If you’re not careful, Beauty Vlogger recommendations will have your bank account singing the blues into a faulty microphone for spare change.

Whenever a pretty brown girl on YouTube says I need to pick something up, I just need to go get it. Needless to say, there have been many times when I’ve purchased an expensive finishing powder or foundation only to wind up looking all kinds of ghostly and misguided upon application. My latest find however, which has actually been around for a minute is MAC’s Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator ($29, MAC Cosmetics Stores)

It’s described as a highly effective, dual-purpose foaming, cleansing and exfoliating scrub blending natural volcanic ash with fine sugar crystals. It refines and unclogs the skin, adds instant moisture, and leaves you feeling soft and comfortably clean.

Most exfoliators are either too abrasive or not effective enough when claiming to be gentle but this one gets it right. If you have sensitive skin, simply adding more water to your application instantly makes the product smoother and less grainy. If your skin is more on the stubborn side, less water makes for a serious, but never crazy abrasive scrubbing. I was sold after just the first use.


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