Even though this was my first foray into the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales, I’m really happy with how constrained I was when it came to spending! The continuing deals definitely make me want more, but I know that I don’t really need it, so I’ve been trying to keep my lurking off Instagram, where I find the majority of what sales are happening right now.
In the meantime, before Black Friday hit, I did a little bit of a turnaround with my skincare routine and added a few things which are working out pretty well for me, so I thought I’d do a bit of a review.
Simple Water Boost Micellar Water
My first micellar water was the Garnier, and while I liked it (sort of) at the time, after buying Simple’s Water Boost, I think I’ve found my new staple micellar water purchase. This one truly feels like water on the skin, which wasn’t the case for me while using Garnier’s. The Garnier one felt like it left a film of my foundation still on, and didn’t feel as hydrating. My sister has it too and doesn’t like it much either, which is funny because we have different skin types. Although everyone else in the blogger world seems to love it!
However, I’ve found I much prefer Simple’s. The Water Boost line is specifically meant for dry / dehydrated skin types, so it’s perfect. My skin never feels dry afterwards, and it takes off my makeup, sans waterproof mascara. To get it completely off, I have to go in with another cleanser. This isn’t too bad, as I tend to double cleanse anyway.
Plus, $9 for 13.5 oz is a pretty nice deal.
Belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner
I have the sample size (20 ml) from a belif bestsellers on-the-go kit, and this has lasted me so long! I tried this first when I stayed in Seattle for a weekend, with cotton pads I had taken with me. Let me tell you, I was not impressed. I didn’t like it at all, I thought it did nothing for me, and it was difficult to get product out of the packaging.
However, after trying it once again, it was mostly the delivery that I found it didn’t like it. The texture isn’t as water-y as you’d expect a toner to be, it’s a little more gel / bouncy-like so once I started using my hands to apply, it’s been a game-changer. It’s meant to balance normal to combination skin, but I found it perfectly nice to use on my slightly drier skin, as it wasn’t drying at all.
Would I buy the full size? Perhaps sometime in the future, but not now. I have a few other toners to sort through, not to mention ones I want to try (yeah, my whole “I’m trying to phase toners out of my skincare routine” ain’t working). But I had absolutely no qualms against using this one, and I can see the full 6.76 oz you get in the full size lasting a very long time.
Belif Hungarian Water Essence
I almost put this Hungarian Water Essence in my post of products that I’m on the fence about, but ultimately decided that I like this more than I don’t. The texture is more watery that you’d expect for an essence (if you switched the textures between this and the toner I mentioned above it would be normal) but what that translates to me is that it’s incredibly lightweight, while still moisturizing your face.
Also, I can’t get over the packaging! I love pumps! They’re so fun to use! And I love that it’s even on the mini size! I’ve seen online the full size also has an easy to use pump.
Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s worth the $42 for the 2 oz full size. It’s lovely to use, and it does a decent job of adding hydration to my face at night but I don’t think it’s necessarily “powerfully effective” as it claims. I would rather try May Coop’s Raw Sauce instead. Has anyone tried this? I haven’t seen many reviews on it.
Pistaché Hydrating Moisturizer
I ended up trying this after using their Body Butter (which smells delicious, by the way) and was almost a little bit surprised when the face cream smelt like… nothing. It’s nice that it’s unscented though; I know a lot don’t like fragrance in their skincare products, and I tend to go along the same lines.
As for how it feels, I really enjoy it. It’s rich, yet at the same time lightweight where it doesn’t lay heavy or greasy on top of the skin. It sinks in nicely, and still leaves my skin feeling very moisturized. Basically, it’s a great, no frills moisturizer that does the job. It’s pricey at $38 for your typical 1.7 oz, so while I would consider repurchasing, I think I could find something else that does a similar job for a smaller price tag. But if for some reason I couldn’t, I’d happily go back to this one.
As you can see, I live on samples. Which ones have you tried that made you want to immediately go out and buy the full size?