Thursday, August 21, 2014

Elemis Spa Home Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream | Review

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If you are anything like me, then you likely look to your morning shower as a means of not just waking up, but also to set the tone for the day. My favorite way to do this is to luxuriate in lovely scented body washes, and my newest greatest love is the Elemis Spa Home Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream. This is no ordinary body wash, and not just because of the intoxicating Frangipani flower scent, but also because part of its wonder is found in the rich and thick texture of this non-foaming shower cream. You might think that a non-foaming body wash would leave behind a greasy film that would require a second washing, or that it might even strip the skin as do so many body cleansers, but that simply isn't the case with Elemis Spa Home Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream. It deposits moisture while it cleanses the skin, and it leaves behind a hint of the gorgeous aroma. I have never experienced a body wash that left my skin more soft and supple than this one, and its great emollience also makes it very effective for shaving. In fact, my legs have never felt so soft after shaving than it does when I use this shower cream.

The only think that makes this beautiful body cream better is using it in conjunction with their Frangipani Monoi Body Oil (reviewed here), and this combination is such an extraordinary treat!

According to Elemis,

The Elemis Spa Home Body Exotics range is about indulging in the most exquisite ingredients from around the world and restoring daily equilibrium. Create your own exotic spa ritual in the serenity of your home and drift away to a faraway place.

Escape to an exotic paradise with Elemis Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream. This Tahitian monoi and frangipani flower infused shower cream leaves skin beautifully scented, soft and supple. Envelope your body daily with this truly luxurious cream wash. Advanced body care technology provides an exceptionally skin friendly formulation, with a gentle, natural lather that completely cleanses the skin without stripping your protective surface oils.
  • Skin is left beautifully soft, supple and delicately scented.
  • Dual function, luxurious cream shower wash and bath soak.
  • Infusion of exotic Tahitian Monoi Oil, a traditional blend of Tiare Flowers soaked in Coprah Oil, and then fragranced with Frangipani flowers.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Coco-Betaine, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Fragrance (Parfum), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzoic Acid, Hydroxycitronellal, Caramel, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Tocopherol.

Active Ingredients: Tahitian Monoi, Coconut Oil and Frangipani Flowers.

Overall assessment: The scent is so heavenly, and the effects are so amazing! The only downside is that using the Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream makes me want to take long showers, and we are in a serious drought in California-- so while my showers are shorter than I would like they remain exquisitely luxurious when I use this shower cream!

£23.00 for  200ml/6.7 oz. from Elemis UK, $37.50 from Elemis US & Nordstrom (Affiliate Links).
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Currently Loving: A Sneak Peek | Guess Who's Collaborating with Origins?

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You read it correctly! What an exciting collaboration, indeed! There are lots of great things in store in the land of Origins, and I will be featuring and reviewing some amazing products, but I am so smitten with this Nanette Lepore for Origins makeup bag that I had to share it!
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TATCHA GOLD Camellia Beauty Oil | A Deliriously Happy Review

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TATCHA is among a short list of companies producing luxury niche skincare products of exemplary quality that are so exquisite, elegant and breathtakingly beautiful, down to the most minute detail, that one finds oneself enraptured by the visual and tactile aspects of these lovely gems. The sheer efficacy of their beautiful products is what keeps TATCHA enthusiasts forever loyal to the brand, and it is very easy to see why. 

In a time when beauty oils have gained considerable traction in the mainstream skincare market, there is a dizzying selection ranging from the mediocre to the extraordinary, and there are many that are targeted to a vast array of skincare needs and conditions. TATCHA GOLD Camellia Beauty Oil is among those extraordinary beauty oils that quickly distinguishes itself from the many run-of-the-mill oils on the market. Not only is it made from the highest quality ingredients, but this elegant elixir is featherlight, sinks into the skin immediately, leaves behind no greasy film or residue, and gives skin a stunning ethereal glow. If you are obsessed with luxury beauty oils, as am I, then you owe it to yourself to try this one.

I apply TATCHA GOLD Camellia Beauty Oil to slightly damp freshly washed skin after warming it in my hands, and then I massage it into my face, neck and décolleté rubbing any remaining oil into my hair. This lightly scented oil sinks in immediately leaving skin deeply hydrated, nourished and luminous. I find that my skin appears more even in tone and with a pronounced clarity. Furthermore, the combination of the silky texture, 24-karat gold flakes, and beautiful scent make the tactile experience of its use an even more luxurious and pleasurable one. I have to say that I find absolutely no fault in this luxury oil, and can only sing its praises. 
According to TATCHA,

The benefits of the precious Camellia were employed hundreds of years ago by Ama, the female free divers of the Izu Peninsula. The women coated their bodies with Camellia oil to protect themselves from frigid ocean waters. Centuries later, the resourceful geisha began to apply nutrient-rich Camellia oil to their skin and hair after bathing as part of their daily ritual.

More recently, science has shown us that Camellia is rich in oleic acid and vitamins A, B and E. It also contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids, helping to seal in moisture and restore the skin’s natural balance.

A light and rich beauty oil for face, hair and body. Infused Licorice Root Extract gently calms skin, while young Bamboo and Green Tea fragrances offer transport to a Kyoto countryside. Camellia Oil and Squalane nourish skin and seal in moisture, while 24-karat gold flake gives skin a sensual glow.
Ideal for all skin types.
  • Rich in Squaline, Camellia, Rice and Macadamia Nut Oils that deeply nourish the skin.
  • Infused with Licorice Extract to gently calm the skin.
  • Bamboo and Green Tea fragrances evoke the Kyoto countryside.
  • 24-karat gold flecks add a subtle sensual glow to the skin.
Apply a few drops of this luxurious elegant oil to the face, neck, décolletage and hair for indescribably soft, nourished and glowing skin and hair.
 You can see that the oil, punctuated by gold flakes, is very light in texture.
While I don't generally spend much time discussing product packaging (because I am far more concerned about the quality of the contents)-- I can't resist noting that this bottle is so beautiful that it actually aesthetically enhances the experience of using this oil. The elegant gold button on the bottle allows you to dispense the perfect amount of oil.
Formulated without: Mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, DEA, TEA, urea or phthalates.
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalane (Olive Origin), Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Fragrance (Natural), Polyglyceryl-10 Pentaisostearate, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate (Macadamia), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Water, Tocopherol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (Licorice Extract), Oryzanol (Rice Bran Oil Extract), Inositol (Rice Extract), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Glycerin, Algae Extract, Gold, Phenoxyethanol.
Even opening the box is a luxurious experience!
Overall Assessment: While I have no shortage of luxury oils in my personal collection-- I always have room for one more of extraordinary quality, and TATCHA GOLD Camellia Oil is definitely that! I really and truly am deliriously happy with this twinkling precious gold-infused gem, and haven't been able to stop reaching for it since having received it. An unmitigated A+

10 ml / 0.34 fl. oz. $33.00 Travel size from TATCHA.
30ml / 1.01 oz. $95.00 from TATCHA.
50 ml / 1.69 oz. for $125.00 from Barneys New York (Affiliate Links).

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Monday, August 18, 2014

BBC Top Weekend Beauty Reading as the Summer Slips Away!

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking for an effective new skincare line that works wonders? Then TATCHA'S The Ritual Discovery Kit should be on your radar!
  • Slashed Beauty: Custom mixed, high quality hair color on a budget? It's true, and Miranda is showing us how it all works behind the scenes at eSalon.
  • TheFabZilla: Gold in skincare? TheFabZilla reviews Allegresse 24-Karat Skincare line + a Giveaway worth $389!
  • Color Me So Crazy: #RedCoatTuesday Ladies!! PLL fan?? Check these nails out!!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Check out Leelo´s simple eye-catching pink&yellow manicure.
  • Lipgloss Break: Enter to win the full line of products from Modere's Hair Care Collection!
  • Geniabeme: Check out an easy way to add some color to your everyday eye makeup!
  • Advice Sisters Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle: The sun's rays are out 365 days year. Alison of the Advice Sisters offers.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison swatches & reviews the 37 nail lacquers from the new Milani Color Statement.
  • My Highest Self: A sunscreen with Kona Coffee bronzer?? Yes, please!
  • BeautyTidbits: Enter to Win a set of 3 Mally Beauty Pro-Tricks Dual Core Hydrating Lipsticks!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Heading off to college? Know someone who is? Check out Jessica's post about having (and keeping) great nails at college!
  • Sunday, August 17, 2014

    Sunday Sun Day Volume XVIII: Karin Herzog Oxygen Sun Cream | REVIEW

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    Karen Herzog has a very interesting line of oxygen-based skincare products that are formulated "with stabilized active oxygen, which acts as a rocket booster, propelling essential nutrients to the collagen producing cells."

    According to the company,

    Our revolutionary skin care line was founded over 40 years ago in Switzerland by Nobel Institute honoree Dr. Paul Herzog. We are still run by the Herzog family today and all of our prodcuts are produced in our lab in Switzerland.

    Karin Herzog Oxygen Sun Cream is one of the most interesting and novel products that I have used in quite a while, and I have to say that I am quite impressed by its efficacy! While I am not neither one to sunbathe, nor am I apt to seek out a tan at all-- sun exposure is inevitable living in Southern California. Despite my efforts to avoid tanning by slathering on sunscreen, I do end up getting darker during the warmer months of the year.

    When I initially tested this product I followed the directions carefully by applying it prior to sun exposure, and of course I applied my regular sunscreen. Then I went about my day-- which included some gardening, running errands, and going for a walk. What I immediately noted was the fact that Oxygen Sun Cream left my skin incredibly moisturized, and it remained so all day long. I continued using Oxygen Sun in conjunction with my daily sunscreen for a few weeks, and after repeated exposure to the sun I noted that the tan that I did receive was very even in tone, and lasted longer than it normally would have. Of course my color didn't deepen as much as it could have because I am vigilant about protecting my skin from excessive sun exposure, and because getting a tan is something that I avoid, rather than seek out.  Therefore your experience may be far more radical than mine (if you seek a tan). Nevertheless, I am quite impressed by the efficacy of this product. I also would urge you not to use Oxygen Sun Cream in lieu of a sunscreen-- as this product is not intended to be used as a sunscreen.

    According to Karin Herzog Oxgen Sun Cream is,

    Deeply hydrates the skin to accelerate and maximize tanning while enhancing the benefits of sun protection creams.

    It is formulated with Dr. Herzog’s patented active oxygen formula to help strengthen and protect the skin from the harmful effects of prolonged sun exposure.

    Use prior to sun exposure to optimally hydrate the skin and support melanin production. When used with a regular SPF cream, the oxygen penetrates the skin, supporting a “healthy” even tan while minimizing burning, peeling and blistering. After sun exposure, the cream will rehydrate the skin preparing it for another day in the sun.

    Oxygen Sun is not a sunscreen and depending on the skin type, additional UVA/ UVB protection should be used. It is a perfect after-sun product. For best results, apply with a brush in order to avoid absorption of active ingredients through the fingertips.
    Ingredients: Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Polysorbate 80, 1% Hydrogen peroxide, Octyl methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl acetate, Parfum, Salicylic acid.

    Overall assessment: This is a highly effective deeply moisturizing cream that leaves skin soft and supple, and it promotes a more even and long-lasting tan when used as directed with a sunscreen. I love how soft and moisturized my skin feels when I use this cream. I am also surprised that my limited sun exposure yielded a more even and longer-lasting tan after using Oxygen Sun Cream.

    $55.00 for 5.2 oz. from Karin Herzog, Dermstore & Skin Care RX (Affiliate Links).

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    The Beauty Blogazons Have Some Amazing Finds to Share This Week! You'll Love What We've Found for You!

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    MEMEBOX Special #7 Milk | Unveiling and Review

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    If you are among the many people out there who love beauty boxes, then you will really want to learn about Memebox, a Korean beauty box company and e-commerce retailer, because their boxes are quite impressive.

    Rather than adhering to the typical monthly subscription service, Memebox allows you to order whichever boxes you want whenever you want, and as often as you want.

    The original Memebox comes packed with 4 - 8 full-sized products and deluxe samples. Each Superbox series comes with it’s own theme, and contains only full-sized items.

    According to Memebox,

    Memebox is the number one Korean beauty online retailer in the world.  Born in Seoul, we moved our headquarters to San Francisco to fulfill our visions of building a global portal to Korean beauty trends through technology. 

    Many of our products are sourced, packaged, and shipped, directly from Korea straight to your doorstep. Beauty trends evolve rapidly, and shipping directly from Korea allows us to stay on top of that.  

    We also have a range of USA Exclusives, which include products most-loved by our USA customers - these ship directly from our USA warehouse.  

    At Memebox, we’re committed to bringing you only the best - we’ll make sure it’s worth the wait.
    I received the Special #7 Milk box for review, and I have to say that I was very impressed from the moment that I saw it!
    According to Memebox,

    We all know milk is good for teeth and bones, but betcha didn’t know it’s also good for your skin!
    Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, is a famous beauty icon who is known to have used milk as a secret ingredient for maintaining smooth, supple and radiant skin. Milk has healing properties that repairs sun damaged skin, prevents premature aging, and also provides abundant nutrients for a youthful look.

    Now, we’re letting out this ancient beauty secret with our Milk Box to share with you all the skincare benefits that milk has to offer! Milk has healing properties that repair sun damaged skin, prevent premature aging, and also provide abundant nutrients for a youthful look.

    Memebox - Special Edition; Memebox Special Edition was created for special occasions, or specific themes. just like Memebox it is packed with 4 - 8 full sized products and deluxe samples, carefully curated from Korea to give you the best experience and widest exposure to a range of products. Boxes in each Memebox series always contain the same products, and contents vary from hair and body products, to skin care and cosmetics.
    Individual products in this box:
    1) Hello Everybody Nature Holic Body Lotion Milk 300ml Full size product ($25): This all-natural body lotion is made from organic goat milk which is extremely gentle, moisturizing, and fast-absorbing. It’s also rich in aloe vera, honey, lemon balm, and spear mint extracts and thus carries a very strong moisture-locking formula to keep your skin smooth and supple.

    Directions: After a shower, towel dry and generously apply the body lotion all over your body.
    2) Ernesti Rice & Milk Foaming Cleanser 120ml Full size product ($15): A foam cleanser made from mineral-rich hot spring water and packed with rice & milk extracts, this product will thoroughly cleanse deep into your pores yet deliver rich moisture, leaving your skin glowing with a natural translucence!

    Directions: Use a cleansing oil to remove makeup first. Then, lather the foaming cleanser to create enough foam and gently massage it over your face.
    3) Skin Ceramic Donkey Milk & Argan Oil Multi Steam Cream. Full size product 100g ($34.00): No chemical preservatives. No artificial fragrance. No artificial coloring! Made from 100% organic argan oil and natural donkey milk, known to be more nutritious than cow's milk or goat's milk, and most similar to human breast milk, this multi steam cream delivers intensive hydration and nutrition deep down into your skin. 

    Directions: Apply the cream at the last stage of your skincare routing. Pat into skin.
    4) Pure Smile Choosy Lip Pack Milk, Full size product ($1): Pamper your chapped lips with Pure Smile’s Choosy Lip Pack abundant in milk protein extracts for strengthening the moisture level and reviving the juicy glow of your lips. This easy-to-apply lip patch will help maintain healthy, silky smooth lips!

    Directions: Take out the lip patch and place it on your lips. Rest for 15~30 minutes, remove it, and pat in the remaining essence. 

    5) Pure Smile Milk Mask Pack. Full size product ($1): Replenish your complexion into a baby-face with this Milk Mask Pack rich in milk protein nutrients! The Strawberry Milk Mask Pack also contains strawberry extracts which aids in hydrating and smoothing out uneven skin texture.

    Directions: After cleansing your face, place the mask sheet on. Rest for 15~20 minutes before removal. Gently pat in the remaining essence into your skin. 

    6) Hello Everybody Bubble Bath Steam Milk 25g Full size product ($4): Here’s the perfect beauty get-away for you girls out there who’s feeling weary and stressed out after a long day. Take a hot, bubble bath with Hello Everybody’s steam milk, and its mild vanilla fragrance and abundant steam bubbles will gently soothe both your body & mind. The almond oil, chamomile and rosemary leaf extracts also included in the product help soften and nourish skin. 

    Directions: Pour in the bath powder into your bathtub and fill it in with hot water (37~38℃). Bubbles will be formed as the water fills up the tub. Enjoy a hot bubble bath for 15~20 minutes and rinse off. 
    7) Pure Smile Choosy Lip Scrub in Chamomile Milk 25g Full size product ($11): This gentle Choosy Lip Scrub is packed with all sorts of natural goodies – sugar, peach extracts, milk protein extracts, chamomile extracts, bees wax – for removing dead skins, deeply nourishing, and adding an extra luster to your dry, chapped lips. 

    Directions: Gently roll the lip scrub on your dry lips. After massaging, remove the dead skins off with a warm towel or tissue. Apply a nourishing lip treatment to soothe and moisturize your lips. 
    Additional information about Memebox:

    Currently Memebox ships to the U.S., Austria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada,
    China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

    Memebox does not offer monthly subscription plans, so each box will have to be purchased upon release.

    Overall Assessment: I must say that my first Memebox was thoroughly impressive. It was filled with so many full-size high quality products! The value of the products really exceeds the cost of this particular box. I received $91.00 worth of products, and the box only cost $23.00-- so I think that it is safe to say that this is an excellent value! I can hardly wait to receive my next box!

    MEMEBOX Special #7 Milk was $23.00 from

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    Summer May Be Winding Down, but the Beauty Spotlight Team's Selections are Heating Up!

    Lola's Secret Beauty Blog had a swatchfest with the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadows because they are utterly delectable!

    Carrie from eyeliner on a cat shares what she's Currently Loving from two of her favorite brands, Atopalm and Korres.

    Mostly Sunny is a junkie for gel liner in pencil form. She has tried one that she likes, she has tried another that she hates. The new Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eye Liner however, is pure love!

    Prime Beauty has fallen HARD for the new LORAC PRO Palette 2, take a look at her swatches and you will fall too!

    Splurge or Steal? The Pink Sith has a brief list of beauty items where you can save tons of cash and still look amazing!

    Back to school time has got Jessika from polish insomniac in the mood to get Back To Basics with her eye makeup! Check out her favorite purchases in this week's Friday Favorites!

    Sometimes, catacombs are full of the risen dead. Sometimes, they're full of shiny lipstick loot! The Painted Rogue has been loving some luxury with three Guerlain Rouge Automatiques! But then, who doesn't love a lipstick that leaves your lips feeling soft and hydrated?

    When you just gotta shop there's always the drugstore. See what Beauty Info Zone likes to spend money on when that urge comes on.

    Christa at Perilously Pale has been busy reviewing all five looks in the extensive Dior Fall 2014 Colour Collection. Check out one of her favourites for everyday, Bar Grey.

    Japanesque launches a gorgeous new collection of primersPammy Blogs Beauty tries them out and realizes that she is a primer-girl after all!

    Need help choosing a neutral companion? Phyrra compares Urban Decay Pulp Fiction vs. Naked Basics vs. Naked 2 Basics so you can choose the best palette for your skintone!

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    Curel Daily Moisture Original Lotion For Dry Skin | Review

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    I love high quality ultra-moisturizing lotions and creams, and while I don't generally have dry or chapped skin-- I do wash my hands frequently so I often need to replenish the moisture lost to repeated cleansing. As a result, I tend to prefer richer lotions and creams-- and I always have a large assortment near my sinks. Among the newest to make the cut and land on my small counter area is Curel's Daily Moisture Original Lotion For Dry Skin. I generally contemplate whether I like a lotion or cream enough to take up precious counter space, and this particular lotion took no real contemplation at all. It is non-greasy, very fast absorbing, and leaves my skin very moisturized. I never really tested (or really thought about) Curel's claim that it locks in moisture for 24 hours, but I will say that the effects have been very long lasting. We have already made a significant dent in this big bottle-- so I think that it's safe to say that it will be going on my repurchase list when I need another bottle of lotion.

    According to Curel,

    In this hot summer weather make sure to give your skin the everyday therapy it needs! Daily Moisture Lotion from Curél® Skincare is your once a day solution to continuously moisturized skin. This lotion is formulated with time released moisturizers and mimics the skin’s natural function, replenishing its essential protection mechanism – ceramides – to lock moisture for a full 24 hours. Daily Moisture Lotion is dermatologist tested, non greasy and quickly absorbent, leaving your skin smooth, hydrated and satisfied.

    • Advanced Ceramide Therapy formula
    • Dermatologist tested
    • Non-greasy
    • Won't clog pores
    • Absorbs quickly
    • Made in USA
    Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Acacia Gum (Acacia Senegal), Dimethicone, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Gelatin, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
    Overall Assessment: Excellent quality, great price, easy to find, and delivers serious lasting moisture! This is definitely worth your consideration if you are in the market for a nice lotion that delivers serious moisture.

    $7.99+ for 13 oz. from, Target, Walgreens & other drugstores (Affiliate Links).
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    Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser and Self-Heating One Minute Mask | REVIEW

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    I have such fond memories of using the Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips for the first time years ago and marveling at the sight of all of the gunk that it removed with a kind of morbid delight. They have since expanded their line well beyond the strips alone, and they have something for every breakout concern.

    Not only are Bioré highly effective in the battle against breakouts, but they are also budget friendly, and easy to find. I have received countless emails from readers on a budget looking for effective drugstore brand products to rid themselves of unwanted pimples, blackheads and whiteheads-- and Bioré offers lots of solutions!

    Bioré Skincare Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser: This breakthrough cleanser provides targeted deep cleansing for a smooth, clear complexion without irritating skin. 

    Charcoal is the "new secret weapon from the Bioré® Skincare Experts. Draw out and trap 2x more dirt and impurities than a basic cleanser with this innovative black cleanser that foams white and rinses clean. Infused with Japanese Skin Purifying Technology, this facial cleanser gives you results after just one use!"

    Not only does this mask draw out an unbelievable amount of pore congestion, but it leaves the skin deeply cleansed and tingly! Soft and smooth skin is revealed quickly and efficiently.
    • Oil-Free
    • Dermatologist Tested
    • Gentle enough for everyday use
    Suggested use: For optimal results use daily. Wet face. Pump cleanser into hands, gently work into a foam. Massage over entire face. Rinse thoroughly.

    Cautions: For external use only. Avoid eye contact. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water. Keep out of reach of children.

    Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sorbitol, Laureth-­‐4 Carboxylic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/C10-­‐30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Menthol, Polyquaternium-­‐39, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben, Charcoal Powder, Mannitol, Cellulose, Iron Oxides, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methylisothiazolinone, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose.

    $6.49-$6.99 for 6.77 oz. Available from, Target, Ulta & Walgreens.
    Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips: These iconic strips are so much fun to use, and you really will marvel at what comes out of your pores! I just love these!

    Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips instantly provide the deepest clean by lifting away deep down dirt. In just one use, pore strips are twice as effective as the leading pore cleanser at getting rid of pore-clogging build-up, dirt and oil that can cause blackheads. Plus, with regular use they can actually reduce the appearance of your pores!
    • Oil-Free
    • Dermatologist Tested
    How to use:
    • Remove strip from pouch. Before using nose strips, twist strip to loosen and separate slits featured on nose strips only.
    • After washing your face, thoroughly wet your nose or other face area (where you have clogged pores or blackheads). The strip won't stick on a dry nose.
    • Dry hands. Peel strip off plastic liner. Apply to nose area, smooth side down, pressing down to ensure good contact with skin.
    • Let dry for about 10-15 minutes until stiff to the touch — like papier-mâché.
    • Slowly and carefully peel off starting at edges, pulling toward center.
    Cautions: Use only on the nose. Avoid using on acne blemishes or swollen, sunburned, excessively dry skin, or skin prone to spider veins. Consult a physician before using on skin being treated with prescription acne medication. Avoid using on skin which is sensitive to bandages or peel-off face masks. Remove strip as directed promptly after it becomes stiff. If strip is difficult or painful to remove, wet strip thoroughly until it slides off easily. Forceful removal of the strip should be avoided and may cause skin abrasions. If this occurs, discontinue use and consult a physician. Do not use more often than once every three days.

    Ingredients: Polyquaternium-37, Silica, Water, Glycerin, Polysilicone-13, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Methylparaben.

    $7.99-$8.99 for a pack of 14 strips. Available from,  Target & Stock N Go.
    Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask: This thermal 1-minute mask warms to open pores, and draws out and dissolves 2.5 times more dirt, oil, and surface toxins than a basic cleanse.

    A Bioré must have for the summer! After all the lotion, heat, and sweat build-up, say goodbye to clogged pores with this instant classic from Bioré.

    Heats on contact with water to open pores and draw out pore-clogging dirt and oil, then cools leaving skin tingly smooth and refreshed.

    Melt away the stress. Melt away the dirt and oil. Infused with natural charcoal, this thermal mask opens pores and draws out dirt. It finishes with a cooling sensation for tingly-smooth skin in just one minute. Mix this charcoal face mask with water to increase heating action by 2x. Talk about turning up the heat.
    • Oil-Free
    • Dermatologist Tested
    How To Use: Before using, please read cautions and usage instructions. For best results, use on clean face.
    • WET FACE. Leave face wet – the Bioré® Self Heating One Minute Mask is activated by water.
    • APPLY MASK. Dry hands, open single-use packet, dispense contents into hand and apply mask to face. You may add a little water to your fingers to help spread the mask and activate warming.
    • MASSAGE for about 1 minute. As you massage, the mask will heat up. For more heating action or for your preferred consistency, massage in a little water. The mask does not dry/harden.
    • RINSE. After one minute has passed, thoroughly rinse with water to remove the mask.
    Cautions: For external use only. Avoid eye contact. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water. Keep out of reach of children.

    Recommended Usage: May use up to 2-3 times/week.

    Ingredients: Butylene Glycol, Zeolite, Kaolin, Peg-8, Methyl Gluceth-20, Cellulose, Talc, Fragrance, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Charcoal Powder, Dimethicone, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Menthol, Disodium Edta, Bht

    $6.99-$7.99 for 4 Single Packets 0.25 OZ (7.0 g) each. Available from, Target, Ulta & Walgreens (Affiliate Links).

    Overall assessment: Affordable, effective, easy to find, and fun to use!

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