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So here goes, week 2 of The Skin Regime: Boot Camp For Beautiful Skin Challenge. I started off with a 30% glycolic peel, but this week I decided to up it up a notch and do a 50% glycolic peel. Yikes! I’ll admit, I was a little scared to try a stronger formulation – but I know I needed to in order to see results.

I prepped my skin the same way as I did before. You can read about my first peel here and read my interview with the author here.

Since this peel would be stronger, I added an extra step to my prep. After prepping my skin with the alcohol, I sprayed Harmon First Aid Medicated Spray ($4.49, on a cotton round and applied it to my face. Benzocaine is the active ingredient that helps numb the skin.

Next, I swiped the 50% glycolic acid with a cotton round all over my face, neck, under eye and left it on for six minutes.

This peel burned more than the first  and I’m so glad I used the spray. I experienced a burning and tingling sensation and this time around it was more intense. I was still able to handle it, it was not as bad as I thought it would be. No telling if the benzocaine really helped or not, but I think it did.

After rinsing my face and applying my moisturizer I noticed reddish patches on my face. This time the tingling/ irritation lasted longer. I applied it about one hour before heading to bed and my face was still itchy by bedtime.

The next morning, I had red spots on my cheekbones and forehead. The itching was gone and my cheeks were slightly sensitive. By midday my chin had started peeling and I had applied moisturizer at least twice by then. I’ve noticed that the solution is most active on my trouble spots which is a huge plus for me. I’m excited to see this working, can’t wait for next week’s peel!

For more information on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp to Beautiful Skin and on products I used please visit – there you can order the book and get product recommendations.

Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Skin Regime for free!

(Photos courtesy of The Skin Regime and Harmon Face Values)


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After reading The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin, I accepted the challenge to whip my skin into to shape. As I embark on this six-week skin boot camp challenge, I can’t help but wonder what my results will be and if I will finally get rid of the small sun spot on my cheek that started developing a few years ago.

The Skin Regime is a series of weekly/bi-weekly glycolic acid peels. The book recommends what products to use, and when and how to use them according to your unique skin type.

My first glycolic acid peel – ever! I didn’t know what to expect so I wanted to start with a milder peel, I decided to begin with a 30% glycolic acid solution.

My Skin Regime Boot Camp Kit

First I cleaned my face with Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash ($11.99, and a washcloth. I made sure to really get in there and remove all the makeup and dirt from my face. The washcloth helped work the product in and exfoliate my skin. Click here to get a $1.00 Cetaphil coupon just by liking their Facebook page!

After cleaning my face, I prepped my skin with a some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. This step ensures that your skin is completely disinfected and ready. Just like an aesthetician would do at a medispa.

Next I applied the 30% glycolic peel. I used  a cotton round soaked in the solution and swiped it all over my face, under eye area and neck. I left it on for six minutes.

During the six minutes, I felt a slight tingling sensation around my eyebrows, cheeks, and above my lips. The tingling eventually turned into a slight itching sensation. I was relieved to find out that it was a very mild sensation – nothing I couldn’t handle!

Once the six minutes were up, I rinsed my face and washed the solution of with the Cetaphil face wash. Then I moisturized my face with Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30. ($16.99,

After the peel, my skin felt and looked normal. The 30% glycolic peel was very mild for me. Next week I think I’ll take it to the next level and do a 50% glycolic peel.

For more information on The Skin Regime: Boot Camp to Beautiful Skin and on products I used please visit – there you can order the book and get product recommendations.

Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Skin Regime for free!

Here’s to new skin! Follow me as I take The Skin Regime Boot Camp Challenge.

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Glam Glow SuperMud Clearing Treatment

Glam Glow is a mud mask that all the celebs have been raving about, so I decided to try it myself and I was impressed. Glam Glow is an exfoliating anti-aging facial mud mask. It’s formulated with volcanic pumice rock that exfoliates the skin; French sea clay which helps absorb oil and minimize pores; and green tea leaf which is a powerful antioxidant.

It’s a green mud mask that kind of smells like a mix of mint and licorice/anise. It glides on smoothly and has a warm tingling sensation. It tightens as it dries and you can actually see the green tea pieces on your face.

Glam Glow SuperMud Clearing Treatment removes impurities and toxins from your skin. It leaves skin looking fresh and glowing. I loved it, this mask is luxury and nature in a jar. It’s like a high-end spa treatment in the comfort of your own home. I’m so glad I tried this, especially since I have oily skin – it sops it all up! Areas of the face that overproduce oil, dry up darker than other areas. Glam Glow shows you exactly were your oily spots are and helps keep it under control.

You can use this once or twice a week as a full mask or as a spot treatment. Use it to treat acne, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs. Recommended for both sexes, Glam Glow is an all natural, vegan, paraben-free product.

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*photos courtesy of Glam Glow and Twitter

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm is by far the best BB cream I’ve tried. I love it because it gives me great coverage. The other BB creams I’ve tried are more like a cream or primer. For example, I have to also apply foundation when I use Dr. Jart BB Cream because it doesn’t give me that much coverage.

Too Faced BB Cream is more like a super creamy foundation. It’s thick, but does not feel heavy on your skin. It blends away easily, leaving my complexion evened out and fresh. It has light-diffusing pigments that help camouflage trouble spots. It’s formulated with vitamins A & E as well as Chamomile, for oil-free soothing hydration. It offers broad spectrum SPF 20 sun protection.

The best part is the shine control! It gives my face a nice healthy glow without the oil slick effect. At 5 o’clock I’m happy to say that I have very little shine, almost none at all. Beach glow matches perfectly with my skin tone and a little goes a long way. You apply it just like you would a foundation. I also like to set it with bareMinerals Ready touch up veil. This has been my go-to product of the summer, I love it!

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm 1.50 oz. $32

The list continues with some more interesting skincare ingredients. This group is packed with some of my all time favorites that I always make sure to look for and use.


Peptides are composed of amino acids and essentially work by sending “messages” or “commands” to skin cells. Some peptides can increase collagen production and other kinds aid in wrinkle reduction.


CoQ10 is a natural enzyme found in every cell. It helps fight the signs of aging by fending off free radicals.


Retinal is a form of vitamin A that helps stimulate collagen production and increase cell regeneration.


Salicylic Acid is used to treat acne and removes excess oil from skin.


Titanium Dioxide is a mineral added to sunscreens that protects skin from UVA and UVB rays.

New from L’Oréal, Sublime Sun Liquid Silk Sunshield Face SPF 50+ is an advanced sunscreen that offers great protection in a light formula. It’s formulated with vitamin E and white grape seed to help maintain youthful looking skin.

This has become one of my favorite sunscreens. It goes on virtually invisible, leaving no white sheen behind. It’s not a lotion like the usual SPFs in the market, it’s a liquid that absorbs quickly into your skin. You have to shake the bottle before each use. According to the label; it’s ultra water and sweat resistant, oil-free, and non-pore clogging. It is also approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation. I think this sunscreen is better than MDSolarSciences SPF 50 Mineral Screen Gel, it’s lighter and invisible. The SPF lotion spray is pretty nice too!

L’Oréal, Sublime Sun Liquid Silk Sunshield Face SPF 50+ $10.99

This is by far one of the best drugstore brand foundations.  It offers good medium to full coverage and stays put throughout the day. Revlon ColorStay comes in two different formulas; combination/oily skin and normal/dry skin. I use the combination/oily skin formula in Golden Caramel during the summer. Even though I apply SPF every day, I still get darker during the summer. Golden Caramel blends away seamlessly with my golden summer complexion. It gives my skin a natural finish, so I don’t look completely made-up during the summer. Like most liquid foundations, you will need to blot or powder you face to keep shine completely at bay. I love this product and I also enjoy their New Complexion  Compact; however, I don’t  know why the darker shades don’t contain SPF. Golden Caramel, Toast, Rich Ginger, Caramel, Cappuccino, Mahogany, and Mocha do not contain SPF. Darker skin tones are not immune to dangerous UV rays and skin cancer, protection from the sun is also needed here! I make sure to apply either a moisturizer or a primer that contains SPF underneath.

Revlon ColorStay for Combination/Oily Skin – Golden Caramel 360 $12.99

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