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Weekly Must-Have: Biopelle Dark Circle Relief Cream

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My complex with my under eye circles is well documented on BeautyBanter.  I’m willing to try truly any brightening eye cream or concealer to improve the situation.  A few weeks ago I was lamenting my woes to my dermatologist, and Dr. Russak insisted I ditch my current eye cream for Biopelle Dark Circle Relief.  Considering the insomnia I’ve been dealing with recently thanks to Corona, I ordered it immediately from my phone on the way home. 

I’ve always reached for eye creams with active ingredients like Retinol or Vitamin C, but I have never considered a Vitamin K product.  Big mistake there! Because Vitamin K promotes proper blood flow, this cream is able to diminish puffiness and discoloration generally caused by fluid buildup in the delicate under eye.  It’s a true game changer. 

In addition to powerhouse Vitamin K, this cream includes Phospholipids to moisturize and mineral pigments to brighten.  While the packaging is fairly clinical and the branding isn’t exactly sexy, this stuff delivers.  I haven’t reached for any of the other eye creams in my arsenal since purchasing this one.  Even better, at $42, it is a fraction of the cost of some of other premier eye creams on the market. 

I like this product so much that I actually just purchased a backup in case online retailers stop shipping – I officially can’t be without it!


-Written by Casey Sharbaugh

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Weekly Must-Have: HoliFrog Cleansers (All of them!)

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Despite being a total skincare junkie, I confess that I often don’t give too much thought to how I’m cleansing my face.  My primary concern is to remove sunscreen and makeup, so a simple cleansing oil followed by whatever gel cleanser I found in my shower was my usual routine.  Since the product is on my face for such a short period of time, I erroneously wasn’t paying it much mind. That changed the minute that I was introduced to HoliFrog Cleansers. 

I think what hooked me most about these cleansers (all four of them!) is that each and every single one feels like it’s really doing something.  They’re chock full of nourishing and active ingredients to treat the skin.  Better yet, they leave out fragrant botanicals, drying alcohols, and other inflammatory ingredients.  Sign me up!

Tashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash ($38) is arguably the most gentle yet effective cleansers that I’ve tried in recent memory.  It feels impossible to choose a favorite from this line since they’re all so impressive, but I’ve definitely found myself reaching for this one the most. 

Kissimmee Vitamin F Therapy Balmy Wash ($42) is a reparative salve that also cleanses.  It quickly dissolved my makeup and sunscreen, but instead of my skin feeling tight and stripped afterwards, it was nourished and happy.  Use this as your first step in a double cleanse when you want to take off a full face, or alone when your skin is feeling extra dry or angry. 

Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash ($38) is designed for people wanting to address breakouts, congestion, large pores, and dullness.  I reach for this active cleanser after a super sweaty workout class, or around my time of the month.  Skin feels brighter and smoother, but not at all dry or overly cleansed.

Superior Omega Nutritive Gel Wash ($36) is an all-purpose wash for anyone who wants a deep clean.  Personally, I’ve been like this cleanse in the morning to wake my face up, or as as a second step when I double cleanse at the end of the day after wearing a full face of makeup. 

No matter what your cleansing needs may be, you can’t go wrong with this brand’s offerings.  Ta-ta, generic and basic cleansers of the past. I’m now convinced cleansing is just as important as the rest of my extensive routine! 

-Written by Casey Sharbaugh 


Weekly Must-Have: Peach & Lily Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser

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I’ve been a fan of Peach & Lily products since receiving a facial from founder Alicia Yoon (and learning about the anti-aging benefits of face yoga!). Each product from her line that I try is better than the next. I’m obsessed with the Essence — its cooling and hydrating formula soothes my skin without any irritation and breakouts. And the Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream? Well, let’s just say I’m on my third jar. It’s, quite possibly, my favorite under $40 moisturizer, as it’s packed with antioxidants and hydration, but doesn’t cause skin irritation or acne.

Peach & Lily’s latest launch, Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser, is no exception. It’s gentle and soothing formula removes all dirt and bacteria without stripping the skin of natural, needed oils. This toxin-free cleanser has a pH of 5.5 to keep skin balanced and the skin barrier in-tact (I’m all about pH-balanced products as of late). The consistency is a gel that turns into a light foam when applied to the skin with water. I’ve only had to do a single cleanse to remove dirt and excess makeup; I do, however, use Bioderma H20 to remove makeup prior to my water cleanse. The affordable face wash has yet to cause any acne, milia, or blackheads. It really is a power cleanser (as the name suggests).

You can’t go wrong with a well-priced product that actually works. When I use the Power Calm Cleanser, I feel like I’m using a product that would sell for $75 because of its natural ingredients and effectiveness, yet it’s a very reasonable $28. That’s literally the price of a matcha latte and a breakfast sandwich!

Trust me: don’t buy just one; once you use it, you won’t want to stop. I already have my restock waiting in my toiletries closet.

PRICE TAG: $28 (Buy Here)

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