Skincare favorites that I have, or will, repurchase

I try a lot of products and companies are kind enough to share some with me. Here are some favorites that I can’t see myself without!

Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Face Mist — This is the best face mist I’ve ever used! It’s hydrating and brightening. I use is before applying creams and serums as well throughout the day.
Virtue Labs Split End Serum and the entire Full collection, including the 6-in-1 cream — Honest to god lifesavers. (Read my posts about how Virtue saved my hair) Also, use code KARO for 20% off!
Drunk Elephant Skincare C-Firma Day Serum — This is a seriously intense brightening serum. Kind of makes your face smell like a campfire but it doesn’t bother me because it works so well! You can also buy the Drunk Elephant Rise and Glow Duo to try it out without splurging on the full size C-Firma.
Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion — If you have super dry, sensitive or psoriasis-prone skin, you NEED this. This stuff saved me from major psoriasis flares on my face this winter. On bad days, I soak a cotton pad with the lotion and press it on to the really inflamed areas.
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream — I’ve tried tons of eye creams because my under eye circles are one of my biggest insecurities. This one is my favorite so far! It’s really hydrating, has a pretty sheen to lighten up dark areas, and layers really well under makeup! This is easily a dupe for Sunday Riley’s Eye Contour that’s almost twice the price.
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm — I’ve turned into a balm fan! I loved using oil cleansers (if you prefer oils to balms, I recommend the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil). I feel like I don’t need to use as much product with balms because it clings to my face. It’s also really gentle so you don’t have to feel so guilty about scrubbing your eyes after a night out.
Glossier Super Pure Serum — Got a breakout? This will help. I use it as a preventative for hormonal acne before my period and it works wonders. Great for reducing redness and inflammation. Shop with me and get 20% off your first order!
Rapidlash Eyelash Enhancing Serum — This is the only reason I have eyelashes tbh. Fast working and gentle. I never had a reaction to it like I did with other eyelash growth serums and it lasts a long time!
Ouai Wave Spray — The best wave Spray for your hair. But you already knew that. I love that it comes in two sizes, just in case you want to test it out first.
Weleda Skin Food — I use this stuff on everything: hands, knees, elbows, on my face, as an eye cream. You need this.
Thayers Witch Hazel Toner in Rose — A lovely, gentle, hydrating toner that you can get at your grocery store. I’ve bought maybe 3 giant bottles of this.

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How to save your hair from winter static

I know what you’re thinking, “Karolina, why are you just now giving me winter advice?It’s almost February!” But if you live in the Northeast like me, winter could continue for at least another month. Plus, I wanted a couple of months to test out these products before I declared them lifesavers. So, cut me some slack.

Now let’s get into it. I have never in my life gone through an entire winter without staticky hair. Hair that sticks to my hats, sweaters — and when I have bangs — hair that’s plastered to my forehead. As you may know, I’ve battled with my hair my whole life (thinness, hair loss, dryness, etc. Read this if you want to know how I won that battle).

This winter, I changed things up and I experienced my first cold months sans-static.

Here’s what worked for me:

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*full transparency* Virtue Labs sent me these products a couple of months ago. I started using them and fell absolutely in love after seeing the results. They’ve truly changed my hair, and in-turn my confidence and my life. I’ve decided to work with them after being seduced by their awesome products and ethical production.

Use code: KARO for 20% off. 

  • Virtue Labs The One For All 6-in-1 Styler: Use about a quarter-sized amount (depending on the length/thickness of your hair,  your perfect product amount may change) on damp hair. Smooth through mid-shaft to ends. Comb through for a smoother look and scrunch for a wavier look OR style however you’d like!
  • Virtue Labs The Perfect Ending Split End Serum: Just do what you did up there ^!

Pretty simple, huh? And it works beautifully. I now have stronger, more conditioned hair.

Bonus: If you have frizz and want to tame it, Ouai’s Smooth Spray is killer.

 

My morning skincare routine

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t one of those kids that struggled with their skin during puberty (Don’t roll your eyes and stop reading, because my skin didn’t stay perfect).

So, when I got into my 20s and my hormones started to change, I really didn’t know what to do with this new issue of breakouts. Turns out, I was doing a lot of damage to my skin. I was over-exfoliating with physical exfoliants, essentially scraping my skin and causing it to produce more oil to make up for all the moisture I was taking away. BAD.

To make matters worse, the psoriasis that had previously decorated my elbows and knees, decided to make it’s way to my nose and around both of my eyes. Yeah, I had psoriasis-goggles. Not the cutest. When you’re dealing with health issues, the last thing you want is for them to be present where everyone can see them. And, because I struggle with autoimmune diseases, my skin has a difficult time healing, and loves to scar.

So to recap, I was dealing with:

  • hormonal breakouts
  • patchy psoriasis around my eyes and nose
  • scarring from acne

Fast forward a year, and I have the best skin I’ve ever had. I’m not a doctor or dermatologist, but this is what I do every morning and it’s made a giant difference. Plus, my process has been confirmed by the babes at ITG so it’s got to be good.