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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Pixi Glow Tonic: 4 Week Diary

“Follow me throughout four weeks of testing out this drugstore cult-favorite.”

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I decided to keep a sort of diary detailing my experience with the Pixi Glow Tonic. I wanted to see what all the hype was about – and I am also looking for a miracle with my skin. A miracle that doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars.

Pixi Glow Tonic does contain AHAs, which are known for speeding up the rate at which your skin cells turnover to reveal new skin underneath. This might sound harsh, but the glow tonic is gentle enough for every-day use and works to bring hydration back into your skin, while balancing your skin to reveal a brighter complexion.

Here is a summary of my skin issues:

  • combination/oily skin- I get a very shiny t-zone after 4-5 hours of wearing makeup
  • currently I am suffering with persistent chin breakouts (which leads to acne scarring)
  • otherwise, the rest of my face is pretty clear

AFTER ONE WEEK OF DAILY NIGHTTIME USE:

I’m not noticing a any difference. In fact, my skin might be “purging,”** as I am noticing an increase of breakouts along my jawline and under my chin. Mainly the deep-rooted, hormonal type of breakout. I am also noticing a few outlying blemishes (outside my chin zone), but nothing too unreasonable that I can’t cover up with foundation/concealer.

As of week one, I definitely don’t see an improvement. My t-zone is still oily by mid-afternoon, and my blemishes are still present + a few new visitors. I’m hoping that I’m purging, but I won’t know for another few weeks.

**I’ve read that purging may occur when using a product that has AHAs in it, if you’ve never used one that contained AHAs previously. I have not. Purging is the surfacing of breakouts that were already there, but now speeding up the turnover process, therefore bringing them to the skin level. This is not to be confused with a reaction to the product, which can also cause breakouts (though more severly to my understanding), and if you do not notice an improvement in skin within 4-6 weeks, you are supposed to discontinue use of that product – bc girl, it’s not helping.

AFTER TWO WEEKS OF DAILY NIGHTTIME USE:

At the end of week two, I’m still feeling hopeful of this product. I’m standing on the sidelines as a cheerleader for my skincare routine.

I don’t really see an improvement, but my skin is not getting worse. To me, this is a good thing. I can’t expect results overnight, and since I’m not noticing an increase of breakouts, that tells me I’m not experiencing a reaction to this product. I do notice a redness to my face after completing my skincare routine, but nothing itchy or painful. Just kind of pink.

My nose is still shiny mid-day, so it hasn’t done anything for balancing my skin (nothing noticeable, at least).

AFTER THREE WEEKS OF DAILY NIGHTTIME USE:

End of three weeks. Here’s the one improvement I’ve seen:

  • a decrease in the size of my blemishes

If I do get a pimple, it’s much smaller and more manageable. I am not getting the large, cystic-like acne that I typically deal with in my problem area. Therefore, my blemishes are less painful/prominent.

I still have a lot of scarring, but those seem to be lessening as well – as in getting smaller. Not fading in pigment, tho. If that makes sense. No improvements on my oil production, that’s still strong and heavy per usual. Lucky me.

AFTER FOUR WEEKS OF DAILY NIGHTTIME USE:

Okay I think I’ve formed an opinion on this product, and I am deciding to keep it around. Here are the main take-a-ways I’d like to give you:

  • it’s not an absolute miracle worker (at least not for me), but it does drastically improve the texture and brightness of my skin
  • I notice a smoothness in my skin I’ve never felt before, and it’s refreshing to apply my nighttime skincare products (serum, moisturizer) on after this
  • while it didn’t help drastically with my chin breakouts, it certainly aids in keeping the rest of my face clear and bright

During the four weeks, I did not notice an improvement in oil-production in my t-zone, so that’s at least worth noting.

So that’s my month-long review of this product! I’m happy with the purchase, and would also consider this worth its price of $15.00. Ten fold. In fact, I think I’ll spend the $30 on the larger size. I can’t see myself not incorporating a toner into my skincare regimen now that I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin.

I hope this review may help someone looking into trying this product! I’d love to chat in the comments below if anyone is interested or has questions on how this product performs.

 

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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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August/September IPSY Bag Reviews!

“Did I really let this happy again? This is my second 2-in-1 Ipsy review post #lazy”

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Here we are again! Another round of double Ipsy bag reviews. I’m sure y’all don’t mind it tho, right? More products to read about 😉

Anyways, I’m not here to bore you … ZzZzZzZz

Here’s August’s bag:

  1. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clayretails for $24.00
    I am actually loving this cleanser! I am using it every other night after my Philosophy face wash to get a deep clean of my pores and remove any excess oil. It is geared towards those with oily, acne-prone skin to use every day. However, if you have normal skin you can use this every couple days as a “deep cleanse.” I have used this a few times and do notice it tackles under the skin blemishes, and I will continue to include it in my skincare routine!
  2. theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Willkommenretails as part of an eyeshadow palette for $39.50
    I gotta be honest – I threw this right in the trash. It wasn’t a bad shade, it was a rich medium/dark brown, but it had SPARKLES in it. Do I want to put sparkles onto the outer corner of my eye to smoke out a look? Nada.
  3. Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascararetails for $25
    This mascara was OK. It wasn’t anything to write home about. If anything, it’s a great bottom-lash mascara because of the skinny wand. When I use it on my upper lashes, it doesn’t give a lot of volume/length. Then to factor in the cost, no I won’t be repurchasing.
  4. Hikari Shimmer Bronzer in Flushretails for $17
    I only have two things to say about this:
    – I threw this out
    – It looked cheap and I’m not one for bronzer/blush combos
  5. Paula Dorf Mini Universal Brow Pencil in Taupe – I can’t even find this on her website so that’s helpful
    Also, this product was a no for me. I’m not a huge fan of brow pencils, like actual pencils you write with. It was too pointy and stiff for me to disperse product. I’ll be throwing this out.

Onto September’s bag:

  1. Luxie Beauty Angled Shading Eye Brush #207retails for $12
    IPSY CAN SEND ME ALL THE EYE BRUSHES – I’ll never tire of them! And for the price point, Luxie is a steal as far as brushes are concerned. They’re great quality, get the job done, and are marked at a fabulous price point. This brush is great for the blending out crease shades, as it has a flexibility to it that other dense blending brushes don’t have.IMG_20170914_211852
  2. Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herbretails for $41
    I am not sure how to feel about this mask. I mean, shoutout to Ipsy for hooking us up with a decent amount of it (I could probably get 5-7 uses out of this sample). However, I do not really notice any changes/improvements in my skintone/texture after using this mask. In fact, the first morning after I used it I woke up with 3 under the skin blemishes, so.. there’s that.
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  3. Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primerretails for $39
    I gave this shizzz to a friend because YA GIRL IS OILY AF. Also, $40 for a primer? I’ll pass.IMG_20170914_211829
  4. Feel Renewed Pumpkin Walnut Facial Cleanserretails for $28
    This pumpkin walnut facial cleanser is a fall scent in a bottle – but not in a bad way! I enjoy all fall scents and am okay with lathering this onto my face. I won’t say it’s a game-changer, but it’s a nice product. I didn’t notice it particularly solving all the world’s skincare issues, so I probably won’t spend $28 to purchase the full size.
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  5. Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Gunmetalretails for $13
    This shade is cool as shit, and I’m super stoked to use this for a dark/vampy smokey eye this fall (if I ever get the balls to dabble in that realm). It swatches like a dream.

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And that’s everything! 10 product reviews! PHEW. I’m tired. No wonder why I try not to skip Ipsy bag reviews each month. That is work to review ten products in one sitting. Please let me know if you’ve tried any of these products! Did something work out for you that didn’t for me? Should I give something a second try?

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The Best of IPSY

“I will continue to repurchase and repurchase.. and repurchase these items.”

These are my tried and true, my most reliable products I’ve received from Ipsy. These are also the products Ipsy has successfully sold me on, which I imagine is their game plan considering they offer monthly discounts for certain beauty brands they promote.

There are a mix of drugstore/high end in this round-up, which I think my readers will appreciate. Some prices are low whereas others take a few paychecks to save up (unless you’re like me and willing to wait for a holiday and a Sephora gift card).

Enough about the intro.. let’s get into this!

  1. Tarte Maracuja Oilfull size retails for $48.00
    This was an absolute sell for me. I wholeheartedly love this product and received the travel size in my December 2016 Ipsy bag. I have used this product mostly every night since I received it (probably 90% of the time), and am just now halfway through it. The travel size retails at $15, well worth spending your money. This oil soothes, hydrates, and balances out my skin in ways I didn’t know possible. Full review here if you want to know all of the benefits I’ve seen and how to use it!

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  2. Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasionfull size retails for $79.00
    It pains me to include this product because.. well.. $$$ but, I simply must! Dr. Brandt knows what the f*#k they’re doing. I have not found another exfoliator on the market with such finely milled exfoliating beads as this one. The light peppermint scent is enough to relax and soothe your mind. After washing off this product, you’ll notice the softness in your skin as it seems the exfoliator doubles as a hydrator. I love the feeling. I’m not sure that there is a travel size, but if there is that is what I’ll be repurchasing b/c a little goes a long way – and I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to justify $80 on a skincare product (LOL).

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  3. IT Cosmetics Superhero mascarafull size retails at $24.00
    Let me just say this: you can get a sample size of this mascara to try at Ulta for $10 in the checkout aisle. Let me then say this: do it!! You pay almost $10 or more at the drugstore for mascara anyways, so spend the $10 on a high-end brand in Ulta that has a decent amount of product as well. This mascara does the best job at creating a look full of luxurious lashes. When I wear this mascara, my eyes make a statement. I can’t get enough of it.

  4. Verb Ghost Oilfull size retails  at $14.00
    This product is amazing, smells amazing, and has an amazing price point. I do not try hair oils often (because, like most, I’m afraid it’s going to leave my hair greasy) but alas this hair oil has stuck with me. I continually reach for this after washing my hair to disperse through my ends. The light scent is very nice and feminine, but not overwhelming. This product does a great job at sealing in moisture and repairing damaged hair. I will certainly repurchase once I finish the tube.

  5. NYX Butter Lipstickfull size retails at $6.00
    This is one of the creamiest lipstick formulas. I’m also a huge fan of the e.l.f. moisturizing lipsticks ($3 and decent wear time), but there’s something about these butter lipsticks that are so soothing on the lips. It’s like giving your lips a drink of water. That being said, they are pretty slippery, so application takes a bit longer than slapping on a liquid lippie, but it’s well worth the time for the color payoff and hydrating formula.

  6. Any of the lip scrubs I’ve received. I am totally new to this type of product and I LOVE it! I’m loving exfoliating my lips before slapping on a hydrating lip balm.
    Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut lip scrub ($19.00) this scrub has a little bit of a “wet” texture to it. It’s less gritty than your typical lip scrubs, and might be best for the people just starting out exfoliating their lips.
    Indi Beauty Buttercream lip scrub ($11.99) this scrub is a lot grittier and definitely does a great job at exfoliating your lips prior to moisturizer. It primes them perfectly.

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    So that’s a round-up of my all time favorite Ipsy products thus far! Do some of these match your list of favs? What have you gone out and repurchased? I want to know!

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Magical Makeup Monday: March IPSY Review

“Depending on how you look at this bag, the glass if half full vs half empty.”

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Hey friends! This month’s bag had a decent variety of products inside. We have some makeup and some skincare, as well as a hair conditioning treatment! If you’re interested in learning what Ipsy is all about, I’ve linked their website here.

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Full size retails for $79.00.

I’m going to start with my favorite product, and this may come as no surprise: the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator. This is the most gentle exfoliant I have ever used. EVER. It actually comes out as a cream, but has the tiniest “gritty” feeling (for lack of better wording). The grainy-ness of this product is so gentle and it feels amazing when applied to the face. Once I rinsed this off, my skin felt squeaky clean and instantly softer as if I had moisturized at the same time!

I know the full-size is incredibly pricey, but I may be considering it should it prove its worth in the long run.

My second favorite product was the deep repair hair conditioning treatment by Marc Anthony. This treatment contains aloe, jasmine, and sea kelp to help detangle and strengthen your hair throughout a 3-7 minute time span. I’ve used this twice and haven’t necessarily noticed a huge improvement, but you can’t beat the scent. This leaves my hair smelling fresh and easy to run my brush through.

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A sample packet retails for $2.99.

Next on the list is the Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Vibin. I have mixed feelings about this product. It could just be the shade, but I’m not sure. The color isn’t my favorite, it’s a deep red with brownish hints to it. It seemed to apply just a tad streaky, and took a couple swipes to become opaque. I will say this: it doesn’t budge. You will need a certified liquid lip remover to get this off.
This retails for $20.00.

Next is the mPrincess pressed eyeshadow in the shade Chestnut. Gotta be honest here, I’m typically underwhelmed with this brand. Furthermore, I could carry on with Ipsy bags without this brand. I just don’t feel they offer anything better than their competition. I am never overly impressed or feel the urge to reach for their shadows. Personally, I feel that they lack pigment and blendability.
This retails for $15.45.

Lastly is the Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush. This brand is low-key and doesn’t disappoint! I have loved every brush I’ve received of theirs from Ipsy and will continue to use them. Since this one is a longer brush, it’s a little more “flimsy” so I have to work it a little for blending in the crease. Overall, solid brand with dependable brushes.

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This retails for $12.00.

So that’s this month’s Ipsy bag! Have you found anything worth purchasing later on? Did you receive any of the same products I did? Please share your thoughts in the comments below! I’m always interested to see what others thought/received.

Don’t forget to review and rate your Ipsy products as a way to earn points towards choosing a FREE BONUS item in your next bag!

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Facial Friday: My Skincare Routine!

“Let’s get into the routine which has become my daily grind.”

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I have been meaning to do this post for awhile! Although, I wanted to tweak my routine before I got started. Prior to last year, I literally only used Cetaphil cleanser to wash my face. No face masks, no exfoliator, no handheld face massager, nothing. Just some plain old SOAP. And don’t get me wrong, that’s perfect for some people, but my skin needed help. So now I have a very different regimen, as I have become very serious about improving the texture and oiliness of my skin.

Quick breakdown: I have very oily skin, and it’s hard to keep it matte by noon. I typically don’t powder throughout the day because, well, honestly I don’t care what I look like at work. However, if I’m meeting up with the bf or going out after work, I certainly have to touch up so I don’t look like a shiny mess. Other than that, I don’t particularly have bad skin, but I definitely have problem areas (my chin and under my jawline).

To start: I cleanse. This is where I use my Solo Mio (full review here), which has quickly become my holy grail device. I will apply my Philosophy Purity facial cleanser to my face as I normally would, massaging it into the skin for a few seconds. Then I go in with my Solo Mio and cleanse my face for approximately a minute (focusing on each zone of my face for about 15 seconds).
*note: I do this twice daily, once in the morning and then again at night. Jaclyn Hill mentioned once in a skincare video that it is just as important to wash your skin when you wake up, as you release toxins and sweat while you sleep.

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Next: exfoliate. I have been using and loving the Aveeno Daily Brightening Scrub which works wonders for shedding dead skin and dirt, as well as cleaning out my pores. I have to mention as well that this exfoliator is the best-smelling face product I have ever used! I massage this onto the face with my hands only so it is not too harsh on my skin.
*note: I do consider washing my face with the Solo Mio as a mild exfoliator, so I only use the Aveeno scrub every other night (and also nights when I apply face masks).

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Lastly: moisturize.
– at night, I will follow my exfoliator with my Tarte Maracuja Oil (full review here), and I swear by this product now. A combination of my recent skincare routine and adding this face oil at night has completely transformed the texture of my skin and I have noticed the biggest difference. My skin has become so much easier to work with as far as makeup application is concerned.
– in the morning, I will follow my Philosophy face wash with a basic moisturizer from CVS, the Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer (good dupe for the Aveeno ultra calming daily moisturizer).

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So that’s my daily skincare routine! I was considering including my face mask regimen here as well, but then figured I could dedicate an entire post to that. Let me know in the comments below if you found this helpful and use similar products! Is there anything I’m missing or should check out? As always, I’m open for discussion.

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