First Impressions: Cosmetics Update

Hey everyone!,

Hope you all are having a great week. I must say mine has been somewhat challenging due to my little guy teething once again but we are hanging in there. :)

Now let’s get down to business. I had done a first impressions post on several cosmetics that I had purchased or received in magazines. I have been using a few of the products and wanted to let you guys know what I think of them so far. I haven’t been able to try all of them due to lack of “me” time. #momlife. One day I’ll be able to have “me” time and some sleep. lol I’m sure a lot of you can relate.

The cosmetics I was able to try I am pretty happy with so far.



1. Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer– This I have used for a week now and I must say I am loving it. It definitely made my skin feel firmer yet super soft the first time I used it. It leaves my skin smelling great and feeling moisturized. I have only been using it at night time. I have noticed a subtle glow to my skin as well. I am going to continue to use it and see if it does all that it claims to.

2. Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting Moisturizer– This I have been using almost every morning along with their eye cream and I love it so much. It smells like oranges, just like the eye cream, and definitely gives me a little boost of energy. It leaves my skin feeling moisturized and soft without feeling greasy. I want to check if they have shower gel and face wash of this type because  I love it so much. If anyone knows please let me know in the comments below. :)

3. Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash– I have been using this every other day, alternating with my Purity by Philosophy face wash. I love the way both of them smell and how clean they leave my face feeling. I must say the Origins face wash smells wonderful and feels more luxurious than the Purity face wash but the Purity face wash leaves my skin feeling slightly softer than Origins does. Purity is still overall my favorite face wash although I really love this one too. I am going to try and use only this face wash for a week straight and then Purity for a week straight and see if it’s any different. I will let you all know how it goes.

4. Better than Sex Mascara– This mascara has been amazing. It darkens my eyelashes, makes them look fuller and longer without looking clumpy. I am not a fan of clumpy lashes or having to use a lot of product to make them look fuller and this does the job. It gives me the almost false lashes effect without too much product and without clumps. The only downside for me is that I prefer waterproof mascaras just because I am that person that will cry the one day she is wearing a regular mascara. I do, however, like to try to use my waterproof mascara sparingly because I feel like it is more damaging to my lashes than regular mascara. This comes off easily with eye makeup remover wipes or liquid. I must say that if you forget to take this mascara off or accidentally rub your eyes, you are in for major raccoon eyes and a mess on your face. I have been guilty of this a couple of times and it was not pretty. So if you are wearing this just be mindful of that. I’m sure most people don’t rub their eyes when they are wearing mascara or go to sleep with it on but for us moms who rarely wear cosmetics anymore and who are sleep deprived, it’s bound to happen.

So these are the cosmetics/products I was able to test out several times and I give them all a thumbs up. I will keep you all updated on what I try and what I think of it as well as update you on my progress with these items. If you have a product or cosmetic that you swear by please leave a comment down below so that I can try it! XO :)

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First Impressions- Cosmetics

So now that I’m starting to get back in the groove of things and able to scrounge up some Me time, I decided to purchase a few products that I have been wanting to try out.

1. Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer- This claims to fade dark spots in 8 weeks. It says that it reduces the appearance of dark spots over time; brightens, exfoliates, and smooths; and regenerates skin’s appearance to help recapture healthy-looking, youthful luminosity. I had a sample in a magazine that I tried out all of one time (that’s how much product is in there) and it made my skin feel silky soft and smelled really good. I will be testing this out and will let you know if it actually does what it claims to do.

2.CHANEL ultra-light skin perfecting sunscreen makeup SPF 15- I had a sample in a magazine that I will be testing out and will let you know what I think of this foundation.

3. Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum- This was also a sample in a magazine and I will be testing it out and seeing if it really works.

4. ORIGINS Ginzing Energy Boosting Moisturizer- Since I love the eye cream so much, I decided to give this a try. Smells just like the eye cream; orangey scent.

5. ORIGINS Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash- I wanted to try this because I’ve been using Purity by Philosophy nonstop since I first bought it and I thought it may be time to branch out or alternate face washes. It has a pleasant light scent.

6. ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask- This mask is intended to clear pores. It is black in color and has a pleasant scent.

7. ORIGINS Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion- This smells really good. It is intended to gently exfoliate.

8. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35- I have heard good things about this cream so I figured I should give it a try since I don’t usually put a full face of makeup on anymore unless it’s a special occasion.

9. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer- I figured I would try this and see if I like it better than my Porefessional primer. I will let you guys know.

10. Better Than Sex Mascara- This I wanted to test out and see if it is better than my Benefit They’re Real Mascara or my Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara. It comes in a pretty pink tube which is definitely heavier than the other two.

11. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

12. The Original Beauty Blender

I purchased 11 and 12 because I wanted to see which one would apply foundation better and if the beauty blender really gives a smoother flawless application.

So that does it for my recent purchases and first impression of them. I will be trying them all out and will let you all know what I think of each. Thank you all for checking out my blog. If there is anything that you would like me to try out or any of your favorite items please let me know in the comments down below. Thanks! XO

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