Saturday, May 15, 2021

Review: The Chemistry Brand HA3 Hand Hydrator #TheChemistryBrand #HA3HandHydrator #Skincare #Beauty #HandCream

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2 fl.oz./60mL $9.00

My hands are ETERNALLY dry. I am always looking for the best hand creams. And with good with reason. The skin on your hands does not produce sebum as the rest of your body does (as is the same with the feet). So, it does not hold onto moisture the way the skin on the other parts of the body does. That is why hands always feel dry and get cracked easily. My skin is especially dry and cracks readily.  I use a lot of hand cream. Experimenting with finding the best ones is part of the fun. Deciem's The Chemistry Brand makes 3 different brands of hand creams and I have reviewed one of the other ones before (

Today I am going to review The Chemistry Brand HA3 Hand Hydrator. What is so unique about this hand cream? Well, unlike traditional hand creams that offer only surface hydration, this one is a triple-function hydrator that has multi-depth hydration while forming an invisible protection "glove" to help prevent moisture loss. It contains both low- and high-molecular-weight forms of Hyaluronic Acid for instant and long term hydration in a base of liquid Mango Butter, Brazilian Açai and Inca Inchi oils. The two molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid will hydrate different layers of the epidermis (the stratum corneum and the basal layer), allowing for the skin to feel more hydrated. I like this hand cream because it is lightweight yet moisturizes like a heavyweight cream. It leaves skin feeling soft, hydrated and has the most delicious scent. This cream literally melts into the skin and leaves it feeling as if there were an invisible glove applied over the hands. Unfortunately, the reviews on the website are mixed. Some say it doesn't work well and some say it works fine. Personally I think it works more than fine. The scent is strong though, so if you are looking for something unscented, then this is not for you. If you look at the ingredients list it is full of humectants. Hyaluronic Acid alone only hydrates to a certain extent. Fructose and Maltose are humectants that are high on the ingredients list and help attract water to the skin, as they are hygroscopic. There is some Glycerin in this product too, but it is farther down the ingredients list. Allantoin, also on the list, which should help soothe itchiness if you are experiencing any. Squalane is included in the ingredients and helps to hydrate and moisturize the skin too. Another great moisturizing ingredient that is included is Vitamin E, listed in two forms: Tocopheryl acetate and Tocopherol. 

Overall, this product did hydrate the skin of the hands very well, which is why I don't understand the negative reviews. I found the product to work very well. Maybe those who used it had drier skin than mine and hadn't been taking care of their hands, used it during the winter months? After all, I started using it in the spring and the skin on my hands was dry but not as dry as it is during the winter. That could be a big difference. 

To use: apply to hands as needed. If irritation occurs, discontinue use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. 

The Chemistry Brand HA3 Hand Hydrator retails for $9.00 and is available through chemistrybrand.deciem.comLike DECIEM on Facebook: and Follow DECIEM on Instagram:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Review: TATCHA The Dewy Serum

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1.0 fl.oz./30g $88.00

I had been wanting to try something from TATCHA for a while. So, during the SEPHORA sale, I bit the bullet and purchased this serum. The Dewy Serum. Yes, it was a little bit expensive. However, I have heard nothing but good things about the line. And so far I have yet to be disappointed! 

TATCHA The Dewy Serum is a 3-in-1 serum of "clean" kind-to-skin ingredients that will gently resurface the skin with lactic acid in Hadasei-3™ (rice ferment filtrate), plumps with hyaluronic acid, and locks in moisture with squalane for smoother, plumper, more dewier skin. Recommended for all skin types, this lightweight serum disappears right into the skin and is non-comedogenic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing. This serum has been dermatologist tested and does not contain any mineral oil, parabens, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, urea, DEA, or TEA. It was Inspired by the Japanese concept of shinsei, which means 'new birth'. The chief scientist at the TATCHA Institute in Tokyo. Tagawa-san created The Dewy Serum to restore and replenish the key components of healthy skin. These components get lost over time and are needed to help it perform at its optimal level. Their proprietary complex, Hadasei-3™, gently resurfaces skin and as dead skin cells are washed away, the serum replenishes moisture with plumping hyaluronic acid and moisture locking squalane, both of which are present from birth. Together these three ingredients will return your skin to the most supple, bouncy radiance that has been lost over time. Also contained in the formula is Tocopheryl acetate and Tocopherol, aka Vitamin E, which help to moisturize and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Hydrolyzed elastin, acts as a humectant to draw moisture into the skin and hydrolyzed collagen, helps to restore lost moisture.

Consumer testing of The Dewy Serum yielded the following results:
  • Immediately it boosts hydration by 6x
  • 91% showed an improvement in radiance**
  • All day long people maintained 2x the hydration*
  • After 2 weeks: 
    • 100% showed improvement in radiance**
    • 98% showed an improvement in texture**
  • After 4 weeks: 
    • 100% showed an improvement in radiance and texture**
    • 87% showed improvement in elasticity**
    • 82% showed an improvement in the appearance of fine lines**

(*based on bioinstrumentation study conducted on 25 people. **based on an expert graded 4 week study, twice daily use on 45 people.)

To Use: dispense 1-2 pumps and gently massage into your skin. Use The Dewy Serum during your morning and/or evening skincare routine. TATCHA recommends using it following their The Essence and before using any moisturizer, to amplify its results.  

I love the way this serum makes my skin feel. Immediately upon application my skin feels soft, supple and dewy. The serum literally sinks into the skin and gives it soothing hydration and lasting moisture that the skin has been lacking. I use it over another serum, usually a hyaluronic acid or polyglutamic acid serum and still this serum hydrates better than that one does. It must be the combination of ingredients together. There are a lot of humectants in this serum, for example glycerin is listed as the fifth ingredient on the list. Glycerin is a powerful humectant and is worth its weight in gold for attracting moisture to the skin. Listed second on the ingredients list is camellia sinensis extract, more commonly known as green tea extract. Well known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, skin conditioning, and humectant properties; this extract is perfect for this serum as it helps to soothe and hydrate the skin. Another moisturizing ingredient listed is crambe abyssinca seed oil also known as Abyssinian oil. It helps to promote skin softness, suppleness, and wrinkle reduction. 

I definitely noticed an immediate increase in hydration, skin looks more radiant and maintained the hydration all day long. My skin's texture was already pretty good, but this serum did help make it feel more supple, so I will not complain. Is it worth the money? Yes. I do believe that the difference with TATCHA lies with their ingredients. They have a proprietary ingredient that acts like lactic acid, which helps to exfoliate the skin. A trademarked ingredient like this would increase the cost of the product, for sure. Can you get these results with a serum that is less expensive? It is possible. However, this serum does not cause any irritation, nor does it cause much in the way of peeling, etc. There is that to think about. I am very happy with this serum and currently I might repurchase it. 

TATCHA The Dewy Serum retails for $88.00 and can be found online at and at SEPHORA. Like TATCHA on Facebook:; Follow TATCHA on Twitter: @tatcha_v and Follow TATCHA on Instagram:

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie
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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

How to Find the Right Botox Center in San Diego?

 How to Find the Right Botox Center in San Diego?     

San Diego, the second-most populous city in California (with an estimated population of around 3,338,340), has excellent health care facilities and skincare units. You can find reputed specialists for Botox treatment in San Diego by searching for "Botox near me San Diego.” Forbes magazine listed San Diego as the "best place to launch a startup" in 2014. Several skilled skincare clinics, cosmetic surgeons, and medical practitioners have chosen San Diego as their base. 

While Botox treatment treatments have minimal side effects and are safe 95% of the time, it's essential to work with a certified medical expert. There are several factors you may want to consider before choosing a Botox center in San Diego.

Certifications and Licenses

Botox is a non-invasive procedure that can effectively treat several muscular and skin conditions. The Botox that your doctor injects into your system will block specific signals from the nerves to muscles. As a result, the muscles stop contracting. 

Botox is thus a safe, FDA-approved method to treat related issues like skin aging, wrinkles, muscle spasms, and even tensed muscles. It's essential to ensure that your doctor is a certified professional who has undergone Botox and dermal filler training. 

Only licensed doctors, nurses, and approved medical experts can administer Botox injections in San Diego. Find out if the clinic you plan to choose has required licenses and trained medical staff and if the doctor has certifications from reputed boards like the ABPS and ABCS. 

Experience and Expertise

Certified Botox practitioners receive hands-on training in Botox treatment and other cosmetic surgical procedures. It's vital to assess the experience profile of the medical professional before you start treatment. 

A medical expert who has a range of experience dealing with issues of several clients will be able to identify and treat your issues better. Botox treatment does not involve any fatal risks. However, the treatment can result in face disfiguration, limited muscle functioning, and other problems if gone wrong. 

The Reputation of the clinic

San Diego is the third-largest urban area in California and is considered an ideal place for businesses to grow and thrive. So there are many reputed skincare clinics in the city. Search for "Botox centers near me in San Diego'' to find the best clinics in the area. You can then shortlist and rank clinics based on their ratings. 

Botox is a medical procedure, so it's necessary to choose a clinic that has won the goodwill of former patients. Read up the detailed testimonials and reviews posted by former clients to understand whether the clinic delivers its promises.

Cost of the Treatment

The cost of the treatment is bound to vary based on your requirements and the pricing policies of the clinic. The Botox can cost anywhere between $12 and $15 per unit. You can find out more about prices offered by each clinic from their websites or review websites.

Policies of the Clinic

Responsible medical facilities that prioritize the safety of their patients will have safety policies and damages policies in place. Find out how much responsibility the clinic is willing to take for any problems during or after the treatment.

The cost of living index in San Diego is 160. The number is higher than the national average. Hence, Botox treatment in San Diego may be more expensive than in other cities in the US. However, the city is home to several reliable clinics and medical facilities.

Until Next Time~

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

3 Compelling Reasons To Simplify Your Beauty Cabinet

 3 Compelling Reasons To Simplify Your Beauty Cabinet

How many beauty products do you own? It is a tricky question. Most of us have a variety of bottles and vials, some that we have bought to try, some that we have not yet opened, others that we keep to interchange with our current products. In short, it’s hard to know how many products you’ve got. 

But when it comes to your beauty cabinet, there’s a compelling argument to go minimalist. Less can be more in the beauty routine. If you are wondering about simplifying your beauty cabinet, here are 3 reasons why it can be a game-changer in your day-to-day life. 

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More nourishing

The beauty industry is constantly innovating. Yet, some of the most famous brand you’ve got at home could be filled with potentially harmful ingredients. Surfactants, preservatives, and fragrances are some of the most commonly quoted causes of irritation. To clarify, surfactants are typically found inside shampoos and other emulsifiers, foams, and dispersant agents. It may not be a cause of concern for your health, but it seriously affects aquatic ecosystems every time your wash your hair. Preservatives are common to most beauty products. Their role is to prolong the use of your product. Fragrance is quite straightforward and doesn’t need any explanation. Now’s the time to check your labels. Ingredient lists that mention parabens, sulfate, formaldehyde preservative, and oxybenzone are harmful for your skin. More importantly, chemical products contain not nutrients. Have you ever tried to make diy shampoo or skincare? Contrary to common belief, you don’t need to run your own pharmaceutical factory to make effective products. Something as simple as using fresh coconut milk on your scalp can help boost hair health and nourish your skin. It can be a good idea to switch your routine to natural products if you’re struggling with hair or skin health issues. 

Too much isn’t good for you

There is such a thing as using too many products. As mentioned,  you want to check the list of ingredients in your favorite products. Many synthetic ingredients can not cause irritation, skin rashes, allergic reactions, etc. Layering many chemical products may in fact be counterproductive, even though they are seem so promising! 

For of all, you could be messing with your skin or hair by piling too many active ingredients. You need to nourish your skin and hair cell with  healthy ingredients. The average regeneration cycle of the skin cell is between 30 to 50 days. In other words, nourishing your skin will achieve long-term results. Immediate overnight results are a nice trick, but they do not support long-term health. 

Eco-friendly habits

According to a survey, we use only 12.5% of our beauty products. Our beauty cabinets are creating 87.5% of waste. Needless to say, the impact on the environment is huge. So, for the sake of Mother Nature, it can be a good idea to cut down on our beauty shopping habits. Fewer products will mean less waste. As part of your beauty fast, you may want to switch to eco-friendly replacements, which are either refillable or recyclable, and come in reusable packaging. 

Feeling beautiful in your skin comes from within. It’s about how your beauty routine makes you feel. With the rise of organic cosmetics, it makes sense to embrace the less is more movement: Less harmful formulas, less unnatural products, less waste. Are you ready to greenify your beauty cabinet? 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

Sunday, May 9, 2021

How To Prepare For An Elopement: The Do's And Don'ts That You Should Know

 How To Prepare For An Elopement: The Do's And Don'ts That You Should Know

Elopement is a marriage that is usually conducted without the couple’s parents knowing. It is usually just a small ceremony with close friends and family with no reception or celebration. Here are some do’s and don’ts you should know before eloping.

Do: Check the Law

There are a few legal procedures that you may need to follow depending on the country or state where you’re going to get married. You should know if you will need a license and how long it is going to take to get one. You should also know if there are any credentials and if you will need witnesses at all. You may need to find an officiant or look for one of your friends to get ordained so that they can marry you.

Don’t: Ignore Discussing Financials

Before finalizing anything, sit down with your partner and talk about the financials. You must know each other’s budgets and make sure you’re not taking on the unnecessary wedding costs that you were trying to avoid in the first place. There are many things that you can do or buy with the money you saved from the elopement. You can try to find the best ticket prices, best hotel offers and asks your vendors for special pricing.

Do: Plan the Ceremony

Just because it is an elopement doesn’t mean it has to be messy and not well organized. You shouldn’t take too much time to plan because you don't have the luxury of time, but there are a few things that you must decide. Elopements specialists at assure you that an elopement is just as beautiful as any other wedding if that’s what you’re looking for. You must decide what you want to wear; not all brides want to wear a white dress and not all grooms want to wear suits, and even if you do plan on wearing a dress or a suit, you must pick one out. You must decide if you want rings and pick them up if you do. An elopement is your chance to break out of tradition and choose to do unique and special things that fit you and your partner.

Don’t: Understate Your Elopement

An elopement doesn’t particularly have to be a small thing, a not-so-fancy day with no rings and no celebration, even if that is how it usually goes. If you want a big gown or fancy suit, host an afterparty celebration and you want to invite everyone and whoever can make it, then do just that. An elopement shouldn’t make your marriage celebration any less special.

Do: Send Out Announcements

People will often be wondering when is the soon-to-be-married couple going to send out their save the dates. If you decide to elope, make sure to send out a marriage announcement to inform people of your new status.

If you think wedding costs are too expensive, you just don’t want to wait or any other reason that makes you want to elope, be sure that it is absolutely fine. Eloping isn’t a bad thing as long as it is a mutual decision from both parties. Make sure to hire a photographer and videographer to capture your special day.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

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Idebenone: What Is It and Where Can You Find It In Skincare Products?

 Idebenone: What Is It and Where Can You Find It In Skincare Products?

The other day I was on the phone with my friend and we were searching around Amazon looking at skincare products, as we are prone to doing. I came across an ingredient I was not overly familiar with. Idebenone. I thought, this is interesting. What is idebenone and what exactly does it do? Where can one find it in the skincare world? So I thought I would do a little bit of research and write up an article on the topic, for you to have some knowledge on the subject. 

Idebenonepronounced eye- deb- eh-known, is an antioxidant that was originally developed for the use of Alzheimer's disease and other ailments related to aging. It is a synthetic for Coenzyme Q10. Some do not like that it is a synthetic agent and is not natural, although many natural ingredients are derived from their plant sources and can interact with other products, causing irritation. Idebenone produces the same effects as Coenzyme Q10 with the only difference being that idebenone has lower water solubility and a slightly higher affinity for lipids. It was originally created by a Japanese pharmaceutical company to treat the deterioration of the memory in Alzheimer's patients. However, its effects were limited. Skincare companies have turned their attention to its effectiveness as a free radical fighting agent, as it might be safer than other synthetic skincare ingredients.1 

It can be used by all skin types and works well with most ingredients. Idebenone is believed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As an antioxidant, it works by reducing the free radicals in the skin. Free radicals are molecules that have a positive electron charge and damage the skin, collagen, and reduce skin's elasticity. The process is called oxidative stress, where the body is exposed to UV rays, pollution and other environmental factors causing aging of the body. Idebenone is thought to reduce oxidative stress. It is also thought to reduce irritation and soothe the appearance of redness. This is why it is in skincare products for sensitive skin.1

Idebenone is new on the skincare scene and it has not been fully researched and explored. Apparently recent studies found that it does not dissolve fully in water-based formulations and it may have trouble being absorbed when taken orally. Although it is relatively new, the ingredient is generally considered safe for use. Few people have experienced redness, irritation and stinging when using an idebenone-based product. If you would like to use idebenone and have sensitive skin, run a small patch test first. Note too that its effectiveness decreases when exposed to UV rays. So make sure to keep the product away from sunlight and wear a SPF30+ daily.1

Where can you find products with idebenone in them? Since it is so new there are not as many products on the market with this antioxidant in them...yet. The ingredient has been around since 1986 but has just recently caught the eye of skincare enthusiasts. There are a few nice products in the marketplace though and all you have to do is do a little bit of digging to find them. I feel as if I did some of the work for you though!

Vasseur Skincare Idebenone Cream ($40.00) for 0.50 oz. is one cream that exists. When used before sun exposure it claims to reduce the number of sun-damaged cells by 38%! I am not sure if they have anything to back up these claims, I would like to see data on this. They also claim that idebenone is being called the most potent and effective antioxidant known and tested in skincare today. This is based on tests comparing it to Vitamins C and E.

Amazon has a couple of items with idebenone too. One of which is MIXX LAB Idebenone Serum 1% for face ($16.99). This serum defends skin from UV rays and smooths skin texture. It defends all skin types from free radicals, boosts radiance, diminishes pigmentation, and encourages skin cell recovery after each application. Also, it calms and soothes the skin. Snow Mushroom Extract, which rivals the hydration properties of hyaluronic acid, is included. It is loaded with Vitamin D and and antioxidants. Sunflower Seed Oil, Squalene, and Vitamin E are also in this formula to keep skin hydrated and protected from sun damage and free radicals. Easy to use, just apply after cleansing and toning mornings and evenings. Massage the serum until absorbed.3

There are some products available from Amazon & other places online that have idebenone in them. However, they are basically the same: products that focus on defending the skin against free radicals and UV rays. They also have the added protection of soothing some irritation and calming skin. Amazon has an Idebenone Face Cream for $38.00 that looks okay. It seems as if the ingredient is so new that there are very few products on the market yet and the few that do have the ingredient are quite expensive. I imagine the market will open up soon. Hopefully this has been an interesting learning experience for you. Please feel free to email me with notes or questions. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis


Saturday, May 8, 2021

Guest Post: 6 Easy Tips and Tricks for Looking Better in Photographs

 6 Easy Tips and Tricks for Looking Better in Photographs


Getting our pictures taken is something most of us will have to do at one time or another. It could be a family photo, a work headshot, wedding photos and a variety of others. Selfies are also growing more popular and the average person will take more than 400 annually.

Unfortunately, plenty of people simply don’t like the way they look in photos. This could be because it feels awkward, because they don’t like their smile, or simply because they cannot find a good pose. However, you aren’t doomed to feel this way forever. This blog post is going to go over six easy and simple tips for improving how you look in photos.

Get Your Hair Under Control

In order to look your best, you need to get your hair under control. It should be styled in a way that accentuates your features and looks great at the same time. Of course, if you aren’t happy with something about your hair, be sure to change it before your big photoshoot. For example, if you are going grey, this article can be helpful and assist you in getting your confidence back. If you feel confident in your hair and it looks great, it will shine through in the photo.

Smile Naturally


If you try to force a smile, it can be obvious, especially around the eyes. To look your best, you want to smile naturally. If you have trouble doing this on the spot, think of a happy or funny memory, or have the photographer or other people around attempt to make you laugh. Your natural smile encompasses your whole face and generally photographs much better in most situations.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practicing is one of the most tried and true ways to improve how you look in photos. It can feel a bit silly, but standing in front of the mirror and practicing can help you find your best look and how best to smile. In addition to practicing your smile and poses, consider taking a lot of photos as well. The more you take, the better the chances you will find one that you like. Not only that, but the more you take, the more comfortable you will become in front of the camera.

Find the Right Angle

Taking great photos is often about finding the right angle, and there are many to choose from. Photos can be taken from above, straight on, from below or even from the side. Many people have a “good side” they prefer, or an angle that helps them look slimmer or better. It is up to you to find this angle and use it to your advantage to get the best photos possible.

Use Props of Some Kind

One of the biggest problems people have when taking photos is not knowing what to do with their arms or hands. Instead of awkwardly crossing them or holding them to the side, consider using props. This could be anything from holding a wine glass, to holding your sunglasses, or even holding your sweater or jacket over your shoulder. These poses can also give you something to do, and will look much less awkward in most cases.

Highlight Your Best Features

Most people have at least a couple of features on themselves that they are happy about. This could be your eyes, your smile, your hair, your shoulders, your arms or anything else. When you take photos, make an effort to highlight these features you feel are your best. In a similar vein, find ways to hide or downplay the ones that you don’t. This can all be done by the clothes you wear, the angle the photos are taken from and how you are positioned or posed.

In conclusion, we hope the simple tips and tricks in this article have been able to help you learn how to look better in photos.

Ashley Lipman

The Blog Frog

Friday, May 7, 2021

Review: LANCÔME Clarifique Refining Brightening Dual Essence

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5 fl.oz./150mL $95.00

Essences have become an ever popular step in our skincare regimen thanks to the the KBeauty phenomenon. And I am very happy about that. What exactly is an essence? An essence is a primer step in your skincare. Essences are different than toners. They absorb the products you apply afterwards, helping the rest of your skincare routine work better and harder, all the while providing unique and targeted benefits. I love a good essence. I find them to be better than a regular toner. A good essence not only restores the pH level to the skin but it treats it too. Usually it will hydrate the skin, restoring necessary hydration that was lost during the cleansing process and therefore helping to benefit the natural moisture barrier. 

However, sometimes an essence can go a bit farther and actually clarify and brighten the skin too. That is the case with LANCÔME Clarifique Refining Brightening Dual Essence. Clarifique is supposed to visibly improve uneven skin tone & texture while minimizing the appearance of pores, exfoliate, and nourish the skin. The dual-acting bi-phase formula is made of two essences: 
  • Clear Active Essence: glycolic acid, salicylic acid and organic beech bud extract to gently exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin (the stratum corneum). Beech Bud Extract also hydrates the skin. 
  • Lipidic Oil Essence: infused with grapeseed and sunflower seed oils, which are rich in omega-6 fatty acids that help to nourish & hydrate the skin.
Immediately skin feels hydrated, plump and softer to the touch. Skin is better prepared for the skincare products to follow. After 1 week, skin looks luminous radiant; skin texture and tone are improved. After 4 weeks, skin is revitalized; skin feels purified & refreshed, pores appear to look tighter. (based on self assessment of 51 women in a 4-week study)

Clarifique benefits skin that is dull, has large pores, and has uneven skin texture and tone. The website lists it as benefiting dry skin but my skin is normally dry (it is in its normal stage right now for the spring/summer season) and I find this product to be slightly drying as of right now. There is some denatured alcohol in the formula, listed as the second ingredient. I cannot consciously recommend it for dry skin. However, I would recommend for any other skin type. That would be normal, combination, oily, and even acneic skin types. Sensitive skin is not a skin type but a skin condition. If your skin is sensitive this would not likely work for you. The essence does contain a fair amount of glycolic acid, which can be harsh on dry and sensitive skins. Also, there is nothing to really hydrate the skin in this formula other than the grapeseed and sunflower seed oils. For example, there isn't any glycerin or hyaluronic acid. I feel this formula would benefit more from just a slight bit of one of those ingredients and then it could be used more for dry skin. One would think that an essence like this would have more hydrating ingredients should it be recommended for dry skin types. It also contains a derivative of Vitamin C, Vitamin Cg (ascorbyl glucoside), which is known to neutralize free radicals, brightens, and smooths the skin. 

To use: for use day and night before serums to help skincare work better. Shake to activate formula. Pour three drops onto the palm of hands or onto a cotton round. Press onto face and neck. Follow with serums and moisturizer.

Did I notice any results from it? You can see below. It definitely brightened the skin. I noticed some significant brightening around my forehead, which is where I have the most hyperpigmentation. I did not notice any significant difference in pore (hair follicle) size. I really don't believe that pore size can change that much once it has been dilated to a certain point, because hair follicles aren't elastic in nature. However, I was happy with the amount of exfoliation and pigmentation decrease I did see in the month I have been using this product. Also, these pictures were taken with different phone cameras, so they do look different. The first picture was taken with an iPhone 6SE and the second was taken with an iPhone 12 Pro Max. The resolution is vastly different. 

All in all, I would recommend this product for anyone with skin that is normal, combination, oily, or acneic. This is best for those who are looking to deal with minor hyperpigmentation issues at best. I don't think you will see any difference with pore size. It does exfoliate well too, that is something that the glycolic acid, salicylic acid and enzymes do extremely well. It is not a bad product at all, but the price point for an essence is a little high mind you, at $95.00. 

LANCÔME Clarifique Refining Brightening Dual Essence retails for $95.00. Like LANCÔME on Facebook:; Follow LANCÔME on Twitter: @lancomeusa; Follow LANCÔME on Instagram:; Follow LANCÔME on Pinterest: and Subscribe to LANCÔME on YouTube:

Until Next Time~

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5 Ways To Help Prepare for Your First Tattoo

 5 Ways To Help Prepare for Your First Tattoo

Getting a tattoo is a fascinating experience. This is particularly true if a tattoo is something you have always wanted or if it holds special significance to you.

However, there is no denying that getting a tattoo can be painful. Therefore, you need to prepare appropriately for the appointment. 

So how do you prepare for your first tattoo? Read on to find helpful and straightforward tips that will help you prepare for the whole experience. 

Prepare Yourself Physically

On the day of your appointment, ensure you put on some comfortable clothing. The position of your tattoo will also determine what to wear. For example, when getting your tattoo on your leg, wearing shorts would be a great idea. 

Putting on simple attire will make it easier for the tattoo artist to access your skin, and in return, the process will be less painful. You may be in the tattoo shop for some time; therefore, you need to be comfortable during the process.

Before stepping in for your appointment, ensure you have had something to eat. Your body needs to have the energy to help you sustain the pain from the needle. Carry a snack or a light meal if you will have a long appointment to keep you nourished throughout the process.

Ensure that you stay hydrated during the days leading up to your appointment. Staying hydrated improves the condition of your skin, making it easier to handle the pain. Avoid alcohol and substances that will dehydrate your body. You can also practice a skincare routine to help improve your skin’s health.

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Think About the Tattoo’s Design

As it is your first time getting a tattoo, it would be best to try a smaller size to help familiarize yourself with the pain. As you get accustomed to the pain, you can go ahead and increase your tattoo size.

Choose a design that will make you happy even in the future. Remember, tattoos are long-lasting, and removing them can be both excruciating and expensive. Exactly why you should only get a tattoo that you genuinely love.

Consult With a Tattoo Artist

After settling on a design, it is time to find a tattoo artist to do the work. You can do this by asking for referrals from people you know. You can also research on the internet for tattoo artists around your area.

Some tattoo artists have websites and blogs for their businesses. The websites help them display their certifications and cosmetic tattoo insurance that enable the customers to feel safe. Go ahead and contact them to book your appointment.

Consider the Placement and the Pain

You can place a tattoo on any part of your body, but you need to consider the pain associated with the body part. You are encouraged to put your tattoo on a part with more flesh. Delicate parts of your body, like the leg or the ribs, will be more painful.

Consult your tattoo artist on the best position for your tattoo. Look at tattoo pain charts that will show you the pain levels of different parts of your body. Resultantly, this will help you make an informed decision about your tattoo position.

Plan for the Aftercare

After completing the process, your tattoo artist will place a bandage over your tattoo. They will give you instructions on how to take care of it and clean it. Follow their instructions to ensure your tattoo heals correctly.

Bottom Line

Getting a tattoo is a big deal. Before getting one, ensure you are well informed about the whole process. Hopefully, this article will help you feel prepared. 

Until Next Time~

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