Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser–Review

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser–Review

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Let’s step away from the Asian beauty today and talk about one of my staples: the Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser. It’s actually pretty surprising that I haven’t done a review of this cleanser yet as I use it almost every day. Maybe because it’s such an integral part of my routine, I overlooked it and concentrated on newer, shinier products?

Shame on me.

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There’s another acne cleanser by Murad, but I much prefer this one. I tried the other cleanser and it was too harsh for my skin. I experienced dryness, tightness, and redness. All the “ness” that you want to avoid! But let’s get back on track.

The Time Release Cleanser is formulated with “encapsulated salicylic acid” so that you don’t get one, big burst of acne fighting ingredients, but a low release even after you’ve rinsed it off. It also has beneficial amino acids, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants to help you skin stay hydrated and glowing.

It’s a whiteish, creamy wash that won’t really foam. I much prefer foaming cleansers, but this is my exception so far. I don’t particularly like the smell–it reminds me of what hospitals smell like. Or it just has that “medicinal cosmetic” smell that isn’t really flattering. It doesn’t really bother me though because as soon as you rinse it off, the smell it gone.

I like to use this as my morning cleanser as it doesn’t really remove makeup or foam, making it a pretty bad second cleanser in my routine. It’s gentle enough to use every day as well. I don’t use it as my only acne fighting step because I have hormonal acne (including cystic) that likes to wreck havoc so I need a little more oomph. It does help combat those little suckers that like to put up every now and then. It makes for a better preventative step than reactive which is why I try to use it every morning.

I give the Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser 4 pomegranates. It’s gentle, but pretty effective for straggling pimples that like to ruin your day. It’s a much better preventative cleanser than a reactive treatment.

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You can buy this cleanser on Murad’s website here or on Amazon here.

What cleansers do you like to use to prevent those pesky pimples?

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Sheet Mask Marathon Wrap Up & Giveaway!

Sheet Mask Marathon Wrap Up & Giveaway!

Well, this is it. I hope you enjoyed the Sheet Mask Marathon! I put a ton of blood, sweat, and tears into it. I showcased eight different sheet masks types and brands, but there are so, so many more! I hope this has helped you start your journey of sheet masking, if you’re new to it, and maybe find something new if you’ve tried some before.

Here’s links to all of the days if you want to look back on any of them:

Intro

Day 1 Etude House Tea Tree

Day 2 Nature Republic Snail Solution

Day 3 Mediheal WHP Charcoal and Mineral

Day 4 Vanedo Marine Algae

Day 5 My Beauty Diary Diamond & Caviar

Day 6 Freeset Donkey Milk Healing

Day 7 Annie’s Way Seaweed

Day 8 Skin Factory Real Honey Ampoule

If I had to choose a favorite, it would probably be the Mediheal WHP Charcoal and Mineral mask that was featured on Day 3. I have since bought a whole other stash of just these to rescue me when my skin is dull, dry, and flaring up. Love them!!

Now, the fun part…

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Sheet Mask Marathon Day 5: My Beauty Diary Diamond & Caviar

Sheet Mask Marathon Day 5: My Beauty Diary Diamond & Caviar

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Welcome to day four of my Sheet Mask Marathon! For an intro to what’s going on (or a quick recap), head on over to the beginning post here. After that, check out:

Day 1 (featuring Etude House Tea Tree),

Day 2 (featuring Nature Republic Snail),

Day 3 (featuring Mediheal WHP Charcoal and Mineral),

and Day 4 (featuring Vandeo Marine Algae).

Day 4 is about this My Beauty Diary Diamond & Caviar Moisturizing Mask. My Beauty Diary is actually a Taiwanese brand, but they are one of the most popular brands for sheet masks, especially in China, Taiwan, and overseas. They are affordable and good quality. I specifically chose this mask because it’s a two piece mask (like a bikini except not as attractive). Two piece masks have a top, that goes from your forehead to your nose, and a bottom that covers from your nose to your chin/jawline. This particular mask goes down your neck and has holes so you can loop it around your ears. So. Weird.

I knew I had to try it!

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Sheet Mask Marathon Day 4-Vanedo Marine Algae

Sheet Mask Marathon Day 4-Vanedo Marine Algae

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Welcome to day four of my Sheet Mask Marathon! If you’re a little behind (or just need a recap), check out the intro post here which explains what this week is about. After that, check out:

Day 1 (featuring Etude House Tea Tree),

Day 2 (featuring Nature Republic Snail Solution),

and Day 3 (featuring Mediheal WHP Charcoal and Mineral).

Day 4 is all about Vanedo. The whole name is actually Vanedo Beauty Friends Marine Algae. I wasn’t looking for any particular skin benefits when I reached for this mask. I just thought that marine algae sounded nice. 😉

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OZ Naturals Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel–Review

OZ Naturals Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel–Review

*This is a sponsored post. I received the following product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not reflective of the brand.

If I don’t get nine hours of sleep each night, eat a healthy diet low in sugar, and drink at least 8 full glasses of water each day I end up with saggy, dark under eyes. Can you imagine how often that is? Often.

So I jumped at the chance to try out OZ Naturals’ Matrix 6 Mega Bright Eye Gel. Mega bright? Yes, please! Besides, their Hyaluronic Acid Serum is the bee’s knees.

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Skinfood Black Pomegranate Volumizing Serum–Review

Skinfood Black Pomegranate Volumizing Serum–Review

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Oh, Skinfood. Will our love affair ever end?

Probably not anytime soon. Today is all about Skinfood’s Black Pomegranate Volumizing Serum. I’ve reviewed the Black Pomegranate Toner and Cream (here) and really liked the line so far. The Black Pomegranate line of products is geared towards anti-aging and brightening.

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If you didn’t get a chance to read my review of the other Black Pomegranate products (you should!), then I’ll let you know that black pomegranates are chock full of antioxidants, like many other fruits. In particular, black pomegranates contain high amounts ellagic acid (a type of antioxidant). This helps with dullness. It also contains ingredients like macadamia seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and biotin that helps with brightness, wrinkles,and overall tone/texture. Read more

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TonyMoly I’m Real Tea Tree Lotion–Review

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I’m a tea tree lover. I love the smell, I love the name, and I love that it shrinks up any acne that may have popped up on my skin within a matter of days (or hours…). So when I received this sample of Tony Moly’s I’m Real Tea Tree Sebum and Pore Lotion I was jumping for joy. Tea tree? Check. Control oil? Check. Shrink those pores? Check.

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Where To Buy Your Korean Cosmetics

Where To Buy Your Korean Cosmetics

(Please keep in mind that this blog is not longer kept so these may be out of date.)

I know that the k-beauty world is fascinating and tempting. I mean, I’m almost foaming at the mouth when I discover a new exfoliating cleanser with amazing reviews. But it’s so incredibly frustrating when you see a product that you’re dying to try and just can’t figure out where to get it. Or the place you’ve found is so sketchy it could sell caricatures.

For many people outside of Asia, attaining Asian beauty products that are authentic and don’t break the bank can be as daunting as that time you decided you had plenty of time to study for finals… and didn’t.

So I’ve compiled a list to tell you all about reputable places that you can find many Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, and/or Chinese products. Read more

Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum–Review

Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum–Review

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Hi everyone!

I wanted to give you guys my review of Skinfood’s Black Sugar Perfect First Serum. It’s a serum, but it has the consistency of an essence which is very thin and watery. It is for dull, dryish skin that could use some exfoliation and moisturization.

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OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Serum–Review

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Serum–Review

Hey everyone! I hope you’ve had a great Monday so far!

I’m taking a moment, today, to branch away from the East Asian brands and tell you guys about a serum that I’ve been using by OZ Naturals. When I had the opportunity to work with them to test run their Hyaluronic Serum, I jumped at the chance. They have a pretty impressive list of qualities: cruelty-free, vegan and natural ingredients, and (for the Americans) made in the USA.

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