Mask Monday:: Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask

Paula  Says:::

This unique mask absorbs oil, uproots blackheads, and reduces irritation. It leaves skin remarkably soft, matte and beautifully smooth.
  • Blackheads, Enlarged Pores
  • Normal to Oily Skin; Combination Skin
  • Smooths rough, uneven skin
  • Shrinks enlarged pores, reveals younger looking skin
  • As seen in Ebony

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What makes this product unique?
This mask’s unique formula beautifully balances skin by absorbing excess oil without over-drying or making it feel tight. It also doesn’t include irritating, skin-damaging ingredients such as menthol, peppermint, or alcohol. The clay’s drawing action helps dislodge blackheads and cellular debris, while the soothing blend of anti-inflammatory agents reduce redness and irritation. Product easily rinses away leaving skin soft, matte and smooth.

This product is 100% fragrance-free.

Who is this product for?
Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask is recommended for those with normal to oily/combination skin. Excellent for breakout- and blackhead-prone skin, too.

Find it on Paula’s Choice– $19.00

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Look with Products from Stila in Kitten

All the way back in May I reviewed a set I found on Hautelook with products from Stila in the shade Kitten; Here is a look using those products. 

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Face::

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer – $22.00

NYX Green CC Cream in Light/Medium – $13.99

E.L.F. Acne Fighting Foundation in Porcelain – $6.00 mixed with Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation in Ivory – $11.99

Garnier Skin BB Eye Miracle Perfector Eye Roller in Fair/Light – $5.95

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light – $6.99

E.L.F. High Definition Powder in Sheer – $6.00

Maybelline Oil Control Pressed Powder in Soft Cameo – $5.99

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny (Bronzer)

theBlam Frat Boy Blush – $21.00

Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Kitten – $20.00 (Highlighter)

Wunderbrow in Auburn– $22.00

 

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Eyes::

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer – $26.00

LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in On Point – $10.00 (all over lid)

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny  (as crease shade)

Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten – $18.00 (all over lid)

Stila Smudge Stick in Gilded – $22.00 (on eyelid and also lover lash line)

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara in Black – $7.97

Lips::

Benefit Posie Balm– $18.00

Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten – $22.00

 

** My Brows look really dark…. I don’t think they are that bold in person lol **

Acne Update and YoDerm IV

Wow…all I can say is wow.  My face is the clearest it has ever been in years!

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Week 8– Right before I started my new treatment plan

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Week 4

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Week 1

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This is my new regimen that I’ve been using for a month::

AM:
– Onexton
– Minocycline
– Sunscreen
PM:
– Epiduo Forte
– Minocycline
– Moisturizer

 

Onexton and Epiduo Forte are topical and the Minocycline is an oral medication.

YoDerm Update I 

YoDerm Update II

YoDerm Update III

 

What is YoDerm? — Basically YoDerm is a dermatologist that you visit online.  I’m all for trying new things and I thought what the heck! You fill out what they call a “consultation” which is a detailed form about your past acne medications and treatments, how long you’ve had acne, and the like. And you also submit three pictures of your face! The fee for the consultation is $59.00

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^^^ If you would like to try YoDerm follow this link to get $20 off your first consultation! ^^^

:: Again, I’m not sponsored or paid by YoDerm to talk about them.  After my first consultation I was given a code to share with my friends that allows them to start at a discount and I will get a $20 gift card from Amazon if anyone signs up::

WalMart Beauty Box Summer 2016

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Schwarzkopf Essence UltIme Diamond Color & Radiance Shampoo seals-in hair color for anti-fading and provides deep nourishment. Get intensified shine and color luminosity and up to 85% less hair breakage and split ends. Essence Ultime contains a precious Ultime-4-Complex, a unique combination of pearl essence, panthenol, refined protein and keratin. Indulge your hair with luxurious care. $6.97 at Walmart 

Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Diamond Color Conditioner seals-in hair color for anti-fading and provides deep nourishment. Essence Ultime contains a precious Ultime-4-Complex, a unique combination of pearl essence, panthenol, refined protein and keratin. Indulge your hair with luxurious care. $6.97 at Walmart 

 

 

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When you have very dry, rough, irritated skin you need something that will moisturize to help it heal fast. In our Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented lotion, we’ve combined healing micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly and our highest levels of moisturizing glycerin. The result is a rich yet quick absorbing lotion that gives you intense moisturization. This lotion deeply moisturizes to heal very dry skin in only 5 days. It provides prescription strength moisturization without the prescription to restore soft, healthy looking skin. It’s also been awarded the U.S. National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance. With its seal of approval from the NEA, Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented Lotion is suitable to use as a daily moisturizer for people with eczema or sensitive skin. Apply Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented Lotion to your skin daily to heal dry skin. $5.84 at Walmart 

 

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America’s #1 Scrub gently cleans pores and helps stop breakouts before they occur.

St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Face Scrub:

  • St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub is made with 100% natural exfoliants
  • This face scrub helps prevent blemishes before they even occur
  • St. Ives Apricot Scrub is paraben free
  • This St. Ives face scrub will help instantly reveal radiant skin
  • This apricot scrub is dermatologist tested

$3.48 at Walmart

 

 

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For a bold, adventure-ready manicure, try Desert Rose, a coral and turquoise tribal nail art look. Coconut Nail Art by Incoco delivers effortless nail art without the mess, hassle, and dry time of liquid polish.

Coconut Nail Art by Incoco Nail Polish Strips:

  • 12 double-ended strips per set for a perfect fit
  • Instant, beautiful, nail art design
  • Self-stick strips includes base, color, and top coats
  • Up to 10-14 days of wear
  • Remove with nail polish remover

$4.97 at Walmart 

 

 

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  • Top Notes: Honey, Apricot Middle Notes: Saffron, Orchid, Belladona Base Notes: Incense, Musk

$24.87 at Walmart

 

 

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Arm And Hammer Truly Radiant Whitening Toothpaste, Fresh Mint – 4.3 Oz, 3 Pack – Helps to remove stains, improve enamel strength, restore gloss and luster. – Arm and Hammer Truly Radiant Whitening Toothpaste, Clean Mint

  • Arm and Hammer Truly RadiantTM toothpaste is the only toothpaste with baking soda, peroxide and Active Calcium.
  • Remove stains.
  • Improve enamel strength.
  • Restore gloss and luster.
  • Baking soda.
  • Active Calcium Peroxide.
  • Fluoride cavity protection.
  • Unsurpassed enamel strengthening.

$3.48 at Walmart

Damascus Rose Face Cleansing Oil

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What It Is: A soothing, antioxidant-rich cleanser for dry to delicate skin.  (Is my skin dry…No… but it has rose in the name so I had to try it!)

What It Does: Castor and Apricot lift impurities while Olive, Sunflower, and Jojoba replenish essential vitamins, fatty acids, and lipids. Clears away makeup and impurities— leaving your skin feeling clean, balanced, and nourished. This Rose blend will fill your heart with love while it evens your skin tone!

Key Ingredients:  Sunflower Seed Oil, Olive Oil Jojoba Seed Oil, Apricot Oil, Castor Oil, Lavender Oil, Rose Oil and Chamomile Oil.

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: Of the cleansing oils I’ve used this one is a little bit thicker then the others.  It also does not smell like rose… 😦  It has a strong scent of lavender which I’m fine with I was just expecting something in a pink bottle and with Rose in the name to smell like roses… crazy I know! 🙂

Why I Like It/Don’t Like It: This oil is also different then the other cleansing oils in the way that you wash it off.  All other cleansing oils wash off with water.  The directions say to use a wet warm wash cloth to remove the oil after massaging it into your face.  I of course did not do that and just used my hands and water and was left with makeup smeared all over my very oily face.  So I walked to the hall closet and got out a washcloth and used it to wipe off the the oil.  Surprise… yes children you should probably follow the directions! This does have an extra step compared to other cleansing oils but I do like this one a lot as my skin feels very clean and moisturized.

Where to buy::

Badgerbalm.com (the official site) $19.99 

Amazon $16.99

Mask Monday:: Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask

I received this mask in a birchbox and after it was sitting in my bathroom for oh I don’t know a good nine months I decided I should give it a try.

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What It Is: A firming clay facial mask with tea leaves.

What It Does: Leaves skin firmer and brighter.

Key Ingredients: Green, White and Black Tea Leave Extracts and Kaolin Clay.

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: This has a bit of gritty texture and the leaves remind me of the Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment.  It has a nice fresh scent and it does make my face tingle (which I like 🙂 )

Why I Like It/Don’t Like It: This reminds me of a glamglow mask and I do think that it made my skin look brighter as soon as it was removed.  It is a middle of the road for pricing (more then drugstore but less expensive then glamglow)

 

$12.00 on both Birchbox and the Royal Apothic Website 

Mask Monday:: DIY Charcoal and Glue Mask!

You may have seen this floating around various social media sites.  It was too weird and cool to not try out so here you go!

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What You Will Need::

  • Activated Charcoal (not what you use to BBQ!!! )
  • Good Ole Elmer’s Glue ( It is non toxic and is similar to what is used in pore strips to make them stick!)
  • Something to mix up your charcoal and glue concoction.

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** Be careful!  The charcoal can make a bit of a mess so stir with care 🙂

I only applied the mask to the lower half of my face as that is my problem area. But I have seen people put it all over their face but I would be careful to avoid your eyebrows or any place with hair you don’t want removed… More on that in a bit.

 

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Nice and wet on my face. Also I forgot to mention I did steam my face for a bit before doing this to open up alllll my pores.  Now we wait…

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After about 25 minutes the mask was dry and it was impossible to move my face so I knew it was ready.  Now comes the fun part… the peeling!

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Why do we (I’m hoping I’m not the only one….) find such intrigue in peeling things off our bodies?  After the peeling process I of course examined the mask to see what junk was pulled out!

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This isn’t the best picture in the world but you can see some yucky stuff!  It also pulled out tiny hairs which is why you want to be careful where you put this.  I did not find it painful to pull off my face.  Now I’m not saying it was pleasant but it was kind of like peeling/pulling off a band-aid.  And it will depend on your tolerance for pain.  My mom later did the mask and she said it hurt.

So…. Is this a win? I think so, I’ve done this a total of three times now (over about a month) and everytime I get yucky juck out of my pores and the little teeny tiny hairs.

Where to Find Activated Charcoal!

Nature’s Way on Amazon (what I bought)- $6.70

Many sites so that they found this at the drug store (Wal-Mart, Target etc) but I was unable to find it in mine which is why I bought it online.