06 Nov

Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System – Yay or Nay?

mary kay clear proof system review

I’ve been test driving Mary Kay’s Clear Proof Acne system for a little over two weeks now. Before I share my review of the product line, a few deets:

My Skin

For the past 5-6 years I’ve been dealing with cystic acne. These little hard pimples tend to pop up out of nowhere along my jawline. They have been known to stick around for weeks, even months. They are small so not that visible but they can definitely be felt. I was prescribed a gel by my dermatologist to treat it. Other than the cystic acne, I get an occassional outbreak before or during my menstrual cycle. It’s usually a pimple or two around my mouth or on my cheek (If you look hard enough you can see the blemished area in the photo above!).

The Products

The Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne System consists of:

•Clear Proof® Clarifying Cleansing Gel,** 4.5 oz.
•Clear Proof® Blemish Control Toner,** 5 fl. oz.
•Clear Proof® Acne Treatment Gel,** 1 oz.
•Clear Proof® Oil-Free Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin, 3 fl. oz.

Retail Price is: $45 (pretty affordable. I received the set complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. You can check out other reviews on social media by simply following the hashtag #ClearProof)

Active Ingredients: (2 key ingredients popular in most acne products): Salicylic acid to unclog pores and promote easy removal of dead skin cells. Benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria and help dissolve the buildup of dead skin cells.

My Review

Now, onto my actual opinion on the products…

Overall, I give this line 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Why? Two reasons:

  • While the products were very effective at drying out and clearing up a couple of pimples that popped up prior to my last menstrual cycle (and I do mean FAST..as in two days fast), the products weren’t as effective on my cystic acne. The prescription gel that my doctor provided has proven to be the most effective at clearing up this type of acne to date.
  • Mary Kay isn’t very transparent with the ingredients in the Clear Proof system. Notice I shared the “active” ingredients? Well, what about the inactive ingredients? These are just as important to me. It’s the inactive ingredients that I tend to look for because these are the parabens and other synthetic things that are hidding in products that I try to stay away from. How can I avoid these if I don’t even know if they are there?? Maybe that’s the plan. I don’t know but I checked the packaging of each product as well as Mary Kay’s website. No full ingredient list. Besides, why should I, no we have to search for them?

So, while Mary Kay’s Clear Proof Acne System is really effective at treating “basic” acne clearing up the occasional outbreak, it doesn’t handle my cystic acne problem. That, coupled with the “secret” ingredient list, I’d more than likely not purchase this system.

If synthetic ingredients aren’t that big a deal to you and you don’t have cystic acne, I’d say go for it. You may find it to be very effective for sporadic outbreaks. The system is also supposed to clear up old blemishes. I can’t speak to that as of yet. I don’t think I’ve been using the products long enough to determine.


21 May

An Elongated Twist Out Using Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Butter

twist out with almond jai butter

Twist Out results using Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter

twist out with almond jai butter

I’ve never been a big fan of twist outs on my natural hair. The definition was always inconsistent. My natural curl pattern would take over and aint nobody got time for all that twisting only for it to look like I didn’t do much of a thing!

Yet, I’m no quitter. I’ve tried multiple products for my twist outs. I began to like my braid outs better but then I realized something. “Maybe it’s not the products. Maybe it’s my techniques.” So, I began to change things up….

For starters, I now do my twist outs on damp or dry stretched hair. The wet hair twist out technique only leaves my hair very shrunken and not as defined as I would like.

Anywho, after this realization I decided to try my hand at Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter. So many naturals rave about this product. On top of that, I really love their Fresh Curl Revitalizing Hair Smoother so figured I’d give the Almond Jai a try (I’m in rhyming mode yes).

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To say that I was less than impressed with the smell and the application of the Almond Jai Twist Butter is an understatement. The results on the other hand were pretty good. I like that my curls were sort of stretched and defined. They were also very soft. The problem with too soft though is frizz is right around the corner. So, while I was pleased with the results, I’m probably not going to repurchase this product. I’m also going to use it up by layering some gel over it to give it more hold. However, while I won’t repurchase the twisting product, I definitely will be using their new coconut water conditioner (pictured above) on a regular basis. More on that in a future post.

twist out on natural hair

Either way, I have tried numerous other twisting products which I think having more holding power and they are less expensive. For example, I just picked up one of the natural hair community’s best kept secret…..Kinky Kashmere! I got this from the All About The Curls Meetup in Atlanta when I flew down for the World Natural Hair Show. Sista girl was selling the products out of a suitcase and after hearing others talk about how lovely the products were I had to support a sister. I’ll be sharing a full review on what I got from the Kinky Kashmere line in my next post or maybe a couple of posts down the line.

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26 Mar

All My Love for Eden’s Heart and a Discount!

Eden's Heart Products

Eden's Heart Products

I’ve been using Eden’s Heart products for just over a month now. To say that I am so very pleased with this product line is an under statement. I’m already almost done with the Oatmilk and Honey Daily Conditioner…time to re-up! So you don’t miss a beat, I ‘m posting all of the videos sharing my experiences using the Eden’s Heart line of products right here on this post. Below you’ll find the videos I’ve recorded reviewing the products from first impressions to implementation. And so you can get you some of these yummy hair products, the Creator, Cassandre has graciously offered my readers a 15% discount code! All you need to do is hop on over to http://edensheart.com and use coupon code RadiantBrownBeauty15 at check out. (I may have to cash in on this one myself LOL!). The discount code expires on Friday, April 4, 2014 so don’t procrastinate (Yeah, I know how you do. I do it too LOL).

Need a little more info? Check out the videos:

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