Exfoliating in the Shower! ft. Dove Body Polish

“This felt like an in-shower spa day for my entire body.”

When I step out of the shower after using the new Dove Exfoliating Body Polish (in the pomegranate scent), my skin is prepped for moisturization. I will get further into details momentarily, but I’ll start out by saying I’m new to the whole “body polish” trend. Essentially, it’s just a body scrub, right? Or is it finer-milled than a body scrub?

I have previously used the Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub ($5.99) but wasn’t so much a fan as I am of this new Dove product. The sugar scrub had larger and lesser grains and sat in a pool of slimy jelly – for lack of better wording. I wouldn’t reach for this product often and when I did I was overall underwhelmed. I didn’t feel exfoliated nor hydrated after using and would continue to use it less and less.

ENTER ———> Dove’s NEW exfoliating body polish which has been a product sent from above. I LOVE IT. And I’m going to tell you why:
PROS:

  • finely-milledgently exfoliates to remove any dead skin cells and bring forward soft and smooth skin
  • preps for moisturizer – my skin already feels like it has a layer of hydration added to it once I use the body polish, as if it’s ready to drink up more
  • scent is delicious – instantly makes me smell like I’ve already applied lotion
  • price is on point – under $6 for 10.5 ounces of a lush body polish? IN-CRE-DI-BLE. I used this product 2x a week and have hardly put a dent in it

CONS:

  • I don’t have any – I flippin’ love this shit.

We exfoliate our face 1-2 times a week, right? Why wouldn’t we extend the same luxury to the skin on our body? It is an amazing and refreshing way to exfoliate the skin, while also hydrating the body. I don’t have enough good things to say about this body polish, but I think I’ve summarized the main pros. To be honest, I can’t wait to finish this tub and try more scents!

What are your thoughts – have you tried this out yet? Do you currently exfoliate in the shower? If not, do you think you’ll begin? I’d love to chat in the comments below.

 

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Skincare/Makeup Declutter (products I’m tossing)

“Time for a good ‘ole DECLUTTER.. I don’t need this, this, or that anymore.”

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Today’s post is a little bit old-school. A good, old-fashioned makeup declutter. You know, “I have upgraded to this,” or “I never use that.” That’s the vibe we’re going for here. In case you have any of these products and they work tremendously for you, please let me know! Maybe I’ll reconsider. It’s just that I haven’t touched these in months and need to move on.

Don’t hold onto anything that doesn’t serve you a purpose any longer!
*Ladies, this same concept applies to relationships too* 😉

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First up, my hardest product to let go of: Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub – $7.99

I love, love, love the scent of this exfoliator. I cannot tell you how much I love it. There is something so calming and soothing to the scent of this product. It also did a great job; my skin felt v soft after applying, and it didn’t strip my skin. It also did not irritate my skin.
My reason for tossing: I splurged and purchased the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion, and ya girl does not need two exfoliators. HOWEVER, this was a great drugstore option while I used it.

Second, I have my CVS brand Daily Calming Moisturizer.
*Heads up, I couldn’t find the CVS brand of this online so I linked the Aveeno form of this. CVS’s is just a knock-off version for less money.*

I loved this moisturizer. It was recommended to me by a friend. I would agree that yes, it was soothing. I used it all throughout the summer and it felt quenching on dry, sunburnt skin. I have no complaints about this product at all. In fact, I’ll probably repurchase it.
My reason for tossing: it expired. And I don’t need to be clogging my pores with old products!

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Next is the Soap & Glory Clean on Me shower gel – $10 for a full-size bottle
My reason for tossing: it irritated my skin. I’m not sure what did it, could’ve been the scent (it’s good, but rather strong). My skin doesn’t like harsh perfumes, so I need to just get rid of this and continue to use a milder shower cleanser.

Then there’s the Body Shop Skin-Clearing Tea Tree Toner – $14
My reason for tossing: I didn’t notice a difference in my skin using this, though I must be honest, I used my Mario Badescu cucumber cleansing lotion much more than I committed to the tea tree toner. It’s also expired. Time to toss!

Onto my e.l.f. Mattifying Blotting Papers – $5
My reason for tossing: these blotting sheets have been sitting in my vanity for months and I never touch them. Here’s why: you can blot with tissue/toilet paper. Sure, it’s not fancy, but it soaks up just as much oil as a blotting sheet. I firmly believe these are only created to make more money. Girl, just blot while you going potty.

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Skyn Iceland Relief Eye Cream – $45 for full-size
My reason for tossing: mainly, if I like this product, it will cost way too much to repurchase a full-size container. I haven’t touched this product since the day I got it. I’m not a huge undereye moisturizing person, and I have a Vitamin C one from the Body Shop I need to use first.

LA Girl HD Pro Concealer – $4.99
My reason for tossing: I didn’t get the right shade to match me, so I can’t shit on this product. While I can’t discuss the quality, I didn’t like the applicator. The wrong shade along with the dislike of applicator, I need to toss this. It’s just taking up space.

So that’s my little declutter! Have you experienced any of the same product disappointments? Or should I save one and keep testing it out?!

Anyways, this has been some fun girl time. Thank you for reading! Let me know your thoughts below.

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Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

“By far the most luxurious skincare product I will ever use.”

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BEFORE I even start to review the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion exfoliator… I must address the price. And I know.. I know it’s bad. I am well aware of the boujie price tag.

Let Image result for clap emoji me Image result for clap emoji reassure Image result for clap emoji you.. I did not spend $80 on this product. I would never. Your girl would have to put in WORK to be able to afford this comfortably.

However, I did buy this. Ulta had this product on sale for $47.40, and then I had $18 on a gift card and $14 in rewards points to redeem. So in the end, I only paid $15 for this. That’s more like it.

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“The Claims”:
– helps retain your youthful glow
– smooths skin’s texture
– diminish appearance of acne marks
– polishes away dead skin cells

IN MY OPINION – This finely-milled peppermint-scented exfoliator brings a luxurious “spa” like experience to the comfort of your own home. It gently exfoliates dead skin while also replenishing moisture to your face. When I finish using this microdermabrasion (once weekly), my skin is left feeling slightly moisturized.. like I’ve just massaged my Tarte maracuja oil into my skin! It’s an incredible feeling, like I’ve just received an at-home mini facial.

PROS:

  • Ipsy includes mini sizes of this in some of their monthly bags!
  • Incredibly finely milled to gently exfoliate your skin without irritation
  • Leaves skin feeling refreshed and smooth – primed for nighttime serums/moisturization
  • Works to tackle those stubborn skin texture issues

CONS:

  • The only thing I can think of is the price tag, that’s it. And when it comes to my skincare routine, I’m willing to splurge where I feel it’s worth it.

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Bottom line: would I pay $80 for this? Unlikely. Will I put my next $50 Sephora gift card towards this? Probably! It is such a great product and the amount you receive in a full size (2 oz) will last you at least a year. $80 in a year for some mini at-home facials.. now that doesn’t sound so bad.

Have you tried any Dr. Brandt skincare products? Are you a fan? Why, or why not? I’m interested to know if any of my beauties out there have dabbled in this line of products.

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