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Josie Maran's Argan Oil Face Butter & 100% Pure Argan Oil

10:37:00 AM

Josie Maran's Argan Oil Face Butter & 100% Pure Argan Oil

Hi darlings!!!! Hope you all had a fabulous Valentine's Day!!! 

I've been a little quiet lately because yet again...I'm still trying to find the perfect skincare routine that works for me. (Outside of using my acne meds) I went to the dermatologist yesterday and after this week, I'm officially off my oral pills and I'll be using the topical creams every other day. I am super nervous because I don't want the terrible acne to come back. I have one blemish on my cheek but hoping that's due to having my period and it's not anything major about to happen...

Anyways! Due to all the harsh meds, my skin goes from super dry and cracking to extremely oily! My skin needs to balance itself out! When it's super super dry, I've been using a power duo...Josie Maran's Argan Oil and Face Butter. These two products are unbelievable. 

So about two week ago, I saw a TSV on QVC for the most amazing Josie Maran set. I blogged about it here. I purchased the Juicy Peach scent and omg it's heaven. Let's start breaking this down...

Josie Maran is well known for her 100% Pure Argan Oil. It's probably her best selling products and it's how she started as a brand. The argan nuts are harvested in morocco and are pretty much miracle workers. It takes 14 years to harvest and they can be used for cooking, healing medicines, but mostly for cosmetics. Yes, they can even heal burns! I actually use Josie's argan oil for both my face and hair. At night, I use about 6 drops of argan oil for my face. It's super moisturizing without being greasy. It absorbs into my skin pretty much as soon as I apply it. When using argan oil in my hair, I use about 5 to 10 drops on freshly washed and damp hair. When you wash your hair, towel dry for a bit, brush, add a few drop of argan oil to palm of hand, rub together to warm oil up, and then run through your hair. I focus on the bottom parts of my hair more since that's where I'm most dry. Once your hair dries, it's less frizzy and just looks beautiful. I truly like it better than Moroccan oil which tends to get greasy on me and can sometimes feel heavy and weigh down my hair. Even if I add too many drops of Josie's oil, my hair feels moisturized and not greasy. It's hands down my fave hair product lately. Plus who doesn't like a product that you can use for two things! 

Omg omg omg! Josie Maran's Face Butter! Holy crap this stuff is a dream. Since my skin can sometimes get so dry that I crack and bleed, I've tried so many different products including $125 serums and moisturizers from Chanel. I bought two different Chanel products and neither one worked for me. I tried Josie's Face Butter since one of my fave YouTubers swears by it and I couldn't be more in love with it. Within 3 days of using it day and night right after I apply my argan oil, my skin just plumped out. I swear it was like applying to a raisin and now I'm a grape! My skin is so hydrated and glowing. Sometimes it's actually too hydrated! Hahahaha. I'm not 100% sure if I'll use this over the Summer because it maybe too moisturizing but we shall see. 

This 2 part combo has truly saved my skin over the last week and I can't believe how quickly it all happened. It just goes to show that sometimes department stores are trying to see you the most expensive things just so you can buy. I have no problems spending money...if the product will work! This QVC Josie Maran TSV set was hands down the BEST money I've spent in a VERY long time. And the smell of juicy peach? Omg so yummy! 

How are you keeping your skin hydrated during these Winter months?

Beauty Products I'm Skipping

10:13:00 AM

Beauty Products I'm Skipping

Hello darlings!!! Everyone in NY enjoy the snow? Whoa it was crazy! 

So I've been trying to simplify my makeup routine lately. Ever since my acne disaster, I'm trying to acknowledge two things: I no longer have acne to cover so I don't need that much makeup and clogging my pores so much with makeup also contributed to my acne. 

Keep in mind that I do love the products below but they aren't 100% necessary to use every single day. Since I'm also trying to save money, I need to only use products that are an absolute necessity. Here's what I'm keeping out on...

Eye Shadow Primer: I just discovered a new trick about two weeks ago...use concealer! I was away over the weekend and forgot to pack my eyeshadow primer. I was devastated. I used my concealer instead and of course set it with my powder and I looked exactly the same! Exactly the same! 

Mascara Primer: I love mascara primers. Truly do! It's just too many of an extra step for me in the morning. I'll use for special occasions but I can't use a primer everyday anymore. 

Setting Spray: I know people will fight me on this one but I pretty much have normal skin now. I can skip this step. If you have oily skin, you may keep the spray in your makeup bag. 

Eyelash Curler: I always forget this step anyway. I know they make your eyelashes look longer but to me it's not worth the extra effort. 

Leave-In Conditioner: I never notice a difference with my hair. Skip!! 

Lip Primer: My stupidest purchase. It's supposed to make my lips smoother and my lipstick last longer but that was a lie. 

Shaving Cream: I never use anymore! Just use body wash. Same thing! 

Eye Makeup Remover: I have yet to find an eye makeup remover that I'm truly forever in love with. Not sure if it's because I've switched mascaras but no eye makeup remover seems to be working anymore. They all leave residue on my pillow  and leave me with raccoon eyes in the morning. I just purchase this baby shampoo to clean my eye makeup. It's cheaper but let's see how it does. 

Makeup Removing Wipes: I'm just using baby wipes from now on. Much cheaper!! My Avon wipes are super moist because since I double cleanse anyway, I don't need such expensive wipes. Also, sometimes I only use them the clean my makeup brushes after every use. No more! 

Lip Scrubs: There's definitely a way you can DIY this. No need to spend $10 on a scrub. 

What beauty products are your must-haves and what can you skip out on?

Daily Skincare Routine with Acne Meds

11:17:00 AM

Daily Skincare Routine with Acne Meds

So I have two separate skincare routines...one with all of my acne meds and another with regular beauty products you can purchase from department store. 

My 9 month acne journey continues and it looks like it's reaching its end...thank goodness!! I now know so much about skincare and beauty because it seems like I've tried every product under the sun trying to beat acne, cover it, or work with it. When I first started seeing my dermatologist, she prescribed Plexion cleanser, Aczone topical cream for the morning and Tazorac topical cream at night. Here is my step by step routine:

1. Each morning as soon as I wake up, I wash my face with Plexion cleanser. It's made with sulfur which is an old school remedy of beating acne. 

2. Next, I use rose water toner from Amazon or witch hazel to make sure your skin is balanced, spotless clean, and free of inflammation. Sometimes witch hazel makes me too dry so I alternate days.  

3. In the morning, apply aczone after toner and let dry. (Make coffee and fix bed.) Then apply my moisturizer with SPF and let dry. I use this one.  Then start makeup routine. 

4. I just to keep my makeup routine simple and only introduce one new product at a time. This way if you're skin reacts to something, you know what's causing the problems. 

5. At night, my routine is a little longer. I remove ALL of my makeup before I even start cleansing. I actually double cleanse my skin because I wear so much makeup during the day normally. My makeup routine has been simplified since I started getting acne but I'm sure it's still more than most. So I remove my makeup with this oil cleanser and these makeup wipes. I apply the oil onto my dry skin and use my fave Avon wipes to remove the oil. I then use Plexion cleanser, toner, then tazorac. Tazorac is a topical retinol and is extremely harsh on the skin. When using this cream you have to make sure to stay out of the sun and use SPF at all times. It's stripes your skin and you can easily burn. I'm more concerned about cancer so I want to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Make sure it's dry before you go to bed. My last step is adding moisturizer when my skin gets too dry. (I sometimes peel when using it) I like to use this light moisturizer because I'm scared of clogging my pores. 

Some additional weekly steps: 

* Every Wednesday I exfoliate using this product. This routine made me peel heavily so I have loads of dead cells on my face and my makeup looks horrible. I need to keep my skin as clean as possible and remove all dead skin. 

* Every Sunday, I use a mask to deep clean. My fave is this one or this one. I just ordered apple cider vinegar and aztec clay from Amazon because it's a lot cheaper and they received excellent reviews. We'll see how it goes. 

* I also use a Clarisonic every night with my cleanser to do my final cleanse. I wear loads of makeup everyday and clog my pores easily. The key is to make sure your face is spotless so you can actually get the meds into your skin! Pores need to be open in order to be receptive. 

* If you have dark spots like I did, I also used this every single night for two months and now my skin is flawless and spotless. I also used this natural remedy and it was a miracle worker! 

* I also was prescribed these oral pills and they helped my recovery so much! Even though it seems like a lot of steps and a lot of products, everything was needed in order to cure my acne. I have received soooo many compliments on my face. It truly looks airbrushed and I'm so happy! 

Sorry that was long. Please let me know what didn't make sense and I will explain further. I love talking about this and sharing my experience so I'm happy to explain away! 

Hope your spots clear up and I'll write a post soon about my beauty routine when I don't have acne! 

Thanks for reading!! 

xoxo

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Review

2:00:00 AM

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Review


Omg I'm sooo in love with Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer! It was recommended by Caitlin from Southern Curls and Pearls and she's always on point with her recs. 

I personally feel like this is a dupe for Hourglass' Mineral Veil Primer. Can a high end brand like Smashbox ever be a dupe? Haha. I'm not 100% sure but it's cheaper than Hourglass and I feel like it has the same texture and same feeling after application. I honestly can't tell the difference but my wallet can. 

Since my skin is very sensitive and acne prone, I needed to make sure my primer was oil-free and lightweight! I'm so happy to actually be using primer again! I stopped using it for 4 months because I was taking too many acne meds and needed to be lighter with the makeup. I'm back baby!!! 

I did read some of the reviews on Sephora's website and some people said this made them breakout. It's important to only introduce one new beauty product to your routine at a time. So if your skin starts reacting negatively, it's easier to pinpoint the problem! So I'm watching my skin so closely that if I notice just one clogged pore, I will stop using the primer. But thank goodness...so far so good!

Let's get into the details of this primer...I ordered it from HSN so I got a larger size and travel size for $36???? Plus I signed up for email so I got an extra $10 off. Then I used my Ebates and got an extra 2% back. Hahaha I know I know! Budgetttttt! 

This primer smooths out line, fills in pores, and creates a flawless base before you apply your foundation. I mostly use primers to help control the oil buildup throughout the day. My skin can get very oily, especially in the t-zone area so this is really helpful! It also makes my makeup last longer and it still looks great after a 15 hour day! I just have to powder my t-zone around 4pm but after that, I'm good again! 

To start my day, I cleanse my face, apply my moisturizer, wait 5 minutes, apply this primer and then start my makeup routine. So far so good and my face has never looked better. This is my go to primer!

Do you use primer? What's your favorite?

QVC's TSV Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Butter- Full Face & Body 4 Piece Set

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QVC's TSV Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Butter- Full Face & Body 4 Piece Set


You guys know that I'm madly in love with everything by Josie Maran. Her products are natural, organic, and great quality. All of her beauty goodies are good for your skin without putting your help in harms way. Most importantly to me...they are cruelty-free! I'm excited to announce that this Friday, QVC will be offering a 4 piece set from Josie Maran for $69.96 with 3 easy payments of $23.32. If these products were sold separately, the price would be $164! I purchased my set and have it on auto delivery so I'll get this kit every 4 months! Yay! 


QVC's TSV Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Butter- Full Face & Body 4 Piece Set



Here's what it includes: 
  • 1.7-fl oz Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter in Unscented or Juicy Peach. Regular price is $40
  • 13.5-fl oz Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Unscented or Juicy Peach. Regular Price is $35
  • 1.7-fl oz 100% Pure Argan Oil. Regular price is $48
  • 0.16-oz Argan Lip Sting Butter in Cherish It Peach. Regular price is $23

So I have used products from Josie's line for many years. I love everything and I'm especially in love with her Hydrating Milk Serum. It's making my skin silky, smooth, radiant, and hydrated during these Winter months.

QVC's TSV Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Butter- Full Face & Body 4 Piece Set

I'm excited to be trying the Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter for the first time. I have read many reviews and watched a bunch of YouTube videos and loads of people are raving about it. It's not greasy, super lightweight, but effective at hydrating your skin. I'm scared of clogging my pores so I know I have nothing to worry about with this.

QVC's TSV Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Butter- Full Face & Body 4 Piece Set

The Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter comes in two scents: unscented and juicy peach. I personally ordered both the juicy peach and unscented! I love scents so I am going to love the peachy smell and I know Josie doesn't make anything too heavy. I actually ordered this in super-size and also have it on auto-delivery. I use it all over my body and swear by it. My body is totally not feeling this winter cold and I'm not greasy at all.

QVC's TSV Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Butter- Full Face & Body 4 Piece Set

100% Argan Oil is hands down my fave product in this kit. This was the first Josie product I ever purchased. I use it on my face and hair and the results are amazing. It's not too heavy or greasy and again...it won't clog my pores. With this product, a little bit definitely goes a long way. Just a few drops and you're good. I also use it in my hair so it looks healthier and combats the frizz! I recently ran out of my fave Moroccan Oil so instead of replacing, I'll just use Josie's Argan Oil for both face and hair. I'm all about saving money! Double uses so that means it's only half the price right? Hahaha. Kidding...sorta. This product also comes with a dropper so it's a great way for you to not overuse and waste it. You can also use on your body but I end up using too much of the product. Just do your wallet a favor and only use on face and body.

QVC's TSV Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Butter- Full Face & Body 4 Piece Set

Argan Lip Sting Butter in Cherish It Peach is the last thing in this kit! I've never used it before but I have used Josie lip products before and have loved them. They are hydrating and provides the perfect hint of color. I'm sure this gem is going to follow the other's lead. The shade also looks super natural so it'll be perfect for everyday wear.

QVC's TSV Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Butter- Full Face & Body 4 Piece Set

Hope you guys tune into QVC on Friday and get this TSV. The item # is A288240. The presale already opened so pick up your kit today! Trust me, these babies sell out fast so you don't want to miss out. 

Please let me know what you think! 

xoxo

Beauty Goodies Used Up In January

2:00:00 AM

Beauty Goodies Used Up In January

Oh goodness! Where is time going? Wtf? Another month bites the dust. 2017 is flying by just like 2016 did. Ugh.

I am on a mission to finish up beauty products before I buy new products. I am trying to save money as well as change my ways when it comes to beauty. I need more natural, animal friendly, and consistent products. If I like something, I'll be sticking with it. With that said, you'll be seeing different types of posts in the future. Maybe I'll be doing more fashion, book reviews, food recipes, and anything else that comes to mind!

Anyway, here are some beauty goodies I used up in January....

1. BareMinerals Dirty Detox Mud Mask: I like this mask but I am not 100% in love with it. I would repurchase it if I can't find something better. (I'm currently trying the Josie Maran mask) I actually have a second tub of this at my parents' house. It's very effective at cleaning out my pores but after I wash my face, sometimes my skin can feel super tight and dehydrated. I haven't really noticed a real improvement in my skin after I use. Maybe I have the wrong idea when it comes to face masks. Am I supposed to see instant results? What am I supposed to see? lol. Is this step really necessary? I am going to ask my dermatologist when I see her in two weeks so I'll let you know.

2. BareMinerals Brilliant Future Eye Cream: Ehhh. Another eye cream I will not be repurchasing. I noticed absolutely no difference. I tried a sample of IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Eye Cream and I noticed more of a difference in the one application than the 4 months of using this one. Definitely something to toss. Maybe BareMinerals isn't strong enough for me skin? Idk.

3. Chanel Mousse Confort Face Cleanser: I LOVE this cleanser. It's so foamy and creamy and lush! Omg, I can gush all day over this product. Then to make this even better, I use it with my Clarisonic and it's just heaven. I can't wait until the end of the day so I can use this gem. Sigh. I will definitely repurchase this but... I am so depressed to say that I have to look for a cheaper option. As much as it's gentle enough for my sensitive skin, super foamy, leaves my skin squeaky clean, and has no strong scents, since I use this 2x daily, I go through it fairly frequently. I am hunting for cheaper options because I go through a tube every month and a half. So that's $45 a pop. Yeah...a little too rich for my blood. I recently purchased the Tula cleanser based on all the beauty blogger recommendations so we will see how that goes. If not, I'll be coming back to this baby.

4. Cetaphil: I feel like this is becoming a negative post. lol. I seem to not be repurchasing anything! hahaha. Oh well. I guess that's the way life is sometimes. I got this cleanser at BJ's and got two huge bottles for $20! What a deal! This is an old fave with dermatologist so I figured...what the hell and bought it! So I used the cleanser for a week and didn't like. It's gel like and not creamy at all which I love. And it also doesn't foam up the way I like. I know it's just supposed to clean my face but I'll all about how things feel as well. I have to pass on using this for my face but I have been using it up by cleaning my makeup brushes with it. It didn't make my face break out and it's very gentle so why not use it to clean my brushes? So far so good! Again, I probably won't be repurchasing in the future.

5. Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation: I love this foundation and I got my Mom hooked on it as well. It's so lightweight and the coverage it great! This is definitely a sheer to medium coverage foundation if you build it up. It's amazing for those who don't like anything heavy on their face. This was excellent for me to use during my acne crisis because it didn't clog my pores at all. As much as I wanted to hide the blemishes and scars, my dermatologist and I agreed that I wouldn't. My face wasn't going to heal if it wasn't breathing. I needed to allow my skin to breathe and repair itself and not cover it with heavy duty makeup. As much as I hated it...I did it. I went through 2 bottles of this Chanel gem but now I am switching over to IT Cosmetics CC Cream. IT's CC Cream is cheaper, provides heavier coverage, has SPF 50, and includes skincare benefits. I love Chanel but again, I am looking for more affordable options that are also cruelty-free. I am going through a bottle of this foundation every month and a half. But if you're ok with spending $48 on foundation, this is a great pick.

Have you tried any of these products? What have you used up this month?

xoxo


Chanel La Solution 10 Sensitive Skin Cream Review

10:34:00 PM

Chanel La Solution 10 Sensitive Skin Cream Review

Hello darlings!! Hope you all had a fab weekend!! I am sharing my thoughts on a moisturizer from one of my fave brands...Chanel!

First off, I really do love Chanel beauty products. They are all so luxe and well made. The packaging alone make you squeal! But as much as I love the feeling of holding anything Chanel in my hands....this moisturizer is not worth $110 to me. It kills me to write this!

You guys are probably tired of hearing this but here it is...Since my acne disaster, I have been really careful about the products I put on my face. I don't want anything coming near me unless I know the ingredients behind it. Since my friend highly recommend Chanel makeup and skincare after she went through 9 months of Accutane, I decided to take her advice and go with it. Since my skin was super dry from all the pills and topical creams, I needed a moisturizer that wasn't going to be heavy, greasy, or most importantly...pore clogging. I needed something light, effective, and something that wasn't going to challenge my acne meds. Chanel's Solution 10 fit the bill.

Chanel La Solution 10 Sensitive Skin Cream Review

What I like about it:

  • Come in a pump! So no sticking my fingers in a jar, contaminating the product, and applying to my face. I pump 3 squirts and I am set to go. Nothing touches the rest of the moisturizer in the bottle. 
  • It's super lightweight. I apply this cream every day and night and it doesn't challenge my makeup or leave any residue. It's not greasy at all and my skin easily absorbs it. 
  • This moisturizer is oil free, fragrance free, and alcohol free. It has actually won awards for being the best moisturizer for sensitive skin.
  • There's only 10 ingredients in this moisturizer and they list them on the bottle! They are: water, vegetal squalane, soft powder, glycerin, silver needle tea extract, shea butter extract, emollient, emulsifier, humectant, and preservative. 
  • Despite being light in weight, it does the job and leaves my skin feeling hydrated, moist, and radiant even though I am using harsh topical creams. I actually carry it in my handbag as well as I can apply throughout the day when my dry skin begins to crack! (Yes, the joys of acne!)
What I don't like about it:
  • The price. The price. The price. Did I mention the price? I bought two 1,7 oz bottles at $110 a pop. Should I only have purchased one and see how it worked? Absolutely but that's my stupidity. I am not saying that I don't love this moisturizer because I do. It it were $50, I would be screaming from the rooftops for everyone to purchase. 
  • The bottle with the pump is amazing and a positive feature but I also can't tell how much of the product I have left. So I am just going to keep pumping away until nothing comes out. I have no idea when that will be. 
  • I want to start using more cruelty-free brands. I love you Chanel but I love animals more. I am going to use up beauty products that I have but....I will only be replacing with cruelty free brands. 
Final thoughts? It your skin is suffering and you have extremely sensitive skin, I would recommend this product if you have some extra money to spend but IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Jar and Josie Maran's Hydrating Milk do the same exact thing in my opinion. My skin can't tell the difference and they are half the price. After I finish using my two bottles, I'll be replacing with more budget-friendly and animal-friendly options. 

Have you tried Chanel's Solution 10 moisturizer?