Au Revoir Blackheads. You’re not welcome here!
Let’s talk about one my biggest love affairs with skincare, The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask. Safe to say....a cult favorite. It is an all natural powder clay, made of 100% calcium bentonite; Which is a type of dry, absorbent clay that forms from old volcanic ash. Bentonite clay has been found to remove bodily toxins upon application by absorbing them. Its a vacuum cleaner for things like dirt and oil and hardens on your skin upon a few mins of application. It’s marketed as the worlds most powerful facial with the purpose of deep cleaning the dirtiest of pores and it does not fall short of that. This product has been in my skincare cabinet for a little over 3 years & I wish I had discovered it sooner. When a friend posted it on her IG and swore by it, I ran after work to get it from the Vitamin Shoppe but soon found out I wasn’t the only girl in Manhattan with hopes of flawless skin. Apparently this was when this product had blown up and was sold out everywhere, I ended up finding it at a beauty supply store in Harlem after hours of searching everywhere. Thankfully now, you can find this $9 mask just about anywhere in the city (Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Rite Aid, Vitamin Stores, local grocery stores, amazon, etc) Being the girl that’s always had troublesome skin this mask promised to help get rid of any impurities on my face, Blackheads and Acne being top of my list. You mix the powder with either water or apple cider vinegar 1:1 & get this cream like consistency which you then apply to the face and leave on for 10 minutes. You start feeling your face tingle & tighten w/in a few mins & before u know it u need a straw to take a sip of water. It’s unlike any mask I’ve ever tried. After washing your face is a bit red but followed with moisturizer and it’s like a new face. Any active pimples/redness diminish & blackheads are gone. I use this once a week subject to how much trouble my face is giving me and I have seen this mask change my skin. If you haven’t tried this, what are you waiting for?! 5/5
AZTEC SECRET-Indian Healing Clay
Are they worth the hype? 🤔
#OLE HENRIKSEN - Truth Serum[products]#[TwoStars] 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐦𝐬: a powerful antiaging serum formulated with vitamin C and collagen for brightening and all-day hydration. 𝐈𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬: ~ True-C Complex: claims to brighten the skin and fight visible signs of aging with stabilized vitamin C derivatives and antioxidants. ~ Collagen ~ Green Tea Extracts ~ Aloe Juice ~ Fragrances‼️ *𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐫- I did not purchase this bottle but I have previously used the truth serum couple years back. First of all, the serum’s consistency is amazing. It’s one of the few Vitamin C serums of which texture I really liked. I find it lightweight, does not feel oily and is absorbed by skin fairly well. However, it really had done absolutely nothing to my skin. I have used up the 0.5oz bottle and had no benefit from it whatsoever. The scent is amazing though. Honestly, it’s the only thing I had liked and enjoyed. But then again, if I had known about how bad fragrances are two years ago, I would not have wasted my time using this. Sorry! This will do nothing but to irritate your skin more if you’re already suffering from acne, or sensitize your skin eventually -- even if you don’t feel it yet. _________________________________ SK-II - Facial Treatment Essence (Pitera Essence) ~ 𝐏𝐈𝐓𝐄𝐑𝐀 (𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐲𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐅𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞) : A natural bio ingredient derived from yeast fermentation that resembles your skin's Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF); Contains over 50 micro-nutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids to condition skin's natural functions. *my 2nd 30ml bottle I have used a lot of essences in the past and definitely was expecting SK-ii to live up to all the hype. But sadly it didn’t.. I know for a fact that Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate can be very beneficial for skin. I find it a really hydrating ingredient thus eventually may help soften the texture of your skin, reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines, and even the look of skin’s tone - just like what the company claims. I tried to like this product. But to be completely honest, I have not seen any visible result or benefit from using it at all. It definitely gives that nourishing “feel” but that’s about it. Did not help my skin texture or improve my uneven skin tone a lil bit. Perhaps you have to use this for a really long time to reap the benefits. I just don’t think it’s worth the $$$. * 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬? This review is based only on my personal experience. I definitely think that SK-ii essence can be much more beneficial for mature skin.
SK-II-Facial Treatment Essence (Pitera Essence)
Affordable moisture surge✨
CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin Looking for a moisture surge? Having extremely dry, rough and bumpy skin? Try the renewing SA line of CeraVe. An exceptional line with amazing and effective products that will leave your skin looking glowy and dewy as ever. Most importantly, these products are available at any drug store and are remarkably affordable! My experience ———————————————— I’ve suffered from extremely dry skin and eczema for my entire childhood. I had textured skin and I could never find a daily moisturizer that soothed my skin without feeling uncomfortable until I tried CeraVe. I began using CeraVe about a year ago and I have never looked back. Not only did it help with my textured skin, but it completely changed the look of my dry ashy face to a healthy glow. ￼￼￼SA Cleanser CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin The cleanser of this line is extremely soothing, gentle and perfect for sensitive skin. It does not remove make up and is safe to use as an everyday morning and evening cleanser. ￼￼￼SA Cream CeraVe - Renewing SA Cream The cream is a thick consistency that helps penetrate the skin and creates a hydrating look. After continuous use I saw a significant difference in my skin as it looked bright and hydrated. The cream is a perfect winter moisturizer. Some may find it too thick for the summer, but from personal experience and extremely dry skin, it works for me all year round. ￼￼￼SA Lotion CeraVe - Renewing SA Lotion The SA lotion is a nighttime moisturizer that contains salicylic acid and lactic acid that helps exfoliate the skin at night. This is only a nighttime moisturizer as these chemicals cannot be exposed to sunlight. The lotion helps restore the protective skin barrier and leaves a brightening look for the day. ——————————————— Results! I absolutely love this line. It is my holy grail. It helped with literally all of my skin concerns from dullness, uneven texture, uneven skin tone and extreme dryness. When used altogether, these products are exceptionally effective. ——————————————— Recommend 100% I recommend this line to anyone with eczema as it is extremely gentle and works well with sensitive skin. Anyone suffering from dryness and textured skin can use this line. With continuous daily use, you will see a significant difference in your skin in just a month! I highly highly recommend these if you suffer from any of the above!
CeraVe-Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin
SUNSCREEN ROUND-UP ☀️
Ever since I was a pre-teen, my mom stressed the importance of sunscreen and protecting my skin from sun damage. Luckily I listened to my mom and started wearing sunscreen every. single. day. starting at 13. At almost a decade later, I must say that visibly there aren’t many changes or differences in my skin from when I was younger besides the normal aging of skin like pore size and acne breakouts. Although, I have seen a difference in my skin compared to some friends who don’t wear sunscreen on a daily basis. There are many factors that can effect your skin but sun protection is a main one that can be easily avoided to prevent premature wrinkles, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, etc. Sunscreen is a huuuge interest of mine so here are four super different formulas to compare! SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50 SPF Type: Physical Key ingredients: Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide This one almost feels like a dry oil. It has that super emollient and runny texture that blends into the skin easily. It looks tinted when it first comes out of the bottle but it doesn’t offer any coverage when applied. I love this one especially when my skin is feeling a little lack luster because it does leave behind a glow! ILIA - Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation SPF Type: Physical Key ingredients: Non-nano Zinc Oxide, Squalane, Niacinamide & Hyaluronic Acid This is what I would call a tinted moisturizer with SPF. I wouldn’t use this on its own to protect my skin because with products that offer coverage, it’s hard to know how much product is actually SPF 40. We tend to apply only as much product as you need the coverage. This is a great topper for sunscreen though- a step to add a tint to the skin plus additional sun protection. The texture is super lightweight and runny (more like a thin serum). BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Mineral SPF 45 (old formulation) SPF Type: Physical Key ingredients: Squalane, Titanium Dioxide & Zinc Oxide This sunscreen is a much thicker consistency than the above two. It goes on like a classic “sunscreen lotion” and definitely leaves behind a white cast (even on my skin tone which is pretty light!). If you can get past the white cast, it’s an amazing physical sunscreen that offers great protection. The white cast just makes my skin look ashy and grey, which if I’m wearing a full face of foundation is fine, but because I rarely wear foundation I don’t prefer it. Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 SPF Type: Chemical This is a clear dimethicone-feeling cream that reminds me of a smoothing primer. It helps to blur out pores and texture and leaves the skin looking soft-matte. It’s probably the driest feeling on the skin compared to the above sunscreens but is a great option for everyday. I usually prefer physical SPFs to chemical, but this is the best chemical one I’ve tried!
SKINCEUTICALS-Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50
Indian Healing Clay ✨BEFORE&AFTER✨
AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay I’ve been seeing this Indian Healing Clay everywhere from Instagram to TikTok you name it. So I finally got them from Amazon, I’ve used them about two times, so today is my third time using this mask. It says on the description to use this mask once per week, so I’ve continually used this mask for three weeks straight now, and I honestly do not see much of a difference 😕 - I’ve put on before and after photos in the end to show you the results. But it could be just my skin isn’t the perfect fit for this mask to see results, or maybe I haven’t used this long enough to see the results happen. Furthermore, I do want to say I do like how this mask makes my nose seem smaller as soon as the mask dries on my face 😂 I know this is super irrelevant but I still want to put it out there 😂😂 because this mask really does cause the sensation on your face/skin that makes you feel like your face is being “vacuumed” by the mask. It literally sucks your face to a point where it makes it seem like to me that my nose had gotten smaller 😂😂 - I used to put on the thickest layer possible with this mask because I thought it’ll be more effective 😂 but after binge watching SkinCareByHyram on YouTube where he was reacting to Charlie D’Amelio’s skin routine, I learnt that it’s actually damaging for my skin to do that. So as many of us would, I took SkinCareByHyram’s advice and I put on a thin layer this time. It had the same effect, and it was way less time consuming and less messy to while I wash off my mask. - I used my Foreo electric exfoliator to wash my mask off because this clay mask is quite difficult to rub off once it’s dry. You can try this too, it makes the job much easier, but remember to wet your entire mask/face first before going in with the electric exfoliator because if you don’t wet your mask before doing so (and trust me on this) it will cause you a lot of pain and damage on your skin. - My face is red for about half an hour after I took my mask off, it goes away, nothing to worry about, it says it on the label as well. - So if you are interested in experiencing the hype, you could definitely give this mask a try since it’s quite affordable anyway. I just want to put it out there that it is better to use it with raw Apple cider (like the one I use), than just mixing it with water (or rose water) because for some reason the raw Apple cider causes this “chemical” reaction as soon as it hits the clay mask, making the clay mask bubble and makes a simmering sound, like when baking soda mixes with water kind of sound, in which many effective deep pore cleansing masks itself from other brands does to our faces (e.g. Glam Glow bubble mask, it bubbles up the minute you take it out of the bag).AZTEC SECRET - Indian Healing Clay
AZTEC SECRET-Indian Healing Clay
5 Reasons Why I Love TO’s Niacinamide Serum
I first heard about The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum when I was searching for brightening serums last year. While my combination skin rarely ever breaks out, I do have some dark marks left over from the occasional pimples that I would like to disappear, or at least, improve in appearance. So I ordered TO’s Niacinamide Serum, crossing my fingers and hoping that it’s actually effective. It’s been almost a whole year later and I’m already on my third bottle of this serum. I have to say, I love it more and more as time goes by! Here are the 5 reasons why. 1. It lightens up my dark spots. It’s not a very dramatic change, mind you, but it does lighten my dark spots quite noticeably. I guess I’ll have to use a few more bottles of this serum if I want to completely lighten them. 2. It smoothens my skin’s texture. I can't believe just how nice it is to glide your fingers over your skin and not feel any bumps! 3. It provides much-needed moisture. My skin never feels dry when I have this serum on. I think it’s successful in locking in the moisture from my essence, too. 4. It doesn’t make my skin oily. Even though it moisturizes my skin, it doesn’t make my face look oily or greasy. This is very important to me because I really like keeping my face matte. 5. It makes me look fresh in the morning. Who doesn’t like seeing that healthy glow on their face when they wake up in the morning? Definitely not me! Can you guess what my overall rating is? 💋💋💋💋💋 5 out of 5 kisses! I really enjoy using this product and I think I’ll keep using it for the future, at least until I find a worthy replacement. Hopefully not, though! If you have some dark spots and you’re having a hard time reducing their appearance, you may want to try out The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum! You can get it for only $5.90 on the Cherie website! The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Have you tried this product before? Loved it, hated it? Let me know in the comments!
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Fight Acne with Retinoids and Retinol to GLOW ✨
🚨If you suffer from stubborn acne (like I have) you may want to consider adding OTC retinoids to your routine! 🔑Retinoids, a vitamin A derivative, are a key player in the skincare industry. Many studies have proven retinoids fight acne, promote collagen, reduce wrinkles and hyperpigmentation to give skin a healthy glow. The good news is now there are plenty of options for Rx strength one now available OTC! 💁🏻♀️I only mentioned products I’ve use and that work! Best OTC Rx Strength Adapalene 0.1% proactiv - Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment DIFFERIN - Acne Treatment Gel LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne Treatment This former prescription-only retinoid works to unclog pores by slowing pore lining growth and reduces the skin’s sensitivity to inflammation! This is a great introductory retinoid if you’ve never used any before. ✨Prevents pimple formation ✨Speeds blemish healing time ✨Reduces inflammation and redness ✨Evens skin tone and texture ✨Anti-aging benefits Best OTC Retinol Serums Why do I like OTC retinoids better than retinol? Retinol actually takes much longer to work. In fact, because retinol must convert at the cellular level of the skin, it can take 6 months to a year before seeing results. Retinol can be 20x less effective than a Rx strength retinoids. Murad - Retinol Youth Renewal Serum dermalogica - Retinol Acne Clearing Oil SUNDAY RILEY - A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum The Ordinary - Retinol 0.2% in Squalane The Ordinary - Retinol 0.2% in Squalane DRUNK ELEPHANT - A-Passioni Retinol Cream ✨Gentle formulas - good for sensitive skin ✨Decrease fine lines over time ✨Serums contain other skin hydrating ingredients Myths True and False: ⚡️Retinoids thin your skin - FALSE They actually strengthen your skin by promoting collagen production. ⚡️Retinoids have drying side effects - TRUE and FALSE When you start using retinoids, skin may go through a process of Retinization, the adjustment period in which dryness, flaking and redness can occur. Symptoms subside in about 4 weeks and are almost eliminated my using a great moisturizer. ⚡️You should wait till your older to use retinoids - FALSE Retinoids and retinol are safe to use ages 12 and up! 💁🏻♀️Right now, I personally use Proactive adapalene 0.1% for acne fighting and anti-aging at the same time! How save retinoids improved your skin?
SUNDAY RILEY-A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum
Farmacy Clean Bee Face Cleanser
🐝What are the claims? It is an ultra gentle, soothing facial cleanser that lifts away excess oil, impurities & makeup while infusing moisture with honey & hyaluronic acid. For normal, dry & combo skin. Formulated for dullness & uneven texture. 🐝Key ingredients; •Coconut, Sugar & Amino Avis - 🥥 naturally derived cleansers that gently wash away impurities, dirt, excess oil, makeup residue & brighten skin tone. •Hyaluronic Avis - 💧 with low molecular weight, it is able to penetrate deeply for added moisture & hydration. •proprietary Honey Blend - 🍯 known for soothing & humectant properties. This honey is known for its antioxidant properties & evening skin tone. 🐝Texture/Consistency? It is a thick gel, that turns foamy when washing with water. . 🐝My thoughts? I got this as a gift set around November & I just recently tried it out! I’ve been loving this, as it’s so gentle & hydrating on my skin! My skin is dry & sensitive but this doesn’t irritate it or strip it of any oils. It claims to brighten & even skin tone, my skin seemed very glowy & bright the next day after using it. It smells very mild like honey & soap. The texture is very creamy/ thick until you use circular motions & it foams up & gets creamy. I defiantly think this small size will last me awhile but I will purchase the large one when I do! 😊 🐝Price Vs. Size? It is $28 for the full size, 5oz bottle with a pump on it. I would say it’s worth it! I would for sure recommend it as well to those in need of a hydrating face wash! FARMACY - Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser
FARMACY-Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser
Before + after of the sun.tegrity - Natural Self Tanner ! My initial thoughts? Love the scent profile, love the botanical ingredients (it uses Vegetan, an eco-certified source of DHA from sugar beets), and it was a total breeze to apply! Even on my face — which I was nervous about. But no issues at all! (They claim it’s ideal for sensitive skin types!) I of course exfoliated well, and I moisturised my dry, patchy areas (elbows, wrists, feet, ankles and knees.) I was able to let it dry for several minutes and then go about my day. You could totally sleep with this on and it won’t mess up your sheets! The tan gradually started to build over a period of 8 hours and by the next morning I was looking golden and tan! I love how natural this looks and you can totally reapply it for a deeper, bronzed look, which I’m definitely going to try out soon! Have you tried this Natural Self Tanner? I’m pleasantly surprised and will continue to use it! Let me know of you have any other questions! Which natural self tanners do you like and use? (For women who are pregnant: This is a very clean product, formulated with no nasties. However, Suntegrity still recommends printing the ingredients deck on their website and bringing it in or emailing it to your doctor/midwife to make sure. Just like any product — green or not, some women experience allergies to certain ingredients during their pregnancy or their doc/midwife wants them to stray from a certain ingredient. So definitely double check.)
sun.tegrity-Natural Self Tanner
This mask Helps with dull skin!
#maskmonday beauties!! 😍✨💫 🍒SWIPE LEFT FOR TEXTURE SHOTS AND VIDEO🍒⬅️⬅️⬅️⬅️ I have been enjoying this mask since more than a month now and I have thoughts on this! This @glamglow Berry glow Probiotic Recovery face mask GLAMGLOW - BERRYGLOW Probiotic Recovery Face Mask was intriguing to me since the day I heard about it! I initially thought it's just another Yogurt mask that claims to do a lot of things but don't do any! This mask is different. I applied it multiple times now and everytime I apply it my face instantly is brighter and plump! I see a glow on my face instantly. Also it doesn't sting or irritate my SENSITIVE SKIN TYPE! ✨I looked more into the ingredients and they're amazing!✨ 🍒Super Berry Blend: A mix of antioxidant-rich fruit extracts (blueberry, cranberry, and goji) and vitamins to nurture skin. 🍒 Lactobacillus Ferment Probiotic: Helps balance and support a healthy skin microbiome. 🍒Jojoba Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, and Shea Butter: Replenish hydration to visibly plump skin while protecting the skin’s moisture barrier. The main ingredient highlight that is the Lactobacillus Ferment Probiotic, this helps in giving you micro - exfoliation and leaves the skin glowing and bright. Yogurt has Lactic acid in it naturally so any Probiotic product has some if preserved. 🍒Also check out how bouncy that texture is, it's just like yogurt bouncy and gooey! It applies like whipped cream on face and works it's magic in 10 minutes!!
GLAMGLOW-BERRYGLOW Probiotic Recovery Face Mask