Friday, May 30, 2014

Miracle Mask- Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

I am always one to say that every person's face is different so what works for one person will not work for everyone but this product just might be the exception. If you haven't tried this clay mask you are missing out and after reading this post you need to get to the store or on Amazon and get yourself some. $30 masks in a little container this product is affordable (about $8 for the small container), lasts forever, and works wonders on every skin type.

This stuff is so simple! Simply scoop some of the dried clay into a plastic container with a plastic spoon and mix with equal parts raw apple cider vinegar (or you can mix with water but the apple cider vinegar has amazing benefits for your skin that just further enhance how great this mask is). Then you simply apply it to your CLEAN face, neck, and wherever else you want and let it dry for 10-20 minutes before washing off with warm water. There will be some redness when you wash it off but it goes away pretty quickly and if you are doing the mask at night it wont be a problem.

You will feel a pulling/tightening sensation which I love and the mask will crack as it dries. I love this feeling but some people, my mom for example, didn't know what to expect and thought it was weird for the first time.

All over the web green clay is is pretty much talked about as THE facial mask for any skin type and any number of problems. Some of its benefits include drawing out toxins and bacteria, tissue healing (helps heal any zits or acne scars), normalize any dryness or excessive oiliness, shrink pores, and you can even use it for bug bites and various types of skin irritations and conditions! The best part? It is 100% natural clay-no nasty chemicals or additions. I have no problems with my face being left feeling dry after using this mask which is often a problem for me. I use this once every 1-2 weeks depending on what my skin needs.

You can find some great recipes for variations using this mask here if you are interested!

Monday, May 26, 2014

May Empties

The month is almost over and I have a nice little collection of products that I have used up. I love seeing these posts and videos because if something is used up they either really loved the product or they used it long enough to have a good idea on if they will repurchase it instead of quick reviews after the product was only used a few times. 

We only have a couple of things in the makeup department this month. I'll start off with Chanel's Inimitable mascara. When I am using lighter makeup this is one that I like to reach for to make sure that my eyelashes aren't too intense that it looks weird on minimal makeup. It gives me the right amount of volume, length, and curl and it perfect for getting at those bottom lashes. I find that there isn't much product in the tube which would not be a problem if I didn't have to wipe off excess every time I used it because the wand picked up too much product. I also find that with more than 2 coats it gets very heavy and clumpy on the lashes. No issues with flaking which is another plus. If you want that fanned out, lots of long lashes look this is not the mascara for you. Worth picking up a sample from the counter if you can to try it. I love this mascara so I will purchase it again but I think it will be a hit or miss product for most of you. You can pick this up for $30 so it's not the most bank friendly. MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation is a big miss for me. This foundation is thick, smells horrible, and gives me the most unnatural, cakey finish no matter what I do. I used it up because I always tried different ways of applying it including diluting it with moisturizer. I will not even question repurchasing this foundation and I'm keeping it around and empty to use for back to MAC.
First in my empties for hair is Toni&Guy Seal Salt Texturising Spray which is my favorite salt spray that I have tried. No matter what, salt sprays are going to be drying on the hair but this one isn't a big issue. My hair is not left crunchy or too sticky, it helps give me perfect disheveled waves or messy, straight bed head. I love the smell of Toni&Guy products and this is no exception. You can pick this up at Target or Ulta here in the states for $14-16 and many online retailers carry it for around the same price. There are a few salt sprays I am interested in trying out so I will be picking those up but this is still a definite repurchase at this point. John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo & Conditioner is one of my favorite repair lines for damaged hair that you can pick up in the drugstore. I've repurchased this a couple of times and love it. It smells great, leaves my hair soft and manageable, and after repeated use I did notice less breakage and less frizz from damage. It does not weigh my hair down which I have found that some repair lines tend to do. If you are looking for an affordable repair line I would check out this one. You can even buy small travel sizes if you want to just try it out before purchasing the full size. You can buy it in most drugstores, Target, and Ulta for about $9 each.

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse has become my self tanner of choice. This little bottle of bronzed magic leaves you with even, natural looking color. The days of human Doritos are gone! I purchased the smaller size and got a lot of applications out of it which is always a concern with the pricier self tanners. The color fades evenly, doesn't have as strong of a self tanner smell as others, and I don't have any issues with it staining clothing or bedding while I sleep. Pick this up at Ulta, Sephora, or online for about $32. I usually pick up the starter box with the mit, mousse, and gradual tan moisturizer because I save money getting all 3 together that way since I use all 3 products. Sephora makeup brush shampoo is a great deep cleaner for your brushes. I would use it weekly and use the spray daily cleaner every day to keep my brushes clean. I find my brushes are left soft after cleaning but it does take a lot of work to get them clean with this even with regularly using the daily cleaner. For $7 it's pretty good and does a great job of washing and taking care of your brushes.

I'm hoping to do empties posts monthly or every couple of months to let you know what I think about products once I have finished them! 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mario Badescu Orange Tonic Mask

I recently picked up this mask from Mario Badescu because I really like a lot of their products and regularly use them in my skin care regimen. It is described as a "tightening mask" that "helps to minimize the appearance of large pores" and is recommended for use 2-3 times a week. I used this product for a few weeks as directed because most skin care products don't really start working right away and I wanted to give it a solid chance before reviewing.

The mask has a chalky smell with a hint of orange scent-not the greatest but it isn't too strong so you aren't miserable while it's on. Once applied the mask does feel good on the face. I'm used to having thicker clay masks on so it was a nice change to have something that felt lighter on. The mask does not flake off everywhere when it is dry so there is no need to worry about it getting everywhere. After waiting 20 minutes I went to wash it off and found it to be very difficult because it left a chalky-feeling film. I usually wash my face with a light cleanser after a mask anyway but I found this one to be especially difficult. I also found it to be a bit drying on my face and needed to load on the night cream and moisturizer. My pores did seem a bit smaller but it doesn't do anything else for my face. This mask isn't enough of a flop to try to return and I will use it up but I will not repurchase. I don't think that it has enough benefit or effectiveness for the cost.

If you are interested in trying this for yourself you can order it from Mario Badescu or pick it up at Ulta for $18. Everyone's face is different so you might even like it! There are a lot of products that I love by Mario Badescu and I suggest going to their website and filling out the quiz and your information, afterward they will recommend products and will email you so you can request free samples of them!

Have you tried this mask from Mario Badescu? What were your thoughts?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Almost every time I tweet a picture with winged eyeliner I will get asked what I use. Besides a lot of practice this is my secret to the perfect eyeliner for even the most uneven handed.

The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner comes in a very fine, felt tip pen perfect for your precision eyeliner needs. The highly pigmented formula glides on evenly with ease for even, fluid application and the "stay all day" in the name is not a lie. The great thing about the felt tip pen is depending on how you angle it you can change how thick of a line you like and with a flick of the wrist can taper it to a perfectly pointed wing. The pen shape fits in your hand well and allows you to have more control while applying. It does not fade or rub off easily and with a makeup remover it comes off fairly easily. When I was visiting Universal Studios in Florida last summer it even stood up to the test of the HUGE splash on the Jurassic Park ride. I think that speaks for itself.

You can pick up this eyeliner in the US from Ulta or Sephora for $20. They actually have lots of cool colors out now if you want to try the layered eyeliner look!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sites to See

1. Distracted? 10 Ways To Get Focused- Now (Refinery29)

2.Trying to be thin is like trying to be tall, say UCLA psychologist -great article covering different topics and scientific backing to help beat the stigma with weight (UCLA)

3. Obsessed with this gorgeous crochet maxi vest (Spell)

4. Fruit lover? Check which fruits and veggies are in season (RipeTrack)

5. Fall in love while a kitten meets a hedgehog (YouTube)

6. Find a quiet place and see your thoughts turn to stars (the thoughts room)

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