Facial Product Favorites

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I’m a sucker for trying new products. Whether for hair, skin or nails–I always like to try new things. Along the way I’ve discovered some all-time favorites that work wonderfully for my skin.
My skin is a combination of dry and oily. Most of the dryness is around my nose and on my forehead. And the oily areas are mainly my chin and center of the forehead. 
So I aim for products for dry skin, and for acne-prone/oily skin.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Do you like my tray? I got it at Target. And one side was slightly bent so they gave me 5% off. I know. . .MAJOR discount. But I took it. 

Olay Regenerist Serum. I sort of forgot about how great this product is. I stopped using it for a few weeks and replaced it with my Hope In a Jar Moisturizer during the day. However, I discovered that the Regenerist serum is great for daytime and I like Hope in a Jar for nighttime.
This revolutionary product changed the way my under eye concealer goes on. And stays on. I can’t say enough great things about it. 

Hope in a Jar (for dry skin) is a great, deep moisturizer. It’s slightly heavy, but not too thick. Definitely great for dry skin. I also like the regular Hope in a Jar.

This is a semi-new product for me as I have been trying to battle breakouts on my chin. It’s worked really well to fight off blemishes! 

Truly a non-greasy eye cream. And I love that it has SPF since the skin around the eye is so delicate! 

If I had to choose only 1 of these products to take with me to a deserted island, it would be the Sephora Wrinkle Filler. I mean, I can’t get over how great the product is. It could also, maybe, be used as a concentrated “primer” around your nose–where makeup may settle into creases.


  1. says

    I’m also a big fan of the Oil of Olay Regenerist serum! However, I prefer the Serum with SPF 15 for extra protection. I’m going to have to try the Sephora wrinkle filler. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

  2. Céline says

    Hello Kate!
    I presente me : my name is Céline and I lived in France.
    I discovered your blog by chance while I looked for hairstyles. I just wanted to say to you that I like what you make, your hairstyles are magnificent and you are very beautiful! I am going to read your blog and I hope that you will excuse me for my English which is average! I send you kisses from France!

  3. says

    I love your blog and your sister’s too! The wrinkle filler is amazing! Sephora only had one left so the word is out. I look forward to your next tutorial.

  4. says

    I’ve wanted to try Hope In a Jar, but I have lots of breakouts and am afraid it’ll break me out. Get it? lol. I need to use a moisturizer because I’m, gasp!39!

  5. says

    Ha! I’m a Philosophy addict too! I have always had problems with dry skin (especially during the winters, even here in NC!) and the hope in a jar has been the only thing that works without making the rest of my face too greasy!

    (also, I voted for your nail polish color! It truly was my favorite out of the 12!!)

  6. says

    I really like the Hope in a Jar too. However, I have had some dry spots in the winter. A salesperson at Clinque told me that it was not a good moisturizer!! Maybe I need to dry the dry version??

  7. says

    I really like the Hope in a Jar too. However, I have had some dry spots in the winter. A salesperson at Clinque told me that it was not a good moisturizer!! Maybe I need to dry the dry version??

  8. Anonymous says

    How much does the Purity facial cleanser generally cost? I use a lot of cleanser and am thinking about switching types but don’t want to be paying a bookoodale amount every time :) I know it is a fav of yours!!

  9. says

    I just recently purchased the Purity facial cleanser, hoping that it will help me with my brake outs, but I think it might not be good my skin. I believe it made my breakouts worst. I may have to try something else. I am interested in trying out the Oil of Olay Regenerist serum. Will look for it next time I go shopping. Thanks for the post.

  10. Anonymous says

    Funny, I just bought purity, philosophy’s exfoliater and hope in a jar yesterday. Because of your post on birchbox and I have the same skin type as you. I received Origins checks and balances in my birchbox last month but it’s a little too steep for me to buy the full products,, although I loved it! Your blog is great btw and it’s a nice break from children in my day!

  11. says

    I share so many of those faves.

    Have you tried the Microdelivery face wash from philsophy? That’s my morning cleanser with the purity at night – gracious that stuff just melts off makeup.

  12. says

    In highschool I got a sample of the olay regenerist serum & it lasted me FOREVER! I loved it & I recently tried it again because my face gets shiny by the end of the day…. and I totally forgot how awesome it was! And the tiny bottle goes such a long way!

  13. says

    I just bought that exact same tray two weeks ago at Target. I was looking for something pretty to place on the dresser for my husband to put his things in at the end of the day. You know…watch, wedding band, billfold, etc. I love it! I did place 3 little pads on the bottom of it to be sure it doesn’t scratch the dresser. I am definitely going to purchase the Sephora wrinkle filler. Thanks for the tip!

  14. Anonymous says

    I have the same problem with breakouts on my chin but I have really dry skin. Do you feel like the “On a Clear Day” dries your skin out at all? My skin has changed so much since I turned 30 and I can’t seem to find the right combination of products.

  15. says

    Hi Kate! Can you tell us more about Olay Regenerist Serum? I’ve never tried it. What do you love about it?

    I recently fell madly in love with a new daily moisturizer with SPF. I’ve had SO MUCH TROUBLE finding one I like! They’re either greasy or smelly, some sting(!), and another made me break out(!!). So right now I’m using one by Devita. It’s AMAZING. It’s rated CRAZY HIGH as far as sun protection and safety for use (not too many scary chemicals), and it feels like heaven on my skin. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Q8R7KW/ref=oh_o02_s00_i00_details


  16. says

    Thanks for posting your line up! I’m a sucker for a THICK face cream and did not know Hope in a Jar had a dry skin version. Will be hunting that down this weekend, plus the Sephora eye stuff.

  17. says

    Live your blog! Question though….I just bought the Sephora wrinkle filler, and just tried this morning. Do you wait before covering with concealer? I didn’t, and I am wondering if that is why I didn’t notice a difference with it. Thanks for all your info!

  18. says

    i love your blog. Great stuff.

    I have to suggest you try Argan Cleansing Oil by Josie Maran. I promise I have no ties to the company. In December Sephora had a sale on the Josie Maran products and I bought the cleansing oil and the 100% argan oil that can be used as lotion. I am some what of a product whore. I have to say argan oil has totally changed both my skin, and my ideas of what you need to clean your face. Just by washing my face with oil (I know it sounds crazy) I have had to wash my hair a quarter to half as much as I had to. My hair stylist evem noticed a difference in the texture of my hair. Washing in general is cut in half. The best part is my skin is so smooth and radiant. Previously I was someone who exfoliated, washed, and used eye cream daily. And with all of that care never had the skin I really wanted. I now swear by this stuff! Its not the cheapest initially, but you also use soo little that in the long run its not expensive.

    The best part is, my life feels simplified. If I go on a trip I don’t have to lug around all this product. Just 2 small bottles.

    ALSO I haven’t tried the Moroccanoil Hair care line yet. This is only in regards to Josie Maran skin care products.

  19. Anonymous says

    Your blogs are awesome. My go to product for zits is Mario Badescu’s Drying lotion. This is the best pimple buster I have ever tried. I get results overnight. I am never without it. Hoping they make a travel size soon.

  20. says

    I see two eye creams here. How do you use each one? There’s the wrinkle filler that you would use in the morning before putting on makeup, but then there’s the mark eye cream with spf. Do you also use that in the day, or at night? Is the wrinkle filler only for the under eye area?

  21. Anonymous says

    I have the same skin issues and discovered Serious Skincare on HSN with Glycolic acid…it is wonderful. You will want to work your way up to using it everyday. I’ve been using it for about a year and Love it!!
    PS I really have enjoyed all your tutorials!!
    Thank you–

  22. Anonymous says

    Wrinkle filler from sephora has been discontinued!! Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks.

  23. Anonymous says

    I like your metal tray.
    Please tell me what section of Target would i find it.
    Thanx in advance

  24. says

    You have beautiful skin and I I would love for you to try the Rodan and Fields Skincare products and blog about them. These are the Proactive Dr.’s and what they did for acne they are now doing for aging skin (and we are all aging)! And, there is a 60 day money-back-guarantee, so you have nothing to lose.
    I just had to take a leap of faith here and share, cuz if I don’t, someone else will and besides, you’d be a great fit!
    You can join one of two ways: as a customer and get on the journey of the best skin of your life! Or as a consultant who gets the best discount on the product, but also earns income as you become part of our fun and fast growing team, while helping others.
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    Smiles :)
    Michelle Willoughby

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