My Favorite Blemish Busters!

Photo by  Kelly Sikkema

Photo by Kelly Sikkema

Hello darling!

Summer season/vacation season/wedding season/selfie season is in full effect, and I’m sharing my favorite (and FAST ACTING) blemish busters to help you get your skin ready for all the events to come.

You may get the occasional blemish here and there, or you may notice a new little friend burrowing up to the surface of your skin on a regular basis. Either way, this list of tried and true products is sure to help you when you are in a bind.

If you’re like me, you’d rather be poppin’ champagne than poppin’ pimples. So let’s get right to it!

Caudalie Vine[active] Overnight Detox Oil

This detox oil is my absolute favorite, for many reasons! Not only does it work practically overnight, it also does NOT make my skin dry and crackly. In fact, it does the complete opposite (which seems totally counterintuitive, right?). Who would’ve thought; an oil that gets rid of your blemishes AND leaves your skin feeling like a baby’s booty. Best of all? It’s currently ON SALE right now on Amazon! Get it girl!

Boscia Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser

I’ve always been a huge fan of charcoal masks, but let’s face it: we don’t always have time to sit around with a mask on our face. That’s why I love this cleanser, because you get the deep detoxifying benefits of a charcoal mask, without the hassle.

My favorite way to use it is to apply the product on DRY skin. This allows the cleanser to really get into the nitty gritty before getting washed off with water. It’s also super gentle, yet highly effective!

Side note: I also love using this cleanser on my underarms for days that I’m feeling, well… not so fresh! Shh, don’t tell anyone!

Shiseido Pureness Blemish Clearing Gel

So it’s been quite some time since my days as a makeup artist for Shiseido, but despite how many years has passed, this one item has been the G.O.A.T. when it comes to shrinking blemishes almost instantly!

I’m not sure why Shiseido no longer carries this line in major department stores, but thank God for Amazon, right?

This product is perfect for those stubborn on-the-spot blemishes. And although there are many products out there that contain the same active ingredient as this one (salicylic acid)… nothing seems to work better than this one! But like I mentioned earlier, this product has been discontinued in major department stores, so get it here while it’s hot!

Herbivore Organics Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion

One of the main causes of blemishes is, of course, clogged pores. The best way to prevent clogged pores is to exfoliate. But who has the time to do that? Not me. That’s why I love Herbivore Organics’ Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion, because it works as a serum (simply apply right before your favorite moisturizer), but also doubles as a gentle exfoliator. You don’t have to scrub it on, or wash it off, just apply and let it work its magic throughout the day.

This product has saved me mucho dollars on getting facials, because it leaves my skin with such a glow, it’s almost like magic!

One thing to remember is that the product can oxidize if you expose it to air for too long. Remember to seal it tightly in between uses to maintain the integrity of the product. It’s so worth it!

And there you have it. My favorite blemish busters! These are my favorite products that I recommend to my brides who need a quick fix before their wedding day. They work in a flash, and are products I use myself, and I hope they work for you!

Now, I want to hear from you! When it comes to your skin issues, what has been the single biggest challenge you’ve faced when choosing skincare products?

Comment below and let me know!

I Started A Book Club!

Well, hello there!

It’s been a while since I’ve written a well thought-out blog, but I am really excited to share something that I’m super passionate about (besides Microblading)… books!

I am an avid book consumer, and nowadays I consume almost all of my books via audiobook. I hate to admit that, but just like you, I’m a busy woman! I’m constantly shuttling my children to school, or on a long road trip to visit my parents in Southern California, so having audiobooks handy definitely helps with those long drives.

Also, I’ve found that my road rage has gone down significantly since listening to audiobooks (lol) and sitting in traffic doesn’t seem so bad when someone is telling you a story.

Over the years I’ve completed quite the collection of audiobooks, all of which have changed me for the better. I thought it would be helpful to share these books with others, in hopes that these books will deeply resonate for you too!

Without further ado, here’s my pick for the week:


Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown.

I love this book for so many reasons, and just the title cover alone can help you understand why; “The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone”. 

Growing up, I’ve never truly felt like I belonged anywhere. My parents immigrated to the United States with my older brother when I was a baby, and I was left behind in The Philippines with my cousins and Aunts and Uncles to take care of me.  

Don’t get me wrong, my parents did what they needed to do to provide me with the best life that they could at the time. They didn’t abandon mean or isolate me, they needed to build their roots in a new country before bringing me on board and I am SO grateful for everything they’ve done for me. 

When I moved to the United States, however, I was well… confused. By the time I immigrated and reunited with my parents, I had a new baby sister who was born while I was away. I had missed out on a lot, and had no idea how much that little part of my life affected how I found my place in this world today.

This book not only helped me find the courage to stand alone, but helped me understand that you can feel completely alone yet still belong. There is true strength in vulnerability.

Brené also touches on the current political climate and how we can come together, despite of our differences. I love how she profoundly discusses this topic, and love how it has helped me grow in compassion and love for those I don’t necessarily agree with on a political level.

I highly recommend this book, and I cannot stop referencing it enough when it comes to dishing out advice to my friends and my daughter.

If you want to give this book a listen, Brené brown narrates the book herself. You can find Braving the Wilderness audiobook here:

If you want to give this book a good read, you can find Braving the Wilderness book here:

Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear from you. If you’ve consumed Braving the Wilderness, comment below what you loved about it.

Getting The Best Out Of Your Microblading Experience


Hi! I’m Mary with Makeup Registry. I am a certified and licensed microblading brow artist and have been in the beauty game for 15 years.

In this video I’ll share with you my best tips and tricks for keeping and retaining the best healed results after you’ve gotten your microblading done. 

I also share my tried and true aftercare instructions that have worked for my clients, regardless of their skin type.

For more information about my full aftercare instructions, you can visit my site at and click on the link that says “aftercare instructions”.

I hope this video helps you to better prepare for your next microblading appointment! Thanks for watching.

Mary Torres, Microblading Brow Artist & Instructor

My Favorite Microblading Supplies

Welcome to my microblading shopping list!

Below you will find a list of my tried and true supplies that I order (and reorder frequently!) to  keep my microblading business going. I've tried many different items and have found these to be the best for me and my clients. Please advise that this is only a resource guideline for microblading beginners to help you get started. 

She’s Ready To Go Big

She’s Ready To Go Big

Microblading certification training in San Jose is now available at The Green Room Beauty Bar. Receive the training you need to become a certified microblading artist in a real licensed microblading studio. Learn the correct and legal way to provide microblading services for clients AND learn how to market yourself to make money doing it.

Old Eyebrow Tattoo Correction

Old Eyebrow Tattoo Correction

Old tattoo correction 🖤✨ Depending on the color and complexity of the old permanent makeup tattoo (most are uneven and faded to reddish, gray, or blue tone), microblading can help correct the color and asymmetric look of the brows. Makeup Registry, Microblading Artist provides the best microblading in the San Jose Bay and Orange County area. 

How Long Does Microblading Last?

How Long Does Microblading Last?

How long does microblading last? Depending on your skin type, it can last upwards of 6 months to 2 years! However, with oily skin types, touch up appointments may be more frequent.

Makeup Registry, Microblading Artist provides the best microblading brow services in the San Jose Bay and Orange County area. 

Flipping Beautiful: Joanne of GoFitJo

Flipping Beautiful showcases revealing and transformative conversations about beauty. I invite women from all walks of life to dive deeper into themselves to find their own expressions of beauty, in hopes that it will inspire others to do the same and share their story. 

Joanne Encarnacion // GoFitJo

Joanne Encarnacion // GoFitJo

I am very excited to be sharing this episode of #flippingbeautiful! I had been following Joanne of GoFitJo on Instagram for sometime, and was inspired by her strong message of self love and acceptance. I am so honored that she took the time to film with me on this passion project. 

For those of you who aren't familiar with Joanne, she is a prominent figure in the health and wellness space. Her approach gives her followers a glimpse of "real life" behind the polish and perfection depicted in social media. 

Joanne shares her battle with beauty growing up, and what she needed to do to finally find herself through her beauty outlet. Something I'm sure we can all relate to in some way.

Check out our conversation and let us know what you think!

You can find more about Joanne at or on all social media accounts @gofitjo

Thank you for watching <3




Flipping Beautiful: Amanda of Just Bakecause

I'm very proud to be sharing this passion project with you. 

Flipping Beautiful showcases revealing and transformative conversations about beauty. I invite women from all walks of life to dive deeper into themselves to find their own expressions of beauty, in hopes that it will inspire others to do the same and share their story.  

Image courtesy of

Image courtesy of

I am very excited and honored to have met with Amanda Nguyen, a highly talented and published dessert artist/owner of Just Bakecause. 

Amanda &amp; I; beautiful conversation with such a beautiful person (inside and out!)

Amanda & I; beautiful conversation with such a beautiful person (inside and out!)

Amanda shares her struggles of beauty and self acceptance, and how we can all feel more beautiful just as we are, even with the pressures of social media.


Check out our conversation and let us know what you think!


You can find more of Amanda's work at or on her Instagram @justbakecause


Thank you for watching <3

Like Photoshop for Your Face!

Like Photoshop for Your Face!

It's RSVP season and we all know what that means! Looking extra for all the special events this season, while trying our best to survive under the extra hot heat! Want to know how to keep your makeup looking seamless and lasting all day and night? I'm sharing my secret beauty weapon with you! Best of all? It's under $10!