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Monday, March 14, 2016

Because so much time has passed, I figured instead of keeping on with monthly favorites for now, to just jump in an compile what I've been loving since my absence! BUT because there's so many things, I'm going to break it up into categories. Today we're talking all about skincare, which could also double as (most of) my skincare routine as of late...Brace yourselves!

Kensington Apothecary Sake Detox Tonic - I randomly picked this up along with the serum below, while at Whole Foods. The packaging and ingredients just spoke to me. After cleansing, I sweep this all over my face with a cotton pad. The brown rice vinegar keeps things clean and clear, while the mix of other ingredients (full list on the website) help soothe, brighten and ensure you don't dry out your skin. A bit on the pricier side, but such good and organic ingredients and the results are worth every penny.

Kensington Apothecary Skin Serum #4 Blemish Shield - This item seems to no longer be on their official website...I'm not sure if that means it's discontinued or not but I sure hope it isn't! After toning, I apply one drop all over my face and then follow up with moisturizer. With aloe, this is super soothing. It's not thick at all and absorbs quickly into the skin. I feel great knowing I'm creating a blemish fighting barrier before applying makeup. Although, blackcurrant and raspberry leaf are known for their ability to inhibit sebum oxidation, therefore stopping blemishes before they start, this serum is actually quite hydrating. The perfect daytime serum my skin needed.
a picture of Kensington Apothecary Sake Detox Tonic and Skin Serum #4 Blemish Shield
Kiehl's Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque - I was lucky enough to receive a sample and a full size tub of this mask at a recent event. This is a great morning pick me up if you have the 5-10 minutes needed on your hands. It instantly brightens and refreshes the skin. "Formulated with Cranberry Extract, an antioxidant packed superberry rich in resveratrol and anti-inflammatory Turmeric Extract, this unique mask also contains micronized Cranberry seeds that can be used to gently exfoliate the skin while washing the mask off after use." The seeds can be a little tricky to remove completely with just your hands, so once I'm done exfoliating, I'll rinse off completely with a wet wash cloth. I use this 2-3 times a week.
a picture of Kiehl's Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque

Night Time:
Peter Thomas Roth Irish Mud Purifying Cleanser Gel - Much like the well beloved face mask, this cleanser instantly detoxifies and brightens the skin. I use it every single night along with my Clarisonic. It's not harsh or drying at all and definitely great for acne-prone skin but can be used on any skin type.

Pixi Glow Peel Pads - I'll use these almost every night in lieu of toner. You sweep them all over your face and let it sit for 2-3 minutes before rinsing with cool water. It tingles quite a bit (it's a very potent Glycolic acid treatment) and can a be a bit irritating for very sensitive skin, but mine seems to respond great to it. The rose water definitely helps counteract the "burn". These are really great to resurface the skin. Texture and tone will be improved in no time.
a picture of Peter Thomas Roth Irish Mud Purifying Cleanser Gel & Pixi Glow Peel Pads
Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM - This is the HG of serums for my skin! Nothing has helped as much with my acne scarring. Every time I get a new breakout, most of the redness is gone in about a week with consistent use of this product. It also helps with texture and fine lines, which I'm all about as I approach my 30s. It has retinol, vitamin C & E and is actually moisturizing! I don't tend to follow up with night cream as this usually delivers enough hydration for my combo skin.

Kiehl's Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Purifying Masque - I also got a sample of this and holy crap, I am for sure getting the full size when I run out. An overnight mask that purifies and replenishes? Yes please! It's so different from your typical moisture packed overnight masks. After cleansing and toning, you apply a generous amount and leave it on for 15 minutes or so. Once your skin has soaked in what it needs, wipe off the excess with a tissue or cotton pad and that's it, your skin will look better come the morning time! I don't use the serum on nights I apply this (though I suppose you could layer them) and I don't need to top with any spot treatments. It also does a great job at shrinking zits. Truly a unique and wonderful mask. I use this every other night, so 2-3 times a week.
a picture of Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM &  Kiehl's Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Purifying Masque
Special Treatment:
Tata Harper Resurfacing MaskTata Harper Regenerating Cleanser - I got the Glow On Demand Pre & Post Party Natural Beauty Essentials Kit over the holidays and these two products have really been the stars of this set for me. I like to apply a layer of the Regenerating Cleanser to dry skin and top it with the Resurfacing Mask as per Tata's suggestion. You really get instantly smoother and brighter skin. The mask is also great to treat breakouts and can double up as a spot treatment. I use these before special events, or nights I want my skin to be extra prepped and glowy for smooth makeup application. The kit is great value to try out a few of her products before committing to any full size versions as these are very pricy. I will definitely purchase the full size mask when I run out and if my budget allows I would also get the cleanser...
a picture of Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask & Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
And that's pretty much it ladies and gents! All about clear, glowy skin! Still have miles to go but these products have me on the right path!

What skincare products have you been loving lately?

Talk to you soon!
-Xoxo, Val

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