I'm a makeup artist who spent $250 on skin-care products this month — here's what was and wasn't worth it for me
I'm a makeup artist who spent about 345 Canadian dollars, or about $250, on skin-care items.
I repurchased some holy-grail products like The Inkey List salicylic acid cleanser.
However, I didn't think it was worth it to spend CA$42 on the Peace Out acne-healing dots.
I had to repurchase the Fenty Fat Water Hydrating Milky toner essence for myself.
I originally received the Fenty Fat Water Hydrating Milky toner as a gift and was skeptical because I tend to be wary of anything that's very hyped. But I loved the toner so much that I had to repurchase it this month.
The Fenty toner is incredibly hydrating and nourishing. It makes my skin look radiant and is a product that kills multiple birds with one stone.
I picked up the Fenty Fat Water Hydrating Milky toner essence with hyaluronic acid and tamarind for CA$44.
The Inkey List salicylic acid cleanser is a gem.
I've used The Inkey List salicylic acid cleanser for about a year so I've put everyone in my family on it at this point. I've lost track of how many times I've repurchased this cleanser.
The salicylic acid cleanser keeps my acne at bay and helps with my overall skin tone and texture. At this point, the only thing that will make me switch cleansers is if this gets discontinued.
I restocked The Inkey List salicylic acid cleanser for CA$15.50.
I wouldn't repurchase the Peace Out salicylic acid acne-healing dots.
The Peace Out healing dots might handle whiteheads that pop up before you need to go somewhere important but, in my opinion, they're just OK.
I think Peace Out healing dots are on the pricey side and probably best for the occasional spot rather than acne all over the face. In my opinion, there are cheaper pimple patches that do the same thing.
I bought the Peace Out acne healing dots for CA$42.
I bought another bottle of the Paula's Choice Skin-Perfecting 2% BHA liquid exfoliant to use in my routine.
Paula's Choice Skin-Perfecting 2% BHA liquid exfoliant was a staple in my skin-care routine until it became difficult to find. Fortunately, Paula's Choice is finally at my local Sephora.
It gives me glowy skin that everyone compliments and the salicylic acid helps to prevent acne, tightens my pores, and improves my skin texture. I use it only a couple of times a week so it lasts me a while, which makes it even more worth the money.
I grabbed Paula's Choice Skin-Perfecting 2% BHA liquid exfoliant for CA$47.
The Hada Labo Gokujyun premium lotion gives me a glow.
The Hada Labo Gokujyun premium lotion just might be the best-kept Korean-skin-care secret. I haven't bought any other hyaluronic acid since I discovered this product.
In my experience, this product gives me triple the amount of the average hyaluronic acid product for the same price and I have no issues with stickiness or pilling.
The Hada Labo lotion adds luminosity and hydration to my skin and I think it's been a major key in fading my hyperpigmentation, which has allowed me to wear less makeup.
I bought the Hada Labo Gokujyun premium lotion for CA$23.
Kiehl's Creamy Eye treatment with avocado goes a long way.
I got Kiehl's Creamy eye treatment with avocado because a makeup mentor of mine recommended it. It's rich, creamy, and hydrating and as a result, it's a game changer for preventing under-eye creasing.
A little goes a long way so this little bad boy should last me a while. But whenever it does run out, I'll be repurchasing.
I got Kiehl's Creamy eye treatment with avocado for CA$47.
The Youth to the People Superfood air-whip moisture cream with hyaluronic acid is amazing.
I have oily, combination skin so finding a hydrating moisturizer that won't clog my pores was a challenge for me until I discovered the Youth to the People Superfood air-whip moisture cream.
Though it's on the pricey side, it's become a staple for me because it's lightweight and hydrating and I love the smell. My skin has been better for it so I'd say it's worth the splurge.
I picked up the Youth to the People moisture cream for CA$63.
I tried The Inkey List oat cleansing balm and didn't love it.
This The Inkey List product is one of the more affordable makeup cleansing balms I've used but I'm not in love with it. It's good for what you pay for but I'm not a big fan of the texture, the way it leaves my face feeling, or the fact that it needs to be applied to wet skin.
I'd say if you wear a lot of makeup it's not worth the hassle.
I got The Inkey List oat cleansing balm for CA$15.50.
The Isntree hyaluronic acid watery sun gel is everything I needed.
My hunt for a Black-girl-friendly sunscreen ended when I found the Isntree hyaluronic acid watery sun gel.
It's everything I wanted in an affordable sunscreen. It leaves no white cast, blends like a dream even with the three-finger application, has a lightweight formula, layers well under makeup, and gives me a gorgeous glow. Need I say more?
I bought the Isntree sun gel for CA$26.
The Ren Clean Skincare glycol lactic radiance renewal mask makes my skin glow.
The Ren Clean Skincare glycol lactic radiance renewal mask has been my secret weapon before any event where I need to be camera ready. It's my best makeup skin prep for glowy, radiant looks.
Though it's one of the pricier items I purchased, all you need is one pump so it lasts a while and is basically a flash facial in a bottle.
I spent CA$76 on the Ren Clean Skincare glycol lactic radiance renewal mask.
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