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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Current Favorite Skincare Products




The area of skincare is a world that I recently started to give all my money to in the last few years.  I have always had problematic skin since a teenager but usually attacked it with various over the counter products. According to my teenage self I had severe acne but as I matured I saw what "severe" acne really looked like and realized quickly that I had more mild-moderate acne!  In addition to my acne I also have oily and sensitive skin.  Yeah, the skin Gods were clearly  not on my side.  But, I have managed to tackle these issues by developing a skincare product buying addiction. LOL.  The products listed are my most recent faves at the moment, some being repurchases.

1. Lush Cosmetics Vanishing Cream:  This was an impulsive Instagram purchase.  I can't remember who exactly put me on to it but I'm certainly glad they did.  The top pro of this product for me is that it does not clog my pores and cause breakouts.  I use it in the evening as my moisturizer and it leaves my face feeling soft but not greasy.  In the month that I have been using it, I've noticed a visible difference in the texture of my skin and diminishing dark spots.  Can we say win win win???!

2. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask:  Yet another purchased fueled by Instagram.  I'm starting to think if I didn't have Instagram, I would have more money.  That's a thought to contemplate!  Anyways, I've been interested in trying an overnight mask since they first surface but had been worried about it clogging my pores at night and causing a breakout.  Yet another trend in my skincare worries as you can see.   But, you are slathering a product on your face and just leaving it there for hours so it made sense to me that it could possibly clog a pore or two, right?  Well, I finally gave in and took the plunge and to my surprise, NO CLOGGED PORES.  In fact, my skin looked amazing the next morning!  So now this is part of my routine about 3 times a week.

3. Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel:  Occasionally, I scroll through skincare products on the Sephora website and sort by highest ratings just to see what's the best out there.  This is absolutely normal.  On one occasion, I came across this product and the ratings spoke for themselves so obviously I ran out and snatched it up.  This is absolutely my favorite peel/mask to use.  I love that it slathers on like a cream and is very comfortable on the skin.  Between the product being packaged in a tube form and the consistency being easy to handle, I was sold almost immediately.  You will see immediate results but I find that my skin looks even better the next day.  Weird, but those are just my own personal observations.

4. Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment:  This mask should have an Instagram page of it's own because any and everyone is talking about it.  This is an older find actually as I am on my fourth jar now.  But, that should tell you A LOT!  How often do us beauty addicts repurchase the same products over and over again?  There's always something new coming out so it's far too easy to be distracted.  Not to mention, it's rare for me to even completely run out of a product before I'm out purchasing yet another.  This mask should be in every acne prone girl's cabinets.  Not only do I use this as a full facial mask once a week but I use it as my spot treatment when I do have a pimple or two not wanting me to be great.  This is another product that will give you immediate results, though not long lasting so feel free to use it more frequent than once a week if you choose.

5. First Aid Beauty Blemish Patrol Pads:  So, one day I was scrolling through Instagram (surprise surprise) and Felicia of ThisThatBeauty was raving about these bad boys.  But it was what she said that made me snatch up my keys and hit my nearest Sephora within an hour.  She claimed that since beginning using them, she had not experienced ANY breakouts.  If you hate acne as much as I do then you understand the heart palpitations I experienced.  Well, the claims were true.  When used consistently (day and night), I did not experience any acne.  Sure, I did develop some minor breakouts here or there but it was more from me being lazy with my routine and not being consistent.  User Error.

6. SuperGoop City Suncreen Serum:  I must admit, I have not been using/wearing sunscreen religiously.  Which of course is counterproductive to my issues I have with dark spots.  To my defense, it is not for lack of trying.  Many of the sunscreens I have purchased in the past were too heavy or greasy for my oily skin and eventually made me break out.  I picked this Sunscreen up after reading the nearly 5 Star Reviews on Sephora and because it's advertised as serum.  Well, it's definitely not the consistency of a serum but it is the thinnest sunscreen formula I've tried.  It absorbs into my skin quickly, doesn't add to my oiliness and has not caused ANY breakouts at all.  I am more than happy to reach for this daily as my moisturizer prior to applying my foundation or just on it's own.  If you've steered away from sunscreen for the same reasons I did, I would definitely suggest giving this one a try ASAP.

Well there you have it!  I hope my mini reviews of these products helped if you were interested in any of these products.  If you find that your skincare woes are similar to my own then I would definitely advise you to give these bad boys a try.  I'm currently trying out a new cleanser that I am not 100% in love with so I didn't want to include it quite yet.  If you have any recommendations for me please feel free to leave them below.

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