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The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion Review

I’ve been testing a lot of The Ordinary products over the past year, and so far I’ve been pretty impressed.  The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion  is no exception. I’m already on my second bottle of this stuff.  It’s so good I actually repurchased it.  That says a lot.  I hardly ever buy something twice. This is a light milky…

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Review of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is incredibly cost-effective ($8!) and is an excellent hydrator.  So if you’re looking for a basic hydration serum, you’ve found it!   It contains 2% hyaluronic acid (which can hold 1000x it’s weight in water btw…) and vitamin B5.  I don’t think it’s quite as good as the Hylamide Low-Molecular HA (read my review HERE),…

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Review of Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid

Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid (boy that’s a mouthful…) is an excellent beta-hydroxy acid exfoliant for those dealing with acne or clogged pores.  Just apply it to a cotton pad and swipe across your skin after cleansing and then let it soak in a few minutes before layering serums/moisturizers on top. If you’re…

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Review of Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel

I managed to snag Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel from Sephora during one of its brief periods of actually being in stock.  I must say, I’m so glad that I did.  This is an amazing eye gel that actually seems like it’s doing something when I apply it.  This firms, brightens, and tightens the under-eye area within a few…

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Youth to the People Age Prevention Superfood Cream Review

Youth to the People Age Prevention Superfood Cream is a lovely light cream that is perfect for warmer weather.  It’s surprisingly hydrating given how light it feels.  It’s a sort of translucent palest green gel-cream.  This makes it perfect for summer, when we don’t want super heavy creams on our faces all night but the hot weather can really dehydrate…

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The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% with Vitamin F Review

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% with Vitamin F serum is Just.  So.  Good.  Seriously, I’m in love.  This is exactly the type of Vitamin C serum I’ve been looking for.  It is super light, slightly hydrating, and brightens my skin.  Also a bonus: I don’t feel like I need to make a deal to sell my first born just to be…

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Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Review

Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar is an excellent face cleanser for anyone with oily or acne-prone skin.  It cleans very deeply and helps diminish the appearance of acne almost immediately.  I found that it started purging my skin right away.  Within a few days I had significantly fewer clogged pores. The idea of cleansing bars seemed an odd one to me…

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So I Tested a Bunch of Sheet Masks and Here’s What I Think

Sheet masks have become super popular in skincare these days.  I like them because they provide a potent burst of ingredients geared towards a certain issue.  They come as a presaturated sheet inside a package and you open it up and stick it on your face.  Then you literally saturate your face with vitamins, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, hydrators etc.  And unlike…

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Drunk Elephant Pekee and Juju Cleansing Bar Review

Drunk Elephant Pekee and Juju cleansing bars are products I’ve been meaning to try out for awhile.  I’m a big fan of Drunk Elephant and their brand philosophy (natural, scientifically proven ingredients, cruelty free, fragrance free etc).  I’m also intrigued by the idea of cleansing bars (travel-friendly skincare for the win!).  Plus, these don’t contain any harsh surfactants or irritating…

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Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil Review

Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil is a natural(ish) cleanser that dissolves makeup and then when water is added it turns into a milk and rinses away.  I found it to be reasonably effective at removing makeup, although it didn’t do as good a job at removing eye makeup as some other cleansing oils and balms I’ve used. This cleansing oil…

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