My Go-To Acne Breakout Treatment: Alpha Skin Care Intensive Rejuvenating Serum


Quick Note: This product recently underwent a name change– I first started using this product when it was called Alpha Hydrox: Intensive Serum 14% Glycolic AHA.

Let me start off by stating that I use Tazorac, a prescription gel, to combat adult acne. It’s pretty rare that I breakout these days. However, it still happens from time to time. Especially if I forget to refill my prescription in time, which I did quite recently.

I’ve been dealing with a breakout for the last three days that is now mostly on its way to being healed on my chin and lower jawline. Thankfully– I have a pretty powerful breakout treatment that I can get over the counter: Alpha Skin Care Intensive Rejuvenating Serum (I pick mine up at Ulta but it’s also available online and at other drug stores).

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Review: Jane Iredale Cream to Powder Eyeliner in Brown Plus


Jane Iredale is one of my staple makeup brands. I found their Pure Pressed Mineral Base years and years ago, when I had my first cystic acne breakout. The breakout itself was a nightmare and took six months to heal, and this foundation helped save my confidence by covering the extreme redness covering half my face without clogging my pores. I also love Jane Iredale blushes and brow gels but I’d never thought about trying any of their eyeliners. Well, let me tell you– I’m happy that I finally did!

The Cream to Powder Eyeliners can be used as not only liners, but also as eyeshadows and even eyebrow powders, which I think is amazing. They also apply like a DREAM. I mean that, the consistency is delicious and slides on with an eyeliner brush so, so smoothly. Also, I had zero fallout as the eyeliner really is like a cream as it glides on and then sets as a powder.

Depending on if you want to build coverage, this eyeliner does exactly what I prefer for daytime– it is subtle but flattering and doesn’t sit on my lash line like a thick, harsh, solid black line. This liner is smoky and provides just the right effect to simultaneously lift my eyes as well as thicken the appearance of my lashes. It’s perfect!

The liner palette also includes three colors that allow you to blend the perfect color for any look. All in all, this was quite a deal and I’m absolutely pleased with my purchase.

Quick note: most Jane Iredale products are vegan and cruelty free.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and especially leave a comment if you have any suggestions about what Jane Iredale product that I should try next! Thanks for reading!


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Review: Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre Review (now at Target!)


Finally being able to find the Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre at my local Target was a huge thing for me a few weeks ago! I’ve been wanting to try this moisturizer for years, as I’ve constantly heard raves about it from a variety of European beauty bloggers. Especially since starting Tazorac and having to deal with the resulting dryness, I’ve thought a lot about getting my hands on this product.

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Whish Body Butter | Whish Shave Cream Review

Whish Body Butter and Shave Cream

I’ve been trying out a new brand of body care items the last few months with great results, and so I wanted to share! Just a bit of background– I have sensitive skin that doesn’t do well with a lot of popular brands. A lot of times, commonly used soaps and lotions will leave me with an itchy case of hives or a dermatitis breakout– usually from fragrance-related ingredients. Whish is one of those rare products that smells absolutely divine and that also works with my skin.

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Skincare Foods: Three foods that improved my skin

foods for skin

This is something I’ve only touched on in the past—but I think it’s worth a little more discussion– how foods can improve the appearance of our skin. I feel like it’s a little bit of a controversial topic because: 1) the research behind it isn’t terribly strong; 2) the results can be extremely subjective in interpretation and; 3) the most recent nutrition studies seem to indicate that there may be epigenetic explanations behind the way that our bodies interact with different foods (meaning that genetics may play a role in determining if one food is good for person A and at the same time is bad for person B).

Despite this, I have experimented a lot with foods and found that there are some fruits and vegetables that noticeably (to me) improve the appearance of my skin, whether it is a change in texture or by giving a more even skin tone.

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