Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Influenster: #ClearProof Acne System from Mary Kay

Teen acne was horrible! Can you relate?

As an adult acne can be just as horrible. I've always had my break out moments but now that I am taking a medication that makes those breakouts ten times as bad, I find myself feeling very self-conscious. Obviously, that just isn't acceptable to me.

And this is where Influenster comes in. I've been a member of Influenster for a little while now and was invited to join one of their newest VoxBox campaigns. This campaign was to test out Clear Proof Acne System from Mary Kay. I figured why not! I can't see it making my acne problem any worse than it is right now. I was definitely doubting this product. In all honesty, I've tried numerous other items that promised results to no avail so I wasn't very hopeful with this product but I thought I would try it out anyway.

The Clear Proof Acne System has 4 items in it:

- Clear Proof Clarifying Cleansing Gel
- Clear Proof Blemish Control Toner
- Clear Proof Acne Treatment Gel
- Clear Proof Oil-Free Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin

Directions for all of items above were straight forward and the whole system was very simple to use.

Did the Acne System work for me? I took before and after photos of my main break out area, my chin, to show how well it worked for me.

Here is a photo of my main break out area before I started using the Clear Proof Acne System.

Before using the Clear Proof Acne System

After about 3 weeks of using the Clear Proof Acne System, I can see a HUGE difference!

After using the Clear Proof Acne System for 3 weeks.

I have very little break outs now and when I do they only last a day or two before they are gone. My only issue is that I had trouble keeping my face from being so dry. While the moisturizer does feel great, I don't think it works well for keeping my face soft and smooth. So, I had to drop my daily cleansing routine down to every other day after 2 weeks of use and add my regular facial moisturizer (for sensitive skin) to the routine instead of theirs until my face was no longer dry.

It was a real bummer not being able to use the entire system anymore but if it still works for me then great! So, what I've decided to try is going back to my daily routine with the Clear Proof System and instead of using the moisturizer they have, I will use my own. Hopefully it will work well enough and I can continue using the system daily instead of every other day.

OVERALL thoughts on the Clear Proof Acne System from MaryKay? I. LOVE. IT. I really do. I am now a believer in #ClearProof and I owe a huge THANK YOU to both Influenster and Mary Kay!

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Humming Pomp and Circumstance

One whole semester gone by...the last one that is. Yes, you read that correctly! The LAST semester! I graduated! Woohoo!
My little victory cry.

I chose not to walk and I chose not to have a celebration. All of that stuff doesn't mean much to me. Besides that, being the center of a party or the center of attention for strangers really isn't my cup of tea. I am just basking in the thoughts of achieving something that was really hard for me to reach. There always seemed to be some sort of obstacle I needed to get past. One (an injury) even slowed me down by about a year but I got there. I'm pretty damn proud of myself for moving through it all and reaching the end.

That being said, I definitely COULD have done it all without my DH but I certainly wouldn't have wanted to do any of it without him by my side supporting me. He became my rock when I really needed it and I will never forget that.

Congrats to all the awesome graduates this year! Amidst all your celebrating don't forget to relish the fact that you climbed that mountain.