STORYTIME | Skincare routine, Topical Accutane & Skin issues | Katrina S

WHAT – IS – UP ??

FYI – first part of this video is me explaining my back story on developing adult acne and how it affected me
3:56 discussion on tretinoin & clindamycin
9:46 full skincare routine

I hope that someone out there can relate to my story and find strength in it being told. It’s definitely emotional to recap as this shit storm happened while simultaneously preparing for my wedding (lol @ life), but I was able to push through and I hope that message spreads to another person needing it.
Lmk if you have any good radiance/brightening serum and gentle (alcohol-free) toner recommendations.

MENTIONED IN VIDEO:
*blog post* 4 Week Pixi Glow Tonic Skin Diary – https://ksloves.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/pixi-glow-tonic-4-week-diary/
*blog post* 30 Days on Two Topical Gels – https://ksloves.wordpress.com/2018/09/24/my-skin-diary-30-days-on-2-prescribed-topical-gels/

TOPICAL GELS:
Tretinoin .025%
Clindamycin 1%

MORNING SKINCARE:
Purity one step cleanser
Clindamycin
Neutrogena hydro boost water gel or Alba Botanica green tea moisturizer

NIGHTTIME SKINCARE:
Purity one step cleanser
Mario Badescu aloe vera toner
Tretinoin
Neutrogena hydro boost hydrating serum
Tarte maracuja oil or The Ordinary rose hip seed oil

OTHERS MENTIONED:
Purity pore extractor clay mask
Farmacy bright on vitamin c mask
Mario Badescu whitening mask
Mario Badescu rosewater facial mist

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I Emptied *another* Six Skincare Products…

“What am I doing with my life besides
working and buying skincare products?”

LOOK WHO’S BACK with another empties post. Ya girl right here. Idk about y’all but I love when someone posts an empties blog post – I am all about the reviews and finding out if people want to repurchase something. It feeds some kind of drug to my mind like, “Oooo wonder if that face mask made a difference” or “That toner put in WURK but is it worth the price tag?” Lemme click and find out.

So I hope that’s what you came here for! Cause I’m about to give it to ya.

First up, the Pixi Glow Tonic – can be found at Target for $15.00 (tho you can get a better value for the 250 ML for $29.00 just FYI).
I love this stuff – it’s a solid product. Might not be life-changing, but for some reason I can’t get my hands off it. I began using this product and kept a four-week diary on how it changed my skin. If you’re interested in those results, I’d suggest reading that!
Would I repurchase? Already have!

Next I had a sample of the Mint Pear C Your Youth Vitamin C serum – $39.00
This product was good, but I’m currently loving another serum that I’m preparing to write aboutImage result for prayer emoji
My thoughts on this are that it’s not bad, and the price is relatively decent for other competitive face serums on the market. I do love the feeling of applying this to my face as it sinks into my skin and traps in the hydration. I wake up in the morning and still feel the product.

Would I repurchase? Actually, maybe (had I not found this other serum).

First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser with red clay – $24.00
I looooooooved this cleanser while I had it. It’s rather luxurious and created a thick lather on the face, which I loved. My skin was left feeling refreshed, clean, and smooth. It was a great feeling. I’d use this about 2-3 times a week (as I didn’t want to overdo it). If you’re still interested, I’d recommend checking out the full review so you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it!

Would I repurchase? Yeah! For sure.

Tarte Maracuja Oil – travel size is $16 and large size is $48
I have raved about this godsend before and I’ll rave again. It’s amazing. Hydrating without being sticky/greasy, sinks right into the skin, provides a deep hydration that lasts through the night and into the next day. I rave even more in my full review for those wanting additional benefits. And then again in “The Best of Ipsy.”

Would I repurchase? Already have like 3 times!

South Mane Under Eye Gels – pack of 3 for $9.00
I think this product could be easily looked past and fall into the “underrated” category. These were a good, solid set of eye masks. They were hydrating, stuck fairly well to the skin (tho they will slide around if you’re walking all over or dancing to Drake), and you’re left with a smooth and moisturized under eye area. You are supposed to keep them on for 30 mins, which is a bit much. But honey make yourself a cup of tea, turn on Friends for the 1,000,000th time and relax!
Now that I go investigate the price of these online, I think I’ll buy a pack or two. Well worth the price and I enjoy the process as well as the outcome.

Would I repurchase? About to.

Lastly are my trusty ol’ Kirkland brand Daily Facial Wipes (makeup remover) – they’re selling 150 on Amazon for $24.99
These are a solid choice and won’t steer you wrong. However… however – if you have sensitive skin you might not like how “rough” these are. I find they kind of tug at the skin but they do cleanse away your makeup. I go in with a face wash after using this anyways, but they do a good job removing the first layer. Are there better ones out there? Sure. Will these get the job done? Yes.

Would I repurchase? Already have – thank you, Costco.

So those are my skincare empties! Anyone else have the same ones? What are your thoughts? Are you intrigued? Have you tried any? Let me know below so we can chat!

Xoxo,
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Magical Makeup Monday: Maracuja Oil Review

“I wish I could put into words what magical effects this has on the skin.”

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We need to address the blessing that is Maracuja Oil from Tarte. I have nothing but positive things to say about this oil, except for the price tag. WHICH, I must say, I’m willing to debate because this will last you a long time.

I’ve been using this oil every other night (on the same night I exfoliate) in place of my moisturizer. The first time I used it, I felt rather awkward. You have to load the dropper with oil prior to pressing it into your skin. The bottle tells you to put 2-3 drops onto a clean face/neck and massage into your skin. I’m not sure why, but I got the impression you should load 2-3 drops into the palm of your hands first, then apply to the face. No, don’t do this.

Instead, try dotting a drop directly onto your forehead, each cheek, nose, and chin. That is five drops total. I’m not sure if that would be a lot for others, but for me it helps to get an even coverage over my face and neck. I mean, we’re talking drops, not a pump or squeeze of something. Then I try to make this last as much as I can, massaging it into the skin for a minute and patting it onto my neck as well.

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The results I have seen have been magnificent. This is a product where my skin feels instantly plump, smooth, and hydrated. Not sticky or greasy whatsoever. It dries within minutes to a soft moisturized touch. As I stated, I use this in place of my nightly moisturizer, and it has proved to be a valuable substitute.

I wake up in the morning with extremely soft skin and little to no texture, which is an awesome benefit if you’re someone who struggles with bumps. I have noticed a little improvement with redness, but nothing show stopping yet. This is just an incredible product to try out if you’re interested in a nighttime oil to soothe your skin while you sleep.

I would highly recommend this and will be repurchasing, despite the rather high price tag. If you’re someone who is considering a higher end oil, give the travel size a chance! With a $15.00 price tag, it might help persuade you it’s worth the splurge. We are talking about preserving the youth of your skin.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried something similar at a more affordable price! I’d definitely give something else a try if there is a good ploy behind it.

Xoxo,
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