The Pumpkin Spice Latte for Your Face

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I think we can all agree the pumpkin trend has gone too far. After going to Trader Joe’s this weekend and seeing an entire aisle of pumpkin-flavored goods I think I am officially pumpkined-out.

…except when it comes to skincare. I first heard Vivianna Does Makeup mention the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask a few months back and when she mentioned that it smells like a pumpkin pie, I bought it immediately. This stuff does in fact smell exactly like pumpkin pie, which could either be a selling point or a major deterrent depending on how tired you are of the gourd this year.

The mask has a jelly-like texture with micro gritty particles throughout. When you apply it to the face, you will definitely feel it working and the heat gets a little intense if you’re feeling particularly sensitive. If you can tolerate the burn, however, you’ll be rewarded with a seriously smooth visage. This is one of my go-to masks if I feel something brewing under my skin because it exfoliates in 3 separate ways: pumpkin enzymes exfoliate deep layers of the skin, the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) acts as a peel, and the aluminum oxide’s gritty texture polishes the surface layer. This super powerful mask is one of the most cost effective ones that I own because you need only a tiny bit for one application and it comes in an enormous 5 oz tub. I’m guessing this mask will last me well over a year and I will definitely repurchase when the time comes.

Will you be trying this mask? What other fall-themed masks have you been loving?

Empties #1

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To repurchase or not to repurchase, that is the $504 question.

A lot of these items were bought when I went a bit skincare-mad while living in London last year. Some of these products expired before I finished them and that’s very telling of how much I liked the product. Here are the products I’ve finished or have expired in order from most to least expensive:

Omocorvicza Queen of Hungary Mist $90 – The hype around this spray was real last year and thanks to a very spendy impulse I found myself walking out of Liberty London with it in hand. This spray lasted me almost a year because I used it so sparingly, but in the end I think it is beyond expensive for such a simple, fragranced face spray. Repurchase – No. Ain’t got that kind of money, honey.

Tracie Martyn Amla Cleanser $65 – Another Caroline Hirons influenced purchase was this costly cleanser. The scent of this cleanser is amazing. When I use it in the morning I can smell it on my hands the rest of the day and it relaxes me the entire day. However, this foaming face wash seems to irritate my skin and when I use this I find red bumps on my cheeks the next day. This is probably geared towards older skin in need of the extra lactic acid exfoliation and can tolerate essential oils. Repurchase – maybe in the future?

Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub $75 – This exfoliator is intense. The small ruby crystals in this scrub mimick microdermabrasion and thoroughly clean and exfoliate the surface of the skin. After using this my face is beet red and looks super angry but the eventual results are smooth and soft skin. Since the grainy texture in this scrub is made of perfectly round crystals and not jagged pieces of nuts or volcanic rock, it won’t create tears in the skin and will evenly smooth the surface of the skin. This is the best physical exfoliator I’ve ever used and I can’t be without it! Repurchase – Yes!

Ren Glycolactic Mask $55 – This mask has been raved about all over the blogosphere for years now, but despite having repurchased this once in the past, I don’t think I will be repurchasing this again. This mask promises to resurface the skin with a combination of glycolic and lactic acids and reveal bright and smooth skin after 10 minutes. I love the smell and texture of this mask, but it hasn’t increased my skin’s clarity or evened out my skin tone so this will not be making a comeback in my top shelf. Repurchase – No

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask $55 – I’ve written about my love of the limited edition version of this mask before, but I love the original version almost as much! The jelly-like texture of this mask is similar to the Ren Glycolactic Mask, but I find it is much more effective at exfoliating and improving my skin tone. I also love that this is a natural way to fix problem skin and is the mask I reach for the most often. Repurchase – Yes. Forever and ever.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask $48 – I bought this mask when I was traveling between London and Vancouver a lot last year in hopes that I could wear it on the plane. I love the smell of this but it is so incredibly sticky that I couldn’t bear to wear it on my face for very long. The hydrating effects are also very minimal so if you have truly dry skin, this won’t be nearly moisturizing enough for you. Repurchase – No.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter $35 – I bought the mini version of the body butter when the Citrus scent was the only one available. I love the texture of this cream and how quickly it absorbs but I don’t love the sweet grapefruit scent. I’m so excited that there are 3 new scents available and I will be running out to get these soon. Repurchase – Yes, but in a different scent!

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo $24 – I bought this travel sized mini in the aisle of doom at Sephora. I’ve never tried anything from Living Proof before but if it’s good enough for Jennifer Aniston, it must be good enough for me, right? This is a great everyday option for most hair types. It gently cleanses the hair without stripping it or drying it out, but it is a bit difficult to work this into a lather so if you love super foamy shampoos, this isn’t the one for you. Repurchase – Yes!

Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover $28 – I bought this eye makeup remover after hearing of its magical removing abilities from Vivianna Does Makeup. I’ve recently started wearing very heavy duty Japanese waterproof mascara and I have been testing every makeup remover I can get my hands on because nothing takes this stuff off. This does a decent job of removing the majority of the mascara but i know it’s not all completely gone after using this. Repurchase – No.

Lancôme Bi-Facial Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover $29 – This one is equally as powerful as the Clarins Instant and removes the majority of my waterproof mascara. I have found that most bi-phase eye makeup removers I have tried have worked the same and I’m still waiting to be wowed by something special. Repurchase – No. Still on the hunt for the perfect eye makeup remover.

What have you finished up recently? Are you going to try any of these products?

5 Skincare Changes to Make This Fall

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  1. Layer Your Products: Just like your clothing, as the weather gets colder you need to layer up your skincare products. If you were using a light serum in place of a moisturizer in the summer (like me) or ditched your moisturizer altogether, it’s time to start layering on those serums and moisturizers. Less isn’t always more when it comes to skincare, especially as it gets colder outside. To offset the effects of harsh indoor heating and the brutal wind outside, you should consider using an antioxidant serum or a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid (like Joanna Vargas’ Daily Serum or the Pestle & Mortar Hyaluronic Serum) under your heavy-duty moisturizer.
  2. Buy a humidifier: If you don’t want to wear heavy night creams with shea butter in fear of breaking out, putting a humidifier in your bedroom is a great way to add moisture to your face as you sleep. If your office cranks up the heat as the months get colder, buy a small humidifier for your desk to offset the harsh effects of indoor heating.
  3. Exfoliate More Regularly: Whether you prefer to use physical exfoliators like Tatcha’s Polished Rice Enzyme Powder or the Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub or chemical exfoliation like Dr. Dennis Gross’ Alpha Beta Peel Pads, you should be using an exfoliator on a more regular basis during the colder months. A combination of gentle physical exfoliation and alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids about once a week each will help you avoid a build up of dead, dry cells and leave skin as fresh and dewy as it was in the summer.
  4. Use a balm or oil cleanser: Foaming cleansers combined with cooler temps and drier air equal dry skin of epic proportions. To avoid drying out your skin, opt for a cream wash or cleansing oil, like the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel or the Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil. Both of these options effectively cleanse and remove makeup, but without stripping it of its natural moisture.
  5. Don’t forget your eyes and lips: Although I’m so concerned about the health of my skin, I always forget to take care of my eyes and lips. Even if you’re in your early 20s like me, you should be using a hydrating eye cream like Pai Echium & Argan Eye Cream or Skin Owl Eye+ to take care of that delicate skin. For lips, I like to keep it simple with unscented lip balms from the French pharmacy like the Boiron homeostick (which is near impossible to get ahold of stateside) or the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment.

What skincare routine do you stick by in the fall? Are there any changes that you recommend I make? Let me know!

Rolling in the Deep Lipsticks

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Clockwise Starting from the Top: Nars Cruella, Red Square, Train Bleu, Dragon Girl, Damned

photo 5 (3) I have a problem. Every time I see someone on Instagram post a picture wearing a dark lip color, I immediately add it to my online Sephora basket. This bad habit is what led to an enormous collection of dark reds, burgundies and berries in my lip collection. These colors are so flattering with the copper and grey colors I tend to gravitate to in my wardrobe this time of year and look so good with every single fall outfit I own.

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From Left to Right: Nars Scarlet Empress, Cruella, Red Square, Train Bleu, Damned, Dragon Girl, Vivien; Top: Sixties Fan; Bottom: Tiber

If you couldn’t already tell by the sheer number of these that I own, my favorite formulation for dark lipsticks is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. These let you skip lip liner and create a perfectly even pout with no need for touch ups. They are so easy to use and have such a great range of colors that I rarely pick out other lipsticks from my collection. I did stray from my obsession with the Velvet Matte Lip when I saw the Nars Audacious Lip Color in Vivien. This is a perfect deep plummy red color that is neither too drying nor glossy and sits comfortably on the lips. The Audacious Lipsticks aren’t nearly as long-lasting as the Velvet Mattes, so this is saved for occasions when I know I will have access to a mirror for touch-ups. For a darker, yet sheerer wash of color, I go for the Semi Matte Lipstick in Scarlet Empress. This is a true dark berry and is about as dark as I go on the lipstick spectrum. I love the sheer and moisturizing formula though, so I wear this almost every weekend. The Sixties Fan and Tiber pair perfectly over any of these dark lipstick colors for an added dose of shine.

Although I love my Nars, the best deep red for this time of year and one of my prized possessions is MAC’s RiRi Woo. This was a super popular limited edition Retro Matte Lipstick by Rihanna, but it is so similar to Ruby Woo that you can get away with using that as a dupe. This color is super difficult to apply and dries out my lips like no other, but the color is so flattering that I put up with both of those annoyances. Ruby and RiRi Woo are my perfect, holy grail reds and I will continue to buy them till kingdom come.

What are your favorite fall lipstick colors? Let me know which ones I should buy next!

Going Au Naturel

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It seems that the older I get, the more attention I pay to my health and the things that have a positive and negative impact on my overall well-being. In the last few years I’ve started to pay particular attention to what I put on my body. In my day-to-day routine the only ingredients I completely avoid are parabens and phthalates, because I figure it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the questionable safety of these ingredients.

I know that having a completely natural or organic skincare routine is really important for many people and I am also trying to steer towards products with smaller ingredients lists with more plant-based ingredients. There are a few natural products that I like to rotate in with my usual routine and I not only love their ingredients, I love the positive effects they make on my skin.

My natural cleanser of choice is easily the Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser. This creamy, gel-like cleanser’s sweet almond milk and yogurt are meant to act as a probiotic treatment for your skin and restore your skin’s pH balance, while the the tea tree oil and menthol leave your skin feeling cool and refreshed. If you aren’t a fan of this one’s cucumber scent or prefer a foaming cleanser, the One Love Organics Chia Whip Cleanser offers the foam sensation that so many people crave but without damaging sulfates or fragrance.

I tried Thayer’s witch hazel as a toner years ago, but it thoroughly irritated my skin so I mostly steer away from toners. However, I do love a hydrating spritz toner and there are plenty of simple, water-based toners on the market to choose from, including the über popular Maya Water and Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mist. These mists are a nice, albeit costly and largely unnecessary step in my routine so I have yet to repurchase these two. One natural toner that caught my attention recently after I read more than a few glowing reviews about its miracle capabilities is the Yuli Panacea. I bought this as soon as I heard of its ability to banish blemishes for good, but the first time I sprayed it on my face I knew I was never going to finish the bottle. This stuff is PUNGENT – as in, the only thing I can liken its smell to is dog food. I would hold my breath and spray this on my face in hopes that it would cure my skin but it made no noticeable difference and made my face and hair smell awful all day. I’ve heard good things about the Cocoon toner though and none of the reviewers mention it’s smell, so that might be a promising toner option to try in the future.

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Out of my collection of natural skincare products, the two things I use day-to-day are the MV Organics Rose Plus Booster and the Odacite Wild Carrot Facial Serum Concentrate. These two are so versatile and can easily be incorporated into anyone’s skincare routine since they can either be used neat or mixed in with your favorite moisturizer or night mask. These are best used at night since even a drop or two is supremely moisturizing, but if you need a bit of a moisture boost during the day or want to add glow-getting properties into your foundation these will add major radiance to your usual routine.

Treatment wise, I rely on the Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm and the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask for different problem areas. The Tammy Fender is amazing for healing ruddy cheeks especially after a windy and frigid day spent outside. This smells so good that I sometimes open the pot and sniff it for a few minutes if I’m feeling particularly stressed or need to relax. On the other hand, the Resurfacing Mask works best on problem areas that are uneven in skin tone and texture. This can even be used overnight as a spot treatment mask if you have a blemish that you would like to treat naturally.

The Aurelia Probiotic Skincare range and the Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner are next on my list to try (see a theme here?). Do you have any suggestions for natural products I should try next? Let me know!

One Swipe Wonders

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Fall always reignites my love of makeup. During the hot, sticky New York summers I leave my makeup by the wayside because I can’t be bothered to spend even 10 minutes on makeup that I know is going to melt off the second I walk outside.

In the fall, however, the warm-toned red and browns call my name and I start loving makeup again. As I’ve started packing boxes and preparing for my big move next week, I’ve been staying up later and later and can’t drag myself out of bed early enough to devote more than a few minutes to my face before work.

When I find myself in a time crunch I reach for these eyeshadow sticks and simply swipe and go. My favorite of the bunch is the Giorgio Armani Eye Tint #9 Cold Copper. I apply the tint all over the lid and press it in with my ring finger. This is easily the glossiest of the bunch but it makes a bold bronzey statement with very little effort.

For a slightly more matte look I go for the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colors in Rose Gold and Amethyst. These are both beautiful on their own but the combination of the two is my favorite way to wear them. I smudge Rose Gold all over the lid and after pressing it in I put Amethyst in the outer crease of my eye and blend the two together with my finger. The result is a deep, slightly-smoky eye that looks a lot more difficult to do than it actually is.

The Trish McEvoy 24-hour Eyeshadow & Eyeliner in Smoky Quartz is very similar to the Laura Mercier Amethyst but with more noticeable glitter. I tend to use this one more for nights out and use it as a crease color. This is a great dupe for the By Terry Ombre Blackstore in Misty Rock that everyone and their mother was obsessed with earlier this year. This one is $11.50 less expensive than the By Terry version and imparts a similar purple glittery sheen.

Easily the most dramatic of the bunch is the Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet. Even though this one is labeled as a color for green eyes, if you have any green hints in your eyes this will bring it out in full force! This is such a flattering color and I really love its drama, but after the first use I started to notice that the cap doesn’t fit properly and the product dries out significantly with time. The patchy application is annoying but I persevere because I love the color that much.

From Bottom to Top: Giorgio Armani Eye Tint #9, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Rose Gold, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Amethyst, Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Smoky Quartz, Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Bronzed Garnet

From Bottom to Top: Giorgio Armani Eye Tint #9, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Rose Gold, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Amethyst, Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Smoky Quartz, Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Bronzed Garnet

Which of these are you most interested in trying? Is there an easy eye look that you’re loving? Let me know!

September Favorites

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As lame as it sounds, September really flew by. Maybe it’s because I’m moving next week, maybe it’s because work has started to pick up, or maybe it’s because it’s still warm and summery in New York, but I am not in the Autumn spirit. Nevertheless, I’ll take any excuse to change up my skincare and makeup routines and buy a huge haul of new products at the start of the season. These are the products that I’ve been using the most this month and have managed to keep my interest all month long.

Skincare

A few skincare purchases that have made a huge difference in my skin lately and have earned their spots in my permanent routine are the Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum and the Pai Echium Eye Cream.

The Evologie serum entered my life at a desperate moment when I had clogged pores all over my chin at the beginning of the month. This unassuming product has some amazing ingredients, including Azelaic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil, so it immediately caught my attention. Although I was wary about its promises to heal and prevent blemishes without drying out the skin, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Although it might not be the strongest blemish-buster I’ve ever tried (*cough* GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment *cough*), it’s a great option for adults with acne who don’t want to dry the bejesus out of their skin.

The Pai eye cream isn’t my first foray into eye cream, but it is the first full-sized eye cream I’ve ever purchased. As I get further from early 20s and closer to mid-20s, I’ve started to lean towards products that have “anti-aging” and “age repair” written on them…even though I haven’t seen the first sign of wrinkles. Yet. I love that this is one of the few thicker eye creams I’ve come across that is in tube packaging. I’m all about that hygienic packaging. Although it is very creamy, it never feels heavy and simply hydrates my tired under-eye area.

Makeup

I received the Nars Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil as a birthday gift from Sephora this year. I already had an unhealthy obsession with Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (blog post on this coming later this week) and this only fueled my love for them. Thanks, Sephora. I usually go for blue-toned red lipsticks because they really compliment my fair skin, but this was the first red lipstick I pulled out once I started playing with autumn makeup. Not only is this the perfect crimson red for all skin tones, it does not move. Ever.

I lost interest in eyeshadow over the summer and focused on an easy makeup routine that wouldn’t melt off my face. Now that warm browns and reds are back in season I’ve added a ton of new eyeshadows to my collection. The one that has really stood out and is my go-to is the Stila Eyeshadow in Jezebel. This color swatches as a pinky-brown on the eyelids and is an easy one-and-done color.

I’ve rediscovered my love for Nars Deep Throat Blush this month. I’ve spent the entire summer looking for a blush that suits this rosy-cheeked lady, but this has proven near impossible and I’ve all but given up at this point. This is the one blush that gives me a sheer wash of pink glow that neither looks overdone or clownish. I’ve found so many colors that are popular among bloggers make me look ruddy and dirty, but this one makes me look like I’ve just taken a walk in the crisp air.

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I have had the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter for a long time. Like, too long. I never remember to moisturize my body, but I’ve been told that if I keep this up I’m going to shrivel up like a prune by the time I reach my late 20s. With that in mind, I’ve really tried to step it up this month. According to my boyfriend, this body butter smells like rain but it reminds me of laundry detergent, which I love. The thick cream is blue in the tub but the color dissipates as you rub it into the skin, leaving behind a subtle scent and a soothing layer of moisture. This may not be moisturizing enough for the super dry skinned gals out there, but for a body butter newbie this fits the bill perfectly.

As the seasons have started changing, my perfume has stayed the same. Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt is the perfect transitional scent: it smells like the sea and reminds me of time spent on the beach in August but is deep enough to suit warm autumn weather. I pined after this scent for almost a year until my boyfriend surprised me with it before a beach vacation earlier this summer. I have such fond memories associated with this scent that it will hopefully remind me of sunnier and happier times when the polar vortexes roll in later this year.

I enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte as much as the next basic girl, but I’m not the biggest coffee fan. My pumpkin drink of choice for the past two fall seasons has been David’s Tea Pumpkin Chai. Last year I got the last tin at the David’s in the city so I had to ration it all year. But don’t worry: this year I have already stocked up (read: hoarded) adequately.

What have been your favorites this month? What are you most excited about for October? Let me know below!

A Love Affair with Lipstick Queen

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My recent product of choice to hoard in excessive quantities has been lipstick. Lipstick Queen is brand that is relatively new to me, but has quickly become the most prevalent lipstick brand in my collection. After trying my first Lipstick Queen purchase, the Endless Summer collection lipstick in Aloha I immediately went back to the store to buy every other red shade in the collection.

The unscented, balmy, and smooth formula of these lipsticks have truly won me over. There’s no drying, pulling or uncomfortable feeling on the lips, only a subtle glossy finish. Although these may not have the greatest lasting power, I much prefer these over some bolder and longer-lasting lip colors I own for work and casual nights out.

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As much as I love the Saint range, the real gems from this collection are the color changing lipsticks. Frog Prince (pictured above) looks green in the bullet but when applied to the lips turns the most perfect mauve pink I’ve ever seen. The Dior color changing balm used to be my holy grail lip product and I’ve gone through at least 5 tubes of the stuff, but this has quickly replaced it as my favorite lip balm.

Similar to the Frog Prince, the Hello Sailor promises to change from the blue color in the tube to a subtle berry color. Although the textures are similar in both, this color barely shows up on my lips and leaves behind a blue sheen and is unfortunately my least favorite of the Lipstick Queen lipsticks I own.

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My most recent purchase has been the Jean Queen. On a trip to the Birchbox Store in Soho I picked this up and carried it around while perusing the shelves. While looking around 3 sales girls came up to me on separate occasions and told me that Jean Queen was their favorite lip color in the whole store. Safe to say I was sold on this color without even trying it on and this little guy came home to join its five siblings in my makeup stash.

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From Left to Right: Saint Rose, Jean Queen, Frog Prince, Saint Scarlet Red, Aloha, Hello Sailor

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From Bottom to Top: Saint Rose, Jean Queen, Frog Prince, Saint Scarlet Red, Aloha, Hello Sailor

Which one is your favorite? Let me know if you’ve tried any of these or if there are any other ones I should try!

Mask Must: Tata Harper Limited Edition Honey Blossom Resurfacing Mask

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I love a good mask, but I have more than I could possibly put on my face in a month of facials. I imposed a mask-buying ban on myself this summer and vowed to finish all the masks I already own before I bought a new one.

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…that was until I saw that Tata Harper was releasing a limited edition version of her Resurfacing Mask. I missed out on the limited edition plum version two years ago, so when I saw this on instagram I bought it right away. Tata made 1500 of these honey masks and as soon as I opened it I was tempted to buy a few more before they sold out. Like the original resurfacing mask, this one has a jelly-like texture and when spread on your face resembles marmalade.

The  golden honey in this version adds a level of hydration to the mask and aids dehydration, dullness, as well as blemishes. Also, I find that this is one of the few masks that doesn’t make me break out days after I use it and leaves me with perfectly smooth skin. Unfortunately for me, this is by far my favorite version of the resurfacing mask and I’m devastated that it is limited edition! The day I finish this jar of golden sunshine will be very distressing.

Saving Face

File Under: Things that Saved my Face

File Under: Things that Saved my Face

I wish I had a before and after photo of what my face looked like before I started using these products just two months ago. I had terrible and painful bumps all over my face and as hard as I tried to tame them, a new monstrosity would pop up every single day. I was so desperate to stop these eruptions that I completely scrapped my skincare routine and started afresh. These 5 products changed my face enormously within a week of using them and have restored equilibrium to my face (praying hands emoji).

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This cleanser is everything. The Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil and the Polished Rice Enzyme Powder have both earned the status of top shelf cleanser in my home but for the sake of keeping this list to 5 products I’ve chosen the oil cleanser as the one. It’s perfect for the facial massage technique that everyone keeps going on about and takes off every smidgen of makeup.

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Ok. I realize that this may look like a fancy can of water, but after my skincare guru Caroline Hirons touted La Roche-Posay Serozinc’s zit-zapping and skin-soothing abilities I immediately added it to my list. Full disclosure: I discovered this stuff while I was living in London last year when I was able to make frequent trips to Paris to “visit my brother” aka load up on French pharmacy brands (god bless the chunnel). Alors, even though La Roche-Posay is readily available in the US, this can of holy water is only available in France and the UK at the moment. For now, I’ve resorted to using my brother as my Serozinc mule. Maybe if we complain enough, La Roche-Posay will bring it here. It’s worth a shot, right?

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I have to admit that I am very bad with sunscreen. Every single one I’ve tried has made me break out, no matter how many times they claim it’s “non-comodegenic” and “safe for acne-prone skin.” In an attempt to avoid sun damage and skirt the small spots that inevitably appear when I put SPF-whatever on my face, I spray on Goldfaden MD’s Sun Visor after I finish my makeup in the morning. In my non-scientifically trained mind I figure that if I put this over top of my serums, primer and foundation they will act as a barrier from allowing the SPF to cause spots. This SPF 30 is meant to be an easy way to touch up sunscreen throughout the day without removing your whole face of makeup to reapply every 2 hours. I realize that the SPF probably doesn’t function as it’s supposed to over layers of makeup, but I figure it’s better than nothing.

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The final and most important product I rely on to save my face is an Omega-3 supplement. I have tried multiple Omega-3s and they all work equally. Caroline underlines the importance of Omega-3s in a healthy skin diet and they truly do work miracles on hormonal acne. I take 2 of these a day and since I’ve started taking them I haven’t had a single hormonal spot *knocks on wood, prays didn’t jinx skin*.

These products have really helped me keep my skin clear and avoid those horrendous and painful spots from popping up. I hope these suggestions will help some of you! Do you have any holy grail products that have worked for your acne?