I’m a little ashamed to tell you this, but I have a little bit of an Amazon problem. It’s the rare day that I don’t find a box on my doorstep. I’ve gotten to the point that I buy most of my basics from Amazon: dog food, toilet paper, paper towels, they all show up on my doorstep now. And, you know, sometimes a few things that I don’t necessarily have to have shows up on my doorstep as well.
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But many of those purchases turn out to be pleasant surprises! My friends often ask me where I got something and they are always surprised to hear it’s from Amazon. I’ve also found many items that are as good as (or even better) than their name-brand equivalents much cheaper on Amazon.
So I’m starting a new feature on Midlife Rambler where I can share my favorite finds with you! And if you’ve found something on Amazon you like, let us all know too by sharing it in the comments!
This week I’m sharing some of my favorite beauty products I’ve gotten from Amazon.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you’re not supposed to use any kind of wash cloth to rinse cleanser off your face, but I really struggle with that. I never feel like I’ve gotten all the soap off! Still, I get that the washcloths that come with my towels are way too rough and carry bacteria that I don’t want on my skin.
This set of ten bamboo washcloths is just what I needed. They’re soft and gentle on my skin and because I have ten, I can use a new one each day. I’ve only been using them for about a week, but I’m already realizing that at least some of the flaking skin I thought was caused by some new skincare products I’m using has actually been caused by using the rough washcloth I had before. Lesson learned.
Here’s yet another embarrassing confession: I never used a sheet mask until a couple of weeks ago. You guys! Why didn’t you tell me? I’m a total convert; my face felt so soft and smooth afterwards and I could really see a difference in the texture.
I haven’t used these masks yet, but I’m excited about them because I’m a big fan of Korean skin care products in general and these masks have great reviews. Plus, at $9.99 for a set of 16, you can’t beat the value. Can’t wait for #selfcaresunday!
I still haven’t figured out how to put on eyeshadow without getting a healthy amount of fall out under my eyes and these guys are amazing for whisking all that away in a flash. All you have to do is snap off one end, let the makeup remover flow down to the other end and voila! you’ve got a saturated cotton swab ready to remove any mistakes.
I also keep these in my purse for those moments when I realize that my mascara is running or my lipstick is smeared because they are perfect for on-the-go clean-up.
This is possibly my favorite beauty purchase I’ve ever made from Amazon and one of the rare eyeshadow palettes panned most of the colors. All of the colors in the palette are really flattering, truly matte and perfectly pigmented. (Sometimes if shadows are too highly pigmented, I find them hard to work with.)
And the price!
This stuff really works. I am normally plagued by whiteheads around my nose and across my cheeks and since I started using this they are. just. gone.
This is an exfoliant, not a toner, so you don’t want to start out by slathering it all over your face twice a day like I did. If you use a toner, this goes on after your toner. Spritz some of the product on a cotton pad and apply to your face and then let it soak in for about five minutes. (I do this in the morning so I make my bed at this point.) If you find it irritating, you can wash it off then, but you don’t have to. (I no longer do now that I use it correctly!)
Because it’s removing skin cells, you definitely need to follow up with a moisturizer and a sunscreen. If you’re like me and you’ve had whiteheads for years that you couldn’t get rid of, prepare to be blown away.