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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Skincare Benefits of Coconut Oil 

I love buying and trying new skincare products. There’s something so fun about a face mask. However, sometimes I enter into a mood where I get obsessed with natural products and remedies. The last time this happened, I discovered the many health benefits of coconut oil! For under $10 you can get an enormous jar that will last so long and give you so many skincare benefits.

The first way I use coconut oil is as a face mask. Coconut oil is super moisturizing and smells amazing! Sometimes, I’ll put it on my face and then just wait 30 minutes before washing it off my skin. Coconut oil contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it may be great for acne. This seems to be the case for me because it always leaves my skin smoother and hasn’t caused any new breakouts, however I have heard that some people get more acne when they use coconut oil – so you may just have to try it and see how your skin reacts. I’ve been really pleased with my results though!

Since coconut oil is super moisturizing, I’ll sometimes use it as a body mask too. For instance, 30 minutes before a shower, I’ll slather my feet and knees and elbows with coconut oil and I’ll let it absorb and soften before my shower. The reason I do this pre-shower instead of post-shower is that I’ve found that coconut oil doesn’t absorb as completely as a lotion will, and it seems to always leave an undesirable residue if I don’t wash it off.

Finally, coconut oil can be used as a really effective makeup remover. It can even remove dramatic eye makeup. There’s something about the oil that seems to melt the makeup and make it super easy to wash off. In fact, using coconut oil kind of reminds me of the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. It’s a great first step in a double-cleanse!

Have you used coconut oil in your skincare routine? Be sure to let me know the results in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Water 

It’s important to make sure you remove all traces of your makeup at the end of the day. Depending on my chosen makeup look, sometimes I really struggle to remove all of my eye makeup at the end of the day. I’ve tried lots of makeup removers over the years, but I recently wanted to try a more natural option, so I decided to get the Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Water. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for about $10.

The bottle is pretty big for the price (it’s 12 fl oz) so it will last quite a while. I typically use a cotton pad and apply some micellar water before applying to my eye and removing my eye makeup. I will say that this seems to be great for sensitive eyes. It’s very gentle and never burns my eyes. It also doesn’t leave any residue at all like some oil-based makeup removers do. However, it also requires more effort to remove the makeup. I feel like I have to scrub, which is not good. You don’t want to be too abrasive with the delicate skin around your eyes, and tugging too much could also damage your eyelashes.

Overall, I think this product is okay. It gets the job done eventually, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing. I think I need to go back to my Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, which removes everything really efficiently and without any scrubbing.

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Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb 

I am obsessed with the skin around my eyes. I’ve been using eye cream for over a decade (even though I’m only 26) because prevention is always the best policy. So, I get super excited when I get eye cream samples. Currently, I do not have any signs of wrinkles or fine lines, but I do get dry skin under my eyes as well as dark circles. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb which retails for $48 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I will say that my dark circles have looked better recently, although I think that’s because I’m sleeping more now that grad school is over (yay!!!) Still, the skin around my eyes has been kind of dry, even though my t-zone has been rather oily. This product was amazing at moisturizing that delicate undereye skin. It is so light and dries pretty quickly, but it leaves the undereye looking good and feeling really smooth. I’ve even noticed that when I use this product in the morning before doing my makeup, my undereye concealer seems to apply a lot better.

The texture of this product is kind of gel-like. It’s very cool to the touch, which is refreshing and helps with de-puffing the eye area. Overall, I haven’t found any negatives regarding this product. It only takes a little bit to cover the whole area, so my deluxe-sized sample has lasted for weeks and I still have a lot left to go. I think that, when I run out of this sample and the other eye cream I’ve been using, I’m definitely going to purchase this one.

Do you have an eye cream that you love, or have you tried this product? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream 

It’s finally getting warmer outside, and I find that changes in weather also require me to change my skincare routine. I no longer need as thick a moisturizer as I did in the winter, so I’ve been a quest to find a great, lightweight moisturizer for spring and summer. Recently, I tried the Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for just $6.

This product is AMAZING. It’s very lightweight, but it moisturizes so well. It seems like the gel consistency really locks in the moisture and leaves my skin feeling so smooth. It also dries really quickly, which is very convenient. Also, there are no harsh chemicals, artificial perfumes, or added colors to this product, which leaves it perfect for sensitive skin. This has been great because I haven’t had any additional breakouts since starting with this moisturizer.

I’ve always loved this brand because it’s perfect for sensitive skin, but I’ve still been so impressed with this moisturizer. I’ll definitely be using this all spring and summer. This product is comparable with very high end ones, and it just can’t be beat for $6. This is the perfect product for those with slightly dry, combination, or oily skin (because oily skinned gals still need moisturizer to balance things and prevent excessive sebum production!)

Have you tried this product or another great moisturizer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser 

Skincare starts with cleansing. It’s a very important step. However, I’ve never had a particular loyalty to a face wash. I like a lot of them, but I’ve never found one I needed to purchase over and over. Recently, I had a chance to try a sample of the Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser.  This product retails for $26 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I typically avoid foaming cleansers because they tend to dry out the skin, however I did like this one. First, it smelled amazing. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it seemed somewhat floral but very light and fresh. Honeysuckle is an ingredient, so that’s probably the cause of the lovely scent.

I think this would be a great cleanser for people with sensitive skin. It felt so gentle on the skin. It’s actually a soap-free cleanser, which could be why it’s so gentle. I can definitely see this being used as a morning cleanser or the second half of a double-cleanse. It’s a bit too gentle to remove makeup effectively, but it feels amazing on the skin. It’s supposed to be nourishing and great for dry skin, and I will admit that it did not actually feel very moisturizing, so I think it would be better for people with mild dry skin and not severe dry skin, who might need something a bit thicker.

Overall, I was pleased with this cleanser. I doubt I’ll buy the full-size product, but I’ll finish up this deluxe sample for sure.

Have you tried a cleanser that you love? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Sephora Spring Sale! 10% or 15% OFF!

Do you love shopping at Sephora? I know I do! Right now, their spring sale is happening, so act quick to get 10% or 15% off your favorite items.

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Sephora has sales twice a year – in April and November. As a Rouge member, I get 15% off in April and 20% off in November, so those are the months that I stock up on skincare and more.

Rouge members use the code “yayrouge” for 15% off during April 13-16 and April 20-23.

VIB members use the code “yayvib” for 15% off during April 20-23.

Beauty Insider members (anyone can sign up to be a Beauty Insider member – this tier is completely free to join and is not based on past purchases) use the code “yayinsider” for 10% off during April 20-23.

When making online purchases, be sure to use the codes at checkout.

I’ve already made my purchases, since Rouge members get a few early dates, and here’s what I purchased:

The Bare Minerals bareSkin Perfecting Veil Finishing Powder – I’ve been a bit oilier lately and my acne’s been worse, so I needed a pressed powder which I feel is easier to layer over problem skin than loose powder.

Make Up Forever Full Coverage Concealer – Again, with the acne I need something heavy-duty to help cover up.

Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation – This brand has a major cult following and I’ve been so excited to try this new foundation!

Dior Addict Lip Lacquer – I’m obsessed with Dior lip products, so I have to try all their new ones! And this one has major glitter…

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask – This is an amazing, gentle mask that can be used every day and is fantastic for acne. You can read my full review here.

Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask – This mask is also amazing for acne. I initially didn’t love it because of the smell, but I was won over by how it helped my skin. You can read my full review here.

Are you participating in this sale? What are you buying? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Caudalie Eye Lifting Balm

I love Caudalie, so I was excited to receive a new product from them to review, but I do feel the need for a disclaimer: I am 26, so I don’t really need an eye lifting balm quite yet (hopefully!) Still, I was happy to test and try to give some thoughts on the Caudalie Eye Lifting Balm which retails from Sephora and similar retailers for $62 for 0.05 oz.

At this point in my life, I’m more concerned with dark circles and dryness under my eyes instead of wrinkles, but I still love an eye cream. I’ve been using eye cream since I was 16 because prevention is definitely important. This Caudalie product was awesome. It was a thin enough consistency that it dried quickly and didn’t leave me looking oily under the eye. I could tell that it really moisturized well though. It left my undereye area feeling really smooth too.

Overall, I really liked this eye cream. I can’t verify it’s lifting claims and I don’t know how it would help wrinkles, but I am hopefully that it would work pretty well because my undereye was noticeably smoother after use. I think this is another great product from Caudalie.

Do you use an eye cream every day? Be sure to let me know about your favorite one in the comments 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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