Cleaner than clean?!? I have always wondered if that’s achievable. I’m prone to break out easily, so I’m very skeptical about trying out new products…specially cleansers since most of them have too much fragrance that doesn’t agree with my skin.

I decided to be bold and try this cleanser without sampling it first. Surprisingly, I have liked it and I’m sure I’ll be using it for awhile.

MyChelle - Fruit Enzyme Cleanser:
A Gentle-deep cleanser with special blend of natural multi-fruit Alpha- Hydroxy Acids to unclog and purify pores, and increase cellular turnover for a more youthfully refined look. Strengthening and antioxidant Turmeric keeps skin calm and eases signs of irritation, while Fructooligosaccharides (from sugar) promote and protect skin’s health.

Don’t fret…below is a break down of the main ingredients so you know what you’re putting on your face:
Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta) (NutraFiora®): A pre-biotic from naturally occurring carbohydrates that promote healthy surface bacteria to protect the skin from harmful bacteria invasions.

Multi Fruit AHA Complex: Naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids to help promote smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. Stimulates the lymphatic system to encourage detoxification and skin purifying…and if that isn’t enough, it also provides astringent and tightening properties while relieving congestion and limiting excess sebum (oil).

Pectin (Fruit Enzymes): Infuses the skin with antioxidants and phytochemicals that assist in skin repair functions, protects from cellular and free radical damage, stimulates cell renewal and exfoliation mechanisms. Also used as a natural polymer (allows ingredients to stay cohesive) as well as water resistance.

How to use:
Massage a small amount onto skin with warm water. Rinse completely and follow with your treatment, serums, mist, nourishing cream and sun protection.

Something else to know:
Mix with any other face scrub for 2-in-1 deep cleansing.

So cleaner than clean does indeed exists!

MyChelle - Cranberry Mud Mask.

A way to keep my face breakout-free is to deeply purify and calm skin where problems starts. This Cranberry Mud Mask offers a blend of richly detoxifying Kaolin and Bentonite clays that absorb excess oil and debris from pores while cranberry extract (also known as one of the “super fruits” for its high antioxidant content) helps support skin and give it a luminescent glow.

What’s cool about it are the benefits of main ingredients:

Bentonite (Clay Mineral): A mineral rich natural clay that absorbs excess oil and reduces surface shine, provides soothing and healing benefits, re-mineralizes the skin to promote healthy cell functions.

Kaolin (Clay Mineral): Absorbs oil and purges the skin of impurities such as dirt, oil and cellular debris, reduces the occurrence of breakouts.

Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Juice: Provides antibacterial effects, nourishes the skin while protecting from radical damage.

How to use:

Use as frequently as needed.
 Apply on clean skin, smooth a thick layer on to face and neck
Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove with tissue or warm water.

Something else to know:
If you want to use it as a cleanser, gently massage a small amount onto skin with warm water. Rinse completely and follow with your treatment, serums, mist, nourishing cream and sun protection.

All About Lips - Clinique

When the weather changes, so does the skin and the fist thing I notice to flake are my lips…requiring attention. Lips are an important aspect of how we present ourselves. With that in mind it’s good to keep them looking soft and kissable.

Clinique’s All About Lips delivers both immediate and long-term results to minimize evidence of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage, giving the lip area a smoother, firmer look and feel. This product also de-flakes lips, helping lip balm or color glide on while resisting feathering.

It’s been part of my grooming routine for quite sometime and it’s among my favorites on this product category.

How to use:

Pump a small amount onto a q-tip and then glide on the upper and lower lip from left to right and vice versa. Leave it on for 1 a minute (or as long as you want). Rinse off with a damp washcloth. Can be used 1-2 times a week or when needed. For ideal results and SPF protection, follow with your favorite lip balm.

Having sexy lips has never been this easy.

Soft lips…yes, please!

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish
It gently exfoliates and conditions the lips with Brown Sugar crystals and natural humectants that prevent moisture loss. It buffs away dry flakes while Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil nourish the skin.

How to use:
Massage a small amount onto the lips and leave it on for 1-2 minutes (or as long as you want). Rinse off with a damp washcloth. Can be used 2 to 3 times a week. For ideal results and SPF protection, follow with your favorite lip balm.

BVLGARI - bold and unexpected.

Layering fragrances has been one of my hobbies in the last several months. I can’t say that I am an expert - not every combination turns out to be wonderful. There are times when it goes terribly wrong (quite often as matter of fact). However, by casualty I layered two strong Bvlgari colognes and the end results were quite pleasing.

Black Eau de Toilette Spray
Designed for both men and women with notes of Black Tea and Spices. It starts with a smoky black tea, and in this case, Lapsang Souchong simulates a rubbery scent creating a great balance.

Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir
The strongest scent of the brand. With notes of Darjeeling Tea, Lifescent, Guaiac Wood of Paraguay, Amber, Musk. A very sensual scent.

How to use:

Apply Black Eau de Toilette Spray first (2 spritz and not more) on prominent areas of the body - such as neck or head and let it set for couple of minutes. Then, apply 1-3 spritz of Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir on top of any of the areas in which you applied Black - let it settle. From the beginning top/middle notes will provide a woody-rubbery and spicy scent; while Amber and Musk act as end notes breaking the heaviness of it. Now you have created a bold and unexpected fragrance…wear it out.

Let glow be glow!

I’m always self-conscious when after few hours of applying skincare there is excess shine on my T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin). Using tape or washing my face isn’t an option as I’d be removing my skincare treatment. I’m very happy to have aquatinted with product that has been around for quite a bit. There are so many others but this one I’ve liked the most.

M•A•C Blot Film
A single sheet de-shines skin, absorbing excess oil from the skin’s surface without disrupting skincare or makeup. It also comes in a convenient, self-dispensing package of 30 sheets that’s a great alternative to using powder.

I like it because this product is great for quick and easy touch-ups throughout the day.

How to use:
Remove a single sheet from the container. Blot or glide over areas of face to remove excess oil. It’s as simple as that - now you’re good to go!

Sugar is in - stinky is out!

Fresh Sugar Roll-On:
Talking about a deodorant isn’t sexy at all - it completely feels like taboo.
Well Fresh has being doing something sexy for quite sometime…A roll-on deodorant antiperspirant that prevents perspiration and long-lasting odor protection.

Glide on the delicious aroma of fresh sugar every morning and let the sweetener’s natural botanicals double as skin-soothing and deodorizing agents. The alcohol-free formula helps to inhibit bacteria as it keeps you dry, revived, and feeling refreshed.

Why it works for me?
One of the main ingredients is Sugar (helps to inhibit bacteria), then Pure Oat Extract (revives and refreshes the skin). All of that and it doesn’t stain my white shirts…and my obsession with the brand continues.

Fragrance Layering - step out of the ordinary!

PROFUMUM ROMA - ARSO Eau de Parfum

Arso means “burned” and the masterfully rendered smokiness works with the crisp cool scent of pine resin and cedar leaves. This is perfectly suited for the strong, silent type - the sort of man who could build a house single-handedly and maybe even chop down the trees to build all by himself. Quiet, reassuring and powerful.

Arso Notes
Leather, incense, pine resin, cedar leaves.

FRESH - Citron De Vigne

Inspired by Reims, France’s Champagne region, Fresh Citron de Vigne is a crisp, sparkling, sensual blend that is ideal for both men and women. An innovative heart note of pinot noir accord—comprised of bergamot, dark almond, musk, white sandalwood, and rose—is combined with bubbling citrus top notes and an earthy base in this unique, everyday scent.

Notes:
Neroli, Bitter Orange, Pink Grapefruit, Pinot Noir Accord, Jasmine Tea Leaves, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Amber.

Layering steps:
Apply ARSO Eau de Parfum first (2-3 spritz) on prominent areas of the body - such as neck or head and let it set for couple of minutes. Then, apply 1-2 spritz of Citron De Vigne on top of any of the areas in which you applied Arso - let it settle. From the beginning top/end notes will provide a very woody-citrusy masculine and unique new scent. Can wear day or night at any given time of the year.

Blackheads are frenemies - boycott them!

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE
Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask

I finally found a product that it actually gets rid of those tinny annoying blackheads. As an acne-prone skin (and yes…Acne Survivor), I am always concerned about my oily skin and pores. So finding a products that combat these two concerns without causing irritation or redness it’s a challenge.

This mask is time absorbent to draw sebum, pollutants, impurities, and bacteria out of skin even after the first application. Pores do appear reduced, blackheads are minimized, and overall clarity can be seen.

I like this product because it has some cool ingredients: Retinol (helps smooth wrinkles and lines while increasing moisture and elasticity),
Licorice Root Extract (lightens and is an anti-inflammatory), Colloidal Sulfur (reduces acne blemishes and absorbs oil), Bentonite (a naturally occurring white clay that helps absorb oil and mattify), Prickly Pear (calms redness and irritation). Despite the smell of sulfur on my face, I know this product it’s worth to use.

I don’t like to use it daily as my acne isn’t severe, so applying often isn’t necessary for me but you can test it out and see what works for you.

Generally recommended usage:
Cleanse skin thoroughly before applying and apply a thin layer to the affected area once a day.

If you want a full mask: leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse (May be worn overnight & washed off in morning, too). Suitable for use on face, chest and back.

In some occasions bothersome, dryness or peeling occurs, so just reduce frequency of application.

Welcome blackheads-free face!

Oily What?!?

FRESH
Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant:
For normal to oily skin exfoliator that gently polishes away and dissolves dead skin cells and impurities to instantly reveal a healthy-looking, clear complexion.

What I love about this Umbrian Clay (Fresh’s proprietary ingredient) is the uniquely high-mineral content that works to neutralize acidity, absorb oil, and refine pores to purify the complexion, while natural bamboo and olive exfoliants gently polish away dulling, dead skin cells.

The formula is further enriched with meadowsweet extract, known to regulate excess sebum production to control oil and shine; lemon fruit extract, which helps promote cell regeneration for a brighter complexion; olive leaf extract, which helps to restore suppleness and protect against free radicals; and chamomile flower and lavender water, notable for their soothing properties.

It will definitely be part of my cult-classics grooming products.

@freshbeauty