Looking Younger Already: Beauty Queen

Disclaimer: I received a product in exchange for my review. I was not asked to write a positive review- all opinions are my own. 

I turn 30 in June (GASP!) and have recently noticed some big problems with my skin. I used to have a great complexion, smooth skin, and right in the middle of oily and dry. This is no longer the case.

There are many things that have contributed to my horrible skin these days. I do not take as good of care of my face as I did pre-kids, I stress (as any mother does), I furrow my brow, I smoke, and I spend a lot of time in the sun. I never wore sun screen until I was 16 (I tanned very easily and never burned) then I got a sever sun burn at 16 after spending an entire day (literally from sun up to sun down) in a pool. I then occasionally wore sun screen, but it wasn't until the last few years that I took it seriously- when I noticed dark spots on my face. The results-



There are some important things to keep in mind about these photos. 1. This post is the only time you will see me without makeup. 2. I actually do not have freckles- those are sun damage.

Fortunately Bioque came to my rescue.


The Gentle Purifying Skin Cleanser ($18) and Acid-Free Facial Skin Refinisher ($22) has me feeling like my skin is 15 years again. I was use these products twice a day every day. I have cut the refinisher down to once a day since I have seen such amazing results. One of my favorite things is that the refinisher has a mild exfoliate that I can use every day. My face is smooth, moisturized, non-flaky, and I even see improvement on the dark spots from sun damage.

What Bioque says about the Gentle Purifying Skin Cleanser:
Say yes to Yucca—Get back to nature (and away from stripping chemicals) with the American Indians’ essential secret for clear, beautiful skin—pure Yucca extract. Yucca gently cleanses and purifies skin of contaminants, while also helping to clear acne-prone skin and working as an exfoliator gentle enough for everyday use.Oh so gentle—Botanically-derived L-Argynine-based amino acid gently foams away the bad stuff without damaging the outer layer of skin.Ooh la la orange—A touch of orange oil helps to gently cleanse and provides a fabulous, invigorating fragrance.
This purifying paraben/sulfate-free facial wash is the ultimate cleanser for all skin types, and the first step to great looking skin. Use twice daily. 

Check out the improvement. The only makeup I have on in this photo is eyeliner remnants.


When my hubby got home from work today, he asked me if I was going somewhere- he thought I was in the middle of putting my makeup on- that's how great my skin looks. 

This is a product I will keep using. I am loving the new look and feel to my skin- and the price is great!

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