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I spent a week at the beach last month, and these @glowbiotics gems were two of the products that saved my skin from the salt, sun, and sand. Glowbiotics uses topical #probiotics to rebalance the skin in much the same way that internal probiotics do. The #CalmAfterTheStorm Probiotic Soothing Gel #Mask * is meant to reduce redness, irritation, dryness, and itchiness in sensitized skin. Even though it smells, looks, and feels totally different from the #freshbeauty #RoseFaceMask, its effects are a total #dupe (albeit not a much cheaper one) for it. The star ingredients are probiotic-derived bioactives, which stimulate the immune system to reduce inflammation. It also contains antiinflammatory chamomile, green tea and cucumber, detoxifying chlorophyll, and hydrating honey extract and hyaluronic acid. It is super cooling on contact, which was a godsend to my sun-sentized skin last month. I've also found it great for relieving acne-induced irritation, and have been using it ever since in place of my #herbivorebotanicals #bluetansy on the days I need inflammation relief but don't want to use an acid. . Since I was going to the beach, I also requested the Non-Tinted #Sunscreen #SPF 30*. This #mineralsunscreen doesn’t leave a whitecast, hydrates, and can be used as a primer. I really enjoyed it as a beach sunscreen, but I find it just a little too heavy for everyday use, but that’s true of most mineral sunscreens for me. That said, it doesn’t break me out or exacerbate oiliness, and I continue to use it on my neck. What are your beach saviours? . . . *kindly gifted #skincare #skincareroutine #beauty #beautyaddict #skincarejunkie #igbeautyblogger #followfriday #discoverunder10k #nycblogger #newyorkblogger #nyblogger #beautycommunity #skincarecommunity #skincareblogger #bblogger #instabeauty #igbeauty #skincareobsessed #skincareaddict

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Last week, I posted to my stories a shot of what appears to be oxidized #cfirma. I had been using it for 3 months, and not only was it always much darker than other #lascorbicacids I've used, but it also became even darker after just 2 months. Dozens of you, including #drunkelephant, responded to tell me it's a-ok, and that this is C-Firma's normal colour. Not only that, DE even said, and I quote "L-ascorbic acid naturally darkens over time. If you notice this happening, even if it seems dark from the start, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the serum has oxidized - it’s the normal reaction!" Here's the problem with that response: every single article I've read about #lascorbicacid has pointed to a direct correlation between darkening and loss of efficacy. DE went on to say, "We recently put C-Firma through a series of assay testing, and have discovered that the color does not determine the efficacy of the product!" What kind of tests are they running that show results that deviate from accepted science? And what prompted them to "recently" run these tests? Was it complaints about DE oxidizing too quickly? What’s more, many of you have told me that earlier bottles of C-Firma were clear, and only the more recent formulations have been darker. A couple of you even told me that the effects of C-Firma were much more noticeable from the earlier, clearer serums, and the decline in skin brightening effects were immediately noticeable once they darkened. Does C-Firma work for me? I can’t tell. But, that said, I don’t notice the superficial effects of any #vitc, and I mainly use it for the long-term #antioxidant benefits. I also really like how quickly C-Firma absorbs. I don't know if it was reformulated to somehow increase the stability of #LAA, or to include ingredients that mask the colour of oxidation, or what else is going on here, but what I do know is that I won't be repurchasing C-Firma any time soon. Got vitc recommendations? Tell me 👇🏻

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate the glory that is @soldejaneiro #bumbumcream? #soldejaneiro kindly gifted me the medium sized tub, but I promptly used it up and purchased a full size because I'm hooked. I never used to use #bodylotion out of sheer laziness. But this stuff is like crack. I can't get enough. It leaves my skin baby soft, absorbs immediately (even in the humid swamp that is #nyc), and smells like what I imagine heaven must smell like. @glowwithava mentioned a few weeks ago that she doesn't even wear perfume anymore because of this scent, and I couldn't agree more. Gotta go sniff my arm now. Have you tried #BrazilianBumBumCream? . . . #skincare #skincareroutine #beauty #skincarediary #beautyaddict #skincarejunkie #igbeautyblogger #followfriday #discoverunder10k #nycblogger #newyorkbeautyblogger #nycbeautyblogger #nyblogger #beautycommunity #skincarecommunity #skincareblogger #bblogger #beautygram #instabeauty #igbeauty #skincareobsessed #instaskincare #skincareaddict

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I had my first @rescuespa #facial yesterday and I don’t know why I waited so long. Not only was the spa beautiful and luxurious, but my facial with @natashka_berbikova was beyond. Natasha started by assessing my skin and asking me about my routine. This is always my least favourite part of a facial with a new aesthetician because how do I explain that I use one million products? She said that my skin is in good shape (looks like my million products are working), but that my combination/oily skin is slightly dehydrated and suggested that the dehydration may be caused by overuse of salicylic acid. Noted. The main purpose of my visit was to get product recommendations. I fully expect a hard sell once an aesthetician finds out that I am susceptible to purchasing, but Natasha did none of that. In fact, she advocated I finish my current products before purchasing anything new (let’s all laugh at the likelihood of that happening). The one product I knew I wanted to purchase was #LotionP50, and Natasha recommended the original #P50 1970. She said the phenol in the 1970 variant is antiseptic, making it ideal for my acne-prone skin. When I asked her about using #PIGM400 in the mornings as so many of you do, she said I really don’t need it since I barely have any hyperpigmentation, and can use the OG twice a day. I also wanted to buy #MasqueVivant, but, #badnewsbears, it is currently on backorder! Even the wait list is closed 😭. Thankfully, Natasha gave me not one, but two, samples of #Vivant, and told me to use them twice a week, mixed with Masque #VIPO2. As for aftercare, Natasha said that whether or not I should wash my face before bed depends on how long I’ll be out in the elements. Since my facial was at 6 pm and is a mere 10 minute walk from my apartment, she said I could skip my #pmroutine. She also said I should avoid wearing makeup for 24 hours, but that light sweating is ok. Have you been to #rescuespa? What are your favourite #biologiquerescherche products?

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I've tried quite a few hydrating serums, and @jkosmmune_cosmetics 's #betaglucan #serum * is, hands down, the best one I've ever used. Even though this serum was gifted, my infatuation with it began earlier this year when @thejamiequinn named it her best serum of 2017 and was recently reinforced by @girlstallion 's glowing reviews. What makes it so great? Well, for starters, beta glucan is 20% more hydrating than #hyaluronicacid. Beta glucan also boosts #collagen productions, making it great for #antiaging. This serum is also amazing for redness and irritation because it contains #centellaasiatica aka #tigergrass. A little goes a long way - I use one or two drops every #amroutine and #pmroutine after toner and essence. Make sure the skin is a little damp from the essence because #humectants draw water into the cells. For a quick video, swipe 👉🏻 . . . *kindly gifted #jkosmmune #ha #nycblogger #newyorkbeautyblogger #nycbeautyblogger #nyblogger #beautycommunity #skincarecommunity #skincareblogger #bblogger #beautygram #instabeauty #igbeauty #skincareobsessed #instaskincare #skincareaddict #skincarejunkie #igbeautyblogger #followfriday #discoverunder10k

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Did you know that urban pollution (think smog, soot, and grime) causes free radical damage, which increases inflammation and leads to oil overproduction and congestion? @goodsciencebeauty's #PurifyingFaceCream * is a “skin purifier" that is specifically formulated "for blemish prone skin aggravated by city living." It combats the effects of pollution using the company’s patented Good Silicon+ technology that releases pollution-fighting ingredients throughout the day. These ingredients include silicon, which is v different from silicone! Silicon is a naturally occurring mineral that is essential for skin, nail, hair, and bone health. In contrast, silicone is a synthetic compound that has been known to cause breakouts in some and is also bad for the environment. Other superstar ingredients are anti-inflammatory willow bark, lipids, antioxidants, and amino acids. It has the consistency of a light gel-cream moisturizer and can certainly be used as such, especially by those with oilier complexions. But the beauty of this product is that it is meant to fit seamlessly into your existing routine and not replace any products, so I use it as my last serum layer before applying oil and moisturizer. But does it work? YES. Ever since I started using it, my incidence of breakouts has decreased significantly. Not only that, but when I took a break for a week, I got a few painful visitors. Glad to have it back on the team. *kindly gifted, but I will 100% continue repurchasing this with my own money. #001Pu #skincare #skincareroutine #beauty #skincarediary #beautyaddict #skincarejunkie #goodsilicon #igbeautyblogger #blemishfree #rednessrelief #acne #acnetreatment #followfriday #discoverunder10k #nycblogger #newyorkbeautyblogger #nycbeautyblogger #nyblogger #beautycommunity #skincarecommunity #skincareblogger #bblogger #beautygram #instabeauty #igbeauty #skincareobsessed #instaskincare #skincareaddict

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How do I love thee, #KalelaluyAHA? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My bottle can reach, when feeling broken out For the ends of acne and ideal skin. I love thee to the pH level of every day’s Toning need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as women strive for glow. I love thee purely, as they turn from congestion. I love thee with the cotton pad put to use Soaked in glycolic acid, and with antioxidants. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost exfoliants. I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if @kravebeauty choose, I shall but repurchase until death. #skincareshelfie #acnetreatment #luxuryskincare #skincarejunkie #skincaretips #skincareproducts #skincarelover #skincarediary #skincarereview #dewyskin #skincareregime #glowingskin #discoverunder5k #discoverunder10k #intothegloss #byrdiebeauty #skincarediary #skincare #beauty #photography #vanitiesofig #lifestyle #luxurybeauty

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🚩 GIVEAWAY 🚩 . I've been using these 💣 #uberliss #haircare 💇🏼 products for the past month, and I think you need to try them, too. #BondSustainer * - this deep conditioning #hairmask is a game changer for damaged hair by repairing broken bonds. I felt immediate results after my very first use, and, I swear to god, I can't stop running my hands through my hair these days. It also comes in a variety of tints that not only repair damage, but also act as semi-permanent colours. I love the #PlatinumJasmine * version to tone that brassiness in my #blonde. #RituOil * - I love a good #hairoil, and this one, containing #argan and #orchid oils, is 🙌🏼. It moisturizes, seals hair cuticles, prevents split ends, leaves my hair super glossy, but never greasy. #FrizzElixir * - this two-in-one thermal protection and anti-humidity spray contains #marula and #moringa oils and smells like a dream. I use it on both wet and dry hair, and it does wonders for my #frizz. If you want your very own Bond Sustainer, Frizz Elixir, and RituOil: 1) Like this photo and comment, tagging 3 friends 2) Follow me @shorthairskincare and @uberliss 3) For 5 additional entries, share this photo to your stories . Giveaway closes on Monday, September 3 at 9 pm ET. Winner will be announced via stories within 24 hours. . . . This giveaway is not sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with Instagram. Must be following both accounts to win. Must be 18 years or older. Once shipped, prize is winner's responsibilities. Private accounts, repost/giveaway accounts, and follow/unfollowers will be disqualified. . . . *kindly gifted #discoverunder5k #discoverunder10k #intothegloss #byrdiebeauty #beauty #photography #lifestyle #luxurybeauty #beautyluxury #bblogger #beautygram

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Continuing the colour theme with these #yellows to get you through #humpday. . I used the #bawdybeauty #buttmask * while I was on vacation, and let me tell you, it was pretty cool. A sheet mask for your butt to brighten and smooth the skin in preparation for your #buttfie? Sign me up. . . . *kindly gifted #farmacybeauty #honeypotion #peachandlily #sheetmask #mask #decomiami #nailpolish #neogen #skincareshelfie #luxuryskincare #skincarejunkie #skincareproducts #skincarelover #skincarediary #dewyskin #skincareregime #glowingskin #discoverunder5k #discoverunder10k #intothegloss #byrdiebeauty #skincarediary #skincare #beauty #photography

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On my way home from vacation, but don't quite yet have it in me to pen an entire post, so enjoy this green photo. Spot any faves? Or, better yet, tell me what you're looking forward to this week. I'm looking forward to the Labour Day long weekend 😂 #lamer #Boscia #treatmentlotion #cactuswater #green #skincareshelfie #drjart #cicapair #joylinn #guasha #KraveBeauty #KalelaluyAHA #caudalie #vinopure #evologie #SundayRiley #ufooil #waterfuse #luxuryskincare #skincarejunkie #skincaretips #skincareproducts #skincarelover #skincarediary #skincarereview #dewyskin #skincareregime #dewyskin #glowingskin #discoverunder5k #discoverunder10k

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I'm leaving on a beach vacation tonight, so let's talk about #sunscreen. There are two types of sunscreen: chemical (aka organic) and physical (aka mineral, inorganic). . #chemicalsunscreen, e.g. #supegoop #unseensunscreen, contains molecules that absorb #UVradiation and convert it into heat. Common ingredients include #avobenzone and #oxybenzone. #physicalsunscreen, e.g. #glowbiotics #NonTintedSunscreen *, reflect #UVrays and prevent them from penetrating the skin. Common ingredients include #zincoxide and #titaniumoxide. Traditionally, #mineralsunscreen has always left a #whitecast. However, modern formulations now contain smaller molecules that don't result in a perceptible residue. Both types of sunscreen should be applied after moisturizer. However, chemical sunscreen needs to be absorbed into the skin to offer adequate protection, so don't layer it over an occlusive moisturizer. Physical sunscreens are the last protective layer against the sun, so they can be layered on last. Regardless of which one you choose, do not apply it before moisturizer because the moisturizer can affect its efficacy. If your makeup or moisturizer contains #SPF, you should still apply sunscreen because you're very likely not using enough product to actually offer the advertised SPF rating. It's for that reason that I, personally, don't like mixing other products into my SPF because I'm worried about diluting it and reducing its efficacy. I know many people like mixing bronzing and highlighting products into their SPF - just make sure you don't use any less SPF than you normally would without the additives. Do you prefer physical or chemical? . . . *kindly gifted #skincareregime #skincareproducts #skincarejunkie #skincaretips #skincarelover #skincarediary #skincarereview #dewyskin #glowingskin #skincarejunkie #discoverunder5k #discoverunder10k

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#acnepatches! The three patches currently in my rotation and how I use them: I've been loving the #avarelle #acnecoverpatch *, which contains #teatree and #calendula oils (I am so here for calendula, as discussed in my last post). I love that they're natural, but I find they're better suited for nighttime than daytime because they are ever so slightly reflective, making them somewhat conspicuous. . For daytime use, I really like the #missha #troublecut #spotclearkit. The finish is a bit more #matte and blends better with my skin for daytime use. New to my rotation is the #wkndcosmetics #simplepimplepatch *. This may just be the best of both worlds. It's matte enough to be suitable for daytime use, but sticks on strongly enough to not budge at night (not only am I a stomach sleeper who nuzzles the pillow, but I also toss and turn like like it's my job). . What's your favourite #acnepatch ? . *kindly gifted #decomiami #nailpolish #naillacquer #acnetreatment #soothing #lifestyle #luxurybeauty

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I love a good #sleepingmask, and this #nyakio Chamomile Soothing Sleep Mask has been on high rotation lately. Not only is this #sleepingpack thick and hydrating, but it also contains Egyptian chamomile and calendula to sooth and calm irritation. Nyakio's founder, Nyakio Grieco @nyakio, learned about #chamomile while studying Cleopatra and Ancient Egypt. Did you know that Egyptian noblewomen considered it a sacred gift from the Sun God Ra? Chamomile has been used for thousands of years by many cultures and is valued for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is particularly well-suited to sensitive skins and is an excellent #acnetreatment. Like chamomile, #calendula is also #antiinflammatory and #antibacterial. Additionally, it speeds up the healing process of wounds (acne pickers, unite) and is packed with #antioxidants. Calendula has been one of my #holygrail #skincare ingredients since I was a teenager because it instantly calms my sensitive, #acneprone skin. This mask is incredibly rich and smells divine. It deeply hydrates, soothes my irritation, and causes me to wake up to soft, calm skin. Also noteworthy, @nyakiobeauty is #vegan, #crueltyfree, and free of #sulfates, #parabens, or #mineraloil #soothing #sleepmask #skincarediary #spalife #skincare #lifestyle #luxurybeauty #instagood #beautyjunkie #skincaretips #skincareregime #skincarejunkie

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When @offdutydiary talked about getting the #drjart #liftra Contour Shaper at the @260samplesale last month, I obviously had to get one for myself. But I'm extra, so instead of just getting just the #facialroller tool, I got the whole set, which also includes the Contour Fixer and Contour Cream. Step 1: #ContourCream: this #collagen - and #peptide -packed cream improves skin elasticity and reduces the look of wrinkles. It also contains #niacinamide pretty high on the ingredient list, and I'm not mad about that. I apply this cream at the end of my #skincareroutine twice daily, and I can definitely say my skin is noticeable firmer and softer. This cream is quite thick and occlusive, so dry skinned babes would love it, but it also absorbs quickly on my combo skin and doesn't break me out. Step 2: #ContourShaper: a few times a week, I use this massage roller, which claims to firm the skin and improve elasticity by stimulating facial muscles and promoting blood circulation. The roller heads have embedded germanium balls that "grip" the skin and provide a perceptible (but not painful) pinching sensation. It's also great for use on other parts of the body, such as your neck or your scalp, as I love to do at the end of my facial massage. While I'm not sure about the lifting or firming benefits of this tool, I do immensely enjoy the deep facial massage. That said, it won't replace my #jaderoller, which I love using over a sheet mask. Step 3: #ContourFixer #settingmist helps prolong the contouring effects of the cream and shaper by forming a thin film over the face that shrinks over time to provide a tightening effect. It also contains #hyaluronicacid and niacinamide. This mist can also be used as a makeup setting mist and as a refreshing mist throughout the day. I love to spritz it over a #sleepingmask in my #pmroutine to seal in all the nighttime goodness and over #bbcream in my #amroutine to provide lift throughout the day. Have you used firming or #facialsculpting products? #260samplesale #skincarediary #spalife #skincare #lifestyle #luxurybeauty #instagood #beautyjunkie #skincaretips

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Leave-on acid treatments are all the rage these days, so I wanted to compare the #GlowRecipe #WatermelonGlow * to #HerbivoreBotanicals #MoonFruit. Watermelon Glow is a #sleepingmask that is applied at the end of a #pmroutine, whereas Moon Fruit is a treatment that is applied during the actives stage of a #skincareroutine. While both contain #aha to gently exfoliate, the former also contains #watermelon extract to soothe and #HyaluronicAcid to hydrate, whereas the latter also contains various #superfruit #antioxidants and butters to hydrate. I've been loving Moon Fruit for a long time, and everything from the scent to the consistency to the results is really up my alley. I love how creamy it is, how wonderfully it smells, how it evens my skin tone, and how it hydrates. In contrast, I just can't seem to get behind Watermelon Glow. It has a viscous consistency (reminds me of Blue Tansy mask), making it hard to scoop out with a spatula and forcing me to apply it with a brush. It smells strongly of both alcohol and artificial watermelon, which is strange because alcohol and fragrance are the last two ingredients, so I'm surprised how strongly they contribute to the formulation. I also find it to be drying, despite containing #HA, and I don't really see any noticeable results the following morning the way I do with Moon Fruite. That said, this sleeping mask is great in a pinch when I've forgotten to apply #moonfruit in the actives phase, though I prefer to reserve my sleeping masks for more hydrating and/or soothing products. Have you tried these? What are your thoughts? *kindly gifted by @clickclash #acne #acnetreatment #acnetherapy #beauty #skinstagram #skincareroutine #skincare #luxuryskincare #luxuryskin #intothegloss #discoverunder5k #discoverunder10k #skincarejunkie #glowingskin #skincarediary #skincareaddict #skincarereview

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