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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My Skin Care Arsenal

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Happy Tuesday, y'all!  While I haven't been blogging as much as I would like to, I'm really striving to share content that's honest, helpful, and thorough.   I never had many issues with acne when I was in high school, but right around my 23rd birthday, I started struggling with cystic acne.  To add a layer of complexity, my skin became extremely sensitive after having my lymph nodes taken out, and I've had countless reactions to skin care products.

Today I'm excited to share with you all of the skin care products that I use.  I have a little something for every possible situation!  For reference, my skin is combination with an oily T-Zone.

I have extremely sensitive skin that is prone to allergic reactions.  When I had a dermatologist appointment with YoDerm last fall, Dr. B recommended that I switch over to this cleanser.  It's no frills - unscented, clear, and can be purchased at the drug store.  CeraVe removes dirt, oil, and makeup without disrupting the skin's natural barrier, and even helps to repair the skin barrier.

I've tried a lot of eye makeup removing products, but this one is my favorite.  It's cheap, you can find it just about anywhere, and it's gentle on my skin.  I prefer using a liquid formula to a makeup wipe because I tend to scrub my skin with a makeup wipe and this removes more product than a wipe.  (I apply the remover with these cotton pads, using one for a swipe on my entire face to catch any residue, one for each eye, and one for my lips if necessary.)

I skipped out on moisturizer for a little while after my allergic reaction because I was honestly terrified to irritate my skin any more, and my skin definitely paid for it.  I was using a sample of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion while trying out other products, but I received a sample of Caudalie's Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet from Sephora as my birthday gift with purchase, and I love it!  I've never used a moisturizer quite like it before.  The texture is interesting, and it just takes a little touch of it to cover your entire face.

SPOT TREATMENT:  Mario Badescu Drying Cream 

I popped into Ulta the night before my 26th birthday because I did not want to start 26 off with a big old mountain of a zit on my face.  This product came highly recommended by my friends Rachel and Piper, and I was nervous that it wouldn't live up to the hype.  Y'all, this stuff is amazing!  I only wore it at night, but it blends right in with your skin.  Every time that you use this, you will see a decrease in the size of your blemishes.  

This stuff is like Botox in a bottle.  I have a little line between my eyes that I hate, and I'm starting to get some laugh lines on my forehead.  This product actually targets facial structures to discourage repetitive contractions and movements that place stress on the skin and keep muscles feeling relaxed.  I use this stuff every night before bed.

I have really sensitive eyes (are you noticing a trend... I am sensitive to everything apparently! haha), so I'm always really careful with the products that I use around my eyes.  This product doesn't irritate my eyes, and it is super moisturizing.  I love the cream-gel formula, as it's not greasy on my oily skin.

If you want prettier skin in a pinch, this is your product!  You use two pumps of the product, which feels like a liquid soap in your hands, massage it into your skin for twenty seconds, and the rinse it off.  While massaging, the product forms clumps, and when you rinse it off, your skin looks brighter and feels smoother.  Goodbye dry skin!  It also really helps with my pores, which are crater like and need all of the help that they can get.

LIP EXFOLIATOR: LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub

I wear lipstick daily, and it stains my lips.  If there's still residue after I wash my face, I'll rub a little bit of this sugar scrub on to slough it off.  I always follow this up with a slathering of Carmex.

PORES / BLACKHEAD TREATMENT:  Mario Badescu Silver Powder 

This stuff is the real deal, and it's only $12.  I use this once or twice a week, and my pores look noticeably cleaner and smaller after each use.  I will be the first to admit that this stuff is kind of a pain... but I promise the results are worth it!  You dampen a cotton ball, dip it into the powder container, and then smear it all over your face.  Because you are just dipping a cotton ball into loose powder, every time you move, the powder that wasn't wet will fall off of your face.  (If you wear contacts, take them out for this!!)  Ten minutes are applying, soak a cotton pad in astringent or toner (I use Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner), and carefully wipe it off.  Moisturize, and you're good to go!

Out of all of the products I have tried for pores, this one is my favorite.

CLEANSING OIL:  Saison Autumn Cleansing Oil  (c/o YoDerm) 

This is my first experience with cleansing oil, and I will definitely repurchase upon running out of this one.  If you're a cleansing oil newbie like me, you basically massage this oil onto clean, dry skin, then wet your hands and continue to massage it, wipe all of the oil off, then wash your face.  My skin goes through periods of dryness, especially when the weather is wild, so I like to use this on those extra dry days.

I want to hear from you - What's in your skin care "arsenal"?  How many products are hiding away in your medicine cabinet?


  1. I unfortunately went through cystic acne as well as an adult (WTH?!?!) I have used pretty much every product at every price range and have discovered that they only thing to help it is the Pill :-( It's all hormonal. I had gone off the Pill because I am 38 yo and have 3 babies and am done, but am now back on and my chin is finally back to it's good ole days!!


  2. I definitely need to add some of these to my routine. I don't normally use a lip exfoliator or eye cream. So I'll be looking into those. Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Lush makes the best products. I love the bath bombs.


  4. I think I need to switch up my routine, definitely need to use eye cream more!

  5. Ohhh so many new things to try, thanks for sharing!

  6. I love CeraVe products! i love any beauty product recommendations because i hate spending the money and you don't really know it ifs good or not! :)
    Stefanie /

  7. So glad you are loving the drying cream! I swear by it! Now I just need to try the silver powder.....MY massive pores will thank me (I hope!).

    Rachel /

  8. such a good lineup!! Will definitely be trying out some of your faves.

  9. Ooh I need to get that Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover i currently use regular face makeup remover for my eye and I don't think it's that healthy

  10. All these products sound amazing! I have that Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover and LOVE it. I struggle with adult acne, and if I miss just one step of my daily skin care routine I will immediately break out. Not fun!


  11. This is a great lineup! And I use the same makeup remover and LOVE it!

    xo, Sara

  12. I swear I've been using that Neutrogena makeup remover since I was like 15 and will probably take it to my grave haha it's my absolute favourite!

  13. This is great because I have combination to oily skin too. I'm definitely going to try some of the products you suggested!

  14. I developed cystic acne as a result of hormones around 25 and nothinggg works! Although for some reason, charcoal activated products do seem to help with it! love learning other people's skin care tips!

  15. Okay...definitely gotta look into that powder for my pores...They are a huge annoyance when I look into the mirror...can I just use a cotton pad instead of a cotton ball though??

  16. I rotate between different moisturizers, but I love Alba Botanica's facial cleansers (the pineapple one is my favorite). I've used it for years!

    xoxo A

  17. I've only tried a few of these so I've got some testing to do.

  18. I am terrible with skincare. We're talkin' strict soap and water and that's it. I definitely need to get into more moisturizing/exfoliating products!
    -Anna |

  19. Most of my arsenal is Dermalogica, but I just got this Julep night face mask that I can't wait to try!

    Alix |

  20. I have extremely oily skin and need to check out a few of your reccommendations!

    Greta |

  21. I love looking at what people use for skin care! I use Neutrogena as well for makeup remover - it's the best!

  22. I've heard great things about the Mario Badescu Spot treatment! I need to try it out!

  23. I have yet to try any of these! I've been trying to get better at taking care of my skin, need to check these products out!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  24. I've had skin issues for as long as I can remember, and CeraVe is a line that has been recommended to me (and one that I've used) over and over again.

  25. I've heard so many good things on Cera-vee and I'm getting it to replace my current face wash! And that Mario powder is calling my name (thanks for the contacts tip!! I have them and tend to be a bit rough on them!)

  26. There are several medicines and creams for Acne treatment like anti-microbial lotions and extra oil removal creams and face-washes. Tretinoin