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


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

Birchbox January 2014

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It’s my favorite time of the month, subscription box time! Let’s dive in and see what this box has for me.

Alright first off right on top I see tea… I like tea, but this is like the third box this year that has had tea.  Birchbox, I subscribe to you for beauty products, I don’t mind the occasional piece of chocolate, granola bar or bag of tea.  However I don’t want one every single month.  That being said I have two black teas; English Tea No. 1 and Apricot Sunrise (which I am going to hope is black tea/Herbal blend though it is not advertised as such) and a Green tea in Mint.  The brand is Ahmad Tea and is a based in the UK so I am excited to try this but just wish it hadn’t come to me via Birchbox.

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Next I have Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Crème.  This product is applied to damp hair to combat frizzy hair and lock in shine.  It smells nice and is a nice deluxe size sample so I am happy with it.  Also it smells really good!

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Foil Packets, foil packets….Can we just put the three packets you sent me in a sample size plastic bottle? I will not use all of the packet at one time, which means it will be left open to make a mess and possibly dry out.  That being said this is from the brand 100% Purity and is French Lavender Hand Buttercream.  It is thick but absorbs fairly quickly.  It has a nice lavender scent which I like, but I know many people find it to be too “earthy”.  This brand is 100% natural and vegan, it is also gluten and cruelty free.

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Well this looks interesting, Nail Rock Nail Sequin Manicure set in Green. I like some sparkle on my nails but this looks like a lot of work when I can just as easily swipe a coat of polish that has glitter in it.  This is a two-step process (actually three) you paint two coats of the clear varnish that is supplied then dip your nails in the sequins (looks like this could be a mess) then you wait 15 to 20 minutes for your nails to dry. All of that aside, I appreciate Birchbox stepping out of the box (like what  I did there?) and giving me something unique.  However…. not impressed, I can paint my nails with top coat I already have and buy some glitter from the dollar store and do the same thing.  And no I don’t plan on doing that when I have plenty of polishes with the glitter already in them!

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Lastly is Paula’s Choice RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrated Serum.  Which is supposed to normalize skin (what does that even mean?) and tighten pores.  I am excited to try this product but wish it was a little bigger I don’t know if I will be able to get a full week’s worth out of this tiny tube.

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Follow this link to sign up to receive your very own Birchbox for only $10 a month!!

Full Size Information::

100% Pure French Lavender Hand Buttercream $8.00

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Crème $19.99

Nail Rock Green Sequin $6.99

Paula’s Choice RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum $26.95

Ahmad Tea London $7.00