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My All-Time Favorite Face Masks

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Hey, babes! Let’s talk skincare. I think doing a mask at least 2-3x a week is important for your skin. Masks are able to do everything that cleansers and exfoliators can’t. I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while, but I wanted to make sure that I finalized my list of favorites. So, here we go…

From least to most expensive

  • Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque ($4) is the best and most effective drugstore mask that I’ve ever used. It helps clear your skin and minimize pores. I definitely recommend it to anyone on a budget! Try mixing  it with tea tree oil = amazing.
  • Boscia’s Black Luminizing Mask ($34) is a peel-off mask that helps brighten your complexion. It doesn’t do much for acne but it helps with dullness and pores.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque ($40) is my all time favorite for spot treatment and full-face usage. This baby is magic and made me fall in love with PTR products because he grew up with cystic acne. So, he clearly knows what he’s doing when it comes to making an acne effective product. This baby will flatten your pimples overnight. LITERALLY.
  • GlamGlow Supermud ($69) is a pretty penny but definitely effective. You feel it working and SEE the pores being vacuumed of gunk. It’s kind of fascinating yet gross to see the bacteria that’s in your face. This works just like the PTR Sulfur Masque.

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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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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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Face Mapping: Acne & Your Health

Hello dolls. Let’s talk about the dreaded acne topic. Not the old run of the mill topics like: How do I get rid of acne? Why do I have acne? What products are best for acne? How often should I exfoliate? Blah, blah, blah. No, today let’s get deeper than that. I want to talk about acne and what you acne is telling you about your overall health.

For those of you who didn’t know, your face is a symbol of your overall health. If something isn’t right, you face is bound to show it. Your acne is telling you something! Although western medical practitioners don’t believe in this, a lot of eastern medical practitioners swear by it. Face mapping is basically linking certain areas of your acne breakouts to your internal organs. It’s traced back to traditional Chinese medicine.

I’m a firm believer that acne is usually caused from within, not just external causes such as: makeup, dirt, etc. So, I decided to share with you a face mapping guide to help you figure out what’s causing your acne.

Area 1 (upper forehead): Linked to the bladder and digestive system. It could signify poor digestive health

Area 2 (lower forehead): Linked to bladder & digestive system. This could mean irregular sleep, stress, bad blood circulation or depression

Area 3 (middle of the brows): Linked to the liver. Stop drinking so much, you lush! Haha, no but seriously this could mean you have too much alcohol in your system or too much fat.

Area 4 (around the eyes): Linked to the kidneys. This likely means dehydration.

Area 5 (the nose): Linked to the heart. It can mean stress or blood pressure problems.

Area 6 (cheeks): Linked to the respiratory system. Smoking much? Allergies? Lung problems? These can play a part.

Area 7 (sides of chin): LINKED TO HORMONES! This is the beast of my acne. I only break out on my chin and it’s almost always because of Aunt Flo or a change in my hormones. Hormonal imbalances and stress can cause this area to flare up.

Area 8 (lower chin): Linked to the stomach. This can also be a sign of digestive issues.

Next time you have a breakout, take a look in the mirror and check out where it’s happening. Maybe your acne is telling you more than “Stop sleeping with your makeup on!” 🙂

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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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Hit or Miss: GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment

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Hey beauties! It’s time for another review on Hit or Miss Monday and we’re gonna talk skincare! I’m always on the hunt for products that will help my oily skin out, especially during the summer months. I’ve been eying GlamGlow products for a while and have heard a lot of great things about it. The only issue was that I didn’t want to dish $70 and end up being disappointed. Therefore, on my recent trip to Sephora I grabbed a sample of the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment.  Keep in mind that there are 4 GlamGlow masks, I got the clearing treatment one. There is also an exfoliating one, a hydrating one, and a dualcleanse one.

According to Sephora, this specific treatment is supposed to heal your skin, prevent breakouts, and visibly draw out all the gunk from your face. It’s also supposed to minimize your pores, soften and brighten your skin. Now, the sample actually lasted me a good 4 days because this product is very thick. I use a flat foundation brush to apply it all over my face because I feel like if I use my fingers, I’ll be wasting more product. I ended up using it 2x per week. The question is did I see any difference in my skin? The answer is YES.

As you can see in the picture, the mask goes on a dark charcoal color and then dries up into a light gray color. I keep the mask on for about 20 minutes. As the mask is drying, you’ll literally see the dirt and oil being sucked out of your face. EXCUSE MY HUGE PORES but as you can see the pores around my nose are MASSIVE. Also, those dark spots around my face are the oils and dirt being sucked out. Crazy and gross, right? Keep in mind this was AFTER I washed my face with my Clarisonic. It’s like your face can never get clean enough! Anyway, after I rinsed my face with warm water my skin felt soooo clean! The pores were visibility smaller on my nose too. So needless to say this product is a HIT & I will be picking it up from Sephora ASAP.

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