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Philadelphian skincare junkie ๐Ÿง–๐Ÿฟโ€โ™€๏ธ Always looking for a glow. IG: skin_inthecity
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A great makeup remover
A great makeup remover
Cleansing balms have two functions: a first cleanse to remove oil but also a great way to remove makeup. Some are great for both! Others address one function over the other. Green clean for me was better as a makeup remover. It has an almost sorbet like smell and texture and isnโ€™t clumpy once spread. It did a great job removing all my makeup looks and my second cleanse always did the rest in terms of removing dirt. It wasnโ€™t until I used it on a non makeup day that I noticed that it leaves a bit of a film behind. This can get washed off with the second cleanse but it was still noticeable. So I wouldnโ€™t necessarily purchase this again because I have balms that address both concerns better. But as a makeup remover itโ€™s honestly so good. Especially in terms of mascara and eyeliner! FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm
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Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm
FARMACY-Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm
An underrated good molecules gem
An underrated good molecules gem
Good molecules is a really great company that deals in the basics. I love peptide serums because they help with hydration and they plump up my skin. The texture of this serum is a good medium between slim and thicc. And what I love the most is that it absorbs really well. Iโ€™ve had other serums where it felt like I had to pat it in and wait a little too long. Between the time I put it on and get what I need for the next step, Iโ€™m all clear. Did it work for me? I think so. On the daily my face felt hydrated and my appearance wasnโ€™t dull. The only thing I donโ€™t love is that when you get close to the end of the bottle, itโ€™s harder for the dropper to get the product out. Which was sad for me because I love the product ๐Ÿ˜‚ The best part is that this is super affordable. Check it out! Itโ€™s not a huge investment. GOOD MOLECULES - Super Peptide Serum
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Super Peptide Serum
GOOD MOLECULES-Super Peptide Serum
The blackest sunscreen ๐Ÿ˜‰
The blackest sunscreen ๐Ÿ˜‰
SPF is queen guys! No matter your skin tone itโ€™s the most important step at daytime. You have to protect the progress youโ€™re making! As a black woman, lots of sunscreens straight up look ashy on me so itโ€™s important to find one that doesnโ€™t leave a white caste. Black girl sunscreen was created by black women, for black women. This sunscreen is infused with jojoba and avocado oil and is super nourishing while providing the protection you need. The texture is really creamy and a good dime size goes a long way. Itโ€™s been great in the winter and pairs well with the rest of my routine. Weโ€™ll see what happens in the summer, as this might leave me a little too oily on top of a moisturizer. For now I love the glow I get from this. Itโ€™s a perfect sunscreen, not just for the black girls ๐Ÿ˜‰ COLOURED RAINE - Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30
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Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30
COLOURED RAINE-Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30
Blushing swatch!
Blushing swatch!
I was always a little hesitant and afraid about blush when I was younger. I wasnโ€™t as confident I guess especially in my makeup skills. But Iโ€™ve started to introduce blush more into my routine and Iโ€™ve been loving it! This milani baked blush is great because the shimmer helps give a little glam. I like using it on nights I donโ€™t use highlighter and Iโ€™m going for a more soft look. It helps the base not be so monochromatic. Iโ€™m not sure whether itโ€™s my brush I use or the blush itself but it applies light. Sometimes I use my finger to carefully pat it on. Itโ€™s very very solid so itโ€™s kind of hard to tell how much youโ€™re using when brushing over it. Overall this is a super good starter blush. Itโ€™s affordable and good quality! MILANI - Baked Blush
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Baked Blush
MILANI-Baked Blush
Not with the hype
Not with the hype
In the mornings, I tend to make my skincare routine more simple (cleanse, tone, serum, moisturizer, SPF). I also tend to lean towards toners that are hydrating in the morning to set the day off on a good note so that I don't seem dry by the end of the day. The Mario Badescu toner at the time for me was a hyped up product everywhere. I'd see bottles on bottles while at Ulta and everywhere online so I decided to try since the spritz factor of it is convenient. In the end it's just...ok. I wouldn't say it's appropriate as a toner. I got two full size bottle and a travel one so it's really my fault for buying into the hype too early. As a toner, it doesn't give me the hydration I really need especially in the winter. Most people would say you could do better with literal water and rose petals haha. Instead now I use it as a travel spritz for the middle of the day just to refresh, especially with makeup. Your money is better spent on rose toners that are truly nourishing. MARIO BADESCU - Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater Mini
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Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater Mini
MARIO BADESCU-Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater Mini
Elf coming through with a drugstore gem!
Elf coming through with a drugstore gem!
While my skin type is combination, I try not to lean too much into mattifying products when I wear makeup. Too much matte produces more oil for me so I was interested in a more dewy primer and discovered the ELF Jelly Pop dewy primer through a YouTube beauty guru I love. I would say this is a pretty good dupe for the Milk Hydro-Grip Primer if you're into that. It has the same idea of being hydrating with a more sticky texture to really grip your foundation. The watermelon smell is also pretty great and not so strong that it lingers. Texture wise, the tackiness of it isn't so bad that it leaves spots or pills under my foundation. It's paired really well with a couple consistent foundations I use (The Fenty Hydrating foundation and Maybelline Fit Me). Best of all, this is $8 if you can find it online or at Ulta. My makeup looks have been really solid lately and I honestly credit this product for making a huge difference. I love that I've been able to find something effective and affordable.e.l.f. - Jelly Pop Dew Primer
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Jelly Pop Dew Primer
e.l.f.-Jelly Pop Dew Primer
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Game changer for PIH + Acne Scars
Game changer for PIH + Acne Scars
Purchased this from a recommendation seen on Twitter... really wasnโ€™t sure what to expect but wow! The results have been nothing short of amazing! Iโ€™m so impressed with how well this serum works especially to brighten and lift my left over pigmentation The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA
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Mandelic Acid 10% + HA
The Ordinary-Mandelic Acid 10% + HA
On my third bottle!
On my third bottle!
fresh - Rose Deep Hydration Toner Mini I am on my third bottle of the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration toner - I absolutely love it and refuse to be without! I use it every morning after cleansing, and it makes my skin feels so soft and adds a nice hydration boost as well, thanks to the hyaluronic acid in its ingredients. I have never broken out from using it; on the contrary I think it helps to calm the redness in my cheeks down while helping to minimize some problem pores near my nose. It pairs well with the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and the Black Tea Kombucha Essence. It has a nice light scent to it, and the rose petals inside the bottle add a nice little luxe touch to my skin care routine. The only drawback to the product is that once you get down to about a third of the bottle itโ€™s hard to get the toner out past the rose petals. I just try to always shake the bottle a bit before use to avoid this.
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Rose Deep Hydration Toner Mini
fresh-Rose Deep Hydration Toner Mini
K-Beauty fave
K-Beauty fave
Peach & Lily was my first segue into K-Beauty and Iโ€™ve been loving the Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream from their namesake collection. Designed to deliver antioxidants to the skin to fight off free radical damage while promoting hydrating, balancing, brightening and firming properties, itโ€™s the perfect lightweight moisturizer for dry, sensitive, oily acne-prone skin. It gets its whipped, pudding-like texture from a blend of matcha, cape lilac extract and niacinamide. It feels so velvety and soft on the skin and makes you dewy and perfectly hydrated. Iโ€™m obsessed with this brand because of its authentic approach to skincare. Founder Alicia Yoon has struggled with eczema and has created a line of products that are made with quality ingredients that donโ€™t strip the skin. Instead, they work with the skin to keep it healthy and balanced. Iโ€™d definitely recommend to a friendโ€”especially if youโ€™re looking for something hydrating thatโ€™ll make a difference on your skin. PEACH & LILY - Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream
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Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream
PEACH & LILY-Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream
๐‚๐Ž๐’๐‘๐— - ๐”๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž
๐‚๐Ž๐’๐‘๐— - ๐”๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐Œ๐จ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ณ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‡๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฒ ๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐ค โฃ โฃ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฌ/๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ฆ๐ฌ: โฃ The Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask is designed with pure, natural ingredients like propolis extract and natural beeswax to calm and nourish skin. This soothing, moisturizing mask transforms lifeless skin into healthy and radiant skin while you sleep. As a 3-in-1 mask, the Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask can be used as an overnight mask, a wash off mask, or even as a cream. Best suited for normal to oily, and acne-prone skin types.โฃ โฃ ๐๐š๐œ๐ค๐š๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ : comes in a 60ml tube packaging with a flap capโฃ ๐’๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ: No noticeable scentโฃ ๐“๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž: Gel-like. Having combination skin, the texture on skin is pretty sticky at first but the gluiness goes away after some time. โฃ โฃ I have enjoyed using the mask. I especially liked using it after applying my nighttime routine as a sleeping mask or on days when I need extra hydration as a cream. โฃ โฃ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ:โฃ 1. Gives you a good hydration/moistureโฃ 2. Did not break me outโฃ 3. Helps get rid of small blemishes โฃ 4. Product is in a tube container so itโ€™s more hygienicโฃ 5. Sells at an affordable priceโฃ โฃ ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: โฃ 1. Might feel a lil sticky for oiler skin โฃ โฃ Overall, itโ€™s a lovely, hydrating, and soothing mask! Itโ€™s a good product and does a good job at what it claims it should be doing. โฃ โฃ ๐—ช๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ˆ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž? Most probably not. I have to finish my stash of my sleeping masks first ๐Ÿ˜โฃ ๐‘๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ : 3.5/5 โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ
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Melissa