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The Two Best Products for Acne Scarring + Bonus Reviews


Acne Scarring products

I started breaking out when I was 13.  My cystic acne has left my skin with hyper-pigmentation and pretty severe scarring.  Recently, I’ve started using Kate Somerville D-Scar Serum and Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex to help combat my uneven skin tone.

I’ve had pretty severe breakouts since November.  I had clusters of huge painful cysts around my chin and jawline.  So, I couldn’t give these two products a try.  But now that my skin is slowly healing.  It’s time to break these babies out.

Let’s start with why I chose these two products.  The Exuviance cream has anti-aging properties to help with skin suppleness and elasticity.  Plus, the name of the cream is Evening RESTORative complex.  After that many breakouts, my skin definitely needs any help it can get.  The cream has a light floral scent and comes packed with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and an array of botanicals to repair damaged sin and prevent wrinkles.

Hyaluronic Acid restores moisture in to my skin.  This is very necessary since I used 10% sulfur solutions and benzoyl peroxide to treat my blemishes.  Both these acne treatments are effective but also very drying.  But now that my skin is healing, Vitamin A, C, and E actually helps with cell restoration, so my skin can heal faster.  Plus, dermatologists have found that these vitamins also leave your skin brighter and more even toned.

Now, I know what you’re thinking anti-aging products at 23??? Well, here’s a secret.  You’re never too young to start combating aging skin.  We’re constantly being exposed to sunlight and who can really say they get their full 8 hours every night?  Excess sunlight and lack of sleep can make you age way faster than you’re willing to admit.  And with aging skin, prevention is key.  Another reason why I love using anti-aging products is because the formula dermatologists put in to serums and creams to fill in wrinkles can actually fill in the pock marks and scarring on your skin too.

I apply the Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex every night and every morning, I use the Kate Somerville D-Scar Serum.  The reason why I chose the Kate Somerville D-Scar Serum to treat my hyper-pigmentation and acne scarring is because the serum is applied with a roller ball which can help stimulate cell regeneration as you rub it over the scarred tissue.  Plus, the cooling roller ball makes sure that the product is absorbed quickly in to the skin.

After 4 weeks of using these two products, I have found that my skin texture is softer and smoother.  There isn’t a huge difference in my acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation yet but I can definitely see a reduction in redness and the depth of the scar.  When you’re an acne sufferer, I promise that any little bit helps.  With these two products, I’m becoming more and more comfortable with going out bare-faced.

If you have any products you use to treat acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation, then leave it down below!  I’m always up to try new products!

 

**Disclaimer: I received the Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex free of charge for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.**

Dry Hair is No Longer A Problem!

Hask Superfruit Healthy Hair Shampoo fights dry hair

 

After a summer of pool days, beach vacations, and long days in the sun, dry hair is inevitable. And with sweater weather in full force, my hair is getting staticky. It sticks to my face, stands up at the ends, and looks dull at the roots and mid shaft. I tried so many things to get rid of dull hair, dry hair, and brittle hair.  But nothing worked.  I spent hours on google and Pinterest looking at various homemade hair masks.

Over the passed three months, I’ve used Argan oil, coconut oil, and treatment masks. But nothing can combat my dry hair.  Instead these oils just leave my dry scalp and dry hair, greasy at the ends with a less than impressive shine. But when I tried Superfruit’s healthy hair shampoo and conditioner, I saw instant results. After washing with the healthy hair duo, I let my hair air dry and it was noticeable softer and had a healthy shine to it. Plus, the shampoo smells amazing. The scent reminds me of cranberries which makes it perfect for this time of year!

I would definitely recommend this product to any one with dry  hair or dull toned hair. If you have oily hair then this product will definitely give your hair a healthy shine. however with oily hair be careful of day 2 hair, your hair can get greasy at the roots with this healthy hair duo. To prevent that, just spray some dry shampoo in to your hair the night before and in the morning. Your hair will maintain its style and it’ll look and smell clean. Plus, the hair brush has various sized bristles so it’ll detangle your hair without pulling it.

What really makes this shampoo and conditioner fabulous are the ingredients. It’s made from Acai berries which give it a great cranberry scent. Plus the duo has mangosteen oil to give moisture and shine to your hair. The shampoo and conditioner contains no sulfates or Parabens.

Whats your favorite shampoo?

**Disclaimer: I received the shampoo and conditioner free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

Primer from Studio Gear l First Impressions

Primer Studio Gear Skin Objective Face Perfecting

Acne. Hyper-pigmentation. Redness. I have it all.  So I love trying out new products that have “skin perfecting” features.  The Studio Gear Prime Objective Skin Perfecting Face Primer definitely fit this description.

This primer is very similar to Smashbox Photofinish.  Both products have a gel-like texture, no scent, and blends beautifully in to the skin.  My skin feels noticeably softer and smoother after applying this product.  I’ve been using the Rimmel London Wake Me Up foundation and this foundation is quite dewey on my combination skin, but this primer really helps this foundation stay on my face and not break-up throughout the day.  Trust me, patchy looking cake-face is never going to be a trend.  With foundation, you want your skin to look even toned and smooth.

Plus, whenever I apply this product on my face, my concealer stays put.  It does not crease or get patchy throughout the day.  I mean seriously, it is stuck like glue and that is one thing I’ll be happy to have stuck on me.  Because the gum stuck on the bottom of my new shoes does not make me happy and it also NEVER comes out.  You’ll always have that small little patch that you couldn’t pick off.  Anyway…let’s get back to the primer shall we?

So, I love how this product keeps my face looking fresh longer without having to apply ridiculous amounts of setting power throughout the day.  Plus with setting powder, you’ll easily become cake face by the time 5 O’clock rolls around.  Not to mention, who has time for touch-ups anyway?  Even with dewey foundations, I know I won’t look like an oil slick if I applied my prime objective primer that morning.

The Prime Objective also doesn’t break me out.  During that special time of the month, my skin had huge breakouts and this primer layered beautifully under my concealer.  My breakouts healed relatively fast and I don’t know if it was the new toner I tried or this new primer but I’m not changing anything in my skin routine.  If it isn’t broken, why fix it?

What’s your favorite primer?

**Disclaimer: I received this product free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

Get a Smokey eye and Full Lashes with Studio Gear Cosmetics l First Impressions


Smokey Eye and Full lashes with Studio Gear Gel cream eye color

Anything that claims to be invincible or give me full lashes is a must-try product in my book.  Let’s be real, I’m Asian.  I’m stuck with short and straight lashes. So, I really could use any help I can get.  For this smokey eye look, I’ll be featuring my first impressions of the Studio gear eye color and mascara.

Invincible Gel Cream Eye Color

First, let’s start with the invincible gel cream eye color.  The color is invincible earth.  This stuff is super pigmented and has the same texture as the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade.  So, I actually used this eye color on my brows and found that it was pretty easy to blend out.

**TIP: If you’re using this cream as your brow pencil, a little bit goes a long way.

After I filled in my sparse brows with the gel cream, I also used the invincible brush and applied the eye color over my top and bottom lash line to give my eyes some definition.  I love that the dark brown color is cool-toned so it can work as liner, brow color, and shadow. And any type of multi-use makeup is my best friend (especially for traveling!!!).

For my shadow, I layered this eye color on the outer corners to create a smokey eye look.  Over eye shadow, I found that the eye color is a little hard to blend.  But with a dense eye shadow brush, I eventually blended it out and my smokey eye look stayed all day!  I have pretty oily eyelids so any makeup that lasts all day with no creasing is a WIN in my book.

ImpactFULL Pro TLS Mascara

To finish off my eye look, I used the IMPACTFULL PRO TLS Mascara. The mascara formula is quite wet and separates your lashes quite well.  I applied three coats of mascara and it didn’t clump up my lashes.  The large mascara brush is great for separating lashes and giving you a fuller look.

After a full day of wear, I found that my brows still looked awesome and my top lash line still looked fabulous. However, my bottom lash line smudged a tiny bit but it wasn’t too bad. Even after a full eight hours of wear, the mascara didn’t smudge a bit!  It’s awesome.

For a long-wearing eye look, I would definitely recommend Studio Gear‘s new Invincible Earth gel cream eye color and IMPACTFULL mascara.  If you want try these products out, you can get 10% off with discount code: “SGEYES”

What are your favorite long-wearing makeup products?

**Disclaimer: I received these products free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

Best Moisturizers for Acne-prone Skin

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Many people with acne-prone skin (including me) tend to forget about the importance of a good moisturizer. We focus too much on drying out the zits and reducing inflammation. Then our skin is dry, flaky, and red. Fun stuff, right?

From years of experience, I have learned that the best way to take care of your face is to treat, moisturize, and give it time. Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, and Tea Tree Oil are all common ingredients in acne-fighting products. But these ingredients are designed to “zap the zit” and therefore dry out your skin. Skin can actually break out more when it’s dry because your skin is trying to replenish itself with excess sebum production. More sebum= more clogged pores= more breakouts.

Once you apply these treatments to the affected areas, you need to moisturize. And here are some of the best moisturizers (that I have found) for Acne-prone skin. My morning moisturizers are always lighter since its being layered under my makeup. Moisturizers that are too hydrating can make my face in to an oil slick just hours after I put on my makeup. And when I’m working I don’t have time to touch up my makeup.

Morning Moisturizers

So, for the mornings I prefer to use face creams such as:

  • Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Face cream- this cream is light and great for normal to combination skin. It never feels sticky and absorbs quickly in to the skin. The cream has a light scent and leaves skin soft and smooth.

SKIN TIP: This moisturizer did not have a pump. So, to keep the product fresh and clean, I recommend using a makeup brush or Q-tip to grab product out of the jar.

  • CERAVE moisturizing lotion PM- don’t let the PM portion of this cream scare you. It’s perfectly fine to use in the morning. My dermatologist actually recommended this cream to me.  The PM cream is much more moisturizing than the AM. It is great for sensitive skin and doesn’t have a scent. Plus, this lotion comes in a pump, so the product stays fresh and contamination free. This cream layers well under makeup.
  • Kate Somerville Oil free moisturizer- a light moisturizer that is great layered under makeup. It absorbs quickly in to the skin and leaves it baby smooth. This is the perfect moisturizer for normal to combination skin. (And BTW, the moisturizer doesn’t come in a pump)
  • Benefit Cosmetics Total Moisture Facial Cream- a lovely moisturizer for normal to combination skin. The formula is light and doesn’t have a scent. This moisturizer wears beautifully under makeup. (This moisturizer also doesn’t come with a pump)

Night Moisturizers

At night, I like to use creams with Hyaluronic acid, which replenishes moisture and leaves the skin more radiant and plump. For me, nights are my skin’s healing time and I want to help it heal as quickly as possible. So, I go to my thicker moisturizers such as:

  • Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Gel Cream- this moisturizer is great for dry skin. I mostly use this cream at night because this cream makes my skin too slick for makeup. A good night’s sleep with this cream layered on my face= the best beauty sleep ever!
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Extended thirst relief- the cream has a gel-like texture. Initially, the cream can feel sticky but it only takes seconds for the product to be absorbed. By morning, my face feels super soft.
  • The Body Shop Oils of Life Revitalizing Sleeping Cream- this cream works best at night. And it’s great for dry skin. The cream is thick but it doesn’t have a sticky texture. The assortment of oils in this cream leaves skin smooth, helps heal blemishes, and reduce hyperpigmentation. (My fave!)

And that is it, my best moisturizers for acne-prone skin. Which one have you tried before?

Best Moisturizers for Acne-prone skin

 

Best Moisturizers for Acne-prone skin by julietlylillyrose
**This post is not sponsored.  I received the oils of life revitalizing sleeping cream free from the Body Shop as a press sample.  All opinions expressed are my own.**