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I like to give myself quite a bit of time when it comes to anything I’m using on my face. My skin is kind of odd in a way where it will immediately love something then hate it over time or vice versa. I don’t always know what’s truly going on, and quite honestly, with most products, I don’t survive the in-between unsure phase long enough to ever find out.

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My 2016 Best Nine // Tiffany

Welcome 2017

Welcome to 2017!  Another year has gone by, and we are at the very beginning of a new one.

I know for many people 2016 ended with mixed feelings.  Personally, I am going to focus on the good.  I took an amazing roadtrip to Texas with my Hubby, I got to spend time with my family and friends, and I might even have experienced some personal growth.  Yes, there were plenty of falls and miss steps, but I will continue to focus on all the Sparkle the world has to offer.

So, with that being said, now that 2016 is officially closed out, I am drawing inspiration from Instagram.  As usual, they brought us the 2016 Best Nine aka #2016bestnine; which features 9 of your most liked photos put into a grid for all to see.

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Update: Apple Cider Vinegar Toner – Bentonite Activated Charcoal Clay ACV Mask //Kim

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After reading tons of positive feedback on the perks of incorporating Apple Cider Vinegar into a skincare routine, I felt it was time to give it a whirl. As I wrote in my prior skincare post, I was using 1 part ACV to 2 or 3ish parts filtered water as a night time toner.

My skin felt really great after a couple evenings of using, I’d wake to a flushed glow and I was no longer waking up to new patches of breakouts. Oh, and the smell did not linger for very long after applying, which I was heavily concerned about being able to stomach, and it did not stink up my pillowcases! Unfortunately, within a week I began to notice patchy red skin on my neck, so I did actually decide to discontinue use of this product fairly quickly. As I’ve mentioned many times before, a majority of my skincare is prescription from a dermatologist, so I do believe the ACV was just too much in addition to those products. I, also, do believe people using skincare on the more gentle side could absolutely love using this and I would definitely say it is worth a try.

After seeing the perfect glow left to my skin from using the ACV the first few days, I felt determined to find another use for it in my skincare arsenal.

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Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter Review

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Where to begin, where to begin? I am obsessed with the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter.  The Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is super hydrating, long lasting, and delicate in scent.  There, I said it.  Let’s move on to how I learned to love this product.

I have always been a fan of the QVC.  Who isn’t?? Beauty, kitchen tools, clothes, and other random things you never knew you needed all in one place.

Let me just remind you that I am a  lover of all things beauty. That being said QVC is one of my favorite channels to put on when I am: bored, in between programs, or just in need of a beauty fix; it is a go to for me.  I already own wayyyyy to many things from here, and I am not ashamed to admit it.

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SkinCeuticals Regimen Experience //Kim

As of early August I had switched up my prescription day & night creams. I found my skin more temperamental than ever, but chalked it up to an adjustment period. After weeks and weeks of waiting for this awful situation to run its course and clear up, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I hopped online and ordered a few highly rated/highly recommended Skinceuticals products for acne prone skin.

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SkinCeuticals Regimen

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Product Review: Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat //Kim

Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Mat

If you haven’t picked up on it just yet, I am the queen of paranoid about breaking out. I clean my face makeup brushes about every week and a half-2 weeks to avoid the inevitable dirty brush pimples. I use a few different brushes for foundation depending on the coverage I’m looking for that day, and 2 of those are very dense. Even after washing I never feel as though I’ve actually managed to fully cleanse them, or am slightly terrified of shampoo residue trapped in them. After stumbling on a video about this Sigma Mat on instagram, I immediately knew I needed to try it. I first read reviews and watched a few youtube videos (I’ve posted theirs below) to cover my grounds on research before investing.

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How to: Combat dryness with acne-prone skin //Kim

Now this is pretty much the story of my life, or I guess I should actually say story of my recent years.

I, like many unfortunate souls, developed acne later in life in my 20’s. After YEARS of buying and trying, I gave up, went to a dermatologist, and stuck with the prescription topicals since. The downfall to prescriptions is they are much stronger than store bought products, but over the counter/high end skincare brands can cause just as much dryness and sensitivity. The vicious cycle of drying, over moisturizing, breaking out, loading up product to combat the break out, drying, over moisturizing, breaking out…I know it all too well.
SO! Here are some acne prone safe products I use to help keep my skin at a happy balance when it’s feeling a tad overworked and revolts in the form of flakes and redness!

My dry skin secret weapons

 

First Aid Beauty Facial Randiance Polish– I love a good exfoliator, the grainier the better, but when my skin is feeling overly worked and irritated this is my go-to. I will use this in the mornings (every other day) to gently scrub away any dryness or flakes I’ve accumulated from retinol usage the night before, and, unlike most exfoliators, it doesn’t leave me feeling drier or tighter or with a thirst only a thick layer of aquaphor could quench. Very gentle, very lovely, and does exactly what I need it to do. Definitely safe for even the most sensitive of skin, and it even has a nice little lather to it!

Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist– Regardless of how dry I’m feeling, I have to use a toner after washing at night or I feel incomplete. I spritz this all over and wipe with a cotton pad, and it leaves my skin refreshed, hydrated, and calm. If I feel I really need a little extra I will use this in the morning as well, and/or double up and spritz over moisturizer prior to applying my makeup if I feel my skin is extra cracky (during the winter months), but for the most part I only use after washing at night.

Peter Thomas Roth VIZ1000– This is my fav. If I was on a desert island with flaking achy skin and I could only bring one product to help me combat dryness, this would be it. I see a drastic change in dehydrated skin within the minute this is applied. I use this first in my routine on clean skin during the day. So I wash, Evian spray or toner if needed, VIZ1000, prescription daytime topical, moisturizer. Because it’s a serum it can penetrate skin much deeper than a moisturizer, and the hylauranic acid not only helps moisturize but also helps skin maintain and hold onto moisture. Being acne prone I have never been willing to try any moisturizing serums, but this stuff is amazing and does not cause me any breakouts. It’s probably not recommended, but I also put a thin layer of this on my eyelids right under my brows/above my crease where I tend to most often get very flakey year round (for unknown reasons besides my skin loving to be complicated).

Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask– I ALWAYS have this mask on hand, sometimes even backstock out of fear of not having it when I need it. This is a perfect mask for anyone acne-prone who finds themselves dry from time to time. I’m for sure a mask junkie, but hydrating masks have always been a strike out for me, always finding new break outs the day after using. But this precious baby leaves me feeling nice and hydrated without causing any new break out issues for me. I do find if I just wash this off it leaves a slight film behind, so my recommended usage for best results would definitely be to apply prior to a shower, then removing with a lukewarm washcloth with slight pressure (which also helps remove any flakies this mask has rehydrated that are now ready to come undone!).

Additional helpful products I’d recommend would be a lip balm and heavier eye cream for the evenings in case any drying product lingers onto those areas, and SPF during the day time to avoid further side effect reactions from acne products or darkening of any acne scarring! And if you’re sketchy of SPF like me, refer to my summer must haves where I list my fav SPF products that are safe to use on acne-prone and sensitive skin!

 

My Skincare Routine-Tiffany

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Ok… Let me start off with my name is Tiffany and I am skin care obsessed!   I have a lengthy routine for morning and night, some items are the same, some switch out, and I have a collection of swaps. Products that I don’t use everyday… but are in high rotation.

Now the point of this post is to just share what I use and what I have success with.  My skin is:

  • I am close enough to 36 for it to count
  • Oily/Acne prone
  • Sensitive to environmental factors (sun, wind, and all that such)
    • It does not take much for my skin to turn flaming red or blotchy
  • I HATE to have my face touched.. I am convinced it will bring pimple and/or a rash
  • If I do nothing to my facr, and just let it be.. I would be one big acne patch
  • I am extremely dedicated to my skincare routine, can be a little preachy about it, and am very wary of trying new products.  Some might even classify my as snobbish… but I prefer to say protective
  • I do my darnedest to fight any and all of these factors
  • I love to moisturize and exfoliate
  • Exfoliation gives me life

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First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask

5 in 1 Bouncy Mask

 

After spending a week at the Jersey Shore and logging countless house in the sun, my skin is ready for some rest. Even after countless applications of sunscreen and slathering on moisturizer and after sun, my skin is parched.  When I came home I really wanted to pamper my skin and give it a boost.  While pondering my options I remembered that I have the First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask , and figured I would give it a whirl……

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Travel Hacks-Tiffany

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Who doesn’t love to travel? This girl does! I am currently gathering my stuff for a fun and sun filled week at the Jersey Shore. I figured now is a perfect time to share what I consider to be my must have travel hacks!  A quick weekend getaway or a week at the beach, all make my heart happy.  The only part I hate? Packing! Ugh.. It drains me and it gives me anxiety.  What am I forgetting? Is my suitcase painfully heavy?  What if I lose something?? Did I randomly pack a 8 oz tube of sunscreen in my carry on? I hate to bring home random half used/wet things.  I over think it…every.single.time.

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