Normally, I like to purchase my skincare all at once so it usually means that I run out all at once. I love picking up my skincare products from Ulta Beauty because they’re really affordable and they usually have a coupon that can be used towards your total purchase ( I also like letting my points build up so that I can redeem them for dollars off.)
During my most recent trip, I decided to pick up a few new products to try and give a first impressions on!
I purchased about 12 new products in total so I’m going to make this a two-parter so that the post isn’t too long. This actually works out perfectly since I made two separate trips to Ulta. Today I’ll show you what I got in my first trip! Please note that I’ve only been using these products for a week, so this will be more of a first impressions, not in-depth review.
Banila Co: This isn’t a new brand for me, but I did try one new product. The Dear Hydration Toner is meant to nourish the skin while controlling acne and diminishing hyperpigmentation. I had been eyeing this toner for some time and finally gave myself the green light. It absorbs into the skin so well and feels very soothing which is good for my sensitive skin. I’ve noticed some toners make your skin feel stripped after they dry down , but this one is so hydrating and feels soft to the touch.
I also re-purchased the Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm which I love. I’ve only tried the pink jar which is the original formula; but it also comes in Green (Clarifying), Yellow (Nourishing), Purple (Purifying), and Blue (Revitalizing). I use this balm as my first step in my double-cleansing routine and then follow up with micellar water before going in with a cleanser. One thing I don’t like about this balm is that it does leave your eyes cloudy for a little bit. It doesn’t hurt/burn and isn’t uncomfortable, it’s just annoying because your vision is blurry for a couple minutes if you use too much around the eye area ( hopefully they can fix this soon or maybe I’ll see if the other formulas do this).
Coola: One of the most underestimated beauty products is SPF! So many of us believe that we don’t need to wear sunscreen on a regular basis, but that is far from the truth. If you have trouble skin (or even “flawless skin”) it is important to protect ourselves from sun damage and premature aging. I used to hate wearing sunscreen because it was hard to find one that didn’t leave a white cast or make my face feel greasy. I was on YouTube and saw someone review the Sun Silk Drops and knew I had to try! This sunscreen is black girl friendly and actually feels a little hydrating but without that greasy feeling! Makeup layers so well over this SPF and it doesn’t have any flashback nor pilling (when you get those little rolled balls on your face from products that don’t pair well).
Dermalogica: I re-purchased the Daily Microfoliant (not to be confused with the Daily Superfoliant) because I was amazed at how fast I noticed results the last time I used this product. It’s a super fine powder that foams and lathers as you add water. It helps to remove dead layers of skin, revealing more youthful skin beneath. It isn’t at all harsh, which is why it can be used daily. Since it is an exfoliant, it can be a little drying for my skin so I use it as needed instead of daily.
The Ordinary: This is also a repurchase. I tried the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% earlier this year when The Ordinary was really popular and almost impossible to find in stock in stores. This product takes a while to notice results, but I do think it helped a lot with hyperpigmentation which is why I decided to re-buy! Niacinamide is great for brightening the skin and is safe to use daily, but it’s recommended to only use at night if you have darker skin! If you do choose to wear during the day, your skin will be more sum-sensitive so you should probably opt for SPF 50
I’ll reveal the final items that I purchased in my next blog post which is scheduled to post on Saturday! If you’ve tried any of these products, comment below how you liked them!
As Always, Stay Pretty
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