If you’re going to spend money on either skincare or makeup, I think you’ll get a much better return on investing in skincare. Taking care of your skin is not only important so you don’t have to use as much makeup, but it also helps keep you looking fresh and healthy.
Since Sephora is having 2x the points on skincare right now, I wanted to round up some of my all-time favorites, many of which won’t be a surprise. For reference, I have dry, sensitive skin and am prone to blackheads. These are all products that I have used in the past, although some of the pricer ones I’ve only tried through deluxe samples. Here’s the roundup:
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I have about 5 of these under-eye masks in my drawer at all times. They are great for prepping your skin for a long day of makeup, refreshing after a long day at work or helping to subtract that last drink you had the night before. I’m stocking up.
The It! Cosmetics CC+ Cream is my everyday tried-and-true base. This CC Cream gives you the coverage of a foundation with all of the skincare benefits of a moisturizer. I’m a little surprised to see this in the promo since I’d call it makeup rather than skincare, but I’m not complaining.
While your CC Cream or foundation may have SPF, it’s important to have a face sunscreen. This Clinique Pep Start SPF 50 sunblock is super lightweight and dries down to a natural finish. It has the slightest yellow tint to it so it blends with your skin rather than leaving a white film on your face.
I’m waiting for Olehenriksen to realize that .5 ounces of this Truth Serum costs $15 and 1 ounce costs $48…needless to say, I buy two of the smaller bottles at a time to save $18. My skin simply looks better when I’m using this product. I can’t entirely explain it, but it’s changed my skin.
Eye cream is tricky because you’ll never really know if it worked until you’re older. In the meantime, I judge eye cream by how well it de-puffs, hydrates and sits under makeup. Right now I’m using the It! Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream but am so tempted to get the Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate. I had a deluxe sample of this and have never felt more boujee. Not sorry. I genuinely saw an instant “firming” effect so I’m not sure what magic is in this eye cream, but it’s amazing.
Origins has some of my favorite masks and right now they have a great deal at Sephora. Masks are $27 but online you can build your own kit that also includes a face wash and moisturizing gel for the same price. I’m picking up the Drink Up Overnight Mask because it locks in intense hydration while you sleep during the cold winter months.
All four of these moisturizers are gorgeous. The Fresh Glow Face Cream smells delicious and leaves your skin silky soft. The Sunday Riley CEO and It! Cream are definitely thicker ones, so oily skin beware. The Belif moisturizer is very lightweight and plays well with makeup, ideal for oily skin and summertime.