Eminence Bright Skin Cleanser

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What Eminence says: “Brighten the appearance of skin and reduce the signs of aging with the help of our Bright Skin Cleanser. For normal to dry skin types, this cleanser uses two actives – Gigawhite and a Natural Hydroquinone Alternative – to give skin the appearance of being brighter and younger looking. Cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, animal by-products, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.”

I have been using this cleanser for the last few months along with Eminence’s Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser and my skin has never looked better. They mean it when they say bright skin, because that it exactly what you are getting!

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Amazing Grace

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What LUSH says: “We believe everyone should have a Full of Grace as part of their skin care routine. Our solid moisturizing serum is packed full of hydrating tropical butters, calming chamomile and antioxidant mushroom extract to keep your skin in fantastic condition, all year round. Easily absorbed by the skin, Full of Grace creates a soothing treatment for the face. This preservative-free bar is a staple product; it’s the kind of treatment you should give your skin to maintain its elasticity, moisture and glow.”

A couple weeks back when I was in Chicago, my skin was absolutely ravaged from the harsh winds. I hadn’t experienced dry skin like that in a year! I had to stop using my Retin-A Micro and bring out all of my big moisturizing guns to help keep my skin in tip-top shape, and it still was barely enough. So I made at trip to LUSH to grab a bath bomb for Emily because she wasn’t feeling so good and I ended up coming back with face masks and this little beauty I’m about to show you. I swear, I can’t just walk into LUSH and not come out with something! This absolutely saved my skin in Chicago and turned my face from looking like a Draugr Deathlord who got hit by the Frost Breath shout and into moisturized skin worthy of the High Queen. Excuse the Skyrim references if you have no idea what I’m talking about. But if you do, I hope I my references painted a good picture at how bad my skin looked.  Continue reading

Face Mask Friday–Super Spirulina!

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I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since my last post, I feel like it’s passed by in a blink of an eye. Again, I apologize for my posts being so spread out and sporadic! This year at school is going to be a killer and I’m really hoping I can try to get at least three posts out a week. So bear with me while I adjust to my schedule.  I hope you all are feeling amazing and are as excited for the weekend as I am! If your skin has been feeling or looking a little lackluster lately, this mask should perk it right back up. My original Spirulina Mask post is one of the most popular posts I’ve had to date, so I decided to take it up a notch and make it even more spectacular. Onto brighter and clearer skin! Continue reading

Everything begins with a clean slate.

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Tarte Clean Slate Flawless 12h Brightening Primer

What Sephora says: “This primer helps makeup stay in place longer while brightening skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. For use as a hydrating base, this formula keeps your makeup in place for up to 12 hours of perfect wear. It’s also a quick fix for tired or sallow skin—just one application and skin looks instantly radiant.This product is formulated without  silicones, parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMO’s and Triclosan.”

I am really picky about what I put on my skin before I apply my makeup. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of layering on a bunch of products because I feel like it’s just too much. I like to be simple. Also, I think that putting on a moisturizer before foundation makes it look too heavy. I know, that’s kind of weird but hear me out. I’ve tried numerous moisturizers, and no matter how light they say they are, I still think they’re too heavy to be applied underneath my makeup. So I got to thinking that maybe my saving grace would be to look for a moisturizing primer to use as my moisturizer during the day. I figured that since it’s a primer, it would help extend my makeup a lot more than just a regular moisturizer would. You know what? I couldn’t be happier with the results. This is exactly what I was looking for.  Continue reading

Face Mask Friday!

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Ingredients you will need for the Brightening Lemon Mask

Hey everyone! This is actually a mask that I just tried for the first time tonight, and has been the most challenging to make thus far. I would definitely say it’s worth it though! If you’re looking to brighten up your skin naturally, look no further. It is a bit on the strong side though, so if your skin is really sensitive, I’d skip it. My friend Miriam and I had so much fun making this mask and I really hope you guys like it! We both loved the smell too, lemon is always so refreshing. Continue reading