It’s official: Sephora.com is now one of my most frequently viewed sites on Safari. I really never thought this day would come, but I have recently fallen head-over-heels in love with expensive and extensive skincare. Call me shallow, but there is just something so inexplicably luxurious about it. Anyway, I’ve tried a few products, and I have some fricken opinions to share. Of course, these are all cruelty-free (and, to my knowledge, vegan) products. Enjoy, and happy skincare shopping!
Farmacy’s Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm ($34.00)
This shit is BOMB, and the packaging brings out the hipster minimalist in all of us. At 34 bucks, it’s a bit steep for a makeup remover, but it gets off every bit of maquillage and doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped or tight. To be fair, I’m not really one to wear heavy makeup most days, but even when I got colormatched at Sephora the other day and the lady applied the cakiest layer of foundation all over my face, it all came off with the first wash. Drugstore wipes and coconut oil can suck a dick.
Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil ($90.00)
I honestly had such high hopes for this oil, and overall, I was disappointed. It isn’t a bad product in any way, but it just isn’t worth $90. Perhaps its positive effects are more on the long-term side and I just haven’t reaped them yet, but so far I would say that there hasn’t been a noticeable change to my skin after using this oil as a nightly treatment. Don’t buy it unless you’re rich as hell.
AmorePacific’s Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel Oil-Free ($100.00)
I didn’t pay full price for this one, but I did get a free mini-size pot as a Beauty Insider reward. It’s a great moisturizer for combination skin, and I really feel like it does a good job of providing lightweight hydration during the daytime. My only concern is that it’s very fragranced. It doesn’t smell bad or anything, and it’s not noticeable once you apply it, but heavily-scented skincare products are just super fricken sus in general. Overall, is the moisturizer it worth $100? No, but if you have the money to splurge, I would say it’s not a bad purchase at all.
OleHenriksen’s Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator ($34.00)
Another fantastic daytime moisturizer! With my combination skin, I only apply this on my T-zone (where I tend to get somewhat oily), and it does a wonderful job of keeping my skin matte but hydrated for a pretty solid stretch of time. If you’re stuck between this Olehenriksen one and the aforementioned AmorePacific Gel, get this one; it’s less than half the price, and it does the same shit. Plus it’s unscented.
Josie Maran’s 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil ($48.00)
If you’re going to buy a high-end face oil, you have to buy this one. I would honestly argue that it’s even better than the Sunday Riley one, even though the latter is nearly double the price. Both leave me with super dewy skin the morning after, but the Josie Maran gives even more hydration. It’s so good. Definitely worth it, especially if you have dry or flaky patches of skin.