Beauty Review // Simply Scrub Organic Body Scrubs

A little while ago, I started to make my own DIY coffee body scrub, with a simple combination of coffee grounds, brown sugar, and olive oil. Scrubbing my body with this simple mixture left me feeling smooth, soft, and as a bonus, managed to cut down on the cellulite around my thighs. I’m a huge fan of food as beauty products, so when I was asked to try out scrubs by Simply Scrub, I jumped at the chance.

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I’m Wearing Less Makeup This Summer, After Starting AcneFree

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and AcneFree. All opinions are mine alone. #AcneFreeSummer #CollectiveBias

During summer, the last thing I want to do is go out in the hot sun with a full face of makeup. While I’m definitely one of those girls who likes to wear eyeliner at the beach (and literally everywhere I go), wearing foundation outside is a miserable experience: since I’m oily, my makeup slides off my face and I look shiny and gross. So this summer I’m going to try going without makeup for more days during the week, especially on vacation. And luckily, I just started using AcneFree.

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Specifically, I’ve started using the AcneFree Sensitive Skin 24 Hour Acne Clearing System, a 3-step system meant to treat acne-prone skin. I’ve also begun using the AcneFree Daily Skin Therapy Complexion Perfecting Cream. Using these in tandem has resulted in smoother skin, fewer breakouts and red spots, and oil control, so I can skip the foundation and go natural on days where wearing makeup would be a total drag.Read More »

Beauty Review // When Masks: Sheet Masks for Every Skin Crisis

Hi all! Today I have another skincare review for you, as a supplement to my recently-updated skincare routine. Now that it’s summer, my skin needs way less maintenance, but keeping it hydrated is still my number-one way to get rid of breakouts and blackheads. Today’s review is of the When Masks, a range of bio-cellulose sheet masks available at Sephora.

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For reference, this is my skin type:

Skin Type: Combination skin with dry spots and oily spots, especially in my T-zone; tendency to get blackheads; a touch of roseacea; hormonal breakoutsRead More »

Beauty Review // New Wash by Hairstory: A Shampoo Replacement?

Hi all! If you’ve been a reader of mine for some time, you may know that my hair journey has been long, and it’s not over yet. When I was a teenager I straightened my hair daily, causing my natural wave to fall out and my hair to become dry, frizzy, and unhealthy. In college, I researched and made the switch over to sulfate-free shampoos, and after a few months, a bouncy, natural curl came in! Now, my natural curl has relaxed into a loose wave, and I almost never heat style. Because of that, I’m constantly on the lookout for a shampoo/conditioner combination that can result in a natural, frizz-free wave without product or irons!

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In the past, I’ve tried a lot of shampoos/conditioners, like DevaCurl, Function of Beauty, and a few by Hask. My favorites are Function of Beauty (custom) and DevaCurl (Low-Poo). However, I’m always on the lookout for a new product. So I said yes when the opportunity to try something new came along: New Wash, by Hairstory Studio.

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Beauty // The Groove: An In-Shower Head Massager from Vanity Planet

If there’s one thing everybody on earth universally loves, it’s a head massage. That’s often the best part of getting a haircut or blowout—that amazing shampoo and massage combo your hairdresser gives you that leaves your scalp tingling, and relaxes you into falling asleep at the sink. Recently, I tried a product called the Groove, a scalp massaging shampoo brush from Vanity Planet! Here’s what I thought.


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Beauty Review // NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

Hi all! Today I have another cult favorite skincare item to review, as always, on my quest to find the perfect skincare regimen! I’ve locked into a good routine, but I always like to switch it up to find out what could work better for me. Today I’m reviewing the NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash, a strong, pH-balanced foaming face wash with 18% glycolic acid. I’ve used glycolic acid face washes before, and was eager to try it out!


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Beauty Review // Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish

Hi all! Today I’m back detailing my never-ending quest for a miracle skincare product. Today I’m reviewing the Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish, a $72 product that combines physical, chemical, and enzyme exfoliators to really scrub at your skin. In case you need a refresher, I’ve been through dozens of skincare products in my day, from using a Clarisonic, to exfoliating with nutmeg, to using a baking soda/honey wash, to visiting a dermatologist. I’ve tried it all. Here’s my current skincare routine and a basic rundown of my skin type:

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Beauty Review // Hyla3D HA Activating Complex by Jan Marini

Hey all! Today I have a beauty review to share, about the Hyla3D HA Activating Complex by Jan Marini Skin Research. As you may know, I have super sensitive, combination skin that’s prone to breakouts. I also have a touch of rosacea and I tend to get bad blackheads. Over the past few years, I’ve found that keeping my skin super moisturized is the key to staying breakout- and blackhead-free! It’s weird, because I have oily skin, but washing my face with oils and slathering on moisturizer really works wonders for me.File Apr 24, 5 07 05 PM

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Beauty // HASK Greek Yogurt Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Happy Monday! Today I have another beauty review for you, of the Greek Yogurt with Fig & Honey Hydrating Collection shampoo & conditioner by Hask! As you may know, I have tried many shampoos and conditioners by Hask in the past, like their Hask Superfruit Healthy Hair Collection as well as their Chia Seed Oil Volumizing Conditioner. I really like the Superfruit Collection, and the Volumizing one a little less, but today’s topic is their new range with Greek yogurt, fig, and honey, which is supposed to be intensely hydrating. So let’s see how it stacked up!

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Derma E Charcoal Beauty Products: A New Year Detox for my skin!

Hey all! Today I have a beauty review for you, about a company I am thrilled to work with. A lot of you may know I’ve always struggled with acne and breakouts, and have tried dozens of beauty products in my quest for clear skin. Eventually, I did settle on a combination of OTC and dermatologist-prescribed products, and was hesitant to add anything else in that may upset that happy equilibrium. However, I recently was asked to give Derma E products a try, and I was SO SURPRISED by how much I loved them!


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