Long time no see, huh? Sorry about that! I’ve pretty much been living out of a weekender bag lately because I spend most of the week at my aunt’s house so that my commute to work isn’t so tedious. I’ve cut back on buying products these past two months, so I don’t have a September Favorites post for you guys because I’m using up whatever I have in my stash.
Instead, I thought I would take the Instagram tag #T6MBP (The 6 Most Beautiful Products) and turn it into a blog post about the six skin care products that I have been loving as of late!
Now, I know the picture on the right looks like bird crap, but this scrub is the furthest thing away from crap. In fact, it’s one of the few products I can honestly label “Holy Grail” status. It’s jam-packed with awesome organic ingredients like sea kelp, french green clay, chlorella growth factor, argan oil, and lemon peel granules to give you a deep scrub without leaving face feeling tight and dried out. The granules in this scrub are fairly large so your skin won’t feel it’s being scratched off and it’s better for the environment because the granules do break down over time, unlike microbeads in conventional face washes and scrubs that can wreak havoc on the environment.
I know you’re not supposed to use a scrub everyday, but sometimes I do especially because my skin is on the oilier side and I’ve literally been a hot mess with this summer heat situation. I just love how soft and smooth my skin feels after using this scrub and the fact that it doesn’t irritate my skin! I’ve had this particular bottle since last Christmas (it was actually I gift I gave to my mom that she never used), but I’m going to be throwing it out because it is getting darker in color and because I reordered this scrub and couple of other things directly from Acure.
This scrub normally retails for $9.99, but at Pharmaca.com it’s now at $7.99 PLUS you can save even more if you sign up for the website’s newsletter, which slashes an additional 30% off of your order!!!
I have a complete post dedicated to this little jar of goodness and even after 6 months since receiving this mask as a birthday gift it still packs a punch in my skin routine. It has to be the Hawaiian Spirulina and Sea buckthorn that just gets along incredibly well my with my skin. This mask is not at all drying nor does it harden up. It’s more of a hydrating mask with a gentle detoxification action going on there too. I highly recommend it when your skin is feeling a little bleh and you need a skin pick-me-up or if you suffer from acne!
I recently received a sample of this spot serum in a Petit Vour box that was from June or July I believe….Anyways, don’t let this tiny sample fool you! It’s incredibly effective at combating those pesky spots (and I’ve been getting more lately because I haven’t been eating as healthy as I was in the past). It’s power surprisingly comes from its short list of organic ingredients that include jojoba oil, eucalyptus oil, cajeput, thyme, peppermint, and clove bud essential oils. The consistency of this serum is very runny and it comes in a rollerball tube so that you’re not using your fingers to apply it.
It also smells extremely strong, so if you are not down with the smell of eucalyptus, peppermint, and thyme I would pass this serum along. I do find that the size and redness of my spots reduce quite significantly with repeated use, so check out this serum if strong smells don’t bother you!
I feel like this whole post is dedicated to acne-prone skin and this next product is no exception to the theme. Kensington Apothecary is a new brand I stumbled upon while shopping at Pharmaca.com. I featured the brand’s Rose Oil Cleanser in last month’s favorites and this facial oil is slowly creeping up to be a new favorite. Just like the Meow Meow Tweet Spot Serum, this facial oil has only a few, but great ingredients that include organic sunflower oil, jojoba seed extract, grape seed oil, tsubaki oil, pumpkin seed oil, may chang oil, olive leaf extract and tocopherol.
I personally haven’t noticed any breakouts that are directly linked to this oil, but always test patch this oil if you decide to try it out! I know putting oil on oily skin may sound counterintuitive but there are oils out there that battle the bacteria an gunk that lies in your skin. This oil does cost a pretty penny, but again you can save when you shop through Pharmaca.com because of their fabulous coupon codes!
On days when I haven’t been out doing too much (which has been rare lately) I like using these cleansing grains from a brand called Urban Oreganics. The brand is based out of Portland, Oregon (hence the name) and they make high quality bath and beauty products. I think I found out about them simply by looking through the #greenbeauty tag on Instagram and I became instantly interested in what they have to offer.
Their Cleansing Grains are only made of organic gluten-free oats, french green clay, organic matcha, organic quinoa. The grains are dry, so you need just little bit of water to form a paste that you can use to clean your face. Be warned, if you’re looking for a deep clean then these cleansing grains may not be up your alley. They offer a very gentle cleanse that leaves your skin feeling baby soft. I say it’s suited more for when you first wake up in the morning. This is no good at removing makeup at the end of a long day and works better if you’ve removed you’re makeup the night before. It can also be a bit messy and is prone to get stuck in your hair-line and eyebrows if you aren’t careful so I suggest pulling back your hair and wear a headband when you face your face.
You have the option of getting a grapefruit, lavender, or unscented version of these cleansing grains and I decided to get the unscented kind. Even though it says it’s unscented it does smell like earthy green tea. It’s not strong at all so it doesn’t bother me one point. If you’re looking for a very gentle clean that will make you skin feel like silk then check out the Cleansing Grains from Urban Oreganics on their Etsy shop!
Last but not least is a little sample jar of a scrub and mask that I also received in a Petit Vour subscription box. This little jar is an organic mix of rhassoul and bentonite clay, bamboo activated charcoal powder, sea kelp, and tamanu oil, which all help fight acne. This is another product that comes in a powder form where you need to add water before applying it. When I’m too lazy to bust out my giant tub of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Bentonite Clay and some apple cider vinegar, I like using this mask instead. Because this mask has clay, it does harden up after 10-15 minutes and it will leave your skin feeling tight, yet super clean and invigorated. The smell is quite minty thanks to spearmint oil and it has a slight herbal-y scent to it as well. I love the little sample size I have because it’s perfect to take with me when I spend a few nights at my aunt’s house.
It is quite an expensive mask in the full-sized form, but if you buy through PetitVour.com then you get points based on your purchases that lead to coupons and other offers.
And these are The 6 Most Beautiful Products that I have been reaching for these past couple of months.
Let me know the six products that you think are the most beautiful and why you give them such a high honor in the comment section down below!
And thank you for sticking around and reading my blog! I know I’ve been absent lately, but hopefully my blogging habits will pick up after some new changes happen in the coming weeks 😉