OMG More Empties!

Even more empties! I wasn’t planning on doing another one of these so soon, but I have gone through so many products and my bathroom is already so cluttered! So here we go!

SeaTree Moisture Mist

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Love LOVE this moisture mist. Its the best one I have ever used! I have only been able to find it on Beauteque for $12.99, which offers an amazing korean beauty/skincare monthly subscription box. They also sell the products they feature which is where I bought a replacement of this. ITS SO GOOD!! Grade- A++++++++

SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion

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This is one of my favorite toners, I use it every morning. Really works well with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and I love having that extra boost of skincare under my makeup! I usually get this from SK-II’s website but its also available at Sephora.com and Saks. Grade- A-

GlamGlow Youthmud Tingle Exfoliate Treatment

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I wanted to love this, but it really irritated my sensitive skin. I mean super irritated. It hurt so bad while it was one, and my skin was left super red, tender and super sore afterwards. I have noticed every Glamglow product I use does the same thing, which is depressing. Because overall my skin felt so smooth and after the redness and irritation died down it looked good too. I just can’t justify purchasing this, and if you have sensitive skin be warned! But you can find it at Sephora Grade- B *for results*

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

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I actually liked this product a lot. I noticed my blackheads would diminish when I used this consecutively, and it was easy to use and did not aggravate my sensitive skin. The problem is I would forget to use this, since I used it after my essence, and before my serums. I am super strict with my skincare routine and I just kept forgetting about this. So I have decided not to repurchase (for now). But if you have issues with blackheads I would recommend giving this a shot! I got mine at memebox.com Grade- B+

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Peel-Off Mask

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Hate is such a strong word, but hate is what I can use to describe my feelings towards this mask. I didn’t use it all, I didn’t even use a 1/5 of it. But I am chucking it in the garbage. It would NEVER fully dry, and to top that off it wasn’t easy to wash off what remainder of the mask wouldn’t peel off. I had to scrape it off with my fingernails. I tried thin layers, thick layers, I let it sit on my face for over an hour. No thank you, PASS! Also my skin showed no improvement at all after each use, so it wasn’t like the extra effort was worth it for the results.But a lot of people do like it so if you want to play Russian Roulette with your face you can find it at most drugstores and Ulta.com Grade- FAIL

La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel

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I tried a deluxe sample of this and I was sold. I used this just in the  morning, and my underlies were brightened, and moisturized. They felt amazing, even under heaps of makeup! I am still using my SK-II eye cream, but when I am done with that I will probably be purchasing this, probably from La Mers website, or Neiman Marcus. Grade- A

Perricone MD Cold Plasma

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OK, ok… hold up. I don’t know where this product has been all my life but OMG it is amazing. I ended up getting a few deluxe samples of this little baby, and my skin ADORES IT. The smell is pretty off putting, but the results speak for themselves. This has been one of the best anti-aging products I have ever used. I will be purchasing a full-size of this when I am through with all my samples! If you are looking for a good anti-aging product I recommend checking this out! My skin looks so much younger, and healthier since I added this to my routine! You can find it at Sephora, Ulta and various other places. Grade- A+

 

Other Products in my Empties list *that were either not impressive or I have previously talked about

  • COTZ Face Natural Skintone SPF 40- to dark for me and to thick
  • Lindsay Charcoal Magic Mask- I did a review on this. I really like it but I have other masks I like a lot better. worth checking out though!
  • Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen booster
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing mask- this was alright, I have better sugar scrubs though
  • Tatcha Luminous Memory Serum Concentrate- I liked this, but not enough to justify the cost. I may buy it in the future
  • Ahava Dead Sea Crystal Osmotic Serum- this did nothing for my skin, so pass.
  • NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray- Love and already bought a replacement
  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Foaming Cleasner- Made it my favorite cleanser list. Love this, and already bought a replacement
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray- Love and have a full-size (this was a deluxe sample)
  • Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser- was an alright cleanser but I have better. So Pass
  • Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate- I actually really enjoyed this, so I may purchase it in the future.

also RIP my beloved discontinued L’Occitane Honey Gentle Water. My most beloved of fragrances!

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Skincare Tips :: Minimizing Pores

Enlarged pores are something a lot of us struggle with, some are worse then others. No matter the case it can be something that makes us feel unconfident, and uncomfortable in our own skin.

Although it is nearly impossible to completely get rid of enlarged pores there are a few things you can do to help minimize them, and also keep them clean and free from gunk (which can make them a little unsightly), These are things that I do because I struggle with enlarged pores that clog easily. I have found these things and products to really work wonders for me and my skin, and have noticed a big difference in the appearance of my skin and pores.

Skincare Routine and Products

Its important to have a good routine down, this doesn’t mean you need to have 12 steps, and use expensive products. Rather you want to find the routine for you that you will stick with, because reputation is the key. If its just wash-tone-moisturize thats fine. But you should work each step to your advantage, so if you are looking to minimize pores you have to be really specific with the products you use.

  • The first thing I did to change up my routine and saw a difference was with the addition of a pore brush. I initially used a inexpensive handheld one, and then upgraded to a clairsonic. But I would recommend anything. A soft $5 handheld pore brush will really up your skin game, really clean deep into your pores, and help any treatments you have work better.
  • EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE- I alternate between a sugar scrub, a chemical peeling gel, and an exfoliator rich in salicylic acid every other day. When I started adding this to my routine in like 3 days I saw an immense difference. smoother skin and my pores were visibly smaller.
  • Targeted products where another thing that really helped me import the appearance of my pores. I am not talking about going out and spending a fortune. Rather research  what works, and try new things out. I found a few products that worked miracles, and others that were all hype.
  • a good toner. I swear by a few toners that I rotate between depending on the time of year. I look for ones that have BHA, are soothing, and excellent at balancing the Ph of my skin and cleansing deep down into my pores.

Ingredients to look for in products

  • Salicylic acid – a BHA (beta Hydroxy Acid)- cleans and exfoliates deep down into pores
  • cleansers and masks with active charcoal – draws out and deep cleans
  • plant waters and extracts that work to minimize and diminish pores.
  • Hyaluronic Acid

 

Products I use and have great results with

  • Benton BHA Aloe Toner
  • Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle peeling pads
  • Cure Aqua Peeling Gel
  • Elizavecca Hell Pore Control Hyaluronic Acid 97%
  • Boire Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
  • Tosowoong Platinum Miracle Skin Pore Tightening Pack
  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

I hope these tips helped you. Feel free to comment below with questions, or if you have any experience and want to add to the list of advice!

 

Empties :: Bunch of Skincare Stuff

I have a good amount of empties to share! I did a youtube video on them, but I really wanted to go in depth about my likes and dislikes! Buckle up kiddies, lets ride! *I don’t know why I said that

Empties

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Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask- I actually really enjoyed this mask. It didn’t aggravate or irritate my sensitive skin, and left a nice clean fresh face. However my Elizavecca Carbonated mask does a lot better at cleaning my skin. So I am not going to be rebuying this. But this was very nice! Grade – B+

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Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream– This did absolutely nothing for me. Was alittle greasy, made my under eyes look oily. Didn’t hydrate and honey, it definitely didn’t lift! This is 99% natural so that is good, but again this did nothing for me at all. Pass. Grade- D

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Holika Holika Pig-nose Clear Blackhead Deep Cleansing Oil Balm- I talked about this on my favorite cleansers blog post. I really love this for my first cleanse of the morning, I will be rebuying. Grade – A

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Innisfree Anti-Darkening Fixer- I really REALLY wanted to love this. It feels great on, has a nice fresh smell. But I need something heavier duty for a makeup fixer. Because South Florida is a humid swamp land I need something that will keep my face from melting. Sadly this is not it. If I ever get out of this tar pit I may give this another go, but it did not hold up well and I noticed my foundation moving around, and my makeup wearing off after a few short hours. I will not be repurchasing, whomp whomp. Grade – C-

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Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray- This was both good and bad. I liked how it made my face feel. Was cooling, and felt nice. But it has a very strong aftertaste/smell of alcohol. I tried to get over it but I just couldn’t. I am glad this was a sample sent to me and I didn;t buy it because I would have been pissed. Clinique!! WHYYYYY Grade – D

Now if you want an excellent moisture mist I have been obsessed with SeaTree’s Seatree art Moisture Mist!

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Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner– I adore this toner. I use it when my skin feels irritated. It is so soothing. Cleanses well, feels amazing on, and in no way has it ever irritated my sensitive skin. Has BHA, snail secretion filtrate (yes you heard that right, but its an amazing ingredient) and instead of water it uses aloe barbadensis leaf water, which give this toner my highest amount of praise. If you have ever tried Benton products you must. I have enjoyed everything  I have tried from then. This toner is my most favorite of them all! Grade- A

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Batherapy Epsom Salt and Siberian Fir Oil Bath salts– This was a gift from my sister and I absolutely love it. Was very realxing, and helped relieve tension in my back. Plus it smells like a fricken Christmas tree! I will be rebuying this! Grade – B+

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Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum– OMG I love this. I talked about it in my last skincare blog post. It does such an excellent job of firming, and hydrating. My face can definitely feel it once I put it on, and it absorbs quickly, and isn’t greasy. If you are on the fence about spending the money on this I would recommend buying one of Tatchas ritual sets that have this in it. But I will definitely be repurchasing this! Grade- A+

Overall I liked most of these products, and will be repurchasing some of them. If you have any opinions or questions on these guys let me know in the comments section!

April Favorites :: Skincare

I already posted my April makeup favorites, and now it is time for my April Skincare favorites. I love my current routine, and would have loved to put them all on this list, but I decided to post the ones that I am super obsessed with, rather then the whole routine. If you want to learn my whole routine I have a recent post on that! ONWARD!

April Skincare Favorites

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Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum- It normally takes a good 4-6 weeks for me to see a difference when I switch serums/treatments. But this one I saw just after about 2. My skin felt firm, and definitely hydrated.

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Secret Key Snow White Cleansing Foam- I love this as my morning cleanser. I bought it on a whim and I am so glad I did. have such a nice lather, leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, and I notice that I have a much brighter complexion.

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Tosowoong Platinum Miracle Skin Tightening Pack– I am OBSESSED!!!!!!!!! I reviewed this, I bought it, I use it. I LOVE it! Has to be the best mask I use hands down!

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La Mer Creme de La Mer- This is practically holy grail status. I have used this in the past but at the time I was much younger and I don’t think my skin needed it as much. Fast forward over a decade and I decided to give it another go. Immediate results. I can definitely tell when I don’t use this. My skin hasn’t felt this healthy, or looked better EVER! Now I know it is pricey, good LOOOOOORRRRRDDDD is it pricey. But it has worked so well for me. So I will probably have this as a permanent part of my nighttime skincare routine from now on. A jar does go a long way though. With the current rate I am going through this I probably won’t need to rebuy another at until November or December.

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Tatcha Pure Camellia Cleansing Oil- This is fast becoming my favorite oil cleanser. Leave my face feeling really clean and gets off all my stubborn makeup!

I didn’t include items I have been using over and over again like my Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel, my Innisfree Jeju Pore cleansing Foam, or my SK-II Essence, but those are always in my favorite loves list! ❤

Honorable Mentions

  • La Mer- The Cleansing Gel
  • Sea Tree Moisture Mist
  • sk-II Facial Treatment Lotion
  • Corsx Power Blackhead Liquid

 

Hope you liked my favorites! ❤

New Skincare Routine for Spring/Summer

I think I finally got the perfect routine of skincare down. I haven’t seen my skin improve so fast in such a long time. I haven’t had as much irritation lately. my pores are getting so small (areas were they were prominent are completely gone, just smooth flawless skin) and it feels so happy, healthy and hydrated! So here is an updated routine.This is my current skincare routine (with list of products).

Again,I change or try new things every few months, so I will probably be updating this blog with what I have tried and what works and what didn’t. However I am loving this routine so this may stay the same through summer.

My Skin

I have a very pale complexion, with combination sensitive skin. I also suffered from enlarged pores. I have lived in South Florida my entire life, and would wear sunscreen everyday on my arms and neck but not my face. As such I had some sun damage, and some issue with a nice texture on my skin. At 30 (I’m going to be 32 in a few months) I decided it was time to put on my big girl pants and start really taking care of myself. Diet, exercise, and SKINCARE!

I don’t like under-exxagerating how bad my skin was, because truly whats the point- I had bad skin. Breakouts, pores, flaking. All because I didn’t take proper care of it. It was MY FAULT. So when I owned up to that (rather then blame genetics) I started to see a VAST improvement.

After trying new products, and really refining my regimen  I can say that my skin hasn’t felt this healthy, or looked this good ever! I have been doing this routine for about 3 weeks now.

My Routine

Morning

  • Oil Cleanser – Clean It Zero From Banila Co. This is a great first cleanse in the morning. Sometimes I do not do a double cleanse in the morning, but if I wake up and my face is extra greasy then I do this. I can say I usually do a double cleanse in the morning. at least 5 times a week.
  • Foaming Cleanser –Secret Key Snow White Foaming Cleanser. I love this in the morning,. my complexion looks brighter and my face feels great.
  • Toner –SK-II Facial Treatment Lotion
  • Exfoliate – Cure Natural Aqua Gel (twice a week, I love this) or Freeman’s Charcoal Sugar Scrub (this one is ok, just using it up right now since I don’t like to waste product)
  • Essence – SK-II Facial Treatment Essence- Put a small amount in my hands and gently pat into my face. I let it absorb completely before moving on, BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by Cosrx – I put a fair amount on a cotton pad and dab in on my entire nose and chin. I wait for the SK-II to absorb before I move onto the other.
  • Serums –Tatcha Firming Serum, Then Red Tea Antioxidant Serum from Ole Henriksen
  • Eye Cream –SK-II Eye Cream, this one has been one of the better ones I tried. Although I am still a fan of the ETUDE House Moistfull collagen one.
  • Cream- Perricone MD Cold Plasma, this is a dream product. It smells horrible but it makes my skin look amazing.
  • Moisturizer – Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream by Tatcha.
  • I also apply Nature Republics Aloe Vera Gel all over my body and chest and neck area.

Evening/nighttime

  • Oil Cleanser – Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil. This leaves my face clean, and takes off all my makeup and gunk from the day.
  • Foaming Cleanser –USUALLY Jeju Clay Pore Cleanser from Innisfree, which is my holy grail cleanser. But If I wore a very heavy face of makeup I use La Mers The Cleansing Gel, which is amazing, and during hormonal breakouts I use Tatcha’s Rice Enzyme Cleanser. I found a big difference when I catered my cleansers to certain times of the month, and different instances as well.
  • Toner –Benton BHA Aloe Vera Toner
  • Exfoliate – Cure Natural Aqua Gel (twice a week, I love this) or Freeman’s Charcoal Sugar Scrub (this one is ok, just using it up right now since I don’t like to waste product) I used to just exfoliate at night but I was still getting clogged pores. Now that I do it twice I have seen a huge difference in the amount of blackheads I get
  • Mask– Either a foaming mask, clay mask or sheet mask
  • If I am using a sheet mask I skip this step/ If its a wash off, peeling or clay after I rinse it off then I will wipe my face off with the Green Tea cleansing water from Innisfree
  • Tone Again- SK-II Facial Treatment Lotion
  • Essence – SK-II Facial Treatment Essence- Put a small amount in my hands and gently pat into my face.
  • Serums –Tatcha Firming Serum, Then Red Tea Antioxidant Serum from Ole Henriksen
  • Eye Cream –SK-II Eye Cream
  • Cream– Perricone MD Cold Plasma, this is a dream product. It smells horrible but it makes my skin look amazing.
  • Moisturizer – If my skin is irritated at all I will use Tatchas Indigo Soothing Triple recovery Cream. If my skin isn’t irritated I use Creme de La Mer from La Mer
  • I also apply Nature Republics Aloe Vera Gel all over my body and chest and neck area.

 

I CAN SAY THIS. I used to dread cleaning my face a few years ago and now its one of the favorite parts of my day. And I get to do it twice!! I really look forward to it.

Again I have seen the biggest improvement in my skins overall health and appearance since I have switched up my routine. I do know a few of these items are very pricey. So if I had to only recommend one or two to add I would definitely say add the Sk-II essence and lotion, or just the essence. I think essences are one of the most important things in any solid skin care routine.

Favorite Cleansers

I have a variety of different cleansers I use depending on what my skin needs. What I use in the morning, what I use at night, what I use when I wear a lot of makeup, and what I use when I am having a hormonal breakout, or a lot of skin irritation. Here is a list of my favorites.

Oil/Balm Cleansers – First Cleanse

I do a double cleanse every morning and night. I use a different one for the morning, and different for the evening.

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Banila Co Clean it Zero- I Love this one from Banila Co. It is definitely a cult favorite for people who are obsessed with Korean skincare. I love how clean it makes my face feel. I use this one on the morning.

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Holika Holika Pig Nose Deep Cleansing oil/balm- I used this one before I used Banila Cos Balm. I really liked it, and it gave me a really nice clean. I don’t usually buy it because I have moved on to the Clean it Zero, but it does clean very well and if you have wanted to try it out I would recommend it.

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Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil- I love this oil. I use it at night to help remove all my make up, and any gunk that’s been accumulating on my face the whole day. Its’ gentle, leaves my skin feeling healthy and fresh, and super squeaky clean.

Foaming Cleansers- Second Cleanse

Just like the first cleanse, I use a different foaming cleanser at night then I do during my morning routine. It all usually depends on the amount of makeup I have worn that day, stress, and if I am having any hormonal breakouts.

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Secret Key Snow White Cleansing Foam-  This has become my favorite morning cleanser. It creates a great lather, cleans very well, and leaves my complexion glowing.

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Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing FoamTHIS IS MY HOLY GRAIL CLEANSER. I don’t know what I did before I tried this, and I hope I never have to be without it. It is such an amazing cleanser. It cleanse so deep down into my pores, leaves my face feeling nice and fresh, and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I use this at night, and sometimes in the morning when I am planning on wearing little to no makeup.

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Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (I also like the Indigo version as well)- I love this cleanser. It is a little fickle, but once you get the hang of it it leaves the most remarkably clean skin. I use this around the time I get hormonal breakouts, it does a good job of not aggravating my skin and keeping those pesky buggers at bay.

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La Mer The Cleansing Gel- I had heard so many amazing things about this I just had to try it out. I have been using it for a short time and I can honestly say it is worth the hype. It is on the expensive side, so I use it on days I wear a full face of makeup, or I feel like I need a ridiculously squeaky clean. If you wanted to splurge on a nice cleanser I would recommend this one. So good!

Lastly are my 2 favorite cleansing tools.

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I’m Dual Pore Brush– I picked this up from Memebox on a whim. Its such a special little brush. It cleans my face and pores very well, and is very gently for my sensitive skin. I use this in the morning.

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Kashoen Cleansing Brush– Oh baby do I love this! Seriously, this is the best facial cleansing tool I have. It cleans my face so well, feels so nice, helps with circulation, and overall is such a pleasure to use. I use this at night, and it is really helpful to create a lather with the Rice Cleanser from Tatcha. ❤

 

Those are my favorite cleansers, and I use a few others but these are my die hard ones I go to.

Haul :: Random Items From Memebox.com

I wanted to buy a few different things from Memebox.com and wanted to add a few extras to bump it up to get free shipping.

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The Goods

  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic 3 in 1 Nose Pack
  • Innisfree Eco Beauty Tool Ribbon Hair Band *not pictured
  • Innisfree Eco Safety Perfect Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++ 50ml *repurchase
  • I’m Meme I’m Rubycell Puff pack 5
  • Darkness Eyelashes K.Ma5
  • Darkness Eyelashes VN
  • Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack Lovely Peach
  • Nooni Root Energy Cleansing Water Mini (for travel)
  • ETUDE House Tear Drop Liner #01
  • Tosowoong Platinum Miracle Skin Pore Tightening Pack

I had reviewed the pore pack recently and I fell in love, so I wanted to buy a full size! Its so amazing!

That’s my little haul. I love all the things! ❤

Haul :: Cosmetic Love – Major Sample Haul

I am in the market to try out some new items. And I LOVE cosmetic-love.com for it. They offer a large variety of sample you can purchase, and free shipping with no minimum purchase amount. Now when I mean I purchased the samples, I mean you get like 20 samples of the same product for like 3-5 dollars. This has been essential for me especially when I am trying out new items. By the time the samples are used up I know if the product is working for me or not, and if I should invest in a full size. So I got a bunch of things to try!

I also got some refills of products AND am trying a few new things as well.

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The Full Sized Goods

  • Innisfree Glow Stick Tint in Color 2
  • 2 Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gels (I ran out, and I got one for me, and one for my sister)
  • Innisfree Anti Darkening Fixer
  • TonyMoly Appletox Smooth Massage Peeling Cream
  • TonyMoly Strawberry Mushroom Sugar Scrub

onto the samples…..

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OMG so many!!!! I got at least 10 of each of the little ones, and the boxes and little bottles 2-3 each)

Sample and Deluxe Sample Sizes

  • Missha Super Aqua Refreshing cleansing foam
  • Laneige Moisture trial kit – Powerful Moisture skin refiner, Balancing emulsion,water bank essence, water bank gel cream
  • ETUDE House Moistfull Collagen SkinCare Kit
  • Hera Waterin Kit– Waterin Gel Cream, Waterin Gel Serum
  • Innisfree The Green tea Seed Serum
  • Hera Hyaluronic Ampoule
  • ETUDE House Mascara Remover
  • Missha The Time Revolution Essence
  • Hera Aquabolic Water
  • Hera Age Away Emulsion

so yeah I am super duper excited to try all of these guys! If you have an experience with anything let me know! Id love to know what to expect and also love to try new things!

MemeBox Haul

Weeeee, so happy I got my Memebox order in! I was stocking up on some things I was almost out of and I am also trying some new things as well!

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Also Look at that Panda Bear! TonyMoly has the CUTEST packaging! ❤

The Goods!

Dinoplatz UFO Multibox from Too Cool for School – I have wanted to try this forever. the cushion has a little compartment on then bottom that has blush, concealer and a pore balm! I wanted this to throw in my small purses so I don’t have to lug around a lot of products.

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JeJu Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam from Innisfree – I LOVE this cleanser, makes my face feel so fresh and clean! This is a refill because I am almost out! ❤

Panda’s Dream White Magic Cream from Tony Moly – I wanted to try this to see if it helped brighten my completion. I am plenty pale, but having my complexion be brighter has always been something I try to achieve, make my skin look luminous and not dull. So we will see how this works!

Green Tea Cleansing Water from Innisfree – I have wanted to try out this cleansing water, so I am super excited!

Green Tea Moisture Cream from Innisfree – Another product I have wanted to try!

Proof 10 Eye Primer from Etude House – I was almost out so I grabbed another little jar of this. If you want a good eye primer TRY THIS! Seriously it is amazing!

Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3 Step Kit from Holika Holika- I LOVE these, I was out so I picked up another little kit of them!

I am really excited to try these things!!!! So yeah, woohoo!

My Current Skincare Routine

This is my current Skincare routine (with list of products) I change or try new things every few months, so I will probably be updating this blog with what I have tried and what works and what didn’t.

My Skin

I have a very pale complexion, with combination sensitive skin. I also suffered from enlarged pores. I have lived in South Florida my entire life, and would wear sunscreen everyday on my arms and neck but not my face. As such I had some sun damage, and some issue with a nice texture on my skin. At 30 (I’m going to be 32 in a few months) I decided it was time to put on my big girl pants and start really taking care of myself. Diet, exercise, and SKINCARE!

After almost 2 years my skin looks a bazillion times better. My pores are considerably smaller and cleaner. My complexion is more even, my creases are diminishing and the smoothness of my skin is vast improved. Its very soft now, which is so nice.

I don’t like under-exagerating how bad my skin was, because truly whats the point- I had bad skin. Breakouts, pores, flaking. All because I didn’t take proper care of it. It was MY FAULT. So when I owned up to that (rather then blame genetics) I started to see a VAST improvement.

My Routine

 

  1. Oil Cleanser – Clean It Zero From Banila Co. After removing makeup from my face if there is any there I put a small amount on my face and massage for 20-30 seconds then gently rinse off.
  2. Foaming Cleanser –Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam from Innisfree. I lather this on and then very gently use a pore brush to lather the last bit.
  3. Toner –Aloe BHA Skin Toner by Benton. I use a cotton swab and gently swipe across my face, I like this one because it is very soothing.
  4. Exfoliate –  Cure Natural Aqua Gel (twice a week, I love this) or Freeman’s Charcoal Sugar Scrub (this one is ok, just using it up right now since I don’t like to waste product)
  5. Essence – SK-II Facial Treatment Essence- Put a small amount in my hands and gently pat into my face. I let it absorb completely before moving on
  6. Essence –BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by Cosrx – I put a fair amount on a cotton pad and dab in on my entire nose and chin.
  7. Mask -(I only do this twice a week. Either a sheet mask, Lindsay makes an AMAZING Pull away charcoal mask, or the Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask by Elizavecca)
  8. Brightening Oil – Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil by Korres – Alittle goes a long way. I just take the dropper and put 3 drops in my hands and gently apply to face and neck
  9. Serums –ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Concentratefrom Shiseido (I use this first) Then Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster by Ole Henrikson, For the Ole Henriksen serum I do like the results of it, however it makes my face EXTREMELY red right after application and it stays red for 15 minutes, so I don’t think I will be rebuying. I am looking for another serum that has vitamin C thats a bit gentler. I think Etude House or Innisfree has one.
  10. Eye Cream –Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream by Etude house – I gently pat this under my eye and gently apply it to my lids
  11. Moisturizer –Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ from Clinique. Gently put a small amount on my face and neck
  12. OK if it is the morning I will use a BB cream + primer and do make up and skip this last step
  13. Night Cream – Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream by Tatcha. Its a Japanese brand, and they have amazing products, however they get a bit pricey. I might look for something else to see if it compares, if not I will get this again. I do adore this.
  14. I also apply Nature Republics Aloe Vera Gel all over my body and chest and neck area.

It took me several months to really get into this routine. I used to just wash-tone-moisturize at night so going from that to this twice a day  was something I had to do slowly. I recommend adding in 1-2 steps every 2-3 weeks. First I would add essence and eye cream, then night creams, and then serums. This will let you get used to the routine, and will let you see how each product improves your skin. I realized that a good essence and night cream are what really worked for me. Rather then get some super expensive serums. But for other people may be the other way around.

I CAN SAY THIS. I used to dread cleaning my face a few years ago and now its one of the favorite parts of my day. And I get to do it twice!! I really look forward to it.

My absolute FAVORITES from this list are Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam,Aloe BHA Skin Toner,Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream and Nature Republics Aloe Vera Gel, and the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.

As for products I hated my old moisturizer I just changed. I used to use Oil of Olay anti Aging, but I switched to the one with an additional spf 30. Sounds good right? WRONG. It broke out my entire face after only one application UGH so I switched to another moisturizer and stopped using that one for now. The Clinique Moisturizer isn;t the best as far as moisturizers (for my skin) go. But it is much better then the Oil of Olay stuff I was using. I NEVER throw away products. I usually suck it up and use them unless I get a super bad reaction. So thats what I had to do with the Oil of Olay One. Also Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster give me great results but right after application it makes my face EXTREMELY RED, and little tender. So I still use it for the results but I will not be rebuying it. So sad 😦

Also although I have nothing bad to say about BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, I don’t see much of a change or results. my pores are alittle better. I may or may not rebuy this! WE will see what happens after I use the entire bottle.

Thank you all for reading, comment below if you have any questions!