I have just recently become a lover of TJ Maxx, and it was thanks to this love that inspired me to write my first blog post!
How I started: Obviously I went to the store and shopped! I was able to get there right when they opened and was able to comfortably load up my cart without fear of judgement. After a whopping $150, I had me a variety of items for skin care.
Now, disclaimer- this is for those with oily and sensitive skin and I am just shopping around trying to find cheap steals. I am not a dermatologist and if you know something doesn’t work, don’t do it!
Anyways, what I able to find was: sunscreen, serums, makeup remover, night cream, toners, facial sprays, cleansers, face masks, and lastly eye masks. All together I was able to find roughly 25 items (it’s really 31, but I found some makeup).
My next new posts will be about each individual item and what I used for a night or day routine. Good news, I have already done one for each routine! I will be putting those up soon and maybe pictures (I’m still starting this blog up, so I have a lot more steps to do).
But here is a rough list of what I have:
makeup remover: 2
night cream: 1
facial spray: 3
Please stay tune my zero followers as I get this blog in working order!
Before this routine, I took a good hard look at my face. And I noticed several little breakouts all over my face. I have been told that this is from the serums purging my skin, and taking out any dirt and clogging. It probably is also because I am now using more products supposedly good for oily skin. Now, please remember that this is me experimenting with my face. I am just trying out fun finds from TJ Maxx, and saving money at the same time. I have already marked out products that did not do anything for my face.
Step One: Cleanser
Kwailnara Green Tea Deep Cleansing Foam. Smells like tea! Lathers very well on skin, and very creamy. Rinses off evenly and left my skin smooth and clean.
Step Two: Face Mask (I will be doing masks 3x a week to see if this will help with blackheads and pores)
YestoGrapefruit Pore perfection brightening peel. Leave on for 10 minutes. Looks like slime (I momentarily flashback to my job), and smells strongly of-you guessed it- grapefruit! Very thin, only needed to dip fingers in it and spread across face. Slight tingle sensation, but not hurtful. Can’t even tell I am wearing a mask, and it’s orange in the bottle! Side note: shouldn’t it be pink? Can’t even feel it on m face, and I used a wash cloth to wash it off.
Step three: toner
Pearlessence Chamomile and White Tea Hydrating Face Mist. Smells like expensive perfume (But I am not mad about it). Also with the pack of three bottle, so this is bottle #3, and the first bottle was what I had used earlier in the day. Speads evenly when sprayed and dries fast.
Step four: Serum
Pearlessence Hemp Seed Oil. No Smell and has a basic applicator. Can be used with or without moisturizer. Has a greasy feel, but it spreads over skin well. I let it sit for several minutes before going on to last steps.
Step five and six are the same as from before. Eye Cream was same from this morning, and night cream is the same from the night before. I will continue to do night cream to see if I notice any difference.
April Fools! Skin care is no joke! Here is my first real day routine, and it has slightly more steps than the night one. (Sidenote: I did not put on makeup today, as I knew today was the day I would exploring and working on my blog).
Here is what I have: Cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, moisturizer, sunscreen, and two bonus items! It looks kinda intimidating….. But on I go!
Step one: Cleanser– I used the same cleanser as the from the night before (So no pic). So my opinion is still the same for it. I love it! I can’t get over how smooth my skin feels after using it.
Step two: toner
Pearlessence Aloe and Green Tea Hydrating Face mist. I used it as a toner, as it says in the bottle: “use after cleanser.” (That is a rough quote). I love the smell of it (I feel like I am going to be writing about smells a lot form now on). The scent is very present but now powerful, and two sprays covers whole face. Dries quickly.
Sidenote: this came in a gift set, and so I do not know what the actual size of a regular bottle is. Dries quickly.
BONUS ITEM #1
Burt’s Bee Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water with Clary Sage. Used specifically after cleansing and toning. Barely has a scent, and the applicator allows for small drops. Perfect for better control on how much you want to use. Lightly soaked into a cotton pad and padded face (not rub). The speed of drying depends on exactly how hard you are pressing the pad on your face.
Step three: Serum
The Better Skin Co. Super H Serum. Can be used as either a substitute for moisturizer or with. Smells strangely like candy, but I don’t hate it. Applicator is easy to use and lets out small drops. Much better than the eye cream from the 3/31 night routine.
Feels thick when going on, but then dries smooth! Face feels fantastic, and I can see why you would not have to use moisturizer.
Step four: eye cream
I bought this a week ago, before getting serious about the blog. However, I did also buy this from TJ Maxx. Dirty Works Eye Cream, and the same people who made the cream cleanser I am using for this routine.
has a baby powder scent, but is weak. Spreads even on eye and you only needs a small amount. Feels soothing on eyes.
Step five: moisturizer (I did not find many moistuirzers at TJ Maxx, so I am using the one I have been using for the past month)
Pacifica Crystal Youth Gem Infused Face Lotion. It really does smell like watermelon….. AND I AM ALL FOR IT!
Have to apply a little thick to get all over face, but it feels great on skin.
Step six: Sunscreen
CeraVe Sunscreen spf 50. This brand was specifically recommended for those with oily skin. Feels like lotion and blends well. I only needed a little, and after blending there was no smell. No greasy feeling that you usually get with other sunscreens.
Bonus item #2
Energizing Vitamin C face mist. Can be used throughout the day, and you can spray it under or over makeup. (I will have to try that out in the future). Obviously, it smells like citrus (duh). Smells strong in bottle, but not so badly when sprayed on face. (I still would make sure your eyes were closed!).
OK so….. last night I did my first real night routine than involved more than three steps. It was a lot easier than I thought, but I had to be careful and notice every little thing about each item I put on my face. I did skin tests on all serums, and no reaction. Awesome sauce!
Here’s my first routine: makeup remover, cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, extra treatment, and night cream.
First step: Makeup remover
YestoCotton: comforting micellar cleansing water. Yesterday as I had to go buy the items for this blog, I put on my usual full-face of makeup. So I really put this to the test. And it passed!
The scent of cotton was a nice clean smell that did not hurt the nose. It was easy to apply to cotton pads. Though the spray came out lightly. I used 4-5 pumps on the first cotton pad. Easily removed my eye makeup, with no irritation (and I was nervous about that!).
I ended up using 5 cotton pads to remove all of my makeup, but I will admit that I may have gone overboard. I wanted to make sure that it REALLY took off my makeup.
My face felt nice and smooth afterwards. No leftover residue and skin felt like I had just washed it.
Second step: Cleanser
Dirty Works Come Clean Creamy Cleanser. Has a very light mint smell. I really had to stick my nose in it to smell it! Only need a small amount on your hand. Has a wonderful tingly sensation when lathering it on my face.
washes off easily, and skin feels amazing.
Step three: toner
Shea Moisturizer African Black Soap Clarifying Problem Skin Toner (say that three times fast!). There is a strong smell if you take off the pump, and smell the bottle. However, no scent when sprayed (this may seem obvious, but I am just being thorough).
The spray feels so light that you almost can’t feel it on your face. I had to touch my face afterwards to feel the wetness. Did 4 spritz to be safe, though you really may only need 2-3. Dries very quick.
Step four: serum
SkinLab facial serum. No scent detected, and needed two pumps to do whole face. Feels thick, similar to lotion, but dries fast. I let this sit for several minutes in order to let it work through on my skin.
Unfortunately, I could feel this sitting on my face. Especially around mouth and neck. Maybe I did too much? Message me if you would like me to give it another try with lesser pumps!
Step five: eye serum
Hyaluronic Acid Deep-Hydro Eye Serum. I am going to be honest with you, nothing about the packaging made it appealing to me. The serum itself looks like something that shouldn’t be going on my face.
It smells very clinical and the applicator was too big. I put one drop on my hand and dipped my finger into it, before applying on my eyes. The only positive is that it dries fast, but I could feel it on my face and every time I blinked.
Step six: extra treatment (as needed)
Hydrogel Eyepatch with Aloe Vera. Under eye masks! scentless and must leave on for 15 minutes. It felt nice on face and had a cooling effect afterwards, but no noticeable difference when removed. Maybe I will switch this to the morning routine and see if that it helps better when waking up than going to bed. If anything, just a nice fun thing to do with friends, and the box comes with five pairs.
Step seven: night cream
Proctectole Nourishing Night Cream. Light smell of medicine and sunscreen. I dabbed it lightly on face and neck. Dries fast. Skin felt smooth and clean.
So out of the seven products I will continue to use the makeup remover, cleanser, and toner. The serum and eye cream were not quite what I was expecting, but I will give the serum a second chance if someone asks. I will try the night cream one more time, just to see what two days of doing it will have on my skin. If I like it again, I might continue doing it to see if there is any more long lasting results.
TayBunnyBlogs is a blog for me to write down anything that I want to know. Or think others should know too! This ranges from two sides of me: the nerdy and the fashionable. (I snorted when I wrote that)
I currently work for the an elementary school, and trying to get into the teaching world. Blogging is starting to become an outlet me for me to not only write down some serious thoughts, but also a lot of silly ones. Mostly silly.
This journey of blogging all started when I was looking for some side jobs two months ago. I bugged my friends endlessly telling them about these jobs I was trying. From trying to be an online tutor to trying to apply for transcription jobs. But every time, I felt one thing: fear. I would get so anxious, and self-doubt would fill me as I tried to apply to these things. And my dog dying did not help with these feelings of worthlessness.
Soooooo I kept trying other things, seeing if that feeling would go away. I ended up doing paid surveys, which are ok…..
They just don’t seem to be helping me get the money that they promised. Oh I made $37, woohoo, but that took me over a month to achieve. But Tay, don’t you work for the school system? Yes, yes I do. Thank you for remembering! Unfortunately, like many others, I do not have a job that pays well. I still live at home, because I cannot even afford the cheapest rent in my area.
So…… I pushed my way through finding side jobs that would click. All the articles had great lists and instructions, and every single one mentioned starting a blog. Blogging? Me? Nah! But then I really started to think…. you know? why not? So here I am! Just trying to get myself out in the world, and becoming more financially dependent.
I have a wide range of ideas to put on this blog, and so far the real research I have done is skin care! I have extremely oily, acne prone, and sensitive skin. But when you don’t get paid a lot finding nice products for a deal can be HARD. And then I read about TJ Maxx, and I actually went over there to look. Sure enough, I saw brand names items at cheap prices (always check to see if they have been left untouched in the boxes). And the idea of my first blog post came to mind, and I knew I was going to do it.
I have ideas regarding school and my hobbies as well, and they are in the works. But for now, I am working on the skin care thing first as I have already starting the research on that!
Now, this blog will one day have a wide range of things on what I like. What do I like? Well…… besides getting active in skin care, I also enjoy trying out makeup. I really need to experiment with makeup too, in order to see if my skin doesn’t break out. My less fashionable (but still cute) side is big into gaming. I have just started getting my baby cousin into gaming, and I am actively looking for games that I can comfortably let him enjoy( without fear of getting in trouble with his parents). I also collect FunkoPop figures and maybe one day I will share these. Lastly, I would like to list books that kids or adults can enjoy. I work with kids ok? I’m always thinking about my job!!!