiny bit with the Argan Oil to make a paste, dab on pimples or spots, leave on overnight, and it’ll treat it right away! I haven’t tried that method yet as I don’t own Argan Oil, but a lot of people in the reviews said it does work. Even though a lot of these gentle exfoliants say they’re gentle enough to use daily, I personally don’t recommend doing do. Your skin needs a break after exfoliating because you’ve already gone in and scrubbed off the dead skin cells. I usually wait a day or two to exfoliate again.
I fell in love with First Aid Beauty when my sister brought home their Ultra Rich Repair moisturizer (I’m not positive that’s the actual name, haha). My skin isn’t dry, but I did like to put a light layer on before going to sleep just to really moisturize my skin. Since I already knew one product from their brand that I liked, I decided to pick up their Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay. It’s meant to get rid of excess oils as well as declog pores and treat acne. Since making the switch from proactiv, it was difficult to find something that was a lot more gentle, but still did the job. Thank GOD for this cleanser. Since it is hypoallergenic, it’s made for people with sensitive skin and while I don’t consider my skin sensitive, I have noticed over the past year or so, it has gotten a lot more sensitive than usual… If that makes sense… Anyway, this stuff is great, end of story.
I kind of went into the Ole Henriksen area of Sephora blind. I have never tried any of their products, but have always heard positive reviews. In the past, I was never one for moisturizers because of my combination/oily skin. I had never found one that worked well with my skin or that didn’t make me shiny by the end of the night. I actually have no idea anymore what specifically led me to the Truth Revealed Vitamin C Super Creme with spf 15. It’s actually an anti-aging product and I know I’m only 20, but it’s never too early to start preserving your skin, am I right? I use this both in the morning before I put on my makeup and at night after I wash my face. I can tell that it’s already brightening up a few of my acne scars. It also manages not to make me shiny by the end of the night which was shocking to me considering how rich and luxurious it was, but it soaked into my skin quickly and my makeup applies like a dream on top of it. As for the anti-aging part of it… Well I guess I’ll see in a few years.
Moving on to Mac, I finally caved and got this little beauty. The 130 brush is a small duo fibre brush and from what I’ve noticed, it’s a favorite amongst many of the employees at Mac. I’ve had it used on me to apply foundation, but I actually prefer to use it to blend out my contour. Definitely one of my must-have brushes now.
I’ve been using this concealer for quite a little bit now. I had to pick up a new bottle as I was running out of my first one. It seems like such a small amount, especially for those of you that have a lot of blemishes/acne/scars, etc., but a little goes a long way with this stuff. Seriously. All I need is one pump and even sometimes, that’s too much. Especially with primer, the stuff goes on like a dream.
I was just browsing through random youtube videos and I believe it was an old Jaclyn Hill video about contouring, but she mentioned Mac’s Prep + Prime Highlighter and I thought I’d try it out. My skin has tends to have a yellow undertone, but Radiant Rose has a pink undertone. I have to be careful not to go overboard with it or I’ll look complete washed out and way too pale, but I love it. I’ll dab it right on my brow bones and sometimes on my cheekbones.
So that completes my little haul! I’ve just recently been getting back in Mac products.. I stepped away from them a couple years back as I wanted to discover other brands. Do you guys have any recommendations?

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