Pleasantly surprised by this money sucker!
Let me just start by saying that I have been looking at this beauty basically since it came out but never actually bought it because of how obnoxiously expensive it is. The only reason I did this month is because ulta was having a big Black Friday sale and I racked up $10 in points, scoring this product for half off! It has a very interesting smell but now that I’ve been using it for a month, I’ve gotten used to it. It’s very thick and creamy so you barely need any to cover your whole face. They suggest you keep it on your face for 5-20 minutes. I like to keep clay masks on longer usually but this one dries in about 5 minutes which is probably why their suggested time is so short. When you take it off, you can immediately see that your skin looks smoother and pores look smaller! This usually means that the product is drying your face so I top it with either my favorite THE BODY SHOP - Jumbo Tea Tree Oil
Dec. 24, 2020
Don’t leave your products on too long!
Okay so I’m not very new to the skincare game being that I’ve had cystic acne since I was 13 and have probably used every brand of every cosmetics/skincare that exists BUT I learn something new about my skin every day! That being said, I have assumed my whole life that as long as what you’re using is meant to heal (anything that’s hydrating, clearing, and not charcoal or an acid like AHA/BHA), I have had absolutely no problem leaving masks on my face for up to 3 HOURS... yes, sadly you heard that right. A few weeks ago, I made a post about SAND&SKY - Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask The instructions tell you to keep it on anywhere from 5-20 minutes and knowing the masks I use normally, I tend to leave it on as long as possible. Today, I took it off as soon as I saw it was dry and OMG did I see such a difference compared to my past uses. Not only was my skin tone more even and face looking hydrated as ever, but it looked as if I had just gotten the most natural makeup look done by a professional. I did not get a picture of this sadly, but I decided that using my favorite glycolic mask of all time afterwards would be quite helpful (PS any night I use this mask and top with a hydrator, the next morning I have the most plump and hydrated skin ever). So yes you can change your mind about products but most of all, you can be using a product incorrectly. These products we buy are made by professionals in skincare and they know how different skin types can react.
Why I ALWAYS multimask!
As some of my followers may already know, I LOVE my wide range of masks... but sometimes my face gets picky and different parts of my face react very differently to the same products :( After using hundreds of products in my lifetime, I have decided that the best way for my hormonal combination acne to heal when I find a good product is to multimask! Description of my skin: About a year ago I watched a video of Bella Thorne going through her skincare routine and she mentioned having “combination skin where it’s super oily underneath and dry on top”. I had never heard anyone use those words to describe their skin but I knew right away that that was exactly my skin type! When dermatologists told me that I was super oily and gave me products to consistently dry my skin out, I had the worst surface breakouts of my life. When I used products that were made for dry skin, I would get a different type of breakout from the oil-based products. In college, I began taking birth control which essentially stopped my acne as a whole, but made me gain almost 40 pounds and put me at risk of stroke due to the migraines with auras I get every so often, so I needed to stop. The pill was the only product that completely stopped my acne altogether and I couldn’t use it any longer, so I had to resort to dietary restrictions and picking the perfect products for my skin. The photo: In this photo I have a hydrating mask on my forehead, an antioxidant mask on one of my cheeks, and a pore purifying mask on my other cheek. All parts of my face react differently and these are the masks that I have found worked best for these different parts of my face. My forehead is the only part of my face that doesn’t consistently breakout so I just use hydrating products on it. Verdict: If parts of your face don’t react well with a product and other parts love it, then listen to your skin! The reason I don’t use paper masks often is because all of the skin on my face is not the same. Hopefully my experiences will help at least one person on here!
Just okay for such an expensive product :/
First Impression: I opened the box and WOW is this small for $20! I never shop at Sephora and the only reason I bought this was because I received a $25 gift card recently but I was at least expecting this to be a little bit bigger. Like .5 fl oz instead of .34 maybe? I have heard amazing things from dozens of skincare sites so I couldn’t wait to try it! Opening: When I opened the tin, it looked thick due to its color, but once I put some on it was VERY thin. When I use my regular Clinique Moisture Surge (which is super hydrating) it is very lightweight but still a little bit heavier than this. Smells great! Next day: I have to say the combo of this and THE BODY SHOP - Jumbo Tea Tree Oil has me waking up with the smoothest skin but lately my skin has been feeling much drier due to the cold (not on just my face) and I don’t think it is as hydrating as I expected it to be. The cream dries very quickly which makes me want to put another layer on and when I wake up I still have dry spots. Like I said I feel VERY smooth but not as hydrated as I’d like. Verdict: I feel like this would definitely benefit me better around the summer/springtime when I’m not looking for complete re-hydration of my skin and more of a moisturizer but I do not think this is the holy grail I was expecting it to be. Try it out if you get the opportunity because all skin is different! But for my combination skin and hormonal acne, it’s gonna be a no from me, dawg :(
🌿Top tea tree oil picks🌿
So I’ve been finding out that tea tree oil helps my acne. The percentage of tea tree oil is quite important because if it’s too high, if can burn your face! The main ingredient is usually a carrier oil of some kind(s) and ideally 10%-20% tea tree oil is fine for your face. 🌿The woolzies tea tree oil (small blue rollerball) was not my top pick. It consists of 10% tea tree oil with the carrier oil being almond oil. I loved the idea of a rollerball!! So handy. But this oil never sank into my skin, and just stayed on top, making me look oily. Not what I need. 🌿The body shop tea tree oil is awesome for my face. It’s 15% tea tree oil with tamanu oil and it calms my acne and it has really helped lighten my acne scarring! Just a warning, there are a few things in here that could cause sensitivity, like limonene, citral and citronellol. But this is my top pick, and I’m on my third bottle.THE BODY SHOP - Jumbo Tea Tree Oil 🌿This Thursday plantation tea tree oil deserves five stars too, because I can put on any little rash or bug bite and it clears up within a few days. This is strong stuff (40% tea tree oil so I don’t use it on my face) but it’s effective, folks! What are your favorite tea tree oils??
Glass Skin > Ordinary Peeling Solution
Okay so a few weeks ago I made a post on how I changed my mind on The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Originally I was ready to bring it right back after trying for weeks but apparently I was keeping it on for too long and it was just making my skin worse. For the longest time, I was thinking that my skin has been so desensitized by products that I need to wear products for double the time they suggested (with hydrating products this sometimes works) but DEFINITELY not for this one. I started wearing it for 8-9 minutes rather than 10-15 and definitely seeing more improvements so I gave it a good review, but now that PEACH & LILY - Glass Skin Refining Serum has come into my life, I may have once again changed my mind. This is a serum that claims to smooth your skin and even tone using peach extract, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and peptides. Below I have provided Ulta’s notes on it! RECOMMENDED FOR: • Dullness and uneven skin tone • Rough skin texture • Wrinkles, fine lines, sagging • Dehydrated skin • Redness, inflammation WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU: • Peach Extract: full of vitamins, minerals, and essential acids to help keep skin resilient • Niacinamide: helps quell inflammation, brighten and provide antioxidative benefits • Asian Mountain Yam Extract: helps to reduce flakiness • Madecassoide: helps curb inflammation and stimulate collagen production • Hyaluronic Acid Complex: blend of short-chain, medium-chain and long-chain hyaluronic acid molecules that moisturizes every layer of skin, leaving it hydrated, plumped and radiant • Peptide Complex: proprietary blend of peptides that signals collagen production, helping fill fine lines and deeply-etched wrinkles, while firming skin for a smoother, glassier appearance Verdict: After using this serum ONE TIME I noticed a DRASTIC change in my skin that I was expecting from The Ordinary Peeling Solution and didn’t get after using for almost 6 months. Slowly it started to show results, but nothing even CLOSE to Peach and Lily. With Peach and Lily, not only do I see a total lack of acne and scarring that I had before, but the redness that normally shows in my skin is almost nonexistent and my face is finally the same shade as my neck. This is definitely one of my top 5 products I’ve ever used. How I Use: Morning: Wash my face with THE BODY SHOP - Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser Top with serum and a moisturizer with sunscreenCeraVe - Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50 Night: Wash my face with either the tea tree cleanser or bliss - Micro Magic depending on how long I wore my Covid mask that day (Micro Magic seems to help with maskne) Saturate a cotton pad with Fourth Ray - Waterfall Gentle Toner and rub it all over, let it dry and top with CLINIQUE - Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator
Acne skin 101
Well, I've already wrote a post about my Acne experience. My skincare routine and products...Acne seems like a never-ending battle, doesn't it? Though products for "acne-prone skin" are currently availaMust Must Muble in the market, skincare products cannot be one-size-fits-all magic potions. It is important to know and understand 1. what type of skin(Dry/ Combination/ Normal/ Oily/ Sensitive) 2. what type of your acne(Hormonal Acne/ Whiteheads/ Papules/ Pustules/ Cystic Acne/ Blackheads/ Blind Pimples) you’re working with; it’s the most important step in discovering an effective way to take care of your skin. Today, I still wanna talk about skincare routine with you guys, cuz no matter what type of acne skin you have, the principles of acne skincare should be the same. I'll add the products I love to use below too. 🖤Skin Care Routine For Acne Prone Skin🖤 Step 1 - Cleanse away the impurities with a cleanser (Morning And Night) ● LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin ● philosophy - Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser Step 2 - Toner (Morning And Night) ● FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner Step 3 - Moisturize (Morning And Night) ● FARMACY - Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer with Moringa and Papaya ● CLINIQUE - Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator Step 4 - Protect with SPF (Morning and evening) ● elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 ● CLINIQUE - Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Step 5 - Treatment Product (night) ● LA ROCHE-POSAY - Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm ● Differin Gel Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment Remember, with acne, less is more. Using too many topical products will make your skin dry and irritate it. Also, acne is not something that will go away overnight. It’s a process which requires immense patience. Give your skin ample time to adjust to the skin care routine for acne prone skin before you see results. When in doubt please make an appointment with your dermatologist who can help you determine what your skin needs. 🖤Other Tips🖤 ● Keep your hands off your face ● Stay out of the sun as much as possible ● Exercise daily ● Learn to be less stressed ● Hydrate yourself ● Follow a healthy diet ● Don't pick or pop your pimples ● Change your sheets at least weekly Great skin doesn’t revolve around genetics alone, your daily habits play a significant role in what you see in the mirror. Follow a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and use the right products as per your skin type.... There’s no instant fix; you need patience and time to reap the benefits. Sharing is caring. 💕
Types of Acne and the Products that Helped Me.
Acne affects 80% of the population between the ages of 11-30. Acne is the medical term for spots, and can present itself with horrible blackheads and whiteheads; it can also become inflammatory, and form pus-filled spots (pustules). In more severe cases the spots can be deep, red, and tender: this is also known as cystic acne. I know about this as during my teenage years I went through a stage of having blackheads and big painful spots every month. The sad fact is it can be caused by genetics, by puberty; but there are many other contributing factors that can cause a breakout. So, in desperation, I had to find a system that worked for me, and I would like to share this information with you so that you don’t suffer as I did. First thing, always cleanse your skin every morning and evening. Never go to bed with your make up still on. This is a killer for skin with acne as you will block your pores, stretch them because they will be full of products and dirt. If you don’t cleanse the pores will remain open giving your skin an old and tired appearance. Once clean make sure you wear sun cream every day. This prevents any scarring or inflammation. I can’t stress how important this is. The combination of acne and sunburn will damage your skin forever so don’t leave the house without sunscreen, ever! Rant over - My two favorite products that saved my skin are Glamglow Mask and The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Control Lotion. This combination really works and it won’t break the bank. Glamglow Supermud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask GLAMGLOW - Supermud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask I use this after cleansing my skin. If you have acne or oily skin apply all over your face, or if you just want to deep clean your pores use it only on the t-zone. Apply a thick layer, wait till dry then rinse off with water. Now for some really important information! As it deep-cleans the skin it’s very very effective, so - DON’T LEAVE IT ON LONGER THAN 20 MINS - sorry to shout at you, but if you leave it on any longer you risk irritating the skin. This product is the bomb! It unclogs and minimizes the look of pores. Activated-X charcoal picks up all dirt, toxins, debris, and impurities from within pores. TEAOXI eucalyptus leaf delivers the antioxidants that help to plum up your pores. The larger size is $59.00 on Amazon or Sephora but you don’t need much. It will last you for ages. The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Control Lotion THE BODY SHOP - Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 This product is $20 at Amazon or Sephora. A light lotion with a lovely smell, this product leaves your skin feeling comfortable and hydrated, but also controls all the excess oil production during the day. Great for oily to combination skin.
THE BODY SHOP-Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15
Title: Face masks for acne- Himalaya Herbals Nee
Continuing today with another acne care product, I wanted to share the Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Mask. I first discovered this mask when another beauty blogger raved about it- I was intrigued by the ingredients which include neem oil, tumeric, and fullers earth. From the brand's website, the product is " A purifying mask that helps to regulate excess oil secretion, cleans clogged pores and prevents the recurrence of pimples. Neem, well-known for its purifying and antibacterial properties, helps in controlling acne and pimples, and their recurrence. Combines with Turmeric, it helps remove acne-causing bacteria. Fuller's Earth (Multani Mitti) cools and soothes the skin, improving skin texture and leaving you with clear, problem-free skin." I mean- who can argue with that logic?! The texture of this mask is a very classic mud mask consistency, somewhat firm but easy to spread. When it's been sitting around for a while some of the liquids can separate from the solids so it becomes a bit messy, but you can re-mix it in your hands and it is good as new. This mask can be a bit drying, so I use it only on my problem areas around my t-zone, and let it dry for about 20 minutes. When I'm breaking out heavily, I use it once every day until my acne has either gone away, or is nearly gone. With continued usage, my breakouts are reduced, and my skin clears up much faster. I really love this mask because it is both super effective and inexpensive! You can find it on Amazon for about $6-7 a tube, which is insanely affordable. I have repurchase this mask at least 5 times in the past two years, and always have at least 2 tubes in my stash so that I never run out! For those that are looking for an effective acne mask, this one really nails it. I would recommend this highly to acne prone skinned individuals, and normal/combo/oily skin types- for those with drier skin I would say approach with caution, as all clay masks can be a bit harsh on already dry skin. I rate this 5/5- cannot be beat in terms of price and effectiveness! It is a Holy Grail product for me!
How to Use Tea Tree Oil in Day to Day Skincare
Tea Tree oil has so many benefits for our skin. It has properties to heal not just skin conditions but also hair and nails. At times people have used and can be used as deodorant, i sect repellent and mouthwash too. And as summer is officially here it is important to know more about Tea Tree for it can be your bestfriend. I have combination skin. But tea tree has beneficial properties for dry or itchy skin too as well as acne and pimple prone skin. Tea Tree helps soothe dry itchy skin by reducing the irritation. When oily skin is concerned it has antiseptic properties to combat oil and sebum formation. For itchy skin, as it has anti-inflammatory properties, can soothe and help relieve the itchiness and infection. The best way to use it in my opinion is using it as a facemask. Now, it may vary from person to person. I am just sharing with you what works well with my skin. I have combination skin with occasional breakouts but has faced acne problems before. I use Body shop clay tea tree mask. Clay, just like tea tree, has so many skin benefits. Clay helps draw out impurities and help clear clogged pores. It absorbs excess oil. Therefore, clay is favourite amongst acne prone skin types. I use this clay mask twice a week. Before i apply the mask i wash my face and clear all the surface impurities. I then rinse my face couple of times with warm water to open the pores up more. Thereafter I apply a thin layer of this mask and leave it for 15 minutes. I wash it off and then rinse it with very cold water now to close the pores. I pat dry and then use my Dior tonique water (shown in one of my previous post). Good moisturiser from Kiehls (also shown in my previous post). THE BODY SHOP - Tea Tree Face Mask
THE BODY SHOP-Tea Tree Face Mask
Soothing Sleep Mask for Oily Skin!
LANEIGE - Special Care Water Sleeping Mask I have oily acne prone skin and I was on the lookout for a nourishing night cream that wouldn’t break me out. I am a huge fan of lavender scents, so when I saw this product I really wanted to give it a try! This is a super light gel formula with the gentle smell of lavender, hyalauronic acid, hunza apricot, and evening primrose. Its advertised as a nighttime mask to be used along with a moisturizer, but I use this as a moisturizer in the morning and night without issue. It’s extremely cooling when applied to the skin and a little goes a long way. The packaging feels expensive and hefty without being overly heavy. I think this is an amazing product for those with oily skin looking for a bit of hydration, but this just isn’t enough for dry skin. The results aren’t life changing, but it makes my skin just look happy, healthy, and a tad glowy in the morning without making me oily. I’ve also had no increased breakouts which is huge. I think this formulation is really similar to the Neutrogena - Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer , but it’s actually cheaper! The Hydroboost retails at $12.64/oz, while the Laneige Sleeping Mask retails for $10.86/oz. The Laneige mask also has a less intense scent to it, but does leave a slight stickiness on the face (which can be annoying to sleep with if you’re a side sleeper like me) which the Hydroboost doesn’t have. Overall, I’m happy with this product and will use it up completely, but if I could find something similar without the stickiness I would purchase that. Hope this helps my oily gals! #CherieCreator #laneige #sleepingmask #moisturizer #lavender #sleep #purple #oilyskin
Neutrogena-Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer
THE BODY SHOP - Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask probably my all time favourite mask! I keep repurchasing this mask and will continue to! Not only is it at a fair price but it gets the job done! Not only is honey amazing for those of y’all with acne and oily skin, but it leaves my skin moisturizer, soft and smooth yet helps with texture and my acne overall! If you want to try ONE body shop mask, make it this one!
THE BODY SHOP-Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask
review ✨ ✨ So if you’ve been following me for a day you know I love and use vichy laboratoires on a daily basis. My day time routine is by Vichy, as well as my favourite eye cream, and I’ve been using their masks ever since they came out with the first 3- volcanic rock AHA mask, pore purifying clay mask and their hydrating mineral mask. When I found out they were coming out with two NEW masks I was beyond excited and knew I had to try them and I knew I would love them just as much- and I was right! So the Black Charcoal Clarifying mask is what you think your typical charcoal mask would be all about, except I didn’t find this charcoal mask drying AT ALL. Actually, it didnt even dry down completely that it starts to crack like other charcoal clays I’ve tried. So I think that someone with acne-prone, sensitive, even with skin on the drier side can benefit from this mask and actually find the experience quite enjoyable. I have combo-oily skin and I still found that this mask was effective in clearing pores and shrinking acne bumps. Definitely a win for me! The Aloe Vera Soothing mask was a nice experience for me, as someone who doesnt have sensitive skin but still deals with chronic redness (probably due to yearssss of picking). I found that it brought down the redness of my cheeks immediately after use, plus the cooling effect was really nice, and I think one with sensitive skin would love this mask during flare-ups or really for anyone post-reaction. The mask also doesn’t dry down at all, so its really easy to remove gently, and leaves your skin feeling hydrated with the soothing aloe extract left behind, that feels like it “coated” and reinforced the skin. I think sensitive skin and rosacea-prone skin would really benefit from this mask the most! Again, I’m not surprised at all that I loved more of vichy laboratoires products and really hope this review helps out anyone looking to correct any of the things I just talked about. 💚💚 .
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