How I’m Trying to keep My Acne At Bay; A Review on Neostrata Spot Gel

I know what it feels like to have oily skin and the frustration that comes with it. I will have good days where I have no breakouts and I don’t have to use a clay mask or spot treatment and my face is beautiful and clear.  And then there are days when my skin is freaking out and when it does I’d definitely need products that work and work fast!

When you’re fighting with your skin it can be stressful and it can cause your mood and your self-esteem to dip.  Maybe not a lot, but somehow you do feel a little self-conscience because you know it’s right there on your face.  During the day you can at least cover it up with makeup to make it look less pronounced and less irritated looking.  But at night when you put on your skincare and your treatments, you’ll feel better knowing that they work.  But what if they didn’t?  That makes it all the more stressful because you either wait for it to go away or try to find something as quickly as possible that may or may not work.  I mean how stressful is that?

I recently went through this with a spot treatment that I bought on a whim.  It contained tea tree oil which is known to help treat acne.  But after a month of use it didn’t work as well as I thought it would.  I’m always one to try out new products so you can say it’s the skincare junkie in me and the fact that I have to try everything once is what gets me into trouble.  For the most part I do read labels, study ingredients and see if they work for what I need it for and I usually luck out.

In this article, I will be talking about the one spot treatment that has never let me down and has given me awesome results over and over again.

neostrata skincare review

Neostrata blemish spot gel

I always end up going back to this one whenever I’ve used another one whether it was good or not.  I don’t know why but it’s my go to to when all else fails.  In my early twenties I started using Neostrata skincare.  I started with their toner gradually got onto their moisturizer and when I had some success with a couple of their products, I started to use more of them.  And this is where I found the spot gel.

This spot gel contains 5% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid which helps to exfoliate and reduce breakouts.  Plus with the exfoliating process it helps to reduce the dark spot left after the break out which who doesn’t like that in a product?  It comes in a pump which I love because you can control and makes it less messy and it is a clear gel that you put it on your breakouts and it disappears within a minute.

For me personally I do not feel any tingling or irritation whatsoever, but that’s probably because I’ve used glycolic acid for years and my skin is used to it so it may feel different to you.  I do not experience any dryness either from this product.  When I do use this product on my breakouts the next day I see a difference in my skin.  I use this product day and night and it doesn’t disturb my makeup or skincare.  But what I always recommend when using glycolic acid or salicylic acid is to wear your sunscreen because you will not see the results you want and you’ll think the product is not effective enough when it is on your skin.

In general when exfoliating your face whether it’s a physical scrub or a moisturizer with an acid in it, wear your sunscreen!  Because exfoliating your skin may or may not cause irritation or redness or sensitivity to the sun.  And on top of the breakouts on your skin, who wants more stress in their lives about their skin?  I know I don’t, so until next week have a good week my beauties!

This entry was posted on September 18, 2017, in Skincare.

Why Blotting Papers should be in your Makeup Bag!

shiseido blotting paper

Blotting papers: an oily skin best friend.  They keep your skin shine free and fresh faced throughout the day.  And you fall in love with them instantly because they don’t leave anything behind, they take away all the bad yucky stuff (excess oil) and they’re quick and easy to use.  Plus, the kind of routine you want for your oily skin is a very simple one that consists of as least products on your skin to avoid breakouts and having that very heavy feeling on your skin when you’re wearing too much product.  So if you’re like me and you want to avoid reapplying primers, powders and balms to matify the skin throughout the day, blotting papers are the way to go.

These sheets of miracle came into my life in my early twenties when I discovered them at my local drugstore.  Since then I’ve used many different blotting papers from various companies, as well as products specifically made for taking away the excess oil.  But I just didn’t feel comfortable putting all that extra product on my face, neither did my face.  So I’ve always gone back to using blotting papers and there always in my makeup bag and wherever I go.  In this article I will review my current blotting paper I use.

Shiseido pureness blotting paper

Over the years I have used these blotting papers.  They are fairly expensive than the rest at about $22.00 vs.  The normal 5 to 8 dollar range that they usually go for, it is quite a splurge.  But it stands out among to rest because it comes in and beautiful, mint green package vs.  The usual little box that all blotting paper in.  Each package comes with 100 sheets and with me that will last a couple months.  Depending on the season and how shiny my skin gets throughout the day, I can use 1 to 2 sheets a day.

On one side of the sheet, there is a powder that helps to absorb excess oil which for me personally does not get left behind on my face and it is a good size of a paper to absorb all the oil in one sheet.  There is a very slight smell to it but it doesn’t get left behind on your face.  Then I use my powder to lightly touch up and I’m done.

I love using blotting papers especially these ones because of the powder on the one side.  These blotting papers come in handy for me because I only have to use one sheet while some other blotting papers I’ve had to use two in one sitting.

I personally have used products that help to absorb excess oil, but the unfortunate issue is that you have to reapply them throughout the day to maintain a shine free face.  For me, my face felt uncomfortable and weighted with all that product on my face at the end of the day.  This is my personal experience and this may not happen to you, but choose wisely and choose what makes your skin comfortable.  Until next week have a good week my beauties!

Primers: The Base that Keeps It All Together

Makeup Forever Primer Review

Do I need a primer?  Why should I use one?  What are the benefits of using one?  These questions and more were also on my mind.  And there’s no wrong answer just if you want to add another step to your daily routine or not.  Plus it’s not a necessary part of your makeup-but then again what makeup is?  In this article, I will be reviewing my current primer and tips and tricks on how to use one.

My first time ever using a primer was on my wedding day.  And it was by Smashbox of course, because who hasn’t used one from Smashbox?  It was a primer for oily skin and I bought it because I figured my makeup would have to look great.  It was one of the best decisions I made that day, not to mention marrying Mr. Right.  So as I was saying, I bought a primer for the sole reason that it would keep my makeup on all day, plus it kept my shine at bay, which is so important to me because I have such oily skin that I didn’t want to look so oily and shiny in the pictures.  That day I looked gorgeous in the pictures and after.

Fast forward to today and I can’t live without my primer especially in the summer time where my skin gets very shiny and somehow my makeup melts away with my oily skin.  My primer that I currently use keeps my makeup on longer and it doesn’t feel heavy whatsoever.

Makeup forever primer

Makeup Forever step one Matte Primer

I started using this primer when it first came out.  A lot of the time primers for oily skin have salicylic acid and I find that it tends to make my skin feel tight and uncomfortable.  This one in particular uses lactic acid which is gentle but still hopes to treat the skin throughout the day.  Some of the other ingredients like ginger, cinnamon and chicory extract help to calm the skin while also keeping it shine free all day.  It has a slight tent to it but it does not leave any color behind and it has a nice, light scent that I do love and it doesn’t linger on all day so I don’t get annoyed of it.

The end result: it works!  I love this primer and my skin loves it to.  I have tested and tried other primers when I’m done with the bottle of this one, but I can’t seem to change my mind.  I put it on after my moisturizer and before my makeup obviously!  It doesn’t feel heavy, I forget that it’s even on.  Of course my oils on my face does come out throughout the day, but when I use this primer I don’t have to use as much blotting paper and powder during the day.  And that helps me out a lot.

Tips and tricks to using a primer

  • The golden rule: use a pea size amount. It’s all you need ‘cause if you use too much it starts piling your makeup
  • Apply it after moisturizer, that way it’s closer to the makeup and it stays on longer
  • Use a brush it makes it applying easier and spreads evenly on the face
  • It’s a necessary to put it all for your face. Just where you need it
  • Get one that is appropriate for your skin. Whether its color correcting or skin type, try to find one that is close to what you need.  Because it can look funny (color correcting) or feel heavy or uncomfortable on the skin

Until next week, have a good week my beauties!

Masks: They are Miracles for your Face and Eyes plus Darphin Eye Mask Review

The miracle of masks.  How can you live without these sheet masks, clay masks, hydrating masks and asks for every part of your body.  They even have masks for the smallest parts of your body like your lips or your eye area.  In this article, I will be reviewing an eye mask that I am currently using and my discovery of face masks.

I first discovered masks in my early twenties when I first entered the beauty industry.  I honestly don’t think it was going to work.  A clay mask a quick reduce my acne, make my pores look smaller and matify my skin?  Yeah right!  But I purchased it any ways, used that same night and then my world changed.

A bit dramatic I know, but when you had and still have problematic skin you’ll try anything.  I’m glad I stumbled onto masks ‘cause it’s change my world and my skin to.  Fast forward to now, where my skin has changed and now I use a hydrating mask for fall and winter and a clay mask for spring and summer.  I know my skin wouldn’t be looking its best without these face miracles.  Now I’m in my mid thirties and I’m stepping up my game.  Now I started using eye masks that helped to reduce my bags, refreshed the eye area and of course keep those pesky lines at bay.

Darphin Eye Sorbet Mask

This is my first eye mask that isn’t a patch.  It is a creamy texture that is soothing and refreshing, plus it helps to keep the wrinkles at bay.  And if you have used this line before you will be familiar of the ingredients that they use which are botanical and essential oils.  And of course they are from Paris.

I’ve used many products from this line before and was very happy with the results.  So when I started using this product I wasn’t surprised that it actually worked.  With green tea, watermelon, cucumber and

many more natural ingredients, it hydrates, it soothes and it leaves your eyes refreshed.  Leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes and you’re closer to brighter looking skin.

There isn’t a lot of high masks that are like this.  They tend to be the patches that you put under your eyes, which for me tends to get messy.  They can move everywhere, they have too much essence in the patch itself which leaks onto your face or even in your hair if your lying down.  I’m not saying their all bad, I’ve used to myself.  I just like how this Darphin eye mask is mess free and how easily it goes on.

So next time you wanna give yourself a spa treatment at home, don’t forget the eye mask.  Have a good week my beauties!

This entry was posted on August 26, 2017, in Skincare.

Givenchy Mascara Review

Givenhy Mascara

Other than my obsession with finding the right lip gloss or treatment, I have thing for mascara.  I know what I want it to do so I need to find that it mascara.  My latest mascara was given to me through a campaign by Canadian beauty bloggers.  It is the newest mascara by Givenchy the Noir Interdit

Over the years been in the beauty industry, you get to try on lots of different makeup and skincare.  That’s including mascara where I’ve seen them all and tried them all.  I’ve tried mascara with volume, length, definition or just natural looking lashes.  I’ve even tried brushes that are thick, thin, soft bristle and plastic like bristle.  I even had one that was vibrating.  That one was by Lancôme and years ago they came out with a mascara that the wand was softly vibrating your lashes.  It was a cool feeling, kind of ticklish but great results.

This Givenchy mascara comes out of the tube straight but can be bent at a 90° angle.  How cool is that?  I’ve never had a mascara wand that does this!  This is so cool but here I was thinking “is this going to be difficult to use?” so I had my doubts, but by the end of the first application I was hooked!  Not only is it super easy, but it gets all your lashes including those little pesky ones that you can’t seem to get.

Givenchy mascara

The wand itself looks like a handheld fan and fans out from small bristles on the outside to the big bristle on the inside.  This makes for getting all long and short lashes and easily combing the mascara through without it clumping.  Because of the comb like brush, there was no clumps left on my lashes.

It does have a slight scent and usually am allergic to it.  But I’ve been using it for the past couple days and so far I have not had a reaction.  Thank god because I would cry!  The packaging is very simple and rectangle, but the handle for me is a bit too bulky in my hand.  I have very small hands, so that’s a personal thing for me.  I’m sure a lot of women won’t have the problem, but it’s just what I observed.

As I said in the beginning of this article, I look for volume and length in the mascara.  This mascara gives you incredible length but also gives you

some volumes.  By layering it over and over again you’ll get the volume you want.  When I were throughout the day it did not flake off or smudge.  It’s long wearing and it comes off easily.  The pigments in this mascara is very bold and black which I love.

The moral to this story: even if you’re hesitant about trying something new, try it anyway.  I’m very much enjoying this mascara and its new brush.  So I hope this inspires you to try new things out, small changes or big changes, it’s scary at first but you’re glad that it happened.  Even if it’s just a mascara wand.  Have a good week my beauties!