Review: Murad’s New Pore Reform Line (For Oily Skin)

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It’s official, I love Murad products and Murad products love me. The Summer season is over (le sigh), which means brisk breezy weather is on the horizon. Just like you adjust your clothes to fit the season, you should do the same when it comes to your skin care products. 

If one of your skin care concerns is dealing with large pores or oily skin, then I just might have the solution for you.

Murad just released it’s new Pore Reform line, which is,

a targeted skin care system with scientifically advanced products formulated to physically reduce the size of pores and combat the appearance of blackheads.

Let’s dive in!

Daily Cleansing Foam: $28

This is a dual action cleanser that cleanses and tones at the same time. I like to use it in the morning because it’s light and fresh. It also removes any dirt or oil that may have been left over from the night before when removing my makeup.

Clarifying Toner: $22

Now this isn’t included in the Pore Reform line, but it’s still a great toner! I miss more makeup than I think even after removing it with a makeup wipe, and cleansing after. This toner tingles a little (which I love because it makes me feel like it working lol), and controls an oily t-zone and shine for ladies with oily/combo skin. I’m not too keen on the smell, but it gets the job done for sure. 

T-Zone Pore Refining Serum : $42

This serum helps normalize oil production so skin looks and feels soft, not slick. The glycolic and salicylic acids encourage cell turnover for a refined complexion. After using the Cleansing Foam, you follow up with this t-zone serum prior to applying your moisturizer. Be sure to wait a couple of minutes before you moisturize, to really allow to serum to penetrate the skin for optimum results. 

Blackhead Remover & Pore Refining Sealer Duo: $49.50

This two-step treatment helps reduce blackheads and seals pores for the ultimate protection against pore clogging impurities. 

When I say AMAZING … I mean AMAZING! I have blackheads around my nose in those annoying little crevices that makeup can get stuck in. After I used this, just on my t-zone (nose, around my nose, forehead, and chin), and followed up with Pore Refining Sealer, my blackheads were noticeably smaller! The consistency is like a thick paste. I loved it!

Balancing Moisturizer with SPF 15 : $35

Y’all know how I feel about my moisturizers … they MUST have sunscreen in them because I don’t like two steps. I love this moisturizer because it is lightweight and also helps control oil production while delivering powerful antioxidant protection. Use this moisturizer as your last step and you are set to move on to your makeup … or just a clean, fresh face. 

I am definitely on the right track to controlling my combo/oily skin! I’ve already noticed results in the smoothness of my skin and I’ve been using these products consistently for about two weeks now. 

You can pick up the Murad Pore Reform line at Sephora, Ulta, and Murad.com.

Product Review: Murad Environmental Shield Line

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Skin care, skin care, oh how I love thee. I have a nice little Murad collection building up in my bathroom, so what’s the harm of adding three more to the mix?

It seems as though it’s the dead of the Summer for everyone. The heat waves are for real out in these streets! That’s why Murad developed their “Environmental Shield” line, to help restore and renew environmentally damaged skin.

Now let’s get to the nitty gritty of the collection, consisting of the Advanced Active Radiance Serum, Instant Radiance Eye Cream, and Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35. 

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Advanced Active Radiance Serum 

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Benefits:
-Restores skin’s natural radiance.
-Reverses the visible signs of environmental damage while preserving clarity and defending against future damage.
-Has a stable Vitamin C technology that delivers 50 times the collagen-building, skin-brightening and cell-protecting power of ordinary topical Vitamin C. 

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Review:

I’ve been using this serum daily, both in the morning and before I go to sleep at night. It’s important that you apply this serum right after washing your face, and before you apply your moisturizer to really allow the serum to penetrate into your skin without barriers. I love that it feels light and smooth on my skin, and believe it or not, it’s helping to lighten my dark spots left over from popping pimples (smh)! My face does look more radiant, even when I’m not wearing any makeup. Love it!

Price tag: $89 for 1.0 FL. OZ 

Instant Radiance Eye Cream 

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Benefits:
-Light diffusers help reduce the appearance of dark circles by visibly brightening the eye for a more youthful, radiant appearance. 
-Minimizes the appearance of dark circles by 30% in 15 minutes and 48% with continued use.
-Improves smoothness by 48% after one application.

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Review:

Luckily I don’t suffer from severe dark circles, but lately I have been noticing little bags under my eyes from lack of the proper amount of sleep. In the past, my issue with a lot of eye balms is that it gets cakey when applied under my makeup. This eye cream does not! It’s smooth, silky, and I’ve seen an improvement with the smoothness under my eyes during the last couple weeks of use. You gently pat a small amount onto the brow bone, eye lid, and beneath the eye. Trust me, a little goes a long way, so you won’t be running out anytime soon!

Price tag: $68 for 0.5 FL. OZ 

Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 | PA +++ 

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Benefits:
-Broccoli Extract stimulates skin’s natural defense against UV damage.
-Tangerine Butter locks in moisture and leaves skin silky smooth.
-Antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E defend and protect skin’s health.
-Glides on for easy application

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Review:

I have been looking for an easy, portable solid sunscreen that doesn’t leave your face oily after application, and I think this is the one! Not only is this balm easy to use but it’s perfect especially for areas prone to sun exposure such as your nose, forehead, shoulders, chest and hands. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy, and it doesn’t have that icky “sunscreen smell”. Definitely gets a thumbs up from me and my skin. I’ll be carrying this little balm around in my purse.

Price tag: $25 for 0.33 OZ

Overall, the Murad Environmental Shield line is perfect for the summer! Everyone needs to invest in taking care of their skin, because you can’t replace it once it has been damaged. And if you love to lay out in the sun to perfect your bronzy tan, then protection is a must. It’s all about prevention!

These products are all available at the Murad Inclusive Health Spa, Murad.com, Sephora and Ulta stores.


3 Products To Quench Your Thirsty Skin

Is it cold where you’re at? Because it’s cold in the A and my skin is parched. Living in the south and basking in the glory of warm temperatures for the majority of the year has me spoiled. A girl (points to self) doesn’t even know how to act during the winter lol. 

Here are three products that have been in heavy rotation for me all winter that are definitely getting the job done!

1. Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture: $65 

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This cream is heavy and very moisturizing. Like I’ve said before, I have combination/oily skin, so I apply this cream at night and also when I travel by plane. I try not to wear makeup on the plane, so I slather this on and let it penetrate into my skin adding moisture that the air circulation in the plane takes away. 

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Some of the key ingredients are Avocado, Sunflower and Olive fruit oils which enhance the skins ability to retain maximum levels of hydration for up to eight hours. My only gripe … it doesn’t have sunscreen in it (which is why i use it at night).

**Tip: use the spatula to scoop out the cream to prevent any bacteria from growing in the jar. Gross, I know. 

2. Murad Soothing Skin and Lip Care Balm: $20 

Thank the sweet heavens for this stuff! I am an avid user of chap-sticks, balms, you name it. I always have it on me! This lip balm is thick and has saved my lips many a times from becoming chapped and cracked (not cute). Not only do I use this balm during the day, I also apply it very generously every night before I go to bed so I can wake up with smooth, hydrated lips. It works and I would definitely recommend this during the winter. 

3. Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve: $15 (2.5 fl oz.), $22 (5.0 fl oz. -pictured)

Another prized possession I carry with me at all times, is hand lotion. I switch it up seasonally because obviously during the summer you would use something a little lighter and visa versa for colder months. I use this lotion on my hands and feet before bed topped with a thick pair of socks, while giving myself a pedicure, or simply when my hands are just feeling extra dry. It’s very thick and very moisturizing!

What are some of your winter must-haves that keep your skin hydrated? 

Product Review: Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel

There’s nothing like enjoying a nice, relaxing day at the spa … but for those days when you can’t make it, it’s great to have some products at home to mimic those amazing spa services.

I am all about maintaining radiant, glowing skin, so I decided to try out Murad’s Intensive-C Peel to see what it could do to help me keep my glow. 

According to the Murad website, the Intensive-C Radiance Peel is said to "dramatically reverse environmental aging caused by sun, smog, and stress." 

It’s primary benefits: Actively smooths and perfects skin to enhance luminosity, and reduce hyperpigmentation to restore clarity.

My Review:

I love products that make give my skin a slight tingle. It just makes me feel like the product is working lol. Does anyone else feel that way? 

I decided to use the Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel while giving myself an at-home facial. Because I wear makeup everyday, I think it’s crucial to take great care of my skin and really get beneath the surface to rid my skin of dirt, oil, and clogged pores. 

After gently washing my face using my Clarisonic, I applied a thin layer of the radiance peel to my face and neck and left it on for up to 10 minutes. The product started to tingle a little on my skin, but not to the point of irritation. I washed it off with a damp washcloth and applied my moisturizer.

My skin felt refreshed, smooth, and appeared brighter….radiant honestly! I will continue to use the radiance peel 1-2 times a week to give my skin a nice pick-me-up.

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel is available at Murad.com, Ulta, Sephora, and select spa locations. $49.50 for 1.7 fl.oz.