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Traveling Essentials

5.22.2017


I recently traveled to Boise Idaho to have mircoblading. After a tad over 12 hours on the road in less than 48 hours, it got me thinking about how important it is to take care of your skin even when traveling. I also thought this post would be helpful because traveling season is among us. The following tips are those that should be applicable year round because you always need to protect your skin, even on a cloudy or rainy day. So, here are my traveling saviors! Traveling is so hard on my skin whether traveling by plane or car. Traveling in recirculated air, whether air conditioned or heated can severely dehydrate the skin. Worse, those pesky UV rays beaming through windows hit the skin like a freight train, causing some serious damage. While on my latest trip seen here, I took along some staple products to help keep my skin protected from the elements. Below are a few key items that are absolutely essential when traveling. 


Pixi Beauty Sun Milk SPF30



Skin 18 Mask Review #3

5.01.2017



Skin18 is a website where I often purchase my sheet masks because they offer a wide variety of brands at great prices. Another huge plus is that you can receive free masks when you order. They also have a point system where you can earn chips to use toward your purchase. If you haven't tried out Skin18 you can sign up here and save 15% off your order.




Timeless 20% Vitamin C Serum Review

4.26.2017


Today I want to finally review the Timeless 20% Vitamin C, E & Ferulic Acid Serum. This review is long over due but when it comes to testing out potent anti-aging products, my sensitive skin requires extra time for testing purposes. This is especially true for vitamin C (VC) products as my skin hasn't played well with other serums in the past. While L-Ascorbic Acid (L-AA) might be the best form of vitamin C in terms of collagen production, UV protection, fading scarring and hyper-pigmentation, it has been known to cause skin irritation and sensitivity. So as you can imagine with my sensitive skin, I started the process of adding Timeless VC into my routines very, very slowly. 

I usually touch base on patch testing further into my product reviews but due to the nature of VC, I feel I need to write about how I incorporated this into my routine. 

Patch Testing:
Every product I use goes through a very detailed patch testing period. I always patch test and I recommend patch testing to everyone. This is how I introduce new skin care products to my easily irritated skin. Patch testing can look different for everyone but for me, I test products in stages. For this VC serum, I applied it to the inside of my wrist, neck, chest and behind my ears. I applied this serum to those areas for a few weeks, yes weeks. I did see some irritation/sensitivity, redness, flushing but nothing too serious so I began adding a tiny drop to different parts of my face for many weeks. I saw the same flushing and slight irritation/sensitivity but again, nothing serious enough to stop the testing process. I began adding more and more product until eventually I was applying the serum to my entire face. I will say that during these many weeks of testing, I was traveling, I got sick, menstruation etc happened and I broke out, so I wasn't sure if the VC serum was exacerbating the situation so I would back off using this on areas where I wasn't having breakouts. I came to find that this wasn't causing breakouts but it was making my skin more sensitive. Was my skin more likely to break out from this increased skin sensitivity? I honestly don't think so. Regardless, I needed to take this crazy amount of time to really test this product because I have sensitive skin. 
Another challenge was the weather, which so wacky and I know this made testing out this serum more complicated. Lastly, I also had an IPL treatment and a microdermabrasion during the testing period, so you can see why it has taken me a long time to test this product.


First Impression: 9 Wishes Vanishing Balm Glow

4.10.2017



I wanted to share my first impressions on a product that I recently got from BB Cosmetic. Although I mainly focus on skincare, I wanted to branch out a little and try out a new complexion enhancing item that still promises skin care benefits. This post will not be a full review because I am still testing out this items but it will provide some insight on how this product is working for my skin. This first impression post was highly requested after my unboxing "stories" on my Instagram channel.