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Reinventing My Skincare Routine with BioClarity
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Being 22 years old with acne isn't exactly at the top of my list of goals in life. Having acne on areas other than my face is even further down on the list. I'm sure like a lot of you, I've been putting up with those little red nightmares on my face/body since I was about thirteen. Since I've gotten older, it's definitely gotten a lot better, but I still struggle with it from time to time, and more often on my body now than my face. 

 

Circa eighth grade, when my acne was in its prime, I was suckered in to trying Proactive. Their spokesperson was Britney Spears, I could not resist. I was so excited to try it, but unfortunately, it made my skin super dry and irritated. After that, I wasn't too thrilled about those three step acne treatment schemes. 

 

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When BioClarity reached out to tell me about their unique plant-based approach to treating acne, my first thought was...."Um, excuse me. What are you trying to say¿". Then I thought to myself "Kelsey, shut up. This is a chance to finally find something that actually works, so just do it." So I agreed to try it out, and they sent me a package right away. What convinced me to try it the most though, was everything I found out about the products themselves.

FUN FACTS

The cleanser, treatment and restore gel are all 100% vegan and cruelty-free

Ingredients include: Green tea (detoxifies) ★ Licorice root (invigorates) ★ Chamomile (calms) ★ Oat Kernel (soothes) ★ Cucumber (cools refreshes) ★ Florax with Chlorophyll (reduces redness and irritation)  

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 *please excuse my terrible chipped nails*

 

my experience

I actually use the products on my body more than my face, and the results have definitely surpassed my expectations. I use the cleanser all over my back, chest and arms in the shower, and it's really helped to clear up my body acne. Whenever I get a blemish on my face, I use the spot treatment, usually at night. Now for the green stuff - I use the restore gel overnight. I apply it all over my face after cleansing, and I let it just sink in and repair my skin while I sleep. BioClarity does suggest that you use only the three step products alone, in order, but the way I have been using them has worked for me. That's the thing with skincare, a lot of times you have to take a risk and play around with it to see what works best for you because everyone's skin is different. 

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Going into this, I honestly didn't think I would see a big change. I thought it would be like every other "miracle" acne treatment I've ever tried. Ya know those products that work magic for, like...a week, and then you blink and your acne is back with a vengeance? BioClarity kicks those products' ass. It works the same for me now as it did two months ago when I first started using it, so that's relieving.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

BioClarity is definitely a part of my daily routine now, and because they don't use any harsh chemicals, it didn't really feel like I was taking any kind of risk. I've been using it for a little over two months, and I really have no complaints. At first, I did experience a little dryness, but I just reduced my usage to once a day instead of twice, and everything was back to normal. I can honestly tell you that in these past two months, I've gotten maybe three or four pimples on my chest/back. As compared to before I started using BioClarity, when I would wake up everyday to a new one. 

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BioClarity was nice enough to give me a discount code for 50% off to offer my readers, so to get your first month's supply for $15, you can use code "KELSEY50"! And on top of that, they always offer free shipping. So, whatever age you are, if you suffer from acne in any way, I 100% say it's worth a try!

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Week 1 of Ditching Shampoo/Conditioner + Switching To New Wash
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The past seven days have been an emotional hair roller-coaster to say the least. I've given up on shampoo - detergents, sulfates, lots and lots of "bad stuff" that strips your hair, and switched to New Wash by Hairstory. When HairStory approached me asking to try out their product and to #takeashowerwithus, I had a mix of emotions.


MY HAIR-STORY

My hair type is a little un-ideal. I have a lot of hair, but the strands are very thin, so my hair gets oily pretty quickly and falls flat very easily. Because of this, I've always felt the need to shampoo daily (I know it's bad, but I just didn't care), so the idea of ditching shampoo kiiind of completely freaked me out. On top of shampooing daily, I've put my hair through complete and total torture, from bleaching and dying and bleaching and dying and more bleaching and more dying, to daily blow drying and hot tool usage. My hair had completely lost it's natural wave and softness, so at the same time, I was kind of willing to try anything. 

 

first impression

If you know me, you know I go crazy for packaging and branding, and when it comes to what I like, simplicity is king (part of the reason I love Glossier so much). When I first opened the box Hairstory sent me, my immediate thought was how much I loved the packaging. Very simple and white, with just their logo on one side and product name on the other, each bottle having a different signature color. Although the branding is extremely simple, it's still very distinct, which tbh is always the goal.

I also really love the name they chose for the brand. It makes you think about everything you've done to your hair in the past; all the heat, all the chemicals, all the damage, and where you can go from here. It made me look at New Wash as a way of sort of, starting over, and beginning a new hair story. When I read that Hairstory was created by the creator of Bumble & Bumble, Michael Gordon, so I thought to myself, this stuff has to be amazing. 

 

DAY 1:

When I first applied New Wash to my hair in the shower, I noticed right away both the differences and slight similarities to shampoo. It gave the same clean feeling, without the suds and dryness. It also gave the same silky, smooth feeling of conditioner, which was something I was worried it wouldn't do. After deeply massaging it into my scalp for a little over a minute, I let it sit for somewhere between five and ten minutes, and just let it work it's magic. When I rinsed it out, I could already feel the difference. It was much smoother and softer, and I was very happy and impressed with the texture. 

After letting my hair towel dry for a few minutes, I was really surprised at how much easier it was to brush my hair. Since my hair had been so damaged for so long, when I would brush it, it would tug, pull, tangle and just be very difficult. After cleansing just one time with New Wash, my brush literally glided through like butter, I wanted to cry. When it dried, it felt soft and volumized, but I did notice it felt a little bit oily at the roots, and that made me nervous. 

 

DAY 2:

The next day, I made sure to follow the directions on the bottle and "use enough" (if you don't use enough, it won't be able to fully clean your hair), and it worked! I guess the first time I just didn't apply enough product because this time my hair felt soft, volumized and CLEAN.  

 

DAY 3:

This day I decided to try out one of the other products they sent me, Hair Balm. I was going to wait and do a full week of only New Wash, no other products, but I just physically could not wait. I was too curious, so I squeezed about 2 pumps into the palm of my hand (spoiler alert: way too much). I worked it through the ends of my hair, trying to avoid the roots, and just let it air dry. My hair had a great effortlessly chicness to it.  

 

DAY 4:

This day was pretty much a better version of day 2. My hair was literally being nursed back to health, and I hadn't felt this happy about it's texture in alooong time. For months before I started using New Wash, my hair was very stiff, dry and frizzy. I'd started considering giving up this grey color that I love so much, and going for a "healthier" color like brunette or an auburn because my hair just couldn't take the bleaching anymore. On this day, New Wash gave me hope that I could keep the color that works best for me. 

 

DAY 5:

On this day, I skipped the wash. I didn't need it because my hair was still feeling pretty clean. Another reason I skipped the wash was because I knew I'd be home all day, with no one around to see my untamed mane, so there's that. Whenever I know I'll be home all day, I like to give my hair the break it deserves. With shampoo, washing your hair every day can be very damaging, but with New Wash, it's not like that at all. I don't feel bad washing my hair two days in a row. New Wash cuts out stripping detergents that eat away the good oils for your hair. New Wash replaces those detergents with aloe and essential oils, so if anything, it actually feels good for my hair to wash it as many days in a row as I'd like.

 

DAY 6:

This day was such a great day because I got to spend it at The Wing in NYC with some fellow Glossier reps. I woke up bright and early (I'm talking 4am bright and early, folks) to catch my bus to New York at 6. I didn't have an abundance of time considering everything takes me about three times as long to do in the morning. So, I took a "quick" shower, did my makeup, picked out what I was going to wear (which took about 3/4 of my whole getting ready adventure), then I was left with about ten minutes to do my hair. I'd already let it air dry, and since I basically had no time left, I just sprayed it all over with Undressed, scrunched it up with my hands for a couple minutes, and ran out the door.

Undressed is quickly becoming my favorite texturizing spray of all time. It doesn't give me that gross, sticky, crunchy feeling that most texturizing sprays do. You can actually barely even tell it's there, and it still adds a nice wave/shape while letting your hair feel soft and weightless. 

 

DAY 7:

I skipped another day because I didn't really feel like I needed a wash. My hair is continuing to get softer, stronger, and I even feel like it's beginning to get some of it's natural wave back. Ahh, how I missed that natural wave, and it's back just in time for Summer! I was kind of at a dead end...figuratively and literally speaking...but New Wash turned things around. 

 

LIKES:

Makes my hair feel clean without damaging it

Makes my hair feel INCREDIBLY soft and healthy

I don't feel guilty for washing it daily

I don't feel guilty at all, because the ingredients in New Wash are actually good for your hair

I feel like I'm using professional salon hair care on myself at home (aka I feel fancy "af")

 

DISLIKES:

Some of the products, like Hair Balm + Undressed, I'm not the biggest fan of the scents (but I always use a hair perfume anyway, so that really doesn't matter)

These products are a liiiittle bit pricey. New Wash is seeming to last me a good while, considering how often I use it, but I just don't kno if I can see myself shelling out $40 and/or $90 for shampoo. Although it is a bit of a miracle product, so we'll see. 

 

LOOKING FORWARD

I'm extremely excited to see the condition of my hair at the end of this month. It's been quite a struggle for quite a long time, and i'm so thankful that I was able to try not just New Wash, but HairStory's entire line of products. Just these past seven days have already made a huge impact, so hopefully the momentum keeps going. Biggest thank you to HairStory to introducing me to these amazing products! If you guys have any questions at all feel free to ask in the comment section below. 

 

Visit Hairstory's NYC salon (read the Allure article here)

 

 

Fresh Beauty Floral Fete: Launch of the Newest Addition To The Rose Collection
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This Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending Fresh Beauty's launch event for their newest addition to The Rose Collection: The Deep Hydration Facial Toner. I met so many amazing people, from fellow (definitely more experienced) influencers like @IAmJustAMakeUpLover, @VicMRam and @TheBeautyMaiden to the Fresh team, including founders Lev and Alina. The set up was absolutely gorgeous! Bold PR did an amazing job at turning this space into the rose garden of all of our dreams. Of course, there were roses everywhere, and everywhere you turned was a great photo opp. There were rose walls, rose pools, different stations to test out all of the Rose Collection products. We even got to pick out a Sugar Lip Treatment and get the box decorated by an artist at one of the tables. 

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My favorite part was the waiters/waitresses dressed in all white, walking around, offering the cutest pink-themed horderves I have ever seen. Watermelon cubes topped with feta, pomegranate chicken with a pink pomegranate sauce, they even had the most delicious pink avocado sushi (PINK. AVOCADO. SUSHI.). I don't even like sushi, but you better believe I ate my own bodyweight in that stuff. And of course, at the bar they were serving Rosé, as well as these pink lemonade vodka drinks with adorable pink and white striped straws. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I love a good printed straw. 

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

So funny story, I actually bought this jumpsuit on my way to the event. I found it at Zara and said, this is absolutely perfect, I need it. And, I just so happened to have a gift card for the exact amount. Don't you love it when life just works? So I bought this jumpsuit and the pants were so long i literally could've made an entirely new pair of pants with the extra fabric, but I didn't care, it was too perfect. So I run into CVS, buy a $2 pair of scissors, cut the extra fabric off and change in the back of my seven minute Uber and walk into this event like nothing happened. 

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But, it was all worth it because I was getting compliments on my outfit all night, and that's what happens when you wear a dusty rose-colored jumpsuit to a rose-themed event. I really loved the flowy, ultra-feminine top mixed with the super sophisticated trouser bottoms. 

You can find this jumpsuit at: Zara | $99

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Gift bag details:

 
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Get ready to take a look inside the greatest gift bag of all time... Fresh gave each and every guest the ENTIRE FULL-SIZED ROSE COLLECTION. I wanted to cry I couldn't believe it. How incredibly generous of Fresh to give such an amazing gift to their guests, it was such a great representation of who they are as a brand and as a team

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and of course the star of the show:

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THE DEEP HYDRATION FACIAL TONER

I gave this baby a try last night after washing my face with the Rose Cleansing Foam and I have to say, it honestly works wonders. With your average toner, you'll probably notice that it gets all the dirt out, but it probably leaves your face feeling extremely dried out. 

This toner does a fantastic job of getting all of those impurities and dirt out, but without the drying effect. I've only used it once, so I can't give a 100% accurate review, but so far, SO good. My face feels clean and refreshed, as well as, supple and hydrated. I've never tried a toner like this so I was very impressed. 

P.S. Each bottle has two flowers worth of real rose petals inside.

I've been really into that whole "skin first" mindset and the increasingly popular natural beauty/no makeup-makeup look lately. Fresh is a company that uses natural, organic ingredients, started by quite possibly the nicest, most sincere people on Earth. This is a brand that I already loved, but after last night, will for sure be experimenting a lot more with. 

I'm already a huge fan of their Soy Face Cleanser and would definitely love to give their Brown Sugar Body Polish a try! Can not wait to see what they come up with next!


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Thank you so, so much to everyone at Fresh + Bold PR for having me! I had an amazing time, and I'm so grateful for all of the beautiful gifts and beautiful people I got to meet last night! I hope to see all of you at the next event!