Face masks have become one of the biggest trends in skincare. I can’t lie and say that I haven’t fallen victim to this trend. Nothing is better than coming home from a long day of work, taking a shower, pouring some wine (preferably a sparkling white wine), and putting on one of my favorite drugstore face masks.
Any mask that makes my face feel hydrated and plump is usually my go to. However, when a pimple decides to invade my personal space I like to have a cleansing/detox mask on hand. 9 times out of 10 I get my face masks from the drugstore. It’s rare that I splurge on a face mask. I can’t seem to justify a one-time use product being that expensive. Especially when I know that I can find good masks at Target or Ulta. You don’t have to go to a department store and spend hundreds of dollars on facial masks.
Let’s continue my skincare series with my favorite drugstore skincare products. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost line is fantastic for dry, dull skin. As we get closer to the winter months, we all need products to keep our skin hydrated. The products I have tried from the line keeps my skin moisturized and gives my skin a healthy glow.
The line contains 33 products, including makeup, skin, and body products. I haven’t tried the body or the makeup products yet, but I plan to soon.
These are the Neutrogena Hydro Boost products that I’ve tried and absolutely love.
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Hydrating Cleansing Gel
My second face wash after using a cleansing oil to remove my makeup. It adds some moisture back to my face after washing everything away.
For my one-year anniversary, I decided to dd Antelope canyon and Horseshoe bend as one of our stops. These landmarks have been at the top of my American bucket list for a while. All the pictures I’ve seen didn’t do the canyon any justice compared to the actual feeling of being there. It was amazing and definitely a trip to remember forever.
It did take some advance planning to make it happen. I’ll walk you through my preparation and our actual trip.
We started planning our trip to Antelope canyon about 3 months in advance. I knew that we wanted to go in September because its out anniversary month. I knew that if we didn’t set our dates in stone it would be easier to find the most inexpensive option.
Booking Antelope Canyon Tickets
BOOK YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE. Tickets sell out weeks in advance, especially the early morning hours. We decided to book with Ken’s Tours. The 8am time that we wanted was already sold out when we tried to book our tickets. So, we decided to go with the 10 am tour.
Booking a Hotel Room
After looking through the limited hotels, we went with the La Quinta Inn. It was close by the landmarks and looked the best. I recommend staying at the La Quinta Inn. The room cost around $70 a night and was super clean, and they served complimentary breakfast.
We had two travel options from Houston, Tx. We could either fly into Phoenix, AZ and drive 4 hours. Or fly into Las Vegas and drive 4 hours. I decided to go with Phoenix, AZ because we’ve been to Las Vegas numerous times. We wanted to explore Phoenix and Scottsdale after leaving Page. I did choose to use points for our flights. It cost me around 8000 points for a one-way ticket for my husband and me.
The Actual Trip
We arrived in Phoenix airport and took the shuttle to the rental car location. The rental car associate told us that we needed a car with some power to get up the mountains/hills on the way to Page, Az. We decided to upgrade our vehicle from a compact to a mid-size. I’m glad that we did. It made the trip to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend a little more comfortable.
The journey to Page was breathtaking. It was peaceful with a few scary hill inclines (I have a terrible fear of my car flipping backward on a hill). At one point, we did reach about 12000 ft above sea level. The drive was one of the best parts of the entire trip. Some parts do become one lane roads, so give yourself enough time to accommodate for slower drivers.
We arrived just in time to check into our hotel and get to Ken’s Tours. After we checked in, we waited outside for our tour to line up. As we waited, we noticed a lot of people waiting in a standby line. I would not recommend counting on someone missing or arrive late for their tour. One lady said she had been waiting for 3 HOURS for a spot in the heat! Again, make sure to buy your tickets in advance.
The tour was terrific, and the tour guides are so friendly and knowledgeable. They showed us good locations to take pictures and also took pictures for us. I did wear long sleeves just because it was cooler in the canyon than outside. They only allow bottles of water and cameras/cellphones. Do not bring any bags because they will send you back to the car.
We went to Horseshoe bend right after leaving Antelope Canyon. We did not know what we were in for. Horseshoe bend is entirely free. I didn’t have to pay for parking or entry.
That is where my good experience stops. We arrived close to 3pm, and hot is an understatement for the weather outside that day. There is about a ½ mile walk to the canyon in the sand. So, choose your shoes wisely. Do not wear sandals or heels to get there.
There are multiple viewing points. You can get a perfect view of the bend from behind a railing. Or you can climb a few rocks to get a view from above. This is how people get the infamous picture of them sitting down with horseshoe bend behind them.
I opted for the railing, and I will tell you why. The amount of pushing and shoving to get the perfect picture was ridiculous. We are on the edge of a cliff, and I was shoved at least 5 times. The disregard for people’s safety just to obtain the perfect Instagram picture was astonishing. I got a good look a few times and left to take the dreaded 1/2 mile walk back to our car. The mile wouldn’t have been so bad if the sun wasn’t beaming down on us. Oh, and the trail is both up and downhill.
Overall the trip was terrific. I was able to check two things off my list of American destinations. Now all I have left is Seattle, and Niagara Falls!
Have you been to Antelope Canyon and/or Horseshoe Bend? How was your experience?
I’ve become a travel maniac. I love exploring new places and meeting new people. At the beginning of 2018, I qualified for the companion pass with Southwest. It allows my husband to travel with me for free for a year.
Southwest only has a few international destinations. They mainly travel to the Carribean and Mexico. After this realization, we decided that 2018 should be the year that we checked off our American destinations. During the year, we traveled to Chicago, Cleveland, Georgia, Las Vegas, Arizona, and Los Angeles. We still want to visit Seattle, Niagara Falls, and Lake Tahoe. We will put those travel destinations on hold until warmer weather.
I’ve recently started brainstorming my dream international travel destinations. We’ve decided that Paris and London will be our first international trip in 2019. I have had London on my bucket list since my Sophomore year in college. I remember opening my laptop typing London into trip advisory and seeing the cost and immediately closing my laptop. The cost of the trip immediately brought me back to reality. I hope to make this dream trip a reality very soon.
What are some of your favorite travel destinations? I’m always looking for new places to travel.
Am I the only one that has a love-hate relationship with makeup? I rarely wear makeup, but when I do, I want it to look as natural as possible. Sitting down for 2 hours doing my makeup routine is not what I consider fun. If I can’t complete my routine in 30 minutes or less, I’m not doing it. I’ll throw on my glasses and go.
After some trial and error, I finally found the perfect products for my “I don’t feel like putting on makeup, but I don’t want to look basic” makeup routine.
I didn’t include a lipstick in my routine because that’s the one product I switch up the most. I recently fell in love with ColourPop Cosmetics. They make good products at a low cost. 9 times out of 10 I end my routine with one of their liquid lipsticks. They last all day and feel comfortable on the lips.
I heard good things about the Korean Skincare Routine and how it helped others improve their skin. So, after reading many reviews and trying the products for almost a year now, I believe I’ve found the best skin care routine to fix my dry, dull skin care.
My Skin Journey
I’ve recently started having breakouts, dull, and dry skin. I immediately started panicking and trying every product that I could get my hands on. I was in Target so much that the Starbucks barista knew me by name. After no success, I finally decided to go to a dermatologist. He immediately diagnosed me with perioral dermatitis. He prescribed me antibiotic ointment and said I should notice a difference in a couple of days. I was so excited to have the answer to my skincare issues finally. I tried the creams and only used natural skin care products for nearly a year before realizing that nothing was changing. I decided that it was time to take my skin care seriously.
Here are my favorite skin care products and routine that changed my skin for the better.
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Step 1 Cleansing Oil: I stopped using makeup removing wipes once I realized they didn’t remove all my makeup. They also can become very expensive and leave my skin irritated. Cleansing oils remove everything. It also makes my skin feel soft.
My favorite cleansing oil is the Trader Joe’s face wash with tea tree oil. Tea tree oil also helps fight breakouts and clear them faster.
Step 2 Face Wash: The Tatcha Deep Cleanse Face Wash ensures that all makeup residue is removed. It leaves my skin feeling clean and amazingly soft. It also has little beads for gentle exfoliation.
Step 3 Exfoliator: I found out about Lotion P50 from a lot of skin care enthusiast. They swear by this product. Lotion P50 is life-changing. It does so much for the skin including exfoliating and balancing the pH.
Step 4 Toner: My choice of toner is the Thayers Witch Hazel Toner with Rose Petal. This toner has a light aroma of rose petals while calming any redness and irritation.
Step 5 Essence: The purpose of this essence is to insist the rest of your products in soaking into your skin. I use it to start my moisturizing process. The Pixi Rose Caviar Essence is my favorite and isn’t too expensive.
Step 7 Masks: Masks hold a special place in my heart. Again, I base my mask choice on the current state of my skin. I mainly use Neutrogena and Loreal.
Step 8 Eye Cream: If you suffer from dark under eyes, then I suggest you try the Tarte maracuja C-brighter eye treatment. Its super hydrating and makes my undereye appear brighter.
Step 9 Moisturizer: One of the most important steps to me is moisturizing, so I tend to splurge on them. The Lancôme Énergie de Vie the Smoothing & Plumping Water-Infused Cream is the best I’ve found. It’s not heavy on the skin. A little does go a long way.
Step 10 Sunscreen: Sunscreen is just as essential as any other skincare product. It probably the most important. It took me a while to find a sunscreen that didn’t leave a purple tint on my skin. After trying many different sunscreens, I finally found the Hawaiian Tropics face sunscreen and the Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel lotion.
*I am not a skincare professional nor a Dermatologist. Please consult a skin care professional before using any of these products.
What are your favorite products that you use for your skin care routine? Let me know in the comment.
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