You guys. I test a lot of products for this blog. Like a lot. You might have noticed this if you follow on stories, but it’s a lot. I feel like a human guinea pig at times but I love it, because trying new beauty products is fun and it is the absolute best feeling when you find a really good one.
Last month, I tested a very expensive 30 day product. I’m not going to tell you which one… but it’s a brand I’ve never featured here; a brand that was completely new to me. The thing was though, everyone raved about it and you only use that one product (after face wash of course) for 30 days. I photographed it, I did a before selfie, and I committed to only using that product for a full 30 days. AND THEN IT TOTALLY SUCKED. Like really sucked. I don’t know what it did to me but it clogged my pores and then I had these hard white bumps all over my cheeks and that was just awful. It wasn’t super noticeable in photos but my skin felt so rough and bumpy – yucks.
But also while I was doing 30 days of just one product, the deliveries rolled in and I fell way behind on product testing.
One of those said products was Kiehl’s Line Reducing Concentrate. I had heard good things and was (almost literally) itching to test it and OMG. It was as though the the skincare gods were throwing me a bone and sending me a gift after testing that other terrible product.
Literally three days after starting to use the Kiehl’s product (I only use it at night), my skin looked so much better. The lines in my forehead were less noticeable, and my skin was so much smoother. My mom told me I looked younger (and believed me when I lied and said I’d tried Botox). It’s also helping with those pesky bumps. I should tell you that I also put just a little bit on the back of my hands as I am a) a little bit extra and b) paranoid about having old looking hands. IT WORKS. I think what makes it work so well is that it’s got 12.5% vitamin C. I’ve tried so many vitamin C serums (obsessed) and have never seen one with more than 10% vitamin C.
I hate to sound like I am proselytizing or really trying to “sell” you on a product, but go buy this product. Right now. Thank me later. It’s the best thing I’ve tried in months. My best friend tried it this weekend and texted to tell me that she noticed a big difference after a DAY. It. Is. So effective. Oh and if you’re wondering when to apply it, it’s a serum – so after cleansing/toning, but before moisturizing. It’s pretty creamy so sometimes I will just apply this, let it sink in for 20-30 minutes while I get ready for bed and then add a layer of face oil right before I get into bed.
That’s not all though! Four other products really knocked my socks off this month, so here they are.
* Vapour Deodorant in Palo Santo / Blood Orange is hands down, the BEST natural deodorant I’ve ever tried. The. BEST. It has a gel/cream to powder formulation (like Secret, with the holes in the applicator and you twist it and the product comes up for the holes) and you only need to use a little bit. It smells amazing (though I’m a sucker for anything with palo santo), and it lasts all day long. It’s also the first natural deodorant I’ve tried that is 100% hot yoga approved. You’ll sweat, but you’ll smell like a rose… or rather, a stick of palo santo which is even better.
* Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads are just the best. An oldie but a goodie – you can use them every day if you’d like, but if your skin is feeling rough and/or dull, a week of using these will bring it back to life. I love how travel friendly they are. They take up zero space in your bag and using them after a long flight or day of sight-seeing will make everything better.
* Sunday Riley Good Genes is an old favorite that I had forgotten about until more recently. I’ve always loved the brand (for a laugh, see this post from 8 years ago where I talk about Good Genes before it came such a cult favorite – it’s probably the first high-end skincare product I ever tried!) but what I love about it is what it does for the texture + tone of my skin. It makes your skin glowy and smooth and hides all sins (the glass of wine from the night before, too much salt, etc etc). Such a good product, I don’t know how I ever forgot about it!
* Tata Harper Eye Contour Mask is another rediscovery. Honestly? I use it like a night cream for my eyes. It’s technically a mask but if the area around your eyes gets dry, use it as a night cream! It’s suuuuuuper rich and concentrated and when I wake up in the morning, the fine lines around my eyes look a lot better. As with so many of Tata’s products, it also just feels SO, SO good on your skin. The jar is expensive but you don’t need a lot. I’d say there’s probably a full year of product in there, and that’s if you were really religious and used it every single night.
photography by Trent Bailey.