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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!

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Blessed Be! Jennifer Lopez Is Finally Launching That Skincare Line

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Blessed Be! Jennifer Lopez Is Finally Launching That Skincare Line

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Just about anyone with a pulse and a heart for makeup knows that Jennifer Lopez established herself as a beauty guru ages ago.

The actress, singer, and business entrepreneur has been an influential part of the beauty industry throughout her decades-long career. Having established dozens of fragrances (the worth sum of which clocks in at a cool a $2 billion), collaborated on a hit makeup line with Inglot and likely inspired hundreds of thousands of women to invest in countless bronzers, there’s no denying that Jennifer Lopez was a beauty influencer long before social media became a thing.

Now, after nearly two years of waiting, Lopez’s new skin-care line is finally about to pop off.

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The “Hustlers” actress announced in December 2018, that she had been working on her own skin-care collection for quite some time. After years of holding our breath for the launch, it looks like we’ll only have to wait just a smidge longer.

In a post to her Instagram page, Lopez dropped the news that J.Lo Beauty is coming soon. In the post, the actress shared two selfies, both of which featured that infamous J.Lo glow, and topped off the look with a caption that teased “Sunset glow… #JLoBeauty coming soon.”

Fans on Instagram poured over the picture and expressed their excitement in the comments section. “Make-up line???” one fan commented. “Skin care products???? YESSSS YESS TO EVERYTHING JEN!!”

“Coming soon?! Need that glow!! Looking gorgeous mama,” another chimed in.

Sadly, Lopez did refrain from sharing the launch date of the products and has yet to reveal what to expect out of the new line.

Which isn’t so surprising since Lopez is the queen of teasers.

Earlier this month, Lopez hinted that she had something in the works related to her beauty brand when she posted a makeup-free video and challenged fans to guess what she was working on. “Woke up this morning feeling extra grateful and excited! 🤍 Want to know why? Comment below if you wanna know what I’m working on,” she wrote.

However, we might just have one hint! According to People a trademark filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office last December, JLo Beauty aims to provide cosmetics and skincare products.

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We Scavenged Reviews For The Best Hair Products For 4A To 4C Rizos

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We Scavenged Reviews For The Best Hair Products For 4A To 4C Rizos

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Even if you were taught to embrace your natural hair from Day 1 navigating the world of natural hair will always be a journey. Mainstream brands rarely consider curly-headed beauties and when it comes to catering to people with coils that are of Afro-nature their support gets even murkier. Finding products that keep your hair moisturized while insuring health and growth can be tough. Fortunately, if you’re looking to stock up your hair products supply, you’re in luck.

We scoured message boards and review boards for top-rated and promoted products to try out and keep your hair thriving!

Palmers Olive Oil Formula GRO Therapy

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“It’s a miracle product and a must buy I grabbed it randomly thinking that even this would be an addition to my shelf without any benefits but this actually works. I use this after my hair is dried and just a little bit otherwise it gets a little greasy wait for some time and the hair feels real good. Not for the wet hair though,”- Amazon review.

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Intensive Strengthening Masque Hair Treatment

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One user by the name of Soleil on Amazon gave the product 5 stars and boasted that she’s been using this product for years, “Despite the propaganda, I’ve always loved and used SM products. Their masques are typically A1 for my mixed textured 3c-4b, mid-back length curly coils. I also henna on a semi-regular basis so I like to use SM masques to deep condition or leave-in afterward to style my hair. I loved and used the super fruit masque, but with the henna, I was getting protein overload and needed something that was pretty much ONLY moisturizing. I love their Raw Shea & Capuacu masque for a leave-in, but was still open to other moisturizing DC’s.I used this line’s leave-in and it did absolutely nothing for my medium-thick or mid-porosity hair. My hair drinks the milk so I don’t even mess with styling milk and leave-ins for the most part. I didn’t really pay this masque much attention since it says “strengthening” and I didn’t want to deal with protein overload again. But after a friend who also has thick curly hair shared she used it as her leave-in since it’s ultra-moisturizing, I had to try it. I LOVE this masque! I honestly think the “strengthening” piece is a misnomer, as it’s far more moisturizing than anything! Definitely recommend to anyone who’s looking for an awesome deep moisturizing conditioner to add their regimen. If you’re one who loves an ultra-moisturizing, thick leave-in, you’ll love this one for that just as well.”

Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter

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“This whole product is great, from the color to the smell, to the way it just moisturizes your hair. This was a great deal for the money for 2 products which is very close to the price you pay for 1 product that they charge at target. Get it, spend the money they fill the product to the top and a little bit goes a long way when using the cream,” one user, who gave this moisturizing product a five-star review as well approval of the entire line, said.

Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel

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“This is my favorite *affordable* natural hair product. there is slip, shine, and great curl definition. I use it for wash n go’s or to freshen up my curls after a few days. I’ve also had some successful twist outs. the product doesn’t make me or my hair feel sticky and it smells amazing too,” a Black reviewer with natural hair and devoted to the product shared.

Kinky-Curly Knot Today

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“Let me start by saying I read reviews for everything before I buy it. That being said, bad reviews always stick out more than positive reviews and reading the negative reviews for this product I was hesitant to buy it especially considering the price,” a user wrote on Amazon about this styling leave-in conditioner. “So I went to Target to stock up on my Shea Moisture products. I saw this and I’ve heard a lot of good things about kinky curly from the natural hair community. I decided to read the Amazon reviews for it and went ahead and bought it even though I was hesitant. I went home, got in the shower used Shea Moisture moisture retention shampoo, conditioned with Shea Moisture Manuka honey conditioner, washed my body, then rinsed the conditioner out. When I get out the shower I squeeze the excess water out, dry off and wrap my hair in a cotton t-shirt while I get dressed. After all this, I put the KC Knot Today in, a good-sized glob for each half of my head, and just let it air dry. It is AMAZING. I actually get the curl definition I want and very minimal frizz. My hair is extremely dry and even on the second day my hair still feels moisturized.”

Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector

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“Talk about a drastic difference!” a writer for the blog Naturally Curly wrote about the product “Because I didn’t know what to expect, I was completely blown away, by the way, OlaPlex elevated my hair color! It went from a dusty blonde color to a more vibrant copper tone. Imagine what this product could do to severely color-damaged hair? It is suggested that you use this treatment in your weekly hair regimen or twice a week if your hair needs to recover from extreme color damage. Personally, I think I’ll be adding this extra step to my routine. I love that my hair looks and feels stronger. That dusty layer that my hair held onto seems to have disappeared and I couldn’t be happier.”

Babassu Quench Leave-In Curl Primer

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“This is my holy grail,” a reviewer from the review pages of Tepadora wrote. “My hair just is not right without this curl primer. Curls are glossy and defined with just a single pump. You can layer other products on top or just use alone. Nothing else compares.”

White Peony Leave-in Conditioner

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“Love this product and the pump. Works great for my really dry hair. The only thing that prevents me from giving a 5-star rating is the size. For the amount paid we should receive more ounces per bottle,” another user who gave this leave-in conditioner a five-star rating on the review boards of Naturally Curly gushed.

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