Welcome to The Dark Side: Bath Bombs by Cryptessence Limited

Shop Local! Check out Cryptessence Limited Oils, Bath Aromas and Art at their website, https://cryptessencelimited.godaddysites.com

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This product was actually gifted to me by my lovely younger sister Hannah. She recently met the owner of Cryptessence Limited at her work and was generously gifted a few bath bombs to try out. Not only did she love the bath bomb and how incredible it smelled, but we couldn’t help but love the darker origins behind the name of these beauties. I was lucky enough to get to try one of the many she received from Jim, and I’m so eager to share my thoughts with you.

First off, the packaging is very neatly done. They have each bath bomb individually sealed in an air tight foil bag. It keeps moisture out so you don’t need to worry about long term storage in your bathroom or damage in between gifting/use. The label is handwritten which is a lovely homemade feature. I love it when producers add their own handwriting and show themselves through their products.

Carpathian Love Poem is actually a blend of two separate scents, Impaler and Elisabeta. Named aptly after Vlad the Impaler and his wife, Elisabeta. It’s a perfect combo for horror-obsessed couples. It looks like a bright and happy bath bomb, but the scene gets dark quickly after submersion. The two colors combine to create a lovely lavender color in the bathtub, and the scent is phenomenal. I did notice a few flecks of pink and silver glitter too. Not complaining, your girl loves glitter. It was very little though, so this could either be apart of the product or possibly mixed with another batch that contains glitter on accident. Either way, just want to disclose it for those glitter-phobic individuals out there.

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Elisebeta is the bluer color of the two, and Vlad is the pinker tone. The colors are slightly different when combined in comparison to their classic batches. This was likely done to achieve the gorgeous purple bath water at the end. Originally, Vlad is a rich red color. Perfect for signifying the blood baths he left behind. And Elisebeta is a lovely lilac, printed with a beautiful flower perfect for a Princess. I included a screen shot of their website so you can see more of their bath bombs. The creators Jim and Theresa really took care in creating a beautiful and fun product.

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Seriously in love with this sweet, and slightly musky scent. I used this bath bomb while sheet masking and binge watching youtube videos with a glass of Pinot Noir. Absolutely recommend enjoying this one either completely to yourself or with your significant other. My partner really loved the smell of this one!

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I hope you guys enjoyed seeing something a little different here. Check out more from Jim and Theresa at https://cryptessencelimited.godaddysites.com

Thanks for sharing your products guys! My sister loved them!!

♥ Mia

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Cult Favorite: Mario Badescu

Cult Favorite: Mario Badescu

The only man you’d ever want to hear your signifiant other talking about, Mario Badescu. This skincare brand has been around for over 50 years and has a variety of effective products so you can find whatever you need to tackle your skin issues. Read on to hear about my favorites from this brand.

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Rosewater & Facial Spray with Green Tea Duo, 4 oz.

I’m obsessed with facial sprays. I’ll own it. It’s easy for me to go through a bottle quickly too, and I just used this trio to replace my Clinique Moisture Surge face spray. There were a lot of ingredients that stood out to me in these, especially the aloe for soothing my skin throughout the day. Unfortunately – while they’re packed with the ingredients they claim to be like chamomile, cucumber and aloe – these are also artificially fragranced and dyed. If you’re sensitive to those ingredients and know they break you out, I would stay away. But for now I’m really enjoying playing with these and testing them out.

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Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream, 0.5 oz.

This is the second eye cream I’ve tried from Mario Badescu. Both of the eye creams I’ve liked have been rich, creamy and ultra hydrating. This one takes awhile to blend into the eye area but yeilds great results. I use this cream morning and night after rolling on my Caffeine 5% + EGCG from The Ordinary. It’s helped to moisturize and help de puff my eye area tremendously. You have no idea how happy I was to use this product after the It Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream. It’s tremendously better for my dry eye area, and is actually currently on sale on Amazon too!

My other favorite eye cream from Mario Badescu is the Mario Badescu Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream, 0.5 oz. which you can also pick up from Amazon. Yay for prime memberships!

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, 1 fl. oz.  photo from Mario Badescu’s website, http://www.mariobadescu.com/

My final favorite from Mario Badescu is their miraculous drying lotion. Without this and my COSRX hydrocolloid patches my face would still be covered in tiny closed comedones. I use this on troublesome spots in the morning and at night to eliminate acne and dry out the sebum and fluid beneath the skin. It works quickly, and lasts a lifetime. This can be very drying on surrounding skin. Take caution that you use just a little if your skin is dry or easily irritated by drying products.


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Have any favorites from Mario Badescu? Let me know in the comments below!

♥ Mia

 

Boscia Luminizing Mask: Review

Boscia Luminizing Mask: Review

Charcoal infused products can be found everywhere now. In your toothpaste, in your water and of course in your favorite peeling face masks too. Boscia is an incredible brand known for its plant based products and a beautiful approach to skincare solutions. I put this Sephora favorite to the test, read on to find out more.

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Boscia Lumizing Black Mask


Full disclosure – cuz that’s just how we roll here. I never want to hide any partnerships, paid ads or if I was gifted products from you.  I’m here to find the best in skincare for my sensitive, ghostly, combination skin and will always be up-front with you about my genuine opinions of these products. Bad products exist, but so do really good ones too. Just remember that I’m here for you babes – always.

This mask was sent to me complimentary in exchange for a review from Influenster. I absolutely love using this service to try new products and show you guys what works and what doesn’t. It takes the partnerships out of the equation, so you can rely on the fact that most people are going to be very honest about if the product works or doesn’t.

Application:

The application directions suggest applying a very thick, opaque layer to the areas of concern on your face. Sephora’s website claims this mask is “An innovative, powerful, mineral-rich mask infused with activated charcoal that peels off to reveal a brighter, more clarified complexion.” It’s meant for all skin types, and it’s recommended that you avoid your eye area, hairline or lips. Once applied, leave the mask on for up to 30 minutes. Always run a test patch before fully testing the product to avoid allergies, skin sensitivity or any other awful reaction. Beauty shouldn’t be pain, please test before trying on your face!

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(me feat. sloppy mask application and crazy eyes – it was late guys, please forgive me)

Ingredients list from Sephora’s Website:

-Activated Charcoal: Absorbs impurities and excess oil, detoxifies, and exfoliates to refine the appearance of pores.
-Calcium Montmorillonite Clay: Absorbs excess oil, impurities, and toxins, gently exfoliates dead skin cells, and minimizes the appearance of pores instantly and over time.
-Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Glucoside): Helps brighten skin tone and minimize fine lines as it defends against free radical damage.
-Maritime Pine Bark Extract: Improves skin elasticity and hydration, helping to prevent the first signs of aging; provides antioxidant soothing benefits.

Full Ingredient List:

Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates/Palmeth-25 Acrylate Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Diglycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Charcoal Powder, Iron Oxides (CI 77499).


So, Do I Love It?

I definitely recommend leaving this mask on for the full 30 minutes to get the most out of the peeling effect, and I did notice that my skin did look much brighter on the areas of application. I’ve reacted to charcoal peeling masks in the past, but this one didn’t cause me to break out so I’m very, very thankful for that. Honestly, I wasn’t really impressed too much with this mask. Tough, peeling masks like this just appear to rip out all my little baby hairs and take off some dead skin. Removing dead skin cells is awesome, but I have other exfoliating tools like my Hangsun Electric Face Brush SC200 does. I will continue to use this face mask as replacement for pore strips. I kind of like the sensation on my nose, but didn’t notice it removed much besides small patches of dead skin.

All in all, if you’re looking to purchase a black charcoal infused face mask this isn’t a bad product. It is a little harsh though, so sensitive skinned people please be careful!


Have you tried this product before or received an influenster vox box as well? Let me know in the comments below!

♥ Mia

The Ancient Benefits of Jade Rolling

The Ancient Benefits of Jade Rolling

Happy Monday, lovelies! Bringing you a new review on an ancient beauty practice known for balancing energy and promoting proper lymphatic drainage of the face. Twenty Prime reached out to me on instagram with a generous coupon in exchange for an honest review of this new trendy skincare tool! Read on for more about this traditional skincare practice and where you can purchase a jade roller of your own. 


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So why are people rolling around a stone on their face and promoting these bizarre facial exercises? Is it because it’s a beautiful tool that’s aesthetically pleasing to add to photos, or is it actually useful? There’s some large claims on this product ranging from wrinkle reduction and improving skin brightness to  balancing your “chi”. Brands are coming out with new versions of this left and right, and some are even in rose quartz instead of jade, and I have to admit they’re freaking adorable!I gave this specific brand a try after they reached out to me on Instagram, I’m always willing to try a new product despite how silly the claims might appear to be.

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This is much more than just a “facial exercise” tool, this facial roller is made from genuine, solid jade stones. Each is unique and no two stones look the same. Typically seen in ancient China as a precious stone meant only for the elite; it embodies wisdom, courage and compassion. Jade is also known for it’s uplifting energy and purifying properties in skincare. You won’t just see this stone in Jade Rollers, jade is also used for flat facial stones. The idea behind them is the same; massaging and rolling skincare products into the skin with your Jade tool is supposedly beneficial for distributing the healing energy of the stone.

Using the Product

Before trying this product I did a little prep work for the best results. I found it was a little squeaky out of the luxe black velvet bag it came in, and used a little of my Rosehip Oil from Radha Beauty to lubricate and calm the squeakiness. This isn’t that uncommon either, so feel free to do this with yours too if you have a similar issue with the squeaks! Then I cleaned it with a warm washcloth and gentle soap, and placed it back into it’s back and popped her into the fridge to make sure the stones would be extra cool for my first use. The little black bag she came in was a little ripped on the side which was disappointing but I can find another bag to put it in if it rips any further.

When it was time the next morning to do my skincare routine, I was excited. I actually really enjoyed using the roller after applying serum all over to my face. The jade was so cool, and it felt incredible on my skin. I applied the rest of my face products, and then used the roller again when it was time to use my caffeine eye serum. As I do every morning,  I applied one drop onto my under eye area and then used the smaller end of the roller to massage it in place. It was incredible! The cooling sensation felt amazing on my eye bags and I think it helped the serum work a little better.

My face has been much puffier in the morning due to spring allergies, and after using this I felt that I looked a little less puffy and little more awake. Especially around my under eye area. If facial rolling doesn’t work in the long term for me, I would keep this product just for my dark, puffy eye circles. My eye area is already so sensitive that using this Jade Roller instead of my fingers sounds like a no-brainer to me. There was no visible difference in brightness or wrinkles, but I’m sure that would take a few more uses before I could genuinely test that claim.

There’s a lot of claims, gorgeous photos and beautiful faces out there touting this around, but I still have yet to see solid proof on all of this products listed benefits. In the end, this is still a very cute, affordable and interesting product. I don’t believe it’s an alternative to derma-rolling at all – there’s no way a rolling a non porous stone across your face could compare to physical retexturing power of sharp needles. I would definitely recommend Twenty Prime if you’re in the market for one of these – especially since they’re one of the most affordable I’ve seen so far.

Order Your Jade Roller Here:

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The Original Premium Jade Roller for Facial Massage by Twenty Prime | 100% Natural Jade Roller Massager


What skincare tool have you invested in recently? Let me know in the comments below!

Looking forward to seeing you again,

Mia 

 

The Ordinary: Triple Threat

The Ordinary: Triple Threat

 

They may take forever to ship their products and appear to regularly be out stock of cult-favorite items, but their approach to affordable but effective science based skin care is far from ordinary. Read on to find out more about these three simple yet powerful products.

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Deciem’s CEO (the parent company of The Ordinary) is under a lot of fire right now for his outrageous social media posts and border-line breakdown demeanor.  After letting go his Co-CEO, hosting a mass firing spree and continuously posting extreme imagery on the companies social media accounts, it seems like most people would want to jump ship. I get where they’re coming from. From the outside, a glimpse into one of the firecracker CEO’s dramatic and lengthy instagram posts might make it appear as if the whole company is on fire. And hey, it might very well be.

I’m here to offer a slightly different perspective. While I personally believe that the CEO of Deciem, Brandon Truaxe is acting out of line, I still firmly believe in the company and it’s products. Here’s the thing, customer service and company culture is important. Especially in today’s day and age where companies are put in the spotlight over poorly planned out marketing decisions or advertisements regularly. Personally, I think this is a cry for help, but we’ve all been there. I’ve had mental breakdowns shake my career, school and life many times before. Things are just a little different when you’re a public figure and brand owner. Regardless, I still believe that the quality of Deciem’s products are incredible, worth the money and the shipping wait time.

And guys, I fucking hate waiting for shipping.

So today in light of all the chaos, we’ll be chatting about some products that have impressed me the most from The Ordinary’s skincare line.


 

THE PRODUCTS:

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – Of all The Ordinary’s products, this one is my holy grail favorite. I have a very sensitive and delicate under eye area. It’s difficult to find products that both reduce puffiness and redness and don’t start to bother my eyes after using it. This one is different though. I use this solution under my eyes – just a drop each – morning and evening. Immediately, I saw a difference in the puffiness of the bags underneath my eyes. Freaking outstanding if you ask me, it’s what every person wants! This won’t just instantly de-puff your eyes though, this product is also designed to fight eye contour pigmentation issues too. Over time I’ve noticed a huge difference and I rarely wear concealer under my eyes now. BTW, you get a full OZ of product when you purchase this, I’ve had mine for almost 5 months and I’ve made such a small dent. It’s the best!

“Buffet” – Classified on Deciem’s website as a Multi-Technology Peptide Serum, this serum is one of The Ordinary’s few combination products. By that, I mean they combine multiple ingredients or “technologies” to create the product. Most are simply one trick ponies but the whole point is to create and customize your own skincare routine to exactly what you need. I like this approach much more than other traditional skincare companies, which is another reason I will continue to love this brand.

I’ve been using this serum for 2 months. To use, I apply 2 – 3 drops in the AM and PM after cleansing and toning my skin. I’ve noticed a significant decrease to fine lines, and my face is looking so much more plump. This product is suspended in 11 amino acid complexes and hyaluronic acid complexes, which are designed to help nourish and keep the skin moisturized. This serum is just as effective when combined with harsh acids or vitamin C formulations to help dilute the product and minimize the irritation on your skin.

Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% – A stronger formulation of the Lactic Acid 5% + HA, this acid is for more experienced skin care lovers. If you have sensitive skin, build up your tolerance first with the weaker formula first before trying this one. I use this product in the evening, and dilute it with one of my two favorite serums to reduce irritation. My favorite serum at the moment to cocktail this product with is “Buffet”, which has a very thick consistency. The Lactic Acid 10% + HA is very watery, so it’s the perfect pairing for easy application. Right now, this is my favorite exfoliator. It does contain hyaluronic acid, much like the “Buffet” so not only does it help to strip and reduce congestion and build up in my pores but it also helps to moisturize and heal the skin. Make sure to use a sunscreen when using this product though because it also contains AHA’s. They’re known to cause an increased risk of sun damage with exposure, so keep your pretty skin safe!
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*header image from The Ordinary’s website, http://www.theordinary.com


 

Have you used any of these products? What’s your opinion on the chaos happening at Deciem’s headquarters right now? I’d love to talk more about this with you in the comments below!

Affordable Skincare: Tips and Tricks

Affordable Skincare: Tips and Tricks

Looking to add to your skincare routine without breaking the bank? Here are my favorite tips and tricks to staying on track with your goals while still improving your routine. 

Skincare has been my favorite and most expensive hobby. I remember insisting to my father at the age of 12 how important it was for me to introduce a sunscreen moisturizer at my age or else I’d be dealing with wrinkles before my 30’s. Eventually I leveraged that skin cancer has a history of running in our family, and he gave in. Finally, I was able to cultivate my own little routine and kill all of my acne before starting High School! That was the goal at least, I’m sorry to say that I never beat teenage hormonal acne. I suffered through with cystic pimples, blackheads and little comedones that would pop up whenever my period was about to return. I hated it.

Now, I frequently purchase a variety of skincare and beauty products. I’m also subscribed to multiple beauty boxes so I don’t even need to go online or in store to add to my collection anymore. It seems luxurious and awesome, but the truth is that my love and addiction to skincare was hurting my wallet and depleting my shelf space. To fix this, and to give my boyfriend more shelf space on the counter, I decided to slowly implement some new habits to get my obsession under control. I hope some of these tips work for you too! Comment below if you’ve ever tried any of these methods or if you’re working on your own affordable skincare plan.


First, plan out your budget

Think of how much you can realistically let yourself spend within a month, two months, six months or even a year. You can plan to budget for as long or as little as you need to meet your goal. Create a hard number for that allowed time period, and stick to it. This is the hardest part! For example, Audrey might have a budget of $100 every two months, and Kayla might have a budget of $20 every month. Some people prefer to give themselves larger allowances over the course of a couple of months if you tend to purchase luxury skincare or sample and gift sets, while some individuals have to adhere to a more strict monthly schedule because they know they can find products that work for them every single month.

* Super Helpful Tip: Include all your beauty/skincare subscription boxes if you have any, these still count as monthly purchases!

Track your “empties” (aka your used up products)

The best way to find out what products you liked and didn’t like is to keep a list of what you’ve tried. I try to create a small photo journal (aka an album on my phone with the products I’ve recently emptied). This is especially helpful if you have a lot of samples you would like to go through but have a hard time keeping track of what you have and haven’t used. By tracking your empties, you’ll be able to clearly identify what you didn’t like or even products that have always worked well for you. It’s also a great way to let your friends and family know about products you’ve tried and results you’ve seen, even if it was months ago! It’s amazing how this seems like an easy trick, but remembering to log and save notes about a product is a little more tedious than you think.

* Super Helpful Tip: iPhones have an option in Notes where you can post images and then comment on it for yourself, this is the easiest way I know to organize an empties journal on an iPhone. You can always use traditional pen and paper too, I just prefer the photo journal approach because it’s easier when you have an image to associate the product name to.

Introduce Project Pan

I used to see posts on reddit titled Project Pan that would fall into my feed on a regular basis. At first it sounded a little weird, people posting photos of their used products. There were images of worn makeup palettes, concealer tubes with stoppers taken out and product running over. The most interesting photos were tubes of products like primers and foundation cut open in order for the person to use up every last drop of product. Now, it just makes so much sense. You use up all of your products, samples and backups before purchasing new items. No more backups of cleansers that already last for months, and finally finding out if that sample hair mask really works or not.  It’s even better if you subscribe to beauty box subscriptions because you can finally use up all of the samples that fill your drawers and extra the bins underneath your sink.

* Super Helpful Tip: If a product irritated your skin, give it to a friend or donate it to a local shelter. You can try to use it again to make sure it really didn’t work for you, but use the potential problem child by itself before implementing it into your routine again. Better safe than suffering through a breakout!

Re-Gift/Trade Unwanted Products

Friends or family that collect samples, products or even subscriptions are probably in a similar situation as you and want to get rid of things they know they don’t like or won’t use. This is especially helpful if you and your friends or family have different skin types, which means that products are likely to work differently for each of you. Then you’re more likely to see some benefit out of the cleanser that didn’t work for Annie at all, because she has dry skin and you have oily! It’s awesome, and it’s a fun way to share and reach out to others that share similar hobbies. This is especially helpful on lower budgets, because you still get to try more products without having to spend any money

The One Product at a Time Approach

 Using one new product that you already have or just purchased every 30 days. Spacing out your purchases allows you to purchase a little bit better products with your budget allowance. Introducing a single product at a time is much better for your skin too, it allows it to adjust and helps you identify if the product is causing any irritation or acne breakouts. If you have a larger collection of products that you want to use before buying new ones, working on rotating one new item might seem a little slow to eliminate items you’ve gathered. However, that slow pace of decluttering and using up products will help keep you from impulsively purchasing new ones as often.


Top 10 Best Skincare Products you can buy on Amazon

Top 10 Best Skincare Products you can buy on Amazon

Do you want to change your skincare routine but don’t know where to start? Read on to find out about the Top 10 Best Beauty Products you can buy on Amazon to see what you can introduce, affordably! 

COSRXPATCHES

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch, 24 Patches

I’ve been using these hydrocolloid patches for the last three months, and I’m so happy that I found them. These are a quick, effective, gentle and affordable tool in fighting acne breakouts. Before using these, make sure your skin is cleansed, exfoliated and free of other products. Once you see a pimple start to form a head, place one of these over the head of the pimple and leave on overnight. In the morning, your zit will be sucked into the gel of one of these patches. It’s sick how satisfying it is to see all the gunk out, and even better that the spot is either gone completely or significantly reduced in size.

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Hangsun Electric Face Brush SC200

I have spoken about this exfoliating electric face brush before, and I’m still in love with this product. I found this a few months ago online and was intrigued because this face brush is completely water proof! That means if you need to, you can use it in the shower and not worry about cleaning the brush. The kit also came with multiple brush heads including a sensitive facial brush, a regular facial brush and a larger body brush. The brush heads are great quality, affordable to replace and I can always rely on this brush to exfoliate all the dead skin away and remove any leftover makeup before bed. I use this nightly, but if you have sensitive skin introduce this product into your cleansing routine every other day to start!

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Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing

This is one of the most raved about mud masks on the internet. It’s easy to see why too, the mask is affordable, has a fun DIY quality to it and actually works! The product comes in a tub as a powder and to create the mask you need to combine it with apple cider vinegar (the most effective option) or water. After combining, spread this mask across clean skin in your acne/oily problem areas with your fingers or a brush. I find that a brush works best, as it reduces the amount of times you touch your face and add unnecessary oils to it. The bentonite clay in this masks helps to deeply penetrate pores, absorb oil and keep your skin looking great and clear from toxins. Be careful though, this mask is a little tough on sensitive skin! It’s advised to not wear this mask for more than 5-10 minutes on delicate skin types.

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Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++

The holy grail sunscreen of all holy grail sunscreens. This SPF 50 Watery Essence is so gentle, fast absorbing and doesn’t irritate skin. It’s gentle enough to wear and reapply throughout the day without having to worry about grease and intense flashback in photos. Created by Korean skincare experts, this sunscreen lasts even in tough humidity, so you can count on it all summer long. It’s also incredibly affordable, so you don’t have to worry about adding an expensive product just to get the proper sun protection your skin deserves.

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Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser for All Skin Types

This is another repeat item that I’ve spoken about before in a previous article. I really enjoy how gentle this cleanser is and that almost all skin types can benefit from introducing this simple step if they currently don’t have a skincare routine. It’s affordable, and the amount of product you get is insane! I go through a container of this every 6 – 8 months, and that’s because I share it with my boyfriend. He has very oily skin and noticed that it was getting less oily throughout the day with regular use of this product. I feel even better about my purchase knowing it’s paraben free, sulfate fee, and fragrance free.

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CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Yet another sulfate, paraben and fragrance free product! Yay! Adding a moisturizing lotion with Hyaluronic Acid in it has made a huge difference in the elasticity and plumpness of my skin. HA’s help your skin retain moisture, but can cause skin sensitivity so it’s still a good idea to use this product either exclusively in the evening or with a sunscreen if you’re going outside. This lotion is my top pick because it’s gentle on skin, and a great starter option if you’re new to moisturizers or have dry or combination skin.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Cleansing Water

You’ve seen this before on instagram, Pinterest and your other favorite websites. This is the most raved about micellar water on the market because it doesn’t leave behind a residue on the skin, doesn’t irritate sensitive skin and takes off all my makeup before following with my second cleanse. This micellar water from Bioderma even takes away the most finicky of mascara’s, which is why she’s the only one I’m going to repurchase in the future.

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Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1%

Used for anti-aging and acne, retinoids are making a break through across all ages of individuals in their skin care routines. This retinoid gel is an easy, affordable way of getting a strong dose of treatment to your problem areas. Start slow with this product, and only use it at night. Retinoids should traditionally be used 1 at a time, so be careful with this product if you already use one in your routine. I have used Deciem’s The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalene but I prefer this product because of the easy application and price.

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Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

While this is one of the most expensive products on this list, it is also one of the most impressive. Vitamin C serums are a great fighter of anti-aging signs like fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. I use this product almost every day and have noticed a significant improvement in my skin texture and dark spots that usually pop up on the apples of my cheeks. Vitamin C is also known to improve collagen production in the skin, and is completely natural! You only need a few drops of this every evening, so it will last you quite awhile.

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TONYMOLY Master Lab Hyaluronic Acid Mask

Tony Moly is a well packaged and very effective affordable Korean skincare brand that recently has been making waves in the United States. Making everything from hand cream to face masks and peels, they have a lot of unique and adorable products that are so tempting to try! I have been trying out a lot of their masks lately, and the Master Lab have seriously been outperforming a lot of my other masks! These are very affordable, and have powerful formulations of ingredients like hyaluronic acid for moisture retention and collagen for restoring elasticity to the skin. They have so many different versions of the Master Lab, and most come in a very thick and sticky serum. There’s enough to save for later or to apply to your neck or chest after use.

Have you used any of these products? Comment down below your skin type and if any of these have or have not worked for you!