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

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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 

Products I’ve Hit Pan On:: e.l.f. Contour Palette

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e.l.f. Says::

This beautiful contour palette holds 4 gorgeous shades to mix and match for a custom, defined look. The pigmented colors are designed for contouring, shading, sculpting, brightening and highlighting the eyes, cheekbones, nose, and jawline to slim and enhance features. Infused with Vitamin E to help nourish for gorgeous-looking skin.

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Lara Says:: Well as you can see I really don’t like this product at all!  This is my go to for travel as it has a bronzer (lightest brown shade), contour (deepest brown shade), under-eye setting powder (the yellow powder)  and a highlight (white powder).  This thing is $6 which comes out to $1.50 per pan, I mean you can’t beat that!!!  I’ve already bought another one and it is waiting in the wings for me to use the rest of this baby up!

 

Buy on the e.l.f website for $6   OR check out your local Wal-Mart or Target

Products I’ve Hit Pan On: ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Never Been Kissed

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Another ColourPop product I’ve hit pan on!  This is a beautiful color and I love the formula of the brands blushes.

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I loved it so much I have rubbed off the logo on the lid!  I like to apply this blush with a stippling brush.  Either the one from e.l.f  or the Sigma F50 Duo Fiber Stippling Brush.  Really I reach for whichever one is the cleanest….

 

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I know its a little teeny tiny sliver of the bottom of the container but I’m so proud that I was able to get through!

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As you can see the color is beautiful Coral Pink that is matte.  This was a part of the 90’s collection that came out last summer and as the writing of this blog post is still up for purchase on the ColourPop website.  Check out the website to see pictures of this blush on different skin tones.  I love that ColourPop does that as its nice to see a variety of skin tones represented.

 

You Can Buy On The ColourPop Website Here ——> ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Never Been Kissed–$8.00 

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.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

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What It Is: A Japanese cleansing oil that is one of the most popular on the market today.

What It Does: Dissolves all traces of dirt and cosmetics—even waterproof mascara and eyeliner—while nourishing your complexion with antioxidant-rich olive oil.

Key Ingredients: Olive oil and Rosemary Oil.

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: Looks and feels like a thin oil. And it smells like olive oil which for me is a little off putting. It kind of smells like something from the kitchen.

Why I Like It/Don’t Like It: I’m not crazy about the scent but it isn’t horrible and the product does work very well for melting off your makeup and rinsing clean!

Where To Find::

$28.00 DHC 

$26.50 Amazon 

JULEP Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil

This is the first cleansing oil that I ever used and it is a favorite.

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What It Is: A lightweight, antioxidant-rich cleansing oil.

What It Does: Dissolves makeup, dirt, and excess oil gently and thoroughly without over-drying and laves skin soft and hydrated.

Key Ingredients: Grapeseed oil, olive oil, and Power Cell Complex, a Julep-exclusive blend of age-defying, skin-boosting, ultra-hydrating ingredients: 1) Rosehip seed oil delivers essential nutrients to soothe and repair, 2) Malvaceae Lipid Extract improves barrier function so skin retains moisture, 3) Green coffee bean oil invigorates skin & promotes cell turnover.

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: It has a nice clean scent and it looks and feels like an oil. 🙂

Why I Like It/Don’t Like It: This is a good cleansing oil but for me it isn’t the best one I’ve ever used.  Not everytime, but sometimes I do feel like it leaves a bit of residue on my face.  But overall I have enjoyed using this!

 

Where To Find::

$28.00 at Julep

$28.00 at Ulta 

$28.00 at Amazon