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4 Weeks Later: No Filter Skin with Proactiv+

Let's be honest, guys. If you had told me four weeks ago that I'd be a-ok being seen on the internet without a full face of foundation, OR that the reason why was Proactiv+, I'd have thought you were joking.  After all, as a woman with problem skin for years, who's tried it all and seen it all (really. I'm an #OG beauty blogger, countless brands are on my radar and at my fingertips), you kind of lose hope at a certain point that your skin will ever look flawless (or close to...after all, no one is truly flawless).

BUT after integrating both the core Proactiv+ 3-Step System (the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator is my jam in particular - I use daily in the shower) and a few supplemental treatments like the miraculous Mark Fading Pads (they WORK on pesky dark marks left behind from past blemishes) Emergency Blemish Relief and the Skin Purifying Mask, I'm feeling clearer, brighter (skin) and a healthy dose of skin confidence overall.

Given how expensive skincare can be, and how few products truly deliver, I'm happy to have found and to be able to recommend Proactiv+ for those of us with troubled, acne-prone skin. So happy, in fact, that I simply can't keep things to myself - I'm giving one more lucky reader a chance to win the core Proactiv+ 3-Step System, valued at $29.95. To enter, simply leave a comment below. I'll select a winner on Saturday, July 5!


For more information and to purchase, visit DiscoverProactiv.com.

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Coming for Your Money: This Diptyque GWP

Diptyque GWPs are basically as rare as unicorns, so if you're in the market for gloriously scented candles, home fragrance or skincare, make your way to a boutique and indulge. Purchases over $150 (easy enough for me, I'll be loading up on Baies) will be rewarded with a gift of Figuier - a custom-designed tote, deluxe sample of Philosykos Eau de Toilette and a 35g Figuier candle.  Boutique locations here - and mark your calendars, the promotion ends August 19th.

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Spa at Home Sunday: Perricone MD Chloro Plasma

Sundays are simultaneously the best and worst day of the week for me. Best, because I do my best to either make the greatest plans ever or no plans at all, and worst, because HELLO MONDAY YOU ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER. Sunday night beauty rituals and TV (Game of Thrones finale + Penny Dreadful tonight!) are a welcome routine to level set before what's likely to be a wild and wacky work week begins.

In full disclosure, masks are among my beauty kryptonite, so it's hard to call out a FAVORITE, much in the way that it's hard as a grown woman to have a singular best friend. As Mindy Kaling once said, "Best friend isn't a person, it's a tier." So, basically, that. THAT is exactly how I feel about masks. Now that I've digressed for two paragraphs, let's talk about a mask that sits within that tier of bests, Perricone MD's Chloro Plasma.

New and thereby automatically interesting to me, Chloro Plasma bills itself as an anti-aging mask, and that's great, because frankly, I COULD stand to look/be younger. But more importantly, this mask boasts, like many Perricone products, oddly magical, radiance-inducing qualities that are hard to put your finger on. I slather on a generous fingerful, above, about once a week and let this mask work it's magic. It turns pleasingly Elphaba-like green, thanks to the Phytonutrient-enriched Microcapsules including Blue Green Algae and Watercress, and when rinsed off after 15-20 minutes, skin looks abundantly fresh and radiant, and somehow purified, even after just one application.

Miracles are few and far between in skincare, but Chloro Plasma comes close to feeling miraculous.

Shop Perricone MD at Sephora stores or online.

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