Finished Five

No reviews today, but I just wanted to share a quick little update about some products I’ve used up! I’ve done really well this past month or so I’m not purchasing new skincare products until I’m completely out of that item, so my massive hoard is slowly diminishing. I’ve been trying to use once-in-awhile products like masks more often, too. I find that they end up just sitting in my drawer because I don’t think I have time, or I feel the need to almost ration my fancy masks for a special occasion, even though if I wait for an occasion I’ll never use them and they will go bad. Sundays are my day off each weekend, so I usually mask Sunday nights while I’m cleaning or taking it easy at home.

I am forever torn between makeup minimalism and wanting a never-ending collection. I think I need to come to the compromise of having a minimalist for certain items (primer, setting spray, mascara, setting powder, and other necessities) and allowing myself to have a collection of certain items I genuinely enjoy being creative with and collecting (eyeshadows, for example). It’s taking me awhile to find the right balance, though!

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MOTD: July 11, 2018

Attempted to recreate a look by @nikki_makeup today!

MOTD: July 3, 2018

I attempted to do some faux freckles today but they didn’t turn out as I had wanted! It’s definitely something I need more practice with. Used all Glo Skin Beauty today!

GliSodin Skin Brightening Formula Test Run and July No-Buy

I’ve been on the fence about whether or not supplements have improved my skin in the past or not. I know that what I eat especially impacts my breakouts, but I am iffy about supplements to be honest.

My workplace recently started carrying GliSodin products, and from the training we received the formulation seemed fairly logical. A few patients and even one of the nurses on our staff gushed about GliSodin supplements, so I figured I’d finally test them out.

Before I ramble on about the product, here are my “before” pictures that I took at around 6pm yesterday after my first dose.

As you can see, at the moment my skin is fairly clear with the exception of a few minor breakouts around my mouth, chin, and jawline. Though my acne has mostly cleared up, I do have acne scarring on my cheeks particularly and redness remaining throughout the entirety of my face. I have one brown spot on my eyelid and one about an inch away from the corner of my mouth.

The GliSodin Skin Brightening Formula claims to:

  • Have photoprotective properties against UVR induced erythema.
  • Help reduce hyperpigmentation from sun damage.
  • Help prevent sun damage by acting as an internal sunscreen.
  • Clarify and soothe skin.
  • Help accelerate healing of resurfacing laser treatments.
  • Synergistically help with topical depigmentation creams.
  • Increase the activities of SOD, glutathione peroxidase, catalase.

This particular formulation is recommended for oily, acne-prone individuals like myself as well as dry, sun-sensitive, uneven, and sun damaged skin. I’ll go into more detail about the ingredient list and the product claims in a check-in post as I try these out for the first 30 days. It’s recommended that I take 3 capsules with a meal daily, so I’ve set myself up to take them after work with my supper each day. I’m going to take pictures each week to track any potential visual improvements while maintaining my usual skin routine and not introducing any new products. I will keep you posted! Have you tried any skin supplements before, and have you had any success with them?

As well, I am doing a month long no-buy for makeup and skincare for July. I’m spending far too much when I could be saving to travel, and I need to learn to block out the temptations online and at work. If you’re currently in the midst of a no-buy, let me know what your goal is and how you’re doing so far! I tend to fail at no-buys so I’d love input from those who have been successful at them.

MOTD: June 24, 2018

Makeup of the day inspired by Caitlyn Dixon’s new makeup academy launch video!