Effortlessly flawless skin? A first look at INSTYTUTUM skincare

As much as I love having options, I’m also easily overwhelmed. So it’s refreshing to see that a brand like Instytutum with their single range of just 10 products when most brands are screaming “MOAR!” in today’s beauty industry.

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Beauty empties #10 feat. Odacite, Smashbox, and Sulwhasoo

Surprisingly this quarter’s empties actually contains some makeup, which happen about as often as solar eclipses (though we did have one just this last month, so there you go). Anyways, time to judge these empties for what they are: amazing, a-ok, or just plain awful.

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Customized eco-luxe serums with Activist Skincare

Skincare by nature is very personal, yet beauty companies try to fit us into a single category like “dry” or “oily” or “acne-prone“. Luckily there are brands out there that recognize and respect the individuality of our skin and understand that there’s no one-solution-fits-all product…

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Burned out: restoring balance and finding joy in everyday life

It happens to the best of us, where we feel like we’ve lost our energy and our motivation to keep going. No matter what the cause of the burn out is, I’ve found that the common denominator is a lack of balance in life, and here are a few ways I’ve found to restore that balance…

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The AHA moment: 13 exfoliant for baby smooth skin

Bad pun aside, acids like AHAs and BHAs are my go-to when my skin starts looking dull and feeling rough. But not all acids or exfoliants are made equal, so similar to my wash-off mask roundup, today’s post breaks down 13 different exfoliants by skincare needs. Ready? Let’s go!

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Effortless anti-aging boost with the Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop

I have a love-hate relationship with anti-aging products. So when one of my favorite skincare brands released their new Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop, I kept my fingers crossed that this was the one.

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The non-sheet mask roundup: 10 masks for every skin situation

I’ve professed my love for sheet masks countless times, but there are times when these sheet masks won’t cut it and instead I reach for my jar/tube masks instead…

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Pamper & soothe your skin with the Darphin Intral line

I love pink, I love all things French, and I love skincare products that promise to soothe the skin. So when Darphin kindly sent me 2 products from their redness relief Intral line, I was ecstatic. I’ve heard a lot about this line, so I couldn’t wait to see what the hype was about.

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PA? PPD? Broad Spectrum? The ultimate guide to understanding and choosing the best sunscreen

Sunscreen is one of my skincare obsessions because it’s a guaranteed anti-aging product. Diligently applying sunscreen is one of the most effective ways of preventing wrinkles and pigmentation. Now the question is, does your sunscreen actually live up to its UVA/UVB protection claims?

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Glow on the go: the YSL Touche Éclat Cushion Foundation review

It’s pretty obvious that YSL is one of my favorite makeup brands, So when they released my favorite foundation in a gorgeous gold cushion this past May, I immediately bought it. After 2 months of using this, I’m ready to share my thoughts…

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5 Ways a Dermatologist Can Help with Your Skincare

A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in skincare. Yet beyond that basic definition, many people are at a loss as to what they do and when they may ever need to see one.

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All actives, no fillers: my 5 top picks from Skin Actives

Of all the skincare brands I’ve tried, there are a few that really stand out for me, and you’ll recognize them because I mention them repeatedly on the blog. One such brand is Skin Actives (which I reviewed previously) and I’m a big fan of how their product ingredients and formulations are all backed by scientific studies and testing…

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