Rodan & Fields: Microdermabrasion Paste

Rodan & Fields: Microdermabrasion Paste

For the next two posts, I’ll be doing reviews on three Rodan and Fields products that I was able to sample recently.

The Microdermabrasion Paste is in a little packet, but the full size is sold in a 125mL tub. Microdermabrasion, itself, is an exfoliation treatment that uses fine crystals, a diamond tipped piece of equipment, or other such method to remove the dead skin cells from your skin. Exfoliation is a key method to rejuvenating skin and helping the cell turnover process along.

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Etude House Green Tea Nose Pack–Review

Etude House Green Tea Nose Pack–Review

I’m not a huge nose pack/strip connoisseur. In an attempt to rid my nose of blackheads during my teen years, I tried dozens of different nose strips. My mom actually gave me some of these Etude House Green Tea Nose Packs to try as she preferred another brand. I didn’t expect too much, but I was quite surprised!

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OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Cleanser–Review

OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Cleanser–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. Powered by BrandBacker.

I’ve worked with OZ Naturals in the past. Some things I’ve loved (and plan to buy in the future) and some things just didn’t fit with me well. Nevertheless, the US brand has a lot to offer consumers and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them again!

This time I was sent the OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I have a soft spot for cleansers. I don’t know why I love them so much, but being able to wash off makeup, dirt, oil, and other impurities is just so satisfying.

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Missha Creamy Strawberry Latte Cleansing Foam–Review

Missha Creamy Strawberry Latte Cleansing Foam–Review

I really love cleansing foams. I double cleanse at the end of the day (using an oil based cleanser first, followed by a water based foam cleanser) and the second step is one I always look forward to. I had a back stock of my Murad Pomegranate Foaming Cleanser, but as I was running out, I wanted to find a Korean alternative that was, preferably, more inexpensive.

I stumbled across the Missha Strawberry Latte Cleansing Foam and, at only about 5 bucks, figured why not?

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Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence–Review

Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence–Review

Propolis is an interesting little skin care ingredient. It’s actually a resin found in trees that honey bees use as a type of “glue” to help form their honey combs. It’s been used in skin care for it’s antibacterial and healing properties, making it useful for those with acne and redness.

That’s exactly why I was so excited to try out the Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence!

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Secret Key Secret Perfume Body Scrub (Peeling Gel)–Review

Secret Key Secret Perfume Body Scrub (Peeling Gel)–Review

So many secrets! 😉

That was a long title, but the brand for this product is Secret Key. The name of the product is Secret Perfume Peeling Body Scrub, but that’s a little misleading. It isn’t a “scrub” but a peeling gel. Peeling gels are chemical exfoliators that, when massaged into the skin, exfoliate dead skin cell layers, causing them to ball up. It’s a wonderfully disgusting product that I’ve pretty much fallen in love with (spoilers!).

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Beauty When You’re Under the Weather

Beauty When You’re Under the Weather

If you’ve been following me on social media, you probably know that I have been sick recently. There’s nothing worse than an illness, especially during the holidays, to bring you down. When you’re sick, the last thing on your mind is your beauty routine–it should be on resting and getting better. But your appearance can be an indicator of the health of your body and, once you’re well again, you want the health of your skin to be close to normal.

Below are some of the things I do (and did recently) to help myself and my skin until I could kick that sinus infection’s rear. Disclaimer: This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. Please consult with your doctor and use your own judgment for medical needs. Read more

Setting Sprays: L’Oreal vs. Urban Decay

Setting Sprays: L’Oreal vs. Urban Decay

There’s no questioning that Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray is one of the top dogs. I used it for my wedding a few years ago and my makeup didn’t budge from about 10am to well past midnight–an amazing feat with my oily skin.

But with my wallet’s recent depression, I needed a cheaper alternative to UD’s miracle potion. I had seen reviews online that L’Oreal’s Infallible was a good dupe for the UD spray and at only about $15 I couldn’t resist giving it a go myself.

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The Face Shop Mango Seed Glow Date-Prep Butter–Review

The Face Shop Mango Seed Glow Date-Prep Butter–Review

I’m a married lady now. Gone are the days of feigning that I have perfect hair/skin/nails/teeth/personality. Hubby sees me when I first wake up in the morning (before I even realize I have a huge zit on my forehead), he sees me at before we go to bed (pink acne cream dotted across my cheeks), and he sees my when I’m sick (pretending to be Puff the Magic Dragon with tissue stuffed up my nostrils).

But that doesn’t mean I don’t still at least try.

Cue The Face Shop’s Mango Seed Glow Date-Prep Butter. On TFS’s website: “A must-have date-prep butter that delivers moisture and a fair glowing complexion to increase your date’s attraction.”

Ooh, so this magical cream can increase my attraction? I’ll take it! 😉

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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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