Summer skin favorites with Alba

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Alba Very Emollient Facial Sunscreen SPF 30

What Alba says: “This very emollient and botanically moisturizing sunscreen provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection as defined by the FDA. Made with preferred sunscreen ingredients, this light facial lotion is hypo-allergenic, very water resistant (80 minutes), paraben free and won’t clog pores. Powerful antioxidant rich Green Tea, Grape Seed and Vitamin E nourish skin while Aloe Vera and Chamomile moisturize and smooth. Hypo-allergenic. Biodegradable and gluten free formula.”

Going through esthetics school has made me realize even more how important sun protection truly is and what a difference it makes when you use it. I used to be quite bad about applying it during the day and was always convinced it was going to clog my pores and cause even more breakouts on my face. My fears were for nothing though, there are truly some great sunscreens on the market nowadays that cater towards acneic skin like mine and this is one of them. Continue reading

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Review: Foreo Luna for Combination Skin

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Foreo Luna for Combination Skin

What Foreo says: “An innovative skincare device that delivers deep cleansing via T-Sonic technology and anti-aging through lower frequency pulsations.”

Hey everyone! I am so sorry I have been gone for so long. I had absolutely no time for blogging while I was finishing my last semester of college sadly, but now I’m back and I’m ready to show you what I have been loving these few months that I have been gone!

My Foreo Luna has been an absolutely godsend to me ever since I purchased it back in October. I used to be an avid Clarisonic user for years but this had me hooked the moment I used it! Continue reading

Face Mask Friday-LUSH Mask of Magnaminty!

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What LUSH says: “Mask of Magnaminty isn’t technically a daily ‘facial wash’; it’s actually a deep cleansing face and back mask. China clay and fresh peppermint reach deep down to pull the debris from your pores, giving you that delightful tingly-clean sensation. We add loads of aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe. Our inventors created Mask of Magnaminty to be the ‘ultimate face mask’, intense but not harsh or abrasive on the skin. We recommend using Mask of Magnaminty weekly to keep the skin in good condition.”

I love, love, love that I am finally back on almost all LUSH products again. I’ve been searching around for new brands this past year but somehow going back to LUSH is like going back home. I got all of my old favorites like Dark Angels and Herbalism and Mask of Magnaminty. My skin absolutely loves this mask and yours will too. I mean it’s LUSH, what’s not to love? Continue reading

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–LUSH Cosmetic Warrior!

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What LUSH says: “Spots! Oily areas! Blackheads! The frustration of having breakout prone skin can incite aggressive, ‘industrial’ type cleaning. Unfortunately, breakout prone skin is often very sensitive, so using harsh cleansers can actually make the problem worse. Don’t over attack your skin; lead it firmly down the path to salvation with Cosmetic Warrior. Cosmetic Warrior is kind to problem-laden faces thanks to moisturizing egg whites and honey, which smooth and tighten the pores, and cleansing garlic and tea tree oil for a fresh, clear, happy face.”

Hey lovelies! I’m sorry that I have been absent on the blog recently, I’ve been spending my birthday week in Chicago with my best friend of fourteen years! It’s been absolutely amazing and crazy, I have barely had enough time for makeup, let alone blogging! You know me, I can’t resist anything made by LUSH, especially their face masks, so I stopped by one here and grabbed up a few more. This one happens to be my favorite LUSH makes, and is absolutely a must have for acne prone skin. If you don’t read any more, read this. You need it.  Continue reading

Face Mask Friday! LUSH Brazened Honey

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What LUSH says, “Brazened Honey was inspired by traditional Indian Ayurvedic principles, which put emphasis on balance as the foundation to health. Fresh free-range eggs and honey soften, lime oil brightens, spices warm the skin and ground almonds exfoliate. Kaolin clay reaches deep down into pores to pull out dirt and impurities, leaving your skin noticeably brighter and fresher. Our deepest cleansing mask, Brazened Honey is the perfect way to revive sluggish or congested skin.”

I’m in a love/hate relationship with Brazened Honey, and while it may not be a LUSH favorite of mine, it certainly is still a mask to check out if your face is oily and congested. Here’s why.  Continue reading

Pass the cleansing milk, please!

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What Juice Beauty says: “This creamy formula deeply cleanses and removes all makeup with organic grape seed and sunflower oils, while soothing normal, aging, or sensitive skin with organic chamomile and calendula. A Daily Essential perfect for cleansing and removing makeup. Our formulations are made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Our products are never tested on animals.”

Yesterday I talked about how much I adore Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Cleanser, and today I’m here to tell you that I love this just as much. Continue reading

It’s like Juice, but for your face.

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What Juice Beauty says: “Prevent blemishes, deeply cleanse and remove impurities with this clarifying cleanser of certified organic lemon, cherry and aloe juices. Deeply cleanses, heals while hydrating. Formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene and butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes and synthetic fragrances. “

I’m just going to come right out and say it–I LOVE THIS CLEANSER. I used Juice Beauty’s line a few years back and loved it then, but because of my short attention span for beauty products I stopped using it. I am so happy I jumped back on the bandwagon again, my skin has never been happier!  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

Put some moisture back in your skin!

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NOW Solutions 100% Pure Vegetable Glycerine

What NOW says: “Pure Vegetable Glycerine is an outstanding moisturizer and skin cleanser that also provides softening and lubricating benefits. It’s hypoallergenic and easily soluble in water, making it suitable for use in all of your favorite cosmetics applications. 100% Pure Vegetable Glycerine has a long shelf life and does not easily oxidize. It is an all natural product derived from non-GMO Palm Oil or vegetable oil.”

This past winter completely ravaged my skin, I mean ravaged it! My normal moisturizers weren’t helping at all, and even my moisturizing face masks could hardly quench my skin. So I was scrolling through my daily blogs that I read and I came across a helpful post that mentioned using pure vegetable glycerin as a moisturizer! So off I went to my local co-op to grab a bottle of it to see if it was the saving grace my skin needed. It was all of that and more.  Continue reading