Best Face Forward

When is the last time you changed your skincare routine?

The products that you put on your skin are so important. They could be the difference between looking like you just got a spa facial or looking like a leather purse…

Hopefully you would be Hermès, but that is besides the point.

Whether you have dry skin, acne prone skin, oily or combination skin…We have all come across the golden questions:

What would make my skin better?
What’s the new thing to try?

Under the makeup, self tanner, or whatever it is that you wear…once it’s gone, there is only one thing left…

Naked…Nude….Bare…

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Hopefully this list of serums can guide you to radiance.

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Dry Skin? Try the HydraSea Ultra Moisturizing Polarized Water Serum by Phytomer- $82.00 USD (1 oz.) at Dermstore

This product contains Weaving Algae. What does it do? As a very active ingredient, the algae adds a protective layer to the skin. It holds the moisture deep in the skin to combat dryness. It also encourages production of collagen, and that keeps your skin looking youthful.

When shopping for a good serum, especially for dry/sensitive skin, it’s important to find one that contains a decent amount of water. Let’s look at the ingredients shall we:

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When looking at ingredients, the order in which they are listed is done by quantity. There is a method to the madness. Most serums contain water, but products that contain a mass amount of water have a short shelf life. Once you open it, use it. Do not let it sit and collect dust. The product will lose effectiveness. If you still have that serum, foundation or moisturizer from over a year ago…It is time to throw it out. General time frame is 6 months to a year. The only exception is for ingredients that are in quantities of less than 1%. After they hit that mark, they can be listed in whatever order the manufacturer wants. If you pick up a product and the first half of the ingredients scare you…please do us all a favor and…
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Large Pores? Try the ‘Idealist’ Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher by Estée Lauder- $55.00 USD (1 oz.) | $82.00 USD (1.5 oz.) at Sephora

What caught my attention about this serum was not the cute bottle that it comes in, but the scent. No one wants something on their face that doesn’t smell nice. This serum has a earthy/citrus smell. This is probably due to the grapefruit and green tea leaf extract. Grapefruit also helps with increased production of collagen. Green tea has been known to reduce inflammation, and that helps minimize the look of pores. With a silky texture and a bit of shimmer, this product is definitely an attention grabber!

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Super Oily Skin? Try the ‘Total Matteness’ Oil-free Mattifying Pore Eraser by Philosophy- $41.00 USD On Sale! $22.55 USD (1 oz.) at Philosophy

This product is the T-Zone Savior! I can’t think of a Philosophy product that I haven’t been fond of. You can wear this one bare faced or under makeup with no issues. If you have oily to super oily skin, this is the product for you. If you have combination skin, I would not advise this product. Reason? It could be overly drying to your skin.

A heavy hitter in this product is Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract…also known as Bamboo Stem. What does it do? The bamboo absorbs oil! Another great benefit is the large amount of silica within bamboo. This helps once again with increased production of collagen. Silica has been known as the “beauty mineral”.

Bonus: This product contains salicylic acid. That means the speed at which your skin renews itself will increase, and it helps with acne. It’s a win-win!

WARNING: KEEP AWAY FROM SENSITIVE AREAS OF FACE: EYES & LIPS ESPECIALLY

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Combination Skin? Try the Umbrian Clay® Mattifying Serum by Fresh®- $37.00 USD (1 oz.)  at Fresh

If you have combination skin and live in a very humid climate….Thank me later. This serum is full of a much sought after Italian mineral called Umbrian Clay.

Umbrian Clay is found in Nocera Umbra and has awesome benefits:

Soothes irritation
Reduces breakouts
Turns over healthy skin cells

This product also contains olive leaf extract, lemon fruit extract and cucumber fruit extract. That’s a serious triple threat! The olive leaf extract helps moisturize, prevent aging and aids in healing of the skin. The lemon fruit extract assists in the lightening of dark marks and evening out the complexion. Cucumber fruit extract adds that much needed soothing feeling so everything is balanced.


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Acne Scars? Try the Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector by L’Oréal- $24.99 USD (1 oz.) at Ulta

I give this serum the seal of approval! I have been using this particular serum for 4 weeks, and I can honestly say that I am in love with it. The formula glides on smoothly, and it smells great. The product soaks in rather quickly…I’m impressed. The product looks like a serum/lotion. Personally it makes an amazing makeup primer, but that’s just me. This serum is full of Niacinamide. What is that? It is a vitamin that falls into the B3 vitamin category. B3 is the go to for radiant skin and treatment of inflammatory acne. Niacinamide prevents the skin from losing water, and it protects the skin from UV damage.

Bonus: This serum has the SAME effects as the Lacome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate. With 1 oz. of the Lancome serum at $78.00 USD (3x the price of Youth Code), we can see that L’Orèal has the better deal.


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Age Rewind? Try the Anti-Aging Intensive Repair Daily Serum by Prevage- $230.00 USD (1 oz.) at Elizabeth Arden

I know you are looking at this price and saying…”This better come from gold.”

Just hear me out.

The first thing that caught my attention was that it contains Chondrus Crispus Extract. What’s that? It is a seaweed extract that is full of vitamins and minerals! If you are not familiar with that name, it is commonly referred to as Irish Moss.

The second was Retinyl Linoleate. This is a Retinoid, which means it is a form of Vitamin A. Retinoids stimulate the skin and reduce signs of aging.

This product claims to improve skin firmness by 60% in 4 weeks…

Are you up for the challenge?


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Tony Moly I’m Real – Aloe Face Mask Sheet- $7.50 USD at Ulta

I am very iffy on new face masks in packages… Especially the individually packaged ones. Sensitive skin + New item is a bit scary at times. Walking through Ulta one day, I came across this one, and figured, “Ah it’s worth a try.” This face mask feels amazing! It has a cooling sensation due to the aloe vera, and the sheet is comfortable to wear.

Just kick back and relax.

20 min will fly by! It is not a serum…BUT it is great for all skin types.

the benefits

Prevents Signs of Aging
Moisturizes Skin
Reduces Acne and Helps Lighten Blemishes
Helps With Sunburns

Be confident in your skin. It’s yours. Treat it with care.


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Banish Fall Frizz

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Fall is officially here, and while we are looking at new clothes, makeup trends and planning for the holidays…This season comes with a few beauty twists. One of those major twists is frizzy hair! Fall is the “iffy” season. It is still a bit humid outside, and it is leaning towards cooler weather. That’s a recipe for poodle hair, and I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t like it.

So what could you possibly do to minimize that fluff? Keep reading!


The Breakdown

Frizzy hair occurs when the hair is very dry and porous. When your hair is like this, it sucks up all the moisture in the air like a sponge! Before you know it you might be rocking a Halloween costume wig.


QUENCH YOUR THIRST: If you don’t drink enough water, your hair will definitely tell on you! Drinking the appropriate amount of water will nourish your hair from the inside out.

Tip: You should be drinking about half an ounce to an ounce of water for every pound that you weigh. Example: If you weigh 150 pounds, you should be going through 8 Dasani water bottles a day (16.9 oz. per bottle).


DEEP CONDITION: This should already be a part of you beauty routine, but in the colder months deep conditioning is extremely important. When you deep condition your hair, it coats the hair shaft and seals the moisture in.

Tip: Rinse your hair with cool water last, and dry it with a cotton t-shirt. Reason? The cool water will seal the hair shaft, and the t-shirt will help minimize the frizz that much more. When drying you hair with the t-shirt DO NOT vigorously rub your hair. Use a wringing motion to squeeze the water out.

Not sure what to use?…Try this!

Sweet Melody Deep Conditioner

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of your favorite conditioner (I use Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Conditioner with Argan Oil)

You can increase these measurements if your hair is longer or thicker. This deep conditioner is good for all hair types. If your hair is more fine, only use half a tablespoon of coconut oil. Too much oil on very fine hair can weigh the hair down.

Not a fan of mixology? That’s ok too!

Product of choice: Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment ($14.00 USD for 8 oz. & $24.00 USD for 16 oz.)


ALWAYS USE PROTECTION: Now get your minds out of the gutter, and remember that we are talking about hair care. If your hair is fried, died and laid to the side, then you probably have issues with your hair being frizzy year round. That’s ok….We can fix it! Refer to step one, and after that make sure you use a good heat-protecting spray or serum. If your hair is more fine, go with a spray. If you hair is thick, use a serum.

Tip: When using heat-protecting spray or serum, be sure to apply it while the hair is still damp. If you apply it when the hair is dry, it will just sit on top of the hair. If you have been doing this, that will explain where the sizzle in your straightening routine has been coming from. You will thank me later.

Products of choice:

Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell ($20.99 USD), Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray by TRESemmé ($5.00-$6.00 USD) and Ever-Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray by Organix ($7.99 USD)


BLAME IT ON THE ALCOHOL: If you use mousse or holding spray on your hair, try to opt out on the products that contain alcohol. Alcohol makes the hair cuticle swell up, and this makes your hair look frizzy.

Tip: Remember that a little goes a long way. Regardless of the product being alcohol-free, a mass buildup of product can cause the hair to frizz and make the hair extremely dry.

Products of choice: Hair Milk Nourishing & Conditioning Styling Foam by Carol’s Daughter ($12.00 USD), and the Brilliant Hair Spray by Aveda ($21.00 USD)


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