My January Favorites – 2015

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Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I can’t believe January is coming to a close so soon?! Where did this month go? For todays post I am going to share with you all what I have been loving this month. I have found some new favorite products and some that I have given a second chance. I feel like I have a good mix of things that really caught my eye this month.

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Let’s start off with an oldie that I had sort of forgotten I owned and have been using religiously these past 31 days. It’s the e.l.f Acne Fighting Foundation. This stuff has the most insane coverage and glides on so smoothly over my skin. I am glad I rediscovered this product.

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The next product is a new perfume. I normally only buy/try new perfumes out when I have run out of a current favorite. I ran out of my Coach Poppy and I procrastinated a few weeks on getting another one. I randomly saw this at TJ Maxx and picked it up and decided to give a try. This is a very Rosie scent and it last longer than I was expecting.

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The next product is one that I cannot stop using. It has impressed me with its versatility and pigmentation. It is the e.l.f. Blush Palette in dark. This palette is one of my most reached for products currently because it is so easy to pick a blush that matches all of my looks. You really can’t beat this palette for $6.

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I have three lip favorites and they are all pretty neutral in terms of color. The first one is the NYX butter gloss in Tiramisu. This color is one that I don’t have to think about. The next one is Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer in Celestial. This is a bit more pink than the NYX butter gloss but still super wearable for every day. The last lip product is a but more bold. I did a blog post on it and you can check it out here. It is the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Colour Rush Long Lasting Intense Colour Balm in Viva Violet.

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The next favorite is a brush which I picked up earlier this month. I also made a blog post on this brush and you can read more about it here. It is the realTechniques Sculpting Brush and it is one of my favorite brushes.

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This month my lips have suffered from sever drying and they have been getting chapped all month-long. There is only one product I swear by to help my lips heal and it is the Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. This stuff is sent from the lip gods I tell you!

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Lat but not least is a face mask that I have been meaning to try and I finally found it at TJ Maxx. It is the Hollywood, California Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment. This stuff is amazing it doesn’t break me out and it helps my skin get rid off all the excess oil and junk that is left behind. This mask might be my all time favorite discovery.

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What were your favorite products this month? Any you would recommend? 

Have a great Weekend and get ready for V-day post starting this Friday and in February.

See you all on Friday for a special sweet treat post.

-M

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My Skincare Routine.

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Happy Monday Everyone!

First off my apologizes for not posting last Friday. I was not feeling very well and decided to take a rest day in hopes that I felt better for the weekend. For today’s post I wanted to share with you all my skincare routine. Now before I begin I want to say that i am no skin expert and I don’t think I ever will be. These are just the things that work best for my skin at the moment.

You will find that I  have a very heavy percentage of drugstore products and very little high-end products. I have tried my fair share of high-end gems and I honestly feel that the drugstore products I am featuring do the same thing as those high-end gems. Let’s talk a little bit about my skin before I go through what I am using. I have a acne and eczema prone skin, and I have an oily complexion as well. Whelp doesn’t that sound just lovely and a handful?! If you said YES, you are correct I have struggled to find a nice balance for my skin and especially when it comes to my skincare routine.

These are the things that seem to work for me right now and I’m hopefully this helps a few of you on this skincare journey we are all on.

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Equate Beauty Exfoliating Wet Cleansing Towelettes

When it comes to removing my makeup I like to make sure my skin is as clean and free of makeup as possible. I use these makeup removers in combinations with the Garnier Clean Nourishing cleansing Oil for a really clean face I can feel. I use to buy the brand makeup removers, but realized that these do the same thing as the more expensive named brands.

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Garnier Clean Nourishing cleansing Oil & Oil- Free Acne Wash 

I have been using this oil for about 5 months now and I can honestly say that my skin feels so much happier and my makeup comes off very easily. Don’t let the Dry Skin sign fool you this does wonders for any skin type.

A few months ago I started to use the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash and remember why I enjoyed it when I was in high school. This face wash has little micro-beds that give my face a very clean feeling. Let’s not forget the true reason why I am using this, salicylic acid for those pimples I can’t get rid of.

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Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque & KIKO Purifying Mask

When my skin is going crazy I like to use one of these two masks and recently I have been using them more and more. Both of these masks have a unique texture that I love. The Queen Helene is a tingling, fresh scent type of mask. The KIKO is a very grainy, calm type of mask. They both leave my face feeling great and refreshed.

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Boots expert sensitive gentle refreshing toner & Clinique even better clinical dark spot corrector

When it comes to toner I am not the type to stick with one toner my whole life, but with this one I feel like I might consider that commitment. This is a very refreshing, gentle and mild toner that does not irritate my face and it can be used every single day without worrying about drying your skin.

I have recently added this dark spot corrector serum to my regimen. I will link to the review I did on this here, because I absolutely love this.

What are your skincare must haves? Any you would recommend me?

Have a great start to your week!

See you on Wednesday!

-M

Review: Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

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I feel like this blog post has been 2 months in the making and I’m really happy to bring you this review! You’re probably sick of all of these reviews, but I bring you yet another one. This go around I am trying out the Clinique dark spot corrector. You can find this in any clinique counter, sephora, ulta only has the version for men.

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It is no surprise to anyone that I have had a hard time with my acne. I have been trying to get rid of those pesky spots for a couple of years now. With acne you get scarring, lets just say that I am not the best at NOT popping my zits. I know I know bad habit but trust me I didn’t know better a few years ago. I try to not pop any of my pimples now, but the damage was done and I have scarring that is left from many years of popping my pimples.

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*pardon the chipped nail I took this picture before repainting my nails*

As you all know my face is not perfect I have been able to master the art of covering all of these spots on a day-to-day basis. I was in desperate need of a product that can help me get of rid of some of these scars. I decided to try out this serum and see what happens. The pictures below were taken before I began applying this to my face. I wanted you all to see what this product exactly does to my face.

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* the red spot you see at the end of my jaw is my eczema :(*
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As you can see after a 2 month use ( I used up the whole bottle) of this product I have loved how my skin looks. In the before pictures I still had a few active break out. I was able to finally control my acne, and now with the help of this Clinical Dark Spot Corrector I am not ashamed of not wearing make up. I still have a few spots that the product didn’t erase, but currently I am okay with how my skin look. I am sure if I bought another bottle I would be able to get rid of those smaller dark spots, but for now I am super happy with the results.

I have compiled a few tips so you can see better results:
-Use SPF everyday on your face. DO NOT skip this because you will not see results this fast.
-Drink plenty of water. It will help your skin rejuvenate and help the dark spot corrector do it’s job.
-Don’t touch your face. Try and keep your hands away from your face to avoid clogging your pores.
-Apply only in the areas you need this. I did one pump x2 a day (morning and night).

With this in mind I cannot guarantee the same results I had. Everyone’s skin is different and the only way to figure out if this could work for you is by trying. Sephora has a great return policy if you don’t like the product.

Have you ever tried this before? Do you suffer from acne and scarring? What has worked for you?

-M

Review: e.l.f Acne Fighting Foundation- Day 10

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Lately I have been all about using products to help fight my acne. I have revisited my dermatologist and I’m on three different types medication to help eliminate my acne. I try and be as gentle with my skin as possible and my acne has been very persistant. I have very sensitive/ oily skin and I get eczema spots all around my eye lids, cheeks and neck. With that being out in the open take this review with a grain of salt. This is my own experience with the product and my own thoughts.

(I have been having a pretty good time with my skin, a few less breakouts, but more dry spots from the acne medication I’ve been using aka a normal thing when you have eczema)

Let’s start off with what the website states about this foundation.

This lightweight acne fighting foundation works to disguise redness, blemishes and uneven skintone. The flawless coverage foundation formula is infused with acne fighting key ingredients Salicylic Acid (0.5%), Witch Hazel, Camphor, Tea Tree and soothing Aloe, to help prevent and treat acne blemishes.

This retails for $6 on the eyeslipsface website.
SIZE 1.0 fl oz. (30mL)
Total Shades- 6
My current Shade: Buff

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Let’s start off by talking about the packaging. The bottle is very sleek with a black screw off lid. You dispense the product by squeezing it out. I absolutely love the bottle it makes it for the most sanitary dispense possible. I can see myself putting the bottle upside down trying to get the last little bit of product out.

The foundation it’s self has great coverage! It is easily comparable to my revlon Color stay in the pigmentation. I applied it with my beautyblender and it performed just as good as my colorstay which is a first for me. I normally have bad luck with any other foundations that aren’t my Revlon Colorstay.

Here are a couple of things I did not particularly enjoy about this foundation. First off the color stay of this product seems to disappear the longer you wear it. If you tend to touch your face (whoops!) or blow your nose the product will disappear on you. I would say I have about 65% of my foundation at the end of the night. Keep in mind I did set it with powder at the beginning of the day. The second thing is that it tends to cling onto dry patches. Through out the day I found that this foundation excentuated more and more of my dry areas. Nothing too bad from a far but up close you could tell I was wearing foundation.

If you have oily skin this foundation will allow shine to pass through within a few hours, but that happens with most foundations I have tried even with the Revlon Colorstay foundation in oily to combo skin. If you have red active blemishes you will still need a concelar.

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This is my skin completely bare no touch ups!

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This is my skin after one layer of the foundation, no concealer.

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& This was my finished look without a setting powder.

Overall I would say that for $6 it’s not a complete waste of money. Maybe once my skin becomes a bit healthier, I will be able to get a different result while using this foundation. I would give this foundation a 6.5/10. Keep in mind that my revlon color stay only gets a 8/10 so it’s a pretty good contender in my book.

Have a great Thursday!
See you all Tomorrow.
-M

Review: Clarisonic

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Today I am going to share my experience on using the Clarisonic brush. I debated a really long time if I wanted to write this not because I had dislike it, but because after a year a few month of use it has become so much part of my routine I thought it would be silly to review something that EVERYONE talks about! I hope this helps anyone that may have similar skin type as my own.

First off let me tell you a bit about my skin type: I am acne prone and I have oily skin. On top of that two years ago I was diagnosed with Eczema on my face. Combine all of these three issues and you get a very sensitive, fragile skin type that reacts to any little thing that it is subjected to.

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I used my Clarisonic twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. I worked my way up to twice a day. I started with once a day for about a month to ensure that my face would get use to the brush. Since I have sensitive skin I try to stick with products that won’t irritate my skin. I use the Biore cleanser and it took me a while to get use to it but now my skin loves it. I don’t have any eczema break outs or irritations from it.

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At night I use something a bit less harsh. I try to avoid any product that focuses on acne because I have out that with the motion of the brush my skin can sometimes get irritated especially when I stress out. I am currently trying to use up this Up & Up Daily Scrub Brightening cleanser from target. Believe it or not this is a very soft scrub that doesn’t irritate my face.

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One of my favorite things that I love about the clarisonic is that it lather up and leaves my skin super soft and clean. I love that I can actually tell the difference from when I use it and the few but unavoidable lazy days when I don’t.

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Overall this is a great but expensive tool that help clean your face. It will diminish you acne quite a bit but it is not going to get rid of all of it. If you have stubborn acne like I do it will allow you to have fewer break outs. I will caution you that the first weeks your skin will be super sensitive and will not like you very much. One last thing that is very important and that was a strong factor in getting this product is that you can use any cleanser that you want on the brush head. No need to go out and buy a high-end cleanser, just use whatever works for you!

This is a pricey investment but I have found it worth it at the end of the day! I should also mention that you are told to replace you brush head every 3 months. You can buy replacement brush heads for $25. So before you actually take the plunge keep that in mind as well :).

Do you own a clarisonic? What is your experience like with it?
Anyone else suffer from eczema on their face?

Have a great weekend!

-M