Favorite Fresh Products – And Something Special

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been exploring the world of Fresh products and I have to say – it’s done wonders for my skin. Because of this, I thought it was only natural that I share my favorite products with you.

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve been exploring the world of Fresh products and I have to say – it’s done wonders for my skin. I’ve mentioned on the blog how much my skin has changed throughout the years, but there are some things that have always been “problem areas.” Some things I’ve struggled with include texture, congestion, and acne. While I am still fairly oily, the evenness of my complexion, as well as most of my acne, has cleared up.

Because of this, I thought it was only natural that I share my favorite products with you. Be prepared because there’s quite a few.

Soy Face Cleanser

I’ve mentioned this cleanser on the blog before, so I’ll try not to drone on. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to switch cleansers and I have no regrets. If I’m honest, in the past, I was very against this face wash because I was positive that I was allergic to soy. I’m glad I decided to give it a second chance because it’s been very kind to my skin. I understand why it’s a bestseller.

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Sugar Face Exfoliator

This is a more recent discovery from my good friend, Laura. I was so surprised at how much I truly love this exfoliator. If you have dry skin, this will be your favorite exfoliator. It’s made with brown sugar, grapeseed and citrus oils that leave your skin nourished even after exfoliating, which oftentimes can dry your skin. While I have oily skin, I really enjoy this because it leaves my skin feeling very smooth and soft.

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Rose Deep Hydration Moisturizer

Oily girls unite! This is a gel cream moisturizer that soaks nicely into your skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, which is supposed to plump and hydrate your skin. Also, if you’re into anti-aging, hyaluronic acid is great for that as well. Being that it also has rosewater as an ingredient, it will help to calm down any redness and reduce inflammation with its antibacterial properties.

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Vitamin C Glow Moisturizer

I’ve included another moisturizer for my dry girls. In case you are looking for something thicker – without being heavy – this is the moisturizer is perfect to you. It contains vitamins C, E, and B5, which will give you that glow you’re looking for. I’m a big fan of this because of the fact that it’s so lightweight that you’d mistake it for a gel. After putting it on, I noticed my skin was brighter and hydrated.

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Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask

If you have oily skin, you’re going to want to skip over this. For anyone that strives for radiant skin, this mask is for you. I’m so enamored with this product that I use it before any event. It has a unique blend of kombu seaweed flakes, red algae particles and lotus seeds that exfoliates and leaves your skin very smooth.

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For making it to the end, I have a giveaway for you! There was no way that I could make a list of my favorites without sharing them with you all. One lucky winner will get the Soy Face Cleanser and Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream – both full sized! All you have to do to enter is comment your favorite skincare tip down below. For a second entry, you can follow my Instagram account @Kat_Pierre and leave a comment with a rose emoji on the post with the picture below. Giveaway closes on November 30, 2018, at 12 p.m.

Please note that this is not an international giveaway.

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What years of battling acne has taught me

As you all may or may not know, I’ve had some struggles with my skin in the past. And when I say some struggles, I mean a lot. I’m grateful for it because I’ve learned a lot.

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As you all may or may not know, I’ve had some struggles with my skin in the past. And when I say some struggles, I mean a lot. I’ve had issues with everything from oiliness and texture to scars and redness. There’s always been one underlying issue that’s been my biggest concern – acne.

If you’ve suffered from acne, you know the anxiety about breakouts right before school pictures and even the physical pain of it. I had a mixture of whiteheads, blackheads and painful, red bumps. The worst thing is that the red bumps weren’t constrained to a particular area of my face. They would appear on my forehead, cheeks and even my chin. All I wanted was clear skin.

I was tired of caking on foundation to hide the angry, red craters. I was tired of the concerned comments from friends and family, telling me that it was because of my makeup. I was tired of waking up from the pain of rolling onto one in the middle of the night. (This was the worst.)

I tried product after product, flooding my skin with every ingredient that magazines told me would “cure” my acne. There was charcoal, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Oh my!

That was my first mistake.

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I didn’t take the time to really get to know my skin and understand what it wanted. Instead, I wanted a quick fix and would put ten products on my skin right after each other. When something was causing bad reactions to my skin, I couldn’t pinpoint the culprit because I was using so many. Similarly, when something was working, I didn’t know if my skin was reacting well to the salicylic acid or the willow bark extract. While I knew this, I couldn’t stop.

I watched all the YouTube videos. I read all the magazines. I was under the impression that I was basically an expert, based on things that worked for other people’s skin.

That was my second mistake.

Everything changed about a couple months ago when I decided I wanted to stop making mistakes. While I did learn some things about my skin, I have to say that I still breakout sometimes. However, I am at a point where I just go out with a bit of concealer, which is something I was never comfortable doing before, which is what prompted me to write this.

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What may work for your favorite beauty guru might not work for you
Lord knows I’m still trying to figure this one out. Let’s face it, if Desi Perkins says something cleared her skin, there’s a 99.9% chance that I’m going to try it. Why? Let’s forget that she has beautiful skin for a moment. She’s someone that I look up to a lot because she knows what ingredients and products work for her. However, me and Desi have very different skin types so what may be a miracle product for her might not do the same for me.

Learn what your skin likes
Does your skin like witch hazel? What about charcoal? The only way to find out is to test it out. Testing out products will help you get a grasp of which ingredients actually work for your skin. From there, you’ll get a better understanding of which products in the store are worth your money. Just make sure you take time in between to know what in particular is working.

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Change your pillowcases
Okay, this is one tip that I’m sure will help everyone on their skin journey. Your pillowcase has so many germs and oils from your face and your hair, which can be causing your breakouts. That’s why you should make it a goal to wash your pillowcases and change them out once a week, especially if you have oily skin.

You don’t have to spend your entire paycheck
For all the girls obsessed with beauty like me, I’m going to reiterate it. You don’t have to spend your entire paycheck to have good skin. Yes, there are a lot of high-end products that work wonders, but there are also some really good items at the drugstore that might work for your skin as well.

Samples are your friends
I am a firm believer that you should always try before you buy! Maybe it’s my unjustifiable aversion to returning skincare, but I always like to ask for a sample of a moisturizer or mask when I can get one. This way if you do end up wanting something that has a higher price tag, you won’t have to worry about having to return it if it doesn’t work for you.

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Do you have any skincare tips? Let’s have a conversation in the comments section below! I’d love to get some tips from you or see if we have anything in common when it comes to taking care of our skin.

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A Date with Caudalie, Tatcha and Fresh

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by this absurd winter weather. *Knocks over my Fenty foundation as I raise both hands.* Yeah. Me too.

I’m not sure where you live, but I’ll give you a brief rundown on Virginia weather. Last week it was snowing one day then nearly 70 degrees the next. And no. I am not exaggerating.

So, with all of this finicky weather, my skin has been having a complete meltdown. That’s why I was so grateful to be invited by the lovely Laura to go visit the Sephora in the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for another skincare event. This time featuring Caudalie, Fresh and Tatcha.

My first stop was with Fresh Beauty, where I got to try out two masks. The first was the Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask, which I might pick up later. It contains lotus seeds, seaweed flakes and red algae. I noticed that it gave my face a beautiful radiance, without a greasy feeling. The best thing–it only takes 5 minutes to work its magic.

The second mask we used was one of my favorites–the Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. This was another hydrating mask because my skin has been feeling pretty dry recently. The “cool” thing about this mask is the fact that it has a cooling effect to it. (I have to admit that it freaked me out the first time I used it.) I found that I noticed clearer skin after using it as well. That was the case this time around as well!

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Next, I got pampered by the wonderful Amanda Lefaive from Tatcha, who taught me all about the brand. Did you know that all the products were inspired by ancient Japanese beauty rituals of geishas? You should know that geishas take much time to maintain the quality of their skin.

They have six steps to achieving their youthful glowing skin. These include purifying, polishing, brightening, nourishing, blotting and drinking Sake. The latter of which is optional, which means, I’ll be grabbing my glass of wine.

This heavily inspired products like the Rice Enzyme Powder. It’s an innovative powder product is actually a cleanser. It’s a powder that is activated by water. When you work it into your skin, it transforms into a beautiful lather that gently exfoliates your skin. After rinsing off, I felt clean and hydrated.

For moisturizing and treatment, I got to sit with the lovely Amy Schaeffer at Caudalie. Before starting, she had me give a brief rundown on some of my skin concerns. After going on and on about how shocked I was to learn that I had combination skin with some dry patches, she was able to give me some recommendations.

We started with the Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum. It was a perfect choice for my skin. While it contains hydrating ingredients like, Hyaluronic Acid and grape water, I didn’t feel like it left a greasy layer over my skin. My skin just felt plump and hydrated.

Next, we hydrated with the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. This is another interesting product from Caudalie. It starts off as a gel and as you work it into your skin, it melts almost into water. The Vinosource line is really amazing because it all really sinks into your skin, without leaving you feel greasy or sticky.

We wrapped everything up with the Premier Cru Eye Cream, which she described as the “crème de la crème” of eye creams. She wasn’t lying. I have dark circles under my eyes, both hereditary and from lack of sleep. When we applied the cream,  I noticed that everything looked a bit brighter. I’ve been using it ever since.

What I love so much about these events is the fact that each of the reps of each brand are so knowledgable about their products. It’s so important to make sure you understand the products and ingredients you’re putting into your skin, which is why these events are so important. I even had some good friends of mine join in on the fun and they said they felt the same.

If you want to join Laura for a Skin Soirée, a little birdie told me she’ll be in Short Pump this Saturday, January 27th.

What are your thoughts on the Skin Soirées? What about your favorite products from these brands? Let me know in the comments!

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Simple Skincare Review

My favorites from the drugstore brand.

The great thing about sisters is how they always show you their must-have products. I remember that my oldest sister was constantly telling me about makeup remover wipes and after a while, I tried it. Long story short: I fell in love.

Simple has a wide range of products from cleansers to moisturizers. The best thing: Simple is a drugstore brand. (TGFDP- Thank God for Drugstore Prices!)

Here are a few that I thought you all should try out:

It’s fitting that I should talk about the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes first. These are gentle, but powerful. I think I may like these more than the Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes. The reason why is I feel as though the Cleansing Wipes are more saturated than the Micellar Wipes, which make me feel like I’m tugging at my skin.

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Meet the product that you never knew you needed. This is the Simple Foaming Cleanser. It does just as it says, it comes out as a thick foam that is perfect for removing your makeup. Is it just me that feels like I get a better clean when something foams up? I like to use this after I use a makeup remover wipe or some other kind of cleanser.

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This has completely changed the game for me. This Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub contains small exfoliants that really do give you a deep clean that you can see and feel. I’ve had this for several months and I haven’t put it down since.

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This product is another favorite of mine. this is the Simple Soothing Facial Toner. I love to apply a generous amount of this to a cotton pad and smoothing this over my skin after cleansing. It’s very soft on the skin.

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Another staple in my skin routine is the Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15. It’s extremely lightweight and really replenishes my skin after cleansing and toning. The best part about it—it contains SPF to protect my skin throughout the day.

Overall, I have to say that I truly love the Simple Skincare line. I’ve tried almost the whole line and these are a couple of my favorites. I’d love to know if you have some favorites from the line that you think I should try.

Also if you have any questions about any other products I didn’t mention, please let me know. I’d love to give you my experiences with them.

*Photos have been pulled from SimpleSkincare.com. I do not own these images.