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So, I took a simple quiz on Fitness Magazine tonight,  just curious to know what type of skin I really have…what were my results? Oily to Acne Prone.  *scoffs* Surprised? Not. At. All.  I’ve known this for a long time.  I’m no stranger to blotting.  I’m always on the search for some type of serum, moisturizer, cream or face wash to try and control the oiliness of my skin.  My routine lately, it usually lasts for about a month, I’ll take visible notes of the results, which I probably don’t see any change and go right back to my usual Unscented Dove Soap Bar, which is actually keeping things at bay and under control.

Now, this past weekend, I received a little package from Klout.  If you don’t know what Klout is, get with it, join the club.  You’ll thank me later.  This is what I got:

It’s the Garnier Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub.  Before I received my little gift from Klout, I had the choice of which product I wanted from the Garnier Clean+ line depending on what skin type I had.  This scrub is specifically for oily skin.  What’s so special about this scrub is that it contains charcoal.  Activated Charcoal is known to draw out oils and dirts that block the pores, eliminate blackheads and acne, detoxify and mattify the skin.  Sounds good right? I was pretty excited to try it.

When I rubbed the scrub on my face, it felt like soft sand.  Smelled good too, very clean.  I could feel the granules just as clear as you can see them on my hand.  I made sure to cover every inch of my face, around my eyes, under my neck.  I used a nickel-sized amount, mixed with a couple of drops of water and it was just enough.  There was a light tingling, a cool sensation.  I made sure to exfoliate well, really get it into my skin.  Once that was done, I rinsed with warm water, washed my face with a warm towel and applied my moisturizer.  Now usually, after a couple of hours my face will start to feel a little oily, but after following this routine  for the past three nights, before going to bed, I’ve noticed that my face feels normal.  Not oily.  Not dry.  Just soft.  I’m not used to feeling or seeing results this quickly after using a product.  I’m staying optimistic, hoping that things stay positive with this stuff, because I really like it.  It gets a thumbs up so far from me.


What is Birchbox you ask?  Well, for $10 a month, every month, I receive a selection of samples, whether they’re well-known brands or emerging brands, everything from skincare to makeup and even non-beauty goodies.  The samples come with master techniques and even ways to upgrade your daily routines with articles, interviews and videos.  That’s not it though, say you fall in love with one of the samples in your monthly Birchbox, you can purchase a full-size version right from the Birchbox Shop…so you’ve got a One Stop Shop right at your fingertips!

This month’s box, my first box, it’s dedicated to making the most of every minute; helping you take care of every situation.  What’s the inspiration? USA’s hit series SUITS.

So far, I’ve used the Benefit Cosmetics It’s Potent! Eye Cream, the DDF Acne Control Treatment and the theBalm Cosmetics InStain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush…and so far I like them all.   The eye cream, one thing that I do like, is that a little goes a long way.  It’s a cooling sensation when applied to under the eye.  As time goes by and I use it on a regular basis, I will hope to see a difference.  I apply the acne control treatment on top of my moisturizer, at night before I go to bed, and I’ve heard that there can be extreme dryness, but so far, I haven’t experienced that either.  The one product that I saw working right away was the blush.  I usually don’t go for warmer, red-toned blushes like the one that was in the Birchbox, but this one, when I applied it right, under my cheekbones, it was so pretty!

Other products in the box include Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect and for a Beauty Extra, Birchbox Bobby Pins.  If you haven’t signed up for Birchbox yet, ladies AND gentlemen (yes they do have boxes for the handsome men as well) you MUST…it’s well worth my $10 a month and this is just my first box!  The products are unbelievable and I mean it’s a surprise in the mail every month…GO SIGN UP ASAP!

So, I’m a member of this site called Influenster.  I decided to join about a month ago after seeing one of my friends on Facebook do a YouTube video about a VoxBox that she received from Influenster.  I’m all about reviewing products, talking of course, and trying new things, giving my opinion, so I was excited to join!

I’m sure you’re asking, what EXACTLY is Influenster?

 Influenster is a free -to-join community of invited trendsetters who live to give opinions of products and experiences. It creates links between brands and members to reward participation and influence future products.  It’s a place for culture junkies, like myself, to come together and share their unique opinions of products and experiences. Active members of Influenster get exclusive access to deals, promotions, and swag from brands that thrive off the input (the good, the bad, and the ugly — they just want to know what’s up)!


So, this product, one of the first products that I was sent, came in a little box, with the cream and a sleep mask, which I loved and I do use and it DOES help me sleep at night…Blocks ALL light out.  The cream is formulated to do 5 things, 5 Factors of Radiance: improve tone, dullness, brown spots, texture & blotchiness.  These 5 things I need improvement on ALWAYS when dealing with my skin.

At first touch, the cream is thick.  It’s not heavy though.  I made sure that I had a clean face and I placed my toner all over my face before applying the cream and that my face was completely dry.  Seeing as though the cream is thick, I knew that a little would go a long way.  So, I dipped my middle finger in, barely, and rubbed it between my fingertips and placed on my forehead, both cheeks, my chin and on my nose and I rubbed in really well.  I made SURE that the cream was rubbed in completely.

Now, I have oily skin, so I really don’t need a lot of product when I do use any type of product.  I did notice that once the cream was rubbed in completely, and dissolved into my skin, there was a glow to my skin, sort or a dewy look.  There was not a DRY spot on my face, which honestly felt good!  The best part, that’s most visible, is that after using this every night for the past week, my dark spots have minimized, they are not as dark and I know that over time, they will eventually be invisible.

Overall, I do love this product so far, it will for sure be a part of my nighttime regimen and I know the results over time will be AWESOME! Join Influenster so you too can let your voice be heard and try out new products!

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