Top 7 Exfoliators

So the last few months, I haven’t done any updates. Good news is I am finally seeing some progress. So, at the bottom, I will have some 5 month progress pics to share. Until then I thought I would talk all about my favorite exfoliators.


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Overall, my time on isotretinoin hasn’t been too bad. I haven’t had any adverse effects. The only noticeable thing has been the dry skin. Mostly, I can handle it. Where it becomes problematic is when I want to put on makeup. If you try to put foundation over all that dry skin, well it just doesn’t look cute.


Korres Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleanser  ($28) is a great choice if you are needing a daily exfoliator. It should be gentle enough to use frequently for most skin types. The only downside is that it has a light rose scent. I enjoy it but some people may not, especially if you have sensitive skin.

  1. Another great option for a gentle exfoliation is the Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Face Exfoliant ($33). I really enjoy this one because it is gentle enough for me to use daily and the brand is very clean and natural. These light exfoliators are great for people got don’t have a lot of dry patches.

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Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub ($28) has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I love it becauses it exfoliates as well as cleanses. I would only use this one a few times a week. It is a little rougher on the skin but always leaves my skin feeling good.

For some people, the Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Exfoliating Peel Gel ($34) might be a intense scrub. For me, I have found that I can use it a few times a week. It works decently well, but doesn’t completely get rid of all the dead skin. It is a mix between a physical and chemical exfoliant. I think this is a good one to try if you are too worried to go straight to a chemical exfoliant.

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The Dior Hydra Life Glow Better Fresh Jelly Mask ($69) is a great option for beginners to chemical exfoliants. This one is nice because you only have to leave it on for three minutes. It has a nice smell and it stings just a little bit. It exfoliates fairly well. It smooths my skin, but I usually have one or two spots that are missed.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™ ($80) is expensive, but it is so good. The packaging is great because it keeps the product from getting bacteria and gives it a longer shelf life. It does sting a bit when you put it on and you do have to let it sit for 20 minutes. That being said, it completely gets rid of any dry skin. You do want to make sure to use this once a week. There is a reason why this brand is so hyped, it is just that good.

I didn’t think I would find anything better than the one above, but I did. The Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel ($34) is a great price and it works so well. It doesn’t sting and you do not have to leave it on the skin. It is quick and easy to use plus it left my skin baby smooth. I would only use this every three days or so. It is truly amazing.

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The important thing with exfoliators is to always use a good moisturizer afterwards. Now that you know my top 7 favorites, here is a little update.

My skin has really been clearing up. I have only had one or two breakouts. Now, my biggest concern is reddness and scaring. I have also had a problem with my hands.

As you can see, they are so dry. I found out that it is a form of ezcema. The doctor have me a cream, and it is already clearing up a lot. So far, I only have a couple more months and I will be all done.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Xoxo Sammie

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My Skin Diary

This last month has been great! At least it has when its come to my skin. I haven’t noticed any symptoms with taking isotretinoin except for my skin is getting increasingly more dry. However, it isn’t too bad and I think that has to do with my use of oils in my skin care routine. I’ll discuss that more below, but first here is my morning and evening skin care products in order.

AM Face:

  1. Farsali Rose Gold Elixir (DIY Version)
  2. Origins Ginzing Moisturizer 
  3. Origins Ginzing Eye Cream
  4. Hanalei Lip Treatment

AM Body:

  1. DIY Shimmer Body Oil
  2. Sunscreen
  3. Essence of Beauty Hand Cream

PM Face:

  1. Tarte Gel Cleanser
  2. Tarte Maracuja Oil
  3. Origins Night-A-Mins Cream
  4. Origins Plantscription Eye Cream
  5. Lumene Gel Mask

PM Body:

  1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I think the oils have really been helping the most. A lot of people are afraid to use them because they think that the oil will worsen their acne. However, I haven’t had any breakouts and I also checked with my dermatologist. She agreed that as long as the oils are noncomedogenic then it should be fine. Here is my progress for the last month:

    They decided to bump up my dose one more time. So for May, I was taking 40mg. Now I am taking 80mg of isotretinoin. The best part has to be that even my dermatologist noticed that my skin was clearing up.

    What are your go to skin care products?

    Xoxo Sammie

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    Influenster VoxBox: Ecotools Review

    I love getting a good deal. I am one of those people who has to be careful because I will solely buy something just because it is an amazing deal. So when I found influenster, I signed up immediately. All you have to do is review products and you can qualify to receive boxes of free products, the only catch being that you need to review those boxes to continue to qualify for future boxes. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to try new products for free. You can check it out here.

    My most recent box box was full of Ecotools beauty products.

    Included was the new Prefect Blender Duo ($9.99), Makeup Brush Cleaning Cloths ($6.99), Full Powder Brush ($8.99), and the 6 Piece Starter Collection ($12.99).

    So, I will start with the sponges. Here is a image comparing the Real Techniques sponge, the Beauty Blender and the Ecotools sponge. When dry, they differ in size but they all grow to be about the same size when wet. The Real Techniques and Beauty Blender are both pretty soft. The Ecotools sponge is more firm, but I really enjoyed it. I especially love the way it is cut. It is perfect for getting into the side of the nose and in other problem areas. I was not a big fan of the smaller Ecotools sponge as I found it too firm.

    Now here are the brushes. I loved the full powder brush. It is perfect for sweeping away bake as well as using for a full face of powder. I also enjoyed the blush brush, the concealer brush and the spoolie. The angled brush worked fine as well. The only brush I wasn’t a huge fan of was the shadow brush. It wasn’t great at blending, but it also wasn’t great for packing on the shadow. Does it work? Yes. However, I would not recommended this for someone beginning in makeup because it is just too hard to get a nice blend or enough pigmentation.

    The final product is the makeup brush cleaning cloths. These worked great! They are perfect for cleaning a brush when switching shadow colors. I would take these traveling with me so that I don’t have to take as many brushes.

    Overall, Ecotools is a great brand with awesome, affordable brushes. You can purchase them at many drugstores as well as on their website. 

    Have you every tried Ecotools? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

    Have a great weekend!

    Xoxo Sammie

    Disclaimer: I did receive these product, complimentary, from influenster, in exchange for my honest review.

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