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.


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 ūüôā )

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 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil


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‚ÄĒeven waterproof mascara and eyeliner‚ÄĒwhile 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 

Acne Update and YoDerm III

I just had my follow up visit via the inter-webs with my dermatologist! I don’t see a lot of improvement in my skin but I know that this is a process so I’m not giving up or feeling bad about my experience. ¬†My dermatologist is going to make some changes to my regime and I’ll report back to her in another two months.

Week 1 (Hadn’t started any medications)

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Week 4 (four weeks on meds)

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Week 8 ( 8 weeks on meds)

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I’m still getting new spots and I do think with the medications they are drying up faster but like I said it is not a huge improvement.

This is my new regimen I start today!

– Onexton
– Minocycline
– Sunscreen
– Epiduo Forte
– Minocycline
– Moisturizer


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

YoDerm Update I 

YoDerm Update II


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


^^^ 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::

Skincare Routine Summer 2016


Makeup Removal–

Scrubs and Masks–


Allure Beauty Box May 2016

Foreo Luna Play– $39.00


Allure Says–

What It Is: A golf-ball size facial cleansing brush.

What It Does: Removes gunk with gentle vibrations.

Why We Like It: This brush — a pint size version of the original Foreo Luna– is gentle enough to use on even sensitive skin. ¬†It easily maneuvers around your nose, where bigger brushes tend to struggle, leaving skin smooth. ¬†It comes prejuiced with 100 uses worth of battery power: once it’s drained, toss it out. ¬†And in the meantime, don’t worry about cooties; The silicone inhibits bacterial growth.

Lara Says–¬†

I use a Clarisonic but I have heard great things about the Foreo Luna and this little petite version is perfect for those not sure if they want to make the commitment!

Foreo Day Cleanser– $29.95


Allure Says–

What It Is: A gentle face wash.

What It Does: cleanses without leaving skin tight and dry.

Key Ingredients: Mandarin and bergamot extracts (antioxidants); apricot seed oil (moisturizes)

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: The citrus scented cream transforms to an airy foam when you massage it onto damp skin with your fingers or the Foreo brush.

Why We Like It: It rinses away¬†the leftover retinol and night cream you applied before bed–something water along won’t¬†do– so you can start the day looking and feeling fresh.

Foreo Night Cleanser–$35.95¬†

Allure Says–

What It Is: A deep cleaning face wash.

What It Does: Cleanses skin and removes makeup.

Key Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil and coco-caprylate/carpate, a derivative of coconut oil (moisturize)

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: Once wet, the gel turns to lotion and rinses away every last nit of makeup, leaving skin fresh and soft.

Why We Like It: ¬†How clean does your skin really need to be? If your answer is squeaky, you’re going to love this face wash. ¬†It thoroughly removes dirt, grime, sunscreen, waterproof mascara, lip stains and anything else you may have pancaked onto your face over the course of the day.

Lara Says– I’m excited to try both of these cleansers out with my little Luna! The ingredients in both sound like they will make a dream team combination.


Equitance Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector — $125.00¬†


Allure Says–

What It Is: a dark-spot-brightening serum.

What It Does: Minimized the appearance of spots causes by acne, hormonal changes and sun exposure.

Key Ingredients: Linoleic acid and vitamin C (brighten) ; olive oil and glycerin (moisturize)

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: The white formula is just thick enough to spot-treat small areas.

Why We Like It: Lets get one thing straight. Spot treatments require patience and persistence. ¬†You probably won’t see much change after a few days. But a serum that shows a visible difference in four weeks? Now that’s fast. ¬†This one is moisturizing and gentle, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. ¬†Our fair skinned tester found that the sun spots on her forehead faded from cappuccino brown to light tan after less then a month.

Lara Says–

If half the claims are true sign me up! I only wish that this sample size was a little larger as I don’t know if I’ll be able to use it long enough to see results. And with that price tag I need to know its a miracle worker before forking over the dough.

Cotz Flawless Complexion SPF 50 — $19.99


Allure Says–

What It Is: A noncomedogenic mineral sunscreen.

What It Does: Protects skin from UVA and UVB rays without clogging pores.

Key Ingredients: Zinc oxide (sunscreen)

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: You could mistake this sunscreen for a makeup primer.  It has the same silky texture that makes it easy to spread on skin.

Why We Like It: Because it’s not greasy or oily and it doesn’t smell like a pina colada. ¬†While we have plenty of sunscreens that we like to wear at the beach, there are few that have passed makeup bag test. ¬†This one provides sun protection and also wears remarkably well under foundation.

Lara Says–

I’m very excited to give this a try. ¬†With the new medications I’m on for my acne I have to be super vigilant about using SPF and this sounds like a winner.

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Rose Naturelle- $12.00 

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Allure Says–

What It Is: A semimatte twany-pink lipstick.

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: The creamy bullet applies with no drag or dryness. And unlike most “neutral” lipsticks, it delivers rich coverage.

Why We Like It:¬†This isn’t a wispy, barely there rose. ¬†It has some heft, thanks to traces of brown and a lush opaque finish. ¬†It has has peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C and E to keep lips looking extra Angelina Jolie-ish.

Lara Says–

This color is pretty and I love this formula.  Definitely a win!

Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant MascaraР$24.00 


Allure Says–

What It Is: A volumizing, lengthening, and curling mascara in an ultrablack shade.

How it Looks/Feels/Smells: Packed with 580 bristles, the brush is shaped like a candy corn.  The idea is that the fine tip targets small inner-corner lashes, while the fat center loads up with your lashes with the inky pigment to volumize and lift with one swipe.

Why We Like It: You know those mascara buzzwords you hear all the time (volumizing, lengthening, curling, defining) ? Well, this pigmented mascara manages to capture them all in one sleek black tube. ¬†One coat left our tester’s lashes lifted and thicker, yet somehow multiplied with zero clumps. The unique shade of the brush fits right in with all-in -one trend: the tiny nib gets right into tricky inner corners while the fatter ends pulls the outer corners up and out for a subtle cat-eye effect.

Lara Says–

I have used this mascara before and I really liked it.  Another win in my opinion.


Lauren B.  Nail Polish in Santa Barbara SurfР$18.00 


Allure Says–

What It Is: A glossy green-blue polish that’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin and camphor.

What We Like It: The love child of mint green and sky blue, it works with our summer whites and office neutrals. And the glossy, wet-looking finish stays shiny even after a trip to the beach.

Lara Says–

OMG… This color…. Next pedicure I’m taking this with me!!

Sign Up to get your own Beauty Box by Allure for just $15.00 a month! This is one of my favorites as the products I get are all bonus sample sizes (and sometimes full size too! ) and the products are typically more high end.  


Face of the Day with Naked 3

While I was laying in bed last night I was thinking about how I was going to do my makeup the next day (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this…. ) and thought to myself “I haven’t used the Naked 3 in a long time I’ll use that! ” Well… I was really planning on doing something adventurous but I woke up late and while I did end up using the Naked 3 I did a simple look.




Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel (as my Primer!) $6.00

MAYBELLINE Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Neutralizer $8.99

MAYBELLINE Fit Me Concealer in Fair $6.99

TARTE Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in Fair-Light Neutral $36.00

IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder $24.00


Spring 2016 Fab Fit Fun Box

Herb Garden by MakersKit: The Snow outside has melted away and we’re singing, “Let it grow!” This kit gives you all the tools you need to grow mint, thyme and basil. Complete with plastic pots, compost and wooden trough, you’re sure to have a green thumb in no thyme! ¬†I’ve been saying for years I wanted to grow some simple plants in my kitchen; now I don’t have an excuse!¬†

Cost of FFF Box $50.00

Price of Item $35.00

Total Value of Box $35.00


Contour Kit by ISH: The ISH Contour Kit is the debut product from the first makeup line created by Joey Maalouf and FabFitFun. ¬†Available in Light/Medium and Medium/Dark, each palette includes a highlighter, blush, bronzer and contour to bring out all of your best features (OK, every feature is your best, but now you can pick your favorites). Excited to give this a try, I’ll let you know if it is a winner.¬†

Cost of FFF Box $50.00

Price of Item $32.00

Total Value of Box $67.00


Bath Bomb Trinity by Jus D’Amour: We’re in love with this set, which includes organic ingredients and an essential oil blend. ¬†Wake up with the essential oil blend. ¬†Wake up with the scent of eucalyptus, peppermint and line; take a deep breath with lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang; or set the mood wit ha love potion featuring jasmine, rose and sandalwood. ¬†Oh my gosh, these smell sooo good! ¬†I don’t know if I want to use them or just open the box and smell them.¬†


Cost of FFF Box $50.00

Price of Item $28.00

Total Value of Box $95.00


Keratin Gloves and Socks: Treat yourself to a spa sesh right at home! Developed by Bodipure inc., Keratin Gloves and Socks are a waterless all-in-one hand and foot treatment that strengthens nails and moisturized skin with the benefits of keratin, Whether you’re at home or on-the-go, these babies give you the easiest mani-pedi treatment ever. ¬†This sounds interesting and my hands and feet could both use some good¬†moisturizing.

Cost of FFF Box $50.00

Price of Item $9.98

Total Value of Box $104.98



Tag Necklace by Jook and Nona: You might wear your heart on your sleeve, but we wear ours on our jewelry! The Jook and Nona Tag Necklace is made of 15k gold-plated stainless steel engraved with words to live by. Whether you get ‘Love,’ ‘Happy’, ‘Inspire,’ or ‘Dream’ this piece is sure to help you radiate positive energy while adding a simple chic touch to any outfit. ¬†This was an item that I could choose before my box was sent and I chose the word dream. ¬†This is so pretty and dainty looking, I love it!¬†

Cost of FFF Box $50.00

Price of Item $65.00

Total Value of Box $169.98


Shaving Emulation Lotion by HelloLegs: Step up your shaving game! The folks at HelloLegs combined the richest body lotion with the most gentle of shaving creams and added a bit of “blade butter” to the mix to give you a smooth razor performance you’ve never had before. ¬†Yup, this little bottle is about to shave your life. ¬†I’m always in need of shaving cream/lotion as I have to shave my legs all the time due to the rate of my hair growth lol! ¬†So I’ll let you know if this is some kind of a miracle worker for the almost $20.00 price tag.¬†

Cost of FFF Box $50.00

Price of Item $19.95

Total Value of Box $189.93



Argan and Hemp Oil Therapy by Marrakesh: Ready for your locks to spring back into action after a super dry winter?! This powerful blend of nutrient-rich Argan Oil from Morocco, combined with ultra fortifying Hemp Seed Oil, will significantly improve your hair’s condition. ¬†This magical stuff leaves your tresses feeling silky smooth with a healthy, frizz-free, glossy shine! This smells heavenly! ¬†I’ve got a ton of hair oils so it might be awhile before I get around to giving this a go.¬†

Cost of FFF Box $50.00

Price of Item $22.99

Total Value of Box $212.92



$25 Gift Card by 31 Bits: There is no greater power, then to empower. ¬†And that is exactly what this jewelry brand does. 31 Bits is handmade by artisans in Uganda, allowing them to rise above poverty and create a better life for themselves. ¬† I love being able to support people looking to rise above poverty. ¬†There are lots of products on the website and I’m going to have a hard time decided how to spend my $25.00!¬†

Cost of FFF Box $50.00

Price of Item $25.00

Total Value of Box $237.92



$30 Gift Card by Sterling Forever: Discover a mix of easy-to-wear pieces inspired by fashion runway trends, celebrity favorites, and coveted, high-end jewelry designers, The Sterling Forever team of style experts travel the globe, trend-spotting and seeking out the latest in cool-girl style. So many beautiful pieces of jewelry! ¬†Again I’m going to have a difficult time deciding how to use my money!¬†

Cost of FFF Box $50.00

Price of Item $30.00

Total Value of Box $267.92



Yoga Mat Strap by Merrithew: This mat strap has it all in the bag! Use it as a resistance cord for strength training during your yoga practice, or as an alternative to a mat bag.

Cost of FFF Box $50.00

Price of Item $14.99

Total Value of Box $282.91




FFF is a subscription box that costs $50 but usually is worth around $200.00.  This is a seasonal box so you get one every three months to correspond with the season!  Visit and use my code 8422729 to get your own box!