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Empties – December 2016: My Final Thoughts on Stuff I’ve Finished

Something I’ve been meaning to do ever since starting this blog is give my final thoughts about products once I finish using them up.  I started the blog in May 2016, and I’ve been saving my empties ever since.  Originally, I planned to do this every few months, but I’ve been procrastinating…so this is going to be a long post.…

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Theory Skincare 5% Glycolic Acid Toner Review

If you like your exfoliants in liquid form, then Theory Skincare 5% Glycolic Acid Toner is a good option for you.  I prefer to use liquid exfoliants, and this 5% glycolic acid toner works really well.  It is formulated without any synthetic fragrances or alcohol.  There are also a lot of botanical extracts that are good for your skin, like…

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We need to talk about new skincare brand The Ordinary

I recently discovered DECIEM laboratories, a Canadian company that makes several skincare and haircare brands including Hylamide and NIOD, and now they have introduced new skincare brand The Ordinary.  All the DECIEM lines are based on cutting edge technology and science to create effective, reasonably priced skincare products.  DECIEM’s skincare lines are also cruelty-free, vegan, and fragrance-free. The Hylamide line has…

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Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleanser Review

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleanser is an effective deep cleanser with slight foaming action (and it’s black!).  It’s great for evening to make sure you effectively wash the day off.  However, I would shy away from using it twice a day since it can be a bit harsh and drying for sensitive skin. The Irish Moor Mud and…

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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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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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Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories Multi-Action Penta Peel Review

I was so excited to try the Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories Multi-Action Penta Peel after the success I had with the 10% Glycolic Acid Pads from the same brand (you can find that review HERE).  I figured that if the glycolic acid peel was good, then the peel containing not one, but five acids would be so great.  Boy was I…

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Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories 10% Glycolic Acid Pads Review

Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories 10% Glycolic Acid Pads are a fantastic chemical exfoliation product.  The product comes in a screw top container with 50 pads pre-soaked in the 10% glycolic acid solution.  One pad is plenty of product for one application.  I use whatever is left on the pad on my hands, arms, chest/decollete after I’m done with my face.  That…

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