helloo, can i ask a question about moisturizers? i have pretty dry skin, which i know means i should use a really rich moisturizer, but something about my skin chemistry means a lot of moisturizers just sit on my skin and make it feel sorta gross, so i often avoid moisturizing. i really like serums and gel formulas, but i feel that a lot of those don't moisturize enough? are there any products you can recommend? thank u ^_^ this blog has saved my face

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You are indeed correct that many gel moisturizers do not do a good job moisturizing. This could be because they contain hyaluronic acid, which is water binding. This can be good if it is drawing water from the environment but on some occasions it just draws your moisturizer from deep inside your skin. Kind of like a beauty product water vampire. Here’s more on that.  

That being said, I totally love and have been happy with the effects of hyaluronic acid on my very dry skin and I have very dry sensitive skin in the winter. So sometimes I just stare at the science that goes against me and say NAHHHHHHHH. 

But if you want to avoid it and think your gel moisturizers aren’t doing the trick, I can recommend Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque. It’s more of your traditional cream, and it hyrates my skin so much that like, it tingles? But not unpleasantly, just like it’s forcing moisture in. That, combined with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (a daily moisturizer) your skin should be good. I honestly skip daily moisturizer sometimes and just use an overnight masque and I’m okay. I recommend both these products to my friends with severe dry skin and eczema. 

Hi Powder doom! I've been going thru a lot of ur posts & they've been so helpful so thank u so much! I'm a newbie to skincare & I just purchased Bio Oil. I would like to cleanse my face & remove makeup, but I'm not sure one drop of the Bio Oil is enough to do all that? I do two cleanses like Lisa Eldridge, but I'm still worried about residue or over-cleansing. My question is when using a face oil do you combine it w/ other cleansers? & what do u follow it with?

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Bio Oil is not a cleanser. I mean there is oil cleansing but you can also be using oils as serums or treatments. Bio Oil is not gonna be an effective cleanser. Consider it more of a after-cleansing serum. Here is what I do when I cleanse, feel free to substitute with your products:

  1. I remove all my makeup using a wipe (Simple is great and cheap!! I just use MAC because it gets rid of heavy duty stuff effortlessly) and eye makeup remover, if I’m wearing any. ******Half the time, I don’t do this, but I’ve been breaking out near my hairline which tells me this step is necessary for thoroughness. 
  2. I wash my hands, then use Tatcha One-Step Camellia Oil in downwards and outwards motions from the inner part of my face outwards. Massaging it in. I do this for at least a minute, just being thorough. This does remove makeup as well as cleanse.
  3. Wash that with warm water, then with cold. 
  4. Then I tone my face. I don’t use cotton pads for this, I splash it onto my face and pat it in. 
  5. Then I use buffering lotion on my acne.
  6. Then I use another oil as night serum! I use Artemis, but you can use Bio Oil. If I don’t wanna use an oil for some reason I really like the results I’m getting from Bioelements Urban Detox. It’s 1/3 the price of Artemis, too.

So you see I use an oil to cleanse and then I use an oil as a serum. The cleansing oil is really more of a dry oil and not like EVOO or something, and Bio Oil is more of your oily…oil. I know you can formualte your own cleansing oils tho, I just have no interest lol. I hope that helps!

Do you know of any face masks that are clear and the peel off type? Or any products that will give the same plastic skin effect? Thanks :)

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Yep — I like to use the following:

There you are! Plenty of affordable options for ya that are really fun and useful. 

6 Beauty Products That Helped Me Survive Summer

This summer has been amazing in a lot of ways, except for my beauty regimen. Long nights out, muggy NYC heat, and living out of suitcases and garbage bags for an extended period of time has forced me to cut down on my usual “2 pairs of lashes and a full face of makeup every day” shtick and go back to basics. Although I love going all out with my makeup looks, having a summer consisting mostly of nothing but some concealer and mascara has actually been pretty refreshing. So without further ado, here’s a short list of some products I actually have relied on these past few crazy unpredictable months.

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer – This stuff means business. It is by far the most waterproof concealer I’ve ever used, which is great for sweat and humidity and what not. It doesn’t even need powdering after you apply it either, which is really convenient. The only thing I suggest is to test out the colors in person before buying, because I find it does oxidize during the day.

Maybelline Full n’ Soft Mascara – My favorite for years and still going strong. Doesn’t smudge, doesn’t make your lashes feel crunchy, overall just a nice no-frills mascara for everyday.

eBay Moon Nail Glitter – My go-to “I wanna look like I tried but not actually try” trick is to just put a couple of these under my eyes with some lash glue. There’s enough colors to match any outfit and you’ll feel like the creepy little princess from The NeverEnding Story all night, which is never a bad thing.

BH Cosmetics “Take Me To Brazil Palette” – This thing is insanely cheap, really pigmented, has a great selection of colors, and one of the greens perfectly matches my hair/eyebrows. I just take this with me everywhere and can do any look I need with it. Perfection.

Bioderma Photoderm MAX Fluid SPF 100 Sunscreen -  I will preach of this sunscreen every summer until everyone on Earth is converted. I’m a delicate lily white flower, so SPF 100 is what makes me feel safe walking outside (what does “overkill” mean?), but they have lesser SPFs for, you know, normal people. It’s very light, it doesn’t sting when I use it on my very sensitive skin like most sunscreens, and the bottle is nice and small for easy transportation.

What are some good exfoliants that won't tear up skin like the st. ive's apricot scrub?

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Chemical exfoliants like AHA/BHA’s work best, imo. 

  1. REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask -   
    A bunch of different acids that chemically exfoliate. You leave it on for ten minutes so it can sink in. A lot of other chemical exfoliants like the Murad one (see below) are traditional scrubs just with nominal amounts of AHA properties in them. Scrubbing for like half a minute and washing the product down is a waste of product. You gotta let it work. Plus it has a bunch of natural oils to promote cell turnover. It’s surprisingly gentle even though it’s a “chemical” exfoliant. Don’t let the name intimidate you. 

We’ve also answered this question before.

Source for inexpensive skin oils


All this talk about skin oils from Arabelle reminded me of this company that’s pretty popular for their skin oils. I may have talked about them before but in case I haven’t, the website is GardenofWisdom. Though the website leaves a lot to be desired, their skincare is pretty popular with a forum I follow.

1 oz of Organic argan oil for $10, 1 oz of Maracuja/Passionfruit Seed Oil for $5.25, a cleansing oil for oily skin starting from $3.85, and a cleansing oil for sensitive skin starting from $4.25

Their chemical exfoliants (AHAs, BHAs, etc) also have a pH listed which is always good since too high or low of a pH makes the AHAs or BHAs less effective.

Most of the oils are unrefined so they will be a little smelly.

The products are inexpensive enough that they’re worth try before jumping in and making a huge purchase. They also offer a few samplers of their cleansing oils too.

Give them a scope!

Hello! I have badly clogged pores on my nose and I was wondering what your favorite deep cleanser is for clearing/ minimizing pores? Thank you :)

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when it comes to minimizing pores and blackheads etc i always turn to clay masks. you can get clay masks for a variety of different price ranges, the mint julep one in drugstores is a longtime, affordable favorite of mine. it’s $3.99. 

i also like mario badescu masks, i have them all and they are my favorite part of my skincare regimen at the moment. 

I was just wondering what AHA/BHA exfoliants you recommend. I have combination skin & I tried to look for the tag but nothing popped up with /exfoliate /exfoliant /AHA /BHA, thank you

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I personally use Murad’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser twice a week, but as a mask for about three minutes after I’ve massaged it in. It’s a bead cleanser actually, very fine, similar to Dermalogica’s or Bobbi Browns but pre-soaked, much finer than the St. Ive’s or similar exfoliants. But the AHA/BHA properties are pretty useless if you just immediately wash it off, so I leave it on in the shower so it can do its job. I revolve this one with a japanese one I got in Tokyo but I have no idea what it’s called, so I can’t link you. 

I recommend this philosophy acne treatment as an exfoliator for combination skin actually. It isn’t marketed as a BHA/AHA exfoliant, but it works as one, since BHA is actually salicylic acid. Fragrance free, too. 




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