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Skincare Favorites

Alba Botanica Jasmine & Vitamin E Moisture Cream • Alba • $18.95
Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub • $7.29
Alba Acnedote Clean ‘N Treat Towelettes- 10ct • Alba • $5.99
Origins Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores • Origins • $24.00
GLAMGLOW® 'YouthmudTM’ Tinglexfoliate Treatment • Glamglow • $69.00
Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner • Burt’s Bees • $10.49
Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment • Clean & Clear • $7.99
Almay Clear Complexion Concealer • Almay • $6.69
Philosophy 'purity Made Simple’ One-Step Facial Cleanser • philosophy • $10.00
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion • Mario Badescu • $17.00

These are a few of our favorite things...

I wanted to share a few things that we use every day with 6 month old Drew.

  1. Earth’s Best Oatmeal & Rice Cereal: We love their cereal, both taste very good. Drew will have a bowl of rice & a bowl of oatmeal every day. 
  2. Green Sprouts Sippy Cup: A Perfect size for his little hands. He is so cute when he holds onto it with both hands and drinks from it.
  3. Boon Counter Top Grass Drying Rack: A friend had said great things about this drying rack, and I am so glad that we bought it! It’s nice to have the baby’s bowls, spoons & bottles separated from the dishes. 
  4. Natural Corn Infant Spoons: These spoons ROCK. 
  5. Green Sprouts Stacking Cup SetThese cups are awesome. They keep Drew entertained for long periods of time while he’s sitting in his high chair. We haven’t used them in the bathtub yet, but when we do, I’m sure they’ll be a hit with the water holes!
  6. Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, Lullabies: The husband’s grandmother would read poetry to the boys when they were little. This collection is so sweet, and it even comes with a cd of Julie Andrews reading them.
  7. Kokopax City Carrier: So practical when grocery shopping, cooking dinner, or watching tennis matches! Drew is very happy seeing the world this way. {I only wish I had purchased one with a waist strap…}
  8. Sophie the Giraffe: Great for teething. Sophie is a big hit.
  9. Zutano Booties & Hat: I can’t say enough good things about these booties. Best purchase I’ve EVER made. Drew wears these everyday. Seriously.
  10. Weleda Calendula Diaper Care: Our favorite cream. Smells amazing. Works wonders on diaper rash, wind burn, etc. Will never use anything other than Weleda.
  11. Alba Botanica Multi-Jelly: We’ve been using this since day 1. 
  12. Haba Kringlering Clutching Toy: A perfect size teething toy, and he’s starting to shake it to hear the rattle. 
  13. Miyim Bear Teether: It’s organic! Great material, and I’m sure it feels good on his gums. Drew loves it.
  14. Skip Hop Cow Chime Toy: This stays in the car, it’s big enough for him to reach and grab if it slips out of his hands, and he spends a good amount of time “talking” to the label, no idea why!

My best friends at the end of the day.

Neutrogena’s Bi-facial Cleanser/Mask
- I’ve been using this product for years. I rarely use it as a face mask, but I use it daily as a cleanser. I have rather large pores, so this really cleanses and shrinks them. I can’t see myself using any other cleanser, honestly.

Loreal’s Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
- I actually bought this product a week ago. Originally, I was using Rimell London’s Eye Makeup Remover, also oil-free, but I decided to take a chance and try something new.  This product is just as efficient; the bottle is larger, don’t need much to remove makeup, and is oil-free, too - I can’t complain.

Alba Botanica Facial Toner
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My sister recomended this toner to me – INCREDIBLE! I use this product after I use the face cleanser, goes really well together, I think. I have oily combination skin, so this product balances out my skin. I like that this product is not alcohol-based, so there’s no feeling of a burning sensation when applied. It feels really light and fresh on my skin.

Of course, everyone’s skin is different, but for me, these products work wonders. I can’t go a day without them.

* Not used in the order shown.

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Since I use Alba Botanica’s AcneDote line I decided to try one of their masks. My skin has been feeling dull and not so fresh lately so I figured a nice enzyme rich mask would help it out. This mask is a gel and it’s suuuuper tingly! My face looks a little brighter already.

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Beauty products I’ve been loving in May!

DKNY ‘Be Delicious’ Eau de Parfum • DKNY • $68.00
L'Oréal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Waterproof Mascara • L'Oreal • $8.99
Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm Strike a Rose • Maybelline • $3.99
Clear Improvement® Active charcoal mask to clear pores • Origins • $17.00
Kiss Nail Dress Ultimate Nail Fashion Camisole • $7.49
CARGO Color Eye Palette • CARGO • $30.00
Cargo Online Only Water Resistant Bronzer • CARGO • $29.00
theBalm® theBalm 'Nude'tude’ Eyeshadow Palette • TheBalm • $36.00
Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil • Tarte • $46.00
Alba Hawaiian Refining Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer- 3oz • Alba • $14.39

still-anesthetized asked:

I have really sensitive, acne prone skin. Right now it's suuuper dry and flaky. Do you have any products to recommend that i can use to moisturize? Something that doesn't make my skin too oily or greasy or extremely shiny like most products do.

My top recommendation right now is definitely Meishoku Organic Rose, specifically their skin conditioning gel, which I talk about in this video as well as some of their other products.

My skin is acne prone too and though it tends to be on the oilier side most of the time, it can dry out pretty fast and this gel has been so amazing. It moisturizes like a lotion but sinks in like a gel. Doesn’t leave any shinies or stickies and helps keep the skin elastic and strong. I use it during the day/in the morning mostly. 

BUT if you also wanna focus on controlling the acne too, Alba Botanica’s oil control lotion might help you a lot. I just wonder if it might not have enough moisture for you, hmm. It definitely moisturizes well but it’s designed for oil and acne control so it’s got willow bark (salicylic acid) for that. 

There’s a longer video here where I talk about all of my acne care recs and in this long post I do a breakdown of Alba Botanica’s products as well as some others.

Hope that helps!

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Omg, my old videos are so shitty compared to my newer style of vlogging BUT this one is still good because I talk about Alba Botanica’s ACNEdote line, which is a line that has REALLY kept my acne breakouts down the best out of any line I’ve ever bought.

Also guest star Jeremy.

쉬머짱's Know-How: Reduce Pores and Fight Acne!

Hello everyone! This will be my follow-up post for MY SKIN CARE ROUTINE post. Click the link if you wanna check it out. <3

Pimples used to be just a teenage problem. Most of us thought that pimples will eventually stop popping out once we passed the puberty stage. But they seem to love our faces and decide not to leave even after our teenage years! Errr. Well in my opinion, pollution has become greater and so the harm it brings to our skin has become worse as well~ T__T

Due to the extremely hot weather, the skin tends to get very oily! Oily skin and huge pores make us prone to acne. Dirt tends to set in our pores and get trapped! Acne is so annoying and so here are some of the ways I do to get rid of them~! <3

Before all that, what causes ACNE?

  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Inadequate Diet (Eating food with too much fats and oil.)
  • Pollution/Dirt
  • Cosmetic Chemicals ex: Talc/Parabens/Fragrance/Lanolin etc. (For extra sensitive skin)
  • Improper Skin Care Routine.

THINGS YOU NEED:

1. Lab 46 Skin Care Facial Wash with Benzoyl Peroxide/Clindamycin

2. Alba Botanica Natural Acnedote Astringent with Salicylic Acid or Krave Minerale Anti-Zit Splash (No Alcohol and  Non-comedogenic)

3. Duac Gel Acne Gel or Clean&Clear Acne Gel with Salicyclic Acid/Benzoyl Peroxide/Clindamycin

It does not have to be the same products above, though those stuff there are the ones that work for me. Always remember that you have to check the ingredients of the products you buy, it should contain very little chemical or if there’s no chemical, then it is much better~!

STEPS:

1. Wash your face with your Anti-acne Facial Cleanser and massage it all through out the face for a minute. Note that Facial Cleansers for sensitive skin do not foam up because they don’t have chemicals that gives the foam/bubbles. Pat dry with a clean towel. >_<

2. Using a cotton pad, apply a small amount of astringent/toner all over the face. Don’t drown your cotton pad with a lot of product~! kkkk~ <3 Then leave the cotton pad on the troubled area for a minute. Some anti-acne toners would sting, but it’s natural. It’s a part of the pimple-killing process~! 

3. Skip moisturizing because our main goal is to dry the pimple up for it to be totally gone. I prefer not applying any essence or moisturizer on to the troubled area for it to dry.

4. Apply the acne gel only to the troubled areas and not on the entire face! <3

Note: If you have a different everyday skin care routine like me, then discontinue it and switch to this Acne Treatment for a while. When the pimples have dried up and eliminated, then go back to your normal skin care regimen.

During the acne treatment which will last for about two weeks, you will experience extreme dryness but since we really wanted that to happen, then we should skip everyday moisturizing. To solve that, here are some things we can use ONCE a week.

1. Skin Food Mask Sheet - soothes troubled skin and balances moisture to avoid flaking. You can use this once or twice a week whenever you feel like your skin is crazily flaking. It has Berry Oil that will minimize redness.

2. Holika Holika Medi-Medi Magnesium Pack - use this every weekends after a long stressful week of work. This will help minimize your pores and it really leaves the skin smoother and less reddish.

You can also use other facial masks and Clay wash off packs, just note that it should be non-comedogenic so it won’t aggravate the pimples you are trying to heal.

See you in my next post and don’t forget to join my ongoing MAKEUP Giveaway!!

REVIEW: Alba Botanica Acnedote Deep Clean Astringent

About three weeks ago I had run out of my Clinique toner- I had planned on repurchasing it because I did like it; however, the thought of spending $30 on a toner just seemed ridiculous to me. 

I was walking through the aisles in Wally World (Walmart) when my eyes spotted this. I have never heard of Alba Botanica before but for some reason I picked it up and decided to try it. I mean, it was only $10. I would much rather pay that instead of forking over three times as much… 

The Alba Botanica Acnedote toner is all natural, even vegetarians can use it! It is definitely directed towards people who deal with acne or have oily skin. So if you have dry skin or even normal skin- this may be way too drying for you. 

Now onto what I thought of the product:

The very first thing I noticed was the smell. Remember, this is an all natural product and you can definitely smell it. It smells like lemons and flowers. It’s weird but I’ve grown to get used to it. When I actually used the toner it felt very refreshing. It wasn’t drying at all and it made my skin feel clean and soft! 

I suffer from acne and acne scars as well as oil (it’s super annoying!) but after a few weeks of trying this product- everything is better! It’s crazy. My acne scars have cleared up A LOT and my acne has decreased so much too. I feel comfortable leaving the house without foundation because my breakouts have really cleared up. My skin doesn’t feel as oily either! It’s so amazing. I think I found my most prized possession regarding skin products. 

FINAL THOUGHT: This $10 toner is AMAZING. It’s cleared up my skin like no other skin care product has. My skin is the best it’s ever been and ugh I don’t think I could rave about this product enough. The only real initial problem I had was the smell but I got used to it. I give it 5/5 stars!:)

Under $20 Organic & Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands Vol. 1

Under $20 Organic & Cruelty Free Skin Care & Make Up Brands - Vol 1 #naturalmakeup #affordable #makeup

After transitioning to a more minimal & cruelty-free makeup collection, I realized that I needed to learn about organic and natural makeup brands for future purchases. So I did a little research and here is what I found:

The following is my first post of cruelty-free & organic or natural* makeup brands with items under $20. I would like to point out that some of these brands have a wide variety…

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My everyday base makeup products! (pictures of products HERE)

Beauty Blender PRO Single+Solid Kit • Beautyblender • $32.95
Real Techniques by Sam & Nic Chapman Expert Face Brush • $8.99
Benefit Cosmetics Rockateur • Benefit • $28.00
CARGO Bronzer • CARGO • $29.00
Tarte Smooth OperatorTM Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder • Tarte • $34.00
theBalm® theBalm ‘Mary-Lou Manizer’ Highlighting Powder • TheBalm • $24.00
Nyx Cosmetics Cream Blush • NYX • $5.99
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream: Combination to Oily Skin Deep • Garnier • $13.49
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer • NARS • $29.00
Alba Botanica Jasmine & Vitamin E Moisture Cream • Alba • $18.95

Better Beauty Products for Your Body and the Environment

New Post: Better Beauty Products for Your Body and the Environment #natural #healthy

In my most recent post about how travel has changed me, I wrote that I want to make sure I am contributing to a better world. One of the ways I have been doing that is by becoming a more environmentally conscious consumer. While I have been slowly establishing this in every area of my life, one of my main focuses has been on the beauty products I use. Last summer, I watched a video put out by…

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Photography Girl by uniqueheart41 featuring leather sandals ❤ liked on Polyvore

Beach shirt / H M short overall, $31 / Abercrombie & Fitch leather sandals / Daniel Wellington thin wrist watch, $280 / ChloBo bohemian jewelry, $39 / Diamond earrings / Zero Gravity tech accessory / River Island porkpie hat, $16 / Laura Mercier voluminous mascara / MANGO fragrance / Eos lip care