January 2017 Favorites

Y’all I can’t begin to tell you how many beauty products I bought in January. I have so many products that I still need to try out! Of course the products that I have tried out and love I am sharing with you today. I hope you enjoy my favorites from last month!

 

Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner $18// Y’all this toner right here!! Since I began using it the texture of my face has improved so much! My skin has become much smoother and brighter since using it.  I do not find that this toner is harsh on my skin, which I was initially worried about. It’s formulated with 2% glycolic acid and grapefruit extract which helps exfoliate, refresh and stimulate your skin. It also helps reduce coloration from old acne scars.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion $17// When it comes to me having break outs this is my go to product. I was having several break outs on my forehead, so I put a little bit of this on my blemishes and they were gone (almost completely) the next day. It is formulated with Salicylic acid and calamine (hence the drying out). It is not harsh on the skin and can be used for all skin types. I promise you this is worth investing in!

Mario Badescu Cellufirm Moisturizer $18// I love how soft my skin feels after using this moisturizer. I put this on as soon as I use my toner. It contains a seaweed extract which is great for helping reduce the redness on my cheeks. Another great thing about this moisturizer is that it minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Tarte Maneater Voluptuous Mascara $23// I have very short eyelashes, so any mascara that can make me look like I have long lashes is a plus! This mascara does just that. With some mascara’s I have to apply several coats in order to get any volume. I can apply 1 to 2 coats of this mascara and my lashes are long and voluptuous. The wand is much bigger than what I am used to but it is so flexible and easy to work with. This mascara contains Jojoba which helps sooth, condition, hydrate, strength and protect your lashes. It also contains Carnauba wax that ensures a smooth application with lengthening and voluminous benefits.

Burt’s Bees Renewal Cleanser $9.99// I have used Burt’s Bees face washes before in the past but I had never used this one. I decided to give it a try after my old face wash was just not cutting for me (I was constantly having break outs on my forehead). Once I started using this cleanser I found that my breakouts were reduced significantly. This cleanser not only removes makeup and dirt but it exfoliates as well. It is not drying which some facial/exfoliates can do. I find this cleanser goes hand in hand with using my toner. My face is much brighter while still being hydrated. Another great thing about this cleanser is that it’s so affordable.

Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer $34// This is my new favorite primer!! After I used it a few times I fell in love with it. The formula is very smooth (it reminds me slightly of the Benefit POREfessional primer), my makeup applies flawlessly and it stays on for a very long period of time. A little bit of it goes a long way. When I apply this I find that my pores look much smaller and my face looks very airbrushed. It also does not sit into my fine lines (oh those smile lines that are a pain in my butt) which is a huge plus! This primer contains an blurring pigment that helps skin look smoother. It also has a blend of rosehip, argan and meadowfoam seed oils that provides moisturizing and antioxidant benefits. One more plus is that it has an airless pump on the bottle making it much easier to get all the product out.

Skinfood Egg White Pore Mask $10.50// For those of you who follow me on instagram, y’all got a little sneak peek of me wearing this mask. I had heard great things about egg white masks and how beneficial they are for your skin. I finally took the plunge and tried one out for myself. This has become one of my new favorite masks to use because it has helped reduce the size of my pores, as well as unclogged them. The mask smelled amazing and left my face so soft. The mask contains albumen, vitamin B3, vitamin B2 and so many great ingredients. I promise you will not be disappointed in this mask!

Maskeraide Beauty All Eyes On Me Hydrating Eye Gels Box $25// Do you ever wake up with your eyes looking dull and puffy? I know I do (who hasn’t to be honest)! When my eyes need some life to them I use these eye gels. This eye gel is so hydrating!! I keep them on for about 20 minutes each time I use them (you can use them up to 30 minutes) and let me tell you the difference it makes. My puffiness and dark circles diminish and my eyes are much brighter after applying these. The eye gels contain 100 Herb Complex that consists of 100 natural ingredients that provide moisture and nutrition. It contains no parabans, artificial fragrances or pigments. You can buy these as a set or individually ($7).

Tony Moly Hyaluronic Acid Mask Sheet $4// Another skin care product that I featured on my instagram. Over the last few months I have become extremely obsessed with using sheet masks. This was one of the first ones I had tried from Tony Moly and boy can I say how hydrated my skin felt after taking it off. I felt like I just stepped out of the spa. If you have dry, damaged or stressed skin this masks is for you (you can use it still if you don’t have those issues). If you have never tried out face masks, I highly recommend that you do. Tony Moly has so many great options to choose from depending on your skin type/issues. I will have reviews coming up of other sheet masks I have used.

Have you tried any of these products before? What were some of your favorite things from last month? 

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74 Comments

  1. I love the look of the primer and think I might buy as mine has just run out and it is time for a change – thanks for trying out first, great to have a heads up before buying x

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Emily I really love this primer. I find that in the Winter time it has kept my make up in place. If you try it out let me know!

      Posted 2.13.17 Reply
  2. Tine wrote:

    That toner (Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner) sounds like something I could use too as well as the drying lotion!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Tine all of the products I have used from their line, I have loved! My skin has improved greatly. I highly recommend them!

      Posted 2.13.17 Reply
  3. Tara L wrote:

    Interesting never heard of these products before. The Egg White products sounds strange but I hear people do use a lot of the Egg Whites for a lot of different things but a real actual egg.

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      The egg white mask is pretty awesome. I thought it would be strange but it wasn’t at all. It smells so good which was a plus!

      Posted 2.13.17 Reply
  4. I am a big fan of Tony Moly and Skinfood but haven’t tried that egg mask yet. On my list to do so!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      I became a fan of their products just recently! I am in love!!! What products have you used of theirs? The egg white mask is amazing!!

      Posted 2.13.17 Reply
  5. That egg white mask sounds fabulous. I’m always looking for ways to reduce the size of my pores so I will have to take a look!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Melissa I love the egg white mask. I have large pores on my nose, so anything I can do to reduce them, I am all for it. 🙂

      Posted 2.13.17 Reply
  6. I thought about trying the drying lotion in the past but I wasn’t sure about the price. Sounds like it works though! I also need to try the toner and masks!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Marette it is so worth purchasing!!! I love it!! With the frequent break outs that I’ve had on my forehead, it has worked wonders!

      Posted 2.13.17 Reply
  7. Joanna wrote:

    Hi. I am here from show your blog love. I am having difficulty reading your post cause your font and colour choice make it real hard for me. I am colourblind. Anyway hope it’s ok I am letting you know. X

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Joanna I’m sorry you can’t read my blog post due to being colorblind. The font color is black like other blogs with the exception of the font that has links to click on.

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  8. I have not tried any of those products but the Maskeraide eye gels and mask sheet looks amazing! I am going to have to look into those. Thanks for these reviews, so helpful!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Elizabeth those eye gels are amazing! They made my tired eyes look so much more alive. Sheet masks are great for the skin. So many good one’s to choose from. If you try any of these out let me know!

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  9. Neely Moldovan wrote:

    I love that mascara too! I got it in a sample box and LOVE using it!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      It’s an awesome mascara Neely!!! At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it with the wand but I love it!

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  10. I really want to try the Burt’s and Bees Cleanser! They’re one of my favourite brands for lip balms so I’d love to try more from them

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Courteney it’s a really great cleanser!! I’ve used their brightening facial cleanser as well and loved it.

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  11. Shann Eva wrote:

    Awesome reviews! I want to try that egg mask…sounds so cool and great results. I also need that mascara. My eyelashes are pretty short…not long and thick like my boys. So unfair! 😉

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Thank You Shann!! I love the egg mask! It has worked wonders for my pores. I completely understand you on the long eye lashes! My boyfriend has long lashes and it kills me.

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  12. carmen wrote:

    I always hear about the Drying Lotion but have yet to try it out. Perhaps it’s time! :]

    //

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Carmen it’s amazing! It has worked wonders for me when I have stubborn break outs.

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  13. Poonam wrote:

    Great post! That drying lotion is my favorite. I just used it last night, lol. I can’t wait to try some of the other products you mentioned.

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Thank You Poonam! I am obsessed with the drying lotion. I used mine the other day. My breakouts have been calm recently. I hope it stays that way. If you try any of these other products let me know how you like them!

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  14. I’ve always been curious about Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. I currently use tea tree oil but it’s not quite as kick at drying out blemishes as I’d like!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Catherine it’s amazing! I have been using it since the end of December and so glad I finally purchased it.

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  15. Hey Sweets! These all look like great products. I’ve heard really good things about the Mario Badescu products but I really want to try the Skinfood Egg White Pore Mask. I feel like my pores are pretty big so i’m always looking for products to help with that and smelling good is a must! Maskeraide Beauty All Eyes On Me sounds like something I need in my beauty arsenal, too!

    Thanks for sharing doll! I love your January Beauty Buys!
    Xo.

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Hi Friend!! I have become obsessed with Mario Badescu products. The Skinfood mask is amazing. I purchased another one of their masks but have not tried it out yet. I will have a review coming soon. My pores are very large on my nose but every where else it’s not bad. I have noticed that they are getting smaller with using the masks and the Mario Badescu products. Those Eye Gels did wonders for my tired eyes. Complete transformation. You should def try them out! I’m glad you enjoyed my favorites from last month. I will be having lots more reviews coming soon. Have a great Tuesday girl!

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  16. Steph wrote:

    I’ve never heard of an egg white mask. I’ll have to check that out when I get through my current stash.

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Steph the mask is awesome! It’s a Korean skincare craze. If you try it out let me know what you think!

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  17. How many come in the set of eye gels? That is something I need in my life. I love your beauty favorites!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      You get four pairs in the box set (it contains two eye gels in each package). They are amazing and definitely helped my eyes look a lot less tired. Thank You for reading girl! 🙂

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  18. Sophia wrote:

    That egg white mask looks interesting. I may have to try that.

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Sohpia it’s such a great mask!! You should def give it a try!

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  19. Fab post! Love these great picks. I need to try the egg mask, looks wonderful. Obsessed with the Mario products and the UD primer. Awesome winter hydration!!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Thank You Jessica!! The egg mask is amazing! I find myself wanting to buy more Mario products because I have been so impressed with them. The UD primer is amazing as well.

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  20. Emily wrote:

    That drying lotion sounds incredible! I need to try that stat!

    Posted 2.7.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Emily it has been a complete game changer for when I have crazy break outs! So worth purchasing!

      Posted 2.7.17 Reply
  21. Haven’t tried any of these! Will have to check them out.

    Posted 2.8.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Courtney they are all great products. If you try any of them out, let me know how you like them!

      Posted 2.9.17 Reply
  22. Jenny wrote:

    I’ve heard such good things about the Mario Badescu products. I need to give them a try.

    Posted 2.8.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Jenny they are amazing!!! I want to buy more!!! They are also not overly expensive which is nice.

      Posted 2.9.17 Reply
  23. Oh, so many beauty products! I am more of a bath-products type of person. I would try anything that I can use while showering. Ha! Maybe I should try some skin care products soon. Fine lines are showing.

    Posted 2.8.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Katrina I love bath products as well. I just purchased some new things from Lush to try out. Beauty products are my thing though. Skin care products are always great to have!

      Posted 2.9.17 Reply
  24. I really want to try the burt’s bee’s cleanser!! they are probably the only brand i haven’t tried anything from (outside of their chapstick lol)!! Great list.

    Posted 2.8.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Stephanie it’s a great cleanser! This is the second one I have tried from Burt’s Bees. I also love their chapstick.

      Posted 2.9.17 Reply
  25. These are great beauty products! I seriously want to try them ALL.

    Posted 2.8.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Thank You Erica! I can’t stop using them all the time!

      Posted 2.9.17 Reply
  26. Sharon wrote:

    Loving this list! I am always looking for new ways to spice up my skincare routine so I’m definitely going to check some of these new products out. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 2.8.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Thank You Sharon! I hope you enjoy some of these products if you try them out. I have become obsessed with Mario products.

      Posted 2.9.17 Reply
  27. I am seriously in love with Urban Decay products. They’re all so well done and they make me look 10 time better! I’ve been using the UD Lock-It foundation for two years now & I don’t see myself changing foundations anytime soon! I’ve been on the market for a good face primer, so I’ll have to pick this one up!! Thanks for the recommendation!

    Posted 2.9.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      I love their products too Rachel. I have been using UD All Nighter foundation and love it. I have heard good things about the Lock-It foundation. I love the UD face primer. It works really well with my oily skin.

      Posted 2.9.17 Reply
  28. Cameron wrote:

    Now I’ll have to try some mario badescu products! Great review!

    Posted 2.9.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Cameron they have so many great products! Lots I still want to try out.

      Posted 2.9.17 Reply
  29. Loren wrote:

    I have recently jumped on the Mario Badescu wagon and I am SO glad I did! My skin has never been better since switching to using those products! I will have to try that egg white pore mask! xo Loren

    Posted 2.9.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Loren I know!!! My skin has improved so much since switching over to their products. I am so glad I made the change too. The egg white mask is amazing!

      Posted 2.9.17 Reply
  30. kristina wrote:

    Do you find the Cellufirm Moisturizer too heavy for applying a CC cream after?

    Posted 2.9.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      I do not Kristina. I only use a little bit because it is a tad bit thicker of a moisturizer than what I have used in the past. A little bit does go long way with this one.

      Posted 2.9.17 Reply
  31. Krysten wrote:

    I’ve been looking for a new mascara because I have grown off of the one that I use currently. I will have to try that tarte mascara!

    Posted 2.9.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      I hope you like this one if you try it out. Which mascara were you previously using before?

      Posted 2.9.17 Reply
  32. I am in desperate need for a new mascara so thanks for the recommendation#! I haven’t seen many of these products before so will be interesting to give them a test out!

    Sophie x
    http://www.sophobsessed.com

    Posted 2.9.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Sophie it’s an amazing mascara! If you give it a try, let me know how you like it. 🙂

      Posted 2.9.17 Reply
  33. neha wrote:

    those products seem amazing esp the lotion

    Posted 2.10.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Neha so many great products! I love the drying lotion. It helps with any break outs that I get.

      Posted 2.13.17 Reply
  34. kara wrote:

    loving this favorites! You can never go wrong with anything from Mario’s line!

    Posted 2.10.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Thank You Kara!!! I agree!!! I am loving their products so far!

      Posted 2.13.17 Reply
  35. Hannah Charles wrote:

    The Mario Badescu products look amazing. I am going to order them now to give them a try!

    http://www.mysweetgenevieve.com

    Posted 2.10.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Hannah they have so many great products!! I have yet to be disappointed! Let me know how you like them!

      Posted 2.13.17 Reply
  36. I just started using Mario Badescu products and so far, I’m obsessed! I can’t wait to try out more of the ones you mentioned!

    Posted 2.10.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      Brittany their products are amazing!!! My skin had improved so much. What products do you use?

      Posted 2.13.17 Reply
  37. courtney wrote:

    I have wanted to try Mario Badescu products for such a long time, especially the drying lotion!

    La Belle Sirene 

    Posted 2.14.17 Reply
    • sweetteaandhydrangeas wrote:

      They have so many great products to choose from Courtney! That drying lotion is amazing!!!

      Posted 2.21.17 Reply