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The products you need if you have combination skin

This post is sponsored by Bioré but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Living in the city can be a real problem for your skin. Especially when you live in a big dense city with a lot of pollution like Los Angeles. I have definitely noticed how my skin has suffered from moving here. I am always trying to find great products to help my skin looking fresh, young and glowing. As the season change, my skin changes as well. But, it will always be a combination of an oily t-zone and dry to normal.

I got the opportunity to try the new Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask and the Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser. Please note that the Detox Mask is not suited for people with sensitive skin as it contains menthol.

Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser

As mentioned, this cleanser is well suited for anyone with combination skin. The cleanser exfoliates dry skin and helps deep clean your skin. It also removes dirt, oil and clean out your pores. The cleanser is oil free and has a pH balanced-formula which will leave your skin smooth and refreshed. I personally saw instant results the morning after using the Cleanser. My pores are visibly less noticeable, and my skin feels soft and clean. The product was not harsh on my skin and I feel like I had a more balanced skin tone all over my face with less redness than usual. Blue Agave is known for soothing and nourishing the skin, so it makes sense that my skin looks and feel so good.

Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask

So besides for cleansing out the dirt and pollution. Why not use a mask to go even deeper and replenish your skin? All you need is 3-5 minutes (do not leave the mask on for longer than 5 minutes). The menthol in the detox mask creates an intense pore-tingly clean. The mask is whipped so it has a creamy texture and is very easy to apply onto skin. Once applied it has a cooling sensation and a small tingle. The menthol did not affect my skin in a negative way at all and now my skin feels so clean and smooth!

*Please note: Not for sensitive skin consumers or those with sensitives to menthol as it may cause short term flushing of the skin.*

If you’re interested in learning more, you can find further information about these products on biore.com. These products are also available at Walmart, ULTA, Target and Amazon.

Beautiful simplicity

Clear you pores with Bioré Witch Hazel Strips and Toner.

This post is sponsored by Bioré, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Anyone that follows me knows that my enlarged pores is one of my main skin concerns. And it has been for quite some time. Bioré is one of the brands who focuses on pores, blackheads and acne so that is why I love using their products for these specific needs. I picked up their new products; Bioré Witch Hazel Toner and Bioré Witch Hazel Pore Strips from Walmart to try out. If you have been around for a while you’ll also know that I tried out their Charcoal line in a post last year.

Witch Hazel is good for many things and I love that Bioré decided to include that in both the Pore Strips and the Toner. Witch Hazel helps with tightening pores, and the salicylic acid helps treat blemishes.

The pore strips, if you’re not familiar with them already, helps lifting clogged pores and blackheads on and around your nose where you tend to be producing the most oil. These strips deep clean, remove blackheads, refine pores, and help prevent future breakouts. Using the toner after the pore strip helps with restoring the skins natural balance.

If you’re interested in checking these out i suggest that you go to your closest Walmart or you can find the toner here and the Pore Strips here.

New Cut

When we went into 2018 I really though this was gonna be my year. I had so many ideas, and so many things I wanted to do, but I just never really got the motivation I needed to do them. 2018 has been more about self love and caring than anything. I have learned so much about myself in the past couple of months and it was definitely for the better. 

I started a new school which was much harder than my previous one. I moved and made new friends, experienced new things. I gained a lot and I lost a lot but it was exactly what I needed. I really cleansed out the negative in my life, the negative experiences, the negative people and I stopped saying yes and started saying no. I learned that it is nothing wrong in caring about yourself and what you need before others sometimes. 

Its been a year when I started caring about things like doing my nails and getting my brows done. Not because other people do it but because I wanted to and it made me feel better about myself. I decided to start taking baths or relax in the jacuzzi at least weekly just to wind down and I have slowly starts toe exercise more and more because I mentally and physically the need to go to the gym, not because I “should” go to the gym. 

The last time I did any kind of hairstyle was like years ago. I have just had like the simple long cut trimmed hair for so long that I felt it was time. I got longer bangs and trimmed my hair and I am actually loving it. It just adds some dimension. For anyone wondering I went to Gold On Grand Salon in DTLA and will probably continue to go there. Support your small businesses people. 

12 Days to Glow with Dermalogica

This is the season to keep up with your skincare routine so I wanted to share this 12 Days To Glow Advent Calendar with you guys. Its a great gift for yourself or someone else and even though Christmas is almost here it doesn’t necessary have to be an advent calendar. Its just a fun idea to open and get a new item every day for 12 days. The back of the packaging does reveal the calendars contents, but you don’t know which day you will get what.

The calendar features 12 travel sized products to help your skin glow during this winter season. My favorite part about these calendars are that you get the chance to try something new AND the travel friendly sizes can be used for your holiday travels as well. I know for sure that a few of these items will be coming with me on my Portland trip! 

Do you guys have any favorite beauty calendars this year? Share them in the comment section 🙂 

Unfortunately it seems like the calendar has sold out, but Dermalogica has a ton of other Holiday Gift Sets available if you click here

International fragrance shipping with Selfridges

This is a Sponsored post with Selfridges. All Words and opinions are 100% my own.

Selfridges has always been a one-stop-shop for all of my favorite luxury purchases. And I am so happy to have the opportunity to write about their most recent launch. Selfridges’ international shipping service for fragrances.

Selfridges are now shipping fragrances all over the world including The Middle East, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan as well as the US. They carry some of my absolute luxury fragrance brands like Jo Malone, Roja Parfum, Dior Fragrance, Le Labo and Guerlain. That makes Selfridges the perfect international destination for me to purchase my fragrances. And the best part is that shipping usually only takes 2-3 business days so I can have my order in no time.

In celebration of the launch I went right ahead to order myself a new fragrance. I decided to go with the Guerlain Champs-Élysées eau de toilette. The bottle of the fragrance is just absolutely stunning.  They call it the Bee Bottle and it was designed in 1853 by Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain for the Empress Eugénie. The fragrance itself is a perfect blend of rose, almond tree wood and blackcurrant berries.

Of course, this was one of many choices available at Selfridges. So, I have linked all of my favorite fragrances down below for you.

Reviewing The Balm Jour Creamy Lip Stain

The Balm sent me a package with all the shades of their new Creamy Lip Stain and  I am so excited to be sharing this product with you guys! The Balm Jour Creamy Lip Stain comes in 8 different shades and are named by greeting phrases from different countries round the word. You can find shades as Hello, Ni Hao, Ciao and more in the collection.

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The Best National Lipstick Day Deals (FREE Lipsticks)

National Lipstick day is just around the corner. As “national holidays” like lipstick day is becoming more popular companies are starting to catch on the trends and use it as a promotional day. Some companies will even give away free lipsticks! Yep, you heard that right. Keep on reading to find out where the best deals are and where you can snag some Lipstick freebies this weekend.

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Best of Nordstrom Anniversary SALE

I decided to gather a bunch of my favorites for Nordstroms anniversary sale this year. And to make it easier for you guys I have split them up in categories so you can shop what you are looking for. Ive kept almost all items to under $100, most of them $50 or less. Get your shop on before prices go up!

Dresses & Jumpsuits

Tops

Bottoms

Shoes

Bags

Beauty

Denim

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