Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose Collection Review

For the past few weeks I’ve been gradually lightening my hair. Lightening or bleaching your hair is a surprisingly tenuous process. In addition to blonder strands, the process can also bring out the beauty geek in you – suddenly you’re looking for items like T-18 toners, color sealers, color boosters, and deep conditioning activators. You’ll spend an hour in the beauty aisle debating the effects of olaplex with other bottle blondes, all while flipping through your saved pins of gorgeous (and totally unrealistic) blonde hair looks. This entire coloring process is actually very interesting, but all this work has really made me even pickier than normal about what I’m putting in my hair. I don’t want to damage the color and I certainly don’t want a product that needs to be piled on to be effective. Enter Matrix’s new addition to the Oil Wonders line, the Volume Rose Collection.


The Oil Wonders Volume Rose Collection consists of five products: a pre-shampoo treatment, shampoo, conditioner, plumping mousse, and finishing spray. The entire line is infused with rosehip oil, and smells divine. Matrix does a great job with scents in general, and this one is not obnoxiously rosey (it’s not your grandma’s potpourri) – it’s floral without being soapy, and makes your entire bathroom smell lovely. Also, how gorgeous is the packaging!? I’m in love with rose gold look to this collection, it’s so nice to go in the shower and see these – it’s so luxurious!

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But does it work? The line boasts an up 78% more volume for fine hair when using the entire system. While I was using the line I definitely noticed increased volume – in particular, after using the plumping mousse.

At first I was not thrilled with the idea of using a pre-shampoo treatment. I thought it would weigh my hair down even more. However, the shampoo and conditioner (silicone free) are actually much more delicate, which leaves room for the oil based pre-shampoo treatment. The shampoo is a great cleanser, but I don’t get that sort of rough, stripped feeling when I’m done. And the conditioner leaves my strands slippery and silky.

Oil Wonders Pre Shampoo Treatment

Meanwhile, the pre-shampoo treatment is designed to provide dedicated nourishment to damaged strands in order to reduce breakage of fine hair. The treatment is meant to attach to only the damaged areas of hair to ensure zero added weight. Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! This treatment is exactly what my hair needed after all that bleach and toner. I did find that I prefer to apply the treatment to the ends of my hair and along my hairline where the damage has been more concentrated and it has worked wonderfully. I mean, I can definitely tell the difference in the texture of my hair from prior to using the collection to now, especially when I’m heat styling it.

Matrix Oil Wonders

The collection runs from $18-24 depending on which product you’re getting. I definitely recommend taking a look at this collection if you’re looking to pamper your strands, or even if you’ve recently colored your hair like I have. Find out more about the Oil Wonders Rose Oil Collection here.

*Product samples were provided in order to facilitate this review. However, all opinions presented here are my own.*

Beauty Review: Michael Todd Soniclear Petite Facial Skin Cleansing System

It’s been quite a few years since the first facial cleansing system hit the market. Since then, it’s been really interesting seeing how those systems have changed and evolved. The Soniclear Petite is the world’s first antimicrobial sonic skin cleansing system and it is definitely a game changer.

Sonic Skin Cleansing System

If you’ve read my reviews before you know that I have sensitive skin, so finding skincare products that work for me is pretty high on my list of beauty priorities. The Soniclear Petite caters to sensitive skin with 3 speeds – and none of them feel ridiculously rough, no harsh scrubbing here!

Designed to strip away dead skin cells, makeup, dirt and oil 6x better than hands alone, the Soniclear utilizes unique sonic technology that enables the petite’s brushes to move up to 18,000 times per minute. But what’s with the “antimicrobial”? Well, Soniclear cleansing heads are treated during the manufacturing process with LIFE antimicrobial product protection to inhibit up to 99.9% of stain and odor causing bacteria. Basically, the cleansing brush will stay cleaner for up to 6 more months.

Soniclear Petite

What I really love about the cleanser though is that it has a self-timer, so you hear this beep as your brushing your face which signifies that you’ve spent enough time cleansing one area of your face and you should move on to the next. This is really crucial to any skincare regimen because you generally do not want to over cleanse as it has been known to cause dryness which can lead to excess oil production, etc.

I also love that it’s cordless and waterproof, so you can use it in the shower – I feel so trained to not bring electronics into the shower that I don’t, but you definitely can if you want to, haha! I was sent mine via Amazon, and that one from Michael Todd came with the Michael Todd Damascus Rose Cleanser which I love. I’m already a massive Michael Todd fan from back when all the YouTube beauty gurus were raving about their green algae cleanser.

Soniclear Petite Kit

You can check out the Soniclear Petite here for more details, reviews, and to purchase (ARV $89.95). If you do get the Soniclear or already own one, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

*I received this item at a discount or complimentary in order to facilitate this review. This review is not sponsored. All opinions presented here are my own.*

April 21st Event Alert: Join Dr. Whitney Bowe & dr.brandt at Sephora!

Calling all beauty and skincare loving New Yorkers! This Thursday, on April 21st, celebrated dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe will be visting the 9th Avenue Sephora store and offering one-on-one dr.brandt skincare consultations and demonstrations of dr.brandt award-winning anti-aging products! I’m so excited – dr.brandt is one of my favorite skincare brands and my mom loves their overnight serum.

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Dr. Bowe’s work in skin rejuvenations, laser dermatology and the link between nutrition and skincare has made her one of the most in-demand skincare experts in the entire country. She was one of the first two physicians named to the dr.brandt Skin Advisory Board, an impressive roster of specialists who, like the legendary Dr. Brandt, are pioneers in the field of anti-aging cosmetic dermatology and skin care. Members of the dr.brandt Skin Advisory Board are dedicated to continuing Dr. Brandt’s legacy of breakthrough innovation that adheres to the strictest standard of scientific excellence.

At the Sephora event, Dr. Bowe will introduce two new dr. brandt anti-aging products available at Sephora stores nationwide beginning this month. Inspired by the skin-revitalizing and radiance-renewing vitamin shots available in Dr. Brandt’s medical offices, new Power Doses

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• Vitamin C Power Dose is engineered to deliver the highest Vitamin C concentration that the skin can absorb. It has been shown to dramatically boost collagen production and brighten skin for a visibly smoother, firmer complexion with enhanced skin clarity. It has also been shown to shield skin against free-radical damage that can lead to hyper-pigmentation and premature aging.

• Vitamin D Power Dose is formulated to mimic sun exposure and trigger the natural production of Vitamin D in the skin without the harmful effects of the sun exposure. By harnessing the essential sunshine vitamin, it helps create a barrier against environmental damage. This barrier helps prevent breakouts and reduces dryness, sensitization and other signs of premature aging.

Event Details

Sephora NYC drbrant Event

WHAT:  Dr. Whitney Bowe Skincare Consultation and Demonstration

WHEN: April 21st, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Sephora
                  27 9th Avenue
                  New York, NY 10014

New in Beauty: PIXI Nourishing Lip Polish

I’ve just recently gotten over a nasty cold, and between two weeks of coughing and sniffling and being perpetually in a state of dehydration, my lips have definitely taken a hit. In the midst of all that I have also been recently reviewing Bite Beauty’s new Amuse Bouche collection (catch that post tomorrow!) and I was quickly made aware of the terrible state of my lips – they were really dry and generally in a bad way. Since I’m not much of a DIY girl – I tend to make messes and forget the DIY project in the fridge for months – I immediately went online shopping for a lip scrub. I’m a massive fan of Sugar’s Lip Polish, however, it is rather pricey for a polish and I’d much rather save up my pennies for their body scrub or Soy Face Cleanser, so I was really on the hunt for a more wallet friendly alternative. Well, literally the day after I was doing my online search I was sent PIXI’s new Nourishing Lip Polish! I might have actually squealed when I opened it – it was exactly what I was looking for!

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This  2-in-1 lip exfoliator + nourisher helps to repair & protect dry, sensitive lips. A nutrient-rich formula smoothes lips with shea butter & a blend of sweet almond, apricot, and evening primrose oils. The unique massage applicator works to stimulate circulation, giving a healthy, plumped effect.

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Right off the bat I’m going to tell you that the PIXI Nourishing Lip Polish is an excellent dupe for fresh’s Sugar Lip Polish – the smell is almost identical, with this one leaning more on the sweet side (an effect of the xylitol, perhaps?). I’m also going to tell you, that although I love fresh’s scrub, I liked PIXI’s version a little better. The Nourishing Lip Polish tube is very reminiscent of all those lip glosses I used to buy back in ‘99, except this tube features a massage applicator that is designed specifically for massaging in product. I feel like this really sets it apart from other scrubs, I love the fact that I don’t have to dip my fingers in a pot which can sometimes feel unhygienic. Also, it feels like my lips are getting a massage which is nice too.

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The scent is very citric, likely by way of the grapefruit seed oil, orange peel oil, apricot kernel oil, and cranberry seed oil. The draw for a lot of scrubs is that they feature brown sugar, which acts as a natural exfoliant. There isn’t any mention of brown sugar in the ingredients, but it definitely has a “scrubby” feel to it. Also it’s more wallet friendly than many other scrubs on the market. PIXI has recently been rolling out a plethora of new products, and they’re really hitting the mark, I have a few on my hands that I can’t wait to review, but I definitely recommend picking up one of these if you suffer from dry and slightly feathery (is there a polite way of saying peeling?) lips.

PIXI’s Nourishing Lip Polish retails for $12, pick up at Target or on the Pixi site here.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Jamie Greenberg Reveals Her Spring Beauty Tips with Zyrtec & Gilt City

My seasonal allergies act as my yearly reminder that spring has indeed sprung. Just a few days after I noticed my persistent sniffling and watery eyes were not a late-winter cold but just the return of my allergies, I was invited to join celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg and actress Jordanna Brewster for a fun event with Gilt City and Zyrtec who have teamed up with Jamie to offer Gilt City shoppers a sweet promo (more on that in a minute). The event was held at the Crosby Street Hotel, which is one of my favorite spots in the city because the penthouse views are seriously gorgeous, take a look!

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Jamie’s tips for making sure that allergies don’t get the best of your beauty routine, include avoiding wiggling the wand (which I admit, I do) when you’ve got allergies as it can cause your eyes to water more and leave you with smudges. She also suggests trying out a flat fan brush instead of wand to apply mascara, if all else fails, use disposable mascara wands each time you apply mascara during the allergy season, it’ll help you avoid allergens and other build-up that can occur on reusable wands.

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Jamie also recommends applying cool moisturizer, which may help reduce puffiness caused by allergies. Storing your moisturizer in your refrigerator (I store mine in the butter compartment), and before bedtime remove all your makeup with a gentle cleanser and apply the cool cream to your face to soothe and nourish skin overnight.

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My favorite bit of new advice was this – very often oils, allergens, and other residue can build up on the surface of our makeup (and even in our cosmetic bags – so clean those regularly too!). To avoid this issue, Jamie suggests laying transparent adhesive tape over the powder to remove straggling debris from the surface. It’s also a good idea to opt for pencils instead of twist-up products, as every time you sharpen you’ll know that you’re starting off with a clean layer of makeup.

While I didn’t arrive early enough to catch Jordanna, I was able to get a gorgeous and Allergy Face friendly look done by Sarah DiGisco from GLAMSQUAD – thanks Sarah!

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Now about that promo I mentioned, right now until May 30th, you can score a free Allergy Face beauty bag (RV $19) when you shop Gilt City’s Beauty in Bloom sale and check out with at least one item. The beauty bag features sample sizes of Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream, Neutrogena Moisture Shine Gloss, Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara, as well as an Allergy Sufferers’ Guide to Spring Beauty and a $10 off coupon for Zyrtec, all packaged in a sturdy cosmetic bag as seen here:

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The Beauty in Bloom sale has loads of gorgeous accessories as well as some handy beauty supplies. I love shopping on Gilt & Gilt City, and I’ve already got my eye on a pair of amazing shades – they’d be perfect for spring! Also, while you’re checking out the sale, be sure to enter Gilt City & Zyrtec’s The Ultimate Spring Refresh Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to L.A., a makeover by Jamie Greenberg herself, $1ooo in gift cards and more!

Do you have any great spring beauty tips or tricks, if you do, let me know in the comments below!

New in Beauty: Matrix Style Link Gloss, Hold, & Volume Boosters

Matrix Booster Series

What I first noticed about Matrix’s Style Link collection is that each and every single product smells absolutely amazing. Seriously. The entire Style Link line consists of fourteen products, designed to Prep, Play, Perfect, and Boost your style. While I’m still in the process of using and reviewing some of the Style Link products that Matrix generously sent my way*, I wanted to specifically call out the booster products in this collection. The Matrix Style Link collection features three boosters, Gloss, Hold, and Volume Booster. The genius behind the Booster products is that they can be used alone, or as well as a booster to another product. For instance, you could add a drop of Gloss Booster to the Matrix Smooth Setter or to their hair spray – you could even use it with other brands too. I love that you can really experiment with the intensity of the product and that it lends you more control over how you’re styling your hair. Here’s the low down on each booster:

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Gloss Booster –  Utilize this unique concentrated formula to add serious shine to your ‘do. What makes this a stand-out product is not just that it successfully adds a lovely shine and finish to your locks but that it can also work to soften hold. Use on damp or dry hair.

Hold Booster – A little goes a long way with this Booster. This formula is surprisingly light and non-sticky, and it’s ideal for taming unruly flyaways and keeping your style on lock.

Matrix Volume Booster Style Link Collection

Volume Booster – With a consistency bordering on a serum and a gel, the Matrix Volume Booster delivers amazing volume (especially when paired up with a little Volume Builder Mousse). I recommend it if you’re someone who likes to blow dry your hair after showering – just apply this to towel dry hair before you start styling. Bonus points = this does not leave your hair feeling lightly glued together or leaves your roots feeling gooey.

More information on the Matrix Style Link collection and Boosters can be found here. Each Boost runs about $20 a bottle, but is well worth it considering that a little goes a very long way where these are concerned.

Have you tried any of Matrix’s styling products? What are your favorite hair styling tools? Let me know in the comments below!

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Birchbox SoHo

My sister and I picked a blisteringly cold day to stop by Birchbox SoHo. We had been planning to drop by since they opened, but bizarrely enough I haven’t really spent much time in SoHo this past year. Anyways, as one of the first customers in the store we could see the entire layout minus the crowds and it was probably one of the most inventive ways of using NYC’s notoriously limited space that I’ve seen. Even though the store itself was really narrow, the set up was so clean that I felt like the place was a massive beauty hideout. I could probably browse in here for hours and not even notice. I don’t know why I thought that was worth mentioning, but I feel like inventive use of space should equal New York City brownie points or something, haha! That or I’ve been watching too much Fixer Upper.

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My younger sister has become something of a beauty addict, and we’ve actually been debating adding her own series on here for curly haired gals. Seriously, she will give you the low down in a minute on which curly hair products are even worth looking at. I’m so proud of her (*cries a beauty blogging tear). She’s been dying to build her own Birchbox, which we heard through the blogosphere is one of the highlights of the Birchbox store. The BYOB section is located in the back of the top main floor, there is a lower floor as well where you’ll find more products as well as Birchbox Man. I’ve read that you’re meant to choose one product from each sort of beauty section but we spoke to two sales associates and they said that if you really can’t find something you like in one section then they’ll let you get two of another, no big deal.

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A BYOB costs $15, or $16.33 after tax. The entire BYOB section was loaded up with great products, the sample sizes were huge so I felt like the $15 was well worth it (yes, I know that a monthly subscription comes in at only $10 a box, but you get to pick what you want here). They also featured a free item – that week it was travel sized Illume candles, my sister and I love Illume so we were thrilled about that addition! The customer service was also great too, the staff there can help you find any sort of product that you’re looking for, but they don’t hover, aren’t pushy at all, and just leave you to do your own thing if you like.

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She picked out Wilma Schumann Skin Care Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads, DevaCurl Super Cream, Briogeo Curl Charisma Leave-in Cream, Ayres Body Polish – Pampas Sunrise, Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Indigo, and the Illume Gardenia tin candle.

Birchbox Soho Services

Birchbox SoHo also offers a menu of beauty services including makeup, nails, and hair – which you can book online here. They also offer beauty classes, which are free for subscribers, and $30 for non-subscribers – however, you get that amount of money in store credit when you take the course, so it’s basically like getting it free with a $30 purchase.

Are you a Birchbox subscriber? Have you ever been to their SoHo flagship store?

Embracing More Brilliant Hair with John Frieda’s Colour Care Line at Target

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RethinkColour #CollectiveBias

I sometimes refer to my hair as my perpetual beauty project. I’ve always been more than willing to try all sorts of hair color trends, and boy have I had some pretty interesting hair looks. More recently I’ve settled into a light brown, which blends well with my natural red undertones. I also had highlights added in so that I could lighten the color without committing fully to a full new shade. I’ve loved the look so far, only I noticed about two weeks ago that my light highlights were getting duller and blending into my brown hair more than I like. So naturally, doing what any girl does when faced with a beauty crisis and in need of a quick fix, I headed to Target!

How to Lighten Brunette Hair at Home

The Target beauty aisles are my happy place, but this time I zipped past the mascaras, foundations, highlighters, and eyeliners and headed straight for the haircare. Target has these handy displays featuring John Frieda’s New Colour Care line, the Colour Care line features three sets of hair care – Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter or Visibly Deeper and Sheer Blonde Go Blonder. Seeing as how I’m a brunette wanting to go brighter, I chose the Visibly Brighter collection. Also, right now when you buy 3 of John Frieda’s Colour Care products you get a $5 Target gift card – score! This totally means more money for all those tchotkes that end up in our carts, haha!

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I’ve actually been a John Frieda fan since I was in high school, for me it’s always been one of those brands that I’ve always associated with hard core high quality hair care. In terms of the Colour Care line, I love the stylish simplicity of the packaging, but it’s the product inside the bottle that always delivers and never fails to impress. So I had pretty high expectations when a little more than a week ago I started using the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Treatment in my needy locks. Since then I’ve already noticed my hair looking glossier and lighter! I mean, I don’t consider myself a vain person, but guys I’m kind of really pleased with how my hair is starting to look – in real life it’s a nice multifaceted light brunette color which is brought together by my rejuvenated highlights.

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The Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ line is meant to gradually brighten your hair, illuminating glowing tones and giving your hair that sort of sun-kissed back-from-vacation glow. The in-shower treatment, which is a totally new product from John Frieda, is designed to instantly lighten your hair – even up to one shade! The best part about it though, is that it only lightens your natural spectrum, that way your hair won’t appear bleached or orange, and yes it’s safe for both natural or colour-treated brunettes. I think I’m most impressed with the in-shower treatment. It’s instantly effective, I saw the difference in my hair after one use. I feel like the Visibly Brighter line has really allowed me to play with an even lighter tone without committing to hours of color treatments, and that is something I can totally get behind! You know when you get so excited about a product that you just want to hug it, well, those are the feelings I have toward this one. It’s serious, you guys.

Target John Frieda Sale

Don’t forget! Pick up your John Frieda Colour Care line for more brilliant hair at Target, pick up all three and score a $5 gift card too! Have you tried John Frieda Colour Care products before? Let me know in the comments below!

New in Beauty: butter LONDON ShadowClutch & Wardrobe Duos

There’s nothing more exciting to me than when a brand I know and love comes out with a new and innovative beauty product. This year butter LONDON has released a new addition to their cosmetic line – the butter LONDON ShadowClutch. This gem actually ended up on my desk some while ago, and I haven’t really had a chance to try it until recently. It’s a customizable clutch designed to display butter LONDON’s new range of eyeshadows – and in my opinion it’s a perfect travel companion, and certainly a great gift for the holidays.

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Butter LONDON has formulated their eyeshadows to be infused with primer, oil-absorbing, and skin balancing, with plenty of color payoff. Having been a favorite polish brand of nail artists and beauty junkies everywhere, it’s obvious that butter LONDON knows what they’re doing in terms of color. What really makes this palette stand out from the rest is the size, the convenience, and the innovative design that allows you to slide out eyeshadows, and replace them with new ones without disturbing the look of the clutch and with complete control and stability. The clutch really is a perfect size for traveling, taking on-the-go, or just using at home. A lot of build-it-yourself palette’s tend to be bulky, this one is not.

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I was sent the Natural Charm ShadowClutch to test out. Now,  I have plenty of natural/neutral palettes so I don’t need another one – but this one is not your standard neutral. The eyeshadows included are Linen (a matte vanilla), Quartz (a warm beige sheen), Camo (a dark khaki sheen), Camel (matte nude), Citrine (coral sheen), and Leather (matte chocolate brown). I was completely enraptured with how smooth the formula is, and how much I loved the colors – I definitely appreciate the Camel and Citrine, two colors I haven’t yet seen in a neutral palette, but are both so gorgeous and easy to use.

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I was also sent two Wardrobe Duos – eyeshadow pieces that are sold in twos and designed to fit in the palette – in Moody Blues and Fancy Flutter. The Moody Blues duo features shades Sequins (soft mint green sheen), and Sapphire (a navy blue sheen). Fancy Flutter features Feather (a beige sheen), and my favorite new color of the year, Plume – a multidimensional chameleon sheen that I seriously cannot get enough of.

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The butter LONDON ShadowClutch only costs $39, and each Wardrobe Duo clocks in at $15. This means that each shadow in the clutch clocks in at around $6.50 each, and $7.50 each for the Wardrobe Duo – which is a real steal as most custom palette’s cost quite a bundle and some don’t even include eyeshadows with the cost of the palette. Plus the eyeshadows themselves are up there in terms of quality with much more expensive brands, and cost as little as some drugstore eyeshadows. Honestly, I’m kicking myself for not seizing on the clutch sooner – it’s definitely one of the more exciting pieces that I’ve seen this year.

You can pick up the clutch and check out other shades from butter LONDON here. So ladies, what do you think? Do you like the butter LONDON ShadowClutch? Do you know anyone who’d love to get their hands on one?

Neutrogena Hydro Boost: The Secret to Healthy Skin

Sponsored by InStyle on behalf of Neutrogena

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I’m the first to admit, I can be a little fickle when it comes to my skincare routine. I always have the best intentions, researching and investing in a solid routine, only to let it fall by the wayside two or three weeks later. Or I’ll get a new product and ditch my entire method just for testing purposes. But there is one product in my routine (or lack thereof) that I absolutely cannot live without – and that is a moisturizer. It’s so crucial that I have in my arsenal a perfect moisturizer, I have the driest skin ever and if I don’t moisturize then my skin gets really parched, flaky, and can even crack (at least in the edges of my nose). This summer I was introduced to Neutrogena’s new Hydro Boost Moisturizer at the perfect time – when I happen to be having a massive skin dry spell.

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Earlier in August I attended the InStyle Summer Social where one of the brands present was Neutrogena. The rep and I really got talking about moisturizers and what our peeves were (like stickiness-yuck!) and what I like best (I’m a sucker for gel formulations). She told me that the Neutrogena Hydro Boost is lightweight, and that it’s oil free and absorbs quickly into the skin. So, naturally, I was pretty jazzed when I got my hands on an entire jar of their Hydro Boost by way of my gift bag.

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I put it immediately to the test. I used this all over my face, focusing especially on the areas around my nose which were beginning to redden with dryness. I don’t normally allow my skin to reach this state of distress, but it was the middle of August and sweat has always exacerbated my dry skin. Even my ears were suffering. My skin instantly feel hydrated in that cool and clean sort of way. Amazingly, within three days of use, twice a day, my skin was back to full health. I’m dead serious, by ears healed up and my nose wasn’t dry at all. Even my foundation was going on smoother!

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What makes Neutrogena Hydro Boost so special is that it is formulated with hyaluronic acid, which retains up to 1000x its weight in water. This refreshing water gel plumps skin cells with intense hydration, and locks it in. Utilizing hyaluronic acid, as well as olive extract which aids the skin’s moisture barrier against moisture loss – this product is designed to be a moisturizer of epic proportions. I am obsessed, I keep it right by my bed. Now, the Hydro Boost line actually features three different products – the Hydro Boost Water Gel with Hyaluronic Acid, the Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Fragrance Free for Extra Dry Skin, and the Hydro Boost Eye Gel.

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Are you ready to bask in the glow of healthy skin hydration? Neutrogena is currently having a Summer Sale where you can Buy 2 Get 1 Free on all products! Click here for more information about the Hydro Boost line and to purchase your own moisturizer – also, be sure to follow Neutrogena on twitter, instagram, and facebook for special promotions and exciting updates on their products!