Oh oh, it’s magic

I am obsessed with all things skincare and beauty associated, so I have decided to share some items that I absolutely loves in hopes I can spread the wealth. Now, a lot of these products are exfoliating, but exfoliating your skin every day is not necessary or helpful, so I’d advise using (some of ) these products separately and sparingly throughout the week!

Clarisonic Skincare Brush, $195
I was gifted by the Grace of God with this brush. My Aunt Brenda thought I might like it and apparently she is a mind reader because I had been dying to have one! She was like “Oh yeah, Oprah recommended it so I thought you’d want one too!” Um duh!!!! So thank you for that, Aunt Bienda. 🙂 This brush is the gift that keeps on giving – it makes your skin feel and look absolutely radiant. The cool thing is that it beeps to let you know when you should move on to the next portion of your face. You start with the forehead, then nose and chin, then both cheeks. In about two minutes you look fantastic!

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick $3
This stick is more powerful than Harry Potter’s wand (not like I’ve actually read any of the books). It’s great if you have a blemish, relieves dry skin and helps with chapped lips!!! I can’t be the one in charge of finding this – my old roommate Liz bought these consistently because she would inevitably lose one under the coach and go buy new ones.
Bliss Labs Fabulous Foaming Face Wash $9 (big bottle – $22)
This line is carried in Sephora and Ulta, so there is no excuse not to buy this! I get the travel size because I love to take it around with me and plus tiny things amuse me. Anyway, you only need a teeny, tiny bit to get the job done. I use it in the morning to refresh and invigorate my morning wash. It doesn’t dry your skin out either!
Dermalogica SPF 30 Solar Defense Booster $33
I have learned over my years of beauty indulgence that the NUMBER ONE thing you can purchase for yourself is SPF 30 in any shape or form. The spa I used to work at got a million sample sizes of the SPF and for some reason nobody used them which resulted in a bonus for me! My dermatologist told me that SPF 30 is the highest SPF you can get with actual results and that anything higher is not that useful; instead of worrying about the number, worry about how much you’re apply and how often. I use this booster in my moisturizer every morning.
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel treatment $45
I’m a sucker for a good mask and this one is great if you want a good exfoliation. Use it once a week all over your face for 15 minutes. It increases sun sensitivity, so use your SPF in full force after you’ve applied it. The mask is long lasting (I’ve had my tiny jar for over a year) and comes in full strength or for sensitive skin. It has a chemical smell so beware.
Clear and Clear Soft In Shower Daily Facial & Nightly Moisturizer $6.99 & $8.49
If you want soft skin, I highly recommend this product. It’s great and only takes a minute! Plus it’s cheaper than running to a spa to get an hour long facial. The moisturizer feels amazing and instantly provides a soft feel before bed.
Proactiv Solution $39.99 (kit)
I should be a spokesperson for Proactiv because I’ve been using this stuff since I was in 9th grade. I will try to venture out and use different products but I always come back. However, I don’t use it all together. Some nights I’ll wash my face with the cleanser and then use a different toner and moisturizer, etc. I will say that it does dry out your face if used too much, so make sure to use it once a day if you have sensitive skin or break up the products like I do. Most kits come with a mask that you can use weekly or as an overnight drying cream for blemishes.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion $17
If I were made of money, I’d buy every product in this line because I love them all! One day I went to Nordy’s to buy some skin essentials and the saleswoman and I really hit it off. I was buying the infamous drying lotion when she suggested I try a bunch of other products – thus showering me with a ton of samples! It made me a lifelong customer. The drying lotion is ah-maz-ing! Have a blemish? Grab a q-tip, dip it in the bottle and make sure you get the pink sediment onto it. Dab on the blemish and let dry. Voila! It prevents spreading and shrinks the problem overnight. Also, use it to soothe mosquito bites and ingrown hairs!
Go out, try a few and let me know if they work as well for you as they have for me! What are your favorite beauty products?
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