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  1. Clarisonic Mia

    March 4, 2013 by donnaalba19

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    Hi guys,

    Sorry for the lack of activity on this blog. The last few months have been more stressful than I imagined. Finishing my master’s degree and landing a job were both major sources of worries & concerns , but now I can finally breathe easier and take care of important matters…:)

    Like my new favorite beauty gadget :Clarisonic Mia.  I have finally succumbed and bought it last summer and overall I think it’s a good investment. I’m reluctant to use it more than once a week during the winter as I have fairly dry and irritated skin- caused by the freezing weather and central heating.

    But in the summer this little gadget is a must!  The real beauty is his bristle brush that rotates 300 movements per second to help eliminate clogged pores and deep clean the skin.



    They key is not to be over zealous with.

    It says it can be used 2 times a day, but the way I see it 3 times a week in the summer  is perfect for a dry, oversensitive skin and  maybe 1 time (a week) in the winter. The real benefit is that it leaves my skin soft and smooth and the make-up application is far more precise. All the rough and dry patches disappear and the moisturizer penetrates better into the skin.

    In terms of acne improvement, I’m pretty sure there is no real connection.
















    It keeps my acne under control meaning I’m not getting additional breakouts, because Clarisonic does such a thorough job cleaning. But  as I said I strongly advise not to over use this product, especially if you have acne.

    I will start updating this blog more than once a month, so stay tuned! 🙂

  2. La Roche Posay Effaclar gel moussant purifiant

    September 17, 2011 by donnaalba19

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    I first tried La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel a year ago, and I have been loyal to it ever since. I’m on my third bottle now, and this liquid mild cleanser is an absolute must for me.

    This is by far, the best cleanser I have ever used: gets all my makeup off, doesn’t burn my eyes and my skin feels extra clean after using.

    I have combination skin that can break out from dryness as well as too much oil on my T zone. This cleanser does a great job of getting oil/dirt/makeup off my face.  I would say it prevents acne by getting the excess oil of my face, tightening the pores and by not irritating the blemishes I already have.

    Is paraben-free , but it does contains some chemicals like sodium laureth sulphate. While the cleanser does not contain any standard acne clearing ingredients such as salicylic acid, it incorporates zinc PCA, which  reduce acne causing bacteria.

    I wash my face twice a day with the Effaclar Cleanser and though my skin feels a little tight, I make sure I moisturize well right after ( ATM im using Embryolisse Lait Concentre).

    I had quite a bit of clogged pores on my T zone, but now they are starting to dry out, which I believe is due partly to this cleanser.

    Oh, and I only need a tiny drop of the cleanser for my entire face, so one bottle lasts me for about 4 months.  It retails at 22$( on sale  16.81$ on Amazon). I bought mine from France for about 10 Euros.

    I am somewhat of a product junkie, I like this product so much and I’m sure I’m going to stick with it for a while, but I still want to try next  Bioderma creoline H20.



  3. Review:Zineryt lotion

    September 3, 2011 by donnaalba19

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    It was first recommended to me by my dermatologist, a year ago. I was reluctant to start using it, mostly because of the smell: it contains zinc and ethanol ( used as a disinfectant), so you can strongly feel the alcohol base. First time using it, my skin was harshly dried and i experienced some burning sensation. In some way, I guess it’s a natural reaction from the skin: being introduced to new chemicals it is bound to react . I was able to cope with all this and continue using the product.

    Despite my initial reservation, after a week of use, my skin started to show improvements: my pimples dried out and eventually scrubbed off. It made my acne literally disappear.  Like any other acne treatment, Zineryt cannot be used by himself, so I had to incorporate some additional items:

    • – Moisturizer. Vital. This will counteract the dryness of the product ( I use La Roche-Posay Nutritic orEmbryolisse )
    • -Sunscreen. With a SPF above 20 every day, including the wintertime. Acnee products in general make your  skin even more  sensitive to the sun so I use Garnier Ambre Solaire or La Roche-Posay Anthelios ( they also reduces the risk of skin cancer )
    • -a recovery/ rejuvation treatment. Only if your aiming for a flawless skin. Zynerit  didn’t act upon my acne scars and it did left behind some red marks. I had to use Avene Diacneal Skincare lotionto help diminish the acne scars, and revitalize a little bit the surface.
    • – an alternative product. The thing is my skin began to get used to it after a while so I had to alternate with a similar product. I used Zineryt one night and switched the next day to Brevoxyl , Benzoyl Peroxide


    The product has a short self-life: It has been advised to be used in the first 2 weeks after mixing the powder and the alcohol. Nonetheless, my doctor assured me It’s safe well after the 2 weeks trial.  All in all, its a pretty good product that works extremely well in conjunction with other skincare items.