The Clay Mask And Why It’s a Classic

My oily/acne-prone skin just loves a good clay mask.  Here’s a tip:

In the summer months when the skin gets extra oily, you can use your favorite clay mask as a cleanser.

GLAMGLOW capitalized on this by creating a spin off of their favorite masks and created these cleansers.  I have had them on my wish list for a while now, but until then, I’ve been using a new release from Caudalíe, the Instant Detox Mask.Caudalíe Mask

It reminds me a lot of the pink clay mask by Clarins called the Pure & Radiant Mask, but with more of the pore-clearing strength of the GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment.  Which means you can see as the mask is drying where the oil is being pulled out from the pore.  It has that polka-dot look once the mask on your skin has dried.

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August “Try Outs”

Welcome to a new monthly feature post! “Try Outs” showcases products that I’m currently sampling.  I’m always trying lots of new products, as I showed in my last sample post.  Whatever their impact might be, good or bad, I keep a little mental review in my mind if it’s something I want to come back to and purchase full sized.

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All About Samples And How to Get Them

Who doesn’t love a good bunch of samples? I have become a sample hoarder.  I have enough that I can actually box them up into three different categories:

  • cleansers
  • moisturizers/eye creams
  • masks

From the various monthly beauty boxes I was subscribed to, to my many Sephora orders and purchasing some on Poshmark and eBay I have crafted quite a collection.  Here are some of my tricks to getting samples (good sized ones too).

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Your Update on Sunscreen {Video}

I’ve talked about my feelings on sunscreen before and what I use myself but when I saw this video I thought I needed to share it.  I immediately went out and purchased the Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder spf 30.  They did sell the regular one she shows in the video at some point.  I couldn’t find it on Sephora, but I did find it on eBay, if you’re not on the combination/oily side.

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The One Week Topcoat You Should Own

Long before Shellac or gel manicures existed I had weekly clients and a secret for making a manicure last for one week with no chipping.  Part of that secret was the Hoof Lacquer Protein Treatment, the other is the application style.  Always make sure with the polish itself and with the topcoat to go over the tip of the nail.  I know Seche Vite is acclaimed as the number one topcoat, but it’s not as good.  The Hoof Lacquer also has the added bonus of not only being a topcoat, but also strengthening your nails.

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These Products Are Worth It

Tatcha Some people love when a good plan comes together, I love when a product actually works.  Have you every tried something that worked so well it instantly became a part of your everyday hair, makeup or skincare routine? I love it when that happens.  This past month I have found a few of those products.  The first one I talked about in one of my previous posts, the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder.  Have you gotten it yet, because you will love it?  They make a smaller size that is only $15, it is worth it.

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The Many Joys of Monthly Box Subscriptions

IMG_0413It all started with Birchbox.  It was affordable, which was the number one influence in trying it out.  Every month when it would arrive I would get so excited to get it opened  and see what was inside.  I was very rarely disappointed.  That’s when I thought, what’s even better than this? Having more boxes come, more often.

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Rice Powder Cleansers And Why You’ll Love Them

Anything that’s held up over decades is always going to produce results.  It sounds obvious, but most times we become desensitized to certain ingredients after seeing them on everything from hand sanitizer to facial wipes.  Some of the most common:

  • lavender
  • witch hazel
  • calendula
  • rosewater
  • shea

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Trying Retinol For The First Time

RoC Night CreamI am not usually inclined to buying skincare products found at your local CVS or Target, but that doesn’t mean there are not brands out there that are worth making exceptions for.  I decided to dip my toes in the RoC pond.  I have seen many magazine articles lauding one product of theirs in particular, the RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream.

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Why AHA’s

What are they? What do they do? Why do I need them? All great questions with easy answers.  AHA’s or Alpha Hydroxy Acids are natural acids that are derived from food and plants.  They sound like something a chemist created in a lab, but some are actually found in things we can eat.  Here are a few:

  • Citric (found in citrus fruits)
  • Glycolic (found in sugar cane)
  • Lactic (found in sour milk)
  • Malic (found in apples)
  • Tartaric (found in grapes)

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