2018 Beauty Tries

I’m not sure how, but January rolled around and I ran out of everything – moisturizer, make up remover, mascara, etc. Everything at once was suddenly empty which led to a couple of rough make up days at work. Luckily, no one really cares whether I wear make up or not so having a job in the sciences triumphed once again!  Anyway, I needed new stuff and I’m not really a cult follower of any products so I was willing to try new things based on who had coupons in the Sunday paper. I do, in fact, receive the Sunday paper and I clip coupons from it. Every week there are multiple coupons for different drug store beauty brands and I’ve gotten some pretty good deals. Since I’ve been trying different brands I thought I’d share my experiences with all of you!

1. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

skincare: garnier makeup remover
I was very skeptical of this stuff. I have tried so many make up removers and I didn’t believe this one would be any different. Plus it was liquid and I had gotten spoiled with my makeup removing wipes. Well, this stuff proved me wrong. I absolutely love it! It isn’t oil based like so many other make up removers and it is still able to get off my liquid liner and layers of mascara. It doesn’t leave a residue behind so I don’t feel like I have to wash my face again when I’m done.  It also comes in a good travel size for when I’m on the go too. I think it’s definitely worth a try if you prefer a liquid make up remover.

2. Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream

skincare: garnier moisture

I was not as impressed with garnier this time around, but I’ll start with positives. I loved the smell and texture of this cream. It also absorbed very quickly into my skin making it a great option for under my make up when I don’t have time to wait around. My skin felt fairly moisturized after putting it on, but I didn’t feel like that lasted through the day and it definitely didn’t last for 24 hours. I put this on twice a day for nearly a month (not religiously, but pretty much every day) and didn’t notice any change in my skin’s dryness.  At night I would put it on after washing my face and 20 minutes later layer on another moisturizer because my skin already felt tight.

I have very dry skin and I began using this product in the coldest part of winter so in all honesty I was putting it through some harsh tests. I think it could work well for someone with combination skin or someone who has access to more humidity than I do. Unfortunately, this moisturizer cannot hold up against my dry skin.

3. Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow Mascara

makeup: almay mascara
I have always loved Almay because of their hypoallergenic products that are oh so nice to my skin. My first make up purchases were from Almay so I’m always willing to give their products a try. There were good and bad aspects to this mascara. It definitely added volume to my lashes and it did quite a bit with one coat. I really needed more than one, but I was impressed with how much was in one swipe.

My main issue with it was that the volume was uneven and clumpy and the brush was clumped as well so wasn’t much help. I’m still using it along with another lengthening mascara with a better brush, but I don’t love it on its own. I’m not one for dramatic eye lashes with tons of volume, I just need them to be pumped up a bit. This by itself was not the answer.

4. Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara

makeup: covergirl mascara
Now this mascara is what I needed. I know I’m late to the game and literally everyone and their mother has used this bright orange tube, but I’m here now so let’s party. With just one or two swipes my lashes are lengthened and defined with just the right amount of volume. No clumps to be seen! I don’t foresee myself switching to another mascara anytime soon.

Have you tried any new products recently that were a hit or miss? Let me know!

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