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Top 5: Primers

Hey, dears! I’ve realized that I don’t talk about primers too often here, which is insane because I think primer is important. I’m not the kind of person who can wear foundation raw on my face. I need some type of barrier on my skin. Since I’m more oily skinned, I lean more towards matte primers but don’t fret! Some of these primers are good for dry skinned people as well. Let’s just jump in…

First off, let me just say I know some of these primers look like they’ve been through it! But, I figured I might as well still take a photo of them because that just shows you how much I like them haha.

  • L’oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur ($25) This is one of the more pricey drugstore primer options, but I really like it. It leaves a velvety smooth, matte finish and is perfect for blurring lines, wrinkles, uneven skin and pores. It also claims to minimize the appearance of all those things within 4 weeks. I would definitely recommend this to people will more mature skin. My grandma goes hard on this primer and that’s why it looks like that haha.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Light ($16) I was on a budget so I picked up the travel size, but the full size is $36. This is probably one of my holy grail high-end foundations. It’s ideal for acne prone and oily skin. It’s very lightweight and makes your skin feel godly! It blurs all of your imperfections seamlessly and your makeup will look flawless. I have not one complaint!
  • Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer ($18) Once again, I had to be frugal so I bought the travel size haha. The full size is $52. Anyway, this primer has a satin-finish but I still enjoy it. A little goes a long way and the staying power is amazing. Your skin feels like silk all day long. This primer is ideal for those with dry skin.
  • Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser ($5) For a drugstore primer, this is pretty great! I have been using it for years and the only complaint I have is that it doesn’t control oil as much as would like, but it’s still a pretty damn good primer. It does erase your pores like a dream, though.
  • Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($36) This baby is MATTE! So, dry skinned people steer clear. Welcome to the dream oily skinned people! This will keep your face matte all day long.  I went hard on this baby all summer and spring I even used it a bit during the colder months haha. If your face is an oil well, buy this. It will change your life.

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Get That Glow: Personal Microdermabrasion

Hey darlings! Let’s just jump right in to this topic, shall we? Who has hyperpigmentation? *raises hand* Who has dull complexion? *raises hand* Who has large pores? *raises hand* Who suffers from acne? *raises hand* Who suffers from wrinkles? Who suffers from ANY SKIN RELATED PROBLEMS? If you’re like most of the population, let me introduce you to the PMD aka the Personal Microdermabrasion system.

What is microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is a procedure where tiny crystals are used to buff away the dry, dead skin off the surface layer of your skin. It promotes cell renewal and reveals healthier, younger looking skin. Also, since it’s removing the gunk from the outmost layer of your skin, your skincare products will be able to penetrate your skin SO MUCH BETTER. 

I first heard about this product 2 years ago when I was watching Amanda Ensing’s video on it. However, that price tag was intense and I was a broke ass college student. Let’s just keep it real haha. I obviously had to put it on the back burner. Two years later, more and more people on YouTube were talking about it and I finally decided to buy it. Keep in mind, a single treatment of microdermabrasion can be a bit pricy. In NYC, prices range from $50-$150 per session. The PMD is $159 but I was lucky enough get a coupon code from Raschelle aka MsRoshPosh on YT for 15% off. So, I only paid $135.The PMD kit comes with the device itself, 2 caps (1 for body, 1 for face), 1 training disc (the white one), 4 sensitive skin, blue discs (2 for face, 2 for body), 2 normal skin, green discs (1 for face, 1 for body), and of course the plug.

 When I got it, I wanted to use it immediately! I saw so many tutorials on it, so I decided to jump right in. I even skipped the video that came with the package – rebellious, I know. I just tested it on my arm with the white training disc for about 10 seconds and decided I knew how to use it.

The first time I used it, I don’t think I was doing it right because I didn’t notice any difference. The product itself doesn’t claim difference after one use but plenty of reviews that I read were claiming magical things. The only thing I noticed was that was skin was pretty damn soft. The next morning, my skin didn’t seem much different. However, after the second and third treatment, I was floored. The hyperpigmentation on my skin was noticeably fading, especially on my chin which is where I’m prone to scars and acne. I also had a pimple coming in and when I used the PMD, it was flat the next morning – literally. My family has even noticed a difference in my skin to the point that they want me to use it on them. I personally use the device once a week. I know some people who say they do it twice a week but I’m not brave enough to do that. It’s my face we’re talking about here lol. I don’t want to cause any issues I can’t come back from haha.

Here are some tips:

  • Prior to using the PMD, wash your face and make sure it’s 100% dry. Otherwise, it’ll be hard to move the PMD on your skin if it’s clammy or damp.
  • Hold your skin taut when using the device.
  • Make sure the device is always moving NEVER let it hover in one spot. You will burn your skin. I was a millisecond away from doing this. Thankfully nothing happened but just a bit of redness.
  • If your skin does get a bit red after you try it, DON’T BE ALARMED. That’s your blood coming up to the skin’s surface because the device sucks at your skin.
  • Follow up with a toner and moisturizer, of course.
  • Start off with the sensitive disc. When you’re comfortable, move on to the normal discs or you can even buy more abrasive discs if you don’t think the normal discs will do it for you.
  • Make sure you clean the discs and filter after use. I use rubbing alcohol for the discs and warm water for the filter.

I can 100% honestly say that this product has been changing my skin. If you’re consistent, I know you’ll reach the skin that you’ve always desired. Don’t get discouraged if you’re not seeing results after 2 weeks. I’d give it a month because everyone’s skin is different. But I promise you that you’ll get that glow soon enough!

If you want to see a demo, check out MsRoshPosh’s video.

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Hit or Miss: L’oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur

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It’s Hit or Miss Monday! You guys voted and wanted a makeup product review BUT this product can be used both for skincare AND makeup. So, here we go.

I never thought about using this product until Nicole Guerriero discussed it a few times on YouTube. This product is supposed to instantly erase the look of lines, wrinkles, and pores. You can apply it after moisturizer, wear it alone or under foundation. L’oreal says it’s a “Instant Skin Smoother”.

What do I think of this product? It’s definitely a HIT. I use this as a primer but I don’t apply moisturizer before it because my skin is oily and I don’t want to add more moisture on it. After I wash my face, I apply the Miracle Blur then my foundation. I’ll tell you right now, it blurs the crap out of my pores! I have HUGE pores near my nose and chin and it’s like they never existed. I don’t have wrinkles or lines .. yet. However, I’m sure it works for that too. I didn’t buy it myself but I’m sure the prices is around $20 at the drugstore. My grandmother actually bought it and she claims to like it so I guess it does work for wrinkles and lines. This is definitely the first drugstore primer I’ve liked so if you don’t want to dish $30+ on a primer, I suggest just going to the drugstore and picking this baby up! It definitely works!

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Skincare Routine

Hello all! So, I gave a gander to my polls and it looks like a majority of you want me to talk about skincare. So I decided to post about my skincare routine and tell you about some products and tips I use to keep my skin blemish and acne free! So let’s jump in, shall we?

Tips:

  1. Never, Never, Never sleep with makeup on! It clogs your pores and cause acne.
  2. Never pick your pimples! It causes acne scars.
  3. Wash your face twice a day! Don’t over wash!

 

Now I already spoke about the two main products that I use for acne in a past post, Beauty Fave or Not. Those are still my main dynamic duo when it comes to washing my face. I still dabble in other face washes besides Cetaphil. My second favorite would have to be ….

Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Anti-Blemish & Anti Wrinkle Scrub, $8.99

This cleanser is just dope! It works perfect for my skin. I barely break out when I’m using this. So I alternate between Cetaphil and this because I would never leave this product. It works way to well. It does help tone my skin and brighten my skin. I don’t have any wrinkles but I’m all about prevention! So whatever will help keep my face blemish free and youthful, I’m all about it!

Another thing, you would want to invest in is a toner. Toner are great for your face and complexion because it helps maintain your skin’s PH balance. So your face won’t get extremely dry. Toners soothe your skin too and make you feel so refreshed! The toner I suggest buying is …

Neutrogena’s Oil Free Acne Stress Control Toner, $5.99

 Now, another product I would recommend buying is the Neutrogena wave. The Neutrogena wave gets really down deep into your pores. It cleans your face soooo well and your face will feel sooo damn soft after. Your face will feel like a baby’s bottom. You can also put your some cleanser on the pad, that’s what I do for a better clean. The cleanser has soap any way but if you want to, it’ll work.  So definitely invest in buying one.

 

After washing your face and applying toner, you can put some acne cream or moisturizer. I don’t put moisturizer on because I’m an oily beast so there is no need for that nonsense. I do use acne cream with benzyl peroxide in it from Clean & Clear. It’s called Persa Gel 10 and it has 10% benzyl peroxide. You can find more about it in my Beauty Faves or Not post. 

So that’s basically it, my acne is very mild. I have few breakouts. I used to have more frequent breakouts before I got on birth control but now I get a pimple or 2 during my period. Otherwise, I don’t have acne. What I do have is post acne marks and the best thing for that is an acne dark spot corrector. You can find those everywhere. So many different brands make them.