Sunnier Days Ahead: April Goodbeing Box

April Goodbeing Box

Pardon this late post, it’s been quite a busy month! My April box from Goodbeing came at a convenient time, right before my Bachelorette party weekend! I always love receiving trial-size products before a big trip since I’ll be able to try out new things and easily bring less with me. Overall, I was very impressed with this month’s box and how appropriate they were to take with me on my weekend trip to Myrtle Beach!

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MyChelle Clear Skin Serum Review

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During the summer I did a VISIA complexion analysis at Whole Foods where I learned the status of my skin and added more exfoliation and oil-control to my daily skincare routine. One of the products recommended to improve my complexion was the MyChelle Dermaceuticals Clear Skin Serum ($33, 1oz). Used regularly, this potent serum minimizes oily-blemish prone skin, clears pores, and aids in skin repair. Initially I purchased this serum because the Whole Foods esthetician incorrectly noted I could use this alone as an acne spot treatment (you can’t, really) but I’m glad I picked this up because it is a great product for maintaining clear, balanced skin.

“Powerful bioactives deeply calm, balance oil and keep pores purified…minimizes surface shine while improving the clarity of oily and blemish-prone skin. Retinol resurfaces skin and clears pore-block debris while Montmorillonite clay detoxifies and absorbs excess oil. Totarol, a botanically-derived antibacterial, and B Vitamins assist in the growth of repair of skin tissues.”

I really like MyChelle products because the brand is affordable, accessible (sold at Whole Foods), participates in eco-friendly operations and gives back to the community. They approach skincare by using natural, nontoxic ingredients that provide effective results without sacrificing the health of your skin. MyChelle products are also organized into a clear numbering system so you can easily understand each product, its usage  and its order within your skincare regime. The Clear Skin Serum is a Step 3 product.

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Also, how cute is this packaging?     “Seeded in science and rooted in nature”

My results

MyChelle recommends using 2 pumps of this serum daily after regular facial cleansing. I usually apply this serum at night right after cleansing my face and before applying my night cream or facial oil. I have found this serum works great during the day too, with my daily moisturizer and even underneath makeup.

“For clear, smooth, well-balanced skin, apply two pumps after cleansing. Follow with mist, nourishing cream and sun protection.”

Like I said, I had a preconceived notion that this serum would also work as an acne spot treatment which it does not. I can’t say it completely removes all my blemishes or acne. However, it does keeps the texture of my skin amazingly smooth, balanced and leaves my pores squeaky clean. The pores around my nose and cheeks are the usual dirt collectors and I was shocked at how effective the Clean Skin Serum was at completely banishing those little nasty blackheads.This serum doesn’t take long to produce noticeable results, the formula penetrates quickly and calms skin. I have been using this serum for a couple months now and I’ve noticed how it has also healed and maintained my skin overtime. I feel that this serum really does treat and nourish my skin.

I have a strong aversion to specific scents (too earthy or herby and I can’t stand it) and have a very sensitive nose. I love the scent of the MyChelle Clean Skin Serum and it is very botanically-scented. You can specially smell the Ylang Ylang flower oil and Lavender oil among the other lovely herbal ingredients in this Serum. To my nose, the scent does linger but I find it pleasant and not irritating but definitely noticeable. The ingredients are effective in combining organic, naturally-derived and bioactive ingredients that have many skin benefits such as Retinol (Vitamin A), Montmorillonite (clay minerals) Witch Hazel water, Willow Bark extract, Tea Tree Leaf oil and Aloe. 

Overall, the MyChelle Clean Skin Serum has earned a permanent spot in my skincare regime. This serum never fails at regularly maintaining the texture of my skin, clearing pores and assisting in calming redness or blemishes. I can’t wait to try other MyChelle products like the Pumpkin Peel and Fruit Enzyme Mist.

Ingredients: Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Aqua (Water), Alcohol Denatured (Grains), Glycerin (Vegetable)*, Polysorbate 20 (Plant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Montmorillonite (Clay Minerals), Yogurt Extract (Milk), Retinol, Fructooligosaccharides (D-Beta) (NutraFlora®), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Totarol, Panthenol (D) (B5), Niacinamide (B3), Pyridoxine HCI (B6), Biotin (D) (B7), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Juice, Collinsonia Canadensis (Stone Root) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (Aloe Leaf)*, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Limonene (Citrus), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Phytic Acid (Rice), Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar)  *NOP Certified Organic

Have you tried the Clean Skin Serum or any other MyChelle Products? What are your methods for maintaining clear skin and clean pores?

*The product featured in this post was purchased by me and all opinions in this review are based on my personal experience. I am never paid to give my honest opinion on products or brands.

Last Minute Halloween Green Beauty Deals!

Happy Halloween! If you’re trying to avoid a candy overdose tonight, take advantage of these awesome Halloween deals from some of the best brands in green beauty!

My fave 5-free nail polish brand, ZOYA is having a fun Halloween deal on their site: a free nail polish and free shipping with any purchase today until midnight! Follow this link to grab your unqiue code: http://www.zoya.com/halloween

Abe’s Market * offers the best online deals in natural and organic personal care, food and home goods. Select items are 50% off throughout the site, today only. Plus, get free shipping on any orders with beauty or bath & body items. Score!

S.W. Basics of Brooklyn is offering their awesome Makeup Remover at 25% off plus get free U.S. shipping with code: TRICKTREAT. Also don’t forget today’s the last day to snatch up some of their fab organic or vegan lip balms for only $1 each! (Offers expire at 11:59pm EST tonight)

From One Love Organics* — 10% of the sales price of each Rose Aromatic Serum ($39) sold in the month of October goes to the Ashley Caddell Cancer Treatment Fund. Plus, today is also the last day to get a free LOVE makeup bag with Rose Serum purchase! Use code: AshCad

Ever since the Night for Green Beauty event, I’ve been meaning to try some products from the luxe skincare line, La Bella Figura. Today, they’re giving $15 off any $75 order when you use this code at checkout: Treat13 (Until 9am CST tomorrow, 11/1)

BeautySage.com* will be kicking off their Friends & Family Sale tomorrow, 11/1 so don’t miss out on these great savings! Friends & Family Event at BeautySage! $10 off $50 with code BIG, $25 off $100 with code DEAL, $50 off $200 with code NOW from 11/1 – 11/3 ONLY

My favorite flash sale website, HauteLook is having a great sale on MyChelle skincare products (I spoke briefly about them in my VISIA skin analysis post). Grab some before it’s too late! Join HauteLook with my invite here.

Image from the movie, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! 

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My VISIA Complexion Analysis

VISIA Complexion Analysis Machine

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One main motivation in creating my blog was to educate others about beauty, health and sustainable solutions. Nothing peaks my interest more than learning about new technology and advancements in health and esthetics and sharing what I’ve learned with others. A member of the Juice Beauty team, Annalise told me about the new complexion analysis machines called VISIA machines being set up nationwide at Whole Foods markets and larger beauty stores. I was curious and also a bit scared at the thought of having my face analyzed by a machine but I followed Annalise’s suggestion to go for a free VISIA skin analysis at my local Whole Foods.

Using special imaging technology, the VISIA machine digitally captures 8 different properties of your skin analyzing spots, wrinkles, texture, pores, UV spots, brown spots, red areas and porphyrins (natural oil and bacteria buildup). These categories are further analyzed as percentile scores depicting how the condition of your complexion ranks among other individuals of the same age, gender and skin type. The higher the percentage, the better your skin is within those problem areas.

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An in-house, certified esthetician will then review and discuss the images and the analyzed summary of your skin. They will also recommend a personalized skincare regime to improve your complexion including specific product recommendations. Luckily, you get a printed copy of your visual complexion analysis and the list of recommended skincare products. All your information is stored in the VISIA machine at the analysis location. You can go back for a follow-up consultation after you’ve tried any purchased products to see how you skin measures up after treatment.

At my local Whole Foods, the 2 brands offered for product recommendation are from Juice Beauty and a brand called MyChelle Dermaceuticals. Since I’ve tried a few products from Juice Beauty already, I was interested in trying out and adding the MyChelle products to my skin regime.

How’d my complexion analysis go? Thankfully, it wasn’t as scary as I’d thought! I actually learned more about my skin and what I can do to improve my current skin regime. Overall, I’d recommend everyone to go get a VISIA skin analysis and learn about your skin and how you can improve it! 

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Out of the 8 complexion categories, my skin needs the most work on texture and porphyrins. Here is how the VISIA analysis from MyChelle describes the 2 categories I scored lowest on:

Texture measures the skins smoothness by identifying the hills and valleys of the skin. Raised areas are pimples, milia, blackheads, dead skin cells, shown in yellow. Indentions are fine lines, open pores, open hair follicles shown in blue.”

To improve the texture of my skin, it’s recommended to exfoliate more to remove the unwanted dead skin cells and produce smoother skin. Exfoliation will also allow for additional products to more easily absorb and penetrate the skin. I do realize I’ve become lazy in exfoliating my skin and finding the best product for my skin. I’ve been trying various methods to regularly exfoliate in my weekly skin routine. To improve the fine lines within the texture category, use of more anti-aging products should be used to prevent fine lines and future wrinkles.

Porphyrins are natural bacteria and oil. The bacterial excretions can become lodged in pores and lead to acne. This score varies from person to person and it is ok to have a natural level of bacteria.”

To improve the amount of porphyrins, it is recommended to cleanse the face regularly and make sure all items that may come in close contact with your face such as, makeup brushes, cell phones and pillow cases are kept clean after daily use. This is one category in which I have definitely become more aware of my habits and to improve my facial bacteria and oil buildup.

Read about all the VISIA complexion analysis categories and recommended MyChelle products here

I ended up only purchasing one MyChelle product which I thought would add to my current skincare routine, the Clear Skin Serum. This serum was recommended in my facial analysis because it will minimize shine/oil, remove pores and prevent acne. I’ll be reviewing this product in a future post. Overall, I’d recommend everyone to go get a VISIA skin analysis and learn about your skin and how you can improve it!

What are your thoughts on skin analysis? Have you tried the VISIA complexion analysis machine? Let me know!

This post was inspired by my own curiosity about the well-being of my skin and was not sponsored in any way. All opinions are my own. Special thanks to my friend, May who joined me at Whole Foods and snapped some photos of our skin analysis trip!