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All The Deets: New & Improved Skincare Routine

Hey all! I’ve been a real skincare snob these past few months and I figured I might as well share with you my new skincare routine. It’s definitely a bit more time consuming but I find that it’s the only way my skin stays at its best! I used to be fairly low maintenance with skincare. I would literally just use a makeup wipe, rinse, and hit the sheets! That’s a HUGE no-no, especially is you’re a frequent makeup wearer. I noticed that my makeup was just looking crappy and that was ultimately because my skin was crappy. It wasn’t covered in acne or anything but it was just dull and blah! You could just feel it when your skin isn’t in the best shape. So, I became a skincare snob and I have been following this regimen religiously because consistency is key!

In the morning, I don’t do much because I’m not a believer of OVERWASHING your face. Yes, there is such a thing. I keep it simple. I rinse my face with COLD WATER to wake me up and since I’m not using any product it doesn’t matter if my pores are open or not. Then, I use my Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control toner all over my face. Once that’s dry I do my primer and makeup as usual. I’m on the oily side so I don’t moisturize in the day. Call me crazy but that’s how I roll.

At night, I use my all time favorite makeup wipes which are the Neutrogena Hydrating Makeup Wipes. These are the wipes in the teal packaging. Out of all the Neutrogena wipes I’ve used, these take off makeup the best in my opinion. After that I use my Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser which is heaven in a bottle. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s not a foamy cleanser but hey as long as it works! I massage that all over my face with my Clarisonic. If you don’t have a Clarisonic, INVEST IN ONE!  It’s a truly amazing tool that deep cleans your skin and REALLY takes out all the gunk. Washing your face with your hands doesn’t compare. I stopped using it for about 4 months and my skin was just garbage. Needless to say, I’m never doing that again. Also, when I wash my face I start with lukewarm water and then turn it to the colder side when I’m fully done. About 2-3x a week, I exfoliate with my Murad Skin Smoothing Polish. I hate to admit this but I never really exfoliated my skin until now and now I realize all the goodness my skin was missing out on. For more info on the product, check out my review here. After cleansing, I sometimes use my PMD. However, I only use it once a week and if I only cleansed my skin that day. I don’t use it if I exfoliated as well because I feel like that’s overkill. For more info on the PMD, check it out here. After all that jazz, I use my toner followed by my VMV ID Anti-Acne Oil-Free Lotion. This ish right here is no joke. You have to use it little by little otherwise it won’t work. Also, it is one the greasy side which is funny to me because it’s oil-free but whatever. Also, for the occasional Aunt Flow crater pimple, I alternate between VMV Monolaurin Gel and Kate Sommerville’s Eradikate.

Tips and Tricks

Always pat dry your face, never rub. Nobody wants premature wrinkles.

Never use a towel to dry your face because you’re just putting the bacteria back on your skin. Instead, use a paper towel to dry off.

Always exfoliate weekly. Don’t be a fool like I was.

Cold water closes pores. Hot water dehydrates skin and opens pores. Lukewarm water is best but cool water to finish off is my personal preference.

There you have it! I hope you find this information helpful.

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Hit or Miss: VMV Hypoallergenics Id Monolaurin Gel

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 9.53.07 PMHey all! Let’s talk skincare! It’s about time we spoke about skincare. I’m going to start working on more haircare reviews because I know some of you may be tired of makeup reviews….or not! Hahahaha. Either way, I’m going to give you guys more variety in the Hit or Miss series.

So, VMV Hypoallergenics is the “the safest, most proven effective care on the planet”. The only reason I know about them is because I interned at a PR company that represents them. Luckily, I got to try out some products! My main concern with my skin care is acne. Every month or so, I get some hormonal acne in the form of under the skin bumps. Yes, the most annoying type of acne because it’s almost impossible to make them go away overnight….or is it? The Id Monolaurin Gel treats acne, especially bacne and sweat acne. It also mattifies and disinfects skin.

I used this when I felt an under the skin pimple coming. I washed my face then applied it to the spots where I felt a breakout coming or where there were already breakouts. The next morning, the blemishes were smaller, EVEN THE UNDER THE SKIN BUMPS! I’ve never found something that would stop a cystic pimple from forming until now. Now, I’m not saying it cures cystic acne all together! Don’t get me wrong. What I am saying is that if you suffer from those occasional acne gremlins, you should definitely try this product! It’s a HIT! You can buy it for $26 on the VMV website.

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