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Update: Skin Care Routine

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Here’s an update on my skin care routine. 🙂 I knew I had to do an updated skin care routine after seeing results in my skin. I am about 90% clear. My skin feels smooth and soft. It not only feels that way, it looks that way. Before that, I was struggling with persistent, stubborn clogged pores that made me hated my skin. They kept popping up out of nowhere. I had to wear more makeup than usual too because of that. Now, I’ve cut down my makeup routine by tons. LOVE!! So here’s my skin care routine. I hope it helps anyone that’s going through an initial breakout or have stubborn acne. Be strong, hold on. Better days are to come. 😀

Face Wash:

Trader Joe’s Spa Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil
Trader Joe’s Spa Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil

I use Trader Joe’s SPA Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil in the morning and at night. This face wash just seems to work for me. It’s effective and affordable.


Pixi skintreats Retinol & Glow Tonic
Pixi skintreats Retinol & Glow Tonic

Technically, Pixi skintreats Retinol Tonic and Glow Tonic are toners. I started off using them as a toner. I eventually stopped using them as a toner. What I do is dispense some product in my palm and pat it into my skin. I haven’t noticed much of a difference between using it on a cotton pad and dispensing it into my palm. Only less product wasted.

I haven’t done a review on Pixi skintreats Retinol Tonic and Glow Tonic. I can do one right now, since we’re talkin about them. I’ll start off with the Retinol Tonic.

Pixi skintreats Retinol Tonic:

Between the two, Retinol and Glow, I prefer the Retinol. It’s less drying and less irritating. It brightens my skin, and I love how gentle it is. I use the Retinol much more often. I can use it every day without any issues.

Pixi skintreats Glow Tonic:

When I first used Glow Tonic, my skin loved it at first. My skin looked glowy and smoother. As time went on, my skin felt irritated. I started to breakout. This is most likely the intial breakout. I like the Glow Tonic, but I prefer the Retinol due to less side effects. I can only use Glow Tonic 2-3 times a week. I don’t want my skin to overreact.


Serums are my favorite skin care products. Considering that I have oily skin that breaks out easily. Serums are lightweight and sinks into my skin well. They leave the skin hydrated without feeling greasy.

Cos De Facial Serums
Cos De BAHA Facial Serums

I’ve mentioned Cos De Facial Serums before. I use them every morning. I alternate them with BP at night. Here are the list of serums I have in my skin care routine. I will be eliminating them to see which ones are worth keeping.

From Cos De BAHA

So far, I will be dropping Hydroquinone and Hyaluronic Acid when I finish the bottles. I don’t think it’s necessary to have them in my skin care routine long term.

Other Serums

Cosmedica Pure Hyalutonic Acid Serum
Cosmedica Pure Hyalutonic Acid Serum

I prefer Cosmedica Pure Hyalutonic Acid Serum over Cos De BAHA Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It’s lightweight and less sticky.

Simplified Skin Vitamin C Serum
Simplified Skin Vitamin C Serum

I’m almost done with the second bottle of Simplified Skin Vitamin C Serum. I do have a new third bottle. BUT, I will not repurchase after I’m done with it. I haven’t noticed brightening results at all. The only thing I liked about it is that it doesn’t break me out. I really want to see results from a Vitamin C Serum, and this isn’t cutting it. Goodbye…

Face Creams:

Pinpoxe Freckle Cream
Pinpoxe Freckle Cream Jars

Just like the serums, I use Pinpoxe Freckle Cream in the morning. I too alternate it at night. On days I don’t use BP, I use Pinpoxe Freckle Cream. I love how this facial cream is moisturizing. It doesn’t remove freckles, but it did make my overall complexion brighter. I’m hoping that it will help with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, acne scars, acne marks. Once I finish the second jar, I will make an update on my results.

Eye Cream/Gel:

Eva Naturals Youth Restoring Eye Gel
Eva Naturals Youth Restoring Eye Gel

This is still my favorite eye care product. It’s really good at cooling and moisturizing the eye area. It has definitely helped with dark under eye circles. I think I mentioned this before. It has changed the texture of my skin around my eyes for the better. It’s very hard to find an eye cream or gel that works. This one has worked for me. I will continue to use it with the results I have seen. I highly recommend Eva Naturals Youth Restoring Eye Gel! IT WORKS!

Acne Treatment:

Differin Gel
Differin Gel

I wish I could say that Differin is a miracle worker, but it is not. So far, results are NO RESULTS. Check out my updates on Differin. I recently did a 1.5 Months Results update too.

Differin Week 1 Results

Differin Week 2 Results

Differin 1 Month Results

Since Differin and Azelaic Acid couldn’t do the job properly…

Acne.org BP Treatment Gel
Acne.org BP Treatment Gel

I had to go back to using Benzoyl Peroxide! Read my results here: Update: Differin + BP. I am very happy that I started to use BP all-over my face. 🙂


Sunblock is very important, but I’m having issues using sunblock. I’m currently using this.

Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

It dries my skin out. It’s not moisturizing enough. I only use it when I have to. If I’m outdoors for prolong periods of time, I’ll wear it. Otherwise, I skip it. I try my best to stay out of the skin all of the time. My BB Cream actually contains SPF too, which works and doesn’t break me out. I’m trying to make the most of my beauty products. I know it’s not good to rely on makeup for my SPF. If it works, it works. I rather not do more damage to my skin.

Other Thoughts on my Skin Care Routine:

  1. I haven’t done sheet masks lately. I stopped for a few weeks. I will continue sheet masking again when my skin is ready.
  2. I started facial steaming 2-3 times a week and applying a facial mask afterwards.
  3. I exfoliate on days when my skin is flaking.

That is my skin care routine. This has been working for me, and I’m excited to see results in the near future!

Love, Jen

Review: elf Poreless Putty Primer

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elf Poreless Putty Primer
elf Poreless Putty Primer

I’ve talked about the elf Poreless Putty Primer before, but I have not used it yet until now. This is what the elf Poreless Putty Primer looks like before I made dents in it. The appearance of the product looks ultra smooth upon opening the container. Here it is.

elf Poreless Putty Primer
elf Poreless Putty Primer Opened

Here’s the elf Poreless Putty Primer after using it. The texture is really soft and smooth by appearance and touch. It’s super silky and elegant.

elf Poreless Putty Primer
Using elf Poreless Putty Primer

How to Use:

  1. Apply a thin, even amount to moisturized skin prior to makeup application.
  2. Allow to set for 30 seconds before applying foundation.


Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Ceresin, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl PEG-10 Tris(trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract , Squalane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Talc, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

My Review on elf Poreless Putty Primer:

I’ve been playing with makeup primers, since I like how they make my skin appear smooth and flawless. I really need them at the moment. I’ve been going through an initial breakout from exfoliants. It’s been rough. I’m pulling through every single day. Primers have been great at making my makeup last longer than usual. Also, they have helped fill in fine lines and wrinkles. But also, other imperfections, such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and bumps.

This is going to be a review on the elf Poreless Putty Primer. At first, I was very wary about using this primer. It looked thick and felt thick to touch. I didn’t think my skin could handle this type of texture for long periods of time. So I bit the bullet and tried it for once. I’m very happy that I did. I liked it. It made my skin feel smooth, silky, and soft. It smoothed over fine lines and wrinkles wonderfully. I think this is the best makeup primer I’ve used so far. It doesn’t leave my skin oily. It’s not too thin. It’s not too thick in texture. My foundation looks way better with it on. It’s better than Smashbox Photofinish, NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer, NYX BB Cream Beauty Balm, and elf Brightening Lavender Face Primer!

There’s one thing I learned about makeup primers while experimenting. You must make sure you completely remove them from your skin. If you don’t, you will breakout if you have skin that is prone to clogged pores. I’ll leave it at that and will show what products I use to prevent my skin from developing acne when using a face primer. As for the elf Poreless Putty Primer, it’s soooo worth it for the price! Try it out for yourself! This is my to-go-to face primer right now. It works!

Have you used elf Poreless Putty Primer before? If so, what did you think about it?

Love, Jen

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