The New Acid Toner You’ll Want

 

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For years, many years in fact, the only toner I swore by was Proactiv’s Revitalizing Toner.  That was until I met Biologique Recherche’s P50.  The reason my Proactiv toner was so beloved was because it contained glycolic acid.  For my skin type, it was a great way to tone the skin after cleansing (very important step) and treat it.  Since I’m acne-prone with oily skin the glycolic acid was an effective yet gentle exfoliant that kept my pores from becoming clogged, but also kept the surface of my skin smooth.

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February “Try Outs”

My “try outs” always consist of deluxe or regular sample sizes.  I get so many with my orders or because I specifically want to try out a product before purchasing the full size.  This month had a few stand outs that I will definitely purchase the full size, if I haven’t already.

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December “Try Outs”

I recently reacquainted myself with the very important lesson that pick and choose skincare is not always your friend.  After a lot of frustration with trying so many things and not being impressed I put everything aside and used an entire line for 60 days to see if I could hit the reset button on my skin.  All that aside, and more to come in a future post on that subject, here is what was in my December “try outs.”

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Have You Tried An At Home Peel?

If you’re looking for an effective way to boost your skin tone, even out blotchiness, refine texture, lessen the appearance of fine lines, then you need to try at home peels.  They range in strength and price, but can be an affordable way to get impressive results from your skin without a trip to the dermatologist.

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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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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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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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