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SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner

It’s finally Friday! I look forward to Fridays as it’s usually when I start to wind down for the weekend. I try my best to catch up with sleep at those times. I’ve been using this product for months and have finally seen the last drop from the bottle. Here’s my Curtain Call entry for the SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner.

SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner

Product description online states:

Don’t Squeeze, Just Wipe!

If you are concerned about your angry, irritated skin, pay attention to this toner!
It quickly calms problematic skin with just a wipe. Miracle Toner contains AHA ∙ BHA ∙ PHA, which removes dead skin cells and impurities, and a good calming agent for the skin, 10,000 ppm of Teatree Water.

Are you worried if it might be too irritating for the skin? Don’t worry. It is a mild product, free of 20 worrisome ingredients, and has even completed a skin irritation test. It has completed a non-comedogenic test, making it suitable for acne-prone skin.

Say goodbye to annoying, problematic skin. Miracle Toner will be with you.

What I love about this product? I have to admit the packaging is quite catchy to me. It’s green and white, simple and clean, has clear instructions and is direct about its purpose. The formula is very watery and gives off a cooling sensation wherever it is applied. I’m not a huge fan or strong scents and some may find the scent of this toner to be strong but it dissipates as it dries, so it doesn’t bother me at all. It has a minty scent. It’s more moisturizing than I thought it would be for an exfoliating toner. I use it between my FTE and sheet mask or essence step in my skincare routine. I initially used it twice a day and while it didn’t irritate my skin, I feel like it might get to a point that it would, so I settled for using it as a step in my nightly skincare routine. I basically tilt the bottle to get a few drops onto my face and use my pointing and middle finger to dab it to spread it around. The results aren’t immediate but over time I noticed an improvement in some closed comedones on my forehead and I’ve had almost no breakouts at all compared to a few here and there that I get normally.

What I don’t like about this product? I am honestly a bigger fan of this than I thought I’d be. I’d gladly repurchase this again especially when I can catch this on a good sale. It’s on a pretty good sale right now on their website and I’d stock up on it if I didn’t have 3 different unopened toners on hand already.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.


Curtain Call: Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer

Happy Monday! Today’s post is on another Curtain Call entry. I’ve recently finished a tube of this up and opened a new one. Being that this is the third tube I’m on, I think I’m ready to give my thoughts on this. Here’s what I think of the Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer.

Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer

Product description found online:

A targeted cream that visibly reduces the appearance of stretch marks.

How To Use:
Warm product between your palms
Apply using circular massage movements—concentrating on areas where stretch marks form: thighs, hips, abdomen, breasts and lower back
For optimal results, use Body Tonic Treatment Oil in the shower before applying Stretch Mark Minimize
Crowberry extract promotes elasticity
Centella Asiatica and soothes

What I love about this product? The formula is nice and light without a discerning smell. I started using this in conjunction with another Clarins product when I was starting my second trimester in 2018. One of the normal changes that happens during pregnancy is getting stretch marks, usually on the stomach and thigh areas (breasts too for some women). I read up on how to best prevent stretch marks and the thing that is mentioned most is staying well hydrated with water consumption and keeping your skin nicely moisturized. I couldn’t decide between this and the other Clarins product, so I got both and decided to use both at the same time. I have a tiny few stretch marks in my left inner thigh anyway so I decided to start using this more as a preventative action for the ones that will crop up during pregnancy than a solution to my old existing stretch marks. Right after pregnancy, when I had a minute to fully look at my body in a way I couldn’t with a huge belly, I saw that I had almost no new stretch marks at all. I diligently used both Clarins products on my belly and thighs even after pregnancy to help minimize the appearance of the newer stretch marks. Fast forward to 2023, years after giving birth in 2019, I have no visible stretch marks at all that was caused by pregnancy. The tiny ones I got from pregnancy faded over time that they are not noticeable at all. The product is a white body cream that is easy to spread on desired areas. I use this on my thigh and butt area after showering for the most part. A little goes a long way — one of these tubes last me for about a year and a half or so BUT I only apply it to my thigh and butt areas (and a little on the stomach) as mentioned earlier. And while this product worked really well for me, everyone’s body chemistry is different. I would hope that whatever makes this work for me will work for everyone across the board, but results may vary.

What I don’t like about this product? It is not as readily available as I’d like it to be and is kind of pricey. Checking my email on a previous order of this item from Sephora in 2018, this 6.8 oz / 200 ml tube retailed for $56 before tax. Right now, it’s out of stock in a lot of online retailers where Clarins products are sold.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

Curtain Call: MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx

Okay, the posts have slowed down due to me getting through with pretty much all the sheet masks I had on hand. They are a one-time use beauty product, so I was able to go through a lot of those in a short amount of time. There will be more sheet mask reviews here and there but nothing like how it’s been for the past few months. Today’s post is a Curtain Call entry. It’s been a long time since I did one and I just finished this up today, so I thought it’d be fitting to blog about it. Here’s my review on the MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx.

MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx

Stated on the back of the bottle:


DIRECTIONS: At the first step of skincare, take an
appropriate amount on cotton pad or into the palm of the hand.
Apply over face and pat lightly for absorption.

What I love about this product? The frosted glass bottle with mirror cap is absolutely elegantly beautiful. As for the product itself, it is so light on my face and it doesn’t have a scent to me. It feels like water almost when it dries on my face. It is moisturizing still but it feels like there’s nothing at all on my face, which I LOVE. No greasiness, no hint of having anything on my face. If there’s a scent it’s basically non-existent to me, which is another thing I love. I dislike strong scents and can be particular about the kind of scents I like. It is clear and the consistency of it is it’s just as viscous as water. I use this twice a day at least, during my AM and PM skincare routine. I distinctly remember noticing my face is glowing even before using this for an entire week. I couldn’t believe it. I use this just as described in the directions, as the first step of skincare after cleansing my face. I did start off with using a small cotton ball but decided that I actually like tapping it onto my face more. I just tilt the bottle slightly and quickly so that a drop or two squirts out onto my forehead and use my pointing and middle finger to tap it all over my face. I do this several times until I covered my entire face. I let it dry before proceeding to the next step of my skincare routine. I have tried another MISSHA FTE but I like both the formulation and scent of this one better. I also feel like the brightening effect is more prominent with this one than the other one, so this is THE HG item for me in the FTE category.

What I don’t like about this product? It should be nothing but MISSHA loves reformulating their products. I got this from TJMaxx and at the time I got this they just released an updated version of this (the 5th generation of this product that is available on their site right now). So while I KNOW that this version works for me, I can’t say that their current or future formulations of this would work for me. I do have a back-up bottle of this that I got on clearance from TJMaxx 2 weeks after I got the first bottle (that I just finished). I’ll be using it after I finish up the next 2 toners I have lined up, which can take a while as this 150 ml / 5.07 fl oz bottle lasted me for about 6 months. They do have sales often so I would avoid paying full-price for this to make it worth even more to you.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

Curtain Call: BIORÉ® Rose Quartz + Charcoal Daily Purifying Cleanser

Hey guys! Happy August! Time sure flies by fast. Even though the summer heat can be punishing, squeeze in as much outdoor time as you can as Fall then Winter will be here before we know it! Today’s post is another entry under Curtain Call. Here’s my thoughts on the BIORÉ® Rose Quartz + Charcoal Daily Purifying Cleanser.

BIORÉ® Rose Quartz + Charcoal Daily Purifying Cleanser

Stated on the back of the tube:

how to use:
For optimal results use daily. Wet face. Squeeze cleanser into hands and work into a lather. Massage over entire face. Rinse thoroughly with water.

What I love about this product? The scent is familiar, pleasant and not too strong. It suits the scent for a cleanser — slightly herbal maybe? Reminds me of Elizabeth Arden Green Tea for some reason. Not really sure how close it is to that though. The formula is what is expected of a facial cleanser in viscosity. It is light pink in appearance, which suits the rose quartz in the name of the product, with a shimmer. It is easy to use and gives a tingly feeling when I’m massaging it on my face — similar to the sensation of using mint bath and body products. It leaves me feeling refreshed after use, which is a thumbs up in my book.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really. While I do prefer facial scrubs over facial cleansers, I LOVE the refreshing feeling I get from using this product that it is on my “will buy again” list. For the price and accessibility, it’s a no-brainer for me.

This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products. More information on this item and other products this brand carries is available on their website here.

Curtain Call: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Scrub

First things first, it’s been a while. I know in my last post I talked about coming back regularly but life has a funny way of derailing well-intended plans. I may write about it later on someday but now’s not the time. It’s still kinda raw. BUT! I do have a new post today and it’s a Curtain Call entry. Today’s post is on a product I purchased a long, long time ago. Like many beauty product lovers, I rotate through a lot of different products over time. This one finally bit the dust. Here’s my thoughts on the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Scrub.

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Scrub

Stated on the back of the tube:

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Scrub
cleanses and gently exfoliates skin in one
easy step for refreshingly clean skin.

Easily removes all traces of dirt, oil and makeup from deep within pores.
Gentle microbeads help wash away dead skin cells, leaving skin soft and smooth.
Rinses completely clean, with no pore-clogging residue for refreshingly clean skin.

What I love about this product? I love face scrubs. In fact, I find a lot of facial scrubs in the market not as abrasive as I’d like to be. Well, this does not disappoint but I do think it’s a teeny bit too scrubby for even my used and abused facial skin. And I’ve used a lot of scrubs. So if you want a really scrubby face scrub, this is it. But the solution is simply to put less pressure on your face while you scrub, which I did so this is a non-issue for me. I would describe the scent as citrus but not close to the real thing. Definitely not cleaner citrus, which I hate, so that’s good. A little bit goes a long way, which is why this last so long in addition to I rotate through facial scrubs and cleansers a lot. It produces a surprisingly large amount of bubbles and lather. It leaves my face feeling very, very clean and refreshed after using it.

What I don’t like about this product? I’m pretty sure it’s been discontinued unfortunately. When I tried to look up this product to see how much it sells for currently I found a facial cleanser version of it instead. I’m not sure if it’s the same thing and just renamed or it’s a lighter version of it (I honestly think it’s the microbeads in this though) or if this is a separate version to begin with that hasn’t been discontinued.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.