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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 Redermic Eye Cream

    May 8, 2012 by donnaalba19

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    I generally write reviews about products I like, but I have mixed feelings about this one. I’m not sure why but lately La Roche Posay just doesn’t do it for me anymore.
    At first when I bought the cream, I thought it was pretty good but after using it for almost a month, it did absolutely nothing for me. Worse, each time I used it, it seemed that my eyes were a little drier and more wrinkled 🙁
    I noticed the side effects during the day when it looked literary like I haven’t slept all night. I tried to “work-around” putting moisturizer over it but no matter how I used it over time it made my eyes look worse.

    I just came to the conclusion that my skin can not tolerate Vit C eye products; Sadly I was left only with a warm sensation upon application.
    Moreover, this product oxidized: I noticed I suddenly have a slight brown cast under my eye area and on my pillow.
    It has a smooth silicon texture but I can easily feel the alcohol in it which normally I try to avoid in my skincare products. Rubbing alcohol usually creates new blemishes on your skin rather than eliminating old ones.
    Personally, I find Redermic to be too strong and I will not purchase it again.

    PS:Sorry for the lack of posts lately, i was in a no-mood-writing-blockage; but I’m back now!:) XOXO

  3. 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.