In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions and millions of people have found themselves stuck at home with nothing to do and nowhere to go, just longing for anything to take their mind off their new norm. I am one of those people. The first week of social distancing I was BORED OUT OF MY MIND!!! Y’all can relate, right? Well at the end of the week, after eating like a broke college kid, drinking at least a whole barrel of wine and acting like the biggest couch potato, I got out of the shower and looked at my skin and DAYUMMM! I have always suffered with basically every skin problem known to man; dry, oily, acne, large pores, fine lines, deep wrinkles… you name it, I’ve dealt with it, but this was THE WORST! I knew it was time to try something new and so I started doing a little research. I tried a wide variety of products and have summed up my top 5. Out of the 20 or so that I tried, I quit using most of them after the first week as I didn’t like how my skin reacted or I didn’t feel like it made any difference. However... These 5 have SERIOUSLY changed my skin. So here’s the breakdown!
1. Body Prescriptions Vitamin C Face Wipes
I have used face wipes of all kinds over the years, but NEVER have I fell in love with one like this. These are infused with Vitamin C to promote hydration and nourish the skin. I have used Vitamin C serums before, but I never really saw a ton of improvement, so I was shocked with how amazing my skin felt when I used these. My skin felt so soft and hydrated immediately after using. I used it as my primary facewash at the end of the night a couple of times (I’m lazy. Don’t judge.) and it took off so much makeup and grime that I didn’t even feel bad about not using soap. I seriously felt like my skin was glowing. Of all of the products I tried, if I missed a night using these, I could definitely tell the next day.
To try these awesome masks, CLICK HERE!
2. Peter Thomas Firm Peeling Gel
This one I was super excited about trying. I’d seen it at Sephora before and had considered buying it, but I finally bit the bullet after doing more research. It’s a very different product than I’ve ever used before. You basically rub the gel on your face and it resurfaces your skin and gives you a mini facial. My skin felt amazing! I used it once every 3 days or so and could definitely see a difference. Word of advice, however, make sure you are leaning over the sink when you use this or it will make a huge mess of skin/gel.
To try the large 3.4 oz size, CLICK HERE! To try a smaller 1 oz size, CLICK HERE!
3. Alin & Alan Vacuum Pore Cleaner
I think my fiancé was more excited for me to buy this than I was. He’s a huge Dr. Pimple Popper fan, so I guess that’s understandable. We watched a few videos on how to use it without giving ourselves hickeys (hickies?) before we tried it out. I would definitely recommend using a hot towel to steam your face or use it right after you get out of the shower. Using it is super easy. It’s literally a one button machine. It was oddly satisfying seeing all of the junk it pulls out of your pores. I used it mostly for the pores on my nose and forehead, but after a couple of days getting used to it, I started using it on more of my face and DEFINITELY noticed a difference. The pores on my nose and cheeks were SO much smaller. I also noticed a lot less blackheads. I love this thing (and so does my man!)
Want cleaner pores too, CLICK HERE!
4. Control Corrective Sensitive Skin Enzyme Mask
So in all transparency, I didn’t buy this mask, but I will most definitely be purchasing more in the near future. I had a cocktail with a lovely woman who worked for this company at an airport bar and she gave it to me months ago and I just never tried it until now. But I sure wish I had been using it this whole time. I used this mask every 5 days for 3 weeks and saw a HUGE improvement in my overall complexion. I saw the dark circles under my eyes all but disappear, and the unevenness in my skin tone and redness drastically improve. My face felt like glass and was simply glowing.
To try my FAV mask, CLICK HERE!
5. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Release Cream
To be honest, I saw Jennifer Garner using this cream on a commercial, so I did a little research, read some reviews and thought, “Why not? She hasn’t aged in 20 years.” I have been delighted by this cream. It lives on my nightstand and I use it every night right before I go to sleep. On the couple of nights I have indulged in a bit too much wine and forgotten, even my fiancé has been able to notice the next morning. It just gives you a fresh, dewy look in the A.M. Wrinkle-wise, I have noticed a significant improvement in the fine lines and creping on my eyes and cheeks, and a huge improvement in the deep wrinkles on my forehead. I’m definitely considering getting the rest of this line of products.
For this magical cream in the 1.7 oz, CLICK HERE! For the sample 0.5 oz, CLICK HERE!
Overall, I am in love with these products. I have never been one to stick with facial products or a facial routine, but these products have given me a huge reason to: I am more confident than EVER in my own skin! Plus they gave me something new to do and try. I have seen HUGE improvements in ALL of my problem areas, plus they were super easy to use and very affordable. I hope y’all love them as much as I do!
TO SHOP THEM ALL, CLICK HERE!!!
*FYI, I paid full price for all of these products, minus the random gift at the airport of the face mask, so all of this is a completely objective opinion.
It’s the season of giving and I’ve rounded up my 5 favorite holiday gifts for every kind of wino!
FOR THE WINO ON THE GO:
Basic Brand Wine Gift Sets
The Wine bottle and tumbler sets from Basic Brand are a must for the wine lover in your life who is always on the go. The bottle holds a full bottle of wine and the Holiday Gift Set comes with the bottle and two tumblers. They are perfect for camping, tailgating, hiking, picnics and more.
The sets are currently on sale, so grab them soon! They come in a multitude of colors to fit any personality!
FOR THE FASHIONISTA WINO:
Wine Themed T-Shirts
These unique shirts are perfect for EVERY wine lover. The one-of-a-kind designs come in an array of colors, sizes and styles and are sure to please even the most difficult person on your list to shop for.
Holiday shirts are out now, so don't wait! Use code WINO at checkout for 15% off!
FOR THE BUBBLY WINO:
Kango Mango Champagne Table by Harpel
The Kango Mango Champagne Table is definitely the best quality wooden wine table I have ever seen. The table holds a bottle of wine, 4 glasses and then still has PLENTY of room for snacks.
This tray would be perfect for afternoon picnics or even breakfast in bed! I use mine ALL the time!
FOR THE WINO IN THE KNOW:
Wine Folly Magnum Edition
The Wine Folly Magnum Edition is unlike any other wine reference book out there. The content and graphics are so easy to read and understand. Even the most knowledgeable wino will learn something.
The book is broken up into sections about general wine information and tasting guides, information on various grape varieties and wine growing regions of the world. You seriously can NOT go wrong with this gift.
FOR THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS:
Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover
If your parties are anything like my dinner parties, there is always a spill (or seven!). This stuff is SERIOUSLY a game changer. It is so easy to use and produced by an all female company (Girl Power!) Not only is this spray great for wine, it also works for coffee, punch, ink, blood and like A MILLION other things!
Wine Away comes in a variety of sizes. I have one in every purse I carry, one in the car, desk, at home, everywhere. They make for the PERFECT stocking stuffer!