Products I’ve Tried (& Loved!) Recently

Products I've Tried (& Loved!)

Products I've Tried (& Loved!)

Products I've Tried (& Loved!)

Products I've Tried (& Loved!)

Products I've Tried (& Loved!)

Products I've Tried (& Loved!)

I have been buying beauty products left and right lately – from hair products (post going up next week about these!) to makeup, and I’m not complaining. Trying out new beauty products is like playing dress up, but you’re pampering yourself in the process. It’s a win-win in my book. What products have you tried lately and loved?

Here are six products I’ve tried and loved:

1. Alterna Caviar CC Cream

Usually when you hear CC, someone is talking about CC cream for your face, not your hair. This 10-in-1 cream for your hair is “hair perfector” aka a leave in conditioner. My hair dresser actually uses it in my hair but I’ve never used it on my own time and we all know how our hair always feels different when we do it versus our hair dressers, even when using the same products. I’ve actually had it around my house for a couple months now and it’s *technically* my moms, but I figured I’d give it a go.

Okay, so getting back to the 10-in-1… You’re going to want to apply it to towel-dried hair and style as desired or you can apply it as a finisher to dry hair. I prefer to use it on towel-dried hair because my hair can be very finicky when I use product on dry hair and I just apply it to the tips! I basically feel like a new person after styling my hair with it.

Products I've Tried (& Loved!) Recently

2. Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream

If you asked me 6 months ago if I would ever use an eye cream, I probably would have laughed at you. Then I accidentally bought this eye cream instead of my drying cream (in my defense they’re the same shape and size…) and instead of returning it, I figured I’d give it a go. It’s lightweight, moisturizes the most sensitive area of my skin, and under $20.

The verdict: I love it. I’ve noticed that the fine lines under my eyes are less noticeably, my skin is softer, and my makeup is applying better. I apply it at night after washing my face but will occasionally apply it before I apply my makeup if the weather is causing dry skin.

Related Post: The Mario Badescu Products You Have to Try

3. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

I’ve tried a bunch of different primers in the past, including the NYX Angel Veil (which I really liked!) but I’ve been *dying* to try the Benefit Cosmetics Face Primer. So guess what I did? I grabbed the travel size version on my last run to Ulta to give it a try and I love it. I mean, it wouldn’t be on this blog post if I didn’t love it….. *rolls eyes*

Anyways, when I use this before I apply my makeup, my big ole pores aren’t as noticeable and my makeup lasts longer throughout the day.

4. L’Oréal True Match Blush

L’Oréal’s True Match Power foundation was the first foundation I ever used when I started to wear makeup in high school. Ah, good old high school. So when I ran out of my go-to blush, I figured I’d give a couple drugstore blushes a try before I re-bought it. I asked for some suggestions on Twitter (thanks ladies!!) so one of the blushes I grabbed was the True Match blush since I loved the powder so much. The great thing about the L’Oréal True Match line is that each shade comes in warm and cool tones so you can find a match that’s perfect for you. It lasts all day, doesn’t irritate my skin, and I will definitely be purchasing it again.

5. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream & Brush

I don’t know how I lived my entire life up to now without this shit. It says “your skin but better” on the label and that’s no lie. I still use concealer to cover up any red spots, dark spots, or acne but this CC+ cream gives me that pretty Snapchat filter look, but in real life. Hollllllaaaaa. The price is a little higher, but it’s 100% well worth it because it does everything it says it’s going to do. I even got my momma hooked on it. Now it’s your turn.

Related Post: BB, CC, & DD Creams – What’s The Difference?

6. Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil

I am the absolute worst person in the world to ever give you tips on filling in your eye brows. Mine are thick, bushy, have random light spots, and are basically wild. And like a majority of women, I prefer to fill in my eyebrows to make my face look like it’s alive. I have tried my fair share of eyebrow pencils, the most recent being the L’Oréal brow stylist pencil, but decided to give the Benefit Costmetics goof proof pencil a try after failing to find my L’Oréal one at 8468164 different stores (& hearing great things about it). And let me tell you – my eye brows have never looked better (and more natural!). The quality is amazing and it’s so easy to use! I use the lightest one (1 light – platinum to light blonde – cool).



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  1. 2.14.17
    Sophie said:

    I would love to try Mario Badescu.

    • 2.14.17
      Rachel said:

      It’s one of my favorite skincare brands right now! I highly recommend it!

  2. 2.14.17

    I’ve been thinking about upgrading my inexpensive blush. I’ll have to try L’Oreal. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • 2.15.17
      Rachel said:

      I love it for the price! There’s a million shades, too!

      • 2.15.17
        Rachel said:

        It’s so good for the price and it comes in so many shades!

  3. 2.14.17

    I really need to try the It Costmetics CC cream! I feel I could really benefit from it!

    • 2.15.17
      Rachel said:

      It is AMAZING!!! I highly (*highly*) recommend it!

  4. 2.14.17
    Mariah said:

    I’ve been seriously thinking about how bad I need an eye cream. I’ll have to try this out. Also I love the benefit primer. It’s amazing how velvety your face feels after using it!

    • 2.15.17
      Rachel said:

      This eye cream is the besttttt! Love the benefit primer, too!

  5. 2.14.17
    meggan said:

    I’ve been wondering about that brow pencil – think I def need to try it!

    • 2.15.17
      Rachel said:

      It’s GOOD!

  6. 2.14.17
    Deborah said:

    Okay, I think this post gave me the final push to just buy that IT Cosmetics CC Cream – I’ve been seeing it everywhere lately and everyone seems to love it!
    Great post!

    • 2.15.17
      Rachel said:

      YAY! I’m totally obsessed with it and I love that it’s heavy enough to cover my dark spots but doesn’t feel heavy on my skin!

  7. 2.14.17

    This is going to sound dumb, but I had no idea the Pore Professionals was a primer that was supposed to go on your whole face. I was using it as spot control… WHOOPS! Loved reading this post.

    Xx Taylor

    • 2.15.17
      Rachel said:

      HAHA so funny Taylor! Typically I only put it across my nose and under my eyes but on days where I’m on the go for hours and hours, I’ll apply it to my entire face!

  8. 2.14.17
    Stephanie said:

    Well now my beauty wishlist just expanded tenfold haha!! I’m always a sucker for trying new cosmetics and skincare products, so after reading about so many products here that are all categorized under some of my favorite brands, I think I gotta give them a go. I’m especially interested in that Mario Badescu eye cream and the CC cream from IT Cosmetics!!

    Stephanie //

    • 2.15.17
      Rachel said:

      It’s so hard to decide what to try and what is worth the money to try!! Anything Mario is always a no brainer in my book, but for the rest, they were all recommendations from friends and other bloggers. Definitely try the CC cream ASAP!

  9. 2.15.17
    Shelby said:

    I love round ups like these! I’ve got to try that eye cream! I’ve started to notice that I should probably take better care of that area if I don’t want it to wrinkle so I loveeeee hearing about new eye products!

    xo, Shelby

    • 2.15.17
      Rachel said:

      It’s so gentle and keeps the area moisturized, which is all I can ask! And you don’t need to use much!

  10. 2.15.17
    Sara said:

    I’ve heard so many good things about that it cosmetics CC cream, I think you’ve officially convinced me to try it!
    Xo Sara

  11. 2.15.17

    How did you know exactly what I needed to restock in my makeup bag?! I basically want to try ALL of these products now! Your blog is bad for my wallet. Haha

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  12. 2.16.17
    Maggie said:

    I really really wanna try that CC cream!! I’ve heard great things!

  13. 2.16.17
    Angelle Marix said:

    Love this roundup. I so need the benefit primer and pencil!!!


    • 2.17.17
      Rachel said:

      Yes you do!!!

  14. 2.20.17

    That Mario Badescu cream is SO good! I love your picks, I need to try some of these out!

    • 2.24.17
      Rachel said:

      Spoil yo self!!

  15. 2.20.17

    I’ve been trying this benefit brow pencil for the past week weeks and have been really loving it. It’s similar to my beloved Anastasia Brow Wiz but with wwaaaaaayyy better packaging. I’ve heard amazing things about this IT Cosmetics CC Cream, so I’m going to have to cave and try it when my current foundation runs out.

    • 2.24.17
      Rachel said:

      I 100% recommend the IT Cosmetics CC cream, it makes me feel like my face has a permanent Snapchat filter 😉