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My Must-Have Acne-Fighting Products + Nightly Skin Routine

Acne-fighting products

These passed three months have been rough.  I got huge blemishes all along my jawline and some large spots on my cheek and forehead.  They were everywhere!  After a week, these blemishes turned cystic and were impossible to cover-up with makeup.  I needed an Acne-fighting treatment, bad!

My Favorite Acne-fighting products:

  • Neutrogena Spot Treatment
  • Biore Charcoal Cleanser
  • Kate Somerville Eradikate Sulfur Treatment
  • GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment

Neutrogena Spot Treatment

I stopped using Epiduo five months ago.  I replaced that benzoyl peroxide cream for the Neutrogena spot treatment.  And it worked for quite a bit.  This Neutrogena acne-fighting treatment has 5% benzoyl peroxide so it’s strong enough to treat my blemishes without trying out my skin.

Eight months ago, I stopped using my dermatologist prescribed sulfur cleanser and replaced it with the AcneFree Therapeutic sulfur mask.  It worked pretty well and my skin was pretty clear.  I didn’t have any serious breakouts.

But three months ago, I ran out of the AcneFree mask and decided to use the Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur mask.  This mask dried out my skin.  And I had patches of flaky skin.  But that didn’t bother me too much cause my breakouts weren’t that bad.

Eradicate Sulfur Treatment

Then out of nowhere, I started having these huge blemishes along my jawline.  And its been six weeks since I discovered the Kate Somerville Eradikate Sulfur treatment in Sephora.  This stuff is amazing! This acne-fighting treatment contains 10% sulfur.  So, my blemishes are less inflamed and swollen overnight!

After using this treatment everyday on my jawline, I’m happy to say that the blemishes are finally going away.  My skin finally feels soft and smooth again!

However, the spots left me with terrible hyper-pigmentation, which I’m currently treating with Kate Somerville d-scar serum.  I’ll update you on how that’s going in a few weeks!

For my nighttime skin routine, I wash my face with the Biore Charcoal Cleanser. After washing, I apply the Neutrogena Spot treatment on my spots and then moisturize with my favorite Cerave cream.  Once my face is hydrated, I apply Kate Somerville’s Eradikate to the large spots around my face.  And I’m done!

Stay tuned for my Morning Skin Routine, coming soon!

Review: Covergirl Supersize Fibers Mascara

Review Covergirl Supersize Fibers MascaraHave you tried the new Covergirl mascara with Supersize Fibers yet?

My Guidelines for a Good Mascara

  1. Lengthens lashes
  2. Holds lash curl
  3. Adds volume
  4. Doesn’t smudge
  5. Easy to remove

How does the Supersize Fibers rank?

Well it earns a 5/5.  Here’s why. Let’s start off by explaining my lash situation.  I’m Asian and we are known for having short (almost non-existent lashes).  Plus, they are stick-straight and almost never (like ever) hold a curl. Because my eyelids are oily, mascaras almost always smudge on me. So after a few hours, I tend to look like a panda.

But, good news guys!  I found the perfect mascara for me. That is smudge-resistant, volumizing, lengthening, and affordable!  SCORE!

And this mascara is the Covergirl Supersizer Fibers Mascara.  As you can tell from the title, the mascara contains supersize fibers to add volume and length to your lashes.  I’ve been using this mascara for months and it has never flaked or irritated my eyes like other fiber mascaras.  I’ve even put this mascara on when I have contacts in and I’ve never had a problem.

Plus, when I’m removing my makeup with micellar water, this mascara comes right off.  You don’t have to rub it off really hard (and risk losing some lashes) and you don’t need to have a really strong cleanser to get it off.

Covergirl definitely came up with a great mascara with a great formula.  The wand is the perfect shape and size.  It can cover your whole lash line including the bottom lashes! And trust me, I’m not the best with mascara.  Normally, I end up with those dreaded black dots on my crease and bottom lash line.  But this wand is narrow enough that I don’t have that problem!  It’s awesome. With the Covergirl Supersizer Fibers Mascara my lashes are not only visible but fabulously full.

Check out my first impressions in the video below!

***Disclaimer: I received the Covergirl Voxbox free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.***

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Beauty Product Review: Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes


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Every girl wants long lashes and a lash curl that stays.  I stopped curling my lashes every morning because the curl just slowly straightens out through the day (just like my hair).  I can spend hours curling my hair and spraying every curl with hair spray.  But without fail, my hair will become loose waves by the late afternoon and by nightfall, my hair will be completely straight.

Does this sound familiar?  If it does, you should definitely try Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash.  

Here my first impressions:

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  • My lashes are instantly lengthened by the transparent gel.
  • The fibers add volume to my sad lashes.
  • The transparent gel locks in the fibers, so the volume on my lashes stay.
  • You can build more volume. (I applied two coat of fibers on my lashes for awesome volume.)

I wore this mascara for 6 hours and being a contact wearer, I thought the fibers would irritate my eyes.  But my eyes were totally fine.  I laughed, cried, and rubbed my eyes while watching a movie.  To my surprise, my lashes still looked great after the movie and I didn’t look like a raccoon!

If you want to try out the product for yourself click the links below!

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Germany

Younique 1

Mexico

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

All opinions expressed are my honest opinion.**

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Beauty Product Review: ELF Eyebrow Kit

I’ve been using this kit for months now.  As you can see in the picture, it’s not really doing much for me.  My brows are still barely there and this Medium brown eyebrow kit is too warm to match my actual brow color.

I so badly wanted this product to work because I love how affordable ELF products are.  I’m in love with their brushes.  I have five of them and I wash them every week.  These brushes don’t have any fall out and are great quality!  ELF brushes only cost $1-$5 (at the most).  It’s amazing.  Because I don’t know about you, but I tend to buy a lot of makeup brushes just so I can put off washing my brushes for another week or two.

But this ELF product just let me down.  Trust me, I’ve tried this eyebrow kit.  I’ve used it for months. I tried layering and building color, but it just doesn’t work.  The color is not opaque enough, the color cannot be built, and there are only three color choices (light, medium, and dark).  And most Target stores in my area only carry the medium color eyebrow kit.

I love finding dupes for higher-end products, but right now, nothing can match the AMAZINGNESS of my Anastasia Brow Wiz.  I always stock up when I get a 20% off coupon from Ulta.  But don’t worry guys, you know I’m the drugstore queen, I am going to find that perfect brow kit for under $10.

Do you know any drugstore dupes?  Comment down below!

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New Dress Review and Haul + Online Shopping Tips

Guys, guess what? I have found an awesome new site where I can shop to my heart’s content without breaking the bank.  Dream come true, right?

Now, I’ve started working full time so I knew I had to get more office appropriate clothes.  My two blazer and dress pants can get old really quick since I work the traditional five days a week.  I wanted to get something that was perfect for summer and could easily transition in to the fall.  So, I got this amazing sheer navy trench-coat style cardigan and a classic white top.

New Dress is very similar to many other fashion sites.  They have a HUGE selection of clothes that does not cost an arm and a leg.  You can probably buy a whole wardrobe with a hundred dollars.  (I’m not joking, you seriously could.)  The quality of their clothes is pretty good for the price you pay.  I got a top and a cardigan for $20 including shipping.  The shipping I chose was the China Post with tracking number.  The package got here in about two weeks, which is pretty fast.  I have ordered from other sites before and got my package a month later.  To save some money, you can always order without a tracking number.  I would recommend ordering with the tracking number in case your package gets lost in transit.

If you really want to save some money and score some of their awesome deals, you can check out their “Free Shipping” section, where they have a HUGE selection of accessories and clothes that will ship to you for FREE!

When my package arrived, the pieces were individually wrapped and folded.  The trench-coat style cardigan had some loose threads, but after I cut them off it was good as new!  The cardigan is made of a material that frays really easily, so be careful and try not to snag the fabric on sharp corners or objects.  I ordered the cardigan in an XL and it was a bit snug around the shoulders and arms.  I am usually a small in most US brands.  They have the cardigan in an XXL, but I thought the XL would fit since I usually order a L on most Chinese or Korean sites.

For the top, I ordered it in an XL also.  The top has a slightly oversized fit, so it fits perfectly.  From the picture, I thought the sleeves on the top were slightly longer.  But after I played around with folding the cuff, the sleeves look great folded to a three-quarter length.  This top was less than $10 and is honestly quite well made.  I love how light it is.  This breathable cotton material is perfect for the hot summer months and will layer perfectly under a sweater without feeling too bulky in the fall and winter.

Lesson to learn from this is to ALWAYS:

  1. Check the measurements
  2. Know your body measurements
  3. Read up on reviews (to check for size references and quality measurements) 

You should always follow these tips when shopping online.  Because what looks right on the model, may not look right on you.   Online shopping is fun, but when the pieces don’t fit, it could be really frustrating.  So always do some research before you buy!  For more detailed online shopping tips, be on the lookout for my next blog post, coming out Monday @3PM EST

To check out more trendy pieces from New Dress click HERE!
*I received these products free for styling/modeling purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.*