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Beauty Buzzwords

February 25, 2016

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Over the last six months, I have placed a major emphasis on skincare.  Of all of the areas of my beauty routine, my skin definitely causes me the most trouble.  I have a mix of issues that flare up at different times, including hormonal acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation.  Skincare products can be a major trial and error process – it can be so difficult to determine what products, ingredients and claims to look for.  I’ve tried to find a balance between investing in quality products for my skin, and not breaking the bank.  Luckily, Target has brought in some incredible new skincare lines that are filled with amazing ingredients at a great price!

There are so many “beauty buzzwords” these days – whether it’s Korean beauty products, sheet masks, or other prestige trends, it can be hard to know which trends are worth trying!  With all of my recent exploration in the skincare realm, I’m here to break down some of the trends to try!




Glow Products

The trend I was most excited to try was products that have a claim to increase your skin’s glow.  With my issues with hyperpigmentation, I’m always looking for products that will help even my skin tone and reduce the appearance of any dark marks.  I’ve been a longtime fan of Pixi, and have heard absolutely rave reviews about their Glow Tonic.  When I heard that Pixi released an entire line of Skintreats at Target, I knew I needed to pick up a few of them.  I decided to try the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser, the Glowtion Day Dew and the cult favorite Glow Tonic.  Honestly, I have been blown away by this product line!  The key ingredient in this line is glycolic acid, which helps with the skin’s texture and exfoliation, to reveal a glowing skintone.  The Glow Mud Cleanser contains hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and avocado oil, which all help with your skin’s hydration and leaves it looking plump.  I love using the Glowtion Day Dew in the morning prior to putting on makeup – it is super lightweight and contains mica to give a natural-looking radiance.  I was most excited to try the infamous Glow Tonic, and it didn’t disappoint!  I love using it after cleansing, since it helps remove any excess dirt and impurities while also brightening my skin!  Overall, the Pixi Skintreats line is an A+, and there are plenty more Pixi products to explore at Target!


Cleansing Oils

It may seem strange to use an oil based product on oily skin, but cleansing oils are the best for removing every trace of makeup. They deep cleanse without drying out your skin, which helps keep your skin looking dewy and hydrated! They are especially great for those of us who practice the double cleanse. I use the Neutrogena cleansing oil to remove makeup, and cleanse a second time to remove dirt, oil and impurities! I find this is the best way to ensure your skin is truly clean!


Sheet Masks

Guys… if you haven’t tried a sheet mask then you are missing out!  I tried sheet masks a while back, and I was immediately in love with the process and results that I saw from these highly potent masks.  You end up looking like something out of a horror movie, but the results are totally worth it!  Sheet masks are essentially cloth masks that are infused with a high concentration of a serum-based formula.  I love the fact that there’s virtually no mess from these masks, so there’s no product going to waste.  They definitely feel luxurious, and can have a number of different focuses for your skin.  I picked up a few of the Mizon sheet masks {they have one for calming your skin, firming and even boosting your skin’s collagen}, and fell in love with the results.  Even better?!  The are literally half the price of most department store sheet masks {while feeling just as fabulous}.  If you’re going to try any of these beauty buzzwords, definitely give sheet masks a go!



I had never heard of an ampoule until recently, and loved the inspiration from Korean skincare.  These are heavy duty, concentrated serums that are packed with tons of active ingredients that will transform your skin.  After doing some research, I learned that ampoules are not intended for everyday use, and are really more like boot camp for your skin!  They work overtime to give you skin a boost when it’s in crisis mode!  I picked up the Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Ampoule to give this trend a try, and I must say I was totally impressed!  All the reviews online compare this to another high-end ampoule with a price tag that’s THREE TIMES the cost of the Missha ampoule, so it’s definitely a good choice for trying out the trend without breaking the bank.



I had honestly never heard of an essence, but it sounded so fancy that I had to try it! Turns out that essences are lightweight formulas that can be applied to your entire face, and fall between a toner and a moisturizer. They enrich your skin, and are typically applied by pressing or patting into the skin. I love that it’s a bit more than a toner, but not quite as heavy duty as a moisturizer – perfect for layering at the beginning of your skincare routine! The Laniege Clear-C Advanced Effector is one of my faves that has a ton of amazing ingredients to boost your skin!


What beauty trends have you been dying to know more about?  Let me know, as I’d love to test them out and tell you my results!  If you’re looking for a way to try some of these trends yourself, be sure to check out all of the fabulous new skincare lines at Target!

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