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My Top 12 Fave Products from 2017

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I made 44 blog posts in the last 12 months (excluding this post). As a result, I thought that I would put together a list of a few of my favorite things from 2017. I’ve selected one product fave for each of the 12 days of Christmas … Enjoy!

MY 7 HAIR CARE ❤️FAVES❤️

  1. Especially Hair Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment: This uber moisturizing deep conditioner is a rock star hair treatment for adding moisture to parched tresses, regardless of the season. If you want something more strengthening, try my other love from ion. Their Keratin Smoothing Masque hydrates and protects in ONE step!
  2. The Turbie Twist: This microfiber hair wrap is my one and only go-to for wicking excess water from my hair on wash day. Read Quick Tip #15: Say, “No!” to Traditional Towels for more information on making the switch from “towel” to “twist.”
  3. Unique Bobby Pin Storage: I love how easy it was to organize my bobby pin collection. Who says organization can’t be practical AND pretty? Read Quick Tip #16: Hack for Storing Bobby Pins (and other things!) for more information on how to improve your storage IQ.
  4. The HONEY BLOWOUT Honey Treatment: This honey hair treatment works wonders for creating parch-free blowouts. However, it also acts as a moisturizing cleanser when used as a co-wash.
  5. Dark & Lovely’s Au Naturale Anti-breakage Line: The Root to Tip Mender and Super Softening Hair Butter continue to do a great job of  keeping my ends moisturized.
  6. Goals Beauty Complete Healthy Hair Oil: This hair oil has tons of amazing ingredients that encourage hair growth and length retention.
  7. The Ultimate Satin Bonnet: These satin bonnets give me life! I love them so much that I pretty  much tossed all my other bonnets into the bin or donation box. They stay on through the night and are perfect for virtually any hair length (from short and cropped to thick and long)!

MY 5 SKIN CARE ❤️FAVES❤️

  1. Mario Badescu’s Botanical Exfoliating Scrub: This botanical scrub is gentle yet effective (even on my sensitive, combination skin)! If you’re on the hunt for an exfoliating scrub that can work without agitating or damaging your skin, this botanical scrub is for you.
  2. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence: This Treatment Essence is expensive but offers great value considering it minimizes fine lines and wrinkles while softening and moisturizing the skin. I also adore that this facial treatment is sulfate-free, GMO-free, and does not contain any synthetic fragrances!
  3. Measurable Difference Hydrating Body Oils: The amaranth and lavender hydrating body oils by Measurable Difference are my preferred products for locking in my skin’s moisture post-shower and for preventing and treating mild to moderate pain post-workout.
  4. Nail Therapy: This therapeutic nail treatment soothed, strengthened and repaired my weakened cuticles and nail beds after just one application. Read Quick Tip #23: Get Some (Nail) Therapy! for more information on getting quick help for your problem nails.
  5. Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum: The Vinoperfect Radiance Serum from Caudalie of Paris is my new product must-have. Although its formula is highly concentrated, it is suitable for all skin types. Unlike similar products, this serum is not photo-sensitizing and is non-comedogenic. After only 2 weeks of use, I noticed decreased dark spots (from acne scars) and hyperpigmentation, a more even skin tone, and brighter, more radiant skin.

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

SK_II Facial Treatment Essence Skincare Trial Kit ( 4 Items ) SKII, SK2

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence claims to address the five dimensions of beautiful skin: (1) reducing spots, (2) diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, (3) correcting skin texture, (4) improving firmness, and (5) elevating radiance. It contains 90% pure Pitera™ in every bottle. Pitera is a natural by-product of yeast fermentation that is rich in vitamins, amino acids, and minerals that help to heighten the skin’s natural surface-rejuvenation process. This product was also uniquely formulated to better assist skin with better absorbing serums and moisturizers. Your skin’s moisture is left replenished to help prevent dryness, its texture is smoothed for soft, even skin, and its renewal cycle is moderated.

Ingredients: Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate**, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Aqua (Water/ Eau), Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid. *Pitera.

Directions: Sprinkle a teaspoon into your hands, then press the essence gently and evenly onto your face and neck. Your skin will absorb the essence quickly and naturally. Layer with your serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen, in that order.

I have sensitive, combination skin. My face tends to be super oily in my T-zone and dry to normal everywhere else. The first time I used this product, I was NOT impressed. It just seemed okay. I dripped some of the Treatment Essence onto my fingertips, but it was kind of watery and difficult to control/apply. While my skin felt soft after my initial application, the dry patches on my cheekbones were not fully moisturized. As a result, I added a few additional drops of product to my fingertips and applied it specifically to that area. My skin instantly looked and felt more hydrated.

Day 2, I only needed one application of the Essence. This time, I poured some of the product onto a cotton round and gently applied it to my face and neck. This technique seemed to work much better for me than the one suggested on the bottle (e.g., sprinkling a teaspoon of the product into your hands). By day 3, my skin seemed fully “adjusted” to the product. I didn’t notice an improvement in the texture of my skin, though, until after I had used the product for about 3 weeks. But, I absolutely love how light and refreshing this Treatment Essence is on my skin. And, I am grateful that it has such a neutral scent.

I usually think skin and hair care products with this kind of price tag are overrated. However, after extended use, I can definitely say that this miracle water is worth all the hullabaloo! My sensitive, combination skin feels much more balanced, smooth, and even. I recommend applying this treatment directly after cleansing your face (and before proceeding to your other facial serums and creams). After 4-5 weeks, I noticed a marked improvement in the fine lines on my face. I am a very expressive person, and had quite noticeable “laugh lines,” especially on my forehead. But, they are barely visible now unless I intentionally furrow my brows! Moreover, my T-zone doesn’t seem to be overproducing so much oil any more. I’ve noticed that my skin is much less oilier in that area, which is a HUGE plus!

My sensitive skin can sometimes appear a little dull from time to time. But, not anymore! After only a few weeks of using the Treatment Essence, I observed that my complexion seems overall much brighter. As a woman of color prone to hyperpigmentation (in the summer time), that’s no small task. The darkness under my eyes has lightened slightly and is much less pronounced. My face also feels firmer, too! In fact, my skin has been looking (and feeling) so great lately, I’ve only worn makeup TWICE in the last 6 weeks, and it wasn’t even my full-face routine! For added benefits, use twice a day (morning and night) and/or combine with SK-II’s Facial Treatment Clear Lotion.

SK_II, SK2 Facial Treatment Essence [Pitera Essence] 75ml / 2.5 oz

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is not for the faint of wallet! My 5.4 oz container retails between $179 and $214, depending on the retailer and whether it is on sale. Although expensive, because of the concentrated formula and small amount that is needed each time, my 5.4 oz bottle will last for probably another 10-12 months (maybe even longer) given that I have barely put a dent in it after almost 2 months’ of use! However, because the Essence comes in a glass bottle, I was quite paranoid about dropping it and breaking it. This product is way too expensive for a mishap of that proportion! Every time I use the Essence, I feel the need to open the outer box carefully and gingerly untwist the top cap. This is certainly not a product you can be in a rush to use …

PROS

  • Great for MOST skin types (normal, dry, combination, and sensitive)
  • Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Softens skin
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Smooths the surface of skin
  • Not sticky or oily on the skin
  • Synthetic fragrance-free
  • Sulfate-free
  • GMO-free
  • Can be used twice daily
  • Great value; bottle will last a LONG time
  • Neutral fragrance

CONS

  • The cost; even the 2.5 oz travel-sized bottle sells between $89 and $99!
  • Contains paraben preservatives (e.g., methylparaben)
  • Not generally recommended for oily skin types
  • A little watery
  • Glass bottle looks gorgeous but can break easily

Want great skin? Skip the laser resurfacing treatment, and opt for this SK-II Facial Treatment Essence instead! It is definitely worth the investment.

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