Skincare including cream cleanser, castor oil for eyelash growth and more

angiehotandflashyScreenshot from Hot and Flashy on Youtube
My skin broke out late last week and I’m pretty sure it’s due to the Vitamin C serum by Tree of Life. I’m sorry for hyping it so much! I really loved how it made my skin feel and look and bought it as a gift for several people. I’ve stopped using it on my face for now, I’m just using it on my hands, but will work it back in again occasionally. My mom loves the ice roller! She says it works great for hot flashes, she uses it on her neck.

I’ve been watching a skincare channel called Hot and Flashy on Youtube. Angie is 55 and looks amazing and not plastic. You can tell she’s done something, but it looks as natural as possible. I like how honest she is and how much research she does. She has done Botox and Fraxel laser treatment, along with trying Ultherapy and Thermage. She also has before and after photos and videos for everything! Her verdict is that Fraxel and prescription retinol have made the biggest difference in her skin and hooded eyelids. (I think it’s the Botox mostly, but she says she only gets it in the middle of her eyes and forehead. She loves Retin-A and has advice for working it in gradually.). She says Ultherapy and Thermage are not worth the cost. She loves the NuFace device, which I have and use, and recommends it. (Note: I got a NuFace Trinity refurbished on eBay.)

I’m including some skincare because I’m still trying to nail that. Some of it is based on this video from Hot and Flashy of her anti-aging skincare routine. It’s crazy involved! She uses three serums in the morning alone. Unfortunately a lot of the skincare products on Amazon can be counterfeit. Not all are, some have their own brand pages are are direct from the manufacturer. (Highly rated natural skincare brands with their own brand pages include Eva Naturals, Cosmedica, Eve Hanson and Tree of Life.) I’ve looked out for that and am not including many for that reason. You should buy products from The Ordinary direct from their site. (I know I’ve recommended them before, I’m still learning.)

I tried lip plumping gloss and really like it
Remember our lip plumping gloss post from last week? I bought the Melani Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Plumper in champagne as an impulse buy at CVS. (I have to stop just going there for one thing.) I really like it and it sort-of works. It makes my lips look a little bigger plus it’s a great gloss.

A gentle cream cleanser with jojoba, green tea and orchid extract
This cream cleanser by Mad Hippie has 50 ratings, 4.3 stars and an A from Fakespot. Reviewers call it “lovely,” “very moisturizing” and say “my skin gets clean but stays soft.” Angie of Hot and Flashy uses this as the second step in a multi-step cleansing process. She alternates this with Cerave hydrating and LaRoche Posay Hydrating Gentle Cleanser, which are similar products.

A camomile-based cleansing butter to gently remove makeup
I’m putting this second, even though it’s the first step in removing makeup at the end of the day. I still just wash my face with a gel-based wash, but I’m thinking I should be doing a cream cleanser in a two step process. Angie uses Clinique Take The Day Off Balm, but that’s $30. I found a thread on Reddit which recommended The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter as an affordable dupe. Reviews say that it’s great at removing makeup, that it smells good, and that it doesn’t clog pores. One reviewer says “I have pretty oily skin and some acne trouble but this doesn’t cause me to break out or feel extra oily or anything.” This has 4.6 stars, 133 ratings and an D from Fakespot. I’m including it because all the products I checked in this category had Ds. Redditors say that Ponds Cold Cream can be a decent substitute for this first step, but that it doesn’t wash off as cleanly.

An eyelash and eyebrow-growing serum which actually works
We featured this eyelash serum a few months ago and it was a bestseller. I just bought it for myself finally. This has an F from Fakespot. I didn’t check that before I bought it! One reviewer explains the reason. “You do get a free bottle of this stuff if you give it a 5 star review. BUT, it actually does work. The pictures that people have posted on here aren’t totally realistic, I didn’t see that crazy change over 2 weeks or whatever, but I did notice that my lashes grew. While there wasn’t a wow! change, I had a small section on my lash line that was totally lash-less, and I completely saw new lashes starting to grow there.” This has 4.4 stars and 15,000 ratings. Fakespot considers a lot of them fake due to the free product offer, however the photos are convincing to me and I splurged on it.

Organic castor oil for eyelash and eyebrow growth
Now that I’m seeing the reviews for this 100% pure castor oil I want to try this for eyelash growth instead. It’s just $12.95 for an ounce of product. Women say they see results in just one week of use. This has 399 ratings, 4.5 stars and a B from Fakespot. Women say “my eyelashes have grown significantly. It’s amazing!” that “my eyelashes are definitely growing” and a few say they “can already see a difference in my lashes” after just one week.

A mineral-based sunscreen with hyaluronic acid
I’m featuring this sunscreen again as I need a more gentle sunscreen for everyday use. This sunscreen by Elta MD has almost 1,300 reviews, 4.4 stars and a B from Fakespot. People call it “so worth it” say it doesn’t bother their sensitive skin, and that it “leaves my skin feeling soft and non greasy.” There’s also a tinted version for days when you don’t wear foundation.

A simple and affordable lamp with a USB port
Kaiser asked me for a task lamp that was ambient lighting and not harsh. This under $30 lamp is marketed as for bedside use but it would also work well in an office or living room. It has 4.4 stars, 81 ratings and an A from Fakespot. It also has a little USB port for charging your devices, which is so convenient. Buyers write that it’s a “great value,” a “wonderful lamp” and has “just the right amount of light.”

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  1. Becks1 says:

    Oh sorry the Vitamin C serum didn’t work for you! I love it, but I did work it in gradually (not as gradually as I did with the retinol serum, but still slowly.)

    • Celebitchy says:

      It probably works great, I just used it every day and my skin broke out so badly from it. That’s the only thing I changed so I had to stop it.

      • Claudia says:

        @celebitchy does the NuFace device have any permanent results/benefit?

        I do always read it improves facial sagging alot, but that the improvement is temporary. Basically only as long as you keep consistently using it. So if I quit using it for a week, I may retain some of the tightness but if I quit for a month, it would go away.

        What has your experience been? (1) drastic difference that’s worth the price or just moderate difference? (2) do you feel like it’s a long lasting improvement?

      • Celebitchy says:

        Hi Claudia so I think it is temporary but I did notice that those deep smile lines around my mouth aren’t as pronounced as they have been before. It was worth the eBay price to me, which was around $200. Seriously get a refurbished Trinity (two minis have crapped out on me) from eBay from a reputable seller and it’s so much cheaper.

    • tealily says:

      I’ve been using it almost a week and I’ve been breaking out too, but I was hoping it was just an adjustment period while my skin gets used to it. Sorry to hear this. Do let us know if you find a nice alternative.

      @Becks1 how did you go about adding it slowly? Did you use it once every few days or what? I jumped right in to once a day. I had been using a different vitamin c serum so I didn’t think it would be a big deal, but I guess it is. I’m going to give it a couple of weeks and see if I adjust, but then I’m going to start looking for something else.

  2. LadyMTL says:

    I bought a lash and brow serum from Sephora a few weeks ago (Shiseido brand), mainly to use on my brows; I have a patch in my right one that’s getting more and more bare, plus the tail of my left brow is slowly shrinking. I wish I had thought to check for castor oil first because it a LOT cheaper, but it never even crossed my mind. I guess once I run out I’ll try the oil instead, yay for recommendations!

  3. manda says:

    I literally just received the tree of life vitamin c serum last week, after not ordering and not ordering for so long. How funny! I will use like every other day, or whenever I wash in the morning. I’m actually horrible with washing my face in the morning. I don’t usually do it until I go to bed, which is when I use my retinol. As I’ve gotten into my 40’s, I feel dryer overall, which makes me want to not shower, and I think that my tolerance for being a mess has also risen, like, a lot

    Thanks for the Youtube rec! I feel all the selection on youtube is very overwhelming

  4. OriginalLala says:

    the body Shop Chamomile cleansing butter is my go-to! I LOVE it for a first cleanse, or as an only cleanse if I’m not wearing makeup

  5. chlo says:

    Anyone have any recommendations for vacuum storage bags? The kind where you use a vacuum to remove air, and a big comforter becomes much more manageable to store?

  6. Jessica says:

    As an alternative to mineral sunscreen, I have been using Purito Centella Green:

    It absorbs into the skin really smoothly. I had been using the tinted Australian Gold (which Angie also recommends and is cheaper than the EltaMD), but it had a bit too much of a drying effect on me.

    I heard about Purito from Rio Viera-Newton of The Strategist. It is through her I’ve gone even further down the rabbit hole of skincare (at 46) to cruelty free Korean skincare. Other brands to check out are Cosrx and Klairs.

    Have fun on your quest!

    • Nocturne says:

      The Purito sunscreen is great! I have very sensitive skin and this gave me no reaction which is a miracle in itself. Just make sure it’s the unscented one. They also do a physical sunscreen – Purito comfy water sunblock which is nice too. Again, just make sure you get the essential oil free version (I’ve only seen it at yesstyle)

  7. Kathryn Slocum says:

    I love Angie. She was one of the first of the now many people who post YouTube videos that are part of the “mature” beauty community. Meaning skin care/beauty/makeup for those over 40. But like you said, her skincare regime is a million steps – too much for me. My budget conscious am routine includes 2 Ordinary serums (buffet & niacinamide) then the CeraVe daytime moisturizer with SPF30. In the PM I do Timeless Vitamin C serum (an Angie recommendation) and then prescription Retin A topped off by a moisturizer. Castor oil didn’t work for my eyelashes/eyebrows. Instead I use a generic Latisse called Careprost. I purchase it from a sketchy-looking but never-had-a-problem-with pharma websites based in India, all day chemist. You can get retin A there too for very cheap.

  8. Adrien says:

    I follow Angge’s improvements. She wasn’t even 50 when she started her blog and she looks better and more youthful now at 55.

  9. megan says:

    I love Angie’s videos – so much good information! But I’m too lazy to follow all the steps. I like her nutrition and fitness advice also.

    I’ve heard the Ponds cleansing balm is really good – I’m going to try it when my Beautycounter runs out. Thank you for the lash serum suggestions – I need to do something about my skimpy lashes.

  10. Emmet says:

    @CB – loving all these recommendations!!
    Keep them coming!

    Lately I’m so into brow gel (e.l.f. or Ulta) and No. 7 color drops I can add to moisturizer or sunscreen.

  11. JustSayin' says:

    So many things I want to try on this list! The mad hippie cream cleanser being one and the sunscreen! I’m so lazy with sunscreen.

  12. Anners says:

    Can you keep us posted on the lash serum results? I’d really like to try something, but I’m a little skeptical and don’t want to shell out for something that doesn’t work at all.

  13. Truthiness says:

    I enjoy Hot & Flashy, allow me to add Monique Parent for mature makeup instruction, hair, attitude & skin advice, telling you what works for her. She is not devoted 100% to product reviews, she is a 50 year old model/actress who still works -she is in Kathy Perry’s Small Talk video recently – and she is a model who decided to embrace her gray and rock her age. She does a lot of “Get Ready With Me” videos. You see her with zero makeup looking average and by the end she really is camera ready. She covers microblading, some minor fillers, and technique. She tells stories more than she shills and she is not sponsored.