I like Noxzema, I’ve been using it since I was in high school. I am older now, so I do use other products in combination with it, but Noxzema never gets old for me. What I especially like about this brand is their Ultimate Clear Anti-Blemish Pads. These pads contain Salicylic Acid and are dermatologist tested. The product claims it “Clears & protects leaving skin soft & smooth.” While it clears acne, the soft and smooth part are debatable. I LOVE this product. If I get a pimple or feel an oily T-zone (more than usual) it doesn’t only pops my zits, it leaves my T-zone area oil free. However, if I put this all over my face in areas where I don’t have excess oil it will leave terrible dry patches on my face. In the summer it works splendidly well all over my face, in the winter, just on my T-zone. I cannot LIVE without these Noxzema pads. They really do the job in eliminating acne and preventing future breakouts. At least for me they do. BONUS: Have someone pass one of these pads on your neck/back area, it removes dirt and will help leave it clear. The best part is it lasts for a couple of months (I use them once or twice weekly) and it is under $5 USD. Unbeatable!
I’ve been using the RUSH 60 Second High Speed Top Coat lately and I really like it. Before anything, allow me to warn you, this polish has received more negative reviews than anything with the number one complaint being that it makes your polish chip within hours. I don’t know if the company changed the formula or maybe it’s the quality of the polish they used that caused the chipping, but it was not the case for me. I use mostly drugstore polishes (SH), and then use this top coat and my nails dry fairly quickly. If I do 1-2 coats and use this top coat my nails dry in about 3 minutes (NOT 60 seconds as it advertises). However, I like doing at the least 3 or more coats of my polish before applying the top coat and it takes about 10 minutes to dry when using this product. I don’t see any chipping until about the third day (the same with any polish) and it’s like on a nail or two that I can easily apply more polish then this top coat that will dry them quickly again. I love this top coat. After using the RUSH 60 Second High Speed Top Coat, it became a winner in my book. It gives my nail polish such a beautiful high gloss shine, dries quickly, and you get a 1 oz. bottle for only $4.49 at Sally’s Beauty Supply. I understand it didn’t work for some people, but it did for me. Am content with it, will repurchase again.
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I’ve been using the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It is made out of 100% natural calcium bentonite (green) clay and it is meant for deep pore cleansing. If you search for reviews on this product you’ll see most people give it 5 out of 5 stars (they are raving about it). The instructions state to “Use a non-metal bowl and utensil. Stir the mixture into a smooth paste. Add more clay or liquid as needed. Apply 1/4 in. to 1/2 to the face or other area. Let it dry for 5-10 min. for delicate skin and 15-20 min. for normal skin.” I use it as recommended with ACV (apple cider vinegar *I prefer organic*). I can see why people love this clay since it literally removes the gunk out of your skin. It is also affordable, usually sold for under $10 for a huge jar that will last you at least 6-12 months, cleanses well, and it somewhat minimizes pores, but I will share the CONS:
- It’s messy.
- It itches (as it starts to dry).
- It is hard to remove (soak your face with water well, rub gently).
- I don’t care what anyone says it’s not meant for those who have extremely sensitive skin.
- After removing it your face will be red anywhere from 10-30 minutes (but it goes away, if it doesn’t see a doctor).
- Can cause breakouts (though some reviewers said it cured their cystic acne).
- It’s very drying (as in VERY drying).
- It smells bad (you’re adding vinegar to the mix!).
- Clogs drain.
- Some people say they feel a burning sensation.
- You will feel the skin tightening and pulsating (some people may consider this a pro).
I think this product will work best for those with oily skin. I have normal/dry skin and I use this once a month if that, or once every two months. If you have dry skin I don’t suggest you leave it on for longer than 10 minutes unless you plan on doing some heavy toning and moisturizing afterwards. After I use it (I leave it on for 15 min.), I wash my face gently with lukewarm water. It takes time to remove and a lot of patience because it stiffens and clings to the skin (It’s a mud mask!). I then rinse my face with cold water. It leaves your skin tomato red (don’t panic). I wait 30 minutes for the redness to go down and wash my face again with a gentle facial cleanser, then pat dry. I apply toner and facial cream or pure organic almond oil and my face literally glows when I’m done (but only after I take these extra steps). All in all, I think the real Aztec Secret to this Indian Healing Clay is that it doesn’t work on some and will do wonders for others. Basically, you’ve got to take your chances. I like it, but don’t love it (didn’t perform any miracles on me). It all comes down to individual reactions and personal choice.
New to makeup or contouring? If so, you need this in your life! I bought this BH Cosmetics makeup brush set because I heard many reviewers say it’s just as good if not better than signature line brushes, and I have to agree. Now, take heed, this is a brush set to sculpt and blend, which is for bronzing, highlighting and contouring to change the shape of your face or make it look slimmer. I LOVE this set. It doesn’t shed, it applies my foundation nicely and blends my makeup flawlessly. The best part is that it is SUPER affordable. And if you follow this brand you may get it for even less because they are always throwing huge sales. I’m happy I got it. Great brushes. If you want to learn how to contour, I added a video below by one of my favorite YouTube beauty gurus, Kandee Johnson. She’s excellent. Makeup is so much fun!
I don’t know about you guys, but facing this harsh winter makes my skin extremely dry. If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you’ll know I started using natural oils to moisturize and I am very content with them. However, I decided to give the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream a try and I really like it. I am swaying towards organic products, and I know this cream isn’t one of them, but it moisturizes well, the price point is excellent and it functions better than costlier lotions I’ve tried before. It’s non-greasy and fragrance free. The brand advertises that it is great for eczema and very dry skin. It’s a must have for me. Available at most drugstores.