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e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer –
Product Review

elfWhether you currently use primer before your makeup, or prefer to just apply foundation on our bare skin, this e.l.f. face primer is definitely worth a try. I’ll admit that once upon a time I wasn’t aware of the need for primer, so felt fine without it. Until I tried it. I noticed a huge difference in not only the look of my makeup, but how long it lasted throughout the day.

This e.l.f Mineral Infused Face Primer is a clear formula that glides on skin smoothly, and evenly. It is completely invisible once applied, and does not feel heavy or greasy. I loved the way the primer filled in the lines in my skin, and even made my pores look smaller! Even if you are going without makeup or foundation, this primer will definitely make a difference in the look of your skin, just by using it alone.

Throughout the day I did notice that my makeup seemed to last longer, and it took longer for my skin to appear oily and shiny. I still didn’t make it the entire day without a hint of shine, but it was ten times better than no primer at all. And you can’t beat the price!

I’d definitely recommend e.l.f Mineral Infused Face Primer to anyone who has been using primer as part of their daily routine, or those who have never given it a try.

Product: e.l.f Mineral Infused Face Primer

Description: “Transform your face into a flawless and smooth canvas with the Mineral Infused Face Primer. Developed to combat against excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines. This clear multipurpose skin primer will prepare your skin so makeup goes on evenly for a long-lasting satin finish” – From the e.l.f website

Price: $6

Stars: 4.5 out of 5


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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser – Product Review

NeutrogenaWith all of the holiday parties and nights out in the last month or two, having a good facial cleanser is a must. Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser boasts to increase skin softness and radiance, which I thought sounded great this time of year. The formula contains white tea and vitamin e which are both great for your skin. The cleanser has a nice scent, but isn’t overpowering. It created a good foamy lather, and seemed to easily erase all of the makeup off of my face, including a few layers of mascara. Afterwards, my skin felt clean, fresh and was not dry at all. I’d definitely recommend trying this cleanser if you’re in the market for a fresh, new face product.

Product: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser

Description: “The rich, cushioning formula cleanses skin without over-drying and gently washes away dull surface skin cells. Infused with antioxidant white tea and moisturizing vitamin E, the formula boosts three signs of healthy-looking skin: softness, evenness, and radiance. For skin that looks and feels healthy every day.” – From the Neutrogena website

Price: $7.99

Stars: 4.5 out of 5


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Exfoliating The Right Way For Smoother Skin

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Exfoliation is an important step in your personal skincare routine, and facial exfoliation, in particular, can improve your skin’s appearance by ridding your face of dead skin cells and smoothing it out. Too much exfoliation, however, can be too harsh and worsen your skin. Understanding the proper way to exfoliate your skin–and understanding your skin type–is an important way to choose the best exfoliation option for you.

The Perks Of Exfoliation

Immediately after exfoliation results become apparent. By removing the top layer of dead skin cells from your skin and face, your skin can look brighter and feel smoother. Exfoliation can open pores and improve the effectiveness of topical skin treatments by allowing it to penetrate deeper after the top layer of skin is removed. Long-term benefits of exfoliation can include a boost in collagen production, which leads to younger-looking skin. Exfoliation is especially beneficial to those who have experienced premature fine lines and wrinkles due to UV exposure, and those who suffer from non-inflammatory acne like blackheads and whiteheads.

The 411 On Exfoliation

Your skin naturally renews itself approximately every 25 days until you reach the age of 30. Then the process slows down and can result in a duller complexion.  Your skin renews itself approximately every 28 days, but as we age the process begins to slow. As the process slows down the result can be a duller complexion.

There are three types of exfoliants:

  1. Over-the-counter, manual or enzymatic exfoliants that can be used once or twice per week
  2. Chemical exfoliants, like peels that can be administered at a dermatologist’s office
  3. At home exfoliation devices, which can be used at home regularly and cautiously.

For best results, exfoliate at night before bed. Your skin renews itself overnight!

Skincare Suggestions

Learn your skin type.
Before you begin searching for exfoliation products, it’s important to know your skin. For oily skin, stronger treatments and exfoliation methods like electronic facial devices can be used. For those with dry or sensitive skin, you may want to go easier on the exfoliation options and use something with milder enzymes or gentle manual exfoliants that won’t cause irritation.

Don’t overdo it.
If you’re using an at-home exfoliation method or treatment that’s on the mild side, you may only need to do it once or twice per week. For more aggressive treatments and procedures, like chemical peels or microdermabrasion, exfoliating a few times at your dermatologist’s biweekly or monthly. Don’t forget to remain conscious of your skin type and how sensitive your skin may be regarding certain treatments.

Pay attention to products
Do your homework and research various methods of exfoliation and products you can use at home. Not all methods and treatments are safe or effective for every skin type. One thing you can do is make sure the products you’re considering purchasing come from recognized, reputable companies or outlets. If you’re buying over-the-counter, check the chemical ingredients for a low acid concentration. You don’t need more than 10 percent glycolic acid or two percent salicylic acid.

Ask your dermatologist
If you’re still unsure of the best way to proceed with adding exfoliation to your skincare routine, ask a board-certified dermatologist to help you choose a safe option that works best for your skin type. For the best and most reliable results, asking a dermatologist is the way to go.

Exfoliation is Effective
Exfoliating your skin helps remove the build up of daily dirt and makeup residue, which enhances your skin’s ability to absorb everything else. Moisturizers, toners, acne medication, and anti-aging serums can produce more effective results on freshly exfoliated skin. Just like we buff our nails before we apply polish, and sand walls before we paint them, exfoliation provides the proper surface to apply everything else your skin may need.

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Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm
– Product Review

RevlonThe holiday season is approaching, and who doesn’t want to look their absolute best?! In search of a new lipcolor to try, I decided on Revlon’s Colorburst Lacquer Balm. There were plenty of shades to choose from, which I liked but made my decision that much harder.

When I first applied the product, I noticed that the color was much denser than I imagined it would be for a “balm” – this product is definitely more like a lipstick when it comes to color. The pink was bright and rich, and looked amazing. Since it does have “balm” in the name, I honestly didn’t expect the color to last long – but it did! I went the entire first half of the day, without my lipcolor fading even in the slightest. It did however, wear off almost completely after lunch and I had to reapply. Even though the color does not last all day, it doesn’t dry your lips out like some “all day” lip products. Nobody wants dry lips (especially in the winter when the air is already dry), so this is a great choice for day and night.

Product: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm

Description: “Shine like never before with brilliant color infused with a Triple Butter Complex. Available In 10 craveable, collectible lacquer shades.”
– From the Revlon website

Price: $6

Stars: 4 out of 5


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Eucerin Intensive Repair Rich Lotion for Very Dry Skin – Product Review

EucerinJust in time for winter’s approach, and the humidity finally falling and our skin (unfortunately) becoming dry and cracked.. Lets take a look at one of the most popular brands of skincare’s Intensive Repair Lotion. Eucerin Intensive Repair Rich Lotion comes in a large-sized pump bottle, and although it dispenses from a pump, it is still the richest lotion that I’ve ever bought that didn’t come in a jar or tub.

I chose this lotion because it is fragrance-free, and will not cause an allergic reaction in those who are sensitive to perfumes. Plus, in the winter you tend to need to lather on more lotion, and it’s nice to have one that won’t interfere with your chosen perfume of the day. Upon first applying the lotion, my skin felt immediately softened and moisturized, and did not have any leftover greasy feel that left my skin feeling oily. That, and the truly fragrance-free formula made it a win in my book (some fragrance-free lotions still seem to have a scent in my opinion, but not this one). I can say that the lotion lasted well into my day, even when I was outside in the cold, AND after I had washed my hands numerous times. I did have to eventually reapply in the evening, but by that point my hands had been through a lot. This lotion is definitely a good go-to product for the cold months to come.

Product: Eucerin Intensive Repair Rich Lotion

Description: “This rich, formula with buffered alpha hydroxy and special moisturizing ingredients, gently exfoliates and intensively moisturizes, for smoother, healthier-looking skin.” – From the Eucerin website

Price: $7.99

Stars: 5 out of 5


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