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#Beautyblog Bath Essentials

It’s meeeeee again!

I hope you’re having the most wonderful Saturday there ever was, and if you’re not please read on to indulge in a little piece of bath-time heaven.  Yes, I take baths; don’t judge me.

If you don’t already have ALL of these products, then I highly recommend you purchase them or, at the very least, check them out, as they are my favorites.

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First and foremost the “Erase Your Face” reusable makeup removing towelette.  Can I just say, the moment I tried this I knew that I could never be without this product again.  It. was. lifechanging.  The soft furry towel literally removes even the most stubborn mascara/eyeliner combos, no cleansing products necessary.  (Yes, you read that right, you do not need a face cleanser, just water and the towel.)

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The second product I need to share with you is the Soap & Glory Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel.  I am an absolute sucker for anything with a unique smell, and I have never smelled anything quite like this.  De-lic-ious.  The silky, creamy texture allows for smooth application, and it also has an amazing lather.  Take little trip to Ulta (I know I don’t have to twist any arms there) and smell this product for yourself; you won’t regret it.

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Razors, who doesn’t use razors?  I order mine from Dollar Shave Club; $3 every other month.  You cannot go wrong with this steal, and you’ll never find yourself without a fresh razor.

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The newest and most beloved member of my bath-time product fam is my natural sponge.  I must say that I’ve never really been a loufa fan, they get gross, slimy, and moldy when left in the shower for too long.  I’ve also found that they take forever to dry properly.  Enter, the natural sponge: first of all, it’s natural, so there is no faux about it.  Second, it dries like a dream and distributes product the same.  I love it and I won’t be giving it up anytime soon!  Ditch the old smelly loufa and invest in a natural sponge.

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Pricing and Product Info:

Erase Your Face make-up towelette $9.99 for 4 pack can be found here

Soap & Glory Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel, $10, can be found here

You can sign up for the Dollar Shave Club here and choose whichever plan suites your needs; I have the $3 for 5 blades every other month

Natural Sponge can be found here for $11

 

 

 

 

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#BeautyBlog – My Day-time Skincare Routine

I’m so excited to create this post.  I am in love with skincare, and experimenting; that might even be an understatement.

First: Coffee.  Don’t mind my ruined British Virgin Islands mug, D put it in the dishwasher -.- that’s a story for another time though.

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Day-time Products Include:

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Osmosis Brand “DIM” Supplement $25-$26 – Mine happens to be Osmosis brand, but DIM stands for diindolylmethane.  I’ll stick to calling it DIM for sanity purposes.  Anyhow this ingestable tablet is taken once or twice per day and is composed of cruciferous veggies (green veggies: broccoli, brussel sprouts, and all of the other good ones I don’t eat regularly enough).  In my experiences it has effectively helped clear my acne, especially that around my chin and nose.  My bottle is completely empty and I need to order more; when I do, I believe I’ll be purchasing a brand from Amazon to save some coin.  If this supplement interests you and you would like to know more, please read here: http://blog.healthybynaturehwc.com/a-super-supplement-for-hormone-balance-dim/

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Osmosis brand “Calm” Vitamin A Serum $78 – I’m honestly thinking of dropping this off of my routine.  It’s supposed to promote cell turnover in the skin and prevent dryness and dullness, but honestly the only difference I’ve been seeing is more acne.  It applies a little thick and eggy for my taste, and it’s just an all around under-performer.  I’ll probably be finishing that one up soon, and will not repurchase.  My esthetician urges patience, but for me, if I don’t see changes in a month, we’re done with that.  Here’s an up close:

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Osmosis Brand “Clear” Activating Mist $26:  This mist is supposed to be mixed with the calm serum, to dilute it a bit, so it is easier to apply.  It is called “Harmonized Water” whatever that means.  I’m pretty certain it’s just distilled water; which isn’t a bad thing to apply to your skin but I’m sure distilled water can be found anywhere at a much cheaper price point than 26 buckaroos for 3.4 fluid ounces. (I’m not even going to bother with an up close of this one)

LAST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: Sunscreen

Osmosis Brand “Protect” SPF 30 – $30 for 1 fluid oz: This product is made of zinc oxide, a physical sun barrier, rather than chemical.  I love the smell of it, it smells like coconuts and a tropical island.  It is a little thick, but overall I really have no complaints.  If you would like to read more on physical skincare barriers vs. chemical, check here: https://www.tatcha.com/tatcha-institute/ingredients-in-sunscreen-chemical-vs-physical-sunscreen/

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A summary of how I feel about my current skin condition:  When I first began using Osmosis products I was SO impressed by the way they made my skin look and feel: glowy, hydrated but not greasy, and most importantly, NO BREAKOUTS.  After a while those conditions slowly declined, until I was back to square one.  To be fair, I was using a handfull of different products back then, but I think I’m over the brand, and I’m interested in trying some new items.

One particular product I’m looking to try: Chanel UV Essentiel – $55 for 1 fl oz

I had a random sample of this, likely from Sephora, it literally lasted me days.  I loved the smell, the ease in which it blended, and most importantly it didn’t make make my skin oily.  There is nothing I despise more in a product than oil promotion; I’m certain most can relate to that.

If you have any products I should try or any reviews of the products I mentioned above, please leave comments below!