Beverly Chua



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PAULA'S CHOICE:

Paula's Choice is one of the most talked-about and loved brands on the MUA skincare board. The raves are all well-deserved too, her products are excellent, especially if you tend to have breakout-prone skin. Started by Paula Begoun, the products are no frills - they don't have additives and fragrances that can irritate the skin. They are also cheap, and best of all, they WORK!

From personal experience, I tend to have combination skin (dry cheeks, oily tzone) and always had breakouts - tiny little zits that would come and go, but I could never get flawless skin no matter what products on the market I used. Then I heard about Paula's Choice, and within a week of using the products, I had flawless skin - something I could never claim before! I have been religiously using Paula's Choice for a few months, and have never had a breakout the whole time - quite an amazing feat for my skin.

Another reason Paula's Choice is so popular is because, apart from the fact that it works wonders, their customer service is second-to-none. It is exceptional. When I first heard of the line and requested samples, I received them within days, free of charge. The service is efficient, polite and friendly. Once, when they sent me the wrong item (a sunscreen for dry instead of oily skin), they promptly sent out the correct item and let me keep the first one to let a friend try out. Now that's what I call excellent customer service!

You can see their website for further information and subscribe to their newsletter or shop online:
Paula's Choice USA
Paula's Choice Australia (will also ship internationally)

Below are my favorite products from Paula's Choice. Please note that I have Combination skin with a tendancy to break out:

FINAL TOUCH TONER (Normal to Oily/Combination Skin):
Unlike many toners that contain alcohol and other irritating ingredients, this is mild yet gets rid of the last traces of makeup after cleansing.

8% ALPHA HYDROXY ACID (AHA) SOLUTION:
This is great if you have dry skin or wrinkles. I use it on any dry patches on my cheeks, and on my heels and elbows to keep them soft.

1% BETA HYDROXY ACID (BHA) SOLUTION:
This is your answer to flawless, blemish-free skin! It honestly smoothes the skin, shrinks your pores, and simply stops breakouts. I use this every morning (since it gives a nice matte finish to the skin) and so many people have commented on how much better my skin looks.

EXTRA STRENGTH BLEMISH FIGHTING SOLUTION:
Used in conjunction with the 1% BHA, this pair are a formidable barrier against blemishes. It disinfects the skin and keeps it germ-free.

OIL ABSORBING FACIAL MASK:
Most masks that claim to zap oil are irritating and dehydrate skin instead. This one is gentle, doesn't clog pores, and makes my tzone smooth and oil-free throughout the day.

LIP & BODY TREATMENT BALM:
I simply cannot live without this in winter! It keeps my lips smooth and soft, yet doesn't feel sticky or taste horrible. I also use it on my elbows and heels every night to keep them soft.

NO SLIP CONCEALER:
I have dark circles under my eyes and this concealer goes on smoothly and dries quickly. Living up to it's name, it lasts me for hours.

ALMOST THE REAL THING SELF-TANNING GEL:
I'm generally scared of self-tanning in case I screw up. So when I decided to take the plunge, I decided to start with Paula's Choice. It's caramel-tinted, so you know where you've applied the gel. A few hours later, I was bronzed! It's so easy to use, and great for newbies like myself. Best of all, you can use it on your face because it's so gentle.

(Note: If you have had success with Paula's Choice and want to include your own reviews and skincare routine, please contact me via the main page. Thanks!)





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