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Review- La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

The video above is for a review of Effaclar Duo by La Roche-Posay. I wish I had found this product year ago because it has done wonders for my skin. If you are struggling with acne I encourage you to watch it or continue reading below.

What is Effaclar Duo? 

It is an acne treatment and hydrating lotion that helps treat acne prone skin and control oily skin. It’s made in France and I had to go all the way there to get it. But it was worth it. It contains micronized benzoyl peroxide (5.5%) which targets acne deep in the skin. It also has micro-exfoliating LHA to provide exfoliation to clear away dulling cellular debris and oil. It is non-drying and oil free.

What I like about it

I love this product for 3 major reasons

1. It is very easy to use. Unlike other skin care treatments where you have to use a whole line of products and stick to a rigid skin care regime, effaclar-duo is simple. I cleanse my face with any cleanser of my choice and then apply the lotion. No fuss no hassle! The directions explain to use 3 times a day but  when I started using it I only used it once a day and still saw a big improvement in my skin.

2. You’re not obligated to use the product for life. Some acne treatments work wonders …until you stop using the product. I dislike those types of treatments. Effaclar duo heals your skin and lets you use other products without risking a return to your acne prone skin.

3. It targets under the skin pimples. Before effaclar-duo I was struggling with pimples under the skin, so while my skin looked ok from a distance it didn’t feel smooth and I was constantly getting breakouts. Nothing I used seemed to control these “under the skin” breakouts. Once the pimples came to surface they’d be hideous whiteheaded menaces that made my skin unattractive. Effaclar duo changed all that.

What I don’t like about it

The biggest con is its price. It’s nearly $4o for the tube. Now while I don’t mind that kind of investment on my skin and having clear skin to me is worth it. It’s not exactly a budget friendly option for taming your acne.

The price alone is not enough to turn me away and many people, like myself, have given this product a 5/5. If you are looking for something that will aid you in your battle against acne then I highly recommend checking out Effaclar Duo by La Roche-Posay

 

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This will help you be the fairest one of all

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If you are a make up and fashion enthusiast, you probably like to be in the know of the all the latest tools and accessories to help you create the right look. You want the best brushes and applicators to put on your makeup. You’re willing to splurge on high quality styling tools but most people forget two very important tools: The mirror and the lighting.

Your mirror plays a huge role in your final look because a bad mirror can lead to putting on too much makeup, using unflattering colors or missing small details that can effect the overall outcome of your look. Shopcustomvanity.com knows how instrumental good lighting and a good mirror is to achieve your desired style and thus creates custom order handmade vanities that help you create a flawless look.

There’s a reason why I’m so excited to share this online store with you. I have always envied models and actresses with “Hollywood vanities” because something as simple as a mirror makes such a huge difference in how you appear. In my place, I have horrible lighting. Everything looks dim or bright yellow. And I’m not the only one that has this issue. Many people have poorly lit bathrooms or bedrooms. This can lead to over compensating by wearing too much or too little makeup. The custom vanities that you can find at shopcustomvanity.com are just like the Hollywood vanities that you find in dressing rooms and at fashion shows. These are the types that are used by elite makeup artists and celebrities. These are the kinds of mirrors that will make you “the fairest of them all.”

How does shopcustomvanity.com work?

The website has several options to choose from and you can even request a custom size. Once you choose your mirror it takes 2 weeks for it be delivered because it has to handmade. If you are in the states you get free shipping. Now keep in mind that this is just a mirror and is not attached to a tabletop. I personally prefer this because it means I can place the mirror anywhere. You can mount it on a wall or on your own dresser. You can even simply lean in against the wall. The mirrors are made with a wooden frame and high definition glass. I also love that it comes with dual electrical outlets so you can plug in your hair curler or any other device into your mirror.

The type of mirror you use does play a big roll in your look which is why I recommend checking out shopcustomvanity.com if you are looking for a mirror that will help you create flawless beauty looks.

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Arbonne gets an A +

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Arbonne is a beauty and wellness company that I was recently introduced to by my friend, and beauty consultant, Colleen Smith. I’m someone who loves to try health and beauty products in order to find the right products to improve my skin and overall well being. However, I was a little skeptical when I first went to Colleen for a facial because I have tried countless products that simply didn’t work.

What put me at ease however were two things

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1. My beauty consultant Colleen Smith is basically a beauty guru. Not only is she a talented makeup artist but she is also very knowledgeable about the skincare industry. Thus, when she started telling me facts about Arbonne I became more excited about the products.

For example, Arbonne has an international rating of 4/5. People all over the world use and love this company’s products. Arbonne has trained consultants like Colleen who do hostings or beauty consultations to help you get familiar with the products but also suggest the right products for you and your needs.

Having a knowledgeable beauty consultant like Colleen can be the difference between improving your skin or making it worse.

During the facial, Colleen gave me ample information about the company itself and each of the products she was using on me. Ingredients list, when to use certain products, how to use them correctly, how to get the most out of your products—all of this is very important information that you can receive when you host a party with Colleen. As I got educated and pampered I started to feel less skeptical about Arbonne.

2. The second reason for giving this company such a high rating is that the products are actually amazing! I bought several items after my facial, and will post separate reviews on all of them; but as a whole, the products did not disappoint.

Colleen did the nightly facial for me. As someone who sometimes neglects to treat my skin well at night, I realized just important it is to have nightly regime if you want great looking skin. She used the following

Smoothing facial cleanser: which was easy to use, didn’t have an unpleasant smell, cleaned my face well and left it feeling smooth.

The nightly resurfacing pads left me amazed. Where has this product been all my life! I’ll go into more detail about it later but if you suffer from blemishes and acne you should definitely check it out. It’s one of their number one selling products.

The exfoliating new cell scrub was gentle and left my skin smoother, but this product as well as the toner were the only two that didn’t necessarily wow me. They were good but I prefer the ones I already use.

Then we used the intensive renewal serum. This is a wonderful product. It’s not heavy or greasy and made my skin feel like silk.

I never use eye creams but I would invest in the Corrective Eye Cream by Arbonne

The night repair cream made my skin feel soft and silky. It looked more youthful and glowing.

I couldn’t stop looking at my skin after the facial. I just looked more rejuvenated. I had become an Arbonne believer. The change in my skin was immediate and none of their products made me breakout or cause irritation.

I’m going to do a more in depth review of all the products I purchased so stay tuned for those posts but take the time to check out Colleen and Arbonne. Keep in mind that Arbonne is not just about beauty; they have tons of products for fitness and nutrition as well as products for men and women.

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Trend: Wearing the Woods

I don’t know what it is about spring time, but it always makes me seek out woodland themed garments. Maybe it’s the birth of baby fawns and little foxes around the forest that just make me want to dress up in forest themed clothes and head out with my camera to catch a glimpse of all the flowers and furry creatures. Here are some wood land pieces that have caught my eye. foxscarf

This pretty fox scarf is from Decembermonologue.com. Besides the fact that is it woodland, there are two things I really like about this scarf. It is really affordable. It’s only $10. The second thing that made me want to feature it is that it is book merch. The scarf is a limited quantity and was created for a novel written by December. The story is ongoing at the moment, and it’s about a girl that has a magical scarf with the ability to turn its wearer invisible. This scarf doesn’t have that power, because everytime I wear it I get noticed and everyone compliments me.

 

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I adore jumpers and playsuits  so I couldn’t resist this woodland muse one that I found on stylemoi.nu. This is definitely a playsuit to visit baby fawn in.
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Modcloth is a great place to find lovely woodland themed garments and this pleated skirt is no exception. The owl and floral print puts me in the mood for picnics in the meadow during dusk.
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This is the most expensive item in the list, but it is just beautiful. Just looking at it makes me feel one with nature. I think one could easily feel transported to a magical forest with water falls and lush trees with this dress on, even if they were stuck in a busy office with mounds of paper work.
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Why TheCosmetist.com is not your average beauty website

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The internet is strewn with beauty blogs and cosmetic websites but most of them are not owned and operated by real pharmacists or cosmeticians. The Cosmetist.com however is one blog where you can get beauty advice from a doctor of pharmacy. I learned about this website not long ago, but I’m already a fan of it for a several reasons.

1. Written by a real cosmetician. The fact that this blog is kept by a doctor makes it stand apart from a majority of the beauty blogs out there. To use myself as example, I love beauty products but I’m not a pharmacist. There’s information that I can’t share with my readers because I’m not privy to it. The Cosmetist on the other hand  offers great advice that only someone who has worked in the industry would know, making it a trusted source for cosmetic and skin care information.

2. Highly Informative. The blog is dedicated to bringing you information about beauty and skin care, and it’s one of the most informative blogs I’ve come across for this industry.  The Cosmetist hails from France, and if there’s one thing most of us can agree on it’s that French beauty care is renowned. French pharmacists know their stuff and can ensure you make the right decisions for your beauty regime. If you can’t go to a French pharmacy, then head over to the website to get some of the best information about cosmetics and anti-aging.

3. Wonderfully written. You may be thinking that a website written by a doctor will be an overly complicated bore to read, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Cosmetist brings you information and awareness in an amusing, lighthearted, easy to understand style of writing. Even if you aren’t a die hard makeup fan you can enjoy this website simply for the posts. Each article is humorous, inspiring as well as informative.

4. Answers your questions. One of the favorite aspects of this website is that you can send in your own beauty and cosmetic related questions to be answered. Not many beauty bloggers do this. Most beauty bloggers simply write about their hauls and give product reviews, but don’t go out of their way to solve the beauty related issues of their readers. This is how I feel a real beauty website should be. It should connect with its readers and be willing to answer their questions the way The Cosmetist does.

If you want sound beauty advice, from a real doctor then you need to visit The Cosmetist and sign up for it’s newsletter. You’ll get great advice and inspiration to keep you looking and feeling beautiful.

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Boho meets glam at artstylegem.com

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Summer is often considered a time to dress casually, but with wedding season, graduation and many festivals and events held in summer, it’s also a time to amp up your style and add some unique beautiful jewelry like the ones found at artstylegem, a webshop that offers beautifully designed pieces for your special and glamorous occasions.

Brides to be can find necklaces, bracelets, and earring that will help make you look unforgettable. The best part is it can be done without breaking the bank. I found some exquisite pieces for just $60, which is perfect for my student budget. Don’t let the affordable price fool you though, these are quality pieces. Artstylegem uses authentic Bohemian Garnet for the jewelry, which has 3 hallmarks of authenticity and certification.

The gem is a beautiful firey red that easily catches people’s attention and is said to give it’s wearer strength. It’s highly desirable for jewelry pieces because of it’s color is unmatched by other gems. The process of extracting them is also environmentally safe and sustainable. Bohemian Garnet is linked with Czech culture and is actually forbidden as a raw import, unless set in readywear pieces. Thus possessing one of these Czech made jewelries is something to treasure.

Now I may not be a bride, but I am someone that loves accessorizing my outfits with jewelry, if you are you’re going to love the items on artstylegem.

The webshop offers beautiful statement necklaces perfect for a summer gala, and lovely boho rings and bracelets for everyday wear. The boho trend is very big this season and brides, grads and other stylish femmes are eagerly seeking the right jewelry for their bohemian themed look. Artstylegem offers a large selection of pieces just for your needs.

However, if you’re more into classic sophisticated jewelry, you’ll find plenty of options on the website too. There is something to suit everyone’s style and taste. All the products are made out of pure silver with the choice of 2 coatings on top of the silver: gold or rhodium (part of the platinum family).

Canadian fashionistas can also celebrate the fact that the webshop offers free delivery across Canada.

Whether you have some important summer event to glam up for or you simply love looking perfectly accessorized all year long, I recommend visiting artstylegem for your jewelry needs. Their pieces are top quality, stylish, and affordable.

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The Best Way To Get A Perfect Tan

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If you are someone that seeks the look of a perfect golden tan all year round then you’ll love Tan On The Run.

What is it?

Tan on the run is a mobile spray tanning service that provides top of the line tanning services in the convenience of your own home, office, studio or any other location of choice. It is the only one of its kind in the GTA, meaning those in North America have access to this great service.

Now whether you’re tan fanatic or just enjoy getting that sunkissed glow for your vacations or special events, Tan on the run is definitely something you should check out.

Here’s why:

1. The tanning products and service are unrivalled. The tanning spray is 100% safe. There are no parbens to be found in the product. It is organic, hypo-allergenic, and vegan. Conscience product users can feel confident using this service to achieve their desired brown skin. The technicians are highly trained and skilled to provide unmatched service.

2. Celebrity approved. Tan on the run is used by all types of people, including celebrities like Lady Gaga, Fergie, and even naturally brown skinned women like Leona Lewis are evening out their skin tones with Tan on the run.  Male celebrities like Nuno, who is the lead guitarist for Rhianna, have also used Tan on the run. These are people who are constantly under scrutiny for their looks and seek out the best services to help them achieve the beauty standards of their industry. Luckily, this great service is not exclusive to celebrities. Tan on the run is for everyone. From brides to sports competitors, anyone can access Tan on the run.

3. Safer alternative to traditional tanning. Studies have shown the health consequences to sun bathing and tanning beds. Still, tan enthusiasts continue to risk their health, and the long term damage it has on their skin, for the sake of a beautiful glow. Tan on the run is a safer, faster, longer lasting, and a more convenient method. You won’t risk premature ageing. In fact you’re helping your skin by using their products, because it has vitamin E and Aloe which nourishes the skin. You won’t be putting yourself in the harmful UVA rays that can result in skin cancer. Or suffer with the burns and blisters that often accompanies suntanning.

You can lean more about this highly recommended service or book your appointment by visiting the website Tanontherun.com

Why everyone is talking about Punch Skin care

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I must be living under a rock, because this amazing skin care product, Punch Skin care, almost slipped under my radar. I noticed it on Amazon and one of the first things that stood out were its rave review. Everyone seems to love this product! With my curiosity peaked, I had to find out what made Punch so special.

Now, Punch Skin care has a line of different products, but I’m focussing on the moisturizer.

Looking at the ingredients, I could tell this was a premium product. To list just a few of the good for your products found in this moisturizer: organic witch hazel, organic grape seed extract, organic sesame seed extract, Vitamin A, and dandelion leaf extract. No wonder people were seeing amazing skin transforming results. These ingredients on their own can do wonders for the skin. But combined they greatly improve the look and feel of your skin.

How can Punch Moisturiser help your skin?

1. Cell Renewal: This moisturizer contains small protein peptides that stimulate cell renewal and strengthen collagen fibres. This is important in fighting the ageing process. As we get older, our skin loses it’s elasticity but with the help of these protein peptides you can give your skin a more toned appearance, which makes it look fuller, firmer, and younger.

2. Antioxidants: Young or old, female or male,  everyone needs to be concerned with stimulating antioxidant production in your skin. It is not only important for keeping your skin looking healthy, but it’s essential for protecting you against sun damage. Punch Skin care kept this in mind and thus their moisturizer helps to increase natural antioxidant production.

Bonuses

This product is oil free. This is important to me because, as someone whose skin is oily and breaks out easily, I can use this worry free knowing that I’m not adding to an existing skin problem.

A little goes a long way. On amazon this product is 27.55 but don’t let that turn you off. A little goes a long way! You only need a small thumb size amount to get the effects of this moisturiser.

I’m glad I joined the band wagon on this one, and can see why so many women and men are giving it a five star rating. It’s hard to find any fault with this product or company. Give Punch a try if you are looking for a high quality moisturizer that will make your skin beautiful.

Visit their website to learn more about their other products

Punch Skin care moisturizer can be found on Amazon

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Are you using the right hair tools?

We all want healthy shiny hair, but very often we forget that the tools  we use to achieve this is just as important as our shampoos and conditioners. Not all hair tools, such as flat irons, are the same and choosing the right one will make it easier to achieve the beautiful head of hair that you’re after. Among the list of good hair care products is a brand that is simply outstanding when it comes to giving you silky smooth hair. This brand is ISA Professional.

I’m taking note of  this brand for a few reasons.isa professionaldigital

1. Quality. I’ll be honest, this brand doesn’t have an extensive catalogue. It doesn’t need one. It’s focused on offering a few high quality hair tools that will leave your hair looking its best. For example, the ISA Professional Digital Flat Iron Hair Straightener has been built to ensure that it helps your hair, not harms it. To do this, the company used 100% Solid Tourmaline ceramic plates. Tourmaline transfers heat more evenly and quickly, allowing you to  get a just-got-back-from-the-salon look. Use it to get a sleek silky straight look or add some bound and volume to your hair.

2. Perfect for amateurs. If you struggle to get the look you want and are always warring with your hair, it very likely could be the hair tool you’re using. Hair care novices often have this problem. They opt for any old tool that is a challenge to use. ISA Professional has built in features that make it easy for anyone to get the look they want. Some of these features include:

  •   A digital temperature control–no more hard to read temperature adjuster
  • 360 no tangle cord– don’t you just hate fighting with the cord
  • 45 minute auto shut off safety feature

3. Great customer service. I always say a product is only as good as the company that backs it and ISA Professional offers great service which only enhances the brand. U.S customers can appreciate the free shipping but so can Canadians. Their products come with a two year warranty and the company can easily be contacted if you have any questions.

The hair tool you use matters if you’re seeking beautiful hair. Don’t settle on just anything. Check out ISA Professional’s collection of products to get the hair you desire.

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Summer Must Have: Frankies Bikinis

Flirty, fun, fashionable: let me introduce you to Frankies Bikinis a fashion swimwear collection from Bikini Luxe that recently caught my eye. If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where warm weather is all year round then you can sport this collection right away. For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait till mother nature remembers we’re bikini ready. And this collection definitely puts you in the mood for summer. It’s not often I see a collection of swimwear that is both fashionable and suitable for many different body shapes.

The collection itself is simple, but one can’t ignore the artistry in  the way the designer has made use of the strings–criss crossing, knotting and braiding them into unique and beautiful eye catching beach wear. You’ll stand out without being too flashy.

Frankies Bikinis is also timeless. Unlike other swimwear lines that are only on trend for that summer, these look as if you’ll be able to wear to them again and again without feeling outdated. This allows the collection to be appropriate for different age gaps. Whether you’re a teen or in you’re 30’s these bikinis are a great way to bring some style to your summer.

Lastly, the collection just screams summer. It’s the kind of thing I want to be seen in when the weather gets warm, sipping a cool drink by the pool or splashing around in tropical waves.

Perhaps you want to stand out at your next pool party or simply want a classic chic bikini to have on hand for vacations, Frankies Bikinis is the pick of choice and a summer must have.

Don’t forget to follow Bikini Luxe’s  Twitter to learn more about their fashionable swimwear collections

 

 

 

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