HEYYYYYYY how you DOIN’?? I hope you all had the bestest Christmas ever! Lotsa’ love and food and all that stuff. Notice I didn’t mention presents? I’m happy you got them and all, but here in our house we don’t participate in the gift giving of Christmas. It’s just something we don’t do. Instead, we donate money to The Huron Carol, a message of hope and inspiration to eliminate hunger during the holiday season by actor, singer, and lifetime philanthropist Tom Jackson(he was in Star Trek The Next Gen btw!). It’s a cause we strongly believe in. There’s nothing wrong with the whole presents thang, just not our style over here is all! I’m not judging either, don’t get me wrong! I’m just at the age where honestly, I don’t NEED anything anymore… 😛
ANYHOOOOOOOOOOoooo, enough preaching Tracy…let’s get down to bizness! We’re talking My 2014 Favourites! Stuff that I, snarky Tracy reviewed, loved and STILL use pretty much every day. There’s kind of a lot, especially skincare wise! This year was quite the year for me and skincare-with always on the hunt for anti-aging miracles, to my battle with skin sensitivity-skincare has been the BIGGEST part of my beauty year for sure. So, let’s start with that! And then I’ll do another post on the fun makeup stuffs.
MAN, I love this stuff. I use it every evening in the shower. I reviewed it HERE in case you missed my review. A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cleansing Oil is my favourite skincare find of the year! It’s perfect for dry to very dry and eczema-prone skin, and made for everyone-babies to adults. You can use it on your face AND your body, that’s how gentle it is. It contains ingredients to help soothe and calm skin while gently cleansing it. What I do now, is pour a bit of it on my next favourite 2014 in skincare- Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponges!
Favourite Cleansing Tool
Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge
I also use Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponges in the shower, since you have to hang them to air dry in-between uses, but I REALLY enjoy using them! They gently exfoliate and make my skin feel extra clean! My Clarisonic has been officially banished now-that thing just irritates my skin to no end. BYE-BYE. But Konjac sponges? DON’T. Try one! You’ll be as hooked as I am-promise!
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum
I can’t live without Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum. I can’t. And neither can the redhead, Marky. I’ve had to send it to her in California, along with some instant noodles and chocolate. 😛 But that SERUM. You GUYS. Changed my skin. No more dry patches to fight with! And if you get them you know what I’m talking about. Picking off those flakes after you apply foundation is NOT FUN. And thanks to this serum I don’t have tweezers dedicated to do this anymore! It’s AMAZING. Now, some of my friends say that it has a strong scent to it??? But I honestly don’t notice much? It’s a bit floral, but dissipates quickly. But I thought I’d mention it in case you are like them and are really sensitive to scents as they are. ME?? SCREW THE SMELL(even tho I can’t smell anything) because this is hands down the BEST serum I’ve ever used. I’ve bought at least 5 bottles of the stuff since reviewing it.
OH!!! Let’s step back there dang it! I forgot about this!
Avene Thermal Spring Water
Avene Thermal Spring Water is my new found love this year. I’ve tried every thermal water out there, but this one? THE ITCHY HORSE WAS RIGHT. I spray this on my bare skin after cleansing, after showering, after ANYTHING-it really has made a difference in my skin and decreased the redness. And I even use it to refresh my curls in the AM, and to set my makeup as well. LOVE YOU HORSEY.
Speaking of Avène, My favourite eye cream is from them too!
Avène Soothing Eye Contour Cream
Avène Soothing Eye Contour has alpha-bisabosol which comes from Chamomile! Chamomile tea is my favourite tea. I try to get all hipster tea and drink some David’s Tea, but honestly? Just pour me a good cuppa’ chamomile and I’m happy. Avène Soothing Eye Contour reduces flaking and helps restore suppleness to dry skin. It also stimulates and promotes the skin’s healing process. I have given up on most eye creams-never believed in them and their anti-aging GET RID OF WRINKLES promises. If you still believe that an eye cream is gonna get rid of crow’s feet then WAKE UP WOMAN. I love you but seriously, it’s not gonna happen. But this eye cream? Hydrates and soothes. And that’s all you can, and SHOULD expect from an eye cream. Eye Cream rant over hahahaha…..
ZIT FIGHTER EXTRAORDINNAIRE: Paula’s Choice CLEAR 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Treatment
Paula’s Choice CLEAR 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Treatment is REALLY GOOD. I dab this stuff on and BAZINGA! Any acne is diminished TOOT SWEET! Love this stuff. It is drying though, so be prepared for that after the fact. But no zit is totally worth the dryness in my books!
Live Clean Fresh Face 24 Hour Hydrating Day Cream
I need to review the entire Live Clean Fresh Face Line-SOON, I promise. But this Live Clean Fresh Face 24 Hour Hydrating Day Cream is pretty great stuff, since it’s found AT THE DRUGSTORE! HELLO! Man, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spent money on skincare at department stores, only to be disappointed beyond belief. NO MORE. My skincare from now on will ONLY come from the drugstore. Live Clean Fresh Face 24 Hour Hydrating Day Cream is for normal to dry skin and is intensely hydrating. Infused with a moisturizing complex developed from the roots of beets, it provides immediate results and leaves skin perfectly hydrated for 24 hours. Vitamins C & E help promote healthy looking skin too. 24 Hour Hydrating Day Cream is fast-absorbing, non-greasy, and leaves my skin smooth and supple. I really LOVE this stuff. And do you see the SIZE of it? It’s HUGE. And affordable! And it smells really good too! Stay tuned for my thoughts on the entire line pretty soon!
Favourite Exfoliator and Masque(still using that French spelling)
Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Exfoliator and Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque
Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Exfoliator and Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque are two of the more affordable products in the Amore Pacific line. Like WOW. Shiz is expensive yo’. But these two products are worth the $$. The Enzyme Peel Exfoliator is unlike any exfoliator I’ve ever tried in my whole life. It’s a powder. You pour a bit into your hand, add water, and start washing your face with it for about 30 seconds or so. It foams up. There’s no grit at all. After you rinse it off, your skin is SMOOOVE and bright! It’s amazing. The Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque is another LOVE form the $$ brand. I use this all the time at night, especially when travelling. Just a light layer at night and you’ll wake up to lovely, hydrated skin every time!
Favourite Makeup Remover
L’Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Micellar Solution
It’s all I use these days to remove my eye makeup and most of my face makeup too. L’Oreal Paris Sublime Soft Micellar Solution is gentle and never stings my sensitive eyes or skin. It’s awesome stuff, but just make sure you get it on sale because DANG sometimes it’s way too expensive imo, even though I love the stuff. But $8.99 is way better than $14.99, right? Seriously.
Have I bored you yet?? 😛 Ok last thing.
Favourite Self Tanner
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster
Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster was something I was kind of lukewarm about when I reviewed it, but the stuff has really grown on me! I use this a lot. My neck is always so much paler than my face thanks to my BIG ASS HEAD. My neck never sees the sun I swear. Any wrinkles I have on my neck are because of CHUBBY. THANKS MOM. 😀 😀 I use Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster to make my neck match my face tone, especially after being in Sunny California, which has been often thanks to my Marky going to college there. I should really just move there…hahaha…maybe someday!
PHEW. That’s was a lot! I hope you lasted until the end! Stay tuned for my makeup loves of 2014! Have any of these products been YOUR favourites too?