So You’re Having a Breakout?

Thanks to one of my besties, I realized that I have not devoted enough time to reviewing products for acne-prone skin. Since I suffer from extremely dry skin prone to eczema rashes, I sometimes forget my people at the other end of the skin spectrum. So, I called around and talked to some of YOU who were kind enough to share your secrets to getting rid of pimples and fading dark spots as well as giving me a list of products to help control oily skin.  There were a few products that kept coming up in conversation so here we go:

Clinique Dark Spot Corrector:  

This product helps fade spots left over from various problems. You must use a sunscreen any time you a product that contains hydroquinone (since the ingredients for this product are not listed, I’m not sure if hydroquinone is used).

Rx For Brown Skin:

There are three different formulas that were developed by Dr. Susan Taylor, specifically for people of color. Bright and Healthy, Bright and Clear, and Bright and Even all contain ingredients to clear up, even out, and exfoliate your skin.

Olay Total Effects:  This line from Olay boasts a blemish control cleanser and a fragrance-free moisturizer with SPF 15 UV moisturizer. 

If you’ve tried some products that I haven’t mentioned that really work, I’d like for you to leave me a comment under this post!


Back in School and Lessons Learned!

Sometimes I upset my own apple cart by being lazy or “cheating” on my go-to products to keep my skin looking fresh and young. I am ALL about looking young! Well, last week, I ran out of my Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser and Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream so I did some half-baked cleansing. You know how it goes. A little makeup remove here, a “cleansing” cloth there. I tried to convince myself that this combo of swiping and wiping would do the trick but my skin shouted and yelled and rebelled. Being lazy and cheap caused me to get those dreaded “sensitive skin” breakouts but I have learned my lesson. I realized that when I find something that works for me, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. I need to stick to a skin care regimen that works for me. What are some things that work for you?

Is A Bargain A Bargain?

I love a good deal as much as the next person, especially when the deal or bargain pertains to cosmetics and beauty products. I was a victim of my own quest for the best sale last week when I bought a particular French company’s mascara. Note: if you read my previous post, you will know the name of the company. This relatively new product supposedly combined a base coat plus a volume/thickening formula to make my lashes look like I was wearing extensions. Hey, I’m a sucker for longer, lush lashes so I thought, “Sign me up!” Since Ulta stores were going to discontinue the sale of this particular brand, they were selling all products by the brand for $4.99, a total steal when we’re talking about higher end cosmetics! Generally, you can spend anywhere from $15 to $30 for an expensive mascara so this under 5 bucks purchase felt like a major coup!

Well, I drove home and immediately tried out the mascara on my bare (and very eager) eyelashes. Can we say, “whomp, whomp, whomp” or what?  The black color was fine, the product didn’t smell funny or anything (a dead giveaway when a cosmetic product is too old), and it didn’t look clumpy. But how could my lashes look even shorter after using this mascara?  I don’t know. I was so disappointed. The product did nothing that it advertised. I learned a valuable lesson: trial and error is necessary in the world of cosmetics, and every bargain is not a deal!