So I mentioned in a previous post that I spoiled myself at Ulta for my birthday and I have been meaning to write about and review the goods I got. My parents and Daniel's parents had given me a little cash for my birthday and I had been wanting to try some new skincare and make-up products and was looking forward to splurging. The downside is that after I made the purchases, a bit of Mommy guilt started to settle in.... Just thinking about what I could've bought for the boys or for the house with that money. Daniel continued to insist that I keep what I purchased and that it was important for me as a Mom to feel good about myself and to get something for myself sometimes. Why does it have to be so hard?
Anyways, without further ado, the 1st thing that I got was a Philosophy Skin Care Trial kit. It came with face wash, a retinol night cream, and a moisturizer. I have pretty much always struggled with break outs since I was about 12 years old, so I was looking for something to help out with that. Not to mention, pregnancy makes me break out like a mad woman-- far worse than the puberty break outs. I was really excited to try this product because it had RAVE reviews online and I have heard many friends talk about how awesome Philosophy is. I couldn't try the night cream because I am pregnant, but I began using the face wash and moisturizer immediately twice a day. The 1st week went great-- I noticed my skin clearing up, and it felt so soft. The 2nd week, things went down hill. My face started itching like CRAZY all day long. At first I thought that maybe the facial cleanser was drying my skin out and maybe I wasn't moisturizing enough-- the kit was pretty pricey so I was being very frugal with product trying to make it last. So I started doubling the amount of moisturizer I was using. The itching didn't stop. I couldn't take it. I had to return the product. When you spend that kind of money on something, it really needs to make you happy and I just wasn't. Maybe my skin is overly sensitive?
The other purchase I made originally was for some more make-up. I wrote a post a LONG time ago about my love of bare minerals and I still really like bare minerals but I was just in need of a change. I have been swirling, tapping and buffing for a long time and I'm just one of those girls that tends to get a little bored with things after a while. So after reading reviews and watching You Tube videos of people putting on make-up (because I'm nerdy like that and because I don't spend that kind of money without doing a little research first) I decided to go with make-up by Smashbox. They have a trial kit called the complexion perfection kit that comes with a primer, foundation, concealer and powder. It sounded like a great place to start and I really and truly could not be more pleased with it. It has REALLY awesome coverage, and I feel like it makes my skin look pretty close to flawless when it is definitely FAR from it.