These purchases are quite old, but I'm still reaching for them often, which is always a good sign.
(01) Cetaphil After a recent flare up of breakouts, I've resorted to prescription strength serums. And while these serums and creams can be very effective, they must be carefully monitored since they often cause very dry skin and extreme sensitivity to the sun. The first thing I did was run to the store and find the kind of boring, but tried & true, Cetaphil. I've started to use the Cetaphil cleanser every morning and night because right now, I need to use something that I can trust won't be causing anymore breakouts. I actually bought the Cetaphil body lotion by mistake, while searching for the face lotion with SPF, and must've been in such a rush that I forgot to put it down! I don't mind because it's nice to use when I don't feel like "wasting" my usual Origins Ginger Rush hydrating cream. The Cetaphil face lotion is the real star for me here- available in SPF 50 and a non-greasy formula. I love that now I'll have these trusty products laying around for times like this.
(02) Revlon Lip Butters I had to. There was too much chatter about these in the blogosphere and I couldn't resist trying these for myself. I have been wanting to go bold and try a red lipstick for a while now, but who am I kidding, I wasn't bold enough to buy MAC's famed Russian Red or anything so pigmented. Assuming that the lip butters would be a little less pigmented since they are hydrating like a lip balm, I took the opportunity to stray from my usual nudes and light corals. I am actually pleasantly surprised at how nice the colors show up, while simultaneously moisturizing my lips. That being said, I feel as if you could just as easily layer your favorite lipstick with a lip conditioner or chapstick and achieve similar, if not the same, results. These are a great purchase to branch out and try new shades, but in an effort to simplify my life & make-up drawer, I probably would not buy anymore and opt to use a chapstick instead.
(03) Nivea Chapstick Speaking of chapsticks, this Nivea Berry Swirl Chapstick was the best kind of impulse purchase- no buyers remorse! Hydrating, SPF, and tastes like candy. I may not buy this again just because of my ADD with chapsticks. I want to try a Burt's Bees one next, but am open to suggestions. After all, you can never really have enough chapsticks.. or at least that's what I tell myself.
(04) Real Simple Magazine Another impulse purchase, since I don't usually buy magazines and instead end up reading articles online. But I do love flipping through physical pages- and Real Simple has recently become my go-to. The pictures are both creative and inspiring, and content-wise, the magazine is filled with practical solutions for everyday issues. I finally realized that every time I buy the magazine in store on impulse, I dish out $5 per issue, but if I just ordered a subscription, it would be less than $2 an issue (duh). So I buckled up and ordered it and couldn't be more excited! If you don't feel like ordering it, but still want to get an idea of what they're all about, their website is similarly filled with some awesome articles!
Hope you guys are all having a great week so far! Thanks for reading!
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