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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    DIY Honey Rose Face Mask

    I love face masks. I have at least three different ones one had at all time. Only problem is, that they can get pretty pricey at $30-$40 per container. Recently, I have been playing around with making my own beauty products. I have been doing this because it is inexpensive, I can customize each product for my needs, and it is fun!

    Today, I’m sharing a simple three ingredient mask. All you will need is honey, Greek yogurt and Rose Hip Seed Oil. First of all, here is why I chose each ingredient:

    Honey is antibacterial and works great for acne prone skin. It is also moisturizing and soothing on the skin.

    Greek Yogurt is full of lactic acid and will help break down dead skin cells as well as tighten pores.

    Rose Hip Oil is very hydrating. It is also good for anti-aging due to the high content of essential fatty acids. It sinks in without leaving your skin oily.

    Now that you know why I created this mask, here is how you can do it too.

    Diy Rose hip honey mask
    You will need:

    2 tbps Greek yogurt

    1 tsp honey

    3-4 drops of Rose hip oil


    Mix all three ingredients together and apply to clean, dry skin. Once you have an even coat, let sit for 15-20 minute.

    As a side note, this mask makes enough for two as demonstrated by my husband and I. Isn’t he such a good sport?


    After 15-20 minutes, wash the mask off with cool water. It will be a little thick, but it should come off fairly easily. After drying your face, take 2-3 more drops of the Rose Hip Oil and warm in your palm before patting onto face and neck.

    Personally, the mask leaves my skin feeling smooth, soft and moisturized. I also see an immediate decrease in redness and inflammation.

    Do you have any at home beauty treatments that you do? Let me know below.

    Xoxo Sammie 

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    DIY Monday: Easy, Clean Bath Bombs

    I’m the first to admit it: I love pampering myself. I love having girl’s nights and spa days. Spending the time to do nails and face masks is just so relaxing. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to find the time to do all that between work and school. But, something I can find time for is a long, hot bath.

    When I take a bath, I love using bath bombs. They smell so good and are so much fun. However, they can get very expensive when you are paying $5 or more a piece. So, I tested out a bunch of recipes so I could find out the perfect homemade bath bomb for less than $1 a piece.

    What You’ll Need:


    1 Cup Citric Acid (Amazon, Walmart)

    2 Cups Baking Soda

    1 TBSP melted coconut oil

    20-30 drops essential oil (optional)

    Silicone Mold (Walmart)

    Spray bottle of water (not pictured)

    I found that this combination works perfectly! My mix made 8 bath bombs, but that will vary depending on the size of molds you use.

    First, start by mixing all of your dry ingredients together.

    Then, melt the coconut oil in a separate bowl and add any essential oils and/or food coloring. Side note: I do not add food coloring to mine because I don’t trust the bathtub in my apartment to not attract all the dye. Another option is to use mica pigments.


    Now here is the hardest part. With one hand, continuously mix the dry ingredients. With the other hand, very slowly add the wet ingredients while continuing to mix. It is important to mix the ingredients continuously and add the liquid slowly because if you go too fast, the liquid will activate the citric acid and then your bath bombs will not fizz in the bath. 

    Once everything is mixed together, you may need to add the tiniest amount of water to help the bath bombs stay together. I judge if I need water by squeezing a bit of the mixture in my hand and then seeing if it holds the shape or not. If not, spray the mixture once while mixing continuously.


    After your mixture is complete, you just need to put it in the mold. On the left, you will see the mixture is loose and on the right it is pressed. You will need to press the mixture as hard as you can so that it will be tightly packed and the bath bombs will maintain their shape once you take them out of the mold.

    And that’s it! You just need to let them dry for at least a few hours. I kept mine under a lamp (because it happened to rain all weekend) for about 4 hours. You will want to make sure that you store them in a dry place as well.


    The bath was so relaxing! The citric acid makes the bombs fizz, the baking soda acts as a detox, the essential oils are for aroma therapy and the coconut oil is soothing and hydrating. In mine, I used 10 drops of peppermint, 10 drops tea tree and 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oils.

    Just as a note, these bath bombs don’t float as much as Lush or other store bought ones because I have omitted corn starch. I have read that is can help cause yeast infections, and that sure didn’t sound relaxing to me!


    I plan on keeping a couple of these for myself and using the rest for gifts! What about you? Will you be giving these diy bath bombs a try? Let me know in the comments 🙂

    Hope you have a happy Monday!

    Xoxo Sammie

    Side note: for something fun and different, try different molds, such as these fun doughnut bath bombs 🍩

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