Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Serum Has Saved My Dry Skin!

How many of you love this time of year? The leaves are turning all shades of red, orange, gold and yellow and the colder temps have arrived, making me reach for my warmest and fuzziest sweaters… Ahhh, yes autumn is here and winter is not too far away. That being said, even though I can’t get enough of pumpkin pie and hot apple cider this fall, I could do away with all the dry patches of skin I’m finding near my cheeks and forehead. I’ll spare you by NOT describing how my hands look… Where did I put those fuzzy mittens from last year anyway? I digress…

Anyway, it’s no wonder October is National Eczema Awareness month and to save my skin from horrid dry patches (that can be highlighted in the worst ways when wearing foundation), I’ve been reaching for Indeed Lab’s most amazing creation: their Hydraluron Moisture Serum ($24.99 for 1fl. oz./30ml). Found at any local Walgreens or online, Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Serum is basically a very lightweight, clear serum that feels very soft and silky (but not like silicone) gliding on your skin. I feel like I’m splashing my face with fresh water every time I use it, except it’s easy to apply and not messy. No cooling sensation, but it is refreshing. And it’s not sticky either. No film left behind which is something I hate about other serums I’ve tried.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Serum

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Serum

I apply a pea-sized amount after I wash my face in the morning and at night but before I use my moisturizer. I have been using this daily for about 3 weeks now to really see how well it would improve those dry patches and maintain a soft, moisturized glow to my face and I can safely say, this stuff is AWESOME! And best part: it’s NOT greasy! Yippee! Those with oily t-zones like me can rejoice!

Here’s why it’s working for me: Hyaluronic acid is an incredibly hydrating ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Basically, it absorbs water like a sponge and it’s designed to give your skin the appearance of fullness and plumpness- SWEET! Hydraluron Moisture Serum contains one of the purest forms of hyaluronic acid and along with red marine algae, helps deliver plumper, smoother, softer feeling skin. I found this serum increases my skin’s hydration level and minimizes the need for me to keep adding more moisturizer as the day goes on or when I’m out in the cold air. Plus, apparently the increase in moisture levels has been shown to increase skin elasticity and reduce surface roughness. BONUS! Luckily I don’t have a lot of winkles at 31 yet, but I hear this stuff can even reduce the look of fine lines and some wrinkles as well, over time. Makes sense. I definitely plan on continuing with it to see.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Serum

All you need is a tiny, pea-sized amount that spreads nicely over your entire face. I probably used too much for these photos, but I just wanted to make sure it picked up on camera.

So far, I’ve had this tube for about 3 weeks now and I’m not even halfway empty. That makes me happy because at $25, I want it to last at least a few months. The good news for me is, because I typically don’t experience dry skin all year long, I know I can call upon the magic of Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Serum from October through May and take a break during the warmer months here in NJ. For those who normally struggle with dry skin all year or those with aging skin, I HIGHLY recommend you give this a try! And for everyone else like me who needs an extra boost of moisture along with your daily facial routine, try this out and please let me know if it’s working for you!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful time of year!

Boots No7 Foundation & Concealer Review PLUS New Match Made Service Available At Walgreens

Before I get to my review on some amazing new foundations I’ve been loving, let me ask you a question: How hard is it for you to find your perfect foundation shade at the drugstore? Displays filled with tons of shades and formulas from lots of different brands line the walls when you walk into the cosmetics department and often it’s a daunting task to try and pick out just the right shade, especially with those horrible fluorescent lights overhead. Great news my dear readers: Boots No7 is coming to select Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in the New York area and bringing along an awesome new service that will help you find your perfect shade AND formula with the help of their specially trained Beauty Experts and a handy little device shown below:

No7 Foundation Match Made Service from Boots

No7 Foundation Match Made Service from Boots

Previously, I have only ever seen such a cool service offered at Sephora where their device would match you to a specific Pantone color which correlated to the different brands and formulas of foundation found within their store. But Boots wanted to bring that same convenience to the drugstore and offer a totally affordable option without skimping on the quality. Boots started this process by measuring the exact skin tone of more than 2,600 women around the world of all different ages and ethnicities which resulted in the development of a new shade palette of skin-true foundation shades unique to No7. Head into your local Walgreens and get matched to one of 17 different shades and four different foundation lines, based on your skin needs:

  • Boots No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation provides medium coverage that blends easily to target advanced signs of aging.
  • Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Foundation targets the early signs of aging, helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles with medium coverage.
  • Boots No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation absorbs excess oil to create a flawless look.

I was psyched when I saw the new Boots No7 display at my local Walgreens down here at the Jersey Shore this past month. I knew I had to check out some of their products previously unavailable to me. A lot of Target locations already carry the No7 line but I think it’s going to be even more convenient having an additional display at Walgreens! One other thing I noticed immediately was that every single product and shade within the display had a tester right in front of it! How awesome is that? No more guesswork! No more returns! Take a peek:

No7 Display

The new No7 display at my local Walgreens

I was able to test out some wonderful products that I’m really loving at the moment. First, I’ve been using No7’s Protect & Perfect Serum ($24.99) for over a week now in the morning and at night before I put on my moisturizer and I really like the way my skin is reacting to it. It feels like it is smoothing my skin and I definitely notice it feels softer to the touch now. I also am testing out their Photo Fix Primer ($19.99) which seems to be a great dupe for Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer but with a thinner consistency, which I enjoy. It’s also not as silcion-y as the Smashbox version so I don’t feel like it’s clogging my pores which is great.

No7 Foundations & Skincare

No7 Foundations & Skincare

Sometimes during the hot summer months, I don’t want a lot of product on my face or just feel like having a no-makeup makeup type of a look going on. That being said, having perfect skin is the main goal with this look so I’m please to tell you all, No7’s Beautifully Matte Foundation ($13.99) is hands-down, my new favorite! One of my all-time loves will always be Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation, but at $37, I can’t always afford to keep it in my weekly rotation. DUPE ALERT! I was sooo impressed with No7’s version! It feels very similar going on the skin, gives amazing full coverage without looking cakey or feeling heavy and it evened out my skin tone! And the best part? It lasted all day long on my typically oily and acne-pron skin! Yup! No breakdowns around my t-zone, no extra oil production and it never oxidized or turned a deeper color after being on my face for hours. I am able to get 12+ hours of wear with this foundation and it also has not broken me out once. I’ve been loving this stuff for over a week now!

Easy FOTD featuring makeup from No7

Easy FOTD featuring makeup from No7

I’m currently testing out No7’s Lift & Luminate Foundation ($14.99) as well and again, I’m super impressed! It’s a lighter consistency in a pump glass bottle like the Beautifully Matte, but it gives medium coverage that I’m sure you can build up if needed. It also leaves my skin with a very subtle dewy glow, which is nice for days when I don’t need a totally matte complexion. I’ll update as time goes on with this one, but so far, I really like it and it has also lasted all day without changing color or breaking down around my oily areas, although with the Lift & Luminate, I do like to blot my face for excess oil throughout the day to help keep my skin looking fresh.

Some other fantastic products I’m loving from Boots No7’s line is their Stay Perfect Blemish Cover which is in a stick form and has a cream-to-powder consistency. It covers my acne marks so well and blends beautifully with a soft touch from your finger tips. Plus, I know I found the perfect shade that won’t clash with my foundation and call attention to my problem areas like some concealers tend to do. I’m enjoying their Stay Perfect Mascara ($8.99) too at the moment. Take a peek at that precise brush head in my photo above. It separates my lashes so well, it’s not goopy or too thick and it doesn’t clump. I found it gave me really nice, dark lashes with a lot of volume. My only wish is that it had a little more lengthening properties to it, as my lashes tend to be short and I love that long lash look. But this is great for my everyday makeup routine and I found it very easy to remove at the end of the day. And, it never gave me the dreaded raccoon eyes! Finally, if you’re a huge fan of chubby lip crayons, check out No7’s High Shine Lip Crayon ($9.99). In the photo above, I used the color called “Daydreamer” which is the perfect “my lips but better” shade on me. Loved the instant hydration, it did NOT dry my lips out like some other chubby crayons have done in the past, and the color, though very light and neutral, definitely stayed in place on me for a good 4 hours before I ate my lunch and needed to retouch afterward.

It’s great that drugstore brands are finally recognizing the need to be able to easily match our skin tone shades before we make a purchase and I have to give a lot of credit and praise to Boots No7 for bringing this amazing service, along with testers built into their displays, to our favorite locations! I wanted to share this exciting news with my readers as well as give you some quick reviews on the products I have from Boots. Please go check out your local Walgreens and Duane Reade locations if you’re in the New York area and let me know if you were able to have a Beauty Expert help you out and find your perfect skin tone match to any of the products in their line and how you like them. I do hope Boots No7 will continue to expand the shade range in their line to more options for very fair skin tones as well as deeper and darker skin tones. My location did not seem to have a lot on display for the extreme ends of the spectrum and I hope that changes. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you’re curious about a particular No7 product that you’d like me to do a review on and thanks as always for stopping by!

Haul: Estée Lauder Skincare and GWP Time at Macy’s

Hi everyone! This week I visited my local Macy’s department store in search of some new skincare from Estée Lauder and lucky for me, it happened to be their “Free Gift With Purchase” month! I LOVE GWPs: I think it’s a great way to try out deluxe and sometimes full-size products that you may have never tried before. And I love Estée Lauder skincare so it was a win-win situation. Take a peek at all my lovely goodies I hauled:

Estee Lauder Haul

Haulage pic I posted on my Instagram @kskybeauty

First, let’s talk about my skincare purchases and why I love and trust this brand so much! My skin has always been combo to oily: I have a very oily t-zone, yet my cheeks and lips always seem to be dry. I also have struggled with acne and breakouts over the years, mostly on my chin and lower jaw as well as blackheads on my nose. In the summer, my skin is always a little better (I think it’s due to more sun exposure and the humitity in the air, although I’m always careful about that and never go overboard) but in the winter, the dry patches in some areas drive me nuts and it’s hard to combat my oily areas without drying out my skin even further.

Let me just put it out there: since high school, I have tried EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING under the sun in terms of face cleansers, moisturizers, eye creams, acne treatments, masks, peels, lip conditioners… you name it, I’ve purchased it and gave it a whirl. From drugstore to high-end, I’ve bought them all. The ONE BRAND I keep going back to… The ONE SKINCARE LINE that has NEVER disappointed me… Is Estée Lauder! I think a lot of younger women have this impression that the brand is for more mature skin (something your mother or even grandmother would buy) but I have to let those girls know: it’s not true. I’ve been using their line of skincare since my early 20s when a friend in college recommended the brand to me. For my skin needs and for the type of skin I have, I loved their products from the moment I started using them. Problem was, as a college kid, money was tight and I couldn’t always afford them. So off and on throughout the years (and when I had the extra cash), I always headed over to my local Estée Lauder counter when my skin was really misbehaving and I needed a great regimen to kick it back into shape.

This past week, fed up with the nasty winter weather that’s still lingering here in NJ causing my newest skin issues, I decided to go back and see what Estée Lauder had in their line as of late. First up: their Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II which is a serum I put on after I’ve washed my face at night using the Clarisonic Mia 2 with Garnier Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. This serum is amazeballs! This is my 4th bottle I believe? I know, I know… it’s pricy at $62 for an ounce of product, but trust me: this stuff works great and it will last you a while! Packed with anti-aging goodness, it apparently rejuvenates your skin overnight and works with your body’s cell purification process to give you softer, smoother and more hydrated skin in the morning. The main reason I love it? My makeup the next morning goes on flawless without any dry patches of skin showing through my foundation. And when I don’t use it? Yup- those pesky patches are back!

Estee Lauder Skincare

My Estée Lauder skincare purchases

Next I purchased Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex which is basically the eye cream (well, it’s a gel) version of their serum. I’m testing this one out at the moment as it’s a new product for me but so far, I like it. I have the worst time with dry skin around my eyelids when I wear eyeshadow primer so I definitely need a good, hydrating eye treatment. I’ll do an update in a few weeks with how well this works for me but it seems to be helping already. It’s $55 for half an ounce but I typically can get a good three months or more out of my eye cream jars.

Finally, I bought their Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme for Normal/Combination Skin which is $42 for 1.7 ounces. I am a HUGE fan (and typically buy) their Daywear moisturizer and Advanced Time Zone night cream but I wanted to get a little extra dose of hydration to really knock out this bad dryness. The consultant at the counter suggested I try this new one. LOVE IT!!! Their mositerizers go on so smooth and sink right into my skin which is such a lovely feeling. I’ve been using it for about three days now, so again, I’ll post an update soon but I haven’t had any new dryness and my skin has been super soft!

Now onto the free GWP!!! If you’re already a fan of Lilly Pulitzer prints, you’ll think this new spring themed 7-piece collection is adorable:

Macy’s Estee Lauder & Lilly Pulitzer Free Gift With Purchase

Macy’s Estee Lauder & Lilly Pulitzer Free Gift With Purchase

I spent over the $35 requirement (OBVIOUSLY LOL!!!) so I was able to customize the gift and choose which pieces best suited my skin type and coloring- how neat! I’d much rather be able to pick and choose what goes into my GWPs rather than have generic ones given out. Customers aren’t all the same so I appreciate when you can tailor these freebies to your skin and coloring preferences! Along with the cute mirror and matching travel makeup bag, I got a mini version of their Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (sweet!), a deluxe-size sample of their Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Black (never tried so I’m curious), Take It Away Makeup Remover Lotion (LOVE and these deluxe samples last forever for me- I never need to purchase a full size!), DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme with SPF 15 (or I could have chosen the firming/lifting cream), an eyeshadow quad with bold pinks and purples (or a gold-toned neutral quad but I have a ton of neural shades in my collection), Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Pink Parfait (or I could have picked their Sugar Honey), Double-Ended Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in Light/Medium (again, you pick your shade), another lipstick in Rose Tea (WOW!) andddddd a full-size lip conditioner which I’m using it before bed at night. Whew! Ton of stuff, right?

If you’re curious after this post and want to try anything from Estée Lauder’s skincare line but can’t make it to the mall before this GWP is over on March 23rd, check out Macy’s online skincare calculator here which helps you find your ideal skincare products, similar to what one of their consultants at the beauty counter would do for you. There’s a foundation one too since I know shopping for a matching foundation color online can be the hardest thing ever! Everyones preferences and skin types are different so what works for me might not work for you of course, but I love the fact that Macys has this quick, interactive quiz to help their customers identify the perfect product for their skincare and beauty needs!

Thanks for stopping in to catch up with me and check out my latest haul. I’ll be sure to post an update on how well the eye gel and hydrating moisturizer are working for me in a few weeks! And if I hear about any upcoming GWPs from any of my favorite cosmetic companies, I’ll make sure I keep you all informed too!