Beauty, Skincare

Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask 

It’s no secret that I love a face mask. I’ve probably blogged about face masks 100 times by now, but I have yet another one that I want to share: the Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask from First Aid Beauty. This mask is $32 at Sephora and similar retailers.

This mask is so good for acne-prone skin! I feel like my skin always looks clearer and brighter after using this mask. The ingredients of ginger and turmeric really invigorate the skin and clean deep too. I’ve also noticed some improvement of my overall skin texture, which is really exciting. The goal has always been to have smoother skin!

I love that this mask also works for sensitive skin. It’s a great everyday mask and you can really leave it on as long as you’d like. The jelly is easy to wash off and never really dries down. But it’s also very gentle on the skin.

I highly recommend this one! I also think it’s worth noting that this product is vegan and gluten-free.

Have you tried this mask or do you have a go-to mask for sensitive skin? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask 

Boscia is known for their luminizing black mask that can be peeled-off, but now they have a limited edition Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask. That’s right – this iconic mask now comes in pink!! It retails at Sephora for $34 (although it’s currently on sale for $22!)

This mask performs the same way as the black version. It dries down and enables you to peel it off when you’re ready. It can sting a bit when you rip it off, but the results are so worth it! While I wouldn’t say that my skin looks “luminized” afterwards, I have noticed that my acne responds so well to this product. When I have a zit, I use this mask as a spot treatment, and it always looks noticeably reduced the next day.

Charcoal is the ingredient in this mask that really packs a powerful punch. It cleanses and deep-cleans your pores and will definitely help acne-prone skin. I have noticed that when I use it as an all-over mask instead of just a spot-treatment, my skin is much smoother too. This is the superhero of masks!

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite mask for acne-prone skin? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Caudalie Instant Detox Mask 

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a face mask. They always make me feel so pampered, and I love trying new ones! Recently, I tried the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask which retails for $39 from Sephora and similar retailers.

I have to admit that I’ve already used up my entire deluxe sample because I LOVED this one! This variation of a mud mask is so awesome. It’s good for sensitive, oily, and dry skin because it’s very gentle and doesn’t really impact your PH balance. Rather, it just gently removes toxins from your pores by drawing them out with the mud. Your skin will feel softer afterwards, but it won’t feel dry or even more moisturized. This is a really great mask for people like me who have acne, and I definitely noticed an improvement in my skin with this product.

The main ingredient in this one is pink clay (the mud feature) but it also has some other ingredients that are great for clearer skin like coffee, grape extract, and papaya enzymes. It’s filled with skincare goodness, and your skin will thank you for using this one! I really have to pick up more next time I put in a Sephora order because I miss it. It’s gentle enough to even use daily, which lets you feel constantly pampered.

What is your favorite mask? Please, let me know in the comment section because you know I’m always looking for another one!

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Solution 

Sephora now carries The Ordinary, a cult-favorite brand of minimalist skincare that has been getting rave reviews. Recently, when I ran out of acne treatment, I decided to try this brand instead, so I picked up The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution. This product retails for $5.30 from Sephora and similar retailers. That was not a typo and the price is not missing a digit! I actually found skincare from Sephora for under $6!

I’ve been really enjoying this product. I just had my period and I didn’t have any hormonal breakouts when using this product. Like most products for acne-prone skin, it does dry me out a bit, but it’s very manageable and easily reversible with moisturizer.

This product comes with a little dropper, which I dislike in skincare. Typically, I just use the dropper to deposit the liquid onto my hands and then I rub it into my skin. Since the liquid is not super thick, this works more easily as an all-over treatment than a spot-treatment.

Overall, I’ve been really pleased with this product and I’d love to try more from this brand. The price is excellent for the quality of the product.

Have you tried anything from this brand? Please, share your experience with me in the comments section!

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Sunday Riley UFO Acne Treatment Face Oil 

Sunday Riley skincare products are cult favorites with huge followings. Unfortunately, they’re also really expensive so these are the types of products I always secretly hope won’t work with my skin so that I’m not tempted to buy them. That was actually true for the first few products I tried, but I have sadly fallen in love with the Sunday Riley UFO Ultra-Clarifying Acne Treatment Face Oil. This oil retails at Sephora and similar retailers for $40 for half of an ounce. That’s right. Half of an ounce.

First, I will issue a warning. This product smells BAD. It’s very overpowering and kind of smells like rancid oregano. Whenever I use it, I immediately have to moisturize with my Dr. Jart+ Tiger Grass Cream so that it can cover up the scent. However, this product works so well and has really helped my acne. Thankfully, you can use just a little bit and it will cover your whole face. The applicator is an eyedropper, and you probably only need half of the dropper or less to cover the whole face. It’s very easy to work into the skin, and it’s not a very harsh product so it won’t dry out the skin. In fact, since it’s an oil, it’s pretty moisturizing all on its own.

This serum is jam-packed with amazing skincare ingredients. In this product, the main ingredient for fighting acne is salicylic acid, but it also contains gems such as tea tree oil, black cumin seed oil (both of which fight acne), and licorice (which is good for brightening complexion). To nourish the skin and combat dryness, it also includes cucumber seed oil, chamomile, and neroli. Overall, I’ve been ridiculously impressed with this product, and I’m glad that, at least compared to other Sunday Riley products, it’s not the most expensive.

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Beauty, Skincare

PTR Acne Clearing Wash 

Over the holidays, I definitely over-indulged in sugary foods and I didn’t take great care of my skin. Now, I’m trying to fix all the acne I caused with my poor lifestyle and stress. This feels like an unending battle, but I’m glad that I finally found a gentle but effective cleanser to help me: the Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clearing Wash which can be purchased from Sephora for $38 for an 8.5 oz bottle.

First, I love that the bottle is so huge! Since you only need a little of this cleanser, the bottle is sure to last for a good while, which is nice since it’s not the cheapest cleanser. I also really love the citrusy scent. So many acne products smell horrible, but this one smells really light and fresh.

While the cleanser does contain salicylic acid to clear up acne, it does not contain any alcohol or dye. This is great because leaving out those ingredients means this cleanser is less likely to dry out your skin. Indeed, I’ve found that my skin is not at all dry after using this cleanser (even though it’s winter!)

I’ve definitely noticed a difference in my acne since using this cleanser, so I highly recommend it. It’s so easy to use and lathers well, plus it has a great scent and doesn’t dry out this skin. This one is definitely a keeper!

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Kate Somerville EradiKate 

I’m always looking for new ways to banish blemishes. My skin has been looking a lot better recently, but certain times of the month will cause a few unsightly zits. I recently decided to try the Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment which can be purchased from Sephora for $26.

I have used this product before, but it was so long ago that I wanted to try it again. I thought I remembered it working for me, but I couldn’t remember why I didn’t repurchase it. I’m really glad I gave it a second chance. This is a great spot treatment that definitely shortens the lifetime of a blemish. However, there are two downsides: 1. It can be drying for sure, so try to only use it on the smallest amount of skin possible. 2. It smells really bad. That’s because one of its main ingredients in sulfur. Sulfur is amazing for acne-prone skin but it smells pretty bad.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product! If you can get over the smell and you moisturize after use, hopefully you’ll have great results.

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Beauty, Makeup

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream 

I had been hearing so much about the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, so I just had to get some for myself so I could review it and see what all the fuss is about! You can get the full-sized version of this product for $38 from Sephora, or you can get a travel sized version for $15.

Because this is a CC cream, you can expect it to have more coverage than a tinted moisturizer or BB cream and less coverage than a full-coverage foundation. I definitely found that this provided a solid medium-coverage, which was impressive. I bought the light shade, and it was almost too dark for me. It’s fine for the summer, but I would probably need the fair shade in the winter. Most products like this only come in three shades (light, medium, or dark), but this brand does carry 7 shades, which is awesome!

Now, you may wonder why it’s a CC+ cream instead of just a CC cream. This is because it provides some additional skincare benefits, mainly an anti-aging serum. I definitely haven’t used it long enough to see any anti-aging effects, and I don’t plan on using it for much longer because unfortunately it has been causing me to have some breakouts. I do have pretty sensitive skin, and I suspect it’s probably the anti-aging serum that is causing my breakouts. Because of this, I would suggest that acne prone people try the travel sized version before committing to the full-sized version. I really do like the It Cosmetics brand and their other products have not caused breakouts.

The formulation of this product is thicker than I was expecting. I did like the medium-coverage it provided. I know that it says it is full-coverage, but this did not compare to my actual full-coverage foundation. Still, I was impressed by how it covered most of my flaws. I only had to use a little bit of concealer to cover my pesky zits. It left a semi-matte finish, but I did get oily throughout the day when I used this product, which was another bummer.

Overall, this product wasn’t for me, but I could definitely see how others like it. If you have drier skin and it doesn’t cause you to breakout, you’ll probably like the finish. This might be a better winter product though because it definitely melted in the summer heat and didn’t last very long for me, but the coverage is pretty great.

Have you tried this product? What did you think? Feel free to let me know in the comments section!

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer 

I’m always trying to find the best concealers to use on my skin. I have some redness, some acne, and dark undereye circles, so concealer is absolutely essential in my makeup routine. I recently tried another one from Sephora: the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer.  This is a pretty large bottle of concealer that comes with an equally hefty doefoot applicator, and it can be purchased for $26.

Tarte is a great brand when it comes to acne-prone skin because the products are pretty natural and use a very minimal amount of chemicals. It is definitely a full-coverage liquid concealer, and it seems to blend best with a damp beauty blender instead of a concealer brush. Tarte also sells 12 different shades of this product, which is great versatility for various skin tones!

I’ve been really happy with this concealer, but it’s definitely not perfect. It has a great amount of coverage, but it doesn’t have the lasting power that I want for my most stubborn flaws. Even with a setting powder, it doesn’t seem to last throughout the entire day. Also, the formulation is great for zits and redness, but it definitely doesn’t work underneath my eyes. It’s too thick for that delicate skin area and tends to just sort of sit in the fine lines underneath my eyes, which is not a great look!

While I’ve been liking it, and I’ll definitely use it until I run out, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this one. It’s worked well, but I feel like there has to be better concealers out there.

Do you have a favorite concealer? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Skincare

Yes to Tomatoes Charcoal Mask 

I have really grown to love sheet masks! I’ve had so many from Sephora, but there are some great drugstore options too! One of the best from the drugstore is the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask which you can get from Target or similar stores for only $2.50.

I have to give a shout out to my friend Katie who first gave me one of these. It’s amazing! This mask really makes my pores look less noticeable and my skin feels much smoother after using this. Now, it does tingle a little bit, but it’s not a painful kind of reaction. I haven’t noticed any skin irritation even with the tingle.

Besides the price point and the skin benefits, I also love how large the eye and mouth holes are. I don’t like putting products too close to my eyes unless they’re meant for eyes, so I appreciate that I don’t have to worry about accidentally getting this product in my eyes or mouth.

I definitely would recommend this to anyone who has acne or large pores. It works really well and can definitely compete with Sephora sheet masks. For under $3, it is definitely worth trying!

Have you tried this product, or do you have another favorite sheet mask? Please, let me know if the comments section.

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