Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer 

It’s going to be winter soon! This means that moisturizer is going to become extra important in any skincare routine (although, it really should be important year-round). I recently tried a different moisturizer: the Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer which can be purchased from Sephora for $30.

One great thing about the Clinique brand is that they have great, quality products for more affordable prices than other Sephora-based brands. I find that this moisturizer is no exception. It does a great job at moisturizing and would work well as a primer. The “blur” effect is noticeable and allows makeup to sit really well on the skin. It fills in all the nooks and crannies that pop up on a face to create a smooth canvas.

I do think that this is a lighter moisturizer. Some people with dry skin might find that it doesn’t quite pack enough of a punch for them. My skin is pretty normal/combination and does not get extremely dry, so I find that it works well for me. I would think that it would be a good moisturizer for oily skin as well because the “blur” properties also make it look a bit mattified even though it’s moisturizing.

Have you tried this one? What’s your current go-to moisturizer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Tonymoly Hydrating Lotus Sheet Mask 

Sheet masks are a fun way to relax at the end of a hard day. They provide lots of skincare benefits, but they tend to be very gentle on the skin. Recently, I tried this adorable Pokemon-themed sheet mask: the Tonymoly Lotus Hydrating Sheet Mask. You can get this sheet mask for about $5 at Walmart and similar retailers.

First off, I really liked this sheet mask because it actually made my skin feel incredibly moisturized. It had a very soothing quality and left my skin looking more supple and feeling more hydrated. Anyone with dry skin will definitely love this one!

There were two drawbacks though. First, it was kind of hard to unfold this mask and apply it because it was so slippery and wet. Secondly, also in relation to the wetness, I found that this mask dripped a lot which is not something I’m used to with sheet masks. I didn’t mind that it dripped from my chin to my chest, but it was irritating how it dripped in my nose area. I felt like I was inhaling it, and I kept trying to brush it away from this area. I’m not sure why there was so much product saturating this mask. I haven’t noticed this in other Tonymoly masks that I’ve used.

Have you used this one? What’s your favorite sheet mask? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser 

The other day, I was at the drugstore walking through the skincare aisle. Of all the expensive and inexpensive cleansers I’ve used over the years, I’ve never found one that I feel particularly loyal to. I have never used a cleanser that seemed to be solely responsible for helping my skin. In fact, most of the time, nothing changes about my skin when I change cleansers. Because of that, I’ve become a bit disillusioned when it comes to cleansers. As long as my skin feels clean at the end of the day, I’m pretty happy. Because of that, I decided to take a chance on a $5 cleanser from the drugstore: the Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser.

This cleanser promises a tingling sensation which I thought was odd. Usually, you don’t want your skincare to burn you or cause tingling sensations. However, this just kind of makes your skin feel cold and minty. I don’t know if it is cleansing my pores more deeply, but I do love the scent. It’s kind of minty mixed with something else (maybe eucalyptus?)

The main attraction of this cleanser is that it is oil-free. I know that lots of people with acne-prone skin find that certain oils can help their acne, but I find that almost anything with oil breaks me out further. I’m happy to report that this cleanser has not caused my acne to get worse at all. I don’t think it’s making it any better though either.

Overall, I like this cleanser. My skin feels clean after I use it, it smells great, and it’s only $5. Will I repurchase it? Probably not. As I said at the beginning of this post, I don’t yet have any loyalty towards one specific cleanser.

What about you? Do you have a holy grail cleanser that you absolutely swear by? I’d love to know!

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Herbivore Blue Tansy  Resurfacing Clarity Mask 

I’ve been wanting to try Herbivore products ever since they appeared at Sephora. They are made with really natural ingredients and have amassed quite the cult following. However, they are also pretty expensive, so I waited to buy one until I had something to celebrate. Recently, I allowed myself a celebratory splurge after getting a raise at work, so I decided to indulge in the Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask, which is supposed to be great for acne-prone skin. This mask can be purchased from Sephora for $48.

My first impressions were kind of unpleasant because I realized the moment I opened the container that the stench was overwhelming. It smells really bad. I’ve been struggling with how to describe the scent, but I think it kind of smells like something sour mixed with menthol and sulfur. It’s bad, but I can honestly say that after using this mask several days in a row, I kind of got used to the scent. The first few times, the scent was so powerful it made me angry, but the next few times, I didn’t really notice it after I applied the mask. So, at least it’s something you can get used to, and you don’t smell it after you wash the mask off.

As for the results of the mask, I was very pleased! This contains natural AHA and BHA acids, which promote cell turnover. After using the product every day for a week, my skin seemed clearer and smoother. It definitely helped my acne over time. Still, though you don’t get instant results, I like that this mask is gentle enough to use every day, although they suggest using it three times a week or once a week. This mask reminded me a lot of the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, which smells better and is possibly more potent. So, if you can’t handle the smell of this mask, I would recommend trying that one instead.

Overall, I like this product because of the results. AHA and BHA acids are really important parts of my skincare routine since they help reduce the appearance of acne scars over time. I do like the results of this mask since my skin feels smoother, and I like that it is gentle so I can use it daily if I want to. I think I’ll repurchase this when it runs out, especially since I know now that I can handle the smell. I swear it doesn’t last after the mask is washed off!

Have you tried this product? What is your favorite high-end mask? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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Sephora Lotus Face Mask

It’s time for another mask review! While I prefer thicker masks that you apply like a paste,  I’ve been  enjoying a lot of sheet masks too. Recently I tried the Sephora Collection Lotus Mask. This can be purchased from Sephora for $6.

The skincare benefits of this mask are supposed to be added moisture and a soothing quality. I would say that this was true but just moderately. Overall, after thirty minutes of using this sheet mask, my skin wasn’t irritated and might have been a little bit more moisturized, but the effects were not dramatic. Still, for $6, it was an okay mask that did smell really nice. It’s in the more affordable range for sheet masks, and it would be a nice addition to an at-home spa day. I don’t think I’ll repurchase this one because there are better sheet masks out there.

What’s your favorite sheet mask? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask 

It’s time for another mask review! I absolutely adore face masks because they provide the fastest most potent skincare results, and they feel luxurious. This week, I’m reviewing the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. This mask can be purchased from Sephora for $58 per 1 oz container.

I was nervous to try this mask because anything that says “resurfacing” has the potential of being really harsh on the skin (for example, the terrible chemical peel experience from last week). However, this was incredibly gentle on the skin and did not cause any irritation. The product has a jelly-like texture and is a mostly clear with a tint of brown. I slathered on a thin layer and waited for about thirty minutes before washing it off. Were the results earth shattering? No, but I did wake up with clearer skin the next morning. And after using it for several days in a row, my skin did feel smoother too. Overall, I’m disappointed in the price of the product because $58 is pretty steep for 1 oz of face mask cream, but I am pleased with the results. If you can afford it comfortably, then I think it’s probably worth it. I should also mention that 100% of this product is made from all-natural ingredients and it is completely vegan as well with no artificial colors or fragrances. It’s always great to find a natural product that really works.

Have you tried a face mask that has excited you lately? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel 

I’m always looking for a skincare miracle. I have acne prone skin with some scarring. Anything that claims to resurface the skin and smooth things out is something I’m willing to try. I recently received a three day sample of the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel. A thirty day supply can be purchased from Sephora for $88, which is pretty expensive for something you would need to repurchase monthly.

This is a two-step process. Each day requires two different wipes. You rub the first wipe over your clean skin until the wipe feels dry. Then you wait two minutes and do the same thing with the second wipe. It’s a very easy process, but I just hated the results. I am so glad I used the ones for sensitive skin because I can’t even imagine what would have happened to my skin if I used the stronger ones. Here is a summary of my experience:

After Day 1 – I woke up with acne on my cheek. I was surprised because this is not a location where I typically get acne. My skin also felt kind of dry.

After Day 2 – I woke up with more acne, this time around my nose and eyebrow. My skin was even drier and my cheeks and chin were looking red.

After Day 3 – I received even more acne, but now it spread to my chin. My skin was even more red and very dry.

So, obviously, I hate what this did to my skin. Could it have been drawing out the impurities in my pores? Sure, it might have been. Had I used it for a month, maybe my acne would have actually improved, but at what cost? Even my strongest moisturizer wasn’t a match for the drying and redness that this caused and I only used it for three days. I would not recommend this for sensitive or acne prone skin at all. Maybe this would work better for oily skin and people who are not prone to breakouts.

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Tonymoly Honey Moisturizing Sheet Mask 

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with masks. Today, I want to share a really great one that I found: the Tonymoly honey moisturizing sheet mask. I got the limited edition Pikachu one, but this is just a difference in packaging from their typical honey sheet mask.

You can get these from Tonymoly’s website and select retailers. I’ve seen them before in Ulta. Honey is a miracle ingredient, so I was excited to try this ingredient in a mask. First off, it smelled so amazing. You can really smell the honey. It also adhered well to the face for a sheet mask. I left it on for a solid thirty minutes and then I rubbed the excess product into my skin after I removed the sheet. I didn’t notice immediate moisturizing but my skin was noticeably softer and clearer the next morning. I would definitely recommend this sheet mask.

What are your favorite sheet masks? Let me know in the comments section!

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Roloxin Lift Masque 

I recently received a sample of a really iconic face mask, and I couldn’t wait to try it. It was the Roloxin Lift Instant Wrinkle Smoothing Mask from Dermarche Labs. You can get five single-use masks from Sephora for $45. I’ve seen other beauty bloggers rave about this one, so I was so excited to try it. However, I do have one disclaimer: I’m only 25 and more concerned with acne than wrinkles at this point, so I’m not actually the target demographic for this mask.

This was one of the most interesting mask experiences that I’ve ever had. First, the texture was weird but in a good way. It’s a very light gel-like consistency that dries down to a powder on your face. It also deliberately leaves a filmy residue on your face that is supposed to make skin look awesome, smooth, and wrinkle-free for about 24 hours.

I can definitely see why people use these on the days that they have special occasions. The mask did exactly what it said it was supposed to do. It created this super smooth barrier on top of my skin. My skin is not yet wrinkly or saggy, but it still felt way tighter after this mask. I had hoped that it would fill up my acne scars, and unfortunately it didn’t quite, but it still gave me mostly baby soft skin. After using this mask, it was so easy to put on my makeup. I would say that the effects even lasted closer to 48 hours than 24 because my skin looked super smooth the next day as well.

These masks are not cheap compared to other face masks, but they are really cheap compared to a face lift or botox. I definitely think you should give it a try if you have a special event coming up. I’m glad I have a second one on standby because my best friend is getting married soon and this is going to make my makeup look amazing that day!

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Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding 

I am such a sucker for a face mask! There’s something so luxurious about them, and I love seeing instant skincare benefits. I feel like a broken record because I’m always saying this, but it’s just true. Recently, I was able to try the Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment. This product can be purchased from Sephora for $38.

Charcoal is great for acne-prone skin like mine, and I’ve definitely seen results with this product. It combines both black and white charcoal and ends up looking grey on the skin. I let it dry for about 30 minutes before washing it off. It washes off really easily, which is nice because so many masks are hard to remove. I’ve noticed that this definitely makes my skin look clearer the next day. It doesn’t make my acne completely disappear and I don’t think it shortens the duration of a breakout, but it does make my skin feel nice overall. I can see the rest of my skin look clearer and my skin as a whole feels smoother after using this product. It also doesn’t seem to dry me out. I’ve used this mask multiple days in a row and it hasn’t made my skin seem dry or damaged at all. I definitely plan on purchasing the full size version of this product when I’ve used this deluxe sample all up.

What are some of your favorite face masks?

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