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Getting Comfortable During That Time Of The Month

By Sheila Arkee

Ladies, there’s no denying the fact that special time of the month requires some special comfort unlike any other. As a busy single mom I’ve learned the secret to increasing my overall level of comfort and well-being during that time is spending time outdoors, sprinting through the park, and soaking in the fresh air. Really, there’s nothing better! Stayfree 1 If, ten years ago, you would have told me I would be an avid outdoors person in my 30′s, I would have replied with the following: “You’re lying!” You see, up until the time I had my son, I was a proud indoors type of person. And I mean, proud. I loved the fact that I hardly emerged from air conditioning and fluorescent lights during warm weather seasons, when everyone else was enjoying the beach or other aspects of Mother Nature. It was my way of life and I didn’t want it any other way. Well, as John Lennon famously said, life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, and then my son Andre emerged in the world. Stayfree 2 After Andre was born he grew to become a force of nature in his very own right. In other words, Andre is a handful! My seven year old boy has been active from the get go, and being outside with him is a must for his energy levels and my peace of mind. Slowly but surely, with the influence of a rambunctious child, this only indoors type of gal transformed into a woman who needs and craves the great outdoors. Surprise, surprise! What I’ve learned over the past few years is that physical activity yields positive results, especially when I am feeling less than optimal. It’s a guarantee! Endorphins are released, muscle aches are relieved, and my mood is always boosted after a brisk walk with my very own personal trainer. Andre really is a great walking buddy who dashes around all over the place, except when he’s tired and then we dawdle along back to the car.

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Makeup Of The Day 19 – ArtOnIt Makeup

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Today’s MOTD features ArtOnIt Makeup. Check out my review and tutorial on ArtOnIt!

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Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation in Beige

ArtOnIt Makeup Get Happy Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Painted Earth Seychelles Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid/Outer Lid/Outer Corner/Browbone: Artsy CompaArtsy ct Les Chromatiques in Music Box by ArtOnIt Makeup

Liner (upper lid): ArtOnIt Makeup Le Stylo Art Beaute Yeux in Cat Noir

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil

ArtOnItMakeup People Lipstick

Mary Kay Ready To Wear Makeup Looks Featured on Project Runway Season 13

By Sheila Arkee

When Mary Kay® meets Project Runway Season 13, magic happens. At least according to the makeup brush of Mary Kay® Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco, who created two gorgeous looks featured on the show.

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I recently had the awesome opportunity to recreate the looks featured on Project Runway Season 13, which is sponsored by Mary Kay. What a fun time I had playing with the gorgeous colors and beauty tools Luis used to create the Graphic Eye Look and Emerald Smoke Look. Both of these makeup applications are easy and they are totally wearable not only on the fashion runway, but in a typical gal’s day-to-day life. Luis knows how to make color accessible and not overwhelming at all. The Graphic Eye Look plays on pops of color to make a traditional cat eye edgy.

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When I wore this out and about, I got raves across the board for how great my eyes looked. I quite agree!

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The Emerald Smoke Look is so much fun, and if you’ve been reading Painted Ladies long enough, you know I love green eyeshadow.

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This is a really pretty way to wear color shadow that isn’t overwhelming at all.

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Can I be totally honest with you all? I was really impressed beyond what I thought I would be with the Mary Kay® beauty items I used to recreate both looks. While I’ve dabbled here and there with Mary Kay through the years, I’ve never really used a full line of Mary Kay® products. To my delight and surprise, I am really enjoying using these highly pigmented, quality products that are definitely going to make reappearances in future makeup looks here on Painted Ladies. The gel eyeliner that stays put and does not travel whatsoever? Love, pure love! Mary Kay Project Runway Season 13 d

And I really enjoyed the Mary Kay® True Dimensions Lipsticks which are creamy as all get up, smooth and super pigmented. I could keep raving about these products for a good long spell, but needless to say the Mary Kay® Translucent Loose Powder and Finishing Spray By Skindinavia are two must haves. Good job, Mary Kay! Mary Kay Project Runway Season 13 l

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ArtOnIt Makeup Is A Splurge Worthy Luxury Beauty Brand Worth Checking Out!

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By Sheila Arkee

When art and beauty collide, the results are pretty spectacular, as is the case with ArtOnIt Makeup. I recently had the opportunity to try some gorgeous products from ArtOnIt, and my overall view of this line can be summed up as follows: Wow!!!

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I first learned about ArtOnIt Makeup several months ago when I ran a blog series called Painted Ladies Presents. ArtOnIt’s creator, Sergio Escalona, contacted me to be part of the series and he shared his beauty philosophy and what went in to creating this line.

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Sergio has put his passion for the beauty industry along with years of experience working with prestige beauty brands into his own cosmetics. Plus, his own art adorns the packaging, adding a special personalized touch to his designs.

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Having been involved in the beauty industry for a significant number of years, I can separate the good from the “meh” pretty quickly, and can genuinely declare that ArtOnIt Makeup is more than good, it’s great! I tried four luxury cosmetic items from ArtOnIt Makeup:

  • Artsy Compact Les Chromatiques in Music Box ($65)
  • Lipstick in People ($25)
  • Blush in Be Good ($24)
  • Le Stylo Art Beaute Yeux in Cat Noir ($27)

Accompanied by a velvet pouch, Les Chromatiques in Music Box offers four eyeshadows in a beautifully designed brushed metal compact.

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At $65, the price tag is up there, but the results from these shadows are worth it – and then some!

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Besides the gorgeous packaging you’ll want to show off, the pigmentation is really out of this world. I could gush for several sentences on how impressed I am, but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Seriously, these shadows are really something special.

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The lipstick in People is a deep pink that is all sorts of creamy goodness.

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Offering a blast of color in a metal bullet, the packaging brings to mind old school style with new fangled moisture and pigmentation.

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Be Good Blush is my new go-to, a lovely shimmery pink that gives high color payoff and long wearing results.

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If blush still remains on my normal-to-oily cheeks after a long day, it’s surely a winner, and Be Good passes that test!

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When it comes to liquid liners, you need one that is intense and easy to apply. ArtOnIt’s take on the liner pen passes on both accounts, offering a felt tipped pen and product that dries quickly – a huge plus!

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Can you see why I’m so gaga over these products? Here’s a quick tutorial showing you how I used the Music Box shadows to create rainbow eyes.

 

My Final Thoughts: From the beautifully designed packaging to the highly pigmented product, ArtOnIt Cosmetics is a splurge-worthy and expertly crafted line of luxury beauty products. Sergio, you have totally impressed me and I’m enjoying using and having my ArtOnIt beauty items on display!

Rating: A+

Price: $24 – $65

Availability: www.artonitmakeup.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes. The lipstick and liner both contain Tocopherol.

Makeup Of The Day 18 – Going For The Gold

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

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Face

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup in Medium Dark

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

MAC Desert Rose Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Painted Earth Seychelles Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast

Outer Corner: MAC Quarry

Browbone: MAC White Frost

Liner (upper lid): Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus in Absolute Black

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly layered with L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

MAC Beet Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty Luminous Lip Cream in Quince

Get Your Glittery Gold On With e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

When I think of cream eyeshadow, my first thought is to run for the hills.  With creasing and migration at risk on my oily eyelids, I just can’t go there. It’s not worth the aggravation but then e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast happened. Hello, gorgeous gold!

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While I’ve seen and passed by these e.l.f. cream shadows at Target, I wasn’t really daring until recently and ventured to give it a go.If there’s one thing I cannot resist, it’s a gorgeous gold eyeshadow.

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This cream shadow is a whipped gel and has a bouncy texture that is easy to work with. It’s best applied by using the pads of your ring finger, going on smoothly and staying in place with zero glitter fallout at hand.

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Creasing? Minimal.

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Thankfully my eyes stayed shimmery shiny all day with the help of an eyeshadow primer underneath. I had a teensy tiny bit of creasing, but it was not the end of the world. This is  not the best quality photo, but you can see my eyeshadow looks pretty fresh about 6 hours in to a hot, sweaty day.

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My Final Thoughts: The performance of e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast has taught me to not be so judgmental over beauty items I’ve never really given a chance. The color payoff is beautiful and this is worth checking out, especially if you love glittery and shimmery eyeshadow. At  $3 a pop, I’m definitely picking up more of these shadows.

Rating: A- (minus for the teensy bit of creasing)

Price: $3

Availability: Target and eyeslipsface.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

August 2014 Beauty Favorites

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Yes, September is here, which means it’s going to be New Year’s Eve in a blink. Not really. Kinda. Sorta. Right? Time’s zooming on by, which means it’s time to recap my August 2014 Beauty Favorites.

August 2014 Beauty Favorites

Here they are, in short order … Not really. Kinda. Sorta. I had a lot of products I really liked this month! These are all keepers that are currently occupying a place in my continually evolving makeup kit. Check out the video I made for this momentous occasion!

Due to current circumstances that would include a continually verbal 7 year old, recording anything of length is a challenge. So, here’s a different take on my favorites plus a quick little outtake featuring my best little buddy.

 

My August 2014 Beauty Favorites, in order of when they were reviewed, include …

1. Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus Illumination Facial Cream

This adds a fantastic sheen to you skin whether layered under your foundation or mixed in with your foundation. Gorgeous, all around.

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2. Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Quince

The color I’m wearing in the video, this lipstick is EVERYTHING! It’s $24, a bit of a splurge, but so creamy and long-wearing. A must for deep pink lip color lovers.

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3. Eddie Funkhouser Belle De Jour Collection

This collection of lavender and purples is extremely wearable and really high quality. Eddie has put a lot of love into his products, and it’s extremely evident in their performance.

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4. J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint

While I wouldn’t call these OCC Lip Tar dupes by a long shot, these are really nice long-wearing glosses that are definitely worth checking out!

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5. L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint

In a similar light, I wouldn’t call these Too Faced Melted Lipstick dupes, but, again, these are great long-wearing glosses that won’t break the bank at all!

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6. Hourglass Cosmetics 1.5 Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

While this is a bit of a luxury splurge, the results from this super thin liner are nothing less than divine. How did they manage to make these skinny liners so powerful?

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7. e.l.f. Disney Snow White Lip Collection Gift Set

Dear Prince Charming, Let’s smooch. Your lips will be red for daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaays with this lip kit set, especially if you layer the lip stain with the balm and gloss. For $5 this is my steal of the month!

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8. Fusion of Color Cosmetics Perfect Lip Scrub and Lip Balm

This $12 lip set rocks my world! My lips are super soft thanks to the exfoliating power of sugar and nourishing properties of lanolin.

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9. Waxelene

I had major doubts about this beeswax-based balm, but its surprisingly great. Smooth and lightweight, it’s great as a base for lipstick, as well.

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10. Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara

This little mascara truly blew my assumptions away! It’s all natural, builds up without smudging and provides really lush lashes. Just be careful not to cry when you’re wearing this, or else your eyes will sting!

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11. Carmex Fresh Lime and Strawberry Lip Balms

Carmex has come a long way in recent times and I love their updated stick balms with fresh flavors.

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12. CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer

If you like coconut oil but hate the mess, you’ll need to own this clear, scent-free, 100% fractionated coconut oil spray.  I applied it last night by spritzing it into my hands and smoothing on my skin and woke up to buttery skin.

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13. Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant

This scrub/mask is keeping my pores in tip top condition! I’m using this three times a week with excellent results. Priced at $19.95, it’s a steal!

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14. Beauty and the Bees Shampoo Bar and Conditioner Bar

Who knew bar soap and conditioner could be so great? I was pleasantly surprised by these product which left my hair thoroughly cleansed and in good shape.

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What were your favorite beauty finds from August? Are you as excited for Fall as I am?

My Instagram Life, 8-31-2014

By Sheila Arkee

Here’s a look back at the week on Painted Ladies and a visual diary of my life, as seen on my Instagram account.

While testing the Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara, I cried tears of joy! My son had a major accomplishment and this mommy was so amazed! What I learned: don’t wear BWC Full Volume Mascara while feeling emotional. LOL!

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This week I posted a brand new 2 Minute Beauty Clinic with my tips for concealing and brightening your under eye area.

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A ray of light at one of our favorite walking trails.

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While getting a smog check, I happened upon a copy of the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records. I’m pretty sure I personally know people who could beat this number of lip balms!

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In life you have to wear your nice stuff. I had been squirreling away this pair of earrings for some special occasion ever since I bought them … 5 years ago!

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My darling son turned 7 this week!

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We celebrated at the beach with some of his school chums.

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A Makeup Of The Day post from this week. One of my friends said she’ll start calling me Miss Daisy, on account of my flower headband.

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School starts on Thursday (woo hoo!!!) which means I can finally get  back to my gym routine. With views like this, I haven’t quite minded the long walks and hikes we’ve been taking in lieu of gym sessions.

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A makeup free selfie. It’s been a year of making positive changes, and lately I’m making a habit of starting my day thinking about what I’m most thankful for.

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Everyone can find every new Wet n Wild collection except for me! There’s a new set of palettes I cannot locate, but I did manage to find these new polishes and lip balm stains.

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I took a look back at some photos from December 2013 and I was reminded of how far I’ve come in recent months. It isn’t always easy, work and effort are involved, and it doesn’t happen overnight. But stick with your plans to make positive health changes in your life. In my case, I’ve had to learn to say NO. Candy and sweets and chips might taste good, but my health is vastly improved and that is more important than anything.

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JORD Wood Watches Are Pieces Of Timeless Elegance

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By Sheila Arkee

When it comes to my accessories – jewelry, earrings, watches – I make a point to look for pieces that are chic, timeless, and with an edge of sophistication. That’s exactly how I’d describe the Fieldcrest model black of JORD Wood Watches, which I recently had the opportunity to review.

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From the packaging to the actual product, this is such an elegant watch.

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I’ll  confess I wasn’t sure wood watches could look so great, but I love the way the Fieldcrest model in Black looks on my arm.

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This is not a clunky watch at all. It’s lightweight and quite comfortable to wear throughout the day.

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Expertly crafted, this watch has a sturdy clasp that ensures it won’t slip off your wrist. The Fieldcrest offers Citizen Miyota movement and is also available in Natural Green and Maple.

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I love the gorgeous inscription on the back of the face of the watch. It’s a beautiful touch!

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JORD Wood Watches were created as a throwback, a step back from metal and rubber. There are quite a few models developed from diverse woods from around the world that come with a 12 month warranty. The watches are splash proof and can take light drops of water, but they’re not to be submerged. If your watch needs to be adjusted, you can take it to a local jeweler who can adjust it with ease.

My Final Thoughts: Elegant and lightweight, I am really loving the JORD Wood Watch in Fieldcrest. It’s a gorgeous, timeless piece and I think these watches would be great to give as gifts for graduations, birthdays, and other celebrations.

Rating: A

Price: $120

Availability: www.woodwatches.com

Get Soft, Clear Skin With Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant

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By Sheila Arkee

Not-so-secret confession of the day: I am a major kaolin face mask junkie. My pores, which are apt to clog up, demand special treatment, and find myself masking at least twice a week, especially during the oily skin inducing Summer season. While I have several kaolin-based masks on hand at all times, my latest favorite is the Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant.

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Now that we’re at the tail end of the Summer, I have to confess that I am tad bit disappointed my area of the world isn’t experiencing slightly cooler temperatures. We had a bit of tease for a couple of days, but it’s steadily been in the roaring late 80′s and 90′s, and that means my skin is sweat central! Needless to say, my newest find from Reviva Labs has been a skin care darling and my pores are holding up extremely well in the present weather conditions.

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The exfoliants in this hybrid mask/scrub are gentle enough that you can use it three times a week. There’s no burning, tingling, or other irritations involved, and removing the mask is not an exercise in your patience. After cleansing your skin, apply the mask and wait 3 to 4 minutes before washing it off. After using the mask I’m left with smooth skin and clear pores, and I attribute it to helping prevent those pesky whiteheads that tend to show up along the sides of my face.

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This product is designed to remove dead skin cells, fight future skin damage, and help repair past damage. Besides kaolin, the key ingredients include soy, which is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, pomegranate extract, lactic acid, thyme, ground pepper, and oregano leaves.

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Priced at just $19, this lovely skin care product is a steal. I love the way my skin feels after I’ve used Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant. This mask/scrub hybrid is gentle, non-scratchy, and will be a favorite for those who have oily skin types.

My Final Thoughts: Priced at just $19, this lovely skin care product is a steal. I love the way my skin feels after I’ve used Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant. This mask/scrub hybrid is gentle, non-scratchy, and will be a favorite for those who have oily skin types.

Rating: A

Price: $19

Availability: Health food sections of grocery stores and revivalabs.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes