Hey, everyone! If you’re a regular reader, you probably read my post about my skincare routine that went live just over a month ago (and if you’re new, check it out by clicking the link!). I talked about how I use a cleanser, a serum, a toner, a moisturizer, and a spot treatment. One super key thing that was missing, however, was a face scrub!

It’s kind of crazy how I totally skipped over face scrubs in my last skincare post because I absolutely LOVE them! I’ve tried so many, including but not limited to St. Ives scrubs, Clean and Clear scrubs, Lush scrubs, etc. Some worked for me and others didn’t, but as you guys also probably know, I’m DIY till I die, which means I love making my own stuff and customizing everything. When I learned about NeedCrystals, I was enamored with the idea of having more control over my scrub since I’d be making it myself. NeedCrystals sells microdermabrasion crystals in different granule sizes, and you can add them to any base you want at home to create your very own scrub. This is perfect if you want to have more control over what you’re putting on your face or if traditional store-bought scrubs aren’t cutting it for you. NeedCrystals was kind enough to send me A POUND of crystals (that’s a lot, folks, these crystals are tiny yet powerful) and I used them to make my own, customized scrub right at home!

To make your own scrub, simply add one tablespoon of crystals to two tablespoons of your base substance of choice (aloe, cucumber gel, shea butter, jojoba oil, whatever you want!). Then, lather your new scrub on to your face, but be careful not to scrub too hard, otherwise, you can irritate your skin. The crystals work to rejuvenate your skin by stimulating cell growth and help correct redness and acne scarring as well. After gently massaging your face with the scrub for three minutes, wash it off with water.

The crystals are extremely fine; finer than grains of salt and finer than any typical scrub ingredient you would find in a drugstore.

I could feel the crystals on my face, but they felt smoother and gentler than a typical scrub. This is great if your skin normally feels too irritated by over-the-counter scrubs.

My skin felt AMAZINGLY soft after using this! I absolutely love how gentle and refreshing this felt on my face.

I personally feel so much better using this scrub that I made not only because it feels awesome and gets the job done, but because I know exactly what’s in it. Drugstore scrubs especially can be filled with chemicals and other substances that are unclear to the average consumer, but I used my NeedCrystals (which are composed of aluminum oxide) and my all-natural aloe vera which contains five very simple ingredients for a grand total of six ingredients. It’s important that we know what we’re putting on our skin and into our bodies each and every day.

Want to try this yourself? Here’s where you can purchase NeedCrystals and the other essential ingredients for your future face scrub:

●  NeedCrystals Microdermabrasion Crystals

Alcohol-free, all-natural Aloe Vera (this is the EXACT one I used for this post)

Shea Butter

Jojoba Oil

This post is sponsored by NeedCrystals. All opinions are my own.

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Hey, everyone! I’ve been rocking eyeshadow for quite some time (9 years to be exact) but even I still have trouble with applying it. It can get messy and time-consuming using brushes and getting that blend to be juuuust right. Luckily, there’s a fairly easy solution for those who want to look fly and spend minimal time. The answer? EYESHADOW STICKS.

That’s right, folks. Say goodbye to traditional brush-to-pot eyeshadow and say helloooo to these! I’ve said here before that I love stick products but I’ll say it again. I LOVE stick products.

I wanted you guys to know which sticks are the best, so I tested out three different brands and these are my honest opinions on each one. Each shadow is in a different price range (high, mid, and low).

SWATCHES (From left to right): Maybelline color tattoo concentrated crayon in Charcoal Chrome, Clinique chubby stick for eyes in Fuller FudgeBobbi Brown eyeshadow stick in Sand Dune.

BOBBI BROWN

I actually received the Bobbi Brown stick from the 500 point Sephora gift set (which is why it’s mini!) and I was so stoked. I’ve been wearing this shadow at least once a week since I got it. This stick retails for $30.

APPLICATION:

This eyeshadow is super easy to apply! It glides right onto skin with no hassle.

PIGMENTATION:

This eyeshadow isn’t bright or boldly colored, but even though it’s subdued, the pigmentation is pretty good. The color is nice and neutral and it’s totally appropriate for an everyday look.

STAYING POWER:

              

 When worn all day, this eyeshadow can get creasy, meaning the pigment will start to form creases on your eyelid where your eyelid naturally folds. This doesn’t happen each time I wear it, but definitely some of the time. I guess it just depends on the weather/humidity/time worn. Other than that, I really like it!

CLINIQUE

I chose this Clinique shadow because of its mid-range price point at $17. I reviewed their lip chubby once upon a time, and I was curious to see how the eye version would do.

APPLICATION:

This was not the easiest to apply. It took a lot of force to get the color to show up on my eyelid. Once I got the color to show up, it looked great, but this was harder to apply than the Bobbi Brown one.

PIGMENTATION:

The color is gorgeous, but again, it took a lot of effort to get the pigmentation just right. I went over my eyelid several times to reach the desired color.

STAYING POWER:

This eyeshadow looked exactly the same at the end of the day as it did at the beginning of the day. Small signs of creasing here and there but overall, it stayed on very well.

MAYBELLINE

I decided to buy this Maybelline stick because I’ve been looking for an alternative charcoal-colored shadow (my Urban Decay one isn’t cutting it for me anymore). I wanted something creamier and easier to apply. For this post, I also wanted to have a drugstore option in order to cover each price point. This stick is the cheapest, at $7.

APPLICATION:

While I had no trouble getting it to be pigmented, this shadow came out a little too strong. I had sharp lines in my crease and I tried blending it out with a brush, but that didn’t really work. Also, as I was finishing applying this shadow, the stick broke :(. It’s still usable, I just have to be really careful- but hey, this was the cheapest one on the list.

PIGMENTATION:

This shadow is highly pigmented. It’s a great lazy alternative to a smoky eye.

STAYING POWER:

              

This had great staying power, like the Clinique. When I did the swatches on my arm, this shadow was the hardest to scrub off!

FINAL THOUGHTS

While each stick had its pros and cons, overall, this is definitely a faster and cleaner way to apply eyeshadow. If you’re really in a hurry, I definitely recommend the Bobbi Brown or the Clinique. The Clinique was definitely the best value- it lasted the longest, didn’t crease, and has beautiful pigmentation. The Maybelline one is a good value, but it would probably look nicer in a lighter color than the charcoal I chose. The Bobbi Brown one is the quickest to apply but doesn’t last as long as the other two. I really enjoyed experimenting with these and I hope you guys like this post! I’d love to hear about other eyeshadow sticks you’ve tried; please leave comments below! 🙂