Chemical Exfoliation: Not as Radioactive as it Sounds

Stay tuned for an update on a new favourite in my skin care collection: Andalou Naturals’ Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask!

This is the side of exfoliation that gets me extremely psyched! It definitely is not as intense as it sounds, and can actually be quite gentler than the mechanical methods of exfoliation I mentioned in my previous post.

Chemical exfoliation refers to the use of certain chemicals to facilitate a sloughing off of dead skin cells, and these chemicals also promote the regeneration of new skin cells. When you see words like brightening, or regenerating, it is often referring to the chemical exfoliation process. This is the ideal method of exfoliation if your skin is dry, sensitive, acneic, or if you’d like to get rid of red/brown spots from acne!


The most common chemicals used to provide chemical exfoliation are AHAs, and BHAS (alpha & beta hydroxy acids). To find these ingredients in products, you want to look for ingredients called glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or lactic acid. offers a10% AHA 6 oz tube (or 16 oz) for a pretty decent price (not to mention their version of AHA is fragrance and dye-free, and specifically formulated for those with acne-prone skin).

AHAs work by encouraging the skin to regenerate itself, and using them will result in a thinner outer layer of skin, that reflects light better and ensures dead cells aren’t sitting on the surface, dulling your complexion.

There are unique benefits to using either of the AHAs mentioned, but they all work on the skin in similar ways. Salicylic acid, a BHA, works very well at exfoliating our pores. It is used in 2% doses for spot blemish treatments, but used in other concentrations in products to promote exfoliating of the skin.

From what I have read (and I did research for this article – I will specify my sources below), lactic acid is the most effective of the AHAs, as well as being less irritating. It must be said, though, that what works well for one person may not work at all for another.

A warning for those interested in using AHAs – they can make your skin sun-sensitive, so it is either best to invest in a good sunscreen / makeup with SPF, or to only wear your AHA products at night.

Retinol (or Vitamin A), is also a commonly used product in products that claim to be anti-aging, exfoliating, or brightening. It can be harsh if used too often, but definitely effective in a mask or treatment that you use 3 times a week!

Be sure to pick up a papaya, pineapple, or pumpkin fruit enzyme mask, if you’d like to try a gentler form of chemical exfoliation! Alba makes a really great one (IT IS CLEAR AND GREEN, HA!), that I really enjoyed.

You need not grab that facial scrub to get the super smooth and soft skin you so-eagerly desire!


The Dermal Institute:

Discovery Health: How to Exfoliate Skin:

Exfoliation (Cosmetology):

Acne.Org’s take on AHA:


If you aren’t following me on FB or Instagram – here is some of what you’re missing!

I’ve really been into hair, as of late!

The obligatory nail shots – of course!

Plus some hi-lights of my summer!

Instagram: @theclassyanarchist

FB: The Classy Anarchist

New vanity set up, and video blogs in the future?

The past few days I have spent lots of time setting up my brand new vanity! It was a birthday gift, and I am beyond thrilled to have it set up and looking good. For those curious, it came from Ikea, and I picked up all the organizers in the draw from a dollar store. The great thing about this vanity is that it comes with a glass top, and the big drawer already has an insert, so that if you spill any product, it won’t ruin the drawer.

This lovely vanity did not come with a mirror – but I already had a large wall mirror, so it worked out quite well 🙂

Who knew!? The inserts in my drawer all came from the dollar store. They were between $.50 and $2.50 each! Perfect for everything in a way that makes it easy for me to get purdy in a hurry!

Closeup on the insert action we’ve got going here!

Now that I’ve got my vanity all set up, and my make up / skin care stuffs organized, I’ve been considering the idea of filming videos for everyone. I don’t want to speak for every beauty blogger, for I know a lot of us think about the idea. I *know* I will come across as crazy, but people say that is part of my charm. I would be awesome to see all of you lovely beauty bloggers do videos. Let’s embrace our awkwardness, and possible insanity.

Mini-Sephora Haul: SpaRitual now available at Sephora! Plus REN, and Bare Escentuals!

I hadn’t been to Sephora in a little while, so I figured I’d go check it out.

Here are the delights I picked up! Image

I bought my third tube of Bare Escentuals’ Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, which was $24. This is my favourite mascara to date!

I didn’t plan on it, but I am a huge REN enthusiast, and am always tempted to try more of their stuff. I have issues with redness and sometimes I get random breakouts.I was kind of disappointed to notice that denatured alcohol is an ingredient in this product. I figured I’d try it regardless, since it doesn’t contain much of it, and it is the one bad ingredient among great stuff like chamomile flower water, lingonberry seed oil, lavender oil, licorice root extract, and more 🙂

And little did I know – SPARITUAL IS NOW AT SEPHORA! I hadn’t been there in several months, and their nail section had been totally revamped! I was tempted to purchase an Illamasqua lacquer, but I wasn’t sure of their animal testing policy (and now, since going to their website, I see they are quite vocally against animal testing). SpaRitual lacquers are awesome! A few years ago, I had gotten a manicure at a spa, and they had used this brand, and I fell instantly in love with it. I just hadn’t seen it anywhere except online, and I didn’t want to pay the $14 they were charging for it at the spa. I picked up the colour “Meditate on This”, and it’s a shimmer shade.

That’s my mini-haul! I’ll be going back to Sephora in about 2 weeks, since my birthday is coming up, and I cannot wait to pick up my Fresh Sugar Lip Duo gift!

Boy, am I thirsty!


(yes, I am drinking from a mug that says Mike’s Ice Cold Diarrhea)

I’ve Been Tagged — 11 Things About Me

I’ve been tagged by sugarmitten!

Tag Rules:

1) You must post 11 things about yourself on your blog.

2) You must answer the questions that the tagger has set for you as well as create a new set of eleven questions for those who you tag to answer.

3) Choose eleven people and link them in your tag.

4) Go to their page and tell them!

5) No tag backs.

6) You legit have to tag (unless you’re new to the community like myself, and don’t know someone who’s done this already!).

11 Things About Me

  1. I’m 6’0” tall. Yes; a giant!
  2. I’m a Highly Sensitive Person. Google it!
  3. I’m left-handed.
  4. My favourite colour is teal.
  5. I’m a Newfie.
  6. I take probiotic supplements every day.
  7. I’m a market anarchist (couldn’t tell from the title of my blog!?).
  8. I went back to University at age 24.
  9. I don’t use shampoo!
  10. Sloths are my favourite animal.
  11. My Scottish ancestors were cattle thieves.

11 Questions from Sugarmitten

  1. What is the last movie you saw?Disney’s Earth, on the telly (but I saw it @ the cinema when it came out!).
  1. What is your favorite TV show?Dance Moms (I used to sue me!) & The Big Bang Theory.
  1. What is your favorite polish or makeup brand?Polish: SpaRitual; Makeup: Bare Escentuals.
  1. What is your middle name?Margaret.
  1. What is the closest beauty related item to you right now?The Aubrey Organics Soothing Blue Algae face mask.. currently on my face.
  1. What is the most important quality you look for in a friend?Empathy.
  1. Favorite meal of the day (breakfast, lunch or dinner)?Dinner.
  1. If you won a $1000 gift card to any store which one store would you choose?Portsmouth, NH’s Health Food Store.
  1. What is your biggest pet peeve?Trolling (ie the use of emotionally triggering language in online forums to generate as many potential reactive responses, due to lack of  self-esteem or lack of internal fulfillment — yes, I am very opinionated about this).
  1. What is one beauty item you cannot live without?COCONUT OIL!
  1. What does your phone case (or phone if you don’t have a case) look like?I’ve a Blackberry Curve 8520, with a clear purple case (yeah, this beauty blogger is in dire need of an iPhone 4+).

Here are The Classy Anarchist’s 11 Questions for You!

**Because I am relatively new to social community on WordPress, I believe every blog I am following / know of on WP has already done this. I put lots of thought into my questions, though, so anyone who comments on this post – YOU’VE BEEN PSEUDO-TAGGED!

  1. What is your main reason for beginning your blog?

  2. What flowers would you like at your wedding (if already married, what flowers did you have)?

  3. What is the toughest life challenge you’ve accomplished so far?

  4. If you could only have makeup, or only skin care products (not both), would you pick to only be able to use makeup, or only be able to use skin care products?

  5. What is your favourite animal?

  6. Which reality TV show do you most watch?

  7. Name the quality you have, that you think your closest friends most appreciate.

  8. Do you like old Western movies (a la Clint Eastwood’s The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly)?

  9. What is your birth gemstone?

  10. Do you believe in ghosts?

  11. What is your skin type?

Thank you, sugarmitten, for tagging me in this! ❤

Delightful and edible homemade face masks!

Some people think I’m crazy for putting food all over my face. I’m not afraid to get a little messy from time to time, and this is why I am writing this entry! There are certain foods that you can use to help with breakouts, to brighten your complexion, control oil, help with dryness, etc!

Tonight I put together one of my favourite face masks with simple ingredients from my kitchen, and I wanted to share my experience with you. For the mask I used fresh avocado, fresh lemon juice, and organic honey. Why these ingredients?

  • Avocado is a fruit that is high in healthy fats and oil that are highly beneficial for skin. Some uses include helping to relieve dryness, itching, to help soften and moisturize skin.
  • Lemon juice contains vitamin C, is a natural exfoliant, helps to brighten skin and can help clear blemishes.
  • Honey can treat minor skin irritations, help seal in moisture, and help protect against the sun’s rays!

delicious fruity goodness (honey’s totally a fruit, yes?)

So grab these three ingredients, and a small-ish dessert bowl.

Mix in 1/8 of the flesh of an avocado with 3/4 a teaspoon of the honey. These amounts don’t have to be perfect!

Mash that sucka up! Use a fork, or whatever works best.

Add a spritz / about 10 drops of lemon juice, and mix it all up!

a pretty, albeit insane face

Wash your lovely face with warm water and your favourite cleanser (if you have extra time, feel free to steam your face with your favourite essential oils – this will help open pores)

Swamp Monster says hello!

 The above photo is an example of what will happen when you don’t mash your avocados to near perfection. If you massage the mixture into your face in a circular motion, it will make sure the avocado gets where it needs to be. And if you prefer to temporarily look like a swamp monster with acne problems, feel free to mash juuust a little bit.

The mask should remain on your face for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

While you wait, why not have a taste?

And maybe practice that swamp monster role a little bit. I definitely need some tips on how to look threatening.

When you’re ready, wash this deliciousness off with warm water and a cloth, if necessary!

Hello World!

 Voila! What emerges is a soft, moisturized, glowing complexion. Sure, the lighting helps a little. Add a little moisturizer to finish off your routine, and you’re done!

Skin care Superfruit Part 2

I’m going to dedicate this review to my favourite Sibu Beauty product. I was initially going to write about the following 2-3 samples that I had received, but I wanted to write about the products that I am most passionate about instead.

For more information on Sibu Beauty, please check out previous entries, or visit their website!

The item I want to talk about is the Sibu Beauty Face and Body Bar. They call it a facial soap on their website, but the packaging says it is for face and body.  I used it on my face and body, and boy do I love it! It’s got such a light scent (kind of citrus-sea buckthorn mix), and lathers quite nicely.

This product claims to: clean and condition skin, act as a natural astringent, inhibit bacterial growth, revitalize skin cells, promote tissue recovery and healing, and is suitable for all skin types.

This bar is great for removing makeup, exfoliating (must be the oatmeal they put in the bar!), and keeping my skin clear and clean. I love the feeling it leaves once I rinse my face, and it is a great way to exfoliate and cleanse your body as well! My skin has looked great (very minimal number of blemishes) since I started using Sibu’s products, and this face and body bar is by far one of my favourites.

Here is the delightfully short-ish list of ingredients: Coconut oil, palm oil, safflower oil, glycerin, purified water, oatmeal, sodium hydroxide, sea buckthorn puree, sorbitol, sorbitan oleate, fragrance orange/lemon, soybean protein, sea buckthorn leaves, titanium dioxide.

I can’t tell you what exactly the reason for the sorbitol, a sweetener, but now I am tempted to take a bite out of it. In case you’re curious, sorbitan oleate is used as an emulsifier in lotions and other products. Why titanium dioxide? I am not sure about that either, but here is an article for your reading pleasure about titanium dioxide. Aside from that bit of ingredient confusion, the others are pretty self-explanatory.

Another great thing about this product is the price! On Vitacost, the product is just about $6 a piece, and you can order a three-pack for $16.95 on Sibu Beauty’s website.

Overall, I really enjoy this product. It is a cheaply-priced cleanser that works very well for my face and body. I can use one side for exfoliating, and the other side is softer so can be used for daily cleansing. I definitely recommend this for someone who wants a multitasking cleanser that works on their body and face for cleansing and exfoliating. This also does not dry out my skin one bit – and it has my holy grail ingredient coconut oil in it!


Next, I will review Sibu Beauty’s Sea Buckthorn Daytime Facial Cream!