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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Makeup Geek Duochromes!!

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Looks like ordinary eyeshadows right? Nope guess again these are amazing and better yet they change color!!  I’m all in 😉

Prism– 

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All About This Color:
This eye-catching duochrome is no optical illusion! The light bounces off Prism to create a dynamic display of color. Its silky smooth texture and gorgeous finish are unlike anything you’ve seen before!

The Bottom Line:
Prism has a white base with peachy-pink reflects.

Wildfire– 

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All About This Color:
Love is a burning thing, and our love for this duochrome is spreading like wildfire! A force to be reckoned with, this warm and intense shade applies beautifully and will surely set any look ablaze. It’s easy to get swept up by Wildfire!

The Bottom Line:
Wildfire has a red-coral base with gold reflects.

 

Sugar Rush– 

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All About This Color:
Calling all candy junkies! Uncontrollable energy and super sweet vibes abound when you’re wearing this duochrome—it’s delectably creamy and beautifully saturated. Satisfy your cosmetic sweet tooth with Sugar Rush!

The Bottom Line:
Sugar Rush has a translucent base with icy blue and purple reflects.

Hologram–

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All About This Color:
Take your look from flat to multidimensional with a little help from Hologram. This smooth and pigmented duochrome works with the light to project an irreplicable shade that’s vibrant, metallic, and uniquely you.

The Bottom Line:
Hologram has an orangey-pink base with green and gold reflects.

Kaleidoscope– 

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All About This Color:
More than a duochrome, Kaleidoscope’s constantly changing color has landed it the nickname “quadrichrome” here at the Makeup Geek headquarters. Purple one moment and teal the next, this extraordinary shade adds multiple layers of dimension with minimal fallout.

The Bottom Line:
Kaleidoscope has a slate blue base with pink, purple, and teal reflects.

 

Unfortunately, these are no longer available in the pressed format but they are available in loose pigment form.  

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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.

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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::

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 

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