Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Skin Care Routine

Ive been wanting to do a skin care routine blog for a while now. and im finally gonna do it :) yay

ive struggled with bad skin basically my whole life. ive gone to dermatologists, tried like everything out there. some things helped a little. some not at all.
my skin is oily, acne prone, and i have large pores. so i go through products like crazy trying new things hoping something will work!
and thankfully, ive found something that actually does work really well for me.

i hate products like proactive, that say it will work for you, because everyone is different, so what works for you, isnt always gonna work for me.
i havent tried skin id, but i think they deff have the right idea about things.

but as for me, ive found the (almost) perfect formula for my skin using these products..

before you wash your face, you should use a makeup remover, because if you just wash your face, youre basically just removing the makeup, and not actually cleansing the skin, so if you just wash it, youd have to do it twice to remove and cleanse the skin. so i like to use a makeup remover wipe, i havent found a problem with any ive tried, right now i have the cheap walmart brand which was more than twice as many for like $1 cheaper than every other brand. but i love the nutrogena ones too. just check the package to see if it removes waterproof mascara. thats a must!

as you probably know, im a HUGE fan of Murad.
every product ive tried, ive loved!
so of course, my favorite face wash is:

Murad Clarifying Cleanser

(which, btw, right now if you order any acne products on you get a free travel bonus)
I absolutely LOVE this stuff! if works amazingly on my skin. and right now im out of it and so upset, but its $23, which is a bit pricey, so ive been trying cheaper products like nutrogena
but anyway, it:
*eliminates 99.9% of surface bacteria, in 60 seconds.
*clears blemishes and prevents breakouts.

to wash my face, i use the
Clarisonic Classic.

(The Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System works with your skin’s natural elasticity to gently remove the impurities that traditional methods leave behind — giving you softer, smoother and more beautiful skin.)
I have a pink one and a white one. and i looooveee these things! they get your face so much cleaner than using just your hands, or anything else ive tried.
it has two speeds, and 5 different brush heads for your specific needs.
(normal, sensitive, delicate, deep pore, and body)
it uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth skin. in just 60 seconds, the micro-massage action removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. removing more dirt and oil from your pores also helps products work more effectively.

Clarisonic has 4 different cleansers (which ive tried, but didnt love) you can use with the brush, but i like to use the murad one, because it works better on my skin.

after i cleanse, i always use a toner. i use the
Murad Clarifying Toner

it basically goes hand-in-hand with the cleanser, it:
*eliminates oil and impurities from acne-prone skin.
*controls surface shine.
*clears and tightens pores

then i like to follow with a spot treatment, or Murads Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel.
then of course a moisturizer.
and my all time favorite isss..
Korres YOGHURT Velvety Moisturising Cream.

its made for oily, yet dehydrated, skin.
which is something a lot of moisturizers are not. most have oils in them, and even if they say "oil free" they still make my skin feel oily shortly after applying. but this stuff, the first time i tried it i was amazed, my skin didnt feel oily at all, and it did exactly what i needed.

and lastly, theres weekly treatments like masks, ive been using the
Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask.

you can find a dull review part one here and part two here. :)

i love to hear about what other people are using for their skin, so please share your favorite products. let us know your skin type, and what products you use that work for your skin type, and products youve tried that didnt work for your skin type. :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Shower Favorites

*None of the companies mentioned are paying me and all opinions are my own.*
Hay guys!
First I wanna say, Im sooo sorry its been so long since Ive blogged!
I tweeted last night that Ive been slacking and Im gonna do two this weekend! And am getting back to my blog (almost) every day!
Okay now to the actual blogging. Ive been planning on doing a shower favs for a while now. Ive done other favorites, and now i wanna do one for the things i use in the shower (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.)

Firsttt, this is something Ive talked about before, and if you follow my twitter (@MakeupByLaraLee) youll already know this, but..
My ALL TIME favorite shampoo/conditioner is:

Redken Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner.
it seriously made my hair amazing..i went through a huge hair abuse phase..(bleaching basically every few weeks, dying it random colors like blue, green, pink, purple..blow drying it on high and straightening it without using a heat protectant, teasing out the wazoo. (which btw i have no idea what that means, i just heard it on tv haha :) So my hair was seriously damaged. its been probably a year and a half - two years, since ive stopped doing that stuff to my hair, trying to take better care of it..and it was slowly getting there. but recently i got the new redken 'extreme' hair care collection. and this stuff really worked so well!! my hair feels and looks like i never did any damage. :)

Body Wash-
i am a huge body wash fan. i cant use bar soap..i have to use body wash. and im picky about has to smell good, lather good, and leave its scent for longer than it takes to rinse..i wanna smell like my body wash after i get out of the shower. i hate when the scent rinses away with the suds. so im always trying new body washes..looking for the perfect one. and i think i found it! :) the body wash i am currently in love with is..
SoftSoap Ultra Rich Shea Butter Creme
(moisturizing body wash with moisture beads)
omgshh it smells so good :) and like i said it needs a good lather, or i dont feel like it get clean, so it lathers good..and the scent stays on your body for a decent amount of time. and the scent just smells so clean and fresh it reminds me of a baby :)

Since im on the topic of body wash, im gonna let you in on a little known fact about me. i have a sort of "fear" or shower loofahs. its not that im afraid to touch them or be near them or anything. they just sort of gross me out, and i cant use them. i dont think anyones gross for using them or anything like that. i just get creeped out by them. they sit in the shower..they hold the moisture. i always think that because theyre in the wet shower all the time they get moldy and germy and stinky. even if they dont i just get that vibe from them haha. i absolutely can not use them. i have to use a fresh wash cloth every day.

the face wash i use, im actually not going to talk about, because tomorows bloggy is going to be about my skin care routine, where ill talk about everythingg.

lets see, what else. the shaving cream im in love with right now is Skintimate, the only kind i really like. and the scent which is AMAZING i want to eat it. is Raspberry Rain.
The razor I have right now is Gilette Fusion ProGlide.
I always feel like mens razors get such a closer better i prefer mens to womens haha.

i dont know is this is weird, or if a lot of people do it. but i always brush my teeth in the shower. i also whiten my teeth in the shower.
so the tooth paste i use is- Crest 3D White. and the whitener i use is the Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening System. It comes with the tray and a pre rinse thing. then i just buy the paste when im out and when i feel like i need a new tray ill probably just buy the kit again. its super cheap and works really well.

things i use after the shower are
Redken Extreme Anti Snap and Redken Align 12 Protective Straightening Lotion.
Then I blow dry on cool/high. and straighten to smooth it out.

And I think thats about it!
Comment below with your favorite shower items and must haves :)
I love to try new things and would love to know what you guys think i should try!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Hey guys, i just wanted to do a quick little update on these giveaways i keep talking about.
Well, Ive been working with a few companies to get some give aways together.
And Im getting the products together.
Once I get all the products, Im gonna figure out whats going with what and how many winners and all that goodness.
But I need something from you guys first.
These giveaways are gonna be for my followers ONLY.
So If you guys wanna have the chance to win some awesome things (absolutely free) you gotta follow my blog.
And another thing is a lot of companies want my follower numbers to be higher to actually send me things to give away. So I need everyone to follow.
So please help me get followers so we can get this thing going! :)

And I just wanted to thank those of you who followed me because you liked my blog and not just the free things! im setting these up so i can thank you guys!

so please follow this blog. (click "follow" at the top left side of the page)
and follow my twitter @MakeupByLaraLee or like my facebook page (if you dont have twitter)

and please tell your friends to do the same!
Ill post the official contest with rules as soon as i get everything together!
and thanks so much i love you guys :)