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Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser

I found this cleanser on a whim…I was really annoyed having tight skin every time I washed my face. I was looking for something gentle yet efficient and stumbled upon this baby; been using it for 5 months now and I can honestly say that this is MY cleanser…I ain’t using anything else, ever!

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The Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is absolutely wonderful. Why??? Because of its low pH for one and it has tea tree oil for two. Tea tree oil is an amazing anti-inflammatory and antiseptic product; it helps tremendously with acne-prone skin as it heels wounds and cuts. So, this cleanser has a particular smell but it’s not invasive, because it smells like tea tree but ever so slightly. This cleanser’s natural ingredients are gentle but super effective. What I like about this cleanser in particular is that the low pH of 5.0-6.0 is optimal for the skin because it restores its balance and helps to reduce irritations. It’s so gentle you barley notice it deeply cleansing your skin! It gently removes build-up of sebum and dead skin cells. I know it is to be used in the AM only, as it is written on the bottle, but that doesn’t stop me for using it in the PM as well. And, what’s even more awesome is that it’s pretty affordable (12.38$ on Amazon). This cleanser is bomb, seriously.

I have used COSRX products before and never have been disappointed. I am super happy with the fact that it doesn’t leave my sensitive skin tight or dry. I use it hand in hand with my FOREO brush and this is what I will be using for a while. I am very very satisfied and will not change it.

If you have sensitive acne-prone skin, then this is your guy!

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The Foreo experience

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I’m not one to spend so much money on little gadgets and beauty tools…but my skin had a little bit of unwanted texture over the end of the summer and carried on like this till October. It was gross to the touch; almost felt like a sidewalk or something. I used to wash my face with the Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System for the longest time and I was quite satisfied with it. However, when I felt like my skin got drier and more sensitive, I knew that the bristles were irritation and stripping my skin for its natural oils. I stopped it for a while but I couldn’t get rid of the dead skin. I had seen and heard about the Luna device but never wanted to invest it because of the steep price (299$). I heard so many people rave about it and swear by it in their daily skincare routines. When I got notification of a 20% discount at the Sephora VIB Rouge sale, I though this is the chance to risk it and try it out. It’s now or never!

I wanted to try the product for a little while before I shared my opinion and thoughts with you guys. I have been using it for a little over 3 months now and it is safe to say that this little baby changed my life. Literally! It helped improve my skin texture, remove dirt gently, exfoliate lightly and improve circulation. I can honeslty attest that the Foreo Luna 2 changed the way I clean my skin! It’s super safe to use on sensitive, eczema-prone skin. ANDDD I use it morning and night! So far, my skin loves it.

 

A The Luna is made with a thick silicone material, which makes it easy to clean, easy to use and makes it gentle on the skin. It’s waterproof! So it’s totes safe to use freely under water…which I don’t usually do, but this is a good option to have. The device comes with 2 sides, the one with the little bristles and the one with the big waves. One side for cleaning and one side for massaging your products into your skin. I do not ever use that side, but that’s an option for those who want to get the full experience. This device pulsates and allows you to clean your skin everywhere on a timed frame…which means that you do not over-clean and strip your skin or hurt it.

Now, this device claims to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it helps obtain radiant, firm, youthful-looking skin. Now, I don’t know about the wrinkles and fine line, but I do know that I have radiant, healthier looking skin. What I like about it is the shape, I feel like its shape is perfect enough for you to get those little narrow ridges clean. Like around your nose or under your lips. It honestly feel like you’re getting a baby massage every time you clean your face. It gives you the right amount of clean with the right amount of fresh and plump. I feel like products skin better and absorb better with the help of this device.

I am super surprised that I would like this so much, but I really do! Plus I do not have to change batteries or charge it. I have been on the same charge for the past 3 months. This is always a plus for me!

If you’re looking into investing in the Luna device, I recommend it! Annnnd on top of it, there’s a little offer right now on the Sephora website, where you can get the Luna in a package with products for 199$. They have the sensitive skin one and the combination skin one.

It’s truly a good investment, especially that it gives you results. It’s totes a keeper!

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K-beauty sheet masks

As you all know by now, I am a massive mask junkie. I love me a good detoxing/relaxing time with a good mask on. Whether it is a bubble bath or couch time with a good tea in my hand, I like to have a mask on because that’s how I feel super relaxed. I guess it’s a comfort thing. So, I went with my sissy 2 months ago to find a good burgundy lipstick at the mall and we were walking past The Face Shop. I was always intrigued by k-beauty and wanted to see what the hype was all about. So I plunged in there and got a few masks along with some face products.

I also started shopping a little online for some face products on www.jjcosmetics.com and on www.w2beauty.com.

I want to share with you my thoughts and honest opinion about theses masks. However, I wanted to use them for quite some time before I spoke about them on my blog. I have been using them since October and I’m a little meh about some of them.

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The Character masks were 5$ CAD each. But there was a promotion where you buy 4 and get 1 for free. I ended up getting 5. The cute part of these masks is the fact that they’re characters and they’re printed. So when you put them on, you get into character. It’s so Korean! It’s why I feel in love with them before using them even.I also got the Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack from Benton on the W2Beauty website. I bought the 10 pack one for 20$ USD. The packaging is not as cute as the other masks I purchased..but nonetheless I tried them and here are the verdicts:

Each mask has a different benefit; some were hydrating, some were moisturizing, some were brightening, etc..etc… Just like Sephora masks, these bad boys had something to offer. The hydrating ones were my favorite. For me, the character masks were much better in the sense that they offered me more hydration than the Benton one.

The character masks were more serum infused. When I got them out of the package…I still had loads of serum left in it, which meant I could keep the remaining product to use it more. The faces did what they promised to do, which is hydrate, brighten and moisturize. It says to keep it on for 15 minutes, but I always left it for 30 because of greed! Haha! Not even! Sometimes I left it for longer, because I would go on about my day and forget it was there. It never fell down. When I took the sheet off, my face always felt plump and super hydrated, which made it easier for me to apply my tinted SPF and not looks like a cracker.

The Benton masks on the other hand were not my favorite…and I have tried plenty, but these definitely did not make on the “to repurchase” list. First of all, it’s obviously super sticky, because there’s snail  secretion in there. I thought it wouldn’t bother me, oh! but it does. I could not stand how sticky it was on my face. The consistency bother me some much, that I never gave them a chance. Every time I would put one of these on my face, 5  mins in, I would remove it and throw it out. It was weird on the face, it was sticky but did not stick. I always felt the sheet rubbing around and I needed to stick it every 2 seconds because it came off. I know it sounds weird, but it was drying more that hydrating for me. I felt itchy and just did not like it at all. The serum that was left in there, I used, but still did nothing for me. Maybe it wasn’t a type of product that worked for me. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work for you out there. We’re all different and our skin is different. So what doesn’t work for me might work better for you and vice versa.

Final verdict, if you have sensitive skin like me (prone to breaking out when trying new products), I would recommend the Face Shop masks because you get your money’s worth. I did not like the Benton masks and I will not repurchase them anytime soon.

 

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Youth to the people <3

As y’all know by now..it’s winter out there :p DAH! And it’s that dreaded time again of dry dry parched skin. Hello fish scaley skin…goodbye beautiful glow. Wah wah! But wait, you don’t need to suffer if you find the perfect moisturizer to salvage your skin from its unruly behavior. I was searching for weeks for that perfect remedy to soothe my painfully dry skin…until I stumbled onto this little baby on the Sephora website. I read loads of reviews before I took the plunge. I mean, I did not want to invest into something not knowing if it would give me results.

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Well, The Youth To The People Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Moisture Cream is the BOMBBBB. That’s a mouthful!  It seriously made a huge difference on the texture I had on my skin. The reason why I was ready to invest in this is purely for the story behind the brand! Youth to the People is a family owned company that formulates, makes, and packages its products in California. The veggies extracts are cold pressed and sourced in the US. What really really sold me on this is the fact that their products are free of added color and fragrance, they’re 100 percent vegan and they never test on animals. Yay!!! The cousin duo has got it all down. Oh oh!! And their packing is made from recycled materials! Bonus and bonus!

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This is a multifunction, lightweight face cream loaded with superfoods—kale, spinach, and green tea—and hyaluronic acid to moisturize skin. This is the answer and the solution to dryness, to fine lines and wrinkles and to replenish loss of firmness and elasticity.

This 2.0 oz pot runs for 48$ CAD but it is totes worth it. It is packed with green leafy superfoods which help restore, rejuvenate, and condition the skin. What I love about this is that it’s lightwieght. It feels like a bit like a gel; its whipped texture is quick absorbing. All the potent nutrients inside this little pot deliver antioxidants and phytonutrients to protect against free radicals, environmental stresses, and redness. The hyaluronic acid hydrates and locks in your skin’s natural moisture. The refreshing, subtle scent is naturally derived from the extracts. It’s not heavy…so all you sensitive nosed people out there, don’t you worry, this smell fascinating.

 

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My go-to masks…

I’ve got about 99 masks I use, but 2 of my favorites are then ones I will talk about below. They don’t hurt my eczema-prone skin. Of course, I have always patch test with loads of products, since I sometimes ended up with burns..not fun when you have an event the next day this happens.

The reason why I take the time to always pamper y skin and take care of it is because I do not wear foundation and will not wear foundation because it is not really necessary to hide what we have. I understand makeup is a means of being artistic and expressing thyself. However, for me, I like to feel as natural as possible and let my skin breath. I’m a lipstick addict and that you’ll catch me wearing a ton…even on my teeth!

In order to have beautiful skin, it is imperative to take the necessary steps to get there. –I will write up a blog post soon about what I do to have healthy glowing skin- And masks for me are a ways to help maintaining healthier skin. These are the 2 masks I swear by:

1) Peter Thomas Roth-Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (72$ CAD)

Looking at how  much I spent on this mask makes me wants to gag. It’s expensive but trust me guys, this works wonders. I mean I would never spend money on just voidness. But this purchase is justifiable because it really works. It’s a potent mask that helps exfoliate the skin gently with pumpkin enzymes and AHA acids. It literally saves the skin when it’s revolting and starting up a war of zits and pimples (yes I am talking about that dreadful time of the month). I will have to say that at first this tingles for a minute or two but then it subsides. I usually leave it on for like 10-15 minutes then wash it off and my skin just looks healthy and less spotty. My skin looks smoother and radiant and the texture improves quite a lot. You have to be careful though using this, because it could irritate sensitive skin if left on for too too long. Don’t exfoliate before using this because this already does the job. Also, a little goes a long way, I have had this product for about 4 months now and I still have loads left.

2) Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (18$ CAD)

You get so much product in this tub!!! For 18$ CAD you get 1 lb of product. And it lasts like forever. I have had this for almost a year and I haven’t even gotten to half the product. Basically, it’s powder that you can mix with water or apple cider vinegar, which then turns into clay. I prefer mixing it with apple cider vinegar because I feel it works better for me that way. It is recommended to apply for 10-15 minutes onto sensitive skin or 25 minutes to normal skin. I apply it and sometimes forget it’s there…even though can’t really forget it because it hardens. I usually like to bubble bath and have this on, like that with the heat vapors it stiffens less and I have an easier time removing it. This mask, no joke, removes every piece of gunk on your face, it deep cleans your pores that when you remove it, you’re seriously squeaky clean!!! Like baby bum shiny clean and smooth. I stay a little red after using it sometimes, but that’s because I leave a bit more than 15 mins and for sensitive skin, it is recommended not to.

 

If I had to choose between all my masks, these 2 definitely take the top prize. They give me results and they help keep my skin healthy and glowy.

If you’re looking into buying some potent masks that give instant results, I suggest you guys to look into these.

 

Hope this post helped!

Cheers x

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Estee Lauder powerfoil mask.

I am a total mask junkie…true story!!! and my family is annoyed with me because I constantly have something on my face…can’t help it! I find this the perfect way to de-stress and feel refreshed. So I have a couple that I use and am in love with but I came across this one a while ago and bought the 4 pack one from the Sephora website. I love the way my skin feels after using the Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil mask. This is one pricey little sucker. Super expensive but super worth it. I use this once every 2 weeks or so, or whenever my skin needs a little pick me up. This mask is a great way to prep your skin for an important event and get a healthy glow without paying the price of a facial.

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The mask itself is like a cloth material on the inside with foil on the outside (to maintain all the goodness locked in place). It’s very easy to put on your face and stays put once placed on the skin. You have to put the bottom layer first and then put the top one… then you leave this on for 10 minutes (as per directions), but I cheat and leave it on for 20.
It looks a little scary, like Jason X Friday the 13th scary…but the results are remarkable!!! The first time I used it; it took away the redness and made my skin so soft and toned. I have sensitive skin and break out easily, but I didn’t have any problems with this mask and I even noticed my dark eye circles were a little bit lighter after use.
It sells for 25$ CAD for one mask for 88$ CAD for 4 and that’s the only downside really. It’s expensive, but there’s so much product left in there that you can keep using it as a serum a couple of days after. I usually apply the rest of the liquid on my neck and shoulders…the rest of your body needs love too!
I will definitely be a repeat buyer of this mask because it does the job and delivers its promise of giving you youthful radiant skin.
If you’re looking for a good pick me up mask that will give you radiant skin, then this is worth a try.
Hope this little mini review helped!
Until next time,
Cheers x
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The Sunday Riley Good Genes secret

I will never give up on my Skinceuticals serums just because they make my skin happy. They’re hydrating, they’re gentle and they’re just overall wonderfully potent serums that I will keep using forever. But as I was done with my Pholertin CF Antioxidant Treatment, I was in search of something else as a switch so my skin doesn’t get to used to it and lazy out. So I have heard about the Sunday Riley range and these are definitely cult products. I had tried the Luna Oil a while ago but I didn’t like it much, I felt like it broke me out, but I guess I wasn’t fair as I tried it for like 3 days.

So after reading loads of reviews and watching a ton of Youtube videos, I decided to take a risk and purchase the Good Genes Treatment. OMG!! Best purchase ever! This little baby is super super pricey but it sincerely holds up to its claims. And what’s even more amazing is that the product is cruelty free. YAY!!!

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This potent little magic cream contains ingredients such as lemongrass oil, licorice root extract, prickly pear extracts, lactic acid and more. I use it at night most of the time because I have a simple hydrating cream for the AM.

On the bottle it says that it can be used as a mask as well, which requires you to use a thicker amount, leave it for a couple of minutes and then wash it off…which is a complete and total waste of the product. I just use it as a night moisturizer.

I saw results almost immediately — especially in the morning. I’d wake up to baby-soft skin and glowing at that!!! AHHH, like seriously glowing. I have been using it for a month now and I still have product in the bottle. My skin is radiant, even, toned, youthful and beautiful. I can go out of the house without concealer or foundation on my face (which I don’t even use to start with). This baby is now part of my skincare routine and I think it’s a total keeper.

The only downside to this? Sunday Riley’s products aren’t exactly the cheapest on the market (147$ CAD at sephora.com). But they are so potent and you’re getting your buck’s worth. They have a cult following for a reason: and that’s because they actually work. And if good skin care is something you’re willing to invest in, you won’t be disappointed. Trust me, you see instant results (like next morning after one use instant).

I guess that makes me part of the cult now, go check more reviews and see for yourself on the Sephora website.

Until next time!!

Cheers xo

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Simply simple

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I tried a couple of cleansers to gently remove my makeup…since having sensitive skin; everything I have been trying either caused me eczema or burned my eyeballs. And I don’t like the oil removing cleansers. I tried Klorane, Bioderma, Neutrogena, Vichy and loads more…but they either burned me or made me breakout. I heard a lot about Simple and I thought I have nothing to lose if I tried it out. This Simple Micellar Water Cleanser won me over because there is no alcohol content and contains niacinamide. Niacinamide is good towards fading hyperpigmentation – it also helps prevents skin from losing water content and it stimulates microcirculation in the dermis.

None of the other micellar waters I have used have this as a vital ingredient. Since my skin has been acting very dry lately…I noticed that this makes my skin feel normal, clean, hydrated and healthy. Usually I hesitate on what I apply on my face, but this makes me feel safe to reapply it when necessary. I use it both morning and night, and also as a make-up and eye make-up remover and it does the job thoroughly. Takes about 1-2 round cotton pads to clean my whole face (if I wear heavy make-up..which is very rare).

This is definitely a staple product to have around and I will definitely repurchase this. They’re not expensive and sometimes they even go on special-2 for 1.

Micellar Cleansing Water is best for normal to dry or sensitive skin. And this fragrance-free formula is gentle and doesn’t bother oily or breakout-prone skin. Since this is meant to be left on skin, it’s good that it contains a couple of anti-irritants plus the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide.

Here’s what I like about it:
Fragrance-free, mild formula.
Unlikely to irritate skin or cause sensitivity.
Contains anti-irritants.
Inexpensive.

Have you guys tried it and what do you think about this cleanser?

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My 2 holy grails <3

If I was stranded on an island and I could only bring 2 things with me, it would be these 2 babies. So in love with them because they offer me endless and unconditional love and hydration, hello!!! This is why I love them and will continue to repurchase them…unless I find something better (I kinda doubt that).

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The first product I cannot live without is Avene’s Cicalfate Repair Cream. This little metal tube of white thick emollient is ready to rescue skin from any mishap. Slight burns, dry spots, over exfoliated skin, hair removal sores…the bunch.

This potent cream has anti-bacterial agents that encourage healing, which is amazing to protect irritated skin. It is also perfect for sensitive skin because it is fragrance and paraben free. Its combination of copper sulfate and zinc sulfate reduces the risk of bacterial proliferation. Let me tell you that it is super super soothing to those who have fragile skin.

It was recommended to me by the allergist after going through endless creams to help protect and sooth my irritated, allergic skin (especially my eyelids..thank you contact dermatitis :(..blah!). Now, I cannot live without this baby, especially when I have bad eczema outbreaks. Thankfully this hydrates my skin without causing further damage or breakouts.

The CICALFATE CREAM is formulated for dry irritations in adults, children, and infants. It can be applied on skin or parts such as the lip (I have used it a few times as lip balm) or nostril (especially when you have a cold). This tube was about 20-30$ at the pharmacy and it lasts for a long time because a little goes a long way. This price is really not bad for a skin savior (superman in a metal tube)….

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This little tube is magical and wonderful and just all over fabulous. Bite’s agave lip mask is the answer to your chapped, irritated lips. When going on long flights, going through the super rough cold weather or simply licking your lips way too many times a day; this mask is honestly the best thing you will ever try to combat dryness. I usually put this at night before going to bed and sleep with it. Then the next morning I wake up with super soft, subtle lips. Or sometimes, when I really really need it, I will put a very thin layer in the morning. This is a very thick mask, so when you put it in the morning, you have to be careful, because sometimes it causes you to have a white film on your lips.

Basically this tube is like the perfect friend that is always there for you when you need it most. And a little goes a long way. This tube lasts forever and costs 30$ at Sephora.

 

So, if you were stranded on an island, hypothetically speaking, what would you want to have with you?

Until next time!

Cheers xo

 

 

 

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Sensitive skincare

For the past couple of months I have been struggling to find the perfect skincare routine due to my newly diagnosed skin condition (contact dermatitis). For those of you who do not really know contact dermatitis, briefly, it’s a skin condition caused by the inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis is caused by the skin reacting to allergens or irritants and it is usually characterized by red, itchy skin that can become blistered and sensitive. My skin swells badly and crusts up, which creates scar afterwards. Sucks big time, I know, but thankfully I am so not into layering loads of foundation and makeup on my skin (feeling bothers me and also because I think less is more…but that’s just me).  
My sensitive skin doesn’t love products very easily; it’s super stubborn, dries out fast, gets super itchy and sometimes breaks out. So I have been in the hunt for something that will hydrate my skin and keep breakouts at bay. After spending so much money on different skincare products, I came across the Skinceuticals range. Now, everybody’s skin is different and what works for me might not work for the rest. But what I really love about the Skinceuticals range is the work behind it. There is a wide network of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and aestheticians who are specially trained to create the ideal skincare regimen that can help prevent accelerated skin aging and sun damage. They mainly focus on protecting the skin, correcting existing issues and preventing future damage. Prevention, Protection, and Correction!!!
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Since my skin has been quite naughty lately, I have had to change a couple of creams/cleansers around because some dried me out, some burned my skin and some made me breakout (HARD). I have specific products for eczema prone skin but I needed some serums to hydrate my skin further. So obviously because of my issues, when I came across this brand, I was hesitant to try it, because it was expensive and I didn’t know what to expect..but then I figure what the hell..let me give it a go.
So depending on what I needed to correct and recommendations and reviews I saw online, I took a plunge and bought the Phloretin CF Serum. This is a daytime antioxidant serum that delivers advanced environmental protection and diminishes the appearance of discoloration. This serum is part of the prevent range and even though it is under the anti-aging section, I figured I can start the prevention plan now and since I have a few spots and scars from breaking out, I decided to give it a try. 1 week in using this product, I noticed a huge difference with my skin tone; my skin color was more unified and less spotty.  A month later, I get compliments on how my skin glows!! My severe eczema is at bay, my skin is hydrated, I have fewer spots popping (that time of the month..ugghhh) and my scars are slowly starting to fade.
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Since noticing change in my skin, I decided to invest in more bits and bobs from this brand. For the naughty days, I invested in LHA Cleansing Geland the LHA Solution Toner. I cleanse, tone and then follow up with these babies: the Retexturing Activator and then finish up with the Blemish + Age Defense Serum. I use these mainly when my face is feeling dull, especially when Aunty Em hits town. I am super happy investing in these products because they help me keep my skin under control and mostly importantly hydrate it (because I am super prone to scaling and peeling). These products are part of the correct range and they help fight breakouts and improve the appearance of blemishes. These serums help maintain excess oil stable while exfoliating dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores for an overall improved skin appearance. You have to be careful of not overusing this because it does dry out a little, so this is why I only use this at night after putting on moisturizer.
I know that these products are super expensive but they are well worth every penny. I am happy with my skin routine and will keep using these products for as long as I can and as long as my skin loves them too. Since I hate wearing any sort of foundation, I try to keep my skin happy, healthy and clear, therefore a proper skincare regimen is super essential for me to accomplish all that and more. And because the SkinCeuticals’ philosophy is built on principals that address and minimize the visible effects that environmental aggressors have on skin, I like to invest in them. And I have also noticed that my skin glows..total bonus <3
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So this is my skin now without foundation or editing..excuse the bags under my eyes and the white-haired brow X)
Since my skin went through hell and back (got burned a couple of times, did a major chemical peel, allergic reactions…and now dermatitis), I am now more careful with what I put on my face. What works for me, might not work for other skin types, but I hope that with my sharing this post, some of you can benefit from it.
Cheers xo  
PS: for more product details, you can go check them at: http://www.skinceuticals.com