Best Spot Treatment for Acne Prone Skin

I’ve been on the hunt for a spot treatment for my adult acne prone skin for awhile now. Everyone I try is either too drying or I feel like doesn’t do much. Earlier in the month, Mario Badescu was 50% off at Ulta so I decided to check out his products. The only thing I had tried before from him were both the facial sprays – yes, anything that can be easily spritzed onto the face has me sold. I saw the Drying Lotion had amazing reviews and was on the cheaper side at $17 but after the 50% off this was under $10.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion –

In a 1 ounce bottle, this is a little smaller than your average skin care item. With that being said you need the smallest amount of this so I think this bottle will last me a very long time. The ingredients in the bottle separate but the bottle warns you not to shake the solution. You dip a contain swab into the pink part, that sinks to the bottom, and place the product onto blemishes you have on your skin. I use this as the last part of my night time routine and then sleep with the solution on. This helps dry out blemishes to remove them from the skin but isn’t overly drying on the rest of your skin. Since this product is made with alcohol it does have a strong alcohol scent. This fades after a couple of minutes of having the product on though. I’m a huge fan of this and think it’s great for anyone who has acne prone skin. It’s a great targeted solution for troubled skin. This is a quick step to add to the end of anyone’s skin care routine.


Isopropyl Alcohol, Water, Calamine, Camphor, Sulfur, Zinc, Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid

This product is cruelty-free and paraben free

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HUM Nutrition: Is it worth it?

After seeing these vitamins everywhere, in magazines, Instagram, through my favorite vloggers, and even inside Sephora, I was instantly intrigued. Was it the bright packaging, the cute hummingbird logo, or the variety these vitamins come in? Probably a combination of all the above. I can’t necessarily pin point why these grabbed my attention instead of some other vitamins that are constantly pushed on us through social media (I’m looking at you, bright blue gummy bears). After over a month of using these and purchasing a refill of each product, I think I can fully put in my two sense.

Getting Started:

The website itself is super easy to navigate and offers many tools for those new to taking vitamins or skeptical of HUM. They recommend that you first start out by taking their “3 minute quiz” which definitely was much quicker. Through out this quiz you’re asked questions about your lifestyle and what problems you face day-to-day – fatigue, acne, carrying an extra few pounds. You’re then handed personalized recommendations for a combination of their products and a $10 off coupon. You have the option to check out with the products they selected or browse through everything and make your own decisions.

The amount of products they offered and learning what supplements were meant for what was a little overwhelming for me at first. I decided to check out with what was offered for my lifestyle through the quiz. The supplements I purchased:

  • Daily Cleanse – This is the first bottle from this brand that I began seeing everywhere that really sparked my interest. With green algae as the leading ingredient this promises to clear your body and skin from toxins.
  • Uber Energy – Probably the one I was most excited to try out, I’ve self diagnosed myself as having chronic fatigue due to the multiple coffee cups I down a day. This supplement promises to support consistent energy and resist fatigue and tension.
  • Runway Ready – This packet of vitamins combines their Red Carpet and Killer Nails supplements. It’s advertised for ‘glowing skin, glamorous hair and perfect nails’.

How To Fit These Into Your Daily Routine:

This was something I struggled with at first because I’m not used to taking a vitamin daily, let alone multiple at different times. The Daily Cleanse supplement is meant to be taken without food while Uber Energy and Runway Ready are meant to be taken with food. After many days of failing, I finally got into the habit of taking Daily Cleanse right as I woke up. This meant leaving the bottle on my bedside table or in my medicine cabinet so I saw it as I completed my morning grooming. Then I would take Uber Energy and Runway Ready after eating breakfast or lunch. Each of the bottles recommend you take two pills daily while the packets have three pills inside.

This habit was very hard to form considering I don’t have a normal Mon-Fri 9-5 work schedule and I’m in a long-term relationship where we split sleeping at each others apartments. The biggest investment I made that helped me stick to taking these every day, and at the correct time regarding when I’ve ate, was a compact, travel-friendly pill case. I can’t find the exact one I purchase below, but did find these cute Macaron Cases.

Benefits – Outcomes:

Each of the supplements I picked up had different promises and were loaded with a variety of ingredients. All of them though are GMO-Free, Gluten Free, have no animal products (diary, fish, eggs, gelatin), no artificial colors, preservatives, flavors and are free of sugar, salt, yeast, and nuts.

Daily Cleanse contains 15 detoxing herbs (taken from HUM’s website):

  1. Green Algae (Organic Chlorella)
  2. Beetroot (Nutrient Rich Detox)
  3. Red Clover (Skin Cleansing Extract)
  4. Dandelion Root (Powerful Detoxifying Extract)
  5. Oregon Grape Root (Nourishing Root Extract)
  6. Milk Thistle (Restorative Herb Extract)
  7. Alpha Lipoic Acid
  8. Zinc (Metal Detox)
  9. Selenium (Metal Detox)
  10. Copper (Mineral Skin Support)
  11. Manganese (Skin Cleansing Mineral)
  12. Spirulina (Nourishing Green Algae)
  13. Matcha Green Tea (Rich in Antioxidants)

This is the one I was most torn on repurchasing, because it’s the only one I purchased that primarily affects the inside of your body. Making it hard to decide if it was really doing anything. Between finishing my first bottle of this I had about a weeks time before receiving my second bottle. During this time I could really see the difference in my body from not taking the supplements. I felt more bloated and didn’t have that feel-good healthy feeling that’s impossible to describe.

I read online that this caused some people to have digestive problems, which I did notice at first but after getting used to taking this daily that feeling disappears. This supplement really makes your skin and body feel truly cleansed. This acne prone girl had less breakouts and more controllable skin.

Uber Energy contains 12 effective ingredients (taken from HUM’s website):

  1. L-Tyrosine (De-Stressing Amino Acid)
  2. Rhodiola Rosea (Calming Root Extract)
  3. Eleuthero (Rejuvenating Root Extract)
  4. Ashwagandha (Relaxing Root Extract)
  5. Ginger (Energizing Root Extract)
  6. Licorice Root (Adrenal Assisting Extract)
  7. Astragalus Root (Fatigue-Fighting Extract)
  8. Vitamin B6 (Metabolic Wake Up)
  9. Gotu Kola (The “Fountain of Life” Leaf)
  10. Schizandra Berry (Adrenal Adaptogen)
  11. Vitamin C (Energy Flight)
  12. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

This has hands down been my favorite supplement out of the three of them. I still drink my morning cup of coffee, because that truly motivates me to get my day started. But I’ve completely cut out the second and third cups through out my day. I’m the biggest culprit of brewing another pot of coffee when I catch myself yawn, especially since it’s readily available at my job, and then getting that obnoxious jittery feeling you get when you know you’ve drank one too many glasses.

This helped me have enough energy for my entire day and stops that mid afternoon yawn fest. After work I generally take a nap before dinner and I’ve also completely cut that habit out. I have nothing but good things to say about this supplement. If you’re also a self-diagnosed coffee addict and fatigue is your middle name, I highly highly suggest giving this a try.

Runway Ready contains 3 powerful ingredients (taken from HUM’s website):

  1. Black Currant Seed Oil (Perfect Source of ALA & GLA)
  2. Sunflower Seed Oil (Great Source of Vitamin E)
  3. Vegan Biotin (Strengthening Formula)

I know there are cheaper alternatives for adding Biotin into your diet so I was super skeptical about this at first. I can 100% say though this has had a great effect on my hair and nails. My hair is very prone to breakage and it got to a point where I felt as if it wasn’t growing at all. Since taking this I have noticed a significant amount of growth the past month and far far less hair falling out in the shower. My nails have also seen a vase improvement. I tend to keep my nails short for my job, and also secretly because they would break the second they grew a little long. I have to trim my nails much more often now and have also noticed how much stronger they feel. Since beginning to take these, I haven’t had a single nail break.

These do come in a convenient travel pack which is nice, but also not very convenient when you’re taking multiple vitamins. I find the package just seems to be a waste. It would be more helpful if their was a way to get all the vitamins you’re purchasing packaged together in the same way.

Where Can You Find These? And For How Much?

I ordered mine off of but these are also available at Sephora! I’ve seen these available also online at a variety of retailers such as Anthropologie and Lord & Taylor.

As for pricing for these supplements:

The regular bottle, see Daily Cleanse and Uber energy, they run for $25 and contain 60 pills (2 per day)

The box of daily packages, see Runway Ready, are $35 and include 30 packs with 3 pills in each

Coupons and Discounts (HUM Nutrition website only):

  • Free Shipping on orders over $50
  • $10 coupon code for first order when you sign up and take the quiz or with my referral code: 116530
  • 25% off when you purchase 3 products

On their website they do set up an automatic order/delivery. This is great if you love the vitamins and don’t want to have to worry about remembering to purchase them every month when you run out. Right before 30 days after your first order was delivered, you receive an email stating the same products you previously purchased are being shipped out on XX/XX date. You can easily click to their website through the email and change the date to be delivered at a later time, this could even be months later or just cancel the order. You can also easily change the supplements to switch things up or add ons to your order.

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The Skin Care Product I Didn’t Know I Needed

Real Techniques recently released multiple new sponges at Ulta. These included a dual-ended sponge for foundation and contouring, a Miracle Finish Sponge for a more natural look, contouring wedges, blotting cushions, a body complexion sponge and lastly their Miracle Cleansing Sponge. All of these sponges are shaped like their original Miracle Complexion Sponge but I’m assuming have different textures and feelings to them. The only one that really caught my eye, which I decided to purchase, was the Miracle Cleansing Sponge.

The Product I Didn’t Know I Needed:

Originally I was nervous this sponge would be too harsh for everyday use since I do have very sensitive skin. I started off using it every other day just in case it irritated my skin. This turned out to not be necessary. The sponge itself feels rough when dry but when it’s wet it becomes super soft and comfortable. When used with a cleanser on the face it provides the gentlest exfoliation, making it okay for every day use. I used this sponge with my regular Cetaphil cleanser but also tried it with a variety of other cleansers. I even tested this out with a light exfoliater that I use every couple of days and it still worked great.

This is such a simple product to add to anyones skin care routine and can create a huge difference. Any facial cleanser will be amped up to provide a deeper cleanse and a smooth base for make up application. This product is latex-free and retails for $5.99 making it a cheap product to transform any cleanser. Another added bonus of this product is how easy it is to clean after your finished using your cleanser and then set out to dry. On Ulta’s website it is recommend to replace the sponge every 1-3 months.

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DIY Spa Kit: Lavender Infused Cocoa Butter Bath Melts

I’m a huge fan of good bath and shower products but they can cost a ridiculous amounts for ingredients you might already own. I chose this DIY as my first in a spa kit series because of how incredibly simple it was. All of these ingredients were easy to find and are great for the skin.

Cocoa Butter Benefits

Cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer that is high in fatty acids. This helps penetrate the skin deeper than a normal moisturizer would. These fatty acids are areoleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid which also provide anti-aging benefits. Since this a natural ingredient it’s great for people with sensitive or irritable skin. The scent of chocolate and vanilla has also been proven to have aromatherapy benefits.

Lavender Essential Oil Benefits

Essential oils each have their own benefits when it comes to aromatherapy. Lavender has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. It is a popular oil for baths due to its calming properties. Lavender has also been proven to alleviate headaches and improve sleep.


What You’ll Need:

1/4 cup of Cocoa Butter

2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil

20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Silicone Baking Molds

~the links above are Amazon affiliate links but are all products I used and stand by~

The Process:

  1. Using either the stove top or a microwave, melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil and mix together. Both of these products are solid at room temperature but melt just above it so they don’t need to be heated up too much or they will over heat.
  2. After mixing these two together and they’ve cooled slightly add the essential oil. You don’t want to add this until your mixture has cooled slightly so that the oils don’t evaporate.
  3. Carefully pour the mixture into the silicone molds.
  4. Let these cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  5. And that’s it! Super simple! It’s important though to store these in a cool dry place. Any warmth or moisture will cause these to melt prematurely. I recommend keeping them stored in the fridge to be safe.


Now pop 2-3 of these into your next bath and relax!




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Biggest Lush Store in North America + Haul

Hey Guys! I recently did some shopping  and decided to check out the new Lush store located in my mall, Tyson’s Corner in Virginia. We used to have a very little shop that was very cramped and hard to walk through and a knew it had been redone but I had no idea it was the largest store in North America until one of the sale’s associates told me. The store is very wide and open with sinks in the middle for demonstrations. There definitely was a much larger selection of products than the smaller store including all of their make-up which I’ve never tried out.

At most stores I usually just let the sales associates know I’m browsing but at Lush I always find them so helpful. You can tell they love their jobs and are passionate about the products. One of the lady’s helped me pick out the face cleanser I bought down below and convinced me to stick with the Tea Tree Toner because of my skin type. I’ve used the toner before but was considering switching it up. Below are some pictures from the shop and a small haul of the items I picked up!


Angels on Bare Skin Face and Body Cleanser and Tea Tree Toner

Angels on Bare Face Cleanser

Rose Jam Blubbleroon

Big Bang Bubble Bar

Sakura Bath Bomb

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Night Time Products for Acne Prone Skin

I have struggled with acne, hyperpigmentation and oily skin since my teens years. It’s something my skin never really out grew. Now that I’m a little older I know more about skin care and really look for products that won’t overly dry out my skin but still help even out my problem areas. These three products I rotate through using each night after washing my face with cleanser and absolutely love them. I know when I wake my skin will look refreshed and vibrant.

  • Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboostm Glycolic Night Serum resurfaces skin cells to help your skin look bright, more even and younger. Whenever I use this I know I’ll wake up with smooth skin and it’s really helped my dark spots look brighter. It does have a heavier price tag so I do recommend looking for kits with other Drunk Elephant products to try (all the ones I have tried out have been great).
  • The Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a serum that is supposed to work with your skin’s nocturnal activity to help resurface dead skin cells. Very similar to the Drunk Elephant serum, this one helps create such a smooth skin texture and evens out my scarring. This one does sit on top of your skin so I like to put this on about 15-30 minutes before actually going to sleep so I don’t accidentally wipe it on my pillows or sheets.
  • About 2-3 nights a week I use the Kiehls Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque. This one was such an odd product to me at first, you place this on as you would any other mask for about 15 minutes and then use a tissue to remove the excess but not all of it. The rest of the mask that sits on your skin you leave on as you sleep. The first time I used this product I was amazed with how my skin looked when I woke up. All my current breakouts were vanished and my skin just looked so refreshed. It’s supposed to help fight natural toxins in the air to prevent dull unhealthy skin.

These are my go-to nightly products. I keep one of the serums at my boyfriend’s house and the other at my house where I split my time sleeping throughout the week so I cycle through both of the serums. I really couldn’t pick which one I like better but if you’re looking for a  unique addition to your night-time routine I would definitely suggest the mask.

Have you guys used any of these? What are your go-to night products?

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Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Today I came home from work to see that my Lucky Bag from Beautylish had been delivered while I was gone. I had been anxiously awaiting its arrival since I received the email stating it had been shipped earlier this week. After seeing many posts online about what others had received in their box I was super excited to open mine up.

What is Lucky Bag? 

I had never heard of this box until last year when one of my close friends had gotten it and knew my love for make-up so recommended it to me. I immediately placed my name on the email list to be alerted for the next year. Lucky Bag is an annual box sent out after the holidays by Beautylish. The idea is taken from Japanese culture as explained by an email from Beautylish sent out prior to the launch this year, “The Japanese New Year tradition of fukubukoro inspired us to create Lucky Bags. On New Year’s day, retailers all across Japan offer mystery bags (known as fukubukoro). The bags are full of surprise merchandise, with some bags containing extra prizes.”

This year they offered two different bags: a $75 box (which has been offered in previous years) that promised to have $150 worth of products inside and a $150 box which promised to have $300 worth of products inside. They also hint that some boxes may have well over the promised amount inside and that the mystery is what makes it a Lucky Bag

These boxes were first offered to those who had spent over $1000 on Beautylish in the past year, aka not me, and in that time period the bigger box sold out (which some included the Natasha Denona green brown palette  !!).

If you’ve never bought anything from Beautylish before I highly suggest it! They have a ton of unique brands that you wouldn’t find in stores. As an added bonus their packaging is always super cute. I included the wrapping paper from the Lucky Box behind the picture of the products below!

Now on to the good stuff!

Inside the bag: 

Anna Sui Beauty Mirror – $28

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo – 6 oz $22

BY TERRY Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur in 7 Coral Stellar – $56

Wayne Goss Brush 02 – $35

Make-Up Atelier 5 Color Eye Shadow Pallet in T01S Nude – $35

Bioderma Sensibio H2O – 100 mL $6.90


All together I was super happy with everything I got in the box. In total it came out to a little over $180 so that is a great value for what I initially spent on the box. Even though these aren’t products I would necessarily buy for myself, it’ll be nice to be able to try brands that I wouldn’t have normally chose. My biggest disappointments were the shadow palette and the mirror. After seeing other boxes people had received, I knew that some included Natasha Denona 5 color palettes, Viseart palettes and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. The pigmentation in the palette I received just wasn’t up to par with what I was expecting, especially with the deeper three colors. The Anna Sui Beauty Mirror was a nice touch but didn’t excite me. I’ve never tried anything from the brand before so it would’ve been nice to receive a piece of their make-up to play with.

What did you guys receive in your Lucky Bag this year?



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Favorite Winter Skincare Products

Considering January just began a couple of days ago it seemed fitting that my first post be centered around winter in some way. This year I’ve really been paying extra attention to my skin and treating it right, and around this time of year that ultimately means hydration so all of these products are focused around that. My skin is extremely combination, I have the driest of patches but then can get extra oily throughout the day and very acne-prone. All of the products I have gathered together my skin has truly been loving around this time of year. 

To begin I have some of my everyday skin care items. I use these whether I’m wearing make-up that particular day or not.

  1. Moisturizing is super important all year round but I find especially during the winter months I need a heavy-duty moisturizer. This is where my Image Skincare Prevention + moisturizer comes in. This has SPF in it so I love it when I’m going places that have snow on the ground to protect my face from the sunlight that bounces back off the snow. This is a super heavy mattifying moisturizer but does not break me out or irritate my sensitive skin at all.
  2.  In the winter I’m also looking for skin care products that will illuminate my skin and add nutrients to it. I got this travel size B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel by Drunk Elephant in a holiday set and fell in love with all their products. These are more expensive so I think the sets are really helpful to try out a couple different things from this brand. This gel is in a 8 ml bottle and has lasted me well over a month, a little goes a very long way. After using this my face feels hydrated, nourished and refreshed. You can tell the benefits from this product lasts for multiple days after applying.
  3. I also like to keep a lighter moisturizer handy for days when I’m going to be applying make-up very soon afterwards or when I feel extra oily. My favorite right now is the Soap & Glory The Fab Pore moisture lotion. This moisturizer is a cross between a gel formula and lotion formula. It has the lightness of a gel formula but you really feel it hydrating your skin like a lotion. An extra perk is it helps reduce the appearance of your pores so I love using this prior to applying my make-up.
  4. Another product I see myself reaching for more during the winter months is an eye cream. The one featured above is the Bliss Baggage Handler Eye Gel. This is a super lightweight eye cream so it’s great to use in the morning before applying make-up but I also find it hydrating enough to be used during my night-time routine as well.

Next I have products that I usually only use on days when I will also be applying make-up to make sure my skin is hydrated and prepped.

  1. This product is the only toss-up in this category for me, I SHOULD use this product on days I don’t wear make-up but I really only grab it when I do wear make-up. This is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. I adore the smell of rosewater but understand that some people out there can’t stand it. This does have a strong scent of roses that lingers on your skin so if you’re not a fan I might pass on this product. I love this to use before, during and after applying my make-up. I just think it’s brings so much nourishment to the skin and really revives your make-up throughout the day. I love facial mists in the winter when my skin is feeling a little dry to liven it up and during the summer months to refresh your skin.
  2. Next I have the First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Moisturizing Primer. This is a newer product I picked up from FAB that I have absolutely been loving. It’s very similar to the Too Faced Hangover Rx primer but I find that this one is a little more moisturizing to the skin and leaves a beautiful glow that would look great on those who don’t like to wear make-up daily or love lighter foundation/tinted moisturizer.
  3. During the winter months I find myself feeling a little more sluggish and tired which then takes a toll on my face as well. My under eye area is something I never really paid much attention to until this winter and have been really loving using a cooling product on them prior to applying my make-up. This is the So Cool Eye Stick by Tony Moly When applied this has such an interesting cooling feeling and by applying this to the under eye area it really helps wake you and your under eyes up in the morning. And lets be real the packaging is adorable.
  4. Lastly and maybe the most useful product out of the bunch, I have my Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light. There are a billion and one facial oils out there so it’s really about finding one that you like and works for your skin texture. This can be used in any way imaginable. This can be used on the lips when they’re feeling extra dry before applying lipstick, a couple drops can be added to a beauty blender or brush to mix in with your foundation, this can be added to your moisturizer, used on the ends of your hair when they’re feeling extra dry or even rubbed into places like your elbows and knees that need extra love during these months.

Let me know if you use any of the products mentioned and how you feel about them or if you have any other suggestions of products that you love during the winter months!



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