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Month: July 2016

You should use be using retinol and chemical exfoliants

What is retinol? Retinol is a form of vitamin A that is beneficial for skin.  Vitamin A helps plump wrinkles, gets rid of dark spots, reduces oil production, improves collagen production, and stimulates cell turnover for a more youthful appearance.  It can also be really helpful for getting rid of acne and breakouts.  It’s a really excellent ingredient for anti-aging and acne. Vitamin…

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Human & Kind Day & Night Cream Review

Human & Kind Day & Night Cream is a pretty good, basic moisturizer that can be used during the day, or at night (…obviously).  It’s a fairly thick textured cream, but it spreads nicely and leaves skin looking healthy.  It hydrates well and contains a selection of good natural ingredients. The third ingredient is Centella Asiatica extract, or gotu kola extract.  This…

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick Review

This stick foundation has completely converted me to stick foundation.  I love it so much.  Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation stick looks like real skin with a very natural finish.  It’s creamy and blendable without being greasy.  It layers well over various types of skincare products.  It comes in a really excellent range of shades.  It hasn’t caused any kind of…

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Vasanti BrightenUp! Exfoliating Cleanser Review

I have struggled with finding a good exfoliating cleanser in the past.  Either they’re too harsh, or there aren’t enough exfoliating particles, or the particles are too big, or it was loaded with perfume…  I was starting to feel like goldilocks, nothing was just right.  Then I received Vasanti BrightenUp! Exfoliating Cleanser in my ipsy glam bag a couple months ago.…

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Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist Review

Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist is a great toner-type product for use after cleansing.  It’s definitely one of the most hydrating mists I’ve come across.  If you’re looking for an astringent toner then this is not for you.  But most people (well, all people) shouldn’t be using  alcohol-based astringent toners anyway.  Even a gentle cleanser can be a bit drying, so regardless…

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There are lots of bad toner options out there, choose wisely

What to look for in a toner Good toner can be incredibly difficult to find.  The skincare market is really lacking in well formulated toners that are good for skin.  Furthermore, there are nearly no good options if you are looking for a product to help with oily skin and breakouts.  Almost every single toning product marketed toward oily, breakout…

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How to take care of your oily skin

What is oily skin? (Sometimes) Oily skin is just dehydrated Your skin produces oils designed to keep it healthy and hydrated.  But sometimes it produces not enough (dry skin) or too much (oily skin).  You can also have certain areas that over-produce oil while other under-produce oil (combo skin, usually an oily T-zone and dry cheeks).  This excess oil can be…

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Darphin Anti-Fatigue Smoothing Eye Gel Review

Darphin Anti-Fatigue Smoothing Eye Gel is a hydrating, light textured gel cream for your under eye and eyelid skin.  It soaks in nicely, leaving no residue and sits very well under makeup with no pilling or balling.  It has 95% natural ingredients, with an assortment of natural oils and extracts to nourish fragile eye skin.  In particular, caffeine helps to…

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Review of Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil is one of those products that is so popular on the internet I was just biding my time until I could get my hands on a generously sized sample (thank you Sephora deluxe sample coupon codes).  I was so excited to try it.  But I also put it off for a long time since…

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