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The following is a list of all entries from the acne category.

Lush Cleansers

Sorry I don’t have any pretty pictures, all my cleansers are all crazy mixed together anyway…

Aqua Marina – I bought this because my skin had redness before and I was looking for things to take down the redness cuz it has calomine in it. It’s a more gentle cleanser that can be used every day, but in certain water conditions it doesn’t rinse off well! And it will look like you have a pink mask of film still on your face [I guess this happens if you have hard water], and then you’d need toner and a cotton ball to remove it.

Fresh Farmacy – This one I bought because of the calomine in it as well.  It also has tea tree oil in it, which is good for acne, so that’s why when I wash my face at night I use both the FF and AM. I use FF on my t-zone because it is oily and FF can get drying and AM on my cheeks. I also added more tea tree oil to my cleansers, because I don’t think the FF on it’s own has enough tea tree oil to prevent acne. But now I’m experimenting with just putting tea tree oil in my toner [which isn’t Lush, it’s Alba Botanica]

Angels on Bare Skin – This is something I use when I feel like my skin is dried out. It’s moisturizing and also has ground almonds to be a gentle exfoliator.  I don’t use it all too often, but I think it’s nice to have around in the winter.

Dark Angels – I basically use this for more hardcore exfoliation. Some of the pieces of coal in there feel sharp and it’s hard to rinse off too! At least that has always been an issue for me. Sometimes I mix half DA with AOBS and that works better.

Coalface – I just have a sample of this. I don’t really really have a use for it, but it would be good for someone who doesn’t want to go through the whole process of using the “squidgee” cleansers. It could eventually be drying to the skin, I’m not sure, but that’s what I hear. And I think it smells good too. I kinda wish I could use it, but I would probably just be buying it just to buy it haha.

Those are the only one’s I’ve tried! Let me know if you have any questions!

Oh yeah and for all the cleansers, I wouldn’t buy more than $5 at a time so that you can use it up during the 3 month shelf life. When I was a noob to Lush I got a $12 dollar tub of AM, and it takes forever to finish!


Purpose Gentle Face Cleanser

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I decided to review the cleanser on here since I just reviewed it on MakeupAlley to give my two cents in. I too was lured by the rave reviews on and I ended up disappointed. Ever since I started using Purpose I’ve been breaking out more than I did when I used the Olay cleanser and about the same as I did when I used Cetaphil. I think maybe it doesn’t totally clean everything off my face because I constantly have whiteheads and sometimes big pimples even. It has the consistency of liquid soap and it feels drying sometimes and it’s more expensive than the Olay cleanser. I won’t be repurchasing. I would give it a 2 out of 5 nuts.

Oh here’s a tip in case you do like the Purpose Cleanser…they say that the Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser for sensitive skin is exactly the same and I checked and the ingredients are exactly the same. The Clean and Clear bottle is bigger though and it’s cheaper! They are made by the same company tooo

I just finished with midterms today! I had three this week and two of them were today! Starting at 7:45 in the morning! If you didn’t know already I’m a nursing student and I have come to the conclusion that nursing students love to watch either House or Grey’s Anatomy, sometimes both. And it’s probably these shows that helped them decide to go into the medical field. Ok not all nursing students are this way, but a lot haha. Me included. So I’m a huuuuuuuge House fan, it’s basically the only tv show I watch and I keep hearing my cohorts talk about how “crazy” Grey’s Anatomy is getting and so I wanted to start watching it too, also so I can have something to watch when I already saw all the House episodes. I watched the very first episode online today [I hate watching tv series out of order!] and it was pretty good! I think I’ll turn into one of those Grey’s fanatics too. Even though the things that happen on medical shows totally do not reflect what happens in real life situations, it’s good fun!

For those who started spring break already, HAPPY SPRING BREAK! For those who haven’t, hang in there! haha

Cetaphil [and it’s knockoff] Review

HI EVERYBODY! i’m back!

From cetaphil

i have a review on Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser and also the Target Cetaphil knockoff which is almost exactly the same. They have the same ingredients in the same order, and it feels very similar too. I started using it just cuz my Olay [you know they used to call it Oil of Olay and they don’t anymore…that makes me feel old for some reason haha] Moisture Balancing foaming cleanser was running low and I wanted to try new things just to break the monotony of using the same cleanser…I don’t actually have a good reason to change cleansers, I actually really like the Olay one. And it’s cheap…yeh. But anyway!

This cleanser has a ridiculous amount of reviews on MakeupAlley and it doesn’t necessarily have a high repurchase percentage but I think it’s cuz of the consistency of the wash. It’s like a lotion, and it does not lather or foam whatsoever. I think that’s part of why it’s so gentle. And I think people probably either love that it doesn’t foam or they hate it.  Also in my experience it’s not the best at removing makeup.

From cetaphil

I initially was using the Cetaphil because it’s winter and I wanted to wash my face twice a day without it being stripped so I started using the Cetaphil and it worked GREAT for the morning when my face isn’t so dirty to begin with. And then I started using it at night and I was really skeptical about if it would be able to handle the dirt, oil, sunblock, and makeup from the day and guess what….after using it for about a couple weeks, morning and night, I started breaking out! In small pimples all over my face, small red ones and whiteheads too. ARghhh, those were totally not there before I started using it at night. So basically I just use it for the morning now and it’s good for that. And I’m so glad that I could just use the Target one since Cetaphil is sorda pricey for a drugstore facewash. Like the lowest I have seen it is 10, sometimes 12 bucks and yeah it’s not super expensive, but the Target one is a better deal. For a morning facewash I would give it a 5 out of 5. For a night facewash I would give it a 3 out of 5.

Is Mineral Makeup Drying to the Skin?

I always wondered why when I wake up in the morning, my t-zone is oily and my cheeks are normal BUT when I come home from a day of wearing makeup, my whole face will be oily. I think my makeup is the cause…

I found this article on the Viva Woman blog saying that mineral makeup actually has ingredients that cause skin to be oily. Now every magazine or makeup how-to book say that to combat oil throughout the day, use powder on your face. So I thought I was doing the right thing by using a powder foundation, but I guess mineral makeup wasn’t what they had in mind. They say it’s due to the ingredients in mineral makeup that act as a sunscreen such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The article says that even Paula Begoun, the “cosmetics cop,” warns against the drying effects of mineral makeup.

I’m sure not every brand of mineral makeup has these ingredients, and there are brands like Silk Naturals which contains silk that is a hydrating ingredient. Maybe mineral makeup should be reserved for those with more normal type skin. I’ve been thinking about using liquid foundation for a while now, but I never had a concrete reason to make a switch…until now. I still want to try out the Silk Naturals foundation, since it has silk in it, but for now I’m not touching the current mineral foundation I have! Because I don’t want to take the risk. It makes a lot of sense to me because it seems that the more mineral foundation I put on my face, the more oiliness I would have later on.

What are your thoughts? Do you prefer one type of foundation over another? Does anyone know of a good liquid foundation I should try? 🙂

Fading Acne Scars

Using Ly-na Pearl Cream!

When I first started using Ly-na Cream to help with my skin issues, I was using the one in the green tub and that actually turned out to be REALLY BAD for my skin and only made things worse! I found out later that one of the main ingredients in the green one is vaseline! Gross. So around 2 months ago I switched to the PINK jar that everyone else uses and it’s actually working!

I have some nasty before pictures from when I was using the green one still…

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Told you it was nasty!

And this is my skin now, no foundation or touching up.

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I still have some scarring. Of course it’ll take time to get rid of all the scars, but the PINK Ly-na Cream really improved the tone and texture of my skin. My scars used to be super red where I felt like I couldn’t go out in public without concealing them, but now they don’t bother me so much. Also I discovered that even though they say to use a thin layer, I feel like using like say a couple or a few thin layers makes it work faster [of course without suffocating your face in it]. And it seems to me that when I saw other beauty bloggers using it, they were really slathering it on haha. Or maybe the Ly-na cream is just reallly apparent in pictures..I don’t know.

I have a couple extra tubs of Ly-na Cream, if you’re interested e-mail me and I’ll give you a price quote! >


This was so totally weird and gross, I had to post it!

Urine Therapy

These people SWEAR by it though. Haha, maybe the cure to acne was hiding inside our bladders all this time…

If you do a Google search of urine therapy they have tons of websites about it too. Wow is all I can say.

My Skincare Routine

In case anyone is curious, my skincare routine as of now is


Usually just splash face with water then sunblock and moisturizer. I use Aveeno sunblock for the face. *TIP* apply your sunblock or moisturizer while your face is still damp because it helps with absorption and seals moisture into your skin!


– remove eye makeup with cold cream, like Pond’s cold cream
– oil cleansing method 1-2 times a week
– Olay moisture balancing cleanser
– Nivea soft moisturizing creme
– Ly-na pearl cream
– exfoliate with aspirin mask 1-2 times a week
– sulfur mask [Like Queen Helene Mint Julep or Mario Badescu Drying Mask] when my skin needs extra help! Like when I’m PMSing haha

I used to do the oil cleansing method everyday, but it gave me a bunch of whiteheads, it was probably just too rich for everyday use. I cut back and my skin is responding well to that. I also tried using a witch hazel toner in my routine, but I never saw any improvement while using it and I’m trying to simplify my routine so it’s not so long and complicated. That’s what I’m doing for now… my skin has it’s ups and downs so I’m always tweaking it.

Oh yeah and I used to get really bad cystic acne like constantly before when I was using the University Medical 3 step acne kit. It was mostly a benzoyl peroxide based product. BP used to work for me when I used BP in middle school and part of high school, but maybe my skin became immune to it cuz it was completely ineffective this time around. What helped my skin out was incorporating products with some oil in it like the oil cleansing method and basically products that won’t dry my skin out. This is just what I do, I can’t say it will work for everyone, but sometimes when you’re at your wit’s end you’ll try anything right? haha

And here’s a FOTD with the Mario Badescu drying mask…gorgeous, this should totally be my new foundation!


Aspirin Mask

For the few people who still look at my page, thank you! I know I update every blue moon now…but maybe at Christmas someone will buy me a brand new camera that doesn’t eat up batteries like it’s nothing and it’ll be easier to blog!

This is for those of you who haven’t discovered this cool, natural [er, sorda at least] method of exfoliation! The aspirin mask!

First, get some aspirin, an uncoated one if you can or a generic brand because those are easier to dissolve. The one I have is the Target brand. It says “coated” on the label, but the coating is minimal. Three pills are enough for the whole face, you can use more if you wish. In some sort of container [I use my handy dandy candle holder] wet the tablets with water. Use VERY LITTLE water, just get the tablets wet and then add 3 more drops because if there is too much water then it won’t be thick like a mask.

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It’ll dissolve and you can mush it up with your finger

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Add a few drops of honey. This binds the aspirin, helps it stay on your face, and it is moisturizing!

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After mixing. One of the aspirin was stubborn and took a while to dissolve, that’s why you still see it there.

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Apply this mixture to your face, leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse off. You can rub the mask in a circular motion to exfoliate because of the grainy texture. Supposedly the chemical properties of the aspirin is similar to salicylic acid and can help to fade acne scars. I haven’t really seen evidence of this myself, I just use the mask to exfoliate. I try to do it at least once a week and I’ll do the mask first before my normal cleansing routine.

Ly-na Experiment Day 1


I keep reading in various blogs about this Ly-na Pearl cream and I decided to jump on the bandwagon! It’s funny because I remember this cream from back in the day when my mom and my aunts would all have it, but I had no idea what it was used for. And then I snagged a tub of my moms and starting using it like undereye concealer because it makes your skin lighter and pasty looking. I didn’t know at the time that it can actually physically lighten your skin! Otherwise I wouldn’t have slapped it on so carelessly. I have the Ly-na Nourish Cream in the green tub while other girls I see who are using it have the pink tub, the Pearl Cream. Mine contains pearl powder as well, but it has a higher concentration of sulfur, which is known for its acne fighting properties.

It claims to remove “blackheads, pimples, ephelis and wrinkles.” [Ephelis means freckles, I looked it up!]. The instructions have this weird precaution saying that

If your acne becomes worse, it is because you haven’t properly cleaned your skin prior to application.

That’s pretty harsh haha! That’s almost like saying “if this product doesn’t work, that’s because you are dirty, and it’s totally not our fault”. I can already imagine an Asian lady scolding me for not using the cream correctly…..moving on!

I’m going to start using it as a night cream today and I’ll update every couple of weeks or so if I see a significant change. I have to say I’m a bit worried about the skin lightening effects because my arms are already darker than my face as it is, but I guess that’s the price you pay to have those acne scars faded! And here’s the gross “before” pictures!

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FOUNDATION IS MY FRIEND! Now let’s get rid of those suckers! By the way, Yummiebitez and Christiana did wonderful reviews on this product as well!

Pimple Stickers

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For a while I was obsessed with getting some of these! They’re these pimple sticker bandaid type things that have something in them that ‘absorbs secretions’ from your pimples! Sounds cool! And from the two reviews on the site, it works great! I don’t get as many pimples as I did before, but I still do every once in a while and I think it would be fun to have a sticker you can slap over those bastards to make them smaller faster. Have any of you tried this?