Before I start let me just state this review is not sponsored in any way and everything I say is 100% my opinion.
I will start with my newest addition to my skincare routine. I think cleansing is the most important part in a skincare routine since it can (by itself) remove a lot of oil buildup and dirt from our everyday like. I use this Micellar Water to finish my cleansing routine. I have at least 3 steps every day. In the first I use the Paula´s choice product (I will talk about it in a minute), then I use an oil-based cleanser with my Olaz Regenerist Face Brush (which I think you should seriously invest in, since it does wonders to your skin and is a fraction of the Clarisonic´s face brush price) and I finish my routine with this Micellar Cleansing Water. I have tried a few Micellar Cleansing Waters before, but never really got the hype, since I did not see any special effects. I notice this brush really does take off whatever you have left on your skin (which is more than what you would think – and I cleanse my face twice before using it). It is great for all skin types and what I find most important – it is alcohol free. You should stay away from anything that has alcohol in it if you are fighting with those red marks left from your previous acne. You can get this product in your local drugstore and it is currently on sale in DM.
I have talked about this brand before and it is still my second favorite brand – ever. I love their peeling (you can watch a tutorial on how you should use it – check out my Youtube channel) and their BB/CC creams are really being hyped right now. The two products I love (besides the peeling and their face creams) and have been using religiously are their Care & Control Tonic and their Care & Control face mask. The tonic really hydrates the skin and calms it down after all that cleansing and it prepares the skin for what you will be applying next. I never put much thought into my tonics and I even rarely used them. That is until I have tried this one. I was sent the first one for by the company, but purchased my second one just a week or so ago – and I am sure I will keep repurchasing it. Again, this product is alcohol free and thus it does not irritate your acne.
The second product I want to mention here is their Care & Control face mask which I have just tried out for the first time a couple of days ago and I have to say this is the first mask I have ever tried that fights acne and is really calming at the same time. Your face will feel as soft as a baby´s bottom and your acne will look smaller and not as visible (you will be less likely to notice the red color on your face).You can get the tonic here: Care & Control Tonic
And the face mask here: Care & Control Face Mask
You might have noticed I skipped all of the Paula´s Choice products and that is because I want to save the best for last. Now, I never was a cleanse your eyes with a different product than the rest of your face kind of girl and that was mainly because LRP Effeclar Foaming Cleanser took off all of my makeup in just one try. I have just recently started using this product and I already own two – one for Nova Gorica and one for Maribor. I have to say I am already running low on the second one. This product is great for gently removing your eye makeup. I soak two cotton pads (the ones you see in the picture are my all time favorite since you really need to use the smallest amount of product to get it soaked) with product and place them on my eyes. I wait for a couple of second and then just swipe of the product. If there is any left (which there rarely is) I just use the other side of the pads and take off the rest. I bought this product in DM and am quite positive you can get it in your local drugstore
The best for last. I can´t say enough good things about this company and I have already got my mom and some of my friend hooked on their products. As you know I have been struggling with acne my entire life and even had to resort to Roaccutan – a treatment know for having awful side effect that can damage your health. I got my acne back a couple of months ago after I stopped taking my birth-control pill (if you want, I can make a whole blog post about why I did it and why I think it is best to stay away from it). This time it was like I never did the Roaccutan treatment at all. I thought I would have to go and do it again. I refused to go out of the house without any makeup on and I even canceled my invitations to some blog events because I was too embarrassed. Trust me, I know how it feels. And then I tried a brand to which I will be forever thankful. Paula´s Choice. I think the number 1 product that saved my skin was/is the 2% BHA Liquid. From the beginning I applied this product 2 times a day and now I just apply it once a day. If I see any active acne I use their AHA exfoliate since it really drys up my acne fast and I sometimes use my LRP Effeclar Duo + cream over it to speed the process up. I have heard many times that this product only works for a week or two and then leaves the skin as it is. That is true. But only because people start adding other products to their routine that make the skin worse. It is like if you were working out and then after every workout went to McDonald’s. You would be stuck where you are and you wouldn´t loose weight.
Now that I got that rant out of the way. I think Paula´s Choice product give me the results that my Roaccutan treatment did, without all the side effects. Next to their exfoliants I also use their Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser which is effective enough to remove all the oil off my face while still gentle enough to be used even twice, or more times a day. Their Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer Daily Defense moisturizer with SPF 30 is great for getting in your moisturizer and SPF for the day (which you 100% need if you are using ANY KIND of acid on your face), however it can be a bit drying so I try to alternate between using this product (when I feel like my skin is a bit too greasy) and a moisturizer for dry skin and a sun screen protector (when my skin is feeling dry). The company tries to help their costumers and they even have their own Youtube channel where they do live chats and try to answer peoples questions about skin as well as recommendations. I think the company really cares about their costumers when they actually look what is good for you and even offers you some other brand´s products…and up to now I have only got that from Soraya (which suggested I should try Paula´s Choice) and them. They also have a beauty site/blog where they review high-end cosmetics and skincare and their are actually honest. They say when a product is the best on the market and they even tell you about the negative sides of their product.
If I could only use one brand for the rest of my life it would 100% be Paula´s Choice.
Yes, I know their products are a bit on the pricier side, but trust me when I say this. They are worth it. My skin is now the clearest it has been in the last 1/2 a year and it just keeps getting better..day by day.
And please, before you start judging any product make sure you are not using something that is combating the products that are trying to help your skin.
You can buy Paula´s Choice products here: http://www.paulaschoice.si/
(I will not list any in particular since I believe they are all great.)
You can watch their live chats here: https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulasChoiceBeauty
You can read their reviews here: http://www.paulaschoice.com/beautypedia/
They also made a list of ingredients in Slovene and what they do and you can read all about it here:
So far I have received many questions about how to get rid of blackheads; did I like my Roaccutan treatment; what concealer is the best for covering up acne etc. and I will answer them in a future post/video. Please leave any questions you may have bellow and I will try to answer them as soon as possible.
I hope you found this post helpful and if you want any more tips on how to get clear skin, make sure you let me know.