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Clarisma PR First Impression
I am excited to share with you that I have received my first ever PR package from Clarisma! I have never been more excited to receive a package and then be able to share my thoughts with followers! For those who are unaware of Clarisma, this is a mother daughter brand that debuted this year in Ulta Beauty! Clarisma is all about clean beauty: •The company is located in Southern California •Uses plant based ingredients •Non toxic •cruelty free •PETA and Leaping Bunny Certified •Vegan Certified •Paraben and sulfate free •No synthetic fragerences Their products address all skincare types and concerns for all ages and ethnicities. The prices for the Clarisma product line range from $8.99-24.99 USD and can be found at Ulta Beauty, Clarisma, CVS, and Rite Aid The two products I was kindly gifted with are: 🍍CLARISMA - Malibu Blush Exfoliating Scrub This product creates the perfect exfoliating treatment that will allow your skin to be the brightest possible Key benefits -Removes dead skin cells -Gently Smooths and conditions skin -Reveals a healthy glow -Leaves skin soft and supple -Preps skin to receive moisture Key ingredients -Pineapple -Papaya -Safflower -Delicate Coral Luffa -Neem Oil 🌊 CLARISMA - Cool Ocean Breeze Daily Cleanser A gentle but effective natural enzyme cleanser that helps eliminate dirt, oil, and makeup Key benefits -Removes dirt, oils, and makeup -Cleanses without over-drying -Purifies dull skin -Deep cleans pores -Evens skin tone -Leaves skin feeling revived Key ingredients -Pineapple -Papaya -Desert Lime -Aloe Leaf Extract -Willowherb I am excited to give an in-depth review on these two products! Please stay turned! I would like to give a huge shout out to Clarisma! Thank you for send me my first ever PR package! Thank you choosing me to review your products!
CLARISMA-Cool Ocean Breeze Daily Cleanser
Changes During Your Menstrual Cycle
Menstrual cycles, an unholy hell bringer and the one thing that gives women the ability to produce another life. On certain days of our menstrual cycles we are glowing; other days, we find ourselves bloated, cranky, and the worse of all covered with hormonal acne. In this post, I am going to help you track your hormonal skin changes and treat them accordingly.
Types of Acne
As more and more people join Cherie, I am seeing an influx of posts for people asking for help in regards to their acne and breakouts. I decided to create an informative post for those who are just starting out about the different types of acne. The first umbrella category for acne is the non-inflammatory branch. Under this branch include whiteheads and blackheads. The second umbrella category for acne is the inflammatory branch. Under this branch you have pimples, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts. Non-inflammatory: Blackheads -Otherwise known as open comedones -Occurs when a pore is clogged by a combination of sebum and dead skin cells. The top of the pore stays open despite the rest of it being clogged -The clogged pore gets oxidized by air and appears black -Treatment options are retinoids, salicylic acid, BHAs, clay masks, and charcoal masks Whiteheads -Otherwise known as closed comedones -Also form when a pore is clogged by a contamination of sebum. The top of the pore closes and looks like a small bump protruding from the skin -Whiteheads are more difficult to treat since the pore is closed. -Treatment options are retinols, salicylic acid, BHAs, and adapalene Inflammatory: Pimples -Red and swollen bumps on the skin -Caused by a buildup of sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria -Treatment options are benzoyl-peroxide, retinols, salicylic acid, azelaic acid, sulfur, and many more Papule -Small spots on the skin that are swollen and inflamed. No puss is visible from the surface of the skin. Papules mainly occur when the walls surrounding your pores break down from severe inflammation. -The papule is hard, clogged, and tender to the touch.The skin around the papule is usually pink -Treatment options are retinols, salicylic acid, and antibiotics Pustules -Like papules, pustules also occur form the walls surrounding your pores break down from severe inflammation. The only difference between a pustule and a papule is that a pustule is filled with puss whereas a papule is not. -When a pustule emerges from the skin, it is usually red in color and has a white or yellow top -Treatment options are antibiotics, salicylic acid, sulfur, benzoyl-peroxide, and clay masks Nodules -Nodules occur when clogged, swollen pores experience further irritation and grow larger. Nodules are deep under the skin. -Nodules usually cannot be treated with over the counter products. It is best to see a dermatologist for the best treatment plan for you. Cysts -Cysts are caused by a pore being clogged with bacteria, sebum, and dead skin cells. Cysts occur deeper in the skin than nodules. Cysts will present with or without a yellow or white head and be very painful. -Treatments options are antibiotics from a dermatologist
Calling All Discount Shoppers!
If you are a sucker for discounted makeup and cosmetic products, this one's for you! I love popping into my local Marshalls, TJMaxx, and clearance sections to check out the beauty section. Many of us have scored some high end products that didn’t break the bank. Now here is a question that is going to make you think, after purchasing these products from the above retail stores, do you check the batch code? I will admit I have not checked batch codes and I thankfully haven’t purchased an expired product, but that may not be the case for some people. For those of you who are new to the beauty community or are just unaware of what batch codes are, batch codes (or batch numbers) are used to identify and trace products that share certain characteristics of production (i.e production time, date, and identification code). Batch codes also allow for consumers and manufacturers who identify a problem with a product to be able to trace it back to a specific batch. This then allows for manufacturers to recall or withdraw the product from the supply chain. Where are batch codes located? Batch codes are located on the back of the box, the bottom of the box, and on the product itself. The batch code will look like it was stamped on after the product was made. Batch codes are usually between 3-11 numbers and letters long. The first picture provided is of my PHYSICIANS FORMULA - Murumuru Butter Bronzer You will see the batch code of 7LO8 is marked on the back middle right side of the product. How can you look up batch codes? Recently, I have stumbled upon a website called Cosmetic Calculator. This website allows you to select a brand and then enter the batch code. This website works great for makeup brands, skincare brands, and even perfume! The link to the website is http://checkcosmetic.net if you would like to check it out!
PHYSICIANS FORMULA-Murumuru Butter Bronzer
The Top Skincare Mistakes You're Probably Making
Skincare mistakes are made more often then not. No matter who you are you have most likely commited a skincare mistake. Below I have complied a whole list of skincare mistakes, what happens to your skin when they are commited, and how you are avoid them. Enjoy!
The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Review
The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is another cult favorite that is sweeping over the internet. The Ordinary’s Niacinamide is in just about everybody’s skincare routine. Niacinamide is becoming a stable of skincare. I was very excited to try this product out after being recommended the product by Deciem themselves. I read many great reviews about this product helping with blackheads, acne, oil production, and even helping to moisturize the skin. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I am giving this product a two star rating because after 2 months of using this product, I have not seen any difference in my sedum production or a reduction of blackheads. The only exception is that the product helped to reduce some acne. I really wanted to like this product, but it is safe to say that this product is not for me and my skin type. I have stopped using this product. I would recommend this product to anyone starting out in skincare or looking into adding a Niacinamide into their regimen. The Ordinary's Niacinamide is a cheaper product them others on the market, the product it self last a long time (I have used this product for two months and still have half a bottle!), and its a great product to try for beginners. If you are having the same above problems as I am, I have found a few alternative Niacinamide products that may help you. PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Niacinamide Booster PAULA'S CHOICE - Niacinamide 20% TreatmentNATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2%I will admit that I am toggling between purchasing the Paula’s Choice Niacinamide and the Naturium. If anyone has tried these products please leave your review in the comment section!
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Niacinamide Booster
Skincare Set for acne, pores, and sensitive skin
Hi friends ✨ Today I want to highlight one of my favorite skincare sets lately! I purchased this 3 weeks ago and started using these products 2 weeks ago...but my skin transformation in that short time is making me write this review! Preface: I have super sensitive, rosacea acne prone skin. Tea tree has been a go-to ingredient to treat my irritation, redness, acne, and enlarged pores for so long. I know this ingredient works for me, but that doesn’t mean I use it every day or in large amounts. Listen to your skin, it’s all very personal! ❤️ Over the past few months I’ve been eyeing up quite a few products from Biossance! Previous to this set, I had tried their squalane + vitamin c rose oil, vegan lactic acid serum, and omega repairing moisturizer. Their squalane products work so well for me that I wanted to try more! I stumbled upon this set at Sephora. I wasn’t sure I wanted to get a kit of minis, but I figured getting a little kit would allow me to test their whole tea tree line before investing in full sizes and I am SO GLAD I did! The biggest thing for me that drew me into this set was that it contained squalane as a highlighted ingredient along with the tea tree oil, so it won’t dry out your skin as some people experience with tea tree products. This is the Tea Tree Set BIOSSANCE - The Tea Tree Trio and it’s retails for $29 ($35 value—but they are mini size, so I don’t mind paying either amount!). It comes with three products which I will be highlighting separately below: Cleanser: BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Gel 5/5 Likes: I love that this cleanser has squalane in it to try and counteract the traditionally drying side effects of tea tree. It leaves me feeling squeaky clean without feeling stripped! I’m definitely repurchasing this when I run out of backup cleansers 😅 Dislikes: it lathers you quite a bit so if your skin type is on the drier side, this may not be the best option for you. Squalane oil blend: BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Tea Tree Balancing Oil 5/5 Likes: It doesn’t have a tingly effect like other tea tree products do. It feels super lightweight and moisturizing. Doesn’t make my other products pill up! Lightweight enough for daytime use. Dislikes: None! I’m definitely repurchasing this when I run out. Detox mask: BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Tea Tree Detox Mask 5/5 Likes: It’s such an innovative product! I have used this 3 times over the past 2 weeks and my pores look crazy clean. The texture is so interesting—it’s supposed to be clay-like, but it doesn’t dry down on your skin. It provides a mild tingle like tea tree traditionally does. You leave it on for 10 mins so as not to dry out your skin too much. It leaves me feeling refreshed and hasn’t caused any breakouts! I’m blown away!! The mini will last me a long time. Not sure I’ll repurchase though. Dislikes: None! Maybe keep it away from your sensitive eye area.
BIOSSANCE-Squalane + Tea Tree Balancing Oil
oil-absorbing mineral powder ☆彡
this is my first and only powder i have used and it hasn’t disappointed! it’s a great, quick addition to your makeup/skin-care routine. the powder is minty, doesn’t clog your pores, and leaves your skin soft. since it does soak up sebum and has some soothing properties, it does help with acne a bit (a bonus). sebum is the excess oil created by the face that’s icky and we oily-skin types don’t want. on the contrary, it’s really universal and can be used for a lot of things. innisfree - No Sebum Mineral Powder use- i personally use this powder and it’s amazing even though i don’t wear makeup… this mineral powder blots oily skin extremely well. the powder itself isn’t heavy and is light-weight and it also has a very clean, matte effect. when i’ve been out all day and my skin looks oily, i can put some of this powder on and all of oily spots look completely natural and oil-free. the soaking power of this powder is wow. the puff that’s given inside of the powder is also really useful and is all you need to apply the powder. there isn’t really a scent to the powder; it smells natural. i usually apply this powder in the morning to the areas i know will get oily and it does leave the skin looking and feeling smooth. ingredients- this loose mineral powder is very basic in terms of ingredients. the only questionable thing about the formula is that it does contain fragrance, but, you can’t tell when you smell it. therefore, i believe there’s only a small amount of fragrance and it was definitely never noticeable/a problem. the superstar ingredient is Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (aka Green-Tea)! Green-Tea is an antioxidant and is very soothing so it’s definitely safe for sensitive skin types! skin type- this product can be used for all skin types but it’s mainly marketed for oily-skin types because of the sebum absorbing power. it’s safe and clean enough for sensitive skin (except for the fragrance), and they do come in mini sizes in case you want to test it before you buy it (that’s what i did)! it is light-weight so drier skin can use this as a setting powder if anything. i have fair skin but i’ve seen reviews where people say it doesn’t leave a white cast!
innisfree-No Sebum Mineral Powder
NATURIUM first impressions
if you haven’t seen one of my recent posts on why I won’t be repurchasing The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% then check it out!! my girl @Beautycation_by_shrutirecommended me naturium! they came in the mail yesterday and I was so excited to try them out ! my skin can be really sensitive when it comes to picking and popping things on my face (which I try and limit myself to as it is not good for the skin!!!). I had a couple prominent whiteheads that I needed gone! with this, it left irritation in those areas, which is super common for me and can take hours for this redness and irritation to go away. not even an hour later, these areas looked like I didn’t even suffer from irritation !! when I woke up this morning, my skin was GLOWING! i repeat, GLOWING! NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% it’s a thinner consistency than the ordinary one and isn’t as sticky when you first apply it. it has niacinamide, zinc, hyaluronic acid and vitamin e 🤩 although I have only used this twice so far, I am loving it !!!! NATURIUM - Azelaic Topical Acid 10% this product has niacinamide, coffee seed extract and vitamin c as well as azelaic acid which is amazing for me because I have wanted to start using vitamin c. it does have a funny smell to it I will admit. this product is supposed to help with minimising skin imperfections such as congestion, redness, dullness and discolouration. as I mentioned above, right after using this product my skin where I picked was not red and all ! I was expecting a little bit of scarring from the pimples but there was none! with how much I am loving these products already, I will definitely be looking into by more products from this company ✨✨
NATURIUM-Azelaic Topical Acid 10%
What is Azelaic acid, which brand?
If I could pick an ingredient that’s been a standout for my acne marks (the pigmentation marks left behind when acne is healing); it would 100% be Azelaic Acid! What is Azelaic Acid? It is a gentle topical exfoliant (so gentle I use it everyday & even combine it with my Retin-A). This is a direct quote from Paula’s Choice website! “It’s a mystery why some great skincare ingredients fly under the radar, despite research proving them more than worthy of your attention. Azelaic Acid is one of those ingredients! A great deal of research has shown that azelaic acid can significantly diminish the appearance of skin blemishes, help fade post-acne marks and other discolorations, refine skin’s surface, and reveal a more even skin tone. It can even reduce skin sensitivity and is compatible with any skin type. In short, azelaic acid is an ingredient you need to know about.” Which brand is better? I first purchased The Ordinary bc the price is much lower. I did not like the formula on this one. It has a dimethicone finish and it tends to pill with my routine. Even though it has 10% AA, I don’t think the formulation is that great 👎🏼 The Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid booster is my favorite product for hyperpigmentation!!!! It works SO good. Within 4 weeks my marks had faded significantly. It is a booster so it can be combined with moisturizer! I highly highly recommend this product. Paula’s Choice has sales often, so find it on sale. It is $36, but with the results it is worth it!! The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster
PAULA'S CHOICE-10% Azelaic Acid Booster
NO MORE PEACH FUZZ OR MUSTACHE! Facial shaving.
I didn’t always shave my face, but now it’s part of a routine for me. I started shaving my face or well, my peach fuzz when I noticed my makeup looking patchy and wanting brighter looking skin. I don’t feel like I absolutely have to get rid of my facial hair, but I’ve found an added benefit to using a specific way to shave. I like to use a dermaplaning tool. It gets rid of my peach fuzz, dead skin/exfoliates! SPA SCIENCES - SIMA This little tool gets the job done! My skin looks brighter and smoother after each use. I use this once a month or when my mustache has grown back. Super easy to use and works great! + professional grade at-home dermaplaning device + remove peach fuzz, build-up, debris and dulling dead skin. + single button for on and off and speed changes. + 3 power speed settings. + easy to use! Hold at 45 degree angle and gentle glide. + no pain at all. + comes with 7 blades. Always use a clean blade for each use. + use 1x a week. I do 1-2x a month and exfoliate with other products. I mainly use this for peach fuzz. + 3 colors; pink, mint, and white. + rechargeable with usb. $29 includes charger and 7 fresh blades. So why this instead of the cheap razor blades? Better quality and it has sonic beats and speed to add in for exfoliation. Plus it’s sold at target for $30 and blades can be bought for replacement. Better for the environment too ;)
Niacinamide options for different skin concerns
Here are some great alternatives of Niacinamide serum for your skin type and need! I know a lot of you love The Ordinary's Niacinamide The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and I'm also in the same both with you. But I see many people complaining about how it's a little harsh, or drying on their skin. Niacinamide is a powerful Vitamin, it's vitamin B3 also called as Niacin. It's so good for oily/congested skin types, it brightens skin tone, reduces uneven texture and tone, controls sebum production and helps skin look smoother. Well it's all about it's formula. TO Niacinamide is great for anyone who is quite experienced in their skincare and know how to pair it well with other products like AHAs and Retinol without it pilling or foaming. But I've found some other Niacinamide products that may be right for your skin type and preference. 1. Naturium Niacinamide 12% + Zinc 2% serum (16$)NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% - This is by far the most amazing formulation out there in the market. The serum is so lightweight and non-sticky, non-greasy you'll fall in love with it. The results are exactly the same way you would get with The Ordinary Niacinamide serum. You'll see brightening, reduction in the look of pores and controlled sebum production. The main thing about this serum is it helps your other Actives less harsh and irritating on skin. It helps your skin tolerate them better. An amazing serum to add to your daily AM and PM routine. Although the percentages of both Niacinamide and Zinc in this one are different from The Ordinary, it hardly irritated my skin. It doesn't sting, burn or itch. You should definitely give it a try! Other two are very gentle form of Niacinamide. 2. Paula's Choice Skin balancing Pore reducing toner (21$)PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser - It's a Hydrating, watery toner that contains Niacinamide, Chamomile & Burdock root extract, Hyaluronic acid & Ceramides. This toner is very gentle yet effective option for those who doesn't like the heavy feeling of a Niacinamide serum. It's quite Hydrating and preps the skin for your next skincare products. As it has Chamomile and Burdock root extract it's very soothing and calming for irritated and inflammed skin. It's the best for sensitive skin types. 3. Tonymoly Vital Vita 12 Brightening Ampoule (20$) TONYMOLY - Vital Vita 12 Brightening Ampoule - This is an Ampoule means a more potent form of serum which deliver ingredients at higher concentration to your skin. I like this one as it has Vitamin B12 and Niacinamide, very calming and brightening vitamins. It's very lightweight, thin watery consistency perfect for people who qant a little more than a toner. They have all kinds of Ampoule for different skin concerns. I have most of them and I like them. Tbis one is very gentle, non-irritating yet effective. Which one would you like for your skin?? ❤️
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%