Hanacure All-in-One Facial

Hanacure All-in-One Facial

First impressions, Product reviews, Skin
I'm jumping back into this blog with an interesting review. (By the way, I just posted a quick lil video about my absence on my channel, so check it out if you haven't seen it already.) If you haven't heard of the Hanacure All-in-One Facial, it's a face mask that's often dubbed the "zombie mask," because it pulls on your face until you basically look dead. The before and after photos are a good time, if you're interested. This mask is marketed as an anti-aging multitasking product. It's meant to lift, tighten, brighten, and diminish wrinkles and pores. I took a look at the ingredients and saw that there are a lot of extracts and a handful of other ingredients like caffeine and niacinamide. (Side note: be careful using this…
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Roundup Review: Peter Thomas Roth Face Masks

Roundup Review: Peter Thomas Roth Face Masks

Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Skin
Hi! I got this Mask-a-holic set of Peter Thomas Roth face masks in VIB Rouge sale haul a couple years ago, and since then I’ve been using these and taking notes. This post has been in the works for a long time, but it kept getting punted month-to-month as new products or topics came up that I wanted to write about instead. I also wanted to make sure I gave these products enough time to write a thorough review of each one. Cruelty-free status Part of why I put off this post is that the company is in a grey area in terms of their cruelty-free status. The consensus seems to be that they’re not, but I wanted to include their full statement from their website in case you’re interested. Peter Thomas…
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My Updated Skincare Routine (With Actives)

My Updated Skincare Routine (With Actives)

Product reviews, Skin, Tutorials and Tips, Videos
OK, no more safety talk. I hope that if you choose to experiment in skincare, you’ll do your own research and find what seems realistic for your skin and lifestyle. I’ve found that there’s a lot of experimentation involved, sometimes at the expense of your wallet. Here’s an overview of my routine now. https://youtu.be/J2h36yQgKLQ Monday/Wednesday/Friday Morning: Rinse with water and pat dry Vitamin C serum (Optional) Hydrating serum Moisturizer SPF Night: Oil cleanser and/or makeup wipe Mild face cleanser Retinol - wait 30-40 minutes Hydrating serum Moisturizer Eye cream (Optional) Spot treatment Tuesday/Thursday Morning: Rinse with water and pat dry BHA - at least wait for it to dry, but aim for a 15-25 minute wait Hydrating serum Moisturizer SPF Night: Oil cleanser and/or makeup wipe Mild face cleanser AHA…
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Skincare Actives 101

Skincare Actives 101

Skin, Tutorials and Tips
This post has been in the works for a long time. I posted a few months ago about my new skincare addiction, and I’ve since been putting together a routine that seems to have done a lot of good for my skin. But before I show you my routine, I want to talk about safety. Chemical exfoliation is no joke. In this post, you’ll learn: The importance of SPF and moisturizing What actives are Some types of actives available, including chemical exfoliation Why pH matters to your skin In my next post, I’ll talk about how to incorporate actives into your routine safely and walk you through the steps I took to start using them. And of course, I’ll cover my actual routine then, too. SPF: Your New BFF If…
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Trying New Clarisonic Brush Heads

First impressions, Product reviews, Skin, Tools, Videos
Happy Sunday! I found this footage on my computer and realized I never finished editing and posting this video. I filmed a first impression of the newest Clarisonic brush heads: the Uplift Firming Massage Head and the Sonic Foundation Brush Head, Uplift Firming Massage Head This massage head is meant to massage your face, neck, and chest. I've seen some reviews mention using this to apply serums. It's $54 alone or now comes with the Clarisonic Smart Profile (which may have been renamed??). It can only be used with the Smart Profile model. My first impression: It simply vibrates. I thought it would rotate or something, but it doesn't. It's difficult to use this on your face except for large areas like the jawline and forehead. It's pretty expensive, especially…
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Dr. Jart Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

Dr. Jart Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

Face, Product reviews, Skin
I'm back with another face product review! I've been using this Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment for a few months now. Let's dive in... About the Product This product comes from a line of tiger grass products. The others seem to be full skincare products, while this color corrector crosses over into makeup. This brand isn't cruelty-free, unfortunately. Don't mind the dirty label... This product gets a little messy! The marketing for this tiger grass line of products focuses on how this particular type of grass helps your skin heal, which is proven by how tigers rub themselves in it to help heal their wounds. I don't know how much I believe that, but I was swayed to buy this product because it's basically skincare that can…
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My New Skincare Addiction

Musings, Skin, Tutorials and Tips
I have a confession to make. I fell into an internet rabbit hole. I enjoy finding random blogs and scrolling through Tumblr and Reddit. Somehow, I found the subreddit Skincare Addiction, and let me tell you, it is certainly an addiction. It started innocently: I started reading the information in the sidebar. A month ago, I considered myself to be mildly interested and educated in the world of skincare. Ha. The more I read, the more I realized I knew nothing. Skincare is truly a science, and companies hide it behind words like "brightening," "deep-cleansing," and "renewing." It turns out these words often mean much more than they seem. Chemical exfoliation is a huge topic in the subreddit, and I'd somehow never looked into it despite having used Stridex and…
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A Big Bag o' Empties

Empties and purges, Eyes, Face, Nails, Product reviews, Skin, Tools
Woohoo -- it's time to review my trash! I've been saving up these empties for a loooong time. So this video is quite long. To help you skim through it, I put text on the screen so you can find the products you're most interested in. https://youtu.be/seC2TXfoa_w I hope you enjoyed all those reviews. I haven't done an empties post or video since 2014, I think... Oh, and if you're curious about my makeup, I'm wearing the same face as my recent FOTD post ;)
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Updated Skincare Routine

Favorites, Product reviews, Skin, Videos
I got a video request a while ago to do an updated skincare routine, and I finally got it together! The video is a quick high-level of what I'm using in the morning and at night. I'll be spending this post giving a little more detail about all these products. https://youtu.be/I0NlolQCXz8 I had a lot of fun making this video, and I hope you enjoyed it! Now let's talk details... A.M. Thayers Unscented Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera - I picked this up when I ran out of my Mario Badescu toner, and I'm really liking it so far. It doesn't irritate my skin, and it gets all the oil off my skin from sleeping. Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Instant Fusion Treatment Toner - I had this sample…
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TMI Review: Baby Foot Molts my Feet

Product reviews, Skin
I think this is my grossest review yet. Somewhere in the depths of the Internet, I heard about this amazing foot mask that basically makes your feet molt over the span of a week. I walk to and from work every day, so my feet were getting gnarly. I was even starting to feel physical pain as my dry, calloused skin rubbed the bottoms of my shoes. It was time for a MAJOR pedicure. I was ready to peel off all my skin and start over... I purchased my Baby Foot mask for about $15 on Amazon, and it's on Prime, so I got it in a couple days. As I waited for it to arrive, I read a ton of reviews and saw so many reviewer photos of their feet completely peeling off.…
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Silk'n Flash&Go Express

Product reviews, Seasonal, Skin, Spring, Summer
I'm going to start this review with the disclaimer. I received this device complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. As always, my reviews are 100% honest and all opinions are my own. Now that that's out of the way, on to the review! The Flash&Go express is an at-home hair removal device that takes 6-8 weeks for a full treatment cycle. All you do is plug the device in, and it powers on. You hear the fan inside going for good measure. It's not so loud that it's scary, but it can be a little intimidating the first time. Once the device is ready to deliver the light, the indicator lights stop cycling and you can set the power level. Here's a pretty major caveat, though: you can't use…
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Current Skincare Routine: Morning and Night

Current Skincare Routine: Morning and Night

Favorites, Product reviews, Skin, Tools, Videos
Hey, everyone! I've had a crazy time lately, just trying to get my last month of grad school (!!!) in order. Anyway, after my Clarisonic review last time, I got a couple of requests for a skincare routine. So, here's my current skincare routine, both morning and night! And yeah, I couldn't give up the opportunity to use that ugly screencap as my thumbnail photo for this video... and this post. Whoops! :D I am in no way saying that I've found the perfect products of life and that I'm set on this routine forever. This is just what I've been doing lately, and I've generally been very happy with it. It doesn't mean I'm not willing to take suggestions if you know of better products! I hope you find this…
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