Seasons Best Skin Care

Manda Lee Smith |

As a style blogger I get the opportunity to try a wide variety of skin care products and brands. I don't always post about them. In all honesty, the majority of products I receive I'm not really that impressed with. However, there are the select few that I fall in love with and incorporate into my daily routine. 

So today I wanted to share with you some of the products I use on a daily basis. Just about everything I've included I've used for a significant amount of time.

Insta Natural Vit C Serum

About: Brighten the skin, lighten dark spots and address aging concerns including fine lines and wrinkles. Good for all skin types. No parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, formaldehyde releasers, MCI/MI and synthetic dyes. Price point $17.97

My Experience: I was expecting a pleasant citrus smell and was disappointed when I didn't particularly care for the scent however, it's whats inside that matters. After the first week, I began getting compliments on my skin. I set aside a couple days a week where I refrain from wearing makeup and those were the days I was receiving compliments. My skin appeared brighter and less tired. It helped areas of my skin tone that were uneven/discolored. Curious if it was in fact the serum that was making such an impact, I stopped using it to test out my theory. A week went by and my skin started to dull again. It appeared noticeably less vibrant. Luckily, I don't mind the smell now and I use it every morning after cleansing. It will remain a staple in my skin care routine! 

Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder

About: A water-activated enzyme powder exfoliant and cleanser of rice bran, papaya and our anti-aging HADASEI-3™ Complex. Reveals skin's natural gleam.Ideal for normal or combination skin. Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing.  Dermatologist tested. Created with conditioning pearl extract. Formulated without Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates. Price point $65

My Experience: I first received this is my Zoe Report box and was immediately taken back by the luxuriousness of the packaging. The first thing I always notice is scent and it smells to me a bit like a cast iron skillet. An odd thing for a face product to smell like I suppose, but I don't mind it because it reminds me of my grandmother. Upon first use it, you instantly notice a very soft silky feeling. I rinsed, expecting that feeling to diminish but, to my surprise, it remained. I ran in the office asking my husband to feel my face. After looking at me like I was CRAZY, he did and was astounded with the silky smoothness of my skin! It's a VERY gentle exfoliant and I currently use it as a part of my PM routine however, because it's so gentle you could use it multiple times a day.  Besides making my skin incredibly soft, it also creates a beautiful canvas for my makeup! I feel as though my foundation blends much better now. 

Manda Lee Smith |

pHresh Deodorants

About:  Honestly pHresh’s unique formula features powerful enzymes that virtually eliminate odor-causing bacteria, while natural moisture-absorbers work quickly to keep us dry. Our 100% natural deodorants are long-lasting, pHresh-smelling, skin-soothing, cruelty-free and vegan, and contain absolutely no aluminum, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, glycol, gluten, GMOs, or synthetic fragrances. Price Point $7.99-$12.99

My Experience: Did you know that 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream? Learning this fact makes you question some of concerning unnatural and harmful ingredients that make up many beauty products and especially deodorant. I've searched for a natural deodorant for years and I've found many that help but only a select few that come close to working as well as a deodorant with aluminum in it. Since I'd rather take ten showers a day than willingly put aluminum in my body, the hunt continues.

Well UNTIL pHresh. I was able to try three different varieties and the first was a stick. It works well. However, I was not a fan on the particular floral smell that I'm sure many other ladies would love. They have many different scent options so I'll likely try this one again in a different scent.

 The second was the cream version.  It's rather difficult to put on. They give you a stick to apply it but in my experience it's just easiest use your hands! It smells lovely but does not protect all day.

The last was a winner! The roll on is perfect! It solves the issue of a waxy, hard stick that's present among many natural deodorants. Because it rolls on so smoothly, it makes it easy for my husband to use as well. It's made with natural minerals that are vital to your health on top of providing the best odor and sweat protection I've found from a natural deodorant. We just ordered two more bottles today and we're giving the mens line a whirl! Over all I would highly recommend the sea mineral roll on! 

*Also, not pictured here because I ran out but ZAK deodorant works pretty well too! My only issue with it was that it didn't glide on very well but they are supposed to have a new formula that allows for easier application. 

Manda Lee Smith |

Triple Defense Brightening Complex SPF 30

About: Synergistic combination of ingredients visibly reduces appearance of dark spots and effectively brightens and evens out skin tone. Pollutant filters help protect against environmental aggressors. UVA/UVB SPF 30 protection. Moisturizes and smoothes skin. Matte finish. Price Point $85. 

My Experience: This one I've only used for two weeks. HOWEVER, I new it HAD to be on my list. The first time using it I was literally throwing my arms up in the air for an SPF as light weight and silky as this! The fact that it brightens is just an added bonus for me. I use it every day before applying my makeup and going outside! It's like a designer bag for your face! I get excited to put it on! I don't leave the house without it and it will be a staple in my beach bag later this month!

Better Skin Co Lava Magik & Mirakle Cream

About: LAVA MAGIK- A cleanser, scrub & mask. Excellent antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-yeast fighting skin cleanser. Buffs away dull surface cells creating a youthful glow. Retexturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and younger-looking. Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars. Absorb excess skin oils. Anti-inflammatory. Helps prevent acne outbreaks. Stimulates collagen production. Helps calm rosacea, psoriasis and eczema. Rich in minerals. Minimizes pores. Minimizes blemishes. Price point: $32

MIRAKLE CREAM- Genius in a Jar. One-stop, skin-saving, problem-solving, 
all-purpose cream that transforms skin. This antioxidant-rich recipe, imported from the Republic of Uzbekistan, is handcrafted in the USA with love and natural ingredients such as coconut oil, sea buckthorn, shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe, and soothing algae to help moisturize, soften, balance and brighten skin. Helps calm skin while protecting skin’s moisture barrier and fighting signs of age. Peptides and hyaluronic acid help skin appear smoother, more youthful and radiant. Price Point $34

My Experience: The Lava Magik smells incredible! It's a refreshing citrus scent and it's fiery color invites you to try it. It has a ver fine grain that I much love in a scrub/exfoliant. I use it once a week and I do notice most all of the above benefits after I use it. My face slightly tingled for about 5 minutes or so after I washed it off but I have very sensitive skin so that could just be me. I noticed the best results next day. The only negative thing I have to say is that I would never use it or recommend it as a daily cleanser. It's much too abrasive BUT I think it's a perfect exfoliant and I've found myself ditching my others and using this instead as I feel it overall does more for my skin. The Mirakle Cream is an ultra moisturizing and calming cream. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT! I use it mostly at night because it's so rich and nourishing. It has practically no scent and you can just tell it's truly pampering your face. My skin normally absorbs moisturizer instantly and I always feel like I need more. With Mirakle Cream, it thoroughly nourished my skin without having to apply more. I normally break out when starting a new moisturizer but that hasn't happened yet in the couple of months I've been using it! 

Manda Lee Smith |

Avène YSthéAL Anti-Wrinkle Cream

About: Ingredients work synergistically to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without irritation. Improves skin's tone and texture. Restores radiance. Patented Pre-Tocopheryl, a photo-stable form of Vitamin E, provides anti-oxidant protection. Avène Thermal Spring Water soothes, softens and calms the skin. Price point $42

My Experience: Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of the entire Avène line. I just adore their Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50+ for a tinted moisturizer that protects against the sun! It's my on the go go to! (I totally should have shot it and officially put it on the list because it so deserves a spot) 

Back to the Anti-Wrinkle Cream! It has a nice thick formula that I love. It calms my skin and has helped to reduced those late twenties, fine lines I've started to see pop up everywhere since having children! I've noticed a significant difference in the texture of my skin. It's my first official anti-wrinkle cream and it not only has a great price point for a cream that works so well,  but it also is helping to preserve my skin so I don't have to have more abrasive procedures in the future! Also, it's sold out right now so that should tell you something! 


I hope you guys found this useful and have some new brands to try out that you can be confident in! Also, my sister and I managed to not get arrested exploring those old houses! I really thought I was going to go in Laura Croft style but ended up complaining more than I expected about the amount of bugs (mainly spiders) that we encountered! Also, in one of the houses we were hissed at and we ran out! WE ARE SO BRAVE! lol