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Proactiv 3-Step System Review

This post was sponsored by Proactiv as part of a Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

You guys may recall my beginning use of the Proactiv skincare program a few weeks ago — now I’m here to check in with some results!

I gotta say, I’m loving my results so far, particularly in the improvement in my skin texture. One issue with being a 30 (ech) year old with zits is that even though my skin problem is one common among young people, that doesn’t necessarily mean my skin looks young in all the positive ways.

Now, my skin texture is not only zit-free, but smoother and more even-looking. Just check out my “Before” picture, taken before starting Proactiv: Continue reading “Proactiv 3-Step System Review” »

Jillian Wright Skincare Breakout Blocker Acne Serum

Jillian Wright Breakout Blocker Clarifying Serum Review

Pimples. Remember them? Those awful new friends who started invading your face right around the time boys became cute? Some of us didn’t get to leave their torture behind with our impossible-to-remember locker combinations, and are still battling the little buggers daily.

I admit I probably get more pimples than I should, being almost 30. I’m reaching the dreaded simultaneous-wrinkles-and-pimples point of my life wherein everything about my face is either too young or too old. Goldilocks, look out!

Jillian Wright Skincare Breakout Blocker Acne Serum ReviewI’ve used a lot of serums before, but up to this point I’d never heard of one for treating breakouts. Therefore, Jillian Wright’s Breakout Blocker was of particular interest to me.

Products pumped full of medication can be drying and too harsh for my skin, especially out in the desert. Luckily, this serum is non-irritating, non-drying, and actually reduces redness rather than turning me into a strawberry like the rough stuff. And as I found out from Jillian Wright, when you have less redness, there is less trauma to the skin, hence minimizes premature aging. Continue reading “Jillian Wright Breakout Blocker Clarifying Serum Review” »

Clearasil Acne Solution System

Clearasil Ultra Acne Solution System Review

Clearasil Acne Solution SystemDespite my being in my late twenties, I still have issues with acne. Hooray! Scanning the shelves for Emergency Four-Alarm Magic Acne Eliminator, I decided to try Clearasil Ultra Acne Solution System. The pack comes with a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and a free sample of their quick-start treatment cream. I began using it daily, at morning and night, and instantly fell in love.

The cleanser is a little grainy – I am guessing to act as an exfoliant – but it is gentle enough for daily use. It leaves your skin feeling clean, fresh and looking good. It works really well at removing all makeup including eye makeup, which some cleansers have a hard time doing. It is to be used every morning and every night.

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mac studio fix fluid

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Review

Shortly after I ran out of RawMinerals foundation, I began using MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid, which caught my eye because of the full coverage and SPF 15 it offers. I had heard from a friend that it worked great, and her skin always looked perfect.

I was not disappointed. When applied, my skin looks glorious: slightly dewy and completely flawless, just as it did on my friend. I’ll admit: I was pretty much obsessed with how this foundation made me look.

This obsession did not last.

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Beauty myth pores don't really open or close

Beauty Myth: Pores Open and Close

Young beautiful girl receiving pink facial mask in spa beauty salon - indoors - pores open close a mythYou’ve probably heard a lot of skincare tips about closing the pores on your face with toner or opening your pores with hot water. The truth? Pores don’t open and close. A pore is an opening in the skin that allows sebum to flow to the surface and provide moisture, but there’s nothing that causes pores to open and close. It simply doesn’t happen!

If your pores seem large, it could be that dead skin cells that have built up in the pore. The solution: exfoliate. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and keeps pores looking smaller and cleaner. Hot water does soften the skin temporarily, making removal of dead skin easier – but it doesn’t “open” anything. Similarly, toner tightens skin and usually has acidic properties that help to remove excess dirt and moisture.

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