Skincare

Noxzema Ultimate Clear Anti-Blemish Pads

By on April 20, 2017
Noxzema Ultimate Clear Anti-Blemish Pads ($5.99 for 90 pads)

There was definitely a time when I was reviewing acne treatments on a regular basis, and in the last year or so I’d found a couple of products that worked really well for me and I kind of quit because I just wasn’t trying a lot of new things anymore. Well, recently when I went to the drugstore to pick up more Stridex Maximum Strength 2% salicylic acid treatment pads but found they were out of stock, and so I ended up looking around at other options. I bought what looked to be a comparable option from Noxzema, which are these Ultimate Clear Anti-Blemish Pads with 2% salicylic acid and cost $5.99 for 90 pads.

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CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser with salicylic acid and ceramides

By on October 13, 2015
CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser ($11.99 for 8 oz.)
CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser ($11.99 for 8 oz.)

I’ve been struggling with hormonal acne but also have increasingly sensitive skin that’s easily dried out, so when I spotted this gel cleanser from CeraVe that includes both exfoliating salicylic acid and restorative ceramides, I had to try it out. The CeraVe Rewnewing SA Cleanser is pretty affordable at $11.99 for 8 oz. and is easy to find in drugstores, and I had high hopes for it.

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60 days trying Paula’s Choice Clear 2% salicylic acid toner and 2.5% benzoyl peroxide treatment

By on September 25, 2015
Paula's Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% salicylic acid, Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide
Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% salicylic acid, Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide

I made my first purchase from Paula’s Choice recently, and was prompted by my quest to clear up my face. My hormones lost control when I quit birth control about a year ago, and my face hasn’t been quite the same since. After chatting with a sales rep on their website, the two Paula’s Choice Clear Blemish Control products I purchased were the 2% salicylic acid exfoliating lotion and the 2.5% benzoyl peroxide daily treatment.

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Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion and Trouble Spot Essence R

By on July 23, 2015
Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion and Spot Essence ($)
Innisfree Bija Trouble Lotion ($15 for 100 ml) and Bija Trouble Spot Essence R ($17 for 15 ml)

As part of my quest to resolve some hormonal acne issues, I have two more salicylic acid skincare products to talk about today. I’ve been trying a lotion and essence from Innisfree’s Bija Trouble line, which are formulated to help soothe and gently clear blemish-prone skin and are both under $20 on Innisfree’s US site.

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Recent purchases (Paula’s Choice, The Face Shop, Rimmel, and natural health goodies)

By on July 18, 2015
Purchases I've made in July
Purchases I’ve made in July

I’m calling my July purchases a wrap, as I’ve checked off all of the items I had on my shopping list (plus some). A lot of this stuff was purchased to replace some of the items I’ve recently run out of, and I have all kinds of things going on – a good amount of skincare, some body and personal health items, and a bit of makeup.

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Innisfree Skin Solution masks x6: mini reviews and top picks

By on July 16, 2015
Innisfree Skin Solution masks ($1.50/ea)
Innisfree Skin Solution masks ($1.50/ea)

Back when I made my first order from Innisfree, I grabbed a buy-5-get-5-free deal on their Skin Solution line of sheet masks. I tried 6 different kinds, which is the majority of what they offer, and tried to pick them out based on skin concern and ingredients. I’ve tried the Pore, Trouble Care, Moisturizing, Hydrating, Whitening and Total Care, and I’ll be touching on each of them and picking out my favorites.

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A big, beautiful box of Innisfree skincare and makeup

By on May 3, 2015
A big box of Innisfree
Innisfree beauty products delivered straight from Korea

I’ve just received my first online order with Innisfree in the mail and I’m so excited to dive in. Innisfree is a Korean brand that I first experienced when I was in Taiwan, and soon after purchasing a few small items in-store I began working on an online wish list. Once I’d gotten to a point where I was in need of a skincare product or two, I decided it was time to jump online and add some items to my cart. I ended up purchasing a wide range of skincare bits as well as a few makeup items.

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Monthly Empties: April 2015

By on May 1, 2015
Products used up during the month of April
Products used up during the month of April

Throughout April, I used up a lot of skincare products that had been lingering around in my collection for a while, and there are a few additional items that aren’t pictured above. Highlights this month include the Pixi Glow Tonic, Clarins Shaping Facial Lift serum, a Nature Republic Ampoule, and a couple of treatments from Andalou Naturals.

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Colloidal silver: an unconventional acne treatment?

By on March 16, 2015
Sovereign Silver by Natural Immunogenics
Sovereign Silver by Natural Immunogenics ($18.43 for 2 oz.)

I’ve been whining about acne for the last few months on the blog, and things have been improving so I’m preparing to do a skincare routine writeup to go over some of my favorite products that I’ve found to help me out. This is a product that will be mentioned there, but I knew I wanted to take some time and write about it to some length first because it’s kind of a funny one that isn’t a traditional personal care product nor is it really marketed as an acne treatment. I’m talking about the Sovereign Silver first aid gel produced by Natural Immunogenics and available at health food stores like Whole Foods.

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