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MODA Blog's Holy Grail Products: Dan

MODA Blog's Holy Grail Products: Dan

Every product junkie knows that the ultimate reason behind racking up drawers and drawers of new lipsticks, concealers, powders, etc., is to find a holy grail. Holy grail products are those magical items that are just right–right texture, right color, right finish, right lasting power–and that's what makes them so difficult to find.In honor of that search, MODA Blog has decided to share some of our holy grail products in a new series. Every week, a different blogger will discuss their all-time favorite beauty products, which can include anything from makeup to skincare to hair care. You'll get a peek into the beauty lives of our MODA bloggers and hopefully, discover some new holy grail products of your own.

Up next is second-year blogger Dan Kim!

From my teenage years, skincare has always been a priority for me as I had to respond to the onslaught of breakouts and skin conditions. Here is my "holy grail" of products that have been a godsend for me:

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion & PRID Drawing Salve

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I have tried countless acne spot treatments to varying degrees of success, but when it comes to fighting pimples, the Mario Badescu drying lotion means business. Apply it with a cotton swab onto the problematic area at night, and whiteheads will virtually disappear by the morning. In cases where you have a particularly grotesque nodule ruining your face, apply a layer of the PRID drawing salve as well, which will draw out swelling. The salve also works wonders for ingrown hair.

Grown Alchemist - Pearl, Peppermint & Ylang Ylang Body Exfoliant

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After years of getting used to the infamous Korean body scrub treatment that would viciously rub my dead skin away, I would find myself feeling inadequately scrubbed in the States, where the tradition does not exist. Grown Alchemist’s body exfoliant was the second best option I was able to find. I apply it weekly during showers, and my skin is noticeably smoother as a result. The peppermint lends a refreshing sensation, and the antioxidants and nutrients ensure healthy skin.

Bite Beauty - Agave Lip Mask

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Whenever I am thrust into a dry or cold environment, my lips have a terrible habit of drying out like dessicated prunes. Lip balms couldn’t quite do the job throughout the day, as putting on more would at times backfire. Using the lip mask overnight in conjunction with my lip balm got rid of my problem which plagued me for years, because chapped lips? Not a good look.

Luna Mini 2

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Words cannot describe how much my skin has improved since the Luna mini came into my life. An electronic face brush, the Luna is a costly but arguably the most effective non-clinical way to cleanse the face. Apply your cleanser and brush your face with the Luna for 1-2 minutes. Say goodbye to large pores and blackheads.

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What are your holy grail beauty products? Let us know in the comments below!

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