Skincare Favorites

Helllllo, hello, beautiful people! It's FRIDAY! The weekend has come again, yay! I hope that your week has been a good one so far. Mine has been full of working on my research project, applying to jobs, phone interviews, and a little bit of randomness. Side note: Does anyone else watch Bachelor in Paradise? Guys, it's seriously like a train-wreck that I just cannot stop watching. It amazes me how ridiculous people will act not only just in general, but on TV. Man, you have to have guts to go on a reality show - I bet many of the participants cringe while watching the episodes!

Anyyyywho, I wanted to stop by today to share with you my current skincare favorites, instead of doing my regular Friday Favorites post. As a 24 year old, I'm really trying to do my best to take care of my skin NOW to prevent wrinkles later. We only get one shot at it, so I'm willing to splurge a little when it comes to skincare, but I also use some lower priced options when I can too.

It's important for me to note though that I do believe your skin is a reflection of what you fuel your body with, especially your water intake. I can tell when I'm slacking on drinking water - my skin looks duller and I'm much more prone to breakouts (I thought pimples were no longer a things in your 20s, ugh). So, my first skincare go-to is to drink water, a lot of it. Water is free, people (sleep is also free, and important for your skin). Free is good :) If you're unsure of how much water you should be drinking per day, click HERE. Unfortunately, water can't provide your skin with everything it needs, which is where some actual products come into play. So, let's get into my current favorite skincare products!

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1. Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water

I'm sure you guys have heard of micellar water by now since it seems like that's been one of the bigger buzzwords in the beauty community recently. BUT If you haven't, let me tell ya about one of my new BFFs. The Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water is an all-in-one cleanser that is powerful but gentle. You're still wondering what the heck micellar is and what it means though, right? Well, the micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil, and makeup - pretty cool, huh? I use my Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water as my first step at the end of the day before washing with my cleanser. I used to use make-up remover wipes, but to be honest, I got sick of spending $6 on a pack that didn't seem to last me that long. So, now I saturate a small cotton pad with the micellar water and it works perfectly. The best part (besides the low price)? I don't feel like I'm tugging on my skin, which I felt like I was doing with make-up remover wipes. Tugging on skin = wrinkles. Wrinkles = no fun. Following me, guys? Micellar water is a winner in my book, and it'll have a home in my bathroom for a very, very long time :) 

2. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Okay, so I'm going to talk about two different cleansers that I've been using and loving. The first one is Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser. I kind of adore the entire Fresh skincare line. Why? Their products live up to their name - they just seem fresh, if that's even possible/makes sense? The scents are light, none of their products have ever irritated my skin, and their products aren't made with parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. This cleanser lathers up really nicely, and is extremely gentle on the skin. It will cleanse your skin at the end of the day (or in the morning which is when I tend to use it) without taking away all of your skin's natural oils and moisture. This baby will even remove your mascara when washing your face - huge win! It also tones, soothes, and softens the skin while it's at work and will help with dryness, dullness, and firmness. Wondering if it'll work with your skin? Well it works with pretty much every skin type (as listed on Sephora's website): normal, oily, combination, dry, and sensitive. I would definitely recommend giving this cleanser a try. It does have a slightly higher price point, but I think it's worth it. I have the smallest size and it's lasted me for the past two months, since you don't need to use very much at all.  

3. Laneige Multi Cleanser 

This cleanser is pretttty fabulous. Does the name look familiar? That's because it's shown up in my Friday Favorites a few times in the Laneige Skincare Trial Kit that I bought....at Target. Yup, this cleanser is from Target which means the price point is pretty reasonable. I've been alternating using this cleanser and Fresh's. I find myself using Fresh's Soy Cleanser in the morning, and then using Laneige's at night because of the gentle exfoliating it provides. This cleanser will last you a long, long time, as you only need to use a tiny amount to create a rich foam. The natural papaya in the cleanser sweeps away dead surface skin, while the cellulose beads gently remove impurities, magically melting away makeup, sunscreen, and the oils from the day. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling soft and REALLY clean. It's a winner guys. So, do yourself a favor and go pick one up at Target ASAP.

4. Laneige Water Bank Serum 

Laneige, you win again, and I'm so, so happy that you do, since you're offered at Target. I love this serum, it's a must-have, people! It's my go-to daytime moisturizer because it's lightweight, doesn't feel greasy on my skin, and sinks right in. The Water Bank Serum is known to make skin smoother, more hydrated, and deliver a healthier-looking complexion. The mineral water works with your skin to keep it hydrated and moisturized for 24 hours. Guys, this will improve your skin and leave it feeling soft and looking great. It's gotten awesome reviews, and you need to try it out! 

5. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Okay, guys, if there was one moisturizer I can't go without, this is it! I've been using this concentrate for probably about two years now and I still love it. This concentrate is made up of pure botanical oils that provide vital nutrients to enhance your skin's nighttime recovery. It's a bit pricier but this stuff is going to last you a long, long time because you don't need to use much at all, only about 3 drops for your entire face (I usually buy the 1 oz. size and it lasts me at least 3-4 months). I use this precious baby at night after I've washed my face and it just sinks right into my skin. By morning, my skin is looking glow-y and great, score! Feeling hesitant because it's an oil? Been there, guys! I was super hesitant to literally take oil and rub it all over my face, because I mean...pimples. BUT I swear this stuff will not leave your face feeling greasy or cause you to breakout. It's the best. It just is. And it should find it's way into your bathroom medicine cabinet and never leave. Never ever. 

6. Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream

I mean, what did I even do before I bought Laneige's Hydration Trial Kit? I'm not really sure, guys. Also, I'm not being sponsored in anyway by Laneige to talk about their products - I just love them...so much. Okay, anyways, so this Water Bank Moisturize Cream is pretty much thebomb.com. I'll wash my face at night, apply the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and then I'll take some of this cream and apply it afterwards. These two products together are pretty much The Dream Team. This cream is going to completely melt into your skin to deliver the ultimate moisture. If you have dry skin, this is the product for you. If you want to be an all-star skincare person and take it to the next level, combine this with the Midnight Recovery Concentrate and you're golden

7. Origins Clear Improvement Mask 

Last but not least, this is another staple in my skincare routine. I'll pull this mask out once a week, or once every two weeks. It works with every skin type out there, and it's going to leave your skin feeling clean, like really clean. This mask is charcoal based, and the charcoal pretty much acts like a magnet to draw out those nasty pore-cloggers. I swear that after I use this mask I immediately see a difference in my skin - it just looks brighter and more radiant! Also, fun fact that I just saw on Sephora: this is apparently the number one selling mask in America, so it's gotta be good! This winner costs around $26, but it's gonna last you a long, long time. I think they may also have a smaller version of it that's less expensive, if you're not ready to commit to the full size version just yet! 

Alright, friends, that does it for my current skincare favorites! I hope that you liked this post and maybe found a new product that you want to try out! If you have any skincare favorites that you think I should try, let me know in the comments! I would love to hear from you :)

Have an awesome weekend! Catch ya guys next week!

Jenna

 

Friday Favorites #5

It's the start of the weekend, happy Friday! I hope that your work day flies by and you're into weekend mode before you know it :) Not too much is on the agenda this weekend - I have a cousin's bridal shower on Sunday, but other than that, plans are up in the air. I'm going to try to take advantage of time and get started on a new business venture. Stay tuned for future posts to find out what I'm working on! 

As you all know, today is Friday favorites, which means I'll be sharing five things that I've been loving this week. I would love to know what your favorites of the week have been - feel free to let me know in the comments! 

1. Fountain of Health Humm! Hummus

I discovered this hummus at Whole Foods probably about a year ago, and now I can't bring myself to buy a different brand! If you're a Sabra hummus fan, trust me, this is going to be way better. They have several delicious flavors including, artichoke and spinach (the one in the picture), chipotle, caramelized onion (my fav), greek olive, roasted garlic, roasted pine nuts, and roasted red pepper. The flavor that I have on hand, artichoke and spinach, has a short and great ingredient list: chickpeas, water, tahini (sesame butter), canola oil, artichokes, spinach, lemon juice, sea salt, vinegar, olive oil, caper puree, garlic juice, garlic, onion, spices. I love that I can actually pronounce (and recognize) each of the ingredients in their hummus! All in all, this hummus just tastes fresher to me, and I definitely recommend trying it out!

2. Mini Sweet Peppers

This next favorite pairs perfectly with hummus. These mini sweet peppers taste just like they're described in their name: sweet! They're perfect to snack on with hummus or on their own! They're small enough that you could just throw a few on top of your salad, and they're also great for grilling in the summer! Just throw these little babes on the grill for a few minutes on each side, and you'll have an easy and delicious side dish for your dinner. You can find these at most grocery stores, my mom happened to pick these up at Whole Foods on Sunday, but I've seen them at Giant before too!

3. The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now

image taken from mtv.com

image taken from mtv.com

Any other Lauren Conrad fans out there? To say that I was excited that The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now was on this week is an understatement. My sister and I used to LOVE watching Laguna Beach (pretty sure we have all of the seasons on DVD) and we of course followed Lauren Conrad onto The Hills. I'm sure (hope) that many of you can relate to my obsession of her shows, haha. It was interesting to be able to see how the show filming worked - like how her and Brody's romance seemed to be staged for the show a bit (or a lot). Also, I was loving her hair in the That Was Then, This Is Now special and her clothes! Wouldn't you love to be able to borrow clothes from her closet?!

4. Queen Munchkin

"I'm a Queen...or maybe a Sailor?" - Munch

"I'm a Queen...or maybe a Sailor?" - Munch

Ohhh, Munchkin. So, many of you know that Munch had some health problems a few weeks ago, and due to them she's been on steroids for about two weeks now, give or take a few days. She has a partially collapsed trachea which got inflamed from allergens and the humidity, which caused her to cough, A LOT. Her coughing is starting to settle down, although this humidity isn't helping (go away gross, humid weather). Anyways, if you know Munchkin, you know she's a feisty gal, and being on steroids only means she's even feistier (is that even possible? yes, yes, it is), which means lots of barking and getting annoyed at her lil sis, Lola. The barking and temper has been just a little (a lot) annoying over the past few weeks, but I'm so glad we still have our little Munchie girl with us. She's 13, but she's a strong pup, and she never fails to make me and my family laugh - like yesterday when I put my workout headband on her (LOL). I hope that picture gave you a little bit of a smile and laugh to start your day!

5. Laneige Hydration Trial Kit

I saw someone else online raving about this skincare line, and I noticed that it was offered at Target (major win). So, when I was there yesterday grabbing ingredients for the homemade dog treats I made (click HERE for the recipe), I decided to pick up their Hydration Trial Kit. I generally have dry skin, so that's why I went for the hydration kit, but they do have other sample kits available! I really like buying trial kits when makeup or skincare lines offer them, because usually you get to try a good amount of their products for not too bad of a cost! This kit was $29 at Target, and I get to try six of their skincare products: their multi cleanser, power essential skin toner, balancing emulsion, water bank serum, water sleeping mask, and water bank moisture cream. The picture I snapped wasn't the best (sorry, friends), but the samples in this kit are decent sizes, and I truly think they'll last me a good amount of time! I'll be sure to let you know guys know in a future post if I like the products or not. To see all of the Laneige products that Target offers, and the review for them (they got awesome reviews), click HERE

Well, that does it for this week's favorites! I hope that you all enjoyed this post, if you did give it a "like" by clicking on the heart at the bottom of the post, or let me know in the comments! I would LOVE to hear from you guys. Keep up with me over the weekend by following me on my Instagram (username: joyfullyjenna). 

I hope that your weekend is fun and relaxing, catch ya next week!

Jenna