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First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Cream

Most of the time lately, I’ve been doing product reviews from items that companies send me and while that’s amazing and just as nice, it’s also fun to find my own products to try out while shopping and then review those as well.

This is one such product. I purchased it on a recent trip I took to Sephora when I picked up a brush replacement head for my Clarisonic. I actually bought it in the 2 Oz. tube, but I’ll be picking up the largest size I can find ( maybe on their site directly ) as soon as possible because it is AMAZING.

First off, the Ultra Repair Cream is meant to hydrate, heal and provide relief to those suffering from irritation of any kind. They market it toward those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, keratosis pilaris, or anyone who suffer from itchy, dry skin, but I really think anyone could benefit from it. Personally, I think everyone should just have this cream sitting around because it’s that awesome, but hey, that’s just me.

Including a variety of hydrating and soothing ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal and shea butter, this cream is incredibly hydrating and thick without feeling heavy, greasy, or leaving any kind of residue. I love that because if I’m not using body oil, I don’t want my cream to be overly oily really. I just want it to soak in and dissipate once it’s been massaged into the skin and this does just that and more. It’s extremely nourishing without feeling heavy at all, but it really calms down itchiness and dryness in about 24 hours. I apply this before bed and wake up with calmer, more hydrated and healthier looking skin.

Another thing that really makes this cream stand out for me is the fact that I can use it anywhere, including on my face, and not break out. That is a huge deal for me given that most face creams make my blemish prone combination skin flare up. This does not. In fact, when I had some dry patches on my chin, not only did they clear up overnight with this, but it made my skin look healthier and more balanced. Many products often advertise that they can be used anywhere, but few seldom actually can be, you know, without dire consequences. This really can be used anywhere, safely, on any skin type with any skin concerns and I truly believe you’d see benefits from continued use. I have.

Aside from this cream being really affordable, well formulated, and super effective, I love that it’s not something they’ve given a lot of hype. Not to say it doesn’t deserve it, but I feel like I’ve discovered a hidden gem in First Aid Beauty! This was the first product I tried from them and now I’m bound to try out their entire line because this experience was that good.

You can check out the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – here or at Sephora where I purchased it – here.

Have You Tried First Aid Beauty Products?

If so, What’s Your Favorite Product from their Line?

I’d Love to Know in the Comments!

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Hot Cleansing Oil

I’ve been meaning to review this cleansing oil for some time as I’ve had it and been testing it in various ways, on and off, since December. I know, I know, that’s a crazy long time, but I’ve just had so much stuff to review, it’s been overwhelming to test everything properly and review them in good time so I hope you’ll forgive me 😛

Anyway, this cleansing oil was sent to me for review from the lovely people over at Gold Sakura, a beauty shop which exclusively offers natural Japanese beauty products, and I was thrilled because I love Asian beauty products! If you haven’t experienced Asian beauty products yet, you really ought to. This particular cleansing oil is the Moist Hinoki Deitanseki Hot Cleansing Oil which is a naturally formulated cleanser from Japan that utilizes honey, yogurt filtrate, castor oil and Japanese cypress oil also known in Japanese as Hinoki.

This cleansing oil is perfect for all skin types, especially acne prone, because it really heats up when you use it and clears out pores, unlike some cleansing oils which can feel leave a heavy oily residue, this one feels heavy while you cleanse your skin, but it deep cleans and rinses completely off so there’s no film left on the skin when you’re done and your skin still gets completely clean. Another thing I really love about this cleansing oil is the hinoki ( Japanese cypress oil ) in it because it makes the oil feel almost cooling to the skin while you massage it in and leaves the skin feeling really fresh and clean like a more stripping cleanser would, only without the stripping or the harsh ingredients.

This is great for removing makeup and its super gentle, yet effective. I highly recommend this for those struggling with acne who also battle dryness because this hydrates without irritating or clogging pores. All other skin types could probably benefit from using this as well, though I think it’d be most beneficial for dry acne prone skin types. The cooling, refreshing effect of it really does feel like a Japanese hot spring or something and I’ve quite enjoyed trying it out!

You can learn more about and purchase this cleansing oil from Gold Sakura – here.

What’s Your Favorite Cleansing Oil?

Have You Ever Tried Japanese Beauty Products? 

I’d Love to Hear Your Thoughts & Recommendations in the Comments!

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DIY Facial Blotting Tissue Papers!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I’m quite tired today as I drank a lot last night (King’s Cup, anyone?), but thanks to my Irish Italian genes, no hangover! [Please drink responsibly!]

Anyway, so I did this project on Friday finally, but I’ve been wanting to do it for ages as it had been rolling around in my head waiting to become a reality!

It’s such an easy project, I’m not sure why I’ve never seen it in the beauty world yet (that I know of!), but I hope you enjoy and try it for yourself!

  1. Business Card / Cigarette Holder Case or some other case to store your facial blotting tissue papers in.
  2. Paintbrush. Any will work, but ones with more surface area will work best like a fan brush or wide flat brush.
  3. Tissue Paper cut into rectangles. You can use different colors, if you like, but I’ve just used natural tone recycled fibers tissue paper.
  4. Essential Oils of Your Choice – I used peppermint.
  5. Scissors to cut tissue paper to the correct rectangle size. You could technically cut them into any shape you want, but this was perfect to fit into my little case.

Some things to note are that you use hydrosol instead E.O., if you want, but the scent will be less noticeable and more subtle once it dries. You can dry these with a hair dryer, if you want, but honestly, the best way is to let them air dry. They dry so quickly that using a hair dryer would just make a mess and blow the papers everywhere. I want to note that you only need to paint one side as the papers are so thin it will bleed all the way through. It can be very light coating as well – I lightly brushed each paper and then picked them up to make sure they didn’t stick to the table I was working on so they would dry without the paper gluing itself to the table so definitely make sure it’s not stuck to your table while it dries as it will stay that way! Lastly, you may need to cut these down a bit to get them to fit into your chosen case like I did. Otherwise, you can cut them precisely ahead of time.

Have You ever Made your own Facial Blotting Tissue Papers?

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