My Favorite Products for Dry Skin

Beauty, Dry Skin, Essentials, Skin care

 

Hey Everyone!

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite beauty/skin care products that help combat dry skin. Seeing as though I, myself, suffer from dry skin and of course more so during the winter months, I figured what better time than now to showcase some of the products I have been using lately that have really helped!

So, I really hope you guys enjoy and I hope this video can help any dry skin suffers out there find some products that really do help.

Also, let me know in the comments if you want to see more videos like this or if you have any ideas for what you would like to see in general.

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PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

Pixi By Petra Glowtion Day Dew
Glowtion Day Dew

Too Faced Hangover Primer
http://bit.ly/16wEwCz

LUSH Let the Good Times Roll
http://bit.ly/2b6GfRg

Burts Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm
http://bit.ly/2kJknS0

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
http://seph.me/1HZyVCH

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil
http://bit.ly/2k4ppf3

L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate
http://bit.ly/2lsqV7F

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil
http://bit.ly/2k4ppf3

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
http://origins.cm/2dzORkL

Aquaphor Healing Ointment
http://bit.ly/2fzM7Z5

 

 

 

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Perfectly Polished – Updated Skin Care Routine

Beauty, Essentials, LUSH, Skin care

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all are enjoying this new year! And speaking of … I thought what better way to start the new year than to provide you guys with updated version of my skin care routine! Over the past year or more, I have done a lot of experimenting! I made it a point to test a ton of new products to really find the right combination. I also had to do some reevaluating on my own thoughts on skin care and not be afraid to try products that stated they were  “hydrating”, “moisturizing”, or contained oils. I know I know, I was one of those people that thought using those types of products would send me down a long road laden with breakout after breakout however, I overcame my fear and now I search left and right for products to add that extra little bit of moisture to my skin. When I finally finished my testing I was left with a few stand outs (and believe me I am always continuing to experiment) that I found have worked great on my skin.

So, without further a due, here are the products I have been using in my daily skin care routine.

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Garner Skin Active Micellar Water ($9)

As most, if not all of you know, micellar waters are absolutely amazing! On a day when I have been wearing makeup, I always start my skin care routine with this stuff. I grab a couple cotton pads, soak them in the solution, and then wipe away the day. This product doesn’t contain any oil so it won’t make your skin feel super greasy and it is incredibly gentle on the skin. Also, I sometimes like to use this stuff even on days when I’m not wearing any makeup and don’t feel like going through my whole skin care routine to remove any dirt or grime that might have built up throughout the day. It’s the perfect refresher!

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Nuxe Facial Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel ($19)

Next, I reach for this Nuxe facial cleanser and make-up removing gel. What I love about this product is that on top of being a soap free facial cleanser, it also serves as a makeup remover. Meaning, whatever the micellar water didn’t get grab before, this stuff is sure to remove it! Next, being that this cleanser is made with honey and comes in a super soothing gel form, it works great at adding softness to my skin and never leaves me  expereincing that tight skin feeling after washing like I have with other cleansers.

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Pixi Glow Tonic ($15 -$29)

Moving down the line, after cleansing, I follow up with Pixi’s Glow Tonic. Among many things, this product is not tested on animals, alcohol free, and contains hydrating and soothing aloe vera. Although I am not a big fan of the smell, this product is a great toner for someone like me who has sensitive skin. As for the name “glow tonic”, it comes from the fact that this product also contains ginseng and fructose that serve to “tone, tighten, and remove dead skin cells to reveal brighter, healthier, and younger looking skin.”

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($6-$42) 

Finally, the last step in my skin care routine is to obviously moisturize. I like to bounce back and forth between this one (as my day time moisturizer) and Lush’s Full of Grace facial serum/moisturizer (featured below as my night time moisturizer). At first I was a bit apprehensive to use this moisturizer because I thought that it was for sure going to be far too heavy on my skin but boy was I wrong! I always struggle with dry patches during the winter and this is one of the only products I have found that really help my skin to feel hydrated and supple. It soaks into the skin with ease and doesn’t leave unwanted excess.

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LUSH Full of Grace Facial Serum/Moisturizer ($16)

Though Full of Grace is found under serums section on LUSH’s website, it is described as a solid moisturizer. As I mentioned, I like to use this product from time to time but mostly as my night time moisturizer because it is a much thicker product. Similar to that of LUSH’s massage bars, this product will melt on contact with warm skin. Therefore, you need only warm it up a bit in your hands to gather some of the product, then apply it all over your face. Containing “hydrating tropical butters, calming chamomile and antioxidant rich mushroom extract, this product creates a soothing treatment for the delicate skin on your face, helping you to maintain its elasticity, moisture and glow.” Finally, I will say that every time that I apply this product to my skin at night, I wake up  the next morning to my skin being incredibly soft and looking amazing!

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Left to Right: Ultra Repair Cream, Glow Tonic, Honey Cleanser, Full of Grace, Micellar Water

So, I hope you guys enjoyed my updated skin care routine. If anyone has used any of the products I mentioned, please let me know how you like them or feel free to recommend any new products I should give a try!

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Till next time! -Kayla

Mask Me Beautiful

Beauty, Face Masks, Fresh, LUSH, Origins, product review

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Hello Everyone!

So for todays post I decided to tackle a topic that I have always been familiar with but never actually practiced and that is the art of face masks. I know people recommend you use a face mask (of course depending on what it’s being used for) at least 2-3 times a week. I however, didn’t follow this rule and rarely incorporated face masks if at all in my skin care routine. Although it has taken some time, I have since changed my ways and now try using face masks on the regular. Here are three in particular that I have been game changing for me and my skin.

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Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Face Mask

Where have you not seen this mask be featured? I mean from YouTube beauty gurus to fashion magazines this product is the like Jennifer Lawrence of the mask world. I got this beauty in a small travel size version along with three more of origins classic and best selling face masks. Although I have yet to try them all out, I knew this one had to be first. What I love the most about it is that it is an overnight face mask. Leaving it overnight really allows the product to seep into your skin and work its magic. After my normal skin care routine, I apply this all over my face, dab off any excess and go to bed. The next morning, I awake to find my skin soft, supple and breakout free. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a little more hydration in the winter months or for those who have naturally dry skin year round.

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LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

Ahh … another classic beauty favorite. Mask of Magnaminty is one of those masks that I would recommend everyone give a shot at least once in their lives. With its punch of peppermint to awaken the senses, china clay to draw out impurities, honey to calm and soothe the skin, and the duel action of the ground up aduki beans and evening primrose seeds to exfoliate, what isn’t to love about this mask?  I would recommend this mask to pretty much anyone in need of a nice cleanse and refresh to their skin. Although, I would recommend for those with sensitive skin, not scrubbing too hard when removing the mask and following it up with a hydrating moisturizer or serum.

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Fresh Rose Face Mask

I am a big, huge, jumbo fan of anything rose scented. Call me an old lady or whatever you’d like but I can’t help it. So, when I got this mask as part of Sephora’s birthday gift, I was beyond thrilled. Not only is this mask like smearing a fretting ground up rose all over my face, it also serves to hydrate and tone the skin. Two things that I am in desperate need of when is cold, dry, and moisture sucking winter. One thing I love in particular about this mask is that if need be, it can be used daily. If a full size container wasn’t so expensive, at $62 a pop, I would definitely go out tomorrow and purchase a full size. Unfortunately though it is, so I will be having to use this little guy sparingly.

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post/review of the current masks I have been using and loving. Please let me know if you’ve used any of the ones I have mentioned or plan on purchasing some in the near future. And again, as always, don’t forget to Like, Comment and Subscribe!

-Kayla

LUSH Haul and Review

Beauty, Cleanser, Lifestyle, Lotion, LUSH, moisturizer, product review, shaving cream, Skin care, Uncategorized

 

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Hello! 

Im back again with some goodies I recently picked up after a splurge at LUSH. I mean seriously that store gets me every time. Anyways, I decided to do a mini review of each of these products since I haven’t been using them for very long. So, without further delay..lets get into it!

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Angels on Bare Skin- (Cleanser) 

I grabbed this little goodie after having a rather lengthy discussion followed by a sampling of various cleansers with one of the woman that worked at the shop. I wound up choosing this one in specific because I have a tendency, in the dry months, to get random dry patches around my T-Zone. With this product containing ground almonds, it helps to buff off any access dry skin flakes that don’t get washed off with my foaming cleanser. Also, the product is made with lavender oil and rose absolute that will soothe, balance, and calm my sensitive skin. For me, it was the perfect two in one cleanser that would keep my skin flake free and soft.

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Cup O’ Coffee- (Face Scrub/Mask)

This wonderfully smelling coco and coffee scrub is something I just had to get my hands on. Who doesn’t love their cup of coffee and the rich, awakening aroma it embodies. And now, you can add that same experience to your skin-care routine! This product contains actual coffee grounds. sweet roasted coco extract, and kaolin clay. Also, this mask is considered to be a hybrid between a mask and a scrub for the face and body. The directions suggest, you apply the product all over the area of your choosing, let sit for 5-10 mins, then gently scrub off with warm water. This product does a great job not only with exfoliating and stimulating the skin but also with waking up the senses like a cup of morning joe would. However, with that being said, I do want to mention a couple of not so great observations I have noticed when using this product. First and foremost, this product is extremely messy. The coffee grounds that are used to give the mask its exfoliating effect, tend to get all over any surface in which you are washing the mask off. Secondly, going along with the messiness of the coffee grounds, they also tend to be a little too harsh for my skin. So, I suggest that if you have sensitive skin to ask for a sample or test it out on your hand before purchasing a full size container of this product.

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Pumice Power- (Foot Scrub)

I just purchased and used this product as of last night and I was rather pleased with its performance. Texture wise, the soap has a slightly sandy/gritty texture that is perfect for scrubbing off the nasty dead skin on the bottoms of your feet. The smell is quite refreshing as well, since it is infused with the lovely scent of sweet orange oil. I will say, that this product definitely did its job by softening the bottoms of my feet and getting off access skin. Although, when you first use this product, it doesn’t feel like it’s doing much since the soap itself isn’t that typical harsh pumice you might be accustomed to. It is a fine pumice powder instead. However, if you take the patience to soak your feet and massage the bar on the spots that need some loving’, you’ll notice the difference.

 

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Ambrosia- (Shaving Cream)

Ok now, don’t be deceived. When you look on the LUSH website, this product is technically marketed/designed to be a shaving cream for men. I however, purchased it as the perfect shaving cream for my legs. I loved the aspect of the shaving cream be something that’s super gentile and calming on my skin compared to the store brand kind that can be super drying. The cream is made with honey water, coconut, jojoba, and chamomile oils to help protect and moisturize the skin. The scent of the product is also very light compared to the previous shaving cream I had used from LUSH, D’Fluff. I have a feeling that I will be sticking with this product as my go to shave cream for a long time to come.

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Love and Light- (Hand Cream)

I actually revived this hand cream in one of LUSH’s gift packages from a family member for Christmas. Now, I normally don’t go to LUSH or anywhere to be honest, looking for a hand cream or lotion. Most of the time I just rub whatever lotion I had used on my face or body into my hands and call it a day. So, when I saw that this was included in my gift package I didn’t think I would have much use for it. I was wrong. I placed this guy next to my bed on my night stand just to use before bed and now I can’t get enough. The texture is very luxurious having been made with neroli and coco butter. But I have to say that by far the best this about this product is the scent. I believe that this hand cream honestly and whole heartedly smells like a bowl of Fruit Loops in milk. I know that’s an interesting way to put it but I swear, smell it for yourself! It brings me back to my childhood. All in all, my hands have never felt softer or more nourished than they do now.

 

I hoped you enjoyed reading! and please feel free to like, comment, and follow!

Until next time!

Products Gone Wrong

Beauty, Cleanser, Dove, Dry Shampoo, Korres, LUSH, product review, Skin care

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I am a big fan of trying out new products and experimenting with makeup/skin care but sometimes you find those products that are just not working. (Disclaimer: All reviews are of personal opinion and experience.)

First up, is the Korres White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser. Not too long ago, I was in the market for a gel cleanser and I just happened to stumble upon this at the store and figured I would give it a try since I’ve never tried anything from Korres. (Side Note: I will fully admit that a lot of what into my purchasing this product was the fact the scent of this product sounded delicious.) My hunch was not wrong because the smell was probably the only positive about this product. The negatives came when I started using actually using the product. The cleanser was way too jelly for me and didn’t seem to actually clean my face properly. I also felt like it started causing me more breakouts that usual. The cleanser itself, in my opinion, was also over priced at 20 euros a bottle. So all in all, it is safe to say the I was really disappointed with this product.

 

A poem by Kayla Cameron: Dove brand Dry shampoo I am so saddened by you.

What can I say about this product other than it honestly made me lose faith in dry shampoos for a little bit. It did not work to make my hair look any less oily than before I used it. I would best describe Doves dry shampoo as a fake out product. When you first spray it into your hair it really gets into your roots giving you that cooling sensation making your roots feel all rejuvenated like they are really getting washed. Then you looking at your now completely grandmafied white hair thinking yea! this is working! nobody will know I haven’t showered in 2 days! You wait a few mins. and then the moment of truth. You brush through your hair waiting for the spectacular results and…..nothing. You’re left with an overpowering perfumed product in you hair, a white overcast (brown hair) and still looking as unshowered as before.

I am a lover of all that is LUSH but this product did not win me over. As described on the LUSH website “Ultrabland is a thick, rich emulsion of essential oils, honey and beeswax to take off any make up or residue that has built up on your face throughout the day.” I will begin by saying that I was not disappointed in the product itself because it does do exactly what is described. However, the problem comes from the experience of using Ultrabland. Because it is made from oils and wax you cannot just simply wash away the product with water. Therefore, as suggested by LUSH representatives, you can use any one of there facial toners (ex: Tea Tree Water Toner) or any non-water based toner to remove the product. For me, the process of removing this product is slightly daunting. Even when you’re done, it still feels like you have to really clean your face after so it doesn’t feel like you have oil left over. Also, because I have been traveling lately I would not consider this product to be travel friendly. Having to bring Ultrabland, the toner and not to mention cotton pads to remove the product packed all in one toiletry bag sure takes up a lot of space. So, if you are thinking of purchasing this product just make sure to keep in mind it’s a bit of  high maintenance product.

 

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LUSH Product Review

Beauty, D'Fluff, LUSH, product review, shaving cream

 

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Good-morning/Afternoon or whatever time it is where you are! This week I decided to give you guys a product review of something I recently picked up at LUSH called D’Fluff.

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First, I will admit that I am somewhat of a LUSH addict and secondly, I will admit that I never knew LUSH had a shaving cream. I know! I should know this! But I did not. I was shown D’Fluff by my aunt who says my younger cousin uses it all the time and just loves it. D’Fluff comes it two sizes: 2.4 oz. and 5.2 oz. I purchased the smaller 2.4 oz. container which cost $9.95 (US).

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On the LUSH website D’Fluff is described as,

“a shaving cream packed with fresh strawberries, egg whites and golden syrup, all whisked together with rosehip oil, coconut oil and maple sugar to create a light, marshmallowy texture that will leave your skin silky smooth. Plus, Fair Trade cocoa butter leaves skin moisturized and helps keep post-shave redness to a minimum.”

I was a bit apprehensive trying this product for the first time because (ironically) I am not a huge fan of berry flavored products. To me, they tend to be sickly and artificially sweet smelling. Now, I will be honest, I’m not totally in love with the scent of D’Fluff. For me it is slightly too sweet. However, there is something about it that sets it apart from those fake berry flavors.

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I think the best thing about this product is its overall texture. It is a soft, fluffy, thick whipped shaving cream. It is a big difference from the typical foam that comes from canned shaving creams at the drug store. Not only that, but D’Fluff comes in one of LUSH’s signature pots.This means that once you’re done with the product save the container! Because if you bring in 5 LUSH pots you get a free full size face mask of your choice!

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LUSH recommends that when using D’Fluff you first wet whatever part of your body you want to D’Fluff and then apply a generous amount of the product. Once finished rinse off excess and if needed apply a moisturizer. LUSH also recommend that for best results you allow the product sink into your skin for about 3-5 mins before shaving.

When I used this product I took about a quarter sized amount into the palm of my hand and then kind of cupped my hand over my leg and massaged the product in. I found this was the best way to distribute the product onto my leg because like I mentioned, this product is a thick shaving cream and it tends to clump and fall to the bottom of the bathtub (as seen in picture^). Also, do not expect a high lather with this product. D’Fluff is mostly an oil based product so the foaming factor isn’t there. Lastly, I did not find it necessary to let the product sit for 3-5 mins. It works just the same with or without waiting.

Final thoughts: Although the smell of D’Fluff is not my favorite in terms of the sweetness factor, D’Fluff is a great natural alternative to the normal shaving creams at the drug store. It leaves the skin super moisturized and doesn’t irritate the skin at all. Not to mention, this product travels extremely well. I will mostly likely repurchase this product and be done with the canned stuff.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow!

Rainy Day Essentials

Beauty, Books, Clippers, LUSH, Mario Badescu, Skin care, Tea

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April showers brings may flowers

Its officially spring and with that comes rainy days. I particularly have a love hate relationship them. I love the soothing sound of rain drops on my window and the instant sense of calm and comfort when one rolls around. However, with that, rainy days make me anything but productive since all I want to do is be bundled up in blankets with my favorite movie on. So, whether you have all day to lounge around or maybe just a few minuets these are some of my favorite rainy day essentials.

I was just recently been introduced to the “Wreck This Journal” books a few months ago by none other than my 10 year old sister. I had a moment of panic thinking she knew more about what “in” than I did but I was happily distracted by the awesomeness that was these books. I have one of the 8 total books by this author, Keri Smith. I can honestly say that you could spend a good portion of your day just letting your imagination run wild with this book. It has a multitude of out of the box activities to do from creating secret codes, to finding new ways to transport the book without using your hands. Almost everything can be done indoors give or take a few things and its the means to hours of amusing fun. Secondly, I picked up a book recently…yes from the young adult section don’t judge me…its called “Asylum” by Madeleine Roux. Its one of two books about a 16 year old boy named Dan Crawford who ends up being accepted into a prestigious program held during the summer. When Dan arrives he finds that the usual dormitories are closed down and now the program is placing students in near by dormitory that was also formerly psychiatric hospital. I haven’t read very far but what ensues I can only imagine is straight from a horror movie. What also had me freaked was ion several pages in the book there were real photographs from asylums featured. So if you’re in the mood to be a little scared on your rainy day this is perfect for to set the tone.

 

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner by LUSH is a deliciously smelling in shower lotion that is perfect for those rainy days when you just want to pamper yourself. This LUSH product works just like a conditioner for your hair but for your body instead. After using a body wash (i.e shampoo) take a scoop of this rose infused conditioner and massage it into your skin as you would a normal lotion. Then simply wash it off, hop out of the shower and pat dry with a towel. A word of warning: the sensation is a slightly weird one. After washing the product off in the shower the argan oil from the conditioner have clung to your body leaving a somewhat greasy feeling. However, don’t let that dissuade from this product. Once you’ve gotten out of the shower and patted dry, your skin is left feeling incredibly moisturized and soft and not to mention smelling amazing!

 

Like I mentioned, on a rainy day sometimes I like to take the time while indoors to pamper myself. The Mario Badescu Almond and Honey non-abrasive face scrub doesn’t contain any harsh abrasive beads or chemicals but instead small bits of ground almond incorporated throughout the product. Also, the honey within this scrub is amazing on the skin as a natural antiseptic and moisturizer. Another perk is that this product can be used not only as a face scrub but you can also use it as a mask for 10-15 mins. On smell alone this scrub is absolutely delectable and not to mention I am a HUGE sucker of anything almond smelling, so this product has me hooked.

For me tea is an essential part of everyday but it’s especially a must for rainy days. A big cup of tea is like a big cup of comfort and relaxation. I like to sit down while I’m reading one of my books or even just to watch the rain fall outside and have something nice to sip. I am currently obsessed with this tea brand. I know it’s a UK based tea brand called Clippers but here in Germany, where I am currently, they call it Cuppers ( I don’t know why the name is changed but the packaging is the same…) Every time I’m in the store I’m always looking to see what flavor I should try next. Right now I’m loving Zen Balance. It’s and herbal blend with a mixture of lemongrass, ginkgo, and eucalyptus. The flavor is so unique and refreshing and instantly relaxes your mind and body.

 

 

So I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a few of my rainy day essentials. Feel free to comment with any essentials that are a must have for you!!

 

 

 

 

 

My Nighttime Skin Care Routine

Beauty, Body Shop, Kiehl's, LUSH, Skin care

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No matter the season is my skin tends to be on the sensitive side so I like to gravitate towards products that aren’t too harsh on the skin but also still get the job done. So, for the transition between spring and summer, these products seem to be keeping my skin hydrated where it needs it be while also combating any breakout/oily areas I might have.

First up (top picture) is the LUSH Fresh Farmacy bar cleanser and the Body Shop Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil. Now I’ve tried cleansing oils before but none where as simple as the Body Shop Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil. All you need is a few pumps into your hand then massage it into to your dry face. Listen….I know smearing oil all over your face sounds like the last thing you want to do after wearing makeup all day but trust me this stuff MELTS the makeup right off your face. It also turns into creamy white almost cleanser like liquid when you add a bit of water while continuing to massage the makeup off your face. Then all you need to do is wash it away with water or a washcloth. I don’t feel like any oil is left over on my face after using this product and my face feels soothed and moisturized. Next up, I use the LUSH Fresh Farmacy bar cleanser. On the LUSH website it describes this bar as “carefully selected ingredients for its gentleness on the skin, with chamomile, elderflower, calamine and lavender; this is nature at its kindest.” Fresh Farmacy also contains tea tree oil which is a natural antiseptic to keep that skin pimple free! This cleanser is awesome for people with sensitive or blemish prone skin. Its not harsh in any way so even if you’re just looking for a good cleanser you should definitely try this out!

Second step (pictured middle) is of course using toner. I switch mine out occasionally depending on the season but right now though I use either my Mario Badescu cucumber cleansing lotion or my LUSH tea tree water. Both keep oil under control without being too harsh on the skin while also controlling  any breakouts. I apply the Mario Badescu cucumber cleansing lotion with a cotton pad all over my face and it is described as “A cooling and cleansing astringent that disinfects and removes residue, oil and bacteria from the skin surface to prevent breakouts.” I have to say though, that I prefer the LUSH tea tree water more because it’s not only a toner but you can use it to get off any residue makeup or just spray throughout a hot day to keep your skin refreshed and the oil under control. For night time I just lightly spray this on my face, let it dry, then apply moisturizer.

Speaking of moisturizer, I use the Body Shop’s Vitamin E night cream and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I recently got Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and I’ve been in love ever since! Not only does it smell great! almost spa like, it makes my skin feel pampered and soft in the morning.  I then apply my Vitamin E night cream right after my face oil however, I  recommend applying this cream really lightly because it doesn’t really sink into the sink right away and it tends to feel leave an oily feeling on the skin. I will most likely change my night time moisturizer when it gets warm outside.

I hope you enjoyed reading this I will try and post every tuesday and thursday.