Spring Skincare Routine

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Happy Spring, dear friends! I hope you’re enjoying this weather as much as I am! 😍

I don’t know about you, but it typically takes me 6 months to run through my skincare products and that works out perfectly with the timing of the seasons. In the fall/winter, I’ll opt for heavier creams and in the spring/summer, I’ll layer on lighter products. Here are my new beauty digs for Spring 2019!


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Kopari Coconut Rose Toner:

I was looking for a clean, green toner that wouldn’t bust my wallet and this came up on my Sephora search! It is, “a vegan, alcohol-free, and multitasking toner to keep redness at bay…has three star ingredients: coconut extract, rose extract, and witch hazel.”

Impressions:

I love it! The product is super light and smells great (almost like vanilla). The packaging is cute (shout-out to that logo designer) and the spritz bottle makes it easy to distribute. It does have a slightly sticky finish and I don’t know that it did much to soothe my skin, but it was definitely helpful as a moisturizing mist and refresher throughout the day.

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The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% & The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Honestly, The Ordinary kept popping up on my social feeds so I decided to give them a try (it also didn’t hurt that the products were so cheap). The Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is described exactly as just that—”a daily support formula with 100 percent high-purity, sustainably-sourced, organic, cold-pressed rose hip seed oil,” and the Alpha Lipoic Acid is a “solution that helps to brighten skin and target signs of aging.” What threw me off was that neither of them had the Sephora Clean Seal. Anyone know why?

Impressions:

Rose Hip Seed Oil: The product is a bright orange color (think beta carotene) and specified for nighttime-use. It’s a slightly sticky, thick, oil. Definitely not my favorite facial oil. Overall, I felt like it maintained my skin condition but didn’t make a huge difference in improving it.

Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%: Completely my own fault, but I wish I had known that it wasn’t an everyday product. This serum is unscented and sadly, irritated my skin a lot. My skin-type is pretty neutral and does well with most products, but this serum was just one step too much and I’ve since stopped using it. :(

I wish The Ordinary lived up to the hype. I was disappointed with both products and likely won’t be trying any more of their products in the future.

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PEACE OUT-Puffy Under-Eye Patches

My eye bags have gotten so much worse over the past two years so I figured it was time to give eye masks a try. While shopping, I was surprised to see that there weren’t any clean beauty alternatives but I was so determined to give them a try, that I purchased this pack anyway. These patches are, “soaked in antioxidant-rich passion fruit extract and ice plant stem cells to help de-puff and illuminate dark circles. Unlike other under-eye patches that simply hydrate the surface of the skin, Peace Out Puffy Eyes' unique bio-cellulose material is made with fibers that are 1,000 times thinner than human hair. These fibers are able to sink into tiny grooves, delivering the de-puffing serum 35 percent more effectively than other patches.”

Impressions:

LOOK. AT. THAT. PACKAGING! It’s so freaking cute! As for the masks themselves, they were easy-to-use and definitely helped with how tired my eyes looked. The crescents were a bit large for my face and the results didn’t last long, but they’re a great product if you want a last-minute lift before a special event. I love this product but probably won’t be repurchasing in the future because of sustainability reasons (so much packaging for just 6 pairs)! Does anyone know of a sustainable alternative to sheet masks and eye patches?


Well, there ya have it! Have you tried any of these products? Also, asking again, anyone know why The Ordinary doesn’t fall under clean/green beauty and are there any alternatives for sheet masks/eye masks?