Makeup Monday: Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser

Today's Makeup Monday post is all about skincare. I think that makeup and skincare go hand in hand, and that skincare is so very important. About four months ago I started using the Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser, and I have to say that I love it! 

This cleanser is so soothing on the skin and very gentle. But in the same breath, it gets the job done. My skin is balanced and hasn't looked better (except for that last chocolate binge during you-know-what that destroyed it haha). I would recommend this cleanser to just about anyone, especially those who have sensitive skin who still combat spots here and there. I like that it's foaming since it works well with my Clarisonic. 

Overall I give this cleanser two thumbs up and a recommendation to anyone who needs a new cleanser in their life! Follow me on instagram and twitter

The Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Butter & Mother's Day Prep

Mother's day is right around the corner (just in case you forgot, its this Sunday May 10th), and if you need some ideas for gifts or what to do with your mom, look no further! Here's my post from last year that will definitely help you out. cleansingbuttercleansingbalm2 For today's beauty post, I'm raving about the Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Butter. This stuff is like gold! You take a little bit in your hand, rub it together, and massage it into your face. It turns into an oil/foaming mixture and takes off even the most stubborn eye makeup. It moisturizes your skin, and you can just rinse it off. If its a late night for me, I'll just cleanse with this and not do anything else. My  skin in the morning looks great and isn't dry at all even though I haven't used moisturizer (and I have dry skin). It's regularly $16, but I got it for half off, which is such a steal! It lasts forever, and can rival any high end brand! Definitely worth a purchase if you're looking for an all-in-one makeup remover!

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LUSH Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask

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It's no secret that I love LUSH and all of their products. I've tried loads of their products and there hasn't been one that I don't like. I think that my favourite product is the Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask. It's a great mask for all skin types, and if you haven't tried it, please go try it! lovelettucelovelettuce2

I love this mask (as with all of LUSH's products) because it's all natural. This mask is made with honey, seaweed, and french lavender oil. It's so nourishing but still does a remarkably good job at unclogging your pores. I usually like to put it on after I take a shower or while I'm taking a bath so my pores are open and ready to enjoy it. I like to keep it on for about 10 minutes, and my skin is so soft and glowy afterwards.

I definitely recommend this face mask to anyone. It's very affordable and does make your skin feel pretty amazing.

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Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

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I do not like foundation. At all. I often find it to be heavy, and not really appeasing on my face; I'll only wear it for those days when I really need to look good. That's why when I want some coverage, I want something light, fresh, and it doesn't hurt if it has an SPF (I'm all about the SPF). The Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream fits the bill like no other.cliniquecc I wear the shade "Very Light" because I'm very fair, and would like to think I have porcelain skin. In the summer I usually wear the shade "Light" since I'll have a bit of a "tan" (not really). Its an all season, all purpose kind of base makeup.

I love this CC Cream because it's light, gives your skin a dewy finish without being greasy, and overall does cover what you need covering. It also does a great job of keeping your skin moisturized. Not to mention it boasts a SPF 30. The CC Cream creates a perfect light base for the rest of your makeup. Also, it goes on so nicely with just your fingers. No brushes required. It is so quick and easy to use, and you don't need to spend time on blending and making sure you look "natural".

Now it is on the more pricier side of the spectrum retailing at $39.99, but it does last ages. I had one for about a year and a half, and I would use it quite often. Clinique is a great brand that caters to most skin types as it also works for sensitive skin like my own. Next time you're looking for a lighter foundation alterantive, especially with Spring here, try this one out. Let me know what you think in the comments below of this CC Cream or any CC Cream you've tried.

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Skin Detox

I should start off by saying that most of my days involve detoxing my skin. With that I mean that I barely wear makeup and I try to be as conscious as I can with what I put into my body. January is a perfect time for a skin detox as the holidays involved lots of makeup, late nights, and lots of treats. There are a couple of things you can do to really give your skin a break so let's get started! The first thing you can do is make sure you cleanse and moisturize your face (and body). A good cleanse starts off with using warm water or a hot cloth to open your pores, and is followed by a gentle massage on your face. I'm a firm believer in toner, so I always follow my cleanse with it to ensure that my pores are completely closed. During the blistering cold it is important to use a thicker moisturizer to really protect your face, and also one that has an SPF in it. There is still lots of sunlight in the winter that can damage your skin. A skin detox is only possible when your skin is protected properly.

Another thing you can do is keep makeup minimal, or don't wear it at all! Try for a couple days of no makeup to let your skin really breathe.

A hot bath or shower can also be really cleansing. Add sea salt or epson salt to a bath or even a foot bath to rid yourself of inside toxins. It'll allow you to relax and will do good to your inside.

When it comes to inside out beauty, water is the best to really cleanse your skin. I drink about 10-12 500 mL bottles of water per day to help with hydration and detoxing. Also try a gentle food detox for a couple of days that involves lots of produce.

Hopefully you find these tips useful in detoxing your skin and overall in inside out beauty. Follow me on instagram @melodyannep and bloglovin!

This photograph was taken from last year's major ice storm. It was so destructive, but also left some beauty with its ice creations. (we are thankful for this winter so far!) IMG_7576

LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub: An Essential

The other day I purchased the Mint Julips Lip Scrub from LUSH. It was $9.95, and worth every penny. It expires in a years time, and I've deemed it an essential for not only cold weather, but the entire year. It's safe to say that I love this product! I'm a fan of LUSH products, and I will have another post for some other purchased products coming up. I like that everything they use is fresh, natural, is not tested on animals, and mostly everything is vegan. Their products are not toxic and you're really putting your money into good health for yourself. The scrub does exactly what you think it does. It takes off all those nasty chapped pieces and white bits of dry lips. You take a little bit and rub it over your lips. You move it around until all those nasty bits are gone, and you can lick it up! Mint Julips is a nice minty and sugary flavour that slightly pumps up your lips and leaves you with a nice minty taste in your mouth. There are other flavours as well, like Popcorn, and I can't wait to try them. I am completely satisfied with this product, and I can't believe I did without it before!

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This lip scrub is a must have for cold weather, and will make the world of a difference to you (well, your lips)! If you have it, let me know what you think about it. If you have other LUSH products, let me know which ones you love because I'd like to try them!

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A Few Skincare Buys

Hello! I recently splurged and bought three new skincare products. It was just my birthday so I thought I'd treat myself. I purchased the Clarisonic Mia, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy, and the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. All three products are wonderful, but the Clarisonic is the one most worthy of a purchase! IMG_2994

Now, if it wasn't for my birthday and have some birthday money from last year, I would not have purchased it. It was something I definitely saved for and took a long time to consider buying. I have combination skin, and suffer from tons of blackheads on my nose. After using it for only three weeks, I have noticed a difference already. My skin is softer, clearer, and definitely cleaner. The Clarisonic is meant to clean down to 6 layers under your top layer of skin. So happy with the product, and I've been using it with my cost-effective Neutrogena Naturals products (See my previous post here). Worth the purchase.

The First Aid Beauty products are also pretty great. The Lip Therapy is moisturizing, and helps to keep the Autumn winds at bay. Would I switch back to my other more cost-effective lip balms? Yes. It's great, but other products do the same job. The Repair Cream is awesome on the other hand. I have pretty dry skin so I use it on my body, my hands, and my face if I need extra moisture. It's worth the buy if you have sensitive skin, and uber dry skin at that. My dad gets cracked fingers this time of year, and they've been completely healed with using this cream.

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Do you have these products? What are your thoughts on them?

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The Beauty of Sample Products

I don't know about you, but I love beauty products. From a young age, I've been fascinated with doing my hair and makeup (although I don't like wearing too much). The problem with loving beauty products is that my budget can't really afford to keep up with it. But I have a way of trying the products I want, without the huge price tag! The first thing you can do is go into your beauty store of choice (mine is Sephora), and pick up a couple of samples. Samples are a girl's (and guy's) best friend. They're free, give you a chance to try out that lux product, and you don't have to commit to a large price tag.

The second thing you can do, which really you should do before the sampling, is become a member of the store, if given the opportunity. Sephora has the beauty insider program where you gain points, can redeem them for products, and get exclusivity to new and exciting things. Its a win win in all regards. Again, utilize those perks and you'll get products on discount or for free! What could be better.

The last thing you can do, and this involves actually spending money, is buying a value set. Once you've sampled the product, and want to commit, wait for a value set to come out. You can to try new products that are most likely amazing, and you get the product you want for a fraction of the cost! I have an Origins value set coming in the mail, and I can't wait to use everything that comes into it. The whole set, which includes six of their bestselling products, is a fourth of the price! What a great deal. I'll be doing a post afterwards on the set.

Getting beauty products that you want is within your means as long as you're willing to wait for good deals or simply use those samples until you've saved the money.

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Healthy Skin for All

Hello fellow InBetweeners! Although there is so many beautiful products out there for skincare that cost a fortune for their "I really do work" status, don't get fooled. Sometimes, and this is only based on my own opinion, drugstore brands really are the better option. And that's not just based on the price.

I'll admit I have a little bit of weird skin. I'm very fair, and have somewhat acne-prone skin, somewhat excessively dry skin. It's a weird combination that I thought a fantastic higher end skincare brand could help... But I was wrong. I religiously stuck to the Clinique Acne Solutions cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, hoping that one day my skin would be clear and normal again. For all three products, that would only last me about 4 months, it would cost be $80. Yes of course, taking care of your skin is a priority in achieving good health, but it doesn't equal lots of dollars being spent.

One day I stumbled upon good ol' Neutrogena products. I was looking for a more natural (and budget-friendly) alternative to the "not really working" Clinique, and it happened to be the Neutrogena Naturals that was on sale. It honestly was a moment of divine power that made the sale signs jump out at me like they did! Since that moment, I've never looked back. Neutrogena Naturals has saved my skin, and actually made me confident about it once again. One lineup will last me more than six months! (booyeah!)

And this is the lineup...

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1. Acne Cream Cleanser. I start off when this creamy cleanser in my daytime and nighttime regimen. There are no harsh chemicals, sulphates, parabens, or dyes used in all of the Neutrogena Naturals line, which does make me feel better about the products. It literally has saved my skin from acne, and provides the right amount of moisture I need.($11.97 at Walmart, $7.97 on sale!)

2. Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Facial Toner. Well this isn't a Neutrogena product melody! But it very well should be! I found it at my local Organic Garage, and it fits perfectly with the rest of the lineup. This toner is so gentle, but so effective! It again doesn't leave my skin with a tight feeling that means I need to slather on a moisturizer. It's just perfect. ($5.99 at Organic Garage)Image

3. Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Daily Moisturizer. This is the daytime moisturizer for me. It leaves my skin feeling so lovely and fresh. It also creates the perfect base for makeup on the days that I do wear it. ($11.97 at Walmart, $7.97 on sale!)

4. Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream. It's a lot thicker than the daytime cream, which is exactly what I need. I need something to keep my skin from drying out in the night, and again, it's just perfect. ($11.97 at Walmart, $7.97 on sale!)

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5. Purifying Pore Scrub. Now I don't use this all the time, but when I do, let's just say it leaves my skin again feeling so refreshed and wonderful. I use it once a week or so. Definitely worth the buy! ($7.97 at Walmart)

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Well that's my little healthy skin for all rant! At the end of the day, you'll know what is best for your skin. This is what works for me, and I'm very happy it does. I get to save quite a bit of money when you add it up, and my skin is so much better. Remember, just because its a "high end" product and is expensive, doesn't necessarily mean it'll work better for you!

Goodnight :)