Obsession: Soap & Glory Hand Food

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I may or may not have developed a slight obsession with the Soap & Glory Hand Food… I definitely have three different sizes floating around my apartment.  I’ve tried several different hand creams and this one stands true as my favorite!

My first mini tube came from Sephora just before I left for my trip to England.  It quickly replaced my Bath & Body Works hand cream for a few reasons:

  1. It’s completely non-greasy.  There’s nothing that irritates me more than leaving a trail of greasy fingerprints behind me after applying hand cream.  This one sinks right in!
  2. It smells AMAZING.  It says it contains the scents of shea butter, macadamia oil, and marshmallow.  To me it smells like the Miss Dior Cherie fragrance.  Very sweet but somehow still a bit luxurious and sophisticated
  3. It fulfills the most basic requirement of a hand cream: moisturization.  Granted if your hands are so dry they’ve begun to split at the knuckles you may need something stronger, but for daily year-round use it fits the bill perfectly.  You’ll need to reapply after washing your hands, but a little bit of the hydration will stick around even if you don’t.

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Dry Skin Saviors

Plagued by dry skin?  These products helped me get the moisture back!

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In the past few weeks my skin has been feeling progressively drier, something I’m rather unfamiliar with.  I kind of always assumed my skin would stop producing teenage amounts of oil as I got older, but since I’m only starting to reach the mid 20s range it’s caught me unprepared.  It could be due in part to my efforts to quash the hormonal acne I’ve been plagued with in the past few months, but a lot of what I do is spot treating so logically it shouldn’t dry out my entire face.  Right?  *crickets chirping*

In the past week I’ve been especially diligent in choosing products that are more suitable for dry skin.  I had one particularly miserable day where I went to work and my face felt so dry all day all I could do was pray for the end of the day so I could run home, remove makeup, and slather on a thick layer of the richest moisturizer I could find.  After that day of miserable discomfort I’ve also put a few of my previous favorite makeup and skincare products on hold.  They’re much more suitable for the combination/oily skin I was used to.  I’ve certainly felt more comfortable in my own skin since I changed up my routine.  Sad to see the old favorites go but I’ll have them on hand if my skin has another bipolar phase!

After a good bit of research and taking advantage of free Sephora samples, here are the skincare and makeup bits I would recommend for anyone battling dry skin in the midst of summer.

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Softer, Smoother Skin & Ingrown Hair Treatment | AHA+ by Acne.org

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The promises of glycolic acid in skincare sound almost too good to be true: softer, smoother, younger and clearer looking skin?  Sign me up!  I had been interested in trying a glycolic acid treatment for a long time but I never knew which one to go for.  After discovering Beautypedia and spending far too many hours reading product reviews I finally settled on this one by Acne.org, and the results have been fantastic.

I am by no means getting to the stage where I’m overly concerned with the signs of aging, but I do subscribe to the “prevention is better than treatment” theory.  The main benefit I was hoping to get from this product was acne related.  As I’ve gotten older my skin has definitely started to change from oily to combination/dry, but I still have frequent breakouts.  I also switched birth control methods to a low hormone option.  While I’m happy with the switch in all other respects, I now have to contend with hormonal acne.  This type of acne shows up on either side of my chin, along my jawline, and some under my chin (which I have never had before and it grosses me out).  It’s also generally cystic and can be painful.

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Tree Hut Body Scrubs: Affordable & Effective!

The Tree Hut body scrubs were an accidental discovery for me when my mom included them in mine and my sister’s Easter baskets one year.  Since then they’ve been a staple in my routine and a frequent addition to birthday and holiday gifts!

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I have tried several of the scents available, but the one I’ll be reviewing first is the new Detoxifying Mediterranean Salt Scrub in Fig & Olive.  I happened to be perusing the aisles of Ulta this past week and this one was on the weekly buy one get one 50% off special.  I nearly picked up two of my old favorites, but the new scents caught my eye.  Ever since I visited England several months ago I’ve been more drawn to fig scents, which are much more popular in the UK than here in the States.  I gave this scrub a whiff and absolutely fell in love with the scent!  It’s much darker and stronger than any of the other Tree Hut products.  It’s nothing like what I would expect Fig & Olive to smell like; it’s very fresh yet heady, a bit green & floral too.  It smells expensive.

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