CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

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Happy Monday Everyone!

Today I wanted to talk about a new skincare drugstore discovery that I stumbled upon. After my high-end eye cream ran out I stopped using a eye cream because I couldn’t make myself pay the $$ price that it cost. Recently I noticed that my under eyes were suffering and that my moisturizer wasn’t enough. I decided to go to my local drugstore and pick a eye cream up and give the drugstore skincare aisle a chance.

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In comes CeraVe a skincare line I knew nothing of, but after reading the back of all of the drugstore eye creams this seemed like it was worth a shot and so this came home with me. This retails at Walmart for less than $12.

Here is what it claims to do:

“designed not only to visibly reduce dark circles and puffiness, but also to help repair and restore the delicate skin barrier around your eyes- leaving you with brighter, smoother, healthier looking eyes.”

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 I have been using it for about a month now and I know it takes about three months to see any significant results, but I am beyond impressed by this drugstore gem. My under eyes are looking the best they have ever looked. They look hydrated and are very smooth which makes applying congealer a dream!

As you all know I have eczema and it primarily hits under my eyes and in the outer corners. I haven’t had any issues with sensitivity in that area and it has kept my eczema at bay.

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I can’t recommend this eye cream enough. It’s exactly what I have been looking for and my wallet is extremely happy.

What is your favorite eye cream? Have you ever tried any CeraVe products? 

Have a great day and I will see you on Wednesday!

-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

High-End Moisturizers – Face & Eyes

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This past month my skin has been going through a “rough” stage. My eczema was a bit crazy and my skin was so dry that I stayed away from mirrors because I would just see flaky skin, Yuck! For those thinking yes I did try a exfoliant, but you can only exfoliate so much until my face and my eczema hated me :(. With that little ramble out-of-the-way I come to this post. I decided that I would treat myself last month to some new skin care goodies at Sephora. I saved a few bucks and decided to look into high-end moisturizer for my face and my eyes. Here is what I picked up.

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I picked up this set of OLE HENRICKSEN products which can be see here . The ladies at my sephora really loved these products and said that they should be good to use on my skin. So far this is okay I am not super trilled, but I feel I need to use the products a while longer to be able to review them properly.

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The real reason I saved up money was for a proper moisturizer for my eyes. My under eyes are the ones my eczema attacks first and leaves that area looking really flaky and dull. One of the ladies that worked at Sephora spent 10 minutes explaining to me what this plasma does. It basically eats away dead skin and leaves a smooth canvas without harming the under eyes. The only downside is that you can only use this once a day and it’s only for the under eye area! You can check it out here .

Overall I think I am going to be sticking with my drugstore moisturizer, but I will be repurchasing the PERRICONE MD Blue Plasma Orbital since it has been doing a really good job with my under eyes.

Any drugstore recommendations you all like? Have you ever splurged on a high-end moisturizer?

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