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All Of The Beauty Products Our Fierce Editors Use To Keep Their Skin Healthy And Clean

The FIERCE editorial team knows how to get down with skincare. In the same way that we’ve shared beauty words of wisdom with our girlfriends, mamas, and sisters our whole lives, our office is on a constant binge of dishing on acne hot tips, mask comparisons and lip balm swaps.

For our first edition of FIERCE Editorial Picks, we decided to compare our own polished skin routines for a deeper look at the pricey pearls and drugstore gems we covet and love.

Wendy, Executive Director

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Skin Type: Blaaaahhh. Where do I begin? I had moderate acne all throughout high school and always had pink cheeks, never thought anything of it. My skin got better after college but last year everything came back to haunt me. My acne has resurfaced, causing annoying scars. And turns out that pink all over my face is rosacea.

Where to purchase: I buy most of my skincare products at Sephora.

1. NEUTROGENA Deep Clean Purifying Clean Cleanser / Mask, $9. I’m constantly switching cleansers because I haven’t found one that’ll remove all my makeup without drying my skin. I’ve been using this one for about a month since I got it in a goodie bag at an event I went to. It hasn’t dried my skin too bad, but I always have to go over my mascara with eye makeup remover so I probably won’t be using this again.

2. SHISHEIDO White Lucent Anti-Dark Circles Eye Cream, $60. I have the darkest circles ever. I give my eyes a little massage every morning and night to help brighten this area.

3. LANCOME Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner With Acacia Honey, $26. A lot of the Instagram models I follow have flawless skin and swear by toners. I decided to give his a try because it’s hydrating and comforting.

4. MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, $32. This scrub is the best for getting rid of dead skin. This activates my rosacea and turns my skin red so I try to use this only once a week.

5. KATE SOMERVILLE EradiKate Acne Treatment, $26. This little pink bottle zaps pimples overnight like nothing else I’ve tried. It’s super easy to use and really does eradicate pimples by the time I wake up.

6. Kiehl’s Since 1852 Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, $50. I’ve been using this every night for about a month and a half to help with acne scars.

7. ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores, $27. I use this about once or twice a week after exfoliating to really clear my pores. My skin feels so smooth after using this.

8. ORIGINS Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay, $27. I got this as a sample at Sephora and was hooked. This also leaves my skin feeling baby soft without overdrying.

9. TATCHA The Water Cream, $68. Before you freak, I didn’t pay almost $70 for moisturizer — I got this as a gift. But after seeing how soft this leaves my skin without making it oily I might just splurge when I run out. I love that it doesn’t make my combination skin more oily and because it doesn’t have sulfates, parabens and other chemicals, it doesn’t trigger my rosacea like other scented moisturizers. It’s also very rich so a little goes a very long way.

10. MAC Prep & Prime Fix+, $26. Most beauty bloggers swear by this to set their makeup, but I use this to help tame my acne. Weird, I know. After reading the label, I saw that this spray is hydrating and contains vitamins and minerals so I decided to spray my face at the end of my nighttime routine. Without really expecting results, I noticed it cleared up the stubborn acne I had along my jawline. I mentioned this to a MAC rep and she said she’s heard about all kinds of problems this fixes including a weird rash a woman developed on her belly during her pregnancy.

Raquel, Contributor

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Skin Type: Combination, light rosacea

Where To Purchase: With the exception of Brujita Skincare and Lush, I save bucks and buy the rest of these products on Amazon or eBay, though some can also be bought at Ulta and Sephora.

Morning:

1. Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser, $38. This is a nice gentle cleanser. While I don’t think it reduces redness, it doesn’t make my skin redder, as other cleansers do.

2. Brujita Skincare Rose Geranium Hydrosol spray, $13. A yummy spray that restores hydration after washing my face

3. Aveda Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion (for neck), $27. I originally purchased this for my face but wasn’t a huge fan, so I’m using it for my neck until I’m done with the bottle. Smells great but wouldn’t repurchase

4. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, $31. Wonderful eye cream that brightens my eyes in the morning and smells so good.

5. Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub, $10.95. Scrubs everything away smells good and keeps lips smooth. My fave lip scrub!

6. H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Treatment, $38 When I’m lazy or traveling, I don’t use every product on this list, but I always use this! It’s my holy grail for facial hydration.

7. Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Face Oil-Free Sunscreen Lotion, $5.99. I use this every morning and reapply throughout the day if I’m in the sun to not trigger my rosacea.

8. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26. This is a thick lip gel, so not everyone will like it, especially not for daytime, but I’ve always been obsessed with having my lips hydrated, so I appreciate it. It is really thick and gooey, though, so I wouldn’t use it as a lip balm throughout the day.

Night:

1. Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser, $38. Same as above.

2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (every other day), $15. This is a light exfoliating powder that helps remove dead cells but doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, so I really like this.

3. Lush FOMO Jelly Face Mask (twice a week), $13.95. I just started using this jelly face mask, which is supposed to help reduce redness, but I can’t say much about it yet other than it smells nice. Before this, I used LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask, which helped cool and calm my skin. I’m a fan of that but also like to try new masks.

4. G.M. Collin Essential Oil Complex, $55. This is filled with essential oils that work to remove comedones and leaves my skin smooth. The scent is strong, and while I didn’t like the smell at first, I do now.

5. Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream, $18. I just started using this as a day cream to help reduce some light wrinkles. I’m not blown away yet, but I’m just about a week in.

6. Lush Mint Julip Lip Scrub, $10.95. (Same as above)

7. Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate, $59. This serum helps calm, restore and defend sensitized skin. I’ve been using it for a while, and while it’s OK, I’d like to see if I could find a better nightly serum for redness and discomfort.

8. H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Treatment, $38 (Same as above)

9. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26  (Same as above)

10. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (whenever I need it), $4.97. This is the cheapest item in my skincare routine and it’s also the most effective. I don’t know how it works, but these little patches significantly reduce pimples in hours and sometimes even makes them completely disappear overnight. This goes with me everywhere I go, especially because I tend to break out most when I’m traveling.

Alex, Editor

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Skin Type: My skin type isn’t so easy for me to describe. I had to endure hormonal cystic acne and oily skin from the time I was in middle school to the end of college when I finally decided to take Accutane. While taking the medication was a complete saving grace (and everyone on staff can tell you that I preach about it on the regular) it did not completely save my skin from acne. I no longer have breakouts, but I do still have oily skin on my nose. Also because of it, my forehead is fairly dry (more on that later).

Where To Purchase: Nordstrom, CVS, Sephora, Amazon

Morning:

1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, $10.63. This product was key to getting my skin to an acne-free place and I love it because of how simple it is. My dermatologist recommended it to me when I first started Accutane and I have not stopped using it since. It’s a noncomedogenic cleanser, which means it doesn’t clog your pores (something my oily skin is prone to do). One of my favorite parts about this cleanser is that it comes in a generously sized bottle and is pretty dang cheap/ available at most pharmacy stores so it’s also convenient as hell when I run out.

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, $39. I’ve been investing in Clinique products since I was in middle school and this moisturizer will probably be in my life for many years to come. I tend to end up with two different skin types in the morning and evening. When I wake up it tends to be pretty moisturized from the night before so I apply this moisturizing gel.

3. Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream Clinique, $26. As I start to move into my late twenties I’m becoming more and more aware of how important moisturizing my eyes are. I love this because it keeps the skin around my eyes hydrated and feeling firm.

4. Glossier Balm Dotcom Original $12, I’m obsessed with how hydrating this lip balm is! I started using it when I began my Accutane trial which completely dried out my lips and made them peel often. I haven’t stopped using it since!

5. Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%, $20. I add two pumps of this every morning to my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I love it because it helps me with dark spots!

6. Eltamd Uv Clear Broad-Spectrum Spf 46 Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen, $25. I don’t really play around with the sun so I rub this onto my skin every morning after I moisturize. I love how it gives me a nice glow!

Night.

1. Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash, $36. My mom got me hooked on Kate Somerville products awhile ago after giving me some of her soaps and exfoliators for Christmas. They tend to be a bit pricey so I usually only splurge on this wash which never breaks me out or dries up my skin. 

2. Clinique Exfoliating Scrub, $22. When it comes to scrubs on my face I stick to a tight routine. I use this Tuesday and Thursday and when I get breakouts. Sometimes I’ll use it as a mini mask for my nose when I notice blackheads.

3. Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask, $27. Like my exfoliating scrub, I try to stick to a regiment with masks and use this on Sunday and Friday. It’s pretty great, keeps my skin feeling baby butt smooth, and has me feeling like Cleopatra when I walk around my apartment with it on. (Honestly, I’m not sure what charcoal is supposed to do for my skin but when I first bought this it was a trending component in skincare products and I had severe FOMO.)

4. Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff, $25. A huge part of my skincare routine includes the care and keeping of my legs and arms. I use this exfoliator every other night on my limbs to keep my skin hydrated. The smell is amazing!

5. Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer, $12. If you’re thinking that there’s a trend in my beauty routine when it comes to light spending, you’re definitely onto something. I like to keep my budget lean when it comes to beauty and skincare products, and after struggling with acne for so long and buying into so many products I’ve generally learned that, for me, the most simple products can work wonders on my skin. When it comes to my face I generally massage a thick layer onto my skin before bed and let it soak in while I sleep!

6. Skin Laboratory Salicylic Acid Peel, $18. I first started using this after a dermatologist recommend I use it for my acne scars and to dry up pimples as well. These days I use it as an emergency on the spot treatment for spots and acne.

Jenny, Social Media Manager

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Skin Type: To be honest my skin is like LA weather… sometimes it’s one way and the next day it could be completely different. One thing is for sure, I have found products that work for me. My morning routine is also my night routine. Works for me both ways.

Morning and Night:

1) Soap & Glory 3-in-1 Daily Detox face wash, $12. I love this wash because my face feels soooo fresh and clean after using it! I’ve used so many cleansers and this one works wonders for me! It’s also super cheap and lasts for months! Only $12 bucks! I just use a pea-size of cleanser and wash my face. You can get it at Ulta and if you get more drug-store brand products $15 or more you can use your $3.50 off coupon! They always have that coupon active!

2) Mario Badescu Almond & Honey Face Scrub, $15. This scrub is the best! It smells so yummy and lasts for so long!

3) HydraFresh Exfoliating & Moisturizing Face Toner, $13. This is perfect because it goes deep into my pores and takes off any extra makeup. It makes my face feel extra clean and fresh! I just use it on a cotton ball and just slide it all over my face. You can even see the dirt it takes off on your cotton ball so you know that it works.

4) Olay Moisturizing Face Lotion, $12. After using my toner I go ahead and moisturize my face with this. I love this face lotion because it keeps my face hydrated both day and night. I can also but makeup over it and I won’t look greasy or it won’t take away from my makeup. Only $9.49 at Ulta! (edited)


5) Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream, $18. I just put a tad bit on my fingertip and gently dab it on the bottom and around my eyes. This is seriously an amazing eye cream! Keeps them hydrated and fresh!

This New Hello Kitty Birthday Line Will Help You ‘Celebrate’ Her 45th Birthday

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This New Hello Kitty Birthday Line Will Help You ‘Celebrate’ Her 45th Birthday

Hello Kitty decided to big this year for her 45th birthday by collaborating with a Korean beauty brand to create the ultimate a skincare collection. In honor of the beloved Sanrio Japanese cartoon cat, who was first introduced to audiences in 1974, Korean skincare brand The Créme Shop has created a new line called Celebrate. All eight of the new line’s select products are focused primarily on skincare and add up to an entire regimen that start from face cleansing to makeup preparation.  

With all of the products holding a $20 max tag price, we’re pretty sure this new line guarantees price effective products that you don’t want to miss out on.

Hello Kitty Complete Cleansing Towelettes

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There’s no doubt that makeup remover wipes are highly debated about beauty product. BUT if you are a fan of the easy off wipes, you might just get a real kick out of these strawberry rose-scented babies. Especially because they can even remove waterproof makeup! – $6

Brightening Apple Essence Serum

For the chica trying to stave away aging and wrinkles, this vitamin E packed serum could be the answer. Loaded with an “apple essence” and ceramides serum this product is meant to retain moisture. The instructions say to use five drops of the serum before applying to your skin that was washed.- $15

Pink Water Crème – Ultra Dewy Face Cream

Like the other fruitful scents in this line, Hello Kitty’s watermelon-infused moisturizer is loaded with hyaluronic acid and rich antioxidants and is meant to help reduce fine lines and promote a JLO-like glow. – $20

Under Eye Patches – Hydrogel Patches, Soothing & Brightening, Collagen + Caviar

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Even though Hello Kitty’s under-eye patches are made with collagen and caviar might seem too fancy to be true but the $5   masks promise to alleviate dark circles and puffiness. The instructions say to keep the masks on for 15 minutes on freshly cleansed skin and gently press dry. – $5

Hello Kitty Celebrate Plush Spa Teddy Headband

Ahh, the venda. So heavily relied on but so under-appreciated for what it does to your skin-care and beauty routines. Hello Kitty’s Plush Spa headband isn’t just adorable for all of its logo designs but its material will totally make you feel as if you’re in a spa.  – $9

Hello Kitty Celebrate Setting & Priming Spray

This rose water and diamond essence priming spray will prep your skin and have it ready for your makeup routine when it comes time for application. For a dewy moisturized base, spray the water onto your skin after you’ve cleansed and moisturized. Once you’ve applied your makeup spray the product on afterward. – $14

Hello Kitty Celebrate Youth Promoting Sheet Mask

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This cute Hello Kitty donut sheet mask looks tasty and delicious like a birthday treat. Infused with collagen, cucumber, and white tea to ensure a glowing and brighter complexion this product from Hello Kitty’s birthday collection is a guaranteed gift. – $4

Hello Kitty Celebrate Whipped Cacao Handy Dandy Hand Cream

Big-time fans of Hello Kitty know that The Créme Shop has a history of creating hand creams, but this one from the Celebrate collection is 100% for keeps.  The whipped cacao scented hand cream is enriched with vitamin E and shea butter for a lovely and subtle chocolate smell that will help to moisturize dry skin. A big plus? The 1.6 oz. bottle is travel-friendly. $10

Hello Kitty Holographic Clarifying Peel-Off Mask

Minimize your pores and blackheads with this apple and rose-scented clarifying peel mask that promises to also remove oil, and dirt right from your pores. For the most effective results be sure to keep the mask on for 15 minutes after cleansing and toning skin. – $12

Hello Kitty Treat Yo’ Self Spa Set

To really kick off celebrations for the beloved white cat go all out with your pampering and go for Hello Kitty’s boxset spa collection. The box includes a sleep mask, the spa headband, and strawberry champagne-scented bath crystals. – $20

This Latina Fell Into A Coma After Using A Tainted Skin Whitening Cream Imported From Mexico

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This Latina Fell Into A Coma After Using A Tainted Skin Whitening Cream Imported From Mexico

#1: The scourge of colorism has had a stranglehold on Latinx communities for centuries, and it manifests in insidious ways. Although nicknames like “la morena” are often used in Latinx families as a term of endearment, these seemingly-harmless labels can create deep roots of self-hatred within the subject. This self-hatred can be especially prominent in young women and girls who are taught to tie their self-worth to their outward appearance. And although the Latinx community is doing more now to tackle colorism than it ever has before, there’s still a lot of work to be done.

In fact, recently a Latina was hospitalized in Sacramento for using a tainted skin-lightening face cream. 

According to public health officials, the as-yet-unnamed woman arrived at an emergency room “slurring her speech” and “unable to walk or feel her hands and face” public health officials said. She is now in a semi-comatose state. According to friends and family, the woman frequently bought her face-cream from a friend in Mexico. But this time, her Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream had been laced with the toxic heavy metal, mercury. According to officials, the woman is the “first known victim of methylmercury poisoning from a cosmetic in the U.S.”, making her case especially alarming. According to The Daily Beast, the sale of skin-lightening products is “a bustling market” that is “driven by immigrants who buy them from their home countries”. 

Although the FDA is tasked with monitoring imported cosmetic products to make sure they reach our health-standards domestically, it is impossible to keep track of unreported and/or illegal trade. That’s why you should be wary when accepting beauty products from a friend or relative who lives out of the country. According to Businessweek: “no one knows how many of the world’s skin-lightening creams are tainted with mercury.” Even if you are sure your friend is trustworthy and the product is safe, in the end, there’s no way to know for certain. 

In many Latinx countries, the skin-lightening market is a widespread and lucrative trade that holds no stigma for its customers.

Reports suggest that across the world, the skin-lightening market is valued at $20 billion, which proves how ubiquitous the desire for lighter skin is, cross-culturally. Because of its known melanin-suppressing effects, mercury is often found in skin-lightening products–including “legitimate” products that insist their ingredients are safe. Methylmercury is an extremely toxic compound and is used in things like “thermometers, batteries, and mirrors”. According to experts, long-term exposure “can cause kidney damage, loss of peripheral vision and lack of coordination”. That means that many of these skin-lightening creams that are marketed as being safe are actually laced with poison and are extremely toxic.

Colorism comes from the history of European colonization and oppression in Latin America. Europeans used the socially-constructed idea of race in order to divide and subjugate the people they were trying to conquer. Identifying with white Europeans was a way to prove superiority and therefore align yourself with power. But subsequently, the idea of lighter skin being more desirable has persisted until today. And, as is evidenced above, some Latinos will go to great lengths to appear whiter–even if the outcomes are dangerous. 

Fortunately, there are a vast number of Latinx people on Twitter who are vocal about the negative effects of colorism within the community.

Many people in the Latinx community (especially the younger generation) are finally waking up to the realities of life for people who are darker-skinned. Luckily, there is a large cohort of people who are no longer staying silent on the issue. 

This Latina has seen colorism manifests itself within her own family:

The beautiful part about being Latinx is the spectrum of colors of the community has–a spectrum that sometimes shows up inside a family. 

This Latina recognizes that, while she thought colorism was “normal” when she was younger, she now knows it’s a harmful social construct.

Sometimes it’s hard to see when something is wrong when it’s so ingrained in society.

This person sees colorism as a major divisive factor in the Latino community:

Even when we see representations of ourselves in the media–often the accepted version of a Latino is European-looking one. Look at any telenovela.

This Latina understands that colorism isn’t just a black/white issue:

In reality, colorism is nuanced–it comes from outdated colonial mindsets of white and European-supremacy.

Although it’s terrible that this woman was victim of this black market cream, this incident is bringing to light the undeniable harmful impact of colorism within the Latinx community as well as the dangers of skin-lightening products.