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Murad Acne and Anti-Aging Skin Care
Posted on September 23, 2015

Murad Skin Saviors: Battling Adult Acne & Anti-Aging

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I have those moments where I wish I could turn back the hands of time, back to when I was a teenager. I suppose I can consider myself lucky that my teenage years were pretty good. Of course we all have those moments of being a young woman where it seems like the world is coming to an end, cue the drama. For the most part aside from the normal teenage girl woes, I had few issues back then. For one I was very active and in shape and two I had no skin issues. I managed to get through those years with only the occasional pimple and no skin issues. Unfortunately that all changed when I hit my mid twenties, like who starts getting acne as an adult?  My skin started getting bad around the time I left New York and moved to the South, maybe the stress of this life change played a part, who knows. Ever since then I have fought an ongoing battle with my skin. Once I turned 30 wrinkles and aging signs started slowly trying to creep in and I’m fighting that tooth and nail.

Murad Advanced Acne & Wrinkle

Finding the right mix of products is often challenging. I’m always experimenting with products because ehhhh that’s what skin care junkies and beauty bloggers do.  Murad is one of the product lines I have come to discovery and love, to date I’m pleased with most of what I have tried from them and this summer to get a handle on breakouts I stuck to a routine incorporating a few items from their acne and anti-aging lines.  My skin has responded very well to this routine and whooo for the entire time I used it I had no major breakouts. 

During this routine I used the Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser. This anti-aging and acne fighting cleanser features time-release salicylic  acid, amino acids and of hyaluronic acid. The effects of this cleanser continues after you rinse it off.   It took me some time to love this cleanser and let me break down why. First off I’ll say that the pairing of the acne fighting salicylic acid with the hyaluronic acid. Some acne cleansers are a bit harsh for my skin and the salicylic acid although effective is at times drying which can sometimes cause my skin to over produce oil and thus breakout.  With this cleanser however the hyaluronic acid provides balance that kept dryness from being an issue.

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser

This cleanser is not harsh or stripping.  The formula did take some getting used to, is on the thick side and didn’t spread or rinse easily for me. I found using this cleanser with a facial cleansing tool the best  pairing for me. In the morning I used the Murad  time release acne cleanser with my konjac sponge and in the evenings I used it with my clarisonic mia 2.  Using more than my hands allowed the product to distribute more even and thin and rinse off easier. I had no breakouts the entire time using this cleanser, even during that time of the month when I usually have a hormonal outbreak and using theclarisonic daily. This is for sure a winner for me. Price $32.00

The next product from Murad in my anti-aging, acne fighting lineup is the Advanced Acne & Wrinkle Reducer. From the first use I fell in love with this lightweight but effective serum. Choke full of anti-aging and acne fighting ingredients such as glycolic acid collagen and retinol. If fine lines, wrinkles and texture are a concern and you haven’t added a retinol product to your skin care lineup you NEED to.

Murad Advanced Acne & Wrinkle Reducer Serum

I loved the way this serum glided on my skin and absorbed, but after a few weeks use the proof was in the pudding. The texture of my skin has drastically improved, thanks to the Retinol and GlycolicAcid which help speed up cell turnover. I will definitely repurchase this, LOVE.                 Price $44.00

The last piece of the acne, anti-aging battle lineup is the Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF30|PA+++. One of the features I love about a few of the Murad moisturizers I’ve used is that they contain spf, so I don’t need to use a separate product.

Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer

The SPF in this moisturizer did not have that heavy sunscreen feel or scent and no white cast.  This moisturizer applied nicely and absorbed completely.  I have previously used the Murad Vitamin C Moisturizer with sunscreen but with the vitamin c that one has a more noticeable scent. After trying both, I prefer this one.  Price $48.00

Overall this lineup is a winner for me. I can’t tell if it was one product in particular or the system together, but I want to add that my combination oily skin was much more regulated during the time I followed this routine. On days I didn’t wear makeup, oil and shine were not an issue. After a few weeks on the routine I cut back to using the Time Release cleanser with the clarisonic to 3x a week. I am happy to report that I am still breakout free, so I plan to keep this cleanser in my treatment rotation.  For adults battling acne but also concerned with anti-aging skincare this lineup is the best of both worlds. 

The more Murad products I try, the more I find ones I love. Have you used any Murad products? 

Availability:, Murad Inclusive Health Spa®, Murad Flagship Store, Sephora, Ulta, Massage Envy Spas and various leading salons and spas.

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Posted on September 6, 2015

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Event

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The end of summer makes me sad, but I perked right back up when I realized all the Fall Beauty sales are starting.  Over the years the Ulta Beauty 21 days of beauty event has been something I look forward to.  During the Ulta Beauty 21 days of beauty event you can shop some amazing beauty deals and steals, get expert tips and there are even some cool in store events and freebies. Grab your wallets, this event is fun to shop and won’t break the bank.  
The Sale kicks off today September 6, 2015 and runs through September 26, 2015.  Depending on the days deals and anything else I plan on picking up,  I alternate running into the store or ordering online. If you plan on shopping online make sure you sign up for ebates to earn some cash back on your purchase

There are some really great deals available for this fall event. Here is a look at some of my top picks and a few things I’ll be looking forward to picking up.
ULTA 21 Days of Beauty
Today kicks off the sale with a bang and one of my favorite cleansers from Philosophy. If you have never tried Philosophy’s Purity made simple cleanser , honey you are missing out. This liquid balm type cleanser dissolves dirt and makeup with ease, leaving your skin cleansed and moisturized. This cleanser is also amazing at cleaning makeup brushes and facial cleansing device brushes.  Grab a bottle or two, a great deal at $15.00. Philosophy Purity Cleanser
September 16 the Striveictin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks is the deal of the day. I have been using this cream on my stretch marks for a few weeks now and I’m pleased with the results.  Grab this cream for a whopping 40% off; on sale for $49 Reg. $79 
Clarisonic owners you will want to mark September 18 on your calendars for sure. If you own a device you know that replacement clarisonic brush heads run about $30 a pop, yikes. Go ahead and stock up for the next year since for this beauty STEAL Clarisonic brush heads are BOGO FREE
Clarisonic Brush Heads
A few weeks ago I posted about a Limited Edition Set by It Cosmetics containing a mini of my new favorite mascara. For va va voom lashes that don’t clump look no further than the It Cosmetics Hello Lashes. I’ll be grabbing at least two of these during the sale, they are a steal at $12
 IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara
From simple liner to a sultry cat eye, the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liner makes creating that line easy peasy. Keep it thin, thick, or wing it out Amy Whinehouse style, grab this beauty steal on September 26, 2015 for $10.  
 Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liner
You can see all of the deals at,below is a list of more upcoming deals;  

September 6, 2015: bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primers, 50% Off, Philosophy Purity Cleanser 8 oz., Now $15! Reg. $24
September 7, 2015: Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Now $11! Reg. $22, Strivectin TL Tightening Lift Advanced Neck Cream, Now $69! Reg. $95
September 9, 2015: Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream, Now $11 Each! Reg. $22
September 10, 2015: Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Liner BOGO FREE! Reg. $24
September 11, 2015: Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer Now $10 Reg. $20, SanMedica SeroVital-hgh Dietary Supplement 30% Off
September 12, 2015: Butter London Lip now $10, Philosophy Time in a Bottle Serum, Now $55 Reg. $75
September 13, 2015: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, Now $10! Reg. $21, Pur Minerals Miracle Mist Now $10 Reg. $19
September 14, 2015: LORAC POREfection Concealers Now $12 Reg. $24
September 15, 2015: IT Cosmetics Eyelift In a Tube, Now $14.50! Reg. $29, Online Only! Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation, Now $25! Reg. $35
September 16, 2015: Striveictin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks Now $49 Reg. $79
September 17, 2015: Online Only Perfekt Liquid Lash Gel, 50% Off!, Too Faced Bulletproof 24 hr eyeliner Now $11 Reg. 22
September 18, 2015: Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balms, Now $17 Each! Reg. $34, Clarisonic Brush Heads, Buy One Get One Free! Reg. $27-$30
September 19, 2015: bareMinerals Lasting Line Eyeliner, Now $8! Reg. $16, bareMinerals Round the Clock Eyeliner, Now $8! Reg. $16,  25% Off Entire Exuviance Brand
September 20, 2015: Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten Foundation, Now $20! Reg. $33, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Now $10! Reg. $20
September, 21, 2015: Online Only -Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming  Face Gels $35 35% off Excludes travel kits, Mario Badescu Peptide Renewal Cream & Serum 25% Off
September 22, 2015: Amazing Cosmetics Anti Aging Primer Travel Size, Now $10! Reg. $18
September 23, 2015: Online Only Cargo Blush, 50%, CK One Brow Pencil & Gel Duo Now $11 Reg. 22
September 24, 2015: Stila Convertible Color, Now $12 Each! Reg. $25
September 25, 2015: IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara, Now $12! Reg. $24
September 26, 2015: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liner, Now $10! Reg. $20, Philosophy Select Skincare Kits 25% Off

Do you plan on shopping the sale? What deals do you have your eye on?  
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