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Giovanni D:tox System Purifying Cleanser and Scrub

Awhile ago I purchased and reviewed the Giovanni D:tox System Purifying Cleanser. It worked so well that when I saw it on the shelf at TJ Maxx, I had to buy another. I picked up the Purifying Scrub, too. TJ Maxx has these items at knock-down prices so the cheapo in me was pretty happy.

Giovanni D:Tox Purifying Cleanser Step 1, D:tox System Purifying Facial Scrub Step 2

Like with the cleanser, I know the scrub works because I received the entire set from Meg’s Makeup a while ago. Generally, I think that chemical exfoliation is better for my skin, so I have a stash of mandelic acid products ready to use. But you shouldn’t be exposed to sun after doing a chemical peel so I’ve been holding off on using them until winter. (Yes, I know it’s December, but it was 75 degrees last weekend with bright sunshine.) While waiting to use the chemical peels, I still need some sort of exfoliant, so Givoanni D:tox was a perfect choice. The granules are very small, so I don’t have to worry about damaging my skin by scrubbing too hard. And boy do I scrub. My face is left smooth and soft from this scrub, and I know it’s gentle because my face is not red afterward. I use it every other day, but I’m pretty sure I could use it daily without problems.

I’m still loving the cleanser, too. I use it at night when I wash off my makeup. I am verrrry oily but I never use cleansers formulated for oily skin because it just makes me feel dry. I love that the Giovanni cleanser does not strip my skin and make it tight.

I am really happy with these products – my skin is looking better already.

What skincare are you using?


Friday Facial – Garnier Light Overnight Whitening Peeling Night Cream

I bought Garnier Light Overnight Whitening Peeling Night Cream last year in Hong Kong – I’m a sucker for anything whitening since I have melasma. I didn’t need it, but there was a twofer special, and it came with some freebie trial sizes…how is a girl to resist?! Shopping in Hong Kong is ridiculously fun anyway so I was bound to leave with something!

Garnier light

This cream is pretty good! It absorbs well, is sufficiently moisturizing, and has a lovely lemony scent. The first jar did nothing for whitening/peeling, but I’m using the second jar in conjunction with mandelic acid toner so my skin is flaking a bit. I don’t see any decrease in dark spots, but I still like this product. I can’t buy it again since it’s not readily available in the US, but should I ever venture back to Asia, I might be tempted to pick it up.


Facial Friday – Makeup Artist’s Choice haul

A couple of years ago I got a chemical peel at a salon and I was happy with the result! But peels need to be done on a regular basis and at ~$150 a pop, I can’t justify it even though my skin is pretty bad.  I’d read about at-home cosmetic peels so I had to give it a try. A little bit of internet research revealed that Makeup Artist’s Choice was probably the best place to buy these items.

Here’s my order!

20130718-220819.jpgPacked in this cute bag! I thought it was a nice touch.


20130718-220859.jpgHere’s what I ordered:

  • Mandelic Acid (5%) toner – I’ve never been much for toners; I didn’t see what was the point? But I tried Mandelic Acid toner earlier this year and I am now a toner convert. I stocked up with two bottles.
  • Mandelic Acid (25%) Peel – MUAC customer service suggested I start with this based on my particular skin concerns (hyperpigmentation, breakouts, uneven tone). I really like this. I don’t actually peel with this so there’s no downtime. I really noticed the results after about a month using it once a week – my skin cleared up, my brown patches faded, and I just looked smoother.
  • 5-Acid Body Peel – I’ll review this once I’ve used it a few times. I’m hoping this evens out my decolletage a bit, and I’d be thrilled if it fades bacne scars. I’ll wait until autumn to try it out when I won’t be in the sun as much.
  • Transforming Anti-Aging Eye Repair cream – I was in desperate need of a good eye cream. I will review this after I’ve used it a while longer.
  • MUAC threw in a sample of French Green Clay Mask. Cute! I’ll report back on this once I’ve tried it.

Truthfully, I was a little intimidated by the idea of at-home chemical peels and had no idea where to start – MUAC’s website has so, so many options. I sent a few emails to MUAC before and after I made my purchases and customer service is incredible (and I’m not just saying that because the customer service rep’s name is Wendy). The peels also come with a handy instruction guide.
If you’re considering trying chemical peels on your own, definitely email customer service for recommendations. I’m really happy that I did.

Have you had chemical peels? What’s up for the weekend?